Archive for Aug 27, 2010

Intel: We’ll beat ARM on active power efficiency with Medfield

Intel: We’ll beat ARM on active power efficiency with Medfield

Strong words from Intel this week on the battle for low-power CPU supremacy, and with companies looking to ARM as the de-facto standard it's about time they stepped up their game.  Intel's Chief Technology Officer, Justin Rattner, told Reuters that "with (our) Moorestown processor we equal them on standby power, in the next generation Medfield we will equal them on active power" before going on to predict that the stage after that was Intel pulling widely ahead of ARM completely.

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Apple combo microphone/headphone jack patent application spotted

Apple combo microphone/headphone jack patent application spotted

Apple don't like fussy designs, we all know that by now, and they're all about paring down extraneous sockets, so the news that they're trying to patent a 3.5mm headphone jack with an integrated microphone comes as little surprise.  Their plan is to squeeze the microphone into the socket and then use the plug aperture and cavity to work as an acoustic path, so that even though it's not mounted right near the surface it can still pick up audio clearly.

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Emotiv brain-reading headset used for emotion-led video navigation

Emotiv brain-reading headset used for emotion-led video navigation

The brain-reading Emotiv Epoq headset might not be wowing gamers, but that doesn't mean there aren't more unusual uses it can be put to.  Robert Oschler - who we've already seen remotely-controlling his Rovio using brainwaves - has now turned to video navigation using emotions.  He's used various apps to train the Emotiv headset to index video according to emotion, which he can subsequently browse through according to how he felt at the time he saw the footage.

Video demo after the cut

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Samsung tease Photokina NX camera reveal: NX100 ahoy?

Samsung tease Photokina NX camera reveal: NX100 ahoy?

It's not just the Galaxy Tab that Samsung are teasing us about for next week; the company's photography division has been sending out invites to a Photokina 2010 event where they'll be demonstrating their next-generation NX digital camera.  According to the invite, "the NX evolution" will be "Samsung's latest and most hotly anticipated camera"; they don't spare the hyperbole, either, claiming the new model will "change the lives of creative consumers around the world, and take the camera industry by storm."

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Viewsonic Android ViewPad tablet gets pictured

Viewsonic Android ViewPad tablet gets pictured

Viewsonic's announcement that they were bringing an Android tablet to IFA 2010 next week basically added their name to a long list of manufacturers planning the same, but the accompanying image left plenty to be desired.  Happily Pocket-lint has managed to source a couple of better pictures of one of the Viewsonic slates, judging by the scale of the side-mounted headphone and USB ports the 7-inch ViewPad model.

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Apple dump SurfaceInk over potential iPad rival demo

Apple dump SurfaceInk over potential iPad rival demo

SurfaceInk's 12.1-inch tablet reference design may have won them headlines when they demonstrated the Ubuntu-powered slate back in June, but it also lost them Apple as a client.  CEO Eric Bauswell confirmed to the NY Times that, because of "Apple’s growing awareness of our turnkey capabilities," the two companies had "gone separate directions."  SurfaceInk won't define exactly what they did for Apple - the company does engineering work for firms like Palm and HP - but it's their relatively fledgling turnkey business that alienated the Cupertino firm.

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Chinese eedoo Ebox console takes on Kinect with Lenovo’s cash

Chinese eedoo Ebox console takes on Kinect with Lenovo’s cash

A Lenovo spin-off team has apparently been working on a Microsoft Kinect competitor, planning to release the so-called Ebox in China as a motion-gaming rival to the Xbox 360.  According to China Daily, the new firm - Beijing eedoo Technology Ltd - is targeting casual gamers with their camera-based system; the hardware is expected to be priced higher than the Wii but, according to eedoo president Jack Luo, "may be slightly lower than Microsoft's Xbox, which retails for $299.99."

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Fujitsu LIFEBOOK AH530 GFX notebook packs external HD550v 1GB graphics

Fujitsu LIFEBOOK AH530 GFX notebook packs external HD550v 1GB graphics

Fujitsu's latest external-graphics notebook has been revealed, the LIFEBOOK AH530 GFX, offloading its ATI Mobility Radeon HD550v 1GB video card to make for a more portable main unit.  Based on May's original AH530, complete with optional Core i3, i5 or i7 processors, Blu ray or DVD drives, up to 8GB of RAM and up to 500GB HDD, the AH530 GFX gives desktop users an alternative to the standard notebook's Intel HD GPU.

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