Archive for Sep 30, 2010

Nokia N8 video demo

Nokia N8 video demo

Final software, final hardware, finally shipping - it's N8 day, and the Nokia team is unsurprisingly pretty pleased with itself for making it inside the Q3 window.  So how does the N8 hold up?  We've used plenty of different prototypes along various stages of the development path, and it's fair to say some have been patchier than others.

Video demo after the cut

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Justin Bieber JustBeats headphones are latest Monster/Beats by Dr. Dre madness

Justin Bieber JustBeats headphones are latest Monster/Beats by Dr. Dre madness

Ladies and gentlemen of the music industry: Justin Bieber is your saviour.  Not because of his "adorable" helmet-made-of-hair styling or his sixteen billion Twitter fans, but because he's helping Monster and Beats by Dr. Dre to take the message of "sound matters" to "the kids".  Bieber is the latest celebrity endorsement the headphone partners have signed up, with the JustBeats available exclusively through Best Buy in time for the holiday shopping season.

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When Business & Social don’t mix (or when it’s time to put the gadget down)

When Business & Social don’t mix (or when it’s time to put the gadget down)

Blogging has become a corporate phenomenon and no longer cutting edge. Today many companies maintain strict policies over who can blog and what can be said on blogs, both personal and corporate. It's not a bad idea and it's one that I advocated when blogging was first going mainstream. I'm quite proud that I helped launch the first tech industry blogs at Jupiter Research in 2002. Today, though, it's more than just blogs, it's the rise of social media in general at the office that's causing concern and users with devices that can tap into them at will. It seems every week I read the same story being told: someone else getting on the bandwagon and telling the potential horror tale of user using social networks at work accessed on some unsanctioned mobile gadget.

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QNAP NMP-1000P network media player offers vast format support

QNAP NMP-1000P network media player offers vast format support

QNAP has outed its latest network media player, the NMP-1000P, a compact STB that offers Full HD 1080p video, Dolby and DTS digital surround sound, optional NAS functionality and internet media streaming.  Able to gobble up a 3.5-inch hard-drive in its internal bay - either for storing local content or acting as a backup drive for networked computers - the NMP-1000P uses Sigma Designs new 667MHz SMP8643 SoC video/audio decoder.

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Delta Vivitek 8.2-inch color eReader with China Mobile 3G tipped for Dec 2010

Delta Vivitek 8.2-inch color eReader with China Mobile 3G tipped for Dec 2010

A color e-paper wireless ereader is apparently on course for release in December, with sources in Delta Electronics' supply chain telling the Taipei Times that the company's 8.2-inch model will offer WiFi and 3G in a partnership with carrier China Mobile.  It's not the first time we've heard about a color Delta ereader, either; the company demonstrated a 13.3-inch prototype at Computex 2010 back in June, suggesting it would be commercially available by the end of the year.

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Chromepad iPad hack gets Chromium OS video demo

Chromepad iPad hack gets Chromium OS video demo

A photo and now video seemingly showing Google's Chromium OS running on an Apple iPad has prompted no small amount of controversy these past couple of days, and it's still unclear to what extent the open-source platform has infiltrated the iOS slate.  Modder Hexxeh revealed the fruits of his hacking labors earlier this week, though with very few details, prompting speculation both that he had installed an unofficial ROM and that he was merely using some sort of iPad remote display.

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Next 10-inch Android tablet mysteriously surfaces for £180

Next 10-inch Android tablet mysteriously surfaces for £180

UK clothes retailer Next probably isn't the first place you'd expect to see an Android tablet, but the company is obviously hoping to pick up a few slate sales from being browsing electronics in-between their skinny jeans.  The vaguely-named Next 10-inch Tablet runs an unspecified version of Android on an ARM11 powered slab, with a WXGA display and 8GB of storage.

There's also a memory card reader, WiFi and two USB 2.0 ports, together with microphone and headphone sockets.  Next says it works in portrait and landscape orientation, but there's no word on if that's an automatic flip or a manual one.

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Sprint Motorola ES400S trades pocket-appeal for ruggedness

Sprint Motorola ES400S trades pocket-appeal for ruggedness

Motorola's ES400S isn't exactly pretty - though we have to say it does have a certain rugged, purposeful charm - but it's tough and flexible, even with Windows Mobile 6.5.3 as the OS.  The "enterprise handheld device" (based on the regular ES400) is headed to Sprint at the end of October 2010, priced at a hefty $499.99 (with a new agreement) but capable of withstanding dust, four foot drops and bumps.

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GoPro outs new HD Hero 960 wearable HD camcorder

GoPro outs new HD Hero 960 wearable HD camcorder

GoPro makes several different versions of wearable and vehicle mountable camcorders that are small and designed to record sports and driving action. I have one of the companies HD Motorsports Hero camcorders that I use for car reviews and the thing is fantastic considering how small it is and offers great video quality.

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