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GroovyStand puts your iPad comfortably in your lap

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on April 25th, 2010

Another day, another accessory for the iPad. The latest is the GroovyStand Writer. This stand lets you place your iPad on your lap and even gives you two options for viewing.

There are 45 and 18 degree grooves that hold your iPad in either landscape or portrait mode. When not in use on your lap, you can just leave it around your home, keeping your iPad at the ready. The Writer comes in brown, natural, and black stained hardwood for just $14.95.

Velocity Micro Cruz Android tablets

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on April 25th, 2010

Velocity Micro just launched two new tablets that run Google’s Android OS, the Cruz Tablet and Cruz Reader. The Cruz Reader is the more affordable of the two and features a 7 inch touchscreen display, support for Adobe Flash 10.1, plus an 800MHZ processor and an SD card Slot.

The Cruz Tablet also features a 7 inch Touchscreen display, with support for Adobe Flash 10.1, and a 7800MHz processor with an SD card slot. The Cruz Tablet has a front facing two megapixel web camera and a docking station. Both models can use applications from the ‘Cruz Market’ in addition to the Google Android Market.

Dell Looking Glass 7-inch tablet

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on April 25th, 2010

Dell has unveiled the specifications of their upcoming Dell Looking Glass 7-inch tablet. The tablet is powered by nVidia Tegra 2 and the Android-based device features a 7-inch touch-sensitive display with 800×600 resolution, a 4GB RAM, a 4GB flash storage, an SDHC card slot for expandable storage up to 32GB, a 1.3MP webcam, Bluetooth, 3G and even an optional TV tuner.

The Dell Looking Glass tablet will arrive in November for an unknown price. It’s not clear if you’ll be able to make phone calls on the Looking Glass or not, but it looks like this one is targeted at iPad buyers instead of iPhone customers.

Low energy Bluetooth 4.0 by 2011

Posted in Bluetooth by Conner Flynn on April 25th, 2010

Bluetooth 4.0 will arrive by early 2011 thanks to the Bluetooth Special Interest Group. It will target products that consume lower energy which would benefit more from a power-saving protocol than a high-speed protocol. It will feature a powerful low energy mode designed to enable expansion of the technology in m-health, sports and fitness, security and home entertainment where button-cell battery devices are plentiful.

BT 4.0 products should ship in late 2010 or early 2011, and things like Bluetooth watches will really benefit from this.

Circular walking bookshelf for literary human hamsters

Posted in Furniture by Conner Flynn on April 25th, 2010

Reading is awesome. It will expand your horizons, take you on amazing adventures etc. But sitting down to read isn’t helping you stay slim. These circular walking bookshelves can help you workout your body along with your brain.

Artist David Garcia has built a prototype. However this should be marketed for holding video games, not books. That’s where we need the exercise. You’ll need a large room for this thing, but it will keep you fit.

Touchscreens can now track hovering fingers

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on April 25th, 2010

Cellphones with Cyprus touchscreens, like the Nokia S60 and Palm Pre, will have an extra dimension very soon. Hovering. No, they won’t hover by your ear. This is like when you’re working on your desktop computer, and an icon changes when you move your cursor over it. Get it? Starting in the next few months, cellphones will be able to do just that, by detecting your finger near the screen, and letting you hover the cursor without touching the screen.

How’s that for awesome? The lack of finger-hover tracking is one of the lame reasons Apple used for not having Flash on its iPhone or iPad touchscreens, so what will they say now? They may just change their i-tune someday soon.


Sirius XM app for Android coming soon

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on April 25th, 2010

iPhone and iPod touch users have had a Sirius XM app for about a year now, and Android users will soon be able to get in on it as well. Right now there’s still no launch date, but the app is “coming soon,”.

Apparently it will be pretty identical to the iPhone OS version, with support for streaming over WiFi and 3G. But it seems like Sirius XM is saying that the app will only be available for the Droid and Nexus One, which is strange.

