Archive for Jul 24, 2009

Toshiba add WiMAX to Dynabook SS ultraportable & UX netbook

Toshiba add WiMAX to Dynabook SS ultraportable & UX netbook

If our review of Toshiba's Portégé R600 this week tempted you into the company's ultraportable range, but you prefer an added shot of WiMAX goodness, then you'll be wanting to head over to Japan to pick up the company's latest wireless-integrated model.  The Japanese version of the R600, the Dynabook SS, will see its RX2/T9JMAJ WiMAX version (complete with a 128GB SSD) launch today, July 24th; Toshiba first announced the notebook back in June.

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DIY wearable computer with head-up display

DIY wearable computer with head-up display

Augmented reality - integrating data from computer and internet sources with everyday life - is showing up more and more lately, as cellphones learn to geotag landmarks and webcams are coaxed into spotting special ID glyphs, but we're still a way off from a true mainstream-commercial head-up display.  MicroPCTalk forum member fiveseven808 decided to take matters into his own hands, and hacked together a wearable computer with the eyepiece from a Myvu Crystal, a Sony UMPC and a Motorola iDEN i425 for cheap, always-on connectivity.

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1080p pico-projectors in next 3 years tips Syndiant CTO

1080p pico-projectors in next 3 years tips Syndiant CTO

Whether you think a pico-projector is a pointless gadget or the future of mobile displays, the common criticism is that their resolution is poor compared to cellphone displays or full-sized projectors.  Over at PicoProjector.info they've been speaking to Syndiant CTO Karl Guttag, however, and he's promising something that could turn that all around: 1920 x 1080p resolution pico-modules.

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Garmin-ASUS nuvifone G60 lands in Taiwan on 27th; M20 in August

Garmin-ASUS nuvifone G60 lands in Taiwan on 27th; M20 in August

Garmin-ASUS have announced that the long-awaited nuvifone G60 touchscreen GPS cellphone will go on sale in Taiwan on July 27th, followed by a Singaporean and Malaysian launch in August alongside the Windows Mobile-based nuvifone M20.  The G60 should then arrive in Europe and the US in the second half of this year, as previously reported, while the M20 will bypass the US altogether but hit Europe, again, in 2H09.

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Amazon CEO Bezos apologizes for Orwell ebook fiasco

Amazon CEO Bezos apologizes for Orwell ebook fiasco

After Amazon deleted ebook copies of George Orwell novels from users Kindle ebook readers last week, in a PR nightmare that seemed almost too good to be true for headline writers, CEO Jeff Bezos has posted an apology to customers.  Describing the Amazon "solution" as "stupid, thoughtless, and painfully out of line with our principles", Bezos promised that the company would use the ferocious customer feedback to make better decisions in future.

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Palm restore iTunes sync for Pre with webOS 1.1.0

Palm restore iTunes sync for Pre with webOS 1.1.0

Palm have released their latest update for Pre, webOS 1.1.0, and along with increased speed and various UI tweaks they've also addressed one of the more contentious issues from the past month: iTunes synchronization.  After Apple seemingly purposefully blocked the Pre from using iTunes in their 8.2.1 update midway through the month, webOS 1.1.0 "resolves an issue preventing media sync from working with latest version of iTunes (8.2.1)."

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Sony touchscreen VAIOs planned for Windows 7; PlayStation Network integration

Sony touchscreen VAIOs planned for Windows 7; PlayStation Network integration

Sony are planning VAIO computers with touch capabilities once Windows 7 launches, potentially taking advantage of casual gaming, streaming and downloadable movies and TV content from the PlayStation Network.  Speaking in an interview with LaptopMag, Sony's senior VP of the Information Technology Products Division, Mike Abary confirmed that the company find the touch functionality in Windows 7 "compelling" and that they would be looking to adopt some of those technologies in their upcoming PC ranges.

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