Repeated rumors about using the iPhone as a modem (tethering) have surfaced over the past few months. MacBlogz claims that an insider gave them the reason: “Regardless of how many billions of dollars AT&T pours into their 3G network, it hasn’t been stable enough to handle all you iPhone users”.
To make a long story short: iPhone tethering is in the works, and it might appear at some point. It's unbelievable that AT&T's network can't keep up with the traffic increase. Even if it was possible, most people will not use their iPhone as a modem at once - not evel close. (photo from cellfanatic)
With the economic pressure and given the success of Netbooks (they are everywhere on the shelves of Akihabara, the "electronics" neighborhood in Japan) Japanese companies are getting into the race. After Toshiba and NEC, it's the turn of Epson to get into the fight, with a Netbook that has pretty standard specifications and set to be released sometimes in November:
The strange thing: apparently, our sources calls it the mini note... just like the HP mininote. (huh?)
Autodesk just announced that it was acquiring Softimage, a 3D modeling and rendering software. The thing is: Autodesk also owns the two other major 3D software package out there: Maya and 3D Studio Max. Many people in the graphics industry are thinking: "isn't that a monopoly?". Technically, may be not, there are other 3D packages out there that are largely less relevant, but for the computer graphics industry, I think that this effectively creates a monopoly. Will the progress in 3D content creation slow down due to the lack of competition?
For those not familiar with these products, the Metal Gear Solid franchise was created with Softimage, Gran Turismo was largely built with Maya and Prince of Persia was done on 3D Studio Max.
Between Rock Band 2 and Guitar Hero World Tour both being released, October is turning out to be the month of the guitar.The Red Camp Rock Guitar USB Flash Memory Drive has nothing to do with either of those two games, but we are pretty sure it would appeal to those people as well. For those who actually saw the Camp Rock movie, they would know its the one that stars the Jonas Brothers?
The arm of the guitar snaps off to reveal a USB connector attached to the body of the guitar. It?s available now in 2GB,4GB,and 8GB versions.
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ARM's director of mobile solutions Rob Coombs recently said: "In the future, we're going to be in Netbooks"... "Expect announcements in the next few months". That's a somewhat surprising move, as ARM is strong in small devices, thanks to its performance-per-watt ratio. In netbooks, more power is needed and it has to be seen how good ARM is going to be against Intel's Atom. Intel has recently stepped up the rhetoric against ARM.
It is likely that an ARM netbook would run on Linux, as Windows XP and Vista do not support ARM processors right now. However, Windows CE and Mobile Mac OS do support ARM. Let's wait and see, but right now we place our bets on a small nettop that runs Linux.
Halloween is fast approaching and sure, you're having a fancy dress Halloween party, which will be no doubt be fantastic, but what about giving your party that extra scare factor. It won't be on par with Hitchcock, so won't be scary in the literal sense (unless your mates scare easily or you're throwing a kid party), but it will be loads of fun and your Halloween décor will look fabulous. A Halloween party's not a proper Halloween party without a few props and special affects. If you haven't already started planning your extravagant Halloween party, check out this list of gadget-tastic Halloween props.
On the G1, having to slide the keyboard out might be an annoyance if all you want is to do a quick "yup!" reply. That also means that text input is currently a two-hands operation... This issue is going to be addressed in a few months when a Virtual Keyboard will be added to Android. Expect it to include some form of predictive text. G1 owners, is this a major annoyance to you?
Epson has developed a new line of Photo Fine HR transflective amorphous silicon TFT (a-TFT) liquid crystal displays (LCDs) that are meant to be used in mobile devices such as portable media players and cell phones. With Photo Fine HR (High Reflect), the display is able to deliver high visibility without guzzling down too much juice, and is flexible and visible enough to function across a wide range of both indoor and outdoor situations. The new Epson transflective LCDs will rely on a transmissive mode with light whenever you are in a darker environment, while in well-lit surroundings, the reflective mode will take advantage of the surrounding light to further reduce backlight power consumption. Available in 3" and 3.5" sizes, samples of the new Photo Fine HR-equipped LCDs will ship later this month, so hopefully we'll see new devices bearing these displays in the near future.
Motorola will ensure that its line of industrial handsets will be revised so that they can run Windows Mobile 6.1, but unfortunately for those who need a rugged handset pronto, these Motorola models won't be available to the masses until the first quarter of next year. What are some of the other viable options available if you want a rugged Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone?
SanDisk helps keep viruses out from your USB flash drive with its latest device - the SanDisk Cruzer Enterprise. Any time you transfer a file over to the Cruzer Enterprise USB flash drive, the pre-loaded McAfee heuristics and antivirus engine will automatically load and commence data scanning. This will definitely slow things down somewhat if you have large chunks of data to transfer, but if security and peace of mind is at the top of your priority list, then this is but a minor inconvenience. Other features of the Cruzer Enterprise USB flash drive include hardware-based 256-bit AES encryption and password protection. There is no word on pricing although an announcement ought to be coming in a few days' time.