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MSI is preparing a dual touchscreen e-reader running Windows 7

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It looks MSI are on the way to give us the best netbook we have ever seen, disguised as an e-reader.

The MSI gadget will sport two 10-inches capacitive touch displays supporting multi-touch, Intel Atom Z530 processor and will run on Windows 7 Home Premium.
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Dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon CPU coming before the end of the year

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And all of a sudden your 1GHz Snapdraggon-powered HTC HD2 doesn’t seem all that powerful any more. Apparently Qualcomm are almost done with the development of not one but two new mobile CPU units that are about to top their lineup.

Before January has ended 1.3 GHz Snapdragon 8X50A CPU with reduced-size 45nm core process will be offered to manufacturers and is expected to appear in end-products by the end of this year. We guess, HTC HD3 will be getting one of those.

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Samsung Bada S8200 will be the pioneer with the new OS, 4-inch Galaxy 2 is on the way

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Eldar Murtazin posted a tweet with some juicy info about two new Samsung smartphones.

The first is Bada S8200, which name is more than enough to conclude it will be the first smartphone with the new Bada OS.
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Nexus One torn apart, Wi-Fi 802.11n and FM radio transmitter/receiver found hiding inside

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The guys at iFixit sure have picked a strange name for their site, considering they tear down everything high-tech they get their hands on. But they are pros at it and very often they uncover interesting things.

Take the Nexus One teardown for example – it turns out that Google’s Superphone contains a Broadcom BCM4329 chip, which can do 802.11n Wi-Fi and FM radio receiving and transmitting. Neither of those three things is listed in the official specs though…

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Parrot AR.Drone turns you and your iPhone into the Red Barron

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The Parrot AR.Drone lets you achieve your life long dream of piloting a remote control drone – and you don’t even have to join the military. Jokes aside, the AR.Drone is one of the coolest gadgets I’ve seen in while – it’s a quad-rotor helicopter, which is controlled by an iPhone or an iPod touch. In case you were wondering what the AR stands for – yes, it stands for Augmented Reality or in other words really cool looking games (including multiplayer ones).

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Kindle and Kindle DX headed to over 100 countries with global 3G data plan included

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Who says no one reads anymore – certainly not Amazon. With their just announced Kindle DX shipping to over 100 countries with global 3G Internet coverage, future populations just might not forget how to read texts over 140 characters long.

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Threaded email messaging finally coming with Windows Mobile 6.5.3

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A leaked recent build of the Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrade (6.5.3 or whatever it’s called) is the source of even more new features that we haven’t seen on Windows Mobile smartphones before. This time it’s threaded email messaging.

You’ve seen us comment on some of the new features that are expected with the yet unannounced update of Windows Mobile 6.5. The leaked unofficial ROMs are all over the place and users have been experimenting with them for quite some time. Every now and then, new features come up bringing the mobile OS a step forward in the right direction.

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LG GW990 is a Moorestown-powered MID, and it will probably make calls as well

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LG is moving in to resurrect the MID with its Moorestown-powered LG GW990. Moorestown platform might just be the precursor to Atom-powered smartphones, but for now is just a resurgence of the Mobile Internet Device platform – something, which made obsolete by modern smartphones – just like PDAs.

Here’s what we know of the LG GW990 – it is powered by the Intel Moorestown platform, which includes a 45nm Atom-core Pineview CPU (basically like those new netbooks, though possibly at a lower clockspeed), a graphics controller and built-in wireless capabilities – 7.2Mbps HSDPA and 5.76Mbps HSPA in the case of the LG GW990. Moorestown platform is extra light on the gas pedal and power consumption is deemed 10 times lower than that of last year’s Atom platforms.

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LG GW990 could be the saviour of the MID

The GW990 screen is 4.8″ with 1024×480 pixels resolution, putting it midway between smartphones and tablets size-wise – the sweet spot for MIDs (monsters like the HTC HD2 skew things a bit but still). The LG GW990 also packs a 5-megapixel camera as well as a built-in GPS receiver with A-GPS and digital compass. The battery is 1850mAh but we don’t know what that means for battery life.

