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Mahalo Daily took this short look at the Axiotron ModBook, which (you’ve probably seen) is a modified MacBook that’s been turned into a tablet computer. I learned a couple of interesting things about the device — first of all, it’s not a touchscreen, it’s really a tablet, which means you need a stylus to use it. Also, Apple is approving, if not actually supportive, of these things. They’re supplying the MacBook bases to Axiotron as an “Apple Proprietary Solution Provider.” One could infer from this that Apple doesn’t think there’s a big enough market for these to make it worth Apple’s making an iTablet anytime soon.

Gameloft announced that they will bring 15 of their games to the iPhone platform. Gameloft, as you may already know, has released some iPod games on iTunes already. Pocket Gamer has a mock up of what one of the games may look like.

Interestingly, this screenshot was shown off in Gameloft’s keynote speech in the days leading up to the iPhone SDK announcement. Gameloft produces some big-name games for other mobile platforms, including: Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six, Rayman, Might and Magic, and Prince of Persia.

If you have MacBook Pro your external screen options just got a lot better. The ViDock Gfx from Village Tronic connects via the ExpressCard/34 slot and provides two DVI/VGA ports for driving two external monitors. So you can now hook up three external monitors: one to the built-in DVI port and then two to the ViDock for a display setup that’ll rival Al’s.

The ViDock Gfx is only available for pre-order though no pricing information had been released (apparently you submit the form and they’ll get back to you with pricing).

A recent eWeek article states that Apple will not limit VoIP on the iPhone while the phone is connected to a Wi-Fi access point. During a a Q&A session after the SDK announcement on Thursday Steve Jobs said,

According to the article, SightSpeed is at least one VoIP provider that is lined up to make a VoIP solution for the iPhone. Of course, the big question is: will we see Skype on our iPhones come June (the smart money is on yes)?

Sun announced that they are developing a Java Virtual Machine for Apple’s iPhone with the newly released Software Development Kit (SDK).

“We’re going to make sure that the JVM offers the Java applications as much access to the native functionality of the iPhone as possible,” he said.

The specific version of Java will be based on the Java Micro Edition (ME) and will open the iPhone to a large library of existing Java applications. Sun’s announcement comes after reviewing the iPhone SDK since its release just on Thursday. Sun expects to release this version of Java “some time after June”.

As people delve into the details of Apple’s iPhone SDK, a few interesting issues are emerging. One developer guideline that is generating some concern is from Apple’s Human Interface Guidelines for iPhone:

Only one iPhone application can run at a time, and third-party applications never run in the background. This means that when users switch to another application, answer the phone, or check their email, the application they were using quits. It’s important to make sure that users do not experience any negative effects because of this reality. In other words, users should not feel that leaving your iPhone application and returning to it later is any more difficult than switching among applications on a computer.

TOKYO (AP) — Pioneer Corp. will stop making plasma display panels in an effort to turn around its money-losing business, the Japanese electronics maker said Friday.

Pioneer plans to procure the panels, used in flat-panel TVs, from another company. It said it was in talks with Japanese rival Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., which makes Panasonic products, to purchase plasma display panels.

Pioneer used to be one of the leading developers of the technology but has fallen behind bigger companies like Matsushita and South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Electronics Inc.

(Source: Wired.com)

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My iPhone is the greatest thing in the history of stuff. It makes me smarter, sexier and better-smelling. I use it for everything from making calls, to listening to music, to sending e-mail, to taunting the homeless and other poor people with evidence of my opulent existence. In short, it has enhanced my life in every way, and has made me a better, more superior human being.

But those earbuds suck, yo.

Automating Etch A Sketch units to pull off all sorts of mesmerizing tricks is certainly not new, but angelabuilds’ beautifully created Etch A Sketch clock truly is a notch above the rest. Reportedly, it was built upon the Arduino platform and obviously references a few other EAS masterpieces, but we really can’t think of a better wall clock for the true geek. Click on through to check out a video of the unit drawing 11:41 and moving on to 11:42 — seriously, watching the seconds tick away has never been more riveting.

    
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