Archive for Jun 23, 2009

Intel & Nokia announce Moblin & Maemo collaboration; HSPA licensing

Intel & Nokia announce Moblin & Maemo collaboration; HSPA licensing

Details on the Nokia/Intel collaboration are out, and unless the duo are planning a big surprise for their imminent conference call it's not quite the announcement we were hoping for.  That means no Intel-based Nokia MID or netbook, but a "long-term relationship" to develop new mobile device architectures with integrated Nokia HSPA/3G connectivity.  The pairing will also coordinate their Moblin and Maemo Linux platforms, with common technologies and cross-OS applications.

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ASUS Eee PC 1005HA Seashell: $390 and 10.5hrs battery

ASUS Eee PC 1005HA Seashell: $390 and 10.5hrs battery

It comes as no great surprise, seeing as we saw the product page back in May, comparison shots with the 1008HA a few days after and an unboxing video a few days ago, but ASUS have now officially announced the Eee PC 1005HA Seashell.  Available to preorder from today, the 1005HA Seashell has the usual Intel Atom processor - in this case the 1.66GHz N280 - paired with 1GB of RAM, but it also offers what ASUS are calling the longest-lasting battery life for one of their netbooks to-date: up to 10.5hrs, in fact.

 

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Active Media Predator GT SSDs get new 220MB/s read speed

Active Media Predator GT SSDs get new 220MB/s read speed

With Super Talent's MasterDrive SX SSD range comfortably crashing through the 200MB/sec sequential read-rate mark, it was only a matter of time before arch-rival Active Media stepped up their game to compete.  They've announced two new 2.5-inch SSDs, the Predator GT SATA-II line, each offering up to 220MB/sec sequential reads and 0.1ms access times.

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AT&T Motorola Karma QA1: basic messaging slider

AT&T Motorola Karma QA1: basic messaging slider

AT&T have announced the Motorola Karma QA1, an entry-level slider with full QWERTY keyboard and homescreen access to Facebook and MySpace.  Aimed, unsurprisingly, at teenagers and young adults, the Karma has a 2.5-inch 240 x 320 display, 3.6Mbps HSDPA, a microSD card slot and 2-megapixel camera with video recording functionality.

There's also A-GPS, and AT&T load their Navigator PND app onto the handset.  The media player supports MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, RealAudio, XMF and MIDI files, together with H.263 and MPEG4 video, and the Karma has both a 3.5mm headphone jack and A2DP stereo Bluetooth 2.0 support.   You can also access AT&T CV video.

Video hands-on after the cut

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Sungale ID800WT WiFi photo frame reviewed: glitchy disappointment

Considering you can find SD cards, PMPs and even fridges packing WiFi these days, it's something of a surprise that so few digital photo frames include wireless connectivity.  One such exception is the Sungale ID800WT Widget Photo Frame, an 8-inch 800 x 600 touchscreen display which not only promises to show off your holiday snaps - whether locally stored or in an online gallery - but YouTube, GMail and internet radio, too.  Unfortunately, as Zatz Not Funny discovered, the reason so few frames include WiFi is perhaps because the manufacturers handle it so poorly.

OTOY streaming HD gaming on a cellphone [Video]

OTOY streaming HD gaming on a cellphone [Video]

OnLive have already woken up interest in cloud-gaming, using a system of remote server processing and rendering that means local computers can be little more than viewing devices, but now that system has been shrunk down to cellphone size.  OTOY use the same sort of server-side rendering system as OnLive, but promise that it's usable even through the web browser on a cellphone.  To demonstrate it, they've released a video showing an Xbox 360 controller being used to control a FPS on a Samsung Omnia.

Video demo after the cut

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ColorWare iPhone 3GS custom colors arrive

ColorWare iPhone 3GS custom colors arrive

It's unlikely to be taxing their production line all that much, but notorious ink-lovers ColorWare have announced they'll be offering custom versions of the iPhone 3GS.  As with other ColorWare creations, the end result can be as tasteful or as lurid as your morals allow.

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Kohjinsha SK3 UMPC hits Japan: decent price but rubbish battery

Kohjinsha SK3 UMPC hits Japan: decent price but rubbish battery

Kohjinsha's SK3 UMPC, which we saw yesterday, has been officially launched in Japan.  The 7-inch touchscreen SK3 gets an Intel Atom 1.33GHz processor paired with 1GB of RAM and a 60GB 1.8-inch 4,200rpm hard-drive; there's also WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.0 and GPS.

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Samsung mini-PCIe SSD: up to 64GB of super-compact storage

Samsung have announced a solid-state drive (SSD) that fits onto a mini-PCIe card, offering up to 64GB capacity in a form-factor nearly 80-percent smaller than a 2.5-inch drive.  The SATA 3.0 Gbps drive is not only intended for compact devices, such as MIDs and netbooks, but as a secondary or complementary drive for regular notebooks.

Folding plug concept is incredible [Video]

Folding plug concept is incredible [Video]

Not something our US readers will necessarily find frustrating (unless you regularly travel) but our UK contingent will probably join with me in fervently hoping this folding plug concept makes it to production.  The handiwork of Min Kyo Choi, the plug takes the usual bulky three-pin design and squeezes it into a folded slice less than a centimeter thick.

Video demo after the cut

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Philips Cinema 21:9 HDTV reviewed: “superb”

When your HDTV is a one-of-a-kind ultrawide 56-inch display with a £4,500 ($7,318) price tag, you'd better hope it rates well in reviews.  Thankfully Philips' indecently broad Cinema 21:9 56PFL9954H does just that; according to TechRadar, the 1080p high-def set delivers "the best aspects of the finest sets" they've ever seen.

Shuttle Barebone X50 customizable touchscreen all-in-one

Shuttle have announced a barebone version of their X50 all-in-one PC, offering buyers the choice to install the storage and memory they prefer.  The X50 - announced officially back in March - has a 15.6-inch 1366 x 768 16:9 resistive touchscreen and Intel's Atom 330 dual-core processor; in its barebone form it comes devoid of RAM or hard-drive.