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Panasonic proves its Toughbook U1 is Rammer-resistant

Panasonic proves its Toughbook U1 is Rammer-resistant

It must be getting pretty difficult at this point for Panasonic to come up with new ways to show just how tough its Toughbook line of devices are, but it looks like the company's still got a few surprises in it, as evidenced by a new video that pits its Toughbook CF-U1 handheld  against a Rammer.

As you can probably guess, the Toughbook pictured above manages to pass the test easily, but there's also another surprise in store at the end -- head on past the break to see for yourself. Of course, Panasonic didn't let an opportunity for a bit of cross-promotion slip by -- it also shot the video on a Panasonic GH1.

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Sony Ericsson Announces 6 Brand New Phones For India

Sony Ericsson announces 6 brand new 'entertainment-packed' phones for India

Sony Ericsson just unveiled six new phones in the Indian market, phones it describes as entertainment-packed...They are: Xperia X8 (previously known as Shakira), the affordable GreenHeart Cedar, the QWERTY messenger Aspen, and three Walkman phones – Yendo, Spiro, and Zylo. Unfortunately, no pricing details have been revealed yet. Happy with the successful launch of the Fab 5 (Xperia X10, Vivaz, Xperia X10 Mini, Vivaz Pro, and Xperia X10 Mini Pro) earlier this year, Sony Ericsson is looking to introduce a host of innovative new features with these devices into the Indian market, across various price segments.

Claiming to provide “an unmatchable user experience”, the phones each have their own qualities. Let’s take a look at them:

Another member of the Android 1.6  Xperia family, the X8 is a smaller, lower-powered Xperia X10, and is described as a “great entertainment smartphone that extends the appeal of the Xperia collection to new market segments.” While one of the X10’s signature applications, Mediascape, is missing from its portfolio, it features Timescape, and, due to its smaller screen, inherits the four-corner shortcut interface from the X10 Mini.

business and social communication”, the GreenHeart  Cedar apparently provides easy browsing, emailing, and social networking with its 3G HSPA connectivity, all at an “affordable price”, and with green features such as recycled plastics, a low power consumption charger, an e-manual, waterborne paint and compact packaging. Another of its USPs is Widget Manager 2.0, which supposedly gives users social networking features on the standby screen.

The only dedicated business mobile of the lot, the Aspen is also the only Windows Mobile (6.5.3 Professional) phone. Branded as an “affordable GreenHeart phone”, the Aspen offers green features similar to the Cedar. Citing its “rich user interface and powerful productivity tools” as its business capabilities, Sony Ericsson insists the phone also offers entertainment value, with its Media Browser and PlayNow features, as well as quick access to social networking.

Sony Ericsson’s first full-touch Walkman phone, the Yendo is described as combining “music, social networking and communication in one colourful phone". The Yendo also features the Xperia X8 and X10 Mini’s four-corner shortcut touch-UI, to allow for one handed operation. The phone also features ease of social networking (including Facebook 2.6), instant/text messaging, and email use, and has been designed in the same human curvature style of the Xperia and Vivaz devices. It will also appeal to the trendy youth, with numerous body colour choices and mix-and-match combinations.

Distinctly Walkman phones, the Zylo (left) and Spiro (right) are similar in interface and design, and supposedly “marry music with social networking”, allowing users to access everything from Twitter to Facebook at the “touch of a button”, without interrupting their music listening experience. The two phones also feature the TrackID function, which allows users to find the name and artist of any track they’re listening to, “wherever they are”.

Sony Ericsson’s Anurag Kontu, Marketing Head – India, commented on the introduction of the new phones into the Indian market: “Greater access to applications and customizable user experience on handheld devices has shaped the mobile success story in India today. As the communication entertainment brand, Sony Ericsson phones have always enjoyed a phenomenal response from consumers in the region. With the launch of the new portfolio, we continue to offer an amalgamation of communication and entertainment by fusing together best quality touchscreen experience, premium imaging and music features, and great connectivity options across price segments.”


SanDisk Introduces World’s Smallest 64GB Solid State Drive

SanDisk Introduces World’s Smallest 64GB Solid State Drive-First in New Embedded SSD Category

SanDisk has publically announced  a first-of-its-kind solid state drive that offers higher capacities and performance (160MB/sec sequential read and 100MB/sec sequential write speeds) than current solutions, all in a much smaller amount of space, as small as a postage stamp.

