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LG Optimus One WILL Get Gingerbread, After All

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Someone over in LG’s public relations department must be having a bad day. After a posting to their Facebook page causing a nasty rumor about Gingerbread minimum processor requirements was quickly dispelled by the Android Team, LG has issued both a clarification and an additional promise that the LG Optimus One (the phone at the center of the rumor) will indeed receive Gingerbread. Here is what they had to say:

“LG released information prematurely regarding the minimum processor upgrade requirements for the LG Optimus. Google recently announced the Gingerbread platform and has not yet published the Gingerbread Compatibility Definition Document (CDD) or the public branch open source code. Once the CDD and the source code is public, LG will evaluate the upgradability of the Optimus Series. We apologize for any confusion or misunderstanding. We will alert you as soon as more information on this topic is available.”

Then:

“LG will upgrade all Optimus One smartphones currently using the Froyo OS to the next version of the Android OS, Gingerbread. Details of the upgrade schedule will be announced locally in due course. We sincerely apologize for the confusion and misunderstanding that was caused regarding this issue.”

So there you have it, if word from Dan Morrill of Google wasn’t enough this surely is. Pretty awesome that LG will remain committed to keeping their low-cost Android set up to date with the latest version of the OS.

[via LG]

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Drift Mania Championship Comes to Android

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Another iPhone hit is gracing Android as the platform’s gaming boom continues. 3D racer Drift Mania Championship from Ratrod Studios is now available in the Android Market, surely poised to add to the two million downloads garnered on the iOS version alone. You will need an Android phone that supports 800×480 or 854×480 to play the game, which features 3D graphics, customizable cars, and — as the title suggests — some drifting to round it all out.

It will set you back a random $0.96; grab it using the handy-dandy QR below.

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[via EuroDroid]

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Sony Ericsson Z1 Playstation Phone Benchmarked

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Engadget has grabbed a video of the Sony Ericsson Zeus Z1 — otherwise known as the Playstation Phone — running Qualcomm’s Neocore benchmark app, and while the results might not blow you away, there is hope. The handset topped out at 24.4 frames per second (about half of the 55.6 fps Engadget is clocking the Nexus S at). Given the phone is rumored to not see a release until March, the software and hardware of this prototype could easily be upgraded and optimized to squeeze out some higher numbers. Check it out:

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Google Instant for Mobile Goes Global

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Today Google has announced that their Instant Search for mobile has gone from being available only to English speaking US Android users to supporting 28 languages in 40 countries across the globe. You still need Android 2.2 (or higher). Just navigate to the main Google search page on your handset and turn Instant on to start saving all those precious seconds wasted on traditional searching.

[via Google]

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9Dec/10Off

Housewives Used to Smuggle iPads and Smartphones Into China

With all this talk about the second generation iPad, it could be easy to forget the huge demand that the first iteration still carries. While it’s no surprise that the first tablet from Apple still warrants crazed reactions from people, both for the positive and negative, it’s definitely a shock to see the lengths in which people will go to get one. Especially when there’s profit to be had. And you know it’s a big deal when housewives get involved.

According to a new repot from The Wall Street Journal, housewives are being recruited to smuggle in some of the hottest items for the Chinese grey market. That particular market has seen quite the boost over the last couple of years, and most recently, we saw what happens when the iPhone 4 gets involved. Now, with the iPad, officials in Shenzhen have officially detained 14 housewives trying to smuggle the 3G-equipped version into the country. There have been a total of 88 iPads confiscated in the process.

But the iPad isn’t the only hot ticket for these housewives. Smuggling rings are also wanting smartphones, in which the Shenzhen officials said they’ve nabbed 340 of the devices recently. All told, the total bust from these 14 individuals is somewhere in the ballpark of 950,000 yuan, or about $143,000. How are these women doing this? Well, one of them managed to strap 65 smartphones around her waist, and then had another 20 of the things hidden away in her handbag. How much are these women getting paid to risk this kind of smuggling? $30, or 200 yuan. Worth it?

[via Wall Street Journal; thanks, Scott!]


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Andrew Chase Steampunk Mechanical Horse is galloping marvel

Steampunk has come to be associated with over-decorated, cog-encrusted Victoriana, but artist Andrew Chase has arguably taken it to its purist roots. His mechanical horse is just that: a beautiful, hand-crafted metal beast complete with piston legs.

