The latest happenings from around the web - October 26th, 2010
- G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3-1600 8GB Dual Channel Memory Kit @ ThinkComputers
- Mushkin PC10666 Low Voltage RAM @ Overclock3D
- MSI R6870 and R6850 @ tbreak
- Samsung LN46C650 @ Techreviewsource
- AMD Radeon HD 6870 & HD 6850 in CrossFireX @ Techgage
- Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 @ Neoseeker
- 23" LG Flatron W2340VG 1080p LCD Monitor @ iGadgetlife
- Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
We just got down with our summary and photos from the new ViewSonic ViewPad7 which was officially released in Taipei today. You can read that here if you missed it.
Now we present you with our video hands-on with the ViewPad7. The below five minute video gives us a pretty good close up look at the device and what it can do.
We'll try and get our hands on one for a full review in the following weeks!
We just got back from the Taipei launch event of the ViewSonic ViewPad7 at the second largest building in the world, 101.
There ViewSonic took the chance to officially announce its new 7-inch tablet computer appropriately called the ViewPad7. It comes installed with Google Android 2.2 and initially from our first look today it seems to be a capable little device.
It is powered by a 600MHz Qualcomm MSM 7227 processor and comes with 512MB of RAM. Sadly there is only 512MB of onboard NAND flash for your storage needs, but the device does support a single Micro SD slot for additional capacity up to 32GB - at an additional cost, of course. Moving on the 7-inch display is based on TFT WVGA technology and supports a capable resolution of 800 x 480. The screen has nothing on the iPhone 4, but it still works pretty well. It also comes with 802.11 b/g wireless as well as 3.5G (quad band). You can make calls from this thing, but you'd probably look a little silly holding it up to your ear. Rounding things out the device also comes with Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, front and back camera, GPS (and AGPS) support and it seems to work rather well using Google Maps.
Battery life is one of the areas where the ViewPad7 excels. Being a little thicker than the iPad, you would expect good battery performance and according to ViewSonic, you get up to 48 hours of audio playback and 7 hours of video playback at 480p. CONTINUED...
Firesheep is something that has been popping up around the place for a few days - I thought I'd share it here for the uninformed, or at least, if you didn't know - pass the news on to someone you know who uses unsecure Wi-Fi.
The above picture shows what it would look like - allowing you to login as another person on the open wifi network.
A Seattle based programmer, Eric Butler has released an extension for Firefox which shows you a graphical list of the online accounts of everyone sharing an open wifi network with you - with a simple single click, you're instantly logged in as them.
Our Mobile App of the Day today is YouTube for Android.
The folks at Google and Android have made a pretty significant change when it comes to the mobile YouTube experience. Most people with Android phones got a pre-installed YouTube app that only updates when the OS does. Google and YouTube agreed with most of you that think that stinks, and have now released a standalone app.
For those with Android 2.2, you'll notice YouTube is now gone from the root OS and is a separate app. This allows the app to be updated separately, and the first iteration has given some significant updates. Search is smoother, vids can be viewed in portrait of landscape mode, social integration with Facebook, Twitter, and Buzz are improved, and video can be shot and uploaded within the app itself. IF the update hasn't already been done automatically to your phone, search the Android Market for YouTube or use the QR code after the break.
Those with Android phones have had the Flash 10.1 love for a while now, but the big dogs at Adobe let us know that they've got their eyes on a few more platforms at the MAX conference as well. And no, it's not coming to the iPhone or iPad anytime soon.
Not only did Adobe make Flash 10.1 official for Windows Phone 7 today, but they also announced that it will be coming to WebOS 2.0, BlackBerry OS, Symbian, MeeGo, and the LiMo platform. Basically, everyone BUT Apple is juping on the Flash train. There's no official word on dates, only that they are "expected to support Flash Player 10.1" in future versions.
As with other Apple devices of late, the new MacBook Air has been taken down a dark alley, bashed across the head and taken advantage of - but, in a good way.
We knew this before, but with it being opened it's now confirmed - the new MacBook Air is next to impossible to do self-service on, as it uses mostly propriety components. The interior is secured using five-sided Torx T5 screws - where as the rest of the components are so customised that it would be near impossible to find them in a parts store.
It looks like Microsoft is still going full steam ahead with it's plan for PC game retail domination... not only do they have Games for Windows Marketplace, but it's part of a larger picture for PC gamers that mean a lot to Microsoft.
I'm very vocal about this myself, Microsoft push DX11 and Windows 7 yet nearly all games produced are made on consoles first, then ported to PC with "DX11" - yet the game was created with DX9-esque hardware in mind (Xbox 360/PlayStation 3) - where the PC has all this horse power and untapped ability - yet, is not really pushed.
Samsung's raising quite a bit of fanfare about the newest device to hit their lineup. They've pegged November 8th as the unveiling date for their newest device with this ad and the murmurs have already started about what it will be.
The stock ticker looking numbers in the ad is making most people point towards the official unveiling of the Samsung Continuum, a device that had its original leak via Engadget back on September 30th. The Android powered device features a second LED screen called the "Ticker," which makes conclusions easy to draw. Others are hoping for the first device to feature Google's new "Gingerbread" OS which has been a hot topic since Google put up a Gingerbread man on their campus.