Dell Japan have officially announced the Vostro 1220, the budget notebook we saw leaked earlier this month. The 12.1-inch 1280 x 800 notebook uses processors from Intel's Centrino 2 range, together with the GM45 Express chipset, weighs 1.52kg and promises up to 9hrs runtime from the larger 6-cell battery option.
Aston Martin have revealed their plans for a city-car, the Cygnet, offering environmentally-conscious motoring and 5-star Euro NCAP safety together with the brand's premium badge. Based on the Toyota iQ, the Aston Martin Cygnet will apparently be priced at under £20,000 ($33k); it'll also offer dramatically less performance than the company's DBS, DB9 and Vantage models.
Sony have filed a patent for a system whereby the PS3's Cell Processor could emulate the hardware of a PS2, opening up the older console's back-catalog. The patent describes how the Cell Processor would emulate the Emotion Engine chipset that was included in the first-generation of PS3 hardware but then removed midway through 2007.
Take the bodywork of a Fiat 500, throw in the mechanics of a second-hand tractor, and you may end up with this: the Fiat Cinque Tank. The handiwork of Kogoro Kurata, a Japanese ironsmith, the distinctive vehicle's one main flaw is its somewhat pedestrian top-speed of just 3kpm (less than 2mph).
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Hot on the heels of their Sonos-rivaling MediaCAST2 system, Yamaha have announced their neoHD Media Controllers. Pulling together multiple AV components with a simple, HTPC-style "Watch/Listen/Play" UI, two models are on offer: the entry-level YMC-500, which includes remote IR control, and the YMC-700 which adds WiFi for networked content streaming, Rhapsody online music, internet radio and iTunes AAC support thanks to an included license for TwonkyMedia Server.
Jabra have announced two new wireless headset systems aimed more at deskbound workers wanting to cut their phone cords than true mobile users. The Jabra GO 6400 (shown here) and PRO 9400 use Bluetooth and DECT respectively, and come complete with a base station with an integrated 2.4-inch capacitive touchscreen display.
Like Sony’s PSP phone rumors, talk of a new Dell smartphone refuses to die. After the leaked image earlier this month, now the Wall Street Journal is tenuously suggesting that Dell have been experimenting with Android-based prototypes. Two people who have seen the prototypes have described them as “slightly larger than Apple’s iPod touch”; however another person has suggested both that Dell may begin shipping the device later in 2009 or “the plan could be delayed or scrapped entirely.”
After yesterday's hardware demo we were promised a video of the Mobinnova élan Smartbook's software, and here it is. One of the most interesting devices to be debuted at Computex, the élan is based on NVIDIA's Tegra chipset and can play six hours of 1080p video on a single charge.
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