Double-screen laptop appears in Japan

Size and weight seem to be unaffected by this second screen, I’ll have to see one, but I likes so far! -Greg

By Erica Ogg CNET News
Posted on ZDNet News: Oct 07, 2009 5:14:28 AM

Kohjinshas transforming dual-display notebook. (Credit: Scott Ard/CNET)
Kohjinsha's transforming dual-display notebook. (Credit: Scott Ard/CNET)

CHIBA, Japan–This otherwise run-of-the-mill laptop from local PC purveyor Kohjinsha has not one, but two widescreen displays.

One of the 10.1-inch screens actually slides behind the other, so it’s able to be closed like a normal laptop. When they slideout they form an admittedly odd-looking, but useful dual display setup.

Also inside the laptop: a 1.6 Ghz AMD Athlon Neo-MV40, 4GB of memory, Bluetooth, a TV tuner, and a biometric fingerprint reader. The OS will be Windows 7 Home Premium, graphics are DirectX 10 compatible, and the whole thing weighs about 4 pounds.

Read more of “Kohjinsha’s doublewide laptop display” on CNET News.

Verizon Promises Android Phones with Google Voice Support

By Danny Allen, 8:39 AM on Tue Oct 6 2009

Verizon has some of the crappiest phones available, so there’s been no shortage of leaks about it getting an Android phone. Now the Verizon/Google love-affair is official: Big Red will introduce two Android-based handsets “within the next few weeks”.

Verizon plans to support Google Voice, saying you either have an open device or you don’t, and theirs will be open. Hopefully that means VoIP calls over 3G will be possible. No word if one of the two Android phones will be the Verizon Motorola Sholes/Droid, but we’ll fill you in when we know more. [PR Newswire]

Flash Arriving by Year-End on Every Smartphone Except iPhones

Do you know what this means? This means I can finally start streaming on my Blackberry! THANK YOU Adobe, its like I was reading about 1 of my own Chrismas presents! Yes I’m excited and you should be too.. -Greg

By Kevin Purdy, 7:00 AM on Mon Oct 5 2009


Adobe has promised betas of a mobile-ready Flash 10.1 for Windows Mobile and Palm Pre late this year, and early next year for Android, Symbian, and BlackBerry phones, as well as NVIDIA-powered netbooks. The only hold-out? The iPhone, of course.

Adobe describes Apple as “closed device” and continues to offer a fig leaf, but given Apple’s general stance on opening up new development platforms on their device, it seems a tad unlikely. As Gizmodo points out, though, that might become a selling feature for those annoyed by memory-hungry Flash apps and advertisements.

More notable than even the ability to watch YouTube and Hulu clips on your phone, though, is that Flash 10.1 will support graphic chip acceleration on systems with NVIDIA graphics cards, allowing full-screen viewing on netbooks whose processors might otherwise choke, and giving laptop and desktop users perhaps a bit more performance from low-quality clips. Adobe AIR, the cross-platform app engine that powers apps like TweetDeck, will also see improvements with the release of Flash 10.1.

Promises of multi-platform support “by the end of this year” might not be bank-able, but it’s reassuring to hear Adobe’s firm expectations on all but one platform. Tell us what you’d like Flash to do, or stay away from, on your own smartphone or netbook in the comments.