Archive for May 28, 2010

Gigabyte M1125 convertible incoming with Intel Core i-Series CPU

Gigabyte M1125 convertible incoming with Intel Core i-Series CPU

With Computex 2010 kicking off next week, Gigabyte have spilled the beans on some of what we can expect to see.  Among the motherboards - catering both for Intel and AMD's newest hexacore processors - there's a new GV-R587SO-1GD graphics card based on ATI's Radeon HD 5870 GPU.  However, we're most interested in the Gigabyte M1125, spotted in a thumbnail on Gigabyte's site and detailed over at SemiAccurate, an 11.6-inch convertible touchscreen notebook packing a processor from Intel's Core i-Series.

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Acer Aspire One 533 leaks with optional Bluetooth 3.0

Acer Aspire One 533 leaks with optional Bluetooth 3.0

News of a new Acer netbook has emerged, the Acer Aspire One 533, and it looks to be an Intel Atom version of the AMD-powered Aspire One 522.  According to macles' sources, the chrome-lashed AO533 has a choice of Atom N455 and N475 processors together with DDR3 memory support, helping eke out battery life to an estimated 10hrs.

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RAmos W7 Android MID ships, gets played with in China

RAmos W7 Android MID ships, gets played with in China

It's been a long time since we first saw the RAmos W7 Android MID, but the distinctive chromed device is finally shipping.  Based around a 4.8-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, a 600MHz Rockchip RK2808 processor and 8GB of storage, the really surprising part is the price: the W7 is apparently on sale in China for just 999 Yuan ($146).

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SlingPlayer Mobile for Android hands-on [Video]

SlingPlayer Mobile for Android hands-on [Video]

Sling Media have released a brief demo of their new SlingPlayer Android client, but we fancied a better play and so managed to grab a copy of the beta for ourselves.  Loaded up on a Nexus One, the control process was just as straightforward on the Google phone's 3.7-inch display as it looks on the EVO 4G's 4.3-inch screen; picture quality is decent, and while there are a lot of on-screen controls - since they're basically recreating your full set-top box remote in the mobile client - after a little use it's all reasonably familiar.  More first impressions - and a demo video - after the cut.

Video demo after the cut

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VIA reveal sub-$150 Android tablets: prepare to be underwhelmed?

VIA reveal sub-$150 Android tablets: prepare to be underwhelmed?

Remember VIA's promise of $100 to $150 Android tablets storming the market in the second half of this year and generally giving us all a good reason to forget the iPad?  The company has tipped their hand ahead of Computex next month, with a new gallery of the different devices, and if you're expecting iPad-style gloss then, well, think again.

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$5 Qik video call surcharge for HTC EVO 4G revealed

$5 Qik video call surcharge for HTC EVO 4G revealed

Sprint's mandatory $10 per month WiMAX surcharge on top of the basic HTC EVO 4G package was enough to get us mildly miffed in our review of the Android 2.1 smartphone, but word that we users might be expected to pay extra for Qik video calling has us even more disappointed.  According to a leaked document passed to AndroidGuys, Qik video chat functionality will be a $4.99 per month subscription, made via PayPal rather than via Sprint's regular monthly bill.

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UK iBookstore shelves filled for iPad readers

UK iBookstore shelves filled for iPad readers

Having made its international debut earlier this week, only with nothing but out-of-copyright titles to choose from, Apple's iBookstore has now started to fill up with more modern fare.  Coinciding, unsurprisingly, with the international launch of the iPad, the UK iBookstore now has titles from Bernard Cornwell, Tony Parsons and Malcolm Gladwell, among many others.

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Skype Android app with video chat due in 2010

Skype Android app with video chat due in 2010

Skype have apparently tipped their plans for an incoming Android video chat app, which - unlike the current Verizon-only version of their mobile software - will be freely available regardless of carrier.  According to Skatter Tech, the Skype team are looking particularly at the HTC EVO 4G, since that's one of the few Android handsets with a front-facing video camera.

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International iPad goes on sale

International iPad goes on sale

It's Friday, May 28th, and that means it's international iPad day.  Queues were already forming outside Apple stores yesterday, while preorder customers started to receive their online orders a day early (or, alternatively, make thousands of complaints to couriers).

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Motorola and Verizon Wireless Launching Two Droid Devices in July

Motorola and Verizon Wireless Launching Two Droid Devices in July

The Wall Street Journal's got a hot tip that says Motorola isn't planning on just releasing one new Droid device in the near future. Apparently the company wants to make sure that they grab customer's attention, and what better way to do that then to release more than one handset in the same month? If the sources are correct, then that's exactly the game plan that Sanjay Jha and company are sticking to.

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Microsoft Plans for 30 Million Windows Phone 7 Devices to be Sold by End of 2011

Microsoft Plans for 30 Million Windows Phone 7 Devices to be Sold by End of 2011

Can we say "lofty?" We've barely got developers getting their hands on Windows Phone 7 prototype devices, and here we are seeing Microsoft setting a goal for themselves that, for all intents and purposes, might seem pretty far-fetched to anyone not on the Windows Phone 7 team. Sure, there's some glaring reasons why that may not (probably won't) happen, but at least we have to give this one to Microsoft: they sure know how to dream.

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Motorola is Focusing on Android for Now, Talks About Tablets & HTC

Motorola is Focusing on Android for Now, Talks About Tablets & HTC

Co-CEO of Motorola, Sanjay Jha, decided to open up in regards to just about anything that his company might be thinking about for the future, which included HTC, tablets (of course), and where he and his company stand on that proprietary Operating System (OS) he mentioned a few months back. There's not a lot that we didn't see coming, and definitely no surprises here, but nevertheless it's always good to hear it coming from a company's Chief Executive, rather than the rumor mill.

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