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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 confirmed, faster-charging integrated battery detailed

25 Apr

Yesterday’s speculation has turned into today’s fact. The ultraslim Lenovo ThinkPad X1 electronic gadgets are most definitely real, coming soon, and just so happens to be packing some fancy new battery technology as well. This intel comes straight from Lenovo’s own servers, where a highly informative PDF (intended for reseller partners, but accessible to all) dishes the dirt on the upcoming laptop.

The X1’s “slice” battery won’t be user-replaceable, but what you lose in flexibility will be made up for in sheer performance gains, as Lenovo is touting it’ll last three times as long as a normal battery and will recharge 2.5 times faster than previous ThinkPad cells. That’s thanks to some fanciness named RapidCharge that will revitalize the X1 to 80 percent within 30 minutes.

The presentation slides show the X1 electronic gadgets right alongside Lenovo’s latest Edge models, the E420s and E220s, as part of “a new generation of ThinkPads,” and given that both of those are now shipping, the ultraslim, but still unannounced, X1 can’t be far behind. Finally, just for some added intrigue, we’ve also spotted mention of an “X Slate” within the document — any ideas as to what that might look like?

Source from Engadget

Music Echo concept

25 Apr

If you would have noticed by now, there would be a bunch of product design students attached to the University of Dundee who have to come up with a final year project, and they are busy pinging electronic gadgets and design blogs all over the place to pimp their design, hoping to gain as much accolade and bouquets as possible. Jennifer Crossley has come up with a rather interesting Music Echo concept, where she intends for this device to help those out with hearing impairments.

The Music Echo intends to help hearing impaired folks enhance their enjoyment of music, where it is able to take just about any song, vibrating the music through a range of interactive beads to clarify it further. All you need to do then is wrap those beads around your hand, or place them in your pocket, and you will experience a new dimension in music. Since it is highly portable and stylish, you will be able to wear the Music Echo electronic gadgets in just about any situation without feeling out of place. Anyone wants to turn this into a real world product?

by Coolest Gadgets

Inhabitat’s Week in Green: solar panel roads, floating golf, and the 2,564.8 MPG race car

25 Apr

Building technology got a tremendous boost this week as Inhabitat reported on a new type of graphene super paper that is 10 times stronger than steel and six times as light. We also took a look at several remarkable new infrastructure projects popping up around the world – from a self-sufficient floating golf course in the Maldives to London’s gleaming new cable car system, to the Netherlands’ plan to supercharge its roadways with solar panels.

Speaking of hot asphalt, this week the ultra-efficient Alerion race car tech gadgets blazed a trail at the Shell Eco-Marathon, clocking in an incredible 2,564.8 miles per gallon. Meanwhile, Fisker announced that its sexy electric Karma sedan will hit the road this summer, and we were surprised to hear that Marcelo da Luz was forced to pull his solar-powered X of 1 car across Ontario due to road regulations. The New York Auto Show also kicked off with a blast this week as Lexus unveiled its next-gen LF-Gh concept hybrid and Porsche rolled out a 911 GTR 3 in a Facebook colorway that got a lot of “likes”.

Finally, we looked at several futuristic example of wearable technology this week including a pair of RoboCop-like glasses that are capable of scanning 400 faces per second at public events. We also brought you a brilliant LED backpack that lets cyclists send signals to drivers, a pollution-detecting t-shirt, and a clock that tells time by knitting a new scarf every year.

Source from Engadget

Pictures Leak Of New Sony NEX C3 Camera

25 Apr

Some rogue in the DP Review forums has posted pictures of the next entry in Sony’s NEX series, the C3. We just recently heard that the NEX-3 was being discontinued (though it still seems to be available) so perhaps this is its successor.

Rumored improvements are a improved shutter and sensor, as well as physical changes – but no 1080p yet. There’s also that cool new external flash, which one forum member insists will be back-compatible with other NEX cameras electronic gadgets. Sounds good to me. More pictures at Sony Alpha rumors. The leaker seems to have found an Alpha a35 too.

Source from CrunchGear

Acer Iconia Tab A500 Reviews

25 Apr

The good: The Acer Iconia Tab offers Android Honeycomb on a 10.1-inch screen along with GPS, front and rear cameras, Adobe Flash compatibility, full-size USB host port, HDMI output, and a reasonable price.

