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NVIDIA says external graphics solutions are on the agenda

Steve Dougherty | Video Cards | Sat, Sep 3 2011 1:54 AM CDT

External graphics solutions for the mobile platform has been a talked about subject for several years now, and while we've seen a few forms of these on display at various trade shows and in prototype form around the web, the big players are yet to really make a firm jump into this area.

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However, it's still definitely on the cards according to NVIDIA. Fuad of Fudzilla was recently at NV headquarters where he got to have a chat with general manager of NVIDIA's notebook division, Rene Haas and while the finer details of what's planned were retained, he did say that external graphics is something they are working on and the word 'Thunderbolt' was also mentioned, possibly meaning it'll be the connection of choice to ensure enough bandwidth is provided.

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Say goodbye to X-Fi as Creative rolls in its new series - Sound Core3D

Steve Dougherty | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Fri, Sep 2 2011 3:38 PM CDT

Creative are back in the limelight once again today after previously announcing both the ZEN X-Fi3 Bluetooth Touch MP3 player and Sound Blaster Recon3D. The company has also rolled out a new line of PCI-Express sound cards that, while impressive by design, may bring on a bit of a sad panda face for some due to the obvious end of the X-Fi generation for good after its over half decade presence since August 2005.

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The new line-up is called Sound Core3D and it has one major difference to the X-Fi family of cards. Where X-Fi used high-performance native audio processing (through hardware) by making use of the processors on the card such as the CA20K series, the focus is now on the set of DSPs (digital signal processors) resident on the Core3D; there being four of these that give it a "quad-core" moniker, but this is not in the sense of there being four actual processing cores. These four DSPs are also not necessarily hardware-accelerated, but due to the presence of four of them, they work together in order to produce the best overall audio output.

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Toshiba outs three new compact Camileo series camcorders

Steve Dougherty | Cameras | Fri, Sep 2 2011 2:52 PM CDT

Three new models have entered Toshiba's long time running Camileo range of palm-sized camcorders this week, the Clip, X200 and X400. Focusing on the Clip to begin with, this is perhaps the more interesting of the refreshed Camileo trio with the clip on the back of the camcorder (hence, the name) allowing it to be clipped onto various objects for hands free shooting. The Clip runs measurements of just 46.5 x 80 x 16 mm, weighing about 85 grams. It sports a ruggedized, splash-proof casing and 1.5-inch LCD.

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Getting a bit deeper into the specs, it does Full HD (1920 x 1080) video recording (at 30 fps in H.264 HD format), has a 5-megapixel CMOS sensor with BSI (back side illumination) technology, an electronic image stabiliser, 10x digital zoom, SD/SDHC/SDXC compatible memory slot and gives connectivity via both mini-HDMI and mini-USB 2.0 ports. The camcorder is capable of taking up to 16MP still shots and comes in four color choices - dark blue, hot red, bright yellow and snow white.

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Samsung caters to portable users with slim, well featured Blu-ray writer

Steve Dougherty | Storage | Fri, Sep 2 2011 1:30 PM CDT

Think you'll be able to make good use of a neat, compact portable Blu-ray writer? Samsung has just launched one dubbed the SE-506AB. It features a sleek, slim design using a hi-gloss anti-scratch coating.

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While Samsung's announcement does not mention exact dimensions, they say it's a good 12% smaller than their conventional Blu-ray drive, making it a much more friendly Blu-ray partner on the go. Conveniently, the drive only needs USB connectivity, also sourcing its power from the same cable.

Samsung has implemented error-safe features such as Buffer UnderRun technology to prevent errors regardless of any possible heavy multi-tasking going on during the burning phase that may otherwise result in a coaster. Samsung ODD's exclusive AV connectivity tech is also featured on the SE-506AB that gives users the ability to plug it directly into a multimedia TV's USB port for direct playback of content.

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Intel freezing up MeeGo due to lack of interest?

Steve Dougherty | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Fri, Sep 2 2011 11:04 AM CDT

MeeGo's future is looking a little grim at this time with little to no takeup from partners which has resulted in Intel apparently putting its in-house OS on hold well into 2012, if not eventually choosing to bomb it entirely.

With Nokia choosing to stick to variants of Symbian (Belle being a newly launched revision) and setting its sights ahead on Windows Phone (apart from the N9, the only phone Nokia chose to use MeeGo on), and most other smartphone and tablet makers opting for Android or WP7, it's become a case of 'can't beat 'em? Then join 'em' for Intel which Digitimes reports is looking to transfer efforts into Android and WP work.

