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Zephyr from the makers of Ocarina

image From the makers of Ocarina, the iPhone’s first wind instrument comes Zephyr, an app that IS the wind. Like the best-selling Ocarina, Zephyr is a tool for unlimited self-expression.  With this app, users can express thoughts by writing or drawing on a snow covered screen.  Zephyr senses every touch and tilt to supplement each message with a unique wind sound, creating a unique visual and audio story. Gently composed writing might be accompanied by the sound of a lightly blowing breeze.  Quickly drawn designs might generate the sound of blustery winds. More details after the break with  video demo.

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Google UK Street View launching in spring

image Google Street View will launch later this spring featuring full 3D representations of many areas of Britain’s city’s, including London, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh. Users will be able to pop along to Google Maps feature and virtually travel around at street level, with millions of 3D photographs used to offer a 360° horizontal and 290° vertical view of their location. Google Street View teams have been scouring and photographing key UK cityscapes since July earlier this year, causing some concern amongst privacy campaigners.

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New free interface for Windows Mobile

Touch_shell_ani-240x320 If you aren’t looking to run the Touchflo 2D interface provided by the folks over at XDA then have a look at this simple interface. Touch Shell Free 1.0 has touched down and it looks like a nice alternative. Have a read at what they have to say for themselves.

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Sony Ericsson drops HTC for new Xperia’s

image Sony Ericsson’s next Xperia phone range will be released late in 2009 and will NOT be manufactured by HTC according to sources in the Far East. “Sony Ericsson is now in final talks with three handset makers, including FIH and Pegatron – the spin-off manufacturing arm of Asustek Computer – for the new smartphone project,” claims the Digitimes report. The report adds: “But HTC is not among them, said the sources, adding FIH or Pegatron is the most likely candidate to win the contract.”  “Sony Ericsson is expected to finalize details with its prospective partner in the first quarter of 2009, with an aim to launch the new Windows Mobile-enabled smartphone before year-end 2009 at the earliest.”

via Techradar

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Samsung YP-Q1 MP3 player unboxed

I’ve reviewed a number of MP3/media players in the past and when I saw the Samsung Q1 I decided it was definitely a model I’d like to get my hands on. Looking a little more like a mobile phone than an MP3 player the Q1 is a slim and attractive package with a touch sensitive control area rather than conventional buttons and jog-wheels.

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The YP-Q1 comes in 4, 8 and 16GB models and is available in both black and silver. Apart from it’s slim size the other striking thing about the Q1 is that it weighs a mere 61g!

The review of the Q1 is on it’s way so for now here’s the unboxing video for you:

 

Samsung YP-Q1 unboxed

 

Equipped with SAMSUNG’s DNSe™ 3.0 for unrivalled audio quality, while its diamond-shaped pulsating LED touchpad and spacious 2.4" colour display set new standards for accessibility and picture quality. The YP-Q1 lets you watch your favourite TV programmes on the move from the BBC such as Dragon’s Den, Top Gear & EastEnders when downloaded from BBC iPlayer. All handled with flawless precision in a slimline sleek SAMSUNG design.

 

Samsung YP-Q1 specification:

  • Storage Type – Flash Memory
  • Memory Capacity – A (4GB), C (8GB), E (16GB)
  • Display Type – TFT LCD
  • Display Resolution – QVGA (320 x 240)
  • Embedded Mic. 
  • Output power(@16 Ohm Earphones) – 20
  • Available Colour – B (Black), S (Silver)
  • Battery type – Li-Polymer
  • Display Screen – 2.4"
  • FM Radio 
  • Picture and text viewer
  • Voice Recording 
  • View Video Playback
  • RDS (Europe, Russia / Ukraine), RBDS (USA), LED Mood Effect
  • Battery Playback Time (Audio) 30 hrs
  • Battery Playback Time (Video) 4 hrs
  • Music Storage Capacity(@128kbps MP3)
    Up to 4000 Songs @ 16GB, Up to 2000 Songs @ 8GB, Up to 1000 Songs @ 4GB
  • Charging Time (PC) – 2.5hrs
  • Video Storage Capacity
    Up to 39Hrs @ 16GB, Up to 19Hrs @ 8G, Up to 9 Hrs @ 4GB all at 768kbps Video,128kbps Audio
  • Dimensions for Unit W x H x D – 49.9 x 97.8 x 10.9mm
  • Weight for Unit – 61g

 

Posted by: Matt

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LG’s HSDPA watch with video conferencing

image LG Korea is proud to announce their latest wonder, the LG-GD910, the first 3G HSDPA with video conference capabilities and an impressive 1.43” colour touchscreen LCD, TTS (Text To Speech), MP3. Apparently aimed at both Korean and European markets, this will be introduced next month at the 2009 CES. No news on which OS this will run but its a pretty neat piece of kit all the same.

via Akihabaranews

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