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Notion Ink’s Tablet Gets a Name and a Release Date

Remember the new Android powered Tablet PC we had written about a few days back? Well, Notion Ink – the Indian Startup behind the tablet, has revealed some more information. According to The Hindu, the Tablet is going to be called Adam and it will be hitting the shelves in June 2010. However, we should be able to get our first taste of the device at CES 2010, where Adam will be demoed.

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Adam is the brain-child of six IIT graduates and an MBA graduate, who partnered to establish Notion Ink, in order to realize their dream of designing a next-generation device at an affordable price.

Notion Ink certainly won’t have it easy. We would have to wait a good 6 months for Adam. By that time, several other manufactures (including possibly Apple) will already be present in the market. But, there is no denying the fact that if done right, Adam can create quite a stir. One of its strongest points is the modest price of Rs.15,000 (about $322).

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Notion Ink Adam Tablet Specifications:

Screen: 10.1″ Touchscreen with Pixel Qi
Weight: 770 grams
Thickness: 0.6 inch
Processor: Nvidia Tegra T20
Battery: Li-ion with 48 hours standby, eight hours of high definition video playback or 16 hours of web browsing.
Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth, UMTS/HSDPA, 3G (compatible with AT&T)
Sensors: Accelerometer, digital compass, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, and water sensor
Storage: 6 GB or 32 GB SSD (with SD card support)
OS: Android
Cost: $322 (approx)

Python For S60v5 2.0 Now Available

Nokia has pushed Python for S60 2.0 update via the built-in App update utility for Nokia 5800 and the Software Update Utility for Nokia N97/N97 Mini. Along with the Python for S60, Nokia has also pushed a sample Python app named Scribble.

Python for S60 is Nokia’s port of the Python language to the S60 smartphone platform. In addition to the standard features of the Python language, PyS60 provides access to many of the phone’s uniquely smartphone-y functions, such as camera, contacts, calendar, audio recording and playing, TCP/IP and Bluetooth communications and simple telephony.

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If you liked the sample app Scribblethat Nokia is providing with the python for S60 update, you might want to check the pyS60 application heaven. But make sure it’s compatible with s60v5 as the port api code for s60v3 and s60v5 are different, So many apps that are actually built for s60v3 won’t run on 5800/N97/N97 Mini.

Palm Pre to get WebOS 1.3.5 today!

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Palm Pre users are in for a surprise – Sprint, the only company that has it on sale in the US, stated in it’s website that WebOS 1.3.5, build 194, will be available over-the-air from December 28, 2009. Sprint has said that the new update will have the following features:

  • Improvement in battery life optimization when in marginal coverage areas.
  • QCELP capability fix to allow play and audio of video sent via MMS.
  • Launch Google Maps or Sprint Nav when tapping an address from contacts.
  • Minimized package of MR size through binary difference. Customers can now download over 2G connections if necessary.

The last statement basically removes the app storage limit, which earlier prevented users to install more than a couple dozen apps on the device.

Rumor: Apple Tablet Will Use 10-inch Touch Panels Supplied by Innolux

Apple-Tablet-10-inch-screen Yet another day, yet another Apple related rumor. Digitimes is reporting that, Apple Tablet will utilize 10 inch touch panels supplied by Innolux – the panel making subsidiary of the Foxconn Group.

This new information contradicts previous reports that Apple Tablet will be available in a 7 inch form factor. It is unlikely that Apple will manufacture two different models, since they have traditionally preferred to introduce new devices with a single model. Additional models are introduced only after the device becomes popular.

According to reports, Apple was forced to delay the launch of Apple Tablet as it wanted to strengthen the glass of the 10-inch panel for the device. Foxconn’s optical glass processing subsidiary G-Tech Optoelectronics will be helping by providing a glass-strengthening solution.

Digitimes expects the Apple Tablet to be announced in January. However, it won’t go on sale till March or April.

LG GM730 Hands-On Pics

LG GM730 is the first handset from South Korean mobile phone maker, LG Electronics, that comes with Windows Mobile operating system. This device runs on 528 MHz Qualcomm processor and Windows Mobile 6.1 OS. Other features include 3G connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with Schneider-Kreuznach optics and autofocus, 16 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi, A-GPS, Bluetooth and so on.

Check out the exclusive hands-on pics of LG GM730 below. More hands-on pics of this device can be found here.

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HTC HD2 Review

HTC HD2 is a feature-rich touchscreen phone from HTC Corporation, which runs on Windows Mobile 6.5 OS. HTC HD2 is the first Windows phone from HTC Corporation that includes the HTC Sense solution. This device is powered by 1 GHz Snapdragon processor and includes a 5 mega-pixel camera with autofocus and dual LED flash.

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This handset comes with 4.3-inch TFT capacitive touch display, 512 MB ROM, 448 MB RAM, EDGE, 3G, Windows Media Player, Digital compass, Pocket Office, HTC Peep, HTC Footprints, Facebook and Twitter integration, A-GPS and an excellent 5 mega-pixel camera with autofocus and dual LED flash. Before buying this device, make sure you have read this review.

“HTC HD2 is very comfortable and the large 4.3-inch screen a joy to use. The capacitive screen is nice, but had HTC chosen a resistive screen, I believe the HD2 would still be a solid performer. Call quality is very good and the Snapdragon processor moves things along nicely.”

