Archive for April, 2009

Microsoft XP Mode for Windows 7 confirmed

Microsoft XP Mode for Windows 7 confirmed

Microsoft thought it would leave Windows XP behind when it launched Vista, but the tide of netbooks has kept the old OS active for far longer than expected.  Now, the Windows team have confirmed that Windows 7 will have its own little slice of XP DNA, in the shape of an emulator intended for those with legacy apps.  Called Windows XP Mode, it will run as a Virtual PC in the new OS.

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Netbook parts scarce claim analysts; Atom overstocked argue others

Netbook parts scarce claim analysts; Atom overstocked argue others

The netbook market used to be simple.  Small screen, Atom N270 under the hood, slap on a budget tag and cross your fingers.  Now, things are getting far more complex: more processor options from different manufacturers, plus more screen sizes than ever expected.  According to DRAMeXchange, components and parts supplies for netbooks are sufficient to only meet 50 to 70-percent of market demand, leading vendors to consider pushing up prices.

After the cut: is Atom overstocked, or in short-supply?

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Apple in Verizon negotiations: LTE iPhone in 2010?

Apple in Verizon negotiations: LTE iPhone in 2010?

Could an LTE iPhone be landing on Verizon's new Long Term Evolution network next year?  That's one interpretation of the latest Apple rumors, which tip the arch AT&T-rival and Steve Jobs kicking off negotiations for their own iPhone several months ago.  "People familiar with the situation" claim discussions between the pair have continued ever since, seemingly putting AT&T's exclusivity agreement at risk.

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Microsoft Experience User Interface concept videos

Microsoft Experience User Interface concept videos

Microsoft have released a few interesting concept videos over the past years, usually tipping their vision of multitouch, mobile handsets and the interaction between intelligent devices.  Their two latest videos, "Home" and "Work", take things more into the bizarre: created to demonstrate XUI ("experience-user-interface"), it's what Microsoft sees as the step after natural user interfaces (NUI) such as their multitouch Surface table.

Both Microsoft videos after the cut

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Samsung I7500 Android phone hits O2 Germany in June

Samsung I7500 Android phone hits O2 Germany in June

Tipped over the weekend, O2 Germany have officially announced their first Android handset, the Samsung I7500.  The I7500 has a 5-megapixel camera with an LED flash, paired with a 3.2-inch 320 x 480 AMOLED touchscreen, HSPA, GPS and WiFi b/g.

There's also Bluetooth 2.0, a 3.5mm headphone socket and a microUSB port, squeezed into a body that measures just 115 x 56 x 11.9 mm.  The usual array of Google applications are present, including GMail and the Chrome Lite browser, together with the Android Market for downloading further titles.

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Samsung Omnia Pro with AMOLED & QWERTY tipped

Samsung Omnia Pro with AMOLED & QWERTY tipped

Samsung are preparing a QWERTY-blessed version of their Omnia Windows Mobile smartphone, according to hdblog.it, which like many other recent cellphones from the company will use an AMOLED touchscreen display.  The Samsung Omnia Pro, a mock-up of which is below, will have a 5-megapixel camera with flash, autofocus and an image stabilizer.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 17 2009

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 17 2009

It's been a week of mobile device reviews, along with the Bluetooth accessories that go with them, here at SlashGear, with Samsung's Tocco Ultra S8300 and Instinct S30 showing up for playtime.  We also gave our opinion on the big news in Bluetooth headsets, in the shape of the Plantronics Voyager Pro and the Aliph Jawbone PRIME.  Finally, HTC's Touch Diamond2 flaunted itself in a video unboxing, while the Mophie Juice Pack Air for the iPhone 3G got its review.

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