Archive for May, 2011

Samsung Galaxy S II gets 1080p 24 Mbit/s recording hack [Updated]

Samsung Galaxy S II gets 1080p 24 Mbit/s recording hack [Updated]

Samsung's Galaxy S II has been coaxed into recording higher-quality video than the 1080p Full HD it supports out of the box, with a modder better known for his work on Symbian cameras turning his attention to the Android smartphone. hyperX added continuous auto-focus and 720p 30fps recording to the Nokia N8 back in 2010, but has now persuaded the GSII's 8-megapixel camera to record 24 Mbit/s 1080p at 30fps complete with 44.1khz 192-bit audio.

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Joerg “Zombie Killer” Sprave is back with a saw blade slingshot

Joerg “Zombie Killer” Sprave is back with a saw blade slingshot

Good old Joerg Sprave is back with another deadly and scary slingshot to share with us all. If ever a geek needed to make a cameo in The Walking Dead, this is the guy. His inventions would be the perfect weapons once you run out of bullets during the Zombie Apocalypse. The last time I talked about Sprave he was showing off his machete slingshot. This time around, he has a new slingshot that is flinging blades from a circular saw.

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SanDisk debuts new SSD U100 and iSSD i100 for tablets and ultra-thin notebooks

SanDisk debuts new SSD U100 and iSSD i100 for tablets and ultra-thin notebooks

SanDisk makes a lot of flash-based storage gear from memory cards to SSDs that turn up in consumer systems and are used by OEMs for tablets and other devices. SanDisk has announced a pair of new SSDs at Computex 2011 called the SanDisk SSD series U100 and the SanDisk iSSD integrated storage device is a new capacity for the i100. The i100 is the world's smallest and fastest 128GB SATA III BGA-based SSD. It is aimed at the tablet and ultra-thin notebook market.

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Nokia slashes Q2 outlook as Symbian woes continue; Hopes WP7.1 will save all in Q4

Nokia slashes Q2 outlook as Symbian woes continue; Hopes WP7.1 will save all in Q4

Nokia has already frustrated recent Symbian device owners today, by releasing the Anna-toting E6 and X7 but not an upgrade for existing handsets to the newest version of the platform. Now the company is upsetting investors, with a warning that its Q2 2011 financial results will be worse than previously expected. Demand for existing handsets has slumped, leading Nokia to predict net sales "substantially below" the earlier estimate of €6.1bn to €6.6bn.

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Broadcom unveils BCM43142, first 40nm WiFi and Bluetooth combo chip in the industry

Broadcom unveils BCM43142, first 40nm WiFi and Bluetooth combo chip in the industry

Broadcom has announced an industry first at Computex. The announcement is of the first 40nm WiFi and Bluetooth combo chip. The chip is called the BCM43142 InConcert combo chip. It is aimed at the notebook and netbook market where the reduced size and power consumption are of the most benefit. Smaller size means that the machines can potentially be made smaller and less power consumption leads to longer battery life.

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Emerald Cities Celadon Green Cool Pavement coating is green literally and figuratively

Emerald Cities Celadon Green Cool Pavement coating is green literally and figuratively

The summer is here in many areas of the US with temperatures already reaching into the mid to upper 90 range or more. That means in many places around the country the AC is on and people are already looking at ways to keep cool. A green pavement coating called Emerald Cities Celadon Green solar reflective permanent cooling coating has been demonstrated in Phoenix, Arizona. This coating is designed to reduce the temperature of the asphalt in parking lots and on streets on hot days.

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MSI debuts N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition video card, claims world’s fastest title

MSI debuts N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition video card, claims world’s fastest title

Companies that make video cards like to lay claim to the title of world's fastest when they can. AMD and NVIDIA like to do the same thing trading the title back and forth. MSI has unveiled a new video card at Computex 2011 called the N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition. This isn’t the first video card from MSI packing in the NVIDIA 580GTX GPU. The N580GTX Twin Frozr II surfaced form MSI back in January. The latest card gets a new fan and sensor design.

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MSI debuts new notebooks at Computex 2011 including G, C, X, and F series machines

MSI debuts new notebooks at Computex 2011 including G, C, X, and F series machines

MSI has offered up several new notebooks at Computex 2011 today that include the new G Series machines aimed at the mobile gamer. The series includes the GT780, GT683, and GE620 models. They all use the Intel second gen Core i7 processors. The GT780 and GT683 both have 16GB of DDR3 RAM and use the newly announced GTX 560M GPU from NVIDIA. The 780 and 683 are also both RAID capable and have lots more features like backlit keyboards.

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Samsung AMOLED plant opens ahead of schedule

Samsung AMOLED plant opens ahead of schedule

Samsung has been working on building up its new production line for AMOLED screens for a while now. These high-end screens have been in short supply and the lack of supply has at times been the reason why some popular and high-end smartphones weren't available in the numbers the maker would have liked. Samsung has announced that its new 5.5 generation AMOLED plant is now ready to start production ahead of schedule.

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