Archive for August, 2010

iPhone 4 dual-SIM case makes network hopping easy

iPhone 4 dual-SIM case makes network hopping easy

The iPhone 4 can do plenty, even play nicely on other GSM networks when you've unlocked it with ultrasn0w, but up until now you couldn't put two SIM cards inside it.  USBfever's new iPhone 4 Dual SIM Adapter Case doesn't quite change that - the two SIMs in question aren't exactly within the iPhone - but it does allow you to easily flip between cards without reaching for the Liquidmetal tool.

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Samsung tease Photokina NX camera reveal: NX100 ahoy?

Samsung tease Photokina NX camera reveal: NX100 ahoy?

It's not just the Galaxy Tab that Samsung are teasing us about for next week; the company's photography division has been sending out invites to a Photokina 2010 event where they'll be demonstrating their next-generation NX digital camera.  According to the invite, "the NX evolution" will be "Samsung's latest and most hotly anticipated camera"; they don't spare the hyperbole, either, claiming the new model will "change the lives of creative consumers around the world, and take the camera industry by storm."

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Viewsonic Android ViewPad tablet gets pictured

Viewsonic Android ViewPad tablet gets pictured

Viewsonic's announcement that they were bringing an Android tablet to IFA 2010 next week basically added their name to a long list of manufacturers planning the same, but the accompanying image left plenty to be desired.  Happily Pocket-lint has managed to source a couple of better pictures of one of the Viewsonic slates, judging by the scale of the side-mounted headphone and USB ports the 7-inch ViewPad model.

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Toshiba AC100 gets played with: hardware good, Android lacking [Video]

Toshiba AC100 gets played with: hardware good, Android lacking [Video]

Having been spotted in-stock and up for sale in Europe yesterday, the Toshiba AC100 has now made an appearance in Taipei.  Netbooknews got the Japanese version - launching there as the Dynabook AZ - and have mixed impressions; as reviewers found with the HP Compaq Airlife 100, Android simply isn't really ready for netbook-style implementations.

Video demos after the cut

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Apple dump SurfaceInk over potential iPad rival demo

Apple dump SurfaceInk over potential iPad rival demo

SurfaceInk's 12.1-inch tablet reference design may have won them headlines when they demonstrated the Ubuntu-powered slate back in June, but it also lost them Apple as a client.  CEO Eric Bauswell confirmed to the NY Times that, because of "Apple’s growing awareness of our turnkey capabilities," the two companies had "gone separate directions."  SurfaceInk won't define exactly what they did for Apple - the company does engineering work for firms like Palm and HP - but it's their relatively fledgling turnkey business that alienated the Cupertino firm.

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Chinese eedoo Ebox console takes on Kinect with Lenovo’s cash

Chinese eedoo Ebox console takes on Kinect with Lenovo’s cash

A Lenovo spin-off team has apparently been working on a Microsoft Kinect competitor, planning to release the so-called Ebox in China as a motion-gaming rival to the Xbox 360.  According to China Daily, the new firm - Beijing eedoo Technology Ltd - is targeting casual gamers with their camera-based system; the hardware is expected to be priced higher than the Wii but, according to eedoo president Jack Luo, "may be slightly lower than Microsoft's Xbox, which retails for $299.99."

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Fujitsu LIFEBOOK AH530 GFX notebook packs external HD550v 1GB graphics

Fujitsu LIFEBOOK AH530 GFX notebook packs external HD550v 1GB graphics

Fujitsu's latest external-graphics notebook has been revealed, the LIFEBOOK AH530 GFX, offloading its ATI Mobility Radeon HD550v 1GB video card to make for a more portable main unit.  Based on May's original AH530, complete with optional Core i3, i5 or i7 processors, Blu ray or DVD drives, up to 8GB of RAM and up to 500GB HDD, the AH530 GFX gives desktop users an alternative to the standard notebook's Intel HD GPU.

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Bell leak tips no BlackBerry 6 upgrades until 2011

Bell leak tips no BlackBerry 6 upgrades until 2011

RIM may have promised BlackBerry 6 updates for the Bold 9700, 9650 and Pearl 3G, but that doesn't mean you're going to get them any time soon.  A leaked schedule document acquired by MobileSyrup purportedly from Canadian carrier Bell Mobility has revealed they don't plan to push out the new OS version until sometime in 2011.  According to the document, Bell's 9700, Pearl 9100 and recently released Curve 3G 9300 will be left with OS 5.x for at least several months.

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Entisu EN-NL1068 STB adds “Live Smiling” comments to your favorite TV shows

Entisu EN-NL1068 STB adds “Live Smiling” comments to your favorite TV shows

Being interrupted by banal comments and questions during your favorite TV show - "who is that again?"; "I thought they died in the last episode?"; "what do you mean, the laws of physics don't apply?" - is one of the worst things about coexisting on the same planet with other people, but obviously not everybody feels the same way.  A new set-top box in Japan, the Entisu EN-NL1068, daisy-chains between your cable, satellite or DVD player and your TV, overlaying comments from the Nico Nico Douga messageboard.  That way, rather than just being pestered by whoever is on the couch with you, you can be alerted to brain-spam from thousands of others.

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