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Entourage eDGe dual-screen Android ebook reader gets video hands-on

Entourage eDGe dual-screen Android ebook reader gets video hands-on

The Barnes & Noble nook will - when it finally starts shipping - be the first dual-display ebook reader that we're aware of, but over in Taipei Entourage have been showing off their own version of a dual-display machine, the eDGe.  Their form-factor is strikingly different from the nook - it looks like a particularly chunky book - with two similarly sized displays, e-ink on the left, a color touchscreen on the right, and NetbookNews grabbed some hands-on time with the working prototype recently.

Video demo after the cut

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Zii TRINITY 3.5G ZMS-05 dev smartphone announced

Zii TRINITY 3.5G ZMS-05 dev smartphone announced

As promised last month, the ZiiLABS team have revealed their first smartphone development platform, the Zii TRINITY, based on the company's StemCell ZMS-05 processor and throwing in quadband GSM and triband WCDMA/HSDPA.  As before, 1080p Full HD is supported together with accelerated OpenGL ES 3D graphics, while up front the TRINITY has a 3.1-inch 800 x 480 OLED capacitive touchscreen.  In the future, ZiiLABS say, there'll be a 4G version supporting the even higher-speed mobile networks.

The Zii TRINITY also squeezes in WiFi b/g, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and a 5-megapixel autofocus camera (plus a front-facing VGA camera for video calls), along with a microSD card slot.  Wired connectivity includes micro USB 2.0, mini HDMI and composite video output.  The battery is a 1,130mAh pack, and the TRINITY will run both Creative's own Plaszma OS or Google's Android platform.

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Stantum Japan demo resistive multitouch display tech [Video]

Stantum Japan demo resistive multitouch display tech [Video]

It's been a while since we looked at Stantum Japan's multitouch touchscreen offerings, but the company has obviously been beavering away in the meantime.  They've demonstrated their latest prototype - based on the guts of a Dell Mini 10 netbook - which uses a resistive touchscreen to recognize unlimited points of contact.  While we may be used to that sort of thing from capacitive displays, what the resistive technology brings to the table is responsiveness not only to fingers but any type of contact, whether stylus, key or even a paintbrush.

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Pegatron Smartbook caught in wild (again)

Pegatron Smartbook caught in wild (again)

We were only talking earlier on today about Pegatron's Smartbook plans, and then along comes Shanzai with a quick hands-on report with one of the company's first models.  There's no telling whether this is merely a prototype or something we'll see in Q1 2010 with a brand-name plastered across it, but we do know it was featured at ARM's "Technical Symposium 2009" in Taipei this week.

Litl Webbook gets video unboxing; prototypes revealed

Litl Webbook gets video unboxing; prototypes revealed

We're still more than a little bemused by the Litl Webbook; the 12-inch notebook is no mere netbook, Litl insist, but instead offers simplicity of use more akin to a TV than a computer.  However, while we might not be the target audience, even after a video demo it's unclear whether that simplicity is worth the $699 price tag.  Litl have recently posted a video unboxing and hands-on demo with the Webbook.

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Dell Adamo XPS prototypes played with multitouch trackpads, touch-sensitive keyboards, more

Dell Adamo XPS prototypes played with multitouch trackpads, touch-sensitive keyboards, more

Dell's Adamo XPS is certainly a striking piece of tech - any notebook that thin is going to grab our attention, and that's before you add in a spytastic touch-strip to open it - but it turns out the company had even more ambitious plans initially.  PC World managed to score some time with some of Dell's Adamo XPS prototypes, including versions with multitouch LCD trackpads and even a zero-profile touchscreen keyboard.

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Ericsson Spider Computer projection-packed concept [Video]

Ericsson Spider Computer projection-packed concept [Video]

The wisdom of designing gadgets that look like spiders when so many people find the many-legged bugs creepy is arguably lacking, but that hasn't stopped Ericsson.  The company's latest concept is the so-called Ericsson Spider Computer, a tripod design that will incorporate a full PC, pico-projector, laser keyboard and integrated 3G, and offer the people of 2020 an easily transported computing setup.

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LG Display and Samsung Mobile show transparent OLEDs

LG Display and Samsung Mobile show transparent OLEDs

The actual benefits of transparent displays are yet to be explained - beyond the sheer cool factor, of course - but that isn't stopping manufacturers from announcing them.  Both LG Display and Samsung Mobile Display have been flaunting their respective transparent OLEDs, the former having a full 15-inch OLED panel ideal for notebooks, while the latter has a 2-inch OLED panel intended for cellphones.

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