Archive for Sep 19, 2006

The ABC of Text Entry

The ABC of Text Entry

Matthew Miller over at The Mobile Gadgeteer makes an interesting case for an adapted keypad for text-entry on portable devices, and in the process runs through several of the options - in hardware and software - for users looking to streamline their messaging.

What Matthew has in mind is a 15-key physical entry area, which would respond to both press and press-and-hold (or, alternatively, double-press) to switch between the two characters each key would represent.  Optimising the keyboard for the most commonly used letters would avoid too much fumbling.

Sony VAIO N10 series

Sony VAIO N10 series

No prizes for guessing whose design portfolio Sony have been sneaking peeks into, those minxes.  But then there's no denying that their VAIO N10 series is a good looking machine.  With an A4-footprint and Sony's delicious 15.4" X-black screen (which is guaranteed to bring all the boys to the yard), a minimum of 512mb of memory and at least an 80gb hard drive, an Intel Core Duo processor finds just about every modern tick box on the spec sheet checked.

Dual-SIM doesn’t require phone reboot

Dual-SIM doesn’t require phone reboot

You know how it is, you give one phone number to your girlfriend and another number to your girlfriend's mother - don't stress it, dude, you're a playa - but you don't want to have to carry two phones around while playing squash with the guys.

Enter this clever dual-sim adaptor, which allows two cards to be used in the same cellphone.  It even displays which number is active on the screen.  It's not just for philandering love fiends, however, it'd also be great for those travellers who have different mobile accounts for different countries.  After all, saves getting screwed on roaming rates.

The key advantage here over previous dual-sim solutions is that the phone doesn't require a power cycle to switch between accounts - it's all menu operated, thanks to digital processor on-board.

More details at better123.com

New Sony DVD/CD Multi-format Rewritable Drives

New Sony DVD/CD Multi-format Rewritable Drives

Sony has unveiled today four new Multi-format DVD/CD rewritable drives based on its 12th generation optical storage technology. This line-up features three designs and four configurations. Hailing it the industry's fastest 18x DVD±R burner, Sony says its 830 series burner delivers a full 4.7 GB of video, data, music or images on standard 16X DVD±R media in about five minutes. The internal DRU-830A and external DRX-830U drives come bundled with the new Nero 7. The external DRX-830UL-T drive is designed for dual Macintosh and Windows platform support and includes Roxio Toast 6 Lite. The external DRX-S50U drive features an ultra slim design that works well for those who need to save space. All four drives support CD-R/RW recording.

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Zune Coming Soon to Walmart

Zune Coming Soon to Walmart

The much anticipated Microsoft Zune will be coming soon to your local Walmarts. The latest word out on the street is that Walmart will be selling the Zune at $284, making many believe that the actual MSRP will be around $300. Their has also been talks that there will be a Zune phone in the horizon. Possibly a phone feature on the Zune player or vice versa.

Via: Gizmodo

The fertility watch

The fertility watch

This one's obviously for the ladies. If you're wanting to get pregnant then this watch plus a fertile man will get the job done. The watch by LAKS has all sorts of functions such as keeping track of your ovulation cycle, number of weeks pregnant, and even provides a babyname finder. Not much on style and selection though. Comes in black and white and looks like any old sportswatch but goes for a hefty 90 euros.

Via: WristDreams

The Floating Kitchen Island Concept

The Floating Kitchen Island Concept

Between Yin and Yang, there is a thin line of curve indicating something different and unique. A group of Chinese designers have a concept that will make cooking a different experience. Chaoran Zheng, Fu Yetao, and Zheng Choaran, create an illusion of floating Kitchen Island with their concept design. The kitchen island is hold by steel cable from the roof and adjustable to the height of the user. With patch of lamps on the steel cable, it creates the illusion of night sky full of stars.

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Kentsfield has an Official Name – Core 2 Quadro

Kentsfield has an Official Name – Core 2 Quadro

Intel has finally given “Kentsfield” a name. Kentsfield will be officially called “Core 2 Quadro”. According to DigiTimes, Core 2 Quadro QX6700 Extreme will be available in mid November this year. The QX6700 will run at 2.66Ghz clock speed. As many of you know, the Extreme lineup of Intel’s CPU is targeted to high end gaming users, so it’s going to cost a lot to get this chip in your computer in November.

Intel quad-core Kentsfield to be named Core 2 Quadro, first model expected in November [via digitimes] Photo via Tweakers.net

Toshiba to Recall Faulty Batteries on Satellite and Dynabook

Toshiba to Recall Faulty Batteries on Satellite and Dynabook

Yes, it’s another laptop battery recall. I’m sure some of you are so tired hearing about manufacturer recalling their laptop’s battery. Everyone can point his or her finger to Sony, because that’s where it all started. Toshiba is recalling over 340,000 of Satellite and Dynabook batteries. So far no reported explosion yet cause by Toshiba laptops. Toshiba has not put up a page on their site regarding which serial # batch or how the recall will be process.

Toshiba will recall some faulty batteries-Jiji [via reuters]

Headphones go bling bling

Headphones go bling bling

For hipsters out there, what else to better adorn your already fashionable iPods than some headphones encrusted with diamonds. Ok, maybe not real diamonds like the iDiamond Earphones but how about some cheaper sparkle like these bejeweled Ear Drops priced starting around $30. 3 styles in either white or black: round, heart-shaped, and traditional in-ear-look. Also has different colored rhinestones to choose from. So don’t just listen to music, groove with style.

Via: Coolhunting

Flaming laptops all wrapped up

Flaming laptops all wrapped up

“Wrappers” as they are branded cost $30 each and can save you from a flaming laptop or so they claim. These MacBook sleeves are lined with graphite which supposedly will function as a fire retardant whenever your MacBook spontaneously combusts. Comes in a variety of colors, get ‘em while they’re hot.

Via: Mobile Mag

MacCube Concept by Isamu Sanada

MacCube Concept by Isamu Sanada

Isamu Sanada, one of the experts in Mac concept design is showcasing his latest work. A MacCube. The MacCube looks like a Mac Mini on the top but with the height of the old PowerMac G4 cube. According to Isamu, his dream MacCube would be powered by Core 2 Duo 2.33GHz processor, equipped with NVIDIA 7600GT, SuperDrive, Airport Extreme, bluetooth, gigabit ethernet, and more. With integrated power supply, it will not require any power adapter brick.