Archive for May 28, 2009

Google I/O Day 2: Google Wave [Updated x2]

Google I/O Day 2: Google Wave [Updated x2]

Vincent is once again at the Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco, and right now, he's sitting through a keynote on the new service from Google called "Google Wave." Google Wave is referred to as Hosted Conversation. It's a new tool for communication and collaboration Basically, what Wave will offer is a place to host all of your communication mediums and archive them all. Wave combines your email and instant messaging into one aggregate service.

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HP Mini 110 reviewed: their best netbook yet

HP Mini 110 reviewed: their best netbook yet

HP's new Mini 110 has been rocking the test bench of our friends over at LaptopMag, and the 10-inch netbook has not disappointed.  Described as "the company’s best netbook for consumers yet", the Mini 110 scores points for its excellent keyboard and extra ports over the previous-gen Mini 1000, but loses love for the awkward mouse buttons.

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Palm Pre tipped to have native iTunes compatibility

Palm Pre tipped to have native iTunes compatibility

Apple's iTunes software reportedly synchronizes with the upcoming Palm Pre smartphone, working "seamlessly" aside from an inability to handle copy-protected media.  According to Fortune, the iTunes Store "treats the Pre just as it would an iPod or an iPhone", opening up the possibility of music and video downloads to the handset.

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HDMI 1.4 adds ethernet, bi-directional audio, 1080p 3D

HDMI 1.4 adds ethernet, bi-directional audio, 1080p 3D

Internet-connected TVs and other home media devices could soon see a boost, as the new HDMI 1.4 standard bundles not only video and audio support but data capabilities too.  HDMI 1.4 can support data rates of up to 100MB/s, effectively replacing a standard 10/100 ethernet cable, as well as introducing bi-directional audio (aka "upstream audio") and HD support up to 4096 x 2160.

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Sony tipped to announce PSP Go at E3; PS3 Slim to follow

Sony tipped to announce PSP Go at E3; PS3 Slim to follow

Sony are preparing to announce the latest version of their handheld gaming system at E3 in a few days time, claims a trusted source, but will wait until August or September to launch their slimline PS3.  According to the tipster - whom Ars Technica describe as having a 100-percent success rate for previous leaks - Sony's UMD-free PSP Go will take the headlines at E3, but the company wants to shift more existing PlayStation 3 stock before announcing the new model.

3G MacBook Air with standard SSD & cheaper price rumored

3G MacBook Air with standard SSD & cheaper price rumored

Apple are tipped to be preparing a new, cheaper MacBook Air range, complete with integrated 3G.  The rumor, currently uncorroborated, suggests that the new ultraportables would be priced between $1,300 and $1,500, considerably less than the $1,799 the MacBook Air presently starts at.

iPhone next-gen parts listed by wholesaler

iPhone next-gen parts listed by wholesaler

A Chinese wholesaler has begun to offer parts supposedly for the third-generation Apple iPhone, including a replacement bezel and a replacement LCD display.  Close examination of the bezel - which you can see in the gallery after the cut - suggests that the next-gen iPhone's speaker has been pushed further up the fascia of the handset, perhaps making room for a front-facing camera.

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Dell Studio 14z: $649 14-inch ultraportable

Dell Studio 14z: $649 14-inch ultraportable

Dell have announced a budget ultraportable notebook, the Studio 14z series, with prices starting from $649.  Based around a range of Intel Core 2 Duo processors, the Studio 14z has a 14-inch 16:9 HD display, NVIDIA 9400m graphics and up to 5GB of RAM.

 

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Plantronics .Audio 995 wireless headset

Plantronics .Audio 995 wireless headset

Plantronics have announced their latest wireless headset, the Plantronics .Audio 995.  Rather than use a standardized wireless technology such as Bluetooth, Plantronics have plumped for their own 2.4GHz system which requires a USB dongle.

The range is similar to that offered by Bluetooth, at around 40 feet, and the Plantronics system also includes control of volume, play and track skips in iTunes and Windows Media Player from buttons on the headset itself.  The microphone features noise-canceling technology and automatically mutes when raised into the upright position.

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Clevo TN70M touchscreen convertible Atom netbook live photos

Clevo TN70M touchscreen convertible Atom netbook live photos

Live photos of the Clevo TN70M convertible UMPC/netbook have emerged, courtesy of importer Mobilx.  The 7-inch touchscreen device squeezes in a full QWERTY keyboard, 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z520 CPU and roughly three hours battery life under load.  It also has a webcam and fingerprint reader.

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Rubin confirms 18-20 Android phones on sale by end of year

Rubin confirms 18-20 Android phones on sale by end of year

Google expect eighteen to twenty phones running their Android platform to be on the market by the end of 2009, according to mobile platforms senior director Andy Rubin.  Of that number - the handiwork of eight or nine manufacturers - five or six will deliver what Rubin called The Google Experience, one of three levels of Android deployment.

Breakdown of the three levels after the cut

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ASUS Eee PC 1008HA teardown: sticky tape strikes again

ASUS Eee PC 1008HA teardown: sticky tape strikes again

Looks like we spoke too soon when we declared the ASUS Eee PC 1008HA Seashell a mostly tape-free zone.  Netbook Italia have dismantled the skinny ultraportable, and their photos show there to be plenty of masking tape of the sort that so disappointed in the MSI X-Slim M340.

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