Development of the Cell processor that powers the PlayStation 3 has not stalled, IBM are continuing to develop chips and supply hardware for future gaming consoles, a company executive said.
IBM is working with Nintendo and Sony, CTO of IBM's Systems and Technology Group, Jai Menon said.
The Cell processor which was developed by IBM with the involvement of Sony and Toshiba, first appeared in Sony's PlayStation 3 in 2005. It was a hybrid chip, including processor cores from IBM's Power architecture. But, lately there have been doubts about Cell's future and it's use in upcoming next-generation gaming consoles.
IBM confirmed in a statement on Friday that it will still manufacture Cell processors for use in the PlayStation 3, as well as continue to invest in Cell as part of it's hybrid and multicore chip strategy.
An app may be on the way from Yahoo that will bring video calls over WiFI as well as carrier networks to Android devices as well as iPhone. According to Yahoo, this free app would use Yahoo Messenger to support both mobile to mobile and mobile to PC video calling.
While the app shouldn't have too much trouble hitting the Android Market, Apple of course always has their own rules. While this app may be considered a competitor to FaceTime, other apps like Fring and Tango have been approved that have similar function so there shouldn't be a lot of trouble on that front either.
If you're looking for the newest king of speed and storage space for your smartphone or other microSD friendly device, here it is. Kingston has announced the release of their Class 4 32GB microSDHC card.
Class 4 cards give your 4MB/s minimum transfer rate and 32GB is the maximum storage that you can get for these devices, so it looks like this card will take the crown. Expect to pay a premium when these ship to retailers, though; MSRP is listed at $153 for just the card by itself.
Look, not everyone is blessed with small hands that can make using touchscreens easy; there's quite a few people out there that have hands and fingers that can crush necks and break glasses. Some of these folks turn to a stylus to make iPhone usage easier, but who wants to have it fumbling around in their pocket? Ten One Design's newest Pogo Stylus for the iPhone 4 comes with a clip that holds the stylus to the iPhone and also doubles as a stand.
The clip has the ability to stand the iPhone both in portrait and landscape mode as well as hold the stylus snugly against the phone. For $14.95 USD, you get two clips; one a bit larger in case you want to use it with a case. They come in anodized black, pink, orange, or green so you can match it up with your favorite bumper. No more worries about losing your stylus .unless your phone is lost as well.
Look out, AT&T fans; it looks like you're going to have to dig a little deeper in your pockets if you want to swap smartphones before your contract is up. Instead of tacking on $75 to the two year contract price of a new smartphone, now that hit to your wallet is going to be $200.
It's a pretty rough price to pay with new smartphones hitting the market seemingly every month or two, but it looks like AT&T is trying to do their best to recover money lost on discounted phones sold with new contracts. This new policy does not apply to the iPhone or to lower priced "regular" phones, and you may even be able to do some wheeling and dealing to get it cut down if you're a long time customer or don't have far to go in your contract.
Our Mobile App of the Day today is Adobe AIR for Android.
This may not exactly fall under the app category, but it's too good to pass up. Flash-based games on the Android platform are about to get a lot more exciting. The Adobe AIR plug-in tool has now been released and can now be downloaded from the Android Market. Check out the short demo here:
This little tool will be required for future games and apps that make use of AIR, which is a developer tool that is used in many desktop programs like some Twitter clients and RSS feeds. This also gives devs that aren't as used to working with the Android platform another familiar tool to work with which should increase app production and quality. Apps and games requiring AIR are already popping up on the Android Market, so grab it now and save the download later with the QR code after the jump.
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The first picture of AMD's reference built Radeon HD 6870 has been leaked ahead of it's launch later this month, it reveals some outputs on the card.
It is the first GPU to no longer hold the ATI name, bearing an AMD Radeon branding in it's place.
The rear of the card includes (the usual 2 slot cooler), 2 X DVI-I connectors, a HDMI port and two mini DisplayPort connectors. Obviously it supports AMD's EyeFinity technology - but over how many screens now that it has 5 outputs is anyone's guess.
I often work from my netbook when I travel and the worst thing about the little machine is that it lacks an optical drive. I still get handed CDs and DVDs with information on them that I can't access on the little machine. There are also many ultraportable notebooks on the market that lack optical drives as well. This is an issue for many users who want to watch movies and be able to access software and other content on discs.
Samsung has unveiled a new and very portable external DVD drive that can burn to CD and DVD media at fast speeds, and is small enough to fit in most any laptop bag or briefcase. The little optical drive is called the SE-S084F DVD Writer. It has WriteMaster technology for multitasking on the PC and high-speed media writing on slower computers. The machine also has Buffer Under Run Tech to prevent errors.
Nearly 2,000 people voted on our previous poll and we asked you what is the best media player companion for your HDTV.
The results are now in and we can conclude that a regular Home Theater PC is the most popular form of media player companion among TweakTown readers.
Following in second place is the PS3 console and in third place we have the Xbox 360.
It's been a while since I saw a new PMP launch with a traditional HDD for storage rather than flash. Flash is generally used in portable devices because it needs less power and can survive the drops and bumps that come with life on the road better than a HDD can. The downside is that you get less storage with flash for the same money than you would with a HDD. Cowon has unveiled the X7 PMP in Korea and it uses a HDD for storage.
The HDD is available in 80GB, 100GB, and 160GB varieties. We have the large 4.3-inch screen to thank in part for the high storage capacity and space to fit in a HDD. Just be sure you don't drop it or you might find your new PMP no longer works. That big 4.3-inch screen is touch capable and the resolution is a mystery for now.