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5Aug/100

Nokia Kinetic – Concept Phone

Nokia Kinetic - Concept Phone

The phone it's self is unique in that it has a rounded base that houses an electromagnet that can make the phone stand up when an alarm goes off or a call is received. To cancel the alarm you can just tap it back down.

When the phone is automatically standing up, it can also be used to make hands free video calls if needed.

The base also doubles up as a more comfortable camera grip when holding the phone in landscape mode to capture video or images.

Most concepts never reach production stage for whatever reasons. However, Nokia was involved in the college course and even had someone who previously worked at Nokia help with the course indicating that Nokia could be asking for these designs to use in phones in the future. Of course there is still no guarantee that we will ever see this phone go on sale. Either way, it's actually quite a nice looking phone.

Creative designer Jeremy Innes-Hopkins has an interesting concept phone called the Nokia Kinetic. The phone responds to notifications through movement. An electromagnet in the base of the phone allows weight to be shifted which causes the phone to stand up when receiving a call, for example.

Creative designer Jeremy Innes-Hopkins has an interesting concept phone called the Nokia Kinetic. The phone responds to notifications through movement. An electromagnet in the base of the phone allows weight to be shifted which causes the phone to stand up when receiving a call, for example.

To dismiss a call, the user can simply give the phone a gentle tap, causing it to fall back down again and return to standby mode. There’s no word on whether this design will make it to real life, but it’s an interesting concept that could be very useful. Standing up on its own is a much cooler notification than vibrate. We also won’t need to buy an additional phone stand accessory if it can do it by itself.

4Aug/100

Google Introduces New YouTube Video Editor

Google Introduces Its Very New YouTube Video Editor

Goggle has finally released a much desired feature for its infamous video sharing site YouTube. The YouTube users will now be able to edit their videos and easily trim and join together the video clips that they have uploaded on the site. Also the editor will enable adding a new audio to the video from YouTube’s AudioSwap library of 40,000 songs.

The new Java Script based editor at present offers very basic functionalities like cutting down the unwanted strips of videos or merge clips to form longer ones. But Google promises to dole out more enhanced features in time to come. Google is also exploring the capabilities of employing cloud based computing for its editor to augment the experience of the users as they edit their videos. The Silicon Valley giant wants its user to stay free from any browser dependency and take over the sole responsibility of managing the backend processes with its massive and efficient infrastructure.

This isn’t the first time YouTube has tried to add the editor into its service. Back in 2007, the search giant launched a more advanced Flash-based video editor called YouTube Remixer, that allowed users to add transitions, captions and images to the video. However it was soon discontinued because of its slow and buggy responsiveness.

The YouTube Video Editor sounds great and personally much anticipated feature on the service. So while I get busy slicing down the unwanted guests from the video footage of the party at home , you may check how the editor works in the video after the jump. Do not forget to share your views with us.

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3Aug/100

India develops world’s cheapest “Laptop” at $35

(Reuters) - India has come up with the world's cheapest "laptop," a touch-screen computing device that costs $35.

Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal this week unveiled the low-cost computing device that is designed for students, saying his department had started talks with global manufacturers to start mass production.

"We have reached a (developmental) stage that today, the motherboard, its chip, the processing, connectivity, all of them cumulatively cost around $35, including memory, display, everything," he told a news conference.

He said the touchscreen gadget was packed with Internet browers, a PDF reader and video conferencing facilities but its hardware was created with sufficient flexibility to incorporate new components according to user requirement.

Sibal said the Linux-based computing device was expected to be introduced in higher education institutions from 2011, but the aim was to drop the price further to $20 and ultimately to $10.

The device was developed by research teams at India's premier technological institutes, the Indian Institute of Technology and the Indian Institute of Science.

One motherboard was reportedly designed by a student of Vellore Institute of Technology under his B Tech project and was fabricated at IIT Kanpur. The cost had worked out to Rs 2,209.

Thereafter, the processes of customisation helped reduce the price of the computing device.

