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gOS "Cloud" instant-on OS comes to Gigabyte touchscreen netbooks 01 December 2008 at 1:38 pm by

Not that we were too impressed with gOS when we first saw Rocket almost a year ago, but Cloud — the small footprint, quick boot Linux variant that Good OS introduced today at the Netbook World Summit in Paris — looks like an altogether different beast. Arriving pre-installed alongside Windows on the new Gigabyte touchscreen netbooks (perhaps some variant of the M912V), the new SplashTop-esque OS uses a web browser as its main interface, with an integrated dock providing such Web 2.0 mainstays as Skype, YouTube and the Google family of apps — and if this smattering of tools doesn’t meet all of your computing needs, you can always boot into your main OS from there. Cloud can be installed as a dual-boot partition on your hard drive or SSD as well as onto a flash chip hardwired onto a motherboard. That’s all we have for now, but you can bet we’ll be on hand to check it out at CES in January.

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Mio said to be prepping GPS-enabled 3.5G touchscreen handset for Q1 2009 By 01 December 2008 at 1:05 pm and have No Comments

Not that Mio hasn’t pumped out a GPS phone or two before, but the rarely-heard-from handset maker is reportedly on its way to delivering its first 3.5G touchscreen-based GPS phone in Q1 2009. Undisclosed sources singled out at DigiTimes have it that the mobile will be powered by a 3.5G chipset from Qualcomm and will come loaded with Mitac’s self-developed “Spirit” touch interface. Additionally, it’ll pack a 3.2-megapixel camera and should launch ahead of Garmin’s oft-delayed nüvifone. In related news, Mio is also scheduled to launch a GPS-packin’ MID before Q1 2009 ends, though it’s still unclear if it’ll choose a 7- or 8-inch panel to accompany the 3G radio and Windows CE operating system. Riveting stuff, huh?

[Via GPSTracklog]

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BenQ Joybook U101 launches, gives almost no joy By 01 December 2008 at 12:33 pm and have No Comments

The BenQ Joybook Lite U101 we spied back when it was announced in September has just launched, and though there’s nothing incredibly exciting here, we thought we’d give you a quick rundown, because we’re just cool like that. The U101 boasts completely standard netbook fair — an Atom N270 CPU, Intel 945GSE chipset, 1GB of DDR2 memory, with 80-160GB mechanical drives and 4-16GB SSD options. It’s also got a 16:9 display with a 1024 x 576 resolution (rare for a netbook), a 1.3 megapixel webcam, and three USB 2.0 ports. The sassy little number comes in blue, pink, white and black, and it can be yours for €398 ($503) in Taiwan right now, but we’ve got no word on when it will be available elsewhere. Dip this puppy in gold or something and then maybe, just maybe we’ll bite.
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Nokia teases major new product launching tomorrow By 01 December 2008 at 11:56 am and have No Comments

Come on, you didn’t think Nokia’s only response to the G1, iPhone, and Storm would be the 5800 XpressMusic, did you? Word on the ground at this week’s Nokia World conference is that Espoo is planning a major announcement tomorrow — and hey, is that a countdown timer to the keynote that just went live on Nokia’s site? Interesting. Our pal and yours Robert Scoble says that Nokia execs are running around bragging that “the Internet” is totally in the dark on this one, and that only a small number of people within the company have seen the new device. That’s certainly got our ears perked up — we’re guessing this is something a little more major than that hinted-at touch Communicator. We’ll let you know right away if you want to stay up with us — the event is scheduled for 3:15AM EST.

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Linux on the iPhone By 01 December 2008 at 6:28 am and have No Comments

From the department of "Because We Can" comes Linux on the iPhone. Don’t get too excited — you won’t be running Ubuntu or Google’s Android OS on your iPhone any time soon (even if you wanted to). Here it is in action:

 
 
 
 

Right now, as you can see, this is strictly a proof of concept — there’s no actual interaction with any of the iPhone’s input methods. No touch screen, no nothing. Instead, the iPhone runs a USB client which lets you type in commands from another computer via the dock connector.

Still, it’s a good start, and once somebody slaps a few hardware drivers and a graphic user interface on there, it could be fun to play with. We’re actually more interested with the keyboard side of this hack. Would it be possible to run the regular iPhone OS and hook a keyboard directly into the dock connector? That would be killer useful for getting some real work done on the iPhone. It would also destroy my excuse for not blogging when I’m traveling, so maybe it’s not such a good thing after all.

