Archive for December, 2009

Happy Holidays from SlashGear!

Happy Holidays from SlashGear!

It's December 24th, and the SlashGear team are taking a break to spend some time with friends and family; we'll also be rubbing our hands together, wondering what shiny gadgets might be waiting under the tree.  We'd like to wish all of our readers a very Happy Holidays and all the best this festive season! 

We'll be back on December 28th bringing you the latest and greatest in consumer electronics, so until then enjoy the break and maybe let us know what tech you're hoping to unwrap over the next few days.

For DIYers and PC Gamers, GIGABYTE System Builder released by Futuremark

For DIYers and PC Gamers, GIGABYTE System Builder released by Futuremark

Most shoppers for a new PC face the dilemma of deciding how much to spend (especially in this economy) and what type of performance they should expect in return.  Known for its performance analysis software and services( for PCs and smartphones such as the the 3DMark benchmark suite), Futuremark, is attempting take the strenuous guesswork out of the process of purchasing a PC with the System Builder by Gigabyte online tool.

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Transparentius road view system by Art Lebedev – a lifesaver concept?

Transparentius road view system by Art Lebedev – a lifesaver concept?

Renowned for innovative and out-of-this-world design behind products in the vein of the Optimus Maximus OLED-based keyboard, design house Art Lebedev Studio has come up with a new road safety concept dubbed the Transparentius.  How does it work?  It’s implemented by essentially delivering and projecting images from a video signal taken from the camera system in the front of a truck to the back door panels.

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LG PRADA 3 to use Android; headed to Sprint in 2010?

LG PRADA 3 to use Android; headed to Sprint in 2010?

Mark this down as a definite vague rumor for the moment, but there's talk that LG's next PRADA cellphone might adopt the Android OS.  The so-called PRADA 3 is expected to have a QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen, and it's also been suggested that US carrier Sprint will be offering the device.  If so, it would make this particular luxury smartphone the first carrying the PRADA name to use CDMA rather than a GSM radio.

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When Less is Sold as More

When Less is Sold as More

I recently dined at a fancy restaurant here in NY with some friends and was surprised at the rather miniscule portions that were served. "Less is more" I was told and in this case it proved to be correct. Less was definitely more if we were talking about price. In terms of filling, however, less was most certainly, well, less. Fortunately there are also cheap, late night burger joints where more is just more.

This experience comes to mind as I'm looking at a new phone from Sony Ericsson called the Xperia Pureness, that takes a page from the "less is more" playbook. The phone sells in the US at places such as Saks Fifth Avenue for $990 US. Yes, that's not a typo, this is a $990 phone. As Sony Ericsson puts it "In an increasingly complex world, an innovative phone is honed down to the essentials. Xperia Pureness is free from excessive features, leaving an exceptionally simplified mobile experience. Talk. Text. Time." Yep, the theme of the Pureness is "talk.text.time" and when SE says that, they mean it pretty literally.

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