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Intel adds rugged Studybook tablet to its student-friendly Classmate lineup

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012
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File this under: “Wait, that didn’t happen already?” Intel just announced the Studybook, that tablet you see up there, and believe it or not it’s only the first slate to join the company’s lineup of Classmate products for schools. That’s sort of wild, given the popularity of tablets and also the fact that there are so many kid-proof models floating around. And yet, the closest Intel had come until now was with the Convertible Classmate PC, a device that was more of a netbook with a touchscreen.

Like the rest of Intel’s Classmate series, the Studybook is meant to find a home in schools here in the US and around the globe, including developing markets. And by most measures, this reference design is exactly the kind of product you would have expected Intel to cook up for such an audience. Starting with raw specs, you’re looking at a 7-inch (1024 x 600), Atom-powered tablet that can be configured to run either Android or Windows 7, depending on the school district’s needs. As you’d expect, it’s been designed to take a beating from careless kids: the plastic, 525-gram (1.2-pound tablet) can withstand 70-centimeter (2.3-foot) drops and has a rubber band reinforcing the bezel to keep sand and other elements out. You’ll also find rubber gasketing around the ports, which include USB 2.0, HDMI, a headphone jack and microSD / SIM slots. Though it comes standard with 1GB of RAM, the amount of built-in storage will vary from school to school: four to 32 gigs, or a 128GB SSD.

Just as important as the specs is the software package, which includes Kno’s e-reader app, as well as the LabCam suite, which lets you do things like attach a special lens (sold separately) to use that rear-facing 2-megapixel camera as a microscope. As for price, Intel is quick to emphasize it doesn’t set the cost (that would be OEMs), but it believes manufacturers who use this design can sell the finished product for $200 or less. No word, then, on when this might show up in a classroom near you, but for now we’ve got hands-on photos below and a pair of walk-through videos just past the break.

Gallery: Intel Studybook press photos

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Intel adds rugged Studybook tablet to its student-friendly Classmate lineup originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 10 Apr 2012 12:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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USRobotics PalmPilot Personal review

Sunday, April 1st, 2012
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It’s 1996. You might have a cellphone, but it doesn’t do much more than make phone calls. You might have a laptop, but it’s likely too heavy to carry with you everywhere you go. Or you might only have a phone that’s plugged into a wall and a PC that’s confined to a desk. That’s the environment that gave rise to the Personal Digital Assistant (or PDA), a new type of product that first arrived in the late 1980s but really came into its own in the mid-90s.

1996 also saw the release of the first PDAs developed by USRobotics subsidiary Palm Inc., the Pilot 1000 and 5000, which had more in common with today’s smartphones than many of their contemporary devices. They had a touchscreen with only a few physical buttons at the bottom. They had apps you could download. They could sync data with your computer. And they were small and light enough to carry with you at all times. They just didn’t make phone calls.

A year later, Palm released the slightly upgraded PalmPilot Personal and PalmPilot Professional (with 512KB and 1MB of RAM, respectively), and the ensuing years would see a regular stream of new devices — not to mention an acquisition by 3Com, and a new spate of Palm OS products from Handspring, a company founded by the folks behind the original Pilot.

But it’s those first few devices that come to mind when someone mentions “Palm PDA,” and with good reason — they set a mold that wasn’t deviated from much until Palm made the jump into smartphones.

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USRobotics PalmPilot Personal review originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 01 Apr 2012 16:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Microsoft reveals how your old slate will get all of Windows 8′s charms (video)

Thursday, March 29th, 2012
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Being able to touch, click and press your way around an operating system with a variety of hardware configurations, while not alienating potential upgraders, is no mean feat. That said, Microsoft thinks it might have the solution. By introducing a new mode, a 20 pixel buffer will be designated to working with those edge swipes we’ve heard about. It’ll also go towards preventing accidental hits around the, typically less sensitive, edges of older screens. It does mean that you’ll be losing a little real estate, but perhaps a small trade-off for being able to keep your Windows 7 touchscreen device. Going forward, Microsoft will be working with hardware providers to ensure new gear really shows off the new features of Win 8, but for now, legacy users can look forward to a better experience. Hit the source below for the full rundown.

