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Type without even looking at your mobile device with Blind Type

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 21, 2010 @ 21:52 CDT

There are a few keyboard apps out there like Swype that attempt to make the most inept touchscreen typist look like a texting pro, but the folks at Blind Type are taking it up a notch. Blind Type, currently a prototype and not yet out there for public consumption, not only corrects even the most brutal of errors, but provides the ability to type off the keyboard.

It's hard to explain, but the video above might help. You can type off the screen and the program will resize, move, and even flip the keyboard to adjust to the way you are typing. Blind Type is hoping to bring their app to Android, iPhone, and the iPad soon.

Skype for iPhone now has iOS 4 multitasking support

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 21, 2010 @ 20:25 CDT

Tired of having to pause everything else you're doing while using Skype on your iPhone? Worry no more. Skype's iPhone application got an update today with multitasking support for iOS 4 devices such as the 3GS and the iPhone 4.

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With Skype 2.0.1 for iPhone, switching out of Skype while on a call makes youre status bar blink red with the app's name displayed on the line below. Tapping that bar brings you back to Skype. The upgrade also allows the user to use iOS 4's fast app switching and notifications allowing Skype calls to bge received even when the Skype app is not running.

Corsair Force SSDs coming in three more capacities

By: Don Lynn | Storage | Posted: Jul 21, 2010 @ 19:14 CDT

Corsair's Force series of Sandforce SF-1200 based Solid State drives is doubling their number of available drives on the market. Currently available in 60GB, 120GB and 240GB varieties, Corsair has announced that 40GB, 80GB, and 160GB models will be added to the lineup in August.

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The new additions will have the same DuraWrite Technology and SF-1200 SSD Processor as the current drives that give you blazing fast read and write speeds and the drives incorporate the TRIM command to maintain write performance over time. Our own Chris Ramseyer stated that "the Corsair Force F120 is one of the fastest SSDs available on the market today" in his review.

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Handy Light gave iPhone users free tethering....until Apple found out

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 21, 2010 @ 18:25 CDT

A clever 15 year old developer named Nick Lee got one over on the App Store team by releasing an innocent looking app called Handy Light. For 99 cents, you could grab his Handy Light app, which allows you to make your iPhone screen go blank with the color of your choice to use as a "flashlight." Unknown to the App Store folks though, Nick also included code that made Handy Light run as a full tethering app, which allowed the iPhone to be used as a 3G wireless modem for free; something AT&T makes you pay an extra $20 a month to do.

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Apple got wind of the alternate use for the program and took it down from the App Store, so this is no longer an option for those that did not grab the app before the App Store got wind of what was going on. It does beg an interesting question though; what secret unknown functions do the apps you downloaded have?

Asus tablet now planned to launch running Android

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 21, 2010 @ 17:20 CDT

It didn't take Asus long to make a major change to their plans for the EP101TC tablet that was announced at Computex. According to a member of the Eee Pad team at Asus, their 10 inch tablet will be running on Android instead of Windows CE as originally planned.

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Slated for a Q1 2011 launch, the tablet will most likely hit shelves running Froyo but depending on when Android 3.0 hits the mainstream, it's possible that this tablet will run with that out of the box. It will be interesting to see the differences when this bad boy hits the display at CES.

Acer's multi-boot D260 hits Australian retailer shelves this week

By: Steve Dougherty | Laptops | Posted: Jul 21, 2010 @ 4:44 CDT

Acer's new Aspire One D260 goes on sale in AU this week for $449; a 10.1-inch netbook that ships in a dual boot configuration with both Windows 7 (Starter Edition) and Android 2.1. A menu pops up at startup that gives the user the ability to choose which one to boot into.

Acer says the netbook is capable of booting into Android in 15 seconds, and gives the unit up to 8 hours of battery life from the six cell battery when in this OS.

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As for specs, nothing you haven't seen in competing units here. There's an N450 Atom processor (1.66GHz), 1GB RAM as standard (supporting up to 2GB), memory card slot, 160GB HDD ($449) or 250GB HDD ($499).

Acer also provides the option of built-in 3G that suits Aus networks, but pricing for this upgrade has not yet been advised. There are multiple color options for the D260 including the usual black, a smoky charcoal, purple and pink.

Google's Nexus One still available at Vodafone

By: Steve Dougherty | Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 21, 2010 @ 4:28 CDT

Those of you who were looking to go with a Nexus One phone but saw Google's brief announcement last Friday saying it was discontinuing the model, don't despair. While it's no longer going to be available online from Google, Vodafone spokesperson Tess Mion has stated that they will continue to sell the Nexus One on a 24-month $79 cap contract until stock runs out.

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Google has also said it will continue to provide support for the phone even after all stock levels have depleted.

Telstra gives a more attractive pre-paid Next G plan to customers

By: Steve Dougherty | Networking | Posted: Jul 21, 2010 @ 3:16 CDT

In efforts to round up more folks on competing 3G networks who are unhappy with sluggish performance in heavily populated areas, Telstra is offering a more attractive pre-paid Next G broadband service with a new "Telstra Turbo" Next G USB modem and no-contract.

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For $89 you get the modem above along with 2GB of data to get you up and running, up from the 1GB that was previously available. There are a good range of pre-paid options available, starting at $20 which gets you 225MB of data with a 30 day expiry (working out to a data rate of 8.9c per MB). If it's more data you require you can get 6GB with 30 days expiry, working out to just 1.6c per MB or for $150 you'll get 4GB of data, but a more flexible 180 days to use it, equating to a data rate of 3.7c per MB.

All in all, much much more attractive, albeit still higher cost than most competitors; but you don't mind that so much when knowing you're on the best 3.5G network in Oz.

Google to launch "Google Election 2010" initiative on July 28

By: Steve Dougherty | Trade Shows | Posted: Jul 21, 2010 @ 2:48 CDT

With intent to help connect Australians with political information and to encourage more participation online, Google is launching its "Google Election 2010" initiative on the 28th of this month which involves Federal politicians, Google engineers, the Australian Electoral Commission, students from local secondary schools, journalists and submitted YouTube videos with questions and/or comments.

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The launch event will kick off with a welcome address by Karim Temsamani whom is the Managing Director for Google Australia and NZ. Following that, Google's election initiatives will be officially launched by Google Australia's Engineering Director, Alan Noble. From there will be an address by Kate Lundy, Senator for the ACT and member of the Australian Labor Party then it's onward to speeches by Joe Hockey, MP and Shadow Treasurer of the Aus Liberal Party and Mr Doug Orr, State Manager for NSW division of the Aus Electoral Commission.

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Kogan launches 6-inch E INK ebook reader with over 1,500 books pre-loaded

By: Steve Dougherty | Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 21, 2010 @ 2:10 CDT

Kogan has released its new 6-inch E INK ebook reader to the Australian market today which comes pre-loaded with over 1,500 ebooks to keep you busy.

Like the majority of Kogan's product lineup, the biggest highlight is the price. At only $189 it looks to be a super buy. The unit uses a 16 level grayscale E Ink (800x600) screen and is powered by an Arm 9 Core (Samsung) processor. It has 64MB of DDR2 RAM and 2GB of built-in storage, weighing in at less than 230 grams and measuring less than 1cm thick.

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The unit supports multiple formats and also has photo and music playback functions. It can sync with Adobe Digital Editions for managing eBook libraries and supports the majority of online book stores.

You can find Kogan's official announcement on the new 6-inch E INK reader at the source link. The official product page on Kogan's website shares full details on specifications.