Reevu MSX1 helmet with built-in rear-view system

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on April 25th, 2010

Reevu has improved their MSX1 helmet and at least one of them has landed in a reviewer’s hands, or head. The helmet uses a mechanical mechanism instead of rear-view cameras. According to webBikeworld, it functions just like a car’s rear-view mirror, with the small mirror in front resting just outside the rider’s line of sight.

They also say that the helmet is “built like a tank,”. The rear-view system is just icing on the cake of an otherwise already superb helmet. Needless to say, this could save some lives.

HP Swing motion controller ships with Pavilion PCs in India

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on April 25th, 2010

This oddly shaped device is yet another motion controller. We don’t have many details, but the HP Swing is being bundled with HP Pavilion desktop PCs in India (for about 29,990 Rupees, or $670).

The controller won’t be available separately, and looking at that design, we doubt it will be released in the states. And even if it was, you wouldn’t want it. It looks a bit like a gel insert with left and right buttons.

PS3 firmware 3.30 adds remote play from PC, bitstream audio options

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on April 25th, 2010

Aside from additional trophy sorting and 3D gaming readiness, the latest v3.30 system update has a few surprises in store. There’s a toggle for Bitstream Direct (output audio with the original digital signal prioritized) or Mix (mixed with sound effects such as button sounds and then converted to bitstream format) on Blu-ray movies. Future VAIO PC owners can even use remote play without any PSP intermediary.

Some other, unconfirmed reports include updated Flash compatibility, enhanced region free Blu-ray movie playback.

Eken’s Android-powered MID for $100

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on April 25th, 2010

This seven-inch, 800 x 480 device from Eken is selling for $680 RMB in China. That’s $99.53 to us. Seems like a bargain until you look closer. It has only 2GB of storage, which can be expanded to 32GB with SD.

Some other features include a VIA 8505 processor, two hours of battery life on a single charge and has Android 1.5 installed. So really, it isn’t much of a bargain after all. Oh well.

Pentax offers exotic K-x colors in the US

Posted in Pentax by Conner Flynn on April 24th, 2010

Pentax often offers multicolored DSLR cameras, but they’re usually available outside of the US. But now Pentax is offering several new colors for its K-x DSLR camera.

The camera is currently available in black or red, but will soon be joined by green, blue, orange and purple. The camera will cost you $650, and specifications will be exactly the same no matter what the color. Some of those specs include a 12-megapixel CMOS sensor, 720p video recording and 4.7FPS burst shots.

Android Market passes the 50,000 apps milestone

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on April 24th, 2010

Let us play the Android Market’s overbearing Aunt for a minute as we pinch it’s cheeks and tell it how big it has grown since we last saw it and dig in our purse for a quarter as we pet it’s head. Though Apple is still top dog when it comes to its App Store, the Android Market is also growing at a very rapid pace.

The latest reports say that the Android Market has crossed the 50,000 app mark, which is about a week after Google confirmed the 38,000 app mark. 50,000 is still a way off from the App Store’s official 185,000, but at the rate it’s going, it’ll provide Apple with some healthy competition in no time.

Pepsi Dream Machine Kiosks gives points for recycled bottles

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on April 23rd, 2010

Pepsi and Waste Management are teaming up for the Dream Machine, a computerized recycling bin that gives out points for returned bottles. The internet-connected kiosks will be installed in stadiums, parks, and gas stations and will award recyclers redeemable points for every bottle returned.

That’s pretty cool. It’s not clear what the recycling points will be redeemable for, but it will encourage recycling in a big way and that’s always a good thing.

YouTube adds Movie and TV show rentals from 99 Cents

Posted in YouTube by Conner Flynn on April 23rd, 2010

After experimenting with movie rentals in January, YouTube has added a bunch of movies and TV episodes that you may actually want to see. However there’s still nothing very mainstream in the YouTube store. It’s mostly indie films, Bollywood and documentaries, which are viewable for 48 hours after renting.

They cost between 99 cents and $4, with payments made via Google Check-Out. YouTube will need to strike some deals with movie studios to get some decent stuff on the site. Stuff with explosions should do the trick.