The HTC-built Nexus 9 tablet smiles for the camera

All signs continue to point at HTC to make the Nexus 9 tablet for Google’s Android L software. Following FCC certification for the device, a leaked image of the slate appeared online, giving a glimpse of what’s likely coming soon.

Can Nvidia’s new Tegra 3 chip boost tablet sales?

Nvidia is the first chip-maker to deliver a quad-core mobile chip, the Tegra 3, for use in Android devices. I’ve argued in the past that throwing hardware at Android tablets won’t sell more of them, but the timing of this new chip just might be right.

Motorola Photon 4G hits Sprint on July 31 for $199

Sprint today introduced the Motorola Photon 4G, the company’s first WiMAX handset with international support, and will launch the smartphone on July 31. Featuring a 960×540 high-resolution display and dual-core Tegra 2 processor, the Android smartphone works across borders, but sadly leaves the 4G behind.

Video: Here’s How T-Mobile’s New G2X Should Perform

T-Mobile is launching its first dual-core smartphone in the G2X, a 4G-capable Android 2.2 handset. I took an early video look at the graphical prowess of this LG-build phone back in January, and you can see the benefits such a chip brings to the smartphone.

Motorola Atrix 4G and Laptop Dock: A First Look Video

A Motorola Atrix 4G review kit arrived here from AT&T a few short hours ago, and I quickly set out to capture the unboxing on video, mainly because I received the full monty: the Atrix handset, standard dock, Laptop Dock, wireless keyboard, remote and mouse.

Nvidia’s Biggest, Best Chance in Mobiles Is Now

After trying get its chips in mobile devices for some time, Nvidia appears to be on the verge of success in both the hot smartphone and tablet markets; its capable Tegra 2 chip will reportedly power the LG Star smartphone and Motorola’s anticipated Motopad tablet.

Is a Mobile Video Chat Revolution Imminent?

Video chat is one of those technologies that seemed to take forever to get a foothold in enterprise settings. There’s now a rush of mobile phones and tablets on the horizon that will put the ability for such chatting right in the user’s pocket.

Is This the Verizon/ Google Tablet?

The talk about Verizon and Google teaming up to make an Android tablet is fun to watch. Kevin pointed out something that I had forgotten from the CES this past January. Verizon was showing a tablet at the CES that runs on its LTE 4G network.

Can 3D Keep Intel on Top?

Intel this week announced a $12 million investment into a visual computing research program focused on using three-dimensional imaging for entertainment, data…

Microsoft Smartphone Confirmed?

A few days months ago, Stacey reported on the rumors that Microsoft (s MSFT) is building a Microsoft-branded smartphone based on Nvidia’s…

Why Apple's New Laptops Get Their Own GPUs

Many people use their MacBooks to organize photos, watch movies or online video, and maybe transfer files to their iPod, which is why Apple’s new line of MacBooks, unveiled today, include Nvidia’s graphics processors.

Five Multicore Chip Startups to Watch

As semiconductor firms get around the limitations of making individual processors faster by putting more cores onto a single chip, the mindset of today’s software developers and engineers mindset needs to adapt. Here are five startups that have the potential to stretch multicore processors to their very limit.

Supercomputing: Now Less Super, More Computing

Supercomputers these days are compute monsters. IBM’s latest, the Roadrunner, packs the power of 100,000 laptops stacked 1.5 miles high, embraces a unique mix of IBM’s Cell processor and ubiquitous x86 chips from AMD, and has the ability to calculate 1,000 trillion operations every second. Of course, trends in supercomputing generally trickle downstream to the rest of the computer-using population eventually. Continue Reading.

Can Nvidia Kill the x86 Architecture?

The two companies that make the brains found in today’s computers, Intel and AMD, are both pushing hard to get into graphics, just as the top graphics chip maker, Nvidia, is aiming squarely at the CPU space. It’s not an identity crisis so much as a testament to how important graphics have become in the consumer computing experience — and how much money can be made crunching numbers on the corporate side.