It looks like the HTC Touch HD’s title for being the only HD mobile handset in the market won’t last very long. Another Softbank related news for you folks, Softbank and Sharp have teamed up to release the FULLTOUCH 931SH. It’ll have a large, 3.8-inch touch screen with a resolution of 1024 x 480. The phone comes with a 5.2 megapixel camera, along with GPS, HSDPA, accelerometer, bluetooth, a fascinating magnetic compass and because it’s going to be used in Japan, on-board support for wireless payment systems -very neat!

No word on pricing and availability at the moment, most certainly though, the 931SH won’t be coming to anyone else that doesn’t live in Japan. But we’ll hopefully have more info and photos for you on this latest handset soon.

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How futuristic is this? Ford has revealed an innovative LCD gauge cluster called SmartGauge with EcoGuide that will debut in the new and coming very soon 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid and Mercury Milan Hybrid.

This SmartGauge LCD panel uses two high resolution, full-color LCD screens display on either side of the analog speedo that can be configured to show different levels of information like fuel and battery power levels, average and instant MPG (miles per gallon) – which is probably the most sought after function with everyone wanting to save money and fuel at this time.

Here’s the funny bit, growing leaves and vines on the right hand side of the dashboard (click on the picture above) means a reward for the driver’s driving efficiency, which is creative and feels like giving treats to a child for being good :P . “If you drive efficiently, the vines and leaves will grow lush, which is a very creative way of better engaging drivers in getting the most out of their hybrids.”

[via Autoblog]

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Comparing to many of iPhone’s smartphone companions, the iPhone has just been made a whole lot more interesting. Softbank (Japan) has just given Japanese iPhone users an interesting mobile TV add-on, I’m not talking about some sort of new iPhone application neither is it some kind of latest technology, but a whole new separate tv tuner unit and aerial that will have the ability to retransmit signal over Wi-fi to the iPhone.

In Japan, 1Seg TV is popular which lets Japanese watch mobile TV on their mobile devices. And many Japanese mobile phones come with built-in 1Seg TV tuner except the iPhone.

So I guess the Japanese love their tele just as much as we brits do!

This new 1Seg TV tuner gadget by Softbank will of course also include its own additional battery and in fact, is a more like a separate unit on its own. To get it going, all that will need to be done is to plug in the tuner to the proprietary port of the iPhone 3G, then it will start receiving 1Seg broadcast giving you mobile tv.

However, here’s the catch, it doesn’t actually display images on your iPhone, it displays it on its own separate screen, which doesn’t appeal to me as anything near portable at all! Assuming this broadcast system in Japanese is free, I think I would still have to be pretty desparate to watch 1Seg TV to have me carry around all those gadget, so I think I’ll pass for now…

[via TechChee]

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If you or someone you know loves to play games like Street Fighter, then you will know things can get abit out of hand or too much for the PSP to handle. Sometimes in order to pull the right move you want, you need a proper controller. That’s not the reason why modder “F00″ built this mod but its a great excuse to get your hands on this I think very cool and unique SNES controller mod.

The mod was done when F00 was approached to do a mod for someone who had difficulty with the controls on the PSP, here’s how it was built…

This mod was achieved by adding a small socket to the back of the psp ( the socket was sent to me by a friend some time ago so I dont have a part number. I believe it was intended for a cell phone). I taped all of the relevant points on the psp mother board (some of which where horribly close together and tiny. Actually not some ALL of them where), and then ran these to the socket. I used a file and dremal to cut a whole in the back of the psp and the socket fitted in with a satisfying *click*. I then put together a custom cable and plug that would fit the newly attached socket. This was then wired to the snes controllers pcb (attached directly to the traces of each button.

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I’m not a big fan of gold plated or made-of-gold gadgets, but if you are, you might be interested in Super Talent’s latest super luxurious usb Pico-C drives. These ever so shiny usb drives were unveiled this week and are definitely not just for laughs, according to announcements the drives you see pictured will only be available in limited quantities and each will come with its own serialised Certificate of Authenticity.

For those who don’t know much about Pico-C drives, you will no doubt at some point probably have seen someone use one of these. They have been popular due to its fantastic slim design, well recognised to be one of Super Talent’s best products thus far and on top of that even Gizmodo gave them a big mention, so here’s just a recap for you:

The Pico-C has become the hallmark of style and quality in USB drives. Prized for its beautiful design and incredibly small size, the Pico-C is also water resistant and fast, supporting up to 200X (30MB/sec) data transfer speeds. The Pico-Cs amazing qualities account for the scores of prestigious Awards the Pico-C has amassed, including being featured on the July-08 cover of Popular Science and being named as a Top 10 Record-Breaking Consumer Gadget by Gizmodo.

So what about the one that’s just been announced? Super Talent is now offering an 8GB custom-made version as I mentioned and it won’t have anything fancy from the hardware point of view but physically it will be made of 18-Carat solid gold (not plated gold, or gold colour), what you will receive along with this are the following:

  • Serialized Certificate of Authenticity
  • 18-carat gold keychain
  • FIPS certified AES-256 Encryption software
  • Your  text or logo laser etch onto the drive at no charge
  • Black velvet jewelry box

Like I said, this is going to be a very fancy usb flash drive and you will probably be thinking, this would make a great gift for some one special. If that’s you, you will need to know that it will only be available on a pre-order basis for a limited time, with three to four weeks lead time. Part number STC8GBPCKG is offered to resellers at $599.

[via HotHardware]

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Transcend which ranks number two in Q2 2008 with 13.48% of USB flash drive global market share has launched its latest product, the StoreJet 25C. It’s a 2.5-inch portable hard drive with 500GB of storage capacity. The device supports USB 2.0 interface and plug and play. No word on pricing at the moment, but we’ll keep you posted!

[via AVING]

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This seems kind of strange to me, but would love to see everyone’s comments.

China’s main mobile provider, correct me if I’m wrong: China Mobile, have already been said to be the carrier that will be bringing China their first Google phone (apart from those from the black market that is!). But instead of going for the now internationally recognised first Google phone: T-Mobile G1 / HTC G1, it’s now been said that they will be getting its own version of an Android device via currently the world’s fourth largest personal computer manufacturer, Lenovo from the first quarter beginning of 2009.

Currently in the black market in China, the T-Mobile G1 can go for as much as $550 USD, which is already quite a considerable sum of money. In addition to that, the handset need to be unlocked if you’re not a T-Mobile customer and that costs another $73, which totals up to over $620 USD for an unofficially unlocked G1.

Though I’m not sure whether this pricing has now been affected by the news that officially unlocked T-Mobile G1 only costs a little bit more at $700 USD. Maybe this blackmarket has something to do with China Mobile’s decision?

[via Shanghaiist]

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