Acer is preparing a new smartphone, created in collaboration with Ferrari

Friday, February 19, 2010

Cooperation Acer and Scuderia Ferrari will soon be another sequel. The first smartphone Acer, created in collaboration with Ferrari, will be presented to the world in March 2010. Acer Corporation announced the extension of sponsorship and licensing agreement with Ferrari team for three years (2010 - 2012). The new smartphone should be a continuation line of exclusive products of Acer, decorated in a "racing" style.

While the company reported very few details about the future novelty. In the description of Acer, smartphone Acer Ferrari - is an elegant device, which gives the owner a sense of power and speed. Addition, there is a new operating system Android 2.1 Eclair. Recall that the cooperation Acer and Scuderia Ferrari continued for 7 years, during which time it was released a few notebooks, PDAs and even the monitor with the logo of Ferrari Scudetto.

New digital cameras Samsung ES series for beginners

Samsung has announced the expansion of the popular line of digital cameras ES series with two new models - 12.2-megapixel ES70 and 10.2-megapixel ES65. The new models are equipped with high-quality 27-millimeter wide-angle lens with a Samsung 5-fold zoom lens, with greater versatility than a traditional 35-millimeter lens with a 3x optical zoom. The cells Samsung ES70 and ES65 is supported by digital technology Stabilization Digital Image Stabilization, which helps reduce blur.

ES70 differs 2.7-inch LCD-display with support for 230 thousand colors, and model ES65 - 2,5-inch LCD-display and with the support of 230 thousand colors. Both cameras support video capture mode with a standard 640 x 480 at 30 frames per second, allowing you to capture memorable moments on video. The new ES Series models offer a full range of automatic shooting modes, including technology, Samsung Smart Auto. In Russia the market of new items will appear in February this year.

Samsung ES70 and ES65 Specifications:

  • Sensor: 12.2 megapixel, 10.2 megapixel
  • Optical Zoom: 5x optical zoom, 27mm wide angle lens
  • Display Size: 2.7 inch LCD 230K; 2,5 inch LCD 230K
  • Movie Mode: 640x480, 30 frames per second., AVI
  • Dimensions: 96,3 mm x 58mm x 21,1 mm, 96,3 mm x 58mm x 21,9 mm
  • Battery: Li-Ion

LG and Dolby: 5.1-channel sound for users of smartphones

LG Electronics and Dolby Laboratories conducted within the exhibition Mobile World Congress 2010, which took place in those days in Barcelona, the first public demonstration of 5.1-channel audio on Android smartphone LG. Was used to demonstrate the latest version of Dolby Mobile.

Dolby Mobile - this is audio platform, intended to create a rich, surround sound, which greatly improves the sound quality. The latest version of Dolby Mobile now offers support for 5.1-channel sound.

It is worth noting that in the course of strategic partnership between LG and Dolby, which began in July 2008, were set up 20 different models of mobile phones, which are now available on the market or are in the final stages of development.

LG 60PK550 and 50PK550 - Plasma HDTV thickness of 25 mm and a frame refresh rate of 600 Hz

Company LG Electronics unveiled two high-quality high-definition plasma TV in a series of Skinny Frame. New HDTV called 60PK550 and 50PK550, their diagonal displays 60 and 50 inches respectively. These plasma TV supports high-definition Full HD 1080p, while they differ very little in thickness, which is only 25 mm.

Another noteworthy feature of these TVs is the refresh rate: it is much as 600 frames per second. Naturally, the image is extremely clear, even when showing a very dynamic scenes. LG 60PK550 and 50PK550 equipped with three HDMI and one port USB. They will go on sale in South Korea these days, and then, obviously, will appear in other markets. Cost of 50-inch LG 50PK550 reach 1 700 000 won (about $ 1100), and 60-inch 60PK550 - 3 800 000 won (about $ 3300).

Toshiba Notebook Satellite T130 demonstrated to support LTE

At the Mobile World Congress the company has demonstrated a laptop Toshiba Satellite T130 with built-LTE modem. It can carry data at speeds of 16 Mbit / s, which, in fact, demonstrated at the stand of Toshiba. Thus, technically LTE network can provide the line speed of 100 Mbps. Notebook Toshiba Satellite T130, incidentally, was introduced last fall, of course, without a modem LTE, since the commercial launch of networks of this standard is only expected.

