SlashGear Week in Review – Week 43 2009

Oct 25, 2009
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Weeks are flying by and it's time for another week in review. Monday we learned that a new hack was available from the iPhone Dev Team that adds MMS to first generation iPhones and tethering to 3.1.2 OS for the later iPhone models. We also found out that Microsoft is set to issue a new update for the Xbox 360 that will break unauthorized storage devices. That means that some gamers will be unable to access the saved game data after applying the new update.

Canon unveiled a new DSLR camera called the EOS-1D Mark IV with 16MP resolution and 1080p video. The camera also has a fantastic ISO range. The Barnes & Noble dual-display eBook reader was outed early in the week with a price pegged at $259. The thing has an e-Ink display and a secondary color LCD built-in.

Nokia's new low cost handset called the 5230 got the hands-on treatment this week. The device should prove popular with bargain shoppers. The DigiLife camcorder with an integrated pico projector debuted early in the week. You can record video and then show it off on a big screen without connecting to a TV.

High-end marquee Bang & Olufsen debuted a new BeoVision 10 40-inch LED backlit HDTV. The machine sells for about $9000 making it quite expensive. We went hands on with the new MacBook, Mac mini, iMac, and Magic Mouse this week when they debuted. That sexy 27-inch iMac is sweet.

TomTom debuted a cool new double DIN head unit for in-dash navigation and entertainment this week called the Go I-90. The device has a touchscreen and a removable slate the big catch is that it is far from cheap. The Sony VAIO X was benchmarked mid-week and found to get about 10 hours of run time per charge. The downside is that the notebook could only muster mediocre media playback capability.

High-end camera maker Mamiya debuted an entry-level digital camera this week called the DM22 and the DM28. The cameras start at right under $10,000. That makes low-end seem very high-end to me. The EnTourage eDGe dual screen eBook reader tipped up combining two screens into one multipurpose device. The little device is pegged to sell for $490.

Sanyo unveiled a new projector called the PLC-XF1000 with 12,000 lumens of brightness. The price is as big as high as the thing is bright at about $25,000. The Dell SX2210T multitouch 1080p LCD was spied mid-week. The screen supports gestures and takes advantage of new Windows 7 features.

Spring Design's Alex Android-powered eBook reader tipped up with dual screens. Apparently, two screens on an eBook reader is the new cool thing to do. Wednesday we gave our first impression of the new iMac computers. We really like the massive 27-inch 2560 x 1440 resolution the screen offers.

A new Windows 7 powered slate computer called the eviGroup Pad broke cover with a 10.2-inch screen. The device runs an AI called Seline that supports speech, text, and handwriting. We reviewed the HTC Tattoo Android smartphone this week. We found the handset to be good for the price and the Tattoo will give any feature phone a run for its money.

Dell launched the Inspiron One 19 in Japan on Thursday. We expect the machine to debut in America soon as well. Price plans for that much rumored T-Mobile Project Dark tipped up Thursday. The new plan will offer $79.99 unlimited talk, text, web plans with no annual contract.

Toshiba Japan unveiled a new fuel cell called the Dynario that uses methanol to create power. The thing is available this week in Japan at 29,800 yen for the fuel cell alone. The Archos 9 tablet PC launched on Thursday for purchase. The device sells for $748 and is a sexy little device.

Dell teased again on Friday with more pics of the Adamo XPS. The computer maker still won’t give up the details on the computer, but they have to be coming soon. Someone at Motorola hit the publish button too soon Friday and sent the official Droid page live. The error was short lived, but the specs of the handset were sent into the wild before the page was removed.

Intel has reportedly delayed support for USB 3.0 until 2011. That means that there will be no widespread support for USB 3.0 in 2010. Late Friday we put a review of the 27-inch iMac up for your perusal. We figure that Apple has created one of the best all-in-ones ever.

The Motorola Zeppelin Android phone leaked online Friday for the first time. The device will be the first Android phone to support dual SIM card slots. The catch is that the handset will only be sold in China in the configuration that leaked. Nokia filed a patent infringement suit against Apple this week. The suit alleges that all models of the iPhone infringe on ten Nokia patents.

Until next week, happy reading!


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