Monthly Archives: September 2011

SONY Tablet S unveiled
Bluetooth 30 Sep 2011

Yesterday, we attended the press launch of the highly anticipated SONY TABLET S at Arts Science Musuem, Marina Bay in Singapore.

The event started off at 2pm with an introduction to the design and unique features.  The SONY Tablet S is based on the Android 3.2 powered by NVIDIA tegra2 mobile processor. It has a 9.4 inches LED backlit IPS screen. There are two models, one with 16GB and 32GB of memory respectively. Both are WIFI models only.

For external ports, there is one USB 2.0 microAB connector, headphone jack x1. There is bluetooth, irDA. On the rear there is a SD memory slot. The TABLET S has 2 cameras, one in the front and one at the back. The front camera is a 0.3 mil mega pixel while the rear is a effective pixel 5.11 million powered by Exmor for mobile. There are 3 axis accelerometer, Gyrosensor, Digital compass and Ambient sensor built into the device.

The unit measures 241.2mm x 10,.11mm x 174.33mm and weighs 598g. It has up to 8 hrs of battery life of standard usage, 430 hours standby, 31 hours playing music, 6 hours of video playback and approx 6.2 hrs of web browsing via WIFI.

The magazine form factor catches eyeballs as no other tablet in the market has a design that resembles a magazine. This asymettric design gives it a balanced feel when holding on to it for long hours. The LCD Screen is of a resolution of 1280×800 which gives you optimal viewing. There is also an optional keyboard that is sold seperately.

Sony tablet S 16GB and 32GB will be available in singapore from end oct 2011 at sgd 668 and sgd 798 respectively.

The Sony tablet is powered by android 3.2 running on nvidia tegra2 mobile processor. It has a 9.4 inch led backlit ops panel and weighs only 589g.

Dow Jones reports that AMD is cutting its revenue and gross margin guidance citing manufacturing problems at its foundry, Globalfoundries. The recent APUs “LIano” are also in shortage due to Globalfoundries not able to meet the high demand of such APUs.

The news sent AMD shares down 8.6% to $5.62 in after-hours trading. The Sunnyvale, Calif., company designs semiconductors that serve as calculating engines in computers, servers and game consoles.

On the other hand, there is also no confirmation of it’s highly anticipated 8 Core Bulldozer processor.

BIOSTAR TA990FXE Motherboards
– Heavy Artillery for the AMD AM3+ Platform

BIOSTAR Group, a world famous manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards, industrial computing systems and computer peripherals, proudly announces the TA990FXE motherboard aimed at the most demanding overclockers and gamers.

The TA990FXE is made in the ATX form-factor on the flagship AMD 990FX chipset in combination with the most advanced SB950 Southbridge which guarantees the support of the latest technologies and ensures the unprecedented performance. The board supports all Socket AM3+ based Phenom II X6, Phenom II X4, Phenom II X3, Phenom II X2, Athlon II X4, Athlon II X3, Athlon II X2 and Sempron CPUs including top 6-core and 8-core AMD FX, AMD Phenom II and AMD Athlon II chips with the maximum thermal design up to 140W.

The board is equipped with four DDR3 DIMM slots and supports up to 16GB of dual-channel DDR3 800/1066/1333/1600/1866 MHz RAM as well as overclocking versions up to 2000 MHz.
Today’s market features few motherboards equipped with three PCI-E x16 2.0 slots, and the TA990FXE is one of few boards supporting their configuration of x16, x16, x4. It actually means the support for the most complex graphics configurations based on several graphics cards. Additional peripherals are realized with two PCI slots and one PCI-E x1 2.0.

The board features a great deal of interfaces and peripheral controllers. It sports five SATA3 6Gbit/s slots supporting SATA RAID 0,1,5,10, three USB 3.0 ports, six USB 2.0 ports, FireWire IEEE 1394a, 10/100/1000 Mbit/s LAN and 8-channel HD Audio. There is also a bracket for a serial port and a connector for an external eSATA2 3 Gbit/s interface.

