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Palm leaked a Flash demonstration of its upcoming Treo 850 - officially dubbed the Treo Pro - offering full views of the product, with function layouts and more. While Palm has since pulled the presentation, WM Experts forum members were quick enough to grab screenshots and details of the device, including a top-oriented power button, reset button, and a 3.5mm headset jack, among others. The device features a shiny black finish, and a very minimalist appearance to the overall design.
HighPoint Technologies has unveiled the RocketRAID 4320 SAS RAID Controller. This hardware, featuring the Intel Xscale IOP348 at 1.2GHz, was designed by HighPoint to meet the scalability, performance, reliability, and manageability requirements for enterprise. RocketRAID 4320 is a PCI-Express x8 SAS RAID controller capable of supporting eight SAS/SATA hard drives. HighPoint claims transfer rates over 1004MB/s read and 913MB/s write using their second generation "TerabyteArchitecture".
More information has been given about Sony's first WHDI device, the DMX-WL1T, according to Sony Insider. This interface will allow uncompressed 1080p HD video and audio signal to be transmitted to any Dmex compatible Sony Bravia HDTV. WHDI is claimed to be capable of data rates up to 3GB per second, transmitted on a 40mhz channel in the 5Ghz unlicensed band. The range for the DMX-WL1T is said to be 5 feet, significantly less than Sony's claims of the distance WHDI technology is capable communicating.
Micron Technologies announced the latest additions to their line of "e-MMC" high-density embedded memory devices. Storage capacities from 1GB to 32GB are offered and feature an extended range of operating temperatures (-40C to +85C) for automotive or industrial use. Micron claims the devices can read data at speeds up to 52 megabytes per second. e-MMC memory is found in cell phones, PDAs, hand-held electronics, digital video cameras, gaming devices and more.
Dell has released official specs for the Dell E - now officially called the Inspiron 910 - and citing that the laptop will indeed come with an option for 3G wireless capabilities, as seen on Brazilian tech news blog Garota Sem Fio. The Inspiron 910 will offer users a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, and either 512MB or 1GB of RAM. Dell elected for a flash-based SSD drive, offered in 4GB, 8GB, and 12GB sizes. Crowning the 910 is an 8.9 inch TrueLife LCD, running at a native resolution of 1024 by 600 pixels, while graphics are driven by an Intel 945GSE chipset.
A Thursday report says a Remote Wake function will soon be released by Intel for its products, allowing PCs to answer incoming phone calls over the Internet while in energy-saving standby or sleep modes. Thus far, computers had to be in their full operating mode in order to notify users of incoming VoIP phone calls. The function will need a wired Ethernet connection to the Internet, as Wi-Fi does not function while computers are in sleep mode. To ensure only solicited and wanted calls come through, users will be able to custom-tailor their accepted calling list.
Graphics processor maker NVIDIA on Thursday announced it will be demonstrating the first fully interactive GPU-based ray tracer at the SIGGRAPH 2008 exposition in Las Vegas that is currently being held. The entirely NVIDIA-developed tracer is running on four of the company's next-generation Quadro GPUs set in Quadro Plex 2100 D4 Visual Computing System. It is capable of three bounce linear scaling rendering at up to 30fps at resolutions of 1920x1080.
The newest development surrounding the long-lasting case of one Tanya Andersen and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), sees the single mother turning the tables on the RIAA, countersuing, and winning. Fearing the worst, the RIAA offered Andersen a $30,000 settlement, which she refused, then upped it $60,000 to the same effect before being ordered to pay nearly $108,000 by a judge and setting a precedent.
The Celio Corp announced on Thursday that its REDFLY Mobile Companion will be priced at $399, representing a 20 percent price drop, and was updated to support 12 Windows Mobile smart phones, bringing the total up to 19. Like the original version of the smart phone terminal, the device allows smartphone users to use a keyboard and larger screen for access to notes, email, spreadsheets and other Windows Mobile applications via a USB 2.0 connection.