Called the iSSD drive, it is the first solid state drive to use a SATA interface in a small ball grid array package, and can be soldered onto any motherboard, and, is ideal for mobile platforms, such as netbooks, tablets, and phones. Power consumption figures are not known yet though.

A spokesman from SanDisk commented on the release of the new generation solid state drives: "The new category of embedded SSDs should enable OEMs to produce tablets and notebooks with an unprecedented combination of thin, lightweight form factors and fast performance.”

As of now, the new iSSD drives have been sent for sampling to OEMs, who are considering its applications. The weighing less than one gram and featuring no moving parts, the iSSD drive measures just 16x20x1.85mm, and is available in many capacities, ranging from 4GB to 64GB as of now.

If it reveals a power-sipping nature, the first generation of iSSD drives will definitely be incorporated into numerous mobile devices soon, and, we can hopefully expect higher capacity drives to come soon, for notebooks and desktops.

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India Sets Deadline For Potential BlackBerry Stoppage | Threatens To Suspend BlackBerry

India has given BlackBerry phone maker RIM a deadline of 31 August to give the government access to all of its services or face being shut down..

In what appears to be tough stance being taken by the world’s largest democracy, India has set an end-of-the month deadline for BlackBerry to let security agencies access its email and instant messaging or face a ban on the two widely used smartphone services.

Data from the BlackBerry is sent to servers in Canada where high-grade encryption technology makes the content of messages inaccessible to outsiders.

'If a technical solution is not provided by August 31, 2010, the government will review the position and take steps to block' the emails and messenger services from the network, a home ministry statement said on Thursday.

India's Ministry of Home Affairs told the country's mobile operators they would have to close down the two encrypted services if Research in Motion (RIM), the Canadian makers of BlackBerry, did not comply with its demands.

RIM takes pride in the level of privacy it offers to BlackBerry users, but a growing number of nations are worried terrorists will exploit this privacy to plot attacks.

The terrorist attacks in Mumbai in 2008 were planned and executed using electronic devices, including cell phones and GPSs. Six Americans were among the 166 people killed in Mumbai.

"What you're seeing is a trend towards countries, not just India, asserting more sovereign control over communications," said Scott Cleland, president of Precursor LLC.


Sony Ericsson to introduce Android 3.0 – Go-like smartphone

Sony Ericsson to introduce Android 3.0 gaming platform and PSP Go-like smartphone

There's no question that gaming on the Android platform has heretofore been relatively underwhelming, but that looks like it's all about to change. It seems that Sony Ericsson -- a company that has yet to even introduce an Android 2.0 device -- is at work on a project to redefine gaming on Google's mobile platform. We now know (via a trusted source) that the company is actively and heavily developing a brand new gaming platform, ecosystem, and device (possibly alongside Google) which are already in the late stages of planning. And we've got the goods on it.

Here's what we can tell you about the hardware: if you're a gaming fan, this is exactly the kind of phone you've been waiting for. The device is described as cross between the Samsung Captivate and the PSP Go -- in other words, it's a landscape slider with game controls in place of the typical QWERTY keyboard. The D-pad is here, but instead of the small joystick, the device will have what was described as a "long touch pad" for analog controls, along with standard PSP buttons and shoulder buttons. The phone has a large display, described as being between 3.7 and 4.1 inches with WVGA or better resolution, a 5 megapixel camera that we're told might not be final, and it'll likely have a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU on board. The phone is mostly black with some silver highlights, and the gamepad area is white / silver in color. Apparently it's currently branded as a Xperia device, but it looks like it will carry PlayStation branding as well. Those who've seen the phone say it looks "pretty damn sexy." The mockup above probably doesn't do the actual hardware justice, but it should give you an idea of what you'll be dealing with.

On the software side, it looks like the device will be running Gingerbread (Android 3.0) with a phone-specific skin, and there will be a new area of the Android Market specifically for the games. That content will be initially accessible only by the halo device, but from the sounds of things, these titles might be made available to other Android phones if their specs and button layouts meet requirements. Games will be graphically in the range of PSX or PSP games, meaning true 3D gaming is headed to Android. Titles currently being shown off seem to be focused around some older PSX as well as new PSP offerings, with God of War, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and LittleBigPlanet possibly on tap, and future plans for titles which incorporate augmented reality features.

In terms of release, it's possible that the phone and ecosystem could be introduced as early as October of this year, but we have yet to confirm.

