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HTML5 to be on most browsers by the end of 2010

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2010

You’ve heard the debates on Flash vs HTML5. Steve Jobs hates flash blah blah blah. Enough bickering. From the Google I/O keynote: HTML5 support will be more or less complete on all “modern” browsers, says Google.

I’m assuming that means IE will have to wait? Is this the beginning of the death of flash? How will it affect cute cat videos? Is Steve Jobs laughing right now? So many questions.

Google unveils Chrome web store

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2010

Get ready to fill up your Chrome OS app page Google fans. Google just announced its new online web app store. Some of what they are showing off includes Dark Room for image editing, a nice version of TweetDeck, to name a few. Paid-for software will be offered. For instace Dark Room is $4.99.

Nothing on a launch date yet. Engadget says that the demo of Sports Illustrated’s interactive magazine is impressive, fully searchable with embedded video and “some pretty clever tricks” with geolocation. The web store for Chrome and Chrome OS will hit the dev channel very soon.

HP 14-inch G42t laptop with Core i3 and i5

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2010

HP continues to out new laptops, like the G42t which just surfaced on the company’s website. You can get it right now and customize it the way you want. You can choose a Core i3 or i5 processor, up to 4GB of DDR3 memory, a hard drive from 250GB to 640GB, integrated Intel graphics, a 1,366 x 768 resolution panel and a built-in webcam.

Other options include WiFi, optional Bluetooth, a SuperMulti DVD burner or Blu-ray drive, 6-cell Li-ion battery and plenty of software. It starts at just $549.99.

BFGTech stops selling video cards

Posted in BFG by Shane McGlaun on May 19th, 2010

For years, one of the top companies in the video card market for gamers and enthusiasts to shop with has been BFG. The company makes all sorts of unique and high-end video cards that are overclocked from the factory.

BFG has announced that it will no longer sell video cards. The reason according to the company is that the segment is no longer profitable. BFG will not bring new video cards to market.

Intel to let Atom N550 CPU be used in machines with up to 12.1-inch screen

Posted in Intel by Shane McGlaun on May 19th, 2010

Intel has always been worried that the robust sales and popularity of the Atom line of CPUs would draw buyers away from its more profitable and powerful CPUs. This fear lead to the Atom processors getting a screen size limit of 10.2-inches.

DigiTimes reports that Intel is lifting that screen size limitation on the new Atom N550. The N550 is a dual-core CPU set for release in the second half of the year.

iPhone OS 4.0 beta hints again at tethering

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on May 19th, 2010

One of the things that many iPhone users have wanted for a long time was the ability to tether their device to a notebook for 3G connectivity. Apple added that feature into OS 3.0, but AT&T blocked tethering on the device.

The first betas of iPhone OS 4 didn’t show any tethering features in the OS. However, a new OS 4 Beta 4 has surfaced that has some tethering features inside.

HP says WebOS coming to printers

Posted in HP by Shane McGlaun on May 19th, 2010

The first time I saw those HP web connected printers I wondered what the point was. I just don’t see anyone wanting to look up recipes or print movie tickets from the tiny screen on their printer when they can use the PC nearby more easily.

HP is now saying that it plans on bringing WebOS to its line of web connected printers. I still don’t see the point. I guess at least HP can point to the loot it spent on Palm and say see, we are using WebOS.

Japan Gundam Phone with Gundam dock

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

It’s the 30th anniversary of Gundam and to celebrate, Bandai has teamed up with Japanese network Softbank for a limited edition Gunpla phone. Each phone comes with a 1:100 scale Gundam model kit, a Gunpla phone cradle, and decals.

The phone itself is a 12.1MP OLED flip. This might be the best phone ever. Pretty Asian lady not included. We didn’t see anything on price, but obviously it’s expensive.

Will there be an all white iPhone 4?

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

The Apple leaks just keep on trucking and leaking like a old faucet. Taiwanese site Apple.pro says that the next generation iPhone may come in an completely white version. According to them these photos are proof. It’s good enough for us. And besides, Apple has done it before.

But as we remember, most people wanted the black version. Maybe they just won’t bother offering the white one up in Australia this time around.

iPod touch with 2 megapixel camera leaked

Posted in iPod Touch by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2010

Tinhte, those folks from Vietnam have yet another Apple leak. The first pics of the iPod touch with a camera. The “DVT-1″ stamp on the back shows that this is an early design verification test unit in product testing. So this is probably not the final design. The device’s serial number identifies a late 2009 third generation iPod touch so it may be a prototypes that never made it to production.

The Foxconn label appears to indicate a 64GB model as well as a 2 megapixel, backside illuminated sensor made by Omnivision. The Apple rumors and leaks just keep coming.

iAngle holds earbuds, your iPhone

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2010

This product’s website is not helpful at all. Good thing they have that image above, which shows you all you need to know about this device. It’s called the iAngle. Essentially it’s an earbud case and a mini iPhone stand in one.

It’s a pretty neat design even if it isn’t a world shattering gadget. It’s only $10 and probably works with other gadgets that are about the iPhone’s size.

Barnes & Noble to open PubIt! self-publishing portal

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2010

Self-publishing has been possible through Amazon for some time now and it’s time for some healthy competition. Barnes & Noble has announced that it will open up a self-publishing portal this summer, called PubIt!. It will give unknown authors the ability to upload and sell their material through B&N’s website and eBookstore.

Details on the compensation model (or profit split) will be announced soon. And it won’t be limited to the Nook either. Almost any e-reader, tablet or PC will be able to get in and make purchases, so the potential audience for the author is large.

Light Up USB Warning Labels

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2010

If useless USB gadgets are your thing, try this one for size. Japan’s latest USB invention are these Light Up USB Warning Labels. Plug them in and they light up, each bearing an English and Japanese warning on them.

Some of the warnings include: On Air, Fasten your seat belt, SOS, Operation in progress, Do not use fire and many more. Perfect for those who need to display a warning in a super small size that no one else will care about.

Robot USB Hubs with USB ports in their arms & legs

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2010

These awesome retro robots are actually Robot USB Hubs. Each has four usb ports, one on each of their arms and legs. They also feature LED eyes which show you the power status when they’re connected. These USB Robots are available in six different colors and designs, like pink, red, black, light blue, gray and yellow.

They are only $18.95 each. They’re pretty cute. If you buy more then one, make sure they don’t start plotting your demise behind your back. I love robots, so I’ll be getting several of these myself.

Hulu Plus gets delayed

Posted in Hulu by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2010

Hulu’s May 24th “Hulu Plus” subscription will apparently miss its scheduled debut, according to sources. The company is planning a $9.95 monthly subscription package which would allow access to a back catalog of streaming content; but “people familiar with the company” are now saying that Hulu Plus is unlikely to be ready in time for a launch next Monday.

If the info is accurate, no one is sure if the delay is a technical one or due to ongoing negotiations with some content providers. Rumors are that Fox, ABC and NBC, who make up Hulu’s owners, are pretty well decided on what subscribers will get for the money, but we don’t have exact details.