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Tech News Round-up - N9 pics leakedBy Hanleigh Daniels 20 August 2010 | Categories: news
Nokia top model pics leaked
According to the mobile phone blog ZOMGitsCj, photos of what appears to be Nokia’s next flagship device, the MeeGo running N9, has been leaked on the web via the Chinese website Baidu. There aren’t any specs to accompany the pics of the Macbook Pro looking smartphone at the moment, but if it's anything like the N8 it should be loaded.
HP sheds light on its tablet release schedule
According to Engadget, executive vice president of HP’s Personal Systems Group Todd Bradley, gave some insights into when we’ll see HP tablets hitting the marker during the company’s Q3 2010 earnings call.
“You’ll see us with a Microsoft product [probably the HP Slate] out in the near future and a webOS-based product in early 2011,” Bradley stated in response to a direct question about tablets.
HP acquired Palm earlier this year and as a result obtained Palm’s webOS operating system.
Foursquare gives some insight into its future plans
Facebook this week launched a new service called ‘Places’, which makes it easier for users to share their locations with others. This new service is comparable to the basic functionality of similar location-sharing services like Foursquare.
The CEO of Foursquare Dennis Crowley responded to some questions posed by Business Insider around Foursquare and Facebook’s Places service.
“No, we’re still a platform for location, specifically around sharing locations though check-ins, surfacing interesting things around you and using game mechanics to encourage and reward for certain actions and/or behaviors,” Crowley stated via email.
“Facebook also launched a location platform, which appears to be mostly based on checkins (and common FB elements like comments / likes / photos). We already allow users to publish their 4SQ checkins into the Facebook News Feed and we'll eventually going to allow users to push them into the Facebook Checkin Feed. I'd imagine we'll prob pull FB checkins into 4SQ too. We're in the middle of a redesign and some new feature launches, so we're going to get thru those before getting started on FB integration.”
Two new Intel Atom CPUs added to the range
Intel wants to see its Atom processors in more than just netbooks and wants to expand into areas like home and small office server and networking devices. The company has announced two new Atom CPUs, which are the Atom D425 is a single-core 1.8 GHz chip, and the D525 that is a dual-core version of the D425. Both CPUs offer support for DDR3 SODIMMs (small outline dual in-line memory modules).
“Networked storage appliances based on the Intel Atom processor platform enable consumers and businesses to organize, manage, protect and share documents, photos, videos and music throughout the home or office,” said Dinesh Rao, product line manager, Intel Storage Group.
“The versatile Atom processor, which is at the heart of a growing variety of small, innovative, Internet-connected devices, makes it possible for storage vendors to develop low-power appliances that can innocuously sit on a desk or shelf while keeping digital content safe and available anytime, anywhere.”
World's smallest HD media player
Amex Digital has unveiled its Media Player MP-501, which it says is the world’s smallest 1080p media player. The gloss-coated MP-501 measures a mere 175 x 128 x 15 mm and weighs in at 250 g.
It is powered by an ARM Cortex A8 CPU and supports most of the major media file types such as MP3, WAV, WMA, FLAC, OGG, AC3, JPEG, GIF, TIF, BMP, PNG, AVI, MPEG, VOB and MKV. This device also supports the major drive formats including FAT32, NTFS and HFS+.
The media player sport an SD card slot as well as a USB 2.0 port that allows users to connect it with their portable storage devices such as a flash drive or portable hard disk. No release date has been scheduled but the unit will carry a price tag of $49 (about R360).
Sony takes the Mickey out of Apple
Nintendo isn’t the only company to consider the iPhone as a portable gaming “enemy of the future”, Sony shares this view and has even gone further by taking a shot at the device.
In a PSP advert staring former 30 Rock actor Bobb'e J. Thompson the company knocks the iPhone as a mobile gadget that was made for “texting your grandma and calling your girl” whilst the PSP is “built for big boy games” that can be yours for as little as $9.99 (about R73).
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