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Can This New Gestural Calculator Be 200-Percent Faster to Use Than a Normal Calculator? [Video]

Thursday, March 15th, 2012
This is Rechner, a new app for iOS. It’s a calculator, but not an ordinary one. For one, it’s prettier and much simpler. But, most importantly, it’s fully gestural, designed for a touchscreen. According to its creators, it’s 200% more efficient than a regular calculator. More »


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Apple’s iPad HD may feature unbelievable new touchscreen tech

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Amid the inevitable rush of last-minute iPad rumors we’re trying desperately to avoid, one report in particular caught our eye. It suggests that Apple may include an emerging tactile technology in its third-generation iPad display that is as fascinating as it is unexpected. Speaking with Pocket-lint last week during the annual Mobile World Congress trade show, touchscreen interface solutions developer Senseg seemingly hinted that Apple may be including the company’s innovative technology in the iPad 3, or iPad HD, as it may be named. Senseg’s technology allows touchscreen device makers to alter the feel of a screen to coincide with graphics being displayed at any given time. So rocks might feel rough, silk might feel smooth and the user might actually feel an object he or she is moving around the device’s UI. Read on for more.

“Senseg turns touch screens into Feel Screens,” the company said on its website. “With Senseg touch screens come alive with textures, contours and edges that users can feel. Using Senseg technology, makers of tablet computers, smart phones, and any touch interface device can deliver revolutionary user experiences with high fidelity tactile sensations. Your customers will Feel the Difference with Senseg.”

When asked if its technology might be included in Apple’s new iPad, a Senseg spokesperson replied that the firm “won’t be making any statements until after Apple’s announcement.” While Pocket-lint takes that along with a number of other hints to mean we might see Senseg’s exciting technology appear in the third-generation Apple tablet that will be unveiled on Wednesday, there is still no firm evidence to support the speculation.

Apple will unveil its next-generation iPad at a press conference on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. Eastern, 11:00 a.m. Pacific.

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Archos Arnova 7-inch Child Pad hands-on (video)

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

It might not quite be the hottest tablet news of the day, but we managed to catch a glimpse of the Arnova “designed by Archos” Child Pad on the floor here at CeBIT. Last time we saw this slate it was nothing but a render and a few specifications, but now we know a little more. First, there’s a MicroUSB port and a front-facing camera, so your little darlings can be uploading pictures to Facebook even before that pacifier has dried for the last time. There’s a microSD slot too, so you can load up an extra 32 gigs of Barney re-runs, if the 4GB internal storage isn’t enough. The model we saw was a special edition “Alvin” version, which comes pre-loaded with bonus chipmunk-related content, such as special themes, wallpapers and, well, you get the picture.

The 7-inch, 800 x 480-pixel touchscreen is resistive — which might be a bit of a dirty word these days — but considering the intended audience, it’s probably a fine choice. Our prods and pokes were met responsively enough, and Ice Cream Sandwich seemed to run just fine on the modest 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor with 1GB of RAM. Archos claims you’ll get eight hours of video playback, or 16 hours of music per battery charge, and we assume that’s with the 802.11b/g wireless turned off. The plastic finish actually looks pretty good, and will wipe free of jam and chips easy enough. Also, the back has a rubberized feel that should help prevent it from slipping from those juvenile paws. It’s penciled in for release in April, and the real kicker here is the price. The €99 (about $129) price tag might not quite be pocket-change, but it’s pretty darn close. See Alvin and our hands-on after the break.

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Archos Arnova 7-inch Child Pad hands-on (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 07 Mar 2012 09:39:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 launches March 1st for $500 on contract from Verizon

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Verizon Wireless on Tuesday announced that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 will be available in stores and online starting March 1st. The slate was originally announced at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in January and comes equipped with 4G LTE connectivity. The Tab 7.7 also features a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 3.2-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot and, unfortunately, Android 3.2 Honeycomb. An update to Android 4.0 has been promised in the future. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 will be available March 1st for $499.99 with a new two-year agreement. Read on for Verizon’s press release.

SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB™ 7.7 AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY on the VERIZON WIRELESS network

World’s Thinnest 4G LTE Tablet on America’s Fastest 4G Network

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Announced at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 7.7 will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com starting March 1. Movies, pictures and games come to life in high-definition with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7’s Super AMOLED™ Plus touchscreen display. Customers can quickly access the Web, stream music and more at blazingly fast speeds using the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network combined with a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor and HTML 5 Web browser.

The Tab 7.7 is a multimedia expert allowing customers to use their tablet as the center of their home entertainment system. The Peel Smart Remote feature eliminates the need for multiple remote controls for televisions, audio players and other home entertainment systems. Customers can make their Tab 7.7 the master controller to find and watch their favorite TV shows, create a favorites list, set program reminders and more. Customers also have the ability to stream media to their compatible TV using the HDMI Multimedia Dock with a built-in HDMI port or the HDTV Adapter (sold separately). The Samsung Media Hub offers a large selection of media to rent or purchase and watch while traveling or plug into a TV to share at a party.

