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Google flight schedule search is now live

May 31st, 2011

Google flight schedule search is now live

Google search has just got into a whole lot more awesome than they ever did, because now you can search for flight schedule and information just like searching for bus or train info!

By simply typing “flights from / to” a destination in the search bar, it displays specific flight routes or all routes from a particular airport, all of the airlines serving the locales along with flight numbers, and travel dates / times.

The ITA travel search software which the DOJ finally allowed Google to purchase last month isn’t powering the feature, although Google stated on its blog that the flight schedule search is a “small step” in an overall effort to make finding flight information simpler.

Currently the service only supports ten languages, and Google will be increasing that number no doubt.

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The dimension of rage

May 31st, 2011

The dimension of rage

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Gigabyte S1080 Windows 7 tablet announced

May 31st, 2011

Gigabyte S1080 Windows 7 tablet announced

Gigabyte is said to have some tablets in their labs, and well, they just took one out to Computex Taiwan 2011 for a walk. Gigabyte has announced their 7-inch Windows 7 tablet called the S1080.

The tablet has a 10-inch capacitive touchscreen display. It has a resolution of 1024 x 600, and also comes equipped with a built-in VGA port, which allows users to hook up an external monitor or projector whenever a larger display is needed.

It’s powered by Intel Atom N570 and comes with 2GB of DDR3 memory and 320GB hard drive. Yes, that’s a 2.5-inch, 5400rpm SATA hard disk in a tablet. Weighing under 0.90kg (1.98lb), the S1080 is both sleek and light (though it’s nothing compared to Samsung’s super slim Galaxy Tab tablet).

Gigabyte S1080 Windows 7 tablet announced

“The S1080 is designed to be the ultimate mobile device to fit the demanding needs of consumers who need a high-performing multitasking slate that offers the full productivity of a PC,” said Stephen Lee, Sales Director at GIGABYTE Notebooks. “With the S1080, users now have constant access to all their business needs including email, internet and other important applications.”

The 10.1” capacitive multi-touch display featuring the Windows 7 on-screen keyboard and handwriting recognition software makes navigating the display by fingertips both fun and a breeze. Or, for a more traditional PC approach, users can navigate the display using the navigator button and left and right mouse buttons to easily move the cursor around the screen to conveniently access applications and edit documents.

Other features include a USB 2.0 port, USB 3.0 port, SD card reader, RJ-45 jack, 1.3 megapixel webcam, 4,000mAh battery, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11n WiFi, and 3.5G modem.

If the S1080 doesn’t interested you, then maybe its accompanying multimedia dock will. Like similar offerings from competitors, Gigabyte’s version adds stereo speakers, VGA output, three USB 2.0 ports, and audio line-in to the tablet. But the real zinger here is the front-loading optical drive, which is a rare sight on docking stations these days.

Oh, and if the built-in 4,000mAh battery isn’t enough for you, there’s also an optional 2.700mAh battery bar that hooks onto the bottom of the tablet. Expect the S1080 to hit US markets in June for around $700, with the yet-to-be-priced dock to follow later on in the summer; thought the thing is already available in Taiwan.

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Super glue shoes

May 31st, 2011

Super glue shoes

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ViewSonic 10-inch Viewpad 10Pro runs Angry Bird on Froyo on Windows 7 Pro

May 31st, 2011

ViewSonic 10-inch Viewpad 10Pro runs Angry Bird on Froyo on Windows 7 Pro

ViewSonic showcased two tablets at Computex Taiwan 2011. One of them is the 7-inch Honeycomb tablet called the ViewPad 7x. Another is the 10-inch ViewPad 10Pro.

The 10-inch slate is quite unique in its own way. It’s powered by the rather-uncommon Intel Oak Trail Z670 Atom processor running at 1.5GHz, and is loaded with the new Windows 7 Pro. The tablet is tout to be able to dual-boot into Android 2.2, but there’s a trick behind it. The truth is that the tablet is running the Bluestacks virtualization software, which turns Android into a Windows app, rather than true dual-booting capabilities. Yes, inception at work here, an Android in a Windows.

