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I am video-blogging all the Archos news from CES next week

Posted by Charbax on 30th December 2010

Check back around January 6-9th, I will post extensive video coverage from Archos booth at CES, expect them to display Archos 7 Home Tablet v2, Archos Vision 35/50 250/500GB, Archos 70b eReader and more. Probably they will be proudly showing off the whole Gen8 as it seems only now are they able to ramp up manufacturing to meet more of the demand in the US and worldwide markets. If they could also use the event to showcase finalized Flash, and announce the promise for Gingerbread/Honeycomb firmware updates would be great to reassure the media. I’d find it fun if Archos would also unveil a $199 OMAP4430 ARM Cortex-A9 Powered Chrome OS laptop (they can use the open source Chromium OS for prototype demonstrations) and a $149 OMAP4430 ARM Cortex-A9 Powered Google TV set-top-box project, even if only prototypes or mockups to only be released 3 months later.

What would you like me to ask the Archos representatives at CES and what do you think they will show there? Post your questions and comments in the forum: http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?f=63&t=45113

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Archos 7 Home Tablet v2 released

Posted by Charbax on 27th December 2010

The price in Europe seems to be 149 euros, it might be around $179 in the USA, bhphotovideo.com has it for sale at $189. It’s using the new Rockchip RK2818 processor that can run at up to 1ghz but may be limited at 800mhz for heat/battery consideration, it runs Android 2.1 with better features and more hardware/software optimizations, the DSP and graphics are faster to improve video and web browsing. I filmed it here demonstrated by the Rockchip engineers:

You can discuss this product in the forum: http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?f=63&t=44736

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Places to buy Archos Gen8 Tablets in the USA

Posted by Charbax on 23rd December 2010

So Christmas is pretty close, if you are trying to buy the new Archos tablets, here are some suggested places that seem to have them in stock.

Archos 70 Internet Tablet (8GB) availability forum thread:
Archos.com $275 (click on “Store” at the top right corner of the page) (out of stock)
Amazon.com $300
newegg.com $282 (out of stock)
tigerdirect.com $300
compusa.com $300
jr.com $270
cdw.com $296
erwincomputers.com $275
just4electronics.com $279
bhphotovideo.com $269

Archos 70 Internet Tablet (250GB) availability forum thread:
Archos.com $349 (click on “Store” at the top right corner of the page)
Amazon.com $341
newegg.com $349
tigerdirect.com $349
bhphotovideo.com $343

Archos 101 Internet Tablet (8GB) availability forum thread:
Amazon.com $294
tigerdirect.com $300 (out of stock)
compusa.com $300 (out of stock)

Archos 101 Internet Tablet (16GB) availability forum thread:

Archos 43 Internet Tablet (16GB) availability forum thread:

Archos 32 Internet Tablet (8GB):
Archos.com $149 (click “Buy Now”)
Amazon.com $137
sears.com $149
jr.com $147
bhphotovideo.com $147
tigerdirect.com $139

Archos 28 Internet Tablet (4GB):
Archos.com $99 (click on “Buy Now”)
jr.com $98
tigerdirect.com $99
sears.com $99
newegg.com $99
bhphotovideo.com $99
datavis.com $95

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ArchosHDVideoTransfer HD video splitter is out

Posted by Charbax on 22nd December 2010

To watch MKV high profile movies that are larger than 4GB on your Archos, you can either format a MicroSD card using EXT3 or use following file splitter softwares available for Linux, Mac and Windows: http://www.archos.com/support/support_tech/updates.html?country=gb&lang=en#driv

You can discuss this software in the forum: http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?f=63&t=42082&p=301932#p301932

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Play MKV 720p movies on the Archos 101 Internet Tablet from a USB hard drive

Posted by Charbax on 22nd December 2010

This is a 500GB Western Digital 2.5″ external hard drive, it’s not powered and that works on the Archos 101 Internet Tablet because that one is outputting enough power on USB to power the hard drive.

Posted by: gfurr1

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Archos 70 Internet Tablet 250GB compared to the 8GB version

Posted by Charbax on 22nd December 2010

You can currently buy the Archos 70 Internet Tablet (250GB) from these web stores in the USA availability forum thread:
Archos.com $349 (click on “Store” at the top right corner of the page) (out of stock)
Amazon.com $341
bhphotovideo.com $343
tigerdirect.com $349
newegg.com $349

Posted by: TheDigitalDigest

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Gen8 Firmware 2.0.71 Released

Posted by Charbax on 16th December 2010

Direct download: Firmware 2.0.71 from Archos.com (81mb)

Firmware changes

Version 2.0.71 – December 16th, 2010

  • Wi-Fi: fix Wi-Fi stuck after a while when using WPA2/AES encryption mode
  • Wi-Fi: fix cannot connect on channels above 11 due to wrong default regulation domain
  • Power management: for A43/A70/A101 add a setting in about device to allow 3 levels of power management. Overdrive that allows CPU max frequency to be 1GHz with ondemand governor, optimal that brings CPU max frequency to 800MHz with ondemand governor and powersave that set CPU max frequency to 800MHz with conservative governor
  • Indexing: faster rescan is now achieved at USB disconnect
  • Storage: SDCard now supports NTFS (read only) and EXT3
  • Storage: fix sdcard not recognized sometimes when swapping different cards brands
  • Video: fix subtitles on A101
  • Network shares: enhance scanning speed
  • Network shares: handle the case where a server shares are not visible if not authenticated
  • Network shares: allow in wireless settings to define manually a server authentication details
  • Network shares: reload samba and UPnP services when switching between access points without disconnecting
  • Audio: a silent mode (Global Mute) has been enabled in the power button menu. It will impact all streams except alarms in case one select alarms sound always on in alarm settings
  • Application: appslib is now reinstalled after an Android device reset
  • Application: fix quadrant CPU benchmark
  • Power: fix shutdown sometimes happening on short power button press
  • Internationalization: support for Korean codepage tags and subtitles
  • Multimedia: use smaller memory footprint for decoding H264 SD
  • Memory management: achieve more progressive kill in low memory situation
  • Boot: fix deadlock happening sometimes preventing device to complete boot

You can discuss this firmware update in the forum: http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?f=63&t=43637

Here’s the Quadrant benchmark result on our Archos 70 Internet Tablet, yup it beats everything else out there:

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Archos 70 Internet Tablet teardown video by cVlachakis

Posted by Charbax on 15th December 2010

You can discuss this video in the forum: http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?f=73&t=43596

This video was posted at: techblog.gr

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Dual-boot on Archos Gen8 tablets is officially released

Posted by Charbax on 13th December 2010

Just like for Gen6 and Gen7, Archos is releasing a “Special Edition Firmware” for all the Gen8 tablets, what this potetially allows is to dual-boot the Archos tablets with all types of embedded Linux OS such as alternative Android firmwares, Ubuntu, Angstrom or even Meego.

Basically this SDE firmware voids warranty (because potential hardware damage through over-clocking is no longer under Archos control), and it replaces the need for someone to hack root access to the official firmware. Basically it ads support for dual-booting alternative OS, and you can still continue to have the default normal Android OS image and update that just as normal as well. Discuss Open Development in the Open Development forum section: http://forum.archosfans.com/viewforum.php?f=34

You can discuss this in the forum: http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?f=63&t=43356

Found via: jbmm.fr

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Archos 101 Internet Tablet unboxing by gimpseeker

Posted by Charbax on 12th December 2010

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