Archive for Nov 28, 2008

Meizu M8 unboxed

Meizu M8 unboxed

Meizu's M8 cellphone is growing to be something of a legend: ostensibly an iPhone clone, a fact hotly disputed by Meizu themselves, its arduous journey to market has taken the best part of a year.  Now, PConline have unboxed what we're told is the final retail packaging, in preparation for the M8's mass production on December 8th.

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Samsung Omnia on Verizon Review

Samsung Omnia on Verizon Review

We have been waiting a long time to get our hands on a US-spec version of the Samsung Omnia and finally the time has come. Verizon Wireless was the lucky carrier to get the smartphone, complete with fresh compatibility with EVDO Rev.A. Very similar to the Samsung Behold, the Omnia runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional with the familiar TouchWiz interface. SlashGear had the chance to see just how well the Samsung Omnia holds up to all the hype.

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Princeton DN-503AH-PDC five-drive 5TB NAS

Princeton DN-503AH-PDC five-drive 5TB NAS

It's not currently bigger than Buffalo's TeraStation Pro, but with a little fettling the Princeton DN-503AH-PDC NAS certainly could be.  Packing five 1TB hard-drives, it has a total capacity of 5TB; that's one down on the 6TB TeraStation Pro, but since that NAS has only four bays to the Princeton's five it has to rely on larger 1.5TB HDDs.  Switch the DN-503AH-PDC's discs for 1.5TB versions and you'd have 7.5TB capacity, which is perhaps the largest we've seen on a small-business backup device.

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Nokia Home Control Center wireless smart-home system announced

Nokia Home Control Center wireless smart-home system announced

Nokia has unveiled a cellphone-controlled "smart home" platform that will use Z-Wave and ZigBee enabled devices and a specially adapted WiFi draft-n gateway.  Nokia Home Control Center is being described as an "open platform" combining sensors, CCTV, wireless networks and mobile devices, usable both inside the home as well as remotely via any device with a web browser.  The first products will concentrate on home heating management.

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Happy Thanksgiving from SlashGear!

Happy Thanksgiving from SlashGear!

It's Thanksgiving today, and the SlashGear team will be taking a break to enjoy the day with family and friends.  We'd like to say a big collective "thank you!" to all of the manufacturers, PR people and, most of all, you the readers, for keeping us informed, keeping us on our toes, and keeping yourselves opinionated!  I've also been asking the team what they'd individually like to give thanks for; Vincent's you can see here, the rest are behind the cut.

 

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Orange set to offer HD Voice technology next year

Orange set to offer HD Voice technology next year

Orange, a popular wireless provider in France, announced yesterday that they plan to introduce an HD Voice technology in order to improve user's call experiences and to make for improved voice clarity.

Announced at the La Collection show in Paris, the HD Voice technology would come in the form of software. It will actually be included in some Orange handsets starting in December. Specifically, it will help limit background noise and amp up the device's ability to transmit the sound of the human voice.

By using an Adaptive Multi Rate-WideBand (AMR-WB) codec, Orange will be able to improve voice quality, but the improvements will only be detectable in handsets that have the supporting software. However, HD Voice handsets will still be able to hear those they converse with on non-HD handsets more clearly.

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