I am just back from IFA 2014 in Berlin, perhaps the nearest European equivalent to CES in Las Vegas though smaller, less frenetic, and benefiting from the pleasant environment of Berlin in early autumn in place of Vegas glitz.
On the eve of a major Apple event, IFA 2014 was a chance for the
…continue reading IFA 2014 report: Wearables, Windows 8 and Phone, Android TV, Amazon FireTV, lots of phones, Spotify Connect
CES in Las Vegas is an amazing event, partly through sheer scale. It is the largest trade show in Vegas, America’s trade show city. Apparently it was also the largest CES ever: two million square feet of exhibition space, 3,200 exhibitors, 150,000 industry attendees, of whom 35,000 were from outside the USA.
…continue reading CES 2014 report: robots, smart home, wearables, bendy TV, tablets, health gadgets, tubes and horns
NVIDIA’s GPU Technology conference is an unusual event, in part a get-together for academic researchers using HPC, in part a marketing pitch for the company. The focus of the event is on GPU computing, in other words using the GPU for purposes other than driving a display, such as processing simulations to model climate change
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Asus has responded to demands for an unlocked bootloader for its its latest Transformer Prime tablet.
It turns out that DRM is the culprit – at least, that is what Asus says on its Facebook page:
Regarding the bootloader, the reason we chose to lock it is due to content providers’ requirement for DRM
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The new Asus Transformer Prime TF201 Android tablet is winning praise for its performance and flexibility. It is driven by NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 processor and can be equipped with a keyboard and dock that extends battery life and makes the device more like a laptop.
All good; but techie users are upset that the
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The downside of open is fragmentation. CES earlier this month was overflowing with Android tablets and smartphones, but since anyone can use Android, device manufacturers may disappoint users, for example by shipping tablets that do not use a version of Android designed for tablets, or shipping devices that do not have access to the official
…continue reading Half-baked Android tablets will help Apple, give hope to Microsoft
There is a chorus of disapproval on the web today as Asus announced a full-fat Windows tablet (Eee Slate EP121) at CES in Las Vegas, along with three other devices running Google Android – the Eee Pad MeMo, the Eee Pad Transformer, and the Eee Pad Slider.
The most detailed “review” I’ve seen for the
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Today I received news of the a new Eee PC range from Asus which will be based on the Intel Atom N450. Two things caught my eye. One was the promise of “up to 14 hours of battery life”. The other was the inclusion of dual-boot. The new range offers both Windows 7 and what
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