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Google Nexus One Desktop Dock CR B410 with Bluetooth tipped

Google Nexus One Desktop Dock CR B410 with Bluetooth tipped

Details of a second official accessory for the upcoming Google Nexus One Android 2.1 smartphone have emerged, this time courtesy of the FCC.  HTC - who are manufacturing the handset - have submitted the Nexus One Desktop Dock CR B410 for approval, which seemingly includes Bluetooth wireless.

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Google’s Chrome OS netbook specs revealed

Back when a Google-branded Chrome OS netbook was tipped for late 2010, we were still in the dark regarding potential specifications for the web-centric ultraportable.  Now IBTimes is claiming to have the official spec sheet, and as speculated there's both an ARM-based CPU and NVIDIA's Tegra chipset among the components.  There's also a 10.1-inch display with multitouch-capable touchscreen mentioned, able to display HD - likely 720p - video, together with a 64GB SSD and 2GB of RAM.

Archos blame “major issue” with Android 1.6 browser for firmware pull

Archos blame “major issue” with Android 1.6 browser for firmware pull

After Archos briefly posted the Android 1.6 firmware update for its Archos 5 Internet Tablet last week, before summarily yanking it hours later, the company have finally given an explanation.  According to a notice posted to their support page, a "last-minute major issue with the web browser" forced them to pull the update down.

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NVIDIA Fermi GPU delayed until March 2010?

NVIDIA Fermi GPU delayed until March 2010?

NVIDIA's Fermi 40nm GPU won't make its expected late-2009 launch, and nor will it be ready in time for CES 2010 in January, according to DigiTimes' sources at graphics card manufacturers.  The rumor-mongers claim that NVIDIA have been telling producers to only expect the DirectX 11-compatible Fermi chips in March 2010, and suggest that defects have prompted the delay.

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RoyalTek RPJ-2000 pico-projector lands; TV tuner model in 2010

RoyalTek RPJ-2000 pico-projector lands; TV tuner model in 2010

The steady trickle of pico-projectors continues with a new model by RoyalTek, the RPJ-2000, tipped to be the first of several from the company in 2010.  The RPJ-2000 uses a second-gen 3M LCoS chipset and is capable of projecting up to a 65-inch image with 14 lumens brightness and 640 x 480 resolution.

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Acer Aspire 1420P tablet hits FCC (aka Gateway EC18T)

Acer Aspire 1420P tablet hits FCC (aka Gateway EC18T)

The upcoming Gateway/Acer convertible tablet notebook has been spotted over at the FCC [pdf link], as the EC18T and the Aspire 1420P respectively.  The 11.6-inch notebook uses an Intel CULV processor - the 1.2GHz Core 2 Duo SU2300 - and GMA 4500MHD graphics, along with up to 500GB of hard-drive space and up to 8GB of RAM.

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LG PRADA 3 to use Android; headed to Sprint in 2010?

LG PRADA 3 to use Android; headed to Sprint in 2010?

Mark this down as a definite vague rumor for the moment, but there's talk that LG's next PRADA cellphone might adopt the Android OS.  The so-called PRADA 3 is expected to have a QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen, and it's also been suggested that US carrier Sprint will be offering the device.  If so, it would make this particular luxury smartphone the first carrying the PRADA name to use CDMA rather than a GSM radio.

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B&N nook preorders shipping in time for Christmas; new software root discovered

Barnes & Noble have been in touch to confirm that everybody who preordered a nook and was given a pre-Christmas shipping date will, indeed, get their new ebook reader in time for Christmas.  Meanwhile ongoing demand for the dual-display device means that the second batch of units won't actually begin shipping until February 1st 2010.

4th-gen iPhone to get 5MP camera; 7-inch Apple Tablet tipped for Jan 2010

Two new Apple rumors today, with a 5-megapixel camera for the next-gen iPhone tipped along with a 7-inch size for the much-speculated Apple Tablet.  According to DigiTimes, CMOS manufacturer OmniVision have had orders placed by Apple for a 5-megapixel sensor for the fourth-generation iPhone, which is expected to launch in late 2010.

Cydle T43H HD Radio/Traffic PND and M7 MID tipped for CES

Cydle T43H HD Radio/Traffic PND and M7 MID tipped for CES

Having announced a PND with integrated HD Radio last January, Cydle is following up this coming CES with a new version that throws "HD Traffic" status updates into the mixture.  The Cydle T43H is one of a number of new portable devices the company are planning, including the Cydle M7 MID and two PND/PMP combo devices, the T70 and T50.

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Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t with multitouch display passes FCC

Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t with multitouch display passes FCC

A new Lenovo notebook packing a multitouch-capable display has been spotted at the FCC, though right now we've only this image of the laptop's underside to go from.  The Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t - according to Digitech - will have a rotating convertible 10.1-inch touchscreen and use Intel's latest Pine Trail Atom processors.

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Archos 5 Internet Tablet gets Android 1.6 Donut with firmware v1.6.08 [Update: it’s been pulled]

Archos have released a new firmware update for the Archos 5 Internet Tablet, v1.6.08, and the key change is the introduction of Android 1.6 "Donut".  With the new version of the OS comes the quick-search box for the MID/PMP's homescreen, improved power management, native WVGA display support and VPN functionality; Archos have also tweaked media handling, so that the Archos 5 Internet Tablet better supports H.264 SD and HD videos.

Update: Strangely, all mention of the update - including the firmware itself - has been pulled from Archos' site.