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Old January 10th, 2010, 07:57 AM   #1
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Gadgets & Tech - news, reviews and chatter

CES is upon us and I'm gonna do something I've been thinking about for a long time - make us a Gadget & Tech thread


It's all pretty simple really - if it's tech, phone, gadget or computer related by all means share and debate...

Pictures are certainly also welcome, but let's not over do it, so please keep the size small and the number reasonable.. thanks


To get us started here's a pic of the latest smartphone - HTC Nexus One


A nice Android running phone with a large screen and a design I personally really like..

It strangely lacks multitouch like all other Android phones in North America - something the Milestone ( Euro version of "the Droid" ) has so it is rather strange why not - but on the cool side it's powered by a snapdragon chip and has a sweet AMOLED display


And finally we are getting USB 3,0 that will allow us transfere speeds upwards of 200MB/sec!!!


In terms of concepts how about a see trough screen..



It may not be especially interesting on a laptop or as a TV just now, but as head up units in cars or as displays in stores abd public I see great options..


This will also be the year tablets will get big - and while Apple haven't confirmed their iSlate yet many companies have been working hard to get something out beforehand to get a piece of the market..

This Lenovo tablet docks with a keybord to become a Win 7 laptop but also works on it's own running a light Linux OS




Here's Dell's go at it with a Android running tablet



And here another Android tablet by Compal



I'll add a lot more from CES and feel free to add more yourself, also let us know what gadgets you use and whatever else you feel fit in here..


Pictures and news provided by Gizmodo and Engadget ( two great tech sites I highly recommend visiting! )
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Old January 10th, 2010, 09:30 AM   #2
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Rumor has it that the panel of the highly anticipated Apple Tablet will be made from aluminum
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Old January 10th, 2010, 09:56 AM   #3
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These small tablets, I've never really understood their use.
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Old January 10th, 2010, 10:17 AM   #4
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These small tablets, I've never really understood their use.
Having been addicted to my iPod Touch I certainly do 7 and is dying to get my hands on the upcomming iSlate ( or whatever it will be named )

It's the mobility that is the main driver here - you have internet, mail, Apps, E-book reader, and other mobile stuff readily at hand in a sleek tablet with a responsive touch system..

I personally use my Touch around the home a lot - checking up on the forums, Facebook and mail from the couch or the bedroom or kitchen while cooking.. and I would welcome a larger screen and some improved Apps

This could easily be the next step in computing and take over the market for netbooks and even to some degree laptops if done right..


The small Android ones I don't have much faith in - they really can't do anything than a phone can't, so while they - like the Touch - will be nice to have around the home it's not a major step forward 8 but IMO a welcomed one no matter how small )
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Rumor has it that the panel of the highly anticipated Apple Tablet will be made from aluminum
Yes from the data out ( speculated of course ) it does seem very close to this speculated rendering:


But with an slightly larger screen 9,6"


Apple will have an anouncement Jan 27 - I really hope it's for the iSlate / Apple Tablet
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Old January 10th, 2010, 10:24 AM   #5
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For the past couple of months, first thing I've been doing once I get up in the morning is check out Macrumors and AppleInsider to see what the latest news on the tablet is
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Old January 10th, 2010, 01:29 PM   #6
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Wow, this is really freaky! A couple of days ago, I was thinking of such a thread but I hesitated since I'm not an expert in tech. I'm more of an above-average end-user, that's all.

First things first, HTC's Nexus One! Now, Snapdragon chip & AMOLED sound as a very big positives for the device but the lack of multi-touch and/or pinch-to-zoom features really throws it back. But then again, the first iPhone wasn't great, either (mind the difference in time & makers).

Second, USB 3.0?! SWEET!! But I'd really hate to upgrade my motherboard now (my current one's almost a year old). Nevertheless, it might be worth it for me!

Last, I'm very much intrigued & excited to keep up with this thread. Thanx very much, FREKI!! I sincerely appreciate your efforts!!
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Old January 10th, 2010, 07:29 PM   #8
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First things first, HTC's Nexus One! Now, Snapdragon chip & AMOLED sound as a very big positives for the device but the lack of multi-touch and/or pinch-to-zoom features really throws it back.
Like the Milestone ( European version of "the Droid" ) has it so does the initial reports claim that the European version of the Nexus One will also have multitouch..
( where does the KSA usually get it's tech from? )

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Second, USB 3.0?! SWEET!! But I'd really hate to upgrade my motherboard now (my current one's almost a year old). Nevertheless, it might be worth it for me!
It's not like USB 2,0 is slow but as 1080P filming, TB's of backup and other data extensive tech becomes everyday use then it will be nice to have the extra speed

( but for me it wouldn't warrant an upgrade )

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Old January 10th, 2010, 08:58 PM   #9
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That's strange. Why not a multitouch for the States?
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Old January 10th, 2010, 09:24 PM   #10
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That's strange. Why not a multitouch for the States?
No official reasons have ever been given, but speculation is that Apple holds a patent of some sorts..