The TA990FXE board comes with modern high-quality solid capacitors and is ready to run stably under the latest Windows 7 family OSes. The board supports the maximum list of BIOSTAR’s proprietary technologies including the BIOSTAR G.P.U (Green Power Utility) for optimal power consumption at low system load, an exclusive overclocking system, the Rapid Switch for quick restart, the Rapid Debug for hardware debugging with the help of a LED light, the BIOS Flasher and the BIOS Relife for updating or recovering BIOS from a USB drive, and the BIO-Remote 2 for remote control of home media system components from Android and Apple mobile devices. Overclockers will be pleased with the T-overclocker utilities for Windows which provide fine system tuning for experienced users.

Taipei, Taiwan, Sep 27th 2011 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd.. a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced the launch of LAN Optimizer, a free software application that offers user-friendly, intelligent network management. Prioritizing network-sensitive applications such as streaming media content, communications and online gaming, LAN Optimizer intelligently manages your network to deliver an optimized online experience. “LAN Optimizer is a unique and exclusive GIGABYTE application that allows our customers to get the very best online experience by taking charge of their internet bandwidth in a way that was only available to very high-end solutions in the past,” commented Henry Kao, Vice President of Motherboard Business Unit at GIGABYTE. “GIGABYTE motherboard users can now intelligently manage different types of network traffic at the touch of a button, dynamically optimizing their home network according to their needs.”

 GIGABYTE LAN Optimizer
LAN Optimizer offers intelligent and adaptive network analysis and management for all network traffic types. Automatic prioritization of data streams from online games, streaming media content and web browsing helps to prevent your network from being strangled by network-intensive traffic such as large data downloads. This means users can now enjoy optimized gaming, communications and entertainment connectivity, while performing multiple online tasks. In cases where an internet connection is shared, LAN Optimizer ensures that the whole family will enjoy sufficient network bandwidth, on all connected devices. Key FeaturesLAN Optimizer is a free software application that works in conjunction with the Realtek 8111E Network LAN Controller to monitor and manage your PC’s network behavior. It’s simple user interface allows you to select the types of network traffic you want to prioritize, including gaming, media streaming, communications or web browsing data traffic. You can also target specific applications, choosing to prioritize or block accordingly. LAN Optimizer also features automatic management options that use adaptive networking intelligence to ensure that you are getting the best online experience possible. See the GIGABYTE LAN Optimizer in action on GIGABYTE’s MoboTV Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjX3fr3LMlU LAN Optimizer is freely available to GIGABYTE motherboard customers and will work on applicable motherboard models. Get the latest version here: http://www.gigabyte.com/support-downloads/Utility.aspx. GIGABYTE LAN

Optimizer: Applicable Models*ChipsetModelRev.ChipsetModelRev.
Z68GA-Z68X-UD3H-B31.0Z68GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B31.3
GA-Z68X-UD3H-B31.3GA-Z68MA-D2H-B31.0
GA-Z68A-D3H-B31.0GA-Z68MA-D2H-B31.3
GA-Z68A-D3H-B31.3GA-Z68M-D2H1.0
GA-Z68XP-UD41.0P67GA-P67A-D3-B31.x
GA-Z68XP-UD41.3GA-P67-DS3-B31.x
GA-Z68XP-UD3P1.0H67GA-PH67-DS3-B31.0
GA-Z68XP-UD3R1.0GA-H67MA-USB3-B31.0
GA-Z68XP-UD3R1.3GA-H67M-D2-B31.0/1.1
GA-Z68XP-UD31.0H61GA-P61-USB3-B31.0/1.1
GA-Z68XP-UD31.3GA-P61-DS3-B31.1
GA-Z68AP-D31.0GA-H61M-S2V-B31.0/1.1
GA-Z68P-DS31.0GA-H61N-USB31.0
GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B31.0