Actually building the horse apparently took a lot longer than Chase expected, predominantly because he was striving for some sort of at least vaguely convincing accuracy. “The problem is/was that everyone knows what a horse looks like so I couldn’t cheat (much)” he told bookofjoe, adding “accuracy sucks.”

The 45-55lb beast stands 27-inches high at the shoulder, and is 27-inches long and 8-inches wide. We’re not exactly sure what Chase is going to do with it, though we’re sure it makes an imperious place to sit and watch TV from.

[via bookofjoe]


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iPad 2 Case Shows Up on Website, Shows Opening for Camera

With all of the rumors going around, it’s about time we start seeing some pictures. Especially if the second generation iPad is really launching in under 100 days. Right on schedule, then, is this new image of a supposed case for the iPad 2. Right off the bat, you’ll notice that hole at the top-left of the case, where many believe the rear-facing camera would go. Just as we’ve seen on the iPhone 4, and latest generation of the iPod Touch.

There’s been a few grumblings that Apple has been kicking around the idea of including not just one, front-facing camera, but also a camera on the back. With other tablet devices including a camera on the back, perhaps Apple believes that it’s just a safe bet to give owners the option. Either way, this supposed crystal case for the second generation iPad obviously shows a spot where the camera would go. Does that mean Apple’s next generation tablet device will have a camera? No. But if you’re hoping it does, you may want to start wishing harder.

The case looks a bit more curved, too. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot more details on the case. Except that Shenzhen MacTop Electronics also says that the case will come in “other colors.” So it looks like the off-white we see here won’t be the only option. Anyone think this is the real deal?

[via MacStories]


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Notion Ink Adam pre-orders shipping around January 6 2011

With only hours to go until pre-ordering for Notion Ink’s Adam tablet goes live, the big question has been when customers can expect their Android slate to be delivered. We’ve been talking to CEO Rohan Shravan, who has confirmed that the first batch of pre-ordered Adams will be going out around the same time as CES 2011.

That’s January 6th to 9th 2011, if you don’t have the CES details firmly ingrained on your memory. Not quite the pre-Christmas shipping we were hoping for, but as long as Notion Ink stick to schedule there should be some belated present opening at the start of next year.

The entry-level LCD WiFi Adam is $375.33 (rather than $399) while adding 3G takes it to $425.33. As for the Pixel Qi model, that will start at $499.95 for the WiFi-only version and climb to $549.99 for the 3G version. Two versions of 3G modem will be available – one for the US, the other for Europe/Asia. Full details here.


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9Dec/10Off

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: December 9 2010

Ohmygod! Notion Ink Adam is available for pre-order right this second and it’s cheaper than expected! Then we’ve got some electric butterflies, Dell’s deletion from an Intel Android tablet list, and some Robonaut hands. You can feel free to fix your MacBook Air screen glitch, check out a sassy extended video peek at the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, and read about how Don found 2010 to be the year he forgot about DVDs. THEN get your Google Cr-48 Chrome OS notebook delivered today, check out Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, and win a FREE Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z. Such a bunch o stuff for your salivating talon teeths!

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LG LU3000 Heading to South Korea
myTouch 4G Dock Lands In T-Mobile Retail Stores
iPhone 3G Goes Free via Best Buy Mobile On December 10th

Android Community
Madden 2011 Demo Upgrade is $9.99, Coming to the Android Market Q1 2011
HTC Legend Update to Android 2.2 Now Live Across Europe
New “Mute A Twitter User” Feature On Twidroyd Excellent
Galaxy S will get Android 2.3 Gingerbread confirms Samsung India
Amazon offers cloud services integration for Android with new SDK
Gingerbread launcher hits Android Market for Froyo devices
Twidroyd Factory Equals Twitter Goodness for Android
LinguaSys TGPhoto Translation App for Android translates foreign signs for you
Nexus S updates to be OTA not via Samsung Kies
AT&T Dell Streak Froyo update not due until January 12?
Samsung coy on Galaxy S Gingerbread update despite apparent hardware compatibility
Over 300,000 Android devices activated per day confirms Rubin
Seesmic Brings Salesforce Chatter To Android

