It's a roller-coaster world, the crazy keyboard business. Who would've thought it could be so topsy-turvy; thank sweet Nancy Reagan for Art Lebedev and his Optimus project, as close to a soap opera in tech-land as you can get. It turns out that, after a modicum of positive press at the news that they'd finally decided on an OLED supplier, key layout and rough delivery timetable, now their supplier "has some serious financial troubles" and they're back to searching the back streets and alleyways for an alternative.
Still, you get nowhere in this world without being gung-ho, and so they're carrying on making the keyboard chassis while a crack team of OLED-scouts trawls for fresh supplies. Estimated delivery has, inevitably, fallen to December, though I wouldn't organise your life around that if I were you.
Bad News and Good News [Optimus Project]
I'd wager there are few people reading this who haven't suffered at least once from the modern malaise they call "Death by PowerPoint" Now not wishing to unfairly malign the Microsoft presentation package - even the least forgiving audience member would grudgingly agree that it's the crapness of the presenter that kills you, not the software (and accompanying slide transitions, sound effects and ridiculous animations) - but it's a sad fact of life that where a yawn-worthy demonstration goes, their software often lurks behind.
Thankfully there are companies like Ventuz Technology, who blend together touch, gesture and proximity-sensitive interfaces controlling multiple interconnected displays, with a software package that allows static and dynamically updated information to be presented in 2D and 3D.
Toward the tail-end of last week we found out it was coming; now GottaBeMobile have had some hands-on time with Motion's latest uber-slate, the LE1700, and have come away pretty damn impressed. There's a full video review to be watched but to summarise, the most exciting points for me are the news that there'll be a MultiTouch (i.e. Active and Passive digitiser) option with the SXGA screen, which is a first for Tablets, and that there's a built-in HSDPA 3G modem.
With prices starting at $1,999 for a Core Solo model, and $2,199 for a Core 2 Solo, it's surprisingly reasonably priced.
GottaBeMobile video review of the LE1700 Tablet PC [GottaBeMobile]
Bless HTC. While everyone had their eye on the Advantage/Ameo/Athena and its ever-changing name, they were quietly beavering away correcting the biggest criticism of the device: the fact that it ran Windows Mobile rather than XP or Vista. Enter the HTC Shift, a sliding-screen device which runs - you guessed it - Vista Business on its widescreen 7-inch touch display.
It might not look too impressive - in fact it's plump, brash and rubbery - but this Corsair Flash Voyager GT is a 4GB thumb-drive with a difference. Two differences, actually; firstly that it can withstand such hardships as a full wash and spin-dry cycle, being run over with a truck and thrown at a concrete floor, and secondly that it's Corsair's fastest every flash drive. Potential top-speeds of 34MB/s read and 28MB/s write could mean an install of Vista in half the time it takes to do so from a DVD.
Everything USB plugged it in and checked it out, and you can't ask for a clearer recommendation:
"Incredibly fast and especially durable, what's not to like? You'd be foolish not to spend the extra $10 for Corsair's speed demon of a flash drive"
Corsair Flash Voyager GT 4GB Flash Drive [Everything USB]
Are you paranoid about people leaching off of your wireless internet, and of the aliens reading your thoughts from outer-space? US-based EM-SEC Technologies has tested a new product that might be able to help you out. Well, they might help you protect your wireless internet, you're going to need something more to keep the aliens out of your head.