The forecast for speedy, razor-thin laptops is looking pretty sunny right about now, because it seems Intel’s SSD 310 truly does bring the power of a full-sized solid state drive on a tiny little board. Storage Review and The SSD Review thoroughly benchmarked the tiny 80GB mSATA module this week, and found it performs even better than advertised — easily tearing through 200MB / sec reads and 70 MB / sec writes — which put it slightly behind Intel’s legendary X25-M series but well ahead of the company’s X25-V boot drives. While we’re still not seeing Sandforce speeds from Intel’s tried-and-true controller and 34nm silicon and they might not make Toshiba’s Blade run for the hills, we can’t wait to test it out in some new Lenovo ThinkPads when they integrate the SSD 310 later this year. Oh, by the way, that big green board up above isn’t the drive. It’s actually the tiny one on top. by engadget
Monthly Archives: January 2011
We had quite the interview with Sony’s Jack Tretton, but we certainly didn’t corner the market on hot new NGP details — Eurogamer and Game Informer quizzed the company’s Andrew House and Shuhei Yoshida, respectively, and came out with some important tidbits about the quad-core gaming handheld, particularly regarding pricing. Though Tretton seemed to suggest we’ll see a price somewhere northward of the Nintendo 3DS’s $250, Yoshida was quoted as saying “It’s not going to be $599,” laughing off the idea that the system would cost as much as the PlayStation 3’s infamous appraisal at launch, and House said that Sony “will shoot for an affordable price that’s appropriate for the handheld gaming space.”
While none were willing to cough up a real ballpark estimate, the SCEE president revealed one way that the cost might come down: pushing out a lesser model, a strategy we’ve seen before. House said that while all devices come with WiFi, “a separate SKU will have 3G,” making us wonder which of the handheld’s other groundbreaking features might carry a premium. After all, OLED screens don’t come cheap. Find the rest of Eurogamer‘s excellent interview (including a bit about how Sony will prioritize downloadable content over physical media) at our source link. by engadget
Although 3D as a feature didn’t become commonplace on HDTVs until 2010, Mitsubishi and Samsung have both been shipping a number of 3D-ready models for several years. However, they rely on a different input format than the one used by 3D Blu-ray movies, 3DTV broadcasts and most 3D videogames so an adapter is required to make it work, which Mitsubishi released for its own DLP TVs last year. While enthusiasts on AVSForum quickly developed workarounds to get them working with some of Samsung’s DLPs as well, those won’t be necessary now that Mitsubishi is releasing the 3DC-100S, which will work with Samsung’s TVs (only projection sets, not plasmas) right out of the box. right now it’s available as a part of a $449 MSRP starter pack bundle but word is it should be available on its own shortly, in case you want to check out some ESPN 3D action without shelling out for a brand new TV set, press release is after the break. source: engadget
Open source advocates are breathing a sigh of relief this afternoon — and that’s not because the iPhone has reched Verizon, but because a Microsoft-led, Apple-supported consortium has withdrawn from attempts to buy a host of Novell patents.
Early in December Microsoft, Apple, EMC and Oracle notified the German regulator that they planned to form CPTN Holdings with a view to purchasing 882 of Novell’s patents. It has now been revealed this filing was withdrawn at the end of that month.
Meanwhile open-source advocates have been writing letters in protest at any such move, voicing their alarm that “patents with claims on some elements of open-source software could fall into the hands of companies that compete with that open-source software,” a report informs.
Naturally, they look back at Microsoft’s somewhat patchy competitive record: “Microsoft has used patent lawsuits to stifle competition from Free Software (e.g. TomTom), and has long used unsubstantiated patent claims for a continued campaign of fear, uncertainty and doubt against Free Software,” said Karsten Gerloff, FSFE president.
Microsoft has issued no comment on this, though it is thought Novell’s $450 million patent portfolio remains for sale.
Cisco has continued its push to make home entertainment wire-free with its latest E-Series wireless router, the Linksys E4200. Cisco’s new dual-band 802.11n rig enters a high-end market segment currently occupied by the TRENDnet TEW-692GR. Both routers utilize a 3×3 Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) configuration for a max throughput of 450Mbps on the 5GHz band, and while the E4200 only reaches speeds of 300Mbps at 2.4 GHz (as compared to the TEW-692GRs 450Mbps) it should still be quite the video streaming powerhouse. As we’ve seen in previous Cisco offerings, the company’s latest has USB connectivity and UPnP media server capabilities to add network storage and share all of your movies and music. Additionally, the E4200 packs technology similar to that seen in other routers, which allows users to prioritize bandwidth for movies, voice, or music. To keep everyone connected, it has 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports, six antennas, and several internal and external signal amplifiers to provide coverage for even the most palatial of estates. For those itching to pair a performance router with their new internet capable TV, the E4200 is priced at $179.99 and is currently available at Best Buy.
We already knew that app downloads were a big thing, but did you ever stop and think how big a deal it could be? According to research, at the rate that app downloads are going, the App Store might overtake the iTunes Store sometime in March, since the App Store is slated to hit the 10 billion mark in just 31 months, less than half the 67 months it took the iTunes store to hit 10 billion songs. It was noted that Apple is already recording a rate of 30 million app downloads per day and is seeing that rate increase.
The day that Verizon gets the iPhone will be remembered as glorious by everybody who’s dropped 12 calls in a row, been taunted by meaningless signal bars and just plain had a miserable AT&T experience. But they shouldn’t buy one.
Let’s keep in mind what Apple—or rather, Verizon—announced, precisely. A new carrier for the iPhone 4. That’s it. Not a new product. That’s why Apple ceded the stage to Verizon.
Apple will announce a new iPhone in June, as they have every year since 2008. It’ll go on sale later that month, or in early July, as it has every year. That’s six months from now. And it’ll be better than the iPhone 4 in some tangible way. Maybe not on the order of the leap from the 3GS to the iPhone 4, but it’ll have something new to offer. And everybody will want it, because that’s how things seem to work with Apple: There’s just enough new to make whatever Apple product you’ve currently got in your hand feel deficient in some way.
But the people who just bought on an iPhone 4 with Verizon will be locked into new 2-year contracts. Their new phones, though maybe better at holding calls better than their AT&T counterparts, will still be old news just a few months after birth. Maybe AT&T will even get mobile hotspots like Verizon, eventually. And what if the iPhone does the same thing to Verizon it did to AT&T? Let everybody else be an early adopter.
It’s possible that Verizon will come up with some crazy deal to make its warmed-over iPhone 4 undeniably tempting—unlimited data would be a start, since the phones cost the same as on AT&T. But the only deal you should consider is one that’ll let you upgrade to the next iPhone almost immediately, like a one-year contract. I wouldn’t count on anything too wild, though, because Verizon is the most conservative carrier of the four—it’s got the best combined network and hardware position now, and it knows it. Remember? It’s Verizon who passed up the iPhone in the first place, not the other way around.
It’s virtually guaranteed that the next iPhone will come to AT&T and Verizon at the same time (there might be some gap, but it will likely be small—after all, Apple doesn’t want to hose their 100 million potential new customers). So if you’re on Verizon, itching to the pull the trigger, do yourself a favor. Just wait. You’ve held on for years. What’s a few more months?