ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Will Get Android 3.1 Update, Starting Tomorrow

About time. The all too hard-to-find ASUS Eee Pad Transformer is getting the much-needed Android Honeycomb update to make one of the best tablets out there even better. Keep in mind Android 3.1 will add resizeable widgets, better multitasking, UI improvements, bug fixes, more speed, and Movies (with rental options) via the Android Market, all rolling out to Eee Pad Transformer users starting tomorrow.

Via: ASUS’ Facebook page

ASUS’ Padfone, Eee Pad MeMO 3D, Eee PC X101, And UX Series All Announced At Computex 2011!

Hey, shiny new gadgets! Oh, hey reader! You may have heard (or may have not) that ASUS planned on announcing several new gadgets at this year’s Computex event in Taiwan. Which is completely true: ASUS debuted a tablet which is powered by a 4.3-inch smartphone, which ASUS dubs the Padfone, a MeeGo-based Eee PC, a 3D MeMO tablet with an IPS screen, and finally some really thin laptops. See past the jump for what ASUS is planning on releasing this year.

NVIDIA Gives Glimpse of Kal-El Quad-Core Processor Tablet Gaming

NVIDIA has just blasted the press release to my inbox and I am totally stunned. The upcoming quad-core processor by NVIDIA destined for tablets, Kal-El being the codename, is fully capable of dynamic lighting, real-time physics in a game, and when near release, will be 20-30% faster than what is seen in the video above. The technology will be showed off at Computex for all to see in all of its glorious awesomeness. Moreover, the Kal-El processor gaming demo seen above is running on none other than Android Honeycomb (HComb for short?) with a 1280×800 resolution. Also, the four cores powering this monster also ensures the operating system itself will be clearly faster than NVIDIA’s current crop of Tegra 2 tablets, which already are great mobile CPUs.

[Thanks, Meza!]

Via: NVIDIA

NVIDIA Releases The New GTX 560M GPU For Pwntastic Gaming Laptops

It’s that time of year again: time for NVIDIA to release a brand-new gaming mobile GPU (graphics processing unit, for you n00bs) that adds 192 CUDA cores (clocked at 1550MHz) with up to 3GB of GDDR5 memory (now clocked at 1250MHz, on a 192-bit bus), meaning that the latest games should run at playable framerates on a 1080p screen, with maximum detail (no antialiasing) on DX11 and a quad-core Sandy Bridge processor with tons of DDR3 RAM. Keep in mind every GTX 560M is compatible with Optimus, so when that massive graphics power isn’t needed for say, reading this post, then you can get a purported 5 hours of battery life.

NVIDIA is also stating that partners like ASUS (their unreleased ASUS G74Sx is above) , MSI, Alienware, Toshiba and Clevo will all produce at least one lappy with the new GTX 560M graphics card, while the also refreshed GeForce GT 520MX heightens all the clock speeds of the original GT 520M, which is technically a mid-range (of sorts) discrete GPU.

Via: NVIDIA Official Blog, GTX 560M

It’s Awesomsauce: HTC Phones Will Not Have A Locked Bootloader

It’s awesome news straight from the top — HTC’s CEO Peter Chou, who on the company’s official Facebook page, stated the following regarding locked bootloaders on HTC’s future Android devices:

There has been overwhelmingly customer feedback that people want access to open bootloaders on HTC phones. I want you to know that we’ve listened. Today, I’m confirming we will no longer be locking the bootloaders on our devices. Thanks for your passion, support and patience.

Way to go, HTC! Oh, and by the way Motorola, it’s your turn to not look like a sucker with locked bootloaders.

Via: HTC’s Facebook page

Google Wallet Uses NFC Technology To Make Your Phone A Wallet

20110526-010854.jpgIt’s time for some great future tech. NFC, which stands for Near-Field Communication, is the core technology used with the just-announced Google Wallet, which will be a mobile app deployed first on Android phones with an NFC chip (like the Nexus S 4G), then will be expanded to others (and maybe even other platform). Google Wallet allows a user to store multiple credit cards, gift cards, debit cards and more on the account, enabling a tap to pay system, and will automatically redeem various offers. Also, Google plans to add things like passes, tickets, ID and even keys. Another addition to the app will be a Google Prepaid Card, which in turn can have funds put into it by any other card. The technology and app is currently in field-testing with a full release pegged for sometimes “soon”.

Via: Official Google Blog

Minecraft Beta 1.6 Has Been Released, Has Three Patches To Back It Up

It’s some amazing work by Notch and his team, but in the bug fix and feature lists that have been added to Minecraft Beta 1.6 this very morning, more problems arise, so in the meantime Notch has issued three patches, bringing Minecraft Beta 1.6 to Beta 1.6.3. You can check out the extremely long changelist for Minecraft Beta 1.6 at the source link, then the latest patch right afterwards. Also keep in mind that when the Minecraft client is launched, it auto-updates, so you’ll always have the latest version.

Via: Notch (Minecraft 1.6), Notch (Minecraft 1.6.3)