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Computex Taipei 2010 bigger than ever in its 30th year?

By: Array

1981 was the year that the first ever annual Computex trade show was held in Taiwan and show organizers TAITRA are expecting another bumper year according to executives from the pre-show international press conference this morning.

 

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Mr. Yen, executive director of TAITRA, commented that the 30th annual trade show to be held from June 1st through till the 5th is expected to see even higher attendance numbers due to a larger confidence in the ICT business compared to this time last April. He also noted in his speech that it is expected that more than 42% of international buyers will come from mainland China, noting that previously disallowed direct flights between the mainland and Taiwan have assisted those numbers.

 

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Press gathered at the event were told that the technology trends for Computex Taipei 2010 are cloud computing, 3D displays, Google Android and e-reader devices. Yen commented that we could expect to see many (product) surprises from Taiwanese companies at this year's show in these product categories.

 

TAITRA only expects Computex to grow in future years due to strong local exhibitor interest. We were told that no less than 300 local companies are on the waiting list, which is expected to provide that future growth. It was all smiles and hopefulness during the press conference event for all of the organizers involved in putting on the show, in some contrast to other similar trade shows around the world (such as CES and CeBIT), which are seeing dwindling numbers.

 

See you in June, Computex!

 

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Simulating Realistic 'Hair' demo with GeForce GTX 480 at GDC 2010

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During the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco last week, NVIDIA was showing off a demo showcasing just how well its upcoming GeForce GTX 480 'Fermi' video card can draw realistic hair.

 

Nicole Scott from Netbooknews was on hand to shot a video of the DirectX 11 based 'Hair' demo that is used to showcase the power and precision of the upcoming GPU from NVIDIA. In the demo we see how the free moving hair reacts to light changes, wind flowing through the hair and more. It's really impressive and worth a play of the video below.

 

 

I always love seeing this technology demonstrations just before a product launch!

 

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Fermi spotted ticking over at GDC last week

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Whilst Fermi has done well to keep itself quite hidden from prying eyes right up until just weeks before launch, with the Game Developers Conference going on in San Francisco last week the card was caught on camera (certainly not to NVIDIA's delight) by a determined reporter who spotted it nestled in an unmanned system.

 

It's nothing we haven't seen before, only showing the back of the mighty GTX 480, but I figure it'll help keep your mouth salivating over the potential in store come launch in less than 2 weeks from now.

 

Feast your eyes on the piece of PCB that will be embraced left, right and centre come March 26 :-

 

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Sixense Motion Controller Hands-on at the Intel Lounge from GDC 2010

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Nicole Scott of Netbook News fame is on the floor for us at the annual Game Developers Conference 2010 in San Francisco. You can normally see Nicole shooting all of the latest netbooks and tablets over at Netbook News, so gaming is something new for her.

 

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In our forth video from GDC 2010, Nicole visits the Intel lounge in the North Hall of the show floor and has a chat with Josh Bays from Sixense. This company is actively promoting a new motion controller technology called 'TrueMotion' that uses a low-powered 12-foot sphere magnetic field to track even the slightest movements and button pushes.

 

With a brand new Core i7 980X Alienware powered desktop system and Left 4 Dead 2 in a wicked ATI Eyefinity three monitor setup, we get a hands-on demo from Josh with their new motion controller and how it works. Cool!

 

 

Don't forget to follow Nicole on Twitter @Nicole_Scooter.

 

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Sony PlayStation Move hands-on and Nintendo's response at GDC 2010

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Nicole Scott of Netbook News fame is on the floor for us at the annual Game Developers Conference 2010 in San Francisco. You can normally see Nicole shooting all of the latest netbooks and tablets over at Netbook News, so gaming is something new for her.

 

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In our third video from GDC 2010, Nicole visits the Sony PlayStation booth and gets a hands-on with the recently made official not-Wii Move motion controller. After the hands on, a rep from Sony tells us a little about the new controller.

 

Following on Nicole visits Nintendo to get their thoughts on the new device and how it compares to the ever popular Wii controller.

