Archive for October, 2006

Nokia 330 Auto Navigation stops in-car slaughter

Nokia 330 Auto Navigation stops in-car slaughter

"Riding along in my automobile," Chuck Berry sang, "my baby beside me at the wheel."  And yet we can only assume heartache and misery was just around the bend, as Chuck asked his baby which way he was supposed to turn, and she said something along the lines of "I don't know, why do you always leave the map-reading to me, my mother was right, you're just the same as all the other men, I need the toilet, stop the car" before they beat each other to death with their own bloodied limbs.

Death could've been avoided had Nokia released its 330 Auto Navigation GPS sat-nav system back in 1964, but instead it chose to do it today.  The 3.5" touchscreen-equipped device has full Europe-wide maps stored on a 2gb data card inside its slender body, and runs the Route 66 Navigator 7 software with NAVTEQ map data.  Should you have pulled into a lay-by and be cuddling with your Sweet Little Sixteen, the 330 can serenade you with some Rock and Roll Music, or even a slide show or videos.

SlashGear Exclusive – Interview with GeeXboX

SlashGear Exclusive – Interview with GeeXboX

Can you think of a media centre OS that requires no installation, is in many cases plug'n'play, and can be used as simply as dropping a CD into an otherwise bog-standard PC? Having trouble? Well, welcome to the world of GeeXboX.

GeeXboX is a so-called Live CD; that is, a CD that contains an entire OS which runs without needing any installation to a connected hard drive. In this case, the OS is very much media specific, whether that be simply playing DVDs, video and audio files downloaded from the internet, scheduling and watching recordings of live TV and more. Yesterday, SlashGear sat down to talk with Benjamin Zores, one of the core developers of GeeXboX Embedded Linux for HTPC

Check out the interview after the cut...

Secunia Found Second Flaw on IE7

Secunia Found Second Flaw on IE7

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 is under another security advisory watch again, just recently Danish security vendor Secunia reported a security bug hours after IE7 was released, and today Secunia found another advisory on IE7 that allows hackers to place a fake URL into IE’s pop-up windows tricking the user to download something that seems to be from a trusted sites. According to ComputerWorld, Microsoft initial investigation indicated that there is “an issue”. Let’s hope Microsoft will get their hand together and release some patches for IE7.

Secunia claims second IE7 flaw [via computerworld]

Sony Hands Out Rainchecks in Lieu of PS3s

Sony Hands Out Rainchecks in Lieu of PS3s

Let's face it; Sony's PlayStation 3 launch isn't exactly going as well as they planned. Aside from gaining the ire of gamers everywhere with their questionable tactics, they're faced a massive console shortage that has left many gamers wondering when they'll finally be able to get a hold of one of the super-consoles. While American buyers have 400,000 consoles to fight over (let the eBay wars begin!), Japanese gamers are only getting 100,000 consoles to divide amongst themselves. So Sony, it its infinite wisdom, is handing out rainchecks (to Japanese gamers only for the time being) that functions as an IOU when new consoles arrive next year. Again, only the Japanese market seems to be receiving this deal, as American buyers are more likely to, er, "reject" such an offer.

[via IGN]

Butler UMPC concept runs your home

Butler UMPC concept runs your home

I'm really enjoying these UMPC concepts from Via, and the key to each of them appears to be modularity - whether that be snapping a UMPC unit into a full notebook chassis, or choosing different innards in a UMPC-cum-purse.  Their latest is an even more obvious - and, some might say, more useful - design in modularity, a hooked form-factor which can be augmented with a microphone/speaker/camera module for cellphone and VOIP calls or a even a tiny printer.

Dell’s Tablet Intentions – they’ll pick up the pen come Vista

Dell’s Tablet Intentions – they’ll pick up the pen come Vista

A lot of people have been waiting for Dell to enter the Tablet PC market, on the assumption that it will help bring prices down and encourage the pen-technology into offices, classrooms and university lecture halls.  Up until now, however, they've completely denied any intention of sticking a hinge and digitiser into any of their notebooks.

A GottaBeMobile reader, Kevin Bals, was talking to a Dell rep at a school conference who spilt the beans on the multi-national's plans come Vista-time...

"I was at a large school convention on Thursday and ran into the Dell Reps for my area. I was telling them about how we use the Toshiba Tablets and wireless Epson Projectors in our classrooms. I asked them if Dell was coming out with a Tablet anytime soon and they said to look for a late spring release of a Dell Tablet. They said Michael Dell was very much against the tablet. Over time though he realized the tablet was a gateway into the school for other vendors. For example since the school had to go elsewhere for the tablets they ended up buying printers, desktops or projectors from the other vendor as well.

They also said that Dell usually waits for a particular product to become mainstream and then they look to develop a product and own the market. Dell feels that since Vista will have the tablet features built right into the OS that the corporate world will embrace the tablet on a large scale. The reps said this will be especially true once service pack 1 is out for Vista. They plan on releasing their tablet to coincide with the release of service pack 1 for Vista."

This would be incredible news and a real boost to a technology that, even years down the line from its inception, still gets regular criticism from reviewers.

A Dell Tablet PC coming this spring? [GottaBeMobile]

SlashGear’s October Review

SlashGear’s October Review

As October draws to a close and we edge towards the eight week countdown to Christmas, it's time for another SlashGear Month in Review.  And let's face it, if you haven't got a few additions to your letter to Santa from the past 30 days or so, what the golden trouser inflation have you been doing?

Sidekick 3 coming to the UK – Update!

Sidekick 3 coming to the UK – Update!

All those UK Sidekick addicts who are patiently waiting for the third incarnation of the device to hit our shores might be interested in the news that T-Mobile UK will likely release it in December this year, according to a trusted source with the username Ajax on the What Mobile forums.

Read on after the cut for more T-Mobile UK launch scheduling...

Widgets take centre stage (and take over your screen!)

Widgets take centre stage (and take over your screen!)

Setting out to recreate a slightly-less-warmongering version of the Pentagon's "Situation Room", Mike Elgan's latest column over at Computerworld is all about harnessing the awesome power of widgets.  No, not the little plastic nugget at the bottom of some beer cans, the tiny apps that display single-feature-specific information on your desktop.  Mike compiles a list of different widget suppliers and then lays out his idea of a dedicated PC for an always-visible infostream.  Check out his news-junkie page, below, and after the cut a virtual window of webcams.

Asus R2H UMPC gets reviewed

Asus R2H UMPC gets reviewed

I always think that Sunday is a great day for brewing some coffee, settling down and reading the latest tech reviews, and should you feel the same way (and be a fan of the UMPC concept) here's another to keep you occupied.  Only UMPC have taken a long, hard look at the Asus R2H, possibly the most attractive of the commercially available devices, and given their opinion on whether you should pull on some pants and go buy it. 

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