Day: March 24, 2010

Kobo eReader at $149

source – By Paul Miller

We’ve seen so many e-book readers of late that it’s difficult to get excited about another, but Kobo’s angle here might just make the Kobo eReader worth a look. Kobo’s game is ecosystem, and in fact it doesn’t plan on making a big splash in the actual e-reader market, since it’s primarily about building branded software and delivering branded e-book stores for others, including manufacturers (like Plastic Logic), and booksellers (like Borders). Still, the 6-inch E Ink reader is fine hardware in its own right, with quality plastics throughout, a nice patterned rubber back, and a big friendly d-pad for paging through books. The device is actually laid out to mitigate accidental button presses — even the menu buttons labelled on the front are actually located on the side of the device. As far as software and capabilities, the device is utterly barebones, but at least it keeps its aesthetics throughout, and everything seems responsive and intuitive. There’s no 3G onboard (you sync your e-pub titles with a desktop app over USB), no specific word on storage (our guess is in the 1GB to 4GB range), and there don’t seem to be any other activities available to reading books. Hopefully you’re into that sort of thing, and Kobo at least pre-loaded 100 public domain titles to get you started. The unit will be sold at Borders this summer for $149, preceded by Indigo Books & Music in Canada in May.

Meanwhile, Kobo isn’t neglecting its devices strategy. It already has BlackBerry, iPhone, Android, Mac, and PC (and some others we’re likely forgetting), but it’s also showing an iPad app that looks all ready to go. There aren’t many details about it, but like all things Kobo it looks pretty single purpose and slick — check out the screenshots below.

Editor’s note: due to the horrible lighting conditions at the CTIA event we were attending, we had to photograph the device under the warm lights of a meat-cutting station, hence the incongruous backdrop of these hands-on photos.

Acer 1825PTZ convertible gets presentation video

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Anxious to find out more of the rumored and soon to be launched 11.6 inch Acer 1825PT/1825PTZ convertible netbooks?

Well, the guys at have a 10 minutes video presentation of this new series and if you weren’t craving for one of them before, you definitely will after watching this clip. Check it out below.

All in all, it seem that this new Acer line will finally be able to bring a proper touch-experience in a mini laptop (unlike the Asus T101MT which was kind of sluggish), thanks to the ULV hardware inside and capacitive display. And since these 1825PT/1825PTZ devices are Acers, they’ll hopefully come with a proper price too.

Acer 1825PTZ - great looker and hopefuly a good performer with an affordable price tag

Acer 1825PTZ – great looker and hopefuly a good performer with an affordable price tag

Stay tuned for more info on them in the following days.

Tromso university students show off an amazing interactive display wall

source – By Vladislav Savov

Take everything you thought you knew about multitouch and throw it out. Okay, keep the Minority Report stuff, but throw everything else out. What we’re looking at here is a 22 megapixel display, stitched together from the output of no less than 28 projectors (7,168 x 3,072 total resolution), which just happens to respond to touch-like input in a fashion even Tom Cruise would find fascinating. You don’t have to actually touch the wall, floor-mounted cameras pick up your gestures in 2D space and a 30-node computer setup crunches all the computational and visual data to deliver some buttery smooth user interaction. For demo purposes, the makers of this system grabbed a 13.3 gigapixel image of Tromso and took it for a hand-controlled spin. See the mesmerizing show on video after the break.

HTC EVO 4G vs Nexus One vs Droid

source – by Ross Miller


Google Nexus One

Motorola Droid
Android OS 2.1 with Sense UI 2.1 2.01
Carrier Sprint All2 Verizon Wireless
Network technology 1x / EV-DO Rev. A / WiMAX Various (including 3G) 1x / EV-DO Rev. A
Processor 1GHz Snapdragon 1GHz Snapdragon 550MHz TI OMAP 3430
RAM 512MB 512MB 256MB
Screen size 4.3-inch 3.7-inch 3.7-inch
Resolution 800 x 480 800 x 480 854 x 480
Touch Capacitive multitouch Capacitive multitouch Capacitive multitouch
Physical keyboard Slide-out landscape QWERTY
Internal storage 1GB 512MB 512MB
Expandable storage microSD microSD microSD
Rear camera 8MP w/ LED flash 5MP w/ LED flash 5MP w/ LED flash
Video recording 1280 x 720 720 x 480 720 x 480
Front camera 1.3MP
Battery 1500mAh 1400mAh 1400mAh
WiFi 802.11b/g 802.11b/g 802.11b/g
HDMI out Yes
Kickstand Yes

