Archive for May 31, 2010

ASUS Eee Pad EP101TC, EP121 and Eee Tablet get official

ASUS Eee Pad EP101TC, EP121 and Eee Tablet get official

Computex 2010 doesn't kick off in earnest until tomorrow, but a few of the big name exhibitors have snuck in ahead with some early press conferences today.  ASUS are first out of the gate with their iPad competition, and they're taking a three-pronged approach: the ASUS Eee Pad will be available in 10-inch (EP101TC) and 12-inch (EP121) variants, and offer Windows Embedded Compact 7 and Windows 7 Home Premium respectively, while the ASUS Eee Tablet is a monochrome digital notebook, packing 2,450dpi touchscreen input sensitivity and targeted at note-takers like students.

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Why every living room needs a PC

Why every living room needs a PC

I spend an inordinate amount of time in my living room. Part of that time is spent watching television. When I'm not watching some of my favorite shows, I'm probably reviewing video games. But there's something else that I have in my living room that I wouldn't go without: a PC.

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Skype for iPhone gets 3G VoIP; subscription fee from September

Skype for iPhone gets 3G VoIP; subscription fee from September

Skype have updated their iPhone app to v2.0.0 [iTunes link], which now supports Skype-to-Skype VoIP calls over a 3G connection.  According to Skype, the functionality - which routes voice calls over the data network, rather than using your regular carrier minutes - will be "free until at least end of August 2010"; after that point, they will be charging "a small monthly fee" for the service.

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Samsung Wave Unboxing and Hands-on [video]

Samsung Wave Unboxing and Hands-on [video]

Samsung's first bada phone, the Samsung Wave S8500, has landed on our desk, and we're still not quite certain whether the new OS has a future in the mobile market. Designed to bridge the (fast-shrinking) gap between feature-phones and smartphones, bada is envisaged as the Samsung's way to corner a new generation of handset upgraders tempted by the flexibility of a full smartphone but shy of either their price, complexity or both. Read on for our Samsung Wave S8500 unboxing and some first-impressions.

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Amazon Kindle to Slim Down This Summer, Add Sharper Display

Amazon Kindle to Slim Down This Summer, Add Sharper Display

As the iPad flies off the shelf globally now, it would seem that Amazon would need to get on the ball about offering some kind of new Kindle here soon. Even if their software eReader is already on the Apple tablet, and heading to Android soon enough, new hardware always speaks volumes to new customers. According to some sources speaking with Bloomberg, it looks like Amazon is getting ready to unveil a new Kindle. And it may be shedding a few pounds for the Summer season.

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HTC EVO 4G video calls free insist Qik; subscription covers “premium features”

HTC EVO 4G video calls free insist Qik; subscription covers “premium features”

Qik have clarified pricing details for their upcoming HTC EVO 4G video call app, after a leaked document last week suggested that the functionality would be subject to a $4.99 monthly subscription.  According to the company, basic two-way video calls will be free for EVO 4G users; their subscription fee will be for a new package of "advanced premium features."

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Has the iPad killed tablet innovation?

Has the iPad killed tablet innovation?

How foolish I've been. Five months ago I wrote that tablets had come of age, and even sifted my way through the line-up cherry picking what must-have features would make for the perfect device. A month later, in the afterglow - or should that be aftermath? - of the iPad announcement, I marvelled that, while Apple's slate wouldn't necessarily satisfy every user, there was nonetheless plenty of choice on the horizon for those given a taste for tableteering. Our analyst contributors wisely told me not to count my touchscreen chickens before they'd hatched onto the market, but I wouldn't listen. I thought the iPad's arrival would rejuvenate the tablet segment, but all it seems to have done is killed off any attempt at innovation.

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Lenovo U1 Hybrid & Skylight OS Smartbook Axed in Favor of Android

Lenovo U1 Hybrid & Skylight OS Smartbook Axed in Favor of Android

It actually hasn't been that long since Lenovo promised us, and everyone else for that matter, that the U1 Hybrid and Skylight Smartbook featuring Skylight OS was still coming. Not that long at all. But, all good things must come to an end, and in all honesty, if it means that something better could be coming along, well, we're all for it. Today, Lenovo has officially pronounced the two promising platforms and pieces of hardware tech dead before arrival.

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Realease Shogo Tablet is 10 Inches of Developer Goodness

Realease Shogo Tablet is 10 Inches of Developer Goodness

You might've looked at that title a few times, thinking we made a typo. Well, we didn't. Realease (real-ease) have just pulled the curtain off a brand new 10-inch tablet that runs on Linux, and is predominantly designed for all the developers out there that would like a more mobile way to design things. It's got a few options to make any tablet fan out there happy, so let's just dig right into it.

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Polk Atrium Garden Speakers Are Expensive Ways to Listen to Music Outdoors

Polk Atrium Garden Speakers Are Expensive Ways to Listen to Music Outdoors

Polk's name is pretty much synonymous with home audio, and that probably has something to do with the fact that their equipment, while pretty high quality, also comes with a high price tag. Can't get away from it, we imagine. Either way, the company's got a new range of speakers for the outdoorsman in you (and we mean your backyard, for the record), and as you might imagine, they aren't cheap.

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