The tablet has 3G network capability, with 32GB of onboard storage, expandable via MicroSD or USB. The battery used here is a 3500mAh battery that’s rated to last for 4.5 hours of 1080p video playback. It’s one of Intel’s promised 10+ Android tablets coming at this year’s Computex, though it has the appreciable advantage of being able to switch over to Windows 7 pretty much instantaneously, so you can’t really call it an Android tablet powered by Intel.

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ViewSonic’s 7-inch ViewPad 7x comes with Honeycomb and HSPA+

May 31st, 2011

ViewSonic’s 7-inch ViewPad 7x comes with Honeycomb and HSPA+

ViewSonic has just launched their new ViewPad 7x Honeycomb tablet. Yes, that’s the world’s first 7-inch tablet running Honeycomb. It has 1024 x 600 resolution, loaded with Google’s Android 3.0.1 OS. No mention of Android 3.1 from ViewSonic though. The 7-inch screen has a 10-point multitouch and supports DLNA.

The specs are quite common for a Honeycomb tablet. There’s the usual dual-core Tegra 2 processor from Nvidia, paired with a pair of cameras, one on the front and one on the back, with the back lens getting LED flash. What’s unique here is that ViewSonic has also squeezed in HSPA+ into this tiny tablet that only weight at 380g.

The tablet has an interesting triangular pattern on its glossy rear panel. Ports include microUSB, HDMI-out, and interestingly ViewSonic has given the slate touch-sensitive buttons despite Honeycomb not requiring them.

There’s no mention of when it’ll be available thought.

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Is this the Asus PadFone tablet-with-a-dock?

May 30th, 2011

Is this the Asus PadFone tablet-with-a-dock?

Computex is just around the corner, but there’s still time for some leaked photos and rumours. Asus teased us with a PadFone tablet-with-a-dock, and now the leaked photo which seemed to be a leaked press photo shows the tablet with no shadows.

The tablet seems to have a hinged cover that pop up upon releasing the latch, to have a compartment for a smartphone. You can also just about make out the two ports inside which are likely to be HDMI and micro-USB — one for driving the larger display, and the other for taking care of touch input while possibly sipping juice from an extra battery somewhere.

Indeed this product looks very odd, and what is Asus playing with at here? A tablet with no guts, and can be powered by an Android smartphone?

Is this the Asus PadFone tablet-with-a-dock?

SOURCE via Pocketnow

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Awesome photography with perfect timing

May 30th, 2011

Awesome photography with perfect timing

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1923 Leica 0-series becomes world’s most expensive camera, fetches $1.89 million at auction

May 30th, 2011

1923 Leica 0-series becomes world's most expensive camera, fetches $1.89 million at auction

Cameras are like cars, we pursue far more advance technologies day and night and yet still sought after classical cameras and cars for the vintage feeling. Here’s a good example, and a bloody expensive one too.

A 1923 Leica 0-series just got sold at an auction for €1,320,000. Funnily, the exact same auction house reportedly sold the exact same camera four years ago: No. 107, the first Leica to be exported, allegedly for a patent application inspection in New York.

In 2007, it fetched a relatively paltry €336,000, which was apparently still a world record for Leica cameras at the time. That particular dude sure earned a lot at there, and there’s no sign that this thing still works.

SOURCE via Herald

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Console emulator in Android Market gone due to Sega’s complaint

May 30th, 2011

Console emulator in Android Market gone due to Sega's complaint

Bad news for Android users, as SEGA has made yet another official complaint to the mighty Google regarding the Android emulators for SEGA’s consoles games. Two emulators were nixed late last month, and now that Google has since revoked yongzh’s developer privileges, just like PSX4Droid comrade-in-arms ZodTTD. Yong Zhang (yongzh) is the developer for video game console emulators Nesoid, Snesoid, Gensoid, N64oid, Ataroid, Gearoid and Gameboid.

He has already migrated a number of emulators to third-party app store SlideME, where they’ll be free for a while, allowing existing customers to get updates without paying a second time, and likely helping a number of new individuals to mooch off his troubles.

SOURCE via SlideMe

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