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The latest happenings from around the web - 29/06/2010
- Fujitsu Lifebook S710 Notebook @ tbreak
- Enthusiast Custom PC Build Guide Q3-2010 @ Benchmark Reviews
- Kingston HyperX blu 4GB kit 1600MHz DDR3 KHX1600C9D3B1K2/4GX @ Bonafide Reviews
- Crucial Ballistix Thermal Sensor Memory Kit @ Benchmark Reviews
- ASUS GeForce ENGTX480 w/ Voltage Tweak! @ Tech Reaction
- Asus EAH5870 v2 @ Overclockers Club
- AMD's HD 5550 & 5570 - Now Equipped with GDDR5 Goodness @ Techgage
Plastic Logic, makers of the high end e-reader the "Que," have reportedly canceled all preorders for the device. The large touchscreen e-reader, which has a starting price of $650 USD and hits $800 USD for models with WiFI and 3G wireless, have gone through numerous delays and there are even reports that Plastic Logic is even up for sale. With the success of the iPad and the price war between the Kindle and Nook, it makes you wonder where this device, especially at this price range, would even fit into the market. Unless the Que has some supreme functions not covered by anything else on the market, Plastic Logic may be wondering the same thing.
With all of the phone frenzy lately, tablets have taken a bit of a backseat in the public eye the last few days. Intel and Nokia changed that a bit though as they released a video demo of their Linux-based MeeGo OS for tablet devices.
The video gives a sneak peek at functions like multitasking, intergrated social networking, and multitouch support as well as a host of other features that make this a promising looking OS.
One of the biggest gripes about the iPhone 4, which has reportedly already sold 1.7 million units since its launch last Thursday, has been the antenna issues due to holding the phone on the bottom left side. While the initial answers from Apple were either buy a case or basically "don't hold it that way," Apple is now reportedly working on an iOS 4.0.1 update that may help alleviate the issue among others.
Kindle has followed through with their promise of a summer launch with the announcement that Kindle for Android has officially gone live today. Those with Android phones can get the full functionality of Kindle through their devices: Adjustable text sizes, access to the Kindle Store, access to e-books over any compatible device, and bookmarking that holds over any device as well. The app only works with Android 1.6 and above which will leave some with older generation phones in the dark, so grab it today in the Android Market.
Sprint released an OTA update for the HTC EVO 4G today. This update has fixed a few bugs, including issues where the touchscreen would not work if the handset was not being held (on a table, desk, etc) and faster WiFi speeds. It has not been confirmed yet if the faster speeds are due to the 802.11n being enabled with the update. To grab the update, go to the System Updates settings under Settings.
There are reports out there of this update bricking phones though; most claim that a 2nd update tries to come through after the first is finished, and opening that one is making phones totally unusable. So word to the wise; one phone, one update! Oh, and for those of you who have hacked or rooted your phones, this update does not play nice with those at all, so steer clear.
Foxconn has been the subject of intense scrutiny this year after ten workers killed themselves. The suicides were blamed on harsh working conditions and low pay.
Foxconn raised worker salary to help improve moral and eliminated death benefits that amounted to about ten years salary for the average workers family. Some have criticized the living conditions in the dorms that Foxconn owns that house about 450,000 workers.
I talked about the HP Envy 14 a bit back when the notebook was first announced. The notebook was then said to be shipping on June 27 and that day has come and passed.
The Envy 14 is now available to order on HP.com with lots of options. The machine has a 14.5-inch screen with a resolution of 1600 x 900. It has an option for HD 5650 graphics and the machine can be fitted with Core i3, i5, or i7 CPUs.
Acer has been offering its line of Predator gaming desktops for a while now. The machines are notable for their interestingly designed cases that are orange and black.
The latest version of the Predator has been unveiled and it is called the AG7750-U2222. The machine is 3D ready with the addition of a 3D ready monitor and the NVIDIA 3D Vision glasses. The machine can be fitted with quad-core Intel Core i7 CPUs.