Archive for Feb 25, 2010

HTC Incredible glimpsed in Verizon’s inventory system, coming March?

HTC Incredible glimpsed in Verizon’s inventory system, coming March?

Earlier this month we caught a look of the incredibly red HTC Incredible, ostensibly heading to Verizon’s network as its first HTC handset with Android 2.1 onboard.  The Incredible has now been revealed to be in Verizon’s inventory system, and corroborates some of the earlier specs that were leaked.

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Flash 10.1 may not kill Android battery life [Video]

Flash 10.1 may not kill Android battery life [Video]

Adobe Flash evangelist Mark Doherty has revealed some stats and a video that Flash 10.1 may not have such a huge power consumption effect on the Nexus One.

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Apple hits 10 billion downloads with iTunes, still going strong

Apple hits 10 billion downloads with iTunes, still going strong

Despite recent pricing controversies, the iTunes Store has already hit the 10 billion song download mark, making Steve Jobs look even better despite the iPad fiasco, as well as broadcasting the potential of digital distribution.

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Philips SoundSphere with free-floating tweeters

Philips SoundSphere with free-floating tweeters

Philips is heading into the hi-fi game, with its new SoundSphere home stereo lineup.  The MCi900 and MCD900, will both set sail with two speakers, 100 watts of ample amplification, and “free floating” tweeters that are physically outside of the speaker enclosure, for better acoustics.

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Bloom Energy to revolutionize renewable power

Bloom Energy to revolutionize renewable power

Today, Bloom Energy launched its first technology, the Energy Server, which employs stacks of solid oxide fuel cells to convert air, as well as sources as “unclean” as fossil fuels, into usable electricity.

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Synology DS710+ NAS Review

Synology DS710+ NAS Review

Synology have made a name for themselves in the network-attached storage segment for sturdy hardware, comprehensive software and decent performance, the the company are hoping to deliver all three once again with the DiskStation DS710+. A dual-drive RAID array with some ambitious throughput promises, the DS710+ also gets a fairly premium price tag too; check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Microsoft sub-$30 BlueTrack mice debut

Microsoft sub-$30 BlueTrack mice debut

Microsoft have pushed out three new computer mice, each of which uses its BlueTrack tracking system, but at a budget price.  The Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 and Wireless Mouse 2000 are, as the names suggest, cable-free, while the Comfort Mouse 4500 is Microsoft's first wired BlueTrack mouse.  All three are under $30.

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Apple “Explicit” App Store category spotted

Apple “Explicit” App Store category spotted

After the ongoing arguments about Apple's decision to yank titillating applications from the App Store, it now looks like the Cupertino company have a new category in mind to corral anything with a vaguely adult theme.  Cult of Mac heard from a developer that a new category has been added to iTunesConnect, the system through which new software is submitted for inclusion in the download store, called "Explicit".

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Creative Zii building steam? New 3G Dev board & peripherals; Android support by March

Creative Zii building steam? New 3G Dev board & peripherals; Android support by March

Creative have been talking up their Zii platform for quite some time now - the HD-capable system first showed up at CES 2009, and then more recently sprouted a smartphone reference design in December last year - but beyond the initial developer device there's little to show from the whole project.  Over at epiZENter, however, they've spotted what could be some movement: the Creative site has gained a few new peripherals, including a development kit supporting 3G modules, and an insider has tipped Android customization for Zii as being on track for a March 2010 completion.

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Buzz-kill

Buzz-kill

Recently Google entered the world of social media with their own service called Buzz. Buzz put Google directly in the real-time and social spaces, combined with a strong mobile component. Their approach is tied directly into Gmail on the desktop with a mobile website, and integration into various flavors of Google Maps. It would seem like a no-brainer and a success. Except I stopped using it almost immediately. Here's why.

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Olympus PEN E-PL1 on sale now for $600

Olympus PEN E-PL1 on sale now for $600

Olympus' PEN E-PL1 "budget" Micro Four Thirds camera - announced earlier this month after a reasonably bizarre teaser campaign - is now on sale in the US.  The 12.3-megapixel camera is priced at $599.99 from Amazon, including a 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 digital zoom lens.

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Flash 10.1 Beta 3 adds GMA 500 netbook GPU support

Flash 10.1 Beta 3 adds GMA 500 netbook GPU support

Adobe have pushed out Flash 10.1 Beta 3, and the most interesting change is the introduction of GMA 500 GPU support.  This means support for the graphics found in many netbooks, which previously would have trouble playing smooth 720p HD video.

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