HTC could be looking to use low-power E Ink epaper as well as 3D-capable displays and cameras in future devices, if a job description for a role at the company is to be believed. The position - baseband design engineer - calls for someone familiar with "multiple display technologies( TFT-LCD, PMOLED, AMOLED, E-ink, etc)" and "with 3D display and imaging technologies."
SiliconPower has all manner of storage devices in its lineup of offerings. The company has added a new and fast new SSD to its offerings today called the E20. The SSD has some cool features like DDR2 DRAM cache memory implementation that claims to eliminate lag and help enhance read and write performance.
The net neutrality debate has flared up once again, with arguments between cable operator Comcast and broadband backbone provider Level 3 over new fees for data transport. Level 3 has accused Comcast of charging extra for content delivered to Comcast subscribers from Level 3's customers, "effectively putting up a toll booth at the borders of its broadband Internet access network, enabling it to unilaterally decide how much to charge for content which competes with its own cable TV and Xfinity delivered content." However, Comcast argues that this isn't an open access issue, and is in fact Level 3 offering CDN (Content Delivery Network) services to its clients but refusing the pay the going rate for such data transport to Comcast.
Sanyo has launched a new portable rechargeable battery pack, but unlike most we see this isn't to give your laptop, iPod or iPad a little extra runtime; it's targeted at guitarists. The Sanyo KBC-9V3U Pedal Juice is a 9V Li-Ion rechargeable battery in a water- and shock-resistent housing, intended to provide guitar effects pedals with up to 50hrs of power.
Sony, Nikon and SanDisk are pushing for a new high-speed memory card format, which would replace CompactFlash in future digital cameras and camcorders. The unnamed new format would mark a switch from PATA to PC Express, and theoretical transfer speeds of up to 500MB/sec from the current 167MB/sec maximum. Meanwhile it would also allow for cards greater than 2TB in capacity.
After UK carriers announced plans to subsidize the iPad last week, it was only a matter of time until rivals were simply giving them away. Japanese carrier Softbank is preparing to offer free iPad WiFi + 3G tablets with two year data contracts as part of an "iPad for Everybody" promotion; the iOS slate is free but the 25-month agreement is 4,725 yen ($56) per month.
Google's push into social networking, adding social components into its core products to improve search quality with "tailored recommendations", has apparently been delayed, with the launch now not expected to take place until spring 2011. According to Mashable's sources, the project - a super-secret endeavor led by VP Vic Gundotra - is being hamstrung by internal arguments over design, purpose and execution.
Apple has reportedly demanded PhotoFast stop production of their 256GB MacBook Air SSD upgrade kits, which were billed as the only way to double the maximum storage in the 11.6-inch version of the ultraportable. A source close to the company has told 9 to 5 Mac that the request is supposedly being abided by, since PhotoFast is wary of losing its membership in Apple's MFi program for officially licensed accessories and peripherals.
Dell has refreshed its Vostro V13 low-price ultraportable and come out with the Vostro V130, a 13-inch notebook with new Intel CULV processor options, an HDMI port and Intel Hyperbaric Cooling technology. Priced from just $429, the Vostro V130 tips the scales at 3.5 pounds and measures 0.65-inches at its thinnest point.
The LG Star has shown up in the wild, one of what's likely to be the first wave of NVIDIA Tegra 2 powered Android smartphones. Ostensibly just another big-screen handset, what makes the Star interesting is its Quadrant benchmarking scores, run by tipster berryjuice at Android Forums, and which comfortably blow away rival devices with a 1759 rating.
As you may well know if you've been following especially closely, we were supposed to be FINISHED with our review of the NOOKcolor - the final word was just laid down earlier today, right? It went by the name A Week with NOOKcolor: 3rd Party Apps and Final Wrap-Up and spoke of everything that was outside the hardware and the reading experience. But what's that? You say I've forgotten to talk about reading books you've downloaded from sources outside of Barnes and Noble? And wait, what happened at basically the same time that post was posted - a root? Let's talk!