Archive for November, 2009

Android 1.6 phones get Google Maps Navigation beta

Android 1.6 phones get Google Maps Navigation beta

Google has obviously tired of waiting for handset manufacturers to push out Android 2.0 to existing handsets before users can play with the Google Maps Navigation beta, and as such has released the turn-by-turn software for Android 1.6 devices.  Available now in the Android Market, Google Maps Navigation for Android 1.6 delivers the same topographical layers, voice guidance and automatic rerouting as we found so useful on the Motorola DROID.

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Astak 5″ EZ Reader Pocket PRO Review

Astak 5″ EZ Reader Pocket PRO Review

The ebook reader market has steadily segmented into two niches: the entry-level, non wireless devices and the generally store-affiliated, connectivity-stuffed models. Astak's EZ Reader falls resolutely into the former category, a compact tablet with a 5-inch E Ink display and basic functionality. Amid the Kindles and Nooks of the world is there room for the EZ Reader? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Hack-a-Sketch takes classic toy digital [Video]

Hack-a-Sketch takes classic toy digital [Video]

Electronic versions of the classic Etch-a-Sketch aren't particularly unusual, but so far this is the first time we've seen Arduino-controlled knobs with physical resistance and a proper shake-to-clear integrated into such a project.  The Hack-a-Sketch takes a Lenovo ThinkPad laptop and adds the usual two Etch-a-Sketch rotary knobs; this time, though, they're hooked up to two potentiometers which control the onscreen drawing.

Video demo after the cut

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Honda Bicycle Simulator injects road-safety fun into gaming

Honda Bicycle Simulator injects road-safety fun into gaming

Honda's slightly bizarre attitude toward personal mobility has given us an hybrid car, an exoskeleton to strap your granny into and a gyroscope-packed Segway-alternative; however if you'd rather stay indoors, then their latest simulator might do the trick.  The Honda Bicycle Simulator is intended to allow would-be cyclists to "safely experiencing the possible risks bicycle riders may face" in the hope that they then don't end up under a juggernaut.

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Google Chrome OS and Android “will likely converge” says Sergey Brin

Google Chrome OS and Android “will likely converge” says Sergey Brin

Back in July, Google's execs were grudgingly agreeing that Google Chrome OS and Android have "a great deal of commonality" and "may merge even closer."  Now co-founder Sergey Brin has further stoked that speculation, telling reporters after last week's Chrome OS reveal that "Android and Chrome will likely converge over time".  Brin pointed to the common Linux and Webkit browser code as existing points of convergence in the two open-source platforms.

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HP Pavilion DM1 gets reviewed: decent battery but cramped keyboard

HP Pavilion DM1 gets reviewed: decent battery but cramped keyboard

HP's Pavilion DM1 is still yet to show up for pre-order on the company's US site (though the support pages are full of information) but that hasn't stopped Netbooked from grabbing one of the 11.6-inch ultraportables for review.  They reckon the DM1 "fares decently" among its peers, though they're not impressed by the amount of screen flex on show (you can press the trackpad buttons by pushing down on the edge of the lid when closed).

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Nokia Booklet 3G review

Nokia Booklet 3G review

While many scoffed at the idea of Nokia building a netbook, the idea does have its share of merits. After all, the Finnish company knows a few things about eking out runtimes from compact batteries, and with netbooks being perhaps the most likely of computing devices to be in search of mobile connectivity, stuffing them with the sort of wireless access your high-end Nokia boasts certainly makes sense. Throw in eye-catching design and you're onto a winner, right? Unfortunately, we've found the Nokia Booklet 3G falls short in other areas; check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Data Robotics unveil new Drobo S and DroboElite backup systems

Data Robotics unveil new Drobo S and DroboElite backup systems

Data Robotics have doubled their range of so-called intelligent backup systems with the launch of two new models, the Drobo S and the DroboElite.  The Drobo S takes the original four-bay Drobo and adds in not only an extra drive bay but an eSATA port and enhanced FireWire 800 performance, meaning that the backup system now boasts hardware redundancy against up to two simultaneous hard-drive failures.  Meanwhile the DroboElite has a full eight drive bays and dual iSCSI ports and is, unsurprisingly, targeted at small and medium businesses who want 16TB or more of backup space.

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