Archive for Apr 28, 2010

HP: Investing Heavily in webOS R&D, Looking Into Tablets

HP: Investing Heavily in webOS R&D, Looking Into Tablets

We're still reeling from the news that Palm has just been bought by HP. It's a bold move by both companies, but one that we're sure is going to take off well. HP wanted to clarify their position on the purchase, along with shine a light on a few of the reasons why they thought buying the house that built webOS would be a good idea. To do that, they had Todd Bradley of HP take the reigns of a live webcast and go over some of the major points, along with some of the finer details. You can find a Q&A session after the break, which does a good job of bringing it all together.

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Clickfree C2N Review

Clickfree C2N Review

Backup - we've called it an ugly, boring chore before and it remains a necessary evil. We've also called Clickfree's products an ideal way to address that chore before too, and with their latest drive - the Clickfree C2N - the company reckon they've managed to make running backups on all your home or small office systems even more straightforward. At the risk of sounding like a bad X-Files plot, that's something we want to believe; check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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HP buy Palm for $1.2bn

HP buy Palm for $1.2bn

In a move that frankly none of us were expecting, HP have announced that they are buying Palm for $1.2bn.  Announced today, the deal will see HP produce devices using Palm's webOS platform; current Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein is "expected" to remain with the company.

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Sapphire Radeon HD 5970 TOXIC Edition Boasts 900MHz Clock Speeds

Sapphire Radeon HD 5970 TOXIC Edition Boasts 900MHz Clock Speeds

Customizing your computer can be a costly thing. Anyone who does it knows that. And, if you're a gamer, or someone who needs their computer to be the best on the planet, it can be downright ridiculous. Take, for example, the Sapphire Radeon HD 5970 TOXIC Edition, which is surely going to cost you somewhere in the ballpark of $700. But, at least it's the fastest video card on planet Earth. So, you get what you pay for.

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Polaroid Plans Leap Into Gaming Market With Accessories

Polaroid Plans Leap Into Gaming Market With Accessories

When you think gaming, you think Polaroid, right? Or, is that something else? Like cameras. Yeah, that's probably a bit more comfortable for most people. Well, get ready to get thrown right out of your comfort zone, because it looks like Polaroid is all set to turn things on their nose. With a few accessories in the works, Polaroid wants back into the gaming scene.

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AT&T Officially Displays Data Plans for iPad WiFi + 3G

AT&T Officially Displays Data Plans for iPad WiFi + 3G

By now, the data plans for the upcoming iPad WiFi + 3G model are pretty much common knowledge. But, we know how people can be without some kind of official verbiage, so AT&T has finally come forward and released their side of the story. Oh, it's the same story that Apple was telling, so don't get worried. It's still every bit as good as you thought it would be, even there are some little extras in store.

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Apple Buys Siri to Increase Competition with Google

Apple Buys Siri to Increase Competition with Google

There are a lot of applications available in the Apple iTunes App Store, so if you miss one or two there's probably no reason to feel bad. Whether the personal assistant application Siri falls into that category is better suited as a personal question, but if you were to ask Apple, it seems that missing that particular application may have been the wrong move Why? They liked it enough to buy the company behind it.

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DIY automatic ball balancing machine [Video]

DIY automatic ball balancing machine [Video]

Forget your Newton's Cradle or that squeezy stress toy; this might just be the best executive desk toy so far.  The handiwork of 0zimbra0, this simple square of wood is - thanks to a couple of servos, a webcam and our old friend the Arduino - capable of keeping a ball bearing either balanced or following continually moving patterns.

Video demo after the cut

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Why I like Kin

Why I like Kin

Recently, Microsoft unveiled a new mobile platform and two new devices built for it. It's called Kin and it's targeted at a younger demographic with a focus on social communication. It's also been one of the most controversial releases I've ever seen. Many folks who've weighed in on the topic weren't too impressed. They cite a lack of features ranging from a calendar to no support for third party applications, most notably games. I don't share those views (although I do think it's not a good idea for middle aged Microsoft executives to go with a shirt untucked and unshaven look while presenting) and I think Kin has a good chance of being successful in the marketplace. Here's why.

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iPhone HD expected at WWDC 2010: SlashGear will be liveblogging

iPhone HD expected at WWDC 2010: SlashGear will be liveblogging

So WWDC 2010 is fast approaching - June 7th we now know - and while developers may be concentrating on getting their apps up to speed with iPhone OS 4.0, the rest of us will be anticipating the debut of the iPhone HD.  The fourth-generation iPhone may have been unofficially previewed over the past few weeks, but we're confident that Steve Jobs & Co. will still have a few surprises in store.  While we'd love to stuff you all in our bags and take you in with us, we'll have to do the next best thing and run the traditional SlashGear liveblog at http://live.slashgear.com/.

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Chopper 2 for iPad uses iPhone as controller, HDTV for display [Video]

Chopper 2 for iPad uses iPhone as controller, HDTV for display [Video]

We've all seen Scrabble played on the iPad with iPhones used as tile racks, but Dave at Magic Jungle Software had more ambitious plans for his Apple tablet.  He hooked up an iPhone to act as a Bluetooth controller with his new - currently unreleased - game Chopper 2, then going on to connect the iPad itself up to a 42-inch HDTV via the composite adapter.

Video demos after the cut

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