Tag - Mobility Radeon
Without a formal launch, AMD has quietly confirmed the existence of the Radeon HD 6000M for notebooks. Dropping the Mobility tag, the 6300M and 6500M are the direct sequels to the mid-range Mobility Radeon 5400 and 5600 chips; both share the same improved architecture as their desktop equivalents. Both should be faster for the same amount of power and support the same visual features, including more natural morphological antialiasing and hardware tessellation to automatically increase or reduce object detail.
HP's notebook updates today included a pair of special versions of its Envy notebooks. Topping the mix is the Envy 17 3D; as HP's first real 3D notebook, it has a 120Hz, 1080p display that works with bundled active shutter glasses to produce a stereoscopic 3D image. It's seen as a movie-focused system and comes with both a Blu-ray drive and a new version of its MediaSmart app that will play 3D movies.
Fujitsu on Friday added a new notebook to its LifeBook lineup, the AH530 GFX. The 15.6-inch computer uses an external 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 550v graphics card and is powered by a choice of Intel Core series processors, though which ones exactly haven't been revealed.
The upcoming GeForce GTX 460 graphics chipset from NVIDIA may be priced as low as $199, according to a new report originating from Turkish website DonanimHaber. The price slash would come with a version carrying 768MB of RAM, while the 1GB version would cost $229, the sources claimed. Previously, the cards were expected to cost $230 and $250, respectively.
Lenovo has begun shipping its first 3D notebook, the IdeaPad Y560d. The notebook uses the TriDef 3D system, driven by ATI's Mobility Radeon HD 5730, rather than NVIDIA's popular 3D technology. A 15.6-inch display with 1366x768 resolution comes standard on all models.
Gaming PC maker MainGear on Wednesday introduced its latest gaming notebook, the eX-L 17. It can be had with a choice of Intel's Core i5 or Core i7 processors, topping out at the 1.73GHz quad-core i7, along with a choice of ATI's 1GB Mobility Radeon HD 5870 GPU, 2GB NVIDIA's GTX 480M or a 1GB Quadro FX 2800M. The glare-free 17.3-inch screen puts out a 1080p picture.
Acer today brought its 2010 high-end notebook designs to the US. The 18.4-inch Aspire 8943G carries the PC builder's new Ethos look with a minimal aluminum shell, a chiclet keyboard and a display panel that runs edge-to-edge. As a desktop replacement, it has five speakers plus a subwoofer, and a Blu-ray drive turns it into a home theater.
MSI today brought its centerpiece gaming notebook, the GE600, to the US. The 16-inch system is relatively fast for the class and musters both a 2.26GHz Core i5 and a 1GB Mobility Radeon HD 5730 while keeping the weight relatively in check at 5.9 pounds. A quicker 7,200RPM 320GB hard drive reduces the effect of storage as a bottleneck on speed.
MSI at CES has rolled out a suite of new systems but notably has also trotted out a pair of prototypes signaling possible plans to get into tablet-class devices. At its booth, the company has been demonstrating a 10-inch tablet using the dual-core Tegra 250. While somewhat heavy, it runs Android and appears to be very responsive, if heavy compared to smaller tablets at the show. Spokespeople didn't have detailed specifications, but it should be capable of 1080p video courtesy of the processor.
Toshiba UK on Friday launched four new business notebooks in its Satellite Pro series, all preloaded with Windows 7 Professional. The additions include the 13.3-inch U500, the 15.6-inch L500, the 17.3-inch L550, 15.6-inch L450 and the same-sized L450D. Each includes Toshiba's LifeSpace application suite just for Windows 7-powered Toshiba notebooks, which helps users to organize their appointments and help them find up to 5,000 recently accessed files visually.
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Atari, Sigfox partner for IoT development
Atari and Internet of Things pioneer Sigfox today announced a global partnership to develop a line of new connected devices based on Atari's brand. The collaboration will cover a wide range of new Atari products, with launch products covering "categories such as home, pets, lifestyle and safety" according to the pair. Development of the new product line will begin this year. http://bit.ly/1WvklfB
Samsung still not recommending Windows 10
Nearly a year after release, Samsung support is recommending that owners of its PCs not upgrade to Windows 10. In an email exchange with UK Samsung technical support and an individual in need of help getting Wi-Fi to work, the support representative wrote that "honestly speaking, we don't suggest installation of Windows 10 to any Samsung laptop or PC and we are still coordinating with Microsoft regarding to this matter" and "the Drivers that we have on our website are not yet compatible to the latest version of Windows." Samsung will update users when there are no more compatibility issues with Samsung hardware and Windows 10. Microsoft has no meaningful comment on the matter. http://bit.ly/1PgrJcx
T-Mobile offers 'tourist' plan
A new plan from T-Mobile is launching on June 12, and will offer visitors to the US a flat-rate $30 plan that offers a free US SIM, 2GB of high-speed data, and 1,000 minutes of calls good for a three-week period. The plan will work with any unlocked GSM-compatible smartphone, and is advertised as "unlimited" data (but speed will slow down after the first 2GB). The plan does not automatically renew, but can be manually renewed for those staying longer. It also comes with unlimited international texting to some 40 countries, but does not offer any international talk minutes at all. http://t-mo.co/1TI1Pe9
First hardware RAID 10Gbps USB 3.1 controllers
Marvell today announced the Marvell 88RC13xx family of high-performance RAID storage controllers with a full set of features that include eight 6Gbps SATA ports, four lanes of PCI Express 3.0, and a 10Gbps USB 3.1 device port with Type-C connector support. The move paves the way for high-performance USB-C UASP hardware RAID multi-drive arrays, utilizing the full bandwidth of USB 3.1. http://bit.ly/1P0JBmb
Tama debuts adapters for Lightning-only iPhone
Predicting an iPhone without a standard 3.5mm headphone, a Chinese accessory maker has released three Lightning-to-headphone-adapters ready should Apple pull the trigger on what would be a controversial decision. The three adapters, picked up by Macotakara, includes two models that simultaneously support charging an iPhone over microUSB while the user also continues to listen to music. Rumors have suggested that Apple will eventually drop the 3.5mm jack on one of its next-generation iPhones, although it is not clear whether it will be in the 'iPhone 7,' due this year, or a future model. In the interim, the Tama Electric Lightning-to-headphone adapters offer little particular utility. http://bit.ly/1P0sYXM
French Google tax raid evaluation could take years
The data retrieved from the Paris raid on Google's headquarters by French police could take months or even years to analyze, according to a prosecutor assigned to the case. Authorities seized dozens of files and related data that recorded Google's financial transactions in the country with a view to lodging a claim for unpaid taxes by the Internet search giant. Although Google has denied any wrongdoing, it must complete all of its sales contracts in Ireland, where it is incorporated. If French authorities sifting through the documents seized in the raids discover that any of its French sales transactions were completed locally, it could be subject to further action, including fines. http://reut.rs/1P0n8G2
Trade-up program expands in Europe
Smartphone users in France, Italy, and Spain will have until at least August of this year to trade in old iPhone, Windows Phone, or Android models at Apple Stores, and put the reward towards a new iPhone -- thanks to an expansion of Apple's trade-in program into those countries. The money given for the trade-in must be applied towards a new iPhone on a two-year payment plane, and traders must qualify under a credit check as part of the program. Interested customers can apply for the trade-in at their nearest Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1qPsldD