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Archive for April, 2010

Newsight 70-inch 3D display don’t need no stinkin’ glasses

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2010

The latest in glasses-free 3D displays comes from Newsight, who recently demonstrated a series of 3D naked-eye displays which include a massive 70-inch model. The display was exhibited in Finetech Japan 2010 in Tokyo and is said to be the largest in the world.

So how did they go so big with 3D and not require glasses? Thanks to Newsight’s parallax barrier technology. We don’t have any specs on this yet, but when we find out more from Newsight, we’ll let you know.

Garmin announces Nuvi 3700 Series GPS Navigators

Posted in Garmin by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2010

Garmin has announced some new additions to their line of GPS devices, to its 3700 series of GPS devices specifically. The 3790T, 3760T and 3750 all offer a 4.3-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen display that can be used in landscape or portrait mode, also with Pinch-to-zoom.

The Nuvi 3790T offers a wake-up-phrase, which you can set to begin voice navigation, there’s also 3D terrain and 3D building support. Both the 3790T and 3760T feature Bluetooth and come with traffic alerts.

Universities banning iPads due to bandwidth overload

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2010

It wouldn’t be surprising to learn that iPads might be banned by schools because they distract students, but George Washington University and Princeton University have both banned them because their Wi-Fi networks are overloaded since the launch.

Bandwidth overload is a problem that affects us all. We feel bad for the students trying to access the internet to do schoolwork from their laptops, but can’t because of all the students with iPads who are watching Netflix. As it stands right now, Princeton University has blocked about 20 percent of iPads from being able to access the network, and apparently George Washington doesn’t support any Apple products.

Video of McDonald’s Nintendo DS training

Posted in Nintendo DSi by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2010

We told you back in March about how McDonald’s was going to start training their employees using the Nintendo DS. It’s an interesting idea. And if you are wondering just how it works, we have a video after the jump.

The device being used is the Nintendo DSi, one that features the familiar golden arches. The training is like playing Cooking Mama, but for your fast food corporate masters.

Samsung SCH-U820 Reality gets official on Verizon Wireless

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2010

If you’re looking for a feature phone with a full QWERTY keyboard, you’ll be glad to know that Verizon Wireless has officially announced the Samsung Reality (SCH-U820). The device will be available starting April 22nd from Verizon Wireless for $79.99. That’s after a $50 mail-in rebate, bundled with the customary 2-year contract.

Some features of the Samsung Reality include a 3-inch 400 x 240 pixel resolution display, 3.2-megapixel camera, microSD card slot supporting up to 16GB of storage, HTML browser, Support for VZ Navigator turn-by-turn directions, Visual voicemail and Quick access to social networking sites.


iPad 3G arriving by May 7th

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2010

Looks like Apple has updated its online store with a shipping date for the 3G version of the iPad. All versions of the tablet should be out by May 7th. That means that the iPad will fully out be out for American consumers three days ahead of the announcement of specific international availability.

That date relates to orders from here on out. Those in the UK and elsewhere might see the 3G and WiFi-only tablets coming out sometime around the end of May.

Samsung in production with new 20nm NAND Flash

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on April 19th, 2010

With each successive generation of flash storage, prices go down and storage capacities increase. This is due to the smaller build processes producing more NAND chips and the smaller chips being able to be used in higher densities inside devices.

Samsung has announced that it is now introduction with a new line of 20nm NAND flash chips that use MLC tech. The new chips are being made in 32Gb capacity and will be used in smartphones, memory cards, and other devices.

Apple’s 4th-generation iPhone

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2010

This weekend there was much drama around the fourth-generation iPhone prototype that was leaked into the world. Was it real? Was it not? And sure enough, it was real. The guys at Gizmodo got their hands on it, and examined it, erasing any doubt.