SlashGear
Notion Ink Adam pre-orders from 1.30pm EST: Price-cuts & more
Samsung India confirms Galaxy S Android 2.3 Gingerbread plans
Sony Ericsson pico-projection phone patent app hides its own display screen
Apple Sandy Bridge testing tips huge CPU/GPU refresh
Electric Butterfly in a Jar is not cruel
WikiLeaks Kindle ebook appears on Amazon [ITS ALL PUBLIC]
Jawbone THOUGHTS puts PTT on iPhone
Computer casemod puts gaming rig in a bomb disposal robot
Samsung and Ambarella from ASIC collaboration for hybrid camera SOCs
Intel expecting 35 Atom tablets in 2011; Dell’s Intel Android plans quietly deleted
GM touts Robonaut 2′s hands
MacBook Air screen glitch fix released
Sewell unveils cool HDdeck to convert USB to HDMI
Lite-On eNAU608 8x external DVD burner gets interchangeable designs for lid
Lava A10 smarpthone uses IPS touch screen
Halo JC 3 Phono preamp is now shipping
Stem Innovation debuts TimeCommand alarm clock dock for Apple gear
Epson and Thinxtream offer free app for PrintJinni printing from iOS4.2 devices
Sceptre launches a new 37-inch 1080p HDTV
Pioneer Network Vision head-up display for in-car PNDs due 2012 [Video]
Samsung 2.3 Gingerbread update for Galaxy S uncertain despite Nexus S similarities
AMD Radeon HD 6970/6950 due third week of Dec, undercutting GeForce GTX 580?
Sony Ericsson PlayStation Phone on sale March 2011 tips insider
BlackBerry PlayBook poses for lengthy video demo
VGA dead by 2015 say Intel, AMD & PC/display makers
iTunes 90-second song previews added to US iTunes store
iPhone gaming evangelist Graeme Devine leaves Apple
Google accuse US Government of Microsoft favoritism
Prima plan release-day digital movies for $500 a pop on $20k system
Android activation rate now over 300,000 per day; blazes past iPhone
2010: The year I forgot about DVDs [COLUMN]
Google Cr-48 Chrome OS notebooks being delivered today
SlashGear Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z Giveaway [FEATURED]
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception Unveiled
Lenovo IdeaPad Y460p/Y560p notebooks & IdeaCentre K330 desktop outed

To see more wrap-up posts, follow the following tags: [The Daily Slash] or [SlashGear Morning Wrap-up]


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Lenovo IdeaPad Y460p/Y560p notebooks & IdeaCentre K330 desktop outed with Sandy Bridge CPUs

Lenovo has refreshed its Idea line-up of consumer-centric PCs with a pair of new notebooks, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y460p and Y560p, and a desktop, the Lenovo IdeaCentre K330. The Y460p and T560p are 14- and 15.5-inches respectively, with Intel’s second-gen Core i7 “Sandy Bridge” processors, up to 750GB HDDs and up to 8GB of RAM; they can also be specified with Lenovo’s RapidDrive, which combines a 32GB SSD with a regular hard-drive to boost system performance.

As for the K330, that has a choice of up to Core i7 CPUs, up to 16GB of DDR3 memory, and twin RAID-0 hard-drives for up to 4TB of storage. There’s also the option to switch out the standard DVD drive for a Blu-ray alternative, and an optional TV tuner.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y460p and Y560p laptops will go on sale come January 11, 2011, priced from $849 and with a choice of metallic grey or white interiors. As for the IdeaCentre K330, that will go on sale early in 2011, priced from $699.

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Press Release:

Lenovo Takes Multimedia Computing to New Heights with Three New Idea Products: IdeaPad Y460p, Y560p and IdeaCentre K330

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – December 09, 2010: Lenovo (HKSE: 0992) (ADR: LNVGY) today introduced the IdeaPad Y460p, IdeaPad Y560p and IdeaCentre K330, which all sport high-performance processors and are packed with multimedia features. The new PCs are perfect for young adults who seek the ultimate multimedia experience for watching movies, listening to music and playing games.
“Lenovo is continuously expanding its product line to provide consumers with the latest advancements in multimedia and entertainment capabilities,” said Dion Weisler, vice president, business operations, Lenovo. “The Y460p, Y560p and K330 all feature speedy performance and advanced processing in a sleek form factor. Immense storage and high-quality graphics make these ideal for those looking for a superior and easy multimedia experience.”

