Archive for February, 2007

Zune Phone On Its Way

Posted in Microsoft,Mobile Phones,Zune,Zune Phone by Darrin Olson on February 2nd, 2007

Microsoft Zune Phone coming soon according to tipsCrunchgear got a tip yesterday that a Zune Phone from Microsoft is in the works, and as far as tips go they seem to think this is a pretty solid one. According to the tip, executives from Microsoft are currently working out details of the product and its release.

The gadget site states a number of “known” details about the rumored Zune Phone and it’s launch. First, the new mobile phone would be a smart device that interfaces with the existing Zune product but will not run Windows Mobile, despite being a Microsoft product.

The Zune cell phone will have connectivity to sync up with the Xbox 360 to stream media content through a wireless connection. This sounds pretty cool, but we’re just not sure how practical that would be. Transferring movies from the Xbox to the mobile media player …

Qoolqee X MP3 Player

Posted in Digital Audio,MP3 by Darrin Olson on February 2nd, 2007

Qoolqee X MP3 PlayerThis MP3 player from Qoolqee does have a funny name, but we won’t hold that against it. The Qoolqee X Sports player is a slim, simple, easy to use digital audio player designed with the athlete in mind.

The Qoolqee X is not really loaded with features, and the price is fairly reflective. This MP3 player does have a couple of features that help it find its place in the personal audio player market, however. One of these features is the fact that the Qoolqee X is water resistant. Having the player clipped on your body while you sweat up a storm won’t shut it down or ruin its appearance.

Another design aspect that caters this gadget to the work out fanatic is the big “blister” buttons. The buttons make it easy to switch tracks and volume by touch, avoiding the need to stop your …

Verizon Launches EV-DO Rev. A USB Modem and Service

Posted in Services,Verizon by Darrin Olson on February 2nd, 2007

Verizon Wireless USB Modem EV-DO Rev AVerizon Wireless has unveiled a new Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Rev. A upgrade to their high speed broadband service. This upgrade will allow wireless customers to enjoy faster broadband speeds which they can access through the USB720 EV-DO USB wireless modem adapter which was also recently launched by Verizon. The USB modem provides wireless broadband internet access to notebooks desktops and hand held devices with a USB interface.

This upgrade is a strategic answer to the same service offered by Sprint and launched last year. EV-DO Rev A. is the fastest wireless network available to consumers in the US, which allows not only fast download speeds but has impressive upload speeds as well. Users of the new broadband service will have typical speeds of 450-800 kbps down, and 300-400 kbps up.

The USB720 measures 3.52 x 1.49 x .69 inches and is compatible …

Canon HV20 High Definition Camcorder

Posted in Camcorders,Canon by Paul Patterson on February 2nd, 2007

Canon HV20 High Definition CamcorderAspiring filmmakers need look no further than Canon’s HV20 High Definition Camcorder to achieve a cinematic look with their videos. The HV20 has a 24p Cinema Mode which allows the camcorder’s frame rate to be adjusted to 24p – the same frame rate as movie film. In addition, a CINE setting changes the color and tonal characteristics of your video to evoke the look and feel of a movie shown in a theater.

The HV20 HD Camcorder records true 1080 high definition video, includes a 10x HD video zoom lens, and Canon’s True HD 1920 x 1080 CMOS Image Sensor. The HV20 has an array of features and enhancements for greater creative control and easier connectivity.

The HV20 HD Camcorder will be available in April with an estimated selling price of $1099.

Press Release [Canon]

Limited Edition D-Wade Sidekick 3

Posted in Mobile Phones,Sidekick 3,T-Mobile by Darrin Olson on February 2nd, 2007

Limited Edition D-Wade Sidekick 3T-Mobile recently announced a new Limited Edition Sidekick 3, this one being designed by Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat. The number three of the Sidekick has some significance with Wade since it matches the number of years he’s been in the NBA, the number on his jersey and references his 3-point plays on the court. Also, Dwayne Wade has been a Sidekick 3 user for a number of years.

The new Sidekick 3 is white with copper accents and the back of the device has been created to look and feel like the surface of a basketball. Aside from the court, Wade’s design of the new Limited Edition Sidekick was also inspired by his love of high-end automobiles and the white and bronze contrasting colors found on Miami Beach.

Apart from the new look, the functionality and usability of the Sidekick 3 has remained …

Eyejot Video Messaging Platform

Posted in Digital Video,Websites by Paul Patterson on February 2nd, 2007

Eyejot Video Messaging PlatformThe problem I have with email and instant messaging is that people can easily misinterpret my message differently from the way I had intended. It can be hard to show your true emotions – anger, humor, and especially sarcasm without the benefit of facial expressions, gestures, or voice inflection.

Eyejot is a web-based, client-free video messaging platform that will help you get your point across much more effectively than email. Using your webcam, you can create a video message and send it via email. Through a video, your friends, family and business contacts are sure to pick up on your rapier-like wit when they see AND hear your message.

