October 4, 2008

‘Brick’ is a New Manufacturing Process for MacBooks

The ‘Brick’ was rumored as codename for a new product that Apple will introduce soon. But, 9to5mac is reporting that ‘Brick’ is the codename for a new manufacturing process developed by Apple for upcoming MacBooks. The name Brick is used to refer to a block of high quality, aircraft grade aluminum, which is used in the new manufacturing process. Read More

MacBooks Powered by NVIDIA Chipset Coming on 14th October

It has been rumored for past few months that Apple is looking to improve performance of the MacBook lineup by using more powerful chipset along with Intel’s new Core 2 Duo processors. Many news websites and blogs have been reporting that Apple will use upcoming NVIDIA MCP7A-U chipset, which will give MacBook more graphical performance and decrease power requirements. NVIDIA plans to release the new chipset around mid-October, which adds fire to the speculation that Apple will announce the redesigned MacBook on 14th October. Read More

October 3, 2008

Asus Shows High-End Eee PC S101

Asus officially announced the new high-end fashion-friendly Eee PC S101. To make S101 fashionable Asus went Microsoft’s way (brown Zune) by designing brown casing, which is never a good idea. Anyway, the high-end features on the netbook include 10.2-inch LED backlit LCD screen, up to 64GB of flash memory, multitouch trackpad, Bluetooth and WiFi b/g/n support. Read More

Sony Announces New Reader PRS-700 with Touchscreen

Sony today announced a new electronic Reader PRS-700 that will feature an e-ink display with touchscreen capabilities. The touchscreen will allow users to make swiping gestures with finger to turn pages, use stylus to select text, run search and take notes using the on screen touch keyboard. Sony claims that they are the first to use both touchscreen and LED reading light in a reader. Read More

Apple Developing Advanced Cursor Based Functions

AppleInsider has got their hand on a new patent filed by Apple that explores ways to use cursor to provide additional information and usability options to the user. The patent says that it’s often useful for a user to be given an indication as to content of a target file or link, before the user clicks on the user-activatable element that will open the target. The methods used today do not generally provide any technique for providing detailed information about a target within a cursor in a manner that is responsive and dynamically controllable by the user. Read More

October 2, 2008

Nokia Unveils 5800 XpressMusic Touchscreen Handset

Nokia today unveiled their first touchscreen handset at a press event in London. The handset that was codenamed “Tube” will officially be known as 5800 XpressMusic and it is based on Symbian S60 5th Edition. The S60 5th edition is the latest version of Nokia’s Symbian operating system that adds touch input to the OS. The 5800 will be available in three versions, quad-band GSM with 850/1900 WCDMA for North America, quad-band GSM with 900/2100 for Europe and other 3G regions and quad-band GSM without 3G for India and China. Read More

LG Launches 8-Megapixel Artistically Inspired Handset, Renoir

Just three days after Samsung announced the M8800 Pixon touchscreen phone with 8-megapixel camera. LG follows Samsung with its own full touchscreen 8-megapixel camera phone LG KC910 or LG Renoir. The main feature of Renoir is its 8-megapixel camera that comes with Schneider-Kreuznach optics, Xenon flash, auto/manual focus, sensitivity up to ISO 1600, geo-tagging and software to edit and share pictures online. Read More

Nintendo Announces DSi The Full-Fledge Media Device

Nintendo today unveiled DSi an update to its DS handheld gaming system. Nintendo has transformed the once gaming only system into multimedia device by adding media player, 512MB onboard memory and SD card slot to expand memory for media storage. Nintendo has also added two cameras to the system, a 3-megapixel camera on the outside and a 0.3-megapixel camera on the inside hinge. The outside camera can be used to take photos and the camera inside can be used for gaming and other apps. Read More

October 1, 2008

Sony Launches 18.4-inch Desktop Replacement Laptop

Sony today launched the new AW series laptop that comes with an 18.4-inch screen and is designed as a desktop replacement product. Sony says that the laptop uses the same backlighting technique as its BRAVIA LCD televisions and will offer full HD 1080p resolution. The laptop is geared towards home entertainment as it features Blu-ray drive, 2.1 channel speaker, Dolby surround sound and HDMI video out. Read More

Laptop Mag Speed Tests XOHM WiMAX Network in Baltimore

Laptop Mag tested the only fully functional XOHM (WiMAX) network in US. Sprint has launched citywide XOHM network in Baltimore and Laptop Mag’s Todd Haselton went for a test drive. Laptop Mag compared the WiMAX network speed to Verizon’s EV-DO network. The installation and setup of the XOHM card was similar to most mobile broadband ExpressCards. They tested various popular websites and the XOHM just plain blew away Verizon EV-DO. Read More

