Archive for January, 2010

Hang on, where’s iPhone OS 4.0?

Hang on, where’s iPhone OS 4.0?

Many of the iPad rumors we heard in the run-up to yesterday's launch turned out to be false - OLED displays, dual cameras and solar panels all come to mind - but one of the suggestions that had sounded reasonably believable was that the tablet would run iPhone OS 4.0. Last we heard, tipsters suggested that Apple had been sitting on the launch of the updated platform since it contained too many mentions of the iPad, something that would tip developers (and thus the press) that the nigh-legendary tablet was on its way.

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Smartbook legal nonsense: Qualcomm reply

Smartbook legal nonsense: Qualcomm reply

Remember our odd partial-fax from the legal beagles of Germany firm Smartbook AG earlier this month?  The company had made a name for itself by attempting to dissuade bloggers and news sources - sometimes with threats of legal action - from using the term "smartbook", claiming it holds the trademark and would aggressively protect it from misuse.  We asked Qualcomm if they had anything to say on the matter, and their legal team has given us a statement.  Apparently, Smartbook AG haven't been quite as upfront as they might have been, and in fact the German courts have given them a spanking of their own over misrepresentation of their restraining order.

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Acer Aspire Z5600 Review – Multi-touch capable All-in-one PC

Acer Aspire Z5600 Review – Multi-touch capable All-in-one PC

Windows 7 touchscreen PCs are slowly growing in number, but the all-in-ones we've generally seen have used notebook components rather than desktop ones. That makes for a more compact machine, certainly, but it does mean you miss out on processing power. Acer's Aspire Z5600, however, packs a full desktop CPU along with a 23-inch multitouch-capable display, and the company sent us over their first review unit to see how well it performs.

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Euro HTC HD2 “hidden” RAM matches newer US-spec model?

Euro HTC HD2 “hidden” RAM matches newer US-spec model?

Color us confused on this one, but there's controversy broiling over exactly how much RAM the original HTC HD2 has.  Coming on the heels of HTC USA's revelation that the T-Mobile US version of the HD2 will have 576MB of RAM compared to the European model's 448MB, the suggestion is that HTC purposefully hid 128MB of RAM on the initial model.  That's compounded by a purported leaked ROM from T-Mobile's handset, which some users have reported "unlocks" the hidden memory.

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Apple iPad A4 CPU detailed

Apple iPad A4 CPU detailed

There was so much information offered yesterday when the iPad was unveiled by Apple that it was a bit overwhelming. One of the key items of the iPad that didn’t get as much talk time on stage as some of the other features was the Apple A4 processor. The one thing that Apple was specific on was that the processor was its own silicon.

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Belkin unveils Vue, Max, and Grip iPad sleeves

Belkin unveils Vue, Max, and Grip iPad sleeves

Certainly some of the biggest tech news this year has been the official unveiling of the iPad by Apple yesterday. The device looks pretty darn cool to me, though some complain the iPad didn’t live up to the hype. As you can imagine with any new product coming from Apple, the accessories are coming in force as well.

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Robotic arm for iRobot Create is cool

Robotic arm for iRobot Create is cool

Geeks and robots go together like peanut butter and jelly and anytime we see some cool DIY robotics, you know we have to point it out. The basis for this robotic project is the iRobot Create and the people behind the project have created a robotic arm that can pick stuff up from the floor and hand it to people without them having to bend down.

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