Toshiba Satellite T130 is based on energy-efficient line of Intel processors ULV (Core, Pentium or Celeron), equipped with 13.3-inch screen and wireless adapters Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G. Thus, from one battery charge a laptop can work up to 11 hours. Poke is not assigned the exact date release version Toshiba Satellite T130 with LTE, because networks do not yet have wide distribution. Maybe when they start commercial operation, the company will present another laptop with the modem in a more contemporary at that time. By the way, a laptop with the support demonstrated LTE at Mobile Congress, and the company Samsung Electronics.

Qualcomm: Nokia is working on a smartphone with Snapdragon chipset and Symbian OS

The head of Qualcomm's Paul Jacobs (Paul Jacobs) gave an interview to the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. It provides, inter alia, has an interesting reference to the future of smartphone from Nokia. According to Jacobs, it is now working on his first model based on the hardware platform Qualcomm Snapdragon. The device is based on the operating system Symbian, it is likely that this may be version Symbian ^ 3, although significantly to this effect is unknown.

Jacobs did not disclose details about a novelty from Nokia, but if it uses a chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon, then those characteristics must be the processor with 1 GHz (or higher), as well as modules Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and GSM / GPRS and UMTS / HSPA. How this unit will look like, too, is not yet clear. Quite possibly, the rumors about him soon appear in the global network, followed by an official announcement. The company itself is Nokia so far nothing about this smartphone is not mentioned.

HTC Legend, Desire and HD mini will go on sale April 12

British online store Expansys said that smartphones HTC Legend, and Desire, as well as communicator HTC HD mini will ship on April 12. In the meantime, you can make reservations for these devices. For each of them also indicated value.

For example, Android smartphone HTC Legend will sell for 399.99 pounds (about $ 627), flagship of HTC Desire, of course, be more expensive - 449.99 pounds (about $ 706), and communicator HTC HD mini, conversely, are relatively inexpensive to compared with the other two innovations: cost $ 349,99 pounds ($ 549). Price without contracts and carrier subsidies.

Announcement of three models - HTC Legend, Desire and HD mini - took place just the other day at the MWC 2010 in Barcelona. This three besklaviaturnogo monoblock with sencornym display. Only HTC Legend, and Desire is running Android, and HTC HD mini - based on Windows Mobile 6.5.3, it is more simple and cheap.

Headphones from Toshiba are able to "read minds"

Toshiba has introduced an interesting development - headphones equipped with a built-in sensor radiation brain. Moreover, they planned to release the consumer market, not only to advance as specialized equipment, for example, health. Headphones were demonstrated at the conference Continua Health Alliance, one of its members and was Toshiba. They can connect to a computer via a wireless Bluetooth interface and on it, the interface of a special application to display the wave emitted by the brain, in chart form. The software also measures the level of brain activity.

Sensor installed in the headphones Toshiba, developed by NeuroSky, when they put on his head, the sensor is in contact with the forehead. It is reported that the product is almost complete, although it is not known exactly when he will go on sale. It is still not clear what use is expected to find such a headset in the consumer market. Perhaps in the future with the radiation of the brain - mentally - you can control the computer.

ZTE Smooth smartphone based on Android - the budget alternative to the Palm Pre

The Chinese company ZTE announced at the show Mobile World Congress 2010 smartphone called Smooth. This model, as screened in the same Alcatel OT-980, in appearance like a smartphone Palm Pre. ZTE Smooth equipped with 2.8-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 240x320 pixels and a QWERTY keyboard, which makes not the side that is more common, and the bottom. Smartphone running the operating system Android 1.6, and supports third-generation cellular networks (UMTS). Also because of its characteristics mentioned FM radio, wireless Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and support for GPS.

