SlashGear Week in Review – Week 23 2011

Jun 5, 2011
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Welcome to this week's edition of the SlashGear Week in Review. With Computex 2011 going on there were all sorts of new gadgets and other gear being unveiled at the show and lots more going on during the week. Monday we learned that the Samsung Galaxy S II had sold 1 million units in Korea. That number is a record and it took the original Galaxy S 70 days to sell a million units. The Asus Eee Pad MeMO 3D went official early in the week with a 7-inch screen and support for 3D with no glasses. The tablet's 7-inch screen has a resolution of 1024 x 600.

The Asus PadFone went official at Computex. This tablet is powered by a smartphone that slips into the tablet's dock. The tablet portion has a 10.1-inch screen. A new HTC smartphone was spied running wild this week packing in Windows Phone Os. The phone is most notable for hits high-resolution 12MP camera sensor.

LG unveiled a new iMac-style AIO computer at Computex that has a passive 3D screen. That means no bulky and expensive active 3D glasses are needed. A rumor surfaced that claims the iPhone 4S will have an integrated SIM card and the iPhone 5 will land in the spring of 2012. There have also been claims that the iPhone 4S has been seeded to developers.

The Intel Ultrabook debuted during Computex. The machine uses second-generation Core processors and will sell for under $1000. The Sony PSN is back online as of Friday, which was good news for many gamers. The bad part is that Japan and other countries are still down.

A hack surfaced for the Galaxy S II smartphone that adds 1080p 24 Mbit/s video recording. The smartphone records 16 Mbit/s 1080p HD video by default. Apple WWDC 2011 is coming soon and one of the things that will be at the show is iCloud, OS X Lion and iOS 5. Steve Jobs will also be on hand at the show for the keynote.

HP has issued a recall on laptop batteries - again. This recall covers 162K more batteries and is spawned by the discovery that two notebook models were skipped in that previous recall. A cool concept product called the Cornobi surfaced. The Cornobi is a corncob holder that looks like the handle from a lightsaber.

A rumor is floating around that Microsoft might buy Nokia's mobile phone division. The rumored price for the purchase is a whopping $19 billion. Nokia's CEO has teased a prototype handset that might run Windows Phone or MeeGo. The only official word on the device from Nokia is its not running Windows Phone, which may simply mean the device lacked an OS when handled on stage.

The TI OMAP4470 1.8GHz dual-core processor is coming in the first half of 2012. This processor is based on an ARM A9 core and is designed for Android, Linux, and to run Windows on the ARM platform. The Nook Color Android eReader has been hacked to run the MeeGo OS. This little reader has turned out to be one of the more impressively hackable Android devices on the market.

A very cool case for the iPad 2 called the Crux landed late in the week. The case turns the iPad 2 into a laptop with keyboard. A crazy little Android mascot picture was found in the Samsung Galaxy S II ROM this week. The mascot is dressed up like Ironman with a Flash logo on his chest.

An awesome LEGO construct turned up and looks like the Sandcrawler the little desert dwelling robot thieves used in the old movies. The thing has remote control action and used 10,000 bricks. We put up our review of the T-Mobile Sensation 4G this week. We figure the Sensation 4G is a very nice phone and will hit all the right buttons with casual and hardcore Android users. Thanks for reading, see you next time!


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