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The Daily Slash: September 23rd 2010

Welcome to tonight’s edition of The Daily Slash. Tonight, in our story from around the Web, it looks like the 3D in the home market is about to get interesting, with the possibility of cheaper 3D glasses being introduced. And then, as usual, we’ll take a spin through the R3 Media Network of sites and see what’s going on. So, let’s get right into it.

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From Around the Web

RealD Planning on Licensing ZScreen for HDTVs: 3D is still an idea that many people have a very opinionated idea about. But, if one of the reasons people stay away from the technology are the expensive, bulky glasses, then they might not have much of a reason to argue anymore. Thanks to RealD, which plans on licensing ZScreen for HDTVs, which means that manufacturers will be able to develop HDTVs that function with the cheaper, lighter 3D glasses that are used in movie theaters. It’s one step closer to getting 3D to the masses, surely, so it will be interesting to see how long it takes before this takes off, or if it does at all. [via Engadget]

R3 Media Network


T-Mobile G2 Pre-Orders Kick Off Tomorrow
Microsoft Says No New Console Any Time Soon
Canadian Student Flies Human-Powered Ornithopter
Verbatim Makes World’s First Weightless Object
INQ Facebook Phone Real, Bundled with Spotify?
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1.5TB Review

Android Community

10-Inch Samsung Galaxy Tab Coming in 2011
Shazam Coming Pre-Loaded on LG Android Devices


Apple Releasing AirPrint in November
Dropbox Updates Apps for Mobile Devices

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HTC Desire HD ROM Ported to Desire and Incredible

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No more than a few days after the phone was officially announced, the ROM for the HTC Desire HD was already available and loaded onto an HTC HD2. Now the ROM is getting used to a more familiar setting inside of not one but two HTC Android handsets. The firmware has been ported to both the HTC Droid Incredible and the original HTC Desire, bringing along the new HTC Sense and some slight speed improvements overall.

The build plays nicely with the two devices for the most part, aside from a lack of camera support and some minor glitches here and there. If you are one of the more adventurous types and fancy yourself giving this a try on your own phone, XDA Developers has all the information you will need for both the Incredible and Desire.

[via Engadget]

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Ricoh G700SE Digital Camera Available in 2011, Features GPS Functions

When Ricoh makes a camera, they take their efforts seriously. Instead of just releasing a digital camera that takes photos, with all those other features that people expect, they go all out in the GPS functions, as well as barcode reading areas. While some individuals out there may enjoy a camera of this nature, it seems that Ricoh has positioned the G700SE as a photo-taker for specific markets, like governments and police departments.

Ricoh G700SE

The G700SE is an “upgraded” version of the previously released G700 by Ricoh, and now features wireless LAN support, as well as Bluetooth functionality. The use of GPS and laser barcode reading are extra features, which Ricoh will be selling as extra options. But, by installing the electronic compass equipped GPS unit, users of the camera will be able to add direction and location information to their images. When the user installs the laser barcode reader, the camera is instantly able to read one-dimensional barcodes.

Ricoh mentions in the press release that all of these features make hte G700SE a camera perfectly suited for use with facility maintenance, government agencies and utilities, as well as police departments and fire departments. Thanks to the integrated Bluetooth 2.1+EDR function, the camera can partake in high-speed wireless data communication with other Bluetooth-equipped devices. The camera is also water and dust resistant, too. Pricing is listed at 799 EUR, or about $1,070, and it will be made available for main stream purchase in the early stages of 2011.

Press Release

Ricoh have announced the development and release of the new G700SE water and dust resistant digital camera. In addition to its wireless data communication capabilities, the G700SE can also utilize options supporting GPS functions and laser barcode reader functions.

As an expanded function model of the G700 water and dust resistant digital camera released in 2010, the new G700SE has wireless LAN and Bluetooth functions as standard features and supports the use of GPS and laser barcode reader functions with options.

In addition to the ability to do wireless data transfer to external devices, by installing the internal-electronic-compass-equipped GPS unit (option), it is possible to add position and direction information, and by installing the laser barcode reader unit (option), it is possible to do rapid recognition of one-dimensional (linear) barcodes. These capabilities make the G700SE a powerful tool for a wide range of operations, including facility maintenance (electric, gas, and water utilities; roads; etc.), disaster planning, and other functions of local governments, police departments, and fire departments; photo management in hospitals; production line management in the manufacturing industry; and warehouse management in the transport industry.

