Porsche Design P'9522 mobile phone launches


This is the Porsche P’9522 – a mobile phone designed by Porsche. I can hear you already thinking ‘it’s got an expensive name on it – the features are going to be practically non-existent’. Well, tell your thoughts that they’re wrong, and should shut up – it’s actually surprisingly high-specced.

The phone case is milled from a single solid aluminum block and a single sheet of scratchproof glass! It’s got a 2.8″ touchscreen OLED display! It’s got built-in Wi-Fi and GPS! It’s got a fingerprint scanner! A fingerprint scanner, for god’s sake!

The bad news? You’re not going to get this in the Carphone Warehouse or Phones 4 U. It’s being sold in Porsche shops and ‘exclusive specialist stores’ only. There’s no price quoted, but we’ll have to assume it’s going to be more than its predecessor, the fliptastic P’9521, which costs €1200 (just over £1000).

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Facebook offers German version


Facebook has announced that it has launched a version of the site fully translated into German. Thanks to around two thousand German-speaking users on Facebook who chose to be part of the translation effort, the whole site was transformed in under two weeks.

Matt Cohler, VP of Product Management, said that there were currently over a million active users in German-speaking countries. “We look forward to making it even easier for them to connect and share information with family and friends,” he said.

Calling German criminals – use Skype for clandestine convos, as the police can't track you down!

german-soldiers.jpgSome TOP SECRET news has been leaked from Germany today, involving Skype, criminals, and the German police. Sounds intriguing? You bet your bottom dollar it is.

Currently, German police are not able to distinguish where calls are being made on Skype, due to the encryption used in the software. It appears criminals and terrorists are using the free VoIP service frequently over there…

Sony AIBO-like robot, the New4LR, is open-source and speccy

Yet another robot for you, this time in the shape of a wee lil puppy. Watch women all around you swoon at the sight of it. Coochie-coochie-coo! Coochie-coochie-coo!

As your robot-savvy eyes can tell, it’s slightly Sony Aibo-like in its appearance, but has a lot more to it than what meets the eye. The German University working on the robot has developed open-source software for the product, ‘New4LR’, powered by two AMD Geode 500Mhz processors…

Daily Tech Hotlinks for 26-June-2007: Librarians, ATMs, German Gmail, internet radio, French BlackBerries

– College librarians have been given a rap over the knuckles and told to start ‘thinking like video gamers’. Err…so start thinking about boobs, Monster Munch, and how wrong the BBFC are for banning Manhunt 2?
– Who knew that the world’s first ATM was installed in a branch of Barclays in Enfield, north London, 40 years ago this week? The maximum withdrawal allowance was a tenner, which “was regarded then as quite enough for a wild weekend”, the 82-year old inventor claims…