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Patent investigators name Apple as next target; Garmin prior art found

Patent investigators name Apple as next target; Garmin prior art found

Apple's recent patent award for multitouch and gesture-based interfaces used in its iPhone and iPod touch ranges has flung patent law and prior art contests back into the headlines; now there's word that a so-called global community working to "legitimize the validity of patents", Article One Partners, have given a $50,000 prize fund to two researchers that turned up evidence potentially letting Garmin off the hook in a patent dispute of their own.  Article One have now launched seven more patent studies, each with cash jackpots, one of which addresses Apple's touchscreen IP.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 6 2009

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 6 2009

Toshiba helped us kick off the week with the announcement of their new TG01 Windows Mobile smartphone: on paper it sounds perfect, with a high-res touchscreen, super-skinny body and all the wireless connectivity you could feasibly ask for, as well as being the first device to deliver NVIDIA's 1GHz Snapdragon chipset.  Check out our hands-on photos and video demos, as well as Toshiba's own GUI demo, and then try and explain to me why I still can't get as excited about the TG01 as I think I ought to be.

Garmin & ASUS join forces for GPS phones: nuvifone G60 coming 1H09

Garmin & ASUS join forces for GPS phones: nuvifone G60 coming 1H09

Garmin and ASUS have announced a partnership deal to produce a co-branded range of GPS-enabled cellphones, of which the first will be the nuvifone we've been waiting for since the beginning of the year.  Now renamed the nuvifone G60, the touchscreen handset will be the first in a new range, the Garmin-ASUS nuvifone series, each with significant focus on location-based services.

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Garmin FR60 Fitness Watch with ANT+ wireless sync

Garmin FR60 Fitness Watch with ANT+ wireless sync

Garmin have announced their latest GPS-enabled exercise trainer, the FR60 Fitness Watch.  Thanks to the ANT+ wireless fitness equipment standard, the FR60 can track time, calories burned, heart rate and other data from linked fitness equipment, then - with the supplied ANT+ USB stick - wirelessly transfer that information to your PC when it comes into range.

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Kenwood eXcelon DNX9140 touchscreen navigator with Parrot Bluetooth

Kenwood eXcelon DNX9140 touchscreen navigator with Parrot Bluetooth

Kenwood have announced [via] a set of new in-dash touchscreen navigation and media players, all but one of which include Parrot Bluetooth functionality for using the system as a hands-free kit.  The range kicks off with the eXcelon DNX9140, Kenwood's new flagship, with a DVD player, 6.95-inch WVGA display, integrated Garmin navigation, and voice control.  It's also capable of 5.1 surround sound, via an onboard decoder, and can link to and control your iPod, iPhone or mass storage device.

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Garmin eTrex Legend H & Vista H navigators, plus new BaseCamp app

Garmin eTrex Legend H & Vista H navigators, plus new BaseCamp app

Garmin have announced two new portable navigation devices intended for hikers and climbers.  The eTrex Vista H and eTrex Legend H both feature a fast satellite receiver, capable of establishing a positioning lock even when under tree cover or in canyons, together with a fast USB interface for transferring waypoints and topological maps.  They also each have 24MB of internal storage.

 

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Garmin releases gallery of nüvifone screenshots

Garmin releases gallery of nüvifone screenshots

Garmin has been nothing but a tease when posting all of these Nuvifone gallery pictures. Though these photos are not actual pictures of the handset, they give you a bit clearer picture of what it will be like in hand. The most exciting pictures we came across are the screenshots of various features.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 52 2008

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 52 2008

It's the final Week in Review of 2008, and unsurprisingly it's been a relatively quiet week what with the holiday festivities taking priority.  Hopefully you've not spent your entire shopping budget on gifts, however, as there are still quite a few interesting gadgets on the horizon.  Notebooks small and large again seized the headlines, with various Sony websites dripping out news regarding the company's upcoming VAIO netbook.  First a January 9th announcement was promised, then the netbook form-factor confirmed, and finally we've got spec details.  At the other end of the scale, more details of Lenovo's ThinkPad W700ds appeared, while the mobile workstation itself showed up in photos and on video.

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Garmin dispute sales predictions, pointedly ignore Android device rumors

Garmin dispute sales predictions, pointedly ignore Android device rumors

Garmin have responded to the same Digitimes report yesterday that suggested the company was planning a new range of Android-based devices in the second half of 2009.  The primary point of disagreement is in Digitimes' "sales figures and product rollout schedules"; quoting Garmin's Asia Pacific marketing director Tony An, the publication claimed that 2008 total sales would amount to 18 million units.  Now Garmin appear to be distancing themselves from those predictions, perhaps paving the way for lower performance figures.

 

Garmin Android devices coming second-half of 2009

Garmin Android devices coming second-half of 2009

Garmin are planning to release at least one Android-based smartphone in the second half of 2009, that will follow the company's delayed nuvifone.  According to Tony An, Garmin's Asia Pacific marketing director, the nuvifone will hit the Taiwan market in Q2 2009, with self-developed Android devices coming later.

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OHA gets 14 new Android fans: ASUS, Sony Ericsson, Garmin & more onboard

OHA gets 14 new Android fans: ASUS, Sony Ericsson, Garmin & more onboard

The Open Handset Alliance (OHA) has announced fourteen new members, including ASUS, Sony Ericsson and Garmin, together with carrier Vodafone.  While the specific intent of the new members is unknown, they will all either "deploy compatible Android devices, contribute significant code to the Android Open Source Project, or support the ecosystem through products and services that will accelerate the availability of Android-based devices." 

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 48 2008

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 48 2008

It's been a shorter working week what with Thanksgiving on Thursday, and much of the gadget news has been around what offers, bargains and discounts were on offer at cash-strapped retailers. SlashGear has done its bit to ease your present picking pickle, with the 2008 Holiday Gift Guide. We've also had reviews of Sony's VAIO LV and VAIO RT all-in-one PCs; will you be lucky enough to find one of these monster media machines under your tree next month?

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