Archive for October, 2009

US DOJ subpoenas Hitachi, Toshiba, and Sony in antitrust investigation

US DOJ subpoenas Hitachi, Toshiba, and Sony in antitrust investigation

Antitrust investigations and allegations of price fixing are nothing new from Hitachi and Toshiba. Both firms were embroiled in the LCD price fixing scandal that resulted in some Japanese executives getting prison terms and the companies received massive fines. The US DOJ has now issued new subpoenas to Hitachi, Toshiba, and Sony in a new anti-trust investigation that centers on the optical drive units of each company.

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X-Arcade announces PS2 to Xbox 360 adapter for X-Arcade controllers

X-Arcade announces PS2 to Xbox 360 adapter for X-Arcade controllers

One of the things I remember most about arcade gaming when I was a kid was the big beefy controllers that the arcade games had. You could really pound away at the controls for games like Pac Man and Donkey Kong and playing the games on a gamepad today just isn’t the same. X-Arcade makes a full line of old school arcade controllers for the PC and PlayStation but the Xbox 360 has been left out, until now.

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Mio MiBuddy Android PND/MID coming 2010; WiMAX version to follow

Mio MiBuddy Android PND/MID coming 2010; WiMAX version to follow

Navigation firm Mio is planning to use Android for certain models in their next-gen PND line-up.  The Mio MiBuddy range will offer both Android models - complete with GPS navigation, media playback and internet access - and versions using the existing Windows CE-based OS of Mio's current PND range.  While specific hardware details and model numbers are yet to be confirmed, Mio has revealed that the Android models will have WiFi and Bluetooth; future versions may add WiMAX.

Nokia unveils TD-SCDMA 6788 handset for China Mobile

Nokia unveils TD-SCDMA 6788 handset for China Mobile

Mobile phone makers like Apple and many others are falling over themselves trying to get in the Chinese mobile phone market. The China market is booming and the country has more mobile subscribers than some countries have population. Nokia has announced a new mobile phone called the 6788 that is designed specifically for the China Mobile network.

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NEC Aterm WM3300R for MiFi-style mobile WiMAX sharing

NEC Aterm WM3300R for MiFi-style mobile WiMAX sharing

It packs all the grace of an FM radio, but the NEC Aterm WM3300R distinguishes itself not by aesthetics but by packing a WiMAX radio and WiFi router into a palm-sized device.  Basically a MiFi but for WiMAX rather than 3G connections, the WM3300R offers up to 40Mbps downlinks and up to 10Mbps uplinks, together with a removable 1,880mAh Li-Ion battery.

ASUS ECS 1000 desktop supercomputer debuts

ASUS ECS 1000 desktop supercomputer debuts

ASUS have outed their first supercomputer, and while you might associate the term with rooms packed full of ominous black totems, the ASUS ECS 1000 is actually a simple desktop.  Despite the compact size, the ECS 1000 manages to hit speeds of up to 1.1 terraflops courtesy of NVIDIA graphics cards; the 3.33GHz Intel LGA1366 Xeon W3580 is paired with three NVIDIA Tesla C1060 computing processors and a single Quadro FX5800.

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Revo HERITAGE packs retro styling with DAB, WiFi streaming, iPod dock, more

Revo HERITAGE packs retro styling with DAB, WiFi streaming, iPod dock, more

We've a soft-spot for Scottish radio and iPod dock manufacturer Revo; their tech at least attempts to look interesting, whether it's through retro styling (but up to date functionality) or something more modern but no less distinctive.  The company's latest model is the Revo HERITAGE, a "contemporary reinterpretation of classic European table radio designs from the 50's and 60's" that packages DAB, DAB+, FM and WiFi internet radio, DLNA UPnP streaming and an iPod/iPhone dock.

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