Archive for September, 2009

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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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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T-Mobile Motorola CLIQ preorders taken from October 19th

T-Mobile Motorola CLIQ preorders taken from October 19th

Back when people were desperate to get their hands on the first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1, a pre-order event seemed a reasonable way to stoke the hype.  Now that we're a few models down the line, T-Mobile USA's pre-announcement for a pre-order of the Motorola CLIQ smacks vaguely of desperation.  As of October 19th, existing customers of the carrier will be able to order a CLIQ for $199.99 with a new two-year agreement, though they won't actually get their new phone until November 2nd when it goes on sale generally.

Apple iPad tablet to run iPhone OS, 3G & non-3G versions tipped?

Apple iPad tablet to run iPhone OS, 3G & non-3G versions tipped?

It's not all Microsoft's Courier grabbing tablet headlines today; Apple's touchscreen tablet is also making waves, with iLounge claiming to have more insider news on the upcoming device.  According to their sources, there have been three separate prototypes of the device they're calling the "iPad", starting with a 7-inch display which was then junked for a larger, 10.7-inch capacitive touchscreen running at around 720p resolution.

Microsoft planning mid-2010 launch for Courier: perfect note-taking tablet

Microsoft planning mid-2010 launch for Courier: perfect note-taking tablet

After the second leak of Microsoft's Courier dual-touchscreen tablet, ZDNet's Mary-Jo Foley has stepped in with some leaked information of her own.  It looks as though our suggestion that the origins (and intentions) of Courier lie in Microsoft OneNote was accurate, with Foley's source saying "The concept started as a software idea on how one would really build OneNote from scratch if you could for the Tablet form factor. That then morphed into building a tablet. If you look at the most successful pocket computer today - it is still the Franklin Covey Planning Products, the idea was how do you create a digital planner."

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