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Adam runtime 15hrs+ claims Notion Ink

Notion Ink has been teasing with more details about their upcoming Adam tablet, and perhaps most interesting is the expected battery life.  According to the company's blog, the current Pixel Qi units are seeing a minimum of 15 hours runtime, stretching into in excess of two days. Meanwhile USB Host functionality is also working, with Adam supporting peripherals like keyboard and mouse, together with external storage such as hard-drives.

Android 2.2 Froyo packs WiFi/USB data tethering

One of the most asked-for features - and commonest reasons for rooting an Android device and installing a custom ROM - is tethering support, and it looks like Google are including that in Android 2.2 Froyo.  According to TechCrunch, the upcoming version of Android will have integrated USB and WiFi tethering, allowing you to share your phone's data connection either via a wired link to your laptop or by turning the smartphone into a MiFi-style mobile router. It's unknown whether carriers will be able to selectively deactivate the functionality, but we expect they'll be looking to add a little extra to your monthly data plan in order to cover tethering.  Still, this is brilliant news if you don't want to pay for a separate 3G contract for every mobile device you have - say, tethering a tablet (like an iPad; I know, blasphemy!) or netbook while you're on the move. We've already heard that Froyo runs significantly faster than previous Android builds; this tethering leak is the cherry on the frozen yoghurt.  Android 2.2 is expected to arrive at - or in time for - Google I/O next week, and Android Community will be there to bring you all the news.
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