Archive for May, 2009

First look at Pixel Qi’s outdoor readable screens

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on May 28th, 2009

First look at Pixel Qi’s outdoor readable screensPixel Qi is showing off its latest line of displays that are more energy efficient compared to your standard LCD display. The screens will feature two modes: A backlit mode with full color saturation and an ePaper mode that will not use the backlight in order to use less energy.

The ePaper mode also makes the display easier to read when in bright sunlight compared to most displays. The image above is of a Pixel Qi display modified to for an Acer Aspire One in ePaper mode, chillin in the sun.

TwoNav Aventura GPS Receiver

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on May 28th, 2009

TwoNav Aventura GPS ReceiverThe TwoNav Aventura GPS receiver is interesting as it can accept virtually any kind of map without running into compatibility issues. It would be a good tool for those who want to scan and calibrate any type of map prior to uploading. The Aventura comes with a 3.5″ touchscreen display that will serve you for both handheld and automobile use.

It also has pre-loaded Tele Atlas maps and topo maps for most of the countries where it is sold. The display can be rotated in portrait or landscape mode. It’s also rainproof and powered by a SiRFStar III chipset, offering an SDHC memory card slot, an electronic compass, a barometric altimeter and it will provide up to 20 hours of battery life.

Google Wave: Like chat, IM, Twitter and Google Docs in real-time

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on May 28th, 2009

Google WaveGoogle wave should be making waves in no time. Think of it like a live chatroom with a spread of documents, photos and/or videos, where you can reply to any part of any message or anything that’s shared, and it all operates in real-time. Basically TMI.

It’s a combination of Twitter, IM, Friendfeed and other service with semi-real-time stuff. In Google Wave, you can share and collaborate on projects, and all of this is going on at once. Probably great for those with ADD. You start a wave with any message or photo or whatever, and you bring people into the stream, and then they can bring people in.

Sony Ericsson Yari and Aino

Posted in Sony Ericsson by Conner Flynn on May 28th, 2009

Sony Ericsson Yari and AinoSure, the big news from Sony Ericsson today was regarding the Satio, but they have more tricks up their sleeve. The Yari and Aino might sound like some Japanese dynamic duo, but in fact they are the companies latest phones in the higher end of the range.

The Yari slider on the left is touted as a gaming device, with gesture-control similar to the Wii. It sports a 2.4-inch display, GPS, and support for PlayNow services. It should be available in the fourth quarter for about $558 unlocked.

Sony Ericsson Idou becomes Satio, ships in October

Posted in Sony Ericsson by Conner Flynn on May 28th, 2009

Sony Ericsson Idou becomes Satio, ships in OctoberToday it was announced that the Symbian-powered Idou unveiled at Mobile World Congress earlier this year will be coming in October as the “Satio. The 640 x 350 3.5-inch touchscreen device features an amazing 12.1 megapixel camera, dual-band HSPA, microSD expansion, and xenon flash.

An 8GB memory card will be included to the box. It will be available in three colors, black, silver, and bordeaux. That last is a more female friendly color.

6 In 1 solar robot kit

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on May 28th, 2009

6 In 1 solar robot kitThis 6 in 1 solar kit can be built into a dog, boat, car, plane (static and moving), and even a windmill. Looks like a great way to learn a bit about robotics and solar energy. Only £13.00, which is odd because I don’t think they get much sun in the UK, so not very much play time with this thing.

Still, rain or shine, you get a bunch of variety in one kit. Six robots are better than one. Buy a few kits and soon you’ll have a solar robot army.

Samsung recalls Jitterbug handsets

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on May 28th, 2009

Samsung recalls Jitterbug handsetsSamsung is recalling 160,000 Jitterbug cellphones. The handsets targeted seniors they want them back since they are missing one very important feature. They don’t connect to 911 services whenever the handset is out of their service area.

Jitterbug owners get an “out of range, try again later” message instead of help. The recall will apply to SPH-a110 and SPH-a120 Jitterbug models that are equipped with standard keys and were sold between March 2008 and May 2009. Owners of the OneTouch model don’t have to worry since that handset is not affected.

PSP Go! to be announced at E3, PS3 Slim is real

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on May 28th, 2009

Sony unveiling new PSP with slide-out buttons at E3?Ars Technica has a “very well-informed mole” that says that the rumored flash-based PSP Go! will be announced at E3. Then, later it will be sold right alongside the current model. As for the PS3 Slim, it’s real. And slim. But we don’t expect an announcement next week. We aren’t sure when.

