Archive for April, 2010

Nokia N8 browser gets video demo: multitouch, Flash & more

Nokia N8 browser gets video demo: multitouch, Flash & more

Nokia have offered a reasonable number of video demos of the new N8 smartphone, but one thing we've not seen before is how the Symbian^3 handset's browser works.  A video has been quietly added to YouTube demonstrating not just page rendering but kinetic scrolling, multitouch pinch-zooming and flash support, but if we were you we'd watch it sooner rather than later: one version has already been taken down.

Video demo after the cut

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Moore’s Law CPU scaling “is now dead” claims NVIDIA VP; GPU parallel computing is the future

Moore’s Law CPU scaling “is now dead” claims NVIDIA VP; GPU parallel computing is the future

Earlier this month, SlashGear columnist Michael Gartenberg pondered whether Moore's Law was still relevant to PCs; obviously NVIDIA chief scientist and vice president Bill Dally has only just got the memo.  The engineer has penned a guest column for Forbes on the limitations of current CPU technology, and more specifically the fact that - while processor speed has increased pretty much as Moore predicted - the power scaling part of Moore's Law has ended.  "As a result, the CPU scaling predicted by Moore's Law is now dead," Dally suggests, before suggesting that parallel computing will be our saviour.

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Pandigital Photo Mail DPF with AT&T 3G drops imminently

Pandigital Photo Mail DPF with AT&T 3G drops imminently

Remember the Pandigital Photo Mail Digital Photo Frame?  We mocked its name and wretched press shots back in January, but also lauded its integrated AT&T 3G for wirelessly receiving new images sent to a dedicated email address.  Pandigital have just announced that the $179.99 will go on sale within the next couple of weeks, and they've also confirmed pricing for their pre-pay photo download packages.

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Acer TimelineX 1830T, 3820T, 4820T and 5820T priced

Acer TimelineX 1830T, 3820T, 4820T and 5820T priced

Acer's TimelineX range of notebooks may have had a patchy launch, but the company - or at least their German arm - has finally followed up with some hard release details and pricing.  The 13.3-inch Acer Aspire TimelineX 1830T will land in early June for €549 ($731), while the 13.3-inch 3820T will be €699 ($931), and both the 14-inch 4820T and the 15.6-inch 5820T will start from €749 ($997).

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RIM oust Motorola from top 5 phone vendors; Samsung see major growth

RIM oust Motorola from top 5 phone vendors; Samsung see major growth

Motorola have dropped out of the top five worldwide mobile phone manufacturers ranking, according to analysts IDC, with RIM taking their place.  The move - which pegs Nokia in first place, followed by Samsung in second, LG in third and RIM sharing fourth place with Sony Ericsson - is being described as a sign of growing smartphone demand.  Motorola, who have been a member of the top five since IDC began tracking worldwide quarterly figures in 2004, shipped 8.5m handsets in the three month period at the start of 2010; in contrast, RIM shipped 10.6m.

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Ainol V8000HDW PMP gets reviewed: slick 1080p from HDMI output

Ainol V8000HDW PMP gets reviewed: slick 1080p from HDMI output

PMPs should have HDMI ports.  It's a pretty straightforward - and common-sense - idea, but most big-name portable media player manufacturers would far prefer to fit a proprietary socket and then sell you a pricey adapter cable afterwards.  Ainol may not be a brand name you're familiar with, but judging by MP4nation's review their new V8000HDW certainly should be on your shortlist if you're keen on HD playback.

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Microsoft pushing H.264 HTML5 video in IE9; Flash has “reliability, security & performance” issues

Microsoft pushing H.264 HTML5 video in IE9; Flash has “reliability, security & performance” issues

Apple and Microsoft might not always agree, but it seems they coincide when it comes to Flash video.  After Steve Jobs posted a lengthy critique of Adobe's technology yesterday - followed by a reasonably swift rebuttal from the company themselves - Microsoft's Dean Hachamovitch, general manager for IE9, has waded in to throw some support HTML5 and H.264's way.  According to Hachamovitch, "in its HTML5 support, IE9 will support playback of H.264 video only."

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Courier is dead, long live Courier?

Courier is dead, long live Courier?

Ah, Courier, we hardly knew you. "We have no plans" Microsoft say "to build such a device at this time." Now, perhaps it's my tablet-addled, ever-hopeful mind, but that doesn't sound quite the same thing as "you won't see a Courier-style device." In fact, you could easily interpret it as a carefully worded workaround: we're not going to build a Microsoft Courier, the company says, but other firms might. After all, they've already mention that "its technologies will be evaluated for use in future Microsoft offerings."

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iPhone HD prototype finders outed

iPhone HD prototype finders outed

In the ongoing iPhone HD saga, we've seen the engineer who lost the prototype handset named, various legal strategies played - including an evidence-collecting police raid - and now, finally, the names of the people in the center of all this: the person who took the smartphone from the bar, and his friend who helped him to hawk it around tech blogs.  Wired has been chasing down the identity and various details on Brian J. Hogan, the 21 year old who removed the iPhone HD from the bar at which Apple engineer Gray Powell left it, while CNET turned their attention to Sage Robert Wallower, his 27-year-old friend who, they say, acted as "go-between" in negotiating the sale of the prototype.

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