Archive for Sep 29, 2010

Cisco home telepresence tipped for Comcast/Verizon reveal next week

Cisco home telepresence tipped for Comcast/Verizon reveal next week

Cisco is tipped to be readying a telepresence device for home use, with partnerships with Verizon and Comcast suggested, according to sources talking to BoomTown.  The exact nature of the device is unclear, but it's believed to cost as low as $200 when "heavily subsidized" or $500 with fewer commitments.  Most importantly, Cisco is expected to be pushing their higher quality video than that of arch rival Skype.

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Dell 7-inch Android tablet imminent; 10-inch slate in 6-12 months

Dell 7-inch Android tablet imminent; 10-inch slate in 6-12 months

Dell's larger tablet plans have been confirmed, with Dell Greater China President Amit Midha revealing that the company's 7-inch slate will drop "in the next few weeks" while a 10-inch Dell tablet will follow on in 6-12 months.  According to the WSJ, Midha revealed in an interview that Dell has "a whole slew" of new products for release in the next twelve months, including 3-, 4- and 10-inch devices.

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Amazon Android app store T&Cs leak

Amazon Android app store T&Cs leak

Amazon still aren't talking about the rumored Android app store they're tipped to be working on - which would sit alongside the official Android Market and offer users an alternative source for software - but the App Store Distribution Agreement participating developers would be expected to abide by has just dropped in the SlashGear inbox.  Among the T&Cs are confirmation on the developer royalties - "equal to the greater of (i) 70% of the purchase price or (ii) 20% of the List Price" - together with the rumored $99 annual fee and the fact that Amazon retains the right to modify your binaries and add in their own DRM.

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Nintendo 3DS Mii Studio, Super Street Fighter IV 3D & more get video demos

Nintendo 3DS Mii Studio, Super Street Fighter IV 3D & more get video demos

More details on the Nintendo 3DS are filtering out after the company's 2010 conference, and while the headline is obviously the confirmed Japanese price and release date there are also some tidbits about functionality.  An official demo video shows the integrated Mii Studio app and how it can use the 3DS' external cameras to take a snapshot of you - or your grinning father - and then create a Mii from that photo.

Video demos after the cut

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NASA Droidrover project uses Android remote control [Video]

NASA Droidrover project uses Android remote control [Video]

Is there anything a humble Nexus One can't do?  Well, yes, probably - its track record at damson picking is pretty poor - but the Android smartphone has found favor over at the NASA Ames research labs where they're using it to remotely-control a Senseta rover as part of their Droidrover project.  According to the team there, the Nexus One - paired over Bluetooth with an Arduino - makes for a smaller, lighter and cheaper setup than their existing microcontroller and router, and that adds up to a rover with reduced power consumption, better performance and improved manoeuvrability.

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