Archive for January, 2010

Matrox now supports multiple GXM modules per computer

Posted in Computer Components by Shane McGlaun on January 28th, 2010

Matrox has been selling its GXM (graphics expansion modules) for a while now that let users connect more displays to their computers. The GXMs come in DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go versions supporting two or three more displays each.

Matrox has announced a new software update that lets users connect more than one GXM to their computer allowing for even more displays. Software version 2.06 and up supports multiple GXMs.

Kingston DataTraveler 5000 is good enough for classified DoD documents

Posted in Kingston by Shane McGlaun on January 28th, 2010

Not long ago it was announced that several flash drives on the market that consumers thought were secure and used encryption were easily defeated. A couple of the flash drives affected were from Kingston. Kingston has announced its latest secure flash drive called the DataTraveler 5000.

The new drive is FIPS 140-2 Level 2 certified and Level 3 certification is pending. The drive uses hardware 256-bit AES encryption, supports XTS cipher mode, and uses elliptic curve cryptography. These features allow the drive to meet Suite B standards set by the US government.

ZAGGsparq external battery pack debuts

Posted in Batteries by Shane McGlaun on January 28th, 2010

I have used several ZAGG products over the years to protect my notebook and smartphones. The company makes a line of protective films that prevent scratches on your gadgets that work great. ZAGG has now announced its first external battery called the ZAGGsparq.

The ZAGGsparq is a small 3.5 x 3.5 x 1 inch external battery pack. Inside the case is a 6000mAh lithium polymer battery that can recharge up to four iPhones fully. The battery has dual USB ports for charging two devices at once.

Sanyo Xacti DMX-SH11 Ultra Slim Dual Camcorder

Posted in Sanyo by Conner Flynn on January 28th, 2010

Sanyo is releasing a new ultra slim dual-camcorder, the Xacti DMX-SH11. This good looking video recorder features a 3.5MP CMOS sensor and a 35mm wide angle lens. The Xacti DMX-SH11 also delivers a 30X “Advanced Zoom” function along with a Full HD video recording mode.

Some other specs include 16GB of internal memory, Eye-Fi and SDXC card compatibility, a mini HDMI port, “Sound Zoom” technology, a digital image stabilizer and the face chaser function. The Sanyo Xacti DMX-SH11 will cost you about $669.

Hot Wheels Stealth Rides RC Cars fold up, are credit card sized

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on January 28th, 2010

Well parents, here’s something else you can step on and hurt your foot. Mattel’s ‘Stealth Rides’ are the latest from the Hot Wheels brand. These are real RC cars that fold down to a credit card sized package that’s about as thick as a cellphone, which makes them very convenient to carry in your pocket.

Look for them to be available in August for about $25 each. There are 5 different models, which include cars, some tanks and the Tumbler from Batman. Apparently these cars will run for 30 minutes, before they need a recharge.

SoundGraph FingerVU USB sub-monitors

Posted in monitors by Conner Flynn on January 28th, 2010

SoundGraph has introduced some devices called FingerVU that function as USB sub-monitors. They come in 4.3″ and 7″ screen sizes. You won’t need a mouse and keyboard to manipulate what’s on them since the FingerVU works independently of the main monitor using touch and SoundGraph’s own FingerUI interface.

These are probably good for watching videos or RSS feeds while you work on other stuff on the main screen. Twitter addicts will want to use it for their Twitter feed.

Teclast K3 ebook reader gets a price

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on January 28th, 2010

Now we have some more information on Teclast’s K3 ebook reader, like pricing which is $220. The K3 has a 6″ e-ink display, 4GB of internal storage, and a built-in 3D accelerator for orientating the display. It will support ebook formats like TXT, PDF, PDB, Microsoft Word, EPUB, FB2, HTML and SKT, along with standard image formats.

The 2,000mAh battery will give you up to 1,000 page turns and 20 hours of continuous audio playback. The device is just 8.9mm thick.

