‘PC market is in its twilight,’ says former Apple exec

By on May 10, 2011 at 9:47 PM.

‘PC market is in its twilight,’ says former Apple exec

In a “Monday Note” blog post that questioned Intel’s new 3D transistors and the company’s lack of presence in the mobile space, former Apple executive Jean-Louis Gassee took some stabs at the chip maker and stated that the PC market is dying. “Now that the PC market is in its twilight, with mobile devices proliferating and stealing growth from the PC, surely Intel has to get into the race,” Gassee argued, pointing out that every time Intel launched a new low-power processor for mobile devices, ARM had a better one up its sleeves. Intel has its Atom processor, designed for mobile use, but it’s been primarily placed in Windows tablets and netbooks instead of in smartphones. “For the past four years Intel has told us we’d see x86 mobile devices Real Soon Now,” Gasse wrote. “The company developed its own mobile version of Linux, MobLin, and they made a big deal of joining forces with Nokia’s Maemo to create MeeGo. But Nokia’s new CEO, Stephen Elop, kicked Meego to the [curb], wisely decided to focus on one software platform, his ex-employer’s Windows Phone 7.” Gassee also took a moment to address rumors that Apple will ditch Intel for ARM-based processors in 2013, and argued that “there’s no roadmap for ARM chips to beat Intel in computationally intensive areas,” such as CAD, Photoshop, and FinalCut, today, but that multicore ARM chips could power mid-range Apple laptops in the future.
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ASUS CEO talks up 3D tablet, Android and MeeGo netbooks, Windows Phone

By on March 4, 2011 at 2:26 PM.

ASUS CEO talks up 3D tablet, Android and MeeGo netbooks, Windows Phone

ASUS is on a mission to become a tablet-toting, force to be reckoned with and it looks like that mission could begin to yield some pretty nifty tablets moving forward. And while ASUS’ aim is to become the world’s No.2 tablet vendor by next year, it sounds like ASUS will continue to cook up some interesting products in other categories as well. Netbooks don’t get as much coverage these days, but the category is still a pretty big money maker for companies like ASUS. According to ASUS CEO Jerry Shen who spoke to reporters at CeBIT, we can look forward to both Android and MeeGo netbooks from the company in the near future. Shen also says ASUS is working on a Windows Phone that will launch next year. Moving back to tablets, Shen talked up 3D displays, quad-core processors and SSD drives when discussing the company’s roadmap, though he didn’t get into any specifics. The just announced Apple iPad 2 gave competitors plenty of room to shine in 2011, though it could be almost impossible for any single vendor to make any real headway with imminent floods about to drown us all. What definitely won’t help is a lot of talk with no products to back it up, so we’re hoping ASUS has some intriguing devices in hand next time executives talk tablets. More →

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LG Optimus 3D shares 3D videos with special YouTube app

By on February 15, 2011 at 1:30 AM.

LG Optimus 3D shares 3D videos with special YouTube app

LG on Monday announced a partnership with YouTube that will allow LG Optimus 3D users to share 3D video content using a special YouTube 3D app. The app, which will come pre-installed on LG’s new 3D smartphone, will allow users to upload 3D video content directly to YouTube’s 3D channel and share the videos with friends. Deals like this are crucial to the success of the Optimus 3D, as owners must have ways to easily share captured 3D content and view said content on PCs and other devices. Unlike videos viewed on the Optimus 3D’s glasses-free 3D display, however, users will need 3D glasses in order to properly view 3D videos uploaded from the phone to the YouTube 3D channel. Glasses are available from a variety of vendors, and they can also be purchased directly from Google’s YouTube Store for $7.10 per 10-pack. Hit the break for LG’s full press release and don’t forget to check out our LG Optimus 3D hands-on impressions, gallery and video. More →

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LG confirms glasses-free Optimus 3D unveiling set for MWC

By on February 1, 2011 at 9:02 AM.

LG confirms glasses-free Optimus 3D unveiling set for MWC

LG confirmed on Tuesday that it will unveil what it calls “the world’s first 3D smartphone” at Mobile World Congress 2011 later this month. Details are very slim for the time being, but the main attraction on the upcoming LG Optimus 3D will be its glasses-free 3D experience coupled with a dual-lens camera capable of recording video in 3D. The phone will also feature an HDMI-out port and DLNA video streaming capability. LG will become the first to bet on 3D in cell phones and in light of the terrible quarter LG reported last week, we hope consumers will show more interest in 3D smartphones than they have in 3D televisions. Hit the break for LG’s press release. More →

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LG likely to announce Optimus 3D next month

By on January 25, 2011 at 3:31 PM.

LG likely to announce Optimus 3D next month

A new report from Dutch mobile enthusiast blog All About Phones coupled with a suggestive event invitation points to a February announcement of LG’s rumored 3D smartphone. LG on Tuesday circulated an invitation to press and bloggers for an event that will be held in Barcelona during this year’s Mobile World Congress. While the invitation does not mention the LG Optimus 3D by name, it does picture an unannounced LG Optimus smartphone above the words, “Into the New Dimension.” In addition, All About Phones points out that Carphone Warehouse’s Dutch contingent briefly and accidentally posted a placeholder for the LG Optimus 3D, before later pulling it from the site. The Optimus 3D is expected to include a glasses-free 3D display panel similar to the ones used by the Nintendo 3DS, though additional specs are unknown at this time. More →

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Acer unveils its first 3D laptop

By on November 24, 2010 at 2:20 PM.

Acer unveils its first 3D laptop

Earlier this week, we wondered aloud why Acer might announce new tablets and a smartphone prior to naming said devices. Today, we have our answer. Behold… the Acer AS5745DG-A54E/L. If that name doesn’t stick in your head like a Britney Spears song, we don’t know what will. Unveiled Monday, Acer’s virgin 3D notebook features a 15.6-inch screen, an NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M GPU with NVIDIA’s 3D VISION at 120Hz, a 2.53GHz Intel Core i5-460M processor, 4GB of RAM, a 640GB hard drive, HDMI, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi b/g/n and a 1.3-megapixel webcam. It also ships with 3D VISION glasses, of course. Pricing hasn’t yet been announced, though Acer did say the AS5745DG-A54E/L will be available in Japan on December 3rd for “less than” 100,000 yen, which is roughly $1,200 US. Acer has not yet addressed availability outside of Japan. More →

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