26
Feb/10
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ATI’s six-screen Eyefinity reviewed

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Along with its introduction of the HD 5830, ATI announced the HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 card yesterday, which predictably comes with six DisplayPort outputs and enables that hallowed six-screen gaming overload that the Eyefinity branding has been about since the beginning. Some lucky scribes over at PC Pro have been treated to a live demonstration of what gaming at 5,760 x 2,160 feels like, and their understated response was to describe it as “far more immersive.” No kidding. They did raise the spectral figure of those monitor bezels, however, pointing out that bezel correction — where the image “behind the bezel” is rendered but hidden making the overall display look like a window unto the game world — habitually obscured text and game HUD elements. In their view, the sweet spot remains a triple-screen setup, and we’re inclined to agree (particularly if they look like this). For those interested in getting their multi-monitor gaming up and running, we’ve linked an invaluable guide from HardOCP below, which breaks down how much you can expect from ATI’s current HD 5000 series of cards, and also provides a video guide to setting your rig up.

25
Feb/10
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Sagem Orga Developed the World’s First SIM Card with Wi-Fi Embedded

This is just one of those technologies that have been brought up in the form of a “What if” question in many technology-related discussions between most of you and your friends. Now, it is possible, thanks to Sagem Orga, to get a Wi-Fi connection from a simple SIM card. Imagine what this will do to the USB-modem market. Not good, I know.

Sagem Orga will prove the existence of this really great invention during the Mobile World Congress next week and demonstrate how the USIM card with embedded Wi-Fi radio actually works. The world’s smallest hotspot creator should be the name of the SIMFi. What will we do if anybody is able to have a Wi-Fi connection at all times?

“We strongly believe that SIMFi, with its unprecedented functionality for wireless access, will significantly improve the user experience,” explained Remy Cricco, Technology Innovation Manager at Sagem Orga. “If customers can connect their notebooks to the Web anytime and anywhere by simply using what they have with them most of the time and what is the most trusted secure device – the SIM card – adoption can be expected to be enormous.”

Yeah, laptop, UMPC or MID users, for example, are the main targets of SIMFi. The SIM toolkit applets handle the SIMFi’s working system, so there is no need for installation, special software, handset specific configurations or anything. It will simply give you HSPA/W-Fi connection at all times. Activate an access point on the machine you want internet connection on and then Plug and Play comes into play. The producers say that the SIMFi can be inserted in any type of normal phone. What everybody decides to do with this new power is everybody’s business, but please use the limitless connectivity solution by Sagem Orga and Telefonica wisely.

24
Feb/10
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The Pulse Mini

Recent developments at T-Mobile UK include the addition of Android-powered mobile phones as they seem to be quite popular there. The latest addition to the collection is the sixth phone of this kind, the Pulse Mini, which follows the launching of LG TouchMax (GW620) and Samsung Galaxy Portal (i5700).

Nicola Shenton, Head of Handset and Device Marketing, T-Mobile UK, said that “We want to make sure all our customers get the chance to experience Android, which is why we’re expanding our family of Android devices. The Pulse Mini will no doubt prove a big hit with customers looking for cutting-edge smartphone features without the commitment of a monthly contract.”

Also built by Huawei, the Pulse Mini is quite similar to the Pulse phone. It just makes you think of the Pulse when it was a kid, with its 2.8-inch touch screen, instead of the 3.5-inch of the older brother. Don’t worry too much about the display’s size, as it comes with some extras that most users will appreciate.

The 3.5 mm headphone jack, for instance, was not present on the Pulse and it is quite the practical addition, since most users like to listen to music via their own headsets. T-Mobile UK has also updated the Pulse Mini so that it will support up to 16 GB of memory. Also a pay-as-you-go phone, the newly announced Pulse Mini will use the 2.1 version of the Android OS for its regular tasks, as well as snap photos with its 3.2-megapixel camera with LED Flash.

T-Mobile UK brags about the Android Market’s popularity and even has a recent study from IDC, which estimates that there will be 50,000 to 75,000 applications available for the Android OS by the end of 2010. This is the reason why they are releasing the Pulse Mini phone. The Android 2.1 is a fun operating system, it’s true, but it will be the Brits’ decision if they wish to spend 99 pounds sterling on it.

12
Feb/10
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SIMFi merges WiFi with SIM cards, turns any phone into a hotspot

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Smart card expert Sagem Orga (Safran group) and Telefonica, one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies, are enhancing mobile broadband services by offering “SIMFi,” the first SIM card with integrated Wi-Fi. Using the SIM as a hotspot is expected to have the potential of becoming the next killer application.

Millions of subscribers are using netbooks and notebooks to surf the Internet while on the move, and this has become a strategic market for mobile operators. To enable Internet access, all of these mobility devices use the USIM card to authenticate the user on High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) networks, but there are some drawbacks that are slowing down market penetration. These include complex 3G modem and driver set-ups the user must perform, the use of accessories and cables such as USB modems, PCMCIA modems, handsets and certain software, and the complexity of service use.

By turning the SIM card into a Wi-Fi hotspot, Sagem Orga and Telefonica have developed a solution without all these hurdles. An embedded WLAN modem in the SIM card, driven by the SIM toolkit applets running in the SIM, will enable Telefonica to broadcast High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) Internet access through Wi-Fi to notebooks and netbooks. The new generation USIM card “SIMFi” can be inserted in any type of classic handset to act as a universal and interoperable HSPA/Wi-Fi router for any device.

“We strongly believe that SIMFi, with its unprecedented functionality for wireless access, will significantly improve the user experience,” explained Remy Cricco, Technology Innovation Manager at Sagem Orga. “If customers can connect their notebooks to the Web anytime and anywhere by simply using what they have with them most of the time and what is the most trusted secure device – the SIM card – adoption can be expected to be enormous.”

5
Feb/10
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Humax HD-FOX first Freeview HD box in the UK,

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When you think back to the dark ages of the nineties — just four terrestrial channels and the inevitable snowflakes on your screen if you were in a poor reception area — it just wasn’t a very good time for free television in the UK. Fast forward to today, and dirt-cheap Freeview boxes are getting their inevitable, in fact somewhat belated, upgrade to HD. The Humax HD-FOX T2 will cost a predictably hefty £170 ($270) at launch, but as its kind starts to infiltrate the market that price should suffer an equally appropriate precipitous fall. Offering decent media streamer capabilities via wired Ethernet, the T2 stands out with its attractive GUI and blisteringly fast channel scanning, while giving you pretty much exactly the performance you’d expect from a high-quality Freeview HD box. The UK HD rollout is set to start in earnest this March and you can learn more about it at the links below.