Archive for Mar 30, 2010

Apple iPad Gets the Burning Questions Answered by Industry Intellectuals

Apple iPad Gets the Burning Questions Answered by Industry Intellectuals

Despite the fact that the iPad is going to finally be in consumer's hands this Saturday, and despite the fact that Apple has posted up a long list of iPad "how-to" videos, there are still questions. Of course, a lot of those questions can't be answered by either of those two things. The truth is, people's questions about the iPad are vast, far-reaching experiences that very nearly touch upon the Devil's Advocate scenario. But, that didn't stop Laptop Mag from compiling a list of those questions, and then getting them answered by some of the industry's greatest minds.

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Apple iTunes 9.1 Goes Live; Mac OS X 10.6.3 Released

Apple iTunes 9.1 Goes Live; Mac OS X 10.6.3 Released

Apple is definitely stepping up to the plate this week. They've released two major updates to the two biggest players on the software front. The iTunes update is designed specifically to address the coming features that the iPad is going to need to function; and the latter is meant to patch up several quirks in the previous version of the Operating System, along with some improved compatibility.

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Microsoft Xbox 360 Slim Shown Off Next to Current Xbox 360

Microsoft Xbox 360 Slim Shown Off Next to Current Xbox 360

Chalk this one up to a rumor, real quick. While we've seen what the Valhalla redesign is going to look like on the inside, but up until about now there's been nothing about what the physical aesthetics would look like. Now, we realize that the images herein don't go far into fixing that, but you can clearly see that whatever this person is holding, it does look like a smaller Xbox 360. And, sadly enough, it could be something as simple as this that breaks the cover on this long-rumored piece of gadgetry.

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Nintendo DSi XL Review

Nintendo DSi XL Review

It's the DSi on steroids, the portable console for the poorly sighted, for your grandparents, for anyone with big hands and big pockets. On sale in Japan for several months now, the Nintendo DSi XL has only just arrived on North American shores. Not so much a replacement, then, for the DSi as its chubbier sibling; check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Apple iPad Hitting Every Seton Hill University Full Time Student

Apple iPad Hitting Every Seton Hill University Full Time Student

There's no doubt that the education market is somewhere that Apple wants the iPad to be. After all, using the tablet as a replacement for your huge text books would probably be something every student on the planet would be willing to do. Especially if the book publishers could figure out a good price for those digital editions. And it looks like those in the board room at Seton Hill University agree with Apple, at least enough to start including iPads for Fall, full-time students.

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Apple sued over multitouch IP: iPad & iPhone imports under threat?

Apple sued over multitouch IP: iPad & iPhone imports under threat?

Apple's iPad might be shipping out to preorder customers, but there's at least one company who'd like to put a stop to it.  Taiwanese company Elan Microelectronics have filed a suit against Apple with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) today, on the premise that the Cupertino company's multitouch implementation impinges on one of their own patents.  If upheld, the ITC could block Apple from bringing iPads - along with iPhones, iPod touch PMPs and the Magic Mouse - into the US.

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OLPC license Pixel Qi 3qi low-power displays for XO laptops

OLPC license Pixel Qi 3qi low-power displays for XO laptops

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project and Pixel Qi have announced a cross-licensing agreement that will see the former's affordable laptops for developing nations use the latter's 3qi low-power displays.  It comes as little surprise, perhaps, what with Pixel Qi founder Mary Lou Jepsen being an ex-OLPC team member; the Pixel Qi panels were always planned to head back to OLPC and reduce the energy-efficient laptops' power consumption even further.

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Motorola DROID Android 2.1 firmware going OTA right now?

Motorola DROID Android 2.1 firmware going OTA right now?

What's that you say, an Android 2.1 update for the Motorola DROID?  Pretty demanding, aren't you.  Still, according to a leaked internal Verizon memo that Engadget somehow managed to acquire, your demands have been heard and - if all is going to plan - the first 1,000 people selected to receive the new firmware will have had an on-device notification.  That number will grow to 10,000 by midnight tonight, with broader availability promised for this coming Thursday.

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Dell Precision M4500 hits virtual shelves: Core i5/i7 and Quadro FX graphics

Dell Precision M4500 hits virtual shelves: Core i5/i7 and Quadro FX graphics

If you're in the market for a beastly mobile workstation then Dell have you covered; the Dell Precision M4500 has finally gone up for sale, complete with a choice of dualcore Core i5 or i7 CPUs or Intel's quadcore Core i7 chips.  Either one or two hard-drives can be specified (either up to 500GB HDD or 256GB SSD) and a choice of NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M or FX1800M graphics.

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TomTom Start2 budget PND revealed

TomTom Start2 budget PND revealed

TomTom have outed their latest entry-level PND, the TomTom Start2, and if you prefer to keep your navigation separate from your cellphone then it's a budget way to avoid getting lost.  The Start2 packs a 3.5-inch touchscreen along with RDS-TMC automatic traffic reports using TomTom's IQ Routes system.

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