Archive for Mar 29, 2010

Sony Ericsson X10 pre-order up on Vodafone

Sony Ericsson X10 pre-order up on Vodafone

We mentioned back in February that the Sony Ericsson XPEREIA X10 would be landing on the Vodafone network in April. If you have been waiting for the device to land it will be available on April 2 reports Vodafone.

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FieldBook rugged computer sports 7-inch sunlight readable screen

FieldBook rugged computer sports 7-inch sunlight readable screen

Rugged computers are designed for very specialized uses such as military work and for workers who are out in the field in rugged conditions. You can't send a plain notebook or netbook into harsh environments and expect it to last long.

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Samsung first to ship 32GB memory modules for servers

Samsung first to ship 32GB memory modules for servers

Samsung has been making all sorts of memory and storage products for consumers and enterprise machines for a long time. The company has announced its latest memory modules for server systems that are built using 40nm technology and have a very high capacity.

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AMD throws Opteron 6000 8-core and 12-core CPUs into ring

AMD throws Opteron 6000 8-core and 12-core CPUs into ring

It has only been a short while since Intel pulled the wraps off its Gulftown CPUs. AMD has now tossed its own new server platform CPUs into the ring with the introduction of the new AMD Opteron 6000 series CPUs with 8-cores and 12-cores.

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Cowon J3 AMOLED PMP gets official

Cowon J3 AMOLED PMP gets official

Cowon's reputation for strong audio performance and well-constructed PMPs has left us eagerly anticipating the company's new J3 mediaplayer, and while we've still to listen to the end result, from a style point of view the J3 certainly packs a punch.  Fresh to Cowon's site, the J3 has a 3.3-inch 16m color AMOLED touchscreen, Bluetooth 2.0 (with A2DP support), T-DMB and a TV-out connection, together with a microSD card slot and their own JetEffect 3.0 and BBE+ DSP.

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Archos 7 Home Tablet drops in 7 days time?

Archos 7 Home Tablet drops in 7 days time?

Archos promised we could expect the Archos 7 Home Tablet - announced back at CeBIT 2010 - sometime in April 2010, but it looks like the 7-inch touchscreen slate could be arriving in tandem with the iPad.  German retailer Redcoon.de reckon they'll have the Archos 7 HT in stock in a week's time, though it's the slightly more expensive 8GB model rather than the €149 ($203) entry-level 2GB version.

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Sony PS3 firmware v3.21 strips “Other OS” functionality

Sony PS3 firmware v3.21 strips “Other OS” functionality

Sony have announced a new PS3 firmware update, but while most users generally look forward to such events, v3.21 is likely to cause Sony no end of headaches.  That's because, rather than add in functionality, PS3 firmware v3.21 seems only intended to remove the ability to install other OSes to the console.  Sony have described the move - which will impact versions of the PS3 prior to the current PS3 Slim model - as prompted by "security concerns", though fail to detail exactly what those concerns might be.  It's a decision that some believe is connected to geohot's hacking of the PS3 back in January 2010.

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ASUS ENGTX480 & ENGTX470 GeForce 480/470 video cards get official

ASUS ENGTX480 & ENGTX470 GeForce 480/470 video cards get official

Since they'd already shown us the box-art for their new video cards based on NVIDIA's GTX 480/470 GPU, it perhaps comes as little surprise that ASUS have made their ENGTX480 and ENGTX470 cards official.  Using the GeForce Fermi chips, the ENGTX480 uses the GTX480 core with 1401 stream processors and a 384-bit memory interface, while the ENGTX470 has 1215 stream processors.

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Microsoft tip Zune HD 64 for storage-hounds

Microsoft tip Zune HD 64 for storage-hounds

What's that you say, 32GB of Zune HD storage simply insufficient for your A/V needs?  Simmer down, Microsoft hear your plaintive, ear-splitting cries and it looks like they're responding in the most obvious way: with a Zune HD 64.

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Nintendo DSi XL suffers teardown

Nintendo DSi XL suffers teardown

Like being brutalised in boarding school showers, suffering the indignity of a teardown is mandatory for today's top tech.  iFixit have taken their screwdrivers and spudgers to the Nintendo DSi XL, fresh to the US this weekend, and now splayed across a table for us to pick through its components.

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Interpark Biscuit 3G ereader hits Korea

Interpark Biscuit 3G ereader hits Korea

Another week, another oddly named ebook reader.  Korean shopping heavyweight Interpark have announced their own entrant to the ereader market, in the shape of Biscuit.  Similar to the Amazon Kindle, though with a distinctive keyboard layout that moves the core navigation buttons to below the display rather than their more common edge positions, the Biscuit includes 3G connectivity for mobile downloads of ebooks and newspapers.

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Google: “We share revenue on search, not on mobile apps”

Google: “We share revenue on search, not on mobile apps”

Have Google been attempting to lure in carrier support by offering a slice of their in-app advertising revenue?  According to the company's spokesperson, despite rumors to the contrary last week, network operators only ever see a portion of ad revenue on search results, not from Google-branded apps like Gmail.  In fact, the deal is just the same whether the handset runs Android or another OS.

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