"I think it is a big opportunity. We have two strategies at Nvidia: One is to put graphics everywhere, the other one is to [find more ways to] integrate discrete chips into the box," Haas said. "I think there is definitely a place for [external graphics cards for notebooks,] no question. We continue to look at whether this is a GPU [docking station] or external devices."
So what exactly is Nvidia planning for the notebook segment? We don't know, and Haas wasn't willing to divulge what exactly her company might be cooking up. But she did say that the price of graphics adapters is something that would need to be addressed.
"I think, the issue that has to be solved for something like that is the right price-point that hits the right segment. There is definitely a lot of interest in it and [this is] something we are keeping our eye on to be able to offer something there," Hass added.
The Nexus One's sleek design seems to scream quality from almost every angle, but if you still need some convincing you should check out Google's Nexus One video series documenting the design and testing process. The videos break down how the OLED screen works, why 3D acceleration is so important, and perhaps most interesting of all, how hard it is to actually destroy it.
The third video in the series dubbed simply as "testing" shows the phone being pressed, dropped, smashed, crushed, and mauled so horribly that its border line gadget abuse. Either way it should certainly give those who own, or are thinking about purchasing the Nexus One the warm and fuzzy feeling that it has been built to last.
Click the jump to check out the video, its pretty impressive. If you baby your gadgets as much as I do however, it might make you squirm a bit.
If you’re anything like us, you’re hankering for some SuperSpeed USB, also known as USB 3.0. Adoption slowed after Intel’s decision to hold off on 3.0 until 2011, but now we’re hearing about the first Dell laptop to ship with the fabled ports. The Dell Precision M6500 will have USB 3.0 as well as new Core i5 CPU options, some of them dual-core.
The professional level notebook was previously only available with USB 2.0 ports and a Core i7. The machines will also come equipped with a 3.2-megapixel webcam and 64GB SSD mini card support. This means the M6500 will be able to run in a three hard drive configuration. A 3G modem, 17in screen, and Nvidia Quadro graphics round out the package.
The previous version was going for nearly $2800. No word yet on pricing for this model. Does this mean machine interest you at all?
Do you know how often we hear about promising new battery technologies every year? Over 4 million times. That's what it feels like, anyway, even if we're way off in our estimation. But here's another number: One. That's how many battery breakthroughs we expect to materialize in an actual product in 2010.
The technology we're referring to comes from a Japanese company called Eamex, who says it has discovered a way to increase the life of high-capacity lithium-ion batteries. We tend to give this one a bit more credibility, if only because Eamex isn't talking about a theoretical tech that could eventually lead to the demise of lithium-ion.
What Eamex has done is figure out a way to stabilize the electrodes and prevent the deterioration of tin. Why's this important? Because it means the batteries can withstand a lot more charge and discharge cycles. We're talking about over 10,000 cycles with a shelf life of 20 years. By comparison, Apple says a MacBook or MacBook Pro battery can withstand about 1,000 cycles over about 5 years of constant use.
Unlike other battery technologies, you don't have to wait a decade for this one to come to market. Eamex says it will ship a battery with about 10,000W of power per kilogram (suitable for electric cars and scooters) by the end of 2010.
Life is good for Lenovo. For the third straight quarter, the company reported record market share numbers in the worldwide PC shipments business, which helped Lenovo double its profits from one quarter ago. Now it appears Lenovo will try to duplicate that success in the smartphone market as it prepares to buy the entire interest of Lenovo Mobile Communication Technology from an investor group.
"For the first time since the acquisition of IBM PCD, Lenovo was the fastest-growing PC company in the world," Yang Yuanquing, Lenovo's CEO, said in a statement. "In the future, while we continue to expand our PC business, we also want to attack the mobile Internet category to drive growth and capitalize our innovation efforts."
Sure the move is risky, but given its recent success, Lenovo can afford to take a gamble. And as Technology Business Research analyst John Spooner puts it, "Lenovo is hitting its stride" and is in "full-on attack mode." So what are the plans for the smartphone biz?