Griffin introduces Apple iPad accessories

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2010

Seems like there’s a ton of disappointment with the Apple iPad since it’s unveiling earlier today. Well, love it or hate it, Griffin has announced their first iPad accessories, cases really and screen protections. There’s the Elan Passport, Elan Sleeve, FlexGrip case, Jumper, and Screen Care Kit.

The Elan Passport is a leather flip-open case that you can also use to store some business cards. The Elan Sleeve is a leather sleeve. The FlexGrip case wraps your iPad in protective silicone, while allowing complete access to the audio output jack, dock connector, MultiTouch display and controls.

iPad keyboard dock

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2010

Now you know darn well that there’s no way they are going to let you just spend $499 on the iPad, right? Enter the official Apple keyboard dock for easier typing. The Jobs man demoed it himself. It looks like it would topple over fairly easy if you ask me.

The keyboard looks just like a normal Apple keyboard, and puts the iPad upright, so it’s like a mini desktop or something. I wonder how many people will prefer to type this way instead of the other.

Apple iPad’s price: Starts at $500, 3G is $130 Extra

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2010

The Apple iPad’s price has just been officially announced, complete with handy-dandy chart for those who love charts. Full pricing is as follows:

The 16GB, Wi-Fi-only version costs $500, while the 32GB version is $600. Lastly, the 64GB version will cost you $700. If you want to add 3G, the pricing increases by $130 on top of that. The Wi-Fi-only models will ship in 60 days, while 3G models will be shipping in 90 days.

iPad gets unlimited data for $30/Month with no contract

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2010

The Apple iPad will come with two 3G data plans through AT&T. The first is just $30 a month with no contract. On this plan you can cancel at any time with no penalty, and use AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots for free. If that doesn’t sound good to you, maybe option number two is more to your liking.

The other plan is $15 for 250MB of data, also through AT&T. You can activate it directly from your iPad. That seems like a good deal, when you consider that a laptop plan will generally cost you $60 for unlimited data.

Apple announces iWork for iPad

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2010

Basically iWork brings the office to your iPad. It’s a specialized version of iWork for the iPad tablet, which includes versions of the Pages, Numbers and Keynote applications. They will cost you $9.99 apiece and take full advantage of the tablets multitouch capabilities. It’s not all fun and games after all.

Keynote is iWork’s PowerPoint allowing you to create and view slides using multitouch. You can drag, resize and move elements around on a slide, even photos and text. Pages is iWork’s word processor. It allows you to scroll through text, select text with touch, etc.

Apple iPad eBook app is called iBooks

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2010

Looks like the Kindle now has a worthy arch-enemy. Apple’s iPad has an ebook store called “iBooks”. (What else?) The publishers include all of the big players: Penguin, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Hachette.

Apparently the books won’t be cheap, which means publishers can stay in business longer. You can probably expect price wars very soon. The example book is a hefty $15. Interestingly, Apple is using ePub, which means books from other stores may work as well.

iPhone apps will work on the iPad

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2010

Here is some awesome news for those of you who have spent wayyy too much money on apps. You won’t have to worry. Those apps will work with the new iPad. So if you have the farting app, the iPad can fart too. Beer app, you still have beer. That simple. It will just be smaller and in the middle of the screen.

The iPad is able to handle “virtually every one of these apps, unmodified, right out of the box.” Like I said it will be smaller, or run full screen, in a lower resolution. Great news. I’m glad they didn’t screw everybody.

Apple iPad specs

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2010

Here are the specs on Apple’s new tablet, the iPad. We’ve been waiting forever and we finally have the low-down. The device is .5 inches thin, weighs 1.5 pounds and sports a 9.7 inch IPS display with Full capacitive multitouch. The device is powered by “our own silicon”. The 1GHz Apple A4 chip. It’s available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities.

Some other specs include WiFi 802.11, Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR, accelerometer and compass, speaker, microphone, 30 pin connector and they have achieved 10 hours of battery life, with over a month of standby time.