Linux on the iPhone! [Linuxoniphone via TUAW]

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Nikon Announces $8000, 24.5 Megapixel D3X By 01 December 2008 at 5:54 am and have 4 Comments

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Nikon has announced the D3X, a new full frame DSLR with a whopping 24.5 megapixels. It is, more or less, a D3 with a bigger sensor and a bigger price tag. How big? $8000 big.

About that sensor. It will give images of up to 6048 x 4032 pixels, and runs from ISO 100 to a rather conservative ISO 1600, compared to the ISO 6400 available on the smaller 12MP D3. The images coming off that sensor range up to a huge 138 MB, making a 2GB CF card look like a 12 exposure 135 film.

Amazingly, Nikon says that the D3X can still shift up to five frames per second in full frame FX format, and up to seven fps if you shrink your images down to DX format.

So, why would you buy this, aside from a need to fill up an empty hard drive quickly? Nikon is pitching this at the studio photographers who need all the pixels they can get, along with fashion and landscape photogs. It makes sense. If you are under bright lights or have the camera sitting on a tripod, you don’t need the amazing low-light sensitivity of the original D3 (or D700). We actually like the fact that there is a choice here: you get the same body and functions with both the D3 and the D3X, but you can choose the sensor. It’s, you know, just like changing films used to be. Only a little more expensive.

Is $8000 too much? If you stack it up against the alternative – medium format cameras – then $8000 starts to look cheap. And we’d be very surprised indeed if Nikon didn’t follow this up in several months with a D700X.

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Nokia wants to make your home much smarter By 29 November 2008 at 3:30 pm and have No Comments

Nokia Home Control Center solution(Credit: Ubergizmo)

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could manage all your home appliances, electronics, entertainment, and security, plus your climate control system, from your mobile phone? That is exactly what Nokia is promising with its Home Control Center solution.

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Linux hits the iPhone! By 28 November 2008 at 7:04 pm and have No Comments

We knew this day would eventually come, but somehow we’re still misting up a little — Linux has been ported to the iPhone and iPod touch. Dev Team member planetbeing is the mastermind in charge of bringing everyone’s favorite open-source OS to Apple’s handhelds, and while it’s a little rough around the edges (read: no touchscreen drivers, sound, or WiFi / cell radio support), it’s definitely the first step on the road to hacking nirvana. The team is hard at work, and it even sounds like they’re thinking about porting Android in the near future (!), so hit the read link to try it out and lend a hand if you can — or just head on past the break for a quick vid of the port in all its text-scrolling glory.

[Via iphone-dev.org; thanks to everyone who sent this in]

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Black Friday Giveaways (part 6): Zune 120 and premium earbuds By 28 November 2008 at 6:56 pm and have No Comments

Don’t be crazy alright? Just get your comment in below, because if you win this one, you’re walking away with a totally boss Zune 120 plus a sweet pair of those premium earbuds. You’d have to be crazy, stupid, or some lethal combination of both not to jump at this one. Now here’s how it’s done.

We’ll put up a gadget on the site, and you can only enter it until the next gadget lands (usually within a couple of hours). If you miss your shot, sorry, we’re moving on to the next gadget. Good luck! Oh, and don’t forget the rules. (Yeah, there are always rules.)

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MSI unveils a slew of new netbooks and one lonely nettop By 28 November 2008 at 6:39 pm and have No Comments

It looks like MSI has been pretty busy lately. We got a good look at the MSI Wind U120 about a week ago, and now the company’s back with a slew of new machines and we have plenty of details for you to savor. Most notably, the U115 is a 10-inch netbook featuring the Intel Atom Z530 processor, 1-2GB memory, and a hybrid SSD / hard drive storage system. The solid state drive (being smaller and theoretically faster) is meant to contain the OS while the hard drive is to be used for data. The U110 is basically the same as the U115, except it only ships with 1GB memory and there is no SSD included. Also introduced were the U150 (sadly enough with no specs, besides the fact that it also ships with both HDD and SSD storage) and the WindBox, an Atom N270-based nettop designed to be VESA-mounted to the back of your monitor. The WindBox should be available Q1 2009 for around €300. Keep reading after the break for a complete rundown of all the specs.

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