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Kingston microSD fakes prompt “ghost shift” investigation

Kingston microSD fakes prompt “ghost shift” investigation

Who would've thought memory cards could be so full of intrigue.  Andrew "bunnie" Huang - whose name you might remember from inside the chumby One - was prompted to investigate an apparent bad batch of Kingston microSD cards when the touchscreen widget device (which stores its OS on a microSD) started acting up.  He went on to discover that his dodgy batch was in fact the tip of a fake card iceberg, which seems to suggest Kingston's suppliers have been producing so-called "ghost shift" fakes during factory downtime, with Kingston's brand but serious quality shortcomings.

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Dell Mini 5 MID video teardown: Snapdragon inside

Dell Mini 5 MID video teardown: Snapdragon inside

The Dell Mini 5 (aka Dell Streak) may have made its debut at CES 2010, but the company were still keeping most of the technical specifications close to their chest.  Unfortunately they obviously didn't count on a pre-release teardown taking place; over in the Tinhte forums, user cuhiep has stripped the 5-inch Android MID down to its 1GHz Snapdragon processor.

Video teardown after the cut

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Samsung 32GB microSD and 64GB embedded module announced

Samsung 32GB microSD and 64GB embedded module announced

Faster smartphones and other mobile devices are great, but if your storage can't keep up - either in speed or capacity - then you're not getting the best from your shiny new gadget.  With that mindset, Samsung have just announced a couple of storage products for mobile devices that are based on their new, 30nm-class high density NAND flash: a 64GB moviNAND embedded memory module and a 32GB microSD card.

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WikiReader takes Wikipedia offline

WikiReader takes Wikipedia offline

Ever wished you had a copy of Wikipedia in your pocket?  To be fair, as long as you have a reasonably recent phone, a data connection and a few minutes you can pull up the mobile version of the online encyclopaedia, but if you're more interested in an offline version then the WikiReader might appeal.  The palm-sized gadget has a monochrome touchscreen and a text-only backup of Wikipedia's articles stored on a microSD card.

Novatel Ovation MC998D HSPA+ USB modem launches

Novatel Ovation MC998D HSPA+ USB modem launches

Last we saw of Novatel Wireless' HSPA+ modem strategy was the MC996D clearing the FCC earlier this week; now the company has officially announced the Ovation MC998D, a triband HSPA+ (850/1900/2100 MHz) USB dongle that promises up to 21.6Mbps downlink rates and 5.76Mbps uplinks, network depending.  Meanwhile there's also a microSD card slot and integrated MIMO+ antenna array.

Bookeen Cybook Opus compact ebook reader hits shelves

Bookeen Cybook Opus compact ebook reader hits shelves

Bookeen's Cybook Opus 5-inch ebook reader has finally gone on sale, priced at $280 from the company's official store.  The Opus is a compact 4.2 x 6 x 0.4 inches and weighs 5.3oz; however it still packs a microSD card slot, accelerometer to flip between portrait and landscape orientations, and a user-replaceable battery good for 8,000 page turns.

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Archos Android MIDs A5S and A5H revealed in FCC filing

Archos Android MIDs A5S and A5H revealed in FCC filing

Archos' upcoming Android MID has been prematurely outed by the FCC, ahead of its expected launch on September 15th.  The Archos A5S (model 7501) Internet Media Tablet - a second, sibling device, the A5H (model 7502) was also mentioned in the user guide - bears a strong resemblance to the company's existing Archos 5, has a 5-inch (or possibly 4.8-inch) touchscreen display and includes WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and an FM transmitter/receiver.

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Magellan RoadMate 1700 is 7-inches of Touchscreen GPS Goodness

Magellan RoadMate 1700 is 7-inches of Touchscreen GPS Goodness

It's looking like devices have a way of showing up without anyone's consent now a days. At least, the consent of those who make said gadgets. And now that the Magellan RoadMate 1700 has graced the spacious universe of the internet, we can chalk up another victim. This time around we get some GPS-loving action, and while many of you may be thinking there's too many of these things out there on the market already, this little piece of guided technology is just amibitious enough with its standard features, that it could start pulling you away from those other devices.

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Becker Z205 PND gets 3D landscapes [Video]

Becker Z205 PND gets 3D landscapes [Video]

Becker have unveiled their latest personal navigation device, the Z205, and while it may not look all that impressive it does have some nifty functionality.  Packed inside the 125 x 82.5 x 12.7 mm case there's a 4.3-inch touchscreen along with a TMC Pro traffic data receiver module, Bluetooth and 4GB of storage.

Video demo after the cut

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AAXA P2 pico-projector: VGA input but just 35 mins battery

AAXA P2 pico-projector: VGA input but just 35 mins battery

AAXA have unveiled their new pico-projector, the P2, and at first glance there's plenty to endear the palm-sized device.  The resolution gets a boost to 800 x 600 while brightness also climbs to 33 lumens; even better, there's a standard VGA input along with the usual onboard media player, 1GB of integrated storage and microSD card slot.  Unfortunately, the thorn in the P2's side is its battery life.

KDDI WiFi b/g microSD cards demonstrated

KDDI WiFi b/g microSD cards demonstrated

KDDI Corp have been showing off two microSD cards with integrated WiFi b/g in Japan this week.  Although SD cards with integrated WLAN are not uncommon - Eye-Fi is a good example of the technology, used to add wireless photo and video uploads to digital cameras and camcorders - it's more unusual to find the components sufficiently shrunk down to fit on a microSD card.

Bookeen Cybook Opus ebook reader shows up in wild

Bookeen Cybook Opus ebook reader shows up in wild

Bookeen have been showing off their upcoming 5-inch ebook, the Cybook Opus, and it's being met with favor by the e-ink obsessives over at MobileRead.  They describe the 150g ebook reader as "positively gorgeous" with excellent ergonomics; the screen doesn't look half bad either, a 200dpi 600 x 800 pixel panel with auto-rotation courtesy of an integrated accelerometer.

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