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Elonex shows off range of new e-Readers and tablets

Nestled amongst ten new products launched by Elonex at IFA 2010 were a threesome of eTouch tablet computers. Powered by the company's own ARM-based LNX processor and running on the Android platform, there are a couple of 7-inch (17.78 cm) models and a 10-inch (25.4 cm) version – all with backlit touchscreen displays, 2GB of storage and Wi-Fi connectivity. Gizmag visited the Elonex booth to have a look at the e-Readers and tablets on offer.Read More

Fujitsu announces development of wireless recharging technology

We're all aware of how annoying a tangled mass of electrical wires can be. Fortunately, a research effort from Fujitsu is tackling the problem at its very source. During a conference held in the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers at Osaka Prefecture University, the Japanese electronics giant announced a major step in developing a wireless recharging technology that can work simultaneously with multiple portable devices.Read More

Giving embarrassing old mobile tech a touchscreen upgrade

Too embarrassed to pull out your ancient, non-touchscreen mobile phone in front of your smartphone-toting friends? Sick of the sniggers and jeers as you search through your contacts using – gasp – buttons!? Desperately want to join the “in” touchscreen crowd but are still stuck in a contract that’s you can’t afford to break? Relax. New software, called TouchDevice, can give touchscreen capabilities to an ordinary mobile phone by using the phone’s microphone. In fact, it can even extend the touch surface beyond the screen to include the entire phone’s casing.Read More

Native Union MM04 Bluetooth Stereo Handset

Native Union's first product, which was basically a classic 1950s Bakelite telephone handset with a cord that plugged into a mobile phone, was an expensive piece of fairy floss, a visual joke which soon stopped being funny. The company's premise for selling it as an anti-radiation device was as thin as the phone's value proposition and when I found that was all the company produced, I feared for its future. It's taken them four models to create something genuinely useful, beautiful and clever, but the new Moshi Moshi 04 is worthy piece of kit indeed, even at its premium price of GBP150! Read More

ROAMpay credit card swiper for iPhones, Blackberrys, and Droids

The ability to turn a smartphone into a portable credit card swiper makes sense for small business owners on the go, as well as anyone who happens to be out of cash. Like Square, the new ROAMpay device plugs in to the audio jack of your smartphone. Using the company's app, you get the same functions as using a traditional credit terminal and it's available on iPhone and Android. Read More

Laser projector for smartphones on the way

The development of a tiny new video projector has recently been announced by Switzerland’s Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) via its spin-off company, Lemoptix. The projector is said to be smaller in area than a credit card, with a projection head measuring one cubic centimeter. Developers of the device foresee it becoming commercially available in smartphones, laptops and digital cameras, with industrial applications including possible use in operating rooms. Read More

FlySmart mobile app for airport travel

Spending time at an airport waiting for connecting flights or just trying to negotiate your way to your hotel can be frustrating, especially if you're on a tight schedule or budget. Like lots of problems we encounter these days ... there's an app for that. This one – FLYsmart – maps and displays all the immediate information air travelers may need, so backpackers can easily navigate their way to the cheapest form of transport leaving the airport or the business traveler can make layovers as hassle-free as possible.Read More

Apple's iPhone 4 Case Program will end on September 30 but Bumpers will still be free

This July, following the torrent of bad press surrounding the iPhone 4’s antenna issues, Apple implemented its Case Program, which provided a free Apple Bumper, (including a refund if one had already been purchased), or a choice of case from a number of third-party suppliers. The company also applied a no restocking fee return policy for dissatisfied customers. Apple has now announced that after September 30, it will continue to offer only the Bumper case for free through AppleCare and the no restocking fee policy will end.Read More

Nuu Mini Key gives iPhone 4 a slide out keyboard

The Nuu Mini Key offers potential salvation for iPhone lovers with fat fingers who would like an alternative to the screen keyboard so they can increase their typing and hence input speeds. A non-working prototype mistaken for a working one appears to have given the product a bad name it probably doesn't deserve. Tactile keys will hopefully enable some of us to touch type a lot faster than the current screen keyboard.Read More

ARM Cortex-A15 MPCore processor hits 2.5GHz

The Eagle has landed. As portable devices sporting ARM's Cortex A9 1GHz powerhouse start to appear, the company has unveiled the next step in the evolution of its system-on-a-chip Cortex A architecture, the A15 MPCore processor. ARM-based chips currently provide the processing power for a host of mobile devices, from smartphones to tablets, and this latest development is claimed to deliver five times the performance of current solutions such as the Cortex A8, yet has a similar low energy footprint.Read More

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