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CableLabs starts testing 3D

The cable industry’s research and development arm has proudly announced that 3D testing is on. This will allow TV manufactures and cable companies to begin having their equipment tested for 3D interoperability. Along the way CableLabs has also confirmed that many of the existing set-top boxes will work with “frame-compatible” 3D formats — like side by side pictured above. This is exactly what DirecTV announced it would use and is the very same standards that HDMI added to the spec. Basically it allows providers to dedicate the same amount of bandwidth to 3D as it was to 2D. Of course this means that the resolution is cut in half (horizontally in the case of side by side) but we’re told that sharpness isn’t as perceivable in 3D as it is in 2D and after seeing the DirecTV 3D demo at CES, we believe it. Unlike the adoption of HD, it doesn’t look like the cable industry is going to let the satellite companies run away with the new technology unchallenged like last time.

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Jan/10
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Garmin-Asus to Launch M10 WinMo 6.5.3 Handset in February

We haven’t heard in quite a while from the rather unusual alliance between Asus and Garmin, but it seems that the two companies were quite hard at work on developing a new handset, called the M10, which will run Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 6.5.3 OS, as well as the usual Garmin navigation software on top (thus pretty much masking WinMo, which, as we all know only too well, it’s perhaps for the best, at least as far as the version in question is concerned).

Anyway, getting back to the device in question, M10 has just gone up for pre-order on Asus’ website, the Taiwanese company being also kind enough to release some more information on this product, as well some important pricing and availability details.

So, the Garmin-ASUS M10 will feature a 3.5-inch touchscreen display with 800 x 480 pixel resolution, as well as a serious, 5-megapixel camera module. The hardware powering the M10 is quite OK, since we’re talking about the Qualcomm 7227 600MHz processor, accompanied by 512MB of RAM memory and 512 MB of ROM. However, the actual size of the handset is pretty OK, the M10 measuring 116 x 58 x 14.3 mm and weighing around 138g.

In terms of connectivity, the M10 manages to fare pretty OK as well, featuring support for HSDPA 900/2100 networks, as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules. Moreover, similar to most other smartphones out there, the M10 also features a microSD memory card slot, accompanied by a 3.5-mm jack.

The Garmin-Asus M10 will be bundled either with a 1,500 mAh battery or an in-car cradle (which is really a must, given the fact that we’re talking about a navigation-centric smartphone), and will retail for 13,900 TWD (the equivalent of $435) starting with early February. The price doesn’t seem that high, but considering Nokia’s recent move, namely that of enabling free navigation on all of its compatible smartphones, the M10 will surely have a lot of competition.