Archive for Jun 30, 2009

Amazon Kindle DX sold out: 4-6 week delay

We may not have been entirely convinced by the Kindle DX, but it looks like there’s no shortage of would-be buyers still interested in the large-scale ebook reader.  Amazon are currently warning of 4-6 week delays for the Kindle DX, which they blame on “heavy customer demand”.

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Gateway P series FX gaming notebooks updated

Gateway gave updates to their P series FX gaming notebooks today that provide models that are cheaper for consumers. While the updates weren’t trumpeted out with fanfare, they are still important to note.

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PQI Cool Drive U360 released

PQI announced the release of their Cool Drive U360 today, which works by connecting computers by means of the USB port. This gadget makes it so file transfers can be completed between the computers at speeds of up to 17MB/s.

The U360 will be available in sizes spanning from 4GB to 16GB and contains software that’s meant to allow folders between computers sync up. It can also apparently sync Outlook information.

This device can support both PC and Mac operating systems including Windows ME up to Vista and Mac OS X 10.1 or newer. We don’t know the price or release date for the Cool Drive U360 from PQI yet, but we’ll keep you posted.

Hannspree ST251MKB HDTV revealed

Hannspree announced a new LCD HDTV today called the ST251MKB and it features a 1080p resolution. Measuring in at 25-inches, this HDTV is a part of the new ST series, meant for the mainstream market.

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Sharp Mebius NJ70A netbook gets second touchscreen mod [Video]

Sharp Mebius NJ70A netbook gets second touchscreen mod [Video]

We can't say we looked at the Sharp Mebius NJ70A netbook - with its nifty touchscreen trackpad - and thought "what this needs is a second touchscreen", but then we're not SKY at UMPC Fever.  After unboxing the N270-based netbook, he loaded up Windows 7 and then installed a touchscreen layer so as to use handwriting recognition direct onto the 10-inch display.

Video demo after the cut

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Toshiba TG01 has USB Host, cross-platform social networking

Toshiba’s TG01 Windows Mobile smartphone is almost ready to launch in Germany, and a few more details regarding the slimline handset are emerging.  Not only have O2 and Toshiba partnered with Nimbuzz to put their cross-platform social networking app on the TG01, but USB Host support has been confirmed.

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HTC Hero up for pre-order: ships July 15th

HTC Hero up for pre-order: ships July 15th

Amazon UK have begun listing the HTC Hero, offering the latest Android smartphone in unlocked, SIM-free form.  The dual-band HSPA (900/2100MHz) device is priced at £429.99 ($712) and expected to begin shipping on July 15th; SlashGear was at the Hero launch last week, and you can check out our hands-on video after the cut.

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ASUS Windows 7 Upgrade Program is light on Eee PCs [Updated]

ASUS Windows 7 Upgrade Program is light on Eee PCs [Updated]

Earlier in the month we heard that Atom N270 based netbooks and nettops would be unlikely candidates for inclusion in the Windows 7 Upgrade Program, and that's looking to indeed be the case.  ASUS have announced details of their program, including which models will be eligible, and only two of the company's sprawling Eee PC netbook line are included: the 1101HA and the 1005HA.

Updated with comment from ASUS after the cut

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Chess Set for Tesla: custom vacuum tube chess set

Chess Set for Tesla: custom vacuum tube chess set

Created by Paul Fryer last year, this "Chess Set for Tesla" takes 32 working vacuum tubes and turns them into chess pieces.  Each tube slots into a port on the custom board, lighting up to show their identity via a glowing icon on the top.

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Micro-USB becomes standard Euro phone charger

Micro-USB becomes standard Euro phone charger

In a move that's been a long time coming, the major participants in the European cellphone market have backed a proposal to standardize microUSB as the generic charger port.  The scheme was led by the European Commission, and has now received support from Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Apple, Motorola, NEC, LG, RIM, Qualcomm, Samsung and Texas Instruments.

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AMD 3.4GHz Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition coming this week?

AMD 3.4GHz Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition coming this week?

AMD are planning to announce a new flagship processor, the 3.4GHz Phenom II, to take on Intel's Core 2 Quad range, according to a number of sites.  The so-called AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition has been spotted on the ASRock site, which seemingly confirms that it will have the same cache and 125W TDP as the Phenom II X4 955.

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ASUS USB 2.0 Blu-ray drive is fingerprint magnet

ASUS USB 2.0 Blu-ray drive is fingerprint magnet

How can you make your external USB Blu-ray drive better than everyone elses?  Well, you could make it a Blu-ray burner, give it a range of connections and make it super-cheap, or you could go the ASUS way and put a great big light-up blue X on the side.

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