Archive for Apr 24, 2009

Pleo gets remote-control Wii Nunchuck hack

Pleo gets remote-control Wii Nunchuck hack

Pleo's fate may be decided by a bankruptcy sale, but the robot dinosaurs already out in the wild are too busy being hacked to worry about IP.  Modder Andrey has developed a system which allows him to remotely-control his Pleo via a Wii Nunchuck, with the head, tail and basic movements all mapped to the Nintendo controller's buttons and motion-sensors.

Video demo after the cut

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Sharp Mebius NJ70A imports priced at $1k

Sharp Mebius NJ70A imports priced at $1k

Sharp's Mebius NJ70A could be hitting US shores sooner than we expected, with the news that importer Dynamism have listed the netbook.  The Mebius has a special multitouch-capable LCD touchscreen trackpad, which can be used as a secondary 4-inch display or a way to control media playback, games or other software.

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Lenovo considering ThinkPad netbook; IdeaPad S20 in May

Lenovo's existing IdeaPad netbooks are sturdy, safe choices in the segment, but they could soon gain a ThinkPad-branded sibling.  Likely targeted more at business use, compared to the consumer-focused IdeaPad line, the ThinkPad netbook is not yet confirmed, but according to Lenovo's Worldwide Competitive Analyst Matthew Kohut, "it's an area [Lenovo are] exploring."

After the cut, why Atom may not be the CPU for the new ThinkPad netbook

X-mini Max II stereo speaker system gets Rolly inspiration

X-mini Max II stereo speaker system gets Rolly inspiration

Hot on the heels of yesterday's X-mini Happy, the expanding capsule-speaker PMP, comes X-mini's next speaker system.  This time it looks as though the Sony Rolly has been quite an inspiration, as the X-mini Max II gets a plumper body, conical heads and dual speaker cones.

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Plantronics Voyager PRO Bluetooth headset review

Plantronics Voyager PRO Bluetooth headset review

You wait for a new high-end Bluetooth headset and along come two at the same time.  If Aliph's Jawbone PRIME is the jewelry-like fashion model, the Plantronics Voyager PRO is the suited business version.  We've already seen the Jawbone PRIME live up to its tech-packed spec-sheet; Plantronics promise just as much noise-processing magic from the Voyager PRO.  I've been testing it out on the busy streets of Rome.

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Kohjinsha MT netbook with ExpressCard & TV tuner

Kohjinsha MT netbook with ExpressCard & TV tuner

Kohjinsha have announced a new netbook, the Kohjinsha MT Series, based on the Intel Atom N270 processor and offering both an ExpressCard 34 slot and and integrated TV tuner.  The MT Series has a 10.1-inch display, up to 2GB of memory and a 160GB 5,400rpm hard-drive.

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Tatung developing Android smartphone, possibly WiMAX?

Tatung developing Android smartphone, possibly WiMAX?

Tatung are developing an Android smartphone, which could be the first WiMAX handset to run the Google open-source platform.  According to company chairman WS Lin, Tatung are experimenting with Android for new devices; these could well be sold through their affiliate Tatung InfoComm, who hold one of Taiwan's six WiMAX licenses.

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Palm Pre spotted running YouTube app?

Palm Pre spotted running YouTube app?

The Palm Pre has been spotted in the wild again, this time seemingly flaunting its ability to access YouTube videos.  The smartphone also dallied next to an Apple iPhone 3G, before the photos were pulled down by the Twitter user that posted them, lo-toney

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1 Billion downloads from Apple App Store

1 Billion downloads from Apple App Store

Two weeks ago, Apple announced they were approaching one billion software downloads from their App Store.  Since then, 70 million more titles have been accessed on the iPhone and iPod touch, breaking the one billion mark - all in just nine months time.

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Metal Gear Solid Touch for iPod touch & iPhone released

The full version of Metal Gear Solid Touch for the iPhone and iPod touch has been released, with Konami adding new levels to this latest version.   Controlled primarily via the touchscreen, to target opponents and move through levels, Metal Gear Solid Touch also supports shaking the iPhone or iPod touch to attack during the Mantis Boss Battle stages.

 

Philips Luminaire Chandelier OLED concept video demo

Philips Luminaire Chandelier OLED concept video demo

Philips are continuing their assault on traditional bulbs with the launch of two concept OLED lights, the first a compact table lamp and the second a more impressive chandelier.  Both systems use the company's Lumiblade OLED panels, which offer cool-to-the-touch, pure white illumination.

The Philips Luminaire Chandelier consists of five OLED 'blades' balanced out from a thin central pole.  Light from the Lumiblades increases as movement around the chandelier is recognized. 

Video demo of the OLED lighting after the cut

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Microsoft Q1 revenue down 6%: blames netbooks

Microsoft Q1 revenue down 6%: blames netbooks

Microsoft have announced their Q1 2009 financial results, and for the first time in 23 years the company has seen its profits drop.  Revenue from the three-month period was $13.65bn, down 6-percent from Q1 2008, with net income down 2-percent over the same period, to $2.98bn.  According to Microsoft, the culprit is the burgeoning netbook niche.

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