Archive for Oct 28, 2009

LG Display and Samsung Mobile show transparent OLEDs

LG Display and Samsung Mobile show transparent OLEDs

The actual benefits of transparent displays are yet to be explained - beyond the sheer cool factor, of course - but that isn't stopping manufacturers from announcing them.  Both LG Display and Samsung Mobile Display have been flaunting their respective transparent OLEDs, the former having a full 15-inch OLED panel ideal for notebooks, while the latter has a 2-inch OLED panel intended for cellphones.

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Logitech Harmony IR Extender System lands for budget price

Logitech Harmony IR Extender System lands for budget price

IR extenders - which can be used to remotely-control A/V components tucked inside closed-up equipment racks or in other rooms - aren't new, but Logitech probably have the brand-name recognition (and bricks-and-mortar shelf space) to soon dominate the market.  The Logitech Harmony IR Extender System works with your existing remotes, and comes with a compact IR receiver and an IR blaster with various tethered mini-blasters.

Nokia Booklet 3G gets video unboxing, reviewed

Nokia Booklet 3G gets video unboxing, reviewed

Having gone in sale in Europe this week, the initial reviews of the Nokia Booklet 3G netbook are beginning to show up.  The Wall Street Journal have shared their impressions of the 3G and GPS toting ultraportable, praising its battery life but immediately dampening their enthusiasm over what they describe as a "tiny keyboard".  Meanwhile Engadget Spanish are yet to review the Booklet 3G, but they have taken the time to unbox it.

Unboxing and hands-on videos after the cut

Albatron 42-inch multitouch display gets tested [Video]

Albatron 42-inch multitouch display gets tested [Video]

If you thought HP and Dell's Windows 7 compatible multitouch monitors were desk-dominating at 21.5-inches, go away and fetch a cold-compress.  Albatron have been working on their latest optical touch display, and it's a full 42-inch whopper promising 1080p resolution, multitouch and gesture support.  mobile+notebook grabbed some hands-on (literally) time with the behemoth.

Video demo after the cut

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HTC Diamond gets Android 1.6 in OS hack [Video]

HTC Diamond gets Android 1.6 in OS hack [Video]

It's taken them over 500 pages of hacking, but earnest tweakers over at xda-developers have managed to get Android 1.6 Donut running on the hitherto Windows Mobile 6.1 HTC Diamond.  The first-gen Diamond has a compact 2.8-inch resistive touchscreen running at VGA resolution, and the hacked Android ROM is reportedly responsive together with offering support for both WiFi and GPS.

Video demo after the cut

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eviGroup Pad gets video hands-on; Update: on sale now

eviGroup Pad gets video hands-on; Update: on sale now

Given how long it's taking eviGroup to push out their Wallet MID, we're quite surprised with how quickly they're working on getting their new 10.7-inch UMPC out of the door.  The eviGroup Pad has already had its first hands-on, courtesy of French site NowhereElse, who reckon the 1024 x 600 resistive touchscreen - even with a stylus - is responsive while Windows 7 runs reasonably on the 1.6GHz Atom processor.

Update: The Elite 3G version of the eviGroup Pad is on sale now for €599 plus €30 shipping ($932); they'll also sell you an OS-free version for €539 ($799).

Video demo after the cut

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The FrankenBook: A Creation that Cannot be Killed

The FrankenBook: A Creation that Cannot be Killed

Leading computer manufacturers along with Intel and Microsoft have inadvertently created a monster. And like Frankenstein, it is a monster they’d like to destroy. Although the industry’s hot-selling brainchild is physically quite small –perhaps more analogous to a gremlin in scale— with its small 10-inch screen, underpowered Intel Atom processor, cheaper version of Windows and under $400 price, netbooks are devouring corporate profit margins.

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Android 2.0 Eclair officially launches [Video]

Android 2.0 Eclair officially launches [Video]

Google have launched Android 2.0 Eclair, complete with SDK support for developers.  Key changes for the new version of the OS include multiple Google and Exchange account support, two-way contacts sync, the ability to pull in contacts from multiple accounts, the ability to switch methods of communication and accounts within threaded conversations, and a unified email inbox.  There's also new camera functionality, including macro focus and integrated flash support.

Video overview after the cut

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