The Dayton Audio DTA-120 stereo integrated amp isn't very big, but for anyone searching for a decent amp that won't break the bank it's a real contender. First, let's look at the numbers: It's rated at 50 watts per channel for 8 ohm speakers; 60 watts per channel for 4 ohm speakers; the rear panel has stereo RCA inputs and speaker cable binding posts. The front panel has a 3.5 mm stereo minijack input, a 6.3 mm headphone jack, and a volume control. The DTA-120's extruded metal chassis feels solid, it's … Read more
One thing is certain about Apple's next-gen processor. Both Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and Samsung claim they're making it.
On Monday, Samsung laid claim to its participation, according to a report from ZDNet Korea.
Samsung has signed a "foundry" agreement with Apple for A8 production, the report said.
But wait. Last week, we heard that TSMC had the A8 in the bag.
Wait again. Earlier this month, a chip industry specialist told CNET that Samsung was still very involved in making chips for Apple, though he didn't make any specific reference to the A8.
That … Read more
Catlateral Damage for Mac lets you control a cat from a first-person point of view, challenging you to knock down as many household items as you can within a limited time. The gameplay proves to be quite fun and addictive so long as you use a mouse or joystick. In terms of graphical and sound effects, however, the app leaves much to be desired.
When launched, Catlateral Damage for Mac presents you with a settings window where you can choose the level of graphical detail, screen resolution, and keyboard controls. You can optionally play in a window or have the … Read more
Call it a habit that Samsung and Apple just can't break.
Their critical partnership in silicon is still strong, according to the CEO of chip industry tracker VLSI Research, Dan Hutcheson, who spoke with CNET in a phone interview, after returning from a trip to South Korea, the land of Samsung.
This came as a surprise to Hutcheson, who last year had all but written off Samsung as a supplier to Apple of future processors and other silicon.
"Just before the holidays I got [told] that this was going on. It was a big surprise," he said. … Read more
Hewlett-Packard is one of the first to offer 64-bit compatibility on Windows 8.1 with a tablet using Intel's latest mobile processor. But others will follow.
On Sunday, Hewlett-Packard announced the HP ElitePad 1000 (PDF), which it describes as the "redesigned and upgraded 64-bit HP ElitePad." That tablet, starting at $739, will be available in March.
The ElitePad sports a quad-core Bay Trail processor, Qualcomm Gobi 4G LTE, 64GB or 128GB of storage, and a 10.1-inch 1,900x1,200-megapixel display.
The Alliance for Wireless Power wants to cut another cord: the power cable that lets people charge their laptops.
The A4WP announced Thursday that it's added a new version of its Rezance wireless charging technology that can deliver 20 to 50 watts -- enough to charge laptops. Not coincidentally, it also announced its first PC maker has joined the consortium: Dell.
The alliance will show its technology next week at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona.
Wireless charging promises greater convenience, but it's been slow to catch on, in part because of problems with conflicting standards that … Read more
Apple may be getting closer to production of its A8 processor as news from Asia points to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) as the main supplier.
That report jibes with a source who CNET spoke to December. That person, who is familiar with TSMC's plans, said that Taiwanese contract chip manufacturer had already begun making Apple's A series processors. To date, Samsung has been the sole manufacturer of Apple's processors.
But TechNews takes this a step further, claiming that TSMC … Read more
commentary Comcast proposes to take over Time Warner Cable in a $45 billion deal. It claims the merger would benefit consumers. Nonsense!
One perspective on this is the distinction between conduit and content. Verizon's optical fiber or Comcast's coaxial cable is the conduit over which video, Internet, and telephone services are carried to our homes. The television programs we watch are the video content.
At the local level, there is conduit competition between the cable company (Comcast or Time Warner Cable) and the telephone company (Verizon or AT&T). But there's no competition between Comcast and … Read more
While Nokia is expected to release an inexpensive Android smartphone sometime later this month, it's been unclear how much the device will cost. But new leaks show the price is said to be roughly $110, according to WMPoweruser.
The Nokia X A110, aka Nokia Normandy, aka Nokia X, appeared on the Web site of a Vietnamese online retailer, according to WMPoweruser. The retailer had the smartphone priced at about $110, it also had the Nokia Lumia 525 costing $160.
Rumors about this Nokia Android device have been floating around the Internet for the last couple of months. Reportedly, the … Read more
At least one major PC maker is expected to show an Intel "Bay Trail" tablet running 64-bit Windows 8.1 at Mobile World Congress, according to a source familiar with upcoming plans for those tablets.
Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Lenovo, and Samsung are some of the most prominent PC makers to offer Windows 8.1 tablets running on Intel's Bay Trail chip. To date, Windows tablets based on Intel's newest -- and redesigned -- quad-core Atom processor have run in 32-bit mode.
One of the most oft-cited reasons for going 64-bit is to address more memory, beyond the … Read more