Mobile Firefox browser for Android will be released in February

Thursday, January 28, 2010

According to the German Resource Camp-firefox, is now preparing a mobile version of Firefox, also codenamed Fennec, to the operating system Android. The source reports that the beta version of the browser can come in February. However, work on Firefox for Android was almost completed in December last year and then, in February this year, the beta version seems to finally be ready and released.

Recall at this time have already appeared several test versions of Firefox Mobile for such mobile operating systems like Maemo (the newest version - Release Candidate 3) and Windows Mobile (some alpha versions). It was even supposed that the work on the browser will be completed as early as last year, at least for one platform - Maemo (more precisely smartphone Nokia N900 tablet at its base). But this did not happen. It is quite possible, as soon as the final version of Firefox Mobile for Maemo yet come, although it is possible that the beta version for Android will appear first.

Released a docking station for Nexus One

With the announcement of Google's smartphone has been said that after him will be issued and accessories that expand opportunities and increase the usability model. The first of them on the market goes Dock Nexus One Desktop Dock. As befits a docking station, it captures the phone on the table, and charges the battery. Installing a smartphone on the docking station automatically starts the application Clock, which besides the current time can display weather, alarm settings, display images in a slide show or play media files. There is also an audio jack to connect the docking station phone to audio systems.

The list of these options the company Google «forgot" to mention the fact that the dock Nexus One Desktop Dock has an interface Bluetooth, learn about its presence can only instructions. Transfer music from your phone to a docking station via profile A2DP, but did not specify whether you want the mandatory placement of apparatus on the dock or it can work remotely. But, even more strangely, the company's engineers "forgot" to provide the ability to synchronize the smartphone with your computer via the docking station. Thus, all that could Nexus One Desktop Dock - is to charge the battery and play music from the apparatus.

The device is already available for preorder in the U.S., and the cost is $ 45.

FujiFilm cameras Roadmap

Apparently, the company planned to introduce line of FujiFilm digital cameras, the average pre-show PMA 2010, which will be held next month, but the resource LetsGoDigital have published images and some characteristics of the cameras. The range includes four models: FinePix S2500HD, S1730, S1600 and JX530.

The most expensive camera, which is approaching the class hi-end, is the Fujifilm FinePix S2500HD, combines the powerful 18-fold optical zoom and the ability to record high-definition video. This model has a full HDTV compatibility of systems, both in terms of HD video playback (can record at resolutions up to 720p), and the usual photos. The camera lens 28-504 mm wide, and the CCD image sensor has a dual system of stabilization. Also, to simplify the capture camera has face recognition system (to 10) and red-eye removal.

Somewhat simpler, but also has a powerful zoom camera is a Fujifilm FinePix S1730. This model comes with 12-megapixel matrix and has a 15-fold increase in the optical system. Focal length lens is 28-420 mm, and the number of ISO up to 6400. As well as the older model S1730 can record HD video up to 720p, has a built-in dual stabilization and red eye reduction. Distinctive feature of this camera is 16 preset shooting, which are designed to help amateur photographers find it difficult to self-determination of shooting conditions.

Third "megazumom" in the series will be the Fujifilm FinePix S1600, staffed 12-megapixel matrix and 15-fold zoom. This model is a transitional link between the Consumer Digicam and tsifrozekalnymi models. The camera has all the settings inherent DSLR or Micro 4 / 3, but it has a non-replaceable with a fixed lens (28 mm) focus. This solution allows to achieve higher quality images than that of the compact, but it does not increase the price of the device to the level of expensive cameras. Main purpose Fujifilm FinePix S1600 are the landscape and panoramic photographs.

Fujifilm FinePix JX530 is the usual Consumer Digicam with 14-megapixel matrix and 5-fold optical zoom. Screen viewfinder 2.7-inch. The model is designed for those who are a wide range of manual settings with absolutely no need. The model has the greatest opportunity for the automatic tuning to get the best image quality for the least time. Fujifilm FinePix JX530 has 17 preset, the system of recognition of individuals (up to 8), smiles and blinks. Furthermore, the model as well as the older version has the ability to record high-definition video at resolutions up to 1280 x 720 pixels.

On the timing of the market and the cost of cameras has not reported.

BlackBerry Magnum: a prototype with a QWERTY and touchscreen

We have already published the photos of the prototype phone BlackBerry Magnum, which is different from all other models of the company RIM that combines the QWERTY-keyboard and touch screen. But images can not be changed to reflect the possibility of the device, and design of BlackBerry Magnum is the same as all the features inherent in QWERTY-candybar this company.

