Archive for Mar 25, 2010

Mad Catz Eclipse Lifetouch Keyboard Passes Through the FCC in Time for Spring Release

Mad Catz Eclipse Lifetouch Keyboard Passes Through the FCC in Time for Spring Release

Do you need a keyboard? Even if you don't need one, maybe you should get one. And we mean this one, from Mad Catz, which was initially shown off at CES this year. Yes, it is that shiny, and yes, it does have an LCD touchscreen right next to the physical keyboard. But, that's not a normal touchscreen. Oh no, Mad Catz has a nice surprise for you. And thanks to the FCC passing it through its gauntlet, we are one step closer to seeing it in retail stores.

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Qualcomm Gobi Has Roadmap Rolled Out, Makes All the Necessary Stops

Qualcomm Gobi Has Roadmap Rolled Out, Makes All the Necessary Stops

When you're out and about, you want to be connected. Whether that means with your cell phone, or your netbook or laptop, having that connected feeling makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. That's not just us, right? If it is you, then Gobi is definitely one of those chipsets that you owe your happiness too. Just as we've mentioned in the past, the Gobi mobile technology is designed to keep you connected at all times, and that also means without a care in the world for how you achieve that connection. Qualcomm has unveiled their roadmap for their Gobi connectivity technologies, and we're pretty sure they've covered all their bases. Probably more than they needed, actually.

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AMD Announces First to Support for OpenGL 4.0

AMD Announces First to Support for OpenGL 4.0

OpenGL is one of those things that has made the iPhone one of the strongest competitors for the mobile gaming market. The platform offers developers a robust way to program 3D applications, especially games. And with the support of companies like AMD, the interface will continue to benefit from utilizing some of the best processors on the planet. AMD has announced today that they are happy to be the first to fully support the recently released OpenGL 4.0.

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Apple iBookstore Will Include the Gutenberg Project Catalog

Apple iBookstore Will Include the Gutenberg Project Catalog

The Apple iPad is just about upon us, and it seems that the iBookstore, and the iBooks in particular, are coming under some heavy scrutiny just days before launch. That's a good thing for us (and you), because it's shedding some more light on one of the more pragmatic issues with the tablet device. We already knew that the tablet was going to support reading and importing ePub formatted books, but if these images are to be believed, that may be a non-issue at this point.

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AdMob February 2010 Report Shows 48% Increase in Smartphone Traffic

AdMob February 2010 Report Shows 48% Increase in Smartphone Traffic

There's no doubt that, as we move forward, the world of mobile phones is drastically increasing in just about every single way imaginable. After all, when companies like HTC work together with wireless carriers like Sprint to bring out the EVO 4G, online traffic is going to increase. And, as AdMob shows with their report last month, we can see that smartphones are on a sharp incline, but so are Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs). Where do feature phones fit in all of this? That's what some would consider the bad news.

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Dental Students Practice on Robot, Her Name is Hanako

Dental Students Practice on Robot, Her Name is Hanako

Ah, robots. They're the fascination of some of the world's most popular science fiction tales, and for many people, are the messengers of doom. And while we'd be quick to dispel any of those maddening rumors, we have to take a step back and reevaluate the situation when we see things like this. Sure, it's only a robot that simulates a dental experience, but what's next? Only your imagination (or, the imagination of some scientists somewhere) knows the answer to that. In any case, meet Hanako. She's a dental patient simulator.

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Project Natal “world premiere” on June 13th at E3 2010

Project Natal “world premiere” on June 13th at E3 2010

Microsoft have announced that the Project Natal motion-gaming system for Xbox 360 will be making its "world premiere" at E3 on Sunday, June 13th 2010.  Originally demonstrating the system back at E3 2009, this time around we're hoping that Microsoft throw in some pricing and specific availability details for Project Natal.  The "experience" event will be followed by a proper press conference on Monday morning.

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Netflix for Wii instant-streaming discs shipping now

Netflix for Wii instant-streaming discs shipping now

Nintendo and Netflix have been promising to give Wii users the ability to stream movies - albeit only in SD, not HD resolution - since October last year, and it looks like it's finally being rolled out.  Rather than a firmware update for the console itself, Netflix are shipping out DVDs that enable the functionality on the Wii; according to Dave Zatz Netflix have confirmed that those DVDs are en-route.

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Alienware M11x Review

Alienware M11x Review

It's usually pretty straightforward: an 11.6-inch notebook will deliver battery life but lack grunt, while a larger machine is more likely to pack performance at the expense of liberty from a power point. The Alienware M11x promises to change all that; while it may have the diminutive dimensions of a CULV notebook, its overclocked processor and switchable discrete graphics claim to make it a gamer's machine where longevity is a choice. Is the M11x really the best of both worlds? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Peek tease “really, truly big stuff” incoming

Peek tease “really, truly big stuff” incoming

Peek's dedicated email device has a growing band of dedicated followers, who prize its simplicity above "jack of all trades" smartphones, and now the company is planning its next assault.  In a new blog post (where they also admit they're running a little tight on cash) the company reveals it's working on what's tongue-in-cheek described as Project Big Stuff, something they're billing as far more impressive than lifetime subscriptions.

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Samsung clinch $240m iPad display contract; 4th-gen iPhone using Samsung LCDs?

Samsung clinch $240m iPad display contract; 4th-gen iPhone using Samsung LCDs?

You know when might have been a good time to have bought Samsung stock?  Oh, a few hours ago; that way you could've reaped the rewards of what will probably be a healthy uptick as the market reacts to news that Apple have ordered a further 3m iPad displays from the company.  According to an unnamed industry executive speaking to The Korea Times, Samsung is now Apple's second supplier for 9.7-inch LCD panels - after LG Display Co. in a deal inked last year - with the agreement worth $240m.

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