The handwriting calculator application featured below is a showcase of Nokia’s new handwriting recognition technology being tested out at Nokia Beta Labs. It allows you to calculate handwritten math expressions using touchscreen Nokia device and featured in this video is the N800.

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Out of all the latest Sony Ericsson concept phones (unofficial by the way) featured below, the P905 has to be my favourite, not just because it is the only one out of the lot that has Google Android but just look at it! J. Havarlant from Sony-Ericsson-CZ is the designer behind the sexy Sony Ericsson concept phones below. His slew of Sony Ericsson concept designs for this Christmas includes some exciting additions to the T, P and W series.

The T903 Rugya. This one is a sleek slider with red highlights. It sports a 8.1- megapixel camera and is inspired by the gorgeous Rugya car. The P912 boasts of a single large screen with only two buttons on the face. What makes the touchscreen P905 very interesting is that it proposes an Android platform, looks like a smooth iPhone but hosts a side-slider QWERTY keyboard.

Besides a huge touchscreen, there is nothing much to write about the SE P902 Retro. However the musically inclined will appreciate the W905, which is a Walkman phone. Sporting a large Slider screen, it also has a 5.0-megapixel camera and quick easy-access buttons on the side.

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Cowon or full name Cowon Systems, Inc. you may or may not have heard of here in the UK since its primarily a company based in Asia. The South Korean electronics company which has been established since 1995, with initial focus mainly on software and later on portable digital media players has now released its latest creation, the Cowon S9 Cureve.

The S9 is a 3.3-inch media player that features an AMOLED capacitive touch panel display which spreads 16 million colors across 480 x 272 pixels. Within this beautiful handheld player is a 500MHz dual-core CPU, T-DMB digital television tuner, Bluetooth, FM radio, TV-out and G-Sensor accelerometer. What’s also quite impressive is nearly two days (40 hours) of music playback from a single charge.

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This was under much speculation about a month ago but it isn’t anymore. It’s called the OPhone, strange but it is simply China’s version of an open mobile system, in other words – chinese version of the Google Android. If you remember, yes it was China Mobile’s decision not to bring the Google Android G1 to China but develop its own.

The OPhone’s Android platform will have added support and apps for TD-SCDMA which is China’s own home grown 3G network. In addition to this, the OPhone will feature a 5.0-megapixel camera, microSD card slot, touchscreen display and bluetooth connectivity, not entirely sure whether it will be equipped with WiFi at this point.

Pricing has not yet been announced.

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You may recall that we previously featured an unboxing gallery of this phone last month however those pics weren’t our own. We received our own Renoir KC910 from LG this week and are pleased to show you guys some more pics of what is inside the box and what you would expect to see if you were to buy one, look out for our review within the coming days!

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In the video below, a user demonstrates a new and innovative way in which WarCraft III can be played on a multi-touch screen. This version of WarCraft III is a demo especially developed by the PQ Labs, they developed a multi-touch solution that can be easily applied to any LCD or Plasma monitors and are calling it the Multi-Touch G² or iTable.

Multi-Touch is not just about multiple fingers. It’s all about human-computer interaction in the most intuitive way. In the Multi-Touch Warcraft game powered by PQ Labs, finger and fist are mapped to different actions. Hitting the enemy with your fist means attack. In between the real world and the virtual world, Multi-Touch is your bridge. You can physically interact with the virtual world without menus, commands. The interface just disappears. With PQ Labs Multi-Touch technology, the interaction becomes a “REAL” digital illusion.

Wasn’t that quite something? What’s even better is that we now know PQ Labs will be showcasing the Multi-Touch G² at CES 2009, Las Vegas soon and we’ll hopefully see it available to the public shortly next year.

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There have been alot of speculation regarding a possible upcoming Nokia flagship, this was finally announced today at the Nokia World 2008 conference in Barcelona and Spain. Is this what Nokia decided to unleash to rival the Apple iPhone and Google Android T-Mobile G1?

The Nokia N97. It is part of the company’s high-end N series touch phone, with a horizontal QWERTY keyboard below a tilting 3.5-inch 640×360 touchscreen. Since social-networkings are so popular nowadays, the N97 introduces something calls “social location,” which uses the capabilities of the integrated A-GPS sensors and electronic compass to automatically update users’ social networks, or let them share their location via photos or videos with friends.

The Nokia N97 supports up to a total of 48 GB of storage, this breaks down to 32 GB of internal memory, which can be further expanded with a 16 GB microSD card.

Also, other specs include: Integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, 5MP camera with Zeiss lens and LED flash, 3.5mm headphone jack, fully compatible with Nokia’s Ovi Internet services, which includes the new Nokia Music Store, Nokia Maos and the N-Gage gaming Platform.

Sadly, it is expected to arrive the high streets from the beginning of 2009 in Europe and Asia markets, therefore the N97 won’t be a likely candidate to your Christmas shopping list.


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Here’s the official press release via Nokia…

Desktop. Laptop. Pocket: The era of the personal Internet dawns with the Nokia N97

Tilting touch display, QWERTY keyboard and personalized home screen – a true mobile computer.

Barcelona, Spain – Nokia today unveiled the Nokia N97, the world’s most advanced mobile computer, which will transform the way people connect to the Internet and to each other. Designed for the needs of Internet- savvy consumers, the Nokia N97 combines a large 3.5” touch display with a full QWERTY keyboard, providing an ‘always open’ window to favorite social networking sites and Internet destinations. Nokia’s flagship Nseries device introduces leading technology – including multiple sensors, memory, processing power and connection speeds – for people to create a personal Internet and share their ‘social location.’

“From the desktop to the laptop and now to your pocket, the Nokia N97 is the most powerful, multi-sensory mobile computer in existence,” said Jonas Geust, Vice President, heading Nokia Nseries. “Together with the Ovi services announced today, the Nokia N97 mobile computer adjusts to the world around us, helping stay connected to the people and things that matter most. With the Nokia N97, Nseries leads the charge in helping to transform the Internet into your Internet”.

The Nokia N97 introduces the concept of ‘social location’. With integrated A-GPS sensors and an electronic compass, the Nokia N97 mobile computer intuitively understands where it is. The Nokia N97 makes it easy to update social networks automatically with real-time information, giving approved friends the ability to update their ‘status’ and share their ‘social location’ as well as related pictures or videos.

The home screen of the Nokia N97 mobile computer features the people, content and media that matter the most. Friends, social networks and news are available by simply touching the home screen. The 16:9 widescreen display can be fully personalized with frequently updated widgets of favorite web services and social networking sites. The Nokia N97 is also perfectly suited for browsing the web, streaming Flash videos or playing games. Both the physical QWERTY and virtual touch input ensure efficiency in blogging, chatting, posting, sending texts or emailing.

The Nokia N97 supports up to 48 GB of storage, including 32 GB of on-board memory, expandable with a 16 GB microSD card for music, media and more. This is complemented by excellent music capabilities, full support for the Nokia Music Store and continuous playback time of up to 1.5 days. The Nokia N97 also has a 5- Megapixel camera with high-quality Carl Zeiss optics, 16:9 and DVD quality video capture, and support for services like Share on Ovi for immediate sharing over HSDPA and WLAN.

The Nokia N97 is expected to begin shipping in the first half of 2009 at an estimated retail price of EUR 550 before taxes or subsidies.

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