Having waited out the HD format war safely, Yamaha is getting ready to jump into the Blu-ray market with its BD-S2900 player, according to a leaked report, pre-empting the player's expected release at the CEDIA show at the start of September. The unofficial specifications have the BD-S2900 compatible with the Profile v1.1, allowing users to view extra BonusView content without turning to their PC's Blu-ray drives, capable of 1080p/24fps HDMI video output, and upscaling of standard DVDs.
Internet radio and podcast hub Radiopaq.com on Thursday announced that it would bring its offerings to users without having to directly rely on their computers thanks to its new Rp5 radio. The Rp5 features five speakers for clear sound reproduction, and can synchronize with Radiopaq.com using its built-in Wi-Fi connection, allowing users to search for music and other audio content by name, genre, country or language. Settings users made on the website, such as favorites, are also transferred to the Rp5.
InHand Electronics will show its FireFly ultra mobile PC to the public at the Intel Developer Forum set to take place starting on August 19, the company announced on Wednesday. The single-board computer will use the Intel Atom processor running at 1.6GHz and System Controller Hub, and is meant for OEM developers of UMPCs, mobile Internet devices and similar handhelds.
At the Siggraph 2008 exhibition being held in Las Vegas, Sony on Tuesday announced the first of its ZEGO-branded hybrid multi-core processing platforms for HD video production with the BCU-100 computing unit. The ZEGO platform is based on Sony's Cell Broadband Engine first seen in its PlayStation 3 gaming console along with RSX graphics technologies, and was developed to cut the processing times of creating and rendering increasingly complex high-resolution visual effects and computer graphics.
At the Olympic Rendezvous @ Samsung event in Beijing, Samsung unveiled an environmentally-friendly version of its E200 slider phone on Wednesday and called it the E200 Eco. To lower its carbon footprint, the company used bio-plastic for the E200 Eco's external case. The case is made from natural plant-based materials and not petroleum like the case on the standard version of the phone, saving 1.16 tons of CO2 for every 1 ton of bio-plastic used versus traditional polycarbonate.
NVIDIA this afternoon was quick to announced that it was supporting the new OpenGL 3.0 standard for graphics and has already launched a software driver beta. The update is currently available only for Windows PCs but lets all GeForce 8-, 9-, and GTX-series cards plus equivalent Quadro models run most of the newer features, including the 32-bit, floating point color and textures as well as other improvements to the way it handles geometry and vertex data.
AOC seized on the back-to-school timeframe to release a trio of small screens that it says are a good fit for city dwellers with only a small amount of space. The smallest, the 19-inch L19W861, is also the sharpest with a 1440x900 resolution sharp enough both for 720p HDTV as well as computer input. It accordingly comes with both a VGA input for computers in addition to one each of HDMI, component, S-video, and RCA for TV sources. The screen is also vivid for a small display with a 3,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and sells for a relatively low $299.
Netflix today confirmed an outage with its rental service that has prevented the company from shipping out its signature DVDs since Tuesday. Company spokesman Steve Swasey doesn't provide a technical reason for the outage but acknowledges that Netflix hasn't been able to ship movies to about a third of its over 8.4 million subscribers for a 24-hour period, stalling their queues and creating longest outage the company has experienced to date.
Other World Computing today announced it is now offering a 2TB version of its Mercury Elite-AL Pro Dual-Drive USB 2.0 hub/storage device. The Mercury Elite is a "Plug 'N Play" external hard drive for Mac or PC that also offers three powered USB 2.0 ports. The drive runs at 7200rpm and has 64mb data buffer cache. OWC claims data transfer rates of 60MB/sec; the drive is packaged with Prosoft Engineer Data Backup for Mac OS X 10.2.9 or later, NovaStor NovaBACKUP for Windows 2000 or later, and Intech SpeedTools Utilities for Mac OS 8.6/X. A USB 2.0 cable is included with the drive. Storage capacities for the Mercury Elite series range from 500GB to 2TB, with prices ranging from $170 to $440, respectively.
