Samsung Electronics today introduced AMOLED Beam (SPH-W9600) to the Korean market. The novelty succeeds Samsung Haptic Beam (SPH-W7900), company's first full-touch beam projector phone.
Moving the mobile phone experience from personal use to social engagement, the AMOLED Beam allows users to project and share multimedia entertainment, games, video and pictures captured on the 5.0 megapixel camera. Business users can use the AMOLED Beam to deliver presentations wherever and whenever required.
The AMOLED Beam can project any content onto screens up to 50 inches in diagonal. The phone also boasts a display 1.5 times brighter than that of Haptic Beam. Other features include Microsoft Office and DivX codec support, 3.3" WVGA display, 5 megapixel camera, and Terrestrial DMB.
Source: Samsung Electronics
Two Intel executives today outlined the latest Intel system-on-chip (SoC) products for embedded applications (codenamed Tunnel Creek) and described new research to allow homes and small businesses to better use and manage energy. The forthcoming SoC product features an Intel Atom processor core that, for the first time, will let other companies create PCI Express-compliant devices that directly connect to the chip, which offers new flexibility for embedded applications.
This SoC for embedded applications, such as in-vehicle-infotainment and IP media phones, will use a standard interconnect to the processor. The highly integrated SoC combines an Intel Atom processor core, the memory controller hub, graphics engine and video engine into one chip.
The chip will also enable companies to connect their own custom-built silicon to the Intel chip as long as it is a PCI Express compliant. The flexibility in this highly integrated one-chip solution helps reduce bill of materials and saves on board real estate for embedded applications.
Following Davis on stage, Intel Chief Technology Officer and managing director of Intel Labs, Justin Rattner, discussed how smarter technology at home and at work can reduce and better manage energy consumption. Rattner said the company's goal is to apply Intel technology in ways that empower consumers and small businesses to make better energy choices.
Researchers at Intel have invented a new wireless device to make the collection of energy data easy and inexpensive for consumers. The experimental, low-cost sensor need only be plugged into the house wiring to instantaneously measure and wirelessly report the power consumption of each electrical load in the home. The technology could be easily deployed by consumers to analyze energy usage of devices and appliances throughout a home.
Rattner also demonstrated a working prototype of an Intel-powered home energy display that when coupled with the wireless energy sensor, would monitor performance, recommend solutions for more efficient usages, set goals, and reward success. The pair of devices forms the heart of a personal energy management system that could help a U.S. household save up to $470 per year in electricity costs. Given that the U.S. has 113 million households, the potential savings is over $50 billion a year. If only one percent of U.S. households were to realize this savings, it could reduce annual coal demands by 371,000 tons and reduce carbon emissions by 2.4 million metric tons, or the equivalent of taking 535,000 cars of the road. Intel's CTO went on to describe how to improve personal energy management of electric cars. He said as the volume of electric cars increase, strain will be placed on the local electric grid at night when most are recharging. Intel Labs is looking at how to better coordinate charging times to reduce peak loads, which would reduce the need to upgrade local electrical distribution facilities and save significant amounts of money.
BenQ announced the release of its GL Series LED Monitors today that includes GL930 (18.5-inch wide), GL931 (19-inch wide), GL2030 (20-inch wide), GL2230 (21.5-inch wide) and GL2231 (22-inch wide). According to the press release, the new monitors eschew the cold, clinical high-tech aura for a warm, playful, sense of style.
The new GL Series LED monitors feature 5 ms response time, the dynamic contrast ratio of 12,000,000:1, Senseye Human Vision Technology -- a proprietary image enhancement engine that enhances colors, clarity and contrast of video contents and smoothens out quick images through motion optimization.
All of the novelties come with four sets of interfaces: GL (D-Sub, DVI-D), GL/A (D-Sub), GL/M (D-Sub, DVI-D, Line-In, Headphone Jack), GL/AM (D-Sub, Line-In, Headphone Jack). Furthermore, the GL/M and GL/AM models come equipped with 2 x 1W built-in speakers.
Unlike the CCFL technology used in the LCD monitors, the GL Series uses energy-efficient LED backlighting panels and, thus, consumes less power than other BenQ monitors.
GL2030/A/AM/M will be available worldwide in mid-April, whereas GL930/A/AM/M, GL931/A/AM/M, GL2230/A/AM/M and GL2231/A/M/AM will be available worldwide in July.
Apple today released the following statement:
"Although we have delivered more than 500,000 iPads during its first week, demand is far higher than we predicted and will likely continue to exceed our supply over the next several weeks as more people see and touch an iPad™. We have also taken a large number of pre-orders for iPad 3G models for delivery by the end of April."
"Faced with this surprisingly strong US demand, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the international launch of iPad by one month, until the end of May. We will announce international pricing and begin taking online pre-orders on Monday, May 10. We know that many international customers waiting to buy an iPad will be disappointed by this news, but we hope they will be pleased to learn the reason—the iPad is a runaway success in the US thus far."
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