Monday, May 31, 2010

Asus Eee Pad EP121 12-inch tablet is lighter, thinner, faster than the iPad

There you go, after many rumors, we finally get a glance at the Asus Eee Pad, a 12" tablet that is powered by an Intel Core Duo CULV (low voltage) processor. Yes, I know, it's kind of surprising, as one would have expected an Atom or something like that in there - even if it runs Windows 7 Home Premium. This Eee Pad is 12.2mm thick and weighs 1.48Lbs (675g), which is slightly lighter and thinner than the iPad (don't miss our ipad review). Now, hang on: Asus claims that its device can run for 10 hours, a number certainly used to be on equal footing with Apple's product. Now, we would be extremely impressed if the Eee Pad could play video for 10hrs like the iPad does, but I'm slightly skeptical on that one. I'll cross my fingers. Oh, and there's no pricing info yet.

Via NetbookNews

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Samsung Develops Low-powered 18-inch USB LCD Monitor

USB displays are handy little things, just like every other USB device out there; the downside is that they're often small, about 7-inches or so. Samsung looks like it's trying to tackle that issue, as the Korean display giant has come up with a new 18.5-inch LCD display that is powered by a forked USB 2.0 cable that manages to keep power consumption down to 6.3W. The display itself offers a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution, 250cd/m2 brightness and 1000:1 contrast ratio. The downside is that this display uses an edge-lit type backlight that uses LEDs as its light source, which translates to a lifetime of 30,000 hours, much less than the 50,000 hours that existing LCD monitors' LEDs boast. Still, the convenience of USB displays is certainly there.

Via Techon

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Asus Eee PC 1018P Visits The FCC

You might remember the Asus Eee PC 1018P that we brought to your attention a while back, and now the netbook has moved one step closer to being available in the US, thanks to it paying a visit to the FCC. Pricing and release information wasn't mentioned, but we do know many of its specifications, which include:

* 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 pixel display
* 1.66GHz Intel Atom N455 or 1.83GHz Intel Atom N475 processor
* Wi-Fi b/g/n
* Bluetooth 2.1
* 250GB hard drive
* Possibly a built-in 3G module
* USB 3.0 support

Via liliputing

Friday, May 28, 2010

Samsung B7722/B7702 set to be first 3G dual SIM touchscreen phone

Samsung unveils a first from their company in the form of the B7722/B7702, where these will be the first 3G dual SIM touchscreen phone which not surprisingly will arrive in Asia, Europe and Africa. Why aren't we surprised? Normally, dual SIM phones hardly make their way Stateside (they're rarer than diamonds), and such models more or less appeal to those living on the continents mentioned. Expect EDGE and HSDPA connectivity to be bundled alongside a 3.2" display at 240 x 432 resolution, Wi-Fi connectivity, social networking service support, an integrated FM radio and a 5-megapixel camera. Expect the Samsung B7722/B7702 to retail for somewhere in the region of $400 when it arrives, with Europe touting a possible June release date.

Via UnwiredView

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

AT&T Employees Claim iPhone 4G Launching In June

The folks over at BGR have been rather sparse on details, but according to them, some AT&T employees have confirmed that the iPhone 4G will be launched in June, and considering that it's slated to be unveiled in early June, that's quite a quick move from announcement to being available for purchase, certainly welcome news to iPhone-fans around the world. If they're accurate, you won't even have to suffer the agony of waiting until late June, as it'll be available before that. How's that some something to look forward to.

Via BoyGeniusReport

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Audi A8 2011 model to get in-car wireless hotspot

Wi-Fi connectivity at public places are taken for granted by most of us these days, and the future would not be at stationary places, but will be in moving platforms such as vehicles. Audi hopes to introduce factory-installed in-car Wi-Fi connectivity in their 2011 models, where the hotspot itself will be located within the rooftop antenna, where passengers are able to hook up to the Internet through a compatible device. According to Audi, the network can handle up to 7.2 Mbit/sec of data transfer rate while offering WAP2 encryption for secure transmission. It would be interesting to see just how the other rivals of Audi will play catch up in this department, and we look forward to the day when basic models from lesser makes (read: workman vehicles) will include Wi-Fi connectivity as well.

