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New Xbox hardware rumored in 2015

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on March 21st, 2011

This generation of consoles is pretty long-lived. It’s taking awhile before a new model is released. But the time is drawing near. Now, an online portfolio of a team member of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business Design Group has said that a new Xbox is scheduled for a 2015 release.

They have already started work on it this month. If this is true, then it means that the Xbox 360 will be a decade old when the new model arrives. We know that Microsoft was recently searching for engineers who are willing to work on its next-generation console.

Nintendo 3DS Hardware Specs revealed

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on September 22nd, 2010

Nintendo’s next handheld, the Nintendo 3DS, will be much more powerful, as it’s hardware specs are a vast improvement over the Nintendo DS and the Nintendo DSi. IGN is reporting on these new specs, citing “persons familiar with the hardware who spoke to us under the condition of anonymity,”.

Here are the specs: CPU: 2 x 266MHz ARM11, GPU: PICA200 133MHz GPU by DMP, RAM: 64MB, Video RAM: 4MB, Storage: 1.5GB Flash-based.

Amazon building prototype hardware beyond Kindle

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on August 10th, 2010

According to the New York Times’ Bits blog, some “people with direct knowledge” of Amazon’s plans say that Lab 126 (the division of the company which designed the Kindle) is looking into other hardware. One source reports that such devices are meant to enable easy purchasing of Amazon’s content, which currently includes music, movies, and digital books.

The source also says that CEO Jeff Bezos’ intent for Lab 126 was initially to build multiple devices. They even toyed with the idea of entering the mobile phone market, but Kindle eventually became the focus. Apparently, Amazon’s hardware division currently has about 80 job openings, which would give this some weight.

iPhone 4 hardware recall coming?

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on July 13th, 2010

Hot on the heels of that Consumer Reports issue, now PR experts are saying that a hardware recall for the new iPhone is inevitable. It all comes down to PR. By now, everyone who has an iPhone 4 has either experienced the situation, or knows someone who has, or has heard about it.

Apple is saying that a software fix is being tested, but whether it’s a software issue or not hardly matters anymore. It’s an obvious design snafu. So is a recall needed? Or will free fixes be offered? One thing is for sure, this kind of design stupidity is unfair to it’s loyal customers. Stay tuned.

MSI 890GXM-G65 HTPC mainboard for geeks who roll their own

Posted in MSI by Shane McGlaun on March 1st, 2010

There are all kinds of computer geeks out there. Some of them like computers that are pre-built with fruity logos on them and others like hardware that is more open and the ability to roll their own machine to meet their needs. MSI has a new mainboard for the AMD fan looking for the latest features.

The board is called the 890GXM-G65 and offers USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s interfaces. The board is aimed at HTPC use and supports DirectX 10.1 and UVD 2.0. The machine also has OC Genie Lite software for overclocking and uses solid-state capacitors.

SIM- and hardware-unlocked G1 surfaces for $400

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on December 6th, 2008

SIM- and hardware-unlocked G1 surfaces for $400The Android Dev Phone 1, a completely unlocked G1, is available to “developers” for just $399 after a $25 setup fee. All you need to do is register as a developer at the Android Market and the phone is yours. Registration as a developer costs $25, but after that, you’ll be eligible for the cheap, unlocked phone.

The Android Dev Phone 1 is fully compatible with Android 1.0, and being able to swap out the SIM card breaks you free of T-Mobile’s service. It’ll also let you use custom Android builds that work with the freshly unlocked bootloader. You can even get free shipping and cool detailing on the back. Google warns that it’s not really meant for non-developers, but we’re sure that won’t stop you.

New Nintendo hardware spotted in pedometer form

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on September 30th, 2008

New Nintendo hardware spotted in pedometer formNintendo has stated that it doesn’t plan to release “a whole lot more” accessories for the Wii. Most of us take that to mean that there is at least something coming, but is this that something? The images come from some European trademark registry site with very little detail, but it’s some kind of pedometer.

Personally I’m hoping that this doesn’t count as one of the accessories they had in mind. Maybe it’s just a Wii-Fit add-on. That’s what we’re hoping, because we deserve something a bit neater then a pedometer. To release this thing in place of something cooler is…Well it’s evil…And lame. It just looks like a freakin’ box.

ATI Radeon HD 4550 and HD 4350 introduced

Posted in ATI by Shane McGlaun on September 30th, 2008

ATI HD 4550In the world of consumer, video cards there are only two options when it comes to discrete video cards — NVIDIA and ATI. NVIDIA is the market leader in discrete video cards, but ATI is working hard to take that market share away.

ATI’s latest attempt at grabbing the gamer’s dollars is the ATI Radeon HD 4550 and HD 4350 video cards. ATI says the cards are based on the award winning 4800 series cards. The HD 4550 will retail starting from $55 and promises to play games that were unplayable at this price range before. The card features 512MB of RAM.