Two new quad-core Phenom II processors, aimed at high-end desktop PCs, were announced by AMD at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The chips succeed the Phenom processor the company launched in 2007, and come two days after AMD announced the new Athlon Neo processor for small laptops.
- $499 MSRP
- 576MHz Core Clock
- 1,242MHz Shader Clock
- 1,998MHz Memory Clock
- 1,792MB GDDR3 Memory
Dell announced the interesting Adamo notebook. The notebook doesn’t look too bad but I don’t understand the design decision behind the hinge for the display being about an inch from the back of the notebook.
Not only did Palm announce a new device but the device has a completely new OS called Palm WebOS. The new OS has some amazing new UI concepts including a gesture area and a new way to think about switching between apps on a mobile phone.
I have the specs listed below but remember that it is difficult to talk about this device with just a spec sheet, it really is something you have to look at to understand.
- High-speed wireless (EV-DO Rev. A or HSDPA, depending on version)
- 802.11b / g WiFi
- Integrated GPS
- 3.1-inch 24-bit color 480 x 320 display
- Dedicated gesture area below display
- Slide-out portrait QWERTY keyboard
- Exchange email support in addition to POP and IMAP
- IM, MMS, and SMS messaging
- High-performance browser
- 3-megapixel camera with LED flash and “extended depth of field”
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with A2DP
- 8GB of internal storage
- USB mass storage mode
- MicroUSB connectivity with USB 2.0
- Proximity sensor for detecting when phone is near face
- Light sensor to automatically dim display
- Ringer mute switch
- Removable rechargeable battery
- 59.57 x 100.53 x 16.95mm closed
- 4.76 ounces
The link below has a whole bunch of images of the device along with a couple of first impression videos.
One last thing to think about is that each of the 4 major carriers in the US will now have exclusives with brand new incredibly innovative phones, AT&T has the iPhone 3G, T-Mobile has the G1, Verizon has the Blackberry Storm, and now Sprint will have the Palm Pre.
Although this hasn’t officially been announced on TechCrunch, Michael Arrington announced on the latest Gillmor Gang that on December 29th Prototype B of the TechCrunch Tablet was finished.
There wasn’t a lot of details mentioned about the new prototype but Arrington did say that the tablet has a 12″ touchscreen and was capable of playing back Hulu and YouTube videos open across 3 tabs in a browser (presumably Firefox) with no skipping.
Arrington also mentioned that the device costs about $222 to make and is “pretty fuckin’ kickass.”
Sony has officially announced what everyone was expecting, the Vaio P notebook. It is the worlds lightest 8-inch notebook at just 1.4 pounds (and because of its small size I will now call it a netbook, even though Sony doesn’t want me to). The netbook features Windows Vista, a 1600×768 resolution LED backlit LCD display, 802.11n, 3G connectivity, Bluetooth, 4-8 hours of battery life (depending on whether or not you get the high capacity battery), and GPS.
Sony has also decided to include an “instant on” OS that boots into Sony’s “Xross Media Bar” interface. The device will start shipping in early February for $900 and will come in garnet red, emerald green, onyx black, crystal white, and classic black.
I do have some more opinions on the hardware itself, The Sony Vaio P is more attractive closed than open. The keyboard seems more cluttered than the Palm Centro’s, and that is a device significantly smaller than the Vaio P.
I like the idea behind using a wider display to make more room for a decent sized keyboard but the display is just too darn small. in my opinion I’d rather have a slightly taller screen and a little bit more of a lip below the keyboard, this will of course make the netbook itself larger but the increased screen real estate would be well worth it.
I have no problem with their choice of mousing device, too many netbooks have trackpads that are just too darn small, the little nub in the center of the keyboard was a much better choice than a tiny trackpad. But, the mouse buttons are just too close to the edge of the device, although I haven’t played around with the netbook at all it appears that using one hand to mouse around and a second hand to click with (as I do often on my MacBook) would be uncomfortable.
The pixel density on the screen appears to be too high, which undoubtedly will leave many squinting while trying to read text on the screen.
