Archives for October 2009

T-Mobile to Roll Out Android 1.6 Donut

android_donutThe latest Android OS is about to roll out. The new version is Android 1.6 also known as Donut. T-Mobile are planning to roll it out today in various stages with stage 1 ready for select G1 handsets starting today. After 24 hours has passed, sometime tomorrow, the next phase will start with the MyTouch3G.

Assuming all goes to plan and there are no bricked phones by the end of the first and second stages then the update will be rolled out to remaining users who have compatible handsets. [Read more…]

BI Handheld Shopper Gadget

bi-handheld-personal-shopperThe BI Handheld Shopper Gadget is a concept device that aims to help you find various shops. Looks wise, the renderings look great. It has an interchangeable back cover along with a gloss black face and steel detailing making it look rather good – in theory.

Inside you’ll find a GPS receiver that tracks your current location and the interface is designed with shopping in mind as it lists all the local shops that are nearby and overlays them on a satellite image. [Read more…]

HTC Imagio Launching October 6

HTC-ImagioVerizon have just announced that the HTC Imagio will be launching at the same time as Windows Mobile 6.5.

The HTC Imagio has a 3.6 inch screen that is capable of a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Inside it has a 528MHz processor, WiFi at 802.11b/g speeds as well as Quadband GSM at 850/900/1800/1900 + 2100 HSPA along with 3G compatibility also.

The camera has a 5 megapixel sensor and also has autofocus. The phone will use TouchFLO 3D installed on top of Windows Phone. [Read more…]

Sony DPP-F700 Digital Photo Frame and Printer Combo

sony-dpp-f700Sony are launching a new Digital Photo Frame and Printer combo that as far as I am aware, is the first of it’s kind. We normally see devices converging together in the mobile phone industry such as cameras being attached, GPS and motion sensors. Now it’s time for the Photo Frame to be paired up with something.

The Sony DPP-F700 has a 7 inch screen on the front that is attached to a small printer at the back. The screen supports a WVGA resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and inside you’ll find 1GB of storage capacity.

The printer on the photo frame is capable of printing out photos at 4 x 6 inches in size. The photographic paper used has a coating that is resistant to fingerprint and water. [Read more…]

BlackBerry Storm 2 – AKA BlackBerry 9550

BlackBerry-Storm-2-9550The BlackBerry Storm 2, AKA BlackBerry 9550, is getting launched soon. BlackBerryCool managed to get hold of a pre-production model to test what’s new about it and how the new fancy screen actually works.

Not much has been posted by the guys at blackberrycool just yet, but the purpose of the post linked to above was to ask their audience what they wanted to know about it. What we do know is that it’s got a newer operating system and the screen has been reworked a little to provide a better feedback.

According to the brief review the screen works better thanks to a shortened travel distance which makes the keyboard more responsive. [Read more…]

Amazon Kindle coming to the UK

amazon-kindle-2An authoritative source informed thebookseller that the Amazon Kindle is heading to the UK and it could be as early as next week.

A few months ago it was also rumoured that an October release date for the device in the UK was happening, so as we are in October now then maybe it will happen.

“The key things they needed to tie up have been tied up. The rumours I’ve heard are all saying next week.” The source confirmed that publishers had signed non disclosure agreements so would not be able to comment on the record. But added: “I’ve heard it from multiple reliable sources. I think they want to avoid the general kerfuffle of Frankfurt.”

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Apple Buys their Own Maps Company

iphone-mapsApple has bought a mapping service company named Placebase. This might not seem too interesting, but the thing is that Google currently provides mapping services for Apple and now that Apple own Placebase, it could mean bye bye to Google Maps on the iPhone.

There could be a few reasons for Apple making this move and more than likely it is to be less dependant on Google then they have been in the past. PlaceBase allows a lot of customisation and a lot of ways to layer multiple kinds of data sets on to maps. This all can be done through an API which could mean developers have some powerful mapping tools in their hands. [Read more…]

PS3 Slim Laptop by Ben Heck

benheck-ps3-slim-laptop-demoBen Heck, the master of hacking together portable consoles from regular consoles, has created another beauty. This time he has put together a PS3 Slim and made it in to a portable laptop. The PS3 slim laptop has a 17 inch Gateway LCD screen that has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

The PS3 slim laptop packs all the features of the regular PS3 slim inside it’s crazy looking casing and allows you to play games while on the move. Also tucked inside you will find space to store the power cord should you need to power it up while out and about. [Read more…]