Archive for Feb 24, 2010

163m Smartbooks shipped by 2015 says ABI Research

We've already seen ambitious smartbook predictions from ARM CEO Warren East, who suggested his company's processors would grow to occupy 90-percent of the netbook segment, but now analysts ABI Research are throwing some extravagant figures around too.  They've predicted 163 million smartbooks shipping by 2015, though they're not limiting their scope to just the QWERTY netbook-style hardware most commonly associated with the term.

LG HDTV roadmap leaks: 3D LX9500 from mid-May

A leaked spreadsheet has tipped LG's upcoming HDTV range, together with various different A/V components.  According to the document - which now looks to have been closed down - the LG LCD and plasma HDTVs the company announced back at CES 2010 will begin to arrive in March and April this year; of most interest, perhaps, is that the company's 3D LX9500 HDTV will ship in the second week of May.

Philips GoGear Connect Android 2.1 PMP/PND

Philips GoGear Connect Android 2.1 PMP/PND

Philips have revealed their plans to take on the PMP and PND markets in one fell swoop, with the upcoming Philips GoGear Connect.  An Android 2.1 based device, with a touchscreen and trackball, the GoGear Connect will not have integrated cellular connectivity - it won't replace your smartphone - but it will be able to tether via Bluetooth or hook up to a WiFi hotspot.

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Astri MyID dual-display ebook reader gets video demo; $130-$150 price predicted

Astri MyID dual-display ebook reader gets video demo; $130-$150 price predicted

Astri's MyID dual-screen ebook reader made a discrete debut at CES 2010 last month, offering the E Ink/LCD touchscreen flexibility of an Entourage eDGe only in a far smaller form-factor.  Ebook reader fanatic Nate Hoffelder grabbed some hands-on time recently with the latest MyID prototype, and his feedback is actually pretty good; navigation is straightforward and the hardware is obviously more portable than the eDGe.  It's also got the potential to be much cheaper, too.

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Neonode zForce Pad multitouch platform eyes 5-13 inch MIDs/Tablets

Neonode zForce Pad multitouch platform eyes 5-13 inch MIDs/Tablets

Neonode may not have made the splash they hoped for with their cellphone range, but they seem to be on something of a roll with their touchscreen platform.  Only a few weeks after the launch of their zBook budget ebook touchscreen range, the company have announced the zForce Pad platform, a range of low-cost widescreen touchscreen panels spanning 5- to 13-inches and intended for MID, tablet and other ultraportable devices.

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Apple iPad PowerVR SGX graphics confirmed

Apple have quietly confirmed that their iPad tablet is based on the same type of PowerVR SGX graphics hardware as the iPhone 3GS and current-gen iPod touch. Developers digging through the latest iPad SDK beta 3 documentation have found a paragraph comparing the iPad's graphics capabilities to other SGX-based hardware, including OpenGL ES support.

ARM/GlobalFoundries 28nm SoC promises 40% power boost, double standby time

ARM/GlobalFoundries 28nm SoC promises 40% power boost, double standby time

ARM and GlobalFoundries have spilled some details on their latest system-on-a-chip (SoC), based on an ARM Cortex-A9 processor and promising a boost in both battery life and performance.  In fact, the two companies reckon systems using the chip will see a 40-percent increase in computing performance, while power consumption will be 30-less and standby times doubled.

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Viliv S10 Blade gets listed: multitouch, SSD and HSPA

Viliv S10 Blade gets listed: multitouch, SSD and HSPA

Viliv's S10 Blade, the company's 10.1-inch convertible touchscreen netbook, has finally gone up for preorder.  The good folk at import specialists Dynamism are listing seven SKUs of the netbook; the basic S10 Blade comes with Windows XP, a 60GB HDD and 1.6GHz Atom Z530 processor (and thus lacks OS multitouch support), but after that it's Windows 7 all round and a choice of 32GB or 64GB SSDs.

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Google under antitrust investigation by EU, talks of monopoly

Google under antitrust investigation by EU, talks of monopoly

The European Union is readying a new antitrust probe that will set sights on Google, upon complaints over the tech giant’s business tactics from three European internet companies; vertical search site Foundem, legal search engine Ejustice.fr, and Ciao.de, the German-based  subsidiary of Microsoft.

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NASA presents world’s most detailed, highest resolution view of Earth

NASA presents world’s most detailed, highest resolution view of Earth

If you thought the Google Earth satellite view of the aircraft facility was impressive, check out this.  It’s the most detailed, highest resolution true color shot of Earth to date, courtesy of NASA.

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HTC Legend sails through FCC with GSM support

HTC Legend sails through FCC with GSM support

The HTC Legend has moved smoothly past the FCC, which is always a positive sign with mobile devices.  GSM support has also been included.

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AT&T tops charts in latest 3G performance test

AT&T tops charts in latest 3G performance test

With the increasingly explosive smartphone market, top-notch 3G network performance has become even more important than ever before.  AT&T manages to steal the throne for peak 3G performance, according to a recent PC World test report, beating out various other competitors by a wide margin.

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