As some of you will probably have learnt Palm just got back in the game! Seriously. For those of you who have missed this news or skipped the news regarding Palm from our CES 2009 roundup, this you don’t want to miss. The latest Palm Pre is a svelte new smartphone that runs Palm’s all-new, touch based webOS mobile platform. The Pre boasts a 3.1-inch touch screen with a gesture area below, a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 8GB of internal storage, on board is WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and a 3-megapixel camera with LED flash. The Pre, initially will be available only from Sprint. The Palm phone will be sold alongside the Touchstone, an inductive charging dock that lets you charge up wirelessly just by laying the Pre on top of it, which leaves me absolutely speechless. It’s quite clear that Palm is up for a challenge, is it comparable to iPhone or RIM BlackBerry Storm or Google Android G1 or even Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, I think definitely and no doubt we will be hearing about Palm Pre for the rest of this year.

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Here’s a quick hands on gallery [via Engadget, Gizmodo] featuring the Palm Pre in greater detail…

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We’ve talked quite abit of CES 2009 all this week and that has dried out most of our brain juice! As you know this year’s CES is almost coming to an end. Of course, we weren’t able to cover everything. CES is always that time of the year when we are super excited about seeing all the new and emerging technology, gadgets but we hardly have enough time to show you them all. So we’ve decided we won’t do a weekly roundup like usual this week, because it’s actually been an all CES week. So in case you’ve been away for a few days, here’s a quick roundup which we’ve put together of some of the hottest new gadgets featured at the CES 2009 this week.

CES 2009: Blaupunkt and miRoamer to bring internet radio to cars

Lenovo IdeaCentre 600 – the thinnest all-in-one PC

CES 2009: ASUS T91 – 1 inch thick Eee PC touch netbook

Video: ASUS gives teaser of folding origami laptop concept at CES 2009

Now official: Sony VAIO P Series – world’s lightest 8-inch netbook

CES 2009: Sony unveils world’s first internet enabled camera – Cybershot G3

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CES 2009: 2-Terabyte SDXC memory cards announced

Gallery and video – hands on LG GD910 watch mobile phone

CES 2009: LG showcases enterprise touch smartphone – Incite CT810

The ones above were the ones we covered while all the others have come from larger blogs! If you want to start from day one, we suggest you scroll to the bottom of this page and start reading from there. Of course, we don’t expect you to read everything here, unless you were mad! This list we think are already the very essence of CES this year, though we only left out a few which we felt were rubbish… Penultimately, I think we will come back and have a flickr through some of these and talk more about them because I don’t think I’ve read even 70% of these yet!

CES 2009: VidaBox Room Client HD

CES 2009: iRiver Mickey PMP

CES 2009: Velocity Micro Fuzebox HTPC Video Demo

CES 2009: iRiver P7 PMP Video Demo

CES 2009: Viliv S5, S7 and X70 Atom MIDs

CES 2009: Velocity Micro NoteMagix M10 netbook & M5 MID

CES 2009: Qualcomm Snapdragon Android prototype

CES 2009: iRiver WAVE HOME Video Demo

Electronic Cigar: Marlboro Man Enters the Digital Era

SATY Mosquito-Repelling MP3 Player Has Built-In Breathalyzer Just Because

Seen at CES: Panasonic’s Wall of HDTVs is the Most Beautiful

Optoma reveals HD8200 and HD808 HD projectors

MiniWIZ debuts solar-powered Solarbulb lamp / bottle cover

Anybots rolls out QA, the telegenic telepresence robot

LG’s new X120 netbook with Splashtop-powered instant on

Phillipe Starck’s Zikmu Parrot Wi-Fi iPod Speakers Are Even Prettier in Person

HDi’s Dune Blu-ray Players Have BitTorrent Plus Insane Codec Support

Ford Sync Developing API For Voice-Controlling All Your Smartphone Apps From the Driver’s Seat

SanDisk’s G3 SSDs Deliver 40,000 RPM Speeds Without Breaking the Bank

CES 2009 – SanDisk 64GB Ultra Backup USB Flash Drive

Palm Pre’s Amazing Wireless Touchstone Charger

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This isn’t something that myself as an iPhone user is particularly excited about, but it seems a new update for the T-Mobile G1 will soon give its users the ability to type texts (possibly emails and more?) on its screen instead of having to spring out the full keyboard from underneath just to type ‘Hi’.

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This is a prime example of why the idea of open source on the G1 was so welcomed. Auto rotation (like that on the iPhone) is a feature that the G1 and its accelerometer does not support out of the box. Rather than wait for Google to enable this feature, a developer modified the G1 source code to enable auto-rotation and has released the hack in his G1 Tweak Tools software package. The auto-rotation appears smooth and responsive and works both on the home screen and within applications.

Watch this video and see it in action:

Interested? Go to DroidSans Tweak Tools for more info…

[via TalkAndroid]

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The default web browser that powers the T-Mobile G1 isn’t a poorly designed browser. As you will know the G1’s touchscreen has some highly competitive features and makes navigating web-pages almost as smooth and as easy as with the iPhone Safari browser.

However, this hasn’t stopped Opera from barging in. Following on word that Opera was working to port their proxy-server-assisted Opera Mini browser to the Android platform, the folks have now finally launched their browser alternative through the Android Market. Opera Mini 4.2 beta for Android is now available for download and brings with it the usual fare – proxy-server parsed web surfing, skinning, bookmark sync, full-page view, and more.

Opera Mini 4.2 beta on the Android-powered T-Mobile G1 is everything you’d expect from Opera’s reputation for being a lean, mean web-parsing machine. Web pages load nice and fast. Web pages are processed through Opera’s proxy servers, so that page-rendering times are limited only by Opera’s super-fast servers. The proxy-servers push fully-rendered web-pages faster than any mobile browser tied to a handset’s CPU.

If you don’t mind it being still in beta and want to try it out on your G1, click on the Opera source link below to download it now…

[via CNET, Opera]

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Just found two short clips on YouTube (part one and two) of a Japanese guy, DIY enthusiast I reckon, disassembling his Google Android T-Mobile G1, I wonder what exactly it is that he’s interested in finding out about. He looked like he knew what he was doing, I wish I knew what he was saying though, if anyone could translate this, we would greatly appreciate it!

Otherwise, we don’t recommend you try this at home!
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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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