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  • DOMK: Hot Solacase AAPL iPhone Accessory Sales Exceeding Management Expectations

    LONGWOOD, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Domark International Inc.’s (OTCBB:DOMK) wholly-owned subsidiary Solawerks disclosed today that sales of their hot new “Solacase” product are exceeding management expectations. The revolutionary new Solacase ...

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  • Liquavista launches next generation of Development Kit for Manufacturing Partners

    Liquavista launches next generation of Development Kit for Manufacturing Partners

    Miniaturized SDK’s offer a choice of both size and processing platform 26 May 2010 – Liquavista BV, today announced its latest set of System Development Kits aimed at enabling device makers the ability to trial the technology for use in various consumer electronics devices. Available for...

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  • Spankin’ new shot of the Motorola Shadow emerges, along with contradictory specs

    Spankin’ new shot of the Motorola Shadow emerges, along with contradictory specs

    It seems like only hours ago that a leaked shot of the yet-to-be-announced Motorola Shadow emerged, yet here we are with another shot of the possible successor to the Droid. This time around there is no wacky story accompanying the leak, but this is the first shot of the device that hasn't been directly front-facing (you can clearly see the HDMI connector on the side there), so at least that's interesting.

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  • Lego robot plays Tetris

    Lego robot plays Tetris

    With a webcam, a digital signaling processing board, and some Lego Mindstorms pieces, Creator Branislov Kisacanin put together what he calls the Tetris-Bot. The way it works is the Texas Instruments DSP board analyzes the screen and then communicates with the NXT robot through LED lights. The Tetris-Bot will then push the buttons on the number bad, which it can do at up to three strokes a second.

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  • Optoma GameTime projectors now available

    Optoma GameTime projectors now available

    While we've come to know Optoma mainly for their pico projectors, they do make larger versions as well. Case in point, their latest product line, the GameTime series. Targeted at computer and console gamers, the GameTime line use DLP tech from Texas Instruments support resolutions specific to the Xbox 360, Wii, and PS3.

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  • Motorola hard hat computer concept

    Motorola hard hat computer concept

    “Look, honey! There’s a cyborg up on the telephone pole outside. Should we invite it in for some motor oil and finger sandwiches or do you think it’d try to kill us? Whup. Wait. It’s a repair man. Cyborgs don’t have butt cracks. That’s how you can tell. False alarm. Should we invite him in [...]

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  • iFixIt Tears down the Flip Mino HD

    iFixIt Tears down the Flip Mino HD

    Ooots ooots ooots. It's Wednesday morning and there's nothing you deserve more than a little soft house music and a Flip Mino HD teardown. The folks at iFixIt know you're feeling the need so they prepared this detailed slideshow and teardown description for you and yours. Click through for video.

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  • Texas Instruments goes for broke, packs 4 radios into WiLink 7 chip

    Texas Instruments goes for broke, packs 4 radios into WiLink 7 chip

    Why the hell not, right? In an effort to ensure that your future mobile devices are as small as possible, Texas Instruments has developed a new chip that somehow manages to contain 4 individual radios for WiFi a/b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, and FM receive/transmit. Not only that, it’s (according to the press release, anyway) even [...]

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  • Get Ready For The Google Branded Chrome OS Netbook

    Get Ready For The Google Branded Chrome OS Netbook

    Most of the tech world now considers it a given that Google will be selling its own unlocked phone, called the Nexus One, to customers directly early in 2010. A few stragglers are still debating the finer points of the difference between Google working with handset manufacturers and carriers on a good Android experience v. them dictating the hardware specs and selling it directly to users. While they work that out for themselves we're off to the next story - the Google Chrome OS Netbook (although we think Google has a few surprises left around the Nexus One, too). Google has said from the beginning that they plan on working with select manufacturers to ensure a good Chrome OS experience for users when devices first hit the market next year. From an early FAQ: "The Google Chrome OS team is currently working with a number of technology companies to design and build devices that deliver an extraordinary end user experience. Among others, these companies include Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and Toshiba." Most people assume that "working with" around Chrome OS means the same thing as "working with" around Android - lots of meetings to make sure the devices and software work together as well as possible. But sometimes those pesky hardware guys just don't do things quite right. And when you're competing against Apple, everything most definitely needs to be quite right. That may explain why Google has, according to multiple sources, been talking to at least one hardware manufacturer about building a netbook for Google directly. As in Google gave the company a RFP with quite detailed technical specifications and has begun discussions on building it.

