Archive for Jan 28, 2009

Acer Smartphone announcement on February 16th

Acer Smartphone announcement on February 16th

Acer have been clucking away about their upcoming smartphone for some time now, so it comes as no surprise that the company is planning the big unveil at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month.  Details on the device itself are scant, but we do now know to expect it on February 16th.  SlashGear will be at MWC and you can bet we'll be bringing you all the details from Acer's launch.

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BenQ S6 MID gets video unboxing; falls down as PMP replacement

BenQ S6 MID gets video unboxing; falls down as PMP replacement

It's hard to believe, but after all we've seen of the BenQ S6 MID, we've not seen a video unboxing.  Perhaps that's because of the mobile internet device's limited availability; so far, Italy looks like your best bet to get a hold of the S6, courtesy of carrier TIM.  Anyway, there's at least one S6 outside of Italy, in the hands of Ewan Spence on the MID Moves tour, and he's shared not only his video unboxing but some hands-on feedback about the compact 3G device.

Unboxing video of the BenQ S6 MID after the cut

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Sony touchscreen photo printer patent with wireless image transfer

Sony touchscreen photo printer patent with wireless image transfer

Sony are attempting to patent a digital photo printer the top-surface of which is a touchscreen display, and which could wirelessly access photos from a digital camera placed on top of  it.  The patent, entitled "Image forming device, having an ejection tray, and a display is mounted to a cover", details a printer with a form-factor more similar to that of a flatbed scanner and, similar to how the Microsoft Surface multitouch table can access photos from a compatible device placed on top of it, is capable of displaying content from any device " is placed on or immediately over the display."

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Witchain USB drive enclosure for PSP?

Witchain USB drive enclosure for PSP?

The PSP makes for a great multimedia player, but unless you're willing to buy into Sony's UMD format then you'll be looking at quite a few Memory Sticks in order to keep all your media and game save data to hand.  Hard-drive case manufacturer Witchain claim to have a solution, in the shape of their 2.5-inch battery-powered drive enclosure that supposedly hooks up to a PSP via USB. 

Video demo of the Witchain drive in action after the cut

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CasaTunes XL Music Server with touchscreen multi-room control

CasaTunes XL Music Server with touchscreen multi-room control

Distributed home audio specialists CasaTools have announced their latest multi-room music server, the CasaTunes XL.  A compact box with an integrated touchscreen, the XL Music Server has 250GB of storage, can serve up to 48 different rooms simultaneously, and comes preinstalled with the company's own CasaTunes control software.  Control is either from the touchscreen itself or any device with a web browser (so a PC, laptop, netbook, iPhone or iPod touch, or most cellphone).

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Toshiba Portege M750-S7202 Tablet PC reviewed: great touchscreen

Toshiba Portege M750-S7202 Tablet PC reviewed: great touchscreen

As touch-enabled computers continue to drift more and more into the consumer realm, you could be forgiven for thinking that the Tablet PC as a niche is dead.  Toshiba certainly feel differently, however, and their Portégé M750-S7202 - a 12.1-inch Centrino 2 convertible, announced in October 2008 - comes across all business.  Computer Shopper put the bulky, soberly-designed, but nonetheless surprisingly usable laptop through its paces.

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Buy a Limited-Edition Pink LG Flare to benefit Breast Cancer Foundation

Buy a Limited-Edition Pink LG Flare to benefit Breast Cancer Foundation

An estimated 180,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the United States, and more than 40,000 of them die of the illness. In support of the fight against the deathly disease; Virgin Mobile, LG and Best Buy are teaming up to raise awareness by donating 5 dollars from sale of each special edition LG Pink Flare to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

The limited edition LG Pink Flare mobile handheld is only available exclusively at Best Buy stores nationwide. For a mere $29,99, you get a Bluetooth, WAP browser and a dual color display speakerphone clamshell phone in a pink outfit; and show solidarity to the noble cause as nearly 17% of the sales will go to the foundation.

Additionally, the phone service carrier, Virgin Mobile USA, is committing to contribute a minimum of $150,000 to the cause.

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BlackBerry Curve 8900 from T-Mobile Initial Impressions

BlackBerry Curve 8900 from T-Mobile Initial Impressions

With the arguments over the BlackBerry Storm (review part 1 & 2)still raging, it's going to take a solid, dependable smartphone from RIM to settle some users down.  The BlackBerry Curve 8900 on T-Mobile might just be that device: a more traditional full-QWERTY form-factor than some of RIM's recent diversions, SlashGear has been spending some time with a pre-release 8900 and have some first-impressions in advance of our full review.

As looks go, the 8900 doesn't break any new ground for RIM.  Happily, the Curve family has always been blessed with handsome looks and sturdy build, and this latest device is no different.  Solid and tough, it's also surprisingly light and compact, nestling well in the hand.  The display is amazingly crisp, an area which RIM have been excelling in recently with both the Bold and the Storm, and the latest BlackBerry OS 4.61.114 does its usual job of making the majority of functions available from the first level of menus.  The keyboard, while not as aesthetically pleasing as that of the Bold, is responsive and highly usable, with just the right amount of key spacing (in fact some of us prefer it over the Bold) and clickiness.

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