India spends about three percent of its annual budget on school education and has improved its literacy rates to over 64 percent but studies have shown many students can barely read or write and most state-run schools have inadequate facilities.

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2Aug/100

WowWee’s Roboscooper picks up the stuff too big for your Roomba

WowWee's Roboscooper picks up the stuff too big for your Roomba

WowWee's robots may be fun, lovable companions, but they aren't always exactly the most useful things to have around. That's not the case with the company's new Roboscooper, however, which will gladly pick up stuff off your floor until its six AAA batteries run out. Of course, it will only pick up small, one ounce objects, and its storage capacity is a tad limited -- but hey, every little contribution helps.

You can even switch from autonomous to remote-controlled mode if you feel like being slightly less lazy, and you can let Roboscooper have a bit of fun by engaging the "whack" mode, which makes him swat objects out of his way instead of picking them up. Ready to bring one home? You can get your pre-order in now for $70 and look for it to ship at the end of the month.

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2Aug/100

Android 2.2 coming to HTC EVO 4G and Samsung Galaxy S in August and September

Android 2.2 coming to HTC EVO 4G and Samsung Galaxy S in August and September

Both HTC/Sprint and Samsung have announced FroYo updates to their phones. The EVO 4G shall be updated to Android 2.2 by August 3rd, which according to Sprint will make it the first carrier to do so.

In case you missed the advantages of FroYo over Éclair, you can check it out here, but in the meanwhile, in a nutshell, FroYo offers users the following benefits: Flash video playback, faster performance including browser, Bluetooth voice dialing, and also the ability to store applications on the memory card (giving near unlimited app access).

Samsung has announced that the Galaxy S phone in the UK will receive a FroYo update by September, as tweeted out by samsungukmobile. No word as to when this will head the innumerable Galaxy S variants in the US, or the normal Galaxy S phones everywhere else in the world. We are sure it won’t be too soon after though.

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29Jul/100

Nokia N8

Nokia N8

The Nokia N8 today officially emerges into the daylight, stepping out of the shadows equipped with a host of smartphone talents. The first device to be powered by the brand new Symbian^3 platform, the Nokia N8 will launch with a new breed of camera that promises to capture photos and video to rival dedicated point and shoot cameras. Read on to explore Nokia N8’s full list of talents.

Nokia N8, the much awaited mobile phone will be soon launched in India, as spotted at Nokia India website.

The phone is packed with 12MP of camera, integrated social networking, personalization and ofcourse, free maps.

Key Features/Specification

* Runs on Symbian ^3 Platform.
* Finger touch support for text input and UI control
* On-screen alphanumeric keypad and full keyboard
* Handwriting recognition for Chinese
* Possibility to use capacitive stylus
* Weight: 135gm, Size: 113.5 x 59 x 12.9 mm
* Screen size: 3.5″, Orientation sensor (Accelerometer), Proximity sensor
* GPRS/EDGE class B, multislot class 33
* Internal memory: 16 GB
* MicroSD memory card slot, hot swappable, up to 32 GB
* Conversational view for SMS
* Fifty hours of music playback

Nokia N8 will cost Rs. 22,000 in India and is expected to be available from October.

28Jul/100

Panasonic’s new HM-TA1 and HDC-SDX1 ‘budget’ camcorders attack the concept from very different ends

Panasonic's new HM-TA1 and HDC-SDX1 'budget' camcorders attack the concept from very different ends

Let's just put it out on the table: the Flip-inspired HM-TA1 ($169, left) and the ultra traditional (though delightfully mini) HDC-SDX1 ($499) are very different cameras. But are they $330 different? You be the judge. The 1080p-shooting TA1 is nothing surprising if you've seen any recent portrait-style pocket camcorders from Flip or Kodak, though it has a quality build and friendly interface. It also records to Apple's 960 x 540 iFrame format, and can double as a USB webcam.

