There are plenty of convertible notebooks and netbooks on the market today. They all use a screen that swivels at the base and folds down to turn into a tablet and that process can take a bit of time and the hinges always feel flimsy to me. Dell unveiled its Inspiron Duo convertible netbook a while back and the machine has a very interesting design for the convertible screen.
Rather than having a pivot at the base of the screen, the Duo has two pivot on the sides of the screen and a frame for the screen that doesn't move. To convert the user simply rotates the screen from facing the keyboard to facing away from it. The Duo can also be used in landscape of portrait modes in tablet guise as well.
I am really looking forward to WiFi Direct being integrated into all sorts of products. WiFi Direct is a new spec that was officially launched not too long ago. It allows devices to directly connect to each other using WiFi giving lots of bandwidth and circumventing the need for a router and other tech usually needed for setting up a wireless network.
The specification opens up some really cool possibilities. Things like connecting directly from your iPhone to an Android device to transfer a file or video. Streaming a video from your iPhone directly to a TV in the living room and sharing of web connections. It appears that the first product to use WiFi direct is the LG BD690 Blu-ray player.
NVIDIA has been pushing its 3D Vision stereoscopic support for what feels like a long while now and AMD got in on the game via its HD3D Technology open eco-system with the launch of its Radeon Catalyst 10.3 driver back in March. Who are we missing, though? Oh, Intel!
During our visit to the ASRock headquarters today, we got an early look at one of their Intel H67 Express based motherboards and noticed something interesting on the packaging. Something along the lines of "Intel" and "3D" in the same line got our attention pretty quickly.
It turns out that as long a H67 motherboard comes with a HDMI 1.4a connector, Intel will be able to provide 3D support to desktop systems early in 2011 when the Sandy Bridge platform officially goes on sale around CES time.
The technology used is "InTru 3D" and it was originally thought the technology would only be reserved for laptops. The Sandy Bridge HD Graphics IGP (onboard graphics) will be able to process full dual H.264, VC1 and MPEG-2 high definition decodes, which is what is required to provide 3D viewing.
One of ASRock's upcoming motherboards will include a free set of red and blue polarized lense glasses, pictured above. When asked what type of software would be required for 3D Blu-ray playback, the comment was that any software could be used. CONTINUED...
It has to suck to be a higher up manager at the Foxconn plant in China. The company has been under very close scrutiny over the last year after workers started to kill themselves by jumping off the buildings at the campus. Workers have also alleged that the factory has poor working conditions and some allege they were poisoned at work by toxic fumes.
Foxconn has reportedly been seeing protests by workers over wages they feel isn't fair. One worker has reportedly told Reuters that there were protests over the weekend with as many as 7,000 workers in the streets. The unnamed worker said, "The entire street here was filled with workers." There were perhaps six or seven thousand the worker claims that Foxconn employees are "not satisfied."
It took me a while before I realized that the TK-421 case for the iPhone from ThinkGeek actually had meaning other than to some arcane person within the bowels of ThinkGeek just handing out arcane product numbers. It hit me later than TK-421 was the missing Storm Trooper in Star Wars.
If you have an iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 and you want a keyboard for your device that you can flip out to shut the Blackberry fans out here up, ThinkGeek's TK-421 may be exactly what you are looking for. The case is made in a version to fir the 3GS and one to fit the iPhone 4. Both have a rotating QWERTY keyboard with hard keys that connects to the smartphone via Bluetooth.
Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family, food, football, and fun. All of us at TweakTown want to wish our readers a happy Thanksgiving. Remember, this is the calm before the Black Friday storm, so enjoy it! Thanks for making a little time for us during this holiday!
Earlier on today we visited the ASRock headquarters here in Taipei and Chris Lee, Marketing Manager, was on hand to give us a full hands-on video look at their upcoming P67 Socket LGA-1155 Sandy Bridge Extreme6 motherboard.
Due to NDA restrictions, we are kind of limited by exactly what we can say and show, but in the video above, you still get a good look at what is on offer. One of the tricks that ASRock has up their sleeves is to do with USB performance. Using the included ASRock XFast USB technology, they claim performance improvements of up to 100% when "turbo mode" is enabled in the small application which pops up whenever a USB device is attached to the motherboard.
All upcoming ASRock P67 motherboard also support UEFI which is a next-generation BIOS that provides a full graphical interface, support for using a mouse as well as support for OS booting 3TB and larger hard drives. Also on the software side, with the P67 series, ASRock is also introducing AXTU which is an all-in-one revised tuning program which holds all of ASRock's software tools in one handy location.
For the full scoop on the P67 Extreme6, you'd be best served watching the video above. Enjoy.
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Our Deal of the Day today is the Walgreens - GE DV1 HD 1080P Digital Camcorder for $99.99 with Flat $4.99 Shipping.
Offer: Choose from grey, orange or green,... this is easily one of the better options for those of you looking at the Flip video cameras. And it's 1080P. And it'll do it underwater. And it's been reviewed by one of my favorite tech sites as one of their choices in their gift guides. Only $99.99 folks.
There should be thanks given to XDA-developers as they received some pics of what looks to be Samsung's Nexus S which is looking to sport Gingerbread (Android 2.3) and has a new back cover.
XDA's source says that it has a 720p camera with the other specs not exactly known yet. Not much else is known about the phone at the moment, but we have a glorious blurry-picture for you to marvel at.