Competition in the tablet market looks to be fierce, and that could be bad news for Apple. The latest vendor to go gunning for the iPad is Neofonie, a German company who has put together an Android-based tablet called the WePad.
Neofonie makes it clear who its competition is, and in a related "Facts Sheet"( PDF), the German outfit openly compares the WePad's spec sheet to Apple's iPad. The WePad includes an 11.6-inch screen, Intel Atom N450 processor, 16GB of internal Flash memory (up to 32GB), a pair of USB ports, support for Adobe Flash/AIR, multitasking, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi, optional 3G, optional GPS, and both a WePad AppStore and Google Android Marketplace.
Neofonie also mentions a WeMagazine ePublishng Eco System in a sales pitch to publishing houses.
"For publishing houses, every reader gained with the WePad represents a direct and long-term customer relationship, the foundation for paid content, extensive customer knowledge, and new forms of customer communication," Neofonie says. "While platforms like Apple iTunes and Amazon Kindle force publishing houses into the role of simply a content supplier, the WePad allows publishing houses to retain access to and knowledge of their audience."
There's no crying in baseball, but there's plenty of boo-hooing in Silicon Valley. The latest sobs come from Jon Rubinstein, CEO of Palm, who's having a tough time accepting that Motorola's Droid won the foot race into Verizon.
"If we could have launched at Verizon prior to the Droid, I think we would have gotten the attention the Droid got. And since I believe we have a better product, I think we could have even done better," Rubinstein laments.
Maybe, maybe not. By the time Droid came to market, the Palm Pre had already been available for four months, and it's probably not fair to cast the blame on Sprint, the Pre's exclusive launch partner and th reason why Palm wasn't available in Verizon stores.
Rubinstein might also be underestimating a little freight train called Android, currently the fastest growing OS on the market. Whether the Pre could have made it into Verizon first or not, it's hard to imagine that the Droid wouldn't have been popular either way.
Digital Storm may have just built the baddest workstation on the block, or at least in the home consumer market. Tapping into Intel's latest and greatest, Digital Storm's new DAVINCI workstation crunches workloads with Intel's Core i7 980X Extreme Edition chip doing much of the heavy lifting.
Helping it go is an Nvidia PNY Quadro FX 1800 graphics card with 768MB of dedicated RAM. Other baseline specs include 12GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, Asus P6X58D Premium motherboard, a 1000W power supply, and Windows 7 Professional.
"The philosophy behind DAVINCI is simple: engineer a workstation that completely maximizes application performance so that creative professionals can accelerate their productivity," commented Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm’s Director of Product Development. "Thanks to NVIDIA’s and Intel’s most powerful components to date, our DAVINCI workstations will be fully optimized for the forthcoming release of Adobe’s Creative Suite 5."
Digital Storm says it subjects each DAVINCI system to a rigorous 72-hour stress test prior to shipping. Should something break anyway, the rigs come backed with a 4-year warranty.
As equipped above, pricing starts at $4,995, which represents the company's mid-range (Professional) DAVINCI. There's also a Performance model that starts out at $2,952 (Intel Core i7 930, Quadro FX 580, 750W PSU) and an Enthusiast model that runs $5,778 (dual Intel Xeon E5530 chips, Intel Workstation board, Nvidia Quadro FX 1800 graphics, 1000W PSU).
Taking aim at the business traveler, MSI has put together a Core i5-based laptop built around Intel's Calpella platform. The 15.6-inch P600 boasts a slim and light design, annd weighs about 5.3 pounds.
In addition to a Core i5 processor, the P600 also comes with up to 4GB of DDR2 memory, 250/350/500GB hard drive, integrated graphics, 2-in-1 memory card reader, 1.3MP webcam, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a Kensington lock port, Windows 7, and an 8-cell battery.
On the security front, MSI includes a both a fingerprint reader and EasyFace software. EasyFace works in conjunction with the integrated webcam to take and store several sets of photos of the user to prevent crooks from accessing the laptop.
As we inch closer to Friday's supposed Fermi release date, new spy shots were bound to emerge. We still don't know clock speeds, performance, or price, but damn this thing is shiny! If you're as easily distracted by sexy silicon as we are, hit the jump to check out the pictures posted by Chinese rumor site Experview.
The heat sync on this design is pretty elaborate, but then again, given the heat it has to dissipate, we expected as much. The rumor mill is suggesting that the GTX 470 will offer performance better or on par with the Radeon 5850, while the GTX 480 will offer a 5-10% jump over the 5870. Of course these are all still just rumors, and only time and testing will tell the true story. Stay tuned to Max PC for the latest on the Fermi launch.
Anyone out there still think Nvidia will pull a rabbit out of the hat?