Right now we're working on getting even more detail about the phone and partnership, but we can tell you now that this is not a random rumor -- we have reason to believe that what we've heard and seen is real and coming to market. It makes perfect sense in a way -- Google gets a much-needed push into the gaming and entertainment space for Android, while Sony (via its partnership with Ericsson) finally delivers the PlayStation phone users have been wanting. We see it as a major win for both companies and the consumer... and we always need another distraction. Stay tuned to this space for updates as we get them, and in the meantime, start socking away the pennies.


Multitouch DJ table

Multitouch DJ table lets you swipe to rock

We just recently got a glimpse of one possible future of DJing, but our world has now already been turned upside down once again with this multitouch-enabled rig built by Gregory Kaufman. The big difference with this one, as you can probably guess, is that it employs a gesture-based interface that lets you spin the virtual turntables and use a variety of taps and finger swipes to replicate the main functions of a regular DJ deck.

What's more, Kaufman says that the only gear a DJ would have to carry is a USB drive with their own music and settings, which they'd simply plug into the multitouch table at a club -- assuming the idea catches on, that is. Top top things off, the system would also be able to accommodate regular DJ gear for some added flexibility, and even provide enough room for two DJs if you're looking to battle or share the stage.


HTPC Remote Controller | USB RF Wireless Keyboard | RF Wireless Handheld Keyboard

EFO iPazzPort Keyboard looks like a BlackBerry, calls your HTPC instead of your boss

In the world of the HTPC, the quest for the least inconvenient means of controlling on-screen action continues. We had a winner with the Rii Mini wireless keyboard in March, but the familiar aesthetics of this EFO iPazzPort keyboard make us want to have one lying about our coffee table.

This is the newly redesigned third generation model, a big step forward from the first gen and, from the second revision, adds on function keys that can be used during bootup (for the "Hit F1 to enter BIOS" types), dedicated keys for playing and pausing and whatnot, and a laser pointer -- crucial for indicating the fatally arcing trajectories of contestants on Wipeout. All that's in addition to the already present QWERTY keyboard resting just below a functional touchpad. The cost @ $45.

Features :

* 3 in 1: Keyboard, mouse and touchpad
* Rechargeable Li-ion batteries: Last longer – up to two weeks between charges.
* Short recharge time: Around two hours can fully charge the battery.
* 2.4G DSSS: Enjoy long-range wireless control from up to 10 metre (33 feet) away.
* Indication light: Multiple indication lights for signal, data transmission and power.
* Touch Pad: Use as point and click – no mouse is required for simple portable operation.
* Backlighting: Makes text entry effortless – even in low light.
* Compact: Perfect size for portable (85 X 125 X 10 mm).
* QWERTY keyboard: Standard Keyboard layout for convenience input.
* Light weight: Only with 60 g.
* Plug and play: no need to install software.

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8 Things Misses in Blackberry Torch 9800

8 Things Misses in Blackberry Torch 9800

Research In Motion's (RIM)much-awaited and talked about Blackberry Torch 9800 is out. The company's first smartphone to run on its Blackberry 6 operating system and Web browser is creating lot of excitement.

The Canadian company's first slider smartphone offers plenty of improvements over the older BlackBerry models, and RIM is also promising to roll out the new OS as an upgrade for many popular models.

However, the new Blackberry device has also disappointed some who have termed the launch as a catch-up attempt by the company rather than breaking any new ground.

Here's what disappoints analysts and reviewers in the new Blackberry Torch 9800.

Processor :

At a time when most flagship smartphones have a 1 GHz processor, BlackBerry Torch's 624 MHz processor from Marvel makes it appear pale. Some reviews have blamed the device's sluggish performance on the processor.

Display :

Similarly, Blackberry Torch's 480-by-360-pixel resolution looks low compared to today's smartphone's standards. Apple calls its 960 x 640 iPhone 4 screen Retina Display, since it has pixels so small the eye can't see them.
Also, its 3.2-inch screen is dwarfed by most flagship smartphones.

No new Touch :

Blackberry Torch has been termed as the 'Best Blackberry ever'. However, analysts feel that with a new version of the BlackBerry operating system, BlackBerry 6, Torch adds touch-friendly features that are largely already available on most other touchscreen smartphones.
The smartphone features a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen display.

