Archive for November, 2009

MSI X-Slim X430 packs Athlon Neo X2 CPU, skinny frame

MSI X-Slim X430 packs Athlon Neo X2 CPU, skinny frame

MSI have outed their latest X-Slim ultraportable, and they've slipped in an AMD processor rather than the usual Intel fare.  The MSI X-Slim X430 gets AMD's Athlon Neo X2 CPU and an ATI Mobility Radeon HD3200 GPU, together with 2GB of memory, a 14-inch 1366 x 768 16:9 display and choice of 320GB or 500GB hard-drives.  In keeping with the X-Slim range's skinny ethos, it measures 24.5mm thick.

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giffgaff MVNO launches: free credit for helpful behaviour

giffgaff MVNO launches: free credit for helpful behaviour

New UK MVNO giffgaff have launched their "mutual giving" service, and while the real meat of the virtual carrier is in its system of rewarding helpful behaviour with free calltime, there are some appealing prices too for those obsessed with the bottom line.  giffgaff - who use the O2 network - are offering a free SIM (presuming you top up with £10 straight away) and then £0.08 ($0.13) per minute calls and £0.04 ($0.07) SMS; calls in-between giffgaff SIMs are free, and data is also free until the MVNO can figure out a reasonable price plan.

LaCie LaCinema Classic HD: 1TB, 1080p HD and DLNA

LaCie LaCinema Classic HD: 1TB, 1080p HD and DLNA

LaCie seem to be going back and filling in any blanks in their mediaplayer line-up right now, neatly slotting the LaCinema Classic HD into the range.  Coming somewhere in-between the non-HD LaCinema Classic and the HDD-free LaCinema Classic Bridge, the new device promises Full HD 1080p playback of various formats - including DivX, MKV, AVC and H.264 - from its 1TB internal hard-drive, together with DLNA media server support.

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Kindle gets 85% wireless battery boost & PDF reader update

Kindle gets 85% wireless battery boost & PDF reader update

Amazon have announced a new firmware update for their Kindle ebook reader that can apparently boost battery life by up to 85-percent.  With wireless connectivity turned on, the Kindle now runs for up to seven days rather than the previous four-day battery life; however the non-wireless runtimes are unchanged, suggesting the firmware applies to the Kindle's modem.  The software also adds a native PDF reader to the ebook device.

AT&T announce HP iPAQ Glisten 3G WinMo world-phone

AT&T announce HP iPAQ Glisten 3G WinMo world-phone

You have to give HP and AT&T some credit: it takes guts to call your new smartphone the HP iPAQ Glisten.  Kicking off with a name that turns some peoples' stomachs doesn't seem like a particularly clever plan, but AT&T are hoping that the specifications of this particular 3G world-phone will help them see past the unusual moniker.

The iPAQ Glisten gets an AMOLED touchscreen display, Windows Mobile 6.5 OS and a 3.1-megapixel camera, together with both WiFi and GPS.  They've also packed it with all the 3G bands you'll need not only in the US but while traveling too, though you'll obviously have to deal with AT&T's roaming rates as well.

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