The Daily Slash: April 19th 2010

Apr 19, 2010
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The Daily Slash: April 19th 2010

Did you make it through your weekend all right? We certainly hope so, because we're glad you could make it here tonight for the newest Daily Slash. Tonight, in the Best of R3, we've got a Motorola flip phone that runs Android, the iPad's got two different ways to find out if you dunked it in water, and finally a phone that's become a reality. And then, in the dredge 'net, we have a chandelier made of OLED panels, a suspended transit train, and then presumably more bad news for Palm.

The Best of R3 Media

Motorola Gets a Handset Leaked, Too: The leaks just keep on coming, don't they? This time around, it comes in the guise of a Motorola handset running a version of the Android mobile Operating System. From the looks of it, it's running MOTOBLUR, that skin that the company created, and that's about it for the details. Other than that, we know that there's a plastic flip cover over the screen, which could have some touch-based technology in it. It's apparently still a prototype, so it might be awhile before we get to see this in an official capacity. [via Android Community]

The iPad's Got Two LS Indicators: The Liquid Submersion Indicators have been in practice for some time. In fact, they're pretty much a mainstay when it comes to cell phones. A little dot, that if it turns pink, can pretty much ruin your chances of getting a phone replaced through warranty. Well, Apple deemed it necessary to implant two of the little buggers in their tablet device: one in the 3.5mm audio jack, and one next to the pins in the 30-pin dock connector. So, don't get your iPad anywhere near moisture, yeah? [via Everything iPad]

Samsung Reality Gets Really Real: Not that it's been a long time coming, but the next American-based Samsung device is launching on Verizon Wireless on April 22nd. It's got a pretty cheap price tag, coming in at $79.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate, but it's definitely a featurephone. It's got a landscape QWERTY keyboard that slides out, so it's got that going for it. Also, a 3.2-inch touchscreen for good measure. [via SlashPhone]

The Dredge Net

Chandelier Consists of 9 OLED Panels: You know you're in the future when something as ridiculous as a chandelier is changing. That's exactly what German designer Ingo Maurer has done here, as he introduces his Double-C Future OLED Chandelier. There isn't any other adorning features to this glorious piece of tech: just nine panels of OLED-goodness, that look remarkably like some kind of item from a science fiction picture. And, unfortunately, there's no price to go along with the image above, but we'll look forward to find out what it is eventually (we hope). [via DVICE]

Electromagnet Suspended Train: There's something about going through your urban jungle in a floating train, isn't there? This time around, it's a train that runs on electromagnetic rails, and is crafted from transparent polycarbonate. This suspended train has all sorts of features (as a concept render should): wind turbines at the top of the towers to power traffic lights; solar powers on top of the train cars themselves; WiFi inside the cars; OLED panels; and information boards throughout. A perfect combination of technology, if you ask us. Now, let's make this happen, yes? [via Yanko Design]

RadioShack Pulls the Sprint Pre and Pixi From Shelves: Despite our best wishes, the news about Palm's devices just doesn't get any better. However, there might be a glimmer of hope in this one. As it stands right now, it looks like RadioShack's all across the country have begun pulling the Sprint version of the Palm Pre and Pixi from their shelves. Now, according to RadioShack, this is just part of their natural progression of devices -- and, yes, we believe them. However, the bad part is the fact that these are the only two Sprint, webOS devices Palm has. So . . . Well, that's just one more retailer not providing money to Palm. [via Phone Scoop]


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