Archive for Dec 30, 2009

The Tragedy of One Laptop Per Child

The Tragedy of One Laptop Per Child

It didn't come as much as a surprise, but the good folks working on the One Laptop Per Child Project announced that the that the OLPC XO-2 concept had been shelved and in what appears to be bowing to the hype of tablet form factors, they've announced the new XO-3. Yawn. Feels like we've been here before and you know why? It's because we have.

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Windows Phone getting Xbox LIVE integration tips Microsoft job ad

Windows Phone getting Xbox LIVE integration tips Microsoft job ad

Microsoft have tipped their hand for upcoming integration between Xbox LIVE and Windows Mobile, after a job listing was spotted for a "principal program manager" responsible for "bringing Xbox LIVE enabled games to Windows Mobile".  While there are no specifics - and it seems unlikely, given the state of current smartphone performance, that we'll see Xbox 360 titles ported to Microsoft's smartphones any time soon - the initial push appears to be bringing avatars, IM chatting and profile browsing to mobile devices.

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DIY Android Doll and Rovio dog-costume: when geeks get crafty

DIY Android Doll and Rovio dog-costume: when geeks get crafty

We're not sure what it is about geeks, sewing kits and the holiday season, but bizarre DIY efforts seem to proliferate at this time of the year.  Over at Recombu they're sharing a stuffed Android doll tutorial, which shows you how to make your very own smartphone desk-stand in the shape of the Android logo, while an enterprising modder over at RoboCommunity has whipped up a dog-costume for his WowWee Rovio.

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AT&T LG eXpo pico-projector accessory imminent?

AT&T LG eXpo pico-projector accessory imminent?

Could AT&T be ramping up to begin shipping the pico-projector accessory for the LG eXpo?  The smartphone went on sale December 7th, and is currently sold-out at AT&T's online store, but buyers have been left waiting for the optional snap-on projector; however at least one reviewer over at Geek Zone has received their sample unit.

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Nokia Image Space adds Augmented Reality for S60

Nokia Image Space adds Augmented Reality for S60

Augmented Reality isn't just for the iPhone or Android; Nokia Beta Labs have updated their Image Space app to include internet data overlaid onto a real-world view through a cellphone's camera.  Nokia Image Space allows you to upload photos to a large, collaborative gallery which maps them geographically; when there are enough images of a landmark, the system automatically creates a 3D view which can be browsed from the desktop.  With this new update, you can now encounter photos - whether yours or others - when you approach the geographical location they were shot.

Video demo after the cut

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Verizon Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus apparently confirmed

Verizon Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus apparently confirmed

Having seen what looked to be FCC approval for a version of the Palm Pixi - called the Palm Pixi Plus - with WiFi b/g along with EVDO Rev.A, there's now talk that both it and a Palm Pre Plus will be headed to Verizon Wireless.  According to BGR's tipsters, the two CDMA handsets will both run webOS 1.3.5 rather than anything newer, which seems to suggest a launch would be sooner rather than later.

ASUS Eee PC 1001P with Atom N450 arrives Jan 6

ASUS Eee PC 1001P with Atom N450 arrives Jan 6

The arrival of Pine Trail looks to have re-energized ASUS into their old, netbook churning ways, with another 10.1-inch machine using the Atom N450 processor.  Available for preorder from Amazon Germany, the ASUS Eee PC 1001P keeps the Seashell styling of its predecessors, and aside from the CPU change things are pretty much on a par with last-gen netbooks.

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Google Nexus One $180 with contract tips leaked purchase page

Google Nexus One $180 with contract tips leaked purchase page

Today's Google Nexus One rumors really add some meat to the bones of the Android 2.1 smartphone, and with the upcoming "media gathering" - which SlashGear will be attending to bring you back all the juicy details - just a week away we've finally got some solid pricing details.  Both Gizmodo and Engadget have been sent leaked screenshots from what their respective tipsters claim to be the Google.com/phone sales page, suggesting a $530 unsubsidized price or - if you're willing to sign up to a two-year agreement with T-Mobile; more plan details after the cut - a subsidized $180.

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Onyx Boox 60 eReader hits US with Dulin’s Books

Onyx Boox 60 eReader hits US with Dulin’s Books

Back in May 2009 the Boox eReader was first spied on video. The thing has a 6-inch screen and at the time wasn't available in the US. If you are looking for another alternative in the ever growing eReader market, you will soon have it.

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Innergie mCube Mini is world’s smallest laptop charger for auto and air use

Innergie mCube Mini is world’s smallest laptop charger for auto and air use

Anyone who spends a lot of time in the air for business knows that keeping their notebook charged up can be challenging. The same goes for the business user who spends lots of time on the road in a car. To be productive you need a computer that works.

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A-DATA unveils N002 USB 3.0/SATA II dual interface flash drive

A-DATA unveils N002 USB 3.0/SATA II dual interface flash drive

With USB 3.0 on the horizon we are starting to see lots of gear show up that supports the new interface. We may not see native Intel USB 3.0 chipsets in 2010, but we will see lots of add-in cards and peripherals show up next year and a bunch of them will be seen first at CES 2010.

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O2 to spend hundreds of millions of pounds to fix network

O2 to spend hundreds of millions of pounds to fix network

The iPhone is one of the best smartphones around and has the most prolific users of the internet of any smartphone. If you listen to AT&T, the iPhone user is the reason that its network is so shoddy and over taxed in many areas.

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