Archive for Dec 18, 2009

Nokia Hackerbox makes geeks work for their N900 [Video]

Nokia Hackerbox makes geeks work for their N900 [Video]

Nokia's product strategy may not meet with universal approval, but they can certainly teach most of us a thing or two about wrapping presents.  Mint Digital's Utku found a strange black box waiting for him at the office today, unmarked aside from a Nokia logo and a miniUSB port.  An included card pointed him to hackerbox.co.uk, and the combined tech minds of Mint Digital eventually managed to get the box open.

Video demo after the cut

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Archos 9 dumps Win7 for Google Chromium OS

Archos 9 dumps Win7 for Google Chromium OS

Windows 7 Starter Edition wouldn't be our first choice of OS for the Archos 9 PC Tablet - after all, it lacks the handwriting functionality you'll find in other versions - but at least it recognizes the touchscreen.  Steve from UMPC Portal decided to load up Chromium OS on his Archos 9 (which we saw unboxed yesterday) but the end result is less than usable: since Chromium doesn't recognize the touchscreen, nor have an on-screen keyboard, you'll basically be stuck looking at the login page.

iRex DR800SG ebook reader “experience unexpected delays”; no news on a release date

iRex DR800SG ebook reader “experience unexpected delays”; no news on a release date

What with the battle between the Kindle and the nook, we'd forgotten all about the iRex DR800SG.  First tipped to arrive on the market by October, the 3G-enabled 8.1-inch touchscreen ebook reader is now several months late and that doesn't seem to be changing any time soon; according to a company spokesperson, the DR800SG "has experienced unexpected delays" and iRex are not yet announcing a new release date.

Fusion Garage on Arrington suit: “sad rants of a person championing a losing cause”

Fusion Garage on Arrington suit: “sad rants of a person championing a losing cause”

The TechCrunch/Fusion Garage saga continues, and as predicted the lawsuit Michael Arrington brought against his former partners over the CrunchPad/JooJoo tablet is only the start of the mud-slinging.  Fusion Garage have released a public rebuttal to Arrington's comments, suggesting that they do, in fact, own the IP involved, that they have already received $3m in funding with another round imminent, and that the TechCrunch founder's complaints are naught but "the sad rants of a person championing a losing cause".

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Intel Core i3 and Core i5 mobile confirmed for Jan 7th launch

Intel Core i3 and Core i5 mobile confirmed for Jan 7th launch

Intel's plans for its Clarkdale and Arrandale launch have been revealed, confirming - as was generally expected - that the new 32nm desktop and laptop processors will officially arrive on January 7th 2010.  According to a CES preview presentation available on Intel's site [pdf link], the new processors will form the Core i3 and mobile Core i5 ranges, and include integrated Intel HD Graphics GPUs.

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Intel G41 shortage pushing motherboard makes to AMD?

Intel G41 shortage pushing motherboard makes to AMD?

A shortage of Intel G41 chipsets have supposedly pushed motherboard manufacturers to AMD's competing products, according to a DigiTimes report, with a spate of unexpected orders overwhelming the 8-inch fab plant responsible for their production.  According to motherboard manufacturers, attempts to encourage Intel to maintain the cheaper G31 chipset failed, and as such companies have been forced to switch to the newer G41.

Sony clinch e-subs of WSJ, New York Post, MarketWatch; gauging consumer interest in multimedia tablet

Sony clinch e-subs of WSJ, New York Post, MarketWatch; gauging consumer interest in multimedia tablet

The scrabble to dominate the ebook and digital content space continues, with Sony apparently clinching a deal with The Wall Street Journal and the New York Post for digital subscriptions on their Reader series of ebook devices.  MarketWatch subscriptions will also be available, and Sony expect monthly pricing to be $14.99 for the WSJ, $9.99 for the Post and $10.99 for MarketWatch.  However Sony played down speculation that it plans a tablet-style device, with CEO Howard Stringer suggesting that the company would play a wait-and-see game to see which way consumers jump.