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Seeing what’s next, at Computex (roundup)

CNET brings you all the latest from the Computex computer expo in Taipei.

Asus UX21 ultraslim hands-on

Take a close up look at the Asus UX21, which is being touted as a serious competitor to Apple’s MacBook Air.
? Asus UX21 ultraslim up close (photos)

(Posted in Crave by Philip Wong)
June 1, 2011 3:49 PM PDT

Asus UX21 ultraslim up close (photos)




HP Touchpad surfaces at Computex

The long-awaited
tablet from HP still hasn’t hit the market, but a sneaky SanDisk rep doesn’t mind showing it off at Computex Taipei.
(Posted in Crave by Christopher MacManus)
June 1, 2011 11:09 AM PDT

MSI brings WindPad Enjoy 7, 10 to Computex

Micro-Star International, one of the world’s largest motherboard and video card manufacturers, will be offering two
Android 2.3 tablets later this year.
(Posted in Crave by Kevin Koh)
May 31, 2011 5:49 AM PDT

Asus launches ultrathin UX, Eee PC X101 at Computex

The 11-inch Asus UX is clearly designed to take on the MacBook Air. Also on hand: an updated version of the Eee PC Netbook, called the Eee PC X101.

? The 11-inch Asus UX and Eee PC X101 (photos)

(Posted in Crave by Dan Ackerman)
May 30, 2011 6:46 PM PDT

The 11-inch Asus UX and Eee PC X101 (photos)




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Roku partners with Rovio for Angry Birds

Egg-swiping pigs are coming to a Roku box near you.

(Credit:
Rovio)

Roku has inked a deal with Angry Birds creator Rovio to bring the company’s video games to its set-top boxes.

The companies have entered into a “strategic partnership” that will see Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons, and Angry Birds Rio come to Roku’s Channel Store, Roku said late yesterday. An Angry Birds video channel with game-themed animated shorts, as well as a marketplace to buy game-related merchandise, will also be available in the Channel Store.

Roku has come a long way since its initial set-top box launched in 2008. Earlier this year, the company announced that more than 1 billion content streams have been sent to TVs through its set-top boxes, which currently range in price from $59.99 to $99.99. It currently offers more than 250 entertainment options in its Channel Store, which basically acts as an applications store, allowing people to add those channels to their personal menu and watch the content associated with them.

Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora, and NBA Game Time are among the channels Roku offers.

However, this is the first time that Roku has indicated it wants to get into gaming. And the company says it’s only the beginning. Roku revealed in its press release that it’s currently negotiating with “other casual game providers and aggregators” to bring more games to its set-top boxes. It expects to make more announcements within the “next few weeks.”

“Angry Birds is the most popular and fastest growing casual game, yet [it] has been trapped on mobile devices,” Roku founder and CEO Anthony Wood said in a statement. “We believe there’s a huge market for games like these on the TV. Just as we were the first to enable Netflix to stream instantly to the TV, we intend to be the catalyst for transforming the way people play casual games–starting with Angry Birds–on the biggest screen in the home.”

Even so, Roku won’t be alone. Rovio announced last year that it plans to bring a console version of Angry Birds to the
Xbox 360,
PlayStation 3, and
Nintendo Wii this year. The move is part of a broader strategy on the game creator’s part to bring its wildly popular title to more than just mobile devices. The game is now available on PCs and Macs, in Google’s Chrome Web Store, and elsewhere.

Along the way, Rovio has watched its game become the biggest title in casual gaming. According to the company, Angry Birds has been downloaded more than 200 million times since its launch in 2009. The company has also sold over 3 million units of Angry Birds merchandise.

Angry Birds is scheduled to hit the Roku platform soon. The set-top box maker did not immediately respond to CNET’s request for an exact timetable.

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preGame 53: Call of Duty Elite; E3 2011 preview

On today’s episode of preGame we’ll be previewing the biggest gaming event of the year, E3! Join us along with special guest Scott Stein as we dive deep into E3 2011 predictions, anticipated games, and more previews than you can handle; from the
Wii 2 to the NGP, and everything in between.

We’ll also have an in-depth conversation about today’s announcement from Activision regarding Call of Duty Elite. This brand-new premium service will enhance the online multiplayer experience by leaps and bounds. But is it worth a premium price?

All this and much more on this massive episode of preGame!

Want to be a part of our live taping? Make sure you head to http://cnet.com/live/pregame every Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET.

Got an idea for preGame? E-mail us! pregame [at] cnet [dot] com.

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MSI brings WindPad Enjoy 7, 10 to Computex

An MSI tablet

(Credit:
MSI)

Micro-Star International, one of the world’s largest motherboard and video card manufacturers, showcased two of its new
tablets today at Computex 2011 in Taiwan.

The WindPad Enjoy 10, a 10-inch
Android Gingerbread tablet, comes with a 1,024×768 screen, 4GB of storage, and 512MB of RAM. This notebook also sports a 1.2GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor. Its 7-inch cousin, the WindPad Enjoy 7, differs slightly with a smaller battery and an 800×480 screen.

These tablets will run on Android 2.3. MSI is expected to begin shipping the tablets in the second half of the year. Pricing was not released.

Read more of “MSI brings out WindPad Enjoy 7 and 10 to Computex” at Crave Asia.

