Welcome to this week's edition of the SlashGear Week in Review! I hope you had a good Thanksgiving and all those irritating family members you really didn’t want at your house have finally gone home. Early in the week Cox Communications unveiled a new whole home DVR solution that was sure to make fans of TV and movies with packed DVRs happy. The service lets you watch and play DVR programs on any TV in your home.
It's a massive day for posts, where even SlashPhone has a fresh blast of news on this pre-holiday day. Lots of sales, lots of products being introduced. And then there was Black Friday. So much Black Friday you're going to explode! Luckily, we've got a column for you by the fabulous Don Reisinger titled Black Friday Is Never Good For MY Tech Addiction. Of course, if you just can't get enough of the Black Friday goodness, we've got a littering of links to sales below plus one list-tastic post by the name of The SlashGear Black Friday Deal Guide of Complete Excellence, an ever-growing post where you'll not only find a batch of odd sales you almost certainly find listed anywhere else, but a split between offline and online so that you might choose to sit at home and chill or rough it out with the maniacs! Then we've got a lone review, one single review for the most amazing Samsung 256GB SSD 470 Series SSD. Stay tough, and be thankful for what you've got today (and tomorrow!) on The Daily Slash!
Welcome to the latest edition of the SlashGear Week in Review. Monday we found out that the Samsung Galaxy Tab would cost in the area of $200 to $400 depending on subsidies from wireless carriers. We can assume that the Galaxy Tab will cost on the higher end of that range. Later in the day on Monday the pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Tab in Germany surfaced via Amazon. The price of the Tab sans contract was listed at €799 or about $1,030 here in the States.
Microsoft's special edition Xbox 360 250GB Kinect package has been given the official nod, with the company promising to deliver the bundle - that pairs the larger-capacity 360 console and their motion-gaming add-on - on November 4th 2010. Priced at $399.99, the Xbox 360 250GB with Kinect box will also include a copy of "Kinect Adventures".
Nikon's second camera of the day, the Nikon COOLPIX S8100, lacks the manual control flexibility of the P7000, but gives buyers a 12.1-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor and 10x optical zoom instead. The company is pushing it as ideal for low-light photography, aided by the EXPEED C2 processor, though it can also shoot Full HD video.
High-profile watches exist. We know this. But, in the case of most of them, the truth is that it takes advanced mathematics to just figure out what time it is. That's usually no fun. So, when we saw the Mutewatch, we had to take a second look, because, as you can see from the image, it doesn't look like there's much going on here. Especially no ridiculous amounts of math. So what makes the Mutewatch cool enough to be considered "high-profile?" Find out after the break.
We're not quite sure what it is that makes tech designers think that everyone wants a gelatinous flashing blob sat on their desk, changing color and shivering to communicate Twitter updates, but they keep cropping up every so often. Students at the University of Tokyo and Waseda University are the latest to attempt it, with their peanut-shaped Kokonatchi robot changing color depending on the tone and mood of your incoming Twitter messages and even vibrating if "frightened".
Toshiba are looking to bring the wireless camera storage fight to Eye-Fi's door, with the announcement that they're setting up the "Standard Promotion Forum for Memory Cards Embedding Wireless LAN". A collaboration with Trek 2000, the SPFMCEWL group would promote a standardized WiFi-enabled SDHC card that would communicate with the camera with cross-manufacturer consistency, wirelessly transferring its 8GB of storage to remote servers or directly to other cameras.
Usually if we're looking for a distinctive watch we head straight over to Tokyoflash, but Kibardindesign's Sputnik Watch is interesting enough to divert our attention. Original a mere concept, it seems strong interest has encouraged the company to produce it, and it's currently up for preorder at a bargain $40.
Still curious about the First ELSE smartphone and its nifty user-interface? Various videos of the handset in action have emerged, including a five minute UI demo from the ELSE's launch in London this week. The handset is based on the Access Linux Platform 3.0, onto the open-source underpinnings of which designers Emblaze Mobile built the sPlay menu system, which is intended to be navigated via the right-hand thumb.
Rather than digging through numerous menus and pop-up boxes, sPlay aims to keep a consistent UI throughout the ELSE handset. We touched upon its more headline-grabbing functionality yesterday - the phone will record voice calls and store them along with records of when the call was made, and there are GPS-linked contextual reminders which flag up alerts whenever you’re near a preset position, for instance a shopping list while you’re near a supermarket - but Emblaze are planning an app store and building up to an SDK release for more functionality.