Via AutoBlog

Monday, May 24, 2010

Alienware M11x notebook to get a refresh?

We have just comprehensively reviewed the Alienware M11x notebook last week, and have heard whispers of the mini gaming notebook getting a refresh in due time - where we are looking at a June or July release date. Apparently, the refreshed M11x might just come with the new Optimus technology from Nvidia, and you will be able to choose from an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processor, depending on the depths of your pocket (as well as just how much processing power you need). Why not check out the video after the jump and try to analyze the person's body language as to whether he is telling the truth concerning a refresh or not? This rumor, if proven true, would probably be a bummer to those who just picked up the Alienware M11x recently since they won’t be expecting a refresh that soon.

Via NetBooked

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Concept DSLR Goes Easy On Your Face

We’ve seen concept cameras with slanted LCD displays before, and seeing that we’ve got another one here, maybe it’s an upcoming trend that manufacturers might actually decide to incorporate into their next hardware line up. The Sony Alpha SLR concept here focuses on ergonomics more than your usual megapixel race, and the most obvious difference is the aforementioned slanted display, giving your nose some breathing room when you’re taking a picture. If you may have noticed, you often have your nose pressed against the display when taking a picture, something that this design will hopefully solve. The question is: does it still look good in your opinion?

Via yankodesign

Saturday, May 22, 2010

HP slate device could ship this October

If you were looking forward to the HP slate device that is supposedly powered by Windows 7 (although others say it could run on webOS due to their recent acquisition of Palm), then you will be disappointed to know that it might ship as late as October, according to HP's Taiwan PC group VP Monty Wong. October is a good 4 months away from the original June date, so if you aren't the patient type, we're pretty sure that you can always pick and choose from a range of tablets out there in the market.

Via Electronista

Friday, May 21, 2010

Samsung I8920 Omnia HD 2 rumored to sport 4-inch Super AMOLED display

There are whispers of the Samsung I8920 Omnia HD 2 being bandied about, claiming that it will feature a 4" Super AMOLED display - while this is not as large as the EVO 4G's display, boasting Super AMOLED technology certainly gives it an edge when it comes to image quality. It will run on the Symbian 3 operating system, sporting a pretty impressive 12-megapixel camera with Xenon and LED flash to blind your subjects, not to mention being able to record video in 720p resolution at 30fps. It could be a toss up between 16GB and 32GB of storage space, while you can also use the Omnia HD2 to help you get around thanks to built-in GPS capability. Surfing on the go can be done at wireless hotspots thanks to its 802.11 b/g/n connectivity, while Bluetooth 3.0 ensures it remains future proof for some time to come.

Via oled-display

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Teardown: New MacBook Battery Could Fit Into The Previous MacBook

The folks over at iFixit are doing their thing again, in this case it means taking apart Apple’s newly-announced 10-hour MacBook. While you might not be interested in the process of disassembling it, current MacBook owners might want to know that the battery is exactly the same shape as the earlier MacBook, but with an extra 350mAh worth of juice. Granted it’s 7.5grams heavier, but that’s a small price to pay for better battery life, right? Perhaps in the future if your battery pack fails while it’s still under warranty, you might be lucky enough to have it replaced with the new 10-hour battery.

Via ifixit

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Samsung Champ has possibility of being cheapest touchscreen phone yet

The Samsung Champ could very well be the cheapest touchscreen phone to date from the South Korean manufacturer, where it sports a strangely small QVGA touchscreen display at 2.4", which is way smaller than even the basic Samsung Corby range with a minimum 2.8" display. Features of the Samsung Champ include the TouchWiz Lite user interface, Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity, a 3.5mm headset jack, access to Samsung Apps, a 1.3-megapixel camera and a microSD memory card slot. Expect the Champ to hit the European markets from June onwards, followed by the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Latin America in various colors. No word on whether it will arrive Stateside or not, but with a purported sub-$150 price point unlocked, it could very well be offered for free here with a new 2-year contract.

