Intel Trims Netbooks To Just Half an Inch Thick, Adds Dual-Core Atom…

The bad news: Intel's new dual-core Atom processors won't be appreciably more powerful than what's in your netbook now. The good news: a Pine Trail netbook reference design Intel introduced today at Computex is only slightly thicker than an iPhone. » 6/01/10 12:00am 6/01/10 12:00am

Flash 10.1 Beta 3 Brings Playable HD Flash Video to Even Netbooks With …

Flash 10.1 Beta 3 spreads the hardware-accelerated H.264 video love to more graphics chips, specifically some decidedly less beefy netbook chips: Intel's GMA 500 series and Broadcom's Crystal HD video decoder. Stick with 720p Flash video, and you'll be dandy. » 2/24/10 11:24am 2/24/10 11:24am

Adobe Promises Flash Video Acceleration on Netbooks: Not For a While,…

HD Flash video, which has a hearty appetite for CPU cycles, and Intel's Atom, which doesn't have huge surplus of said CPU cycles, have never made a great couple. So Adobe getting serious about Flash hardware acceleration on netbooks is great news! Well, for some. Eventually. » 6/02/09 5:01am 6/02/09 5:01am

Adobe Aggressively, Officially Promoting Flash For HDTVs, DVRs

To date, Adobe's efforts to push Flash to TVs have passed mostly under the radar, and haven't netted many actual products. This is about to change, according to a forthcoming announcement from the company. » 4/20/09 4:52am 4/20/09 4:52am

Broadcom Wi-Fi Chips to Have Skyhook Wi-Fi Positioning Built-In

Broadcom already makes a boatload of the GPS chips found in mobile phones and other location-aware gadgets, and now they're adding Skyhook's Wi-Fi positioning service to most of their mobile Wi-Fi chipsets, spreading the location-based love even without GPS. This is how iPhone regular finds your location in addition to … » 10/01/08 1:40pm 10/01/08 1:40pm

Ex-Broadcom Chief Accused of Spiking Tech Execs' Drinks, Having More…

Henry Nicholas, co-founder of integrated circuits manufacturer Broadcom, has just been charged with spiking the drinks of other technology execs and maintaining a warehouse full of coke, meth and ecstasy. This is the latest incident for Nicholas, who in July 2007, was accused of constructing a sex cave so he could roll … » 6/05/08 8:15pm 6/05/08 8:15pm

GPS on the iPhone 3G Confirmed?

We have all heard the rumors about whether or not GPS functionality will show up on the new iPhone, but according to GigaOM it is a done deal. Their confirmation is based on two factors: private sources that claim a GPS contract for the iPhone was awarded to Broadcom and legal requirements put in place last year by the … » 5/30/08 7:00pm 5/30/08 7:00pm

Afternoon News: Sharper Image Cellphones, Cancer-Detecting Mouthwash…

• Sharper Image is now selling four unlocked Windows Mobile cellphones. The top of the line model has a 2MP camera, touchscreen, Bluetooth, tri-band, and GPRS, but sadly no ionic air-purifier or back massager. [Uber Phones]
• A new smart plug from the UK will reduce energy consumption by turning off gadgets that are… » 1/02/08 3:59pm 1/02/08 3:59pm

Broadcom's Latest 3G Chip Has Longer Life, Cheaper Costs, iPhone…

Broadcom's latest 3G HSUPA BCM21551 chip is a bigger deal than its somewhat dry press release indicates. The all-in-one 3G chip is both cheaper and has a "very long battery life" when compared with current 3G chips, which have the problem of sucking your phone's battery faster than an unclogged shower drain. The new chip … » 10/15/07 2:49pm 10/15/07 2:49pm