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In the coming months, expect a torrential downpour of tablets from manufacturers left and right. We're not talking about just five or six models either, but potentially dozens of slates, each one intent on dethroning Apple's iPad as the current default granddaddy. But while other manufacturers are gearing up to give Apple a bit of competition in the tablet space, there's already a talk of another iPad on the horizon, one that will address some of the shortcomings of its current-gen slate and could potentially keep the iPad in front of the pack. The latest rumors come from DigiTimes, which is reporting... Read more...
Supposedly, Motorola is working on a new smartphone that will have one of the largest displays we've seen to date. Code-named Shadow, the smartphone is said to have a 4.3-inch WVGA+ touch screen with a resolution of 850 x 484 and run on the Android operating system. Considering most smartphones today have a 3.7-inch or smaller screen, the Shadow's screen is a definite step up from current models. Currently the Windows Mobile-based HTC HD2 is the only other smartphone on the market that has a 4.3-inch screen. In terms of Android-powered models, the closest competition is the Sony Ericsson Xperia... Read more...
Details are still pretty sparse, but Nikon Rumors is reporting that Chasseur d'Image (a French magazine that has a history of publishing rumors that turn into reality) has published an article that talks about a new Nikon camera with the code name Nikon VP650. According to the report, the Nikon VP650 is expected to be announced in August and shipping in September. What’s really cool about the Nikon VP650 is that it will have an integrated LED projector that could project up to 8x12 images in good quality in the dark. The VP650 will be a compact camera. Another report from Photo Review offers some... Read more...
Fans of the best-selling Guitar Hero video game series will have even more songs to fuel their fantasies of pop glory. Activision Blizzard has confirmed that Guitar Hero: Van Halen is in the works according to video-game blog Joystiq. No specific tracks have been named, but Activision has said it will include music from guest bands such as Queen, Weezer, blink-182, The Offspring, and Queens of the Stone Age. The company also plans to release three new music-based video games this year: DJ Hero, Guitar Hero 5, and Band Hero. DJ Hero will use a new controller shaped like a record turntable. The controller... Read more...
Rumors that Apple is preparing a 32GB iPhone are heating up as a result of reports that indicate Apple has purchased a large quantity of flash memory chips. According to a DigiTimes report, Apple ordered 100 million 1 gigabit NAND Flash chips, mainly from Samsung Electronics. In fact, Apple has scooped up so many chips that some smaller players are worried about a shortage. It is possible Apple could recombine these chips during the manufacturing process to create 16GB and 32GB storing capabilities for new iPhone models. To help put things in perspective, 100 million 8Gb chips would be enough to... Read more...
It's a rumor that's flown around the block before: HP shutting down the VoodooPC label, which it purchased in 2006.  In fact, we wrote earlier when the VoodooPC line was sort of sucked into the regular HP catalog.  Even then things seemed to be getting a little iffy around the VoodooPC portion of HP's landscape.  At the time, however, it was sold as an easier, faster way to buy VoodooPC hardware through HP channels.At any rate, Techgage wrote a piece in which they cited the typical 'insider close to the situation.'  According to that article:An e-mail is apparently being circulated... Read more...
The other day, Digitimes reported that Abit could possibly exit the motherboard market if the company's upcoming line of motherboards based on the Intel P45 chipset weren't successful.  It turns out, however, that Abit is still planning to stick around.  Today, we received this quote on the subject, from Thore Welling, Universal ABIT's Global Marketing Director...“abit is a well established and strong brand within the enthusiast and high-end motherboard and components industry. In fact, particularly over the past 12 months we have been able to considerably increase market... Read more...
Avian Securities recently reported that a major systems player was experiencing an extremely high return rate of computer products shipped with solid state drives (SSDs).  Shortly after the story broke it was widely rumored that the company in question was none other than Dell.  Of course not all reports circulating the internet completely accurate, and some are simply bogus.Thankfully this seems like a case of the latter and Dell wants to set the record straight:"Here's the real story: the 20 - 30% failure and return rates cited by Avian Securities don't even vaguely resemble what's... Read more...
There are few companies that can generate as much interest in upcoming products as Apple.  That said, let's take a look at some of the pre-MacWorld '08 hardware rumors.  Do keep in mind that these are all rumors until we hear otherwise.First up is the Newton.  It seems doubtful that the new Newton tablet will be making it's debut at the show:“In its current form, the Newton device -- sometimes dubbed a Mac tablet or slate -- has been described along the lines of a larger iPod touch or iPhone rather than an Apple adaptation of the modern day tablet PC.When the project does come to... Read more...
The pre-MacWorld rumors are always some of the most interesting, but it looks like a few of the rumored products such as sub-notebook and 3G iPhone are virtually done-deals.  The 3G iPhone was actually leaked by AT&T CEO Randal Stephenson, so we're moving that one out the rumor file.  If that's not enough for you, here's more about the ultra-portable“...he has now heard from manufacturing partners in Asia that Apple is preparing to unveil a new, ultra portable laptop computer at the company's Macworld event next month in San Francisco.The blogs have speculated about this, but he says... Read more...
Please remember to take any and all hardware rumors with a grain of salt.  That said, let's talk about Intel's upcoming CPU family, dubbed Nehalem.  We have heard rumors such as:  socket interoperability between Xeons and Itenium CPUs on the server front, the onboard memory controller on all models, and of course the obligatory mentioning of 8-cores is always interesting.  Today we're getting our first inkling of what the L2 cache might be like, and if the rumors are true your next high-end rig could have a up to whopping 24 MB of shared L2 cache!  We're not exactly sure... Read more...
A few days ago rumors circulated that the gPhone would be launching within two weeks.  Now, aside from the fact that the gPhone is most likely the only thing that will make sites like this stop talking about the iPhone, is there any truth to the gPhone rumor? The grapevine is buzzing this week over the "gPhone," Google's long-rumored mobile device that has been in the works for some time now. And while some of the rumors may carry more merit than others, history has shown that when news picks up, something is on the way.Is a gPhone actually coming? At this point, we think the Magic 8-Ball... Read more...
An interesting collection of rumors and speculations about the next completely new AMD CPU has surfaced.AMD hasn't officially announced the chip yet, so anything can change between now and the target launch date sometime in 2009. AMD plans to launch its third-generation Opteron platform in 2009 with the Sandtiger octal-core processor. Beneath Sandtiger is AMD’s M-SPACE modular approach towards CPUs. M-SPACE allows AMD to mix and match CPU features for specific tasks. The definition for M-SPACE is as follows: Modular: Reconfigurable “building blocks” for design speed/agilityScalable: Linear scaling... Read more...
AMD's R600 hasn't even arrived yet and already news regarding its successor, the R650, has emerged. According to a story on The Inquirer, R650 will be a 65nm version of R600, enhanced by AMD private manufacturing techniques, with the ultimate goal of making GPUs more affordable, for both AMD and consumers.   "In short, AMD's CPU manufacturing strategy will be introduced to the world of GPUs. This should result in more affordable and better performing parts. Even though AMD is not using its own manufacturing facilities or facilities that use AMD's own procedure called APM, some elements... Read more...
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