Archive for Oct 26, 2011

Light Up inSoft pillow will have you awake all night

Light Up inSoft pillow will have you awake all night

When it comes to gadgets, its not often that one will catch your eye for its softness, but that's just what designer Takaaki Oguchi has done with this one - it's a light up pillow. Without a doubt the most comfortable bit of technology I've seen all week, Oguchi's "inSoft" LED light pillow has the ability to light from within without making your ear go "ouch!" Through a combination of cool-burning LED lights and padding that'll allow just so much light to travel through it surrounding the light module, Oguchi may well have created the nightlight every kid is staying awake at night screaming about.

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Gran Turismo wants to add your car to the game

Gran Turismo wants to add your car to the game

So your car would like to be part of one the most famous auto-racing games in the history of the home arcade, yes? Sony today announces that opportunity. What the fine folks at Sony have done today is to announce that the ninth annual Gran Turismo Awards will be held right alongside the SEMA show (Specialty Equipment Market Association.) In this show, awards will be handed out to a variety of vehicles, the best of which will be chosen to be replicated for the next Gran Turismo video game.

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Verizon 4G LTE deployed ahead of schedule

Verizon 4G LTE deployed ahead of schedule

The vast expanse that is Verizon's USA-based 4G network is reportedly ahead of schedule, LTE taking the heads of 185 million American residents by the end of the year - and more. That 185 million customers goal was set by Verizon earlier this year, and they're reporting this week that they've already well surpassed that goal. Verizon aims to open up a total of 13 more markets inside November as well, this bringing the number of markets with 4G LTE from Verizon to a fantastic 178.

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Nokia Lumia 800 and 710 Compare and Contrast

Nokia Lumia 800 and 710 Compare and Contrast

It's time to take a look at both of the new Windows Phone enabled devices Nokia has announced today at Nokia World 2011, the Nokia Lumia 800 and the Lumia 710. While both devices do run the newest version of Windows Phone, that being version 7.5 Mango, thats where the perfect consistency ends. Nokia has made two different devices here for two different crowds - see if you can tell which is aimed at who!

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iPhone 4S vs Lumia 800

iPhone 4S vs Lumia 800

While we know good and well it's more about the full package than it is about any single specification on the device, it's always interesting to compare one hero device to another. That's why what we're going to do here is to take Apple's current best in class, the iPhone 4S running iOS 5, and compare it to the Lumia 800, the newest Nokia hero running Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, also Microsoft's newest mobile OS. Will this device that looks RATHER similar to what we've seen in the Nokia N9 MeeGo device be able to run Windows Phone successfully enough to take a cut into the iPhone's mighty market share?

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Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor powers first Nokia Lumia smartphones

Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor powers first Nokia Lumia smartphones

This morning at Nokia World 2011, two flavors of Nokia's Lumia line were released, the Lumia 800 and the Lumia 710, and Qualcomm now reports that yes, indeed, they are being powered by no less than their very own Snapdragon processors. This is the first time Nokia has entered into the Windows Phone world as well as the first time Nokia has worked with Qualcomm to combine both of their well-loved architectures. With all the coverage on the smartphones themselves this morning, one must see the energy here, in the motor, and what better way to usher in a single new collaboration than with a second!

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Nokia App Highlights curated store revealed

Nokia App Highlights curated store revealed

Nokia's own preloaded Windows Phone apps, Drive and Music, are just the start of the company's software push on the new Lumia range. In addition, there'll be a curated app environment not yet demonstrated at Nokia World; Keith Varty, Head of Ecosystem and Services at Nokia, told SlashGear that App Highlights will be a tile on the Windows Phone homescreen, featuring the company's picks of the best WP7 software for new and established users. Read on for more details.

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OfficeSuite for Android free today in Amazon Appstore

OfficeSuite for Android free today in Amazon Appstore

Get your documents all in order today on the Amazon Appstore with OfficeSuite Professional 5, an Office editing app that's normally $15, completely for free. As you may or may not know, the Amazon Appstore is a place where you can pick up apps on your Android device, this app store completely separate from the official Google version, that being called the Android Marketplace. If you'll take a look at your humble narrator's original Android Community 101: Amazon Appstore, it will all become abundantly clear. Today the Amazon Appstore is giving away no less than your one-stop shop for everything Office.

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Google: No Ice Cream Sandwich for Nexus One

Google: No Ice Cream Sandwich for Nexus One

Google's original Nexus One will not get an official upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, it has been confirmed, with only the Nexus S getting the latest version of the smartphone platform. While the Nexus S will get updated "within weeks" of Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) going live, Google's Hugo Barra confirmed to the Telegraph, the exec admitted that the Nexus One hardware was simply too old to support the new OS.

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RIM confirms PlayBook OS 2.0 Feb 2012 release

RIM confirms PlayBook OS 2.0 Feb 2012 release

Rumors were flying this week that RIM was pushing the much anticipated PlayBook OS 2.0 update out to early 2012. At the time, the rumor was making rounds there was no official word from RIM on the fate of the OS update. PlayBook OS 2.0 is the update that will bring with it support for native email, PIM access, and Android apps.

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Nokia Lumia 710 Hands-on

Nokia Lumia 710 Hands-on

We admit, the Lumia 800 grabbed out attention from the start, but that's not to say the Nokia Lumia 710 is any less important in the grand scheme of the company's smartphone regeneration. The lower-cost half of the WinPho double-punch, the Lumia 710 sticks closer to Nokia's existing design language but still offers tidbits like ClearBlack and Nokia Music. Read on for our first impressions.

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