Free your smartphone from wires

Subject: Mobile | August 2, 2010 - 05:55 PM |
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Over at Hack a Day is an example of ingenuity
for those who would like to be able to charge their cellphones without needing a plug and adaptor.  With a little work this project will enable you to inductively charge your cellphone and you will not need to do anything that would void your warranty.  The mod is external and the wiring uses the existing charging port so you do not have to worry about any soldering or other tricks, though you may end up looking for a diff

Source: Hack a Day

NVIDIA shows off Optimus driver updates

Subject: Mobile | July 28, 2010 - 04:22 PM |
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NVIDIA Optimus technology is a feature that allows discrete NVIDIA GPUs to interact with integrated graphics, either on a chipset or on a CPU package like Arrandale, in such a way that allows the performance of the discrete option to be available only when it is necessary and idle otherwise.  This ability allows notebook vendors to include a discrete graphics solution in their design without having to worry about have it sucking up power and bringing down battery life when not in use.  

ASUS provides Optimus and USB 3.0 on the N61Jv

Subject: Mobile | July 27, 2010 - 03:42 PM |
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Yesterday Ryan finished up his review of the ASUS N61Jv Optimus Core i5 16" notebook.  As the name implies this notebook does have Optimus technology allowing you to switch between the GeForce GT 325M GPU and the Intel HD graphics that are a part of the HM55 chipset.  It is a bit on the heavy side at 6lbs, though a part of that weight is the battery which lasted 2 hours and 23 minutes
during Ryan's testing.  Another feature worth mentioning is that this laptop has USB 3.0, something that can be very handy moving files back and forth when you are on the road. 

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Subject: Mobile
Manufacturer: Asus
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N61 Specs

The ASUS N61Jv notebook offers a lot for its $900 price tag including a 16-in screen, Core i3 processor, NVIDIA GT325M GPU with Optimus technology, USB 3.0 and a nice keyboard and touch pad combination. Battery life isn't going get you through a full day without plugging in but for a mid-range price and impressive feature set it could be the perfect back-to-school notebook.

MeeGo Gaining Steam: In-Dash OS by Car Makers, and Intel Plants MeeGo R&D Group in China

Subject: Mobile | July 26, 2010 - 02:46 PM |
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In the most current installment of the Slate of the Nation - Your Guide to Upcoming Slate Devices, I listed the MeeGo mobile OS as something worth keeping an eye on, but not necessarily something to go out of your way to acquire because of its early development state.

Well it seems MeeGo is getting a big boost on two fronts today and we may see MeeGo being used in a lot more places than you'd expect.

Source: engadget

The Slate of the Nation, a mobile decoder ring

Subject: Mobile | July 23, 2010 - 12:53 PM |
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Similar to the SSD Decoder Ring that Allyn created to bring some illumination to the internals of the new breed of hard drive, Jon spells out what you can find inside that tablet.  From the OS that runs on the hardware to the internals themselves, he has covered all the current ultramobile platforms available.  There is even a downloadable pdf at the end of the article so you can have a synopsis handy.

Subject: Mobile
Manufacturer: Acer
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A New Slate of Mind

This coming quarter, we are going to see multiple slate devices hit the market by different companies. With each slate unique from its operating system to screen size, it's hard to even begin digesting all the specs and features.

Luckily PC Perspective has you covered in this first installment of 'Slate of the Nation'. Be sure to check out the handy downloadable PDF guide as well!

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Subject: Mobile
Manufacturer: Motorola
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Introduction and Hardware Overview

The past year has brought forth the evolution of the Superphone. More than just smartphones, these 1GHz devices with high resolution cameras are the new hot item. Today we take a look at the newest member of this group, the Motorola Droid X and see how it stacks up to the iPhone 4, HTC EVO and more.

Lenovo Prepping LePad for China, and HP's New Intel Slate

Subject: Mobile | July 21, 2010 - 10:26 AM |
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Engadget has some tasty morsels from the slate word, and first up is Lenovo.

Source: engadget

Wireless hotspot racing: MiFi versus Overdrive 4G

Subject: Mobile | July 20, 2010 - 03:16 PM |
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If you suddenly find yourself in need of an internet connection and are far away from a nice open WiFi signal then the cell network can save you, if you can connect to it.  Two popular choices are Sierra Wireless' Overdrive 4G which can connect to Sprint's 3G and 4G networks and Novatel's MiFi 2200 which comes in a Verizon and a Sprint model, both 3G connections.  Apart from the aesthetic differences between the two devices, the most important aspect is the speed of the connection. 

Source: Ars Technica