Via Unwiredview

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Linkbook netbook runs on Freescale PowerPC processor

With all the attention on Intel's Atom processor dominating the netbook landscape, is there hope for other manufacturers? Guess so, as the 8.9" Linkbook netbook that you see here is powered by the Freescale PowerPC processor - the same chip used in Mac computers for a fair number of years until just a few years back. The Linkbook is able to hook up to the Internet as long as there is a decent signal thanks to a 3G modem alongside a SIM card slot, 16GB of internal flash memory and 256MB RAM. Its 8.9" display won't be able to handle HD video though at just 1024 x 600 resolution, but at least you do get the basic two USB 2.0 ports, microphone and headphone jaacks as well as a webcam. No Windows on this as it will run on Link OS, a custom operating system wihch is based on Ubuntu. Vodafone of South Africa will offer this for a mere $25 when you sign up for a 2-year service contract, now how about that!

Via Liliputing

Monday, May 17, 2010

Leak Hints That The iPhone 4G Is Getting A 960 x 640 Display

Rumors of the upcoming iPhone 4G are kicking into a higher gear now, as the latest rumors strengthen the belief that the iPhone 4G will be getting a 960 x 640 pixel display. If the rumor is accurate, the device will not only get a higher resolution display, but will also sport a higher quality IPS (in-plane switching) panel along with FFS (fringe-field switching) technology to make it easier to read outdoors. LG Display and Prime View International have been touted as the suppliers for the new display. Further good news comes in the form that the panel will be a third thinner than previous models, which makes room for larger battery. Finally, it’s claimed that the iPhone 4G will offer 512MB of RAM, which is double of what is offered on the iPhone 3GS and iPad. With all these juicy details, are you thinking of getting the iPhone 4G?

Via Electronista

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Do Bright Lights Before Bedtime Delay Your Ability To Fall Asleep?

If you’re having trouble going to sleep at night, you might want to check out the electronic devices that you’re using right before you sleep. A report from CNN mentions that strong light, regardless of whether it’s from the sun or from the display of personal electronic devices, are able to reset a person’s internal sleep clock. Obviously this would include gadgets such as your smartphone, PDA and tablet devices, and with tablet devices being commonly used as eBook readers before we sleep, this issue might even be more prominent now. A neuroscience professor at Northwestern University also affirms that the light from using an electronic device close to bedtime can stimulate your brain to make it more awake, thus delaying your ability to sleep. If you find that you’re having trouble going to sleep every night, maybe it might be worth a shot research more into this?


Saturday, May 15, 2010

Asus Eee PC 1015P Product Page Goes Live, Albeit Briefly

You might have been intrigued when the Asus Eee PC 1015P paid a little visit to the FCC a while back, and while the product hasn’t been officially launched yet, the product page actually went live on the Asus global page for a while yesterday, but has since been taken down. Fortunately pictures and specifications of it were captured from the site before it was taken down, and specifications of it include:

* Intel Atom N450 processor
* 160 / 250 / 320GB HDD
* Windows 7 Starter + Express Gate
* 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
* VGA, 3x USB, LAN, audio jacks, card reader
* 0.3–megapixel webcam
* 6-cell 63Wh battery - 13.5 hours
* 6-cell 56Wh battery - 12 hours
* 6-cell 48Wh battery - 10.5 hours
* 3-cell 23Wh battery - 5 hours
* 262 x 178 x 23.6 mm
* 1.1 - 1.25 kg / 2.43 - 2.76 pounds (depends on battery)
* Available in white, black or blue

Via netbooked

Friday, May 14, 2010

Sharkoon QuickStore Portable USB 3.0 HDD Enclosure

Sharkoon is offering you a portable hard drive enclosure, dubbed the QuickStore. While we’ve seen billions of different hard drive enclosures over the years, there aren’t too many in the market at the moment that offer you a speedy USB 3.0 connection, helping you transfer those videos much faster. The enclosure supports 2.5-inch SATA drives with a height up to 9.5mm and sports a screwless design, relieving you of the stress of having to keep a screwdriver around to take the drive out. It’s available in black, silver or silver aluminum mirror finish and will set you back $37.

