iPad Cloned – roll over MaxiPad, big ‘ol iPod touch

Who needs a big ‘ol iPod touch when you can have a giPod Nano (my clever nickname for a ginormous iPod Nano). This seemingly unnamed Chinese iPad clone is svelte in white and a sports a cute click wheel and the startlingly low price of 290$. Better yet, it even packs a quaint stylus for drawing cute apples and other fruits. Manufacturer: Shenzhen Huayi churns out the clone in the Shenzhen, the city known for pickpockets and tech look-alikes, and begs geeks to buy this latest of clones.

While Redmond Pie asks you to be wary of purchasing fake gear, TMA says: if you are fully of wasteful dosh, go ahead, but see if you can’t save your pennies on something worthwhile, like an Apple iPad.

Windows 7: Smells better than Mac no longer!

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Yup, Microsoft, embarrassed by the poor (and perhaps redundant) sod who made the mistake of mentioning that Windows 7 was designed to look and feel like the Mac, have done their darndest to retract the statement – even so far as to blog about it. If you feel embarrassed and don’t know what to do, it is best to leave it alone, or blab about it. Microsoft have taken the Oprah Winfrey way and now, everyone can investigate the real reasons why Windows 7 looks more Mac-like than ever before. You can also Google the subject which nearly everyone of purport caught the story ;) .

[via Windows Steam Blog]

Windows 7 – Looks like Mac, smells better?

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Giz either love/hate the Mac, but when it comes to Windows, have a nasty, juicy affair with the  most Mac-like feature of the new Windows 7, the taskbar. And, according to AppleInsider, Microsoft have admitted to building their new OS to look like a Mac. For long-time Mac users, this is no news as from the very beginning Windows has in some way tried to emulate a semblance of the usability which is found on Apple’s computers, and usually for a much higher price.

Every year Apple warn Redmond to start its photocopiers – what they did not expect is that they actually would, and to good effect.

[via AppleInsider]

APhone A6 rises from the Clone Nation

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Clothed in shiny, shiny metal and what looks like glass, this story’s hero rides interesting shirttails. China, strapped for land, imposed a one-child policy in the year of our Lord, 1979 to clamp down on the teemingly overwhelming life in its country. Thirty years later, the same nation is amuck with clones and clones of clones. Factories upon factories birth product after product which look and smell like like they came from companies who sweated and scratched businesses together. But they are not. Our hero, the APhone, looks like an iPod touch or an iPhone, but carries Google’s Android in its loins; and strangely enough, its nomenclature is reminiscent of products from the infamous clone manufacturer, Meizu. One Child, many clones – ride the technological wave, China.

[via MobileCrunch]

The iClone Wars – LG’s last hope

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Recently, I had the opportunity to see what LG were up to in the mobile phone arena. It was a small event — just a survey — where LG ran slides and concepts by a group of 12 hungry techies and asked for feedback which took the form of a ~35-page evaluation booklet. The electronics giant is planning to release a hi-tech touch-screen phone which ostensibly could come to market in 1-2 years. As the number 3 mobile phone manufacturer in the world, LG have made more cheap plastic phones than Ford made cheap, black, metal cars. But, unlike Ford, whose innovation was the industrious factory line which brought the automobile to the masses, LG already have mastered the art of cheap and tasteless. Their next phone will seek to tackle a new concern: usability and viability in the world marketplace.

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The oPhone, iMichael Dell Phone – China’s ‘Me Too’ secret weapons

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Perhaps ‘me too’ is too harsh an evaluation for the large makers, Lenovo and Dell, two companies who are respective giants in the Windows world. Dell, like Apple, began its life in a garage and now is one of the largest corporations in the world and Lenovo, who took over for IBM in 2005, continue to produce high-quality notebooks and PC’s. So, the groundwork is laid; both companies are great PC makers – if you’re into that sort of thing. But when it comes to sex appeal – perhaps I should rephrase that – or lack of sex appeal, both companies would be better off burning their design books. Dell never shook the garage feel and carbon monoxide appearance from its company, which despite great sales, has yet to make anything which is universally sexy. Lenovo? Their largest shareholder at 27% is the government of China. Not saying that governments cannot be sexy, but the word alone sends shivers of grey down my spine.

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