Archive for the ‘hardware’ Category
  • Major Nelson says Stevie was wrong/confused/doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about — Blu-ray still not coming to Xbox 360
    by Mike
    Posted October 22nd, 2009 at 7:22 pm
    Remember that bit of Steve Ballmer loose lip that went down many hours prior to this very second? During an interview, Steve was quoted as saying not specifically saying that Xbox 360 hardware was to see Blu-ray add-on accessories, but that if the Xbox were to get Blu-ray, it would be via external forms. Many including myself took this as a sort of admission by omission if you know what I mean. Side stepping hot topics often leaves the Balms in a stuttering incoherent state, this wasn't any...
  • Intel USB 3.0 chipsets not coming until 2011 :(
    by Mike
    Posted October 22nd, 2009 at 12:22 pm
    Hope you like slow and steady, because we've got another year full of it. Mass adoption of USB 3.0 won't happen until 2011. If you're looking for somewhere or someone to point fingers and aim projectiles, look no further than "tech and strategy groups" whom are apparently unable to properly communicate goals and deadlines to Intel's product development teams. The two groups aren't quite "on the same playing field" if you know what I mean. It isn't all bad though. While mass adoption won't b...
  • If you can’t beat ‘em…Sue ‘em. Nokia vs. Apple.
    by Mike
    Posted October 22nd, 2009 at 10:31 am
    While Nokia would like us to believe they own a plethora of the technologies that make the iPhone what it is, their latest lawsuit against Cupertino instead comes off looking more like a last ditch effort by a company who has failed to make anything exciting (save for the N900) at any point in recent memory. You know the old saying: "If you can't beat 'um...sue 'um". Based on the poorly constructed copyright system we have here in the states, Nokia claims Apple infringes on GSM, UMTS and wire...
  • Steve Ballmer’s loose lips reveal upcoming Xbox 360 Blu-ray external drive? [Update]
    by Mike
    Posted October 22nd, 2009 at 5:41 am
    **Update: Ya, not so much. 'ol Stevie was off his rocker and was probably confused. That's what Major Nelson is saying anyway. Thank you Mr. Steve "The Balms" Ballmer for your clownish persona and loose lips. You may have just given us some hope for ways of enjoying HD content other than Xbox live. In an interview with Gizmodo's Wilson Rothman, Steve Ballmer says the following when questioned about the potential for Blu-ray support coming to the Xbox line: Well I don't know if we nee...
  • HP dv6t gets Core i7 treatment
    by Mike
    Posted October 21st, 2009 at 7:53 pm
    Looking for cheep speed? The dv6t now with i7 quad-core chips means you can have just that. Making use of either 720QM or 820QM chips ensures the figurative cake that is always being had and eaten in hypothetical thoughts is yet again being eaten. Starting at $999, the HP dv6t looks like a pretty decent laptop for those on a budget but long for a life in the fast lane. Ready to kick it up a notch? Notebook Review...
  • ARM’s announces their Cortex A5 multi-core mobile processor
    by Mike
    Posted October 21st, 2009 at 12:23 pm
    Current smartphones may suffer from laggy interfaces and stuttering multimedia performance because of weak internal hardware. Fret no more, put away those tissues and slap a smile on that pretty little mouth of yours as such experiences will soon be a thing of the past. The savior? ARM's new Cortex A5 multi-core processor should certainly take care of all current slowness and then some. Labeled by ARM as “the smallest, lowest power ARM multicore processor capable of delivering the Internet...
  • Android 2.0, 3G, WiFi, 5″ touchscreen and more coming to the Dell MID
    by Mike
    Posted October 21st, 2009 at 7:36 am
    Don't you love it when rumors, particularly good rumors transgress from unicorn land into reality? That's a pretty easy one to answer. Of course you do. Details of an Android packing Dell MID will no doubt get you salivating like a fat piece of properly cooked steak. As far as details go, the device spied above comes with Android 2.0 (Eclair), WiFi/Bluetooth/3G WWAN, 5" 800 x 400 capacitive touchscreen as well as a dual-LED flash 5mp camera out back. The only thing leaving me concerned is y...
  • Google bringing their own Android phone to market (end of 2009)? Chrome OS netbook in 2010?
    by Mike
    Posted October 20th, 2009 at 1:55 pm
    Apple uses a totalitarian approach with the iPhone. Microsoft offers a mad grab for developers and hardware vendors alike. The two methods at which these two companies provide mobile services are complete opposites. Each have their pro's and con's. Apple's uniformed approach brings tight integration and unparalleled compatibility. Microsoft's approach with Windows Mobile allows a daunting list of choices as well as easier access for developers. Until now, Google has taken more or less th...
  • ….and the Mac Mini
    by Mike
    Posted October 20th, 2009 at 12:08 pm
    Whoops. Forgot the little guy in the other post. Since it's introduction, the Mac Mini has often received updates and tweaks without much fan fare as it's larger brethren such as Macbooks, iMacs, and Mac Pros often steal the limelight. Today is no different as it's other siblings again overshadow Apple's little niche baby. Still, if you're in the market for just a computer and already have a screen and peripherals, the Mac Mini is even more attractive. The Mac entry line still starts at $...
  • Apple iMac, Macbook, and Magic Mouse updates!
    by Mike
    Posted October 20th, 2009 at 11:37 am
    Where to start. I guess we'll lead of with the smallest and work our way up. Magic Mouse First on the line, the new Magic Mouse brings multi-touch/gesture to the mouse world. Operation is as one would expect, 2 finger swipes and pinches do all sorts of panning, zooming, and moving actions on your screen. The Mighty Mouse isn't so mighty anymore (was it ever?) Macbook The bargain basement Macbook, once $999, is still....$999. What happened to "newer" and "cheaper" products? To be fai...
  • Ultra low energy consuming Bluetooth developed by Texas Instruments. Relevant?
    by Mike
    Posted October 19th, 2009 at 7:28 am
    If you find yourself in Munich tomorrow, you may want to stop by the Texas Instrument unveiling of their latest baby: the CC2540. This alphabet/number line soup's claim to fame is the fact that it takes up but a mere 6mm (squared) of space. That's tiny. Naturally, because of the utter pittance of physical size, such an object has an equally minuscule appetite. Just how meager are the feeding requirements? Try an entire year of runtime on a single, lonely button battery. Ya. That's pretty ...
  • Microsoft “building” themselves into irrelevance?
    by Mike
    Posted October 19th, 2009 at 6:24 am
    Many know my feelings about Windows Mobile. There's no need to rehash them. However, my overall feelings on Microsoft in the bigger picture are in fact much more positive. Along their desktop OS line, Windows 7 which is just a few days away from public release, is easily their best OS yet and what Vista should have been. But after you talk about the classic computer/os environment, what does Microsoft have to keep us there? What breakthrough, exciting, and even cool technologies do they hav...
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