Archive for Mar 30, 2010

Energy Star approve gas-powered alarm clock in covert government inquiry

Energy Star approve gas-powered alarm clock in covert government inquiry

Energy Star - just one more army in the fight to green our gadgets, right?  Turns out, according to the US Government Accountability Office, Energy Star is "for the most part a self-certification program vulnerable to fraud and abuse"; they set up twenty fake products - including websites to go along with them - and sent them in to Energy Star to be certified.  Fifteen were accepted, including "a gas-powered alarm clock".

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Western Digital Scorpio Blue 750GB notebook drive outed

Western Digital Scorpio Blue 750GB notebook drive outed

Hot on the heels of Toshiba's double-platter 750GB 2.5-inch hard-drive comes Western Digital's retort, the WD Scorpio Blue 750GB.  Intended for notebooks, the 3Gb/s SATA drive spins at 5,400rpm and has 8MB of cache; Western Digital are also pushing their WhisperDrive technology that, they claim, reduces both noise and power consumption.

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HTC Diamond2 gets Android 2.1 with HTC Sense [Video]

HTC Diamond2 gets Android 2.1 with HTC Sense [Video]

Last time we saw Android running on a previously Windows Mobile device, it was the HTC Touch Pro2 and the Android 2.1 ROM from the Google Nexus One.  This time around it's the turn of the HTC Touch Diamond2, and the Android 2.1 ROM from the HTC Legend, which means as well as all that Google goodness there are lashings of HTC Sense, too.

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Folding laptop concept rips off all sorts of logos

Folding laptop concept rips off all sorts of logos

A long time ago before smartphones were the norm many geeks carried around a PDA and if you really wanted to type on the thing you got yourself a folding keyboard too. The folding laptop concept at Yanko Design reminds me of the keyboard I had for my Palm PDA.

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Toshiba reveals new Canvio 1TB pocketsize external HDD

Toshiba reveals new Canvio 1TB pocketsize external HDD

Toshiba is a big name in the electronics world with all sorts of devices from cameras to computers and storage products. The company has filled out its storage line a bit more with the introduction of the Canvio portable hard drive this week.

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Garmin unveils new Forerunner 110 GPS for runners

Garmin unveils new Forerunner 110 GPS for runners

Garmin has GPS devices for just about every need from boating to driving, walking and running. Garmin has unveiled its latest GPS device for runners called the Forerunner 110. The new 110 was unveiled to get ready for major marathons according to Garmin.

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Panasonic unveils new Vieira D2 Series 6 IPS LCD panel LCD HDTVs in Japan

Panasonic unveils new Vieira D2 Series 6 IPS LCD panel LCD HDTVs in Japan

Panasonic has announced a new line of LCD HDTVs that are in Japan that use IPS LCD panels. The new sets are in the Vieira D2 series 6 line and include multiple screen sizes to choose from ranging from 19-inch to 42-inches.

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Nokia Bots promises autonomous smartphone learning [Video]

Nokia Bots promises autonomous smartphone learning [Video]

Last year I bemoaned the state of social networking on mobile devices, and suggested that smartphone software should focus more on intelligently offering up contextually-appropriate information than merely replicating the desktop experience.  At the time, I pointed to some ongoing research at Nokia Research called the Linked Internet UI Concept, which promised to learn from your use and attention and thus better serve up news on your friends and colleagues.  We're yet to see any public release of that concept, but Nokia Research have pushed out what could be the first step toward it: Nokia Bots.

Video demo after the cut

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Microvision announces PicoP laser display engine for mobile embedded devices

Microvision announces PicoP laser display engine for mobile embedded devices

Microvision is the company behind that cool Show WX pico laser projector that went up for sale in early March. The company has announced that it has completed the design for a new PicoP laser display engine for embedded mobile applications.

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Sling working on higher resolution streaming for iPad

Sling working on higher resolution streaming for iPad

One of the apps that iPhone users wanted the most was Sling Player so they could watch TV shows and other content right on the iPhone. With the iPad coming many are wondering exactly what Sling has in store for SlingPlayer Mobile on the iPad.

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Boingo WiFi will support iPad from day one

Boingo WiFi will support iPad from day one

If you are waiting anxiously for that iPad you pre-ordered weeks ago to turn up at your door this weekend, you are not alone. Most of the people who buy the iPad will opt for the WiFi only version rather than the 3G version. That doesn't mean that the WiFi version users won’t want to access the internet on the go from time to time.

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Cox Communications to air Masters golf tournament in 3D

Cox Communications to air Masters golf tournament in 3D

Back in the middle of the month, I mentioned that Comcast was going to air the first 3D broadcast it had ever offered with the Masters golf tournament in 3D for its viewers. Cox Communications didn’t want to be left out of the 3D broadcast action and has announced that it will offer the golf tournament in 3D.

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