TomTom is one of the biggest names in GPS and navigation devices for cars and other uses. The company offers a myriad of GPS solutions with different features and screen sizes to meet different needs and budgets. TomTom has announced a new special edition of the XXL 540S that we first saw back in September called the World Traveler Edition.
One of the new technologies that I am most looking forward to is USB 3.0. I have an external hard drive that I back my computer up to and it takes forever over a USB 2.0 connection. With USB 3.0, the deed can be completed much faster. OCZ and Symwave have announced that they have teamed up to create a new USB 3.0 external storage solution.
If you are the type that jumps out of bed before the sun is up the Friday after Thanksgiving to go shopping, you might want to make one of your first stops Best Buy. Best Buy has lots of deals Friday, but one of the best in the store is going to be on the HP G60-507DX laptop.
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.
Gaming PCs are on the Christmas wish list for lots of gaming geeks this holiday season. Boutique gaming PC manufacture iBuyPower has unveiled five new gaming machines that will be offered exclusively through Newegg.com.
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.
iriver's Story has been simmering away in Korea for a few months now, but so far just how good an ebook reader it is has been a mystery. The Register have been playing with the Story and reckon its actually a white slab of alright, actually: they rate its battery life and decent audio player, though they needed a firmware update to get the best out of it.
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.
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.
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.