Archive for March, 2010

Cowon J3 AMOLED PMP gets official

Cowon J3 AMOLED PMP gets official

Cowon's reputation for strong audio performance and well-constructed PMPs has left us eagerly anticipating the company's new J3 mediaplayer, and while we've still to listen to the end result, from a style point of view the J3 certainly packs a punch.  Fresh to Cowon's site, the J3 has a 3.3-inch 16m color AMOLED touchscreen, Bluetooth 2.0 (with A2DP support), T-DMB and a TV-out connection, together with a microSD card slot and their own JetEffect 3.0 and BBE+ DSP.

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Sony PS3 firmware v3.21 strips “Other OS” functionality

Sony PS3 firmware v3.21 strips “Other OS” functionality

Sony have announced a new PS3 firmware update, but while most users generally look forward to such events, v3.21 is likely to cause Sony no end of headaches.  That's because, rather than add in functionality, PS3 firmware v3.21 seems only intended to remove the ability to install other OSes to the console.  Sony have described the move - which will impact versions of the PS3 prior to the current PS3 Slim model - as prompted by "security concerns", though fail to detail exactly what those concerns might be.  It's a decision that some believe is connected to geohot's hacking of the PS3 back in January 2010.

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Interpark Biscuit 3G ereader hits Korea

Interpark Biscuit 3G ereader hits Korea

Another week, another oddly named ebook reader.  Korean shopping heavyweight Interpark have announced their own entrant to the ereader market, in the shape of Biscuit.  Similar to the Amazon Kindle, though with a distinctive keyboard layout that moves the core navigation buttons to below the display rather than their more common edge positions, the Biscuit includes 3G connectivity for mobile downloads of ebooks and newspapers.

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Google: “We share revenue on search, not on mobile apps”

Google: “We share revenue on search, not on mobile apps”

Have Google been attempting to lure in carrier support by offering a slice of their in-app advertising revenue?  According to the company's spokesperson, despite rumors to the contrary last week, network operators only ever see a portion of ad revenue on search results, not from Google-branded apps like Gmail.  In fact, the deal is just the same whether the handset runs Android or another OS.

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HTC HD2 Windows Phone 7 ROM gets video demos

HTC HD2 Windows Phone 7 ROM gets video demos

Microsoft's confirmation that the HTC HD2 wouldn't be eligible for an official Windows Phone 7 upgrade certainly put a dampener on expectations of what's still the best Windows Mobile device around.  Of course, it also lit a fire under the developer community to come up with an unofficial WP7 ROM for the HD2, and sure enough - with devices running the full OS not expected until toward the end of 2010 - you'll soon be able to load an almost fully functional build of the new platform onto your HD2.

The hack is the handiwork of a team of Russian tinkerers over at htcpedia, who have managed to get the WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth all working and pretty much everything else.  Still causing issues, however, are the graphics drivers, and the device is showing some unwanted lag.  We're guessing work is being done on optimizing the code for the HD2, and that lag should get brought down.

Video demos after the cut

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Apple iPad preorders now shipping

Apple iPad preorders now shipping

Anyone looking for some good news to wake up to on a Monday morning could do worse than a shipping notice for their pre-order iPad.  We're seeing multiple reports on Twitter that Apple have begun sending out the WiFi version of the iPad in advance of its April 3rd debut.  The presumption is that Apple have - as with the iPhone before it - negotiated fixed delivery dates with their courier, so customers probably shouldn't expect to see their iPad a few days early.

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