Archive for Mar 26, 2009

Chairman phone from Ulysse Nardin is for luxury nerds

Chairman phone from Ulysse Nardin is for luxury nerds

Who doesn't like an excessive gadget every now and again? If you've been itching to get your hands on something stylish and high-tech, you'll definitely want to check out The Chairman phone from Ulysse Nardin.

The aptly named "Chairman" is a phone for those seeking luxury in every aspect of their lives. Ulysse Nardin is a watchmaker and along with SCI Innovations, they have come up with this elite handset. So, what makes this phone stand out? Besides the fancy title, it also has a functional watch rotor. Kinetic energy is used to power the watch and it provides additional power to the rechargeable battery inside the phone.

What's cool is you can see the rotor turning inside the phone. No word on pricing just yet, but you know what they say about these luxury items: if you have to ask the price, you can't afford it! The Chairman will be available in the fall in steel/gold, solid gold and solid steel versions.

[via Slippery Brick]

Samsung S8000 and M8000 handsets leaked

Samsung S8000 and M8000 handsets leaked

It looks like Samsung really meant it when they said they wanted to release oodles of touchscreen devices this year. Two more handsets have been leaked and though they look exactly the same, they do sport a couple of significant differences.

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BlackBerry App World launching at CTIA

BlackBerry App World launching at CTIA

Well this should be interesting. According to BusinessWeek, RIM will be launching the BlackBerry App World at CTIA Wireless this year on April 1. And sure, that's definitely exciting news for those in love with their BlackBerrys but that's hardly the most interesting part of this reveal.

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Apple WWDC 2009 Dates announced: June 8-12

Apple WWDC 2009 Dates announced: June 8-12

Apple sent out an email and is advertising on their Developer Connection page inviting registrations for the next World Wide Developers Conference at Moscone West conference center in San Francisco California.  The dates are June 8th through June 12th. WWDC has historically been an event in which Apple (and usually Jobs himself) has revealed big software announcements, since the focus of WWDC is software rather than hardware.

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Skype app for iPhone coming soon?

Skype app for iPhone coming soon?

Okay, so this is probably just a rumor, but there are rumblings going around the tech world that Skype will be releasing an application for the iPhone soon. Like, next week soon! That would certainly be a good way to kick off the month of April, wouldn't you say?

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Windows 7 offering multi-touch logo for compliant PCs

Windows 7 offering multi-touch logo for compliant PCs

In an attempt to standardize the touch gestures usable in Windows 7 across multiple PCs, Microsoft will be launching the Windows Touch logo program, which will encourage PC manufacturers to create multi-touch support that works seamlessly with Windows 7.

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Vista Capable logo could result in class-action lawsuit

Vista Capable logo could result in class-action lawsuit

A while ago, Microsoft was under fire because of their Vista Capable logo. Several consumers felt the company mislead the public with the logo and attempted to sue them. And though that didn't work out, the case is gaining new life now that Judge Marsha Pechman is evaluating the case.

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Graphene may be used for 1,000GHz chips

Graphene may be used for 1,000GHz chips

Graphene might be the next material of choice for making processor chips, according to an MIT report. In fact, Graphene, a substance discovered in 2004 that consists of pure carbon, could allow for faster speeds than ever thought possible.

The current research shows that a frequency multiplier could be created, which works to double a signal and likewise doubles a processor's clocking speed. Color me impressed! This idea is not new, but it is certainly new when applied to Graphene, which possesses only an atom's thickness.

So, what's so exciting about this? Well, Graphene chips could make for processors that run between 500GHz and 1,000GHz. That's quite a leap from the current 5GHz chips, wouldn't you say? We should see a commercial version of this technology within two years, according to MIT.

[via PC Pro]

Acer Veriton X270 Series hits US

Acer Veriton X270 Series hits US

The Acer Veriton X270 Series of desktop PCs has been around for quite awhile but they are just now available to the US market according to an announcement from the company this morning. Intended for the business market, these PCs should make quite an impact when it comes to affordable computer options.

The X270 Series features small PCs with an array of processor options, one of which is the Intel Core 2 Duo. The NVIDIA GeForce 7100 chipset makes HD video watching possible and there's the option of a 500GB SATA HDD. Memory can be amped up to 4GB of DDR2 RAM and the nine USB 2.0 ports make connecting all of your peripherals a snap.

Also included is an HDMI port, 5.1 audio support, PCI Express x16 slot, 2-PCI 2.3 ports, a PCI Express x1 slot, Ethernet, and a DVD writer with a disc-labeling tech called LabelFlash. These are really great little business computers that offer quite a bit more than you need for word processing but still stay in the realm of professional. You can get the Acer Veriton X270 series desktop PCs now for prices starting at $399.

[via eWeek]

Wistron Firstbook Snapdragon-based 3G netbook

Wistron Firstbook Snapdragon-based 3G netbook

Lurking in the second half of the ARM Snapdragon video we wrote about this morning is the Wistron Firstbook, a Linux-based netbook designed around the same chipset that powers the Toshiba TG01.  Resembling a Sony VAIO P, the Firstbook has integrated 3G WWAN connectivity and a widescreen display.

Video demo after the cut

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MAINGEAR mX-L 13.1-inch notebook

MAINGEAR mX-L 13.1-inch notebook

MAINGEAR have released a new laptop, the MAINGEAR mX-L, a 13.3-inch machine with an LED-backlit 1280 x 800 display, a choice of Intel Core 2 Duo processors up to 2.53GHz and up to 8GB of DDR2 RAM.  The mX-L also has a choice of up to a 500GB hard-drive or 160GB Intel X25-M SSD, as well as DVD and Blu-ray optical drives.

 

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SmartQ 5 MID specs & photos emerge: just $132

SmartQ 5 MID specs & photos emerge: just $132

Further details on the Moses SmartQ 5 MID have emerged, together with live photos.  The 4.3-inch WVGA touchscreen mobile internet device - first spotted back in February - is now known to have a 667MHz ARM11 processor, 1GB of internal storage (of which 256MB is available to the user) and an SD slot for cards up to 32GB in size.  The SmartQ 5 is also compatible with EDGE USB modems, thanks to USB-host connectivity.

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