RIM has finally put the BlackBerry tablet rumors to rest by unveiling the Playbook at the BlackBerry Developer's Conference in San Francisco this afternoon. The tablet is planned to hit the U.S. in "early 2011" while going international later in Q2.
Most of the rumors of specs were pretty much on point: 7" 1024 x 600 WSVGA screen, dual HD cameras (5mp rear facing, 3mp front facing) to incorporate video conferencing, HDMI and microHDMI outputs with full 1080p recording capability, and Wireless N and Bluetooth integration. More specs and a promo video after the break.
In the world of gaming computer makers one of the newest names is Origin. The company has some nice gaming notebooks in its line already and it has announced the addition of a new and very powerful notebook to its arsenal. The latest offering from Origin is the Eon17. The machine has a massive 17.3-inch screen.
The screen has a 16:9 aspect ratio and a HD resolution of 1920 x 1080. It also has a SuperMulti Blu-ray disc burner that can burn media and lets the machine be a powerful home theater computer. The notebook has HDMI 1.4 output that supports 3D content on a larger screen. The notebook uses several different CPUs up to the Core i7-980X desktop processor.
The mobile gaming market has several players and for years the players were the console companies like Nintendo and Sony. With the iPhone and iPod touch becoming more popular, those devices are now taking some of the market from the console makers. The clear leader in mobile gaming has been the Nintendo DS for a long time.
The DS is very important for Nintendo as its best selling console so any update to the machine is a big deal for the gaming firm. The next update for the DS will be the 3DS that we heard about months ago. A launch date of November 20 leaked a while back from a tweet posted by a designer claiming to have made accessories for the 3DS. A German publication is now offering a different launch date for the 3Ds.
Sony has announced a refreshed line of Vaio computers that has new features and a new color that users can pick from. The refreshed line is Sony's winter product offering that will carry the retailer through the holiday season. The new updates include CPU options and a few other updates for some machines.
The Vaio EB/EA/AC line of laptops has new CPU options with Core i5-580 and i5-460M CPU options now available along with a new Pentium processor for those looking for a budget notebook. The machines can also be had with a 1GB video card of some sort. Sony is offering free HD screen upgrades while supplies last through October 9 as well. The new color for these notebooks is purple. Sony has updated its AIO L series machine with a Blu-ray drive that can play movies and burn to Blu-ray media.
When it comes to projectors there are small and cheap portable units that aren't bright enough to be used in a room with any light turned on. There are mid range offerings that have a decent price and are suitable for home theater fans looking for a bigger image. There are also some massively huge projectors that are designed for large venues with some high-end features like the PLC-HF10000L we see today.
This massive projector from Sanyo has 10,000 lumens of brightness and a wide color gamut thanks to Sanyo QuaDrive technology. QuaDrive puts a yellow color element in with the red, green, and blue that an average 3LCD projector has. The addition of the yellow element allows for more colors and better image quality.
Acer has announced that it has some newly update TimelineX notebooks being unveiled today for the first time. The new series of machines keep with the tradition of thin profiles and long battery life that the Timeline series has been known for. The new additions to the line include the 1830T, 3820T, 4820T, and 5820T.
The little TimelineX 1830T-68U118 configuration has a small 11.6-inch screen combined with a powerful Core i7-680UM CPU with Turbo Boost Technology. The machine weighs 3.09 pounds, the screen is LED backlit with an HD resolution, and it has 8-hours of battery life. The machine measures 11.22" W x 8.03" D x 1.10-1.10" H and it features Bluetooth, 4GB of RAM, and 500GB of storage. The machine sells for $899.99. Other configurations for the machine are available as well.
The latest happenings from around the web - September 27th, 2010
- MSI 870A Fuzion Power Edition @ Overclock3D
- Foxconn A88GM MicroATX Motherboard @ Ninjalane
- Gigabyte GTS 450 1Gb @ LANOC
- GeForce GTS 450 Video Card @ Hardware Secrets
- PowerColor HD 5750 Low Profile Video Card @ HiTechLegion
- Asus RT-N16 Wireless Router @ Kitguru
- Compro IP70 Network Camera @ PCReview UK
Our Download of the Day today is Beyond Compare 3.2.1 Beta.
Beyond Compare 3 is the ideal tool for comparing files and folders on your Windows system. Visualize changes in your code and carefully reconcile them.
Compare Files, Folders
Beyond Compare allows you to quickly and easily compare your files and folders. By using simple, powerful commands you can focus on the differences you're interested in and ignore those you're not. You can then merge the changes, synchronize your files, and generate reports for your records.
Beyond Compare includes built-in comparison viewers for a variety of data types. Compare .csv data or HTML tables in a Data Compare session, or images in a Picture Compare session.
Beyond Compare's new merge view allows you to combine changes from two versions of a file into a single output. Its intelligent approach allows you to quickly accept most changes while carefully examining conflicts.
Beyond Compare's intuitive Folder Sync interface lets you reconcile differences in your data automatically.
Internode has come first for customer satisfaction according to a survey commissioned by Canstar Blue - which
he survey commissioned by rating agency Canstar Blue measured customer satisfaction of each provider with respect to price, speed, reliability, support, billing, and download quota value for money.
Internode won 5 stars for all categories except support and price - which they scored 4 stars in. Other ISP's that scored favourably were iiNet, iPrimus and Westnet, all of which earned 4 stars overall.
Surprisingly, Telstra came in last - behind such cheap providers like Dodo and TPG - earning no more than 3 stars in each category.
Optus and AAPT were close, scoring 3 stars in all categories apart from download quotas.