Lenovo has launched a new touchscreen handset, the X1, featuring a 3.2-inch WQVGA display and a slide-out keypad. The company appears to have taken inspiration from several competitors, labeling the user interface "Touch Dream." The X1 reference is also used for the Sony-Ericsson XPERIA X1 handset. The Sony-branded device offers an arc-slider QWERTY keyboard, however, and a different interface based on Windows Mobile.
Targus has launched its first netbook accessory kit designed for mobile users. The kit includes the Slipskin Peel Mini-Netbook Case, the Ultra Mini Retractable Optical Mouse and the Targus Ultra-Mini USB 2.0 4-Port Hub. The Slipskin Peel Case provides a neoprene skin that shields a netbook from scratches and dust. The case can be used alone or inside of another bag.
Microsoft has announced plans to launch a mapping service, GeoSynth, that will take on Google's Street View mapping feature, according to Pocket-lint. The new service will use Photosynth technology to merge high-definition photos taken and submitted by the general public, and then relate the content according to geographic data. The program could also be connected to Virtual Earth, potentially enabling users to browse street-level views of almost any location worldwide.
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