NVIDIA has announced the Project Shield, a portable game console powered by NVIDIA’s new Tegra 4 chip (quad core ARM Cortex-A15 CPU and 72 custom GPU cores).
Created with the philosophy that gaming should be open and flexible, Project Shield flawlessly plays both Android and PC titles. As a pure Android device, it gives access to any game on Google Play. As a wireless receiver and controller, it can stream games from a PC powered by NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPUs, accessing titles on its STEAM game library from anywhere in the home.
The portable console provides a full console-grade controller with two joysticks, a D-pad, ABXY buttons, left/right bumpers, left/right analog triggers, Start/Back/Home/Volume buttons, and a multi-function NVIDIA/Power button. A lid flips up on the top to reveal an integrated 5-inch (1280x720) HD touchscreen display.
Shield is expected to ship in Q2 of 2013. It will first launch in the US and Canada, with a worldwide rollout to follow.
Lenovo has just announced the IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC, a multi-user, multi-touch, multi-mode device for the home that allows users to turn their personal computing experience into a shared computing experience.
The Horizon can lie flat on any surface, allows two or more people to use the screen at the same time, supports interactive physical gaming accessories, and is designed for touch screen game-play among several players. Horizon takes advantage of Windows 8 touch functionality to bring customized games from Electronic Arts and Ubisoft to life in a way that players have never seen before. Horizon can also easily transform into a 27-inch desktop to handle whatever productivity tasks users need to do.
With Horizon’s smart hinge system, users can easily lay it flat and in so doing, the Lenovo Aura multi-user, multi-touch interface (UI) will automatically activate. This simple UI lets families play, learn or enjoy multimedia content together on one screen. Aura also serves as a great way to launch pre-loaded gaming and educational apps or download new ones from the online app store.
Lenovo said that the Horizon will come with Core i5 or Core i7 ULV CPUs, along with SSD drive options and NVIDIA GeForce GT 620 graphics chip.
The IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC will be available beginning in early summer through Lenovo business partners and www.lenovo.com. Prices start at approximately USD 1,699.
Toshiba has announced that it will launch a new 20 megapixel CMOS image sensor, the TCM5115CL, as the latest addition to its sensor line-up for digital still cameras. The TCM5115CL offers the industry’s highest resolution in the 1/2.3 inch optical format, using backside illumination technology (BSI) to improve sensitivity and imaging performance.
Sampling of the new sensor will begin at the end of January 2013, and mass production will follow in August 2013.
The TCM5115CL is designed to meet the demands of high quality, fast frame rate image capture and HD video recording supporting smooth, slow motion playback, and delivers the high frame rates of 60fps at 1080p and 100fps at 720p.
Microsoft has announced that its new PC, Microsoft Surface, is now available for purchase at all Microsoft retail, holiday and online stores in the United States and Canada. Designed to be the ultimate stage for Windows RT, Surface is unique and represents exceptional value, providing an immersive entertainment experience and a foundation for getting things done. With a starting price of USD 499, Surface will be available online at http://www.microsoftstore.com in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Apple has launched the iPad Mini, a completely new iPad that is 23 percent thinner and 53 percent lighter than the third-generation iPad. In fact, it is not only smaller, lighter and sleeker than the full-sized versions, but it is also less expensive, as it starts at USD 329.
The iPad Mini features a 7.9” display (1024x768 resolution), an A5 processor (dual-core ARM Cortex-A9, PowerVR SGX543MP2 graphics engine, 1 GHz clock-speed, 32 nm process technology), 512 MB of memory, a 5 megapixels rear camera, a 1.2 megapixels front camera, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, accelerometer, gyroscope, and it comes with an Apple iOS 6 operating system. The iPad Mini is 7.2 mm thick and weighs just 0.68 pounds (312 g). Battery life is rated at 10 hours. The iPad Mini will be available for pre-order starting on Friday.
iPad Mini with Wi-Fi
16 GB: USD 329
32 GB: USD 429
64 GB: USD 529
iPad Mini with Wi-Fi + Cellular
16 GB: USD 459
32 GB: USD 559
64 GB: USD 659
Apple also announced the fourth generation iPad featuring a 9.7-inch Retina display, a new Apple designed A6X chip (which is twice as fast as the previous A5X), a FaceTime HD camera and faster Wi-Fi. It will also be available for pre-order on Friday.
