Archive for Sep 30, 2009

Nokia N900 delayed until end of October?

Nokia N900 delayed until end of October?

It's looking like the launch of the Nokia N900 has been delayed, with two online retailers pushing back their estimated release dates to the end of October.  Amazon UK is now suggesting that the N900 will arrive come October 26th, rather than at the beginning of the month as was previously expected.

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Belkin unveils Conserve Surge with Timer

Belkin unveils Conserve Surge with Timer

Consumers and business users alike are all concerned with saving power. Not only is cutting electricity use good for the environment, but it saves money in the form of utility bills as well. Belkin has announced a new surge protector that is aimed at business users called the Conserve Surge with Timer.

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QNAP NMP-1000 HD network media player also does backup [Video]

QNAP NMP-1000 HD network media player also does backup [Video]

Networked media players are, if not quite ten-a-penny, then at least increasingly common these days, so it takes more than an ethernet port and an HDMI output to impress us.  QNAP are hoping their NMP-1000 will do just that, however, thanks to its onboard 3.5-inch hard-drive (up to 2TB), Full HD 1080p output, YouTube and Flickr support, automatic NAS backup functionality and UPnP streaming.

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Intel Classmate PC orders cancelled as recession bites

Intel Classmate PC orders cancelled as recession bites

Intel's Classmate PC was heralded as the way that children in emerging markets would avoid getting left behind in the silicon revolution; now it seems that lifeline may have been cut.  DigiTimes is claiming that various governments and OEM partners have cancelled their orders for the low-powered netbook, having been forced to reprioritize their budgets in the wake of the ongoing economic downturn.

Patchy and delayed networking infrastructure has also been blamed for the cancellations, which have not been made publically but leaked out via Taiwanese component manufacturers.

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TiVo for BlackBerry app offers remote scheduling

TiVo for BlackBerry app offers remote scheduling

Remotely controlling your TiVo from a BlackBerry has been possible for a while now - thanks to the mobile web interface - but now there's a specific app that aims to make it even easier.  TiVo for BlackBerry Smartphones is available free from the App World, and has browse, search and scheduling functionality, together with "Daily Picks" and "Most Popular" categories.

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LG GD510 “Pop”: style & solar charging, but short on specs

LG GD510 “Pop”: style & solar charging, but short on specs

Sometimes a gadget comes along that is so pretty that, when you realise it has a spec-sheet more barren than the Sahara, you can't help but tear at your chest and roar.  LG's GD510 "Pop" isn't quite so bad as all that, but it's a handsome 3-inch touchscreen phone - the most compact ever with such a screen-size, they say - with a brushed aluminum body that throws out most of the things we take for granted in today's handsets.  WiFi we can live without, but a handset lacking 3G?  For shame!

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Nokia N900 previewed: “wholly different league” to Symbian

Nokia N900 previewed: “wholly different league” to Symbian

Perhaps the stand-out device from Nokia World this year was the N900, the Finnish company's new internet tablet/smartphone crossover.  The final production version still isn't on the market, but that hasn't stopped "preview" reviews from those with access to prototypes, covering both Maemo 5 and the N900 hardware itself.  My-Symbian have just pushed out a four page article doing just that, and they're more than a little excited.

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DoubleSight’s 7″ and 9″ low-cost USB sub-displays

DoubleSight’s 7″ and 9″ low-cost USB sub-displays

We've a soft-spot for USB-connecting mini LCD displays - they're a nifty way to get Photoshop toolbars, IM windows, Twitter apps and other windows off your main display but keep them readily visible - so we're glad to see more options hitting the market.  DoubleSight have three sub-displays to choose from, starting from the 7-inch DS-70U and then breaking into the hitherto unusual 9-inch segment with the DS-90U and DS-90UC.

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Activelink Power Loader exoskeleton with force-feedback [Video]

Activelink Power Loader exoskeleton with force-feedback [Video]

Perfect for the Sigourney Weaver cosplayers among you, Activelink have unveiled their "Power Loader" exoskeleton.  The Japanese Panasonic subsidiary's "dual-arm power amplification robot" has a full 18 electromagnetic motors which will allow the user to lift 100kg (220lbs) even while wearing a shirt and tie.

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LaCie Sound2 Speakers promise Cabasse sound on a budget

LaCie Sound2 Speakers promise Cabasse sound on a budget

LaCie have outed their latest set of USB speakers, the Sound2, and they've partnered up with acoustic engineering specialists Cabasse to quash any talk of sub-par audio quality.  The LaCie Sound2 look a little like the paddles you use to play on an air-hockey table, but actually pack 30W of amplification, magnetic shielding and a bass reflex system.

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chumby one coming November: cheaper, more serious

chumby one coming November: cheaper, more serious

The original chumby - a hacky sack with a WiFi-enabled touchscreen widget engine stuffed inside - perhaps confused more people than it converted, but the company isn't giving up.  Details on the chumby one have emerged, keeping the 3-inch 320 x 240 display but boosting the processor to a 454MHz chip and packing all that into a hard-shelled plastic casing.  There's also a built-in FM radio along with stereo speakers.

chumby's widget catalog now amounts to over 1,500 apps, including social networking integration, news and weather apps, Pandora and other streaming radio receivers and more.

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WowWee Roborover and Joebot robots revealed

WowWee Roborover and Joebot robots revealed

Earlier this month we were lamenting the dearth of consumer robotics in 2009, and it seems someone at WowWee has heard our cries.  The company has released preview information of two upcoming 'bots, the WowWee Roborover (left) and the WowWee Joebot (right), both with remote-control functionality as well as autonomous modes.

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