Back in July, we mentioned that Dell had proposed a settlement to the SEC for alleged fraudulent accounting practices. That settlement had to go before the judge for approval before Dell could move on. Bloomberg reports that a US Judge has now given the settlement deal his nod of approval.
With the new year quickly approaching, talk about the new iPad is heating up. Even if we are a few months away from when, more than likely, Apple will officially unveil the second generation iPad, the rumor mill is sifting out plenty of information. This time around, analysts from Goldman Sachs are chiming in with knowledge they've gathered from different sources, including supply-chain checks. The analysts say that not only is Apple working on a smaller iPad, but it will be a tablet device from Apple that includes plenty of extras that the original tablet was missing.
Bluetooth keyboards seem to have returned with a vengeance, as users of touchscreen devices like the iPhone and iPad discover that a few hardware keys can make all the difference at times. Cervantes Mobile has launched its own offering to the segment, in the shape of Jorno: it folds out to an 85-percent of full-size keyboard and hooks up via Bluetooth.
This morning I got to know Dell very well. I'm not sure how many people work for the company, especially in sales and customer service, but I talked to 15 of their, ahem, lovely employees. I made 10 phone calls. I started the return process at 9:30 AM, and finally finished my journey two hours later. All I wanted to do was return a crappy cell phone.
After the discovery that, beyond a few apparently unconnected wires, the Dell Streak's seemingly proprietary charging/docking port is in fact a PDMI connector, John from Linuxslate took it on himself to mod a suitable miniUSB adapter dongle. It's crafted from an original Dell USB charge/sync cable and, for the housing, the USB cable clip Dell supply.
If ever there was a pairing just crying out for a loving mod, this is it. StreakSmart - who, as the name suggests, are singularly obsessed with the Dell Streak - discovered that the Android MID plays perfectly with Logitech's DiNovo Mini Wireless Keyboard, including full functionality of the touchpad and several of the specialized buttons.
Dell has a bunch of cool designs in its Dell Design Studio. The user can order up their Studio laptop with any of the designs to suit their tastes and personality. Dell has announced that it has now added 11 new designs from the crowd sourced t-shirt design firm Threadless.
When Apple announced earlier this month that it was releasing a new Mac mini that featured an improved design and far better specs than what was previously available, I was excited. As a long-time Apple customer, I have everything from an iMac to an iPhone to an Apple TV running in my house. But as Apple continues to call the Apple TV a "hobby," I'm left wondering if it's really true.
Dell executives have confirmed that the company is working with Google on putting Chrome OS, the search giant's cloud-centric platform, on future netbooks. Speaking to Reuters, Amit Midha - Dell's president for Greater China and South Asia - said that "with Chrome or Android or anything like that we want to be one of the leaders," though declined to make any official announcements.
On Saturday, we posted up our review of the Dell Stream Android MID. Chris found a lot to like with the pre-production version he reviewed and suspects the final version may be even better. If you have plans to get yourself a Streak, Dell has unveiled the line of official accessories.