Additional features:

· 7.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus display (1280×800)
· Android™ 3.2 Honeycomb – supports Google™ Mobile Services, including Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Talk™ with video chat, Google Search™, Google Maps™, as well as access to Google Books™, movie rentals and more than 400,000 apps on Android Market™
· 3.2-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, full 720p recording and 1080p playback (1080p playback through HDMI dock or adapter)
· Front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chat
· 16 GB on-board storage (actual formatted capacity is less)
· Support for up to 32 GB microSD™ card
Business solutions

Business professionals can feel secure when working on their Tab 7.7 knowing that it is Samsung Approved for Enterprise (SAFE™). The SAFE certification signifies that the Tab 7.7 is equipped with an exclusive suite of security features that deliver enterprise-friendly capabilities to help safeguard sensitive data and communications, including Mobile Device Management (MDM), on-device Encryption, Virtual Private Network (VPN) and push synchronization of corporate email, calendar and contacts.

The Galaxy Tab 7.7 provides the ideal balance of portability and productivity so business professionals can get the job done. Pair the Tab 7.7 with a keyboard dock and maximize productivity with the QuickOffice® Pro HD application. Customers won’t even notice they left their laptops behind with the ability to create and edit Microsoft® Office documents.

Even traveling business teams can stay connected and productive in remote meeting locations, such as airports, with the 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot capability. The Tab 7.7 lets customers share their 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously, enabling leaders to become the team’s Wi-Fi hotspot to rapidly download large presentations and blueprints to review before boarding a flight.

Pricing and availability:

· Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 will be available March 1 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $499.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.
· Customers that purchase a Tab 7.7 will need to subscribe to a 4G LTE mobile broadband data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.

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Gunze’s new touchscreen tech knows who’s touching it

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
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Touchscreens can’t differentiate between you, your friend or your cat. Truth is, they’re actually amazingly simple pieces of technology without much in the way of brains. A new type of display shown off at the International Nanotechnology Exhibition & Conference in Tokyo last week does imbue the panels with at least enough smarts to tell people apart. Gunze Ltd pairs a special capacitive screen with electrodes, which a user touches with one hand while interacting with a game or app. The immediate use would be for table-top arcade games, which would differentiate between up to four different players based on what particular circuit they complete when touching the screen. We wouldn’t be shocked if a version of the tech started showing up in multi-player video poker machines and bar games relatively soon.

Gunze’s new touchscreen tech knows who’s touching it originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 21 Feb 2012 16:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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KDDI’s INFOBAR C01 coming soon: ten keys and very Japanese (video)

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Many Japanese thumbs still love that classic ten-button keypad, so they should feel right at home on the newest model in KDDI’s designer INFOBAR range. The 3.2-inch, 854 x 480 touchscreen shows off the same tile-based custom UI as last year’s A01, once again running on top of Gingerbread and a single-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor. The rear camera captures eight megapixel stills and HD video, while dual-mode GSM / CDMA connectivity makes it worth taking abroad — if only so foreigners can remark on its checkerboard aesthetics (available in three different color schemes) and 1Seg TV tuner. Just make sure you’re still in Japan on February 3rd, or you’ll miss the release. Click onwards for a video tour.

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Sony grows Cyber-shot family by three with DSC-WX50 and WX70, ultra-thin TX200V

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Far more svelte than its lengthy product name, the Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V is Sony’s new point-and-shoot flagship, packing an 18.2 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor, 26mm 5x optical zoom lens, 1080/60p video capture and a 3.3-inch Xtra Fine TruBlack OLED touchscreen. Sony claims that the cam’s BIONZ processor can help it capture stills and video with extremely low noise, and an improved focusing system can deliver speeds of about 0.13 seconds in daylight and 0.25 seconds in lower-light conditions. Its reflective durable housing enables waterproof shooting down to 16 feet, and can protect the camera from dust and freezing temperatures of 14 degrees Fahrenheit.

If price is more important to you than an ultra-thin design and top-of-the-line spec list, then the DSC-WX70 and DSC-WX50 might be of interest. Both cameras include 16.2 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensors, 25mm 5x optical zoom lenses, 12 megapixel stills during video capture, and 1080/60i HD shooting. There are nine “Picture Effects” options, adopted from the NEX series and also found on the TX200V. Both the WX50 and WX70 have a nearly identical list of features, though the first model includes a 2.7-inch display, compared to a 3-inch touchscreen on the WX70. All three cameras are expected to ship in March in a variety of colors. The TX200V will be available in silver, red and violet finishes with a retail price of $500, while the WX70 and WX50 will run you $230 and $200, respectively. Hit up the press release just past the break for the full list of colors and specs.