It is reported that ZTE Smooth smartphone will be released outside of China in August this year. It is not clear whether it will sell under its own brand of the company or under the brand name of any operator. Operators, by the way, frequently used solutions from ZTE, they are usually inexpensive. That and the cost of the new items will not exceed $ 150. Recall on MWC company ZTE has also provided the phone with a solar battery, Brew phone Bingo and a few interesting concepts.

Graphics Card GeForce GTX 480 will have a higher TDP than the GeForce GTX 285

There was fresh, the graphics card generation Fermi, which should appear in March this year. Resource Fudzilla reports that a TDP accelerator GeForce GTX 480 will be higher than the adapter GeForce GTX 285, which is the most powerful single-chip NVIDIA video card today.

Nevertheless, thanks to efficient cooler installed on GeForce GTX 480, the thermal performance of these graphics cards will be similar to each other. There will be very different and the level of noise generated by these adapters. Was also reported earlier that the debut of GeForce GTX 480 graphics card can take place already at CeBIT 2010 in Hanover, Germany.

Note that the final version of the reference cooling system installed on the GeForce GTX 480 is likely to be different from that which could see the CES 2010 exhibition visitors and journalists at the event Editor Days. In addition, the company partners NVIDIA, obviously, will offer their versions of the cooler for GeForce GTX 480, which may be more efficient standard sample.

SpinQ VT - updated and improved version of the cooler Thermaltake SpinQ

Thermaltake company released an updated model of well-proven CPU cooler SpinQ - SpinQ VT. Novelty differs from the progenitor of a configuration - the radiator and mounted inside the fan, located in the vertical plane. Vertical direction of airflow should positively affect the cooling of being near the processor socket elements of the motherboard power and memory modules. Cooling system consists of three curved heat pipes passing through the base into contact with the lid processor, and strung them on aluminum plates that increase the area of dispersion

Brief characteristics of Thermaltake SpinQ VT:

* Compatibility - LGA 1366, LGA 1156, LGA 775; Socket AM3, AM2 +, AM2, 939, 754
* Fan speed - 1000-1600 rpm
* Used bearings
* The noise level, max. - 28 dB
* Fan diameter: 80 mm
* Radiator - aluminum + copper
* Application of heat pipes
* Power supply from the motherboard (3 pin)
* Backlight color - red

S3 Graphics Chrome 5400E x2 - two-headed Adapter for Multi-digital dashboards

Company VIA Technologies, known as a developer and supplier of embedded computer systems, announced that it will demonstrate at the exhibition Digital Signage Expo 2010 in Las Vegas, a new graphic card S3 Graphics Chrome 5400E x2. The main feature of novelty is the presence on its board two video processors, which naturally increases its capabilities.

Video S3 Graphics Chrome 5400E x2 is designed for use in systems of digital signage panels, consisting of multiple displays, and is equipped with technology PanoChrome, which makes it possible to simultaneously connect up to 8 monitors. Present and function of hardware acceleration when working with video formats H.264, VC-1 and WMV-HD.

Naturally, the video card S3 Graphics Chrome 5400E x2 is not intended to compete with the decisions of AMD, equipped with the technology Eyefinity, because it does not have sufficient computing power. However, in the field of energy-efficient Multi-systems with high resolution, this adapter, obviously, will take their rightful place. It remains to add that the supply of S3 Graphics Chrome 5400E x2 for ODM manufacturers should start in the second quarter.

AMD responds to a release Fermi powerful graphics Trillian

At the moment, AMD is king of the market of discrete graphics cards with its series of ATI Radeon HD 5000, replenished with new models. These graphics cards are based on 40 nm GPU and equipped with technology to support DirectX 11, ahead, therefore, by the opportunities competing solutions. Soon, however, the situation may change. The main rival AMD in the market of computer graphics company NVIDIA is going next month to submit a new generation of its video cards under the name Fermi. These accelerators have the same functionality as the products in the series ATI Radeon HD 5000, while their computational power is expected to be higher.

However, AMD, apparently, is not going to surrender to the mercy of NVIDIA, and prepare an adequate response to the decision in the family of Fermi. According to Fudzilla, that answer will be the appearance on the market a new graphics card codenamed Trillian, is a kind of improved version of the accelerator Radeon HD 5870 with enhanced performance.

