Well, this is a big surprise. DigiTimes is citing sources from “component players” claiming that the first smartbooks featuring Google’s bigger operating system will launch sometime late the month. Apparently, they will follow the Nexus One strategy, whereby the launch of a self-branded Chrome OS notebook manufactured by Inventec will be made available to developers only, and ODM will follow suit for the mass market – the ARM-based machine will not be sold through normal retail channels and is expectated to ship a very modest 60,000 to 70,000 units. Acer and HP are rumoured to be launching Chrome OS gear as early as December while ASUS waits to gauge market reaction. Now, where’s Dell?
Intel, Samsung, and Toshiba are joining forces for R&D efforts in a consortium financed partly by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. The government Ministry is pouring in an expected 50 percent, or 5 billion yen / US $62 million and the rest from the members. The goal is to develop semiconductor chips nearing 10nm by 2016. That’s 6 years’ time. Ten more companies are expected to be invited once things get sorted out. Wow, things will get very interesting once 10nm chips get into our devices.
AOC’s displays have always been rather sexy in certain angle, and now they’ve come up with yet another sexy display that hit the gym. AOC has unveiled a new ultra-slim range of LCD displays that measure only half an inch thick (1.29cm). The AOC Razor display series consists of six models with display sizes ranging from 18-5-inch to 23-inch. Read more…
Here’s the official commercial of the Palm Pre 2, with the fresh new webOS 2.0. if you look at the video embedded below, you’ll see Angry Birds, Facebook and some new 2.0 features being featured in the video. Is HP making a runaway success with this much delayed product? At least the ad does look catchy with that tune. Very ‘HP’ indeed.
This is fast. The iFixit team had their paws on the fairly new Nokia N8, and already, they’re dissecting it. That’s what they’re good at, anyway. The battery of the N8, BL-4D battery cell can be easily replaced by removing the two Torx screws. iFixit mentioned that the N8’s overall construction is the “beefiest” of any phone this year. Thought, the pair of camera modules are not removable from the main board. The N8 sports similar touchscreen controllers in the Kin two and the BlackBerry Torch. Hit the source link for a full gallery of images and the complete deconstruction guide.
What does the above picture looks to you? Miniature and unfinished Strike Gundam, or the robot used by Morpheus in Matrix? It reminds me of the classic Mospeada, though it shorts on wheels. This is an exoskeleton BattleMech designed specifically for children, by Sakakibara Kikai. Yes, it’s Japanese. What are you expecting, mate? It’s called the Kid’s Walker, and it walks. That’s all. No bullets, no flamethrower, and no nuclear-power. Read more…
This is the latest gadget from Apricorn, which targets corporate road warriors thinking that they are Ethan Hunt. Apricorn specialize in personal storage products that have extra security functions. Their new Aegis Bio has been given quite a boost in storage capacity, which has been upped to 640GB. Not only that, but the Aegis Bio also comes with 128-bit AES hardware-encrypted biometric security, in the form of fingerprint scanner.
While Intel might have a great figure to show off and party at the coming weekend, Google may also join the great figure-war party. The Android Market now has 100,000 apps in the store, and total download hits have reached the 1 billion mark. All this figures come from AndroLib.
It’s also interesting to note that it took just under three months to get from 50,000 to the 100,000 mark. AndroLib’s data also notes that over 14,000 applications became available during the month of June, and over 10,000 have appeared already in July.
Wow what a wonder year in the office of Intel Corp. Surely everyone are craze over smartphones and tablets, but Intel just proven others that the desktop ain’t dead yet. And to prove a point, they’re gonna show off their great result in this quarter of the year. How does $2.9b sound like for a quarter’s profit? That’s for the total sales record of $10.8b. Nah, that’s small amount (lol) but let’s compare that to the previous quarter, and we get an increment in $445m in profit, and also a whopping $3.3b from last year. That’s all driven by record laptop and server chip revenue, as well as a 16 percent increase in Atom revenue. Now, the ironic, they’re selling chips at a higher price compared to previous quarters. Wow, selling chips at a higher price, that’s always good for business! They must be laughing right now while going to the bank.