Archive for Feb 23, 2010

Nokia N97 experience “a tremendous disappointment” admits exec [Video]

Nokia N97 experience “a tremendous disappointment” admits exec [Video]

The Nokia N97 was not, to be blunt, the darling device the geeks among us were hoping for.  Suffering from a sizeable delay between initial announcement and availability, together with poor release firmware, it generally ditched in reviews.  Speaking candidly at MWC 2010 last week, Nokia's EVP of markets, Anssi Vanjoki, admitted that "the N97 was a tremendous disappointment in terms of the experience quality for the consumer".  Check out the video interview after the cut.

Casio EX-10HG hybrid-GPS digicam coming October for $400

Casio EX-10HG hybrid-GPS digicam coming October for $400

Casio's concept GPS-enabled camera, shown at CES 2010 last month, has been given a release schedule and estimated price tag.  Photography Bay have been pestering Casio for details at PMA 2010, and the company have confirmed that the Casio EX-10HG is expected to go on sale in October this year, costing around $400.

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Acer ebook reader plans shelved over segment uncertainty

Acer ebook reader plans shelved over segment uncertainty

Acer have apparently shelved their ebook reader plans, with company chairman Wang Jeng-tang telling reporters that the ereader market was not yet big enough and that a proven business model had still not been finalized by the industry as a whole.  Earlier this year, Acer had announced plans to release a 6-inch ereader - based on an E Ink e-paper panel - by the end of June 2010.

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DIY Barbot uses breast-milk pumps [Video]

DIY Barbot uses breast-milk pumps [Video]

Ah, the future.  Tinfoil suits, robots that make us drinks.  It may not yet be socially-acceptable to wrap yourself in aluminum foil and roam the streets, but with a little DIY work - and three breast-milk pumps - you can certainly create the automatic barbot of your dreams.

Video demo after the cut

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Microsoft uPad wireless charging system spotted in wild

Microsoft uPad wireless charging system spotted in wild

Microsoft have been developing a dual-sided wireless charging pad for peripherals, that would both offer inductive charging and a compact external display for system updates and alerts.  News of the project first emerged when a Microsoft patent application was spotted, but a real-world prototype - called the Microsoft uPad - dating back to at least March 2009 soon broke cover.

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Sony compact Alpha DSLR concept test-bed for new snap-on lens system?

Sony compact Alpha DSLR concept test-bed for new snap-on lens system?

Sony's new concept "interchangeable lens compact camera" for PMA 2010 this week may be catching glances for its small body size and possible indication that the company are planning a jump into the Micro Four Thirds market, but according to Amateur Photographer the really interesting part might be the lens mount itself.  They were closely watching Masashi Imamura, Sony's President of Personal Imaging and Sound Business Group at the company's press launch, and he removed the re-attached the concept Alpha DSLR's lens with none of the usual twisting.

Apple job listing tips “new platforms” for iPhone OS

Apple job listing tips “new platforms” for iPhone OS

A new job listing from Apple has prompted speculation that the iPad isn't going to be the last new platform to run iPhone OS.  The advert - for an Engineering Manager in the Core Platform team - asks for "a talented and inspired manager to lead a team focused on bring-up of iPhone OS on new platforms"

Core i7 boost for Lenovo ThinkPad X201, X201s, X201t, W701 and W701ds notebooks

Core i7 boost for Lenovo ThinkPad X201, X201s, X201t, W701 and W701ds notebooks

We've been expecting a Lenovo refresh for a while now, and the company haven't disappointed.  Today they've announced new models at both ends of the portability spectrum, squeezing Intel Core i7 processors into the ThinkPad W701 and W701ds (dual-screen) 17-inch mobile workstations, as well as into the ThinkPad X201, X201s and X201t ultraportables.

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Moblic E7 WiMAX MID of mystery

Moblic E7 WiMAX MID of mystery

One of the best things about MWC 2010 is that you can come across completely unexpected devices quite by accident.  Moblic were discretely showing off their E7 WiMAX MID, with a sliding form-factor, QWERTY keyboard, 4-inch WVGA touchscreen and gaming controls.  According to Carrypad, people at the booth didn't know too much about the MID itself - even the identity of the 600MHz processor is a mystery.

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Vudu online movie service acquired by Wal-Mart

Vudu online movie service acquired by Wal-Mart

The word’s out today from the NY Times that that Wal-Mart is set to acquire Vudu, the online movie streaming service in an acquisition set to be worth approximately $100 million.  Additional information and the full press release can be found after the break.

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Best Buy confirms $99 Motorola Devour for Feb 25th, reprices Moto Droid/HTC Eris

Best Buy confirms $99 Motorola Devour for Feb 25th, reprices Moto Droid/HTC Eris

After first being confirmed for $99, then afterwards being confirmed for $149, Best Buy has finally reconfirmed pricing back at $99 for the Motorola Devour via its official Facebook page, and will be available starting this Thursday, February 25th.

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Nvidia Geforce GTX 480/470 official launch date in March

Nvidia Geforce GTX 480/470 official launch date in March

Nvidia has just moments ago announced the official launch date of its Fermi-based Geforce GTX 480 and GTX 470 graphics cards; both are set to be introduced on March 26th.  Nvidia again broadcasted the launch date via a tweet; earlier this month, they also used Twitter to announce the official model names of GTX 480 and GTX 470.

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