Storage :

RIM is touting multimedia as a major feature in Blackberry Torch. The company has also overhauled the interface for music, video, and photos in Blackberry 6 OS. However, still, Blackberry Torch comes with a measly 4 GB of internal storage and 4 GB MicroSD card. This means users will have to invest in another MicroSD card if they want to save all their music or other data.

With its two offerings of 16GB and 32 GB memory, Apple iPhone 4 beats the new BlackBerry device which offers a total of just 8GB memory.

Battery :

Blackberry phones are considered to be the perfect choice for road warriors. Hence, it is essential for the phones to offer a good battery life. However, Blackberry Torch’s 1,300 mAHr battery, which provides 5.5 hours of GSM talk time, is only at par with Droid Incredible.

Blackberry Bold 9700 too provides six hours of talk time, and 38 hours of music playback, compared to 30 hours for the Torch

Video :

Blackberry Torch does not have a front-facing camera. This means no option for video conferencing. Also, there's no HDMI output feature.

Games :

Over the years, gaming has become a crucial part of smartphones features. However, analysts believe that with Blackberry Torch and Blackberry 6 OS, RIM was so busy playing catch-up on key features that it failed to see what the other major smartphone makers are working on next on the gaming front.

App World :

Blackberry Torch 9800 is also the first device from RIM to have the new BlackBerry App World store pre-installed. However, BlackBerry App World offers just 7,000 apps, while Apple's App Store offers a whopping 250,000 applications.


Announced The BlackBerry Torch 9800

BlackBerry Torch 9800

A new BlackBerry called the Torch, with both a touchscreen and slide-out QWERTY keyboard, was unveiled Tuesday by Research In Motion, which hopes to stop the bleeding of customers migrating to the iPhone and phones using the Android operating system.

The phone, also known as the Torch 9800, will be available Aug. 12, and cost $199 with a two-year contract with AT&T, which will be the exclusive provider of the Torch.

The device will use RIM's new Operating System 6, which includes a badly needed re-do of the BlackBerry Web browser, which is painfully slow and frustrating to use. The new browser is called the Torch Mobile browser. It is based on WebKit, the same engine used by Apple and Google.

The Torch, noted NPD analyst Ross Rubin, looks "a bit like a high-end Palm Pre" with its touchscreen and slide-out keyboard. It has a 3.2-inch, 360-by-480 capacitive touch-screen display.

The phone, with Wi-Fi, has pinch-to-zoom on the touchscreen, something the iPhone and other devices already feature. It also has a 5-megapixel camera with flash and autofocus, as well as "environment" settings. The camera will name pictures by location.

A hallmark of the new operating system is universal search, RIM CEO Mike Lazardis said at a press conference. Universal search is something offered already on the iPhone, Android and Palm devices. It lets users search their devices by keyword to find anything on the device — in e-mail, contacts or music, for example — to that keyword.

The operating system "is cool," but there's not much there that "we haven't seen before elsewhere," said Michael Gartenberg, partner with Altimeter Group, a technology research and advisory firm.


Reliance Mobile and HTC launch the 3G Android Phone HTC Wildfire in India

Reliance Mobile launches HTC Wildfire in India, an Android 2.1 phone for Rs. 16,590

We have already reported the availability of HTC Wildfire in Indian market, but the official announcement came bit late. HTC has partnered with Reliance Mobile to launch Wildfire in India, although the smartphone is also available unlocked.

As a clubbed freebie, Reliance Mobile customers will get 500MB of data usage per month free for 6 months with HTC Wildfire. The phone is available for a MOP of Rs. 16,590.

To Remind you, Wildfire comes with

Processor :  Qualcomm® MSM7225-1, 528 MHz
Operating system :  Android™ 2.1 with HTC Sense
Memory ROM : 512 MB Flash RAM: 384 MB
Dimensions : 10.66 cm (L) x 6.09 cm (W) x 1.21 cm (T)
Display : 3.2-inch QVGA 262k colour TFT capacitive touch screen
Network : HSPA/UMTS dual band (900/2100mhz); GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 (Band frequency, 3G network availability, and data speed are operator dependent.)
Connectivity : Bluetooth® 2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate
Camera : 5 megapixel colour camera with auto focus and LED flash GPS GPS/AGPS
Battery : 1300 mAh rechargeable lithium- ion battery
Special features : Proximity sensor, G-sensor, Digital compass, Light sensor, FM radio, Optical joystick