Why that patent wouldn't be active in Europe ( or the rest of the world ) is a bit strange to me..

There are non-Apple multitouch devices out in the US, even phones, but so far it seems the Android phones have it blocked for some reason
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Old January 10th, 2010, 09:34 PM   #11
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Why all the news about tablet pcs suddenly? They came out years ago and never took off, why now?
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Old January 10th, 2010, 09:36 PM   #12
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Why all the news about tablet pcs suddenly? They came out years ago and never took off, why now?
Because Apple is rumoured to release one in the comming months and every tech company wants a bite of the cake in case it goes the same way as it did with the smart phone
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Old January 10th, 2010, 10:25 PM   #13
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I think the tablet could revolutionise mobile technology. Older ones have simply been to bulky, slow and incapable of integrating enough technologies (much like the first smartphones that came out several years ago).

But if apple gets it right, its tablet could have an huge amount of uses! It could replace paper/books in schools, nurses and doctors could store all the information from all patients and access it from one device... etc etc

Not to mention the things we already take for granted on the iphone such as internet browsing/GPS/millions of aps will be made so much easier on the huge screen.

In 5 years everyone will be carrying one. Cant wait!
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Old January 10th, 2010, 11:25 PM   #14
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thanks for starting this Topic Freki
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Old January 11th, 2010, 12:56 AM   #15
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Whats so great about a see through screen?? It may look cool, but do you really want to see through your monitor??
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Old January 11th, 2010, 01:58 AM   #16
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It was posted by kyenan in the Korean forum.

I completely felt in love with this camera. I need one :3
http://www.letsgodigital.org/en/2444...ng-camcorders/

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CES 2010 - Stylish Samsung digital compact camcorders : Samsung announce three new stylish, ergonomically designed compact digital camcorders which come fully equipped with an array of useful features. The Samsung SMX-C20, SMX-C24 and HMX-M20 all feature the same built-in 25 degree Active Angle Lens that was the hallmark design feature of their predecessors - the SMX-C10 and HMX-R10. Samsung’s innovative Active Angle Lens allows consumers to hold the camera more naturally, and has earned Samsung design awards and accolades from all over the world since first appearing in the SMX-C10 and HMX-R10 last year. The SMX-C20, SMX-C24 and HMX M20 will be on display during the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show, January 7-10, 2010.



Samsung camcorders record in style and comfort
The new Samsung SMX-C20, SMX-C24 and HMX-M20 add a level of style and beauty to shooting home videos. Both SMX models offer Samsung’s signature ToC design, which features a hint of color that is naturally blended into the deep black body of the camcorders to create an attractive crystalline appearance. To make shooting home videos more comfortable, all three of the new models boast Samsung’s Active Angle Lens design. Unlike traditional camcorders that force users to hold their arm up at a 90-degree angle while recording video, the Active Angle Lens design, exclusive to Samsung, allows users to hold the camcorder in a more relaxed and natural position due to the fact that the lens is angled downward by 25 degrees. This more natural recording position reduces the overall stress on the wrist and elbow and also removes the LCD screen from the user’s line of sight, enabling them to always keep an eye on their subject while recording.



Samsung digital camcorders offer simplicity
"The Samsung SMX-C24, SMX-C20, and HMX-M20 are ideal for a wide-range of consumers, said Mr. SangRyong Kim, Senior Vice President of Camcorder Team, Samsung Electronics. “These camcorders appeal to consumers’ demand for simplicity and features in a camcorder that allow them to get great results with minimal effort. Additionally, with Samsung’s Active Angle Lens as well as head-turning ToC design, consumers are able to look good and enjoy an added level of comfort while recording video.”



Record high-quality videos and digital still images
Whether it’s documenting an unforgettable vacation or simply capturing the day to day antics of family and friends, Samsung’s new HMX-M20, SMX C24 and SMX-C20 give you access to the highest-quality video and still images. The SMX-C20 and SMX-C24 offer remarkable standard definition video recording at a resolution of 720x480. In addition, both camcorders offer the ability to quickly and easily capture still images at a resolution of two mega pixels.



Samsung digital camcorders record in style and comfort
For those who want even higher-resolution or wish to enjoy the best possible results for viewing their content on their HDTV, the HMX-M20 offers full-HD, 1080/60p video recording. The Samsung HMX-M20 also utilizes Samsung’s Back Side Illumination (BSI) CMOS imaging sensor, which was created specifically to absorb more light than other conventional sensors and delivers unprecedented low-light performance. The Samsung HMX-M20 also boasts an 8x optical zoom / 12x intelli zoom and the ability to capture still images in stunning 12 mega-pixel resolution, further setting it apart from other camcorders in terms of image quality, versatility and ease of use.



