Cisco reveals $280 Flip SlideHD pocket camcorder

Flip Slide HD with large LCD

Remember when the first Flip Video hit the market and everyone thought it was such an amazing little toy? It made video recording so accessible to everyone, since all you had to do was point and click that big red button. The Flip line expanded again today with the Flip SlideHD camcorder.

While all the other pocket camcorders in this line have offered the same basic form factor up until now, the Flip SlideHD is dramatically different. It’s not just a regular old candybar, because it actually slides up… sort of like an HTC Tilt smartphone.

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Nokia 5230 flying over to Wind Mobile Canada

Nokia 5230 headed to Wind Mobile

Wind Mobile has already had quite the impact on the Canadian cellular industry, enticing customers away from carriers that have long since dominated the maple-flavored climate. Even though Wind has only been around for a short while, it’s already expanding its lineup.

In addition to other smartphones like the HTC Maple and BlackBerry Bold 9700, Wind Mobile will soon be carrying the Nokia 5230 as well.

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Leaked video reveals possible iPhone 4G casing and HD LCD display

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It’s pretty safe to say that the boys and girls in Cupertino have been hard at work on their next big project, but they’re also pretty good at keeping secrets. We are fully expecting an update to the iPhone line this summer, but what will it contain?

According to this leaked video, we can expect an HD LCD screen at the very least. From what we hear, the new touchscreen display will boast a 940 x 640 pixel resolution. We also hear that it gets the same Apple A4 processor (or some variant) as the iPad too, as well as CDMA for Verizon as we touched upon previously in our iPhone 4g coverage.

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Samsung smartphones with proprietary OS could be a Bada idea

Samsung Bada Smartphone Roadmap

As if there weren’t enough smartphone platforms already on the market, Samsung wants to move ahead with its new Bada operating system. We’ve already seen one or two phones with this platform, but now the Korean mega-giant is coming forward with several more bada phones.

Based on a presentation slide show, only one of them has a name right now. We had heard about the Samsung Wave with bada OS previously, but now it looks like it’s getting joined by four more Samsung smartphones. A couple of them have slide-out keyboards, whereas the other two appear to be touchscreen-only devices.

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Apple iPad drifting north: 23 days till Canada?

Apple iPad expected in Canada April 24th

The Apple iPad is scheduled for release in the United States on April 3rd, but what about Canada? Even though the American pre-orders are pretty much sold out and have begun shipping, Apple is still working on getting some stock north of the 49th parallel. From what we hear, the Canadian launch date of the iPad is being planned for April 24th. That’s a full three weeks after the American release, so hopefully the OEMs can keep up with demand by that time.

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Kyocera Zio M6000 to offer Google Android on the cheap

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The phenomenon may have started with a single handset from HTC, but the world of Google Android has really started to hit the ground running with support from several other major manufacturers. Likely approaching the more affordable end of the scale is the newly revealed Kyocera Zio M6000. No relation to an Italian uncle.

It has been some time since we have seen something from Kyocera, but it seems that the company who shares a joint venture with Sanyo is prepared to re-enter the smartphone market. In recent years, they stayed focused largely on budget-minded handsets for so-called “second-tier” wireless carriers in Canada and the United States. The idea was to offer decent features, but at an even lower price.

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Nuance T9 Trace offers fast touchscreen text like Swype

T9 Trace

I’m still partial to physical keyboards myself, but an increasing number of people are turning to touchscreen only devices. They may not necessarily like “tapping” a virtual keyboard, that’s why technology like Nuance T9 Trace is so great.

You simply swipe your finger across the screen to form words rather than tapping on individual letters. Much like conventional T9 predictive text on a numeric keypad, T9 Trace will try its best to predict the word you’re trying to spell, even if your finger-swiping isn’t 100% accurate.

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Nokia wants YOU to help design its next smartphone

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The once king of mobile innovation has launched a new project called “Design by Community” whose sole mission is to dive deep in to the hearts and minds of handset users and tech junkies alike, worldwide, in hopes of one day regaining the mobile tech-throne.

