A PlayStation 3 transplant turns this PC into a multimedia powerhouse
By Christopher NullPosted 06.16.2008 at 5:43 pm 7 Comments
You don't have to fumble with a remote control to pause a video on Toshiba's Qosmio G55-Q802. Simply hold your palm up in the universal "stop" sign.
The laptop reads this and other hand signals instantly using the Cell, the supercomputer chip best known for powering the PlayStation 3. An Intel CPU performs most of the tasks on the G55, but a special version of the Cell tackles complex video-manipulation jobs by breaking them into bite-size chunks and parceling them out to four processors on the chip.
Polaroid goes digital with pocket-size PoGo photo printer
By Jessica ChengPosted 06.16.2008 at 5:19 pm 4 Comments
Photo printing just got faster and easier. Instead of waiting until you get home, you can use Polaroid's pocket-sized PoGo to print on the spot. Using Zink's "zero-ink" technology—paper that contains layers of heat-activated color dye crystals a few microns thick—PoGo eliminates the clunky ink cartridges of traditional printers. The device—weighing just eight ounces and measuring 4.7 by 2.8 by 0.9 inches—goes on sale July 6 for $150.
Voodoo's Mac Air-killer has room for more goodies, including an extra operating system
By Sean CaptainPosted 06.13.2008 at 1:49 pm 9 Comments
While the MacBook Air showed how slim a laptop could be, the Voodoo Envy ($2,100; voodoopc.com) demonstrates how much can fit in that space. Using the same compact CPU as the Air, the carbon-fiber-clad Envy measures just 0.7 inch thick—a tad thinner than the Mac at its thickest point. And it packs in more features, including a slot for high-speed cellular data cards, two USB ports, and an HDMI port for attaching to a high-def TV.
Google’s mobile guru, Rich Miner, describes what it takes to make a phone truly open-source
By Gregory MonePosted 06.10.2008 at 12:35 pm 4 Comments
When Google squelched rumors of the all-powerful "G-phone" last November, we admit we were a bit bummed. Instead of an inexpensive smartphone that would free us from our carrier overlords, Google had been working on software—an open-source, mobile operating system called Android. Great name, but will unlocking cellphone code really change things for consumers?
Miner says that more than 750,000 developers have downloaded the tool required to write an Android-based program, four times as many as accessed the iPhone's tightly regulated kit. That means Android users could have far more mobile applications to choose from. But we still don't know how those apps will stack up next to Apple's. Android-equipped phones—set to go on sale this summer—should be less expensive than the iPhone, since manufacturers won't have to pay licensing fees for the software. But instead of getting free, ad-subsidized service, like Google's e-mail, you'll still shell out to carriers. Which makes us wonder: Is this really so new, or just another offering in the crowded mobile market? We spoke with Rich Miner, head of Google's mobile-platform division, for some clarity.
This Hollywood-grade camera is priced for the backyard, not the back lot
By Sean CaptainPosted 06.10.2008 at 12:16 pm 2 Comments
Although high-def camcorders shoot incredible detail, they are a far cry from Hollywood gear. But the Red Scarlet, due out later this year, will capture five-megapixel video frames, picking up more than twice the detail of high-def camcorders and rivaling the eight-megapixel flicks that A-list directors are starting to shoot.
Apple is pushing their iPhone App Store hard, and it looks like games may be the number one new seller.
By Erin BibaPosted 06.09.2008 at 6:54 pm 3 Comments
One of the bigger announcements at the Steve Job's keynote presentation today was the new App Store—a native application on the iPhone that will allow users to purchase, download and install third-party software for their phones. It's the only place iPhone owners can get the software, and most of the keynote today was dedicated to highlighting programs already created using the software developers kit.
Apple dedicated most of its conference keynote to the iPhone software development kit—and coders raved about it
By Erin BibaPosted 06.09.2008 at 5:31 pm 2 Comments
Fitting for a programmers conference, this Apple keynote focused on software—and the announcement of a new iPhone felt almost like an afterthought. Nearly an hour of the keynote was dedicated to a parade of developers who had built iPhone programs using the software developers kit (SDK). But is it really as easy to write iPhone apps as Apple says it is?
The new iPhone is everything we've been expecting...and not much more.
By Erin BibaPosted 06.09.2008 at 4:35 pm 2 Comments
Well, the official announcement is in—and it's exactly what we were all expecting. The new iPhone, equipped with 3G, GPS, and a much slimmer price, will be available for purchase in 22 countries (including the US) starting July 11.
No surprises for rumor watchers: 3G, GPS, glossy plastic back, lower price
By John MahoneyPosted 06.09.2008 at 3:36 pm 5 Comments
It's official. The iPhone has gotten a birthday facelift, and the juicy details are all in line with the rumors we've been hearing all month—3G, GPS, an integrated app store, and a glossy new plastic back in black or old-school Apple white. Perhaps most surprising is a substantial price drop—down to $199 for the 8GB version and $299 for the 16GB (price drops were hinted at, but no amounts). Here's what else Apple campers will be dreaming about when they pitch their tents prior to the July 11 launch date.
At Apple's WWDC conference in San Francisco, Steve Jobs is expected to unveil iPhone 2.0
By John MahoneyPosted 06.09.2008 at 2:01 pm 0 Comments
We Know What This Means
New products afoot!
At this very moment, Steve Jobs is on stage in San Francisco where he is expected to unveil the next version of the iPhone. High-speed 3G data connectivity, on-board GPS and a fully developed application store are all likely to be in the cards.