Via techfresh

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Rumor: PSP2 To Make An Appearance At E3

We’re really looking forward to next month’s E3 Expo, especially with the PlayStation Move, Project Natal and Nintendo 3DS still firmly in our minds. But aside from those devices, a rumor has just sprung up suggesting that details on the next iteration of Sony’s PlayStation Portable (PSP) might appear at E3, and that would really be interesting. Let’s not forget that the PSP has already been on the market for a good six years, and aside from the PSPgo, there hasn’t been any major change to the portable console (aside from a few revisions).

What do you think the next PSP will look like, and are you keen on Sony releasing a PSP2 (whatever it may be called), or would you prefer a Nintendo 3DS?

Via mcvuk

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Green Geek Fashion For Apple Fans

Today, Nicola Harper from Geekware sent me pictures of her latest creations for the geeks who want to be fashionable. In addition of being super trendy, you will help save the planet by buying Geekware items: Nicola uses e-waste to transform obsolete electronic waste into fun and geeky gifts. In the picture above on the left, Apple MacBook Cufflinks ($49.95) for your next black tie tech event, and on the right, matching MacBook Power Button Earings ($29.95), either for yourself or your date.

Other new items: for the nostalgics, the Commodore Key Magnets, and the Custom Keyboard Thumbtacks. Each item is made by hand and quantity is limited.

Via Ubergizmo

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Lenovo IdeaPad Z series arrive with affordable price tags

Lenovo knows that we're living in economically challenging times, so it makes perfect sense to come up with hardware that will be easy on consumers' pockets without compromising on performance and features. Well, they certainly seem to have done a good job on paper with the new IdeaPad Z series of multimedia notebooks that comprise of the Z360, Z560 and Z565. Prices starting from just $649, where it will let you enjoy high-definition (HD), 16:9 format widescreen (found on the 13.3" and 15.6" models), an optional Blu-ray Disc drive just in case you want to sit back and relax after a hard day at work, and Dolby Advanced Audio for a stunning audio experience.

The OneKey Theater II feature will offer optimized audio-visual settings with but a single button press. Expect the IdeaPad Z360 and Z560 to hit the market bearing the new 2010 Intel Core processor family and NVIDIA GeForce graphics, while those who prefer AMD's offerings can snuggle up to the IdeaPad Z565 that carries an AMD Phenom II processor and integrated ATI Mobility Radeon graphics. The IdeaPad Z360, Z560 and Z565 will hit the market from the beginning of next month onwards - no real reason to get this unless you want a new notebook that offers a balance of work and play without hurting your wallet too much.

Via Ubergizmo

Monday, May 10, 2010

FCC approves HTC EVO 4G

The folks over at the FCC have finally taken a look at the HTC EVO 4G, and they have given it their collective nod of approval. Also known as the HTC model PC36100 when undergoing scrutiny, the EVO 4G will run WiMAX on both Sprint's and Clearwire's 2500MHz band, coupled with the standard suite of CDMA bands with EV-DO.

This more or less confirms that the smartphone will be headed toward's Sprint's direction, and that should mean Sprint's PR team is already working, if not completed, all the relevant marketing materials and advertising campaigns to make the HTC EVO 4G a veritable hit.

Via Engadget

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Shanshui P72 is a phone that runs on Windows XP

Hmmm, cellphones tend to come with much slower hardware which makes running a full fledged desktop operating system a pretty challenging task, but that has not stopped the Chinese boffins from coming up with the Shanshui P72 model that runs on Windows XP. Looking pretty close to the iPhone, the Shanshui P72 is not a pretty sight considering its bulk and weight, not to mention a skin of the user interface that resembles iPhone icons (no idea on how the recent patent application for their icons will affect cases like this though). 

Check out its list of specifications in the extended post, but somehow something like this doesn't seem as though it will take off in a big way simply because it does not fit any consumer niche. Also, you can't do much with just 1GB of storage space, and that will be made worse if there is no inclusion of any external memory storage (microSD, SDHC, etc). What do you think?

