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What is MeeGo? Formed from the ashes of Moblin and Maemo, MeeGo is a Linux-based operating system. Unlike Symbian (Nokia’s normal OS of choice) it’s been designed with touchscreens in mind. A sideways swipe minimises a program to a multitasking-ready thumbnail, or you can swipe it half off the screen to see what’s running underneath. Neat - but with Nokia’s Windows Phone 7 handsets on the horizon, are MeeGo’s days numbered?
Olympus PEN E-P3 Pricey but worth every penny, thanks to a bucketload of new features.
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Sony S1 and S2 tablets Sony’s shy of releasing specs but leaks suggest both will be running Android 3.2.
Nokia N9 Nokia’s MeeGopowered smartphone hits Europe at the end of September.
Polaroid Z340 Polaroid’s latest camera comes with a flip-up LCD screen and inkless printer.
Nintendo Wii U The Wii U won’t get priced or dated until next year. Hiding something, Ninty?
Sony Vita Sony’s saviour of handheld consoles has been pushed back into 2012.
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You’d have to be a penguin-hating pollution pervert to deny that electric cars are the future – but even the most ardent eco-warrior would find it hard to argue that ’leccy motors haven’t got a long way to go (wahey!). But range isn’t the only issue. At the moment, charging stations are about as easy to find as unicorn turds – and trailing an extension lead out of the kitchen window, across the pavement and into your car is hardly practical (not to mention a good way of landing yourself with a personal injury claim from a clumsy pedestrian). In the next five years, Evatran’s Plugless Power could make charging an electric car as simple as pulling up outside your house or parking it in the garage. It works like an industrial-sized version of Powermat’s wireless
“Electric car charging stations are about as easy to find as unicorn turds”
phone charging, with a receiver attached to the underside of the car and a parking pad on the ground hooked up to the mains. To start recharging, all you need to do is pull up over the parking pad, and it’ll juice up through the air. If you were an early adopter of the ’leccymobile, the system can be retro-fitted to existing models. It’s currently on trial in the US, but as electric cars become more and more popular, we might start to see wireless charging pads sprout up outside homes, in multi-stories and possibly even embedded down the middle of the road, allowing cars to be charged on the go.
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