Archive for September, 2009

Intel Pine Trail due Q4; products unlikely until early 2010

Intel Pine Trail due Q4; products unlikely until early 2010

After ongoing rumors and speculation that Intel would miss their Q4 launch for Pine Trail, their next-gen Atom processor line-up, the company has again confirmed that the low-power netbook processors are on course to hit manufacturers in Q4 2009.  However the company will not be drawn on how long those chips will then take to show up in commercially-available devices: estimates suggest that Pine Trail based netbooks won't actually be on shelves until Q1 2010 at the earliest.

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New iMac imminent say sources: sleeker, cheaper, more A/V abilities

New iMac imminent say sources: sleeker, cheaper, more A/V abilities

Following on from rumors earlier this month that Apple plan new iMac desktops, Apple Insider has heard that indeed the Cupertino company have already begun production of their new models.  Apparently finalized in design early in September, the new iMacs are tipped to be cheaper but more compact than previous generation models, while other advances "not previously available" to buyers would now be on the table.

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CRU-DataPort 10 Secure HDD SecureDock Review

CRU-DataPort 10 Secure HDD SecureDock Review

With the average user entering dozens of passwords every day, to log into their computer, their email and their social networks, it's all to easy to forget that many files are even more valuable than our Facebook login. Drive encryption is becoming more relevant to people all the time, and there's a good argument for doing it properly if you're going to do it at all. CRU-DataPort's 10 Secure caddy and accompanying SecureDock are one such system, taking a standard SATA hard-drive and locking it up with military-grade encryption and a removable AES 128 key. Peace of mind or hardware-hurdle? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Bionic Eye AR app for iPhone 3GS [Video]

Bionic Eye AR app for iPhone 3GS [Video]

It's not quite as exciting as a motorized head-up display, but Bionic Eye for the iPhone 3GS does at least save you from squeezing into some Lycra and leaping aboard the nearest push-bike.  Currently available in the App Store, Bionic Eye is another augmented reality (AR) app which overlays information about the immediate environment onto a real-time camera view.  In this case, it uses a POI database including restaurants, WiFi hotspots, subway stations and more.

Video demo after the cut

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CLEAR “true 4G” WiMAX arrives: faster speeds, new logo

CLEAR “true 4G” WiMAX arrives: faster speeds, new logo

The whole Clearwire/Clear/WiMAX/Sprint/XOHM branding situation was never all that straightforward to begin with; let's face it, consumers want to know exactly what they should be asking for when they go into the store.  Now Clearwire are seemingly intending to make things easier - or upset the whole situation once more, perhaps - with a fresh new relaunch as CLEAR.  The new name apparently signifies the switch from "pre-WiMAX service" to true 4G WiMAX, and brings with it a fresh boost of speed.

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Robot fish reads your tweets; new mbed microcontroller [Video]

Robot fish reads your tweets; new mbed microcontroller [Video]

Is there any better hack than making a robot fish read out Twitter messages?  If there is, don't tell Dan Ros about it: he's spent his spare time hooking up a Big Mouth Billy Bass "novelty" fish to an mbed microcontroller.  Initially the fish merely repeated .wav files from an SD card, but then they used the mbed's HTTPClient library to pull in tweets instead.

Video demo after the cut

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