Archive for September, 2011

GM to debut first center-mounted airbags in 2013

GM to debut first center-mounted airbags in 2013

General Motors has announced that it will be offering the industry's first center-mounted airbags in select vehicles starting in 2013. The new airbag deploys from between the front seats and aims to protect drivers from side collisions on the passenger side but also provides additional protection to both the driver and passenger during side impacts or rollovers.

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RIM kills PlayBook and future tablet plans claims analyst [Update: RIM denies]

RIM kills PlayBook and future tablet plans claims analyst [Update: RIM denies]

RIM has reportedly frozen production of the BlackBerry PlayBook and axed development of future tablets, according to one analyst, faced with lackluster sales of the QNX slate. The rumor comes from Collins Stewart analyst John Vinh, BGR reports, who cites unnamed sources at Quanta, RIM's manufacturing partner, for the intel. Although Quanta had already confirmed that PlayBook production had been scaled back, this is the first sign that RIM may be rethinking its entire tablet strategy.

Update: RIM has called Vinh's checks on the supply chain "pure fiction"; more after the cut

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NFC update adds peer-to-peer wireless tag transfers

NFC update adds peer-to-peer wireless tag transfers

The NFC Forum has released its latest specification for the short-range wireless standard, v.16, throwing device to device data transfer into the mixture. The Simple NDEF Exchange Protocol (SNEP) will allow users of NFC-equipped devices to swap content - such as business card information - simply by holding their phones together. In short, the peer-to-peer system will allow two-way data exchange rather than forcing a reader/writer mode switch.

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Apple hybrid HDD/SDD tech could save the clumsy

Apple hybrid HDD/SDD tech could save the clumsy

Apple is apparently working on a hybrid hard-drive system, pairing a platter-based traditional drive with flash memory in a configuration that could prevent data loss if your MacBook is dropped or jolted. Detailed in a newly-published patent application, 20110238887, for "Hybrid-device storage based on environmental state" Apple's solution is positioned as a way to avoid errors caused by "changes in temperature, vibration and acceleration" but could also have an impact on the speed of data access.

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iPhone 5 packs HSPA+ says China Unicom but no LTE mention

iPhone 5 packs HSPA+ says China Unicom but no LTE mention

Apple's iPhone 5 will support HSPA+ 4G for up to 21Mbps downloads, according to carrier China Unicom, with the reference to data speeds made at a presentation in China earlier this week. According to China Unicom research VP Huan Wenliang, speaking at Macworld Asia 2011, Impress reports, the fifth-gen iPhone we're expecting to be released on Tuesday, October 4, will support HSPA+ with no mention of LTE.

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LG IPS5 Series displays promise super-accurate color

LG IPS5 Series displays promise super-accurate color

LG has launched a new range of LCD display, the IPS5 series, and as the name suggest the four-strong line-up each uses an IPS panel rather than cheaper TN. Available in 21.5- and 23-inch sizes, all supporting Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution and 250 cd/m2 brightness, the IPS5 range is pre-calibrated by imaging experts who even include a report on the monitor's tuning in the box.

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White Nokia N9 due Q1 2012?

White Nokia N9 due Q1 2012?

Nokia could be readying two new N9 color variants, it's suggested, with white and green versions of the MeeGo smartphone spotted. According to the picture shared with SlashGear from Ricciolo1, the white N9 will be part of a limited market release in Q1 next year, though there's no telling exactly which markets those will be.

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Softbank outs AQUOS 104SH Ice Cream Sandwich phone, more

Softbank outs AQUOS 104SH Ice Cream Sandwich phone, more

Japanese carrier Softbank has revealed its latest line-up of Android smartphones, and if you love high-res screens and megapixel-packed cameras then it's enough to make you weep. Among the gems are the Sharp AQUOS 104SH, which Softbank says will launch running Ice Cream Sandwich on a 1.5GHz dual-core TI OMAP4460 processor, paired with a 4.5-inch 1280 x 720 display, 12.1-megapixel camera and IPX5/IPX7 ruggedness, expected to arrive in spring 2012.

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