Archive for February, 2010

Philips GoGear Connect Android 2.1 PMP/PND

Philips GoGear Connect Android 2.1 PMP/PND

Philips have revealed their plans to take on the PMP and PND markets in one fell swoop, with the upcoming Philips GoGear Connect.  An Android 2.1 based device, with a touchscreen and trackball, the GoGear Connect will not have integrated cellular connectivity - it won't replace your smartphone - but it will be able to tether via Bluetooth or hook up to a WiFi hotspot.

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Astri MyID dual-display ebook reader gets video demo; $130-$150 price predicted

Astri MyID dual-display ebook reader gets video demo; $130-$150 price predicted

Astri's MyID dual-screen ebook reader made a discrete debut at CES 2010 last month, offering the E Ink/LCD touchscreen flexibility of an Entourage eDGe only in a far smaller form-factor.  Ebook reader fanatic Nate Hoffelder grabbed some hands-on time recently with the latest MyID prototype, and his feedback is actually pretty good; navigation is straightforward and the hardware is obviously more portable than the eDGe.  It's also got the potential to be much cheaper, too.

Video demo after the cut

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Neonode zForce Pad multitouch platform eyes 5-13 inch MIDs/Tablets

Neonode zForce Pad multitouch platform eyes 5-13 inch MIDs/Tablets

Neonode may not have made the splash they hoped for with their cellphone range, but they seem to be on something of a roll with their touchscreen platform.  Only a few weeks after the launch of their zBook budget ebook touchscreen range, the company have announced the zForce Pad platform, a range of low-cost widescreen touchscreen panels spanning 5- to 13-inches and intended for MID, tablet and other ultraportable devices.

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ARM/GlobalFoundries 28nm SoC promises 40% power boost, double standby time

ARM/GlobalFoundries 28nm SoC promises 40% power boost, double standby time

ARM and GlobalFoundries have spilled some details on their latest system-on-a-chip (SoC), based on an ARM Cortex-A9 processor and promising a boost in both battery life and performance.  In fact, the two companies reckon systems using the chip will see a 40-percent increase in computing performance, while power consumption will be 30-less and standby times doubled.

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Viliv S10 Blade gets listed: multitouch, SSD and HSPA

Viliv S10 Blade gets listed: multitouch, SSD and HSPA

Viliv's S10 Blade, the company's 10.1-inch convertible touchscreen netbook, has finally gone up for preorder.  The good folk at import specialists Dynamism are listing seven SKUs of the netbook; the basic S10 Blade comes with Windows XP, a 60GB HDD and 1.6GHz Atom Z530 processor (and thus lacks OS multitouch support), but after that it's Windows 7 all round and a choice of 32GB or 64GB SSDs.

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