Intel isn't just about processors and chipsets, at least not anymore. That's because the chip maker signed an agreement to acquire Texas Instruments' (TI's) cable modem product line.
"Adding the talents of the Texas Instruments’ cable team to Intel’s efforts to bring its advanced technology to consumer electronics makes for a compelling combination," said Bob Ferreira, general manager, Cable Segment, Intel’s Digital Home Group. "Intel is focused on delivering SoCs that provide the foundation for consumer electronics devices such as set top boxes, digital TVs, Blu-ray* disc players, companion boxes and related devices. This acquisition specifically strengthens Intel’s product offerings for the continuum of cable gateway products and reinforces Intel’s continued commitment to the cable industry."
Intel said it will use TI's Puma product lines with the Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) standard technology and Intel SoCs to build advanced set top boxes, residential gateways, and modem products for cable companies. The move will also expand the reach of Intel's Atom processor line beyond netbooks, nettops, and tablets.
Bose has gone and released three new in-ear headphones that, while still on the high-side for earbuds, are somewhat reasonably priced. These include the IE2 ($100), MIE2 ($130), and MIE2i ($130).
The IE2 buds are suitable for mobile gadgets, like MP3 players, iPad/iPod, and anything else you use to listen to music on the go. Both the MIE2 and MIE2i are better suited for mobile headsets and come equipped with an in-line microphone and one-touch answer/end button for switching between music and phone calls. The MIE2i, as you might have guessed, is aimed at Apple device owners.
All three models are the first to use Bose's new "StayHear" tips, which Bose claims "fit easily inside the bowl of the ear, while naturally conforming to the upper ridge of the ear."
Look for the IE2 and MIE2 to ship on August 23, 2010, with the MIE2i to follow suit in October, 2010.
T-Mobile's G1, otherwise known as the HTC Dream, has felt a bit long in the tooth for quite some time now, especially as new smartphones hit the market sporting swank 1GHz chips and updated versions of Android. But even though it's slow by today's standards, the G1 broke ground be becoming the world's first Android powered phone when it first launched.
"The revolution continues," T-Mobile says, which just posted a teaser site previewing its upcoming G2. Like the original G1, the G2 will seek to create a little history of its own.
"The T-Mobile G2 will deliver tight integration with Google services and break new ground as the first smartphone designed to run at 4G speeds on our new HSPA+ network," T-Mobile states on the G2's preview page. "In the coming weeks, we'll share more details about the G2 and offer exclusive first access to current T-Mobile customers."
That tidbid and a not-so-revealing picture are all we have to go on so far. You can sign up with T-Mobile's promotional page to stay in the loop right here.
Lian Li, maker of high-end cases often constructed in brushed aluminum, looks to add to its legacy with the PC-C50 multimedia HTPC enclosure.
Like so many cases before this one, the PC-C50 is made from the aforementioned brushed aluminum and is available in both black and silver. Modular is the name of the game here, with the PC-C50 sporting a modular CD-ROM cage and two removable HDD cages.
Adding a touch of modern flair, the PC-C50 incorporates USB 3.0 support into the front panel connectors. Other features include two 120mm exhaust fans on the side, PCI brackets with vent holes for additional cooling, two 120mm and 80mm size fan holes on the top and at the rear, respectively, an MS/SD card reader slot, and support for mATX, mini-DTX, and mini-ITX motherboards.
The PC-C50 will start shipping in late August for around $190.
MSI on Monday unveiled the newest member to its Classic Series of laptops, the 14-inch FX400. Billed as the company's "latest masterpiece," MSI is talking up the FX400's special "totem seal coating" that promises to keep scratches and smudges from mucking up the FX400's "stylish and meticulous craftsmanship."
Beneath the shiny exterior sits an Intel Core i5 processor nestled into Intel's HM55 chipset, Nvidia GeForce GT 325M graphics with a 1GB frame buffer, two DDR3-1333 SO-DIMM slots, up to a 500GB SATA hard drive, DVD burner, 2-1-in memory card reader, three USB 2.0 ports, eSATA, HDMI, and a 6-cell battery.
As is becoming standard on MSI notebooks, the FX400 also includes MSI's Turbo Drove Engine (TDE) technology, which throttles up the CPU and graphics with the touch of a button situated above the keyboard.
Starting today, all you Droid Incredible owners can look forward to receiving Android 2.2 (Froyo) as an over-the-air (OTA) update, Mashable reports.
Citing unnamed sources, Mashable says that Verizon team members have already installed Froyo on their Incredible devices starting earlier in the week. Satisfied that everything has gone smoothly, Verizon is apparently ready to begin rolling out the update to John Q. Public and friends.
Froyo brings a number of improvements over previous Android releases, including native Flash 10.1 support. Other features include faster JaveScript performance, USB tethering, two-way push sync functionality with Chrome-to-Phone, 720p HD video recording, and more.
MagicJack CEO and founder, Dan Borislow, is determined to piss off Ma Bell and shake up the telecom industry. You might remember the MagicJack device from all the infomercials that used to run rampant on late night television, or from CES this past year when Borislow unveiled an updated version. Well, the MagicJack makers are back at it again, this time with a piece of software that promises the ability to place free phone calls from computers, mobile phones, and tablets like Apple's iPad, according to an AP report.
As the AP tells it, "MagicTalk" would even one-up Google Voice by getting rid of fees altogether for landline and cell phones in the U.S. and Canada, and no, users wouldn't be saddled with a time limit.
The way it works is each MagicTalk user would get a phone number that's linked to their software. For a fee, a user could also port his/her existing number over to the service
As planned, the software will make an appearance on Windows and Mac PCs next week, with versions for the iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, and Android phones to follow in September or October.
MSI's latest all-in-one PC -- the Wind Top AE2420 3D -- says it's all about the 3D, baby, and apparently this is a world's first. The AE2420 brings 24-inches of 3D imagery to a touchscreen LED panel with a 120Hz scanning frequency when paired with the bundled 3D shutter glasses that MSI claims is all that a bag of popcorn.
"The Wind Top AE2420 3D comes with MSI's exclusive 3D Infinity (Shutter Glasses) that solve the problem of blurred 3D images caused by visual angle deviation," MSI explains. "With a large 24" display, several people can view 3D images at the same time, making it even more suitable for use in family entertainment. MSI's 3D Station also integrates 2D to 3D transfer technology, addressing the current shortage of 3D movies. Even DVD rentals or home videos can be instantly transferred and viewed as 3D images."
Other hardware consists of an Intel Core i5 650 processor clocked at 3.2GHz, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730 graphics with 1GB of dedicated memory, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, 1TB hard drive, optional Blu-ray drive, 1.3MP webcam, four USB 2.0 ports, eSATA, LAN, VGA and HDMI, 6-in-1 memory card reader, two USB 3.0 ports, TV tuner card, and MCE remote control.
Spearheading the 3D charge in the camera world is FujiFilm, who, in a couple of days, will be debuting their Real 3D W3 digital camera.
FujiFilm was kind enough to allow us some hands-on time with the camera, and we're fairly impressed with its capabilities. Before we get down to initial impressions, let's take a quick look at the type of tech you'll be using if you choose to make the jump into the world of 3D photography.