Archive for Mar 30, 2010

iPad clone wraps Android in Apple UI

iPad clone wraps Android in Apple UI

We've seen iPad-esque tablets coming out of China before now, but this one doesn't stop at form-factor or touchscreen: it even dresses up Android in an iPad skin.  Shanzhai don't know the specific manufacturer who made this particular homage, but apparently it runs a 600MHz ARM SoC chipset with a 10-inch touchscreen.

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ASUS 2010 notebook lineup detailed: Core i7, NVIDIA Optimus & Fermi 400-series graphics?

ASUS 2010 notebook lineup detailed: Core i7, NVIDIA Optimus & Fermi 400-series graphics?

If you're in the mood for a new ASUS laptop, set aside half a day or so to go through the company's upcoming models.  Notebook Review forum member - and patient soul - David grabbed ASUS' latest brochure and went to work snipping out photos and spec sheets of what's just around the corner.  Many of the laptops have already been announced, or at least have some partial specifications attached, but there are some gems in there too.

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Leica USA: analog cameras less than 5% of sales

Leica USA: analog cameras less than 5% of sales

With the ease of use and flexibility of digital cameras, how many film-based snappers do you think are still sold?  We don't have figures from across the industry, but according to Leica USA president Roger Horn, less than 5-percent of his company's cameras sold in the US are analog.  Meanwhile Leica UK's managing director, David Bell, reckons that film cameras account for around 6-percent of the company's M-series.

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PS3 custom firmware promised to bypass “Other OS” v3.21 limitation

PS3 custom firmware promised to bypass “Other OS” v3.21 limitation

After Sony's somewhat bizarre "security" related decision to block Other OS installation on the original PS3 consoles with the next scheduled firmware update, hacker George Hotz - who some believe prompted Sony's move, after he publicly admitted to having hacked the console back in January 2010 - has promised a lifeline for console owners.  His advice is to avoid installing the PS3 firmware v3.21 due on April 1st, and instead wait for an alternative flashing app of his own design.

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KDDI Toshiba IS02 (aka TG02) hits Japan in June

KDDI Toshiba IS02 (aka TG02) hits Japan in June

It's not just Sharp's new IS01 that's arriving in Japan sometime this year; carrier KDDI has also announced that it will be offering the Toshiba TG02 as the KDDI Toshiba IS02.  First launched at Mobile World Congress last month, the IS02 is a Windows Mobile 6.5.3 smartphone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 4.1-inch OLED touchscreen; unlike the GSM/UMTS versions demonstrated in Barcelona, however, the KDDI phone will have EVDO Rev.A.

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iPad EULA tips free 3.x & 4.x firmware updates; iPhone OS 3.2 SDK released

iPad EULA tips free 3.x & 4.x firmware updates; iPhone OS 3.2 SDK released

Apple have begun to distribute the iPhone OS 3.2 SDK, complete with final (aka "Golden Master") support for the iPad, as well as a number of new iPad-related files on their developer site.  The new offerings include a firmware build for the iPad - build 7B367 - and the End User Licence Agreement for Apple's software.  Buried into this latter file are apparent details as to how Apple will be managing future iPad software updates, and the good news is that, rather than an iPod touch-like paid model, it seems the tablet should (at least initially) get free firmware boosts.

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