Archive for Oct 29, 2009

Google Discover Music search launches: previews & MP3 downloads [Video]

Google Discover Music search launches: previews & MP3 downloads [Video]

Google's rumored push into music has panned out into an new search function with integrated playback.  Thanks to a deal with MySpace (who have acquired media playback firm iLike) and Lala, searches for songs, artists or albums will also produce links to audio previews and places you can actually buy the track.  Meanwhile partnerships with Pandora, Rhapsody and imeem will offer suggestions of similar artists and music.

Video overview after the cut

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Ericsson Spider Computer projection-packed concept [Video]

Ericsson Spider Computer projection-packed concept [Video]

The wisdom of designing gadgets that look like spiders when so many people find the many-legged bugs creepy is arguably lacking, but that hasn't stopped Ericsson.  The company's latest concept is the so-called Ericsson Spider Computer, a tripod design that will incorporate a full PC, pico-projector, laser keyboard and integrated 3G, and offer the people of 2020 an easily transported computing setup.

Video demo after the cut

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Verizon DROID Eris by HTC to be $99; Hero specs confirmed

Verizon DROID Eris by HTC to be $99; Hero specs confirmed

We may have accused the HTC Eris - aka the Verizon DROID Eris by HTC - as having underwhelming specs this week (what can we say, we want some Snapdragon!) but according to the latest batch of leaks Verizon will at least be pricing it right.  gdgt's Peter Rojas has heard from "a very trustworthy source" that the Android smartphone will be priced at $99 with a new two-year agreement, just half the price of the Verizon DROID by Motorola.

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HTC Hero Android 2.0 update confirmed in works

HTC Hero Android 2.0 update confirmed in works

HTC have confirmed to us that they'll be offering an update to Android 2.0 for the HTC Hero.  The update means that HTC will be skipping Android 1.6 - as on the HTC Tattoo, for instance - to concentrate on fettling HTC Sense to play nicely with the newest version of Android.  However, the company have not given a definitive timescale for the release, asking only that owners "be patient".  Full statement after the cut.

Nintendo DSi LL with 4.2-inch displays official [Update: DSi XL for UK in Q1 2010]

Nintendo DSi LL with 4.2-inch displays official [Update: DSi XL for UK in Q1 2010]

Nintendo have officially announced their latest handheld console, and like the rumors suggested it packs larger displays than the DSi.  The Nintendo DSi LL will drop in Japan on November 21st, complete with twin 4.2-inch displays (compared to the DSi's two 3.25-inch displays); as before, the lower panel is a touchscreen.

Update: Nintendo UK have confirmed to Electricpig that the handheld will arrive in the UK come Q1 2010, as the Nintendo DSi XL.  We're guessing it'll have the same name and launch schedule in the US, too, though nothing is official as yet.  No word on pricing, either.

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Apple reject Intel Moorestown as too power-hungry?

Apple reject Intel Moorestown as too power-hungry?

Rumors are circulating that Apple has rejected Intel's Moorestown chips as unsuitable for their mobile device range, after Cupertino engineers decided that the Intel CPUs demanded far too much power.  According to Fudzilla, Apple have informed Intel that Moorestown needs to have one-tenth the idle power consumption it manages currently before it'll be suitable for any of Apple's devices.

GSM Motorola DROID caught flaunting SIM on video

GSM Motorola DROID caught flaunting SIM on video

All eyes are on Verizon, Motorola and Google this morning, with the official launch of the Verizon DROID by Motorola, but as soon as the dust has settled you know people will be asking where the GSM version of the smartphone is.  The existence of a GSM DROID is already known; however one of our readers has pointed us in the direction of a Tinhte.com video showing the handset in action.

Video demo after the cut

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Astak Mole intelligent IP webcam has YouTube & Twitter integration

Astak Mole intelligent IP webcam has YouTube & Twitter integration

We're not entirely convinced by the idea of naming your autonomous webcam "The Mole"; after all, when it comes to eyesight moles aren't especially known for their 20/20 vision.  Still, we'll overlook that since Astak's Mole is pretty nifty: a motion-activated IP webcam, with WiFi and wired ethernet connections, that can automatically upload footage to YouTube together with sending out email and Twitter messages.

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