Spooner says Lenovo will target customers in rural China and other markets with lower-priced devices, which include both smartphones and netbooks.
Google’s Android platform has been making use of QR codes since its inception. A QR code is a useful way to encapsulate information that can be read by cell phone cameras. In the case of Android, many app developers use them to direct people to their applications. Such is the case with The Weather Channel, which just threw up a QR code for their Android app during the national forecast. The code takes Android users straight to the Weather Channel app in the Android Market.
This is one of the most mainstream uses of QR codes we’ve seen thus far. Some countries have been in on the QR code game for years now, but Android is the first major mobile platform to popularize them in the US. There’s definitely something to be said for QR codes. They are very efficient ways to disseminate information. In fact, the admittedly fuzzy screen cap below still contains a working code. It would be interesting if Android users found themselves increasingly bombarded with QR codes on TV.
HP announced today that it is shipping a new laptop underneath its G60 laptop line. The HP G62t manages to pack a sweet amount of performance into a well-designed, stylish laptop. It is a wonder why they kept it so quiet.
With a starting price of $599, it has the same styling accents as HP Envy 15 and boasts very reasonable specifications. At the base configuration, it features an Intel Core i3 chip, but can be configured up to a Core i7. It also comes standard with 2GB of memory (free upgrade to 3GB, at the moment), a 160GB hard drive, 15.6-inch LED-backlit display, and a DVD burner. The only signs of mediocrity fall onto the integrated Intel Graphics chip that you cannot upgrade through configuration.
Overall, it features nice style and affordable performance and is a welcome surprise release. Check out or customize your own at the HP site.
Never heard of Leeenux? If you're a first-gen netbook user (particularly a 7-inch Eee PC owner), it might be time to acquaint yourself with the ultra-lean Linux distro based on Ubuntu Netbook Remix. Leeenux's developers have just released version 2.0 of its open-source OS, stuffing the distro with a bunch more apps than the previous version while keeping the installed footprint down to a tidy 1.2GB.
And it's the applications that are the major draw here. The distro's small enough to be installed on a 2GB SSD, but doesn't skimp on software, installing Firefox 3.7 beta, Thunderbird and Lightning for calendar, email, and contact management, a handful of emulators for Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis games, an e-book reader, VLC media player, Pidgin, and more (view the entire list here).
Toshiba and Fujitsu both announced brand new tablet PC models today. Since Windows 7’s release and its native support for multitouch, the tablet trend is likely continue to grow.
The Toshiba Portege M780 will feature either an Intel Core i3 or i5 depending on your configuration, 12.1-inch swivel display (1280x800), 8GB of memory, 2.5-inch HDD with drop protection, optical drive, 802.11n, webcam, Bluetooth, and the kitchen sink (just kidding on that last one). This device is only speculated to support multitouch as Toshiba has yet to say one way or another. They would be crazy not to support it. There isn’t any pricing information available yet for the M780.
The Fujitsu T900 has a 13.3-inch screen, can be configured with a Core i7 processor, and features all of the same options as the Toshiba. Prices start at $1,889 though you can probably down-configure the base line to make an even cheaper tablet. You can find more details or customize your own at Fujitsu’s site.
Redmond, we have a problem. According to several user reports, Windows 7 inherited Vista's poor power management when it comes to laptop battery life.
The reports mostly come from users on Microsoft's TechNet forum, who complain of reductions in battery life from two hours down to 30 minutes, and in some cases, even less. There have also been complaints of batteries not fully recharging, and some have even claimed that their laptop batteries are forever damaged by whatever drainage problem might be occurring.
These types of issues also plagued Vista and were supposed to be addressed in Windows 7. Towards that end, Microsoft said it was investigating the potential problem, noting that part of the issue relates to the BIOS. According to a Microsoft spokesman, the appearance of error messages suggesting that users replace a perfectly good battery is likely a BIOS issue and the result of Windows 7 pulling data from the PC's firmware.
Battery drainage complaints in Windows 7 are nothing new and have been noted by users dating back to the OS's beta testing days. The issue is particularly problematic for netbook users.