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Lian Li Launches the PC-Q33: Another Hinge Chassis, but mini-ITX

December 20th, 2013 No comments

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It seems that this is a week of Lian Li press releases – first up was the PC-V358 micro-ATX case that uses hinges to make accessing the components easier, paving a way for an upgradable system.  Today it is the turn of the PC-Q33, built on a similar paradigm with a hot-zone on top featuring the motherboard, CPU and GPU, with a cool zone underneath with the power supply and storage.

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This case comes in 229mm x 328mm x 240mm (WxHxD) dimensions, or ~1 foot tall, and is made solely from Lian Li’s favorite material, aluminum.  This also means a total unladen weight of 2.18 Kg (4.8 lbs), and a variety of storage configurations – the hinged panel has room for 3×2.5” or 2×2.5”+1×3.5”, and the side storage locker has room/fixtures for 2×3.5” or 1×3.5”+1×2.5”, meaning up to five drives in total.

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In terms of available dimensions, Lian Li have given the PC-Q33 a maximum PSU length of 200mm, VGA card length of 220mm (8.66"), and maximum CPU/VGA height of 180mm (7.08"). The front panel is typically light as most Lian Li cases are, with two USB 3.0 ports and audio jacks.  The system comes supplied with one 120mm fan in the rear, with the side mesh providing an intake point of fresh air.

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Available in black and silver, the PC-Q33 should be available by the end of the year at a MSRP of US.

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HP says it will make another smartphone

September 15th, 2012 No comments

MAKER OF EXPENSIVE PRINTER INK HP’s CEO Meg Whitman has said that the company will take another shot at the smartphone market.

HP’s smartphone efforts up until now haven’t been all that successful. Following its .2bn acquisition of Palm and its WebOS mobile operating system back in 2010, HP released a couple of smartphones, the HP Pre 3 and HP Veer, neither of which flew off the shelves.

The firm also made a foray into the tablet market with its release of the HP Touchpad, which was shortly canned due to disappointing sales and unloaded at fire sale prices to surprised consumers.

However, Dow Jones reports that Whitman has spoken about HP’s plans to take on the smartphone market again at some point in the future.

“We are working on this,” Whitman said an interview. “We have to ultimately offer a smartphone because in many countries of the world that would be your first computing device… [and] we are a computing company.”

However, Whitman was quick to deny speculation that HP might adopt RIM’s upcoming Blackberry 10 operating system, likely due to the Canadian smartphone firm’s recent failings and dire prospects.

When quizzed about a possible Blackberry licensing deal, Whitman said, “No, that is not a direction that we’re going to head.”

Whitman added that HP is about 20 percent of the way through its five-year global restructuring plan and foresees slow growth for the coming fiscal year.

HP was unavailable for comment at the time of publication. µ

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Apple files another Samsung lawsuit in Germany

January 17th, 2012 No comments

AGGRESSIVE LITIGATOR Apple has started the new year with another legal assault on Samsung in Germany.

The fruit themed firm has filed two lawsuits, one that alleges design patent infringements in ten of Samsung’s smartphones and another that levels similar charges for five of its tablets. Apple has asked for a ban on sales.

You know by now that the two parties do not get on, and while Samsung might tease Apple, the cappuccino always seems to hit harder.

We have asked both Apple and Samsung to tell us what is going on here, but in the meantime Bloomberg has it that Apple has filed two lawsuits, one that targets the ten smartphones, and one that goes after tablets. Bloomberg quotes a court official as its source.

So far so bad for Samsung in Germany. So far it has had to pull hardware out of a trade show and had to modify its 10in Galaxy Tab tablet to get around a ban.

“It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging,” is the official Apple line, which concludes, “This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.”

Incidentally, the joke last week was that Samsung had started throwing eggs at its own stores. Samsung is throwing lawsuits of its own at Apple, of course, and as recently as December was adding to its court diary. µ

Apple files another Samsung lawsuit in Germany

January 17th, 2012 No comments

AGGRESSIVE LITIGATOR Apple has started the new year with another legal assault on Samsung in Germany.

The fruit themed firm has filed two lawsuits, one that alleges design patent infringements in ten of Samsung’s smartphones and another that levels similar charges for five of its tablets. Apple has asked for a ban on sales.

You know by now that the two parties do not get on, and while Samsung might tease Apple, the cappuccino always seems to hit harder.

We have asked both Apple and Samsung to tell us what is going on here, but in the meantime Bloomberg has it that Apple has filed two lawsuits, one that targets the ten smartphones, and one that goes after tablets. Bloomberg quotes a court official as its source.

So far so bad for Samsung in Germany. So far it has had to pull hardware out of a trade show and had to modify its 10in Galaxy Tab tablet to get around a ban.

“It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging,” is the official Apple line, which concludes, “This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.”

Incidentally, the joke last week was that Samsung had started throwing eggs at its own stores. Samsung is throwing lawsuits of its own at Apple, of course, and as recently as December was adding to its court diary. µ

Nokia reports another losing quarter

October 21st, 2011 No comments

FINNISH PHONE MAKER Nokia has reported a second successive net loss of €68m, which was not as bad as expected after higher sales of its low-end feature phones.