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Tamaggo 360-imager concept hands-on

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Why settle for a boring 62-degree view (the field of view of a 35mm lens) when you could be taking in the full 360? Well, we suppose iPhone attachments are needlessly bulky, and throwable camera orbs can easily concuss bad catchers — but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have options. The Tamaggo 360-imager, for instance, might be a pretty good option. This egg shaped (Tamaggo / Tamago, get it Japanese students?) camera natively snaps 360-degree images — at least we trust it does, the non-functional unit we saw on the CES show floor mostly just fit our hand well.

Snapping 360-degree images seemed like an easy enough task — a large silver button sits comfortably on the device’s top, representing the shutter. On the eggs bottom we found a spot reserved for a 2-inch touchscreen, specifically designed to be viewed while holding the device aloft. All in all, the Tamaggo seems like a very comfortable camera to use, and promises a fun gimmick — we’re just sad we didn’t get to actually use it. Either way, we’ll take a crack at the panoramic egg once its ready for prime time.

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Tamaggo 360-imager concept hands-on originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 12 Jan 2012 07:11:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Motorola announces MOTOLUXE and DEFY MINI Android phones

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Motorola Mobility on Thursday announced two new smartphones to launch this spring, the MOTOLUXE and DEFY MINI. Both devices will be available in China, Europe and Latin America, with no word on U.S. launch. The MOTOLUXE features a 4-inch display, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 1,400 mAh battery and a VGA front-facing camera. The “life proof” DEFY MINI is water resistant, and dust and shock proof. The device also features a 3.2-inch display with a 3-megapixel rear camera, a 1,650 mAh battery and a VGA front-facing camera. Both devices will be on hand at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show and will be running Android 2.3 with Motorola’s custom MOTOBLUR skin. Read on for a copy of Motorola’s press release.

Motorola Mobility Introduces Two Stylish Smartphones That Break Boundaries, but Won’t Break the Bank
Motorola MOTOLUXE and Motorola DEFY MINI coming to Greater China, Europe and Latin America this spring

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – Jan. 5, 2012 – This spring, Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) is helping you flaunt your individuality by adding two stylish and unique Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) powered smartphones to its growing budget-friendly portfolio. MOTOLUXE is a hip, slim touchscreen device and Motorola DEFY MINI is dustproof and water-resistant, making it the ideal “life proof” phone for active users. And they come in different shapes, sizes and colors – so you can choose a phone that best reflects your personality.

No matter what device you choose, Motorola’s MotoSwitch user interface changes the way you manage your life. With MotoSwitch, your smartphone learns who you talk to and which apps you use and keeps all of that information front and center. The Social Graph feature gives you easy and fast access to the people who really matter. It learns who’s most important to you and uses that information to populate the home screen. The more frequently you communicate with someone, the bigger their icon becomes. The Activity Graph gives you quick and easy access to your favorite apps, automatically changing to reflect the apps you use the most. With Music Now you can easily play your favorite music while the Smart Gallery displays your favorite pictures as collections.

With Google Mobile services you’ll be able to search for anything with Google Search, chat with your friends using Google Talk, or find your way anywhere you want to go with Google Maps with navigation.

Strike While the Iron Is Hot

The ultra-vogue, very-slim, MOTOLUXE sets the bar high in terms of style with a 4-inch edge-to- edge touchscreen display. This hip device is perfect for writing emails, surfing the Web and watching movies. And, for the amateur photographers out there, the 8-megapixel autofocus camera with flash lets you shoot like a pro and capture life clearly and fully.

MOTOLUXE also sets itself apart with a lanyard slot that has a lighting effect. So you can see when you’ve missed a call, received a text or have an email waiting for you.

Other cool stuff includes:

  • Front-facing VGA camera for video chatting with friends and family
  • Available in licorice or white
  • 1400 mAh battery for up to 6.5 hours of talk time, 19 days of standby time

Strong and Sturdy

Water-resistant, dust-proof and with a scratch resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass display, Motorola DEFY MINI is the ideal smartphone for active users who need a device as resilient as they are. With a 3.2-inch touchscreen good for emailing, texting and browsing the Web, and a long battery-life, you can keep this phone on and by your side all day long no matter where you go, so you’ll never miss a beat.

