Archive for November, 2008

White T-Mobile G1 finally available in US

White T-Mobile G1 finally available in US

The white T-Mobile G1 smartphone has finally gone on sale in the US, after delays saw only the black and bronze versions available at launch.  Functionally identical to the existing G1 handsets, the smartphone uses Google's open-source Android OS and, in my opinion, looks a whole lot better (i.e. smaller and less blocky) in white than in either of the other colors.

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Nintendo DS Red & Blue bundles for Black Friday: $150

Nintendo DS Red & Blue bundles for Black Friday: $150

Nintendo have announced two new limited edition DS bundles, that will launch on Black Friday.  The Mario Red Nintendo DS bundle includes a red version of the DS handheld, complete with an 'M' logo, plus a copy of New Super Mario Bros.  Meanwhile the Ice Blue Nintendo DS bundle comes with a custom carrying case and a copy of Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day.

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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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