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Qualcomm demo AR and peer-to-peer cross platform gaming [Video]

Qualcomm demo AR and peer-to-peer cross platform gaming [Video]

Qualcomm's Uplinq developer conference has been taking place this week, and SlashGear has been here keeping track of the news.  The silicon company has been demonstrating new Augmented Reality apps based running on their Snapdragon processors, kicking off a new AR Developer Challenge - with a $200,000 prize fund - and showing how its system-agnostic peer-to-peer gaming technology can be used with the Unity 3D game development tool for true cross-platform local gameplay.

Video demo of Peer-to-Peer gaming and more after the cut

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ZTE V7 Maemo MID gets video hands-on

ZTE V7 Maemo MID gets video hands-on

ZTE's Maemo-running V7 MID showed up last month in render form at the Shanghai World Expo, but the company had a working prototype this week at Computex.  ARMDevices grabbed a hands-on with the compact, 4-inch WVGA handheld - which is based on an 806MHz Marvell PXA310 chipset and has a dinky little thumb-keyboard under the touchscreen - and to our surprise it looks pretty good.

Video demo after the cut

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Nokia N900 gets Maemo 1.2 update; official MeeGo a no-go

Nokia N900 gets Maemo 1.2 update; official MeeGo a no-go

Nokia's N900 has just been gifted a software update, though it's not the MeeGo v1.0 firmware we're waiting for (more bad news about that after the cut).  Maemo 5 version 1.2 (v10.2010.19-1) is out in the UK today and will go global by the end of the week; it boosts email support, adds Facebook IM chat, video calling and portrait-orientation browsing, together with tweaking Nokia Ovi Maps.

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Archos 5 gets unofficial Maemo hack [Video]

Archos 5 gets unofficial Maemo hack [Video]

Maemo might be evolving into MeeGo, but it's going by a circuitous route that takes in some Archos 5 play along the way, albeit unofficially.  A group of Archos tinkerers have been persuading Maemo (in its Mer form) to run on both the Archos 5 Internet Tablet (usually found running Android) and the Archos 5 Internet Media Tablet, and while it's not a perfect implementation it does at least function.

Video demos after the cut

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Niko N900-based LEGO robot controlled by Twitter [Video]

Niko N900-based LEGO robot controlled by Twitter [Video]

The Nokia N900 has already shown itself to be one of the more hack-friendly devices out there right now - we've seen it flirting with alternative OSes, unusual controllers and more - and the best part is that the Finnish company themselves are pushing for as much tampering as possible.  Currently Nokia is running the PUSH N900 competition in the US, asking teams to come up with unusual ways to implement the Maemo smartphone, and one such project is Niko, a Twitter-controlled robot.

Video demo after the cut

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Nokia and Intel launch MeeGo: Moblin and Maemo merge

Nokia and Intel launch MeeGo: Moblin and Maemo merge

Nokia and Intel have announced a partnership to combine their mobile software platforms into one, MeeGo, which will be suitable for smartphones, MIDs, netbooks, smartbooks and other mobile devices.  The platform will be based on the best of the Moblin core OS, together with the best of Maemo, with the Qt app development platform on top, and offer access both to the Nokia Ovi Store and the Intel AppUp Center; applications downloaded will be compatible across mobile devices, whether a MeeGo smartphone or tablet.

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Nokia N900 runs Mac OS X 10.3 (slowly) [Video]

Nokia N900 runs Mac OS X 10.3 (slowly) [Video]

Nokia's N900 is developing quite a name for itself as a great platform for hacking, and after seeing the Maemo smartphone dual-boot Android a week ago, now it's the turn of some classic Mac OS X action.  Toni Nikkanen managed to get Mac OS X 10.3 - the Power PC version - running on his N900, though to be fair it's not a native install; instead, the Apple OS runs in the PearPC emulator.

Video demo after the cut

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N900 gets Maemo 5 PR1.1 update: Exchange 2003 support, Ovi Maps improved

N900 gets Maemo 5 PR1.1 update: Exchange 2003 support, Ovi Maps improved

Nokia have pushed out a significant firmware upgrade for the Nokia N900, Maemo 5 PR1.1, and there are some key changes which will hopefully make it a more palatable device for business users.  Top of the list is tweaked Mail for Exchange support, which means the N900 now supports Exchange Server 2003; previously the N900 would only work with more recent versions, despite many companies still using 2003 (or third-party equivalents of it, such as Kerio Mail Server installs).

Nokia N900 PS3 controller [Video]

Nokia N900 PS3 controller [Video]

In today's day and age controlling one device with another is pretty common place. You can control your thermostat with a SMS message, arm your alarm system or even use your Blackberry to control your home theater. Of course using your Blackberry as a remote requires a stand alone device and a $100 piece of software.  For those of us lucky enough to own a Nokia N900 there is a new app called BlueMaemo which allows you to control a host of Bluetooth devices from your phone. Interestingly enough one of those devices in the Sony PlayStation 3.

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Optima OP5-E Maemo MID gets reviewed [Video]

Optima OP5-E Maemo MID gets reviewed [Video]

Nokia may only have plans for a single further Maemo device in 2010, but that's not to say the market will be limited to that unnamed handset and the N900.  Optima have launched the first non-Nokia Maemo MID the shape of the Optima OP5-E, a 4.3-inch resistive WVGA touchscreen, 806MHz Marvell PXA310+ ARM processor and integrated 3G (CDMA now; HSDPA coming next month).  Over at ARMDevices Charbax has reviewed the OP5-E, and he seems pretty excited about its possibilities.

Video demo after the cut

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