Ion Audio, the makers of the iCade iPad arcade machine and Piano Apprentice devices you've probably seen at Best Buy are back with their latest and greatest. They've developed a full-sized guitar nicely rounded out with a built-in iPad (sold separately of course) that will teach you to strum those chords like Jimmy Hendrix and Van Halen.
If you're a true fan of mobile TV, and we're not talking mobile DVR fans, but a real fan, then it looks like NBC and Fox (amongst 10 other networks) have made plans to make you a very happy individual. According to a recent announcement, 12 major broadcast groups are setting up shop together, in an effort to bring a national mobile content service to millions of customers across the nation.
NVIDIA has been touting the benefits of its Ion GPU in netbooks for a long time now. At this point I think that most of us understand how much better a notebook runs and how much more you can do with one if you are using a machine that has a GPU inside like Ion.
When NVIDIA pulled the wraps of the next-generation ION platform earlier this month, we knew discrete cards for upgrading computers were coming. ZOTAC has announced what it claims to be the world's first ION Upgrade kits.
There are gobs of small handheld video cameras on the market today. Most of them are designed to be cheap devices that let people have a video camera on them at all times for recording those little moments in life that make things worthwhile. You know the type of moments I mean, like when your friend crushes his Doritos trying to do skateboard tricks.
The world of technology and rumors about new products go together like peanut butter and jelly or Microsoft and antitrust investigations. A new rumor is making its rounds that has a new HP netbook coming called the Mini 311 that sports some very nice features.
NVIDIA are promising that the first Ion-based netbooks and notebooks will begin shipping this quarter. To celebrate that fact, the company has been gathering up its developer friends to talk about the strengths of the 1080p-capable platform.
Netbooks using NVIDIA's Ion platform - that couples an Intel Atom CPU with a NVIDIA GPU - have a target price of just $399, and will give customers the "full PC experience" rather than the "inferior" performance of current devices. That's the opinion of NVIDIA's plain-talking cofounder, president, and CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, who has been talking with LaptopMag about the proliferation of mobile devices and ultra-low voltage chipsets. According to Huang, today's netbook is "a low-cost PC that doesn't work that well" and that is in fact hurting the PC software industry due to its poor support for common applications.
While Apple's Macworld keynote last week made no mention of the predicted Mac mini update, that hasn't stopped the rumors regarding the company's intent for the compact desktop computer. According to Tom's Hardware, a NVIDIA partner has confirmed that Apple intend to use NVIDIA's Ion platform for their new Mac mini, and in fact were the first to receive prototype units. The sources went on to suggest a March launch, coinciding with CeBIT.
NVIDIA have unveiled plans to add extra graphics capabilities to Intel Atom powered netbooks, using a new, full-HD capable chipset. The so-called Ion platform comprises the company's new GeForce 9400M graphics chipset with Intel's Atom processor, replacing the typical Intel GMA 945 chipset and improving graphics and video transcoding by a factor of ten.