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23May/11Off

Netgear unveils DGND3700 DSL home gateway with dual-core processor

I am all for convergence in my computer gear and accessories. I am always knocking the DSL modem off the top of my WiFi router messing around beside my desk or with my computer. I would love to have that modem inside my router. If you are a DSL user and you have the same wish to converge your router and modem, Netgear has a new offering that will do the trick called the N600 Home DSL Gateway part number DGND3700.

The D600 packs in a dual band Gigabit ADSL2+ modem router with a pair of USB ports and installation that tends no CDs. The device also has an Ethernet WAN option for fiber or cable broadband access too. The big feature of the device is that it is the first router with a dual-core processor. Netgear claims that the dual-core processor allows for fast response time when running intense applications at the same time.

The WiFi router portion of the N600 is an 802.11n dual-band offering with 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. The router also has Netgear ReadyShare tech inside with a pair of USB ports to turn external HDDs into shared storage for the network. It can stream video or music form the HDDs too. The router is available right now globally at a MSRP of $199.99.

[via Netgear]


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23May/11Off

Drone Ace offers much more control of AR.Drone than official app

Our geeky little hearts were all aflutter when the AR.Drone first launched with its iPhone control app and easy to fly nature. It is also very cool that the AR.Drone turned out to be such a hackable little flying machine for geeks to play with. A new app has surfaced called Drone Ace that adds in some features that will have fans of the AR.Drone running to get their wallets. The new app is called Drone Ace and you can grab it on the App Store right now.

The app sells for $5.99 and you get a lot of cool new features along with it other than just controlling the flying machine. The app allows you to record video, capture images, and track objects from within the app. The app also controls autonomous flight and allows you to execute pre-programmed Drone animations and control the lights on the toy as well. The app will work on both the iPhone and the iPad.

Other features include the ability to save the settings for your Drone inside the app so if you reset you don’t have to enter settings again. The app allows iPad 2 users to mirror the screen to their TV. The app allows for control options you don’t get by default with reversed for left hand users, elevation control inversion and the ability to stalk a target with yaw and elevation or yaw, elevation, and pitch. The video is recorded in H.264 encoded QuickTime and can overlay flight data including altitude.

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[via iTunes]


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23May/11Off

Ballmer claims over 500 new features in Mango update for Windows Phone

There are a lot of people looking forward to the next iteration of Windows Phone codenamed Mango. The Mango update will officially be marketed as Windows Phone 7.5 and the preview of the OS is set for tomorrow as we reported in March. Ballmer has gone on record already as stating that there are over 500 new features in this version of Windows Phone. Nokia is also expected to use Mango on the first of its new Windows Phone 7 smartphones.

Ballmer boasted of the 500 new features at the Microsoft Developers Forum 2011. Ballmer offered this hint as well, “[the VIP event will offer tips] Including some of the particulars about who is going to be building Windows Phones and which carriers will be offering them.” The VIP unveiling of the new release is tomorrow, but the actual launch of the new version of the OS isn’t expected until later this year.

Mango is currently still in beta. If you are wondering what the 500 new features will include, there is a bit more information in the video below. Will you wait on a Windows Phone device until Mango officially lands? The OS is predicted to do very well by analysts in the mobile industry. Ultimately, it will live or die in part based on the quality of the software and offerings developers make for Mango apps.

[via WinRumors]


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23May/11Off

Dell XPS 15z notebook unveil tomorrow to fight MacBook Air

Dell has been teasing its MacBook Air competitor called the XPS 15z for a while now. The 15z is the latest machine from Dell to try to fight the MacBook Air for dominance in the market for folks looking for thin and portable machines with more than a modicum of good looks on the side. Dell has tried to fight the Air before with the Adamo line of thin notebooks and failed. What will be different this time remains to be seen.

The WSJ reports that all the teasing is over and the official unveil will be made on that machine tomorrow. The 15z is expected to sell for $999. We know a bit about the machine already like it will have a chiclet keyboard and perforated speaker grills. It will also have a 15.6-inch screen and a choice of Sandy Bridge Core i5 or i7 parts from Intel. The notebook will also have an optical drive, which isn’t something that we generally see in ultra-thin notebooks.

