Day: March 8, 2010

1Cross Tech MIDhybrid is the Android-powered e-reader that looks like a book (video)

source – by Tim Stevens

1Cross Tech MIDhybrid is the Android-powered e-reader that looks like a book (video)

It’s debatable whether the act of reading on a Kindle or the like is actually preferable to perusing something bound and printed on paper, but regardless 1Cross Tech’s MIDhybrid helps to bring bring the two experiences closer together. It’s an e-reader with an E-Ink screen on the left and a small LCD plus keypad on the right, with a hinge in the middle that allows it to fold in half either way. It’s Marvell-powered and running Android 1.6 that, much like the tardy Alex, allows you to render content from the LCD over to the E-Ink screen. This could mean browsing PDFs, looking at spreadsheets, or maybe even playing Robo Defense at 1fps (probably not). The device also packs 3G, Bluetooth, and a front-facing webcam, making it sound like a very usable little thing, and while we do have a 15 minute video exploring the thing embedded below, we sadly don’t have a price or release date for you just yet.

Breathe New Life to Your Space with Wall Stickers

source – Author: Michael

Wall stickers are a great way to dress up any interior decorating and design project. The nice thing about them is they can easily be removed and placed elsewhere in a room. Here are a few wall stickers ideas from Sticasa, unique and stylish wall stickers are great substitutions for wall-paper, pictures, and posters and can breathe new life to spaces in your home or office at minimal cost and impact. STICASA stickers are highly customizable and are individually crafted in Italy and shipped via Fed-Ex to the USA. The materials are top-quality and non-toxic. Application is extremely easy, simply peel and stick them. The same goes if you want to remove the sticker.

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Lenovo Says “No” to Slate PCs following launch of X201

source – by John Hobbes


Lenovo recently discussed with CNET that their experience shows businesses and even many private customers don’t want a slate only PC with no physical keyboard. The informal interview coincides with the recent launch of their ThinkPad X201 Tablet convertible notebook and is certainly fueled by the attention on Apple’s slick new iPad.

Lenovo has shown enterprise customers mock-ups of slate devices that would be business-appropriate, but no one was interested due to the lack of physical keyboard. They even went as far as to ask high school kids:

Majapuro said Lenovo even got feedback from high school kids. “These were 14-year-old kids, who, I thought, would be most willing to try a virtual keyboard but they said no, we want the physical (built-in) keyboard.”

Although, somehow I doubt they asked high school kids if they wanted a super slim, stylish device that “has an App for everything” and will automatically elevate you to cult status, free with every purchase.

You can have a convertible netbook, a dual-screened giant workstation, a true convertible tablet and even a 14-15 inch multitouch laptop, but no slate (from Lenovo) for you.

Source: [CNET]

Scratched,damaged iPhone restored with sandpaper

source – by Kevin Purdy

iPhone are scratch-resistant, but life throws some tough stuff at our phones. One MacRumors user, owning a phone that looks pretty beat, demonstrates the full process of restoring his phone with sandpaper and a new LCD kit.

The poster makes a point of noting that on most phones, you’ll only want to use a rougher sandpaper to tray and remove 90 percent of the scratches, not get to a completely clean and polished look—with the scratch-resistant coating completely removed—as shown at the full post. For those looking to completely refinish their phone, there’s a very informative post on the technique of wet sanding, along with tips on taping up your controls and glass and polishing off the finished result. For those with cracked or deeply scratched glass, there’s a replacement guide included, too.

It’s a cheap process and not too much time, especially if you don’t plan on upgrading to a new model any time soon (ha!). While you’re at it, you can also try giving your bezel a brushed look.

Photo Friday’s Monitor Calibration Tool Tweaks Your Monitor to be Easier on Your Eyes

source – by Jason Fitzpatrick

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to adjust your monitors without a lot of fussing with multi-step processes the calibration tool at Photo Friday can help you tweak your monitor.

Nothing is a true substitute for hardware calibration but if you’re not working in the print industry or as a professional photographer you don’t need to calibrate your monitor to the physical world you need to calibrate it so that contrast is correct and you can use the monitor without straining your eyes.

Over at the photography site Photo Friday they have a simple calibration image you can use to adjust the brightness and contrast on your monitor to an optimum level. Visit the link below and follow the simple instructions to tweak your screen.

If you like your calibration tools to have a few more sliders, bells, and whistles, check outpreviously reviewed Online Monitor Test. Have a favorite software or hardware tool for monitor calibration? Share them at

Photo Friday Monitor Calibration Tool [via MakeUseOf]

Acer frameless laptop touchscreen keyboard

source – By Thomas Ricker

Would you believe that Acer is working on a frameless laptop with touchscreen keyboard? As far-fetched as the idea might be, it’s certainly plausible, expected even. The idea, as rumored by DigiTimes, involves doing away with the display’s frame by printing colors directly onto the back of the display’s reinforced glass substrate from Corning (a la Gorilla Glass presumably). Coupled with a touchscreen keyboard, the rumored device should be impossibly thin by traditional laptop comparisons. Keep in mind that we’ve already seen this Frame Zero concept pictured above from Fujitsu and Acer’s arch-rival ASUS has been showing off its dual-display laptop prototype with touchscreen keyboard for months. Even the OLPC XO-3 plans to eschew the clickity keyboard in favor of a touchscreen version. And anyone who has ever seen a scifi movie knows that tactile keyboards and display bezels have no role to play in our computing future anyway, so we might as well get things started now — or in the second half of 2010 according to DigiTimes‘ sources.

Fujitsu’s LifeBook UH900 flaws

source – By Darren Murph

There’s no question that Fujitsu’s LifeBook UH900 is a niche device; much like Sony’s VAIO P, there’s just not a lot of demand for an expensive clamshell with an extremely high resolution and an exceptionally cramped keyboard. That said, there’s a curious seduction surrounding this thing, and critics over at Pocketables seemed to agree. After spending some long days (and nights, don’tcha know?) with the Japanese version of this here device, they came away with a huge mixed bag of emotions. On one hand, the snappy performance and excellent portability made it difficult to put down, but the downright dreadful 2 – 2.5 hours of battery life more or less forced them to. There’s also more gentle gripes about the screen color, the “toy-like” build quality and “useless multitouch.” For us, that’s probably one flaw too many to accept, but the forgiving among us should definitely check out the full skinny before making a final call.

Pixel Qi DIY kits will be out in Q2, slightly more difficult than changing a lightbulb

source – By Paul Miller

We’re going to assume that Mary Lou’s bravado-filled “It’s only slightly more difficult than changing a lightbulb” is in reference to working with OLPC. In fact, in Mary Lou Jepsen’s most recent Pixel Qi blog post she makes quick reference of the fact that there will be DIY kits for replacing your own laptop screen (most likely a 10-inch module) with the sunlight-friendly, switchable magic of Pixel Qi, but she spends the rest of the post talking about how in Nigeria some schoolgirls started up a laptop hospital where they’d repair their XOs by swapping out parts or reseating cables. We doubt most of our laptops will be so resilient when it comes to ripping off the bezel and swapping in the Pixel Qi part, but we’re dying to void our warranty and find out.