*1.This list is subject to change without notice。 2.Product features may vary by model, if your motherboard is not on the list, please refer to the GIGABYTE website for more support information. To learn more about the GIGABYTE LAN Optimizer, please visit: http://www.gigabyte.com/MicroSite/300/lan-optimizer.html

The long wait is over, WP 7.5 is here to stay. Although Mango has brought some new features like Asian language input (but less menus in Asian language), it did not deliver the highly anticipated feature – Tethering via USB or WIFI. These two popular features are readily available on iPhone and Android phones.
According to media representatives, they said that the updates will be available to first generation Windows Phone 7 at a later date. There is no indication when will it be available.

So far, for Singapore, HTC trophy 7 (M1) has already delivered it’s updates while LG Optimus 7 from Singtel hasn’t got the update signal yet.

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Windows Phone 7.5 Mango brings new life to Windows Phone
Bluetooth 28 Sep 2011

It has been months since we received the NoDo update which didn’t impress us. Just 1 hour ago, I received a notification to update it to the Wp 7.5 (Mango). I hook up my HTC trophy 7 and update it through Zune downloading the massive update via internet.

Once the update is done, you will be greeted with a RED colour Windows Logo. In split seconds you will be greeted with the usual tiles screen somewhat with a updated font.

A flip to the right shows us the applications tha are previously installed. I notice the slight change in layout. It now includes a search app option and the apps are now arranged just the way the phone book is, categorising them under alphabetical order.

Asian users have always been concerned about the Asian language support. Wp7.5 didn’t forget about this part of the world. Although display language and menus are still restricted to 5 European languages, input methods include Chinese, Japanese and Korean. The Chinese language includes handwriting too.

The popular mobile messaging application WhatsApp is now available in the Marketplace for downloading. This cross platform tool allows free “sms” to other platform users on iPhone, Android and BlackBerry. It it definitely a great tool to have on the Windows Platform. Unfortunately, SKYPE is still not available on this platform.

A check on the HTC Apps in Marketplace, I discovered 2 new apps, one is Locations and the other is Connected Media.

Locations is for you to save your favourite location with photos, voice and notes. You can also share it with friends. The second is Connected Media. It is  software that allows you to view photos and play music or video stored on media servers. you can also send media from your device to networked media players such as TV or Set top boxes.

In settings, you will also find a new item “background tasks” which  list the apps that can continue to run in the background.

The new IE is refreshing too. The default screen appears in full screen with the URL bar relocated to the bottom of the screen.

So far, after 30 minutes of running on this new update, I wouldn’t find 500 updates but have found most of the improvements I wanted. One of the disappointment is the menu screen which is still not configurable to other Asian languages. The other feature that is missing is Tethering. According to our PR contact, the Tethering feature will be added on in another update (with no dates specified). Well, I can live with it so long there is WhatsApp.

WP7.5 is a leap ahead for Microsoft that is long overdued. The next apps that will make Windows Phone 7.5 more complete would be SKYPE, banking applications.

So have you installed yours ? Post your comments at the end of the post.

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Apple will launch its next-generation iPhone 5 in five initial markets on October 14th according to a new report from Macotakara. The site, which has a mixed track record, reports that Apple will release the new device in the United States, the U.K., Germany, Japan and France on that date, with launches in additional markets to follow. The date aligns closely with earlier comments from France Telecom CEO Stéphane Richard, who said the iPhone 5 would launch from Orange on October 15th, a Saturday. Apple launched the original iPhone, the iPhone 3G and the iPhone 3GS on Fridays, and the iPhone 4 launched on a Thursday last year. Apple CEO Tim Cook is expected to unveil at least one new iPhone model next week at a press conference to be held at the company’s Cupertino, California campus.

