Sunday, April 11, 2010

Still looks weird, Flip Slide HD caught outside the box

Maybe it's just the odd angle of this newly submitted out-of-box photograph, or maybe we just aren't smart enough for Cisco, but we still we can't quite figure out what exactly is going on here.

We suppose the flip-up screen performs as a sort of poor man's photo frame? At risk of being rude, we're pretty sure we'd just like a thinner video camera, but when it comes to selling millions dirt cheap, dirt simple video cameras to the masses, the makers of the seemingly imminent Flip Slide HD are of course the experts.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

New 2010 Vertu Constellation Ayxta gets unboxed and admired

VERTU is new gadget from NOKIA. Nokia's luxury handset division has rarely gotten much love on these pages, but that's mostly to do with the excessive use of "high end" materials on its phones and zeroes in its prices. Both are present and accounted for here, with the stainless steel and leather-bound Constellation Ayxta starting at somewhere around $7,500.

Still, we retain a curiosity to see such exclusive devices in the glaring lights of reality, and Gear Diary has treated us to just such a treat. The handset before you can crank out 6 hours of talk time over GSM or 300 hours of standby, navigate preloaded maps over GPS, or hook you up to an instant Concierge service if you don't feel like doing the work yourself. And why should you? Mosey on over to the source for the full unboxing gallery.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

BMW commits to Megacity EV by 2013

BMW's first all-electric regular series production vehicle, the Megacity EV, has now been set in stone and inserted into the company's roadmap for a commercial launch in 2012 or 2013. The Bavarian automaker has gone official with word that it plans to use its Leipzig assembly plant to produce the car and further notes that it'll feature a similar setup to the ActiveE concept (pictured above), which is set for field testing in 2011.

Essentially a 1 series that feeds off the electric grid rather than the nearest diesel pump, the ActiveE runs off an array of lithium-ion batteries รก la the well liked but recently troubled Tesla Roadster, and will serve as a test mule for refining the underlying technology. Generating up to 170bhp might not sound all that impressive, but it should be more than sufficient for the urban commuters these vehicles will be aimed at. Now we just need Mercedes and Audi to match that release schedule and the electric car should finally have its day in the mainstream sun.

Apple, Android, and RIM winners in 2009 smartphone growth, Nokia and Symbian still dominate

Gartner just released its annual numbers for worldwide mobile phone sales to end users in the year known as two thousand nine. Looking at smartphone OS market share alone, Gartner shows the iPhone OS, Android, and RIM making the biggest gains (up 6.2, 3.4, and 3.3 percentage points from 2008, respectively) at the expense of Windows Mobile (down to 3.1%) and Symbian (down to 5.5%).

Although Gartner says that Symbian "has become uncompetitive in recent years," (ouch) it concedes that market share is still strong especially for Nokia; something backed up by Nokia's Q4 financials and reported quarterly smartphone growth by 5 percentage points. Regarding total handsets of all classifications sold, Nokia continues to dominate with 36.4% of all sales to end users (down from 38.6% in 2008) while Samsung and LG continue to climb at the expense of Motorola (dropping from 7.6% to 4.5% of worldwide sales in 2009) and Sony Ericsson. See that table after the break or hit up the source for the full report.

Explore and Share concept uses super fast from NOKIA

The so-called, Explore and Share concept starts by placing an N900 onto a "writer" that's tethered to a PC at a retail store. At that point, the PC recognizes the handset and serves up a number of options to the purchaser. For the purposes of the demo, an unnamed Finn selects an album that downloads to the handset in less than 10 seconds.

Less than 10 seconds, wirelessly! If we assume that the 18 track Bruce Springsteen album is somewhere between 100MB and 200MB then we're looking at a 10MBps to 20MBps transfer rate. Nokia doesn't admit to what tech it's using, referring to it only as "a new radio technology." It's certainly not NFC which tops out at 424kbps, or Bluetooth 3.0 + HS which tops out at 3MBps. It also negotiates much faster than WiFi (though that could just be editing trickery). It's closer to Wireless USB's real-world data rates of around 15MBps or TransferJet's 375Mbps effective throughput. Or as a long shot, maybe Bluetooth 4.0 which targets 60Mbps (theoretical) transfer rates. Regardless, it's fast so we have to agree with Nokia when it deadpans: "Sounds great. Doesn't. It." Check out the action after the break.

Friday, February 12, 2010

News : South Korean iPhone users turn to sausages as a cold weather 'meat stylus'

Apple and HTC might each be trying to patent a fancy capacitive stylus, but it looks like the good people of South Korea have stumbled on a decidedly more low-tech (and delicious) solution to using their phones in the winter: sausages.

Apparently snack sausages from the CJ Corporation are electrostatically compatible with the iPhone's capacitive touchscreen, leading many to use them as a "meat stylus" in the cold weather, rather than remove a glove. And it's not just a joke; apparently South Korean snack sausage sales are soaring. We don't know if anyone's managed to combine this bit of amazing hackery with the bacon iPod sleeve yet, but we do know that we just registered -- anyone care to send in some local sausage test results?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

2010 Motorola details Android 2.1 update for Droid

Motorola already dropped word that Android 2.1 would be rolling out to the Droid this week, and it's now followed that up with some eagerly anticipated details on just what's in store.

