More HP webOS tablet details leak, with images

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The release date of one of HP’s upcoming webOS tablets, codenamed Opal, popped up on Engadget this afternoon courtesy of an anonymous tipster, along with renders of a second model codenamed Topaz. Some of the Topaz’s specs, like a front-facing camera and buttonless bezel, could be seen from the renders, while a release chart for Opal indicates most models will be out by September of this year.


Rendered front and back shots of the 9-inch screen Topaz tablet show it will have a microUSB outlet, front-facing camera, and no buttons on the bezel or sides. Engadget speculates that the HP tablets will have a three-speaker arrangement, with two on the left side and one on the right, for stereo sound in both landscape and portrait mode.


Google’s Consumer Electronics Show 2011 Reveals Honeycomb OS

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Google always has a lot going for it and new products coming out in 2011 showcase the Android operating system on myriad of products. The 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas had many new gadgets that showed a growing presence of Google in the consumer electronics industry.

What’s the buzz about Motorola’s Xoom?

The Motorola Xoom will debut the new Google Honeycomb operating system. The Xoom was named best tablet PC at the CES. Only a video preview was available according to PC Magazine. Honeycomb isn’t quite ready yet, which is why it didn’t have a demonstration model ready for the CES quite yet.

The product will be available sometime after the spring after Google perfects the new operating system


Google PowerMeter tracks home electricity via Wi-Fi

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Google’s PowerMeter Web application can now track home electricity from a PC or smartphone using Wi-Fi and a home’s broadband connection.
Blue Line Innovations is expected to announce a deal tomorrow to tie its PowerCost Monitor to Google’s PowerMeter for monitoring home energy. Combined with a WiFi Gateway sold by Blue Line Innovations, a person can get real-time and historical information on electricity use. PowerMeter also lets people create a home energy budget, share efficiency tips, and predict costs.


New Android Smartphones Serve up 3D–Without the Glasses

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3D smartphones will soon be a reality–if you live in Japan, that is. Two upcoming Sharp smartphones will offer a 3D-capable display. These two new Android powered phones, known as the Galapagos 003SH and 005SH, won’t just house any regular 3D screen. Instead, they’ll be based around an autostereoscopic 3D display developed by Sharp itself, which means that you’ll be able to view 3D content without the need for pesky 3D glasses. After all, who would want to wear 3D glasses just to use their smartphone?

But what 3D content will these portable devices have? Sharp detailed that a range of 3D movies and games will be made available for the smartphones. The game lineup will include the likes of Resident Evil (BioHazard), Megaman, and Konami Mobile Baseball titles. Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, both devices will be capable of taking 3D pictures.

Beyond the devices 3D capabilities, both of the handsets will come with Android 2.2 (Froyo), and they’ll include a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a 3.8-inch display, as well as the usual Wi-Fi and GPS capabilities.


Google Nexus Two To Launch On Nov 8 ?

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It’s been a big week for phone leaks. First we saw the long-rumoured PlayStation phone, and now various sources have simultaneously leaked news of the impending launch of the Google Inc.’s Nexus Two – the sequel to the much-lauded but under-sold Nexus One, which launched back in January.

Nov. 8 is the date the launch is supposedly taking place – allegedly at a press conference in New York with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. Why Google has switched from HTC Corp. to Samsung as a manufacturing partner is at this point unclear – although it could have something to do with the close work the two companies have done together on the Galaxy S phone line and Galaxy Tab.


How to overclock your Droid for just 99 cents

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Have you ever wanted to overclock your rooted Droid X or Droid 2 but just couldn’t be bothered to decipher pages of detailed technical jargon?

Well, you may want to check out the DX/D2 Overclocker app which can be purchased for a sweet 99 cents.

The very reasonably priced app - which overclocks your phone on the fly - is also (eventually) slated to offer OC on boot, along with custom presets.

How to overclock your Droid for just 99 centsAlthough the above-mentioned overclocking app provides only a modest increase in speed, it should be noted that the folks over at Team DeFuse managed to (manually) rev the Droid X from a humble 1 GHz to a blazingly fast 2 GHz. 

Meanwhile, the Droid 2 was overclocked to a staggering 3 GHz from a base speed of just 1 GHz.


HP unveils $799 tablet with a PC feel

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Hewlett-Packard Co unveiled its first product for the fast-growing tablet market, a $799 device running Microsoft Windows that is aimed at business customers.