Sony is just doing what it usually does, build a very decent notebook that seems to focus more on form than function. I had high hopes for this device but Sony really missed the mark.
A replacement to the Logitech Harmony 1000, this update adds anodized aluminum and customization to the 3.5-inch touchscreen controls. Users can add or remove buttons that appear under certain conditions. The 1100 also adds support for RF-based devices rather than just IR devices.
The Harmony 1100 should be available in February for $500.
Ooma has announced Telo, a cordless handset to go along with their VoIP service. It features DECT 6.0 technology, connected phonebook, speaker phone, High-Defenition voice, mobile transfer, and musical ringtones. No word on pricing or availability yet.
I did manage to predict all that was released (not the specifics obviously), but then again I think most everyone did.
There were a few things that I predicted that didn’t happen but I do think that we will see all of these things in the coming couple of months.
- “I expect the iMac and Mac Mini to get processor, hard drive, RAM, and graphics card updates (the new Nvidia chipsets).” – Didn’t happen.
- “I expect to see more info on Snow Leopard, at the very least a rough estimate as to when it would be released.” – Didn’t happen
- “I expect to see updates to the rest of the Cinema Display line.” – Didn’t happen.
I think we will see updates to the Mac Mini and iMac specs sooner than the rest of these predictions and don’t be surprised if the Cinema Displays don’t get updates until WWDC (Apple seems to have more love for the iMac then the Cinema Displays).
Here’s a quick rundown of the most interesting announcements from the keynote.
iLife ’09 – Available Late January for $79
- iPhoto ’09 – Guided Tour
- Faces allows you to organize photos by people in the photos.
- Places allows you to organize photos by where they are taken.
- Facebook Integration allows you to upload photos to Facebook and share information back and forth between iPhoto and Facebook.
- Flickr Integration allowing you to upload photos to Flickr.
- iMovie ’09 – Guided Tour
- Improved editing functionality including the ability to do more advanced audio editing and manipulation.
- GarageBand ’09
- Learn to Play features tutorials teaching you how to play Guitar or Piano.
- Tutorials on how to play songs from major artists.
iWork ’09 – Available Immediately for $79
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- Full screen document editing
- Dynamic outlines
- 40 new templates
- Table Categories
- 250 new functions
- Collaboration features allowing multiple users to make notes on a whole document or parts of it.
Mac Box Set – Available Late January for $169
- Includes Leopard, iLife ’09, and iWork ’09 in one conveniant package.
- 6+ million DRM free tracks available immediately.
- All tracks to be DRM free by the end March.
- New song price points, $0.69, $0.99, and $1.29.
- iTunes on iPhone will now allow you to purchase music over cellular networks.
Unibody 17″ MacBook Pro – Available Late January Starting at $2,799
- Up to 8 hours of battery life.
- Battery is non-user accessible, but should last 1000 charge cycles.
- Anti-glare option for an additional $50.
Overall I was very impressed with the keynote, specifically iPhoto ’09 which really stands out for me as what I really can’t wait to get my hands on. Of course the announcement of DRM free iTunes is great but we all knew it would happen eventually, and since I still buy CDs (I like having the music come on its own backup copy) I don’t really care about DRM free (I don’t buy any music online). The 17″ MacBook Pro was very expected and not at all a surprise and iWork ’09 was just logical and incremental upgrades to the previous versions.
This netbook will replace the Mini-Note 2133 and abandons the Via processor in favor of an Intel Atom CPU. The processor change will not only increase battery life but also make the netbook run a lot cooler.
HP has also managed to fit a 10-inch screen in the same size chassis as the 2133 which only had a 8.9-inch screen. The new model will be shipping later this month and should be available for $499.
Very odd looking user interface, for the Mac that is. It doesn’t really look much like a Mac app.
We’re therefore excited to announce that we’re bringing the full version of Picasa to Mac OS X. Like its Windows and Linux counterparts, Picasa for Mac is a standalone program that helps you organize photos anywhere on your hard disk, edit your photos to perfection, and then easily share them online.