Archive for Mar 31, 2010

Nintendo 3DS reveal prompted by press leak?

Nintendo 3DS reveal prompted by press leak?

Back when Nintendo mysteriously announced the 3D-capable 3DS in a blunt press release that looked more like an internal memo, we speculated that the company could've been looking to shore up their stock price ahead of the financial year ending.  As it turns out, the move was a defensive one based on Japanese press discovering the 3DS' existence.  According to one analyst, suppliers had spilled the beans on the handheld - which promises stereoscopic gaming without demanding special glasses be worn - and Nintendo chose to break the news themselves.

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KDDI Sharp IS01 MID gets video demos

KDDI Sharp IS01 MID gets video demos

There's nothing like bathing in the cool green glow of your KDDI Sharp IS01 to cheer you up, just as this happy model has found.  If you can't get enough of the 5-inch multitouch-capable Android clamshell MID then Gigazine's hands-on report should be your next port of call; they've got lashings of video showing the IS01 in action, some of which you can see after the cut.

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ASUS confirms Google and Windows Eee Pad tablets for 2010

ASUS confirms Google and Windows Eee Pad tablets for 2010

ASUS have slowly been trickling out details on their upcoming tablet strategy over the past few months, with quietly-debuted hardware at trade shows and talk of at least two models sometime in 2010, and now chairman Jonney Shih has thrown some OS talk into the mixture.  Speaking to Forbes, Shih confirmed that ASUS will be keeping a foot in both Microsoft's and Google's camps, with at least one machine running either Google Chrome OS or Android and another getting Windows, as they prepare to take on Apple's iPad.

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Chrome browser gets baked-in Flash support

Chrome browser gets baked-in Flash support

Whether you're on the "bring on the Flash" side of the fence, or patiently counting down the days until its demise at the hands of HTML5, you can't escape the fact that much of the online content we see is powered by Adobe's technology.  Google have therefore announced a new build of the Google Chrome browser that has Flash baked in; it's the first step in their collaborative work with Adobe to tighten up the Flash experience with a new API rather than the flaky browser plug-in method currently used.

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Cisco Valet easy-setup routers & Linksys E-Series routers debut

Cisco Valet easy-setup routers & Linksys E-Series routers debut

Cisco have gone networking crazy today (though, given networking is their core business we're glad they're taking it seriously) with the launch of both a new consumer range of routers, the Cisco Valet series, and a "tech enthusiast" range, the Linksys E-Series.  The Valet range - which consists of the Valet and Valet Plus - prioritises ease of setup, using a USB stick onto which all of the network settings are installed, meaning you can get a new machine online simply by plugging it in once.

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Spotify for iPhone v0.4 approved for App Store

Spotify for iPhone v0.4 approved for App Store

After news that Spotify are looking to launch their streaming music service in the US come Q3 2010, we'd wager there are a few more people interested in the company's freshly updated - and Apple approved - iPhone application.  Announced a couple of weeks back, the new Spotify v0.4 - which adds Last.fm scrobbling, easier "starred" favorites and several other features - has now found its way into the App Store.

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ASUS Republic of Gamers MATRIX 5870 auto-overclocks for 19% FPS boost

ASUS Republic of Gamers MATRIX 5870 auto-overclocks for 19% FPS boost

Oh, it just gets better and better.  Hot on the already pretty sparking heels of the 5870 EYEFINITY 6/6S/2GD5 comes the card we've perhaps really been waiting for, the ASUS Republic of Gamers MATRIX 5870.  First spotted in the wild last month, the ROG MATRIX 5870 takes ATI's new Radeon HD 5870, tickles the core GPU clock speed to 894MHz and then throws in ASUS' Super Hybrid Engine (SHE) that automatically overclocks the card depending on what it's being used for.  So, ASUS reckon, you'll see an average 19-percent performance boost in FPS games set to maximum detail, or a whopping 50-percent boost to 2D graphics.

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Logitech Harmony 300: universal remote for under $50 [Video]

Logitech Harmony 300: universal remote for under $50 [Video]

Most universal remotes, Logitech reckons, have a "bad reputation" for being tricky to program; that's something the company hopes to amend with the new Logitech Harmony 300.  Capable of replacing up to four remotes, the real interest is in Logitech's newly redesigned myharmony.com setup site that promises easy configuration for over 225,000 devices covering 5,000 brands.

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ATI Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 gets official: 850MHz GPU & 2GB of GDDR5

ATI Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 gets official: 850MHz GPU & 2GB of GDDR5

Wondering where on earth that ASUS 5870 EYEFINITY 6/6S/2GD5 came from?  Why, it's just the latest card build on ATI's new Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition video card platform, promising to be the first card capable of over 1bn pixels per second in real-world gaming.  Packing a full 2GB of GDDR5 memory, the HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 is capable of 12 times 1080p Full HD resolution by squirting out six separate Mini DisplayPort signals shared - thanks to ATI Eyefinity technology - over six separate panels.

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ASUS 5870 EYEFINITY 6/6S/2GD5 packs six DisplayPorts

ASUS 5870 EYEFINITY 6/6S/2GD5 packs six DisplayPorts

Remember ASUS' beastly ROG overclocked Radeon HD 5870 graphics card we saw leaked a while back?  The new ASUS 5870 EYEFINITY 6/6S/2GD5 doesn't look to be quite the same card, but it's not hard to see the family resemblance: packing an overclocked 850MHz Radeon HD 5870 GPU paired with 2GB of GDDR5 memory, the card has a full six Mini DisplayPort connectors for driving six monitors separately.

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The Daily Slash: March 30 2010

The Daily Slash: March 30 2010

There's only one more day left in the month, which means folks are one more day closer to the iPad. So, just because it's definitely part of the day-to-day news feed, we'll knock out the Apple-related news first, shall we? Speaking of, it's looking like Canada may, in fact, be part of the rest of the world's roll-out of the Apple tablet. Great news for the North, eh? Then, considering how much FedEx drives around, it's probably time for the delivery company to invest in some electric vehicles, right? Next, we've got a jug of milk that's smarter than all of us. And finally, the official Xbox 360 "pre-configured" USB drive gets officially priced, but you probably won't like the results.

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