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Opera Mobile (Not Opera Mini) Is Going To Android OEMs

December 10, 2009 Leave a comment

So here’s some interesting news: Opera Mobile is coming to Android. Opera Mini, a Java-based browser that isn’t as full-featured as Opera Mobile, has been in the Android Marketplace for a while; however, Mobile is not headed for the Marketplace, it’s headed for OEMs. This means that phone makers will be able to put it on the phone (even replacing the standard Android browser), but it can only be installed by the OEMs, and not by consumers. And no, it’s not coming to iPhone, silly.

Thanks to Maximum PC.

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“Open-Source iTunes” doubleTwist Adds Amazonmp3 Support

October 11, 2009 2 comments

Unless you’re Justin, you probably hate iTunes, or at least have enough of a loathing that you would consider switching to another media player if it were good enough.* Well, doubleTwist may be the answer.

Basically, doubleTwist is like iTunes, except it loads faster, can sync to nearly any device on Earth, and, in a recent Mac-only** addition, it has a store powered by Amazonmp3. It looks and controls similarly to iTunes, except it’s, you know, open-source.

And before you even ask, Justin, no, it does not have AM radio support.

Edit: Oops, it appears I didn’t link to their official site. It’s here, in case you’re wondering.

*Random side-note alert–another great open-source media player that I whole-heartedly support is Songbird. I’ll be doing a full “spotlight” post on it sometime later this week.

** Though the Amazonmp3-powered store is currently Mac-only, they are (apparently) workign hard to roll out a Windows version.

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Eee Keyboard Coming October

September 14, 2009 2 comments

Eee KeyboardI’m starting to think we should have a category dedicated only to Asus, as there is yet more Asus news, though this is somewhat less exciting.

The Eee Keyboard is coming out next month in the U. S. and Europe, barring any unfortunate problems. It’s interesting to note that there is not any specific date; Asus has simply confirmed that it will be coming in October.

Considering how soon it will be releasing, the specs that Gizmodo has seem to be correct: the screen will have an Intel Atom 1.6 GHz processor, 1 GB of DDR2 RAM, a 16 or 32 GB SSD, and 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI, and a battery, all of which powers a 5-inch touchscreen and an Ultra Wideband HDMI (with receiver) to connect to your TV. It will run Windows XP, though it may end up with Moblin Linux or Windows 7.

Did I mention this was all part of a keyboard?

Categories: Gadgets, News

iPhone Users Getting MMS Early, It Seems

September 13, 2009 Leave a comment

According to Mashable, some iPhone users are getting MMS today, almost two weeks before the expected rollout. There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason as to who’s getting it, but I personally have not been able to access it.

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Facebook Lite

September 12, 2009 1 comment

This week Facebook rolled out Facebook Lite, a (somewhat) anticipated feature that allows you to see a simpler version of your Facebook feed. It’s located at, and personally, I believe this is a step in the right direction. The regular Facebook feed was getting way too crowded, and this makes sure people who like Twitter-esque simple get their way.

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Sony Reader Daily Edition

August 27, 2009 Leave a comment

Sony is at it again, adding another e-book reader to its Reader collection.  The Sony Reader Daily Edition will come out in December, and it features access to AT&T’s 3G network, allowing the user to connect to Sony’s eBook store on the go.  Luckily for your wallet, there are no charges for the basic wireless option.  You also have the option to upload to the Reader via USB.   The Daily Edition features a 7″ touchscreen that is capable of displaying 30-35 lines of text in portrait mode.  It also has 16 levels of grayscale, enough internal memory to store up to 1000 eBooks, and a memory card slot.  Expect to cough up somewhere around $399 for this.

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Nokia’s New Touchscreen Phone

August 27, 2009 Leave a comment

Nokia hopes to create a bigger splash in the touchscreen phone market than their 5800 did by releasing the 5230.  It allows users to get content from the Ovi Store and Nokia Music Store, and also has A-GPS and Ovi Maps.  The battery gives the phone up to 33 hours of constant playback.  The Nokia 5230 and the Comes With Music service (offering as much music as you want for a set price) will go for 259 Euros.  One nice feature on this phone that sadly, not as many phones as I would like have, is a 3.5 mm headphone jack so you can plug in your favorite headphones.  It will probably ship sometime before the end of this year.

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