Archive for Feb 23, 2010

Google Earth: world’s largest plane necropolis

Google Earth: world’s largest plane necropolis

For the first time, Google Earth has recently released this incredible view of a retired aircraft facility via satellite.  It’s the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration (AMARG), aka the Boneyard.  It’s four square miles of 4,000 retired aircraft located in Arizona, including nearly every plane the US armed forces have flown since WWII.

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Microsoft’s three Windows Phone 7 chassis designs tipped

Details of Microsoft's hardware plans for Windows Phone 7 have leaked, courtesy of a Frankly Speaking podcast featuring Microsoft Australia Developer Evangelists Michael Kordahi and Andrew Coates.  According to the pair, Microsoft have narrowed down WP7 hardware to three chassis: Chassis 1, which is expected to incorporate all the devices set to launch later this year, will be the "big touchscreen" models with 1GHz processors and discrete GPUs.

MSI Wind Top AE2420 packs 3D, multitouch, 1080p and Core i7

MSI Wind Top AE2420 packs 3D, multitouch, 1080p and Core i7

CeBIT 2010 is coming, and MSI are tipping their hand for what pleasures they'll have at the show.  Most interesting are the latest Wind Top all-in-ones, the 24-inch AE2420 and the 22-inch AE2280; rather than the nettop-based models we've seen before, these new Wind Tops will use Intel's Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, ramping up to 3D capabilities on the top-spec machine.

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Lanner LEC-7020 nettop packs 3G & GPS

Lanner LEC-7020 nettop packs 3G & GPS

Just as netbooks eventually settled to a common spec, so nettops have proved uninspiring with their capabilities; that said, there's always room for something unusual, and so Lanner's new LEC-7020 certainly has appeal.  The company are positioning the compact PC as an embedded device, but with an Intel Atom N270 processor, GMA 950 graphics and up to 2GB of RAM it's really no different from other nettops we've seen.  As for that differentiator, the LEC-7020 has an integrated 3G modem with GPS.

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No Lenovo ThinkPad slate tablets after negative market research

No Lenovo ThinkPad slate tablets after negative market research

Lenovo may be consistently updating their tablet PC range - in fact their latest press release pointed out that their first ThinkPad was in fact a tablet - but that doesn't mean they're going blithely down the same path as Apple and the rest.  According to CNET, the company have tested the slate form-factor waters with their customers, but the allure of the legendary ThinkPad keyboard is simply too great.

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MagicJack lose defamation case, charged $50,000

One of the more controversial products we've written about - certainly one which provokes the most argument among commenters - is the MagicJack VoIP adapter.  Thanks to regular cable TV adverts, a "too good to be true" confusion about the service and an outspoken CEO, the company regularly find themselves the subject of debate.  That debate flipped over into a legal battle, however, when Boing Boing critiqued the MagicJack EULA; the VoIP firm decided they didn't like the accusations that they would use call information to target customers with adverts, took Boing Boing to court, and ended up having to pay $50,000 in damages.

Project Natal tipped for October; response lag measured

A relative gush of Project Natal information today, with BBC presenter Jonathan Ross apparently tipping an October launch date for the motion-control gaming system, while MTV take on another timing issue by measuring the peripheral's lag.  Ross had been trying Natal at a Microsoft event this week, and proceeded to tweet "Natal on Xbox is impressive. Not quite there yet I think but they have until October and if they get it right... sky's the limit."

ATI Radeon HD 5830 detailed: disappointing specs

ATI Radeon HD 5830 detailed: disappointing specs

Specifications for the much-anticipated ATI Radeon HD 5830 have leaked, courtesy of Chinese site IT168.com, and there's a little disappointment in store for anyone expecting a bargain HD5850 alternative.  The slide - which is tipped to have come from an internal presentation deck - confirms the rumored $250 pricing window, but also that the new card is down a significant 320 stream processors, 16 texture units and 16 ROPs on the HD 5850.

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SanDisk G3 SSD on sale: 2x speed of 7,200rpm HDD

SanDisk G3 SSD on sale: 2x speed of 7,200rpm HDD

SanDisk have pushed their latest solid-state drive out of the door, and the G3 SSD looks to be a real screamer.  Available in both 60GB and 120GB capacities, the drive promises double the speed of a typical 7,200rpm hard-drive, with sequential read speeds of up to 220 MB/sec and write speeds of up to 120 MB/sec.

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Apple defend App Store censorship: some dirty devs spoiled it for everyone

Apple defend App Store censorship: some dirty devs spoiled it for everyone

Given Apple's previous attitude toward developers for its App Store, and the regulations it puts in place, it should come as no surprise really that they've thrown the cat among the saucy pigeons this week.  The Cupertino company have rolled out Phil Schiller, head of worldwide product marketing, to explain why purveyors of titillating apps - including swimsuit-clad ladies, jiggling chests and rock-hard glutes - are finding their software unceremoniously yanked, despite meeting Apple's previous age restriction guidelines.  The answer?  Some developers had been submitting "an increasing number of apps containing very objectionable content."

Apparently Apple was tiring of customer complaints that the App Store was turning too top-shelf in its offerings, though as we've seen before there's a degree of inconsistency that has led to several accusations of hypocrisy on the company's part.  While many titles from small developers have been pulled from the virtual shelves, others - such as from Playboy and Sports Illustrated - are still on sale.

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Habey unveils tiny BIS-6620 HTPC

Habey unveils tiny BIS-6620 HTPC

Small is good when it comes to trying to find a way to fit a desktop computer on your desk or into your entertainment center for use as a HTPC. A company called Habey has unveiled its latest tiny computer that is called the BIS-6620.

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Kingston microSD fakes prompt “ghost shift” investigation

Kingston microSD fakes prompt “ghost shift” investigation

Who would've thought memory cards could be so full of intrigue.  Andrew "bunnie" Huang - whose name you might remember from inside the chumby One - was prompted to investigate an apparent bad batch of Kingston microSD cards when the touchscreen widget device (which stores its OS on a microSD) started acting up.  He went on to discover that his dodgy batch was in fact the tip of a fake card iceberg, which seems to suggest Kingston's suppliers have been producing so-called "ghost shift" fakes during factory downtime, with Kingston's brand but serious quality shortcomings.

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