Intel's upcoming processor generations will double the number of cores per chip and add a brand new language for specialized code, according to leaked slides obtained by CanardPlus. Although the semiconductor company's Core i7 will just receive a manufacturing process shrink down from 45 nanometers to 32 during 2009, reducing its power use and allowing more complex parts, a replacement architecture codenamed Sandy Bridge will replace it by 2010 and double the number of cores per die to eight. Hyperthreading support will let it handle as many as 16 code threads at once, while a large 16MB pool of Level 3 cache will be shared to make best use of the cores.
Sony's rumored third-generation PSP may be real, new filings suggest. A new version of Sony's gaming handheld has appeared at the FCC, where it has undergone testing for its wireless components. All new wireless products in the US must undergo safety and interference testing at the FCC, even if they are only minor revisions of an existing device. The PSP uses 802.11b Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet or a PS3.
UK audio company Revo has announced the Pico RadioStation, a new DAB radio tuner. Aside from DAB and FM radio broadcasts, the Pico is also designed to stream computer and Internet content through a LAN connection. Particularly important may be compatibility with DAB+, an improved radio standard with error correction and support for AAC+ compression. The Pico is said to be one of the first portable tuners with the technology, although it is nearly 6.6 inches tall.
Verizon has just edged out long-time champion T-Mobile in its ability to help cellular customers, according to the results of a new JD Power study. The research group gave the second-largest carrier the nod for a high score of 103 in the survey, which tracked both carriers' ability to provide an actual solution to a given problem on the phone, in person, or online, as well as the amount of hold time for phone help. Verizon is said to be especially noteworthy for resolving many more of its problems the first time where rivals sometimes require multiple sessions.
Motorola chose Thursday to quietly release three phones, all of which are targeted at a world audience and with music in mind. The previously slipped out ZN200 has dedicated MP3 software with drag-and-drop support as well as a 2-megapixel camera with video support, but is now known to distinguish itself through a trick slider design. The top sports illuminated icons that show right from its owners pocket whether there's an incoming call, new e-mail, or if Bluetooth is active. It ships before the end of the summer and supports 850MHz GSM plus GPRS data, hinting a possible North American launch.
Apple's first revision to the MacBook Air will see a clock speed boost as well as a storage upgrade, according to a newly prominent rumor. The report claims the 13.3-inch lightweight portable will switch from Apple's custom-ordered 65 nanometer processors to a reference 45 nanometer, Penryn-based design. Upgrading will allegedly reduce the clock speed gap and let the MacBook Air's Core 2 Duo chip push 2GHz "and beyond," according to the leak.
Logitech this morning said it has acquired Ultimate Ears. The $34 million deal gives Logitech its first true entry point into in-canal earphones and includes a lineup of devices geared both towards regular portable media players as well as audiophiles and professional concert or studio monitors. The move is more specifically intended by Logitech to support its iPhone and iPod lineups, which so far consist only of speaker docks.
Slacker is developing a smaller, upgraded version of its unique Wi-Fi media player, according to an FCC filing. Dubbed the G2 Personal Portable Radio, the device is visibly smaller and more rounded than the original but also adds wireless links that aren't present in the original, including 802.11a Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 for short-range peripherals, and an FM radio to complement Slacker's existing technique of automatically downloading songs from the Internet.
Lian-Li this morning said it has started shipping the PC-XB01, its unusual replacement for the stock Xbox 360 casing. The brushed-aluminum tower builds on the company's experience with PC cases and lets enthusiasts comfortable with opening the console put its components in a much cooler chassis and avoid the chronic overheating issues that affect most existing systems. In addition to absorbing heat through the metal, the case has a Mac Pro-like front grill and a large 120mm rear fan to create high airflow.
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