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HTC EVO 4G Android

source – by Paul Miller

We’ve been rumoring a WiMAX “HTC Supersonic” for a while now, and Sprint just dropped the hard news: the phone will be dubbed the HTC EVO 4G, will be released this Summer and it’s easily the best specced phone we’ve ever witnessed. The hardware is of quite obvious HD2 descent, but with Android onboard and some nice aesthetic tweaks, the EVO 4G takes on a life of its own. The handset is centered around a 480 x 800 4.3-inch TFT LCD, with a Snapdragon QSD8650 1GHz processor under the hood (the CDMA version of the QSD8250 in the HD2 and Nexus One), and even a helpful 1GB of built-in memory and 512MB of RAM — hello app storage! Even the battery is bigger than the HD2, and the camera is an 8 megapixel monstrosity with flash, that’s capable of 720p video, and is augmented by a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera for good measure. The phone features HDMI out (though you’ll need an adapter for turning it into a TV-familiar HDMI plug), 802.11b/g WiFi, and an 8GB microSD card. There’s that still-rare Android 2.1 underneath an updated version of HTC’s Sense UI. But… despite all these wild features, what actually sets the EVO 4G apart is the fact that it’s Sprint’s first 4G phone. The handset runs a combo of EV-DO Rev. A and WiMAX, with calls still being made over CDMA and the EV-DO / WiMAX options for data. Interestingly, it sounds like concurrent data and voice use might be possible for the first time on CDMA carrier in this way (killing AT&T’s well-advertised differentiator), though Sprint says that’s still in the testing phase. One other new feature is the Sprint hotspot app, another MiFi-style connection sharing number, which is obviously aided greatly by the WiMAX on board and can support up to eight concurrent users. Follow after the break for our hands-on impressions and videos of the phone in action, including an up-close-and-personal test of the touchscreen keyboard. Below you’ll find galleries of the phone by its lonesome and up against the Nexus One and iPhone 3G.

Update: We’ve got a graph comparing the Nexus One and Droid with the EVO spec for spec, and there’s also a pictorial shootout with the Desire and HD2. Pick your comparo poison!

Sony drops Pocket Reader price to $169… are e-readers about to get super cheap?

source – by Laura June

The Wall Street Journal noted this morning that Sony’s rather quietly dropped the price of its Pocket Reader about $30 to $169. Now, it’s actually what amounts to a sale — the price cut lasts only through April 4th — but that date, just two days after the iPad is made available, could give us a little insight into the timing of the drop. The Wall Street Journal also posits that this could be the first in a series of price war moves in the single purpose e-reader market which are now facing competition from multi-purpose devices such as the aforementioned iPad and the recently announced Kindle app for tablets.

Art: Creative Marketing

3D Art by Ognian Bonev

A Diamond House in a California Canyon

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Have a look at this amazing house in a California canyon! enjoy!

Kyocera Zio M6000 Android

source – by Vladislav Savov

You know your mobile OS is going places when people start resurrecting their smartphone divisions just to throw out their own spin on it. Kyocera‘s approach with the new Zio M6000 has been to marry an 800 x 480 display to some rather middle of the road components and to sell that package at a significantly lower price point (between $169 and $216 unsubsidized) than most Android-infused communicators on the market. You know, for the people that like to have a handsome high-res phone, but don’t need it to have the firepower to run Quake. It’s still not a terrible slouch, coming with a 600MHz MSM7227 CPU from Qualcomm, 512MB of onboard app memory, and 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. Look out for its US arrival in the second quarter of this year.