Apparently Professor Mullen of Physics at the University of Oklahoma isn’t a fan of gadgets, nor is he of computers. And yet computers help in the discovery of many things in physics, as well as vice versa. Moving on, our dear professor took a bricked laptop, gave it a bath in liquid nitrogen, and then smashed it against the floor. Yet somehow a student near the front row was allowed to have a camera to tape the comedy. But my reasons for posting this is not because I wanted to show you a lunatic professor. No. My question here is this: Should computers be allowed in the classroom as long as the students actually using them to be productive? Oh, and of course the video that might make your day is after the break. Literally.
When Google CEO Eric Schmidt demoed the Google Earth application on the Nexus One at MWC, all Android owners hoped for Google’s own product to make its way onto Google’s own platform. The iPhone has nearly had its version of the app for a year, and today marks the beginning for a select few of Android 2.1 owners who own a Nexus One to be able to use Google Earth. As with most of Google’s Android apps, it’s free, but it doesn’t really matter until your Motorola Droid becomes cool again with a new sought-after firmware update called Android 2.1? So does this mean patience is a virtue!?
Pretty camera. Ahem. For those of you who remember the Pentax K-7 which debuted last summer, Pentax has had a tendency to coat the K-7 and the wallet-friendly K-x in limited edition and special colors; only in Japan. The Limited Silver DSLR is no different, with only a mere 1,000 units that will be sold in Japan. But there are new improvements that only want you to buy it even more than you already want to, for example the “golden section ratio” focusing screen with curved guiding lines that make taking pictures even easier. There’s als0 a specially reinforced glass plate protecting the LCD and updated firmware as well as new photo processing software. Must. Have. Now. Unfortunately I cannot, as it only is available in Japan, and also has an incredible price of $1,420 on March 13th. Lunacy. More pics after the break.
Well, well, well. What do we have here? Some final (and official) press shots for the upcoming ExoPC Slate. Complete with Windows 7 and the ExoPC UI layer, Intel Atom processor, 2 GB DDR2 RAM, a 8.9-inch LED 1024 x 600 screen with multitouch, 32GB SSD, SD card reader, 802.11 b/g Wi-FI and Bluetooth, 3 USb ports, 3G card slot, audio in/out, and LAN/VGA. To top off this iPad-killer there’s even a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera. We’ll be reviewing this beast when it comes out. In the meantime for your drooling pleasure here’s the new site that ExoPc just put up. [ExoPC]
At the Android blog These Are The Droids, an anonymous source states that the upcoming HTC Supersonic was being tested by Sprint, and is indeed running Android 2.1. The source also claimed that the build was less buggy then it was in Janurary, when the Supersonic was leaked. Another note left by the tipster was that currently the Supersonic is using the Sense UI found on the HTC Hero, but upon final release will use the refreshed Sense found on the Desire and Legend. Another thing: the Nexus One is currently in Sprint’s database for a future release. While we cannot independently confirm if this is all true, it seems pretty real to us so far. Any tipsters want to come forth about now?
While we’ve been snoozing on a lackluster Sunday (as have all other blogs right now) Apple blog 9to5Mac was digging through the new iPhone SDK, and found some valuables. First, 2 PNG button files, one to accept a video call and one to reject it was found in the Telephony UI file. You can connect the dots, can’t you? This file is the telephony user interface, which is for making calls. In this case it looks like Apple is planning to add video chat in the next iPhone, but what would really make this take is having a front-facing camera. That would be cool. Secondly, a line of code that displays the words “Video Chat” was also seen, which is included after the jump.
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For those of you Nexus One owners who are coveting the HTC Desire’s Sense UI, Paul at MoDaCo has uploaded what he calls an alpha leak of the Desire’s ROM. Though it isn’t a beta, meaning that it is prone to disastrous problems, you can at least try to check this out without having fear of completely messing up your phone, although that’s still possible. And did I mention Flash 10.1 is included? Exactly, this is perfect way to mess up your new shiny N1! Check out the video first after the break, and then head straight to MoDaCo, ASAP.
While we’re waiting for the Motorola Devour to hit some retail channels in a couple of days, and nationwide in March, we just had to have some actual working video of it first, right? Motorola’s Rick Osterloh will be your tourguide in a seven minute hands-on with the Motorola Devour. The demonstration goes over all of the Devour main attractions: Google Maps Navigation, MOTOBLUR, Moto Phone Portal, and the built-in Qualcomm CPU, which does provide some lag, but as the same time makes the Devour look like a speedy little smartphone The video you know you want to watch is after the break.
Before we go on with this report, I’d like to tell you that these “leaked release documents” could be 100% real or 100% fake. Now on to the report: these leaked docs purportedly show the outlines of the Symbian X^3-powered X10. The upcoming X-Series is believed to be a line of phones targeted at music and entertainment; a young audience. Rumored specs include an ARM Cortex A8 600MHz processor to power said device, 256MB of RAM, 32GB or 16GB of internal storage and a 3.2-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen. There’s also a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HSDPA connectivity, Wi-Fi, aGPS, and the QWERTY keyboard. Still this could all be fake, but in order confirm your suspicions (or belief), I’d suggest you take a look at the YouTube video after the break with these “documents”. And as far as you can tell, I am extremely suspicious.