This post was updated on 12/21, 1:17 p.m., PT with information about a second version of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 getting FCC approval.
The FCC has given the green light to Sony Ericsson's first Google Android phone, the Xperia X10. Filed documents show that the quad-band GSM smartphone supports T-Mobile's 3G network, though it remains to be seen whether the carrier will offer the device or whether it will be sold unlocked.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 looks to be a powerhouse with a 4-inch, 854x480-pixel touch screen, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a 8.1-megapixel … Read more
Intel is launching the biggest makeover of the Atom processor since the seminal chip debuted in the spring of 2008, and consumers can expect a crush of new Netbooks to follow.
As previously reported, Intel's latest N450 processor and NM10 Express chipset--technology that had been previously referred to as "Pine Trail"--will be used in a new raft of Netbooks that will debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. Hewlett-Packard, Acer, Dell, Asus, Toshiba, Lenovo and others are expected to either announce new systems before the show or exhibit new models there.
Intel said there will be more than 80 new Netbook designs--typically priced around $350--on the way, with systems coming available by January 4.
The Pine Trail design squeezes the graphics function, previously on a separate chip, onto the central processing unit, or CPU, a first for Intel. The result--by decreasing the number of chips from three to two--is a reduction in the overall chip package size by 60 percent.
"This is the first monolithic processor with the graphics built in and the memory controller built in," said Anil Nanduri, director, Netbook Marketing at Intel, in an interview. The size of the accompanying NM10 "I/O" chipset has also been reduced, Nanduri said.
To the consumer this means better battery life and thinner designs. "We'll see sleeker designs coming into the market and longer battery life," said Nanduri, adding that average power consumption has dropped 20 percent over the previous generation of Atom technology.
"We got more than eight hours of battery life out of this system," said CNET Review's Dan Ackerman, after testing the new Asus Eee PC 1005PE Netbook, which is equipped with the updated Atom silicon.
Atom-based systems will be sold primarily with Windows 7 Starter or Home Basic. "These are the ones that hit the right price points," Nanduri said. "The kind of applications you load up as you go into Home Premium--with a much more richer experience--more performance is needed for that," Nanduri said, referring to higher-price Windows Home Premium.
Windows XP Home and Intel's Moblin Linux operating systems will also be supported. Moblin offers some benefits over Windows. "You will get a very snappy experience on Moblin and faster boot times because it's very purpose-built for this category," Nanduri said.
Intel expects robust growth ahead for Netbooks. Nanduri cited numbers from ABI Research that show Netbook annual shipments reaching… Read more
Iran's elections topped Twitter's list of most popular topics of 2009, according to the microblogging site.
"Among all the keywords, hashtags, and phrases that proliferated throughout the year, one topic surfaced repeatedly," the company wrote in a blog post Tuesday. "Twitter users found the Iranian elections the most engaging topic of the year. The terms #iranelection, Iran and Tehran were all in the top-21 of Trending Topics, and #iranelection finished in a close second behind the regular weekly favorite #musicmonday."
The fact that Iran's elections rose to the top on Twitter is noteworthy … Read more
Flash Cookie Cleaner offers to help clean up your computer and eliminate unwanted and unneeded cookies. While this may sound like a big task, this program breaks the job down into its simplest pieces for incredible ease.
The program's interface could not have been simpler, which was a delightful surprise. Scaled down to three simple command buttons, we were not upset that the program had no Help file or instructions, since we didn't need them. The program scanned our computer for cookies and behavior-tracking files. We were able to view each of these cookies and determine whether they … Read more
Randy Vandermolen Slot Machine offers a digital way to challenge the one-armed bandit. Easy to set up and operate, this little bit of virtual Vegas won't make you forget the real thing, but it is a fun substitute for the home casino.
For such a simple premise, the interface was surprisingly confusing at first. With a beach-themed slot machine staring us in the face, we just couldn't understand how to get started. Luckily, there's a very visual Help file that clarifies the process of playing, which in fact is quite simple. The program works exactly like a … Read more
Farm Craft is an entertaining time-management game in which users must juggle the responsibilities of running a farm, or at least an extremely simplified cartoon version of one. We've seen other games that are very similar to Farm Craft, and we'd say that Farm Craft is about average in terms of quality and fun.
In this rendition of the increasingly popular agricultural fantasy game, our heroine, Ginger, is involved in a battle to save her family's small farm from big agribusiness. What this means for you, the player, is that you're going to spend a lot … Read more
Celebrity deaths are always followed by those who try to profit from the public's collective grief. The suspiciously named Michael Joseph Jackson Screensaver is a prime example of such behavior: yes, they mean "the" Michael Jackson, middle name Joseph. Who knew? But someone threw together a handful of photos of the late lamented King of Pop, hoping that grieving fans would pony up. We are neither impressed nor amused.
It's not that it's an awful screensaver. It has a fair number of features, including the ability to play users' own music. You can customize the … Read more
If you sometimes forget your online passwords and log-in data, you're not alone. You need iPassMan. It provides a helpful way to collect your usernames, passwords, and related Web sites and keep them organized and secure. This program's simple design and encryption end forgotten log-in information.
The program's interface takes a matter of seconds to master. The controls are easy to master even though the program lacks a Help file. This program acts as a filing system for all your log-in information. You simply create a new entry and fill in the appropriate Web site, user name … Read more