Archive for Feb 25, 2011

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 in March and AMD Radeon HD 6990 in April as high-end graphics heat up

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 in March and AMD Radeon HD 6990 in April as high-end graphics heat up

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 590 video card is expected to arrive in mid-March 2011, followed a month later by AMD's new Radeon HD 6990, with the staggered launch supposedly an intentional strategy AMD is adopting. According to DigiTimes' sources at graphics card manufacturers, AMD has decided to delay the HD 6990's commercial release so that NVIDIA can't review it and subsequently change its GTX 590 design.

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MobileMe online-only shift detailed by leaky Genius

MobileMe online-only shift detailed by leaky Genius

A leaked screenshot purportedly from Apple's internal systems has confirmed that MobileMe is transitioning to be available exclusively online. Rumored earlier this week, as part of broad sweeping changes to the Apple backup and remote access service, the information sent by an Apple Genius to 9 to 5 Mac suggests that once the the remaining MobileMe retail boxes have been sold, customers should be directed to the website instead.

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Motorola XOOM world modem spotted in teardown

Motorola XOOM world modem spotted in teardown

It's something of a teardown day, with first the new MacBook Pro getting stripped to basics and now the Motorola XOOM suffering the same. iFixit whipped open the casing - a straightforward process, given Motorola obviously doesn't want to make things too difficult for its technicians adding in 4G modem support - and discovered that the XOOM actually uses the same hybrid CDMA/GSM modem as found in the Verizon iPhone 4.

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Kinect-style motion tracking for smartphones & tablets promises Crunchfish [Video]

Kinect-style motion tracking for smartphones & tablets promises Crunchfish [Video]

Kinect-style motion recognition on mobile devices like tablets and smartphones could arrive sooner - and cheaper - than expected, with software developers Crunchfish coming up with a system that can track 3D movements with a single front-facing camera. Working even in low-light conditions, the Crunchfish tech can track individual finger movement, together with click, drag and scroll without any contact with the device itself.

Video demo after the cut

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T-Mobile USA losing subscribers: 318,000 contract users jumped in Q4

T-Mobile USA losing subscribers: 318,000 contract users jumped in Q4

T-Mobile USA may have the biggest 4G network in the US, and data ARPUs rising faster than any US rival, but the carrier is still losing users. The carrier saw 33.73m subscribers in Q4 2010, according to new figures released today, down from 33.76m in Q3 2010 and 33.79m year-on-year. The biggest shift has been in contract customers, down a massive 318,000 - over 5x greater than in the previous three month period - while although pre-pay customers are up compared to Q3, they're still well behind T-Mobile's figures for 2009.

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Nikon D4 Thunderbolt rumor suggests high-speed tethered video

Nikon D4 Thunderbolt rumor suggests high-speed tethered video

Intel name-checked a number of storage and A/V companies on board with Thunderbolt and expecting to release products using the new 10Gbps port found on the early 2011 MacBook Pro, but we're already hearing other rumors about potential adopters currently flying under the radar. According to Nikon Rumors's source, the Nikon D4 will be the first DSLR to offer Thunderbolt as a connection option.

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ASUS Eee Note sub-$200 when it hits US imminently

ASUS Eee Note sub-$200 when it hits US imminently

ASUS has confirmed US pricing for the Eee Note EA800 digital note-taking tablet, and if the active stylus input of the HTC Flyer appealed (but the considerable price tag doesn't) then the Eee Pad could make for a very affordable - albeit monochrome - alternative. Tipped to be "coming soon," the EA800 will be under $200 in the US, despite packing WiFi b/g, a 2-megapixel camera and a battery good for up to 13.5hrs runtime.

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