Archive for Sep 28, 2009

FunTwist Fiono 330 Ion-based nettop gets video unboxing

FunTwist Fiono 330 Ion-based nettop gets video unboxing

FunTwist isn't a name we're particularly used to hearing, but the company's latest nettop - the Fiono 330 - shares the exclusivity of being one of the few such desktops with NVIDIA's Ion chipset inside.  Quietly released in Japan last month, Netbooked picked up the compact PC and delivered a video unboxing which you can see after the cut.

Video unboxing after the cut

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Palm Pre still en-route to Verizon says insider

After rumors late last week that Verizon had turned their collective noses up at the Palm Pre, put off by poor sales performance and a preference for RIM and Android, BGR is now reporting that the CDMA carrier will indeed be offering the webOS smartphone.  Their unnamed source has apparently confirmed that the Pre is indeed headed to Verizon, though there's no word of an actual release date.

Lurid retro Casio watches hit Tokyoflash

Lurid retro Casio watches hit Tokyoflash

If you're looking for distinctive watches then Tokyoflash is likely on your shortlist, and the company have just announced a few limited edition designs courtesy of Casio and Riki Watanabe.  The Casio range includes a re-release of their 80s Databank watches, only now in some eye-watering colors - together with the endearingly-chunky Casio Cubic Puzzle 3171 shown here.

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Lower PMP volume defaults to fight hearing loss planned

Lower PMP volume defaults to fight hearing loss planned

Thanks to a new European Union ruling, any PMP sold in Europe will soon need to have a lower default volume level so as to avoid ear damage.  The so-called "safe exposure" levels will be a condition of sale for any MP3 player, including Apple's iPod range, though users will be able to override the settings if they choose.

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Canon EOS 7D HD video performance tested: awesome results [Video]

Canon EOS 7D HD video performance tested: awesome results [Video]

Lurking in among the lenses, mattebox, external microphone and video viewfinder is Dan Chung's Canon EOS 7D, while after the cut you can see the HD video he shot around an hour after picking the new uber-DSLR up from his local store.  Filmed in low light at 1600 to 6400 ISO, it's left Chung - and us - mightily impressed at the EOS 7D's abilities.

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Philips Lumiblade OLED lighting concepts get demo’d [Video]

Philips Lumiblade OLED lighting concepts get demo’d [Video]

Philips have been showing off their latest efforts in OLED lighting at the "100% Design Fair" in London recently, and while they're still concepts we're hoping someone at the company realizes that there's likely a paying audience out there somewhere - at the very least the Mathmos-loving crowd - and decides to, you know, release some of the darned things.  The Philips Lumiblade concepts [pdf link] range from home to commercial in their application, but all promise low power consumption.

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New plastic MacBooks imminent: “most affordable” to date

Apple have already been tipped as readying a new entry-level MacBook once this month, and now the second nod to the polycarbonate MacBook line has come, courtesy of AppleInsider.  They've heard that the range refresh will likely be launched alongside the rumored new iMac desktops, themselves described as "imminent", and be the Cupertino company's "most affordable notebook offerings" to date.

Motorola CLIQ battery woefully inadequate warns preview

We're not cellphone manufacturers, but we can't imagine there's much more disheartening to hear reviewers suggest your latest handset "isn't ready for primetime".  Unfortunately for Motorola, that's just the conclusion the Boy Genius Report have come to in their CLIQ preview, with the handset's power-gobbling ways being the prime suspect for their dissatisfaction.

iPhone 3GS netbook transformer (yeah, we know it’s not real) [Video]

Now, before someone feels obligated to tell us that this isn't real and is merely an animation, we do realise that there's no software in the App Store that can actually transform your iPhone 3GS into a dinky netbook.  Still, our love of time-consuming fan renders and Transformer-style videos leaves us honor-bound to mention Manuel Eder's marvellous video of Apple's smartphone doing just that.

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HTC HD2 (aka Leo) benchmarks trounce Touch HD

HTC HD2 (aka Leo) benchmarks trounce Touch HD

Windows Mobile 6.5 may not be provoking all that much interest compared to rival platforms, but one device which is certainly perking up attention is the HTC Leo, aka the HTC HD2.  Tipped to arrive in October, the 4.3-inch flagship smartphone's prize is its 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor; now one beta tester has released some benchmarking for the handset, and it's looking to be a real stormer.  The HD2 ousted HTC's Touch HD in 3D graphics performance by around 300-percent.

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O2 losing iPhone 3GS exclusivity: on Orange UK later in 2009

O2 losing iPhone 3GS exclusivity: on Orange UK later in 2009

UK would-be iPhone users desperate to avoid O2's network can take heart in the fact that rival network Orange have just announced they will be offering the iPhone 3GS later this year.  The Orange iPhone 3GS is yet to be priced, and nor have the company revealed the exact date it will go on sale, but there is a pre-interest page open for registrations.

Update: O2 statement after the cut

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 39 2009

In case you missed something this week, it's time for another week in review for you to enjoy on a lazy Sunday. Asus quietly let the Eee 1201N Ion netbook slip from the bowels of the netbook kingpin. The machine sports NVIDIA Ion power, it's nice to see more Ion netbooks coming to market. Acer has its line of smartphones coming in Q4 according to reports early this week. The Acer F1 and the HTC Leo will hit in Q4.