Presented at the overview of the phone is a working prototype, but has no installed operating system and deprived of the rear panel. Last makes controversial assertion that the panel will receive a leather trim available in 9000 series. Notable features of the BlackBerry Magnum is an optical trackpad, microUSB port and the keyboard is larger in size.

Official presentation of the model was not there, but there is a likelihood that her debut will mark the MWC show in Barcelona.

Samsung Galaxy 2: functional smartphone based on Android

Resource Androphones published a picture and some specifications Smartphone Samsung Galaxy 2. Like the two previous series models - Galaxy and Galaxy Spica - a new device running Android. By design smartphone differs from its predecessors: while he made in the same form-factor besklaviaturnogo tachfona, but the buttons under the display - touch. In addition, Samsung Galaxy 2 has more powerful features, including a large amount of memory, productive processor (1 GHz Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon), as well as the display size. Quite possibly, the announcement of another representative of a series of Galaxy will be at Mobile World Congress next month, and the issue is expected in the second quarter of this year.

Samsung Galaxy 2 Features:
  • Support for mobile networks UMTS / HSDPA
  • Operating System: Android 2.1
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon with 1-GHz processor
  • Display: 3.7-inch touchscreen, AMOLED
  • Internal memory: 32 GB
  • Camera: 5-megapixel
  • GPS-receiver
  • Wireless Wi-Fi
  • 3.5-mm audio jack

iida lotta: a new designer mobile phone model from au KDDI for those who love the simplicity and beauty

Japanese mobile phone operator au KDDI announced the addition of about his line of designer phones iida new model - lotta, whose name can be translated as "very cheerful". This phone, made in the clamshell form factor, proposed in a very bright and contrasting colors of the shell with a polished finish and textured surface, which in turn has a simple and natural forms.

The numbers on the same body of the phone, according to its designer Ichiro Iwasaki (Ichiro Iwasaki) denote the depth of connection, the host with your phone.

iida lotta specifications:

  • Dimensions: 49h100h14, 6 mm
  • Weight: 108 gr.
  • Main display: 2.8-inch, ASVb displaying more than 262 thousand colors
  • External Display: 0.5-inch, OLED, monochrome
  • Memory: 100 MB, expandable through microSD memory cards
  • Camera: 2 MP, CMOS (CMOS)
  • Communication: USB, Infrared
  • Support for proprietary navigation, payment and sporting services

Start selling new items scheduled for the second half of 2010.

Almost official: tablet ASUS Eee Pad is in development

We already wrote that the company ASUSTek Computer is preparing to release a tablet. According to unofficial data, the device is something between a tablet PC and MID, and is equipped with a touch screen with a diagonal from 4 to 7 inches. Also been suggested that the model can be built on a new hardware platform Nvidia Tegra 2 (its announcement is yet to come). It is likely, ASUSTek decided to create a tablet behind Apple, has just introduced the Tablet PC iPad.

Now rumors tablet ASUSTek received confirmation. Vice President of ASUSTek Computer, Eric Chan (Eric Chen) reported that a tablet called the Eee Pad really is in development. However, its characteristics, he spoke very sparingly, only mentioning the ARM processor and support for third-generation networks. In addition, Chen said that in the field of user interfaces, providing a comfortable user interaction with the device, they can learn

Cheap Players Philips GoGear Ariaz for music and videos

Philips has introduced the second generation of players of the popular series GoGear Ariaz - SA2ARA04K/02 and SA2ARA08K/02 with memory 4 GB and 8 GB, respectively. Thanks to technology FullSound, players GoGear Ariaz can enjoy clean and natural sounding music in MP3. The patented Philips technology FullSound designed based on the algorithm of final processing of sound, it greatly enriches and improves the sound, restoring lost compression musical detail that allows you to listen to music in the sound, which was conceived by the author.

An important feature of the model range GoGear Ariaz is a 2.4-inch display, through which navigation is becoming easier and more convenient to view video. Holders of these players will not be bored on trips, because they are equipped with a function of downloading videos from the Internet, which allows to download videos from sites like YouTube, MySpace or Google Video.

As in previous versions, players GoGear Ariaz supports audio formats MP3, WMA and AAC. On the screen you can view the video formats AVI, MPEG1, 2 and 4, DVD (vob), MOV, WMV, RM, and WMV. Devices equipped with a built-in FM radio tuner and can provide up to 30 hours of music playback or up to 6 hours of video after full charge. Charging the player is made from a computer via USB port.

Players GoGear Ariaz SA2ARA04K/02 (4 GB) and SA2ARA08K/02 (8 GB) will appear on the Russia market in March 2010. Recommended retail price of 3290 and 3990 rubles, respectively. One of the additions were special soundproof headphones to minimize noise while listening. Developed taking into account the structure of the human ear, they provide a direct transfer of the audio stream high definition directly to the auditory canal.