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Samsung Central Station SyncMaster C23A750X (review): No cables, no problem

Do you see any wires? Exactly! There are none! I know what you’re asking, “What? Does it run on batteries or something?” The answer’s no, it doesn’t. It runs on power from a wall socket. We just unplugged it for the purposes of this photo. Still, it requires no wires to connect to a laptop. So, you should still be impressed.

(Credit:
Josh Miller/CNET)

So what exactly is the Samsung SyncMaster C23A750X, or Central Station, as it’s also called? Samsung refers to it as an “IT hub,” but I think a more apt description would be “wireless monitor/docking station.”

It’s a standalone monitor with a number of inputs and connects wirelessly to your
Windows 7 or XP laptop, allowing you to control the laptop semi-remotely (up to five feet away).

That’s the best “short” description I cold come up with, but judging from the high level of enthusiasm elicited from some of my co-workers when I explained it to them, I’d say it’s pretty good. Still, unless you’re a user who is constantly mobile with your laptop, it’s difficult to fully appreciate just how convenient, at least from a conceptual level, Central Station has the potential to make your mobile laptop life.

Unless you’ve dealt with the hassle and frustration of disconnecting and reconnecting cables and cords every time you leave your desk or return from a meeting, seeing the real value in Central Station can be difficult and I suspect a possible marketing challenge for Samsung.

For those of you still having a difficult time wrapping your heads around the concept, I’ll lay it out more clearly.

First, connect your desktop peripherals (keyboard, mouse) via USB to the Central Station’s base. Then, insert the included wireless USB dongle into your notebook’s USB 2.0 port. Now, whenever your laptop comes within a 5-foot radius of the Central Station, it will connect wirelessly to all of your desktop peripherals as well as the 23-inch monitor, without the need to touch any cords or adjust any settings.

Cool concept to be sure, but does it actually work and, if so, how well? Also, and maybe more importantly, is it worth the $450 dollars Samsung is asking? Check out the full review to find out.

More monitor reviews can be easily accessed from the monitor hub.

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Nvidia touts quad-core Kal-El chip in Android tablet

Nvidias Glowball demo running on a Honeycomb Android tablet using the companys quad-core Kal-El processor technology

Nvidia’s Glowball demo running on a Honeycomb Android tablet using the company’s quad-core Kal-El processor technology

(Credit:
screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET)

Nvidia, an emerging power in the world of ARM processors for smartphones and
tablets, has published a demonstration game called Glowball the company says shows what can be achieved with its quad-core Kal-El mobile processor project.

In the demo, an internally lit ball rolls around a playing board. With “dynamic lighting,” shapes on the ball’s exterior casting shadows on stacked barrels, lurking jack-in-the-boxes, hanging rugs, and a creepy clown face. The game’s physics engine is wired into the tablet’s accelerometer to determine how the ball rolls, the rugs hang, and the barrels tumble.

“All this is being simulated in real time. There’s no canned animations,” Nvidia says in the video. It generally runs smoothly, though it’s not clear what the lag is between when the user tilts the tablet and when the game responds.

The company has carved out a niche compared to traditional mobile chip rivals such as Texas Instruments and Qualcomm with its dual-core Tegra 2, used in the Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1–the two current flagship
Android tablets. Kal-El has five times the performance, Nvidia boasts, though it’s not clear exactly what measurements it bases this conclusion on. Part of the project is a 12-core graphics processing unit, too.

Clicking a button restricts the game to two of the Kal-El’s four cores. “Now the simulations are happening on two cores, and it becomes unplayable–very low frame rates,” Nvidia said.

“This is preproduction silicon,” the company adds. “The production chip will be 25 to 30 percent faster than this.”

That’s good, because the game, while smooth when the ball was just rolling gently, was pretty hard to follow when bumping into the jack-in-the-boxes triggered fast-paced moments.

Mobile processors are a hot market–but a tricky one. Smartphone customers want high performance–lavish games with smooth graphics, Web applications that don’t crawl compared to desktop equivalents, touch screens that respond immediately for a light feel. But they also don’t want a high-powered chip that exhausts the battery in only a few hours.

What’s not yet clear is the tradeoff between multiple cores and fewer, faster cores. Chipmakers have run into power-consumption limits running processors at faster clock speeds and have responded by trying to get more work done in each tick of a chip’s clock and by spreading work across multiple cores.

However, programming for multi-core chips isn’t always easy. Physics engines in games like Glowball can use the power by running instructions in parallel, but a lot of computing tasks depend on how fast a chip can run a single sequence of instructions.

Nvidia’s mobile push, at least in the near term, is heavily dependent on the success of Android tablets. Chief Executive Jen-Hsun Huang expects Android tablets to outsell iPads within three years. Huang also blamed Android tablets’ lackluster debut on retail, marketing, and prices.

Customers are planning production of Kal-El-based devices for August to go on sale in the 2011 holiday season, Nvidia has told CNET.

Nvidia plans several other generations of Tegra mobile chips after Kal-El, each with improving performance. In 2012 comes Wayne, in 2013 comes Logan, and in 2014 comes Stark. The company claims that Kal-El outpaces an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, though it’s not clear which model or on what performance measurement.

People will be able to try their own hand to see if Nvidia’s demo matches their own results: Nvidia plans to put Glowball on the Android market so people can try the app themselves. How about an
iPad version too?

Nvidias Tegra roadmap extends three years beyond Kal-El.

Nvidia’s Tegra roadmap extends three years beyond Kal-El.

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Nvidia)

Via All Things D.

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