The bad: The Iconia Tab is thick, and one of the heaviest consumer tablets we’ve seen. Some locally stored HD video files wouldn’t play properly.

The bottom line: Acer’s Iconia Tab offers the features of the Motorola Xoom at iPad-beating prices but weighs in as the heftiest Android tablet yet.

Motorola made a splash in early 2011 when it released the first tablet to run Google’s tablet-optimized Android 3.0 operating system (aka Honeycomb). But enthusiasm for Google’s tablet OS didn’t translate into Apple iPad-level success for Motorola’s Xoom tablet, which was hampered by a high price and thick design. At the time, though, Motorola’s exclusive agreement with Google made it the only game in town when it came to Android 3.0. Fortunately for tablet fans, those days are over.

The Acer Iconia Tab A500 doesn’t stray far from the Motorola Xoom’s formula. Spec-for-spec, the two tablets are nearly indistinguishable. The most important distinction is price, with the Iconia Tab tech gadgets coming in at an iPad-besting $449.

In spite of the $50 savings over an iPad 2, Apple doesn’t have much to worry about when it comes to the Iconia Tab. Like the Motorola Xoom, the Iconia Tab is nearly twice as thick as the iPad 2, making it less comfortable to hold and less sexy in general. Acer’s tablet also has the unfortunate distinction of being the heaviest Android tablet we’ve tested, weighing in at a beefy 1.69 pounds.

As with any decent tablet tech gadgets, the centerpiece of Iconia Tab’s design is the screen. Measuring 10.1 inches and boasting an LED-backlit 1,280×800-pixel resolution, the tablet’s screen does the Android experience justice. And because Honeycomb moves the Android navigation controls off the hardware and into the touch screen, a crisp, accurate screen is more critical than ever.

Flip it over, and you’ll find a 5-megapixel camera on the back with an integrated LED flash. The back is covered with gunmetal-finished aluminum, with the exception of two strips of plastic that meet your hands at the edges. Near the bottom you’ll see a pair of stereo speaker grilles cut out from the aluminum. We worried that our hands would naturally cover up the speaker–and they did–but oddly, it had no effect on the sound quality. Sound seemed to project through the screen more so than the speaker grilles, which is ultimately fine, if a little illogical.

A camera is also located on the front, near the upper left corner of the screen. Meant to be used for video chatting (using the included Google Talk app) or impromptu self-portraits, this camera uses a lower 2-megapixel sensor, but can still be used to record standard-definition video.

On the sides of the Iconia Tab tech gadgets you’ll find a number of logically placed ports and buttons. A volume rocker and orientation lock switch are available on the top edge. On the left you’ll find the power button, headphone jack, and Micro-HDMI. The right side supports the included power adapter, and offers Micro-USB sync, and a full-size USB host port for connecting keyboards or thumb drives. A dock connection on the bottom sticks out like a wart on an otherwise attractive design. Unless you feel like shelling out an extra $79 for a charging cradle that doesn’t even offer an HDMI connection, the dock port is a waste of space.

Hardware features
Like we mentioned at the start of this review, the Acer Iconia Tab is nearly a spec-for-spec clone of the Motorola Xoom (Wi-Fi). Inside, both devices take advantage of a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and 1GB of RAM, and each boasts 802.11 n Wi-Fi, an integrated HDMI output, support for Bluetooth 2.1, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, GPS, a digital compass, and memory expansion via MicroSD.

But, for all their similarities, there are some differences between the Xoom and Iconia Tab tech gadgets. One notable difference is the amount of onboard storage. The Xoom includes an integrated 32GB whereas the Iconia Tab offers only 16GB. In Acer’s defense, the Iconia Tab offers a useful full-size USB host port, while the Xoom (not to mention the iPad) does not. And though it’s a small thing, we’re glad to see that Acer included a dedicated screen-rotation lock instead of burying the feature in the system menu tray.

Source from CNET

Former Sony boss Norio Ohga dies at 81

25 Apr

Norio Ohga, former Sony president, CEO and chairman who played an important development role in the company’s push to embrace compact disc formats, passed away in Japan this morning at the age of 81.


Unfortunate news to report this morning. Norio Ohga, senior advisor and former president and chairman of the Sony Corporation, is dead at the age of 81. He died in Tokyo this morning at 9:14 a.m., the victim of multiple organ failure.