As expected, that includes full multitouch with pinch-to-zoom in the browser, gallery and maps applications, along with some voice recognition and virtual keyboard enhancements, a new 3D gallery, a news and weather app, an enhanced music app (with tabs for navigation) and, of course, the Google Goggles app, among other more minor updates. Still no indication that the update is rolling out just yet, however, although Droid users should get a notification as soon as it's available. Hit up the link below for the complete release notes.

[Thanks, Jimmy]

Friday, February 5, 2010

NEW Motorola Devour has Flash support

NEW Motorola's official spec sheet for the Devour reveals that there'll be a Flash Lite runtime on board -- presumably version 3.1, which offers support for a variety of video codecs and Flash 9 content -- and more importantly, it'll work in the browser.

That's pretty cool -- it gives the Devour one small leg up on its Droid big brother and matches capabilities that HTC has rolled out in the past on the Hero, but what's more interesting is that the Devour allegedly uses the same next-gen low-cost smartphone processor from Qualcomm, the MSM7627, as the Pixi. Palm has elected not to roll out the Pre's upcoming Flash support to the Pixi on account of its lower-end specs, which begs the question: is Android's Flash Lite 3.1 player significantly more efficient than webOS' Flash 10.1 player, does the Devour have more horsepower packed in there than it's letting on, or does Palm just have higher performance standards for annoying ads than Moto does?

Monday, February 1, 2010

New Motorola Backflip spotted in the wilds of China

Motorola's Backflip has yet to springboard itself over to AT&T, but those who call China home can hop on the bandwagon right away.

Said phone -- which sports a full touchscreen and a physical QWERTY thanks to the horizontal clamshell design -- is now available from Moto's Chinese portal for 4,298 Chinese yuan (in unlocked form), which translates to right around $630. While the rest of the world awaits the phone's launch later this quarter, you can hit up for a downright beautiful gallery of in the wild shots. Go on, it's safe. We think.

Friday, January 29, 2010

So Apple iPad Predicted Trends in 2010

Apple re-release of their new products. Yesterday early morning WIB or Wednesday (27 / 1) at San Francisco, United States (U.S.), a company engaged in the field of computer technology, launched a tablet computer with touch screen. Apple CEO Steve Jobs appeared on stage to give a name for the iPad the new device.

"We want to start 2010 with the introduction of a truly magical and revolutionary," Jobs said that was launched AFP. This is the second appearance of Jobs in public since September after undergoing liver transplant surgery last year. And as usual, he appeared with his trademark outfit, a black turtleneck shirt, led by blue jeans, and sneakers.

Carrying iPad, Jobs mentioned that the device uses IPS 9.7-inch screen, 0.5 inches thick, and weighs 1.5 pounds. Battery power for up to 10 hours of active use and a month to standby. At first glance, it looks like the iPhone with a large size. Function was no less a notebook. That could be to work, accessing multimedia, and surf the web. Apple iPad provides two variants. That is the only equipped with WiFi and WiFi-equipped GSM and 3G connections. The price ranges from USD 499 USD 5 million to EUR 829 or about USD 8 million.

Jobs added, IPad expected to cover the gap between laptop and smartphone (smart phone). "Is there a product that can accommodate a laptop and smartphone features? IPad I think that could do it," he said.

Especially for the use of the name iPad, Jobs explained that a few days before the launch, Apple iPad request of copyright is now held by Fujitsu to carry one device.

Yes, this is one of the surprise of the presence iPad. Therefore, previous analysts have cautioned that this gadget will be sold in the range of USD 1000.

However, Apple seems quite sensitive to the economic recession which is still hanging, so it does not set prices too expensive for the new champ again expose tersebut.Jobs iPad excellence. According to him, iPad has iTunes, so users can directly download the application, music, and video. ''This product is also supported iWorks applications that have been modified, so keep working on devices with optimal hardware specifications that far from the Mac,''he added.

Another new innovation is provided in the iPad is, the iBook application to read E-Book and E-Book download directly from the Internet. Apple also announced the iBook Store, a new service similar to iTunes specifically for buying and selling E-Book.

''For a while, the new iPad is only available in the U.S.,''continued Jobs. However, Apple will distribute it to the whole world in the next 2-3 months. iPad sold without the exclusive cooperation with operators, including the version with 3G SIM cards are unlocked. Not only that will be iPad coffers of new money for Apple. Along with the launch iPad, while Apple announced a new online store called iBookstore that provides E-Book from the various publishers of the world.

"This store similar to iTunes.''

Jobs hinted that the business model in its new online store is almost the same. So far, iTunes offers music downloads and videos from third parties either free or paid. Apple offers for the outcome of the proceeds content providers.

