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Touchscreen technology isn't really all that new, but the popularity of Apple's iPhone has whetted the public's appetite for putting their fingers on the screen and doing things. But the technology that makes tiny phone screens react to touch would be prohibitively expensive on a screen even as large a UMPC, never mind the typical desktop's widescreen.  HP and Microsoft use a different technology to track the movements of your fingers on a screen, and HP is planning on offering multiple touchscreen products within a year and a half. Sweet. HP’s personal computer and Microsoft Surface Table... Read more...
Just about a year ago, we posted a link to a trailer for id's upcoming first person shooter / driving game hybrid dubbed Rage. Since then few details regarding the game have been released other than it would be built around a new game engine called id Tech 5 and that Rage would be the first game developed completely in-house since Doom 3. But today, straight from QuakeCon 2008, id has released the first in-game screenshots from Rage...    Acutal In-Game Screenshots from id's upcoming game Rage As you can see, the character models have a gory, yet lifelike look to them and the scenes... Read more...
Japan's Pioneer Electronics is giving up on manufacturing their own plasma panels, and will simply buy them from other manufacturers and market them to consumers. The market for the panels is intensely competitive, and Pioneer has been bleeding red ink ever since it purchased  the plasma manufacturing operations of NEC Corp in 2004. As it downsizes its plasma business, Pioneer will now try to rebuild itself with help from rival Sharp Corp Pioneer and Sharp last year formed a capital and business partnership that allowed Sharp to become the single largest shareholder in Pioneer with a 14.3... Read more...
OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode. It's been touted as an possible future improvement over plasma, LCD and standard LEDs for a while now. Since it doesn't require a backlight to display images, it uses less electricity than its competitors and displays better in sunlight, which makes it a favorite for small handheld screens where battery life is king and OLED's shorter usable life are not a factor.  Now panel makers in Taiwan, Korea and Japan are warming up to the idea of OLED again for larger screens, too.While Hitachi, Canon and Matsushita Electric Industrial yesterday in a press... Read more...
We just got our hands on some tasty new screenshots from the Crysis multi-player beta that we thought you'd all like to see.  According to a recent poll, Crysis what the game a majority of you were most interested in playing, and after seeing these screenshots, we're sure your interest isn't going to wane one bit...           We have seen Crysis live many times throughout its development and never cease to be impressed.  The lighting, shadow, and particle effects are excellent, as are the special effects like motion blurring... Read more...
Once again, no one (except maybe cellular carriers and those supplying the content) should be surprised. Europeans' interest in watching mobile television is as tiny as cell phone screens, a new study showed on Monday, even though the industry has been buzzing about offering TV on handsets for years. Mobile operators hope that mobile TV could encourage users to spend an extra 5 to 10 euros a month, compensating for declining revenues from voice calls, but mobile television and video downloads ranked close to the bottom of consumer interest in a Gartner study in Europe. Honestly, why would anyone... Read more...
Plasma TVs are all little environmental catastrophes waiting to happen when you dispose of them. Matsushita's doing their bit to make them a little less toxic by getting all the lead out of the screen. And they did it despite being granted an exemption for that lead. Bravo, I say. Matsushita, along with Hitachi and Pioneer, jointly filed a petition to exempt lead used in plasma panels from the Restriction on Hazardous Substance (RoHS). The exemption was approved in October. Matsushita nevertheless moved to eliminate lead oxide glass, introducing... Read more...
Laser TVs are the latest "Hot Hardware" you can't buy yet. Estimates range from one or two years out to vaporware. But if you want a big -- make that huge-- screen, much brighter than any plasma, with more colors and higher contrast than anything currently on the market--DLP, LCD, Plasma, SEP, Cathode Ray Tube, Etch-A-Sketch--this sounds like it: The Laser TV is brighter - there's no fundamental limit to screen size like there is with plasma or LCD - the screen is just a piece of glass rather than a complex, multilayer structure than suffers of imperfections when you exceed about... Read more...
Canon and Toshiba found two old men to shake hands like they hate each other in front of a big old newfangled SED flatscreen TV, and everybody took their picture. They also found $1.7 billion dollars in one of their desk drawers and decided to build a great big factory in Japan and crank out enormous cheap flatscreens by 2008. Canon Inc. and Toshiba Corp. are developing a new type of flat panels, which they say are thinner and consume less energy than the existing liquid crystal display (LCD) and plasma televisions. The production of the new surface-conduction... Read more...
Evening all, Dave checking in here with ya for a little late-night eye candy and benchmark reference update.  I've been spending sometime in "the lab" playing around with the new Battlefield 2 demo and it's safe to say the game looks dialed.  The game engine graphics are stunning and the game-play difficult but fun.  Here are some screenies to whet your appetite if you haven't downloaded the demo and I've tossed in a FRAPS FPS counter log so you can see how things run on a high-end P4 rig with an ATi X850 XT PCIe card.      The engine is a bit taxing... Read more...