Main features of the G700SE:

1. Internal Bluetooth and wireless LAN functions
The camera body has an internal Bluetooth Ver.2.1+EDR function. The ability to do high-speed data communication with a wide range of Bluetooth-compatible devices makes it possible for the G700SE to receive position data from highly precise GPS devices, transmit image data to compatible personal computers and smartphones, etc.
The camera body has an internal wireless LAN (802.11b/g) function. This function supports the “WPS button connection” for easy wireless LAN connection settings.
The G700SE can also transmit images via wireless LAN while receiving GPS data from Bluetooth®-compatible external GPS devices.
2. GPS unit with electronic compass function (option)
The G700SE can use the GP-1 (option) GPS unit which compactly connects to the camera body.
Connection of the GP-1 makes it possible to add position information to the image data of photographs taken. In addition, since there is an electronic compass function, it is possible to record information indicating the direction in which the photograph was taken.
There is also a GPS log function that tracks camera movement.
The GP-1 can be easily attached to the camera body using the tools provided.
With the GP-1 attached, the G700SE satisfies IP64 dust and water resistance performance standards and shock resistance standards for a 1.2 m drop.
3. Laser barcode reader unit (option)
The G700SE can use the BR-1 (option) barcode reader unit which reads one-dimensional barcodes.
Since this unit reads barcodes with a laser beam, recognition speed is fast and the unit can be easily used even in dark places.
The BR-1 can be easily attached to the camera body using the tools provided.
With the BR-1 attached, the G700SE satisfies IP64 dust and water resistance performance standards and shock resistance standards for a 1.5 m drop.
4. Compact and lightweight body that can be carried in a breast pocket
With compact body size of 118.8 mm (W) × 71.0 mm (H) × 41.0 mm (D) and light body weight of approximately 286 g*, the G700SE is considerably smaller and lighter than the previous Caplio 500SE model. (Caplio 500SE: body size 133.0 mm (W) × 78. 5 mm (D) × 74.0 mm (H); body weight 430g).
* This weight does not include the rechargeable battery, SD memory card, and neck strap supplied.
5. Other functions and capabilities from the G700
The G700SE also boasts the high functionality, performance, and ease of use featured on the G700, with functions and capabilities such as water, dust, shock, and chemical resistance; security functions such as password-based camera lock and support for SD WORM (write-once read-multiple) cards; one and two dimensional barcode recognition in the camera unit itself; camera memo function for adding information (audio, text, etc.) to the image data; flash with a maximum range of 10 m; 28 to 140 mm wide-angle zoom lens; mode dial that includes CALS mode; and much more.

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SteelSeries Shift Keyboard Features Interchangeable Keys

While gamers may focus on one game, the one that takes all their time and attention, there’s still others that like to take breaks and play other titles, too. Unfortunately, that may mean having to get your keyboard memorized for different keystrokes for different games. You won’t find the same hotkeys in a First Person Shooter (FPS) title as you will a Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) title, so it can be a hassle to switch, even if you want to. Thankfully, SteelSeries has an answer for you, and it’s called The Shift.

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The Shift keyboard features an interchangeable keyboard. The design is specifically meant for those who may change games frequently enough to warrant needing to specify which key does what in a more obvious fashion, instead of relying on just your memory. The keyboard features a built-in microphone, two USB ports (of which, one is powered), and an audio-out port.

As is normal for SteelSeries, the keyboard is said to be made to be sturdy, and should offer plenty of construction goodness for anyone who wants to pick one up. Pricing is set at $90 for the default keyboard, and it will cost you an additional $25 to get extra keysets.

[via CrunchGear]

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Dell Inspiron Zino HD and Inspiron One 23 Unveiled

As we near the holiday season, it’s expected that companies will begin to unveil brand new hardware set-ups, and upgrades to previously released items. This time around, Dell’s just unveiled their brand new All-in-One PC, the Inspiron One 23, as well as an update to the Zino home computer, with the Inspiron Zino HD. Both systems are all set to go on sale this weekend, and should be an attractive option for plenty of consumers out there looking for new PC options.

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The Dell Inspiron Zino HD is an improvement over the last model, which Dell debuted at the end of 2009. It now features several different customizable options, from the low-end AMD Neo processor, or you can shove a quad-core Phenom II X4 in there for good measure. You can even choose to add AMD’s Mobility Radeon HD 5450 graphics card. The base model of the Zino HD is set at $299, but obviously if you start adding upgraded parts, the pricing will climb accordingly. You can even include a keyboard in the package now, too.

The Inspiron One 23 starts at $799, but as with many other PC options, can be customized to your liking. It features a new software interface called Stage, which offers one-touch access to your music, photos, and videos. You can upgrade the One 23 to include a Blu-ray drive, as well as a 1TB hard drive. You can also include a quad-core AMD processor as well. You’ll find an HDMI input standard on all models. The All-in-One option will be made available this weekend, and the Zino HD is available right now. Both will be made available online, as well as through authorized Dell resellers.

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T-Mobile G2 Pre-Orders Begin Tomorrow, Going on Sale October 6th

If that $199.99 price tag for the T-Mobile G2, manufactured by HTC, was good news, and you’re still interested in getting your hands on the shiny new device featuring Android 2.2, then you’re in for some good news. Courtesy of some leaked internal documents, it looks like pre-orders for the G2 will begin tomorrow, September 24th. Sounds like a good Friday for those of the Magenta faithful.

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While pre-orders for high-end devices are generally open to anyone, this time T-Mobile is opening pre-orders for only current T-Mobile customers. The pre-order begins on September 24th, and goes all the way until October 4th. Existing customers will be able to pre-order the device from some T-Mobile retail stores, Care upgrades, and online right here.

