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Kindle copy to launch in China by end of year

Kindle copy to launch in China by end of year

You have to admire Peking University's Founder Group: when asked about any connection between their ebook device, shown here, and Amazon's Kindle 2, they bravely told those at the Digital Publishing Fair in Tokyo that "it has nothing to do with the Kindle."  Unfortunately they also seem a little confused about their own hardware specifications; asked about the E Ink panel size, and they said it was "unclear".  Happily Tech-On!'s Takuya Otani had brought a ruler, and found it to be a Kindle-like 6-inches.

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Crunchpad “prototype” up for sale? We say fake

Crunchpad “prototype” up for sale? We say fake

We're not entirely sure what's going on here, but it looks as though a Chinese firm is attempting to sell what are claimed to be prototypes of the Crunchpad internet tablet.  Reminiscent of the "Prototype B" design, rather than the newer renders TechCrunch have been displaying, the confusing product page and Windows OS leads us to suspect that this is more about borrowing Crunchpad hype than it is selling off prototype designs.

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Sony PS3 Slim leaked photos look pretty fake

Sony PS3 Slim leaked photos look pretty fake

Is this the Sony PS3 Slim, narrowed-down follow up to the PlayStation 3?  That's what workers in a Chinese manufacturing plant would like us to believe, but the jury as to the images' authenticity is still out.  On offer is the PS3 Slim box art and several shots of the supposed casing.

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Nokia 5900 XpressMusic probably a fake

Nokia 5900 XpressMusic probably a fake

Remember those photos purporting to show Nokia's 5900 XpressMusic phone?  At the time we weren't sure whether they were a legitimate leak or a Chinese faux-phone; now Kunal over at Tech Ticker has been training his eagle-eye over the photos, and flagging up some obvious issues.  The biggest is shown here: the memory card slot appears to be labeled "TFLASH", presumably for Transflash.

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Nokia 5900 XpressMusic leaks?

Nokia 5900 XpressMusic leaks?

Images claiming to show Nokia's follow-up to the 5800 XpressMusic touchscreen cellphone, the Nokia 5900 XpressMusic, have leaked, and while there's no confirmation that these are legitimate they certainly look the part.  Believed to include a larger, 3.5-inch touchscreen, 3.5mm headphone jack and 5-megapixel camera, the 5900 XpressMusic is expected to run the same Symbian S60 5th Edition OS as its predecessor.

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Nokia Aeon gets suspicious Dutch listing: early April Fools likely

Nokia Aeon gets suspicious Dutch listing: early April Fools likely

The Nokia Aeon was an obvious concept even when we first saw it, all the way back in 2006, but according to a Dutch newspaper online retailer Bestelmaar.nl will be exclusively offering the touchscreen handset from next week.  In what seems to be the run-up to an April Fools' Day prank, both green and blue versions of the handset are listed for €799 each.

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Sony VAIO P copycat ‘VAINO’ netbook

Sony VAIO P copycat ‘VAINO’ netbook

As knock-offs go, this Sony VAIO P copycat - called the VAINO - is pretty blatant.  Unfortunately there are no images of it next to the real thing, otherwise it'd become clear that the VAINO's 250 x 185 x 31mm dimensions are more your typical netbook scale than the long & thin VAIO P.

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Motorola Touch ZINE HD fakery revealed

Motorola Touch ZINE HD fakery revealed

There was much excitement when the leaked image of the Motorola Touch ZINE HD showed up, with a general consensus that - if the image was real - it marked a new turning point for the beleaguered company.  Unfortunately the innovation involved in creating the Touch ZINE HD looks like it wasn't actually Motorola's: instead, it's been lovingly pieced together from a Motorola E8 and a ZN5.

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Fake chips sold to US Military blamed for dangerous failures

Fake chips sold to US Military blamed for dangerous failures

American security forces are facing a mass examination of their hardware, as an ongoing investigation discovers that counterfeit computer chips and other devices have been sold to the US government.  According to a BusinessWeek report, recycled and fake microchips from Chinese vendors are being used - mistakenly or otherwise - in hardware distributed in America and bought, off the shelf, by the US military. 

Two separate incidents involving fighter jet malfunction are being unofficially blamed on fake chips billed as Maxim and Xicor products; the two manufacturers have denied any involvement with the shipments.  Yet another incident describes how fake routers, branded Cisco, were used by various military agencies, heedless to the fact that each could have a covert "back door" through which their makers could access classified information.

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MacBook Pro advert is mockup, confirms artist; few listen

An awful lot of people are getting frantically excited about a supposed leaked advert showing the upcoming MacBook Pro refresh.  You can understand the excitement: a casing similar to that of the MacBook Air, and less than one inch thick.  Weight down to 5.1lbs.  WiFi getting a boost to 802.11n.  Unfortunately, the ad isn’t real – it’s actually the work of MacRumors forum member mciarlo.

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Optimus Touch is an iPod Touch wannabe

So the Optimus Touch is nothing like the iPod Touch except for when it comes to appearances. On the outside, it looks very similar but adds several buttons, a stylus and hole for it, and a camera.

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Mystery Solved – Apple to announce mobile WoW for iPhone and iPod Touch at London Event

You know that Apple event that was recently announced in London for next week? The super sleuths over at Macenstein have been working relentlessly on uncovering the mysteries of Apple’s invitation. Their results may shock you. “Lord, now the Grum is on me.”

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