Archive for January, 2010

DIY Dell Mini 9 netbook keyboard light

DIY Dell Mini 9 netbook keyboard light

One of the frustrating things about netbooks is that, because they're cheap, you usually miss out on premium features like backlit keyboards.  Of course, because they're cheap owners often feel happier with the idea of opening up and generally hacking them, and that's just what My Dell Mini forum member vrg3 did to his netbook.  Wanting to still be able to type while in the dark, he drilled a hole for a white LED up by the A90's webcam, which is toggled on and off via the Ctrl key.

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Nokia to Apple: We’re “biggest mobile company by far”

Nokia to Apple: We’re “biggest mobile company by far”

One of Steve Jobs' more controversial claims during the iPad keynote referred to Apple's position in the mobile device rankings.  Apple are, Jobs reckoned, "the largest mobile devices company in the world", just as long as you take into account every mobile device they produce: not just iPhones, but MacBooks too.  That made them bigger than Nokia, and unsurprisingly the Finnish company aren't especially happy about that.

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Jobs: iPad ebook price parity with Kindle is coming [Video]

Jobs: iPad ebook price parity with Kindle is coming [Video]

Everyone's favorite bearded-tech-uncle Walt Mossberg caught up with Apple CEO Steve Jobs in the warm afterglow of the iPad launch earlier this week, and pestered him about ebook pricing and battery life in comparison to the Amazon Kindle.  Asked why Apple were pricing ebooks through their new iBooks app were $14.99, compared to the Kindle's $9.99, Jobs said that "that would change", pointing to publishers unhappy with Amazon.

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Google Chrome OS tablet rumors reignite

Google Chrome OS tablet rumors reignite

In these tablet-charged times, it doesn't take much to start a touchscreen rumor running.  Google's Senior Product Manager of Search, Anders Sandholm, found that out yesterday, when questioned about Google Chrome OS and the possibility of a touchscreen device running the web-centric platform.  Sandholm reportedly fumbled about for a tactically answer, settling on "I can't... I mean... right now we are targeting netbooks, that's what we're focused on, but I expect it to work well... we expect it to target everything up to desktop computers."

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Mitsubishi unveils massive 149-inch OLED display

Mitsubishi unveils massive 149-inch OLED display

I like the idea behind OLED TVs with better colors, thinner profiles, and less power needed to run the things. I am not a big fan of the massive price premium that is placed on most OLED sets right now. We have for the most part only seen smaller screen OLED displays on the market, but that is changing.

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Mobiado unveils boxy 712ZAF mobile phone

Mobiado unveils boxy 712ZAF mobile phone

We have seen lots of handsets over the years that are aimed at the rich. This type of handset usually lacks the features that we common folk expect on phones like comfort and functionality. Handsets for the uber-rich are typically more concerned with bling and fancy metals than usability.

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Diego-san is creepiest robot ever

Diego-san is creepiest robot ever

Robots creep me out. I blame it on my dad letting me watch Saturn 3 when I was a kid. I had nightmares about Hector for weeks after that. Researchers from the Machines Perception Laboratory have unveiled a baby robot that is called Diego-san that looks like the love child of a female terminator and Hector.

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NVIDIA Tegra 2 to go big time

NVIDIA Tegra 2 to go big time

The original NVIDIA Tegra SOC made it into several devices over its lifespan including popular gadgets like the Zune HD. NVIDIA has a follow-up to the Tegra that is set to hit soon that brings new capability and more performance to the SOC platform called Tegra 2 that was seen at CES.

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