Archive for Oct 27, 2008

Samsung I7110 not for the UK, despite London launch

Samsung I7110 not for the UK, despite London launch

In a surprising move, Samsung has decided not to sell their I7110 S60 handset in the UK, despite having unveiled it at the London Smartphone Show.  The I7110, which has 3G, a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and an LED flash, WiFi and GPS, will presumably only be offered in Russia, the US and possibly some European markets.

Sprint offers medical students discount WinMo smartphones

Sprint offers medical students discount WinMo smartphones

Sprint are looking to boost sales to cash-strapped students with a new scheme that offers discounted Windows Mobile smartphones to medical students at the University of Louisville. The devices will not only allow instant access to the university's email and address book system, but also include medical applications, such as ePocrates and medical and drug reference databases. Moreover individual and class device customization will allow course-specific data to be added.

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iKey BT-87-TP Rugged Bluetooth Keyboard meets NEMA 4X specs

iKey BT-87-TP Rugged Bluetooth Keyboard meets NEMA 4X specs

If you're an ultraportable device user and you want to keep working even when conditions aren't all that great, iKey may have the keyboard for you.  The iKey BT-87-TP Rugged Bluetooth Keyboard is a 12.01 x 7.75 x 2.03 inch fully-sealed slab of ruggedized data entry, with an industrial silicone keypad and ABS polycarbonate case that together met NEMA 4X specifications dirt, dust, water, ice and corrosive resistance.

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PepperBall FlashLauncher video demo: Ouch

PepperBall FlashLauncher video demo: Ouch

Managing to be even more intimidating in a flashlight casing than Wicked Lasers' Spyder II GX, the PepperBall FlashLauncher incorporates not only a 100 lumen flashlight but semi-automatic firing of up to five individual pellets of hot pepper powder.  Intended for law enforcement personnel as well as individuals, the FlashLauncher uses CO2 to launch the eye-stinging balls with a laser for targeting.

Video demo of the PepperBall FlashLauncher after the cut

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aigo P8860 MID gets internal 3G HSDPA mod: Video Demo

aigo P8860 MID gets internal 3G HSDPA mod: Video Demo

After the video breakdown of aigo's P8860 Mobile Internet Device showed there was plenty of space for slotting in some onboard 3.5G WWAN capabilities, it was only a matter of time until the compact touchscreen device had some HSDPA poured into it.  jkkmobile - who has already added 3G and touchscreens to a variety of ultraportables - has done just that.

Video demo of the HSDPA-enabled aigo P8860 after the cut

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Google Earth for iPhone released; Street View coming in firmware 2.2

Google Earth for iPhone released; Street View coming in firmware 2.2

One of the big questions from many iPhone users and developers on the run-up to the T-Mobile G1 was whether, now that Google had their own mobile platform in the shape of Android, would they be quite so keen to code neat apps for other devices.  A case in point was Google Maps Street View, which on the G1 is a compass-driven masterpiece but has been notably absent from Apple's cellphone.  Now iPhoneYap is reporting that Street View functionality, together with mass transit directions, is present in version 2.2 beta 2 of the iPhone firmware, as yet unreleased.  It comes as Google themselves announce a Google Earth app for the iPhone.

Google Earth for iPhone demo video after the cut

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Dell Inspiron Mini 12 netbook official

Dell Inspiron Mini 12 netbook official

The Dell Inspiron Mini 12 netbook has been officially announced, after the company tacitly confirmed the 12.1-inch budget ultraportable last Thursday.  Rather than use the same 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU as its smaller Inspiron Mini 9 sibling, the Mini 12 has a choice of either a 1.3GHz Atom Z520 or 1.6GHz Atom Z530 processor, together with 1GB of RAM and up to 80GB hard-drive.  It weighs from 2.72-pounds and measures just 0.92-inches thick, and will have a starting price of under $600.

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HP Mini 1000 netbook confirmed

HP Mini 1000 netbook confirmed

The sequel to HP's Mini-Note 2133 netbook has shown up on the company's online store.  Called the HP Mini 1000, the netbook measures less than 1-inch thick and weighs from 2.25lbs; it also has a new, black casing and appears to be intended as a more entry-level machine than the 2133.  The new price certainly bears that out: the HP Mini 1000 netbook costs from just $399.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 43 2008

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 43 2008

We kicked off the week with some high-profile reviews here at SlashGear, putting the latest MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops through their paces.  If you're considering one of these slick new machines - or are wondering what style features other manufacturers will be copying over the next six months - make sure to check them out!  We also played with a more budget computing option in the shape of the ASUS Eee PC 1000HA.

Meanwhile cellphones have been on the test bench, with Sprint's pair of new Samsungs - the messaging Rant and the musical HighNote - squaring up against Velocity Mobile's 103 smartphone.  We had to leave our desks to try out Blackline's GPS Snitch, however, but were back in before curfew to play with some toys: WowWee's Bladestar remote control helicopter, for one, and a rather more unusual review of the WowWee Femisapien

Interactive Mirror is probably useless, but cool anyway

Interactive Mirror is probably useless, but cool anyway

Sometimes you hear about a gadget and know it's a gimmick right away. And even though I know that's what the Interactive Mirror from BlogLitStudios is, I can't help but be fascinated by it and want to play with really, really badly.

The Interactive Mirror, is in fact, interactive. And while there have been mirrors like this before--ones you can view the news on and such--this one rises a bit above. You can draw on it with your finger, zoom in on text at all sorts of crazy angles, try on T-Shirt designs before you ever have to physically put it on and more.

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