Archive for July, 2009

Western Digital Scorpio Blue 1TB is largest 2.5″ HDD around

Western Digital Scorpio Blue 1TB is largest 2.5″ HDD around

We're used to laptops lagging behind their desktop counterparts when it comes to storage - after all, there's only so much you can fit into a 2.5-inch drive casing - but Western Digital are delivering a much-needed capacity kick with the WD Scorpio Blue 1TB.  Billed as the industry's first 1TB mobile hard-drive, the Scorpio Blue 1TB - and its 750GB companion - support the 3Gbps SATA interface. 

They're also some of the quietest 2.5-inch drives on the market, according to Western Digital anyway.  The company has used its WhisperDrive technology with clever seek-algorithms to reduce unnecessary spinning.  They also have ShockGuard and SecurePark, which protect against bumps and jolts, together with ensuring long-term reliability. 

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BlackBerry Curve 8520 gets official: T-Mobile USA and Vodafone UK

BlackBerry Curve 8520 gets official: T-Mobile USA and Vodafone UK

RIM have officially announced the BlackBerry Curve 8520, the handset formerly known as the BlackBerry Gemini.  Set to land on both T-Mobile USA and Vodafone UK next month, the Curve 8520 is the company's latest non-3G smartphone, complete with a full hardware QWERTY keyboard, optical trackpad for navigation and a 2-megapixel camera.

There's also a 320 x 240 display, Bluetooth and WiFi.  A microSD card slot and 3.5mm headphone jack round out the specifications, while the battery is good for 4.5hrs of talktime or 17 days of standby.  While many may scoff at the absence of high-speed cellular connectivity, the success of other 2.5G BlackBerry handsets such as the Curve 8900 shows there's still a demand for straightforward, solid messaging-centric smartphones.

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Apple Tablet coming with “Cocktail” interactive album extras?

Apple Tablet coming with “Cocktail” interactive album extras?

Apple's internet tablet, aka the Apple Media Pad, has racked up another mainstream press mention over the weekend, with the Financial Times reporting that the "up to 10-inch" device will arrive in time for the holidays and potentially be launched alongside a new interactive media system that record companies hope will drive digital album sales.  Codenamed "Cocktail" according to those familiar with the project, the system has seen Apple partner with EMI, Sony Music, Warner Music and Universal Music Group, to develop a package of interactive booklet, sleeve and other information.

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Acer netbook gets 1080p HD upgrade with Broadcom BCM70012 mod

Acer netbook gets 1080p HD upgrade with Broadcom BCM70012 mod

Netbooks generally fall flat when it comes to high-definition video playback, with Intel's GMA 950 graphics chipset struggling even with 720p clips.  Broadcom's BCM70012 video accelerator changes all that, though; a mini PCI-e card, it can handle up to 1080p video with minimal CPU strain on the host system.  So far it's tough finding a netbook with the Broadcom card as an option - HP offer it as an option for their Mini 110 XP - but that didn't stop Terracode from upgrading their 8.9-inch Acer Aspire One with the HD accelerator.

Video demo after the cut

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Spotify Mobile App for iPhone submitted for Apple approval [Updated]

Spotify Mobile App for iPhone submitted for Apple approval [Updated]

Streaming music service Spotify have submitted a mobile version of their desktop internal radio software to Apple's App Store, which - if approved - would allow users to stream their choice of individual tracks, albums and playlists to their iPhone and iPod touch handsets. 

While pricing for the app is likely to be free, it's been suggested in the past that users would be required to sign up for Spotify's premium service.  While the company offers an ad-supported free desktop version, interspersing tracks with occasional adverts, the premium £9.99 per month ($16) package removes the adverts and increases audio quality.

Updated: Spotify have confirmed that it will be only accessible to Premium subscribers; check out their demo video after the cut

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 30 2009

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 30 2009

Well another week has come and gone as time steadily marches on and like every other week here on SlashGear, it has been a busy one. Poor old Toshiba took the old adage "if you can’t beat them, join them" seriously on Monday and announced that it would be launching its own Blu-ray player by the end of 2009. That had to be hard to swallow for the execs who bet it all on HD DVD only to be defeated by Blu-ray. Also on Monday the slick HP Mini 5101 netbooks tipped up starting from $399. I'm not convinced we need another netbook on the market right now personally.

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