If Palm were hoping for a rapturous welcome for their Foleo smartphone-companionthen they were probably sorely disappointed. Opinions on the compact emailing/surfing device have ranged from "nice, but is there a market?" to "they've seriously lost their way and are no longer contenders". Here at SlashGear we don't quite feel as strongly as that, but all the same it's good to hear some hands-on feedback from your friend and mine, Kevin C. Tofel, after he played with the Foleo at the Digital Experience show.
While it seems like half the geek world is busy doing nothing in queues outside Apple stores (apparently they have new gadget launching today), the rest have got all excited about the future of Multi-Touch in the company's product line. Greg over at theyshoulddothat.com is obviously as greedy as I am, and wants an ultra-portable tablet, iPod, Cinema Display and iMac all with the touch-sensitive screen. Meanwhile, Crunchgear reports that a "trusted source" tells them that the refreshed MacBook line coming in October - which will be temptingly slimmer than current models - will feature Multi-Touch trackpads.
European iPhone fans may end up getting a better deal than we have here in the US. According to sources, Apple is teaming up with Vodafone, T-Mobile Germany and Carphone Warehouse to bring a 3G version of the handset to the European market.
This has not actually been confirmed by Apple, but by Monday things should become clear. Apparently Apple is said to be making an official statement sometime on Monday. Rumor also has it that mobile phone carrier Orange was being considered for a release, but their tendency to overbrand and censor phone features made Apple decide against them.
With a name like Earthquake Sound you better sodding well produce some products with booty-shaking bass else you'll lose all possible credibility. But rather than taking the easy way out - slapping a couple of deep speakers in a carpet-covered box and saying "cop a load of that" - ES have set themselves a further challenge: design a subwoofer that can fit into a narrow drywall cavity. What they've come up with is Thor, just 3.75-inches deep but capable of lows down to 20Hz.
If you're in the market for something that isn't an iPhone, you're in luck. With as much hype as there is surrounding the iPhone today, it's hard to remember that there are other devices launching soon. Take the new A696 from ASUS, it may not be an iPhone, but it has something that the iPhone can't offer.
The more I see of ASUS' Eee Linux laptop, the more impressed I am. ASUS grabbed headlines at the beginning of the month when they announced a compact, attractive little notebook with a bargain-basement starting price of just $199; now HotHardware have spent a little time with the Eee and, despite the daft name, come away sounding pretty impressed.