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Lenovo talks up LePhone launch

Lenovo has reiterated its plan - announced at the Consumer Electronics Shows earlier this month - to launch an Android-based smartphone later this year. lenovo_lephone_03 Lenovo's LePhone: reaching out beyond China later this year The clamshell device will be called, simply, LePhone. Lenovo will tailor Android the device by …
James Sherwood, 22 Jan 2010

HP preps pico-projector laptops

HP will launch a range of notebooks with integrated pico-projectors later this year. Monty Wong, VP of HP Taiwan’s PC division, told DigiTimes that the company wants to place each machine's projector above the display – roughly where the webcam usually sits. Hopefully, HP will have the sense to face the projector away from the …
James Sherwood, 21 Jan 2010

Xbox Live to display download cash values

Microsoft may display cash values alongside its existing virtual currency on Xbox Live in a bid to end consumer confusion. Download content from Xbox Live and you pay for it with Microsoft Points. A given download's cash value can be ambiguous. While 5000 Points cost £42.50 to buy, many gamers need to nip off and grab a …
James Sherwood, 21 Jan 2010

Sony Ericsson releases videocam-cum-smartphone

Sony Ericsson has historically only sold mobile phones, but now the firm has launched a camcorder that also makes voice calls. OK, technically the Vivaz is a smartphone. But SE has equipped the mobile with HD video capture and video shortcut keys to market the mobile at anyone who feels the need to “record spontaneous moments …
James Sherwood, 21 Jan 2010
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Nokia apes Google, gives gratis satnav route guidance

Nokia has redesigned its Ovi Maps navigation software and has decided to stop making users pay for turn-by-turn guidance. It's hard to conclude that this is not simply a response to Google’s creation of Map Navigation, a free route guidance app for Android devices. Ovi Maps Ovi Maps: 3D landmarks help you see where you are …
James Sherwood, 21 Jan 2010

Report finds texting a 'valid educational tool'

Kids who frequently use mobile phone text abbreviations are unlikely to be bad at spelling or lack reading skills, a new British study has claimed. Dr Clare Wood, Reader in Developmental Psychology at Coventry University, studied the use of “textisms” – abbreviations such as ‘plz’ and ‘hmwrk’ — by a group of kids aged between …
James Sherwood, 20 Jan 2010

World of Warcraft film makers thicken plot

A movie adaption of what is quite possibly the world’s most popular videogame, World of Warcraft, is well underway, Executive Producer Robert Tapert has hinted. “It’s in development," Tapert told IF magazine. “We're in the outline/story/script phase.” Tapert didn't give anything away about the movie’s storyline, claiming he …
James Sherwood, 20 Jan 2010

Odd-design Moto smartphone will go global

An odd-looking Android 2.0 smartphone with an 8Mp camera just launched by Motorola in Korea will be launched globally, the company has confirmed. The Motoroi “will be launched in other markets around the world”, Rick Wolochatiuk, Representative Director of Motorola Korea, told The Korea Herald. motorola_Motoroi Motorola's …
James Sherwood, 20 Jan 2010
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Sony sets back PS3 motion controller launch

The PlayStation 3’s wand-like motion-sensing controller will hit the UK this autumn, slightly later than originally planned, Sony has confirmed. Sony said it has delayed the motion controller’s launch to ensure that an “extensive” line-up of compatible games are available when the device finally hits the shops. Sony still hasn' …
James Sherwood, 20 Jan 2010

MS in Xbox 360 ESPN sports show talks

Microsoft is in talks with the Walt Disney Company to add sports channel ESPN to the Xbox 360, according to industry insiders. People "close" to the talks between the two firms told The New York Times that Microsoft has held in-depth discussions with Disney. A deal could lead to the launch of an ESPN subscription channel …
James Sherwood, 19 Jan 2010

2010 will be the year of the net tablet, claims analyst

Web-connected portable devices will be snapped up by "tens of millions" of people worldwide this year, according to a forecast from industry watcher Deloitte. “NetTabs” – touchscreen tablets primarily designed for web surfing, larger than a smartphone but less than a laptop – may turn out to be “just right” for millions of …
James Sherwood, 19 Jan 2010

Garmin adds satellite imaging to satnavs

Getting stuck down one-way country paths because that's where your satnav told you to go should soon become a thing of the past, because Garmin plans to add bird’s eye view satellite images to selected models. Garmin_birds_eye_01 Garmin's BirdsEye images should make navigation easier The firm’s BirdsEye Satellite Imagery …
James Sherwood, 19 Jan 2010

Man makes music on Linux-based touchscreen guitar

Forget everything you know about guitars – acoustic or otherwise — because a hi-tech guitar has been designed that replaces strings and strumming with a touchscreen and Linux. The Misa Digital Guitar is shaped like a traditional electric guitar, but made from plastic and – instead of strumming — requires the player to tap their …
James Sherwood, 19 Jan 2010

