Archive for November, 2009

NVIDIA GeForce 310 entry-level GPU arrives

NVIDIA GeForce 310 entry-level GPU arrives

While everyone else was eating turkey and growing increasingly frustrated with their loved-ones, NVIDIA decided to quietly set their latest GPU free.  The NVIDIA GeForce 310 is the first GPU in the company's 300-series line-up, and replaces the existing GeForce 210 as an entry-level chipset for undemanding users hoping to replace integrated graphics in their machines.

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NTT Hikari iFrame Android tablet gets hands-on [Video]

NTT Hikari iFrame Android tablet gets hands-on [Video]

Remember the NTT Hikari iFrame Android touchscreen gizmo from earlier this month?  It's not set to arrive in Japan until March 2010, but the company allowed Akihabara News in to play with their latest prototype.  Based around a 7-inch 800 x 480 touchscreen, the tablet is intended to bridge the gap between a digital photo frame and a proper computer for a less than computer-capable audience.

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8-10 Acer smartphones in 2010: “more balanced” between Android and WinMo

8-10 Acer smartphones in 2010: “more balanced” between Android and WinMo

We were less than enamoured by Acer's tubby little Liquid A1 smartphone when we had a brief play earlier in the month, but if the touchscreen chunkster has left you similarly underwhelmed, fear not.  According to Aymar de Lencquesaing, head of Acer's phone unit, the company is planning 8 to 10 new smartphones for 2010, and they expect the balance between Android and Windows Mobile in the new range to be "much more balanced".

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Stantum Japan demo resistive multitouch display tech [Video]

Stantum Japan demo resistive multitouch display tech [Video]

It's been a while since we looked at Stantum Japan's multitouch touchscreen offerings, but the company has obviously been beavering away in the meantime.  They've demonstrated their latest prototype - based on the guts of a Dell Mini 10 netbook - which uses a resistive touchscreen to recognize unlimited points of contact.  While we may be used to that sort of thing from capacitive displays, what the resistive technology brings to the table is responsiveness not only to fingers but any type of contact, whether stylus, key or even a paintbrush.

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 gets video playtime with HD2, Omnia II, iPhone 3GS

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 gets video playtime with HD2, Omnia II, iPhone 3GS

There's no real new technical data in this latest video of Sony Ericsson's unreleased XPERIA X10, but it does give us a chance to see the Android smartphone cavorting with HTC's HD2, Samsung's Omnia II and that perennial favorite, the iPhone 3GS.  Size-wise, if you thought the HD2 was too big then you should probably cancel your XPERIA X10 preorder, as the two look pretty darn similar; in fact, as the video after the cut shows, the X10 is actually a little chubbier than HTC's WinMo finest.

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ViewSonic N01 3G MID spotted

ViewSonic N01 3G MID spotted

ViewSonic's deluge of new products back in July failed to include a MID or UMPC style device, but it seems they were merely waiting for the holidays to arrive in order to roll out just such a model.  The ViewSonic N01 is a reasonably striking MID with a 1.1GHz Intel Atom Z510 processor, 1GB of RAM and a scant 10GB of onboard storage; it also has integrated 3G connectivity along with a TV tuner and Windows XP.

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Netronix Android ebook readers in 2010, plus 3.5G models

Netronix Android ebook readers in 2010, plus 3.5G models

Netronix are developing Android-based ebook readers, working with Texas Instruments to push the e-readers out in 2010, according to company chairman Arthur Lu.  Full specifications on the devices are unknown, though Lu has also said the the devices will be "able to interoperate" with both Android smartphones and embedded devices; the executive didn't go on to explain exactly what form that interoperation might take.  Meanwhile, there's also 3G/3.5G WWAN integration coming.

While Lu didn't say that the Android-based devices would necessarily be the e-readers to get wireless, he did confirm that Netronix expect to release models with integrated 3G connectivity in mid-2010.

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