Using a slick new website, Nokia aims to collect feedback about the most preferred device characteristics users want in their next-gen smartphone.

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Nintendo DSi XL goes big in North America on March 28

Nintendo DS Family: Nintendo DS Lite, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo DSi XL - Photo: Nintendo

The Nintendo DS family of gaming handhelds has gone through several different incarnations in its relatively short history. The original DS launched in 2004 and it was later updated with the Nintendo DS Lite and, more recently, with the Nintendo DSi. Well, a newer version is almost here and it almost points back to the original.

You might remember hearing about the Nintendo DSi LL launched in Japan, offering a pair of 4.2-inch displays that are 93 percent larger than the screens on the Nintendo DS Lite.

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What’s missing in the pricey iPad might make you “iSad”

Apple iPad with multiple views

With about two weeks before the Apple iPad is in our hands, one feels like a Nasa scientist waiting for the Apollo rocket to take off. It’s a nail biting and nervous moment for everyone at Apple, waiting for the iPad to either soar into the stratosphere or crash and burn.

If you’ve been following our series of features on the iPad (If you haven’t then you should catch up) you would know that the iPad has been under a host of controversy and bad press from rivals and application developers alike.

Whereas the iPad is cleverly being marketed as a unique device superior in software and hardware when compared to rival products.

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Pioneer DJM-2000 audio mixer first wtih multi-touch display

Pioneer DJM-2000 Pro Audio Multi-Touch Mixer

Pioneer has just revealed a new professoinal DJ mixer, the DJM-2000. This is the first audio mixer to integrate a multi-touch panel, and Pioneer has done it with a 5.8-inch display.

The unit is small enough to bring with you on the road, but slightly larger than its predecessors. Its designed to match up with Pioneer’s CDJ-2000 digital media players allowing you to mix tracks with anything from CDs to USB drives.

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Tablet Wars: HP ridicules Apple’s iPad as an incomplete internet experience

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Over the past fifteen years computers and media have changed so much with LCD screens, optical mice, USB dongles, devices and lets not forget VHS to CD to DVD.

One thing that has remained constant is the keyboard. But it looks like your keyboard will also become a historical artifact just like desktop computers such as the Amiga, Zx Spectrum and even the Atari ST with the popular tablet PC’s making waves in the market.

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Touchscreen mobile devices to double in 2010

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With the touchscreen phenomenmom sweeping across the globe, more users are moving towards a “hands-on” intuitive navigational interface when mobile devices are concerned. Gartner Research estimates that touchscreen mobile devices will surpass 362.7 million units in 2010, that’s an increase of 97% from 2009′s 184.3 million units sold. By the year 2013, we can expect over half of all mobile devices worldwide to be touchscreen, and over 80% of them being in North America and Western Europe alone.

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Sci-Fi meets reality with the Microsoft Mobile Surface

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It’s no secret that many modern technological marvels have roots in science fiction movies. Microsoft’s latest creation reflects quite literally computer panels from cult entertainment TV shows like Star Trek. As a continuation of our Sixth Sense technology is coming, Microsoft demos Surface-based NUI report, we now have concept images of Microsoft’s multitouch table computer called the Mobile Surface.

Zhengyou Zhang, a researcher from Microsoft’s Research Labs in Redmond, is collaborating with Chunhui Zhang, from Microsoft’s Research Labs in Asia on the Mobile Surface project.

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Samsung Galaxy Spica powered by Android, heading to Rogers

Samsung Galaxy Spica aka: Samsung I5700

It may have started out with just the T-Mobile G1 and the HTC Dream G1 (the same hardware), but the Google Android phenomenon is really starting to pick up steam all around the world. If you’re looking for a new Android phone from Rogers, look no further than the Samsung Galaxy Spica. It has been confirmed for Canada’s big red carrier.

This started out as just a rumor, but it has been confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Spica will indeed be offered by Rogers Wireless. As expected, it’s got a big touchscreen again.

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