CES 2010

magicJack Femtocell promises any-GSM compatibility

magicJack Femtocell promises any-GSM compatibility

If you want a femtocell in the US there are a few to choose from, from each of the major carriers.  If you want one which will extend coverage for multiple different networks, however, you're out of luck; or at least you were until magicJack stepped into the ring.  Both times we've written about the company - who began by offering a low-cost USB VoIP adapter - we've been inundated with less than complementary comments about them.  Hopefully their unnamed femtocell - which promises to work with any GSM phone, even one without an active service contract - will fare better.

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T-Mobile Vega Android tablet hands-on

T-Mobile Vega Android tablet hands-on

Earlier today T-Mobile and ICD announced their intention to put a 15-inch Vega tablet into every UK household that would pay for one, and we promised to sit down with the two companies for a hands-on play.   The Android-based Vega uses the Tegra 250 chipset that we now know as the NVIDIA Tegra 2, and T-Mobile are targeting the slate specifically at the "Mom" segment whom, they hope, will readily adopt it as the linchpin of their family lives.

Updated with video after the cut

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Sharp Netwalker PC-Z1 hands-on

Sharp Netwalker PC-Z1 hands-on

While we were checking out Freescale's Smartbook Tablet reference design earlier, the team there whipped out the Sharp Netwalker PC-Z1 and asked if we wanted to play with another device based on their mobile chipsets.  It seemed rude to say no; after all, this distinctive little clamshell packs a 5-inch touchscreen and full QWERTY keyboard along with its 800MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor.  Check out our first-impressions after the cut.

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Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus hit Verizon Jan 25; webOS getting video capture

Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus hit Verizon Jan 25; webOS getting video capture

Palm have announced the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus, and as expected they're headed to Verizon Wireless.  The Palm Pre Plus doubles memory to 16GB and drops the navigation button, while the Pixi Plus gets the WiFi that was missing from the Sprint Pixi.  Meanwhile both Verizon handsets will get a new 3G mobile hotspot application that, like a MiFi, will allow users to share their EVDO Rev.A connection with up to five connected WiFi clients.

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NEXTO eXtreme Pro-DSLR HDDs hands-on

NEXTO eXtreme Pro-DSLR HDDs hands-on

SlashGear swung by photography accessory experts NEXTO earlier today to see their latest portable storage device for DSLR pros.  The NEXTO NVS2500 and NVS2700 both pack large internal storage - starting at 160GB and ramping up to 500GB; 2TB drives are theoretically supported - and have 2.7-inch LCD displays which not only show the progress of sucking RAW, JPEG and video footage from your camera memory cards, but can preview those photos and footage too.

Video demos after the cut

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NVIDIA Tegra 2 gets official: Tablets targeted

NVIDIA Tegra 2 gets official: Tablets targeted

NVIDIA have announced their next-gen Tegra platform, the unsurprisingly titled NVIDIA Tegra 2, and as expected the 40nm chip packs Full HD 1080p support and Flash 10.1 acceleration along with compatibility with Windows CE, Windows Mobile and Android.  NVIDIA say they're also working on Google Chrome OS support.  The Tegra 2 uses an ARM Cortex A9 core running at up to 1GHz, which NVIDIA reckon is good for four-times the performance of the first-gen Tegra.

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