Archive for Oct 29, 2009

Motorola surprise with Q3 financial report

Motorola surprise with Q3 financial report

We've been waiting for Motorola's Android range to go on sale to turn around the company's ailing fortunes, but it turns out just the promise of Android models seems to have done the trick.  The company have announced their Q3 2009 financial figures, and they've surprised investors and analysts alike with news of net income amounting to $12m; that might not sound like much, but it's a significant turnaround compared to the $397m loss in the same period twelve months ago.

Factory Five electric ’33 Hot Rod likely to confuse earth-huggers

Factory Five electric ’33 Hot Rod likely to confuse earth-huggers

What's bright red, has an almost comically-long chin and bug-eyes?  No, not my ex-wife (yes, Marion, your damned check is in the mail) but the latest incarnation of the Factory Five '33 Hot Rod, perhaps the best alternative to a pious Prius we've seen so far.  Factory Five took the regular planet-destroying engine out and replaced it with a custom 300+ horsepower electric drive that musters over 660ft/lbs of torque and pegs 0-60mph times of four seconds.

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Netflix streaming coming soon to Wii

Netflix streaming coming soon to Wii

Streaming movie rentals and download only movie purchases are slowing making their way into the main stream. There are now several products on the market that are capable of streaming movies and TV shows from the Netflix on demand library. This week Netflix and Sony announced that the streaming service was coming to the PS3.

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GM offers Wi-Fi on select vehicle models

GM offers Wi-Fi on select vehicle models

We are slowly getting to the point in America where we can be connected to the Internet and reams of data everywhere we go. We can stay connected on commercial air flights commonly now and internet access is coming to our cars. GM has announced that it will be offering in-vehicle WiFi on select models very soon as a dealer installed option.

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Sony recalls 69K VGP-AC19V17 VAIO power adapters

Sony recalls 69K VGP-AC19V17 VAIO power adapters

The last few week shave seen several large product recalls with the most recent from Belkin due to a risk of electrical shock. Today Sony has announced a large product recall that will affect the owners of several VAIO computers. The recall has to do with the AC adapters the machines use rather than the batteries this time around.

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ZAGG offers details on ZAGGbox set for Q1 2010

ZAGG offers details on ZAGGbox set for Q1 2010

Zagg has been around for a while and makes some of the best protective coatings out there for a myriad of gadgets from smartphones to full computers. I use ZAGG invisibleSHIELD film on my iPhone to keep the scratches away. The company has announced a few details on its upcoming new product called the ZAGGbox.

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Acer T230H 23-inch multitouch Windows 7 LCD debuts

Acer T230H 23-inch multitouch Windows 7 LCD debuts

Acer has become the latest manufacturer to announce a multitouch-capable LCD monitor suitable for use with Windows 7.  The Acer T230H is, at 23-inches, slightly larger than its Dell and HP counterparts, but offers the same Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution.  It recognizes one- and two-finger gestures, such as pinch-zoom and chiral-rotate, and has VGA, HDMI and DVI inputs.

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Wistron confirmed as Polymer Vision buyer: foldable e-paper in development

Wistron confirmed as Polymer Vision buyer: foldable e-paper in development

The unnamed Asian company which acquired ailing foldable e-paper startup Polymer Vision has been outed as Wistron.  Polymer Vision declared bankruptcy back in July, and were acquired in early September; the deal is now known to have been worth €12m ($17.75m).  Integration of the two companies actually began taking place last month, but right now it's still unclear whether the Polymer Vision brand will be maintained.

No Android-based HD2 says HTC CEO Peter Chou

No Android-based HD2 says HTC CEO Peter Chou

Has Peter Chou just crushed our HTC Dragon dreams?  In an interview with Forbes, the HTC CEO has stated that there will be no Android-based HD2: "technically, we could make the HD2 an Android phone," Chou explained, "but I have to take care of Windows Mobile."  It's all part of rejuvenating interest in Windows Phones, Chou reckons: "We're working hard on these kinds of products to get excitement about Windows Mobile back."

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