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Shocker: LCD TV prices to fall (even more) in 2008

12/28/2007, It is probably not a surprise to you that flat TV prices, whether using LCD or Plasma, are going to fall further, probably at an accelerated pace. It is mostly the way things are: as improvements in manufacturing costs and yields (number of defective...

AMD FireStream 9170

11/08/2007, AMD has announced the FireStream 9170, a graphics processing unit (GPU) aimed at intensive computing. It supports double-precision (64 bits) floating point (FP) numbers, which is required by some researchers just to consider developing on a specific...

Sony tries to counter the iPhone, still doesn’t get it

10/17/2007, According to our friends from electronista, Sony and KDDI (a Japanese wireless carrier) are working on a plan to counter the iPhone by the time it reaches Japan in 2008. The plan would be for Sony to allow MP3 file transfer between Walkman phones...

Wii Developers complain about sales prospects

10/12/2007, The Nikkei Business Daily (via IGN) reports that unnamed developers are very concerned about sales prospects for their games for two reasons: 1/ only Nintendo seems to be able to make games that sell on the Wii. 2/ Wii sales have slowed down, casting...

Rumor: iPhone 2 for MacWorld 2008?

10/12/2007, People just can’t get enough iPhone rumors. Here’s the most recent one: according to smartoffice, Apple is planning an iPhone 2 for MacWorld in San Francisco. It is said that Apple is already talking to manufacturers and contractors about...

iRex gets funding for an e-Book “Breakthrough”

09/24/2007, It has been reported that e-Book maker iRex has raised 6 million Euros in funding to help it make a breakthrough in the consumer market. Sony is the current leader in that space, if I remember correctly. It’s not clear what iRex will do with...

Lack of interest for Mobile TV in Europe?

09/24/2007, A new study from Gartner found that only 5% of Europeans are interested in Mobile TV because one would end-up with a bulky phone, or a tiny display, both of which aren’t that appealing. I’m sure that some of you will scream...

AMD Tri-Core Drama

09/18/2007, Ever since AMD has announced its tri-core, most of the drama has been around the fact that it is most likely a defective quad-core, with one disabled unit. It is obvious that it would save AMD money to resell chips that would otherwise go to the trash bin...

China Announces CH-DVD Format

09/10/2007, It has been announced that China will have a different next-generation optical disc standard called CH-DVD. It has been developed by the Tsinghua University. CH-DVD is similar to HD-DVD, but uses Chinese intellectual property (IP). The 1080p-capable...

MCell HDD has 1GB of smart cache

09/05/2007, There seems to be some confusion about the DTS MCell Hard Drive. It has been described by many sites/blog as a hybrid Solid State Drive (SSD) because it uses 1GB of DDR memory. Tell me if I’m wrong but standard DDR memory (Double Data Rate, commonly...

Palm kills the Foleo – official

09/04/2007, After many recent rumors saying that the Foleo will ship “on time”, Palm has decided to kill the Foleo, its “mobile companion” project that we presented here in late May. Back then, I pointed out that there was no market for such a...

DivX’s Apple TV, but smarter

08/23/2007, We were lucky to be invited to DivX technology demo driven by DivX co-founder Jérôme Rota. The prototype presented was an efficient, low-cost, networked media player running at 720p resolution. The box itself was just an example of what...

HD format war, who cares?

08/20/2007, I’m surprised that so many writers still care about the HD-DVD & Blu-Ray format. Several manufacturers such as Samsung and LG are preparing, or already have, dual-format drives. It is only a matter of time before dual-technology...

Toshiba unveils new 3D graphics chip

07/17/2007, Toshiba has a new 3D graphics chip codenamed TC35711XBG that could be used for handheld game consoles and cellphones. It is composed of three processors on the same package (general purpose processor, graphics processor and sound...