Batteries EG-BA-001 AA-size is easily recharged via USB

Distribution Company C-Trade presented an original and useful product - the batteries EG-BA-001 AA-size with built-in USB-connector. Charge the batteries can be from any USB port of an ordinary computer or laptop. Now the charger can not lose - just because the special charger is required, simply connect the batteries EG-BA-001 into any USB port.

EG-BA-001 look like the usual "finger" batteries or standard AA size batteries. But a slight movement of the hands lid opens up - and there is found a full-size USB connector to charge the battery. To charge the Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) battery capacity of 1500 mAh will need about 5 hours. Batteries are provided with an indicator of the level of charge.

Rechargeable batteries have a standard size 50x14, 5 mm, so no extra problems are placed in the battery compartments of digital cameras, players and other common devices. Weight of each battery does not exceed 21 grams. In the blister pack contains 2 USB battery. EG-BA-001 are now on sale at a suggested retail price of 350 rubles.

ASUS ARES - version Radeon HD 5970 with a factory overclocked and non-reference cooler

Last year, the company ASUSTeK Computer has managed to surprise the IT community is the most powerful graphics called MARS. This graphic monster is based on two video chips GTX285 and is one of the highest performing products in the consumer market.

And now on the site information appeared according to which ASUS is preparing to submit another card with a very warlike name - ARES (the god of war in Greek mythology). And, interestingly, the new accelerator will be a version of the most powerful for today adapter Radeon HD 5970 with two GPU.

Graphics Card Radeon HD 5970 is based on two 40-nm chips Cypress, but its standard rate low enough - 725/1000 MHz for the GPU and memory respectively. This frequency adapter ASUS ARES increased to 850/1200 MHz. In addition, the new accelerator is equipped with advanced power system and a more powerful cooler. Other details about the video card ASUS ARES is not yet known, but its appearance is not expected until the second quarter.

iPhone SDK 3.2 Beta for iPad support for external displays, cameras and VoIP

Apple has simultaneously with the announcement of its Tablet PC provided an updated package for developing applications iPhone SDK 3.2. While the new SDK is in beta version, but it still allows developers to create applications that are optimized for Apple iPad. And, while it is only for the iPad, support for iPhone and iPod touch is not provided. Tablet PC display larger than the iPhone and iPod touch, its diagonal is 9.7 inches. Accordingly, the application must take into account that size screen. New iPhone SDK 3.2, in particular, includes support for a greater number of fonts and their sizes. In addition, the package provides the opportunity to work with the video output to an external display through the dock connector.

Interestingly, the new SDK includes support for cameras, although it's not iPad. Perhaps, it is expected to connect an external camera, creating planshetnikov new generation with built-in camera (in perspective), or simply the fact that in the future, this package will support the communicator and the iPhone. Another possibility, which Apple previously limited, is to support Internet telephony VoIP networks to 3G. The first and so far the only application with the possibility of such calls is iCall, previously it supported only connection Wi-Fi.

Currently simulator in iPhone OS 3.2 SDK includes only two applications - settings (Settings) and Contact (Contacts). Also, to assist developers in the new beta SDK, there are examples of codes and all the necessary tools and documentation in order to begin creating programs. The package may already be downloaded from the Apple site participants iPhone Developer Program.

PCIe x1 cards ASRock bring in computer support for SATA 6.0 Gbps, and USB 3.0

High speed SATA 6.0 Gbps interface, and USB 3.0 more confident feel on the market. A growing number of firms producing products with the support of these new standards, including motherboards and storage devices from leading manufacturers. However, the owners of most existing computers to realize their PCs support SATA 6.0 Gbps, and USB 3.0, has an almost fully update your system, or to resort to all kinds of adapters.

In the latter case, consumers should pay attention to the device, which is preparing to offer a well-known Taiwanese manufacturer ASRock. This company has developed two adapters, each of which implements the support of one and the above new standards. Adapters from ASRock made in the form of compact expansion card to the bus PCI-Express x1.

This adapter with SATA 6.0 Gbps interface is equipped with a chip Marvell 88SE9123, realizing the two SATA connectors and one port eSATA. At the same time, USB 3.0 adapter is equipped with a controller NEC ?PD720200 and provides an opportunity to use two USB ports. On the cost and date of receipt by the sale of two adapters, ASRock has not been revealed, but we know that the card with a SATA 6.0 Gbps interface will also be bundled in some motherboards from Taiwanese companies.

