Archive for Aug 28, 2009

Android 1080p set-top box prototype gets demo

Android 1080p set-top box prototype gets demo

It might not mean much to the Android smartphone lurking in your pocket (or that you'd like to have there), but MIPS and Sigma Designs have been demonstrating an Android-based set-top box capable of 1080p high-definition video.  The STB prototype is being positioned as "a major milestone toward the creation of a reference platform" for Android-powered home entertainment devices, with the two companies adding support for Sigma's hardware graphics acceleration and decoding.

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Lenovo USB to DVI adapter promises 1080p external displays

Lenovo have quietly launched a USB to DVI monitor adapter based on DisplayLink‘s virtual video card technology, that promises up to 1,920 x 1,200 WUXGA output – supporting 1080p High-Definition video – via a single USB connection.  Up to six of the adapters can be used on a single computer (three if you have a ThinkPad with switchable graphics) in addition to the machines’ native video outputs.

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Latest iPhone explosion in Belgium; French watchdog begins investigation

All eyes are on Snow Leopard and the growing queues outside Apple stores today – we’re told London’s Regent Street store had a line round the block before it opened – but another exploding iPhone report could sour the good mood at Cupertino. According to TechCrunch UK, Belgian news sources are reporting that a 15-year-old boy was holding his iPhone next to his ear, about to make a call, when it “imploded”.

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Ultra-thin notebook sales languishing?

Ultra-thin notebook sales languishing?

Occasionally arch rumor site Digitimes takes a break from speculation and leaks and does some research into PC hardware sales performance.  Latest niche to come under their microscope is the "ultra-thin" notebook, generally based on Intel's CULV (consumer ultra-low voltage) platform, and offering a middle-point between the battery longevity of netbooks and the performance of full-sized notebooks.  Unfortunately for manufacturers, Digitimes claims the ultra-thins will only account for 4-percent of total global notebook shipments in 2009.

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mintpass Mint Frame bundles camera and display

mintpass Mint Frame bundles camera and display

When Korean firm mintpass aren't working on the mintpad MID, they're busy at the design-board sketching out concept prototypes for your minimalist home.  One of their most interesting designs - especially since they've talked about next-generation mintpads with larger displays - is the Mint Frame, a 7-inch touchscreen digital photo frame that not only displays pictures but, thanks to a 2-megapixel camera built into the back, takes them too.

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DJ Hero controller gets FCC teardown, flaunts manual

DJ Hero controller gets FCC teardown, flaunts manual

Poorly framed, low-quality photo?  Non-descript but brightly colored background?  It can only mean one thing: the FCC's team of crack photographers have been at it again, and in this case it's the DJ Hero controller that has born the brunt of their traditional teardown.

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Verizon leak tips Palm P101 and P121: Pre and Eos?

Verizon leak tips Palm P101 and P121: Pre and Eos?

Listings for several new devices have appeared in Verizon's inventory database and been leaked courtesy of a phoneArena tipster.  While the handsets include the BlackBerry Storm 2, HTC Touch Pro2 (XV6875) and Samsung Omnia II, all of which we've known for some time will be arriving on the network, also mentioned are the Palm P101 and Palm P121.

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Bugatti Vera kettle offers timer, temp control, huge price tag

Bugatti Vera kettle offers timer, temp control, huge price tag

It's time to unpack the wedding china and start cutting the crusts off your sandwiches; as soon as whatever nearby minor royalty hears you're boiling your water with a Bugatti kettle, they'll be round like a shot.  The handiwork of the same studio responsible for the indecently-fast Veyron supercar, the Vera Electric Kettle offers not only some eye-catching colors but a control-encrusted handle with LCD display.

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Altec Lansing MIX Boombox promises input confusion

Altec Lansing MIX Boombox promises input confusion

It's hard to imagine the sort of arguments Altec Lansing's MIX Boombox iPod speaker system might inspire, hooked up to so many different PMPs as their eye-catching press shots suggest.  The chunky boombox not only has a universal dock for your iPod, iPhone or iPod touch, but dual aux-in ports, a digital FM radio and a side-mounted 5.25-inch subwoofer.

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China Unicom clinch iPhone for Q4 2009 launch [Updated]

China Unicom clinch iPhone for Q4 2009 launch [Updated]

We're hearing that China Unicom and Apple have reached an agreement to sell the iPhone in China, with the carrier claiming to have signed a three-year exclusivity agreement on the coveted handset.  The announcement follows many months of rumor about which carrier Apple would sign a deal with in China.

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Corsair Dominator 8GB and 12GB kits for Core i5 and i7 systems

Corsair Dominator 8GB and 12GB kits for Core i5 and i7 systems

If you like your memory fast and you like it patriotic, then Corsair's latest Dominator chips may tick your boxes.  The company has revealed its new 8GB and 12GB memory kits for Intel Core i5 and Core i7 systems, each with DHX+ cooling technology and "American Racing Blue" fins and highlights.

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HSL 2.75G Femtocell to support multiple networks

Femtocells aren’t exactly embedded into the public vocabulary yet, but the carriers are ramping up to make a pretty decent push for it.  So far we’ve seen a handful of models from some of the bigger operator names, but now a Scottish firm, HSL, are promising a single femtocell that can support users on different networks.

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