IdeaPad Y460p and Y560p – High Performance Entertainment System in a Sleek Design
The powerful and stylish IdeaPad Y460p and IdeaPad Y560p are high-performance notebooks that come packed with top multimedia features, perfect for entertainment seekers, gamers or those consumers who are always creating content to share with friends. Featuring the Second Generation Intel® Core™ Processor family, these 14-inch and 15.6-inch PCs are available with up to Intel® Core™ i7 processors. With up to 750 GB HDD and up to 8GB DDR3 1333 memory, consumers now can store more movies, music and games while enjoying enhanced-application performance. Lenovo’s RapidDrive feature combines 32GB SSD and HDD capacity to speed up system performance. The Y460p and Y560p, which come with 16:9 widescreen, also meet Lenovo’s Windows 7 Enhanced Experience certification, providing up to 33 percent faster boot up and 50 percent faster shutdown time as well as rich multimedia capabilities and easy system maintenance tools.
Consumers who are looking for the ultimate entertainment setting will be pleased with the spectacular sound quality of the Y460p and Y560p, which is made possible by JBL speakers and Dolby® Home Theater™. The beautifully engineered notebooks come with OneKey™ Theater, allowing users to experience richer images and enhanced sound while watching movies with just the press of a button.
Available with a metal hairline etching exterior and the choice of two interiors, metallic grey and white, the Y460p and Y560p are designed for easy use with a one-handed hinge open feature and user-friendly ports. Other key features include OneKey Rescue and Lenovo’s VeriFace™ face recognition.

IdeaCentre K330 – The Power Performance Desktop
The all new IdeaCentre K330 desktop is the ideal PC for consumers who want the most thorough computing experience and desire the very best in aesthetics and high-performance capabilities. Boasting a sleek and powerful design with a metallic and vibrant color scheme, the K330 features up to Intel® Core™ i7 processors with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. This ultimate desktop experience comes with up to 16GB DDR3 memory, increasing user multi-tasking capabilities, twin RAID0-configured hard disk drives1 and up to 4TB HDD storage, providing plenty of space for multimedia.
The K330 desktop is packed with fun-enabling features to maximize time spent gaming, surfing the Web and utilizing all of its multimedia attributes. The Power Control Switch provides easy changing between three convenient power modes for the fan and CPU speed – Turbo Red for high speed and power performance, Auto Blue for regular operation and Cool Green for the silent, energy-saving mode. The entertainment doesn’t stop with the K330, thanks to advanced features, including an integrated DVD or Blu-ray Disc™ drive, optional TV Tuner and HD graphics support. With full HD 1920×1080 resolution and DirectX 11 graphics, users can experience vibrant video imaging and high-power gaming effects.
The IdeaCentre K330 also features the Lenovo Dynamic Brightness System2 to adjust screen brightness based on ambient light and the Lenovo Eye Distance System3 to alert users when they are too close to the screen for ultimate eye protection. The OneKey Recovery makes data backup and recovery a simple one-touch task while the tool-free CPU design eliminates the need to use a screwdriver to open the K330 so upgrades and replacements are quick and easy.

Pricing and Availability4
The Lenovo IdeaPad Y460p and Y560p laptops are available beginning January 11, 2011 and will start at $849. The IdeaCentre K330 will be available in early 2011 and will start at $699. All of the devices will be available on Lenovo.com.

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About Lenovo
Lenovo (HKSE: 0992) (ADR: LNVGY) is dedicated to building exceptionally engineered personal computers. Lenovo’s business model is built on innovation, operational efficiency and customer satisfaction as well as a focus on investment in emerging markets. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services worldwide. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information see www.lenovo.com.

1 Optional feature; requires using twin-matching hard drives.
2 Requires Lenovo monitor with webcam.
3 Requires Lenovo webcam. Prices do not include tax or shipping and are subject to change without notice and is tied to specific terms and conditions. Reseller prices may vary. Price does not include all advertised features. All offers subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice.
4 Prices do not include tax or shipping and are subject to change without notice and is tied to specific terms and conditions. Reseller prices may vary. Price does not include all advertised features. All offers subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice.


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