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Archos 32 Android PMP/MID gets FCC reveal

Archos 32 Android PMP/MID gets FCC reveal

After an eighth-gen Archos tablet was spotted last week, we knew a new model was on the way; now the FCC has tipped the French company's hand, and revealed the Android powered Archos 32 Internet Tablet.  Toting a 3.2-inch 400 x 240 touchscreen, capacitive buttons, Bluetooth and WiFi, the Archos 32 also gets GPS and an ARM Cortex A8 on the inside.

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Ordro HDV-D350S pico-projector HD camcorder outed

Ordro HDV-D350S pico-projector HD camcorder outed

Ordro isn't a well-known brand for camcorders around these parts, but the company's new HDV-D350S is looking to grab some headlines by virtue of its integrated pico-projector.  The D350S records up to 60fps 1440 x 1080 video or 12-megapixel stills, but also has a removable pico-projector attachment that slots onto a mount on the top of the camera; that can project up to a 60-inch WVGA picture.

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Motorola DROID 2 arrives on virtual shelves

Motorola DROID 2 arrives on virtual shelves

No great surprise, given Verizon told us it would be happening yesterday, but Motorola's DROID 2 Android smartphone has gone up for sale on the carrier's site.  Priced at $199.99 with a new, two-year agreement, the Android 2.2 handset has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 3.7-inch touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, and WiFi.

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Sprint OTA fix for premature EVO 4G Froyo update goes live

Sprint OTA fix for premature EVO 4G Froyo update goes live

Sprint's EVO 4G is getting an official fix for those users who jumped on the prematurely-posted Android 2.2 Froyo update a week ago.  The fix takes the 3.26.561.3 release - which many discovered to be unstable and have battery life problems - to 3.26.561.6, which is said to be more suited to everyday use.

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Motorola DROID gets Android 2.2 Froyo update

Motorola DROID gets Android 2.2 Froyo update

Motorola's MOTOBLUR devices are still generally waiting for an Android upgrade, but in the meantime the original Motorola DROID has seen a second significant version update.  Multiple tips have dropped suggesting that Motorola is pushing out an OTA update to Android 2.2 Froyo, bringing with it speed and stability increases.

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Nintendo & Nokia gaming phone could’ve rewritten the N-Gage story

Nintendo & Nokia gaming phone could’ve rewritten the N-Gage story

The Nokia N-Gage failed to set the world alight, but had a Nintendo skunkworks R&D team had their way we could've seen a very different outcome.  According to Pocket Gamer's development source, at around the same time that Nokia was working on the N-Gage, an R&D collaboration between the Finns and Nintendo saw a Nintendo phone concept prepared for executive approval.  However, the Nintendo board of directors failed to greenlight production.

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Microsoft Research RearType adds physical QWERTY to tablet back

Microsoft Research RearType adds physical QWERTY to tablet back

You could well argue that the real innovation at Microsoft is going on at their Research arm, where the latest oddball idea is a tablet PC with a split keyboard stuck to the back.  Each half of the 'board is rotated 90-degrees, so as to maintain the regular hand position.  Dubbed "RearType", the layout is the product of a new research paper [PDF link] and is designed to allow for faster text entry without blocking screen visibility or relying on tactile-minimal on-screen keyboards.

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30 million Nintendo Wii sold in US

30 million Nintendo Wii sold in US

Nintendo has just confirmed that it has sold 30 million Wii consoles in the US alone, making it the fastest console to reach that milestone in the history of gaming.  The Wii launched back in 2006, and hit the 30m mark fifteen months faster than the next best-selling console.

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Toshiba WIPE tech for self-encrypting drives auto junks your data

Toshiba WIPE tech for self-encrypting drives auto junks your data

Toshiba has announced [PDF link] a new hard-drive technology, WIPE, that can automatically delete sensitive data on loss of power or should the HDD be removed.  Intended for Toshiba self-encrypting drives predominantly used in copier and printer systems, WIPE works by automatically erasing the SED's internal encryption key.

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Microsoft pit PC against Mac in new (old) campaign

Microsoft pit PC against Mac in new (old) campaign

Microsoft has taken a new swipe at Apple with the start of a "PC versus Mac" campaign, which pits Windows 7 against Cupertino's finest.  According to Microsoft, there are six key areas in which a PC has a Mac beat: Having Fun, Simplicity, Working Hard, Sharing, Compatibility and Choice.

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Amazon list Dell Streak (as a Samsung); pricing & release still MIA

Amazon list Dell Streak (as a Samsung); pricing & release still MIA

Dell's Streak Android MID has gained a sparsely-detailed Amazon product page, but it looks like someone at the retailer has got confused over where exactly the slate has come from.  Amazon reckons it's Samsung that makes the Streak, but we'd be more interested to hear their pricing for the handset; Dell are yet to confirm their pricing, though a previous leak tipped a $550 SIM-free figure or $299.99 with a new, two-year AT&T agreement.

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SkinnyBytes touchscreen All-In-Ones use ethernet power rather than AC

SkinnyBytes touchscreen All-In-Ones use ethernet power rather than AC

We've seen Power-over-Ethernet used to allow network CCTV cameras and IP phones cut the AC cord, but a full PC is somewhat rarer.  SkinnyBytes new touchscreen Windows 7 all-in-ones can run on less than the 30W of power PoE 802.3at supplies, thanks to Intel's Atom CPU range and passive cooling.

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