Archive for May 22, 2009

Google Chrome v2 released: faster, more stable, new features

Google Chrome v2 released: faster, more stable, new features

Google have released the latest version of their Chrome browser, v2, including stable builds of the new features added in March's beta.  Among the most obvious changes are a full-screen mode - triggered by hitting F11 - and a form autofill tool, which remembers common details such as name, address and phone number and automatically populates those fields in online shopping sites and registration forms.

Video overview of Google Chrome v2 after the cut

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Remote-controlled GPS cyanide implant patent rejected

Remote-controlled GPS cyanide implant patent rejected

The German patent office have rejected an application for a "killer chip" for political undesirables.  The chip, which the Saudi inventor suggested would be useful for tracking terrorists, criminals, fugitives, illegal immigrants, political dissidents, domestic servants and foreigners overstaying their visas, consisted of not only a GPS transceiver but an optional capsule of cyanide that could be remotely administered.

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Apple Media Pad touchscreen to be Wintek supplied

Once again, Apple and Wintek have been thrown together in the ongoing saga of the Apple Media Pad touchscreen tablet.  First tipped back in March as supplier of 10-inch capacitive touch-panels for an unannounced product from the Cupertino company, further sources – this time notebook-related IC designers – have reconfirmed that Wintek has won the panel order from Apple.

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Jake Dyson Motorlight Wall

Jake Dyson Motorlight Wall

If your father is Sir James Dyson, inventor of - among other things - the Dyson vacuum cleaner, you can either find a completely unrelated industry to work in or bite the bullet and try to innovate your way out his shadow.  Jake Dyson chose the latter route, and came up with this: the Motorlight Wall.  A remote-controlled lamp with adjustable iris, the Motorlight Wall can uniquely offer various spreads of light between 10 and 120 degrees. 

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Sony VAIO UX390 UMPC gets OS X 10.5.7 [Video]

Sony VAIO UX390 UMPC gets OS X 10.5.7 [Video]

Hackintosh netbooks are nothing new, these days, and so the more extreme OS X tweakers move on to more esoteric hardware.  We've already seen Sony's VAIO UX-series UMPC running Apple's OS, but Micro PC Talk user perrin21 has a particularly slick setup: a subtly modified Sony VAIO UX 390 running OS X 10.5.7 as though it just stepped off a Cupertino production line.

Video demo after the cut

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T-Mobile Austria add iPhone 32GB to “coming soon” page

T-Mobile Austria add iPhone 32GB to “coming soon” page

A handset listed as the iPhone 32GB has been added to T-Mobile Austria's "Coming Soon" page, suggesting that a version of the Apple smartphone with more storage is imminent.  The placeholder lacks any sort of detail regarding the handset beyond its name; there's no picture, no price and clicking on the "Details" button leads to a blank listings page.

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Best Buy stores getting four Palm Pre on June 6th, RadioShack two?

Best Buy stores getting four Palm Pre on June 6th, RadioShack two?

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse was accused by many of attempting to stoke demand when he warned that stock of the Palm Pre on launch day might be limited, but news coming out of Best Buy and RadioShack suggests there could be many disappointed people on June 6th.  According to an insider at Best Buy, the approximately 1,000 stores taking part in the Pre launch will have roughly 4,250 handsets to share between them, averaging out at just four units per location.

Meanwhile, a separate RadioShack tipster has confirmed that 721 of the company's stores will be selling the Pre on June 6th, "limited to high coastal areas like New York, New Jersey, California, Miami, Texas, etc."  While specific stock figures are unknown, he estimated just two Pre devices per RadioShack.

After the cut: Best Buy Palm Pre waiting list opening this weekend?

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BlackBerry Storm 2 gets hands-on

BlackBerry Storm 2 gets hands-on

RIM's BlackBerry Storm 2 may not have been confirmed by the company themselves yet, but that hasn't stopped the handset showing up in the wild more than once.  Now Engadget have had an opportunity to spend more than a few flighty seconds with the touchscreen follow-up; turns out, RIM have listened to criticism and dumped SurePress, replacing it with a more standard capacitive touchscreen.

Video hands-on after the cut

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UMID mbook M1 MID available worldwide

It’s now got a whole lot easier to pick up UMID’s mbook M1, as exported Justek announce that they’re shipping the clamshell MID to anywhere worldwide.  Rather than having to go to Korea, then, you can now order the Atom-based mini-notebook online; prices start from $659, and both Linux and Windows XP versions are available.

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Nokia open up unused patents to Finnish companies

Nokia open up unused patents to Finnish companies

Nokia have announced that they will be opening up thousands of their currently unused patents so that any Finnish company can use them.  Intended to stimulate activity in their home economy, the Nokia Technopolis Innovation Mill will also include packages of funding for promising schemes; €8m in venture funding has been secured already.

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OQO confirm closure, end of repair service; Tech sale being explored

OQO have confirmed that they have closed down, with no remaining stock to be liquidated and no provision to repair or service any of their UMPC range.  In a statement on OQOTalk, the shortfall is blamed on “financial constraints”; according to Bob Rosin, SVP of sales and marketing at the company, a deal is being explored with another PC vendor, over the OQO technology and engineering team.

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ASUS Eee PC 1000HV with ATI Radeon HD 3450 graphics

ASUS Eee PC 1000HV with ATI Radeon HD 3450 graphics

An unannounced ASUS netbook has turned up for pre-order online, packing discrete ATI graphics.  The ASUS Eee PC 1000HV pairs Intel's Atom N280 1.66GHz processor with an ATI Radeon HD 3450 video card with 256MB of its own memory; it also has a 10-inch 1024 x 600 display, 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard-drive.

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