RIM files a patent for hybrid capacitive-resistive touch screen

After coming out with the click-screen (capacitive) on the Storm nearly a year ago, RIM seems to be heavily investing in new touch screen technologies. The Canadian company has filed a patent for was looks like an hybrid screen mixing resistive touch panels/controllers with a capacitive touch controller. Here’s the abstract:

A touch screen display includes a display device, a resistive touch-sensitive overlay disposed on the display device and including a pair of touch-sensor layers separated by a gap, a resistive touch screen controller connected to each of the pair of touch-sensor layers for determining a position of a touch event on the touch-sensitive overlay and a capacitive controller connected to an outer one of the pair of touch-sensor layers for receiving input for determining changes resulting from capacitive coupling with the outer one of the pair of touch-sensor layers.

This technology has some drawbacks tough. Because of the multi plastic/glass layers placed on top of the display and the air gap, some brightness is always lost and durability can be an issue due to the use of moving parts (deformation of the screen).

The patent filing can be found here

Source: Unwired

Zune HD hands-on video

Microsoft was demoing the Zune HD last night at the the GDGT event in San Fransisco unfortunately it seems like the Redmond guys didn’t want people to take picture or film the player in action (don’t know if it’s actually true, I’m just reporting what Engadget said). Fortunately for us ZuneLover2.0 managed to sneak in and grab some live action of the Zune HD outputing 720p video via the HDMI dock.

Another Zune HD hands-on

This time it’s Donald Bell from Cnet who’s sharing his thoughts after playing for an hour with Microsoft’s lastest PMP. Looks like Microsoft has a winner on their hands. Here’s what he said about the browser:

Speaking of Wi-Fi, the Zune’s new Web browser smokes. Not since first using the iPhone have I been this impressed with a mobile web browser. There’s no branding on the browser, but I was told it was cooked up by Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team (makes sense). Page load was snappy, and pinching and reorienting pages work just like the iPhone and iPod Touch. You also get a fast on-screen keyboard with a nice little magnifier effect with each keystroke. The only bad news on the browser is that there’s no support for Flash audio and video content. So Pandora and YouTube are out, but I was able to get onto Facebook and Twitter.

This can’t only be seen as good news for the future of Windows Mobile 7!

Read the full hands-on here

Bing Mobile to replace Yahoo Mobile ?

Following the announced last week, Yahoo just filed with the SEC with more details about the search deal with Microsoft. One of the interesting standout is that Yahoo has the option to use Bing Maps & Bing Mobile as the technology provider for these services. PaidContent reports that Yahoo has already agreed to use Bing Mobile to power Yahoo Mobile search.
Will Bing Mobile replace Yahoo Mobile in the future?

Source: SEC 8-K Form