It is reported that some publications, "loyal to AMD", had allegedly received at the hands of video images of Trillian. In this case there is no data nor about the characteristics of this adapter, nor even what name it will appear on the market (perhaps it will be a brand Radeon HD 5890). We also note that AMD is not the first time, develops powerful solutions to compete with products NVIDIA. Suffice it to recall the appearance of the adapter Radeon HD 4890 in response to the GeForce GTX

Mobile payments Visa - with the help of microSD with the support of NFC

Company Visa, in collaboration with DeviceFidelity announced the creation of a microSD card with support for contactless communication NFC. Promotion on the market for mobile devices with embedded NFC chips is carried out slowly enough, although attempts to create undertaken. And Visa has decided to use another way to distribute mobile payment system using contactless communication. The majority of modern mobile phones, smartphones and communicators equipped with a slot microSD. And getting a card with a chip, NFC, the mobile device automatically becomes a tool for contactless payment services.

Visa plans to begin testing microSD memory cards with NFC chips in the second quarter of this year. However, in order that such a system is firmly entrenched in the market, requires more infrastructure and contactless payment services. Already a network of VisaNet, and conduct secure transactions will help the decision of In2Pay DeviceFidelity. Apparently, after the testing phase Cards microSD-NFC will be released on the market.

Adapter AMD Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition with support for 6 monitors will appear in March

It looks like the next month promises to be very hot in terms of competition from NVIDIA and AMD in the market of discrete computer graphics. For example, in March to be held long-awaited release of the latest graphics cards series NVIDIA Fermi, based on 40 nm GPU and equipped with technology to support DirectX 11. According to previously published information, the first swallows of the family should be the Fermi Adapters GeForce GTX 480 and GeForce GTX 470.

In response, AMD is preparing to submit their interesting development based on 40 nm chip Cypress. For example, on 25 February on the eve of CeBIT 2010 is expected to debut another DirectX 11 compatible graphics card Radeon HD 5830, uneasy about the fate of which we have repeatedly written in the news. This graphics card should have 1280 stream processors and 1 GB of memory GDDR5, and its clock speeds will be 750 and 4000 MHz for the GPU and memory respectively.

At the same time, March 11, at the conclusion of the Hanover trade fair, to be held release the accelerator AMD Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition, on the development of which we reported last year. The interest of this graphics card is, above all, because instead of a set of ports DVI / HDMI / DisplayPort, the announcement is on the standard version of the Radeon HD 5870, the novelty will as much as six slots Mini DisplayPort.

In conjunction with the technology to support ATI Eyefinity it gives AMD Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition unique opportunity to work simultaneously with six monitors. In addition, this card will receive 2 GB of "onboard" memory GDDR5, while the rest of its features, including support for a set of libraries DirectX 11, will remain the same as in the standard version.

Steve Jobs: Flash - old technology, which will soon withdraw from the market

Apple's CEO Steve Jobs during a presentation before iPad tablet publishers spoke disapprovingly about technologies Adobe Flash. According to him, it is outdated and must be replaced by a more acceptable alternative. Jobs noted that Apple has already abandoned a number of outdated technologies, including FireWire 400 ports, floppy and CD drives, displays nesvetodiodnoy lighting and so on. The same fate awaits Adobe Flash, says the head of Apple.

Weaknesses Flash Steve Jobs said security risks, too much consumption of CPU and battery. For example, the battery life iPad from one charge when using this multimedia technologies will decrease from 10 to 1.5 hours. Moreover, Jobs even suggested that journalists from the Wall Street Journal convert Flash material on the website edition in HTML5, and video using H.264. He considers it a matter of normal. By the way, such a proposal has already responded to the New York Times, where he developed a special version of the Times Reader for the iPad, without Flash content.

6-inch reader Energy Book 2061 will be released next month

Energy System company enters the market of devices for reading electronic books with the Energy Book 2061. This model has a screen with a resolution of 800x600 pixels, made of electronic paper technology E-ink Vizplex, which provides a mapping to 16 shades of gray. In the e-reader using ARM9 processor from Samsung, there is a 64 MB internal memory, memory card slot SD / SDHC (supported map size to 16 GB, the bundle includes an SD card capacity of 2 GB).

