Archive for June, 2011

Microsoft Grabs Onkyo by the tablets, Onkyo coughs up licensing fees

Microsoft Grabs Onkyo by the tablets, Onkyo coughs up licensing fees

Microsoft is really liking Android about now. Since the software giant grabbed up a licensing deal with General Dynamics Itronix that covered a bunch of patents that makers were using in Android-powered tablets it has been on a licensing spree. One of the first major Android using firms to agree to pay Microsoft for the patents was HTC. According to reports, Microsoft is now making more from licensing the Android related patents that for licensing Windows Phone.

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Acer TimelineX AS5830TG-640 Review

Acer TimelineX AS5830TG-640 Review

With great power comes great responsibility, and also - if you're talking about Intel's 2011 Sandy Bridge processor line-up, at least - generally sizable pricing. Acer is looking to change that with the new Aspire TimelineX AS5830TG-6402, a lengthy name for a 15.6-inch Core i5 notebook that ticks all the spec boxes for a high-speed desktop replacement only with a bargain $799.99 price tag. Too good to be true or the best deal around? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Asus unveils new F1A75 series mainboards for AMD FM-1 CPUs

Asus unveils new F1A75 series mainboards for AMD FM-1 CPUs

Asus has announced a new line of mainboards in the AMD F1A75 family that will support the new AMD processors. The boards use all sorts of AMD tech for performance with support for Dual Graphics Technology to boost 3D graphics performance with an additional HD 60000 video card and the integrated GPU. The board is made to support the new AMD FM-1 socket CPUs and there are several boards in the family. The boards include the F1A75-V EVO, F1A75-V PRO and F1A75-M Pro.

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HP TouchPad teardown finds it is easy to repair

HP TouchPad teardown finds it is easy to repair

We have already put up or review of the HP TouchPad tablet and found it wanting as far as hardware goes. I have also already mentioned that Vince reviewed the WebOS operating system separately and liked it well enough. If you are the sort of geek that likes to see your own flavor of gadget porn with teardowns of the new gadgets this is for you. TechRepublic has posted up its teardown the HP TouchPad for us to gander at.

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Samsung launches new Class 10 microSDHC cards for 4G smartphones

Samsung launches new Class 10 microSDHC cards for 4G smartphones

If you have a 4G smartphone and happen to live in a 4G coverage area you are very lucky. You get to enjoy the blazing fast 4G speeds that the rest of us wish for. I would be happy right now with a 3G network that was faster than dial up. If you have a fast new 4G phone the last thing you need is a microSD card that is slow and holds up your device when reading or writing data to and from the memory card.

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Olasonic TW-S7 speakers offer egg-ceptional sound and USB power

Olasonic TW-S7 speakers offer egg-ceptional sound and USB power

Generally when you have a set of speakers powered by the USB port on your computer you can’t expect much in the way of sound. Often the sound quality is directly related to the amount of power a set of speakers has per channel. The USB port being a low power port can’t deliver much to the speakers connected to it making them sound worse than speakers that need an AC outlet generally. A company called Olasonic has a new set of USB speakers with impressive power.

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HP TouchPad official pricing and launch date for UK confirmed

HP TouchPad official pricing and launch date for UK confirmed

Vince reviewed the HP TouchPad today and in the end, he figures the hardware in the tablet is uninspiring. That seems to be a recurring theme with many of the tablets that hit the market recently. I bet a lot of people hoping that HP would knock it out of the park are disappointed today. We also posted up our review of WebOS and found that it was actually pretty good, just hampered by the hardware inside the TouchPad.

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Acer Aspire One Happy 2 netbooks lose Android dual-boot option

Acer Aspire One Happy 2 netbooks lose Android dual-boot option

Netbook popularity may be fading the face of the tablet onslaught, but Acer knows what's needed to keep the segment afloat: fancy colors and endearing names. The new Acer Aspire One Happy 2 series offers Intel's dual-core N570 processor wrapped up in one of four bright colors - namely "Papaya Milk", "Strawberry Yoghurt", "Blueberry Shake" and "Banana Cream" - along with a 10.1-inch display and an 8hr battery.

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Haptic belts steer soldiers in the right direction

Haptic belts steer soldiers in the right direction

All I know of communication on the battlefield when you can't talk is what I see in the movies. It apparently involves many hand signals from what I can tell. A new system that uses belts loaded with sensors and feedback from vibrating motors may replace those hand gestures in the future. It sounds like some of the tech that is in video games today. The solider would wear the haptic feedback belt and it could guide them along a route without the fighter having to look down to follow a GPS or map.

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