Samsung compact cameras get optical zoom boom

Samsung hopes to snare more high-end compact camera customers by upping the optical zoom range of its HZ line. The company’s existing HZ15W and HZ10W feature 10x optical zooms, but the new HZ35W and HZ30W go one better. Well, five times better, by providing a 15x optical zoom. Samsung_HZ35W Samsung's latest HZ range of high- …
James Sherwood, 19 Jan 2010

Wii Balance Board good aid for doctors, study finds

The Wii Balance Board (BB) peripheral could provide doctors with a cost-effective way of assessing a patient’s ability to stand up straight, a report has concluded. Medics from the University of Melbourne and Singapore General Hospital’s Department of Physiotherapy together tested Nintendo’s £70 accessory as a way of assessing …
James Sherwood, 19 Jan 2010

Asus confirms e-book reader trio

Updated Asus has clarified plans for an e-book reader rollout, telling Register Hardware that it will launch three models in the UK this year. Asus_DR950_01 The DR-950: Asus' first and largest e-book viewer Details of a 5.7in colour-capable Asus e-book reader – the DR-570 – appeared earlier today. However, Asus has since told us that …
James Sherwood, 18 Jan 2010

PlayStation is 'poison', claims Venezuela’s President

The President of Venezuela has once again voiced his dislike of violent videogames, damning the Sony PlayStation as “poison”. During his latest Alo Presidente broadcast interview, Hugo Chavez said: “Those games they call PlayStation are poison. Some games teach you to kill.” Chavez has form here, previously attacking the likes …
James Sherwood, 18 Jan 2010

LG releases Android smartphone

LG is now officially part of the Android smartphone clan, today launching its first phone based on the Google OS. LG_TouchMax_01 LG's In TouchMax GW620: runs Android and is available now The In TouchMax GW620 will bring “apps to the masses”, LG promised, by allowing users to connect to Android Market, Google’s version of …
James Sherwood, 18 Jan 2010

Gran Turismo 5 launch delayed

The reason for Grand Turismo 5’s delayed launch has been revealed: it simply isn’t finished. GT5 was supposed to launch in Japan during Q1 2010, but Sony last week put an indefinite hold on the title’s arrival. Gran_Turismo_5 Gran Turismo 5: delayed because it's not finished A European launch hasn’t been confirmed, but it’s …
James Sherwood, 18 Jan 2010

Asus readies colour e-book reader

Asus has let slip the technical specifications and launch date of its now confirmed e-book viewer – the DR-570. Equipped with a 5.7in OLED “high-brightness” colour display, the DR-570 will also support Adobe Flash and either Wi-Fi or 3G wireless connections – but not both. Asus_DR750 Asus' DR-570 e-book viewer Source: Sunday …
James Sherwood, 18 Jan 2010
Motorola Milestone

Motorola Milestone more pricey to make than Nexus One

Motorola’s Milestone and Google’s Nexus One are both Android 2.0 smartphones, but a Bill of Materials (BoM) breakdown has revealed that the Googlephone costs less to make. Motorola Milestone Motorola's Milestone: more expensive parts than the Nexus One The Milestone – reviewed here and called Droid in North America – has a …
James Sherwood, 18 Jan 2010

LG publishes bendy 19in e-newspaper

LG has developed an e-journal reader that not only measures a whopping 19in but is also flexible. LG_19in_ebook_02 LG's 19in bendy e-reader: a world's first The company said its device is the world’s largest e-book reader to date and that it has been designed to make users feel as though they are holding a real newspaper – …
James Sherwood, 15 Jan 2010

Fender phone gets launch date

T-Mobile has pulled — or should that be plucked? — a few strings and signed up Eric Clapton to promote its upcoming Fender-themed phone. Can't see the video? Download Flash Player from The limited-edition My Touch Fender 3G — actually an HTC Magic, reviewed here — has been lacquered with a “guitar-inspired wood grain …
James Sherwood, 15 Jan 2010

Multi-touch gaming notebook launched

PC gaming looks set to get more interactive following the launch of a machine heralded as the world’s first multi-touch gaming notebook. US-based manufacturer iBuypower said the 15in, 1366 x 768 display on the Battalion Touch CZ-10 notebook represents “the future of mobile gaming”, with its multi-touch screen supposedly perfect …
James Sherwood, 15 Jan 2010

SD movies fine for Wii, hints Nintendo

Nintendo has claimed consumers won’t mind being unable able to watch HD movies on the Wii’s upcoming movie service. Reggie Fils-Aime, President of Nintendo America, told CNBC this week that since “the vast majority of content that’s available for streaming through Netflix is not HD content... there really is no loss for the Wii …
James Sherwood, 15 Jan 2010

