Archive for Jan 29, 2010

VeriFone iPhone payments system gets video demo

VeriFone iPhone payments system gets video demo

Who would've thought that one of the more interesting battles in the mobile space would be for micro-payment systems, but VeriFone have gone on the offensive with their iPhone 3G/3GS based credit-card adapter.  Facing competition from startup Square, Verizon sent over their hardware for TechCrunch to try out; a cradle for the iPhone, rather than the Square 3.5mm-plug dongle, it's clear each system has its pros and cons.

Video demo after the cut

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Intel and AMD hexacore CPUs incoming say motherboard makers

Intel and AMD hexacore CPUs incoming say motherboard makers

The first half of 2010 could see six-core processors dropping from both Intel and AMD, according to leaky sources at motherboard manufacturers, with both the Intel Gulftown and AMD Thuban ranges hitting desktop computers.  The hexacore CPU deluge will begin with Intel's Core i7-980X, rumored to be on the pricey side at an estimated $1,000+ per chip in March 2010, and be followed by three AMD Phenom II X6 1000T processors in May 2010.

Nintendo’s Iwata: iPad just “a bigger iPod touch”

Nintendo’s Iwata: iPad just “a bigger iPod touch”

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata doesn't mince his words; asked about Apple's iPad launch this week, the outspoken executive has told reporters that the tablet "was a bigger iPod touch", and that "there were no surprises for me".  Meanwhile Iwata has also confirmed that while Nintendo's engineers are currently developing new gaming machines, it's unlikely that we'll see a motion-sensor enabled DS or a high-definition version of the Wii.

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McGraw-Hill CEO “mistakenly interpreted” on iPad; never part of launch keynote

McGraw-Hill CEO “mistakenly interpreted” on iPad; never part of launch keynote

Despite speculation that McGraw-Hill were unceremoniously yanked from Apple's iPad launch this week, the publisher maintains that not only that they were never intended to be included, but that they were "never in a position to confirm details about the device ahead of time."  While it was widely reported that the publisher's CEO, Terry McGraw, prematurely announced details about the touchscreen slate while being interviewed on CNBC, McGraw-Hill have a different recollection of that, too; according to Steven Weiss, VP of corporate communications, McGraw only made "speculative comments about Apple's pending launch" that were "mistakenly interpreted ... as being more specific to [the iPad's] announcement."

QderoPateo Ouidoo platform blends augmented reality, China Mobile and a US carrier

QderoPateo Ouidoo platform blends augmented reality, China Mobile and a US carrier

Augmented Reality (AR) is making gradual inroads into smartphones, but a collaborative US/Chinese startup reckons the process needs to be accelerated.  QderoPateo are looking to bring "Articulated Naturality" - which would include AR as part of "Ambient Intelligence"  - to market, and have designed not only an OS but their own custom chipset and a hardware device that uses it, the QderoPateo Ouidoo.  While we've seen enough cellular startups launch and then wither, the company have apparently secured "several million" in funding, a manufacturing partner, and deals with China Mobile and an unnamed US carrier.

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Zune software tips Pink Pure and Turtle phone connection

Zune software tips Pink Pure and Turtle phone connection

Some detailed digging through the latest version of Zune software has turned up numerous references to what looks to be phone capability, along with some product codenames, leading to suggestions that the rumored Zune phone and the Project Pink handsets could in fact all be in the same family.  Zune Boards discovered not only the Zune HD but the PmxPure and PmxTurtle lurking in the eEndpointFamily files - the section which details all compatible hardware - references recognizable as the codenames for the two leaked Project Pink devices spotted in September last year.

Meanwhile further entries referred to the ability to "View and manage pictures and videos taken with your phone at the Studio", with users able to sign up as "Studio members".  The suggestion is that this could be Microsoft's new media upload service, enabling content produced on the handset to be shared via a web gallery.

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Sony color Reader on hold as e-paper quality not high enough

Sony color Reader on hold as e-paper quality not high enough

Sony have snubbed the current state of color e-paper technology, with Fujio Noguchi - the company's deputy president of the Digital Reading Business Division - confirming that Sony "are considering making color e-book readers, but there is no electronic paper whose quality is high enough for us."  In an interview with Tech-On!, the executive downplayed the potential market impact of convergence devices - such as smartbooks or Apple's iPad - on standalone ereaders such as Sony's Reader line.

First iPad kickstand emerges kicking

First iPad kickstand emerges kicking

The first iPad kickstand.  Yes, this is just the accessory we’ve all been waiting for.  Created for you-know-what by Scosche, the kickBack (as the kickstand is formally known as) is made from polycarbonate and rubber, and is able to handle and adjust to both portrait and landscape mode.

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