Archive for November, 2011

Kinect 2 rumor points to lip reading accuracy

Kinect 2 rumor points to lip reading accuracy

The Microsoft Kinect for the Xbox 360 turned out to be a really cool device that was useful form a lot more than the gaming controller it was meant to be. With rumors of a new Xbox 720 game console swirling it would make sense that some rumors of a new Kinect would be making waves as well. According to the latest set of rumors tipped to Eurogamer, the Kinect 2 is in the works.

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Toyota Fun-Vii “smartphone on wheels” concept revealed

Toyota Fun-Vii “smartphone on wheels” concept revealed

Toyota has taken the wraps off its latest car concept, the Fun-Vii, a display-clad urban vehicle described as a "smartphone on four wheels." Revealed just ahead of the Tokyo Auto Show in a few days time, the Toyota Fun-Vii measures just over 4m long and 1.75m wide, and features dynamically customizable body panels that, like the interior of the car, can be updated to show your favorite photo, a text message or other content.

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Best Buy cancels PlayBook orders, yanks listings

Best Buy cancels PlayBook orders, yanks listings

The BlackBerry PlayBook has not been successful on the market. There were so many issues with the RIM tablet that it never caught on, yet RIM refused to kill the tablet despite the fact that even at fire sale prices the PlayBook didn’t sell. The latest blow to the PlayBook comes as Best Buy pulls its listings for the tablet and reportedly cancels orders. Electronista reports that its checks indicated Best Buy cancelled orders at one location, while multiple Best Buy forum users claim the same thing.

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HTC juggles 3G in German patent case

HTC juggles 3G in German patent case

HTC may claim its 2012 range will "focus on the product" to restore the company's upward momentum, but the current line-up could be yanked from German shelves if patent courts have their way. The company is under attack from patent holder IPCom over 3G/UMTS standards used without licensing in its smartphones, a charge HTC claims has been negated by the dismissal of the patent, but which, FOSSPatents reports, may not be as clear-cut as presented.

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LG announces Android 4.0 ICS smartphone upgrade plans

LG announces Android 4.0 ICS smartphone upgrade plans

There are hoards of Android users around the world with smartphones of different brands that are waiting in anticipation to see if their device will be upgraded to Android 4.0 when the OS launches. That launch is expected to happen in early 2012. The new OS will bring lots of new features and capability to various devices on the market already. LG has unveiled via Facebook what devices will get the upgrade first.

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MacBook Air refresh in Q1 includes 15-incher say sources

MacBook Air refresh in Q1 includes 15-incher say sources

Apple is reportedly readying a new MacBook Air line-up for early 2012, with a new 15-inch model joining the existing sizes as the Cupertino company reacts to Intel's Ultrabook push. The new 11.6-, 13.3- and 15-inch ultraportables will go on sale in Q1 next year, DigiTimes' supply chain sources claim, with pilot production believed to have already begun. Meanwhile, retail insiders suggest a MacBook Air price cut is in the pipeline before the new models arrive.

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