Archive for November, 2009

Inbrics Android MID promised for US launch

Inbrics Android MID promised for US launch

Android-based MIDs aren't particularly rare - the allure of a free OS has already tempted many a manufacturer - but it's unusual to find one actually destined to the US.  Inbrics' Android MID is one such rarity; the company have announced that not only will they be bringing the ARM Cortex A8 based touchscreen slider to CES in January, they'll also be releasing it in the US in 2010.

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Verizon Wireless offers up killer Gateway netbook deal for Black Friday

Verizon Wireless offers up killer Gateway netbook deal for Black Friday

It's hard to miss the fact that this Friday is Black Friday. The day many people rush out to stores when they would normally still be asleep to get deals on items of all sorts for Christmas gifts. Many of the best deals are on technology items like notebooks, HDTVs, and Blu-ray players. Verizon Wireless has announced a killer deal on a netbook with mobile broadband coverage.

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Emblaze First ELSE struts new UI in video demo

Emblaze First ELSE struts new UI in video demo

Still curious about the First ELSE smartphone and its nifty user-interface?  Various videos of the handset in action have emerged, including a five minute UI demo from the ELSE's launch in London this week.  The handset is based on the Access Linux Platform 3.0, onto the open-source underpinnings of which designers Emblaze Mobile built the sPlay menu system, which is intended to be navigated via the right-hand thumb.

Rather than digging through numerous menus and pop-up boxes, sPlay aims to keep a consistent UI throughout the ELSE handset.  We touched upon its more headline-grabbing functionality yesterday - the phone will record voice calls and store them along with records of when the call was made, and there are GPS-linked contextual reminders which flag up alerts whenever you’re near a preset position, for instance a shopping list while you’re near a supermarket - but Emblaze are planning an app store and building up to an SDK release for more functionality.

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Industri Repro XBEE reworks Xbox 360 for your A/V rack

Industri Repro XBEE reworks Xbox 360 for your A/V rack

Microsoft's Xbox 360 certainly has the media capabilities to earn itself a place underneath your HDTV or in your A/V rack, but the curvy casing doesn't exactly blend in with other such equipment.  Swedish modders Industri Repro have taken that into their own hands, crafting a custom aluminum replacement chassis called the XBEE (XB Elegant Edition) that's the width of a regular DVD player.  They've also stuffed some extra cooling in there, to hopefully avoid the infamous red-ring-of-death.

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Blobo squeezy wireless controller passes FCC [Video]

Blobo squeezy wireless controller passes FCC [Video]

We're not entirely sure that the PC gaming world has been crying out for a squeezable controller that looks like the scooped-out eyeball of some sort of lizard, but that doesn't mean there isn't a company looking to fill that unidentified niche.  The Blobo hooks up via Bluetooth and then responds to squeezing, moving and general fondling; the lucky guys at the FCC have already been playing with it.

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