Archive for Jan 25, 2010

Bird Electron Ezison 100 iPhone guitar is crying out for DIY remake

Bird Electron Ezison 100 iPhone guitar is crying out for DIY remake

Bad news first: only fifty of these handmade Bird Electron Ezison 100 iPhone guitar speakers are going to be made, and they cost around $290 each.  The good news is that they'd make for an awesome DIY project.  Intended to work with one of the various guitar apps available for the iPhone and iPod touch, the Ezison 100 has a 2W digital amp and runs off three AA batteries.

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T-Mobile to retire Sidekick; replace with myTouch Slide?

It's all unconfirmed right now, but according to a new tipster over at BGR T-Mobile are preparing to phase out Sidekick availability in the US.  The source - so far uncorroborated - reckons that the arrival of the T-Mobile myTouch Slide will coincide with the Sidekick being slowly removed from sale.

LG Serie 1 Retro Classic TV: mildly-modernized

LG Serie 1 Retro Classic TV: mildly-modernized

When does retro go too far?  We reckon this Korea-only LG Serie 1 Retro Classic TV is teetering on the edge, but we still love the idea of 4:3 14-inch CRT set with 60s-futuristic stylings.  Although it may look like a TV you could stumble across in a second-hand store, LG have squeezed a digital TV tuner, composite input and a proper remote control into the package, just in case you're feeling too lazy to twiddle the (working) knobs.

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AT&T iPhone exclusivity ends Wednesday?

Stripping iPhone exclusivity from one single carrier has already been shown to pay dividends - UK carrier Vodafone sold 100,000 iPhone 3GS handsets in their first week of sales, despite the handset having long been available from rival O2 - and now there's talk that AT&T will be next to lose their exclusive partner status.  Hot Hardware have apparently heard from an internal source at AT&T that the carrier will lose their iPhone exclusivity this coming Wednesday, though right now there's no confirmation as to which other US carriers might pick up the smartphone.

Panasonic R-Series Core i7 ultraportable debuts

Panasonic R-Series Core i7 ultraportable debuts

Panasonic Japan have outed their latest notebooks, and of the multiple models perhaps the most interesting is the Panasonic "Let's Note" R-Series CF-R9JWACDR.  Despite being a 10.4-inch XGA ultraportable the R9 packs an Intel Core i7-620UM vPro processor running at 1.06GHz, up to 4GB of DDR3 memory, and a choice of up to 500GB HDD or 128GB SSD.

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Leica MP Golden Camera dumps taste in honor of China

Leica MP Golden Camera dumps taste in honor of China

It's not often we get a tip suggesting "you may want to share this ugly camera with SlashGear readers", but having looked at Leica's MP Golden Camera Limited Edition [pdf link] we do reckon you should be warned.  Created to mark the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic of China, the gaudy Leica is lavishly coated with 24-carat gold and swaddled in Leica Red Box Calf leather; only sixty of them will be produced.

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T-Mobile USA HD2 gets memory boost; Euro model may miss WinMo7?

T-Mobile USA HD2 gets memory boost; Euro model may miss WinMo7?

US HTC HD2 owners could see their patience rewarded with boosted specifications when the Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone arrives on T-Mobile in March.  The official listing for the handset has gone live on HTC's site, and where the original European model packs a 512MB ROM and 448MB RAM, the US version will apparently get 1GB ROM and 576MB RAM.  That should mean the US-spec HD2 runs faster and has more room for onboard applications, as well as having longer-term implications for Windows Mobile 7 upgrades.

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Verizon Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus on sale now

Verizon Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus on sale now

The Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus have arrived for sale at Verizon Wireless' online store, and as expected they run to $149.99 for the Pre Plus and $99.99 for the Pixi Plus thanks to a $100 online discount.  Both webOS smartphones pack a few feature upgrades over their Sprint predecessors, with the Pixi Plus adding WiFi and the Pre Plus - as we discovered in our review last week - getting an improved keyboard, more memory and a MiFi-style 3G sharing app.

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UMID mbook BZ reviewed: better design but CPU shortcomings

UMID mbook BZ reviewed: better design but CPU shortcomings

UMID's mbook BZ (aka the mbook M2) promised to address the complaints MID-lovers had about the first-gen mbook M1, and that's exactly the challenge Jenn over at Pocketables has set it in her hands-on review.  The touchscreen clamshell now gets an optical mouse, standardized ports and a hinge that opens wider than before; problem is, the specifications haven't been boosted as well.

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AT&T Motorola MOTOSPLIT Android phone tipped

AT&T Motorola MOTOSPLIT Android phone tipped

Give it time and the pull-out-split-keyboard design keeps bubbling to the surface, less popular certainly than traditional sliders and clamshells but seemingly something every mobile device manufacturer simply has to try.  According to Engadget's tipsters, you're looking at a render of the Motorola MOTOSPLIT, set to arrive on AT&T's network in Q3 2010 bearing a distinctive split QWERTY keyboard design.

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Apple iPad tablet caught in app testing?

It almost seems churlish to throw out another Apple iPad tablet rumor so early on a Monday morning, but now even analytics companies are getting in on the hype machine. Flurry - who track app usage - have pushed out an excitable blog entry claiming to have spotted fifty prototype Apple devices accessing 200 different apps, with use beginning back in October but increasing dramatically this month. "Apple appears to be going through its cycle of testing and polish," reckons Peter Farago, Flurry's VP of marketing, "which is expected from any hardware or software company as it nears launch."

SlashGear Week in Review: Week 4 2010

SlashGear Week in Review: Week 4 2010

Another week has passed and brought with it lots of cool new gear and the requisite number of new Apple rumors. Welcome to this week's Week in Review. I suspect that the guys at Google who pick the names of the Android OS versions may have been dieting when they started to name Android updates after tasty treats. We learned that the next Android version may be called frozen yogurt. Doesn’t quite roll off the tongue.

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