There’s no information on the OS for the LG GW990, but the interface is a definite S-Class derivative. Under the hood, it’s probably a modified Moblin OS, which is a Linux-based thing designed specifically for Moorestown devices. The wide screen is put to good use thanks to the “Multi-Window” view for enhanced multitasking- it places three screens side by side in landscape view, looking quite similar to the cards of WebOS.

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More LG GW990 promises desktop browsing on the go

LG GW990 labels promise HD video and 3D gaming on the LG GW990 but as far as real-life usability goes, we’ll have to see it to judge it.

It doesn’t seem like the LG GW990 is capable of voice calls over the 3G network, but you can always use VoIP, I guess. There’s a handy earpice on board for that. Straight from the birth of the Moorestown platform Intel have been promising call capabilities so we wouldn;t be surprised if this thing can even be used as a mobile phone.

Intel and LG have partnered up and have been promising a MID for 2010 – and they’ve obviously kept their word with the GW990.

Impressive Canon EOS 1D Mark IV high-ISO shots appear

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The Canon EOS 1D Mark IV still has a pre-order status at most online shops but some lucky fellas have already gotten their hands on one of those babies. The professional photographer John Deeb is among the chosen ones and he has been kind enough to share some high-ISO shots taken with the new APS-H flagship (APS-H is the name of the peculiar Canon sensor with a 1.3x crop factor).

Canon EOS 1D Mark IV

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Three videos of the Google Nexus One you shouldn’t miss

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Hot on the heels of the Google Nexus One announcement, Google released the first demo and instructional videos about their new phone. Here’s my selection of the available videos – I’ve singled out only the most interesting and entertaining ones here.

First off, it’s the Google Nexus One promo video, showcasing its main new features including:

  • The Cooliris 3D gallery with Picasa integration
  • The new News and Weather widget
  • The upcoming Google Earth for Android app
  • 3D spinning main menu (a.k.a. application launcher)

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MWC 2010 no-shows: Nokia and LG decide to throw their own parties instead

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The MWC 2010 is getting a lot of “Sorry, can’t make it” calls lately. First, it was rumors that Nokia won’t have a booth and now LG is backing out as well.

The truth is that neither Nokia nor LG will be exhibiting anything – at least not on the MWC Congress grounds. Instead Read more »

Sony Alpha 450 DSLR unveiled, looks like an Alpha 550 on the cheap

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Sony have just introduced a new member of their Alpha family of DSLR cameras. The Sony Alpha 450 is a budget version of the A550 and is built around the same 14 MP CMOS sensor with available ISO settings from 200 to 12800. A few features have been sliced off to get the lower price tag and here we have the missing link between the A3xx series and the A5xx series.

Sony Alpha 450

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Apple Magic Mouse successfully paired to iPhone, app for the keyboard already available

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The guys from the BTstack project successfully paired an Apple Magic Mouse to an iPhone over Bluetooth. As you may see from the video bellow, the thing works just fine.

For the time being, the mouse drivers are not ready for prime time, but their release should be just around the corner.

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Doom and Quake mark the dawn of 3D gaming on the Palm Pre

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Two all-time favorites from the glory days of id Software have now made their way to the Palm Pre (of all devices), continuing our retro 3D shooter theme.

Quake for the Palm Pre

Say hello to Doom and Quake. Although it’s been a while since these games were new, I suspect you’ll have fun playing them nonetheless. Especially, when they’re only at arm’s length wherever you go.
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Mirrorless Samsung NX10 announced, with HD video and all

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The jury is still out on the “mirror-less interchangeable lens systems are the future” case but Samsung have already jumped on the bandwagon. And when a company of this caliber enters a new market it is usually a good idea to pay attention. The Samsung NX10 is the first member of the new NX series of mirror-less interchangeable lens cameras.

Samsung NX10

The Samsung NX10 body is built around a 14.6 megapixel APS-C-sized CMOS sensor, which as we suspect is the same as (or closely related to) the Pentax K-7 one. Considering how bad the Pentax K-7 did, we are hoping we’re wrong on this one as the Samsung NX10 packs quite a lot of interesting features.

The DSLR-style NX10 sports a VGA electronic viewfinder and a 3.0″ OLED Read more »