Archive for Aug 27, 2009

Star Trek colognes smell like Vulcan sex

Star Trek colognes smell like Vulcan sex

I may lose some of my geek cred for saying this, but I never liked the original Star Trek series. Kirk even bothered me in the films with the original cast that I did watch when I was a kid. I much preferred Piccard and Number One to Kirk and Spock.

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Cricket adds Samsung Messager II to line

Cricket adds Samsung Messager II to line

Pre-paid and unlimited wireless services are the way to go for many mobile phone users. This sort of plan allows users to get all the minutes they want without having to sign a contract and without worrying about overages.

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Wi-Fi phone shipments expected to double every two years

Wi-Fi phone shipments expected to double every two years

One of the most important features of a mobile phone be it a feature phone or a smartphone to many users is Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi connectivity allows the user to surf the net or download applications without having to rely solely on often slow or unavailable 3G networks.

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TiVo sues AT&T and Verizon over DVR patents

TiVo sues AT&T and Verizon over DVR patents

The United States District Court in the Eastern Division of Texas is becoming a very common place for major corporations to file patent infringement suits against other companies. The glut of suits filed here is due to the judge's previous pro-patent holder rulings.

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PopcornHour C-200 goes up for preorder, gets unboxed [Video]

PopcornHour C-200 goes up for preorder, gets unboxed [Video]

If you've been waiting for more detail on PopcornHour's incoming C-200 "Networked Media Tank" then prepare to set aside an afternoon; the company has released masses of video and full specifications for the Blu ray ready, UPnP set-top box, and they're now taking preorders for the first shipment.

Video demos after the cut

Sprint Samsung Instinct HD gets spotted in wild

Sprint Samsung Instinct HD gets spotted in wild

We're resisting the urge to break into a rousing chorus of "We Are Family" at the sight of Sprint's upcoming Samsung Instinct HD snuggling in between its siblings, so instead we'll just point to the slightly bowed casing (middle-aged spread, perhaps?) and - in an image you can see after the cut - the 5-megapixel camera.  The handset, last spotted in a Best Buy promotional leak, is tipped to arrive within the next month or so.

Nokia N900 and Maemo 5 get official [Video]

Nokia N900 and Maemo 5 get official [Video]

In the face of an early review and leaked press shots, Nokia have decided to officially announce the N900 together with its Maemo 5 OS.  Set to get their official unveil at Nokia World next week, the N900 packs HSPA, WiFi and 32GB of storage into a 3.5-inch WVGA resistive touchscreen device powered by an ARM Cortex-A8 with 1GB of RAM, while Maemo 5 supports desktop-style multitasking, Nokia Messaging and a new "cloud" UI.

Video demos after the cut

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LG GD910 watch-phone gets unboxed

LG GD910 watch-phone gets unboxed

In case London-based readers of SlashGear forgot, this morning saw carrier Orange put the expensive-but-attractive LG GD910 watch-phone on sale at their flagship store.  Electricpig cashed in their premium bonds and stopped by to pick up one of the limited edition touchscreen handsets, promptly throwing up an unboxing gallery and some first impressions.

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Apple event September 9th: 3.2MP iPod cameras, iTunes 9 and more?

Apple event September 9th: 3.2MP iPod cameras, iTunes 9 and more?

Apple's yearly iPod event is tipped to take place on September 9th, after people "familiar with the matter" informed Apple Insider of the freshly confirmed date.  While no press invitations have yet been issued, the Cupertino company is believed to have informed its industry partners of the settled date, having also been discussing September 8th.  Other information about the event suggests that the new, camera-bearing iPod nano and iPod touch models expected to launch - and which will apparently have 3.2-megapixel CMOS sensors - will only be "one piece" of the overall news.

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Verizon look to block browsers to stop accidental data fees

Verizon look to block browsers to stop accidental data fees

Verizon are reportedly looking into ways in which subscribers without data plans can be prevented from loading up their handsets' web-browser, after recognising that it was too easy to do so accidentally and be charged $1.99 each time.  According to carrier spokesperson Tom Pica, "it is obvious to [Verizon] that we need to fix this aspect of our service."

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Epoq EPP-CEP1 Pico-Projector packs Windows CE 5.0, trackpad

Epoq EPP-CEP1 Pico-Projector packs Windows CE 5.0, trackpad

Epoq are back with their next pico-projector, and since it's growing harder to differentiate between these compact, LED-based handhelds they've decided to stuff Windows CE 5.0 inside.  Having a full OS - plus the trackpad on top of the projector - means the Epoq Multimedia EPP-CEP1 can run native Word, PowerPoint, Excel and PDF viewers for standalone presentations, together with Windows Media Player for broader video filetype support.

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ASUS Eee ebook reader could launch in 2009 says CEO

ASUS Eee ebook reader could launch in 2009 says CEO

It's been a while since we've heard anything of ASUS' ebook reader intentions, but according to DigiTimes the company's CEO, Jerry Shen, has confirmed that they plan to have a device on the market by the end of 2009 at the earliest.  Slotting into the company's Eee brand of low-priced consumer electronic devices, Shen failed to give suggestions of specifications or pricing for the upcoming reader.

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