But, if you’re still aching to get some details on the official release date, the memo sheds some light on that, too. October 6th seems to be the date of the T-Mobile G2′s official launch, and when people should start expecting to get their hands on the device. Who’s been waiting patiently for this device, and are you going to pre-order? Let us know in the comments.

[via Tmo News]

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Toshiba L635 Kids’ PC Heading to Best Buy September 26th

While Toshiba’s Qosmio laptop may be for the PC gamers out there ready to spend some extra cash on their ultimate mobile gaming rig, the L635 Kids’ PC is a tablet that’s manufactured specifically for the kids out there in the world, looking to get their hand on a stylish design. The laptop is designed for the rigors of being “used” by those under the 10 year mark, and features a keyboard that can be wiped down repeatedly, which will hopefully keep it clean and spot-free even after the dirtiest of hands touch it.

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The display is 13.3-inches, and while Toshiba nor Best Buy would get into the details of the upcoming laptop, they suggest that while it’s light enough to carried around, it has plenty of features on the inside to make sure that the machine can run games and movies with ease. That includes 2GB of RAM, a dual-core Intel Celeron P4600 processor, a 250GB hard drive, and a DVD drive. The family orientation doesn’t stop with the physical attributes, either, as Toshiba has made sure the software is family tuned, too.

You’ll find Net Nanny pre-installed, as well as a kid friendly KidZui Web browsing application. And, included in the bundle, are two unnamed Disney movies, as well as a copy of LEGO Batman the computer game. Pricing is set at $499, but the L635 should be available in Best Buy stores beginning September 26th, for those interested.

[via Electronista]

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Microsoft’s UK Boss Says New Console is Years Away

As we reach the five-year mark for the release of the original Xbox 360, many gamers out there are wondering when the next iteration, the next hardware evolution (or, hopefully, revolution) is coming. But, Stephen McGill, the Director of Xbox UK, says that the next version of the Xbox isn’t coming for a few more years. In fact, his wording even says that the company isn’t even considering their next console yet, as they focus more on the here and now, and try to continuously breathe life into the current generation console.

Xbox 360 Slim

In the past, consoles were refreshed in a “timely” fashion, but since the launch of the PlayStation 2 from Sony, it’s been shown that with the right content and price points, a console can out-last previous perceptions of life. Microsoft is hoping for the same effect with the Xbox 360. McGill, in a recent interview with Xbox 360 Achievements, said that this generation of consoles will be here for a long, long time. He went on to add that, “I think there’s still a lot of legs left with the Xbox 360, so we’re years away from contemplating what comes next.”

It could be just a general use of wording, or McGill could be hinting at something a lot more interesting. Instead of saying “releasing,” a new console in the next few years, he says that Microsoft isn’t even contemplating their next console. It’s probably not true, in the literal terms, as it would make more sense for Microsoft to always be on the look out for the next bits of hardware, as well as software, that they will integrate into the next Xbox console. But, if it is indeed true, then the release of a new Xbox console may even be further out than this article suggests.

As for Blu-ray, McGill doesn’t believe a Blu-ray drive is all that important. He believes that instant viewing, or streaming of full 1080p, “Blu-ray quality” movies/TV shows is far more likely to remain the focus of the general consumer, and that Blu-ray “is going to be passed by as a format.” An interesting out look on things, for sure, but with Kinect launching here in the States on November 4th, and in the UK on November 10th, perhaps the motion-sensing peripheral will indeed breathe new life into the console, and provide gamers with years more of fun and entertainment.

[via 1up]

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PIRO Windoro Cleans Windows Like the Roomba Cleans Floors

With everything that people have to do today, it’s hard to find time to clean your living quarters. That’s why miniature robot cleaning devices like the Roomba are such a hit. Just turn it on, and watch as it cleans your floors, as you continue to do whatever it is you need to do. Timers help, too. But, up until now cleaning your windows was something you had to take time out of your day to do. Not anymore, thanks to PIRO’s Windoro, which fastens to your windows, and cleans them just like the Roomba cleans your floors.

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The PIRO Windoro is fastened to the window thanks to two parts. The reciprocal cleaning portion is attached to the main unit courtesy of neodymium magnets. You need to be able to access both sides of the window, so it may take two people to get this little bot where you want it. And, if you’re in a high-rise somewhere, and your window doesn’t open easily enough to get the bot in place, it probably wouldn’t be recommended to try and install this on your own.

The Pohang Institute of Intelligent Robots, PIRO, believes that the Windoro is going to sell quite a bit, and estimate sales of upwards of $43 million, or 50 billion won. However, the company didn’t come clean on a release date or what the Windoro will cost. So until those details break cover, go ahead and check out the video below.

[via Plastic Pals]

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Verizon CEO casts doubt on getting iPhone

In a speech at an investor conference today, Ivan Seidenberg doesn't sound positive that his network could soon offer Apple's smartphone.

Originally posted at Circuit Breaker

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