SlashGear Week in Review – Week 29 2010

Shane McGlaun - Jul 25, 2010
SlashGear Week in Review – Week 29 2010

It’s that time again, welcome to this week’s edition of the Week in Review. If you are set to go to school this fall Livescribe has a new version of its Smartpen called the Echo set to land in stores soon. The pen is slimmer and has more storage capacity.

Anyone out there how has been waiting to get an unlocked Nexus One is out of luck. The shipments of the smartphone have dried up and the remaining devices are being prioritized for developers. Monday we offered up our in depth technical preview of Windows Phone 7. We liked it and hope that users will give Windows Phone 7 a try.

Sony confirmed this week that there will be no 1080p 3D gaming on the PS3. This won’t be that big an issue for most folks who are just as happy with 720p as they are with 1080p. Samsung has plans to launch a new unbreakable plastic AMOLED panel in the next few years. An unbreakable screen sounds fantastic to folks like me who have killed an iPhone or two.

Tuesday brought some confusion on the iPad front with some reports that users of the iPad would be charged to upgrade their devices to iOS4. Apple’s EULA for the iPad states the next OS update would be offered free. Verizon is said to be set to launch its LTE network in 30 markets around the country on November 15. Rollouts to other cities will be seen in 2011.

Apple offered up its Q3 financial results on Tuesday. The company posted record revenue of $15.7 billion in the quarter thanks to the iPad. A product page for the HP Slate 500 tablet was spied mid-week. The page had little in the way of details but other sources have tipped a 1.6GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, and Windows 7 OS.

Samsung dropped a couple slick little point and shoot cameras on the market Wednesday. The cameras are called the DualView ST600 and ST100. The DualView cam has a LCD on the front for self-portraits. Panasonic has announced a new 3D camcorder is coming in late July. The camera will be the first to market by a major company and photos look strange.

A geek made a sweet coffee table out of old computer parts and other hardware. The table is actually two stacked inside each other with the inner table holding the computer hardware. Thursday we reviewed the Seagate Momentus XT HDD. This is the drive that promises a combination of HDD affordability and SSD performance and it really did what it promised making for a win.

AT&T announced that it had activated 3.2 million iPhones in Q2. That is a ton of devices for sure and we heard that Apple was working hard on eliminating the waiting list for iPads and iPhones. An autonomous glider prototype surfaced late in the week that can fly around on its own. The coolest thing about the glider is that it is designed to land on a wire.

Rumors that Apple was set to offer up a refresh on the iMac AIO computer surfaced Friday. The rumors point to USB 3.0, CPU updates and a touchscreen. Apple started issuing refunds to users who purchased bumpers along with their iPhone 4 smartphones. The refunds are Apple’s solution to the issue with the antenna on the new smartphone.

A bunch of cute little Android figures turned up late in the week that Android fans can collect. The little things can be had in case quantities or individually and some designs found in the cases are rare. A guy developed a new remote control that changes the channel to a random channel when it detects a fart. You can build your own with the full instructions on Instructables.

We reviewed the Toshiba Satellite L675D-S7022 notebook this week. In the end, we were disappointed by the display’s lack of 1080p support. If you didn’t buy a bumper with your iPhone 4 and have been waiting to be able to get your free case, the iPhone 4 Case program has launched with an app on the App Store. You can get the official bumper or cases form Belkin, Griffin, Incase, or Speck free of charge. Thanks for reading, see you next week!

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