Archive for Jan 26, 2009

Amazing tiny Arcade Cabinet models

We've seen full-sized arcade cabinet replicas before, but I don't think we've ever featured 1.75-inch replicas.  These awesome little gaming machines are intended to distract passengers in a model train diorama, but I'd quite like a row of them on my desk and you can keep the trains.  The handiwork of J&C Studios, seven different versions are available.

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LG VX9600 images leak: Detachable QWERTY confirmed

Images of the upcoming LG VX9600 Versa smartphone for Verizon Wireless have leaked, confirming the handset's innovative detachable QWERTY keyboard.  The VX9600 is normally a standard touchscreen device, with a large interface and minimal hardware buttons, but when a user wishes to enter large quantities of text a snap-on QWERTY keyboard can be added.

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iBluetooth file transfer for iPhone: Video Demo

An app called iBluetooth is promising to open up the iPhone and iPhone 3G to Bluetooth file transfers.  Not yet released, iBluetooth will apparently support file exchange between both the Apple smartphone and computers, as well as other cellphones.  In their video demo, the team behind iBluetooth show an iPhone running the app sending and receiving between a Mac and a Sony Ericsson handset.

Demo video after the cut

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Windows Mobile 6.5 spotted running on Exeda smartphone

It's unlikely to win them many friends at Redmond, but Exeda have released photos of their business-centric smartphone running Windows Mobile 6.5 Alpha.  The early release of the OS - which is slated to be officially announced at Mobile World Congress next month - does seem to confirm one of the much-rumored new features, that is the scrolling honeycomb hexagonal interface.  According to the latest rumors, the new GUI will automatically sort frequently used apps to the top of the page. 

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AT&T 3G MicroCell network extender revealed

There's an unusually high quantity of femtocell news this morning, as hot on the heels of the Verizon Wireless Network Extender comes word of the AT&T 3G MicroCell.  Yet to be officially announced by the carrier, but revealed in their online setup page, the 3G MicroCell will work with up to four AT&T cellphones simultaneously - though they must all be 3G devices - using your broadband connection to carry voice and data traffic in areas of poor cellular network coverage.

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Acer MID patent suggests upcoming mobile device

Speculation has begun to mount that Acer is planning the imminent announcement of a MID (mobile internet device), after a recently-revealed patent application confirmed that the company is considering such a handheld.  The patent, which covers the "ornamental design for a mobile internet device" and was filed in December 2007, suggests a full-touchscreen interface with minimal screen bezel and hardware controls.

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Verizon Wireless Network Extender launches: $250 upfront, no service fees

Verizon's femtocell, the Network Extender, has been officially launched, and at first glance it's a far better deal than Sprint's rival AIRAVE.  Although the two units themselves are basically identical - promising to create your own CDMA mini-network, by routing cellphone calls and data over your broadband connection when Verizon's own network is insufficient - the difference comes in the pricing.  The Verizon Wireless Network Extender is priced at $249.99, but after that there are no monthly fees.

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SlashGear Week in Review: Week 4 2009

We kicked off the week with our review of the Sony VAIO P, the company's "don't call it a netbook" companion ultraportable.  It's interesting to contrast it with Acer's just-confirmed 10-inch Aspire One, which will likely offer greater performance at less than half the price.  Elsewhere, Sanyo took the wraps off of their 2009 Xacti camcorder range, including a very tempting 1080p 60fps model, and HTC announced the Touch Cruise smartphone with an integrated GPS-tagged memory app.  In other smartphone news, everyone got surprisingly agitated about President Obama's super-secret messaging phone.

Lian Li limited run tower PC-888 is massive

Lian Li is known for its out-of-ordinary PC armor, well constructed craftsmanship chassis with styles and quality. In fact, I still have two of the of Lian-Li cases with its infamous separate compartments design, love it; but they are rather humble, typical black case with over-sized fans, and nothing like this special edition PC-888 you about to see.

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