 

 

Don't forget to follow Nicole on Twitter @Nicole_Scooter.

 

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Richard Huddy on AMD developments and Eyefinity6 Preview at GDC 2010

By: Array

Nicole Scott of Netbook News fame is on the floor for us at the annual Game Developers Conference 2010 in San Francisco. You can normally see Nicole shooting all of the latest netbooks and tablets over at Netbook News, so gaming is something new for her.

 

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In our second video from GDC 2010, Nicole attends the Day 0 AMD event spoke with AMD's Worldwide Developer Relations Manager, Richard Huddy about AMD's latest developments at the show and a basic rundown on what AMD has in store for physics and 3D gaming and movies in the future.

 

Towards the end of the video you will also get a look at multi-screen gaming and even an early preview of ATI Eyefinity6!

 

 

Don't forget to follow Nicole on Twitter @Nicole_Scooter.

 

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Game developers talk to us at GDC 2010 AMD Day 0 event

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Nicole Scott of Netbook News fame is on the floor for us at the annual Game Developers Conference 2010 in San Francisco. You can normally see Nicole shooting all of the latest netbooks and tablets over at Netbook News, so gaming is something new for her.

 

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In our first video from GDC 2010, Nicole attends the Day 0 AMD event and managed to speak to several hard hitting game developers and managers about upcoming games, what type of characters they would be as well as insider information.

 

Interviewed below is Rebellion CTO, Chris Kingsley, Product Manager at EA, Kevin O'Leary and General Manager at Relic, Jonathan Dowdeswell.

 

 

Don't forget to follow Nicole on Twitter @Nicole_Scooter.

 

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X2 names tablet computer iTablet, Apple ninjas inbound

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They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but I bet most tech firms don't feel that way. For a long time we all assumed that the Apple tablet would be called the iTablet. I was so accustomed to thinking about the thing as the iTablet I was a bit surprised to see it called the iPad.

 

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With all the buzz the iTablet name generated I am sure it still gets its fare share of search traffic on Google and other engines. I guess that is exactly what X2 was hoping for when it decided to call the tablet it unveiled today the iTablet. The thing is more like a notebook that the iPad. It sports a 1.6GHz Intel processor and 250GB of storage.

 

The operating system is Windows 7 and the machine has three USB ports. Connectivity includes 3G, WiFi, and Bluetooth. A 1.3MP camera is built in and the device sports HDMI out. Two sizes are available including a 10.2-inch and a 12.1-inch version. Availability outside the UK is unknown and pricing has not been announced. I wonder if Apple has a trademark on iTablet, I would think it would.

 

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ExoPC Slate tablet computer debuts in France

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I am sure that HP won't appreciate the fact that a new tablet computer called the ExoPC Slate has debuted with the same Slate moniker that HP uses on its own tablet offering. The tablet market is certainly set to grow over the coming months with the iPad now official.

 

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The ExoPC Slate is an 8.9-inch tablet that runs Windows 7 and is designed for multi-touch input. The device uses an onscreen keyboard like the iPhone and iPad. The machine is also capable of showing SD and HD live TV feeds and playing music as a PMP.

 

The Slate can also act as an eBook reader with access to thousands of books from francophone. The machine is a netbook under the skin with an Intel Atom N270 CPU, 2GB of RAM, and a 32GB SSD. WiFi is built in along with Bluetooth and a memory card reader.

 

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LIVE BLOGGING from Apple 'latest creation' event

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Apple's biggest product launch since the iPhone is about to get underway. We will be live blogging the event thanks to live streams setup at TWiT Live and LiveTechEvents 2.0.

 

This page will update every 30 seconds or you could just hit F5 for the latest. In the meantime, we are warming up our typing fingers!

 

Thanks GDGT for the images!

 


[11:35am] That's it for us. Apple, next time fly us in for your upcoming events!

 

[11:32am] Apple is playing a dangerous game by assuming that people that have iPods and iPhone will want an iPad. They say that because there are 75 Million iPods and iPhones on the market, there are already 75 Million people that know how to use the iPad.