Xacti DMX-SH11 and DMX-CG110 NR - new Sanyo camcorders

Japanese company Sanyo has decided to renew its series two Xacti camcorders with support for Full HD resolution. New items were named DMX-SH11 and DMX-CG110 NR, and their feature is the ability to work both in video and in fotorezhime. In other words, the user of these digital cameras can use them to how to photograph and shoot video.

Model Sanyo Xacti DMX-SH11 executed in classic form-factor and is equipped with 1 / 3 ,6-inch CMOS sensor with 3.5 megapixel resolution, and wide-angle lens with 23-fold optical zoom. In addition, the camcorder body are two separate buttons for photo and video. Camcorder can shoot in Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080) at 30 frames per second with a record in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264. There are 16 GB of internal memory and card support SDXC, as well as compatibility with the Eye-Fi card and port mini HDMI. Present also features digital image stabilization and tracking of faces in the frame. Dimensions camcorder Sanyo Xacti DMX-SH11 up 42,8 x 117,9 x 59,2 mm and weighs 203 grams, and it will be on sale in late February at 60 000 yen.

The second of the announced Camcorder Sanyo Xacti DMX-CG110 NR performed in a vertical form factor. The camcorder supports the recording of Full HD video in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, and is equipped with a CMOS sensor which allows to get pictures with a resolution of 14.4 megapixel, 12-fold zoom. In addition, there is 16 GB of internal memory and support for cards SDXC up to 64 GB as well as ports HDMI / Composit Video and USB 2.0. Dimensions Sanyo Xacti DMX-CG110 NR are 85,7 x 37,4 x 110,3 mm, weight about 176 grams, but this camera will be available in late February in red and black.

Haleron Mini Swordfish - 7-inch smartbook for only $ 149

The company introduced Haleron smartbook Mini Swordfish. This compact device with a 7-inch display, in form-factor mini-notebook, only a few elongated and narrow. It looks like a model Haleron Mio, which appeared in last year. An attractive feature of Haleron Mini Swordfish is its low cost, it is only $ 149. At the same time, the characteristics of the device are quite simple, among them - a small amount of memory and storage, as well as 300 MHz processor VIA, while wireless capabilities, including Wi-Fi and an optional 3G modem, are available. Haleron Mini Swordfish in a minimal running the operating system Windows CE 6.0. After paying $ 15 more, you can get a version of Linux, but with a $ 55 surcharge - with Windows XP and more processor performance. Order a device already available on the manufacturer's website, it is available in pink, green, red, black or silver colors.

Haleron Mini Swordfish Features:

7-inch display
Operating system Windows CE 6.0/Linux/Windows XP
Processor VIA ARM 9 with 300 MHz
128 MB of RAM (maximum - 256 MB)
Flash drive capacity of 1 GB (supports up to 4 GB)
Communication - 10/100 LAN, Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g, 3G USB modem (optional)
Ports - microphone, headphones, 3hUSB, SD slot
Time running active use - up to 8 hours of standby time - up to 24 hours
Weight - 700 grams

Microsoft may start with Windows 8 in 2011

Do not have time to settle down enough passion about the successful release of Windows 7, as in the Internet community began to appear forecasts for the next version of the software platform Microsoft. Fresh information on this subject appeared in the blog a former employee Microsoft, which was published a rough version roadmap Redmond company for its core software.

If you believe the information is, RTM (Release To Manufacturing) version of Windows 8 will have July 1, 2011, that is just two years after the completion of Windows 7. At the same time, the server software platform Windows Server 2012 and Office 2012 will be delivered on the year and one day later, ie, 2 July 2012.

From the above information, we can conclude that Microsoft intends to accelerate the process of developing the next version of Windows. Although Windows 7 actually revived competitiveness after Microsoft delayed the release of Windows Vista, which also was not too successful, the corporation continues to be pressure on the operating system market from rivals such as Mac OS X and various Linux distributions.

The cost of the video card ASUS ROG ARES can be about $ 1000

There was fresh information about the video card ASUS ARES, which we recently reported in the news. Recall not so long ago in the network there is evidence of the development of the company ASUSTeK Computer special version of the dual-chip Radeon HD 5970 accelerator with a factory overclocked and non-reference cooler, oriented computer enthusiasts.

According to new information, video card ASUS ARES will go down in a series of gamer ROG (Republic of Gamers), which is quite logical, given its perceived performance. The new accelerator will probably be able to carry on board 4 GB of GDDR5 memory and will receive an improved supply, which will include two 8-pin and one 6-pin power connector PCI-Express.

This means that theoretically a TDP card ASUS ARES can reach 525 watts. Note that this maximum TDP leaves a significant space for further dispersal of the adapter. It is also reported that the accelerator ASUS ARES will appear on the market before the end of this year for about $ 1000.