The surprising increase in sales of feature phones was due to strong sales of Nokia’s dual SIM handsets. The firm shipped 8 per cent more feature phones in the third quarter at 90 million, and 18 million were dual SIM phones.

Nokia’s €68m loss beat Wall Street’s estimate of a €321m loss. Meanwhile, the firm’s sales dropped 13 per cent to €8.98bn. Smartphone sales slumped by 38 per cent to 16.8 million units in the quarter, while average selling prices fell 21.5 per cent to €51.

Overall, Nokia’s mobile shipments fell three per cent to 106.6 million units in the third quarter from the same period a year earlier.

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said he was “encouraged by the progress we made during Q3″, while noting that “there are still many important steps ahead in our journey of transformation”.

He added, “Additionally, I am encouraged by our progress around the first Nokia experience with Windows Phone, and we look forward to bringing the experience to consumers in select countries later this quarter. We then intend to systematically increase the number of countries and launch partners during the course of 2012.”

Nokia has been targeting emerging markets such as India in recent times, accounting for the surge in feature phone sales, arguably at the expense of its smartphone portfolio.

The former (and perhaps future) maker of rubber boots will launch its first Windows Phone 7.5 (WP7.5) Mango smartphone(s) along with Microsoft at Nokia World next week. µ

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play gets another price cut

September 21st, 2011 No comments

ONLINE RETAILER Expansys has slashed the price of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play ‘Playstation Phone’ for a second time to under £200.

The high end smartphone aimed at gamers has retailed for as much as £599, but can now be purchased for a third of that amount at £199. Expansys cut the price to £289 just over a month ago.

 Sony Ericsson Xperia Play gets another price cut

Meanwhile rival retailers are selling the handset for considerably more. Play has a price of £299 whilst Amazon and Clove have higher prices of £319 and £358, respectively. The Carphone Warehouse is selling the Xperia Play for £499 on pay as you go.

It is unclear why the phone has had its price plummet but we assume that the phone hasn’t sold as well as desired. After all the price tag was sky high.

We reviewed the Xperia Play back in April but didn’t find it to be as good as we had hoped, scoring it six out of ten. Although the phone is unique with its slide-out gaming controls, we found that some of them were useless and the screen had poor brightness.

At £199 the phone is somewhat more tempting because you do get a portable gaming console and smartphone in one device. µ

McAfee buys another mobile insecurity outfit

July 31st, 2010 No comments

INSECURITY OUTFIT McAfee has bought its second mobile security company in as many months.

It has bought Tencube, which makes remote location wipe and locking technology, for an undisclosed amount of cash.

In June McAfee bought Trust Digital for that outfit’s mobile management and security tools.

What appears to interest McAfee is Tencube’s Wavesecure service, which includes remote locate, lock, backup and wipe technology that allows users to find and secure lost mobile phones.

Basically it means that the phone will also automatically go into lock-down mode if it is used with an unauthorized wireless account. It will then ring up the user’s emergency contact number and say where it is.

Wavesecure locked phones also show a permanent message on the screen explaining how to return the phone to its owner, at least until the battery runs out.

McAfee has a cunning plan to offer a child locator service using the technology, which means that you will have to take your child’s phone away from them when you try to lose them. µ

 

Another 17 countries get the Iphone 4

July 26th, 2010 No comments

DESPITE ALL ITS PROBLEMS, Apple is pushing ahead with the roll out of its Iphone 4, with another 17 countries set to be blessed by the arrival of Steve Jobs’ latest creation.

The cappuccino firm, instead of dealing with the fundamental problems with its Iphone 4, has decided it’s time to entice even more fanbois to part with their hard-earned cash. Given that Apple can’t even manufacture half of its Iphone models, perhaps it decided to offset that loss of sales by flogging its shiny toy elsewhere.

By Friday, the lucky residents of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland can queue up for hours, spend huge wads of their local currency and walk away with a shiny toy. While that list may sound impressive, it comes over a month after the original launch and in that time, the Iphone has averaged more than one new fault every week.

Reports of a dodgy proximity sensor, iffy Microsoft Exchange support, Bluetooth connection woes, screen discolouration and duff movie software have all been trumped by the fact that the Iphone 4′s antenna doesn’t work. This last problem led the firm to wheel out spinmeister Jobs to offer free rubber bands and accuse every other smartphone for having similar problems.

Clearly suffering a huge bout of insecurity owing to the fact it has designed a duff phone, Apple is loading videos on its website claiming to replicate the Iphone 4′s antenna problem on other devices. Not surprisingly users of those devices are unable to reproduce the same characteristics. But then again, unlike Steve Jobs, they do not possess the hand of god.

While Jobs decides to advertise competitors’ devices as equals to what he claimed was the “best smartphone in the world”, even more fanbois can experience the trials and tribulations of owning a shiny brick that needs a rubber band wrapped around it just to work. µ

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