The appliance has a multilingual interface as well as the possibility of exchanging data through the USB interface. E-book supports the formats PDF, EPUB, RTF, TCR, PDB, PRC, MOBI, HTM, HTML, TXT, CHM, FB2, DJVU, DJV, MP3, PNG, TIF, GIF, BMP, JPEG. According to the manufacturer, capacity lithium-ion battery is enough to display 6000 pages on a single charge. Size e-reader is 178 x 129 x 10 mm, and weight - 228 grams. Home Energy Book 2061 sales in Europe are expected from 12 March this year. Its value will be 258 euros.

Sapphire releases Radeon HD 5850 graphics card in versions Vapor-X and Toxic

Company has expanded its line of Sapphire Radeon HD 5000 graphics card with two new versions of the accelerator Radeon HD 5850. New items were named Radeon HD 5850 Vapor-X and Toxic and are based on 40 nm chip Cypress, and one of their main features is the technology of the evaporation chamber (Vapor Chamber Technology), used for cooling the GPU and other components.

This technology in combination with a single fan cooling systems allows these cards work much quieter and more effective drainage solution. Suffice it to say that the dual-slot cooler Vapor-X, set the adapter works in 10 acoustic decibels quieter than the reference model, while the temperature of the components of the accelerator is lowered to 15 degrees Celsius below.

In addition, the boosters Radeon HD 5850 Vapor-X and Toxic have 1440 stream processors, 72 texture units, and 1 GB of GDDR5 memory and 256-bit memory interface and support for DirectX 11 technology and mode of CrossFireX. The system of video outputs include ports Dual DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort. Clock speeds versions Vapor-X and Toxic are 735/4200 MHz and 765/4500 MHz for the GPU and memory respectively, which gives reason to classify them into solutions with a factory overclocked. Cost Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 Vapor-X and HD 5850 Toxic is equal to 252 and 265 euros respectively.

OCZ equips SSD drives Vertex Limited Edition controller SandForce

Company OCZ Technology Group, which is one of the leading manufacturers of solutions based on NAND memory, has officially announced a new line of solid state drives Vertex Limited Edition. New items are of interest, especially those that promise to become the first appearing in the sale of SSD drives from OCZ, equipped with a memory controller SandForce.

Ruler SSD drives Vertex Limited Edition includes a model of size 2.5 inches and a capacity of 100 and 200 GB. In this case, both drives are based on NAND flash memory with multilevel cell (MLC) and equipped with support functions TRIM, as well as the controller SandForce SF-1500, which provides them with a maximum speed of read and write data at 270 and 250 Mb / s, respectively.

In connection SSD drives Vertex Limited Edition to the system interface responds SATA 3.0 Gbps, while they themselves are equipped with solid state drives three-year warranty and will be available in the next few weeks. However, the most impatient consumers already available to order on the model capacity of 100 and 200 GB and costs 350 and 700 euros respectively.

Computer Corps Corsair Obsidian 700D - a high-quality solution for enthusiasts

Well-known American manufacturer of computer accessories company Corsair has decided to renew its range of another high-performance hull. New "home computer" was named Obsidian 700D and represents a younger version of the infamous model Obsidian 800D, which was announced last summer and became the first such product in the making Corsair.

Visually computer case Corsair Obsidian 700D is very similar to his "older brother", and the only external difference is the lack of side windows, is present in the Obsidian 800D. The new building is made of sheet steel and fully painted black, which gives it a stylish look, and aluminum front panel contributes to a better cooling of internal components.

Dimensions computer case Corsair Obsidian 700D are 609 x 609 x 229 mm, which corresponds to the parameters of the form factor Full Tower. Housing has five external 5.25-inch size compartments and six internal landing places under the 3.5-inch hard disk drives (storage format compatible with 2.5 inch). There is cable management system, and to install components in the 5.25-inch drive bays do not require tools. It remains to add that the appearance of Sales Corsair Obsidian 700D is scheduled for April, its value is not reported.