Archive for Jan 27, 2010

ATI Radeon HD 5830 testing problems delaying launch?

ATI Radeon HD 5830 testing problems delaying launch?

The video card competition is hotting up right now, and the last thing a company wants is unexpected problems with their new product.  Unfortunately, according to the industry mutterings DigiTimes are hearing, AMD are experiencing "a last minute issue" with their ATI Radeon HD 5830-based reference boards, and have decided to recall the affected boards for further testing.

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Breaking news: real Apple Tablet revealed?

Breaking news:  real Apple Tablet revealed?

No confirmations yet, but two highly attention-grabbing images of what seems to be a prototype Apple tablet have just been released a few minutes ago, or what looks like the tablet enclosed in a leather case with snaps.  It looks fairly good-sized, and from further inspection, is clearly running some variant of an iPhone app or maybe the Safari browser, but of highly-scaled resolution.  A cellular service icon (that shouts "No Service") and Wi-Fi meter can also be spotted in the pictures, but unfortunately we can’t yet see what carrier it’s on, drat.  So is it real?  We don't know yet, but it very much could be the real deal.

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$12.99/$14.99 = the price of Apple tablet ebooks

$12.99/$14.99 = the price of Apple tablet ebooks

Publishers usually have the last word, but eleventh-hour negotiations with Apple disclosed by the WSJ say that Apple is urging for bestselling books to be sold for $12.99 or $14.99 (some maybe even at $9.99), and like the developer agreement on iPhone apps, Apple will take a estimated 30 percent cut.

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SlashGear’s Apple iPad tablet liveblog: Wednesday January 27th at 10am PST

SlashGear’s Apple iPad tablet liveblog: Wednesday January 27th at 10am PST

As you may have noticed, the world has gone slightly Apple iPad tablet crazy these past few weeks, and we're building up to an event that potentially overshadows the original iPhone launch.  SlashGear will be attending Apple's "Come see our latest creation" press event tomorrow, Wednesday January 27th, and we'll be running our usual liveblog to bring you all the news as it's announced.

The event is due to begin at 10am PST on January 27th; that's 1pm EST and 6pm GMT.  We'll be using our homegrown liveblog system over at http://live.slashgear.com/, complete with automatic page refreshes so that you can sit back, relax and enjoy the stream of news.

Google Voice webapp bypasses iPhone and webOS app stores

Google Voice webapp bypasses iPhone and webOS app stores

If Google can't get Google Voice onto the iPhone via the App Store, then they're just going to go the long way instead and get in there via the browser.  The search giant has just announced a new, web-based version of Google Voice that allows users to access the VoIP service via their smartphone browser.  Coded with the magic of HTML5, the nippy app works with the iPhone and webOS devices like the Palm Pre, and supports calling, voicemail access and SMS.

Video demo after the cut

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Android 2.0 HTC Hero firmware not due until March?

Android 2.0 HTC Hero firmware not due until March?

HTC Hero owners have been eagerly anticipating the promised Android 2.x update for their handsets, but according to the latest information it seems there's a little while longer to go yet.  According to a comment from a member of Irish carrier Meteor's support team, HTC don't expect an Android 2.0 firmware update to be released until March 2010.