Today, Fujitsu announced that a new lineup of PCs and tablets built for Microsoft Windows 8 will be available in Japan starting October 26. With a total of 19 models in nine product series, the new lineup includes updates from the FMV Series of consumer PCs and the ARROWS Tab Wi-Fi series of water-resistant tablets, as well as models from the new Floral Kiss brand, which is targeted toward female customers.
As part of the new lineup, Fujitsu will be offering the water-resistant ARROWS Tab Wi-Fi QH55/J, a thin, water-resistant Windows 8 tablet, as well as FMV ESPRIMO FH 98/JD, which is equipped with an eye tracking sensor—the latest proprietary Human Centric Technology from Fujitsu—that allows users to operate the computer screen with their eye movements. In addition, all of the models will be delivered together with Fujitsu’s consumer cloud service, My Cloud, which enables users to take full advantage of the computing power of their PCs and tablet devices.
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Today, Apple introduced its newest smartphone, the long awaited iPhone 5. According to the company, the iPhone 5 is the thinnest smartphone in the world, being 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than the iPhone 4S.
The iPhone 5 features an anodized aluminum body, a 4” retina display (1136x640), an Apple-designed A6 processor, and support for GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO, HSPA, HSPA+, DC-HSDPA, GPS, LTE, Bluetooth 4.0 and dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi technologies.
The new iPhone 5 also brought an 8-megapixel camera that is 25 percent smaller than the iPhone 4S’s camera. This camera features a sapphire crystal lens cover that is thinner and more durable than standard glass with the ability to provide crystal clear images. The new panorama feature lets you capture jaw-dropping panoramic images of up to 28 megapixels by simply moving the camera across a scene in one smooth motion. New video features include improved stabilization, video face detection for up to 10 faces, and the ability to take still photos as you record. A front camera can also be used for self-portraits and recording 720p HD video. The new iPhone also has three microphones (front, bottom and back) that will be used for voice recognition and noise cancelation.
As rumored earlier, the new iPhone has a new connector, called Lightning. According to Apple, this new connector is more durable than the previous one.
The new iPhone 5 runs Apple’s iOS 6 operating system and will be available in the U.S. in either white and silver or black and slate, with a suggested retail price of USD 199 for the 16 GB model, USD 299 for the 32 GB model, and USD 399 for the 64 GB model.
The iPhone 5 will be available from the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores, and through AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless and select Apple authorized resellers. The iPhone 5 will be available in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK on Friday, September 21. Customers can pre-order their iPhone 5 beginning Friday, September 14.
Today, Lenovo unveiled its first tablet specifically designed for Windows 8, the ThinkPad Tablet 2. The product features a 10.1” (1366x768) display, an Intel Atom processor, a 10-hour battery, optional 3G/4G connectivity, fingerprint reader, micro-HDMI output and a pair of 8 megapixels rear and 2 megapixels front cameras. Additionally, it will be sold along with an optional keyboard, as well as a dock with three USB ports, one HDMI port and one Ethernet port.
The tablet supports multiple input methods: multi-finger touch and an optional digitizer and pen, especially good for note taking, capturing signatures and completing forms.
The ThinkPad Tablet 2 will be available when Windows 8 launches on October 26.
A week ago Google was forced to stop taking orders for the 16 GB version of its Nexus 7 tablet due to high demand. However, the company rushed to get it back in stock, and now it is available in the Google Play Store, with a current delivery estimate of three to five business days.
Belkin International released its new Desktop Internet Phone for Skype, which allows you to make free Skype Internet calls without having to turn on your computer. The new phone features speaker, speed dial, call hold/release, call pickup/park, mute, redial, hold, call-timer display, and contact list. Its contact list supports 500 sets of Skype and SkypeOut contacts and logs automatically into Skype after initial login. Suggested price: USD 99.99.