Archive for Jul 28, 2009

Ferrari 458 Italia unveiled: 4.5L 200+mph sportscar

Ferrari 458 Italia unveiled: 4.5L 200+mph sportscar

Ferrari have unveiled their latest supercar, the frankly delicious 458 Italia, a slippery wedge of V8-powered insanity that will replace the F430.  The combination of a freshly-fettled 4.5-liter 562 horsepower V8 and carefully engineered aerodynamics means the 458 Italia not only makes the o-60mph dash in under 3.4 seconds but does so with the lowest emissions and fuel consumption in its class.

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MiFi 2372 with AT&T and Rogers-friendly HSPA gets official

MiFi 2372 with AT&T and Rogers-friendly HSPA gets official

Hot on the heels of yesterday's MiFi 2352 HSPA launch in Spain, together with the release of the MiFi SDK, comes the official announcement of the much-anticipated Novatel Wireless MiFi 2372, the North America -optimized HSPA model.  As with the other MiFi devices, the MiFi 2372 allows the sharing of a single GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSPA connection with up to five WiFi-connected clients; what makes it different is its support for North American 3G networks.

 

GP2X Wiz retrogaming handheld gets reviewed: expensive but brilliant

GP2X Wiz retrogaming handheld gets reviewed: expensive but brilliant

It's been almost three years since we last mentioned a review of one of GamePark's GP2X open-source handhelds, and as you might expect the company has made a few changes since then.  The latest-gen GP2X Wiz has a 2.8-inch 320 x 240 AMOLED touchscreen, customized Linux OS with 15-second boot and is available for $180; according to Boing Boing Gadgets, if you can stomach the price it's the best retro-gaming handheld around.

Microsoft Race to Market Challenge: four Surface tables to win

Microsoft Race to Market Challenge: four Surface tables to win

Microsoft have thrown open the doors to Windows Marketplace for Mobile app store submissions, and to tempt developers away from Apple and other rival platforms they're offering some significant prizes.  The Microsoft Race to Market Challenge will judge entrants in four criteria categories, with the winners each taking away - among other things - a Microsoft Surface multitouch table worth in excess of $10k.

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VIA add DTS head-tracking virtual surround sound to USB audio chip [Video]

VIA add DTS head-tracking virtual surround sound to USB audio chip [Video]

VIA and DTS have joined forces to integrate the latter's Surround Sensation Ultra PC plus Head Tracker headphone technology into the former's Vinyl VT1610 Audio Codec chip.  Together, they offer mobile 3D surround sound, with motion-sensitive DTS headphones used to dynamically adjust surround sound EQ depending on where the listener is facing.

Video demo after the cut

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Acer & ASUS delay Android netbooks; freeze launches until Pine Trail in Q1 2010

Acer & ASUS delay Android netbooks; freeze launches until Pine Trail in Q1 2010

Acer and ASUS are tipped to have frozen new netbook launches in the second half of 2009, in response to Intel's decision to postpone the launch of the Pine Trail-M platform - of which the Atom N450 processor is a part - until Q1 2010.  As part of that, Acer's dual-booting Android/Windows XP netbook has been postponed with no known launch date; the netbook, first shown in prototype form at Computex in June, was most recently expected to arrive in August.

SiRFstarIV GPS receiver cuts fix times, reduces power

SiRFstarIV GPS receiver cuts fix times, reduces power

The latest SiRFstar chipset has broken free, and it's promising increased accuracy, lower power consumption, faster fixes and better integration with other positioning sensors; in short, everything you'd hope for from what stands a fair chance of being stuffed inside your next PND, laptop or smartphone.  The SiRFstar IV's star feature is SiRFaware, its ability to maintain "better-than-hot-start" location awareness with only 50-500 microamperes of current.

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