Sadly, they couldn’t get it to boot out of recovery mode, but several new features and changes are obvious. It’s thinner than the 3GS, with smaller internal components and a larger battery inside the metal frame. There’s a front-facing camera, a larger and better camera with a flash on back, a higher-res display that’s a bit smaller, a second mic for noise cancellation, and a new back that appears to be glass or ceramic.

Eminent iTrio connects two HDMI devices wirelessly

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on April 19th, 2010

I like my home theater, but I hate all the wires behind the entertainment center. It would be even worse if I were trying to hang the TV on the wall. A company called Eminent has announced a new device called the iTrio that wirelessly streams HDTV content.

The system has a sender and a receiver and can stream video from two different HDMI sources. That means you can use it for your PS3 and your cable box that connect via HDMI. The device can stream full 1080p resolution feeds.

Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ HD media player gets Netflix streaming

Posted in Seagate by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2010

Seagate’s FreeAgent Theater+ HD media player now has support for Netflix’s Watch Instantly. A free firmware update will enable the player to stream Netflix as well as content from YouTube, vTuner and Mediafly. This device just got a whole lot more competitive.

The unit also doubles as a UPnP / DLNA streamer to play content stored on networked PCs and drives, and you can get one for around $100 without a FreeAgent HDD.

Carl Zeiss debuts new video lenses for Canon and Nikon DSLRs

Posted in Cameras by Shane McGlaun on April 19th, 2010

Carl Zeiss is one of the biggest names in optics and lenses for digital cameras and other devices. The new breed of DSLR cameras has the ability to record HD video and Carl Zeiss has unveiled a new line of lenses just for these cameras.

The new line includes the Compact Prime CP.2 series that are lenses designed for shooting video with DSLR cameras like the Canon 5D Mark II. The new lenses have focal lengths ranging from 18mm to 85mm.

Drift Innovation X170 action camera unveiled

Posted in Camcorders by Shane McGlaun on April 19th, 2010

When it comes to recording action sports for YouTube and other video sites there are many cameras on the market. A new offering has been announced form a company called Drift Innovation. The camera us designed to be robust and records video and still shots.

Video resolution is recorded at 30 fps in 720 x 480 resolution. It takes 5MP still shots as well and has a built-in mic and speaker. The video format is MP4 or MJPEG AVI and is user selectable.

Apple files Patent for Digital Concert and Events tickets

Posted in patents by Conner Flynn on April 18th, 2010

Details have come to light regarding a new Apple patent which could see the iPhone and iPod Touch used as digital tickets for concerts and events. The patent was filed in September 2008 and reveals that the system would use near field communications technology. Your iPhone or iPod would be simply swiped allowing you to enter the concert or event.

Rumor is that if you like the show and are a female, you can also use your iPhone to digitally throw a pair of panties not onstage, but from your iPhone to the band’s iPhone. Okay, I made that part up, but it certainly opens up some interesting possibilities.

Transcend introduces JetFlash 330 USB flash drives

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on April 18th, 2010

The latest addition to Transcend’s JetFlash USB flash drive line-up is the JetFlash 330, which is available in 4GB, 8GB and 16GB capacities. The compact and lightweight drives feature a white gloss finish, a USB 2.0 interface and support for the Windows ReadyBoost feature.

As far as performance, you’ll get a maximum transfer speed of 15MB/s. The JetFlash 330 should be available available within a few weeks. We don’t have a price yet, but it should be on par with similar sized drives.

Acer outs AT2056 and AT2356 LCD displays

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on April 18th, 2010

Acer is releasing its 20-inch AT2056 and 23-inch AT2356 LCD monitors that feature “Full HD” or “HD Ready” resolutions and firmware that automatically adjusts picture settings according to the content you are displaying. You can also choose between “close” and “far” viewing distance modes, depending on how close you like to sit to your monitor.

Both displays have contrast ratios of 20,000:1, 16:9 aspect ratios, a 5ms response rate, DVB-T HD receiver and a pair of HDMI ports. The 23-inch model and 20-inch model will retail for £250 and £200.