Just a regurgitation of rumors we’ve already heard? Ars seems confident about the info. Either their mole is right or dead wrong. Their source says that the new PSP will be lighter and smaller possibly even cheaper. The PS3 Slim is just Sony doing what they do. They always miniaturize their consoles.

Rebel converter for the PS3

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on May 28th, 2009

Rebel converter for the PS3For some time, Playstation owners with IR-based universal remotes have had to use bulky IR-to-Bluetooth converters so that the pair can communicate. Then along came Logictech’s Harmony, allowing, making thing easier on PS3 owners. But now Logitech isn’t the only one getting in on the act.

You now have another option in the Rebel from wb_electronics. It pretty much does what the Harmony does, transforming IR signals from your universal remote into bluetooth signals for controlling PS3 function and making the Playstation3 an integrated part of your home entertainment system.

EA talks about its E3 lineup

Posted in EA by Shane McGlaun on May 28th, 2009

ea-logo-sbEA is one of the most popular and successful game publishers around. The company has several top game franchises including one of the best selling ever –The Sims. EA is getting set for E3 coming up at the beginning of June and is talking a bit about the games it will be highlighting at the show.

There are a number of games being show at E3 by EA, but one of the coolest is Army of Two: the 40th Day. The game will be available for Xbox 360, PS3, and PSP this winter. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is coming in Q1 2010 for Xbox, PS3, and PC platforms and offers serious destruction to gamers.

Viewsonic announces new line of digital frames

Posted in Viewsonic by Shane McGlaun on May 28th, 2009

viewsonicframe-sbWithout several digital photo frames around my house my wife would have me eternally printing all the digital photos she takes. Normally that wouldn’t be that big a deal, but she never seems to ask for the right size print or doesn’t like some aspect of the photo. That means printing one photo often turns into a long run of printing, fixing, and reprinting. At least I can skip the printing with the digital frames.

Viewsonic has announced a new line of digital photo frames that includes the 10.4-inch VFD1020, the 8-inch VFD820, and the 7-inch VFD720. The range is called the TrueView family and the entire line has a 4:3 aspect ratio for less image distortion.

Kingston unveils hyper expensive HyperX RAM

Posted in Kingston by Shane McGlaun on May 28th, 2009

kingston12gbddr3-sbOne of the things that the new Intel Core i7 platform offered that was good or bad depending on how you looked at it was support for triple-channel RAM and lower power consumption. The good was that the machines offered more memory bandwidth and needed less power. The bad was that those looking to upgrade to the new platform couldn’t use memory already on hand.

Kingston has now announced its first 12GB triple channel DDR3 HyperX memory kit specifically for the Intel Core i7 platform. The kit includes three 4GB RAM modules and operates at 1600MHz. The RAM is optimized for XMP.

Features of HDMI spec version 1.4 announced

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on May 28th, 2009

hdmi-sbWe can all thank HDMI for releasing us form the need for running a second cable for audio from our components to the TV or A/V receiver. I still have nightmares of having to switch the optical cable from source to source manually each time I wanted to play a game or watch TV.

HDMI Licensing LLC has announced some of the major features coming in the new HDMI v1.4 spec. The full specification list is set for availability no later than June 30, 2009. Among the new features is an HDMI Ethernet channel that allows HDMI devices to connect to each other with 100Mbps speed without the need for additional cables.

Monkey passes glowing gene to offspring in research milestone

Posted in Science by Darrin Olson on May 28th, 2009

Monkey with glowing green feet passes gene to offspring.In an article published Wednesday in Nature, researches in Japan reported the successful passing of a transgene from a primate to its offspring, marking a milestone in this type of research. In the study the scientists injected a number of marmoset embryos with a manufactured virus which contained a gene that would be inserted into the animals DNA, making their feet glow green under ultraviolet light.

Palm Pre to have Push GMail

Posted in Palm by Conner Flynn on May 27th, 2009

Palm Pre to have Push GMailMy Pre is reporting that a tipster with a webOS emulator has found that the Pre will use IMAP IDLE. This means that users on GMail will have near instantaneous reception of new emails. Because it’s getting pushed to the phone from the GMail servers.

Pre users are going to love that. At the moment, the only phone to support GMail push is the G1 (and soon the HTC Magic or any other Android device). Palm’s relationship with Google is proving to be extremely awesome for Pre users.