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After M1 and SmarTone ends partnership with Vodaphone, Vodafone Group PLC (VOD.LN) is partnering with Conexus Mobile Alliance, a group of Asian mobile operators NTT DoCoMo, Smart, Starhub, TrueMove and Far EasTone.

Vodafone, the world’s largest mobile operator by revenue, will collaborate with some Conexus members on data roaming, multinational corporate business and other services, Vodafone and Conexus said in a joint statement Tuesday. The alliance members will be able to use the Vodafone brand, and access the U.K.-based group’s devices and services.

Starting December, Vodafone will form partnerships with Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings Ltd. (0215.HK), NTT DoCoMo, the Philippines’ Smart Communications Inc. and Singapore’s Starhub Ltd. (CC3.SG). Thailand’s TrueMove, and Taiwan’s Far EasTone Telecommunications Co. (4904.TW) will also join the partnership over the next two years.

Both Singapore’s M1 and Hong Kong’s SmarTone are members of rival alliance Asia Mobility Initiative and other members are  Celcom in Malaysia, dtac in Thailand, Excelcomindo in Indonesia, IDEA Cellular in India, M1 in Singapore, SmarTone-Vodafone in Hong Kong, SmarTone in Macau and Sun Cellular in Philippines.

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M1 and Vodafone end partnership

SINGAPORE, 19 September 2011 – M1 Limited (M1) today announces that M1 and Vodafone have mutually agreed to not renew their partnership, following the expiry of the M1-Vodafone Co-Operation Agreement on 31 December 2011.

M1 has global roaming partnership arrangements with operators in over 230 countries and territories. M1 is also part of the Axiata group of companies and a member of the Asia Mobility Initiative (AMI) – an alliance of regional telecom operators, and will continue to leverage on these associations. Members of the AMI Alliance include Celcom in Malaysia, dtac in Thailand, XL Axiata in Indonesia, IDEA Cellular in India, SmarTone in Hong Kong and Macau, as well as Sun Cellular in Philippines.

In addition, M1 will continue to enhance the products and services that its customers enjoy today, to ensure that their experience is seamless and optimised.

Microsoft Taiwan has put up a website indicating the availability of update of Windows Phone 7 to Mango firmware. The two phones that are supported are HTC HD7 and Mozart. Although Microsoft Windows Phone 7 supports updating using Zune, the Mango update will not be delivered through this method. Instead, end users have to bring the phones to the locations indicated at this website to do a flash update by person.

This is probably because, the current firmware are European firmware which has no Asian language support (menus and input). So the new firmware will probably erased everything and start off from scratch. The online update probably does not support such a feature to clean up the firmware totally but leave the base language intact. That is why a clean flash is required at the selected service centres.

Below is the link to the Microsoft Taiwan site in Chinese 

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 recently launched the AMD E-450 and E-300 APUs, running at 1.65 GHz and 1.3 GHz, respectively. Systems based on the E-450 and E-300 deliver exceptional performance and value.  Like systems based on the E-350, they also feature excellent video playback, DirectX 11-capable graphics and extremely power efficient x86 performance.

The AMD APU is revolutionary in many ways but it is important to highlight the significant contribution of power efficiency and battery life for mobile lifestyles.  Before the AMD APU, many entry level notebooks did not have great battery life.  The AMD E-450 and E-300 enable fantastic mobility and a great computing experience.

What you are seeing in the video are systems powered by the AMD E-450 and E-300, demonstrating that these systems:

  • Offer better battery life than competing systems based on our competitor’s products
  • When looking at scripting software to simulate real world workloads in productivity and gaming, these systems deliver the same or better performance in a more power efficient manner
  • Offer better power efficiency and better platform thermals, which can result in cooler user experience

The anticipated SONY Tablet, the Sony Tablet S will be launch by end of September 2011 from various sources. This tablet is equipped with Android 3.2 OS and NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor.

In fact, we have seen S1 and S2 before at a trade show. It is unsure if both tablets will be announced together or just one of two.