Swiss Army updates nerd-friendly knives

Swiss Army knives are famous for opening envelopes and wine bottles when you don’t have the proper tools to hand. Now manufacturer Victorinox has updated the pocket toolkit with a range of hi-tech features. First up is the Victorinox Remote, a traditional Swiss Army knife that's combined with “dual-channel transmitter” capable …
James Sherwood, 14 Jan 2010

Wearable speaker plays to mums' brainy baby plans

Wacky gadget manufacturer Nuvo has created a ‘wearable stereo’ for expectant mums designed to help boost babies' brains. nuvo_ritmo_01 Nuvo's Ritmo sends soothing sounds to unborn kids The Ritmo belt fixes around the mother’s pregnant belly and sends sounds to the foetus from four integrated speakers. While the idea may …
James Sherwood, 14 Jan 2010
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ZTE accelerates Android handset release plan

ZTE, a Chinese handset manufacturer with global ambitions, has brought forward the release of its first Android smartphone. ZTE told Register Hardware in June 2009 that it was working on an Android-based smartphone with a solar-panel power source. The device’s launch was originally planned for Q2 2010, but Lin Qiang, the head …
James Sherwood, 14 Jan 2010

Modern Warfare 2 outsold Avatar, claims developer

First-person shooter Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has grossed more than $1bn (£625m) in worldwide retail sales since its November launch, raking in more cash during its first five days on sale than blockbuster movie Avatar managed to do, the game's developer has claimed. Over half of the game’s global sales revenues – some $ …
James Sherwood, 14 Jan 2010

Nintendo confirms DSi XL's UK launch

Nintendo has confirmed that its DSi XL handheld console will officially arrive in Blighty next March. DSi_XL_promo_01 Nintendo's DSi XL (right) is rather bigger than the Lite The machine - the fourth addition to Nintendo's DS range - sports two 4.2in screens and will be available across Europe on 5 March. A UK price has yet …
James Sherwood, 14 Jan 2010
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LG eyes 'second biggest phone firm' status

LG aims to sell 140m mobile phones globally this year, with a view to becoming the world’s second largest handset maker by 2012. The 2010 sales forecast would be a 20 per cent increase on LG’s 2009 handset sales. Samsung – currently the world’s number two in terms of handset sales – shifted just under 200m phones in 2008 and …
James Sherwood, 14 Jan 2010

Rugby Football Union scores 3D first

Next month’s rugby match between England and Wales looks set to go down in history as Blighty’s first live sports event broadcast in 3D. England team sponsor O2 said 40 cinemas across the country will show the 6 February Twickenham match live in 3D. Paul Vaughan, Operations Director for the Rugby Football Union, said: “I hope …
James Sherwood, 13 Jan 2010

Yikes! It's the Yike Bike

A bunch of “entrepreneurs, engineers and dreamers” have turned their backs on headline-grabbing e-cars to come up with an electrically powered shrunken penny-farthing. Yike Bike has supposedly been designed to “dramatically change” urban transport by providing city dwellers with a fast, safe and easy way to get around town. Can …
James Sherwood, 13 Jan 2010

Wii welcomes video on demand

Nintendo will roll out a Netflix video-on-demand service to Stateside Wii owners, the gaming giant’s US chief has confirmed. The two companies are expected to formally announce their partnership later today, but Reggie Fils-Aime, President of Nintendo America, has already told the New York Times that the deal “is a continuation …
James Sherwood, 13 Jan 2010

'Fizzy phone' tops wacky handset list

Smartphones grab most handset headlines these days, but if the latest devices from, respectively, a Chinese designer and Korean manufacturer Pantech are anything to by then there’s still a market for weird and wacky phones. Nokia_coka_phone_01 Daizi Zheng's phone runs on fizzy drinks Designer Daizi Zheng, who claims to be …
James Sherwood, 13 Jan 2010

Android and WinMo updates going head-to-head

The rivalry between Android and Windows Mobile looks set to heighten, with Google and Microsoft both poised to release updates for their mobile operating systems. Android 2.0 – aka Éclair – only recently began filtering through onto mobile devices. Its successor, version 2.1, has now been uncovered, thanks to the release of a …
James Sherwood, 12 Jan 2010

Nexus One bits and bobs cost $174

Google's Nexus One smartphone costs $530 to buy online. The company could be making a handsome profit. iSuppli, the semiconductor industry analyst firm, reckons the Nexus One is a $174 (£107/€120) collection of bits, chips and aluminium. The handset has a total Bill of Materials (BoM) cost of $174.15, according to the iSuppli …
James Sherwood, 12 Jan 2010

Orange denies exec's Apple tablet 'confirmation'

