Category Archives: operating systems

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Samsung Android mobile hits the UAE (at last)

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And here it is, the first Android mobile to be officially released in the region. Its been a long time coming, but a quick look at what Samsung’s got to offer and it seems worth the wait. The I7500 packs a 3.2in AMOLED touchscreen, 5MP camera with power LED flash, Wi-Fi, GPS and it runs Android, of course. Samsung seems pretty chuffed with itself, and we should have a model in our hands very soon. Step aside HTC, you had your chance.

I7500 is Samsung’s first Android mobile

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With more in the pipeline, the I7500 is Samsung’s first handset to run Google’s Android operating system. Only 11.9mm thick (a tad thinner than the HTC Magic) its got a gorgeous 3.2in AMOLED screen and 5MP camera with LED flash. It packs 8GB of internal storage, with microSD support up to 32GB (that’s 40GB!), and works with HSDPA, Wi-Fi and GPS. It will be available in major European countries from June this year, and expect to shell out around US$400 for one.

[via Akihabara News]

Is US$100 Android netbook too good to be true?

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Maybe not. The Alpha-680 from Skytone promises to run Android on a netbook with a swiveling 800×680 capacitive touchscreen, 533MHz processor and 128MB of RAM. Its got up to 4GB of storage and an SD card slot, and the whole thing is wired up to 3G. The Chinese manufacturers say it will sell for US$100. But is this just another Android pipe dream? What do you think?

[via CrunchGear]

XP mainstream support finishes tomorrow

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Yep – Microsoft’s most widely-used product ceases to get mainstream support tomorrow. Punters using the world’s most successful OS will continue to get free security updates until 2014 (by which time XP will be truly off the menu), but anyone who wants a more focussed support network will need to ‘upgrade’ to Vista or wait for the forthcoming launch of Windows 7.

[via Slashdot]

Ten inventions that changed the world

A panel of 20 expert scientists from the British Science Association has come up with a list of the top 10 inventions that changed the world. Included in the list are the Bar Code, trainers and TV dinners. Stuff disagrees, and puts forward this (admittedly gadget-heavy) list of its own:

#10 Polaroid Camera Model 95


The world’s first instant camera, revolutionizing the photography world. It was easy to use, almost completely automatic with only eight shutter and aperture settings, and able to produce a photo print in one minute. Magic.

#9 Google

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So successful it’s now (officially) a word in the English language, the sometime search engine has become an online giant with more services than we’ve got room to mention. Want to know more? Google it!

#8 Compact Discs

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The Compact Disc, or CD, changed digital storage. Originally a breakthrough in digital audio, the idea later spread to video, giving rise to DVD and Blu-ray. But indestructible? We think not.

#7 Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)

Released in 1985, the NES was the best selling game console of its time. It set the standard for everything gaming, from graphics design to controller layout, and it gave birth to Super Mario Bros.

#6 Apple II

The Apple II was one of the first mass-market home computers. It featured an integrated keyboard, sound, a plastic case and eight internal expansion slots… makes you wonder what else we take for granted.

#5 Sony AIBO


It could walk, see its environment via a built-in camera and recognize spoken commands. Sony’s AIBO brought joy to people of all ages who were allergic to real dogs, or just didn’t have any friends.

#4 Intel Pentium P5

It wasn’t the first home PC chip, but while you had to have at least a drop of geek blood running in your veins to know whether you had a 386 or 486, the 586’s fresh moniker had mass appeal that turned Pentium into a household name.

#3 Nokia 5110

Released in 1998, Nokia’s 5110 was the most popular mobile phone of its time and the first consumer handset to be truly ubiquitous. It was rugged, user-friendly and it had Snake, still among the most addictive phone games ever designed.

#2 Windows 3.1

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Microsoft’s first widely-used operating system introduced a serious desktop publishing platform for the first time. It became the world’s most widely used GUI-based operating system, a title now held by its descendant, Windows XP.

#1 Apple iPod

The ultra-chunky first-gen model had 5GB or 10GB of storage and introduced us to the signature click wheel. With 18 different models released in a mere 8 years, it transformed the music industry, product design and lifestyle.

[Post written by Stuff intern Haziq Ariffin]

Poll: best phone operating system

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Fingers on buzzers, folks – it’s time to speak up about mobile phone operating systems. With this morning’s iPhone 3.0 OS announcement, the forthcoming release of Android handsets in the Middle East, WinMo’s slick new 6.5 incarnation in the offing and the global launch of the Palm Pre just months away, which mobile OS is getting your juices flowing. Vote here.

[Poll originally hosted at Gizmodo]