The WSJ also talks about Dell’s tablet ambitions and its consumer focus as a whole. Dell has stepped away from targeting the general consumer and is looking at the prosumer that uses their devices at home and in the office. Dell’s consumer sales fell 7% from the previous year in fiscal Q1. Michael Dell also noted that he was surprised by the tablet movement saying, “I didn’t completely see that coming.” Dell also noted that sales of his own Streak tablet have been “immaterial.”

[via WSJ]


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23May/11Off

TouchPad will be “number one plus” tablet promises HP

HP expects its tablet to be better than number one when it launches. I think the company may be setting its sights a little too high. HP says that it is calling the goal number one plus for the TouchPad tablet when it launches later this year. I guess an argument could be made with HP running away with the top spot in computer shipments, it is number one plus. The tablet market may prove to be a much harder nut to crack for HP though with the huge lead other firms like Apple have in the tablet realm.

HP’s European head Eric Cador boasted at a press conference, “In the PC world, with fewer ways of differentiating HP’s products from our competitors, we became number one; in the tablet world we’re going to become better than number one. We call it number one plus.” The TouchPad will run WebOS, which HP acquired when it gobbled up Palm. Cador also said, “Only one company plays in both the consumer and business and world. We tend to talk about technologies. But the way the user is going to look at tablets means it’s about experience. The way the corporate is going to look at it is to say that its employees, who are also consumers, have got to like it and it’s got to be secure. We’re going to deliver that. Beyond that, it’s about marketing and branding.”

HP plans to put its “full weight” behind the TouchPad to break into the tablet market. It will be a tough road with the iPad dominating the market and Android tablets slumping. An exact launch date on the TouchPad is still unknown. The tablet turned up last week in the inventory system of Wal-Mart for $599 with 32GB of storage. The tablet is expected to land sometime this summer.

[via Telegraph]


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23May/11Off

Third worker dies after Foxconn plant explosion, Foxconn and Apple offer statements

We reported on the tragic explosion that happened in the Chinese Foxconn factory where the Apple iPad 2 is made on Friday. The explosion apparently was the result of combustible aluminum dust that was in ducts in the polishing section of the plant according to initial investigations. Two workers were killed in the initial explosion and there are still several other workers in the hospital. M.I.C. Gadget reports that the combustible dust had apparently gathered in a dust collecting pipe.

The investigation into the tragedy is still ongoing. One worker that escaped the explosion said that it “was louder than thunder.” Work in the affected building was ended and isn’t expected to resume until Tuesday. Apple offered an initial statement to AllThingsD Friday stating, “We are deeply saddened by the tragedy at Foxconn’s plant in Chengdu, and our hearts go out to the victims and their families. We are working closely with Foxconn to understand what caused this terrible event.”

China Times reports that the production of the iPad hasn’t been affected by the explosion. Hon Hai Chairman Terry Gou said that meetings with suppliers had already been held and that not only would the tragedy not delay the iPad 2 production. The time was also taken to tease new products related to the iPhone and iPad still on time for production in Q3. Foxconn issued a statement to AllThingsD that is pasted below.

We can confirm that at approximately 7 pm on May 20, there was an explosion at our Chengdu campus. At this point, we can also confirm that there were two fatalities with injuries to 16 other employees. We are working with medical officials to provide treatment to the injured employees and we are working with government and law enforcement officials to contact the families of all employees affected by this tragedy.

The situation has been brought under control by the fire department and the cause of this explosion is being investigated by local police officials. Foxconn is cooperating fully with that investigation. Production has been suspended at the site of the explosion until the completion of the investigation. The safety of our employees is our highest priority and we will do whatever is required to determine and address the cause of this tragic accident.

