Archive for April, 2010

Microsoft Kin ROMs tip AT&T, T-Mobile & other carrier support

Microsoft Kin ROMs tip AT&T, T-Mobile & other carrier support

Microsoft were upfront about their plans to launch their new Kin One and Kin Two featurephones not only on Verizon in the US but on Vodafone in Europe, but it looks like multiple other carriers are also in line for the QWERTY handsets.  According to ROM-tinkerer Conflipper, and his excavations through system provisioning files pulled from an early Kin OS build, AT&T, T-Mobile, Fido and various European carriers are all listed.

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iPad WiFi + 3G preorders now shipping

iPad WiFi + 3G preorders now shipping

With Apple's iPad WiFi + 3G models going on sale in-store this Friday, April 30th, it's little surprise that online preorder customers are now being alerted that their tablets have been shipped.  9to5Mac are among those to receive the shipping update, and while Fedex themselves are only quoting a "late April" delivery, Apple has previously said that buyers should expect it to arrive at some point on Friday.

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Nokia C2 split-keyboard phone leaks

Nokia C2 split-keyboard phone leaks

Nokia are no strangers to split-QWERTY keyboards, but while the old E70 went with a flip design, this mockup of what's tipped to be the Nokia C2 has a more unusual rotating display.  According to information obtained by Ciao Mondo, the C2's screen section flips to the side to reveal the second half of the keyboard; still, this would be an entry-level device so we probably shouldn't expect anything too dramatic when it comes to functionality.

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Pixel Qi 3qi display mass production soon; wide-angle version in fall

Pixel Qi 3qi display mass production soon; wide-angle version in fall

Pixel Qi has given an update on the status of their low-power displays, and the biggest news is that they're finally ramping up to mass production.  According to project lead Mary Lou Jepsen, several manufacturers are involved in producing the panels, and there is "strong demand" from multiple unnamed "higher volume customers".  Meanwhile new versions of the multi-mode screens are also in the pipeline.

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JooJoo gets European launch; new software imminent to address early critique

JooJoo gets European launch; new software imminent to address early critique

Would-be JooJoo buyers in Europe can now order Fusion Garage's web-slate, with the company's online store being updated to offer international shipping.  The tablet - which is priced at $499 in the US - comes in at £319 ($486) in the UK and €359 ($474) in mainland Europe.  Meanwhile, according to the new Fusion Garage blog, sales have increased as the JooJoo proves it's not vaporware, while the company accepts that they've handled some things poorly and promises a fast-approaching software update.

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Garmin-Asus A10 Android smartphone targets pedestrians

Garmin-Asus A10 Android smartphone targets pedestrians

Garmin-Asus have announced their latest smartphone, the Garmin-Asus nuvifone A10, a new Android-based handset which is apparently optimized for pedestrian navigation.  The A10 has a 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen supporting multitouch, 5-megapixel camera, GPS and comes preloaded with mapping data and - optionally - cityXplorer guides to public transit systems.

While the marketing for the A10 is being targeted at those traveling on foot, automobile users aren't left behind either.  In the box there's a powered audio mount for the A10, with a loudspeaker for more audible voice navigation prompts.  Meanwhile there's also the usual bevy of Android apps together with Microsoft Exchange support and access to the Android Market.

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Wi-Fi Sync gets speed demo, optionally disables iTunes backup [Video]

Wi-Fi Sync gets speed demo, optionally disables iTunes backup [Video]

After the positive reaction to the first demo video of Wi-Fi Sync - which promises to cut the cable between your iPhone, iPod or iPad and iTunes - app author Greg Hughes is back with a new video that demonstrates what sort of speed you can expect.  Obviously synchronizing over WiFi is going to be slower than via USB, but as the video shows, transferring a few new music tracks isn't an especially arduous task.

Video demo after the cut

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Sony VAIO Ultra Mobile device “coming soon”

Sony VAIO Ultra Mobile device “coming soon”

Sony Japan have kicked off a teaser campaign for a "VAIO New Ultra Mobile" that's apparently imminently ready for announcement.  No details on the device itself are given, though there's a cryptic paperclip included on the teaser banner that some are suggesting might be a reference to clipping papers in a tablet-style manner, or alternatively might represent some sort of multi-folding device.

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