The latest happenings from around the web - July 16, 2010
- New 11.6-inch MacBook Air @ Netbooknews
- ASUS U30Jc Core i3 Optimus Notebook @ PC Perspective
- Powercolor HD5870 PCS+ @ Kitguru
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 1GB & 768MB @ CHW
- ASUS ENGTX470 @ Ocaholic
- Axle Radeon HD 5670 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card @ XBit Labs
- Sapphire HD5550 OC @ LANOC
Motorola has caught some flack before from the modding community for locking down their mobile devices, and it looks like some more backlash is on the way. It seems Motorola has included a technology called eFuse to secure the Droid X against unauthorized modification attempts, firmware changes, or rooting.
eFuse runs when the phone boots; checking firmware, kernel information, and the bootloader and making sure they have not been tampered with. If eFuse finds something it doesn't like, it "trips a fuse" and the phone is rendered inoperable until it is returned to Motorola. Sorry modders, looks like you'll have to go somewhere else to have your fun. Or you could accept the challenge ..
Ahead of the Apple press conference tomorrow morning, an iOS4 update to version 4.0.1 has hit for iPhone 4s as well as an update for the iPad to iOS 3.2.1. There haven't been a ton of additions with the new iOS, but the promised change to the signal bars seemed to have happened as the before and after picture shows above. The iPad update seems to have fixed some WiFi issues and video playback errors.
Palm's making news, even after being acquired by HP. It seems that the bidding war included all of the major mobile players; including Lenovo, Google, RIM, and even Apple. According to a source for Business Insider, RIM was originally on the fast track to winning the war and "had to work incredibly hard to blow it," initially outbidding HP they dropped their $6-7 per share offer to $5.50 and HP made their winning $1.2 billion counteroffer. Google and Apple were mostly interested in the patents and intellectual property to keep them out of each other's hands, but Google wasn't aware of Apple's offer (which ended up being half of HP's winning bid) and never made a serious offer of their own.
If you're not lucky enough to live near one of the four Microsoft Store locations in the U.S. and still want to give Xbox 360's Kinect a try before you buy it, you might just be in luck. The Kinect Experience Mobile Demo Tour is about to hit the road and may be coming to a city near you during the next 14 weeks.
The Apple iPad and its sales success guaranteed that a wealth of other tablets would be coming to market. HP had plans to sell tablets based on three different operating systems including Android, WebOS, and Windows 7.
AllThingsD reports that HP has put its Android tablet plans on hold. The Android HP tablet was expected to hit the market in Q4 of this year. HP is still apparently working on the Windows 7 and WebOS tablets.
Apple has been offering the super thin MacBook Air notebook for a while now. The machine is expensive and doesn't sell in a huge volume for Apple. A new rumor has surfaced that Apple is set to launch another MacBook Air model.
DigiTimes Research analyst Mingchi Kuo reports that Apple is set to launch an 11.6-inch MacBook Air notebook in the second half of this year. The new machine would reportedly be built by Quanta Computer.
Logitech makes more peripherals and accessories for computers and notebook systems than you can shake a stick at. The offerings from the company range from keyboards and mice to speakers, remote controls, and lots more.
Logitech has unveiled a new set of 5.1 surround sound speakers with multiple connectivity options that sells for $99. The new speakers are called the Z506 and they will connect to your PC with included cables or to your Wii, PS3, DVD player, or Xbox 360 as well.
Well, the cries over the iPhone 4 have been heard all the way to the top of the mountain. While Apple gears us for the press conference tomorrow, even a U.S. senator has gotten involved in trying to get Apple to fix things with their newest device. Charles E. Sumner, a senator from New York, has posted an open letter to Steve Jobs criticizing the iPhone 4 and its problems and strongly encouraging Jobs to make things right with customers.
We hear more about Android and the iPhone than we do other smartphones and operating systems. Despite the popularity and talk of those items, Symbian is still a huge factor in the smartphone world.
Opera has announced that it is now offering a new beta version 10.1 of Opera Mobile for S60 smartphones. The new browser has geolocation features and promises faster browsing.