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Verizon's iPhone 4

clock January 11, 2011 23:11 by author Jeremy

Verizon customers have wanted the iPhone since 1300 B.C. (at least, that's how long it feels like with how much they ask about it). This morning, it was announced that they'll finally get their long-awaited version of the iPhone 4. Pre-orders start on February 3rd, with the real opening date on February 10th. But what are the differences, you ask?

First off: antennas. The antennas have had to be tweaked slightly, and Verizon's iPhone has even acquired a fourth notch (with one pre-existing notch moving to the side near the volume buttons). However, it's been confirmed that this was only done so that the iPhone would work on Verizon's CDMA network; no real upgrade there.

On the plus side, Verizon iPhone owners can use their iPhone as a WiFi hotspot, tethering up to 5 other devices to it. That's pretty nifty, eh? However, this pro comes with a few cons. Such as the fact that Verizon's CDMA network can't support both voice and data at the same time. Meaning, if you're chatting away and you feel the need to look something up online...well, good luck with that.

With how much Verizon's been talking up their new LTE network though, why didn't they just travel that route instead of keeping the iPhone 4 at 3G? Apple's Tim Cook explains, "The first gen LTW chipsets force design changes we wouldn't make."

And, as a minor downside, because the volume buttons have been moved down just a smidge (thanks to the new antenna notch), this iPhone may require a whole different set of cases. Let's just hope that doesn't get confusing.

Now we play the waiting game, and see if Verizon's network is enough to lure AT&T customers over, or if their non-simultaneous-voice-and-data-network will shy customers away.

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Razer Switchblade: The Return of the Netbook

clock January 7, 2011 23:32 by author Jeremy

Netbooks have had a harder time in the market recently, thanks to the ever-so-popular Tablet. But with Razer creating the "Switchblade", we may see a jump in netbook popularity once again.

The idea behind the netbook was mobility: a tiny design that's compact, lightweight, and easy to use. Also, they were great to use as media-devices.

In the Switchblade, however, we see the netbook being used in a slightly different manner than most people would use them for: gaming. Particularly interesting is the keyboard layout: there's just enough keys to get the necessary things in, like letters on your keyboard, but when you start to play a videogame, the peripherals on the keys actually change to match those of the game.

Razer wouldn't announce a release date, saying that the Switchblade was simply a concept idea still. But would they place this much money into something that's simply a design? ...Personally, I hope not.

 

Source: engadget.com

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LG "PenTouch" TV at CES 2011

clock January 7, 2011 20:14 by author Jeremy

It really brightens up your day when you have a piece of news about something that could bring "futuristic life" that you see in movies, closer to a reality. That particular piece of news for this morning coming from the 2011 CES show was the PenTouch TV.

Now, this isn't the first time that LG has introduced a television with touch-capability. And more than likely, we'll see businesses use this equipment before it hits the regular market. And unfortunately, there isn't much to go on besides the fact that it's made by LG: how useful the touch-pen will be, whether that affects what you're watching, and if this product is actually in the works...who knows. What we *do* know, is that John Madden impersonations around the world just got a bit more real.

"Here you see the PenTouch, and you use this pen to touch the tv and leave marks, and thats why it's called the PenTouch. And if the buttons start beeping, just knock over the pinata." Oh, Madden, how I love the things you say.

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EBatts Crew at CES Finds BlackBerry PlayBook and Toshiba's Unnamed Tablet

clock January 7, 2011 00:17 by author Jeremy

Straight from CES, our crew from EBatts managed to snag a few shots of the BlackBerry PlayBook and Toshiba's Tegra 2 powered tablet.

Ah, the BlackBerry Playbook. The top part has physical buttons for power, locking, volume, play and pause. The bottom part is the plug-area: there are slots for mini-HDMI, micro-USB, and the charger. There's a front-facing 3 megapixel camera, too. The downside? Certain parts, such as the email and calendar, are tethered to the consumer's BlackBerry phone; the PlayBook doesn't have an email or calendar to use by itself.

Here we see the PlayBook connected to a fairly large tv above it. You know, in case the normal screen just wasn't cutting it for you. The bigger, the better, right? At least we know the mini-HDMI slot will come in handy.

As of now, there's no release date on the PlayBook.

The EBatts crew also stumbled upon the often-whispered-about Tegra 2 powered Toshiba Tablet, which is still unnamed as of now. This tablet was confirmed to be running the latest version of Android in the future (aka Honeycomb), but for CES' sake, Toshiba has powered the device up with Android 2.2. Details about the inside of this tablet are still largely unknown, but we did find out that the rubberized back cover is replaceable. This brings a number of options for customization, such as a different color, and also battery replacement. However, we'll wait to wait for futher details to really take a look at how Toshiba's unnamed wonder-child will fare against competitors.

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Motorola Unveils the Atrix 4G

clock January 6, 2011 00:20 by author Jeremy

Of all that's happened at CES and AT&T's Developer Summit so far, one particular bit caught my attention: the Motorola Atrix. Perhaps it's because my iPhone 3G is starting to resemble a dumbphone instead of a smartphone (thanks to the number of times I've dropped it - at least you know it's durable!), or perhaps it's the specs of the Atrix. Either way, I'm hooked.

So what's so special about this phone, you ask? Let's take a look at the pictures that the lovely engadget crew attained during the press event (thanks engadget!):

...abuh? Did that screen just say dual-core processor? Let's throw on top of that, the fact that this device apparently comes with 1 GB of ram (double-take: ...abuh?), and a 1930mAh battery (triple-take: ...abuh?!). This thing is probably going to run better than my laptop.

"Today we are partnering to create a brand new category for consumers. We think it's a new paradigm for mobile," said Sanjay Jha, Motorola's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, just minutes before showing the crowd the new "webtop" and "laptop dock".

Webtop is an application on the phone that allows for full internet (including tabs!), keyboard, and mouse usage; when paired with the Laptop Dock (which comes at a thin size of 13.9mm), you can use its keyboard and gain a bigger screen. The phone is connected to the back of the Laptop Dock.

And in case the Laptop Dock attachment is too much for you, the HD Dock is a smaller unit that looks like it can be plugged into a computer monitor.

As nifty as this phone is, there's no official release date as of yet. Motorola is scheduled to have another press event at CES, so perhaps more details will be posted then. But for now, just know that this thing is a powerhouse.

UPDATE: AT&T has posted the Atrix 4G on their website! Click for details. Full specs shown!

    - Up to 48 GB of memory

    - Front-facing 5 megapixel camera

    - Fingerprint recognition

Source: engadget at AT&T Developer's Summit

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