Archive for Apr 27, 2010

Quirky Switch modular Swiss Army knife debuts

Quirky Switch modular Swiss Army knife debuts

Things were very different when I was a kid compared to today. If I left my 5-year-old home all day while I went to work, I would go to jail. That was common when I was a kid. Schools were also more relaxed back then. I once took my Swiss Army knife to school for show and tell in first grade. The teacher made me leave it in her desk during recess, but no one called the cops.

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TomTom GO LIVE 1000 gets capacitive touchscreen, integrated Vodafone modem

TomTom GO LIVE 1000 gets capacitive touchscreen, integrated Vodafone modem

TomTom have unveiled their new flagship PND, the TomTom GO LIVE 1000, and it's the first from the company to pack a capacitive touchscreen and new, Webkit-based UI.  The GO LIVE 1000 comes with a year's subscription to TomTom's LIVE services including HD Traffic - which can show congestion details on highways and smaller roads - via an integrated Vodafone connection, as well as TomTom's IQ Routes for intelligent journey planning that takes into account historic traffic patterns.

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Nokia N8 gets official: €370 in Q3 2010 [Video]

Nokia N8 gets official: €370 in Q3 2010 [Video]

Nokia have officially announced the N8 smartphone, the handset we saw prematurely reviewed (and somewhat panned) yesterday, and the first from the company to pack a 12-megapixel camera with Xenon flash, HDMI connectivity and Symbian^3 OS.  As we've heard before, there's a 3.5-inch 640 x 360 capacitive touchscreen, GPS and 16GB of built-in storage plus a microSD card slot.

Video demos after the cut

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Denon A/V Receivers outed: 5.1 and 7.1 surround, optional internet access

Denon A/V Receivers outed: 5.1 and 7.1 surround, optional internet access

As well as Denon's pair of new "universal" Blu-ray players, the company also has a double-handful of A/V receivers to announce too.  The Denon AVR-991, AVR-891, AVR-791, AVR-591 and the AVR-391 are all "home theater" models and will begin to show up on shelves from May 2010, while there are two new 7.1-channel premium models, the AVR-1911 and AVR-1611, and three "CI-class" receivers for custom integrators, the AVR-4311CI, AVR-3311CI and AVR-2311CI.  All get HDMI v1.4a Repeater Inputs with 3D (supporting all mandated formats), an Audio Return Channel and CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) support, while some pack multi-room audio and HD audio from Dolby and DTS.

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Denon DBP-2011UDCI and 166UD universal Blu-ray players debut

Denon DBP-2011UDCI and 166UD universal Blu-ray players debut

Denon have outed their latest range of Blu-ray players, complete with 3D "readiness", which slot into the company's "universal" range.  That means the DBP-2011UDCI and DBP-1611UD won't just play Blu-ray and DVD discs, but CD, DVD-Audio and SACD as well.  In fact, Denon reckon the pair can handle "virtually all 5-inch silver discs", which seems like an invitation to a lawsuit to us.

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AMD Phenom II X6 1090T review roundup

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T review roundup

So AMD's new hexacore CPU range is official, it's cheap (comparatively speaking), but is it any good?  For that we turn to the bevy of launch-day reviews, and if you're the sort of person who sneaks a look at the last page of a book because they simply have to know the outcome, here it is: for the money, the Phenom II X6 1090T processor is threatening to give Intel's similarly priced chips something of a spanking.  More after the cut.

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Toshiba NB305-10F and HP Mini 210 get Atom N455 update

Toshiba NB305-10F and HP Mini 210 get Atom N455 update

Intel's new Atom N455 and N475 processors - which add support for DDR3 memory - may be imminently close to launch, but they're not quite official yet; we're guessing that's why Toshiba Japan promptly yanked the product page for the new NB305-10F netbook.  Pretty much the same machine as we've seen before (and reviewed back in its earlier N270 days), the only real difference with the NB305-10F is it gets an Atom N455 with 1GB of DDR3 RAM.

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