If you’ve been eying Flip Video’s popular MinoHD (reviewed March 2009) but have been put off by the simple-enough-for-simpletons approach, Kodak’s Zi-8 is the pocket cam you’ve been waiting for.
Think of Kodak’s feature-rich Zi-8 as the anti-Flip camera. While you can’t change the battery on the MinoHD, you can on the Zi-8. Can’t change the mic-input levels on your MinoHD? On the Zi-8 you can. Can’t play back footage in slow-motion on your MinoHD? Or run an external microphone? Or use your own SD cards? Or take still images? You get the point.
Kodak seems to have taken every geek’s wish-list for a pocket video cam and implemented it in the Zi-8. Slightly paunchier than Flip’s Mino series but comparable to Flip’s Ultra, the Zi-8 has modes for WVGA, 720p, 1080p, and even a 60fps 720p mode for sporting events. But wait, there’s more: Kodak also includes a macro mode, face-detection focusing, and an image stabilizer—hell, those guys even include a charger and HDMI cables, too!
Right now all the talk is on Intel's 6-core Gulftown chip, and rightfully so (see here for our in-depth evaluation). But in a little over a month, AMD will dish out its own 6-core desktop lineup dubbed Phenom II X6. AMD hasn't offered up a lot of details on its upcoming chips, but that's okay, because some key info may have been inadvertently leaked to the Web.
According to Tech Connect, Gigabyte released a handful of BIOS updates that reveal what clocks AMD's chips will run at. There will be four chips to begin with, including the Phenom II X6 1035T, 1055T (in both 95W and 125W TDP flavors), and the 1075T. As it's been leaked to th Web, the 1035T will come clocked at 2.6GHz, while the 1055T will kick things up a notch to 2.8GHz.
On the higher end, the fastest clocked hexacore -- the 1075T -- will sport a 3.0Ghz clockspeed, which is 333MHz slower (in clockspeed) than Intel's Core i7 980X Extreme Edition part.
Stay tuned, as these are subject to change, and we still don't have any pricing info.
Asus today added four new models to its Designo Series, including the MS248, MS238, MS228, and MS208. All four boast an eco-friendly, ultra-slim design with 16.5mm profiles and range in size from 20 inches to 20.3 inches.
On the lower end, the MS208 sports a 1600 x 900 screen resolution with a 5ms response time. The other three up the ante to a 1920 x 1080 resolution and a faster 2ms response time. The MS228 adds an HDMI audio-out port, while the MS238 and MS248 also include an earphone jack (for HDMI only).
Asus says all four units are easy on the environment, thanks in large part eschewing bulbs in favor of mercury-free LED backlit panels. According to Asus, the LED monitors reduce energy consumption levels by 45 percent, enough to reduce annual CO2 emissions by 23.6kg per year, the equivalent of planting 1.9 trees that can contribute two years worth of oxygen for a family of four.
Eyeing up a memory kit on Newegg? Consider pulling the trigger sooner rather than later. Citing un-named industry sources, news and rumor site DigiTimes says spot prices for mainstream 1Gb (gigabit) DDR2 and same-density DDR3 have surged to $3, which indicates that supply isn't keeping up with demand.
The reason, sources say, is that the ongoing transition to DDR3 memory production has constricted supplies. Making matters worse, PC vendors have started stocking up on RAM in anticipation of a memory shortage.
According to DRAMeXchange, sport prices of branded 1Gb DDR2 memory jumped nearly 4 percent in a single day to close at $2.72 yesterday. DDR3's rise wasn't as dramatic, but still notable for a single-day gain, edging upwards 0.54 percent to close at $2.93.
So what does this all mean? Memory prices will likely go up, especially if a memory shortage really is imminent.
Carrying an armful of heavy textbooks to and from class may become a thing a past, that is if Marvell has anything to do with it. That's because Marvell this week announced a self-recognized "bold new education initiative" to deliver a sub-$100 mobile tablet called "Moby" that the company claims could eliminate the need for buy and carry bount textbooks.
"Education is the most pressing social and economic issue facing our country and our times. I believe the Marvell Moby tablet can ignite a life-long passion for learning in all students everywhere. Marvell's goal is to fundamentally improve the way students learn by giving them more efficient, relevant -- even fun tools to use. Marvell's Moby tablet recognizes that every student learns differently and so it delivers an array of media choices fo different learning styles," said Weili Dai, Marvell's co-founder, VP, and GM of Marvell Semiconductor's Consumer and Computing Business Unit.
Marvell goes on to list out several advantages over traditional textbooks, which the company says are rising in cost and are too heavy for students. But are schools -- and society -- ready to switch to tablets? We'll soon find out. Marvell said it will soon announce a pilot program in partnership with the District of Columbia Public School system (DCPS) where the company will donate a Moby tablet to every child in an at-risk school.