Archive for May 31, 2011

Apple iWork Apps Available NOW for iPhone and iPod touch

Apple iWork Apps Available NOW for iPhone and iPod touch

The world is about to change via a single app set for Apple mobile users - Apple iWork for iOS, their fabulous productivity suite including Keynote, Pages, and Numbers. This set of apps is also available for iPad and iPad 2, of course, now available as an update for FREE! Users on platforms that have not yet purchased any of the iWork apps will be able to today for $9.99 each. Each of these apps is quite established in the Mac OSX world, now it's time to bring on the smaller screens!

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Computex 2011: Day One Wrap-Up

Computex 2011: Day One Wrap-Up

Hard to believe it, given the torrent of tech yesterday, but Computex 2011 only really kicked off properly in Taipei this morning. Intel delivered the biggest keynote, announcing its Ultrabook platform which, the chip giant hopes, will supplant generic ultraportables and grab 40-percent of the market by the end of next year. Sandy Bridge and, in 2012, Ivy Bridge processors will be inside, with slick sub-0.9-inch chassis and price tags under $1k on the outside. Read on for the rest of our Computex day one wrap-up.

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Pantech Crossover, their First US Android Effort

Pantech Crossover, their First US Android Effort

Pantech has hooked up with AT&T to deliver their very first Android-based effort here in the United States. This device will be a mid-range phone with emphasis on messaging and the use of social media, delivering these things with it's full QWERTY slide-out keyboard and a lovely 3.1-inch full touchscreen display. This device will be available June 5 for $69.99 with a two-year contract and minimum monthly data plan. Cute or rough enough for that last straggling family member not in the smartphone club?

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Nokia shares tumble after sales projection slash

Nokia shares tumble after sales projection slash

Uh-oh. Nokia's announcement a few hours ago that it would be falling well short of its Q2 2011 sales estimates seems to have made itself known, with the company's share price promptly ditching almost 18-percent (at time of writing). The market reacted with as much nervousness as we'd expected, shares in the Finnish company crashing to €4.74 apiece from the €5.75 the market closed at yesterday.

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Acer W4 mango smartphone specs revealed

Acer W4 mango smartphone specs revealed

Microsoft is hard at work on getting the Mango update to Windows Phone 7 ready for the prime time later this year. The company has been talking up a lot of the new partners that will be offering smartphones running Mango. Last week Microsoft announced that Acer, Fujitsu, and ZTE would all be producing Mango smartphones. We already know Nokia is onboard too. The specs of the Acer W4 Windows Phone have been unveiled.

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Samsung Galaxy S II gets 1080p 24 Mbit/s recording hack [Updated]

Samsung Galaxy S II gets 1080p 24 Mbit/s recording hack [Updated]

Samsung's Galaxy S II has been coaxed into recording higher-quality video than the 1080p Full HD it supports out of the box, with a modder better known for his work on Symbian cameras turning his attention to the Android smartphone. hyperX added continuous auto-focus and 720p 30fps recording to the Nokia N8 back in 2010, but has now persuaded the GSII's 8-megapixel camera to record 24 Mbit/s 1080p at 30fps complete with 44.1khz 192-bit audio.

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Joerg “Zombie Killer” Sprave is back with a saw blade slingshot

Joerg “Zombie Killer” Sprave is back with a saw blade slingshot

Good old Joerg Sprave is back with another deadly and scary slingshot to share with us all. If ever a geek needed to make a cameo in The Walking Dead, this is the guy. His inventions would be the perfect weapons once you run out of bullets during the Zombie Apocalypse. The last time I talked about Sprave he was showing off his machete slingshot. This time around, he has a new slingshot that is flinging blades from a circular saw.

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SanDisk debuts new SSD U100 and iSSD i100 for tablets and ultra-thin notebooks

SanDisk debuts new SSD U100 and iSSD i100 for tablets and ultra-thin notebooks

SanDisk makes a lot of flash-based storage gear from memory cards to SSDs that turn up in consumer systems and are used by OEMs for tablets and other devices. SanDisk has announced a pair of new SSDs at Computex 2011 called the SanDisk SSD series U100 and the SanDisk iSSD integrated storage device is a new capacity for the i100. The i100 is the world's smallest and fastest 128GB SATA III BGA-based SSD. It is aimed at the tablet and ultra-thin notebook market.

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Nokia slashes Q2 outlook as Symbian woes continue; Hopes WP7.1 will save all in Q4

Nokia slashes Q2 outlook as Symbian woes continue; Hopes WP7.1 will save all in Q4

Nokia has already frustrated recent Symbian device owners today, by releasing the Anna-toting E6 and X7 but not an upgrade for existing handsets to the newest version of the platform. Now the company is upsetting investors, with a warning that its Q2 2011 financial results will be worse than previously expected. Demand for existing handsets has slumped, leading Nokia to predict net sales "substantially below" the earlier estimate of €6.1bn to €6.6bn.

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