Archive for February, 2010

Symbian^4 UI video demos emerge: 12 months of hard work ahead

Symbian^4 UI video demos emerge: 12 months of hard work ahead

Remember how interesting Symbian's concept video for a future smartphone UI was?  And how it partially delivered on some of that with the first Symbian^4 UI design mock-ups?  When it comes to revolution, the only one we're really seeing is a downward spiral; the latest video demos of Symbian^4 confirm the new, flexible desktop widgets, but nothing about it feels exciting or segment-changing.

Video demos after the cut

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BlackBerry slider: touchscreen, WiFi-N & HSPA?

BlackBerry slider: touchscreen, WiFi-N & HSPA?

The talk of a BlackBerry slider smartphone continues to bubble, and BGR's sources reckon they have some fresh information on the matter.  The in-development device is apparently a portrait-orientation slider, more similar to the Palm Pre in form-factor than it is to the more common side-sliding QWERTY handsets, and it's likely to have a touchscreen along with the pull-out 'board.  In fact the source reckons this particular BlackBerry is what the ongoing Magnum/Dakota project - which paired a keyboard, touchscreen and optical joystick - evolved into.

That would leave the unnamed new device as pretty much a BlackBerry Storm 9520 with a slide-up keyboard similar to the BlackBerry Bold.  Other specs include WiFi 802.11n - "100% support" insists the source - and a 360 x 480 display.  Software is expected to be BlackBerry OS 6.0, and - best of all - this isn't going to be a Verizon exclusive; RIM's first slider will be a GSM/HSPA device.

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Dell Mini 10 Performance Plus Package adds Broadcom Crystal HD & bigger battery

Dell Mini 10 Performance Plus Package adds Broadcom Crystal HD & bigger battery

Dell have finally added the Broadcom Crystal HD card option to their Inspiron Mini 10 netbook, as part of the new Performance Plus Package.  The upgrade not only adds the HD video decoder chip - which allows the Mini 10 to play 1080p video, something the Atom N450/GMA 3150 pairing can't, on their own, manage - but a higher resolution 1,366 x 768 10.1-inch display.

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Twitter LED table project mixes Bluetooth, IKEA & awesome

Twitter LED table project mixes Bluetooth, IKEA & awesome

We've a soft-spot for odd Twitter-enabled devices - anything that lets us follow the SlashGear tweets in unusual ways has to be a good thing - and so Macetech's Twitter end-table, which also throws in some multi-color LED action, is proving particularly appealing.  The project builds on their previous LED table, an IKEA coffee table wired up with 81 RGB lights in a 9x9 grid, adding in a Bluetooth Arduino shield for wireless connection to a nearby MacBook Pro.

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AMD hexacore “Thuban” CPUs getting April 26th launch?

AMD hexacore “Thuban” CPUs getting April 26th launch?

AMD's hexacore "Thuban" processor range, the so-called AMD Phenom II X6, could make a surprise appearance at CeBIT 2010 next week, ahead of a full launch on April 26th.  That's the word from OCWorkbench, whose sources also go on to suggest that AMD are working on a rival system to Intel's Turbo Boost, which will allow the CPU to disable select cores and overclock those remaining active for bursts of speed.

Corsair Reactor and Nova SSDs outed

Corsair Reactor and Nova SSDs outed

Corsair have outed two new SSD ranges, the Reactor and Nova series.  The Corsair Reactor drives, available in 60GB (up to 250MB/s read and 110MB/s write) and 120GB (up to 250MB/s read and 170MB/s write) capacities, while the Corsair Nova drives come in 64GB (up to 270MB/s read and 130MB/s write) and 128GB (up to 270MB/s read and 190MB/s write) capacities.

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Entourage eDGe early preorders shipping now; everyone else can wait until March

Entourage eDGe early preorders shipping now; everyone else can wait until March

Entourage's dual-display eDGe ereader went up for pre-order a while back, but if you didn't get in there early you shouldn't expect to see your device until sometime in March 2010.  According to the company, anyone who pre-ordered the eDGe before January 12th will have their ereader ship this week, and Entourage have also revealed a few more details about what sort of user experience - specifically battery runtimes - owners can expect.

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Dell Mini 5 first of “a family of tablets”

Dell Mini 5 first of “a family of tablets”

Dell's Mini 5 is just the first tablet the company are planning to release, and the Apple iPad is basically their target.  That's the message from Neeraj Choubey, general manager of Dell's tablet division, who has confirmed that the Mini 5 will be one of "a family of tablets", and he's also suggested that the company is working with carriers to push for low-cost data package plans similar to what Apple has negotiated.

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