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More Peripherals Opinion

  • Opinion: Samsung's E-Reader Screens Boast 16.7 Million Colors

    Much of the buzz coming out of the SID Display Week 2011 International Symposium conference in Los Angeles this week is about high-resolution screens for tablets capable of 2560-by-1600 resolution -- five times that of the iPad's 1024-by-768 display. But Samsung, makers of those eye-popping screens, also unveiled new e-reader screens that use the colored oils of "electrowetting" and can show up to 16.7 million colors.

  • Opinion: Self-Inflating Earbuds Could Save Ears--and Tunes

    We've all been on a train listening to our tunes, then as the rail car starts banking on a turn, the wheels start screeching, and our first instinct is to turn up the volume. We think that more sound-isolation--in the form of in-ear headphones--will help, but as Stephen Ambrose tells it, we actually want balloon-like earphones that disperse the vibrations that normally bounce around inside of our heads.

  • Opinion: Nook Color App Store Hits 1 Million Downloads in a Week

    Barnes & Noble announced Monday that he Nook Color App Store has reached the 1 million-download milestone. While that isn't much compared to the Android Marketplace or Apple's App Store, it's important to remember that the Nook Color accomplished this feat with a limited selection of apps and within just one week after the Barnes & Noble rolled out its over-the-air software update to its e-readers, allowing users to download additional apps.

  • Opinion: Samsung's Prototype AMOLED Folding Display Bends

    Folding e-ink is probably going to make landfall before we can get any sort of really cool retractable color screen like the one in Gene Roddenberry's Earth Final Conflict. But researchers may be onto a breakthrough with a visually seamless AMOLED screen that can be folded with no resulting crease.

  • Opinion: How Do I Know If My Router Is IPv6 Compatible?

    A41202813 asked the Answer Line forum if his router is ready for the new world of IPv6 Internet addressing.

  • Opinion: New Nook E-Reader Expected to Debut May 24

    Barnes & Noble will bring a new Nook to the e-reader wars later this month, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Opinion: Amazon Tablet In 2011? Now We're Talking

    The world of tablets is about to get very interesting.

  • Opinion: Gamewatch: Thor God of Thunder, MotorStorm Apocalypse

    Uh-oh, another wannabe-blockbuster summer movie tie-in. It sounds like the international reviewers don't hate Marvel's new Kenneth Branagh-directed Thor movie, so mayhap there's hope for Sega's Thor: God of Thunder (Nintendo DS, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii). In it, you can expect to "control the powers of the storm" as Thor, battling the usual panoply of Norse bad guys Marvel comics-style (yea verily). There's also the Matt Fraction-helped-with-the-story angle, though everyone's favorite Eisner-winning comics writer is hardly impervious to dull writing. ETA: May 3rd

  • Opinion: Fit for purpose

    Who would deny that the hottest topic in consumer electronics right now is the tablet PC? And since there’s only one tablet PC onsale that – in my opinion, anyway – fulfils the description ‘fit for purpose’, we must inevitably turn toward the iPad.

  • Opinion: A Sandy Bridge too far

    After my questioning of the real need for Sandy Bridge last month, the new Intel chips arrived in force. And then they went again. The second-generation Core i5/7 chips themselves are blameless, but Intel’s quality-assurance team fell down on the supporting chipsets.

  • Opinion: Storage developments

    For performance PC enthusiasts, now’s the time to get excited about the next generation of processors from Intel. We'll be publishing our first Intel Sandy Bridge PC reviews next week. For everyone else, we’re still waiting for something beyond processor upgrades – something that will genuinely speed up our computing lives.

  • Opinion: What's in store for all our data?

    When it comes to storing all the digital data we create or acquire, the hard-disk drive (HDD) has become the de facto medium we all rely upon. Whether that data is stored on PC, set-top box, games console, NAS device or USB drive, or even in the cloud, the HDD remains the storage that runs the world.

  • Opinion: All that you see, all that you hear...

    Sound and vision permeate consumer electronics. And computers, too – from the day that the graphical user interface arrived, and a workstation's built-in speakers went beyond the sporadic 'blip'.

  • Opinion: Opinion: An iPad for everyone, they're just not all iPads

    Apple's iPad is a success. The speed with which Apple flogged a million units of its sugar-coated 9.7in tablet PC was unprecedented, and anyone who's visited a US hotel recently will have thrilled at the site of business titans hanging around the lobby to get online. (Note to hoteliers: the iPad has no ethernet port. Give the rooms wireless.)

  • Opinion: Getting over gadget guilt

    A gadget used to be a mere plaything; a toy. Diverting for a while, if unlikely to take over your life in the way that iPhones and BlackBerries command their owners’ attention. But the gadget’s role has changed.

  • Opinion: Evolutionary times

    Not every invention can be an iPhone. Even Apple’s follow-up smartphones have struggled to match the impact of the original model; this summer the company has received negative feedback about the reception and 3G connectivity of its much anticipated iPhone 4.

  • Opinion: iPad demand high and rising

    As Google lays the smack down against Apple at day two of its I/O conference, a series of positive reports show us Apple's runaway success with the iPad.

  • Opinion: To overclock, or not to overclock your PC?

    AMD and Intel used to used to abhor overclocking PC processors. No longer. Here's how you can get more from your chip... safely.

  • Opinion: How I stopped worrying and learned to love the iPad

    I don't need an iPad. I definitely don't need an Apple iPad. But it's, you know, so pretty...

  • Opinion: 5 reasons the Joo Joo (CrunchPad) will fail

    Over a year after the CrunchPad was first mooted, the 12.1in web tablet is set to limp to market as the Joo Joo... and fail. Here's why.



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