Orange France has denied reports that a company executive admitted the existence of Apple’s much-rumoured iPad tablet. In a recent interview – available here - Stephane Richard, Orange France's deputy CEO, responded to questions about Apple tablet. Many observers took his words as confirmation that the device exists and will …
James Sherwood, 12 Jan 2010

Orange exec busts opens iSlate kimono

Apple’s long rumoured iSlate will launch within days, an Orange France exec says. Can't see the video? Download Flash Player from In an interview with Europe 1 Stephane Richard, deputy CEO at Orange France, suggests he knows a fair bit about the gadget’s features and due date. Jean-Pierre Elkabbach, the "French …
James Sherwood, 11 Jan 2010

The charge of the alternative gadget chargers

CES 2010 Multipurpose gadget power packs provided some welcome light relief at this year's CES. Let's take a look at some of the contenders, real and possibly imaginary. hydrofill Horizon's Hydrofill converts water into hydrogen Hydrofill Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies unveiled an in-home hydrogen refuelling system at the show, …
James Sherwood, 11 Jan 2010

Beeb reporter breaks Sonim's 'unbreakable' phone with fishtank

A BBC reporter covering this year’s CES broke Sonim’s…ahem…“unbreakable” mobile phone during a video demonstration of its toughness. BBC_Sonim BBC Reporter Dan Simmons (left) tests and breaks a Sonim handset After dunking the handset into a fishtank, Reporter Dan Simmons repeatedly smashed the device onto the tank’s corner. …
James Sherwood, 11 Jan 2010

Microsoft recruits Halo jobsworths

A new Halo instalment may be in the works, if Microsoft job ads are anything to go buy. Roughly 18 Halo-related positions are available at 343 Industries – an internal Microsoft division that serves as stewards for the Halo franchise. Jobs include Halo software development engineers, a senior concept artist, animation director …
James Sherwood, 11 Jan 2010

Google preps business-grade Nexus One

Google executive Andy Rubin has confirmed that a business-grade version of the Nexus One smartphone is in development. Rubin said during a recent interview session hosted by the Wall Street Journal that the next version of the Nexus One smartphone will be targeted at enterprise users. The handset will also feature a physical …
James Sherwood, 11 Jan 2010

Ion handycam is back to front (and back again)

CES 2010 Gadget manufacturer Ion has unleashed “the world’s first video recorder with front and back lenses”. twin_video Ion's Twin Video has dual lenses, ideal for video blogging Called Twin Video, this somewhat odd take on the handheld camcorder captures your facial expressions as you record events around you. Pointless? Not so, …
James Sherwood, 11 Jan 2010

Pico projectors go large in 2010

CES 2010 Last year Nikon released the world's first projector camera, the S1000pj (reviewed here). Competitors have been thin or non-existent on the ground, but this will soon change, with mini, or "pico" projectors in cameras, mobile phones, as notebook accessories and as standalone units, set to go mainstream in 2010. LG_EXPO LG will …
James Sherwood, 08 Jan 2010

Dell chalks up tablet PC

CES 2010 For many years tablet PCs have been the Next Big Thing. Few consumers have noticed. Will this change in 2010? Microsoft has already unveiled three co-developed prototype slates this week, and world+dog expects Apple to announce a tablet at the end of the month. Now it’s Dell’s turn. dell_slate_02 Dell's slate runs the Android …
James Sherwood, 08 Jan 2010

Casio turns photos into watercolours

CES 2010 Casio has brushed up its artwork to design a digital photo frame that transforms your holiday snaps into “works of art” – literally. The Digital Art Frame looks just like any ten-a-penny digital photo frame, except it can automatically convert still images into one of eight types of painting, including watercolour, oil, pastel, …
James Sherwood, 08 Jan 2010
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Qualcomm talks up Snapdragon roadmap

CES 2010 Qualcomm will launch more advanced Snapdragon processors will this year to give phones and smartbooks better resolution and number crunching capabilities. Luis Pineda, a senior veep at the chip designer, ran through the Snapdragon roadmap at CES yesterday with the UK website Hexus. He said that a 45nm Snapdragon clocked at 1. …
James Sherwood, 08 Jan 2010

Xbox 360 wins MW2 update shoot-out

The Xbox 360 has trumped the PlayStation 3 again, following Microsoft’s announcement that its console will be the first to secure a downloadable update for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Microsoft – speaking on Major Nelson blog – stated that “the first Modern Warfare 2 content packs will be available exclusively first on Xbox …
James Sherwood, 08 Jan 2010

T-Mobile prescribes hub tablet for UK families

More concrete details about the Android-based Vega touchscreen tablet have emerged, with T-Mobile set to sell the gadget into Blighty later this year. ICD_Vega ICD's Vega: an Android droid to organise family life First seen in November last year, Vega will probably go head-to-head with O2’s web-connected Joggler – reviewed …
James Sherwood, 08 Jan 2010