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What Is iPhone 4's FaceTime Video Chat?

What Is iPhone 4's FaceTime Video Chat?

Steve Jobs usually saves the meatiest bit of his keynotes for the end. But WWDC's "One More Thing" was a little tame: FaceTime, a video chat system for iPhone 4. So, what's special about FaceTime, and how does it work? First, let's get this out of the way: Yes, FaceTime is video chat, similar

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Ultra-Thin, Ultra-Elastic Iron Alloy Can Make Surgeries and Buildings Safer

Ultra-Thin, Ultra-Elastic Iron Alloy Can Make Surgeries and Buildings Safer

This recently designed super-elastic iron alloy has two very different potential applications. It can be used to prevent blood vessels from collapsing and to return earthquake-deformed buildings to their original state. The alloy is described as having a super-elasticity which allows it to "re

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Yahoo! Messenger 9.0.0.2162

Yahoo! Messenger 9.0.0.2162

Yahoo! Messenger is a popular advertisement-supported instant messaging client and associated protocol provided by Yahoo!, that allows you to see when friends come online and to send them instant messages. It also can alert you to new e-mail in your Yahoo Mail or Yahoo Personals accounts, or when y

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Nokia's Beautiful to Use 3600 and 6600 Fold/Slide Phone [Cellphones]

Nokia's Beautiful to Use 3600 and 6600 Fold/Slide Phone [Cellphones]

Nokia has fired out three new cellphones aimed at the European market, under a "beautiful to use" banner. Most interesting, the 6600 comes in either a fold or slide version, both with "tap" touch control technology. The 3G folding version has a 2 megapixel camera and 2.13-inch OLED screen, while the

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The BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet: 10 Things You Need to Know

The BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet: 10 Things You Need to Know

The BlackBerry tablet is here, and it looks astoundingly nice. Nicer than anybody expected it to be. Here's what you need to know about the PlayBook, in 10 easy steps. It's a 7-inch tablet with a 1024x600 screen that weighs 0.9 pounds Meaning it's smaller and lighter than the iPad, with a more p

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Sony Gets Serious With Another Next-Gen Display Tech: FED, Like CRT But Really Thin

Sony is probably OLED's most vocal prophet as the TV of the future. But according to Nikkei, they're hedging their bets and getting more serious with another next-gen display tech: field emission display, which is a lot like a good ol' cathode ray tube, except that it's super thin—it has all the b

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The Skyscraper That Grows Underground

The Skyscraper That Grows Underground

Say hello to architect Matthew Fromboluti. If he lived in a comic book, he would be designing lairs for super-villains. In the real world, he just wants to build this formidable subterranean skyscraper in the desert outside Bisbee, Arizona. His project, called Above below, is a building that dr

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Lenovo U350 Is Pretty Thin, Pretty Light, and Pretty Cheap

Lenovo U350 Is Pretty Thin, Pretty Light, and Pretty Cheap

Just last week Intel was all "Hey! Thin, light and cheap laptops are the next big thing, TRUST US!" The Lenovo IdeaPad U350, a $650, 13.3-inch ultrathin notebook, is exactly what they were talking about. Intel and Lenovo's concept makes enough sense: take those ultrathing, ultra-expensive notebooks

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Atmos Clock Uses Changes In Temperature As Power Source

Atmos Clock Uses Changes In Temperature As Power Source

The Atmos 561 Clock, made by Jaeger LeCoultre and designed by Mark Newson, is powered entirely by changes in temperature and sits inside a block of crystal for good measure. According to The Watchismo Times, a change in temperature of one degree celsius can power the clock for two days. A mixtu

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Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Runs Froyo, Has Flash and Measures 7 Inches

Samsung's Galaxy Tab Runs Froyo, Has Flash and Measures 7 Inches

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It was possibly the worst-kept secret in tablet-land (more so than the iPad), but the final specs have now been revealed for the Galaxy Tab. It’ll run 2.2 (Froyo) and comes in a 7-inch flavor—for now.

It’s one of those moments where the final product actually exceeds expectations based on previous leaks. Sure, a lot of the specs we had heard before, but did you know the Galaxy Tab was going to be the first-ever DivX certified tablet?

We’re pretty sure there’ll be other tablet sizes coming at a later date from Samsung, but this particular GT-P1000 model has a 7-inch TFT-LCD WSVGA screen (with 1024 x 600 pixels), and is powered by a Cortex A8 1.0GHz processor and a PowerVR SGX540 GPU—the same one used in their Galaxy S -and runs with 512MB of RAM.

As expected, the back-facing is a 3MP affair with auto-focus and an LED flash, and the forward-facing one (for video conferencing) has a 1.3MP sensor. In some of Samsung’s comedy lifestyle photos below, you’ll see that back-facing being used for the Layar app. I’m not sure it’s going to be any more convenient than using your phone, but it’s most certainly a welcome addition.

Two storage capacities are on offer, either 16GB or 32GB, with both models allowing for a further 32GB memory expansion via the card slot.

Several connectivity options have been included, such as Wi-Fi 802.11n and 3.0, and support should a user want to use data with one of the supporting carriers (Vodafone has been signed up from the get-go.)

As we saw in the leaked video last week, there’s a 30-pin connector port, similar to what Apple uses for its gadgets.

The one elephant in the room is the fact that Samsung’s slicked its TouchWiz UI on over the top of Froyo. I’m not a fan of it on their phones, but will wait until a hands-on session with the tablet before I pass judgment on its usage here.

A Readers Hub, Media Hub, Music Hub and Social Hub act as dedicated areas for particular uses—like fancy folders, if you will. In addition to loading up the Android Market, it also has access to Samsung’s Apps market for tablet apps. The Gyroscope, Geo-magnetic sensor, accelerometer, and light sensor could provide for some very interesting apps.

Full details in the press release below, with the Galaxy Tab on sale in Europe mid-September, and the US/other areas of the world later in the year. [via T3]

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The Samsung GALAXY Tab (GT-P1000) Product Specifications

Network
2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE) : 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G (HSUPA 5.76Mbps, HSDPA 7.2Mbps) : 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
OS
Android 2.2 (Froyo)
Display
7.0 inch TFT-LCD, WSVGA (1024 x 600)
Processor
Cortex A8 1.0GHz Application Processor with PowerVR SGX540
Camera
3 MP Camera with Auto-Focus and LED Flash
1.3MP front camera for Video Telephony
Value-added
Features
Android Market™ and Samsung Apps for more applications and contents
Readers Hub, Media Hub* , Music Hub*, Social Hub
*Availability will be decided by market preference.
Adobe Flash 10.1 player support
Full video playback, Thinkfree Office, Swype, Hybrid Widget
Connectivity
30 pin connector
WiFi 802.11n / Bluetooth® 3.0
Sensor
Gyroscope sensor, Geo-magnetic sensor, Accelerometer, Light sensor
Memory
16G / 32G internal memory with up to 32G external memory slot
RAM: 512 MB
Size
190.09 x 120.45 x 11.98mm, 380g
Battery
4,000mAh (7 hour movie play)

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