Archive for Apr 27, 2009

Mashimaro MP3 player: huge-headed rabbit

Mashimaro MP3 player: huge-headed rabbit

Perhaps if I were Korean I'd understand this a little better, but a rabbit with a hugely bloated cranium just isn't the sort of thing I'd think to base an MP3 player on.  Still, Mashimaro is vaunted as Korea's answer to Hello Kitty, so I suppose there must be thousands of girls there desperate for this 54 x 38 x 38mm media player.

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Kenwood OLED lamps with integrated speakers

Kenwood OLED lamps with integrated speakers

Kenwood have unveiled a prototype speaker system that doubles as OLED lighting.  The system, co-developed by Kenwood and Professor Junti Kido from Yamagata University in Japan, uses 80-percent less power than traditional lighting, as well as being noisier than your typical desk lamp.

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Vodafone Spain launch HTC Magic today

Vodafone Spain launch HTC Magic today

In the second piece of significant Android news today, Vodafone Spain have announced that sales of the HTC Magic begin this morning.  Exclusive to the carrier in Europe, the Magic was nonetheless expected to land in the UK first, from May 5th; Spanish customers will have to pay a little more for the privilege, however, as while the phone will be priced from free (tariff depending) in the UK, in Spain it will range from €19 to €199 ($25 to $262).

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ASUS Eee PC 1000H DIY 1000HE chiclet keyboard upgrade

ASUS Eee PC 1000H DIY 1000HE chiclet keyboard upgrade

ASUS have been gradually transitioning to chiclet-style keyboards on their Eee PC netbooks, with the latest model to get the new style being the Eee PC 1000HA.  If you're an existing owner looking longingly at the new layout, meanwhile, and specifically have an ASUS Eee PC 1000H, you can fudge your own update with the keyboard from the Eee PC 1000HE.

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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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Apple “willfully” infringed patent, fined $19m in damages

Apple “willfully” infringed patent, fined $19m in damages

Apple has been ordered to pay $19m in damages, having been found guilty of "willfully" infringing a patent concerning efficient data transfer.  The patent, "Predictive snooping of cache memory for master-initiated accesses", was issued to Opti Inc. in June 2002; they filed a suit against Apple in January 2007 for alleged infringement.

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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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Fujitsu LOOX U gets expensive 2GHz Atom Z550 option

Fujitsu LOOX U gets expensive 2GHz Atom Z550 option

Fujitsu are the first to outfit a model from their ultraportable range with the Intel Atom Z550 running at 2GHz.  The Fujitsu LOOX U - variously known as the LifeBook U820 and U2010 in different markets - can now be specified with the faster Atom chip; the existing 1.33GHz Z520 and 1.60GHz Z530 options remain.

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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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Flip Video Ultra HD camcorder sold early, unboxed

Flip Video Ultra HD camcorder sold early, unboxed

There may be no sign of the Flip Video Ultra HD on the company's own site, but that hasn't stopped Best Buy from selling the point-and-shoot camcorder.  A high-definition update to the original Ultra, the Ultra HD adds an HDMI output and doubles recording time to 120 minutes.

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