 

The Sony S1 and S2 are both based on Android 3.2Honeycomb with customised UI.

The Sony S1 has a 9.4″ screen with 1280×800 resolution. it has 512MB RAM and 32GB storage. It is powered by NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. Some features include QUick and smooth Touch panel UI, Swift web browser, front and rear cameras. It also has access to playstation suite of games.

For wireless connectivity, it has 3G/4G and WIFI. It can also function as a remote control for Sony products. The design makes it foldable like like a magazine.

The Sony S2 has a 5.5″ screen with 2 1024×480 pixel display screen. It has a Book Style UI Layout and it is WIFI/3G/4G compatible. It is again powered by NVIDIA Tegra2 processor.

Broadcom Corp. (BRCM) stands out as one of the biggest beneficiaries from orders from Apple Inc. (AAPL), whose need for parts that go into iPhones and iPads represents a bright spot for a semiconductor industry plagued by weak demand.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Broadcom’s biggest supplier, last week said third-quarter sales would exceed earlier forecasts because of rush orders from an unnamed customer. Other large Taiwan Semiconductor clients have disclosed disappointing results, suggesting that the customer was probably Broadcom, rushing to meet demand from Apple, according to a supply-chain analysis by Bloomberg.

Apple is expected to announce a new iPhone by the end of October and will expand its availability in the U.S. to include Sprint Nextel Corp., people familiar with the matter said last week. The company also is expanding in China, where sales grew sixfold last quarter and new retail stores are planned.

Broadcom rose 55 cents to $34.77 in Nasdaq Stock Market trading yesterday. The company, whose stock has dropped 20 percent this year, may be spared from the struggles of other chipmakers because of Apple.

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Windows 8 Developer Preview
Bluetooth 14 Sept 2011

This morning, Microsoft just released the Developer preview of Windows 8 (x86/x64). We have heard a lot about this upcoming OS. Being a tablet oriented OS, it has similarities with the Windows Phone 7 interface.

We took a while to download the 32 bits version of the developer preview from MSDN site. The file is an ISO file which you would need to burn it into a DVD ROM. It took us a while to get it installed into a Dual Core Atom Net Top.

As we did not boot up from DVD ROM but installed it as an upgrade from Windows 7, the screens were not the usual screen shots we see when installing Windows 7. In a seperate install on another EeePC 900, the procedure and screen shots looks identical to a Windows 7 installation.

Installation

The system detected that the nettop has a WiFi built in and asked user to setup which AP to connect to.

In settings, we chose express settings to speed up installation. It will take the default settings in configuring the system.

For Logon, we have to supply a Windows Live email address.

Consumers can download the Windows 8 Developer Preview starting TONIGHT at 8:00 PM Pacific Time at the following link. The developer preview will run on both 32-bit (can’t we kill you already??!!) and 64-bit x86 computers. No activation will be required for those that choose to install the software, but you will need a Windows Live ID to initiate the download.

Be prepared for slow servers as everyone and their grandma will be rushing to get in line to get their “Metro on” with Windows 8.

The Windows 8 Developer Preview can be downloaded RIGHT NOW.

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) will demonstrate Windows 8 running on tablet at a developer conference in Anaheim, California, following a preview of the design in June. The product is an attempt to vault Microsoft into a fast-growing market controlled by Apple and Google Inc.’s Android software.

Windows 8’s design resembles Microsoft’s software for mobile phones in its use of digital tiles instead of icons to help users move between programs, according to the June demonstration by Windows President Steven Sinofsky on a 10.6- inch tablet computer.

Sinofsky at the time declined to say when the software would be available, except to note it “won’t be this fall.”

The design of the software is similar to the tile interface on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 mobile-handset software. Like that program, Windows 8’s tiles can be automatically updated to display information from applications on the computer’s start screen. For example, a weather application can tell users that it is forecast to be sunny without requiring them to open the app.

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