Archive for Jun 30, 2010

Android 3.0 Gingerbread detailed: 720p displays & intentional fragmentation in Q4 [Updated]

Android 3.0 Gingerbread detailed: 720p displays & intentional fragmentation in Q4 [Updated]

New Android 3.0 Gingerbread details have emerged, courtesy of notorious mobile industry insider Eldar Murtazin of mobile-review and his Russian-language Digestive podcast.  According to Murtazin - handily translated by UnwiredView - we can expect Gingerbread in mid-October 2010 with the first handsets preinstalled with the new OS arriving in November/December.  They'll be impressive beasts, too; minimum hardware requirements are apparently a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, and a 3.5-inch screen or larger, with up to 1,280 x 760 resolution displays supported on 4-inch or bigger handsets.

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Gateway NV59C Notebook Review

Gateway NV59C Notebook Review

As notebook markets go, the 15.6-inch segment is probably the most hotly contested; manufacturers are forced to look to gaming, multimedia or battery longevity in order to differentiate their wares. Gateway's NV59C09u picks HD video as its forte, squeezing in a Blu-ray drive as standard together with easy connectivity for your HDTV. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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iPhone 4 antenna tested: better than 3GS but more finicky

iPhone 4 antenna tested: better than 3GS but more finicky

If Apple is looking for help with their iPhone 4 antennas, they could do worse than call on Anandtech.  Faced with ongoing confusion over the signal strength issue, together with Apple's claims that the smartphone has the best antenna performance of an iPhone to-date, they managed to hack their iPhone 4 to show signal strength in dB rather than generic bars.

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1&1 SmartPad Android tablet drops in Germany

1&1 SmartPad Android tablet drops in Germany

German internet provider 1&1 has outed a new Android-based tablet for its home subscribers, a 7-inch touchscreen slate with WiFi b/g/n and the ability to use a USB 3G modem.  The 1&1 SmartPad will come preconfigured with various Android apps, including a digital photo frame viewer, ebook reader and weather widgets, and be sold alongside an optional dock with a remote control and subwoofer.

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Dell accused of hardware failure cover-up

Dell accused of hardware failure cover-up

Hot warranty water for Dell today, as recently unsealed lawsuit papers reveal the company not only knew PCs on sale between 2003 and 2005 were likely to suffer specific hardware failures, but that they attempted to fob off the University of Texas by claiming the school's mathematicians had pushed the machines too hard with their tricky sums.  The hardware failure was down to capacitors sourced from Nichicon, which had begun to leak chemicals and even burst; Dell, however, chose to "emphasize uncertainty" and told their salespeople "don't bring this to customer's attention proactively" before replacing the broken motherboards with others using the same faulty components.

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Some Sony Vaio laptops are overheating, remedy to issue is unclear [Update]

Some Sony Vaio laptops are overheating, remedy to issue is unclear [Update]

Massive recalls in the notebook market are nothing new. There were hundreds of thousands of notebooks from a variety of makers recalled in years past due to fire hazard from faulty batteries.

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Apple antenna engineer job listings fuel controversy

Apple antenna engineer job listings fuel controversy

If at first you don't succeed, call in the troops and try again.  New job listings for antenna engineers have gone live on Apple's site, with several being posted this past month.  Among the positions are "RF Systems Validation Engineer" for the iPhone, focussed on testing the various radios the smartphone now contains, together with "Antenna Engineer" for the iPad and iPhone, designing new antenna systems.  The postings come as Apple faces criticism over the iPhone 4's reception.

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JayBird iPhone app adds Bluetooth track controls

JayBird iPhone app adds Bluetooth track controls

One of the things that I really wish the iPhone could do is providing track control via Bluetooth devices. As the iPhone is from, the factory you can listen to streaming music over Bluetooth, but you can’t change tracks using controls on Bluetooth devices.

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Pantech Jest headed to Verizon

Pantech Jest headed to Verizon

Pantech and Verizon Wireless have announced that the Pantech Jest will be coming to Verizon as an exclusive device. The new device is a slider phone that is built around keeping the user in touch with friends and family using social networking and messaging.

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nook v1.4 firmware gets rooted

nook v1.4 firmware gets rooted

Got a nook?  Want the latest v1.4 firmware but don't want to give up your Android pleasantries like VPN support, third-party app support and root access?  Head over to nookDevs, then, as they've just pushed out their hacked nook v1.4 firmware that lets you access all of Barnes & Noble's latest functionality together with the benefits of having root-level access.

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XStreamHD and EchoStar unveil service agreement

XStreamHD and EchoStar unveil service agreement

It has been a while since we talked about the XStreamHD service. We say the hardware for the HD satellite service first back in 2008 at CES. XStreamHD is a full 1080p HD satellite provider that offers movies downloaded automatically to a server for the watcher to view.

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Kena Kai offers new shiny patent leather wallets offering RF shielding

Kena Kai offers new shiny patent leather wallets offering RF shielding

It used to be that if you wanted to be sure someone didn’t steal your wallet all you needed to do was get one of those wallets on a chain. Today a thief doesn’t actually have to steal your wallet to get at your credit card info if you are using the contactless credit cards.

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