Sony is apparently looking to Android for its future ereader plans, with a job listing spotted for a "senior staff software engineer (Android)" in the company's Digital Reader Business Division. According to the job description - pulled from LinkedIn, but still in Google's cache (or you can read it in full after the cut) - the successful applicant will be involved in "developing application software for digital reading and other consumer electronic devices" based on the Android OS.
After an eighth-gen Archos tablet was spotted last week, we knew a new model was on the way; now the FCC has tipped the French company's hand, and revealed the Android powered Archos 32 Internet Tablet. Toting a 3.2-inch 400 x 240 touchscreen, capacitive buttons, Bluetooth and WiFi, the Archos 32 also gets GPS and an ARM Cortex A8 on the inside.
Ordro isn't a well-known brand for camcorders around these parts, but the company's new HDV-D350S is looking to grab some headlines by virtue of its integrated pico-projector. The D350S records up to 60fps 1440 x 1080 video or 12-megapixel stills, but also has a removable pico-projector attachment that slots onto a mount on the top of the camera; that can project up to a 60-inch WVGA picture.
No great surprise, given Verizon told us it would be happening yesterday, but Motorola's DROID 2 Android smartphone has gone up for sale on the carrier's site. Priced at $199.99 with a new, two-year agreement, the Android 2.2 handset has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 3.7-inch touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, and WiFi.
Sprint's EVO 4G is getting an official fix for those users who jumped on the prematurely-posted Android 2.2 Froyo update a week ago. The fix takes the 3.26.561.3 release - which many discovered to be unstable and have battery life problems - to 3.26.561.6, which is said to be more suited to everyday use.
Motorola's MOTOBLUR devices are still generally waiting for an Android upgrade, but in the meantime the original Motorola DROID has seen a second significant version update. Multiple tips have dropped suggesting that Motorola is pushing out an OTA update to Android 2.2 Froyo, bringing with it speed and stability increases.
The Nokia N-Gage failed to set the world alight, but had a Nintendo skunkworks R&D team had their way we could've seen a very different outcome. According to Pocket Gamer's development source, at around the same time that Nokia was working on the N-Gage, an R&D collaboration between the Finns and Nintendo saw a Nintendo phone concept prepared for executive approval. However, the Nintendo board of directors failed to greenlight production.
You could well argue that the real innovation at Microsoft is going on at their Research arm, where the latest oddball idea is a tablet PC with a split keyboard stuck to the back. Each half of the 'board is rotated 90-degrees, so as to maintain the regular hand position. Dubbed "RearType", the layout is the product of a new research paper [PDF link] and is designed to allow for faster text entry without blocking screen visibility or relying on tactile-minimal on-screen keyboards.
Toshiba has announced [PDF link] a new hard-drive technology, WIPE, that can automatically delete sensitive data on loss of power or should the HDD be removed. Intended for Toshiba self-encrypting drives predominantly used in copier and printer systems, WIPE works by automatically erasing the SED's internal encryption key.
Microsoft has taken a new swipe at Apple with the start of a "PC versus Mac" campaign, which pits Windows 7 against Cupertino's finest. According to Microsoft, there are six key areas in which a PC has a Mac beat: Having Fun, Simplicity, Working Hard, Sharing, Compatibility and Choice.