Archive for November, 2009

ASUS Eee PC 1201T dumps Atom for AMD Congo

ASUS Eee PC 1201T dumps Atom for AMD Congo

ASUS have pushed out another 12.1-inch ultrathin, and this time they've eschewed Intel in favor of some AMD goodness.  Unlike the 1201HA and 1201N, the ASUS Eee PC 1201T uses AMD's 1.6GHz Congo MV40 processor, along with the RS780MN chipset and ATI Radeon HD3200 graphics; that adds up to 1080p Full HD performance, though it doesn't appear from the spec sheets that ASUS have fitted an HDMI port to the 1201T.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 48 2009

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 48 2009

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and weren't too shopped out yesterday! If you still have shopping to do for Christmas, we have some seen some cool gear over the last week that might be worth a look. The Sony Ericsson Kurara has been reviewed and the verdict is that the device needs to be cheap to succeed. We reviewed the Nokia Booklet 3G this week. The final verdict was that the machine is underpowered and outperformed by first generation netbooks.

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Give A Little Bit… Of Tech

Give A Little Bit… Of Tech

“Wow! So you just pull two fingers apart on the screen to zoom in on the site?” This was my mother’s reaction last week to seeing the power of pinch-to-zoom on her new iPhone 3GS. Yes, just last week my mother, a successful business woman but a technophobe at heart, discovered that the iPhone has a little thing called multitouch! You know, that small feature that made Apple’s first phone go down in cellphone history.  And her amazement didn’t stop there; she was blown away by every phone feature from the Notes application’s “cute” handwriting font to the “cool” animation of the trash can that sucks down messages like a “garbage disposal.”

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SlashGear Sleek Audio Giveaway!

SlashGear Sleek Audio Giveaway!

We're big fans of Sleek Audio here at SlashGear, and with the launch of the SA1 earphones the company's range is even more accessible than before. To celebrate the new SA1's Sleek Audio have given us two sets to give away to SlashGear readers, and they've also thrown in a grand prize of an SA6 W-1 wireless bundle - comprising a pair of SA6 earphones and the lossless Kleer Audio wireless system - too. Check out how you can win after the cut.

Should Nokia Abandon Symbian S60 for Maemo Linux?

Should Nokia Abandon Symbian S60 for Maemo Linux?

Nokia has a problem: it is both the largest handset vendor in the world, by a significant margin, and the largest smartphone vendor in the world – again, by a significant margin. Yet it has never managed to crack the U.S. smartphone market, and it has begun losing market share even in its European strongholds, primarily to Apple, though RIM, Samsung, and HTC are also threats. Nokia admits that it was caught sleeping while Apple first redefined the mobile user experience with the iPhone, and then again when Apple reenergized app development with the App Store. Nokia’s initial response has been lackluster: adapting its existing Symbian S60 OS to support touch, applying that to a few phones (the 5800 and the N97), and stumbling in its initial launch of the Ovi Store.

Technics axe 1200 and 1210 turntables

Technics axe 1200 and 1210 turntables

The digital juggernaut continues its mindless destruction of analog classics, with the latest brand to throw in the towel being venerable club favorite Technics.  Manufacturing parent Panasonic has apparently issued a statement blaming "low sales globally in analogue turntables" for the demise of the Technics 1200 and 1210 decks, which it will cease producing in February 2010.

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Dash Cam Dually twin-camera keeps an eye on accidents

Dash Cam Dually twin-camera keeps an eye on accidents

Cameras intended to be permanently mounted inside a car and used to record evidence of crashes aren't exactly common, at least as far as we're aware, so it comes as something of a surprise to find the Dash Cam Dually described as "the final answer to all car cameras".  Ridiculous name aside, the DCD has two 1.3-megapixel cameras and is packed with GPS, a digital compass and a shock-sensor, and automatically records what's going on inside and outside the vehicle in the case of a collision.

There are also four infrared LEDs used to illuminate nighttime scenes, and everything is recorded to an SD card complete with time/date logs, speed, location and other details.

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Bliptronic 5000 synth is monome on a budget [Video]

Bliptronic 5000 synth is monome on a budget [Video]

Devices like Yamaha's Tenori-On or the monome are great, but their pricing is definitely out of the "casual treat" range and well into "serious investment".  Stepping into the fray to sate your button-led retro synth whimsy needs, therefore, comes the $49.99 Bliptronic 5000, a battery-powered 8-bit synth that makes pattern-based music creation indecently straightforward.

Video demo after the cut

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