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Andy Rubin on multitouch in Android: ‘I personally don’t like two-handed operations’

January 9th, 2010 admin No comments

In a very special CES edition of All Things D today, our own Joshua Topolsky had an opportunity to directly confront Google’s Andy Rubin on the nagging multitouch issue — not necessarily multitouch itself, but the growing disparity in support between American and European devices (the Droid / Milestone being the most famous example):

“You call this a superphone — 3.7-inch capacitive display, but no keyboard and no multitouch. Yet it has multitouch outside the US. Why not America?”

Andy’s reply:

“It’s not an America versus outside America kind of thing. It’s a decision that is a result of the OEM model. I personally don’t like two-handed operations… there is no conspiracy.”

That doesn’t explain the fact that the European Nexus One seems to have some in-built multitouch enabled — nor does it explain why any manufacturer would ever opt to exclude it under any circumstances unless there’s some outside pressure involved. Surely Rubin’s personal preferences don’t play into this… right? Right, Google?

Andy Rubin on multitouch in Android: ‘I personally don’t like two-handed operations’ originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 08 Jan 2010 21:21:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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NUU Player runs Boxee on Atom

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D-Link’s Boxee Box might be the Tegra 2-powered star of CES, but it’s not the only hardware running Boxee — NUU Media’s NUU player runs the grown-up version of XBMC on an Atom processor alongside some other custom apps. It’s also got a 160GB local hard drive and runs a WebKit browser, compared to no local storage and Mozilla on the Boxee Box. What’s more, there’s also a Skype app and Bluetooth support, so you’ll be able to make and take calls from the couch using a headset. Of course, all that means it’ll cost “around $300″ instead of the Box’s “under $200″ when it launches around March, but we know some of you might spend the extra coin for the more home theater-rack friendly form factor alone. Pics in the gallery, video after the break!

Gallery: NUU Media Player

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NUU Player runs Boxee on Atom originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 08 Jan 2010 21:14:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Casio Exilim EX-FH100 hands-on in super-slow-mo

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We’re suckers for slow motion video, and Casio’s clearly tapped into a vast supply of FPS to feed our cravings. The latest in its series of high speed cameras is the Exilim EX-FH100 point and shoot. It does 10 megapixel stills, high speed burst capture and up to 1,000 FPS video. Like with other Casio models, the higher the frame rate, the lower the resolution, but you can get a full VGA image at 120 FPS. At $349 it’s practically a bargain if you absolutely need to do slow motion, and while it’s a bit chubby and heavy in comparison to “fashionable” point and shoots, it’s plenty capable as a stills camera to keep this from being a one trick pony. Check out the slow-motion capabilities after the break.

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Casio Exilim EX-FH100 hands-on in super-slow-mo originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 08 Jan 2010 20:47:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ostendo multiple CRVD display games-on

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We’re sort of hoping the third year’s the charm for Ostendo and the CRVD display — we first spotted the crazy 43-inch curved monitor at CES 2008 with Alienware and NEC branding, then just NEC branding at Macworld 09, and now it’s CES 2010 and Ostendo is actually selling it directly. Even better, the company’s hooked up with ATI for a pretty sweet Eyefinity demo — sure, you might have seen the three- or six-screen Eyefinity demos in the past, but having three CRVD screens wrap 180 degrees around you is pretty wild. We played a little Dirt 2 and did a little Google Earth zooming on the rig — we might never scrape the $6,499 per screen for a setup like this, but we can certainly watch the videos after the break and pretend.

P.S.- Yes, the CRVD still has the same weak 2880 x 900 resolution, but Ostendo tells us they’re working on something with more pixels for the future. Just don’t make us wait another three years, okay?

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Ostendo multiple CRVD display games-on originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 08 Jan 2010 20:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Shuttle SPA and Micro SPA notebook motherboard standards launched at CES

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Shuttle’s just announced the SPA (Shuttle PCB Assembly) and Micro SPA notebook form factors to create a “new notebook ecosystem.” The SPA currently covers 13-inch to 17-inch laptops while Micro SPA does 10 to 15 inches. This horizontal integration targets the small local OEMs as it would purportedly reduce production cost while simultaneously boosting green credit. Parts like fans, chassis and trackpad can be reused for new models or even just across one product generation — you’ll notice that all the ports and components are thus identically positioned, as pictured. While you question whether this will be just another another attempt headed to Mount Doom, Shuttle is confident as it’s “standardizing the whole thing” rather than just one or two components. Word has it that several European vendors have already placed orders for a February launch, and US laptop fanatics will see SPA products in the following month. Anyone wishing to jump in can make minimum bulk orders of around 200 units and expect a two to three week production cycle in Shuttle’s Taiwanese and Chinese factories. Press release after the break.

