Most monitor vendors boast superhigh contrast ratios (CR) for their babies. Even the monitor in question, the Samsung SyncMaster F2380, has "50,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio" written on its bezel. When you see these really high claims, they are most likely referring to Dynamic Contrast Ratio., which can't be trusted as the real-world CR.
Now, for the first time since I've been reviewing monitors, I've finally found what's been missing in my life. No, not a triple burger, wrapped in bacon, and deep fried, silly. No, a monitor with a tested contrast ratio … Read more
As speculation over an Apple tablet reaches a crescendo before the January 27 event, analysts offer their insights into what will power the device--or devices, as the case may be.
Richard Doherty, director of technology consulting firm Envisioneering Group, believes that multiple tablets and/or a Macbook with touch-screen features will emerge. So, what's inside depends on the device. "Anything that's not a Mac touchscreen, will be an ARM processor," according to Doherty, who said he believes that Apple, sooner or later, will also bring out a MacBook that has tablet-like features, in addition to tablets. … Read more
Samsung Electronics and Rambus said Tuesday that they have reached an agreement settling all claims between them and the licensing of Rambus' patent portfolio for all Samsung semiconductor products.
Under the agreement, Samsung will initially pay Rambus $200 million. In addition, the South Korean electronics company will make quarterly payments of about $25 million over five years and agree to purchase $200 million worth of Rambus stock. In total, about $900 million.
The agreement includes a perpetual fully paid-up license to certain current dynamic random access memory (DRAM) products. DRAM chips are used as the main memory for PCs.
In addition, Samsung and Rambus have signed a memorandum of understanding covering a new generation of memory technologies which combines Samsung's and Rambus' memory technologies. Rambus' expertise lies in high-performance memory interfaces.
The two companies will initially focus on graphics and mobile memory solutions and will further review a potential collaboration on server and high-speed NAND flash memories, the companies said.
The settlement came just as Rambus was set to go to trial against Samsung, Hynix Semiconductor, and Micron Technology.
Rambus has a long and convoluted history of lawsuits and legal action.… Read more
Google's recent turmoil in China has prompted the company to halt the launch of two Android smartphones in the Chinese market.
The company told Dow Jones Newswire on Tuesday that it has indefinitely postponed the Chinese debut of two mobile phones manufactured by Samsung and Motorola. The phones, which were to be sold by provider China Unicom, were initially set to hit China on Wednesday.
An unnamed source told Dow Jones that Google felt it would be "irresponsible" to unveil the phones now, in light of the company's current situation in China. No details were given … Read more
Out from the avalanche of CES announcements and way before any PMA 2010 releases, Samsung drops five new models. None of them is all that exciting, though, which could explain the odd timing.
Whatever the reason, the most interesting is probably the HZ35W, a compact 15x megazoom with an ultrawide-angle lens, full manual controls, and built-in GPS for instant geotagging. A partner model, the HZ30W, is almost identical except the GPS is jettisoned and the screen is an LCD instead of an AMOLED. They're follow-ups to the HZ15W/HZ10W that had pretty mediocre photo quality and some design issues; hopefully those have been ironed out in this round.
Also announced were three ultracompacts: the Samsung TL110, the TL104, and the SL630. The two TL-series models are particularly thin at less than 0.7 inch, and the SL630 is just normal thin. All three feature wide-angle lenses, but are otherwise unremarkable.
They will all be out in February/March and, in true Samsung fashion, no prices were released.Samsung HZ35W: 12 megapixels 24mm-equivalent wide-angle lens with 15x zoom 3-inch AMOLED screen GPS (geotagging, visual map, real-time location display) 4.2 x 2.4 x 1.1 inches 720p video (HDMI out) Full manual controls March 2010 Samsung HZ30W: 12 megapixels 24mm-equivalent wide-angle lens with 15x zoom 3-inch LCD 4.2 x 2.4 x 1.1 inches 720p video (HDMI out) Full manual controls March 2010… Read more
CES overloaded the industry with 3D TV hype, and it's time to bust it. This week on the Roundtable, I interview CNET's own John Falcone and HDNation's Robert Heron on the practical realities, and likely future, of 3D TV.
We love getting (scheduled) visits from fans of The 404, especially when they come with treats for us! Henry Chu, aka Charlie Chu, aka Tapchus in the chat room, stopped by this morning to pick up some stickers and ended up joining us in the studio for the first segment of the show. If you're watching the video, that's Henry taking some flicks of the CNET podcast studio. Be sure to send us those pictures, Henry, and thanks for the delicious pastries!
Plenty of stories to talk about today, including a kooky wedding stunt courtesy of Gizmodo. Instead of a traditional flower girl, an S.F. bride commissioned her robot-crazed sister to build a flower-bearing bot instead! We're all nerds here, but unfortunately Jeff tells us that there will be no robots in attendance at his wedding in October 2010.
Next up, we have some very exciting news, albeit three years too late, about the "Arrested Development" movie starting to unfold. The movie starts production this year, and despite rumors about Michael Cera, the entire cast will reprise their roles in the movie. Can't wait!
If you were ever a fan of the Mega Man series, get ready for Mega Man 10! We take a special look at Mega Man's eight new enemies (with eight painfully uncreative names, like Sheep Man) in the downloadable title, available for all three platforms this March.EPISODE 498 Subscribe in iTunes audio | Suscribe to iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more
Attention all you fashionistas out there. Samsung has launched a new line of cell phones called the Samsung Diva Collection 2010 to satisfy your inner diva.
Designed by Estonian model Carmen Kass, the line is targeted toward "fashionable women" and consists of two devices, the Samsung Diva S7070 and the Samsung Diva S5150.
Both phones feature an embossed quilted back cover (pearl white on the S7070 and silver on the S5150) and offer special features, such as Beauty Effect and Lomo Effect camera options for "flawless portraits," an SOS message for security, a Fake Call feature … Read more