Archive for Oct 27, 2009

Plastic Logic QUE to share shelf-space with B&N nook

Put nook and QUE together and you’ve got the ideal setup for a filthy pun, but you’ve also got Barnes and Noble’s upcoming ebook device lineup.  Plastic Logic and the publisher have announced that the QUE will go on sale both in B&N retail stores and online, when it hits the market in 2010, right next to the Barnes and Noble nook announced earlier this month.

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Apple touting Tablet in Australia?

The Apple Tablet rumors this week have already been tenuous and, well, more tenuous, so let’s throw another vaguely unbelievable tidbit into the ring.  According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Apple have been shopping around their tablet to Australian media companies, “in an effort to sound out whether they would be interested in delivering their content to the tablet.”  The paper suggests that Apple have been sending around details of the tablet’s specifications; however none of the media companies themselves would talk on the record.

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Roku HD-XR and Roku SD join Netflix-streaming lineup

Roku HD-XR and Roku SD join Netflix-streaming lineup

Roku have outed a pair of new Netflix media streamers that go on sale alongside their existing Roku HD.  The Roku HD-XR keeps the same 720p HD playback, optical audio output and HDMI connection as the original model, but upgrades the WiFi to b/g/n.  Meanwhile there's a new entry-level, standard definition model, the Roku SD, which offers basic WiFi and analog connectivity.

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Sky Player hits Xbox 360 in UK

Sky Player hits Xbox 360 in UK

Xbox 360 Gamers in the UK get a new feature today that allows them to get more entertainment value out of their game console. That is assuming they like Sky Player and have an Xbox Live Gold membership. Sky has made its Sky Player available officially on the Xbox 360 as of today.

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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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DIY Virtual Reality headset is bizarre genius [Video]

DIY Virtual Reality headset is bizarre genius [Video]

I think it's fair to say that if you make one of these DIY virtual reality headsets, your kids will definitely be the coolest in the playground.  The handiwork of Recombu's Andrew Lim, the cardboard headset takes advantage of an accelerometer-packing HTC Magic, an old pair of lab goggles and some boyish enthusiasm to create a head-tracking view of the world.

Video demo after the cut

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Kingston unveils new SSDNow V series 40GB Boot Drive upgrade kit

Kingston unveils new SSDNow V series 40GB Boot Drive upgrade kit

Kingston makes a full line of flash-based storage products from SSDs to flash drives. The company has been offering its line of SSDNow SSD upgrade kits that put everything a computer user needs to upgrade to an SSD in one package. Kingston has announced a new SSDNow V Series 40GB Boot Drive kit that is downright affordable.

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GPU shipment numbers for Q3 2009 show robust growth

GPU shipment numbers for Q3 2009 show robust growth

The poor global economy resulted in some of the worst quarters in the history of many electronics and notebook makers thanks to consumers not buying in droves. It looks like the market is starting to turn around for many computer makers and the latest figures for GPU shipments from Jon Peddie Research are in for Q3 2009, and they look good.

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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

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.

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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

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.

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