No mention was how many of the titles currently available. Jobs said that only five name partners who have joined the largest publisher of Penguin, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, Hachett Book Group, and Harper Collins.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Delays more flights because Hong Kong International Airport installs PS3 game poles

It's not fair, is it? You'd think Hong Kong's award-winning airport already has enough to keep travelers jolly (there's free WiFi too), but as the old Chinese proverb goes: "Those who don't move forward will only go backward."

As of this week, Hong Kong International Airport has 14 free-of-charge PlayStation 3 game poles that are preloaded with Final Fantasy XIII, Avatar, Uncharted 2, Assassin's Creed 2, etc. Hey Sony, too bad you didn't start from the top of the "world's worst airports" list -- passengers at London Heathrow would've been forever in your debt.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Quad SSD drive and dynamic graphics is SONY VAIO Z

we just got word that the Core i7-620M pumpin' VAIO Z series from Sony will be hitting Europe in late March. The Z's biggest claim to fame is its ultra-fast Quad SSD, a rather unique Sony innovation that writes data in parallel to four SSDs (up to 256GB total capacity in RAID 0) at speeds up to 6.2x faster than typical 5400 rpm laptop hard disks.

Sony also fits the Z with a hybrid graphics solution that combines 1GB of NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with Intel HD graphics allowing you to automatically (or manually) switch between "speed" and "stamina" modes... presumably without requiring a logout if we're reading "dynamic" correctly. Rounding out the specs are 6GB of DDR3 SDRAM, 802.11n WiFi, integrated optical drive, and optional VAIO Everywair 3G mobile broadband module all stuffed into this 13.1-inch laptop with 1920 x 1080 pixel LED backlit display with 210 x 23.8-32.7 x 314mm and 1.43kg footprint. Power AND portability? Come give us a hug Sony.

NEW Samsung MU200 caught on camera, begging for its screen to be touched

SAMSUNG MU200.. Somehow we missed giving the Samsung MU200 a groping at CES, and we're pretty sure we'd forgive ourselves for that if hadn't caught some pretty incomplete video of the 20-inch touchscreen all-in-one.

Though it has some responsive touch buttons, we've got no idea how its multitouch display performs since the German-chap forgot to test it out. We know CES can be an exhausting time, but we're not sure how you forget to try out the most important part of the machine (there's even a big cartoon finger demanding onlookers to touch it!). But we do learn from the video that the system packs a 2.2GHz Intel Pentium T4400 processor, 2GB of RAM, 320GB of storage, and GeForce G310 graphics and that it got a fair share of ports along the backside and an optical drive on its right side. For now we'll just be left wondering what's its like to drag our fingers over that digital fish pond, and if the MU200 will making it past the Korean market. Hit the break for the video.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

New Motorola Shadow is Nexus Two with sliding QWERTY keyboard?

MOTOROLA SHADOW The gang at Mobile01 have laid out two more photos of what is being called the Motorola Shadow (not to be confused with the T-Mobile Shadow), which in a nutshell looks like Droid / Milestone with a white keyboard and wrist strap.

Even more interesting is the assertion that this could be Google's next flagship device, here lovingly dubbed the Nexus Two. Now while there is no way to corroborate at this point, we could totally buy this as feasible. After all, what better way to complement the Nexus One slate than with one with physical QWERTY? And who better than the company whose Android 2.0 device increased the platform's mindshare at supersonic speeds, with a CEO willing to signify support even at the launch event for a competitor's product? Color us curious -- wrist strap-laden render after the break

New Acer Liquid now available in black

While we have yet to see the Acer Liquid popping up for real on American soil, the lucky Brits have just been treated to a second color option -- black -- for this underclocked Snapdragon Android phone.

Still no sign of the red option that Acer promised, though. Price remains steady at around £330 (which is about $537) at a couple of UK e-tailers, but hey, with that shiny $529 tag on the Nexus One it's hard to be mad at our British friends. Let's hope Google and Vodafone can work out something nice for them.

Monday, January 11, 2010

2010 First Else hands-on at CES: 'still alive and kicking'

According to CTO Eldad Eilam, the basic functions of the ALP-based phone are finally done and dusted, so now Else will mainly focus on fine-tuning its snazzy visual effects until beta around the end of March.

There's no doubt that it's also finalizing plans -- pricing, content distribution, and remote sync service, etc.-- with various partners in the US and Europe. If you happen to be in Asia, then sorry -- apparently Else has no intention to visit you guys just yet, but you might get lucky if you sneak into Sharp's factories in Japan or China. For the rest of us, we shall continuously gaze at our hands-on videos until First Else's expected end-of-Q2 launch -- we've got a new one for you after the break.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

New Cobra XRS 9970G radar detector has a touchscreen

HELOO...!! If you're thinking switching between city and highway mode on a regular radar detector was pretty easy, well, you're wrong. What you need is a 1.5-inch touchscreen, as found on the new Cobra XRS 9970G and 9965, which replaces that baffling array of knobs and switches with a baffling array of icons.

Of course, none of this will actually make radar detectors effective or relevant, but that's not really the point here, is it?

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