Archive for February, 2010

Nokia Ovi Maps Android/WinMo port rumor seems entirely unlikely [Update: yep, false]

Nokia Ovi Maps Android/WinMo port rumor seems entirely unlikely [Update: yep, false]

Stand by for some confusion this Thursday morning, as a Nokia exec apparently confirms that Ovi Maps will be ported to Android or Windows Mobile.  The company launched the latest version of Ovi Maps - with free turn-by-turn navigation and other hitherto premium functionality - back in January, but Nokia's general manager for the Alps and South East Europe, Greig Williams, told Austrian paper Die Presse that porting the app "will be the next step."

Update: Apparently Williams was misquoted; more details after the cut.

Wii refresh “when the time is right” but not “any time soon” repeats Nintendo exec

Wii refresh “when the time is right” but not “any time soon” repeats Nintendo exec

You'd think after all the questions Nintendo would realise that we'd really like some updated Wii hardware, but their execs continue to downplay any need for a console refresh.  Speaking at the recent Nintendo Summit, Nintendo of America executive VP of sales and marketing Cammie Dunaway insisted that "Even though our installed base it, at this point, 5 million households larger than the PS2 was at the same point in its lifecycle, [Wii] still has a lot of room to grow."

Elgato EyeTV Netstream DTT: TV for your whole network

Elgato EyeTV Netstream DTT: TV for your whole network

Elgato have launched a new digital TV tuner intended for use with PCs and Macs, but while most such tuners plug in via USB 2.0 the EyeTV Netstream DTT hooks up to your home network.  Recognising the fact that many users lack decent DVB-T/Freeview coverage or a hard-wired antenna in every place they want to view TV at home, Elgato's new system streams content to PCs and Macs via WiFi or wired ethernet.

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Recognizr gives Android face-recognition skills [Video]

Recognizr gives Android face-recognition skills [Video]

One of Sony Ericsson's headline features for the XPERIA X10 is facial recognition, with the phone able to identify individuals in photos and link them to their entry in the address book.  Developers The Astonishing Tribe look to be planning something similar for all Android devices, though; Recognizr, currently a proof-of-concept, can spot people from a live camera view and surround them with links to their various connected content, whether that be a local Contacts entry or their online social networking profiles and blogs.

Video demo after the cut

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NVIDIA Fermi GeForce GTX 470/480 cards scarce at launch?

NVIDIA Fermi GeForce GTX 470/480 cards scarce at launch?

AMD are hammering away with their DirectX 11 graphics cards - the ATI Radeon HD 5830 made official this morning is a good example - but things may not be quite so ship-shape over at NVIDIA.  According to DigiTimes' sources, despite NVIDIA's intent to announce their Fermi-based GeForce GTX 470/780 GPUs on March 26th, there'll be a limited number of actual shipping cards at the time.  That, they reckon, is down to NVIDIA's reluctance to part with reference board designs.

Quake 3 ported to Android [Video]

Quake 3 ported to Android [Video]

Just as running Doom has become a rite of passage for mobile devices in recent years, so to has getting Quake 3 to play.  kwaak3 is a port of Quake 3 to Android by developer Thunderbird2k, who has managed to get the classic 3D title running at over 30fps on his DROID.

Video demo after the cut

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Pentax X90 162.5x Intelligent Zoom camera outed

Pentax X90 162.5x Intelligent Zoom camera outed

How much zoom is too much zoom?  That's something you'll have to ask Pentax, whose new X90 camera - the successor to the Pentax X70 - boasts a 26x optical zoom and a special "Intelligent Zoom" feature that, they reckon, can extend it to 162.5x "without compromising the optical performance".  Behind that long-stretching lens there's a 12.1-megapixel sensor and both optical and digital anti-shake systems.

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