Tag - Wind Top
MSI has launched a new all-in-one Windows 8 PC containing what the company calls "military class components." The Wind Top AE2712 has a 27-inch 1080p display with ten-point multitouch, housed in a frameless design that makes swiping to the corners, part of the new UI of Windows 8, easier to accomplish.
MSI has introduced two new all-in-one PCs. The Wind Top AE2281 and AE2281G self-contained systems use 21.5-inch displays and are powered by 3.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 Ivy Bridge processors using 4GB of RAM, upgradable to 8GB. The built-in Smart Media Link lets the systems take advantage of DLNA-supported devices, while the Smart Sync allows cross-platform contact and media synchronization without the need to create a backup.
MSI brought two of its earliest PCs using AMD's Fusion technology to the US on Thursday. The Wind Top AE2050 headlines the group by putting AMD's 1.6GHz E-350 into a 20-inch, multi-touch all-in one. Moving to the chip cuts power use by as much as 74 percent over a typical desktop but still gives it proper 1080p playback and otherwise modern Radeon HD 6310 graphics.
MSI's tablet plans at CES were surprisingly modest and focused mostly on production versions of the prototype WindPads as well as its all-in-one Angelow and Butterfly concepts. We managed to get our hands on the genuinely changed tablet, the Android-based WindPad 100A, as well as the 100W and both of the unique desktop concepts. Read ahead for our impressions of both and why the WindPad may prove problematic.
MSI today gave an early look at the all-in-one Wind Top desktops it will show at CES, including a pair of new concepts. The Butterfly is a unique attempt to address criticisms from Apple and others that using an upright touchscreen can be tiring. The 10-point multitouch LCD slides down and out, letting users more comfortably touch it when necessary but bring it back to its regular position for mouse and keyboard use.
MSI has added another Wind Top model, the Wind Top AC1900. The all-in-one PC includes an 18.5-inch screen with a 1366x768 resolution, driven by Intel's integrated GMA X4500 graphics. The processor is key to an entry-level focus as the new desktop uses Intel's dual-core 2.6GHz Celeron paired with 2GB of RAM, though this is optionally upgraded to 4GB.
MSI in a low-key move has posted an update for its devices that gives most of them support for charging the iPad. The i-Charger fix gives many of its mainboards, along with its all-in-one desktops and notebooks, the 1.2 amps of current needed to charge Apple's tablet from their USB ports. It can automatically recognize when Apple's hardware is attached and step up from the usual 0.5 amps when needed.
MSI today launched a handful of new systems ahead of its CeBIT appearance, including a new GT series gaming notebook. The GT660 is intended as a desktop replacement and pays unusual attention to sound: MSI claims to have worked with a "leader in sound system design" to tune the enclosure and speakers to provide better than usual notebook audio. Performance is accordingly high with a quad Core i7 and a GeForce GTX 285M for graphics, and the GT660 is one of MSI's first notebooks with USB 3.0 ports.
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.
PC maker MSI on Monday has officially announced specs, pricing and availability for its eco-friendly Wind Top AE1900 all-in-one PC for North America. The PC features a built-in 18.5-inch touchscreen with 1366x768 resolution, while processing power comes from a 1.6GHz Atom 230 CPU and 1GB of RAM. Graphics processing comes courtesy of an integrated GMA 950 chipset. The standard 2.5-inch, 160GB or optional 250GB hard drive is preloaded with Windows XP Home operating system. MSI claims the AE1900 consumes 80 percent less energy than a traditional desktop PC, and no more than 50W of power at full operation.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE