Archive for March, 2010

Apple iPad Tutorial Videos Launched on Apple’s Site

Apple iPad Tutorial Videos Launched on Apple’s Site

With only five days left, we can imagine that most of you out there are excited that you can count down the time left before you get your very own iPad on one hand. We understand the sentiment, and we realize that with these tutorial videos published today by Apple, it's probably not going to get any easier for you. But, that doesn't mean you shouldn't watch them. After all, when you open the box and finally get to play with it, don't you want to feel like an expert?

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ARM Mali 200 GPU gets Canvas touchscreen demo [Video]

ARM Mali 200 GPU gets Canvas touchscreen demo [Video]

We're yet to see ARM's Mali 200 GPU show up in commercial devices, but judging from this video demo by NetbookNews filmed at GDC 2010 the smartphone chipset has plenty of promise.  Intended for mobile and embedded devices, but here demonstrated on a huge multitouch-touchscreen, ARM's chipset supports OpenGL ES 2.0 acceleration which is put to good use with their home-grown Canvas app.

Video demo after the cut

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TomTom add lifetime maps/traffic to $200+ PNDs

TomTom add lifetime maps/traffic to $200+ PNDs

One of the more compelling aspects of a smartphone-based PND app that uses online mapping data is that you don't need to worry so much about the maps going stale; as long as the provider is on the ball, they can update their servers and you'll spend less time accidentally trying to turn the wrong direction up one-way streets.  Now TomTom are fighting back, with a new deal for certain PND models in their TomTom XL and TomTom XXL ranges that will deliver lifetime map and traffic updates.

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Black Edition HTC Desire hits Orange UK late April

Black Edition HTC Desire hits Orange UK late April

Remember the black version of the HTC Desire spotted on Amazon earlier this month?  At the time we wondered if it was just a copy and paste job from the HTC 2010 roadmap that we saw leaked earlier in the year, back when the smartphone was known as the HTC Bravo, but now it turns out the color variant will be getting a commercial release.  Orange UK spokesperson Connor Maples has tweeted that the carrier will have "an exclusive Black Edition" of the Desire from the end of April.

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DaVinci Audio Labs UniSon MK II turntable: heavy build, heavy price

DaVinci Audio Labs UniSon MK II turntable: heavy build, heavy price

Still listening to vinyl?  Got some spare cash lying around, or a credit card you don't mind maxing out?  Have some suitably reinforced shelves?  Then head on over to DaVinci Audio Labs, whose new UniSon MK II turntable promises to scythe out noise or vibration from your audio pleasure, separating the motor and its control unit from the platter, and coming in at a massive 160lbs.

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Nokia N8 confirmed in N8-00 XML file

Nokia N8 confirmed in N8-00 XML file

Follow this link and you'll get to lots and lots of text, but before you close the tab and move on to shinier, prettier things, check out exactly what that text is seemingly referring to.  The document, hosted on Nokia's site, is apparently an XML file for the Nokia N8, the high-end smartphone tipped to arrive sometime this year.  According to the document - which refers to the N8 by its presumed prototype name, the N8-00, the handset will have an nHD display and run Symbian^3.

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iPhone 4th-Gen LCD/digitizer leaks on video?

iPhone 4th-Gen LCD/digitizer leaks on video?

There's something about supposedly-leaked iPhone HD components that make us instantly suspicious, so forgive us if we seem unnaturally sceptical of this purported fourth-generation iPhone display.  Spotted on a video from SmartPhoneMedia, who claim to have received the component from a "very reliable source", the display is slightly longer than the current iPhone 3GS panel but also narrower.

Video after the cut

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HTC Desire Review

HTC Desire Review

The HTC Desire is the company's second-strike in what they hope will be a one-two sucker punch for the Android competition. Following on from the excellent HTC Legend, the Desire borrows plenty from Google's Nexus One but packages it with HTC Sense for arguably better out-of-the-box usability. It makes for a tricky argument, however; HTC manufacture both smartphones, and have been accused by some of purposefully building the Desire to a price by snipping away at the spec sheet. We've got two questions, then: is the HTC Desire any good, and does it hold its own against the Google Nexus One? To find out, check the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Apple detail iPad launch: 9am April 3rd & in Best Buy too

Apple detail iPad launch: 9am April 3rd & in Best Buy too

The iPad preorders are already shipping out, and now Apple has clarified exactly what you can expect if you'd rather pick up the tablet in-store after playing with it a little first.  All of Apple's US stores will apparently have stock of the iPad for walk-in customers, and will open at 9am on Saturday April 3rd.  Meanwhile Apple has also confirmed that "most" Best Buy stores will carry the iPad too.

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