Dolby tells us about its audio enhancement tech for mobiles

Cameron Wilmot | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Jun 1, 2010 11:25 AM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - One of our stops today was at the Dolby suite at the Grand Hyatt where we caught up with Keith who spent a little of his time telling us about one of its latest audio technologies called Dolby Mobile.

The technology has actually be on the market for almost one year now, but it's only recently that the consumer has a fairly wide range of choice for picking out a cell phone that has been tested and certified by Dolby to provide a solid listening experience.

Not only that though, but Dolby Mobile is also able to create a virtual surround sound experience from any set of headphones that are plugged into a phone with this tech and also improve the audio experience with a set of enhancements that improve things like bass and depth in the perceivable audio waves.

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Synaptics debuts cool touch pad tech at Computex 2010

Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Jun 1, 2010 11:08 AM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Synaptic is the company behind some of the touch pad tech we take for granted to day on notebooks and netbooks. The company is behind much of the gesture supporting tech that is on notebooks and netbooks we all use.

At Computex the company has shown off a sweet new tech called TouchPad-IS that is capable of accurately recognizing up to four fingers. The technology can also recognize the difference between fingers and the palm of your hand to eliminate accidental activation when you hit the track pad with your hand.

Synaptics is also demonstrating a new track pad that has no dedicated buttons for clicking. The track pad itself clicks providing a larger space for gesture control.

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OCZ demos eight drive SSD system pushing almost 1GB/s

Cameron Wilmot | Storage | Jun 1, 2010 6:50 AM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Our storage guru Chris who is also in Taipei for Computex 2010 is going to go into detail about what he saw at OCZ's suite at the Grand Hyatt a little later on.

Once we heard from him that they were showing off an enterprise server system that was able to push almost 1GB/s through its storage system, we had to take the video camera up and get a closer look at what was going on.

Jessica from OCZ introduced their Computex demo system that consisted of eight of its brand new Deneva SSDs. This new model is based on the SandForce SF-1500 controller that is using a custom SAS interface and SLC flash memory.

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Lucid Shows Mobos and New Onboard VGA Tech

Chris Ramseyer | Video Cards & GPUs | Jun 1, 2010 6:30 AM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Lucid had a strong showing today at the Hyatt here in Taipei. You know, the guys that want to free you from the VGA slavery so you can mix and match video cards as you see fit.

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So far we have only seen Lucid tech on motherboards but that is obviously about to change. The above card will come from TUL and will be able to pair with just about anything else.

Just one new product is one thing but here we see that Lucid is not stopping here. Here we see a new dual GPU product that will be able to run with another GPU giving you three total.

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Innovative Qualcomm Kayak phone computer is genius

Cameron Wilmot | Mobile Devices | Jun 1, 2010 6:12 AM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Qualcomm along with its Snapdragon showcase were also showing off its new Kayak device which is a truly innovative device which is one of the products you tend to mention when someone asks what have you seen that stood out so far at the show.

The Kayak is a computer phone device designed on the cheap with people in emerging markets such as China, Thailand and South Africa in mind. Based on Qualcomm hardware, the Kayak looks like a normal phone, but it actually has a computer inside the platform. With a 3G module also installed, carries in the aforementioned countries will provide its customers with the device and a SIM card to provide not only voice connection, but also data connection especially in areas that are not connected by traditional phone lines or for folks who cannot afford a computer or want a different type of functionality that what something like a notebook or netbook offers.

So, use the cell network, you can pickup handset and make calls as normal and send text messages over the known SMS network, but you can also hook up a mouse, keyboard and monitor and using Qualcomm's free and included Linux operating system, users also have basic PC functions such as web surfing.

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Tablet project in the works between Marvell and OLPC

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | May 31, 2010 9:39 PM CDT

With high end tablets being all the rage, especially with the Asus Eee Pad and MSI WindPad wowing at Computex, a full featured tablet PC for children in at risk areas and in developing countries may seem like a far fetched idea. Marvell Technology Group and One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) have formed a partnership to make this a reality with their progressive goal of creating a family of educational tablets shooting for high functionality with a pricetag of under $100. Next year's CES is the date that OLPC and Marvell are shooting for to release this product.