Eyejot Video Messaging Platform

There is no client to install and Eyejot requires only a web browser (IE, Safari, Firefox, Opera), Adobe Flash 9, a webcam, and a microphone (if your webcam doesn’t have …

Logic3 i-Station Traveller iPod Dock

Posted in Accessories,iPod,Speakers by Darrin Olson on February 1st, 2007

i-Station Traveller iPod Dock from Logic3A day would not be complete if an Apple iPod accessory didn’t come across my desk. This one is called the i-Station Traveller from Logic3 and is a pocket-sized portable speaker system which allows you to share your tunes with others wherever you go.

The i-Station is pictured with an iPod (not included) and has the indicative ‘i’ in the name, but in actuality this portable speaker system can work with just about any digital audio player since the sound is through a line-in cable. The design and name of this speaker gadget from Logic3 certainly do lend it to be associated with iPod, however.

The i-Station Traveller runs off of 4 AAA batteries delivering 4 watts of output, comes with a protective travel case and comes in six colors; green, red, white, blue, purple and black. Running at around £20 ($39 USD) the …

Google Mini Puts Pressure on Enterprise Search

Posted in Google,News by Paul Patterson on February 1st, 2007

Google Mini Features Puts Pressure on Enterprise SearchGoogle has announced an improved version of its Google Mini search appliance. The new Mini offers document and user-level security, access to other business applications through Google Onebox for Enterprise, and integration with Google Analytics.

The Google Mini is a combined hardware and software solution that can search from 50,000 up to 300,000 documents and 220 different file types. Mini was introduced two years ago as a small, simple and affordable appliance to aid small business in finding and sharing information.

Secure Search
The new Google Mini now offers document and user-level security across all business content. Google’s entitlement management capabilities will integrate with existing security systems to ensure that employees can access only authorized information.

OneBox for Enterprise
The Mini’s new OneBox for Enterprise feature enables users to view search results from various business applications through a single Google interface. …

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 7.2-Megapixel Digital Camera with 10x Optical Zoom

Posted in Digital Cameras,Panasonic by Paul Patterson on February 1st, 2007

Panasonic 7.2 Megapixel DMC-TZ3This is the 7.2 Megapixel Lumix DMC-TZ3 from Panasonic. Newly introduced to the 2007 line of Lumix digital cameras, the DMC-TZ3 features a 28mm wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens and a 3.0-inch LCD. The DMC-TZ3 has a compact, Stainless Steel body that measures 4.20” x 2.37” x 1.47” and weighs 0.51 lbs.

The DMC-TZ3 offers some advanced anti-blurring countermeasures to help you take better action shots. The Intelligent Image Stabilization system comprises two features: MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) and Intelligent ISO Control. These two features help by compensating for the effects of hand-shake and image movement.

Another important feature is the Panasonic Venus Engine III image-processing engine. The engine helps to improve noise reduction and can record at a sensitivity setting as high as ISO 1250 with full resolution. The multi-tasking Venus Engine III improves upon response time with a shutter release time lag …

Apple, Cisco Agree to Disagree on iPhone a Little Longer

Posted in Apple,Cisco,iPhone by Darrin Olson on February 1st, 2007

Apple and Cisco extend time to agree on iPhone trademarkThe saga between Cisco and Apple officially continues a little longer before going to court for the trademark rights of the iPhone. The two companies issued a joint statement late yesterday citing that they have agreed to delay law suit procedures in order to try to come to some consensus outside of the courtroom.

“Apple and Cisco have agreed to extend the time for Apple to respond to the lawsuit to allow for discussions between the companies with the aim of reaching agreement on trademark rights and interoperability.”

Apple and Cisco had been in negotiations for the iPhone trademark up until the day before Apple launched their version of the iPhone. Within a day after Apple’s announcement at the annual MacWorld conference, Cicso sued Apple for trademark infringement on the iPhone name, making it clear that the negotiations …

NFL to offer Super Bowl Highlights on iTunes

Posted in Apple,Digital Video,iTunes,News by Paul Patterson on February 1st, 2007

Apple to offer Super Bowl Highlights on iTunesIn case you miss any of Sunday’s Super Bowl action you can rest assured knowing that the video highlights of the game will be available for download from Apple’s iTunes Store.

The announcement came on Tuesday from the NFL, saying that highlights from Sunday’s game can be purchased online starting Monday. The download will cost $1.99 and will be viewable on computers or iPods. A special 90-minute video of the NFL’s coverage of the Super Bowl will also be available for $1.99.

This marks the first time that football fans will be able to download video highlights of the Super Bowl. Video highlights from the regular-season and playoff games have been available from the iTunes Store since September. The iTunes library contained highlights of each NFL regular season game in addition to a “Follow Your Team” Season Pass. …