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However, with that said, Windows Phone raises a question in that it currently only runs on ARM processors; even more specifically, due to chassis guidelines from Microsoft around what WP7 partners are allowed to use, a Qualcomm Snapdragon.

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Give a Cheer for Google Chrome's third birthday!

Steve Dougherty | Internet Browsers | Fri, Sep 2 2011 10:13 AM CDT

Today brings reason to celebrate for Google, marking Chrome's third anniversary since the open source web browser was first launched. This is a browser that needs no introduction with it being a widely favoured choice across the globe, in businesses, at home and on the go.

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Things have certainly come a long way even in the three years since Chrome graced the web, making significant strides in speed, simplicity and security.

At this special time, to give insight to the evolution of major web technologies and browsers, Google has also put together a fantastic interactive infographic built using HTML5 that looks at all things web/browser wise as far back as the early 1990s when Netscape was king.

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Creative ZEN X-Fi3, wireless audio on the go

Anthony Garreffa | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Thu, Sep 1 2011 9:14 PM CDT

Creative have unleashed the ZEN X-Fi3 Bluetooth Touch MP3 player. The ZEN X-Fi3 sports the apt-X codec which brings superior Bluetooth transmission, and also features X-Fi technology which restores rich detail and retains high level of clarity for audio tracks. It's housed in a stylishly-designed player which delivers the best wireless audio while you're on the move. ZEN X-Fi3 also supports a huge range of audio formats inclusive of FLAC for die-hard lossless audio fans.

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The player also includes video output so you can share movies and photos with family and friends on your big-screen. Bluetooth connectivity allows you to easily connect to compatible stereo Bluetooth speakers and headphones. The ZEN X-Fi3 also features responsive touch keys for easy navigation and playback control and surprisingly, a microSD card slot for additional storage. An integrated FM radio is also included.

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Skype release FREETALK ConnectMe Home Phone Adapter, allows any handset to work with Skype

Anthony Garreffa | Connectivity & Communications | Wed, Aug 31 2011 10:30 PM CDT

Skype have just released some new products, FREETALK ConnectMe Home Phone Adapter for Skype and a New Skype-enabled Cordless Phone from GE. Currently Skype powers calls through a large range of devices, on computers (Windows, Mac or Linux), iPhones, iPads, Android smartphones and even Skype-enabled HDTV or Blu-ray players. Today, Skype are talking about their FREETALK ConnectMe Home Phone Adapter for Skype.

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The FREETALK ConnectMe Home Phone Adapter for Skype allows hassle-free, plug-and-play simplicity that uses your existing handset to make free Skype-to-Skype calls, including low-cost calls to landlines and mobile phones worldwide at Skype's great low rates. All that is requires is to connect this to your home phone, broadband and landline and after, enjoy making Skype calls anywhere.

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Sony intros prototype Android-based Walkman

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Wed, Aug 31 2011 9:41 PM CDT

Sony is trying to push music players in a new direction with the introduction of a prototype, Android-based Walkman. The new Walkman prototype is designed "for music lovers by music lovers," said engineer Shinichiro Torii in an interview at the IFA electronics show. The new Walkman does have a few tricks up its sleeves, unlike normal Walkman's where they only played music, the new Android-based Walkman has the ability to run thousands of Android applications from the Android Market.

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This new ability pushes into line with Apple's iPod Touch which has the ability to run apps, as well as the large market of smartphones which run Android or iOS. The prototype has been dubbed Walkman Mobile Entertainment Player (for now).

General manager of digital music player product planning (what a job title!), Toshimichi Nagashima says:

This is our first try to make convergence between Android products and our own technology," said Toshimichi Nagashima, general manager of digital music player product planning, but more appear likely in the future. After reviewing the customers' acceptance, we'll decide how to expand this kind of product. We have some confidence for this product. We may expand this kind of product in the future after getting some feedback.

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Amazon 10.1-inch tablet PC to go into mass production Q1 2012

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Wed, Aug 31 2011 8:48 PM CDT

Amazon's 10.1-inch tablet PC will go into mass production in early 2012 with Foxconn Electronics handling orders according to sources from upstream component suppliers. Foxconn also handles Amazon's Kindle e-book readers with estimated volumes sitting at around 15-18 million units which accounts for 60-70% of the entire global e-book reader shipments from the total of 25-30 million units in 2011.

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Amazon's 7-inch tablet PC, which is supplied by Quanta Computer, is expected to start shipping in October.

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