Archive for Sep 23, 2009

Microsoft set to open Windows Café in Paris

Microsoft set to open Windows Café in Paris

We already know that Microsoft is setting up retail stores here in America and they are simply calling them stores. No fancy names or trying to dress them up as something they are not. I guess in Europe Microsoft wants to make things seem a bit fancier.

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IREX DR800SG gets official: 8.1″ touchscreen 3G ebook reader

IREX DR800SG gets official: 8.1″ touchscreen 3G ebook reader

As expected, IREX have just announced their latest ebook reader, the IREX DR800SG, an 8.1-inch e-ink device within integrated Qualcomm Gobi wireless.  The DR800SG will use Verizon's network in the US (and switch to GSM 3G when roaming) to allow access to Barnes & Noble's eBookstore, Newspaper Direct and LibreDigital.  Priced at $399.99, the IREX DR800SG will arrive at "select" Best Buy stores come October, followed by a European launch in the first half of 2010.

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Viliv S10 touchscreen Windows 7 netbook: 10hrs runtime

Viliv S10 touchscreen Windows 7 netbook: 10hrs runtime

Viliv are best known for their MIDs and UMPCs, but the Korean company have decided to branch out into more mainstream ultraportables.  The Viliv S10 has made its debut at IDF this week, and offers a 10-inch 1,366 x 768 resistive convertible touchscreen, Intel's Atom 1.33GHz or 2.0GHz processors, and Windows 7 Home Premium.

Update: More photos from MID Moves now added.

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Xbox 360 WiFi 802.11n adapter to be $100 says tipster

Xbox 360 WiFi 802.11n adapter to be $100 says tipster

Microsoft's Xbox 360 WiFi 802.11n adapter, tipped in another leaky FCC filing, will apparently be priced at around $100 when it lands later this year.  The WiFi-n adapter will seemingly go on sale alongside, rather than outright replace, the existing version, which will see a discount to $79.99.

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Maingear add ATI Radeon HD 5870 to gaming line-up

Maingear add ATI Radeon HD 5870 to gaming line-up

It'll come as little to no surprise that, with the new ATI Radeon HD 5870 video cards fresh on the scene, gaming PC manufacturers are already updating their wares to include the DirectX 11 capable GPU.  Maingear is one of the first into the SlashGear inbox, with their Ephex, F131, Prelude, and X-Cube systems all getting friendly with AMD's newest graphics card.

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21% of people keen to buy Apple’s unannounced tablet

We may well laugh about Apple addicts and their long-queueing ways, but when a survey finds more than a fifth of those asked would happily pay between $500 and $700 for an Apple tablet, sight-unseen, you have to admire the company's hype machine.  Analysts RBC Capital Markets asked 3,100 people whether they were interested in buying the tablet, and 21-percent said yes; that contrasts to 9-percent of people asked in April 2007 whether they'd be interested in an iPhone, in a similar survey prior to the smartphone's launch.

Samsung Galaxy Lite i5700 delayed; color scheme toned down

Samsung Galaxy Lite i5700 delayed; color scheme toned down

Good news and bad, today, for those hoping for Samsung's i5700 aka the Galaxy Lite.  According to dial-a-phone, the i7500's little sibling has been pushed back into 2010, rather than launching later on in 2009 as originally planned, so as to give its bigger sibling more chance to rack up sales.

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Vstone launch Robovi-nano entry level ‘bot [Video]

Vstone launch Robovi-nano entry level ‘bot [Video]

Compared to 2008, we've had something of a dry spell this year when it comes to consumer robotics.  Japanese firm Vstone aren't exactly attempting to remedy this - their target is the prosumer or education market - but we're still embracing their Robovie-nano 'bot with open arms.

Video demo after the cut

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Toshiba Qosmio X500 gets Blu-ray, 1080p, Core-i7

Toshiba Qosmio X500 gets Blu-ray, 1080p, Core-i7

Toshiba have announced the Qosmio X500, their 18.4-inch Full HD desktop-replacement notebook packing an Intel Core-i7 2.8GHz processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 250MNV 1GB graphics.  Set to arrive by the end of October, the Qosmio X500 squeezes in a Blu-ray burner, up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, twin 500GB 5,400rpm hard-drives and WiFi b/g/n.

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iPod nano 5G camera falls foul of gym blacklists

Apple's iPod nano 5G has impressed plenty of reviewers (and will likely find favor with even more buyers, too) but gym owners are less enamored.  With the arrival of the nano's video camera, the PMP has found itself on the blacklist for some gym changing rooms, over fears that patrons may use image- and video-capable devices to surreptitiously grab shots of each other.

LG BL20 Chocolate gets official, specs outed

LG BL20 Chocolate gets official, specs outed

LG's BL20 has gone from being a poorly kept secret to an acknowledged member of the Chocolate family, with the fashion phone appearing on LG's developer site.  A slender 12.3mm thick handset with a 2.4-inch QVGA 262k color display, slide-out numeric keypad and touch-sensitive controls, the BL20 has triband GSM and dualband 900/2100 HSDPA.

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Dell offers five new Alienware gaming notebooks

Dell offers five new Alienware gaming notebooks

Dell and Alienware have unveiled five new gaming notebooks that will be hitting the market soon. The new machines include the M15x laptop, the M17x laptops and new gaming desktops. Really, the machines aren’t all new models, but have been upgraded with new components.

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