But wait… there’s more:

  • 3MP rear-facing camera with flash
  • Front-facing VGA camera for video chatting with friends and family
  • Easy access to all your favorite outdoor apps with the “Instrument Dashboard”
  • 1650 mAh battery for up to 10 hours of talk time, 21 days of standby time

You can get your hands on MOTOLUXE and Motorola DEFY MINI at Motorola’s booth (LVCC, Central Hall, Booth NO. 8644) at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show, January 10 – 13, 2012.

Pricing and Availability
Both devices are expected to be available in Greater China, Europe and Latin America starting this spring. MOTOLUXE is already available in China under the name Motorola XT615 and is expected to be available in Greater China, Europe and Latin America starting in February. Motorola DEFY MINI is expected to be available in China under the name Motorola XT320 and in select countries in Europe and Latin America starting in February.

About Motorola Mobility
Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE:MMI) fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people’s lives. Our portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices. For more information, visit motorola.com/mobility.

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ESPN’s bowl coverage swaps out the telestrator for augmented reality GameView

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

We dug into ESPN’s use of the Xbox 360 and EA Sports games to power its Virtual Playbook segments last year, but in preparation for this round of BCS bowl games it’s upgraded the system with a bit of augmented reality. The new GameView system uses a tabletop 70-inch touchscreen LCD, a copy of NCAA Football ’12 and four dedicated workstations to blend everything together and create a simulation for viewers to see the analysts move virtual players around the field. It should at least be more interesting than CNN’s previous election coverage implementation, although we’re mostly wondering when a combo of Kinect, Surface and old school electronic football will bring the experience directly to our living rooms to play around with. Check out the gallery for a few more screens and expect to see this implemented more during the upcoming big time bowl games — no, there’s no secret code Desmond Howard can input to get a national championship game between two college football teams that haven’t already played each other, we asked.

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App review: Infinity Blade 2 (iOS)

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

The 3D duel-fest is back, and attempting to answer some of the questions left over from its first installment (and a few major updates). Infinity Blade has had a huge effect on promoting the iPad and iPhone as valid gaming options, with high quality visuals and intuitive touchscreen controls. Well, Epic hasn’t tampered with the formula too much, but has tried to instill some considered expansions and pour even more eye-honey all over it. Will it stretch gamers beyond the original? We’ve now spent a fair bit of time slashing away at those pesky immortals and their underlings — see what we thought of this little big adventure after the break.

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ASUS to debut Windows 8 ultrabook with swiveling touchscreen at Computex 2012

Friday, December 9th, 2011

ASUS reportedly has plans to unveil a convertible ultrabook running Microsoft’s next-generation Windows 8 operating system at the annual Computex trade show in Taiwan next June. DigiTimes’s anonymous industry sources claim that the super-slim notebook computer will feature a swiveling touchscreen display, allowing the computer to be used like a standard laptop or like a tablet. No other details are available at this time. The report claims that ASUS’s new convertible ultrabook will launch in September alongside Windows 8, though Microsoft has not yet confirmed a launch timeframe for its new operating system.

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Daihatsu Pico concept commuter EV hands-on

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Using LEDs to display messages on the back of a car? Looks like we have yet another contender with the same idea, except this time all four sides get an LED panel each. The idea behind Daihatsu’s Pico concept EV is that it can interact with surrounding pedestrians and drivers using messages with matching colors. For instance, the LED belt can issue a red warning on the back if a car is following too closely; or when driving past pedestrians in close proximity (think rascal scooters but with front and back seats), the belt can turn green and indicate that the car’s limited to a safe top speed of 3.7mph.

Other than that, the Pico’s very much just a cute little EV with a driving range of up to 31 miles (with a full two-hour charge), plus a top speed of 31mph. We also dig the touchscreen console inside the car, but with just the two LED bars acting as doors, we sure hope it’ll withstand a bit of rain. Video after the break.

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HTC G1 gets a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich (video)

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Even though Ice Cream Sandwich is popping up everywhere since its source code was released to the public, we’ve got to give a shout out now that its been squeezed onto the original Google phone, HTC’s G1. The G1 was last seen sporting an unofficial Honeycomb port, and now jcarrz1 from XDA-Developers is showing off his device running Android 4.0 in this video. So far the touchscreen is (slowly) working, along with all apps and “ICS goodies”, though WiFi, Bluetooth and rotation are still out. That’s a nice effort for a device that some said wouldn’t see any versions past 1.5, so press play and witness the unholy fusion of Android’s past and present working all at once, or hit the source link below to grab the alpha release for yourself.

HTC G1 gets a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 24 Nov 2011 00:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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