CES 2010: Final Thoughts

The Consumer Electronics show, the behemoth of tech, the Valhalla of gadgetry, has come and gone for yet another year. But this time, rather than arriving with a bang, it slinked into sight with something more like a whimper. CES…

CES 2010: Day 3 Round-Up

Another day, another Tech Digest CES 2010 round-up. Fancy Tweeting hands-free in your car or controlling your PC by breathing? Check today's top stories below and find out how. Twitter coming to Ford cars The digital equivalent of drink-driving? Motorola…

Nokia 8208 appears on FCC website


One of the best sources of information on new handsets is often the US’s Federal Communications Commission, which has to approve any devices before they go on sale in the US. Today, it’s brought us word of a new handset from Nokia, called the 8208.

It shares a lot of cosmetic similarities with the N95 and N96, though it lacks the N-prefix itself. It’s got a 3-megapixel camera, 3.5mm headphone jack, microSD slot and a bi-directional slider. It’ll take 3G too, meaning that this device isn’t likely to be limited to the US.

Although it’s not going to knock the ball out of the park, to borrow an American expression, in terms of stats, this could be a solid handset for lower down in the market. It’ll be interesting to see if it packs niceties like an accelerometer and a GPS chip, too. A handset bringing that functionality to the masses could prove very popular indeed.

(via Tech Radar)

3 to release INQ handset with massive Facebook integration


Continuing in 3’s long tradition of trying to shake up the established phone industry, the network is planning to launch a new phone next week called INQ. It builds on the direction that the Skypephone started, and features very close integration with social-networking behemoth Facebook.

Although info about the phone has been floating around for a little while, we’ve got the official confirmation from 3 now, and they’re holding a press event next Thursday to announce the handset. It’s a not-particularly-pretty-looking slider phone, but where it really shines is in the software. Your Facebook contacts are your phonebook. Your SMS messages are Facebook messages. IM is handled over Facebook chat…