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23May/11Off

Angry Birds Cupcakes Take The Cake

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If ever a food item could provoke food fights it has to be these Angry Birds Cupcakes, custom created by the wife of Phandroid reader Khoa Ngo:

Pretty cute indeed. Khoa mentioned cupcake decoration was a hobby, but his wife’s little upstart – Sweet Dreams Bakery – might be just the thing for Android Geeks attempting a special occasion. Case and point? I think John Hodgson could use these cupcakes at his wedding.

But really, if you’re an Angry Birds lover, there’s a good chance you’re looking for an excuse to find, buy, or make something like these. Or if you’re a trouble maker, you’re just hoping someone shows up to the party with these cupcakes so you can point across the backyard at your best friend and scream, “HE STOLE OUR EGGS!” heaving them across the backyard at the unexpecting victim/pig who will inevitably get AngryBirded in the face. Unless your aim sucks or it’s a hard level, but as FPS games have taught us, real life and video games are similar because you can always restart.

I know birthdays have their traditions and all, but these AngryBirds cupcakes take the cake.

[Via Sweet Dreams Bakery, thanks Khoa!]


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23May/11Off

Sony Music Greece latest to suffer security hack: User data in the wild

Sony’s security woes go from bad to worse, with the news that another of the company’s sites has apparently been compromised and user data stolen. After the long-running PlayStation Network hack and ISP So-Net being attacked last Friday, now Sony Music Greece – which appears to be offline at time of writing – has been drained of its user info, reports The Hacker News.

The data was supposedly extracted using an automated SQL injection tool, and reportedly consists of usernames, real names, passwords, company name, email and telephone number, among other details. However, the sample data shared by the hackers does not, in fact, include all of that content, so it’s unclear whether the entirety of the information is in the wild.

Either way, the advice is for Sony BMG Greece users to change their passwords and be on the look out for any unauthorized uses of information in the future. Sony is yet to respond publicly to the new hack.

[via Sophos]


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23May/11Off

ASUS tablet tease tips new slate for Computex 2011

ASUS’ last tablet teaser led to a mighty promising slate – the Eee Pad Transformer, in fact – so when the company previews its Computex line-up we stop and pay attention. The unnamed device is branded with the ASUSDesign studio name, and it looks like a lot more thought went into the styling compared to the somewhat blockish Transformer.

There are some interesting stacked sections and what could be bevelled glass, plus at least one camera – which looks like it could be on the back, inset into a glossy black plastic section – and speakers. Hardware specs are a mystery right now, but given the state of the Android tablet market – not that it’s even confirmed that this particular model runs the Google OS – we’re guessing at Tegra 2 again.

The success of the Transformer was a combination of its solid hardware, innovative battery-toting keyboard dock and relatively bargain price-tag in comparison to other Android Honeycomb slates out there. The downside has been retail scarcity, with ASUS unable to produce enough of the Transformers to meet customer demand.

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[via NotebookItalia]


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23May/11Off

AT&T HTC Holiday revealed: 4.5-inch qHD and dual-core CPU

HTC’s Sensation may have a big, 4.3-inch screen and the qHD resolution to suit, but according to the latest leaks the company may be looking to take on Samsung’s 4.5-inch Infuse 4G sometime soon too. The HTC Holiday is believed to be headed to AT&T with a 4.5-inch 960 x 540 display and the same 1.2GHz dual-core MSM8660 as in the Sensation, according to 911sniper.

There’s also 1GB of RAM – a welcome bump from the 768MB in the Sensation – along with WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0. Two cameras are onboard, an 8-megapixel unit on the back and a 1.3-megapixel version up front for video calls and vanity shots. Unclear at this stage is whether the phone will support AT&T 4G, and if so which flavor: the HTC Holiday could have HSPA+, like the Infuse 4G, or it might be part of the carrier’s first wave of LTE handsets.

The news fits in with a leaked image of the Holiday which Pocketnow acquired earlier this month. At the time, it was unclear whether this was a tiny or a large phone, since screen size was unknown. Launch date is still a mystery at this stage.

[via Engadget and via Android Community]


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