When Hewlett-Packard bought Palm earlier this year, it looked like the final nail in the coffin of the Windows 7 tablet it had trotted out in January. The company was now on the horns of a dilemma, torn between WebOS and Windows 7. The world’s leading PC maker eventually chose to accommodate the Windows 7-based Slate 500 in its WebOS-dominated tablet plans, albeit only as a business-oriented product.
The back-from-the-dead Slate 500 is now available for preorder. The 8.9-inch device features a 1.86GHz Intel Atom Z540 processor, a 64GB SSD, 2GB of RAM, a 3MP camera on the back, one front-facing VGA camera, and a Broadcom graphics accelerator. The Slate 500 sports a $799 price tag.
Winamp enjoys an almost cult-like following on the desktop, and now the popular media player is available on Android, provided you have no qualms about using beta software.
Winamp for Android works with version 2.1 of the open-source OS and higher. Features include both wireless and USB syncing with your Winamp desktop app, persistent player controls, play queue management, and support for scrobbing with the Last.fm app installed.
Just like the desktop version, there's support for playlists, search by album, artist, and song, a repeat function, shuffle, and more. It's snappy too. On our crusty old G1 (rooted), Winamp ran without issue and basically blew the pants off the stock media player.
Ballistic has released another "Hard Core" case, this latest one designed for BlackBerry Curve 8500 and 9300 owners. The Ballistic HC offers five layers of protection, which according to Ballistic makes it the "most technically advanced rugged case on the market."
"The Ballistic HC provides unmatched protection for consumers and we are thrilled to make it available to our loyal Blackberry customers," said Adam Stubin, Vice President of Business Development, AG Findings. "With Blackberry dominating 31 percent of the cell phone industry, the release of our Blackberry HC case represents massive growth potential for the Ballistic brand."
The five layers consists of an inner rubber layer, rigid structural frame, outer shock absorption rubber, removable outer silicone rubber shock-absorption layer with connector plug/seals, and a screen protector.
The Ballistic HC will be available in both black and gray at AT&T stores (and online) for $50.
Boutique system builder Maingear on Thursday expanded its notebook line with its new Clutch series built for business professionals and students.
There are two models available, the first of which is the 13.3-inch Clutch 13. This one comes with an Intel 330UM processor, up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, up to a 750GB SATA HDD or 512GB SSD, 802.11g/n Wi-Fi, HDMI, eSATA, ExpressCard slot, and an optional docking station.
The larger 15.6-inch Clutch 15 comes configurable with an Intel Core i3/i5/i7 mobile processor, Intel HD integrated graphics or Nvidia GeForce GT 330M, and the same RAM, HDD, and dock options. Both systems ship with Windows 7.
Pricing starts at $899 for the Clutch 15 (no docking station) and $1,099 for the Clutch 13 (with docking station).
Do your friends point and call you "six eyes" when you invite them over for a 3D movie on your new 3DTV and slip on a pair of 3D specs over your corrective lenses? Sounds like you need new friends. Otherwise, Samsung's prescription 3D glasses might be just what you've been waiting for.
So far they're only available in Korea, though we imagine it won't be long before you see all kinds of 3D prescription options stateside. The special glasses are custom made by an optometrist and take about 7 days to make.
For those of you who wear glasses, would you find 3D technology more appealing if you could order prescription 3D specs?
Listen up fellas. Before you pop the big question, here's a quick test to find out if she's "the one." Head over to Black Milk Clothing and pick up an R2-D2 one-piece swimsuit. If she wears it, you know you've finally found the droid life partner you've been looking for. And if she doesn't, well, you're out $85 and should have known better than to get your girl something like this. Try flowers and diamonds next time.
The geeky one-piece is made by designer James Lillis and consists of a Polyester/Lycra mix. It comes from Australia, and if we had to gamble, we'd bet on this not being an officially licensed product. In other words, if you think this is the coolest thing you've ever seen, and aren't scared off by the price tag, don't procrastinate -- a cease and desist order can't be far behind.
With so many smartphones now sporting 1GHz processors, we were a little surprised to find out T-Mobile's G2 smartphone would ship at 'just' 800MHz. This led us to believe it would have some overclocking headroom tucked inside, and boy does it ever.
XDA forum member "coolbho3000" dropped an overclocking kernel module into the wild that allows adventurous G2 owners to push their smartphone's MSM7x30 processor to new heights. Keeping in mind that overclocking smartphones is risky business and you could very well brick your device, coolbho3000 managed to push his G2 all the way to 1.42GHz.
"Benchmark scores are very, very high, and the improved CPU performance is in line with what you'd expect from such a high clock frequency," coolbho3000 said. "All of this is possible without permanent root (and the ability to flash kernels) because we are using a kernel module and not flashing an actual kernel."
Full instructions can be found here, though allow us to reiterate this is not for the faint of heart. If you kill your device trying to overclock it, you're on your own.
Motorola this week announced the introduction of its new FDD LTE USB-lte 7110 modem, a plug-and-play device rated for FDD-LTE Category 3. In theory, Motorola's 4G modem should be capable of up to 100Mb/s downloads and 50Mb/s uploads.
"We are pleased to introduce Motorola's first LTE device to the industry to complement our own LTE networks and provide an LTE device to operators worldwide for the profitable delivery of 4G broadband wireless services to the mass market," said Fred Gabbard, vice president, Product Management, Motorola. "We look forward to the opportunity to team with operators worldwide for an end-to-end LTE solution or to provide interoperability testing of the new USB-lt 7110 device on their own LTE networks."
The device pops into any gadget with a USB port, such as your notebook, netbook, or tablet, and doesn't require any installation. It uses a pair of omni-directional MIMO (multiple-input, multiple-output) antennas and also includes Motorola's self-organizing network (SON) technology.
There is some major news for those of you waiting for Apple to bring its outdated MacBook Air into the present. The Cupertino-based company has performed another unimaginably improbable feat by updating the outdated ultrathin, while still failing at the herculean task of bringing it into the post Core 2 Duo era. But given Apple’s numerous “magical and groundbreaking” exploits, it shouldn’t be too difficult to cut it some slack, right?
The Air, which will now be available in 11.6-inch (new) and 13.3-inch screen sizes, is said to have become lighter, thinner and faster following the update. Apple has eschewed the hard drive in favor of solid-state storage, allowing the new Air models to have instant-on functionality and a longer battery life. As the flash storage is housed directly on the system board, as opposed to a solid-state drive enclosure, there is more room for the battery and other components.
The 11.6-inch model is priced $999 and features a 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB of memory, 64GB of storage. You can double the storage for a couple of Franklins. Its 13.3-inch cousin is priced $1,299 and features a 1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of memory, and 128GB of flash storage (double the storage for three Benjamins).
Lenovo seems in no rush to enter the US tablet market. After pushing back the release of the IdeaPad U1 notebook-tablet hybrid to 2011, it has now done the same with the more orthodox Android-based LePad. The Chinese PC maker was last month reported to be aiming for a December, 2010 launch for the 10.1-inch LePad.
According to a report on PCMag.com, which quotes Lenovo president and chief operating officer Rory Read, Lenovo is waiting for the next major Android release (Code-named “Honeycomb”) to come out as it will be the first Android version to have been optimized for tablets. It could take the company as many as four months after Honeycomb’s release to launch its maiden tablet, pushing the release of its first tablet for the US market well into 2011.