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  • Synaptics Fuse concept handset puts a new squeeze on touchphone interaction

    Synaptics Fuse concept handset puts a new squeeze on touchphone interaction

    In case you weren't aware, Synaptics dabbled in the touchscreen handset game way back in 2006 with the Onyx concept, before phones like the LG Prada and Apple's iPhone came along and proved the idea so convincingly. However, Synaptics thinks innovation has stagnated since, and has girded itself once again to attempt another trend-setting concept. This one's a bit more wild: the "Fuse" involves contributions from Alloy, TAT, Immersion and Texas Instruments, and includes squeeze, tilt and haptic interaction. The big idea is to approach single-handed and no-look operation on a touchscreen handset, no small feat to be sure. The result is a pure kitchen sink of sensors, including a touchpad on the back of the phone, touch and pressure sensitive strips along both sides of the phones, dual haptic feedback motors, a 3-axis accelerometer and of course a new-generation Synaptics touchscreen in front. The TI OMAP 3630 processor powers the TAT Cascades 3D UI Engine which attempts to contextualize UI interaction with perspective tilts and fancy motion, and the haptics feeds back to let you know where your finger is on the screen -- an attempt to emulate feeling out the correct nub for keypad orientation on a button phone. We'll have to play with it to find out if Synaptics is really on to something, but even if the Fuse isn't the next best thing, we could certainly see somebody using some of these sensors to improve existing handset interaction. Check out a quick video after the break.

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    Synaptics Fuse concept handset puts a new squeeze on touchphone interaction originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 14 Dec 2009 11:34:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • LG’s pico projector-packing WinMo eXpo outed for AT&T

    LG’s pico projector-packing WinMo eXpo outed for AT&T

    Hey -- what's that? Oh right, it's the LG eXpo, the slider with a pico projector jammed inside. Among other things, the full QWERTY slider's packing a 1GHz CPU, a 3.2-inch touchscreen, a 5 megapixel camera, a microSD slot, and of course that removable Texas Instruments projector. The just-announced handset bears quite a strong resemblance to the Monaco we heard about way back in May -- though from the looks of it, its lost all of the brassiness we were so fond of. The eXpo runs Windows Mobile 6.5, and it will hit AT&T on December 7th for $199 after a mail in rebate with a two year contract -- plus an additional $179 should you choose to opt in on that projector.

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    LG's pico projector-packing WinMo eXpo outed for AT&T originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 30 Nov 2009 11:39:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Google Chrome OS To Launch Within A Week

    Google Chrome OS To Launch Within A Week

    Google's Chrome OS project, first announced in July, will become available for download within a week, we've heard from a reliable source. Google previously said to expect an early version of the OS in the fall. What can we expect? Driver support will likely be a weak point. We've heard at various times that Google has a legion of engineers working on the not so glamorous task of building hardware drivers. And we've also heard conflicting rumors that Google is mostly relying on hardware manufacturers to create those drivers. Whatever the truth, and it's likely in between, having a robust set of functioning drivers is extremely important to Chrome OS's success. People will want to download this to whatever computer they use and have it just work. We expect Google will be careful with messaging around the launch, and endorse a small set of devices for installation. EEE PC netbooks, for example, may be one set of devices that Google will say are ready to use Chrome OS. There will likely be others as well, but don't expect to be able to install it on whatever laptop or desktop machine you have from day one. Google has previously said they are working with Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and Toshiba on the project. We've seen convincing and not so convincing screenshots of Chrome OS over the last several months. The good news is the speculation is about to end, and you can try it out yourself. If you have one of the supported devices, that is.

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  • TI’s OMAP-DM5x coprocessors promise 20MP cameraphones, 720p recording and freedom from heartache

    TI’s OMAP-DM5x coprocessors promise 20MP cameraphones, 720p recording and freedom from heartache

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    Another season, another Texas Instruments coprocessor for us to wonder about. For what feels like ages now, TI has been pumping out silicon that promises to bring high-def recording capabilities to cellphones, but by and large, most everything has been stuck at VGA or below. Oh sure, we've seen our first batch of 12 megapixel cameraphones, but it's not like those things are replacing DSLRs en masse. Bitterness aside, the OMAP-DM525 coprocessor is supposedly capable of bringing 20 megapixel imaging to handsets along with 720p video recording, while the OMAP-DM515 hits the ceiling at 12 megapixels. Of course, the DM525 won't actually be ready for volume production until sometime next year, but here's hoping a sample or two slips out at CES.

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    TI's OMAP-DM5x coprocessors promise 20MP cameraphones, 720p recording and freedom from heartache originally appeared on Engadget Mobile on Fri, 16 Oct 2009 09:26:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Unsurprising: TI doesn’t approve of calculator hacks

    Unsurprising: TI doesn’t approve of calculator hacks

    It wasn't too long ago that hackers were successful loading custom firmware onto Texas Instruments calculators. This hasn't been sitting well with TI, who have been sending legal threats to the plucky hackers. I'm not surprised, are you?

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