Jun 6 2010

Inventec Releases Dr. Eye Mobile Internet Device

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Essentially the combination of a smartphone and netbook, Inventec’s Dr. Eye mobile internet device (MID) is a great example of the next big thing in technology.

The Dr. Eye MID features a full QWERTY keyboard, as well as an 800×480 resistive touchscreen, which gives users the option of typing on the screen or on the keyboard.  The MID is powered by a 600MHz Marvell CPU and runs on the Android 2.1 operating system, and is equipped with a front-facing camera and a 3-hour battery.

Dr. Eye comes in three different models, which all have the same hardware but different connectivity options.  The N18 model has only Wi-Fi capabilities, while the N23 model has CPRS connectivity, and the N31 model has full 3G capabilities.  Pricing for the MIDs will range from around $350 for the N18 to just under $500 for the N31.

According to Inventec, they are not positioning Dr. Eye as an iPad competitor nor a consumer device necessarily.  Their main market, at least for now, is mainland China, where they are targeting the education market, selling the MIDs to Chinese students who want to do video calls with American teachers in the United States.  One of the company’s next steps might be to bring the device to the United States.  There are rumors that they’d be up for doing that, if they can find an appropriate distributor.

Via LaptopMag.

Apr 19 2010

The Results from Akamai’s “State of the Internet” Report Say…

… that college towns are among the fastest cities in the U.S, with Berkeley, Chapel Hill, and Stanford being the three fastest cities in the world, followed by Masan in South Korea and Oxford in Great Britain.  What this shows is that educational institutions and  networks do indeed play a vital role in the evolution of the Internet and technology.

In order to qualify for Akamai’s study, a city needs to have a minimum of 50,000 unique IP addresses.  When data was collected and analyzed based on the number of unique IP addresses in any given city, New York City was ranked as the fastest city, with an average connection speed of 5.139 Mpbs.  Ranked behind NYC are San Diego, Oakland, Las Vegas, and Baltimore, respectively.  The data is shown below, just in case you’re interested.

Via Gigaom.

Apr 18 2010

12-Year-Old in Debt… That is, $1400 of FarmVille Debt

Okay, I’ll admit that FarmVille can be an addictive online game, but what happened in the following case is just absurd.

A 12-year-old boy in Britain recently racked up $1400 (US) worth of debt in Zynga’s online farming game.  After using about $440 of his own money to buy items in the game, the boy then used his mother’s credit card to buy another $950 worth of items — and without her permission too!

Neither Zynga nor Facebook will refund any of the consumed funds as long as the son lives under his mother’s roof, but Facebook has disabled his account. HSBC, the bank to which the funds were charged, refused to refund the charges, saying that the mother “would only qualify for a refund if she reported her son to the police and obtained a crime number.”

Via HuffingtonPost.

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