Archive for Nov 25, 2008

Pantech Duo 2 clears FCC

Pantech Duo 2 clears FCC

The Pantech Duo 2 has cleared the FCC, with the same dual-sliding design - incorporating both numeric and QWERTY keyboards - but now running Windows Mobile 6.1.  The original Duo was better known as the Helio Ocean, but there was also a GSM version on AT&T.  The Duo 2 (aka the C820) has a 2-megapixel camera and dual-band 850/1900 GSM/EDGE/WCDMA.

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Atom CPU overclocked to 2.385GHz with liquid nitrogen

Atom CPU overclocked to 2.385GHz with liquid nitrogen

Netbook mods to date have been impressive enough.  Touchscreens, integrated GPS and Bluetooth, even full slate Tablet PC setups, we've seen them all.  Team Australia have gone a little further with their MSI Wind, though: taking advantage of the official MSI bios overclocking tool and a plentiful supply of liquid nitrogen, they've overclocked the Wind's 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor to 2.385GHz.

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Zero-G Coffee Mug video demo

Zero-G Coffee Mug video demo

NASA astronaut Don Pettit has managed to fashion a coffee mug suitable for use in zero-G conditions, during his stay on the International Space Station.  Motivated by the less than pleasing experience of drinking coffee through a straw from a sealed pouch, Pettit used a piece of folded plastic to create a teardrop-shaped cup.  Surface tension keeps the coffee inside, rather than drifting around and scalding people.

Check out the zero-gravity coffee cup in action after the cut

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Apple sued over iPhone Safari browser tech

Apple sued over iPhone Safari browser tech

Apple has been sued by LA real estate developer Elliot Gottfurcht over technology used in the mobile version of Safari found on the iPhone.  The suit claims that technology used by the Safari browser to navigate and display mobile-formatted sites infringes on a patent obtained in October 2008 by EMG Technology LLC, a company founded by Gottfurcht and two co-inventors.

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Hynix 7GHz GDDR 5 Video RAM

Hynix 7GHz GDDR 5 Video RAM

Memory manufacturer Hynix have announced the world's first high-speed GDDR 5 RAM capable of running at 7GHz.  The video memory is over a third faster than existing 4.5GHz video RAM, and will initially be available in 54nm 1Gb chips.  It's capable of processing up to 28 gigabytes of data per second.

 

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Ashidavox ST-90 retro headphones

Ashidavox ST-90 retro headphones

Pleasantly retro in among the crowd of Apple earphone wannabes, these Ashidavox ST-90 headphones are Japanese imports and mighty pleasing in their grey, wiry simplicity.  A 25 to 18,000Hz frequency range with 112dB sensitivity and 8 ohms impedance isn't going to win any awards for superlative performance, but if you're after a distinctive and cheap way to enjoy your music then these might fit the bill.

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Amazon Kindle 2 coming early Q1 2009?

Amazon Kindle 2 coming early Q1 2009?

Amazon are "tentatively" preparing to launch their Kindle 2 ebook reader in early Q1 2009, according to the latest rumors.  Leaked shots of the second-generation device emerged back in October, with a launch tipped to take place before the holiday season, but Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos apparently postponed the release to allow for last-minute software tweaks.

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Tokyo Flash Kisai Denshoku watch

Tokyo Flash Kisai Denshoku watch

Another day, another utterly bonkers Tokyo Flash watch.  Today's wrist-mounted slab of confusion is the Kisai Denshoku, apparently inspired by the neon skylines of Tokyo, and telling the time through a series of animated light-up bars.

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Pioneer KURO KRP-500A limited edition HDTVs in white & beige

Pioneer KURO KRP-500A limited edition HDTVs in white & beige

Discussions about the Pioneer KURO plasma HDTV range and color tends to be in hushed tones about the super-sets' class-leading picture quality.  Now it might be about how well they blend into your living room, with the announcement of limited edition white and beige versions of the 50-inch 1080p KRP-500A.

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10-inch Acer Aspire One coming Q1 2009

Acer will launch a 10-inch version of the Aspire One netbook in February or March 2009, according to Acer Taiwan president Scott Lin.  While Lin kept quiet on specifications for the larger Aspire, it will presumably offer the same Intel Atom processor as the existing model, only in a larger package and with a bigger display. 

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Blockbuster MediaPoint video-on-demand box announced

Blockbuster MediaPoint video-on-demand box announced

Blockbuster have announced their on-demand set-top box, the MediaPoint, using 2Wire's streaming video player.  The MediaPoint box itself will be offered "free" to anyone who buys the $99 package "25 first-run movies, TV shows, foreign or classic films" in advance; individual titles cost $1.99 each after that.

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Samsung NC10 netbook in black and two-tone blue shipping

Samsung NC10 netbook in black and two-tone blue shipping

Samsung's NC10 netbook has been wowing early reviewers with its lengthy battery life, and now there's word that the two alternative color variants should be hitting suppliers very soon.  As well as the all-white model which has been doing the rounds, there will be a black and a two-tone blue version.

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