Ohga was named the company’s president in 1982 and later added the position of CEO to his title in 1989, the same year Sony purchased Columbia Pictures. He succeeded company co-founder Akio Morita as chairman in 1994 and held that position until 2003, when he formally retired and settled into an advisory role.

Perhaps one of Ohga’s greatest achievements during his time at the company was his spearheading of a Sony initiative to develop compact optical disc formats. He trained as a musician before coming to Sony, and it was that experience which led Ohga to push for the physical size and total running time of early CDs; his benchmark was to create something long enough for people to listen to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony all the way through without stopping. Compact discs have since made way for the MP3 of course, but Ohga’s efforts also led to the development of subsequent optical disc formats, such as CD-ROMs, DVDs and, most recently, Blu-ray discs.

Well before taking a top position at the company, Ohga also presided over the negotiations that led to the establishment of CBS/Sony Records, Inc. — now Sony Music Entertainment, Inc. — in 1968. The new record label hit the ground running, earning a reputation for building up a strong stable of artists, and it was a market leader by the end of the following decade. In addition to that and the purchase of Columbia Pictures, Ohga also played a key role in establishing Sony Computer Entertainment in 1993 and its PlayStation brand.

Current Sony chairman, CEO and president Sir Howard Stringer expressed his sadness and condolences in a statement. “When I first joined Sony in 1997, Ohga-san was serving on the frontlines of Sony management as Chairman and CEO. His numerous and successful endeavors were well-known both inside and outside of Sony. Witnessing Ohga-san’s leadership firsthand was truly an honor, and one I continued to enjoy and benefit from in countless ways in the years that followed.

By redefining Sony as a company encompassing both hardware and software, Ohga-san succeeded where other Japanese companies failed. It is no exaggeration to attribute Sony’s evolution beyond audio and video products into music, movies and game, and subsequent transformation into a global entertainment leader to Ohga-san’s foresight and vision.

Next 7in Media Tablet

25 Apr

Even if the iPad hasn’t quite changed the world, it has created an industry: the Android imitators. This tablet has nothing to do with clothes retailer Next electronic gadgets other than the logo stamped on its rear and on the Quick Start Guide. And that guide is probably the best thing about this tablet. It explains in clear detail how to use the home screen, set the date and time, and connect to a wireless network. There’s only one statement we disagree with: “Your new tablet is a great new way to experience the web”.

No, really, it isn’t. And the reason it isn’t boils down to a 300MHz processor that isn’t fast enough to do the job, further crippled by 128MB of RAM. Together they mean pages crawl into view, even when you’re on a fast Wi-Fi connection. The BBC homepage, for instance, takes 55 seconds to appear. Nor is the screen itself much to look at. We can live with an 800 x 480 resolutions, resistive technology and graininess. But the fact it’s so unresponsive just adds to the sense of infuriation when all you want to do is follow a link.

We might normally express our disappointment at the lack of Rash support – but frankly, this tablet isn’t fast enough to cope. Potential buyers should, however, note the lack of support for the Android Market. Instead you’ll see a link for “App Market” on the homepage. This bears a strong resemblance to the Android Market, except for the quality of the apps on show.

The only app we were taken with was the Magic Album. Despite its name, this is more like a bedside alarm, showing a weather forecast, the date and the time. Press “Light” and it rotates through different brightness settings, and there are shortcuts to email, music and the Android alarm clock too.

Should you decide to place the Next tablet beside your bed, make sure you plug it in. Battery life is appalling, lasting for 1hr 50mins in our light-use testing, due to the tiny two-cell battery you can see for yourself if you undo two screws located on one of the tablet’s edges. These screws are all that tie the electronic gadgets to the grey plastic chassis, which is why it has a tendency to creak whenever you press the single button adorning its front.

The button works differently to Apple’s too: really it’s a Back shortcut, not Home as you might expect. There are only three other physical buttons – two for volume, one for power – but because the status bar sits permanently atop the screen, that isn’t an issue: the Home, Back and Menu buttons are always available. In between those screws sit a micro-USB port and microSD slot, the latter of which supports cards up to 16GB in capacity.

There are some good things about the Next tablet electronic gadgets . For such a cheap device, the speakers are surprisingly respectable. It’s easy to navigate through Android thanks to the permanently viewable bar at the top; and, at a real push, we could just about see it replacing a bedside clock.