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Shuttle SPA and Micro SPA notebook motherboard standards launched at CES originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 08 Jan 2010 20:14:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Syndiant and Foryou break the low-res mold with 1,024 x 600 pico projector

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We’ve already seen a pico projector here at CES that packs 1GB of internal storage, but Syndiant and Foryou have now finally announced a new device that has an upgrade where it really counts: resolution. Unfortunately, it’s still just a prototype, and there’s no word about pricing or availability, but the projector does use Syndiant’s 1,024 x 600 resolution SYL2061 panel (pictured at right), and it still fits in a shirt pocket. Nothing else much in the way of details just yet, but this one’s definitely the pico projector to beat when it comes to pumping out pixels.

Syndiant and Foryou break the low-res mold with 1,024 x 600 pico projector originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 08 Jan 2010 19:56:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Lenovo ThinkPad T410s, T510 and W510 now sniffing for your wallets

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Lenovo’s just reminded us that’s there’s still a world outside CES — their recently-announced ThinkPad T410s, T510 and W510 are now available for on-line ordering. If you’re up for some of that Core i5 / i7 action, prices start from $1,389, $999 and $1,599 respectively, but hey, save some money for the rest of 2010, OK? Your dog needs it.

Lenovo ThinkPad T410s, T510 and W510 now sniffing for your wallets originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 08 Jan 2010 19:36:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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inPulse smartwatch for BlackBerry wrist-on

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We managed to track down the guys from Canada’s Allerta and got to spend some time with a couple dummy models of the soon-to-be-released inPulse smartwatch for BlackBerry. Design-wise, it’s very attractive, with a brushed metal body and a leather band. As a bonus to early orderers, the first 1,000 sold will be custom-milled on a CNC router — ironically, it’ll actually be more cost-effective for them to do it that way while they build up production volume. In terms of functionality, it will launch with support for displaying text messages, caller ID, new e-mails, and BlackBerry Messenger messages (yes, it supports BBM!). It’ll give you information on who the message is from and a preview of the message’s contents. We couldn’t get a hard shipping date, but rest assured we’ll let you know as soon as we do — for now, our hands-on gallery will have to suffice.

inPulse smartwatch for BlackBerry wrist-on originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 08 Jan 2010 19:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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You Rock Guitar spotted at CES, we shred on video

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Surely you remember the You Rock Guitar from earlier this week. How could you forget, right? Well here on the CES show floor, we had the opportunity to rock out (gently, of course) with the lightweight, multitouch Guitar Hero / Rock Band controller — which just so happens to be platform agnostic. It’s got a plethora of settings and buttons, but it can actually double as a semi-legitimate guitar when plugged into an amp. For a music game peripheral, it’s about as real as it gets, though it’s hard to say if you’re better off dropping 180 bones on this instead of a standard controller and a swanky new Squier. Don’t take our word for it, though — jump on past the break and mash play.

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You Rock Guitar spotted at CES, we shred on video originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 08 Jan 2010 19:08:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Boxee Box interface demo video

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We’re already gone hands-on with the Boxee Box and its sweet QWERTY RF remote, but now that we know there’s a dual-core Tegra 2 in there it’s time for a little interface demo with founder Avner Ronen. First things first: yes, it ran Hulu in the browser — but the network connection on the show floor was acting up, so we couldn’t demo it very well. Avner tells us the built-in browser IDs itself as essentially standard Mozilla, so we’ll have to see if Hulu goes out of its way to block it –it’s definitely still possible, but it’ll take some work. Apart from that minor drama, we’ve got to say we’re incredibly impressed — the interface was lightning fast, the remote’s keyboard felt great, and we’re liking the Facebook / Twitter integration, which mines your feeds for videos posted by your friends and displays them on the home page. Avner tells us he thinks D-Link will be “aggressive” with that under-$200 price point when the Box launches in Q2, and there’ll be tons of content partners at launch. Video after the break!

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Boxee Box interface demo video originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 08 Jan 2010 18:41:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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