HP’s Slate 500 attempts to replicate the PC experience in a tablet form, providing a contrast to rivals who have brought more of a smartphone feel to their devices. The Slate runs the same version of Windows 7 used by many companies on their standard PCs.

The tablet has a bigger price tag than competing products such as Apple’s iPad, which kick-started the tablet craze when it debuted earlier this year.

HP’s offering has an 8.9-inch, multi-touch-enabled screen, weighs 1.5 pounds and comes with 64 gigabytes (GB) of storage and a digital stylus pen. It gets five hours of battery life.

It comes equipped with Wi-Fi access but no built-in capability to connect to high-speed cellular networks, as rivals including the iPad, Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy Tab and Dell’s Streak have.


Toshiba developing no-glasses 3-D televisions

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Japanese electronics maker Toshiba Corp. said Tuesday it is developing technology for a 3-D television that won’t require special glasses.

Company spokeswoman Yuko Sugahara confirmed such technology was in the works. But she declined to comment on a report in the Yomiuri newspaper that the Tokyo-based company plans to start selling the new TVs by the end of the year.

Mainstream 3-D TVs now on sale, such as those from rivals Panasonic Corp. and Sony Corp., require glasses. But there are already screens that don’t require glasses, mainly intended for store displays.

Dell launches $100 smart phone in US on AT&T

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Dell Inc. said Tuesday its Aero smart phone is now on sale in the U.S. for $99 with a two-year AT&T contract.

The Dell Aero uses an older version of Google Inc.’s Android operating system than many competing phones on the market today. The Aero uses version 1.5, also called “cupcake,” while most phones now use version 1.6 or higher. Dell says it has done a significant amount of work adding features to the base Google system.

The Aero has a 3.5-inch touch screen and a 5-megapixel camera, and it has photo and video editing functions built in. Dell says the Aero can sync with Windows Media Player and music without copy protection from Apple Inc.’s iTunes.


Google Chrome tablet computer ‘on sale in November’

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Google and HTC are working together on a tablet-style computer to compete with Apple’s iPad, according to reports.

The tablet computer will run Google’s Chrome operating system, and will hit shops in November, possibly in time for Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving in the United States when electrical goods are traditionally heavily discounted.

According to technology blog Downloadsquad, the tablet will be available on the Verizon mobile network in the United States.

The blog, which cites an anonymous source, says that the Google tablet is likely to be subsidised by Verizon, and therefore will be cheaper than Apple’s iPad. Although the source did not provide the blog with any information about the specifics of the rumoured tablet, Downloadsquad expects the device to be based on NVidia’s Tegra 2 platform, boast a 32GB solid-state drive and a built-in webcam.


Google adds voice commands for Android phones

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Just because mobile phones are becoming more like small computers doesn’t mean you should have to do a lot of typing on them.

That’s the thinking behind the latest update to Google Inc.’s popular Android software for mobile phones.

The latest version of Android 2.2, released Thursday, includes 10 new voice commands that can be used to operate phones without using a keypad.

Although Google says about 200,000 Android-powered phones are being sold each day, not all of them are equipped with the 2.2 operating system, also known as Froyo. Google’s Nexus One phone already runs on Froyo, but users will need to download free updates through its Android Market. Motorola Inc.’s Droid 2, which went on sale this week, already has the necessary updates. The features are expected to be added to HTC Corp.’s Evo and Incredible phones when they get Froyo in the coming months.

Google’s new “Voice Actions” tool” enables people to dictate their text messages and e-mails. The voice recognition technology automatically translates the spoken words into text.

Phone calls can be made simply by speaking the name of a person or business. The feature can also find and play songs with spoken commands.


Consumer Reports confirms iPhone 4 antenna problems

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Consumer Reports tested three iPhone 4s and several other AT&T phones in their RF isolation chamber that simulates varying levels of signal from every carrier, and found that the iPhone 4 was the only handset to suffer signal-loss issues.

What’s more, CR directly says that its findings call Apple’s explanation of a miscalculated signal meter into question since the tests “indicate that AT&T’s network might not be the primary suspect.” CR found that simply putting duct tape over the bottom-left corner is enough to alleviate the issue — we’re guessing that’s Jony Ive’s worst nightmare — and says that while the iPhone 4 has the “sharpest display and best video camera” of any phone it’s tested, it simply can’t recommend the device until Apple comes up with a permanent and free fix to the antenna problem.

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