Archive for October, 2009

Cisco FlipShareTV streamer system outed by FCC

Cisco FlipShareTV streamer system outed by FCC

The FCC has kindly outed Cisco's latest device, the FlipShareTV, seemingly a companion media streamer for the company's Flip range of point-and-shoot camcorders.  The three-part FlipShareTV consists of a remote control, USB dongle for your computer, and a set-top box, with a basic folder-based browsing structure that can be used to view recorded video that has been transferred from the camcorders.

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ASUS Eee Smartbook dropping Q1 2010 for around $180

ASUS Eee Smartbook dropping Q1 2010 for around $180

Bargain hunters looking for a new ultraportable this Christmas could do well to hold off until the new year, as ASUS CEO Jerry Shen has announced the company plans to launch an Android-based Smartbook in Q1 2010 that could be priced at around $180.  ASUS were among the companies demonstrating Smartbook prototypes - based on Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon processor - back in June, but since then have downplayed their involvement with the format.

Android 2.0 on T-Mobile G1 (aka HTC Dream) [Video]

Android 2.0 on T-Mobile G1 (aka HTC Dream) [Video]

Android 2.0 may only have been officially announced last week, but don't underestimate the speed of the open-source community.  They've already got a basic install of the new OS running on the original HTC Dream (aka the T-Mobile G1); it's not optimized yet, which means the handset chugs along rather than whipping through the pages like we're finding on the Verizon DROID by Motorola, but it's certainly working.

Video demo after the cut

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Apple iPod Bluetooth Headset patent app splits opinion

Apple iPod Bluetooth Headset patent app splits opinion

Apple patent applications either meet with resounding "I want that, give that to me now!" or "meh, why?" and it seems the reception to these iPod Bluetooth Headset illustrations is leaning toward the latter.  The patent application shows a device similar in shape to the existing Apple Bluetooth headset, but that would have a detachable second earbud, an integrated display and onboard storage.

That storage would turn the headset into a full-blown iPod, similar to the shuffle.  You would also be able to record voice notes, since it would have an integrated microphone, and of course it could be used for hands-free calling in the regular way.  Apple's application also describe a form of basic automatic volume adjustment that would change earpiece volume depending on the ambient noise picked up by the microphone.

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Lenovo X200 Tablet Review

Lenovo X200 Tablet Review

There's no doubting that multitouch is a key buzzword of today, and with the arrival of Windows 7 PCs gain at least software support for two-fingered control. Lenovo have responded by updating their well-esteemed ThinkPad X200 Tablet with Windows 7 and a new, multitouch-friendly display, the former as standard and the latter a paid option. Has the technology come of age, or is it a case of hype overtaking substance? Check out the SlashGear review after the cut.

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BlackBerry Storm2 Review

BlackBerry Storm2 Review

The original BlackBerry Storm failed to sweep through the smartphone sector in the way RIM had hoped it would, criticized for its frustrating SurePress touchscreen technology, glitchy firmware and - most damningly - not being all that hot at messaging. With the BlackBerry Storm2 9550, RIM claim to have not only addressed all of those elements but more, and so it's with the mildest of trepidation that we've been playing with the new smartphone. Breath of fresh air or an ill wind that blows no good? Read on for the SlashGear review.

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