Archive for June, 2010

Two Toshiba ARM tablets & Lenovo smartbook 1.5GHz resurrection tipped

Two Toshiba ARM tablets & Lenovo smartbook 1.5GHz resurrection tipped

Smartbook rumors a-plenty this morning, as Toshiba and Lenovo's plans for the rest of 2010 seep out of Taipei.  According to DigiTimes' sources, while Toshiba has already shown its first smartbook - which it insists on calling a MID - the Tegra 250 based AC100, the company is also apparently preparing two ARM-based tablet PCs for launch by the end of the year.  Meanwhile, Lenovo's mysterious plans for their own smartbooks have been linked with faster Qualcomm Snapdragon processors.

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UMID mbook SE boosts BZ MID’s Atom CPU and doubles RAM

UMID mbook SE boosts BZ MID’s Atom CPU and doubles RAM

UMID has outed a special edition of their BZ ultraportable, the UMID mbook SE, boosting the CPU from the original 1.2GHZ Atom Z515 to a 1.6GHz Atom Z530, paired with 1GB of RAM and WiFi b/g/n.  Retained is the 32GB SSD, 4.8-inch 1024 x 600 resistive touchscreen and full QWERTY keyboard.  The new model is already up for sale through at least one Korean retailer, priced at 698,000 SKW ($580).

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iPhone 4 overheating: is your Apple handset toasty?

iPhone 4 overheating: is your Apple handset toasty?

Back in the aftermath of the iPad launch, various users taking their new tablets out into the wild found the Apple slate could be quite cautious about overheating in the sun.  Now we're wondering if the same thing could be happening with the iPhone 4; HardMac found their iPhone 4's thermal protection - which basically locks you out of the phone until it decides it has cooled sufficiently - kicked in when the handset was in an otherwise cool room.

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Verizon slash KIN pricing; new firmware due this summer

Verizon slash KIN pricing; new firmware due this summer

Verizon has quietly slashed pricing for the Microsoft KIN handsets, bringing the pebble-shaped KIN One down to $29.99 from its previous $49.99 pricing and the larger KIN Two halved in price from $99.99 to $49.99.  The move follows criticism of the featurephone/smartphone devices together with apparently disappointing sales figures; Microsoft is yet to confirm any numbers publicly, but sources at Verizon stores claim that the KIN handsets are being outsold by DROID and Palm Pre Plus phones.

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Sony PS3 firmware v3.40 gets video editing, Facebook integration, more

Sony PS3 firmware v3.40 gets video editing, Facebook integration, more

Sony has released the latest firmware update for the PS3, v3.40, which brings with it support for PlayStation Plus subscriptions, a network-based photo sharing gallery browser which supports images pulled from Facebook and Picasa, and a Video Editor and Uploader tool allowing footage stored on the console to be chopped up, saved and uploaded directly to YouTube or Facebook.  Going hand-in-hand with the new PS3 firmware is a new Facebook app.

PS3 v3.40 screenshot gallery after the cut

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Nokia N9 (or N8-02?) caught on video

Nokia N9 (or N8-02?) caught on video

Nokia's latest touchscreen QWERTY monster - variously known as the N9 or as part of the company's business-centric Eseries - has shown up in the wild, with Negri Electronics flaunting a hands-on demo with a prototype unit.  Labelled as the C0-00, the smartphone has a similar profile to the N8 but of course accommodates that hardware keyboard and a lower-resolution, 8-megapixel camera.

Video demo after the cut

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Nexus One gets official Android 2.2 Froyo FRF85 update

Nexus One gets official Android 2.2 Froyo FRF85 update

Android 2.2 Froyo for the Google Nexus One has finally been officially released, with FRF85 set to arrive on most Nexus One handsets by the end of the week.  Replacing the standard Android 2.1 install or the unofficial Froyo FRF50 or FRF72 builds that have been floating around for several weeks now, Android 2.2 Froyo FRF85 brings with it WiFi tethering, Adobe Flash 10.1 support and a new lick of speed.

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The Daily Slash: June 28th 2010

The Daily Slash: June 28th 2010

With at least one more announcement to go until June can officially end, tonight's edition of The Daily Slash may seem like it's a bit weighted. But, we assure you that, just like any other edition, it'll be worth it. First up, as usual, is the Best of R3 Media. Tucked away inside of it, you'll find that the Dell Streak's available in the UK unlocked, a new domain may make you blush, and now we've got some rumors of the BlackBerry Storm 3. And then in the Dredge 'Net, Windows 8 breaks cover kind of, the PSP-4000 and 3DS could be sold in Japan this year, and NASA loves their concept images.

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