As an added bonus, it's rather small for its category, a distinction shared by the flip-out-LCD ultra zoom HDC-SDX1, which Panasonic calls the world's lightest full HD AVCHD camcorder. Outside of that fancy codec and the 2.7-inch flip-out LCD, the SDX1 actually sounds a lot like the TA1 on paper, with the same webcam and iFrame features -- both cameras also are bring-your-own-SD-card for storage. Obviously the image quality should be a decent step up, and the 23x zoom (paired with optical image stabilization) bests the TA1's 4x digital zoom easily, but we're wondering how consumers will feel about these widely disparate price tags when the TA1 lands in August and the SDX1 follows in September.

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27Jul/100

Apple New Mac Pros, iMacs, 27-inch Cinema Display, Magic TrackPad Coming

Apple launching new Mac Pros, speedbumped iMac, new Cinema Display and maybe the Magic Trackpad

John Gruber from Daring Fireball hints that new Mac Pros, iMacs, a 27-inch Cinema Display, and the Magic Trackpad will be released. And Sure, we've been hearing whispers that Apple's got a new Mac Pros and some updated iMacs waiting in the wings, but our friend John Gruber at Daring Fireball seems just a mite more confident about things -- in a post trumpeting the return of his podcast The Talk Show, John coyly says tomorrow "might hypothetically" bring new Mac Pros, speedbumped iMacs (we'd guess the Core i3 will make its OS X debut), and a new 27-inch 16:9 Cinema Display will all arrive tomorrow.

John also says the Magic Trackpad might also arrive tomorrow, but he's calling that one a "double-hypothetical," so who knows -- we'd think anything more serious than hardware refreshes would warrant a Jobs introduction, but hey, maybe Steve's all talked out for the month. We'll see what happens -- stay tuned.

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26Jul/100

UC San Diego researchers repurpose 3D HDTV for heads-up VR system

UC SD researchers repurpose 3D HDTV

Off the shelf 3D HDTVs may still be a bit expensive from a consumer's point of view, but they're a downright bargain compared to the usual high-end virtual reality gear. This gave some researchers at UC San Diego a bright idea: they've paired a $2,300 Samsung 3D TV with a half-silvered mirror and a touch-feedback controller for a haptic-enabled heads-up virtual reality system (or HUVR) that costs just $7,000 (without head tracking). What's more, they say their system actually outperforms the PARIS HUVR system developed twelve years ago (and still in use), which cost a full $100,000. Head on past the break for a quick video of the rig in action.

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24Jul/100

HP Slate look alike spotted in China

HP Slate lookalike spotted in China, might beat the real thing to the market

Once again, China has proven to the world that it’s the place to be for all sorts of gadgetry miracle. Just look at this 10-inch Windows 7 tablet here — it may not be a full clone of the forthcoming 8.9-inch HP Slate, but it does come with a couple of interesting features: a 1366 x 768 resistive multitouch display (ideal for tackling the complicated Chinese characters with a stylus) and a webcam.

You’ll also find a handful of regular tidbits on this 1.66GHz Atom N450 device: a regular USB port coupled by a mini version, 3.5mm headphone jack, VGA port, LAN port, accelerometer, Bluetooth, WiFi and 3G. Oh, and you’ll get a free stand, too, but we’ll be minding our own business until this no-frills tablet gets a price.

Once again, China has proven to the world that it’s the place to be for all sorts of gadgetry miracle. Just look at this 10-inch Windows 7 tablet here — it may not be a full clone of the forthcoming 8.9-inch HP Slate, but it does come with a couple of interesting features: a 1366 x 768 resistive multitouch display (ideal for tackling the complicated Chinese characters with a stylus) and a webcam.
You’ll also find a handful of regular tidbits on this 1.66GHz Atom N450 device: a regular USB port coupled by a mini version, 3.5mm headphone jack, VGA port, LAN port, accelerometer, Bluetooth, WiFi and 3G. Oh, and you’ll get a free stand, too, but we’ll be minding our own business until this no-frills tablet gets a price.

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