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Centering this tablet around OLPC's OX-3 and Marvell's Moby reference designs, the two groups are sharing a common goal: "to give children the power to learn, create, connect and collaborate using modern computer technology." Marvell already has the Moby tablet platform with a GHZ ARMADA processor, Bluetooth, GPS, 802.11n Wifi, and other features already in a pilot program at at-risk schools in Washington area. This platform is the first collaborative effort by the two companies that have been working together for a while.

Marvell and OLPC are looking to create more than just a platform like an e-reader or wireless device. OLPC's chairman Dr. Nicholas Negroponte said: "While devices like e-readers and current tablets are terrific literary, media and entertainment platforms, they don't meet the needs of an educational model based on making things, versus just consuming them. Today's learning environments require robust platforms for computation, content creation and experimentation - and all that at a very low cost. Through our partnership with Marvell, OLPC will continue our focus on designing computers that enable children in the developing world to learn through collaboration, as well as providing connectivity to the world's body of knowledge."

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Corsair expands chassis line-up with 600T Graphite mid-tower

Cameron Wilmot | Cases, Cooling & PSU | May 31, 2010 7:50 PM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - They say that looks can be deceiving and Corsair's whole thing with its new 600T Graphite mid-tower computer case is that its mid sized on the outside, but full sized on the inside.

Corsair has taken the fundamentals of its previous generation cases such as the 800D and 700D and applied it to the 600T which it is officially launching today. It takes many of the features we like with the 800D such as the smartly designed inside panel cable management and more, but then adds in some new changes.

For one, one of the drive bay racks can be removed providing support for video cards up to 15-inches in length. You can also remove the top extracting 200mm fan and replace it with a 2 x 120mm radiator and fans which as mentioned it pretty rare for a case of this size.

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Corsair intros AX Gold PSUs and Airflow Pro RAM LED meters

Cameron Wilmot | Cases, Cooling & PSU | May 31, 2010 7:50 PM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Yesterday we visited the folks over at Corsair at their suite at the Grand Hyatt and they were showing off a range of new products which improve on its usual suspects that we have came to known over the years.

First up we got an introduction from Jim regarding Corsair's brand new Airflow Pro which is a parametric display that is able to hook to the RAM by means of a simple link cable that is able to detect things like RAM temperature and usage. It is able to visually monitor up to six memory modules from the single meter, so all you folks out there run triple-channel memory setups are all set to go.

Secondly Jim gave us a run-down on Corsair's also brand new line-up of AX Professional Series Gold power supply units which as the name would suggest are 80 Plus Gold certified. They have all sorts of good stuff going on inside that are said to dramatically decrease the ripple effect and provide a very solid and stable system with its use of high-end parts that are usually reserved for server level power units.

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Dell Streak's Gorilla Glass display: Is it as durable as advertised?

Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | May 31, 2010 5:01 PM CDT

Receiving a prototype of a cool new mobile device to go through the features and toys would be enough to keep most of us happy and occupied. The folks at Engadget think a little bit differently though. When they were told that the 5 inch Gorilla Glass display, made by Corning, was said to stand up to darn near anything the average consumer could throw at it, they decided to throw caution to the wind and put it to the test.

While they didn't exactly take a sledgehammer to the Streak or run a knock off of "Will it Blend?", this is a fairly impressive display, especially to the tech geeks like me who have small children and can see something like this happening to our own toys. You can almost hear the Streak chuckling at the tester banging on it with the pen with only a few ink spots left for his effort. Hopefully Corning's Gorilla Glass can catch on with more MIDs and help me take "will my kids destroy it?" out of the equation when shopping for a tablet or smartphone.

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NVIDIA's Future is so Bright...

Chris Ramseyer | Gaming | May 31, 2010 1:05 PM CDT

COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - ... they gotta wear shades. Sometimes I just can't help myself but then again neither could NVIDIA today. Starting off a keynote speech asking for a moment to reflect on your technological achievements isn't a really bad way to kick things off, unless it's everyone's job in the room to already know everything you have accomplished.

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Things have to be tough for the Green Team as of late and by starting off saying that we are going to look back only tells me you don't have a lot to say about your future. At that point I had a feeling it was going to be a show with a few prop tossed in. Here we see the NVIDIA CEO having a bit of a scripted conversation with ASUS' CEO. Not a bad prop to be able to call on.

At CES we experienced 3D and most of us have given it a shot in the movie theater but no one I have spoken with is ready to consider 3D TV in their home even though the tech is being pushed really hard now.

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