  • 1.2GHZ VIA C7 processor
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • 1GB SSD
  • 1.3-megapixel webcam
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Windows XP tablet PC Edition 2005 OS
  • 2500mAh battery (3 hours of working time)

Via clonedinchina

Friday, May 7, 2010

Doctor Who Tardis Taking Cookie Jar

What could be more fun than a cookie jar shaped like Doctor Who’s Tardis? A Doctor Who Tardis Taking Cookie Jar, well it doesn’t actually talk but it does feature some fun Doctor Who sound effects.

This fun Doctor Who Tardis Taking Cookie Jar measures 11 inches by 6 inches by 6 inches, although it may be bigger on the inside like the real Tardis.

The Talking TARDIS Cookie Jar will solve for x in a way that hearkens back to your single days. For starters, we’re pretty sure it’s bigger on the inside. But most importantly, it makes authentic TARDIS noises (which, we suppose is why they say it’s “talking” even though it doesn’t say any words). So when the cookie jar disappears from the kitchen counter and gets hidden somewhere else, you can feign ignorance and say, “It’s a TARDIS, it’s probably taking a quick trip to Pompeii.” When it reappears the next morning, you can point and shout with glee to welcome it back, knowing full well how many cookies it contains.

If you want one, the Doctor Who Tardis Taking Cookie Jar is available for $26.99 from Think Geek.

via Geeky Gadgets

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Storm Annihilator Max Gaming Edition PC

Storm Japan has just released another monster gaming PC named the Annihilator Max Gaming Edition. Which is equipped with a 3.33GHz Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition processor, an Intel X58 Express Chipset, a 1GB GeForce GTX 470 graphics card, a 6GB RAM, ans 80GB solid state disk for the operating system.

Other features include an Intel X58 Express Chipset, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, 16-in-1 card reader, and Blu-ray drive , which all adds up to one powerful system.

Unfortunately the Storm Annihilator Max Gaming Edition PC is only available to buy in Japan at the moment for around $3185 close to ¥300,000

via Geeky Gadgets

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

ICD Gemini Android Tablet

ICD has released details of their latest Google Android based tablet, the ICD Gemini. The ICD Gemini is based on NVIDIAs Tegra 2 platform, and it comes with a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra processor and an 11.2 inch touchscreen display.

The ICD Gemini runs on Google’s Android OS, and it comes with a range of features which include integrated 3G with voice functionality, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, dual cameras and USB peripheral support.

On front of the tablet there is a two megapixel camera for video calls, and on the back there is a five megapixel camera with built in autofocus. Other specifications include an accelerometer, an FM radio, digital compass, GPS and 4GB of built in storage plus an SD card slot that can take up to 32GB cards, there is also HDMI, a micro USB port, a 3.5mm audio jack.

There are no details as yet on pricing or availability.

via Slash Gear

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Apple’s iPad Gets Jailbroken By Geohot

George Hotz is at it again with his jailbreaking, the latest device to get jailbroken is the new Apple iPad, it looks like Geohot has managed to get blackra1n running on the iPad and also Cydia.

There are no details as yet on when he will release his iPad jailbreak, the only information that was posted on his blog was a photo of the iPad with blackra1n and Cydia installed and the title ‘I make it ra1n on them…iPads.’

No doubt we can expect Geohot to release an updated version of blackra1n shortly which will support jailbreaking the iPad. As soon as we find out some more information will let you guys know.

via BGR

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Mini WiFi Web Camera

If you’re looking for a tiny wireless web camera. Then Thanko’s new wifi web camera is worth a look. Capable of running for five hours on one charge a small camera can capture up to 15 frames per second. Which it then sends back to the receiver plugged in to the USB port on your PC which can be up to 10 meters away.

To conserve battery power you can also attach the camera to PC via cable if required. Unfortunately it only available in Japan at the moment can be purchased for for 7,980 yen or approx. $88.62 from Thanko directly.