The Daily Slash: April 21st 2010

Apr 21, 2010
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The Daily Slash: April 21st 2010

Welcome to the most recent hump day edition of the Daily Slash. It's the middle of the week and we're sure you're pining to get your feet firmly planted to the end of the week, but until we get there, at least you've got us. Tonight's edition is pretty lengthy, at least in one part, but we promise it's worth it. First up, in the Best of R3, we've got a whole laundry list of new devices from Dell, then iPads being used in the medical field, and finally a huge piece of bad news for the HTC Hero. And then in the dredge 'net, we've got Android running on the iPhone, a washing machine, and then Microsoft pitching some live TV ideas.

The Best of R3

Dell Introduces the Thunder, Flash, and Smoke: We're going out on a limb here and saying that Dell obviously wants to make sure that they're a presence in the smartphone market again. And, if they release even one of these Android-based devices, we'll firmly admit that they've made it. The Dell Thunder is an Android 2.1-based handset, with a 4.1-inch WVGA OLED screen. It has an 8MP camera on the back, and it features Dell's "Stage" User Interface, which looks eerily like HTC's Sense UI. It's going to be hitting AT&T later this year, and there's even going to be an LTE model in the fourth quarter 2011. The Flash is a ridiculous piece of architecture, with Dell aiming to mold it out of a slice of curved glass. Yeah, sounds expensive, right? It will feature a 3.5-inch WVGA LCD screen, a 5MP camera, WiFi, TV-out, Bluetooth 3.0, and a Qualcomm MSM7230 processor running at 800MHz. And finally the Dell Smoke, which is like a Palm Pixi but that got beat with a sexy stick. Featuring a beautiful full QWERTY keyboard, with a 2.8-inch QVGA display. It's also featuring Android's Froyo version, which already makes it a highly anticipated device. The trouble is, the Smoke won't launch until the second quarter of 2011. [Thunder via Android Community; Flash via Android Community; Smoke via Android Community]

100 iPads Ordered for California Hospital: The iPad is a perfect fit for the medical industry, and Nick Volosin thinks so, too. He's the Director of Technical Services for the Kaweah Delta Health Care District, and after he managed to get there iPads over to his hospital to test out, they've now put in an order for an additional 100 tablets for their staff. Utilizing the Citrix Receiver, they can take full control of a virtual PC to watch over patient statistics, read X-rays, and look over EKG results while on the go. [via Everything iPad]

HTC Hero Won't be Seeing 2.1 Until June: Bad day for the owners of the original HTC Hero. According to an email correspondence, it doesn't look like the Hero is going to be seeing any kind of major update until June. They will be getting an update to prepare their handsets by some time in June, and then a short time later, the full Eclair update will be delivered to their devices. A long way from February or March, if you ask us, and considering the HTC Desire is already out and about, we can't see why customers are still waiting. [via SlashPhone]

The Dredge Net

Android Lives on the iPhone: It's about time, right? According to a recent posted video, the notorious iPhone hacker planetbeing has successfully booted the Google mobile Operating System, Android, onto a fully functional iPhone. And, everything works. You can watch in the video as he tries several different features, such as a Skype call. Planetbeing even says that Flash could be supported. As of right now he is able to actually dual-boot, and choose which mobile Operating System he wants to load. It's good to have choices, right? [via Quick Pwn]

Even Washers of the Future Are Awesome: We'd have to say that perhaps "thinner isn't better" when it comes to washing machines, as the idea is to get as much done in a single load as possible, but we can't argue a sexy piece of technology when we see one. For example, this Electrolux washing machine is just about ridiculous, and we can't stop staring at the beautiful illuminated ring of light. It changes color depending on what cycle your wash is in, so you'll always know, just by a quick glance, what stage your clothes are currently being washed. A great idea, especially considering there's a wall-mounted model, as well as one that fits into the cabinets. Great ideas that we hope to see come to fruition soon. [via DVICE]

Microsoft Planning a Live TV Channel for Xbox 360: As video game consoles go, there's definitely several different features for each of them. And, while Sony has already tried their hand at original video content, it seems that Microsoft wants to test out the action, too. According to a recent report, it seems that Microsoft is in current talks with former President of News Corp., Peter Chernin, to create a dedicated TV Channel for the Xbox 360 LIVE network. The channel would be jointly owned, and would not only have new, original content, but also air reruns of old shows, so that there is always something playing. Customers would have to pay an additional one, or two dollars a month to access the channel, though. [via TG Daily]


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