Archive for Dec 28, 2009

Sony PS4 to use multi-core CPU not Cell?

Sony are considering replacing the PS3’s Cell architecture with a more mainstream multi-core processor in the PlayStation 4, according to PC Watch, after game developers have reported greater than average problems developing for the current-gen console.  Based on rumors and speculation coming out of Japan, the company also considered – but decided against – a combination Cell/Intel Larrabee setup.

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ITG xpPhone gets second video demo

ITG xpPhone gets second video demo

ITG have released a second video of their xpPhone UMPC/smartphone crossover in action, and this time rather than merely show the boot sequence their demo shows the device actually working.  The clip - which you can see after the cut - starts with the xpPhone hooking up to a 3G network, before accessing IM and VoIP apps and finally browsing the web.

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Nokia S40 phones confirmed for dual-SIM, QWERTY and touch in 2010

Nokia S40 phones confirmed for dual-SIM, QWERTY and touch in 2010

Nokia's plans for 2010 included more entry-level S60 devices and halving their smartphone portfolio; the Finnish company also promised more flexibility in S40 handsets.  IntoMobile have dug through the sound archives and come up with a quote from Kai Öistämö, Nokia's executive VP of devices, who confirms that not only will dual-SIM S40 phones be launches but handsets with more than just the traditional numeric keypad.

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Chumby One mod enables composite video output

Chumby One mod enables composite video output

After iFixit released the photoset of their Chumby One teardown, we knew the compact WiFi widget device had the potential - via circuit-board connections - for composite video output; now some enterprising modders have taken advantage of it.  The mod requires soldering an RCA extender cable to the appropriate places on the mainboard, and slightly modifying the Chumby's firmware.

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Google Nexus One Desktop Dock CR B410 with Bluetooth tipped

Google Nexus One Desktop Dock CR B410 with Bluetooth tipped

Details of a second official accessory for the upcoming Google Nexus One Android 2.1 smartphone have emerged, this time courtesy of the FCC.  HTC - who are manufacturing the handset - have submitted the Nexus One Desktop Dock CR B410 for approval, which seemingly includes Bluetooth wireless.

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Google’s Chrome OS netbook specs revealed

Back when a Google-branded Chrome OS netbook was tipped for late 2010, we were still in the dark regarding potential specifications for the web-centric ultraportable.  Now IBTimes is claiming to have the official spec sheet, and as speculated there’s both an ARM-based CPU and NVIDIA’s Tegra chipset among the components.  There’s also a 10.1-inch display with multitouch-capable touchscreen mentioned, able to display HD – likely 720p – video, together with a 64GB SSD and 2GB of RAM.

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Archos blame “major issue” with Android 1.6 browser for firmware pull

Archos blame “major issue” with Android 1.6 browser for firmware pull

After Archos briefly posted the Android 1.6 firmware update for its Archos 5 Internet Tablet last week, before summarily yanking it hours later, the company have finally given an explanation.  According to a notice posted to their support page, a "last-minute major issue with the web browser" forced them to pull the update down.

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NVIDIA Fermi GPU delayed until March 2010?

NVIDIA Fermi GPU delayed until March 2010?

NVIDIA's Fermi 40nm GPU won't make its expected late-2009 launch, and nor will it be ready in time for CES 2010 in January, according to DigiTimes' sources at graphics card manufacturers.  The rumor-mongers claim that NVIDIA have been telling producers to only expect the DirectX 11-compatible Fermi chips in March 2010, and suggest that defects have prompted the delay.

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RoyalTek RPJ-2000 pico-projector lands; TV tuner model in 2010

RoyalTek RPJ-2000 pico-projector lands; TV tuner model in 2010

The steady trickle of pico-projectors continues with a new model by RoyalTek, the RPJ-2000, tipped to be the first of several from the company in 2010.  The RPJ-2000 uses a second-gen 3M LCoS chipset and is capable of projecting up to a 65-inch image with 14 lumens brightness and 640 x 480 resolution.

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Acer Aspire 1420P tablet hits FCC (aka Gateway EC18T)

Acer Aspire 1420P tablet hits FCC (aka Gateway EC18T)

The upcoming Gateway/Acer convertible tablet notebook has been spotted over at the FCC [pdf link], as the EC18T and the Aspire 1420P respectively.  The 11.6-inch notebook uses an Intel CULV processor - the 1.2GHz Core 2 Duo SU2300 - and GMA 4500MHD graphics, along with up to 500GB of hard-drive space and up to 8GB of RAM.

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Lenovo 57Y6336 multimedia remote with keyboard debuts

Lenovo 57Y6336 multimedia remote with keyboard debuts

If you are tired of using that full wireless keyboard and mouse from your desk to run your HTPC in the living room, Lenovo has a new remote for you. The remote is called the Lenovo Wireless Multimedia Remote. Simple enough name for a simple device.

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Apple tablet panels to come from Innolux according to sources

Apple tablet panels to come from Innolux according to sources

The rumors of that Apple tablet just won’t die. We may be months for the next Apple event , but the rumors are swirling again that the Apple tablet and a new iPhone will tip up next year. A new rumor about the Apple tablet has tipped that has Innolux supplying the screens for the tablet.

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