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Samsung i8910 HD Firmware Update To Come With Full Kinetic Scrolling

Recently, Samsung Electronics announced a new firmware update for Samsung i8910 HD that comes with some amazing changes and new functions. This firmware update is said to improve the speed of multimedia performance and add new functionality to the device.

The new firmware improves the user experience by delivering faster Web browsing, an improved graphics engine and enhanced full-touch screen experience. Check out the complete change log below:

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  • Faster web interface
  • Faster multimedia content
  • Kinetic scrolling

The firmware update will be available via PC Studio 7, Samsung’s in-house software upgrade program. PC Studio 7 was included in the package of I8910 HD or can be downloaded at the Samsung mobile website.

The firmware update will be available from January 2010 in the UK and gradually rolled out to other European markets, Southeast Asia, the Middle East Asia, Africa and rest of the world.

Rumor: Apple Tablet to Be Called iSlate?

Apple-TabletApple and rumors: a match made in heaven. On one hand you have a company which is obsessed with secrecy, and on the other hand you have hordes of die-hard fans who would go to any length to uncover what’s brewing inside the Apple labs.

Over the past week, we have done our bit to indulge the rumor mills about Apple Tablet. And here comes another juicy speculation that has been buzzing through the intertubes. Apple Tablet may be named iSlate.

The basis for these rumors? Well if you are looking for something concrete, there isn’t anything. But, MacRumours has managed to unearth that in 2007 Apple had purchased the domain iSlate.com. The domain is currently owned by Markmonitor.com – a brand protection firm. Not only that, TechCrunch also discovered that islate.co.uk is also owned by Markmonitor.com, while islate.fr is owned by a firm called Wilson & Berthelot, which happens to list Markmonitor as the technical contact for the domain name registration. Markmonitor was also responsible for registering islate.info and islate.biz. And, both of these domains were registered on the same date as islate.co.uk – 17th November 2006. It is quite possible, that Markmonitor was hired by Apple to register the domains on their behalf.

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Within of a week of the domains being registered, a company called Slate Computing filed a US word mark for ‘ISLATE’. What is Slate Computing all about? These are the goods and services provided by Slate Computing according to the filing information:

Computers; computer software, namely, database management software, electronic mail and messaging software, Internet browser software, paging software, database synchronization software, software for accessing, browsing and searching online databases, software for creating spreadsheets, tables, graphs and charts, software for organizing and analyzing data, software for word processing, software for creation and display of presentations including text and graphics, software used for image editing, image processing, image acquisition, image file management, image viewing, image sharing, and the creation of documents incorporating images, software for use in developing websites, software to help users create, edit, organize, search, transfer, publish and subscribe to weblogs, blogs, podcasts, web broadcasts and news and information feeds on global and/or local computer and telecommunications networks, software for use in authoring, downloading, transmitting, receiving, editing, extracting, encoding, decoding, playing, storing and organizing audio, video and still images, software for authoring digital content, software for personal information management, software for DVD authoring, software for the electronic storage and retrieval of electronic calendar files, software with clock and alarm clock functionality, telephony management software, character recognition software, application development tool software for personal and handheld computers, software for the redirection of messages, Internet e-mail, and/or other data to one or more electronic handheld devices from a data store on or associated with a personal computer or a server, and software for the synchronization of data between a remote station or device and a fixed or remote station or device; computer operating system software; computer utility software; computer peripherals. notebook computers; laptop computers; tablet computers; computer servers; handheld computers; mobile computers; hard drives; audio speakers; speakers for computers; radios; cameras; video cameras; telephones; mobile telephones; personal digital assistants; electronic personal organizers; electronic notepads; blank magnetic data carriers; computer gaming machines; microprocessors; memory boards; computer monitors; keyboards; computer input devices, namely, touch screens, styluses, mice, trackballs and shuttle dials; computer cables; modems; printers; computer accessories, namely, computer battery chargers, battery packs, docking stations, adaptors, computer wired and wireless remote controls, audio headphones and earphones, and replacement parts for all the aforesaid goods.

Bear with me for a moment, because at this point things get really interesting. A quick online search provides absolutely no information about ‘Slate Computing’. For a company that doesn’t have any online presence (and no one has heard about), Slate Computing definitely manufactures a hell of a lot of products. What are the odds that Slate Computing is a shell company? Is it just co-incidence that their product line seems match with Apple’s?

TechCrunch also uncovered that, ‘Slate Computing’ had filed a trademark for the term in the European Union too. The trademark was filed on the same day (21st Nov, 2006) and the legal representative for the firm was the UK-based firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge. These are the same guys Apple had worked with while trademarking the term ‘MacBook’ in the EU.

The evidence behind the iSlate speculations is by no means concrete. But at least there is some evidence to back up these speculations, which is a lot more than what we can say about most Apple related rumors.

Shave Mobile: Is it a Phone or Is it a Shaving Razor?

Well actually, it is both a mobile and a shaving razor. Trust the mobile and gadget industry to come up with excellent tools to make life easier for lazy guys like us.

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The Shave Mobile as Uber Gizmo calls it, is actually real and even has advertisements with David Beckham (which might be fake). The phone is available for sale in China, however, I did not find any links to buy it.

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Here is a video I found on , which shows how convenient it would be to have a shave mobile, but I highly doubt that they will let it into an airplane.

The video is not of the Shave mobile.

Crazy, insane or genius?