The latest happenings from around the web - October 20th, 2010
- Asus Dual Intelligent Processors @ Overclock3D
- ASRock H55M-LE Motherboard @ Vortez UK
- Gigabyte X58-USB3 Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- AMD Talks Llano & Radeon HD 6800 @ Techgage
- Nvidia quietly reveals new GeForce GT 440 @ eTeknix
- AMD releases Radeon HD 6850 and HD 6870 pictures @ eTeknix
- Zotac GTX 470 AMP! Edition @ Technic3D
- MSI GeForce GTX 460 1GB HAWK Review - Custom Everything @ PC Perspective
Telstra has introduced a per megabyte charge model to their prepaid wireless offerings.
The prepaid wireless broadband battleground is getting more scarred as time goes on - Optus and Vodafone have recently increased the value to their plans, with Telstra now following through.
Telstra have introduced a plan which includes "up to" 10GB of data which is valid for twelve months. The plan costs $150 and is in direct competition with Vodafone who offer the same price and expiration period, but 12GB of data is included.
Logging into Xbox.com on Wednesday morning is going to give a bit of a shock to many users as Microsoft is giving the site a pretty serious facelift.
Included in the update will be Windows Phone 7 integration, an avatar creator, and even some playable web games. The social experience is getting some improvements with a a unified inbox for your game requests, inbox, and friend requests. Parental controls are also being implemented to help adults "understand what your family is doing and how they are using Live" with the Family Reports system. With Kinect and Windows Phone 7 on the horizon, it looks like Xbox.com is ready for the new gear.
Lenovo President and CEO Rory Read had a few things to say on the mobile front to a group of journalists at their headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina today. Even though Lenovo is not planning on bringing a smartphone to market in the U.S. for another two years, their "Le Pad" tablet may hit U.S. shores for businesses and consumers somewhere around Summer 2011.
This launch date seems to hinge on Android's next major OS release, codenamed "Honeycomb." Read stated that he "doesn't believe Froyo (Android 2.2) is the right base to have a fully functioning pad." Honeycomb is slated for release at around the same time so if that date gets pushed back, there's a good chance the Lenovo tablet will as well since Lenovo also has no plans on rolling out a Windows 7 based tablet.
As if kids aren't getting texting-crazed early enough these days, a company called Scholastic has released the Electronic Text Messagers, a wireless device that is pretty much a texting walkie talkie that sends messages between the handsets instead of voice.
Sold in pairs for $16.99 on Amazon, these devices have a range of 600 feet and work through walls without having to worry about line of sight. You can even network 24 of these together to talk to each other. They only have a 40 character limit so they make tweets look like short stories, so extensive text speak is most likely required. Expect these to show up in classroom teacher's confiscated item drawers soon.
Microsoft is working hard to get Windows Phone 7 devices into as many hands as possible at launch, and is offering up some pretty nice benefits worldwide to make sure that happens. Microsoft is offering up a 3 month Zune pass to those who sign up for a WP7 pre-order notification and buy a device, and AT&T is giving away a one month Zune pass and a free month of U-Verse Mobile for WP7 buyers. But they don't have anything on A1, an Austrian mobile carrier.
For everyone signing up or extending contracts to receive an HTC Trophy on October 21st from A1, they will also receive a 4GB Xbox 360. 360 more of the systems will be raffled off to those who put in a preorder. A1 is even allowing people to sign up for two Trophies to receive two Xbox 360s. These are the sort of things you have to try in our iPhone/Android crazed mobile marketplace these days, I suppose, but it's not a bad way to create buzz.
Today Microsoft have launched Office 365, a cloud based service that includes Microsoft Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Lync Online.
Designed for the business user, Microsoft say Office 365 will make working with different devices and collaborating with colleagues securely, easier. It has launched the beta in 13 countries around the world.
President of the Office Division at Microsoft, Kurt DelBene said:
"With Office 365, your local bakery can get enterprise-calibre software and services for the first time, while a multinational pharmaceutical company can reduce costs and more easily stay current with the latest innovations."
Intel has announced plans to invest between $6 and $8 billion to upgrade multiple manufacturing plants in the US and also to build a new facility in Oregon. This would create up to 1000 jobs at Intel.
Intel President and CEO - Paul Otellini said, "Today's announcement reflects the next tranche of the continued advancement of Moore's Law and a further commitment to invest in the future of Intel and America," he added "The most immediate impact of our multi-billion-dollar investment will be the thousands of jobs associated with building a new fab and upgrading four others, and the high-wage, high-tech manufacturing jobs that follow."
The investment is geared toward Intel's move to manufacturing at a 22nm process. Intel is on track to deliver 22nm chips in 2011.
Audiophiles will spend a lot of money on high-end hardware to be able to listen to their music with better quality. You can be that an audiophile wouldn't be caught dead listening to their music on the go using the headphones that ship with their MP3 player or music phone. Audiophiles have a new brand to choose from with French EarSonics earphones now in the US at Sound Earphones.
Among the Earsonics, offerings are the new and high-end SM3 earphones that sell for $379 and include free shipping. The earphones use a 3-way triple driver design with a driver for mids, a driver for highs, and a driver for lows in each earpiece. The 3-way design makes for an extended frequency response.
I am not a designer of anything so it's hard for me to fathom what goes into selecting colors for projects. I have been out before and saw a car or other item that had a cool color and wondered what the color was. I would assume that designers and architects have these same revelations and the main difference is that they might find a color that would be great for a project. At the same time, people are sure to bring material or other items to the designer and ask if they can use colors from the item in a design.
Pantone has a new device called Capsure that allows these designers to capture color information and then find the exact Pantone colors to use in projects from the items. The little handheld device interfaces with Pantone software and can capture colors from just about any material including fabric, patterns, and carpet among other things. The scanner uses tri-dimensional technology to eliminate shadows and interference that might prevent accurately capturing colors.