Archive for June, 2011

Optimus Mini Six hits production; Popularis delayed (again)

Optimus Mini Six hits production; Popularis delayed (again)

Art Lebedev's Optimus Project studios promised that the Mini Six companion keyboard - a compact accessory with six buttons each integrating a user-customizable display - would be here later on in 2011, and now the company has confirmed that it's in the early production stage. In effect a doubled version of the Mini Three, the Mini Six does differ in that it uses new, more compact LCD displays for its keys.

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Adobe courts grumpy Final Cut Pro X users with switch endorsements

Adobe courts grumpy Final Cut Pro X users with switch endorsements

Adobe has gone on the charm offensive with dissatisfied Apple Final Cut Pro X users, attempting to persuade them to jump ship from the allegedly "dumbed-down" video editing package to its own Premiere Pro software. The company has pushed out a number of videos and profiles highlighting previous switchers - and the success they've had since - as well as tutorials showing how straightforward it can be to make the jump from Final Cut Pro.

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Windows Phone Tango update tipped before WP8 Apollo in late 2012

Windows Phone Tango update tipped before WP8 Apollo in late 2012

The successor to Windows Phone 7.1 Mango has been named, with reports out of Taiwan claiming that Microsoft is readying an update codenamed "Tango." According to DigiTimes' supply chain sources, Microsoft is already signing licensing agreements with OEMs for use of Tango; Compal is name-checked as one such licensee, with the manufacturer already tipped to produce Nokia's first Windows Phone models, as well as Acer's, later in 2011.

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Toshiba Thrive Gets Cool Video Plus Giveaway Contest

Toshiba Thrive Gets Cool Video Plus Giveaway Contest

The Toshiba Thrive was announced back at CES and it has taken its time to work out any kinks and find a good price range before hitting the market. Pre-orders for the tablet have just recently begun with a release scheduled for mid-July. As part of the promotions leading up to the launch, Toshiba has unleashed a neat little unboxing video full of special effects and also created giveaway contest for a free limited edition Thrive.

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T-Mobile Samsung Exhibit 4G Hands-On and Unboxing

T-Mobile Samsung Exhibit 4G Hands-On and Unboxing

What I've had the pleasure of working with today is a neat new phone for T-Mobile called the Samsung Exhibit 4G. We have mentioned this device in the past but today we have a little hands-on time to show you this little thing of joy. Apparently I'm colorblind and call it pink in the video but it's more of a purple-violet color. What Samsung has delivered is a great mid-range Android phone for those that don't need the best and today I'll show you why.

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HP Offers $50 TouchPad Mail-In Rebate For Pre And Pixi Owners

HP Offers $50 TouchPad Mail-In Rebate For Pre And Pixi Owners

HP may be trying to make up for the upset they caused when they denied over-the-air updates for customers of older Pre, Pre Plus, Pixi, and Pixi Plus phones. Back in February when the company introduced webOS 3.0, they confirmed that phones older than the Pre 3 could not be upgraded. So now, it appears as a form of apology, HP is offering Pre and Pixi owners a special $50 mail-in rebate on the upcoming HP TouchPad tablet.

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T-Mobile Nexus S Finally Gets Google Talk Video Chat Over 3G/4G

T-Mobile Nexus S Finally Gets Google Talk Video Chat Over 3G/4G

Google Talk and Apple FaceTime both offer nice video calling services, but they differ in that FaceTime requires a Wi-Fi connection to work. Google's offering was more ideal, but it didn't quite pan out for T-Mobile customers. Since its launch back in May, Nexus S owners with the carrier have not been able to video chat over the cellular network. Well, that has changed today.

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What Google+, Circles, Sparks, and Huddle will Mean for Me and You

What Google+, Circles, Sparks, and Huddle will Mean for Me and You

Dear Google, you've been ever so kind in allowing me to keep all of my stuff in one place with Gmail. I had a tough time trusting you back when Gmail became a reality and I was so used to using my PC computer and the horrifyingly ancient desktop-based email client therein. But I learned, I learned quite well, and now I know that you are the true holders of all the keys. Today you've announced a program called Google+, this encapsulating several elements including Circles and Huddle as well. It's a social networking web of ideas and elements that's set to change the way we work with Google and with each other - will you ensnare me again?

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Google Swiffy Transforms Flash Into HTML 5

Google Swiffy Transforms Flash Into HTML 5

Google Labs released an experimental web app today called Swiffy that lets developers convert Adobe Flash SWF files to HTML 5. Apple is well known for not supporting Flash in favor of HTML 5, which has made Flash content inaccessible to iOS users. This move by Google is a bit surprising since the search giant has a deal with Adobe to support Flash and even offer the plugin preloaded with its Chrome OS.

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