Visa announces new mobile payment solution

By on February 27, 2012 at 10:45 PM.

Visa announces new mobile payment solution

Visa on Monday announced a “one-stop” mobile payment solution that looks to compete directly with Google Wallet and the carrier-backed ISIS payment system. After a consumer purchases a “Visa-certified” NFC-equipped smartphone, he or she can contact the company and activate the handset for mobile payments. The device will be securely linked with a user’s bank account and can then be used to make mobile payments anywhere Visa’s payWave system is accepted. “In the same way we have enabled the secure provisioning of payment cards for decades, we are now using mobile technology to securely provision mobile payment accounts over the air,” Visa’s Head of Mobile Products Bill Gajda said. “Financial institutions, mobile network operators, and even transit operators now have a simple, secure process to activate payment applications at scale and make mobile payments part of everyday life for consumers around the world.” The company announced that Intel Atom-powered smartphones and tablets will be the first Visa-certified devices to allow mobile subscribers to securely make NFC purchases. Read on for the company’s press release. More →

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Intel announces new processors and partnerships

By on February 27, 2012 at 9:30 PM.

Intel announces new processors and partnerships

Intel on Monday detailed a number new products and partnerships during the company’s Mobile World Congress press event. “We are very pleased to add new, important customers and capabilities to our phone offerings today. We remain focused on delivering exciting new features and outstanding performance to smartphone customers around the world.” said Intel CEO Paul Otellini. UK service provider Orange will launch an Atom-powered smartphone based on the Z2460 reference design. The device will feature a sleek body that will enable “rich entertainment experiences [to] Orange services, including Orange TV, Daily Motion, Deezer, Orange Wednesdays and Orange Gestures.” The handset is scheduled for a late summer launch and will be available in the United Kingdom and France. Read on for more. More →

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Intel to invest $300 million in Ultrabooks

By on August 11, 2011 at 8:05 PM.

Intel to invest $300 million in Ultrabooks

Intel will invest $300 million during the next three to four years in an effort to speed up the development of its new “Ultrabook” category of laptops, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. Intel will provide its hardware and software partners with funding and hopes that the cash will be enough for its partners to develop Ultrabooks that can last a full day on a single charge. “The Intel Capital Ultrabook fund will focus on investing in companies building technologies that will help revolutionize the computing experience and morph today’s mobile computers into the next ‘must have’ device,” Intel Capital Corp. executive vice president Arvind Sodhani told Bloomberg. Intel began discussing the new Ultrabook category during the Computex trade show in March. It hopes the computers will grab 40% of the consumer laptop market by the end of next year and says the devices will combine the performance of today’s laptops with a tablet-like experience in a thin and light product. Recent reports have suggested that Acer, ASUS, Dell, Lenovo and HP will begin mass producing Ultrabooks in September and ASUS’ UX21 is expected to be the first model to hit the market. More →

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T-Mobile Galaxy Tab: Microsoft Windows 7, 10-inch screen, 1.66GHz CPU?

By on October 29, 2010 at 6:35 PM.

T-Mobile Galaxy Tab: Microsoft Windows 7, 10-inch screen, 1.66GHz CPU?

And here we thought all Galaxy Tabs were created equal… While Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Sprint customers will be fiddling with wimpy 7-inch Android-powered tablets from Samsung, T-Mobile subscribers apparently have a beast of a slate to look forward to next month. Here are some notable specs according to T-Mobile’s website:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Starter Edition
  • 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150
  • 10.1-inch 1024 x 600-pixel glossy WSVGA display
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • 160GB 5400RPM hard drive
  • Microsoft Works 9, McAfee Security Center, Adobe Acrobat Reader 9

Now that, people, is how you build a tablet! Hit the jump for the full specs according to T-Mobile’s little oopsie.

UPDATE: T-Mobile pulled the page.

Thanks, Manny More →

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HP announces the new Mini 1000 series of netbooks

By on October 29, 2008 at 11:55 AM.

HP announces the new Mini 1000 series of netbooks

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HP announced a new line of netbooks today that will debut in three different variations: The very much consumer oriented Mini 1000, the Linux-based Mobile Internet Experience (MIE) edition and the very fashionable Vivienne Tam edition. The new models will compliment and not replace their current netbook offering, the Mini Note 2133. All variants of the Mini 1000 will share the following features:

  • Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz Processor
  • 8.9″ or 10″ Brightview Backlight LED display with 1024×600 resolution. (Vivienne Tam is only available in 10″)
  • up to 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • black matte casing with a swirled imprint finish (Mini 1000 Standard and MIE version)
  • vibrant red casing with a peony-flower inspired design (Vivienne Tam edition only)
  • 92% full-size keyboard
  • 8GB or 16GB SSD or a 60GB 1.8-inch hard drive
  • expansion slot for a proprietary HP Mini Mobile flash drive (max of 8GB)
  • 802.11b/g WLAN
  • future mobile broadband/3G support
  • 3-cell battery (3 hours run time)
  • 10.3 in (L) x 6.56 in (W) x 0.99 in (H)
  • 2.23 Lbs

The new Mini 1000 line will have a starting price of $379 for the Linux version and $399 for XP. The Windows XP versions of the Mini 1000 will be available from HP starting Wednesday, while those hoping to snag a new Linux machine will have to wait until next year. Hit the jump for a quick roundup of the features of the the fashionable Vivienne Tam edition and Linux-based MIE edition.

[Via Press Release]

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Attack of the Netbooks: MSI Wind 2 set for November

By on October 21, 2008 at 9:28 AM.

Attack of the Netbooks: MSI Wind 2 set for November

Netbooks have pretty much become almost like an overnight sensation with manufacturers like Asus, Dell and HP dishing out these tiny little computers. MSi is releasing the Wind 2 this November to add to the flurry of options available to consumers. For $600 you’ll get a new look, new case, 128 GB hard drive (and SSD option at some point), 3.5G modem, 1GB of memory, Windows XP and the awesome Intel Atom N270 processor. Look for the MSi Wind U120 to make its way in Asia in November, and possibly the U.S. soon after.

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ASUS N10 notebooks get scooped

By on September 3, 2008 at 11:48 PM.

ASUS N10 notebooks get scooped

We just got our hands on some interesting photos of the upcoming ASUS N10 notebooks set to be released the third week of this month. For starters, they’re pretty tiny. You know, with them rocking 10.2″ screens and all… In terms of specs and features, here’s what we got from the leaked docs:

  • 10.2″ LED 1024×600 screen
  • Windows Vista / Windows XP
  • 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU
  • NVIDIA GeForce Go 9300M GS 256MB graphics card
  • 2GB RAM
  • 250GB 5400rpm HD
  • One ExpressCard slot
  • One HDMI port
  • Three USB 2.0 ports
  • 1.3 megapixel webcam
  • Fingerprint reader
  • 3.5 lbs

You also get around 6.5 hours of runtime with the included 6-cell battery, a switch to toggle either the built-in motherboard graphics, or the sexy NVIDIA chip, Altec Lansing speakers, and a totally cool face recgozition software that will enable you to securely unlock your PC. That sums up most of the specs, but what about price? Well, the specific model we listed above is the ASUS N10J-B1 and will retail for $849 in the next couple weeks, but look for the N10J-A1 to retail for $749, and the N10E-A1 to run you $649. Check out all the slides in our gallery, ok?

Click on over to our ASUS N10 notebook gallery!

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