hardware

  • Palm begins to ship Treo Pro

    If you plopped your name on the list when Palm started taking Treo Pro pre-orders not too long ago, expect a visit from the delivery man soon. They’ve made the jump from pre-order to immediate sales on the unlocked, $549 obsidian black handset, and a bunch of’em are already rattling around delivery trucks around the nation. According to Engadget, at least one lucky pre-order scored… Read More

  • Thousands of Radeon cards found faulty – who's to blame?

    When a serious hardware problem occurs, the buck always passes a few times before it finds a solid resting place. In the recent case of NVIDIA, it was remarkably simple, as the company itself (it seems) was responsible for pushing the bad solder that was cracking. But now we have several thousand Radeon 3800 cards that are faulty, and the finger is not quite so easy to point. Of course, first… Read More

  • Digital Imaging Systems announces 9 MP camera for mobile handsets

    With the SE C905, Samsung INNOV8, and LG Renoir set to duke it out for the 8 megapixel handset throne over the next few months, what’s the obvious next step? More megapixels, of course! Camera module developer Digital Imaging Systems has bumped it up a notch with the announcement of DIS6931, the world’s first 9 megapixel camera phone module. With its relatively hasty autofocus… Read More

  • BestBuy.com starts shipping unlocked HTC Touch Diamonds

    After right around 2 weeks of offering pre-orders for the unlocked WinMo 6.1 powered HTC Touch Diamond, Best Buy has started taking immediate orders from all the folks out there dying to get in on the TouchFlo 3D action who just can’t bring themselves to hop on Sprint. At a whopping $700 bucks before the extra $50 or so you’ll eat in taxes and shipping, the novelty of living… Read More

  • Helio Ocean II (Oz2) gets the FCC photo treatment

    Now that the Ocean 2 has slipped back until January of ’09 at the earliest, we’ve cruised right by the September confidentiality date of the original FCC filing back in March. As a result, a handful of hardware photos and a pack of details have made their way out.
    Check’em out over at MobileCrunch >> Read More

  • Nokia E72 and E75 promo video leaked, quickly pulled

    Even with the first light of the day just peeking over the hills here on the west coast, today already brings a pair of unannounced hardware leaks: the Nokia E75 and E72. The E75 is a QWERTY slider, shown above on left, while the E72 is a QWERTY candybar, shown on right. Outside of their appearance, not a whole lot is known about these new additions to the E series. One of the forum members… Read More

  • Samsung brings the Beat with two new music phones

    Samsung pushed out two new music phones this morning. Continuing the name-followed-by-superscript branding idea that began with the Soulb, they’ve dubbed the new handsets Beatb and Beats. Much of the spec sheet is shared between the two models, with both rockin’ tri-band GSM, 3.5 mm jacks, microSD support, stereo bluetooth, and FM radio. Read the rest of this entry at… Read More

  • Next NVIDIA generation features faulty last-gen solder?

    NVIDIA’s “abnormal” number of GPU failures have been the subject of much discussion and speculation during the last couple months. The culprit seems to have been the high-lead solder, which everybody rightly assumed NVIDIA would abandon — after all, it’s cost the company hundreds of millions in direct costs and probably far more in lost sales, lost brand… Read More

  • BlackBerry Storm images leak out from Verizon employee briefing

    Some tipster managed to sneak their camera phone out to snag some shots during today’s internal Verizon employee briefing on the BlackBerry Storm. One’s a basic product shot, while the other two show the handset’s browser in landscape and portrait orientations. Sure, the shots sort of look like they were taken from the inside of a space helmet during a snow storm, but this… Read More

  • BlackBerry Storm prep papers show up at Verizon stores

    Click image for the embiggened version Today’s supposed to be the big news day for the BlackBerry Storm on Verizon and, lo and behold, documents prepping Verizon employees for the news have started hitting desks. While it doesn’t mention pricing or reveal the release date, it does confirm the high-resolution touch screen (“RIM’s highest resolution screen… Read More

  • BlackBerry Storm prep papers show up at Verizon stores

    Click image for the embiggened version Today’s supposed to be the big news day for the BlackBerry Storm on Verizon and, lo and behold, documents prepping Verizon employees for the news have started hitting desks. While it doesn’t mention pricing or reveal the release date, it does confirm the high-resolution touch screen (“RIM’s highest resolution screen… Read More

  • HTC Touch 3G product page spotted early, too

    Hand-in-hand with the HTC Touch HD page spotted earlier, the product page for the equally unannounced HTC Touch 3G has also made its way into the public view. It’s packed with visual goodies and specs, so check it out As far as anyone can tell from the images available, it’ll come in blue, brown, black, and gold varieties. Spec-wise, it’ll be luggin’ a 2.8″… Read More

  • HTC Touch HD product page spotted a bit early

    The gadget loving internet first heard of the HTC Touch HD through a handful of spy shots that hit the internet last week, so it seems almost appropriate that its first official debut was pushed into the spotlight a bit earlier than HTC apparently intended. One way or another, some crafty gent found himself at a full-blown HTC Touch HD product page complete with visuals and specs galore before… Read More

  • Awesome charts of Intel's chip schedule


    Yeah, I know, it sounds a bit dry; how could a chart of microprocessor stats be awesome? Well, just look at it! It’s glorious! And huge! It’s so very complete and monolithic that I just have to stand in awe of it. There’s just so much… information! It’s organized by date, by core, by what have you, and having it visualized is a revelation. I like the color… Read More

  • NVIDIA and AMD are the Hummers of the tech industry

    While the world oohs and ahhs to tiny laptops and green benchmarks, there is a sort of blind eye turned to the excesses of extreme gamers. This interesting article points out that as everyone else is going lighter, smaller, and more efficient, video cards are getting bigger, guzzling power, and even multiplying themselves. A cutting edge card will draw nearly 300W at maximum, which is what we… Read More

  • New Kingston laptop RAM takes it to 800MHz


    Looks like Kingston is working to eliminate the memory bandwidth bottleneck in laptops. These new HyperX PC2-6400 CL4 SO-DIMMS jump up from 667MHz to 800MHz and work at extra low latency, bringing them up to speed with the newest P45/Centrino 2 combo setups. If you want to replace your stock RAM it’ll be expensive, though: $257 for 4GB. If my laptop were my only computer, I might… Read More

  • Samsung Knack keeps it basic and.. patriotic?

    Sometime around early 2006, I decided to kill a spare half hour my loitering around in a Verizon store. I know – coolest hang out spot ever, right? Anyways – at some point, an older gent stomped into the store, cherry faced and steam-eared. We’ll call him Bob. Being the nosey curious person I’ve always been, I eavesdropped on Bob’s conversation with a VZW employee. Read More

  • MSI drops single-slot, water-cooled, overclocked GeForce 280


    Will wonders never cease? It wasn’t so long ago that water-cooling your CPU or video card meant expensive modifications at the risk of ruining your whole setup. This MSI GeForce N280GTX is already set up with water cooling, and what’s more, it only takes up one slot! Now you can actually have dual water-cooled GeForces, something that sounds like something you upgrade your… Read More

  • AMD vs NVIDIA: the eternal struggle extends to the budget level

    The video card scene right now is like watching a boxing match. AMD dealt NVIDIA a solid shot to the face with the 4870 and 4850, causing NVIDIA to lower their prices in an evasive maneuver. NVIDIA has responded by throwing cards at the budget segment under $75. AMD of course disparaged this move, saying it was “quick and dirty,” and said something I feel is insightful: “If… Read More