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Keyboard-Mac DIY project pairs MacBook Air guts with Magic Trackpad

Keyboard-Mac DIY project pairs MacBook Air guts with Magic Trackpad

Given the trouble ASUS had getting their Eee Keyboard onto the market, we're not really surprised that Apple aren't planning an all-in-one PC and peripheral combo themselves.  Still, Steve Jobs' omission is a gap for a modder, and over at the MacBook Air Project Bart Reardon has taken it on himself to craft a custom keyboard PC based on the guts of a first-gen MacBook Air, an Apple keyboard and a new Magic Trackpad.

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HTC Desire HD gets early Amazon UK listing

HTC Desire HD gets early Amazon UK listing

It's still up in the air whether HTC's press event midway through next month will be for the company's first Windows Phone 7 handset or something running Android, but with Electricpig spotting an Amazon UK listing for the HTC Desire HD we've a feeling it's the latter.  The listing - which suggests the Desire HD will be shipped from Amazon themselves, not a third-party seller - prices the smartphone at £415 but mentions no specifications.

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Intel buying Texas Instruments cable STB division: Google TV incoming?

Intel buying Texas Instruments cable STB division: Google TV incoming?

Intel has agreed to purchase Texas Instruments' cable modem division, with the chipmaker planning to use it as a showcase for their Atom-based SoCs.  TI's existing staff will be folded into the Intel Digital Home Group; it's unclear at this stage whether Intel intend to shift the cable STBs to the Google TV platform, having been a launch partner for the Google-led technology.

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Adobe CEO on Apple Flash argument: “We’ve moved on”

Adobe CEO on Apple Flash argument: “We’ve moved on”

Apple and Adobe may not be the best of friends right now, but Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen doesn't seem too worried.  Describing the Cupertino company's aversion to Flash on iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad as Apple "wanting to control the environment", Narayen says his company would "rather work with partners who are interested in working with us" and that "they've made their choice. We've made ours and we've moved on."

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Verizon Motorola DROID Pro, DROID 2 world-edition & tablet tipped incoming

Verizon Motorola DROID Pro, DROID 2 world-edition & tablet tipped incoming

Verizon's upcoming Motorola devices have been further detailed, after one of BGR's sources at the carrier revealed more news on the Motorola DROID Pro - a 4-inch Android smartphone - together with what looks to be a world-edition version of the DROID 2 and either a tablet or a tablet-style large-screen handset.  The DROID Pro has a 1.3GHz processor and is expected to have world-phone capabilities for international use.

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Nokia N8 US preorders start: $549 for end of September

Nokia N8 US preorders start: $549 for end of September

Nokia has begun accepting preorders for the US version of the upcoming Nokia N8, with the Symbian^3 smartphone set to arrive at the end of September 2010.  Priced at $549, the N8 has a 12-megapixel camera with autofocus and flash, a five-band WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 modem suitable for both AT&T and T-Mobile USA, together with 16GB of onboard storage.

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Toshiba Libretto W100 import gets video unboxing & review

Toshiba Libretto W100 import gets video unboxing & review

Toshiba's Libretto W100 is an exceedingly expensive way to get dual LCD touchscreens in a clamshell device, so you'll forgive us if we pay close attention to early unboxing reports to see if its worth the $1,400+ importers are currently asking.  Wow Pow grabbed one of Conics early units and subjected it to a three-part video unboxing and review, which you can watch after the cut.

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Smooth-Stone ARM server chips get $48m funding to take on Intel

Smooth-Stone ARM server chips get $48m funding to take on Intel

While ARM processors are generally to be found in ultraportable devices like smartphones, a significant round of investment in power-frugal ARM-based server chip producer Smooth-Stone could signal an impending shift.  The company - which promises to bring "ultra‐low power mobile phone technology to the datacenter" - has secured $48m in new funding, which it will use to finalize its chip technology that uses many low-power processors rather than, as with Intel-based servers, a few high-power chips.

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Panasonic VIERA GT25 plasma 3D HDTVs start at 42-inches

Panasonic VIERA GT25 plasma 3D HDTVs start at 42-inches

Panasonic has updated its VIERA Full HD 3D plasma displays, and there are some smaller sets in the line-up if your room (or budget) isn't as big as your ambitions.  The new Panasonic GT25 Series kicks off from 42-inches, with a 50-inch model also better suited to smaller rooms filled with people who still want 3D images.

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BlackBerry Torch half-price at Amazon

BlackBerry Torch half-price at Amazon

Read our BlackBerry Torch 9800 review, loving the touchscreen/QWERTY combo but unwilling or unable to stump up the $200 AT&T are asking in-store?  Amazon have the answer, with a $550 instant discount on the Torch's list price, bringing it down to $99.99 or just half of what AT&T want.

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HP StorageWorks X300 Data Vault Review

HP StorageWorks X300 Data Vault Review

HP continues to push ahead with Windows Home Server, offering domestic and small business users a central storage point for backups and media server duties, together with drive redundancy and more. Latest to the SlashGear test bench is the HP StorageWorks X300, a new Data Vault product that offers up to 7TB of internal storage shared between up to ten users. Check out the full review after the cut.

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Sprint “product development guru” jumps ship

Sprint “product development guru” jumps ship

Sprint has lost a Senior VP, Kevin Packingham, described as the carrier's "product development guru" and supposedly instrumental in paving the way for the WiMAX-friendly HTC EVO 4G and the upcoming Samsung Epic 4G.  The carrier confirmed that Packingham has left his role to take up another position at an unnamed Kansas City company; Sprint will now have to find a new expert to demonstrate their high-end devices at launch events.

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