Archive for May, 2010

NVIDIA asks for patience in Tegra 2 tablet wait

NVIDIA asks for patience in Tegra 2 tablet wait

I remember when NVIDIA first started talking about its Ion platform. The graphics giant was big on talking the platform up, but had no products for us to see when the platform first debuted. The talk at the NVIDIA press conference about the Tegra 2 platform for tablets is very similar to that first Ion unveiling.

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ASUS Eee Pad EP101TC, EP121 and Eee Tablet get official

ASUS Eee Pad EP101TC, EP121 and Eee Tablet get official

Computex 2010 doesn't kick off in earnest until tomorrow, but a few of the big name exhibitors have snuck in ahead with some early press conferences today.  ASUS are first out of the gate with their iPad competition, and they're taking a three-pronged approach: the ASUS Eee Pad will be available in 10-inch (EP101TC) and 12-inch (EP121) variants, and offer Windows Embedded Compact 7 and Windows 7 Home Premium respectively, while the ASUS Eee Tablet is a monochrome digital notebook, packing 2,450dpi touchscreen input sensitivity and targeted at note-takers like students.

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Why every living room needs a PC

Why every living room needs a PC

I spend an inordinate amount of time in my living room. Part of that time is spent watching television. When I'm not watching some of my favorite shows, I'm probably reviewing video games. But there's something else that I have in my living room that I wouldn't go without: a PC.

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Skype for iPhone gets 3G VoIP; subscription fee from September

Skype for iPhone gets 3G VoIP; subscription fee from September

Skype have updated their iPhone app to v2.0.0 [iTunes link], which now supports Skype-to-Skype VoIP calls over a 3G connection.  According to Skype, the functionality - which routes voice calls over the data network, rather than using your regular carrier minutes - will be "free until at least end of August 2010"; after that point, they will be charging "a small monthly fee" for the service.

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Samsung Wave Unboxing and Hands-on [video]

Samsung Wave Unboxing and Hands-on [video]

Samsung's first bada phone, the Samsung Wave S8500, has landed on our desk, and we're still not quite certain whether the new OS has a future in the mobile market. Designed to bridge the (fast-shrinking) gap between feature-phones and smartphones, bada is envisaged as the Samsung's way to corner a new generation of handset upgraders tempted by the flexibility of a full smartphone but shy of either their price, complexity or both. Read on for our Samsung Wave S8500 unboxing and some first-impressions.

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Amazon Kindle to Slim Down This Summer, Add Sharper Display

Amazon Kindle to Slim Down This Summer, Add Sharper Display

As the iPad flies off the shelf globally now, it would seem that Amazon would need to get on the ball about offering some kind of new Kindle here soon. Even if their software eReader is already on the Apple tablet, and heading to Android soon enough, new hardware always speaks volumes to new customers. According to some sources speaking with Bloomberg, it looks like Amazon is getting ready to unveil a new Kindle. And it may be shedding a few pounds for the Summer season.

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HTC EVO 4G video calls free insist Qik; subscription covers “premium features”

HTC EVO 4G video calls free insist Qik; subscription covers “premium features”

Qik have clarified pricing details for their upcoming HTC EVO 4G video call app, after a leaked document last week suggested that the functionality would be subject to a $4.99 monthly subscription.  According to the company, basic two-way video calls will be free for EVO 4G users; their subscription fee will be for a new package of "advanced premium features."

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Has the iPad killed tablet innovation?

Has the iPad killed tablet innovation?

How foolish I've been. Five months ago I wrote that tablets had come of age, and even sifted my way through the line-up cherry picking what must-have features would make for the perfect device. A month later, in the afterglow - or should that be aftermath? - of the iPad announcement, I marvelled that, while Apple's slate wouldn't necessarily satisfy every user, there was nonetheless plenty of choice on the horizon for those given a taste for tableteering. Our analyst contributors wisely told me not to count my touchscreen chickens before they'd hatched onto the market, but I wouldn't listen. I thought the iPad's arrival would rejuvenate the tablet segment, but all it seems to have done is killed off any attempt at innovation.

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