10x optical zoom lens integrated in the new Samsung camcorders
All three camcorders utilize H.264 compression, which allows you to record longer than camcorders using the typical MPEG2 format. The new Samsung SMX-C20 and SMX C24 also come with impressive 10x optical zooms and all three models are paired with Hyper Image Stabilization. Ideal for recording events from a great distance, the camcorders’ impressive optical zooms allow you to get in close to the action no matter how far away you may be. Access to such a powerful optical zoom can come in handy for any number of scenarios, ranging from recording your child’s soccer game from the sidelines to the sights and sounds of a trip to the city. Additionally, Samsung’s Hyper Image Stabilization gives you the ability to capture clear and stable video as it counteracts the negative effects of a shaky hand while recording, which can lead to blurry footage. Samsung also provides different memory options for recording footage with the new SMX-C20, SMX C24 and HMX-M20. With the SMX-C24, users can take advantage of 16GB of built-in flash memory. Users can also expand the camcorder’s memory capacity using the SD/SDHC memory card slot. The SMX-C20 and HMX-M20 do not feature internal memory and require the use of SD/SDHC media cards.



Samsung SMX camcorders offer Smart Features for editing and sharing
The Samsung HMX-M20, SMX-C24 and SMX-C20 come equipped with Samsung’s play-edit-sharing program called intelli studio. The built-in intelli-studio software gives users the ability to connect the camcorder to any computer via USB and edit and play their video without having to install supporting software. The built-in intelli-studio software also helps simplify the way users upload and share their footage using today’s popular video sharing Web sites. For added convenience, a one-touch “upload” button, available directly on the camcorders, provides a direct connection to YouTube, taking the hassle and confusion out of uploading footage. In addition, the SMX C20, SMX-C24, and HMX-M20 also provide options for basic on-camera editing, including the ability to merge and split video files. This can be done directly on the camcorders using their 230K-pixel, swiveling 2.7-inch wide LCD screens.



Samsung camcorders include a time lapse recording function
Samsung also enhances the video recording experience for end-users thanks to several unique features, including time lapse recording, animated thumbnails and a versatile charging system. Time lapse recording allows users to program the camcorder to record at a pre-set interval of one image every one, three, five, 10, 15 or 30 seconds. Time lapse recording is especially useful for condensing extremely long events, such as rolling clouds on a sunny day, into a short, easy to-view video.



Samsung digital camcorder features a battery charging system
Samsung’s animated thumbnail feature simplifies the way users search for video clips on the Samsung SMX-C20, SMX-C24, and HMX-M20. Each video clip saved on the camcorder is represented by a small thumbnail on the LCD screen. When scrolling through one’s videos, each thumbnail will provide a short playback of the video file when highlighted by the user allowing them to quickly preview each clip without having to view the entire shot. The camcorders also feature a versatile charging system. Users can either recharge the battery by connecting the camcorder to the supplied AC adapter or via USB while the camcorder is connected to a computer. The new Samsung SMX camcorders will be available from March 2010.
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Old January 11th, 2010, 02:14 AM   #17
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Another big thing at this year's CES is 3D TV (which was also helped by the news of ESPN introducing their 3D channel before the World Cup this year). It does seem as if some of the old fads are making a come back (3D, tablet pcs, touch screens etc) ... however, I think this time around there is legitimate fuel behind these engines because manufacturers have powerful enough technology to sustain such products. In terms of mobile devices, qualcomm's snapdragon processor seems like a god-send considering how it is finally making processor intensive tasks practical on hand held devices. If MS can play its cards right, they will certainly be right back in the game with the release of WinMo 7 because we are finally starting to see devices that do not have constant reliability issues because of a poorly designed OS.
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Also, I should mention that lenevo seems to be doing a lot on the PC side. Aside from that tablet/netbook hybrid, they also introduced the lenevo Skylight netbook ... which is a very solidly designed portable device equipped with their proprietary OS ... and is actually powered by the snapdragon processor. Overall, they seem to be a making a strong push into the regular consumer market (as opposed to the professional market that they acquired when they bought out the IBM's laptop department). With their expertise and their generally well regarded reputation, they have a very good chance of being a successful player alongside the Toshibas, Dells and the Sony Viaos of the world.





http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/...s-on-skylight/
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No official reasons have ever been given, but speculation is that Apple holds a patent of some sorts..

Why that patent wouldn't be active in Europe ( or the rest of the world ) is a bit strange to me..

There are non-Apple multitouch devices out in the US, even phones, but so far it seems the Android phones have it blocked for some reason
Maybe some other company filed for the multitouch patent in Europe before Apple but never bothered about doing that in the States and Google paid that company to ues the patent.
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Old January 11th, 2010, 09:33 AM   #20
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Another cool product to hit the market this winter is Pure's Sensia

A DAB and Wifi radio with Apps such as Facebook and Twitter - and of course a LCD touchscreen





BTW I'd love to hear and see what set ups people have at home.. TVs.. computer desk.. hi-fi etc etc so don't be shy
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