Archive for Dec 23, 2009

NVIDIA Ion 2 GPU for Pine Trail confirmed for Q1 2010

NVIDIA Ion 2 GPU for Pine Trail confirmed for Q1 2010

NVIDIA haven't held back recently with their Ion 2 news, but it's good to see the company reconfirming their plans to launch a Pine Trail-compatible version of the graphics chipset and attach a date to its roll-out.  As we heard before, the new Ion 2 for Intel Pine Trail will be a standalone GPU rather than the combined Northbridge/GPU chipset as offered for the current Intel Atom models, and it's arriving in Q1 2010.

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OLPC XO-3 pencilled in for $100 2012 launch

OLPC XO-3 pencilled in for $100 2012 launch

After announcing last month that the OLPC XO-2 concept had been abandoned in favor of a more straightforward slate-style XO-3 device, the One Laptop Per Child project have now released renders of what that tablet might look like.  The work of Yves Behar, the design has an 8.5 x 11 inch touchscreen, would use inductive charging, be waterproof and cost around $100.  It's also expected to combine a Pixel Qi indoor/outdoor display with plastic screen components from Plastic Logic.

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AR iPhone 3GS app for Orange Israel [Video]

AR iPhone 3GS app for Orange Israel [Video]

Augmented reality has plenty of interesting applications for navigating unknown cities and spotting old friends among crowds, but it's also new enough to make for an entertaining gimmick.  To celebrate Orange Israel offering the iPhone 3GS, the carrier has worked with Ogmento to produce an AR iPhone app that shows a virtual iPhone on-screen whenever you point the iPhone's camera at a modified Orange logo.

Video demo after the cut

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Viliv N5 clamshell MID coming to CES 2010

Viliv N5 clamshell MID coming to CES 2010

UMPC and MID manufacturers Viliv have had a pretty good year in their segment, and they're obviously hoping to start off 2010 in the same manner.  According to UMPC Portal, the company is planning on launching two devices at CES in January, with the Viliv N5 making its debut and the Viliv S10 getting its full launch.  The S10 is a pretty straightforward 10-inch netbook, but the N5 is a 4.8-inch MID in the manner of the Fujitsu LifeBook UH900 or the UMID mbook M2.

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iPhone 3G now top cellphone in use in US; “Psychographic” advantage over BlackBerry say Nielsen

iPhone 3G now top cellphone in use in US; “Psychographic” advantage over BlackBerry say Nielsen

Having pulled ahead of Windows Mobile in US smartphone market share, the iPhone 3G has now been named the most popular single handset in use in the US between January and September 2009.  Research firm Nielsen found that the Apple smartphone edged out the BlackBerry 8300 series (at 3.7-percent) with 4-percent of all subscribers; meanwhile a separate Nielsen report found that while RIM's handsets currently have twice the market penetration of Apple's (8-percent versus 4-percent), the iPhone has a "psychographic" advantage as the go-to device for users wanting the newest technology.

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Unreal Engine 3 ported to iPod touch [Video]

Unreal Engine 3 ported to iPod touch [Video]

We wouldn't have said no to more footage of Epic Games' Unreal Engine 3 doing its thing on the iPod touch, but as a proof of concept it's pretty heady stuff.  According to Epic, the port - which keeps titles like Gears of War 2 running - shouldn't be taken as a sign that the company is planning to step into the iPhone gaming market, but company VP Mark Rein did confirm that UE3 will be demo'd on a different mobile platform at CES 2010 next month.

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iPhone gets Bluetooth keyboard driver

iPhone gets Bluetooth keyboard driver

Apple's refusal to add a netbook to its range has left many attempting to use the iPhone or iPod touch as a rough equivalent, but ease of text entry continues to frustrate.  Happily, where Apple fall short the developer community delivers, with the simply-named iPhone Bluetooth Keyboard Driver.  Soon to appear in the Cydia Store, v.1 of the driver allows you to wirelessly connect a Bluetooth keyboard to the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS or iPod touch.

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