Archive for Nov 24, 2008

Multitouch iMac rumored after LG touchscreen panel discovery

Multitouch iMac rumored after LG touchscreen panel discovery

Jot this one down under "tenuous speculation" for now, but Stuff were recently taking a look around an LG factory in Korea and happened to come across multitouch-capable displays.  So far, so dull, but factor in that LG are the display suppliers for the Apple iMac, and you've a question about whether a multitouch iMac is on the cards.

Sonim XP3 cellphone takes rugged to another level

Sonim XP3 cellphone takes rugged to another level

Sonim have announced the follow-up to their XP1 rugged cellphone, which comes in the shape of the chunky XP3.  Despite Sonim's enthusiastic claims to the XP1's invulnerability, the XP3 is apparently even more shock and drop resistant; it's also waterproof, and can survive being fully submersed for 30 minutes within one meter of water.

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Motorola Atila WM6.1 touchscreen smartphone in the wild

Motorola Atila WM6.1 touchscreen smartphone in the wild

Shots of the Motorola Atila touchscreen smartphone have leaked, showing off among other things the company's new theme for Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro (another, Apple-inspired theme is shown after the cut).  The Atila is quadband GSM and triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA, capable of 7.2Mbps downloads and 1.8Mbps uploads (network depending); control is via a 2.8-inch QVGA 240 x 320 resistive touchscreen.

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Verizon HTC Touch Pro arrives: expensive

Verizon HTC Touch Pro arrives: expensive

Verizon Wireless have launched the HTC Touch Pro, but you get the feeling the carrier doesn't particularly want to sell any.  At $349.99 (following a $70 mail-in rebate) the Verizon Touch Pro is $50 more expensive than the AT&T HTC Fuze (at $299.99) and $70 more than the Touch Pro on Alltel (at $279.99).

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Sleek Audio W-1 Kleer wireless headphones system Review

Sleek Audio W-1 Kleer wireless headphones system Review

After our earpiphony back in October with Sleek Audio's SA6 customizable earphones, we've been waiting eagerly for their wireless adapter.  Created using Kleer lossless technology, unlike the Bluetooth A2DP profile there's no unwanted compression involved; the range is meant to be better, too.  Can the Sleek Audio Wireless W-1 setup live up to our great expectations?

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BlackBerry Storm teardown shows underpowered CPU

BlackBerry Storm teardown shows underpowered CPU

For some people, a BlackBerry Storm review isn't enough.  They want full, teardown detail of RIM's first touchscreen handset, and while we didn't have the heart to break open our review unit that hasn't stopped the aptly-titled phoneWreck from doing just that.  In doing so, some of the smartphone's more obvious frustrations are explained.

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MacBook & MacBook Pro $100 discount at Best Buy

MacBook & MacBook Pro $100 discount at Best Buy

Best Buy have begun selling MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops with $100 discounts from the list-price.  The deal is not limited to the older plastic MacBook, but the new late-2008 unibody aluminum version and its more powerful Pro sibling.  According to some sources, Apple stores will be matching the Best Buy pricing "for the next few days".

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1GHz Socle ARM11 chipset tipped for future MIDs & PMPs

1GHz Socle ARM11 chipset tipped for future MIDs & PMPs

Socle Technology has announced the first 1GHz ARM11 platform, paving the way for faster MIDs, PMPs and digital home products.  A self-developed System on Chip (SoC), the chipset uses 65nm technology and is the fastest ARM11-based design available to date.  It's predicted to find its way into products from ASUS, Inventec and Dell.

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Intel X25-E Extreme 32GB SSD tested: fastest ever

Intel X25-E Extreme 32GB SSD tested: fastest ever

Intel's SSDs have been cropping up in all manner of consumer hardware over the past few months, but now the company is raising the stakes with the X25-E Extreme.  32GB of premium SLC memory, it'll cost you over $700 but, if The Tech Report's review is anything to go by, it's worth it.  They're calling the X25-E Extreme "the fastest drive we've ever tested".

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iPod touch Street View firmware 2.2 hack

iPod touch Street View firmware 2.2 hack

While those iPhone owners who upgraded to firmware 2.2 last week could be right now playing with Google Street View, iPod touch users found themselves still lacking the feature.  Apple has made no comment as to why the PMP lacks the street-level photo system, but that hasn't stopped timmyj9 from the iPod Touch Fans forum from making his own hack to enable it.

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Touchscreen DIY Coffee Machine with remote cellphone control

Touchscreen DIY Coffee Machine with remote cellphone control

If you're not a complete caffeine-head then you might not realize that there's a furious coffee-machine modding scene out there, determined to tweak the best out of their (often expensive) home espresso machines.  Sometimes you can't find a good starting place, though, and then the only option is to build your own machine from scratch: that's exactly what Reko Mäenpää did, integrating a full computer, 8-inch touchscreen, WAP-portal and more.

 

Video demo of the coffee machine in action after the cut

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Saudi Telecom wireless router-vase concept

Saudi Telecom wireless router-vase concept

Saudi Telecom have been showing off their concept wireless router, in an attempt to demonstrate that networking hardware doesn't have to be ugly and antenna-festooned.  Seemingly the best way to do that is to make the router serve double-duty as a vase.

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