Accessories for Apple iPad - docking station with QWERTY, a convenient carrying case-transformer and other

In our news is an error message for the announcement of the Tablet PC Apple iPad detailing new items, and its most interesting features. But special mention, perhaps, deserve accessories that Apple has developed for the device. Among them - two docking stations: Regular (iPad Dock) and with a QWERTY keyboard (iPad Keyboard Dock).

In both dock iPad can be installed, connecting with 30-pin connector and the docking station can already be connected to the mains for charging, or to a computer to sync via cable USB Power Adapter. iPad Dock looks like a small stand, and iPad Keyboard Dock is also a QWERTY keyboard, making planshetnik, practically, in a desktop computer.

Another accessory - it iPad Camera Connection Kit. It includes a connector Camera Connector to import photos and video from the camera to iPad via USB cable. A SD Card Reader allows you to similarly copy content from the memory card format SD.

And, finally, case iPad Case. It is intended not just to protect the device from dirt and damage, but also easily transformed into a stand of various types. For example, iPad can give a slightly elevated position for typing or stand upright for video viewing. Very elegant and at the same time, a simple solution.

The cost of carrying case iPad Case is $ 39, Camera Connection Kit - $ 29 and iPad Keyboard Dock - $ 69. It should be noted that this set of accessories as it adds to the possibilities of the tablet USB, SD slot and a keyboard. Very timely, because of their absence has already started talking as the shortcomings of new items.

Philips Xenium X501 - long-playing piece for thrifty

On Russia's market has a new line of long-playing phone Philips Xenium - Philips Xenium X501. Like other representatives of a series of Xenium, novelty differs long battery life. Philips Xenium X501 works up to 16 hours of talk time and up to 2 months - in standby mode. Moreover, the user can listen to music in MP3 format within 40 hours.

Philips Xenium X501 is made in a restrained classical style and has a 2.2-inch TFT display with QVGA resolution and 262K colors. In addition, users receive a set of multimedia features: 2 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, stereo sound, MP3 player and FM radio with RDS. If memory is not enough, then it can be expanded with an additional microSD card up to 8 GB.

Phone received a number of features that simplify use. For example, you need to dial one or two consecutive digits of the number stored in phone memory if you use the intellectual predicative dialing. Thus the desired number will be selected from a database of contacts, containing up to 2000 rooms, and will automatically connect to the subscriber.

In the mobile phone Xenium X501 has a special protective function that prevents unauthorized access to data stored in memory and the SIM card phone. Even if the phone is lost or stolen, the outsider will not be curious detail of calls, contacts in the phone book, the content of SMS messages or any other files. Philips Xenium X501 went on sale in January 2010 for a suggested retail price of 4999 rubles.

Mushkin announces new line of power supplies - Volta and Joule

Well-known manufacturer of quality computer components company Mushkin Enhanced announced two new lines of power supplies - Volta and Joule. The first one includes the products of middle-price category and consists of two models with a capacity of 500 and 600 watts. At the same time, upscale Joule series focuses on advanced users and computer enthusiasts and includes a PSU with a capacity of 1000 and 1200 watts. Meanwhile, all new power supplies from Mushkin are equipped with modular cables and wiring plan feature Active PFC (Active Power Factor Correction).

Ripple level in the new blocks of power at just one percent, which is extremely low. The system's voltage regulator operates at any level of loading. To cool the PSU in the series Volta and Joule used 120 mm fan with LED backlight, red, green and blue colors.

In addition, models 500 and 600 watts in a series of Volta have a 12V bus, and cost $ 80 and $ 90 respectively, while BP in 1000 and 1200 watts in a line of Joule received six tires 12V, while their price is $ 225 and $ 250 respectively .

Couples modules DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go from Matrox implement support for up to 6 monitors

In order to improve the competitiveness of their solutions as compared with the technology ATI Eyefinity, which allows to connect to a computer multiple monitors, the company Matrox Graphics has decided to integrate its graphics controllers DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go in tandems of two modules. Thus, the combination of two GXM controllers can connect to one PC, four and six monitors, respectively, which naturally increases the possibility of the user.

Note that support for such a configuration is realized through a special software 2.06 + GXM. Configuration Multi-GXM allows you to connect an identical controller to the graphics card via two video outputs. Here's a list of products with the technology to support Multi-GXM, as well as their cost:

* DualHead2Go Analog Edition ($ 169)
* DualHead2Go Digital Edition ($ 229)
* DualHead2Go DP Edition ($ 229)
* TripleHead2Go Digital Edition ($ 329)
* TripleHead2Go DP Editio ($ 329)