 

[11:28am] Sean and Cam W have been discussing the iPad. Are we buying one? We are still not sure. A little impressed, but feel like it's not exactly what we expected. VOTE ON OUR POLL NOW - are you buying one?

 

[11:22am] Now we see the video commercial for the iPad.

 

[11:20am] The iPad will have a keyboard dock - this is something that people have asked for on the iPhone for years. It makes sense with the side mounted 30-pin port.

 

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[11:20am] The iPad will ship in 60 days.

 

[11:19am] Adding 3G will cost you $130 more, this means that to get the 64GB with 3G you will pay $839.

 

[11:19am] That is a good price, they are taking the netbook threat seriously for them to drop this at that price for the 16GB model. Each level of storage is $100. So, 32GB for $599.

 

[11:18am] The iPad will start at $499! (16GB base model)

 

[11:17am] All iPads are locked, anyone want to put a bet on how quickly this thing gets jailbroken and unlocked? As they just released the SDK I am thinking we have two months tops before we see this happen.

 

[11:15am] 250MB/month = $14.99, not that great of a deal. Unlimited through AT&T = $29.99 plus free use of AT&T hot spots. Of course AT&T's 3G network is spoty at best, thankfully there is no contract. International deals will be in place by June or July.

 

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[11:12am] The iPad will come with 3G... I can see phone carriers getting ready.

 

[11:11am] Each of the iWork applications will be available for only $9.99 each. The iPad can sync with the PC via iTunes just like the iPod and iPhone.

 

[11:08am] Cam W: iBoring? bla bla, next please.

 

[11:06am] The showing of iWork recieved only a smattering of applause, very interesting for an Apple event.

 

[11:04am] Nothing terribly new here, but fun to watch. You can do a lot of this with existing tablets, granted there are not many that are multi-touch, though.

 

[11:02am] Drag and drop with single or multiple slides looks very interesting. "easy, easy, easy"

 

[11:01am] Showing Keynote on the iPad with the new interface taking advantage of Multi Touch.

 

[11:00am] I cannot beleive that this guy just said that a spreadsheet application was "cool and fun to use".

 

[10:58am] iWork will have a version for the iPad. Jobs says iWork for iPad will have a new interface just for the iPad.

 

[10:56am] This is a smart move as they are not using the dull and boring eink that other readers do. Instead they can offer full color books with this store. The iBook store is just like iTunes. There are categories for best sellers etc. You can even sample the book in the store and controls are easy with simple taps to navigate through the book. You can dynmically change the fonts to make it larger or smaller depending on your needs or wants.

 

[10:55am] The UI looks like a book shelf that you can take the book down and read, they also have an iBooks store. The UI looks like a book shelf that you can take the book down and read, they also have an iBooks store. The UI looks like a book shelf that you can take the book down and read, they also have an iBooks store.

 

[10:53am] And here is the e-reader app I knew would come. iBooks, how predictable.

 

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[10:52am] Apple is talking about the iPad's SDK for third party developers to develop new apps for the iPad. Until then, they say, all existing iPhone apps will work.

 

[10:48am] Major League Baseball is also jumping in on the game. Very interesting spread of apps for the iPad. Feels like Apple is trying to cover all bases with the iPad. But you have to wonder if some if this is too much.

 

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[10:47am] EA Games called the Display "huge". I am not sure about this considering most netbooks are 10.1-inch or larger. Gaming looks pretty good, the driving game shown is using the accelerometer for stearing.

 

[10:47am] EA Games is getting into the game with the iPad.

 

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[10:45am] Interesting but, I wonder how useful it will be to end users.

 

[10:44am] The iPad has an art browser called Brushes.

 

[10:42am] The iPad has a native app for the New York Times, so the iPad becomes an e-reader as well. I wonder when they will show that feature with an Apple native app...

 

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[10:40am] First persons shooters using multi-touch. If you have tried that then you know how much fun that can be... and now they are inviting up Martin Nisenholtz from the New York Times.

