Archive for Jun 22, 2009

Belkin Gigabit Powerline HD adapters

Belkin have launched what they’re calling the first-to-market gigabit-capable Powerline adapters, promising theoretical transfer speeds of up to 1,000Mbps.  Offered initially as the Belkin Gigabit Powerline HD Starter Kit, the bundle includes two single-port adapters, one for connection to your router and the other for a console, mediaplayer or HDTV.

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Acer Aspire Gemstone Blue range gets new 15.6 and 17.3 models

Acer Aspire Gemstone Blue range gets new 15.6 and 17.3 models

Acer have announced new 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch notebooks, the Aspire Gemstone Blue range, priced from just $479.99.  The 15.6-inch AS5536 has a 16:9 display, AMD Athlon 64 X2 2.1GHz dual-core CPU, 3GB of RAM and ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics, together with a 320GB hard-drive, DVD burner and WiFi b/g/n.

 

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Mio Navman Spirit TV V735 and V505 digital TV PNDs announced

Mio Navman Spirit TV V735 and V505 digital TV PNDs announced

Mio have released the first TV-enabled satnav units in the UK, the Mio Navman Spirit TV.  First shown at the launch of the Spirit range back in May, the Spirit TV will be available in two versions - the 4.7-inch V505 and the 7-inch V735 - each with a touchscreen, Google search, TruMap and Junction views and of course Freeview digital TV with autotuning.

 

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Verizon FiOS internet speed boost: up to 20Mbps uploads

Verizon FiOS internet speed boost: up to 20Mbps uploads

If you've considered Verizon's FiOS internet service but dismissed it for being too slow for your tastes, the news that they're speeding up the fiber-optic system will come as a pleasant surprise.  The company is boosting downlink/uplink speeds of its entry-level package from 10/2 Mbps to 15/5 Mbps, while the mid-tier 20/5 Mbps climbs to 25/15 Mbps.  New York City and Long Island will see even greater increases.

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Over 1m iPhone 3G S sold in first three days

Apple have announced sales figures for the iPhone 3G S, and while there was talk of fewer buyers turning out for their latest-gen smartphone the numbers are still undeniably healthy.  The company sold over one million iPhone 3G S handsets through Sunday, June 21st; meanwhile six million users have downloaded iPhone OS 3.0 in the five days since it was released on Wednesday last week

 

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LG to put ARM processors & GPUs into HDTVs

LG to put ARM processors & GPUs into HDTVs

LG and ARM have announced a partnership that will see the former's HDTVs use the latter's ARM11 MPCore multicore processor and ARM Mali GPUs.  The system will allow for not only high-definition 1080p processing but video-on-demand, voting and polling, games, and e-commerce without the need for a separate set-top box.

 

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Verizon HTC Ozone specs leak: $120 from June 29th

Verizon HTC Ozone specs leak: $120 from June 29th

Details of Verizon's upcoming Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone, the HTC Ozone, have leaked, detailing not only the handset's full specifications but pricing and other tidbits.  The Verizon Ozone XV6800 will have a 2.4-inch QVGA non-touchscreen display and full QWERTY keyboard, and not only access the carrier's EVDO Rev.A network but have globalphone quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE connectivity for roaming use.

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Dell Mini 9 netbook integrated fingerprint reader mod

Dell Mini 9 netbook integrated fingerprint reader mod

You'll need more than a passing familiarity with the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 to spot the mod here, so we'll give you a hefty hint: it's the fingerprint reader in the right-hand side of the palm-rest.  MyDellMini forum member Rich decided he wanted biometric login functionality in his netbook, so inserted the guts of an Eikon fingerprint reader into the Mini 9.

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Kohjinsha SK3 7-inch convertible touchscreen netbook

It’s ironic that what a year or two would’ve been called a UMPC (and, frankly, ignored by most people, tech writers included) is now called a touchscreen netbook and garners far more interest.  Latest on the block is set to be the Kohjinsha SK3, an upgrade to the existing 7-inch SC3 UMPC.  Among the changes are a new battery and upgraded cameras.

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Plantronics Voyager PRO gets European launch

Plantronics Voyager PRO Bluetooth headset was good enough to make even Vincent look twice at his Jawbone PRIME, and it remains the SlashGear choice if you’re looking for a sturdy, long-lasting hands-free kit with excellent audio quality.  Now Plantronics have announced European availability for the Voyager PRO, with the headset going on sale for £79.99.

 

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Kindle DRM confuses: unknown download limits apply

The plus side to Amazon’s attempts to differentiate ebook hardware and content is being able to read content on more than one device.  However, when one arm of the company is pushing customers to buy more Kindle hardware, and the other has cautious publishers insisting on layers of DRM, confusion is bound to happen.  According to Gear Diary’s Dan Cohen, that confusion is already upon us: he’s spent his weekend and several long calls with Amazon customer care trying to figure out how many times he can download ebooks he’s purchased, and being told different things by different employees.

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MSI X-Slim X340 gets another review: poor build & slow CPU still concerns

MSI X-Slim X340 gets another review: poor build & slow CPU still concerns

After the MSI X-Slim X340's recent frankly awful review, we've been waiting for a third-opinion and hopefully some indication that the ultraportable's poor showing was a one-off aberration.  Unfortunately, many of the critique points from that review - poor build quality, "cheap and nasty" trackpad and "tacky" keyboard - also crop up in NotebookReview's piece.

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