Archive for Oct 30, 2009

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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Apple TV 3.0 tipped in new iTunes T&Cs

Apple TV 3.0 tipped in new iTunes T&Cs

An upcoming update to the Apple TV has been tipped by a change in Terms & Conditions for the iTunes Store.  The new agreement - which is shown as of today - lists that "you can now use iTunes LPs and iTunes extras on Apple TV with software version 3.0 or higher"; however Apple are yet to release version 3.0 for their set-top box.

TomTom Car Kit incompatible with iPod touch, first-gen iPhone

TomTom Car Kit incompatible with iPod touch, first-gen iPhone

TomTom have confirmed that their Car Kit - the optional accessory to accompany the TomTom iPhone app - will only fully work with the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, thanks to a limitation in the TomTom application.  The app's limitation means that owners of the first-gen iPhone, together with iPod touch users, won't be able to take advantage of the Car Kit's integrated GPS receiver and speakerphone.

NVIDIA Ion LE DirectX 10 hack suggests purposefully crippled features

NVIDIA Ion LE DirectX 10 hack suggests purposefully crippled features

NVIDIA's Ion LE promises to deliver the same 1080p HD playback as its regular Ion sibling, but at a cheaper price; to do that, it drops DirectX 10 support in favor of solely accommodating DX9.  It turns out that the limitation is, in fact, an arbitrary one and that the Ion LE seems to have been artificially crippled by NVIDIA themselves; MyHPMini forum member runawayprisoner found that by slightly modifying HP's own Ion drivers he could get them to install for the Ion LE.

Verizon introduces the leader of the DROID army – First Take

Verizon introduces the leader of the DROID army – First Take

Recently I asked, if a DROID could take on the Death Star? Now, Motorola and Verizon, along with some help from Google launched DROID. I've spent the day with a device and here's what I think so far. First, Verizon was clear that DROID is going to be a family of devices running Android, Motorola's device will be the only one called DROID, others will be known as the DROID-XXX. DROID is the first Android 2.0 device and the Google branding points to the fact that this is stock Android. And I do mean stock Android: there are zero Verizon services on this device (with the exception of a non-branded visual voicemail app). No VCast. No nothing. One wonders if Verizon were willing to go to this length a few years ago, would the iPhone have landed on Verizon? Android 2.0 is a great update and finally is starting to feel complete. Compared to V1 Android running HTC Sense, it's a mixed bag. HTC’s UI is lightyears ahead of stock Android in my opinion but the DROID performs so much better than any Android V1 phone I've used and is nearly feature complete that it's hard to recommend a V1x device at this point.

ASUS WiFi, 3G and WiMAX ebook readers confirmed from March 2010

ASUS WiFi, 3G and WiMAX ebook readers confirmed from March 2010

Further details of ASUS' upcoming ebook reader have emerged, after executives from the company apparently confirmed that WiFi, 3G and WiMAX versions will be announced before the year is out.  The ebook readers will apparently begin reaching carrier partners in the US and Europe come March 2010, with the executives claiming that prices will be "competitive" with what's on offer from Amazon and Sony.

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