Apple’s Mac OS X and Safari Browser Market Share Continues to Rise

If you see the ratings downgraded by some of the brokerage firms for Apple, you would believe that financially Apple is doing really badly. On the other hand, if you look at the continues rise in market share of both Apple’s computers and iPhone it is a totally different story. According to the latest data from Net Applications stats for September 2008, Apple’s Mac OS and Safari both hit a new all-time high with the OS share reaching 8.23 percent and the browser share reaching 6.65 percent. Read More

Adobe Says Flash Player for iPhone Almost Ready

Adobe’s director of engineering said that his team is working on version of flash for the iPhone, at Flash On The Beach conference in Brighton. He added that because the iPhone is a closed system, Apple will have final say over whether the application makes its way onto the App Store. If Apple approves, the flash software will be available on App store in a very short time. Read More

September 30, 2008

iPod Touch Survives Pickup Truck Crushing

The all glass top and the slim profile of the iPod touch makes it look fragile, but don’t get deceived by its looks. A guy has posted on iPod touch Fans that a pickup truck ran over his iPod touch and the device is still working. As you can see in the pic above the screen was cracked and the back was dented from the pressure of the pebbles on the road. Read More

LG KC780 8-Megapixel Slider Phone and KP500 Touchscreen Phone Revealed

Just one day after, Samsung officially announced their 8-megapixel camera phone Pixon, images of the LG KC780, an 8-megpixel slider phone have been leaked online. LG claims that the KC780 is the slimmest 8-megapixel camera phone to date. Not much information is available about the new handset, but it will likely come with quad-band GSM support, limited touchscreen features, 30fps video recording and maybe 3G. Read More

Sharp Intros Two New X-Series AQUOS LCD HDTVs at CEATEC 2008

CEATEC 2008 expo opened today in Japan and Sharp officially announced LC-65XS1U-S and LC-52XS1U-S, a 65-inch and a 52-inch AQUOS LCD HDTV respectively. Both the HDTVs are super thin at 22.8mm (0.89”), have contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 and support full HD 1080p. The displays come fitted with 2.1 channel surround sound that uses five three-way speakers that Sharp developed with Pioneer. Read More

September 29, 2008

MacBook Pro Exhaust May Contain Toxic Fumes

A French website MacBidouille is reporting that Analytika Labs has done testing, using multiple sensors, over a period of eight days on MacBook Pro. The lab collected the air circulated and exhausted by cooling fans in MacBook Pro. By doing gas chromatography and mass spectrometry on the air sample the lab found out that the exhaust air contained propanal, benzene, ethanone, isobenzofurandione, propanone and acetic acid. Most of the chemicals mentioned are considered irritants, but benzene has been found to elevate cancer probability in workers exposed to just 10 parts per million, according to the American Cancer Society. Read More

LG X110 Netbook with 3G Revealed

LG’s new “Momo” or X110 netbook have appeared on its Arab Emirates site. The name Momo stands for “more mobile” as the netbook features built-in 3G receiver. The first thing we noted about this netbook is it doesn’t look cheap like most of the netbooks on the market today. Specification-wise it is almost similar to most of the netbooks with 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor. Read More

Samsung Gets Official About 8-Megapixel Pixon Camera Phone

Samsung today officially launched the new M8800 Pixon mobile phone with 8-megapixel digital camera. The camera on the phone will include 16x digital zoom, dual LED flash, advanced shake reduction, wide dynamic range, face detection, smile shot, face link, geo tagging, auto panorama shot, photo memo and photo browser. The camera will also be able to capture 30 fps at 720 x 480 resolution and 120 fps in QVGA resolution. Read More

Rumor: Nikon Planning to Launch Nikon MX, 40.7-Megapixel Medium Format Digital SLR in 2009

Till now only few camera makers like Hasselblad were in medium format digital cameras business. But, it seems that will change soon. Last week, Leica announced that they will launch S2, a 37-megapixel medium format digital SLR. And now, SlashGear is reporting a rumor that Nikon will launch its 40.7-megapixel medium format digital SLR in February 2009 at Wedding & Portrait Photographer International expo (WPPI). Read More

September 28, 2008

Japanese Scientists Discovers a Method to Make MRAM Faster and Energy Efficient

The two future RAM technologies that the scientists have been working on are STT-RAM and MRAM. Spin torque transfer RAM (STT-RAM) has advantages of lower power consumption and better scalability over the Magnetoresistive RAM (MRAM). The main reason behind high power requirement of MRAM is that it uses electromagnet as the middleman to flip domains. Domains are the tiny regions inside magnetic materials that behave like individual magnets and can have their north-south orientation flipped to store information. Read More