 

[10:39am] Cam W: I'm not sure how excited I am about this device. We need some hands-on a little later on after the presentation is done.

 

[10:37am] Apple has an interesting device here, it is another avenue to content consumption.

 

[10:35am] Again they say, it just works. It seems that the iPad really is just a really big iPhone.

 

[10:33am] The pixel doubling is a full screen mode, Apple is showing it with Facebook for text and photos. Now Apple is showing how well games work on the iPad.

 

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[10:32am] The iPad can run all of the apps in the app store natively. They can run in pixel per pixel mode or double pixel so that "just works". Cool.

 

[10:31am] Steve is claiming that it has a standby life of one month. I wonder if that is in the real world or only in Apple's fair tail labs...

 

[10:31am] Battery life is being claimed at 10 hours.

 

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[10:30am] Apple has put their own SOC called the A4 at 1GHz and it comes with up to 64GB of flash storage and Wireless n and Bluetooth.

 

[10:28am] The iPad is 1/2 inch thin and 1-1/2 pounds. 9.7 inch IPS display.

 

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[10:27am] Now we are seeing a scene from the movie UP. Steve says it is his favorite. The iPad still looks like an iPhone on steriods to me... I had hoped that Apple would move away from that design.

 

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[10:25am] Steve throws out another "it's wonderful" comment. Talking about street view support on the iPad. The iPad is capable of HD youtube playback. Probably 720p resolution. MSI and others have that also with ION products.

 

[10:24am] Lots of new and similar features in the iPad.

 

[10:22am] The tablet has a a full version of iTunes complete with the whole range of features you would find on a Mac or PC.

 

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Thanks GDGT!!!

 

[10:21am] Here we go with talking about features that others already have. A built in slideshow with transitions and music. Pretty sure you can find that elsewhere too.

 

[10:20am] Moving through photos is quick and easy with the Photo Scrubber bar. Looks good!

 

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[10:18am] The e-mail view looks nice with a reading pane available. I wonder if this will have flash? The virtual keyboard is a larger version of the one on the iPhone, but you should be able to type with both hands. The overall look is still the iPhone, just with much more room and some added functionality.

 

[10:17am] Buying tickets on Fandango he says "it's that simple on the iPad", it is very easy on my phone too, though.

 

[10:15am] Steve appears to be actually using the iPad sitting in a comfortable chair. He says it is more intimate than a laptop, but more than a smartphone.

 

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[10:11am] iPad is the name. Who won the bet?

 

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[10:10am] The netbook is nothing but a cheaper laptop, not a better laptop, says Jobs. Even saying that their use of PC software is a hinderance.

 

[10:10am] Cam W: "netbooks are not better at anything" I hope Sascha isn't watching this! LOL

 

[10:10am] Steve is talking about why Apple has stayed away from Netbooks - "netbooks are not better at anything"

 

[10:08am] Jobs finishes up saying they are even bigger than Nokia.

 

[10:07am] Steve is talking about how Apple compares to the other mobile device makers. Claiming they are the largest in the world. Even bigger than Sony Jobs says.

 

[10:05am] Apple is talking about their $15.6 Billion (with a B) revenue and where it all comes from.

 

[10:02am] Let's go.

 

[9:59am] We should be kicking off real soon!

 

[9:57am] Cam W: So, last minute predictions... I reckon the tablet will be called "iTablet" for the simple reason they have the iPhone and the "i" works and people know it. Not counting out "iPad", though.

 

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[9:48am] Plenty of video feeds popping up now. We're all good.

 

[9:45am] Are we going to get live video feed from the event? We'll see soon enough. We tried calling the Apple Media Helpline and the hold time is 30 minutes. TWiT are trying right now.

 

[9:38am] Cam W: I'm pretty darn excited to see what Apple have done with this tablet. Or maybe they are just letting out some new iPods, that would be funny!

 

[9:37am] Press are moving inside now.

 

[9:25am] Press is gathering at the front of the door, they should be allowed in soon.

 

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