Archive for May 27, 2009

Palm Pre user guide, features & getting-started documents leak

Pre-day is a little over a week away, and if you’re anything like some members of the SlashGear team you’re wringing your hands in anticipation.  Over at our Palm-loving sibling site My Pre they’ve got something that could keep you from tearing your hair out: the Getting Started Guide, Features Guide and full User Guide for the smartphone.

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SmartQ 7 gets reviewed: niche MID with promise

SmartQ 7 gets reviewed: niche MID with promise

Since spending a few hundred dollars of his own money on importing one of the first SmartQ 7 MIDs from China, Steve over at UMPC Portal has been promising a full review.  That's now online, and it's a mixed bag; the SmartQ 7 ticks many ultraportable boxes - like decent battery life, solid 1mbps DivX playback and a browser that handles page formating well - but falls well short in other areas.

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TwoNav Aventura PND with custom mapping provision

TwoNav Aventura PND with custom mapping provision

If you've ever looked at your PND and thought "I could draw maps better than these" - usually when you've just driven the wrong way down a one-way street - then TwoNav's Aventura could be for you.  Based around a 3.5-inch touchscreen and SiRFstar III GPS chipset, the Aventura does the usual automotive directions complete with Tele Atlas maps, but what makes it special is its flexibility to use custom or DIY mapping data.

According to TwoNav, the Aventura will "use any kind of map without problem of compatibility."  That means you can load any number of vector maps or raster imagery, such as satellite photos, or digital elevation models, 3D landscapes, pretty much anything that can be scanned in and calibrated.

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Samsung demo 6.5-inch flexible AMOLED

Samsung demo 6.5-inch flexible AMOLED

Samsung Mobile Display (SMD) have been showing off their latest AMOLED prototype, a 6.5-inch panel that's more flexible than any of their previous models.  While this particular display is still more a proof of concept than anything else, SMD expect production panels based on the technology to find their way into watches, cellphones and flexible ebook readers.

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HP ultra-thin CULV notebooks in Q4

HP ultra-thin CULV notebooks in Q4

HP are planning a range of ultra-thin notebooks based on Intel's CULV platform, for release in Q4 2009.  The ultraportables will eventually take on Acer's Timeline range, but before the new models arrive HP is expected to recycle existing notebook chassis designs with new CULV hardware, possibly including the HP dv2.

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Nintendo Wii Fit Plus trademark discovered

Nintendo Wii Fit Plus trademark discovered

Nintendo have registered a trademark in Japan for the Wii Fit Plus, expected to be the follow-up to the company's highly-successful Wii Fit game.  While no specific details regarding Wii Fit Plus are known, the trademark application did include a logo design which suggests Nintendo are actively working on the project rather than just covering their legal bases.

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iriver P35 touchscreen PMP hitting US in fall

iriver P35 touchscreen PMP hitting US in fall

iriver US have confirmed that the P35 touchscreen PMP is set to land on American shores this fall.  Already on sale in Korea, complete with an integrated DMB digital TV tuner that's unlikely to make it to the US model, the P35 has a 4.3-inch WQVGA display and 8GB or 16GB of flash storage.

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Viliv S5 Premium Air Ready MID makes 3G WWAN upgrades easy

Viliv S5 Premium Air Ready MID makes 3G WWAN upgrades easy

Viliv have added a new model to their S5 MID range, in the shape of the S5 Premium Air Ready.  Unlike the existing Premium Air, the new model will not include a 3G modem, however it will have the required PCI-e slot and SIM card reader already in place; that will make adding the best HSDPA/EVDO modem card for your location straightforward.

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Shuttle XS29F nettop with VIA Nano CPU

Shuttle XS29F nettop with VIA Nano CPU

VIA and Shuttle have put together the latter's first SSF (small form factor) PC based on the former's Nano processor.  The Shuttle XS29F pairs the Nano U1700 CPU with VIA's VX800 media system processor, meaning that unlike many nettops the XS29F has both VGA and DVI Dual video outputs.

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WowWee Hoverpod R/C hovercraft coming July

WowWee Hoverpod R/C hovercraft coming July

Robot-maker WowWee's latest toy has been previewed, and if piloting their Bladestar helicopter left you in fear of your walls, lights and pets, then the WowWee Hoverpod should prove a little more manageable.  A micro-hovercraft made from impact-resistant EPP foam, the Hoverpod uses WowWee's usual IR remote for controlling and recharging.

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HP Mini 1101, 110 XP and 110 Mi netbooks announced

HP Mini 1101, 110 XP and 110 Mi netbooks announced

HP have announced three new models in their Mini netbook range, in the shape of the 1101, 110 XP and 110 Mi.  Based around a 10.1-inch LED-backlit LCD and either Intel's Atom N270 or N280 processors, the new netbooks have GMA 950 graphics while the Mini 110 XP throws in a Broadcom Crystal HD Enhanced Video Accelerator good, apparently, for 1080p video.

 

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Canon 5D Mark II new firmware enables video manual controls

Wow, I never thought that would happen and I think I just wet my pants. Canon has today revealed a big upgrade to EOS DLSR 5D Mark II, unleashing the long-awaited manual controls on video capture mode! The new firmware, to be released next week, will permit manual adjustments on aperture, ISO as well as shutter speed when recording movie – a huge deal for DSLR video fanatics if you ask me.

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