Archive for Oct 29, 2010

Acer’s 800MHz Liquid Metal Froyo phone gets official

Acer’s 800MHz Liquid Metal Froyo phone gets official

Acer's Liquid Metal Android smartphone has been made official, a 3.6-inch metal-clad handset running 2.2 Froyo on the same Qualcomm 800MHz MSM7230 processor as found in the T-Mobile G2.  The Liquid Metal packs WiFi b/g/n, 14Mbps-capable HSDPA and a 5-megapixel autofocus camera with face- and smile-detection, image stabilization, a flash and 720p HD video recording.

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Take iTunes playlist WithMe on Android

Take iTunes playlist WithMe on Android

If you have gobs of music in your iTunes account but you aren't a fan of the iPhone and you don’t want to have to carry an iPod along with your smartphone in your pocket, WithMe has launched and will fix this problem. That is assuming you are on an Android smartphone.

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Philips launches green TV in Europe with sweet solar remote

Philips launches green TV in Europe with sweet solar remote

The TV market is turning into a bit of a commodity market these days with everyone offering up sets that have very similar features and often use the same exact screens. All you get that is different on some sets is the brand name. Philips has unveiled a new green TV for Europe that is a bit boring called the Econova LED TV with a 42-inch screen.

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OWC offers up Data Doubler for Mac Mini and iMac

OWC offers up Data Doubler for Mac Mini and iMac

At one point, most computer users end up needing more space to store data on their computers. We have learned from the world of netbooks and ultraportable notebooks that many of us can get along with an integrated optical drive. It's very hard to get along when you run out of storage space though.

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LaCie d2 USB 3.0 and 2big USB 3.0 get 3TB and 6TB updates

LaCie d2 USB 3.0 and 2big USB 3.0 get 3TB and 6TB updates

LaCie has never shied away from fat external hard-drives, and now they're pumped up the volume with the new LaCie d2 USB 3.0 and LaCie 2big USB 3.0.  On offer is a claimed 20-percent speed increase in the dual-drive 2big USB 3.0, together with a new 6TB model pairing two 3TB HDDs in a RAID setup.

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Ballistic Cases drops Ballistic SG for iPhone 4

Ballistic Cases drops Ballistic SG for iPhone 4

Back during the summer, I talked a bit about a new case from Ballistic Cases for the iPhone 4 called the Ballistic HC. Ballistic Cases is now back with another cool case for the iPhone 4 called the Ballistic SG that has three layers of protection and looks pretty cool to boot.

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Apple close iOS rental transfer loophole with new iTunes T&Cs

Apple close iOS rental transfer loophole with new iTunes T&Cs

Apple has tightened its iTunes rental T&Cs, removing a loop-hole that allowed TV shows to be transferred between the iPad and other iOS devices.  The new agreement, paidContent spotted, now refers to generic "content" rather than differentiating between movies and TV shows, and basically means that anything rented from your iPhone, iPod touch, Apple TV or iPad is now only available on that device.

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Apple now 4th global phone vendor; RIM drop to 5th & Sony Ericsson kicked out

Apple now 4th global phone vendor; RIM drop to 5th & Sony Ericsson kicked out

Apple has jumped RIM in the top five mobile phone vendor rankings, with strong iPhone sales giving them the number four position and pushing the BlackBerry maker into fifth place.  The news follows Apple CEO Steve Jobs' dismissive report on RIM during his company's recent financial results call, and also signifies an even more significant fall from grace by Sony Ericsson, which has dropped from the IDC tracker for the first time since 2004.

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Verizon data plans refreshed: new $15 smartphone option

Verizon data plans refreshed: new $15 smartphone option

Verizon's new data plans have launched, offering smartphone data from $15 for 150MB alongside the original $29.99 unlimited data plan, together with a range of new tariffs for mobile broadband, embedded modems and hotspots like the Verizon FIVESPOT.  Announced earlier this month, the hotspot plans kick off at $20 per month, though there are also contract-free prepay options.

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Notion Ink Adam battery drain list tips HD video streaming

Notion Ink Adam battery drain list tips HD video streaming

Battery estimates from manufacturers usually hover in-between "hopelessly outlandish" and only "if you leave the device in your pocket", so it's good to see Notion Ink being upfront about their Adam slate's power limitations.  After saying that with "normal" use the Pixel Qi equipped tablet managed 15+ hours of runtime, the company has now put together a list of ways in which you can gnaw that down to just 6hrs.  As you might expect, heavy use of HD video, GPS, the camera or Flash can all be relied on.

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Google Nexus Two is a redressed Samsung Galaxy S?

Google Nexus Two is a redressed Samsung Galaxy S?

A device believed to be the Google Nexus Two has supposedly been spotted in the wild, and according to the tipster it's the handiwork of Samsung, not HTC.  Gizmodo heard from someone claiming hands-on experience with the upcoming Google-brand Android smartphone, and from their report it's all disappointingly similar to the Samsung Galaxy S.

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HTC HD7 gets microSD transplant after hidden card reader discovered

HTC HD7 gets microSD transplant after hidden card reader discovered

With no iFixit teardown of HTC's HD7 in sight, the::unwired took matters into their own hands and opened up the 4.3-inch Windows Phone 7 device to see if, like the Samsung Focus, it had a hidden memory card slot.  Perhaps unsurprisingly it does, with HTC having used a Class 2 8GB microSD to give the HD7 its chunk of internal storage.  Even better, they were able to swap it out for a different card, and have Windows Phone 7 recognize it.

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