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If the website and slogan (“We are different”) that are clear Apple rip-offs are any indication, JXD’s new S7100 MID borrows heavily from other companies...and presumably doesn’t have the rights to anything the device does. The S7100 is an Android-based tablet designed to play arcade and older ROMs, or as the site says: “Apple games, Android games, Sony games, Nintendo games, Arcade games, Sega games”. The JXD website specifically features the likes of MarioKart 64, Fruit Ninja 3D, Metal Slug, and more. Under the hood, the device runs on an ARM Cortex A9 chip... Read more...
Microsoft's tablet strategy (or complete lack thereof) has drawn significant criticism, but the rumor mill suggests the manufacturer may take unprecedented steps to establish itself as a player in this space. DigiTimes, quoting unspecified industry sources, claims Microsoft may build and market its own tablet. MS is allegedly cooperating with Texas Instruments to design and market the device and plans to compete against its own industry partners. If true, it wouldn't be the first time Microsoft has tossed its hat into the hardware ring, but the company's track record in this area is anything but... Read more...
Nvidia announced today that it's acquiring the fabless semiconductor design firm Icera. The UK-based company specializes in soft modem chipsets for a variety of devices, including laptops, netbooks, tablets, and smartphones. The two companies have a history of cooperation; Icera announced Tegra-compatible wireless chipsets back in 2009. Nvidia's Phil Carmack writes: "This is a significant step forward in NVIDIA’s strategy to be the processor company for the post-PC era... Icera’s baseband and RF technologies span 2G, 3G and 4G networks... Icera’s programmable baseband processor... Read more...
Samsung is adding to the Galaxy family with the addition of the Galaxy Player. These Android-based ultra-mobile devices feature 4- and 5-inch screens and have many of the same features and capabilities as Samsung's popular Galaxy S phones, just without cellular connectivity. The Galaxy Players feature Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) connectivity, front and rear cameras, stereo speakers, and support for Adobe Flash 10.1. There's 8GB of on-board storage and you can always add more via the microSD card slot. Both Galaxy Player devices are Google certified, so you'll be able to access your favorite Android apps... Read more...
The IT industry has begun to warm to the idea of a sustained recovery after the hammering it took in 2009 through the first part of 2010, but industry analysis firm iSuppli has warned that the current level of inventory buildup could cause problems if market demand slows in 2011. Original graph, data from iSuppli At the end of 2010, inventory levels stood at 83.6 days, uncomfortably near to the 84-day level that kicked off the industry downturn in 2008. Current levels don't automatically mean a second downswing is imminent, but Sharon Stiefel, semiconductor analyst with IHS, notes that the situation... Read more...
Intel kicked off the third and final day of IDF 2010 with a keynote detailing the future evolution of devices it refers to as "contextually aware." This is far from the first time Intel has put a spotlight on the future of device design; we've covered several announcements in this vein over the past 12 months. According to Justin Rattner, CTO and Senior Fellow at Intel, context awareness will change the nature of how we interact with devices. Intel's goal is to create devices that can function more like personal assistants and less like PDAs. These theoretical gadgets would gather and process both... Read more...
Following months of speculation, leaked photos, and even a hands-on preview from several months back, Dell has finally gone and announced its Streak mini-tablet, though not by way of a press release. Instead, Micheal Dell surprised attendees at the Citrix Synergy conference when he went on onstage for his keynote speech, shoved his hand in his pocket, and whipped out the Streak for the device's first-ever public demo. "The device we use to access our information shouldn't matter anymore," Dell said as he prepared to show off the Streak. "Whether it's a phone, or a notebook, a netbook, or a desktop... Read more...
Intel's Wireless Display technology is one of the hottest technologies we have seen in recent years; announced at CES this year, the tech hasn't really found a home yet in products. But once it does, watch out. It basically allows products to wirelessly transfer content on a screen onto some other screen, and it's something that could've made the iPad a truly killer device (not to mention any other tablet PC out there that feels like adding it in at the 11th hour). But now, Intel seems to have bigger plans. Not only will this technology find its way eventually into netbooks and notebooks, but handheld... Read more...
Acer plans to launch a new line of mobile Internet devices (MIDs) by the end of May. The new line is part of the company's efforts to boost profitability and add to its array of mobile devices. The new MIDs will feature version 4.0 of Acer's Shell user interface and will include 3G wireless connectivity. Recognizing that people want to be connected and share information, the new MIDs will be able to interact with one another and share data. Mobile devices such as the new MIDs, laptops, and netbooks are Acer's primary source of revenue. In the first quarter of this year, mobile computers such as... Read more...
In January, Sony announced their Dash personal Internet viewer at CES. Now this new Wi-Fi device is finally shipping for just under $200. It's available at www.sonystyle.com, Sony Style retail stores, and other dealers throughout the country. The Dash features a 7-inch color touch screen and over 1,000 free apps. The Dash also lets you view TV episodes, films and other video content on the device through BRAVIA Internet Video. SONY’S DASH ON SALE NOW New Device Brings Real-Time Internet Content to You as a Dashboard For Your Online Life SAN DIEGO, April 29, 2010 – Sony today announced... Read more...
Look out, guys--Acer is on the move! That's the message being spun by a computer company on the rise, and judging by the numbers, it honestly looks like Acer is poised to shake-up a market place long dominated by the likes of HP, Dell and Lenovo. A recent Forbes article has taken an interesting in-depth look at Acer, a company that doesn't receive nearly the recognition or respect it deserves in the mainstream. Currently, Acer's market share is only behind HP in terms of total units shipped (based on Gartner figures), yet you rarely hear of these guys. In fact, you probably hear about Asus and... Read more...
Wow, talk about quick implementation. It was only 1.5 months ago that the world was introduced to the mash-up of Maemo and Moblin, and now the first go at MeeGo is on. "Day 1 is here," states the beaming post from a MeeGo development board, and it really says it all. Google's Android operating system has all but taken over the mobile space when it comes to MIDs and UMPCs, but with names like Intel and Nokia behind this project, we could definitely see this leading to competition. Today, MeeGo is finally available to download by developers, but it's still not quite fully cooked and ready for use... Read more...
There's no doubt that tablet PCs are all the rage in 2010, but that big-screen bandwagon seems to be bleeding over into various other realms of consumer electronics. Take Mio, for example. The relatively unknown navigation company has made big waves this past week at CeBIT thanks to the unveiling of their Moov V780. What makes this unit stand out from similar devices from Garmin, TomTom and all of those other guys is the massive display. At 7" diagonally, it's easily one of the largest GPS panels out there.The massive touch panel is just the beginning, as this 2010 iF Design Award winner also includes... Read more...
Moblin and Maemo, Maemo and Moblin. Now, you two turn and face one another, shake hands, and start living together. It sounds like an odd relationship, but if there were ever forced marriages in operating systems, this would be one of the most talked about. Two companies that have historically been rivals, at least in the software department, have not only put their differences aside today, but have agreed to work together in the most intimate of fashions.At Mobile World Congress, Intel and Nokia announced that they would be merging two of the most talked about mobile platforms in order to form... Read more...
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