May 15, 2009

Apple Rumors: New iPhone as Project Charlie in Best Buy Inventory System, and Camera on Next Gen iPod touch and nano

Phone Arena has posted an image of Best Buy’s inventory system showing three new AT&T phones with codename “Project Charlie". According to the website, the three new SKUs could possibly be new version of iPhone that Apple will announce in June. In other Apple rumor, Hardmac is reporting that future iPhone models will have exactly same shape and size, and Apple will refresh iPod nano and touch in September. Read More

Intel Reveals Details About Larrabee Graphics Processor

At the opening of Saarland University’s Visual Computing Institute, Intel revealed few details about its upcoming Larrabee graphics processor. Larrabee will use 32 x86 processor cores, each of these cores will have its own vector math unit allowing them to process very specialized tasks very efficiently. The design of the new Larrabee graphics processor will also have a pool of cache and memory interface on their edges for giving faster access to the system. Read More

May 14, 2009

Microsoft: Windows Mobile 6.5 Team Lacked Time to Polish The UI

Windows Mobile development team has admitted that they lacked time to completely polish the UI of upcoming Windows Mobile 6.5. The developer team sat for a roundtable conference at TechEd 2009 (video above) and talked about various parts of the smartphone OS like Widgets, applications development and lack of Silverlight support. Read More and Watch Video

May 13, 2009

Netbooks Saw 30 Percent Return Rate Last Year

Intel’s marketing chief Sean Maloney said at the Intel Investor meeting that some netbook resellers saw 30 percent return rate. He said the return rate was high because retail stores were selling netbooks as notebooks.
“In the first period – June, July, August of last year – there were some in the retail channels that were shipping (netbooks) as notebooks,” Sean Maloney said. Read More

May 12, 2009

Microsoft’s Zune Pass Financial Planner – Is it This Simple?

Microsoft has posted a new video called “Financial Planner: iTunes Costs A Lot, Zune Pass A Little”. Watching the video made me think, have I been spending too much by buying songs from iTunes? So I calculated the total cost of all the songs I own, and some of the songs in my library are from 1980’s when I was a small kid. The total number of songs that I have in my iTunes library is 2,348. If we calculate based on $1 price for each song the total will be $2,348 – the amount of money I spend in past 20 years on songs. Read More and Watch Video

Analyst: Android to Grow Faster Than iPhone, will it Matter?

Strategy Analytics has estimated that Android based devices will grow 900 percent in 2009. The growth will be much faster than the iPhone that will grow at 79 percent to about 23.8 million units this year. Strategy Analytics director Neil Mawstow said, “Android is now in a good position to become a top-tier player in smartphones over the next two to three years.” Read More

May 11, 2009

Amazon Offering 50% or More Discount on Various Headphones

Amazon is now offering 50 percent or more discount on various top brand earphones / headphones. Most headphones have more than 50 percent discount like JBuds J2 for $29.95. Read More

Intel’s New Xeon Processors Outperforms AMD Opteron lineup

Intel’s desktop and laptop processor lineup has been kicking AMD’s butt for past two to three years, but on the server-side AMD has been holding it own against the Xeon processors from Intel. However, Intel recently introduced their new Nehalem based Xeon processors claiming that the slowest new Xeon processor is faster than the fastest AMD Opteron processor. AMD on the other hand says that it still has better performance-per-dollar value. AMD also claimed that they have the world’s most power efficient server chips. So is AMD still a good option for servers? Read More