• Why Quad-Core?

    Why Quad-Core?

    We are entering into a new era, ladies and gentlemen. Well, “era” may not be the right word considering how quickly things change in these here mobile parts, but the fact remains the same: Quad-core mobile processors are here. And the ones that aren’t quite here yet are coming. While many of our brilliantly geeky readers need no tutorial on the advantages of four… Read More

  • Some Things Never Change: TI vs. Calculator Hobbyists Version 3.0.2

    The battle between Texas Instruments and calculator hobbyists rages on, as TI seeks to keep its OS locked away from third-party developers. After the calculator hacking community discovered the independent tool Ndless (which allows for third-party development on TI’s platform), TI has spent the last year updating its OS to prevent downgrading to version 1.1, which is necessary to run Ndless. Read More

  • Bathys Hawaii Benthic Titanium Watch Giveaway

    Over at aBlogtoRead.com you can enter to win a Bathys Hawaii Benthic Ti watch. The diver style watch is a cool classic, with a retrograde day of the week indicator and big date. It has a Swiss movement and comes in a 48mm wide titanium case. There is no trick to entering and the giveaway runs until the end of the month. Click the “Read More” link to visit the entry page. Read More

  • Unsurprising: TI doesn't approve of calculator hacks

    It wasn’t too long ago that hackers were successful loading custom firmware onto Texas Instruments calculators. This hasn’t been sitting well with TI, who have been sending legal threats to the plucky hackers. I’m not surprised, are you? Read More

  • Brute forcing success: load any operating system onto your TI-83+ calculator

    It’s been a very long time since I last used a Texas Instruments graphing calculator. I thought it was cool to write programs on the TI-80 I used in college. It seems that in the time since, things have gotten a little more complex: TI calculators now have cryptographically signed operating systems! Ostensibly this is to prevent clever hackers from loading their own operating systems… Read More

  • Texas Instruments develops wallet-size notebook adapter

    Wanna know something about laptops? No matter how small and portable you make ’em, the AC adapter’s always going to be the size of a ham sandwich. Well that gravy train is about to crash into a brick wall of ingenuity thanks to Texas Instruments. The company has apparently developed a 90-watt AC adapter that measures 85x60x11 millimeters or, as the above photo shows, about the size… Read More

  • Samsung announces the MBP200 pico projector

    What’d I tell you last night? Didn’t I say TI’s DLP pico projectors would make a splash at CES this year? Read More

  • SIM2 announces a sub-$5K 1080p projector for the US

    SIM2 makes some mighty fine projectors and the only deterrent the Italian company may have from grabbing a huge market share is the price of said projectors. But today SIM2 announced the Domino D60 DLP front projection system that outputs 1080p video for $4,995. With a contrast ratio greater than 10,000:1, a plethora of inputs/outputs (dual HDMI, component, RGB-HD), as well as a powered… Read More

  • Texas Instruments intros lamp-free projectors

    Your next projector (or first projector?) may very well not have a lamp in it. Texas Instruments recently showed off some prototype devices using what it’s calling “PhlatLight” LED lighting. Cool, it’s like the “F” in FlatLight is actually “Ph” instead. That’s both radical and extreme at the same time. Anyhoo, TI claims that this new… Read More

  • Texas Instruments pocket projector prototype

    [blip.tv http://blip.tv/play/AbGFFgA%5D Here’s something that excites me greatly. It’s a prototype of a tiny projector that fits inside of a cell phone. Jim Hallas of Texas Instruments’ DLP group gave me a brief overview of the chipset and here’s some brief information along with my thoughts; The chipset is ready to go. It’s up to device manufacturers to integrate… Read More

  • TI's DLP picoprojectors are real and have started production

    [photopress:ti_pico_dlp.jpg,full,center] Remember those microprojector chips TI was working on? The ones that could potentially implant tiny DLP picoprojectors into mobile phones? They’ve entered production and should “hit the street”, as we bloggers say, sometime in the middle of this year. That means they might — just might — make it into production models in… Read More

  • Texas Instruments debuts pair of high-end video chips for portable devices

    [photopress:dlp_ti_mobile_projector_1.jpg,full,center] Texas Instruments is getting hardcore about supporting next-gen cellphone video, unveiling a duo of chips that could allow cellphones to record and project high-def content. Microprojecting is the next logical step for portable digital video. Sure, the Nokia 810s and iPod Touches of the world look great, but they’re personal players. Read More

  • Vertu Ti shipping, men with small weenies, dried-up crones rejoice

    I’m glad Nokia made the Vertu line. They deserve to have a little fun. But a $7,000 cellphone is just about the upper limit of what I can accept in the luxury market. Dear Oil-rich Sultans and Oligarchs: send me your old Nokia and I’ll dip it in golden paint and send it back to you for $3,500. You’ll get the same effect while spending half of what you’d normally spend on… Read More

  • TI Navigator Adds Wireless Connectivity To Calculators

    I’ll admit, when I first saw the TI Navigator, I couldn’t help but think why someone would need wireless connectivity on a calculator. According to Texas Instruments, the TI Navigator is more of a device for the classroom than the individual student. It allows the teacher or professor to view the student’s calculator in real-time so they can see where people are getting stuck… Read More