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Borders deny ebook reader plans: “We’re not a tech company”

Borders deny ebook reader plans: “We’re not a tech company”

Contrary to earlier reports that retailer Borders were planning to enter the hardware ebook market with a device of their own, the company has denied that an own-brand reader is on the cards.  According to Borders Chief Executive Ron Marshall, both the cost and the time involved are dissuading the firm from such a plan; "We're not a technology company" the CEO told Reuters, "We're booksellers."

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NVIDIA Ion 2 GPU for Pine Trail confirmed for Q1 2010

NVIDIA Ion 2 GPU for Pine Trail confirmed for Q1 2010

NVIDIA haven't held back recently with their Ion 2 news, but it's good to see the company reconfirming their plans to launch a Pine Trail-compatible version of the graphics chipset and attach a date to its roll-out.  As we heard before, the new Ion 2 for Intel Pine Trail will be a standalone GPU rather than the combined Northbridge/GPU chipset as offered for the current Intel Atom models, and it's arriving in Q1 2010.

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OLPC XO-3 pencilled in for $100 2012 launch

OLPC XO-3 pencilled in for $100 2012 launch

After announcing last month that the OLPC XO-2 concept had been abandoned in favor of a more straightforward slate-style XO-3 device, the One Laptop Per Child project have now released renders of what that tablet might look like.  The work of Yves Behar, the design has an 8.5 x 11 inch touchscreen, would use inductive charging, be waterproof and cost around $100.  It's also expected to combine a Pixel Qi indoor/outdoor display with plastic screen components from Plastic Logic.

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AR iPhone 3GS app for Orange Israel [Video]

AR iPhone 3GS app for Orange Israel [Video]

Augmented reality has plenty of interesting applications for navigating unknown cities and spotting old friends among crowds, but it's also new enough to make for an entertaining gimmick.  To celebrate Orange Israel offering the iPhone 3GS, the carrier has worked with Ogmento to produce an AR iPhone app that shows a virtual iPhone on-screen whenever you point the iPhone's camera at a modified Orange logo.

Video demo after the cut

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Acer TravelMate Timeline 8571, 8471 and 8371 ultraportables arrive

Acer TravelMate Timeline 8571, 8471 and 8371 ultraportables arrive

Acer have unveiled a new range of business ultraportables, the Acer TravelMate Timeline series.  Ranging in size from 13.3 through 14.1 to 15.6-inches, and in price from $899 to $999, all of the TravelMate models use Intel's Core 2 Duo processors, up to 4GB of memory and Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics.

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T-Mobile USA HTC HD2 launch gets video evidence

T-Mobile USA HTC HD2 launch gets video evidence

The mention of T-Mobile USA in various HD2 ROM entries seems pretty conclusive evidence that the GSM carrier is getting the HTC smartphone, but if you want more proof how about one of their splash screens?  HDBlog.it have shot a video demo of the latest leaked 2.01 ROM for the Snapdragon-based device, and T-Mobile's "Stick Together" slogan is clearly shown.

Video demo after the cut

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Unreal Engine 3 ported to iPod touch [Video]

Unreal Engine 3 ported to iPod touch [Video]

We wouldn't have said no to more footage of Epic Games' Unreal Engine 3 doing its thing on the iPod touch, but as a proof of concept it's pretty heady stuff.  According to Epic, the port - which keeps titles like Gears of War 2 running - shouldn't be taken as a sign that the company is planning to step into the iPhone gaming market, but company VP Mark Rein did confirm that UE3 will be demo'd on a different mobile platform at CES 2010 next month.

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Fujitsu LifeBook UH900 benchmarked and shows multitouch on video

Fujitsu LifeBook UH900 benchmarked and shows multitouch on video

Of all the Fujitsu LifeBook UH900 details still to come clear, its performance and the responsiveness of its multitouch display were top of the list.  UMPC Fever have delivered on both counts, putting the UH900 through its paces in CrystalMark 2004 together with sharing a video of the 5.6-inch touchscreen in action.

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Google Nexus One unboxed, gets video demo

Google Nexus One unboxed, gets video demo

Google's Nexus One Android 2.1 smartphone has shown up in photos again, this time complete with packaging and a short demo video.  Twitter user Bobby Robertson has shared some images of the Google Phone's packaging together with a shot of the back of the HTC-made smartphone with the battery cover removed.

Live Google Nexus One video after the cut

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iPhone gets Bluetooth keyboard driver

iPhone gets Bluetooth keyboard driver

Apple's refusal to add a netbook to its range has left many attempting to use the iPhone or iPod touch as a rough equivalent, but ease of text entry continues to frustrate.  Happily, where Apple fall short the developer community delivers, with the simply-named iPhone Bluetooth Keyboard Driver.  Soon to appear in the Cydia Store, v.1 of the driver allows you to wirelessly connect a Bluetooth keyboard to the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS or iPod touch.

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ASUS Eee Pad tablet to use Tegra 2 chipset?

The ongoing ASUS Eee Pad speculation has now been joined by another interesting rumor, that the Taiwanese company plans to use NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chipset in the touchscreen slate.  Netbook News are reporting that the company have settled on the 1080p HD-capable chipset for the Eee Pad, which is expected to have a touchscreen somewhere between 4- and 7-inches.

Fujitsu LifeBook MH380 netbook latest on the Pine Trail train

Fujitsu LifeBook MH380 netbook latest on the Pine Trail train

We were less than impressed with Fujitsu's first attempt at a netbook, the Atom N270-based Amilo Mini Ui 3520, and so we're hoping the company makes a stronger showing with their Atom N450-powered Fujitsu LifeBook MH380.  The MH380 has a 10.1-inch, 1366 x 768 display, a 250GB hard-drive and 1GB of memory, as well as Intel's newest Pine Trail 1.66GHz processor.

The 2.97lb netbook is also said to manage up to 7hrs of runtime with its standard 6-cell battery, and we're glad to see Fujitsu have made both WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth standard.

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