A Look At The ExoPC With 48 Hours Of Using It As A Tablet

I was pretty much stoked to hear when I was given a tracking number for the ExoPC review unit that was coming my way. Just think of it: a Windows 7 tablet that actually works — well. Turns out, I was slightly disappointed, but I still have high hopes for this thing. It runs full Windows 7, has an Atom processor that’s outdated, a front-facing camera, USB, SD slot, HDMI-out, and audio ports. It probably could be used as one of those really cool hack tablets or something. The ExoPC forums are already on it, I see.

So far the worst part of using the ExoPC is the accelerometer and the keyboard. It takes several seconds to flip from one orientation to the other, and the Windows keyboard is fairly sucky, although I took it to myself to write 2 LM posts on it, which needed some getting used to.

Other than that, it’s great to use for browsing the web, considering you keep whatever you’re doing under 4 hours before the battery cuts out, and that you have an web browser that works with the touch drivers.

Chrome also has a cool extension called chromeTouch, and it allows for some actually finger-scrolling to work in Chrome. Firefox and Internet Explorer 9 on the other hand work fine. Keep in mind this isn’t the review; ExoPC still has a software update for the UI they placed on it to add a bunch of new features that should improve the device; they tell me “at the end of the month”.

In the meantime, since it works great with HD videos on Flash, let me go watch some DrDisrespect.

PlayStation Phone: This Is As Real As It Gets

I’ve come up with a number of titles for this post, all too bad to display here. It’s been a recurring problem on my end; titles that is.

You’ve seen it a few times, you’ve dreamed of it, and now you see it in clear 480p video. The spy that took this video confirmed the PlayStation Phone/Zeus Z1 (?) runs stock Gingerbread by making that oh-so-familiar trip to the settings, revealed the PlayStation icon, played around with the hardware, and gave the world the first (clear and very legible) glimpse of what this thing actually looks like. Needless to say, I’m excited, since I’m part gamer/gadget blogger/enjoy most mobile OSes except Symbian and Blackberry. Oh, and the video is completely mute. Nice.
Via: xxmajstor (you’re the man) on YouTube, Dudes at Engadget

Apple Gets Mac OS X 10.6.6 Snow Leopard Out Of The Bag For Developers

The Gold Master edition (final version to you dudes) of Mac OS X 10.6.6 has been released to Mac developers for their amazement and ability to code. Mac users can expect the update to arrive in a few days or weeks, but one important listing in the changes is “developer support for fetching and renewing App Store receipts”, hinting at the Mac App Store that has been announced, but not yet released, to arrive onboard your Mac soon enough.

Via: Apple Mac Dev Center

Gowalla Unifies The Checking-In Game By Allowing Foursquare To Party

The check-in war maybe at its climax everyday – therefore creating more useless apps for you and me to check-in to — but Gowalla, which can heavily be considered number two (behind Foursquare) has released Gowalla 3.0 for iPhone, and allows check-ins and sharing through Gowalla, Foursquare, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. How long Foursquare might allow their APIs to be accessed by Gowalla’s app is unsure, but it’s a sure win for the end-users. Also, the app brings Retina display support, bug fixes, tweaked user interface, and bookmarks for visited locations. Via: Gowalla

Google Launches Chrome 8, And It’s Just A Load Of Bug And Security Fixes

A new Google Chrome is here? Yeah, if you didn’t know, a new version is launched on or about every 6 weeks, but this time it’s merely mentioned on the Chrome Releases blog. Also, this Chrome is Chrome 8, which brings a dump of bugfixes and security fixes with more stability and speed (according to Google, anyway). Other than that, a built-in PDF viewer is offered, which may or may not hint perfect harmony with the Chrome Web Store that’s launching. I’ve already updated to Chrome 8 and kept it as my default and only browser, so it should be your turn.

Via: Chrome Releases Blog

Google HK Officially Gives You A Short Walkthrough Of Gingerbread

Gingerbread! Before Google realizes the mistakes of Google Hong Kong, we will all forget (or cease to know it even existed) a short video walkthrough of Android. Which is exactly what happened, unfortunately; Google took it down. But the video did demonstrate several things, like the small but important changes to the entire Android 2.3 Gingerbread UI, and a “Related” tab for apps in the Android Market. It was cool while it lasted, you could say. Via: AndroidNoodles