Archive for June, 2010

JayBird offers iPhone app that provides AVRCP control

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on June 30th, 2010

I mentioned yesterday that JayBird had unveiled a new set of Bluetooth headphones that offer controls for tracks on the headphones. The downside was that those controls won’t work with the iPhone since it doesn’t support that feature.

JayBird has announced that it has a new app called Blutrax that adds that Bluetooth music control feature we all want into the iPhone. The app offers full control for skipping tracks, pause, play and more.

Optimus Popularis keyboard shows up in pictures

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2010

Art Lebedev now has a first render of the Optimus Popularis keyboard. Looks pretty sexy and worth the wait. The studio says that it will still cost less than $1000 when it eventually arrives. Look at how cool those new chiclet keys with typewriter spacing look.

You’ll also notice that the numpad is now gone, but apparently the FN key will make it all right. This long awaited keyboard is looking very sweet!

[Engadget]

Verizon iPhone coming in January

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2010

According to Bloomberg, Verizon will begin offering the iPhone in January. That’s according to two unnamed sources who are “familiar with the plans,”. No other details were given. It fits with what we’ve been hearing for the last few months.

No one knows yet if it will be new hardware or just a CDMA iPhone 4. AT&T and Apple’s exclusivity agreement should be running out around January, so that fits. It would also let Verizon show off the deal at CES. I guess we will find out soon.

Jaybird Sportsband SB2 now available in an assortment of candy colors

Posted in Headphones by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2010

The Jaybird Sportsband has received a paint job and a bit of a redesign and are now being called the Jaybird Sportsband SB2. These are available in 9 different colors, from pink, red, blue, and more. Jaybird is also selling two adapters.

The iSport Bluetooth Adapter enables apt-x CD quality music on your iPod, iPhone, or iPad. While the uSport Bluetooth Adapter will allow you to use your Sportsband with any device that has a headphone jack, allowing bluetooth to work on any non-Bluetooth device.

Hulu Plus announced, with iPad, iPhone, Samsung, and others on board

Posted in Hulu by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2010

We’ve heard the rumors about the new Hulu service and now we’ve heard that Hulu Plus, the $10 a month service, will feature entire seasons of shows that are available in limited quantities on the free service, along with other programming not available via Hulu-lite.

There will also be iPod and iPad apps available for streaming with WiFi or 3G and support for Samsung connected TVs and Blu-ray. Support for TVs and Blu-ray players from both Vizio and Sony are also in the works, with PS3 and Xbox 360.

Cisco unveils Cius Android tablet with HD video

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2010

Cisco has just announced a business-minded Android tablet, called the Cius. The tablet offers HD video streaming, real-time video, multi-party conferencing, plus all the regular tablet functions you know and love like messaging, email, and browsing.

No word on the size of the tablet yet, or technical specs, but we know it will weigh 1.15lbs, so it is likely on the small end. Nothing on pricing or availability yet either, but we’re intrigued. Hopefully we will know more soon.

Samsung Intercept SPH-M910 pictures leaked

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2010

The Samsung SPH-M910 may not be official yet, but we know all about it. This handset is apparently headed to Sprint, taking over for the Samsung Moment (SPH-M900). The SPH-M910 is also known as the Samsung Intercept and it will run on the Android 2.1 operating system, though for all we know it may ship with Android 2.2 instead.

Some other specs include a 3.2″ touchscreen display, Bluetooth 2.1, four-row QWERTY keyboard and some shortcuts to social networks. The Samsung Intercept is scheduled for a July 11th release in the US.

Dell Streak to come in some cool packaging

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2010

It’s not confirmed that this will be the actual packaging for the Dell Streak in the US, but if it is, we like it. Looks like it comes in a nice acrylic casing, which is a lot nicer than the usual boring packaging. However using more plastic isn’t cool for the environment.

If the features on the side of the box are accurate, this device will be headed for AT&T’s 850MHz 3G band. Some of those specs include Android 1.6, 5-inch 800 x 480 pixel touchscreen Gorilla Glass display, 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, HSDPA/HSUPA, Bluetooth 2.1, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a VGA front-facing camera.

[Streaksmart]

Quirky Flexible Pivot Power Strip

Posted in Power Strips by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2010

Power strips are great but they have their problems. Like one outlet blocking the other for instance. The Pivot Power from Quirky eliminates that problem with a unique flexible outlet system. Each outlet can be rotated in order to maximize the space for other adapters.

Pretty great solution. It’s not for sale yet, but they’re accepting pre-sale commitments of $23, so if they hit their 960 order goal, they’ll manufacture it. Let’s all order one and reward good design.

KONNET Technology PowerEZ Plus for iPhone 4

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2010

KONNET Technology has just announced the PowerEZ Plus which is a 1000mAh external charging solution for your iPhone and iPod. It retails for $29.99 and will not only juice your device, but also act as a sturdy, retractable prop for watching movies.

It measures just 0.5″ thin and connects to the bottom of your Apple device with four LED lights to tell you how much power remains. To recharge, just hook it up to a USB connection. It also features “Smart Charging” technology and “Over-Current Protection” that prevents over-charging by shutting down when it senses a full charge.

Android-powered Pantech A630K for women

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2010

We don’t see too many phones that are geared toward women, but Pantech has just announced its second Android smartphone, the IM-A630K “Crystal de Izar”. And this one is targeted at the fairer sex. The crystal styling at the bottom can light up in different colors, so I guess they think women love shiny lights.

Some specifications of the Pantech IM-A630K include a 3.2-inch WVGA touchscreen display, Bluetooth, T-DMB TV tuner, 5-megapixel camera, 4GB memory card bundled and of course the Android OS.

Stamp.y Digital Camera stamps your pictures

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2010

The Stamp.y concept is an interesting one. It combines a digital compact camera with a rubber stamp. You take a picture using its camera, then open it up to get a stamp pad, which has the picture that you just took displayed on the rubber stamp.

Pretty cool. Then you can stamp a picture of that masterpiece in pixelated form. Sadly it would probably cost way too much if they could make this one.

Lenovo Skylight Smartbook to get Dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon Processor?

Posted in Netbook by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2010

We haven’t heard any news about this one since back in April. While the delay of Lenovo’s Skylight smartbook is disappointing, it gives Lenovo some time to swap in a newer, more powerful, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor.

The Skylight smartbook should be powered by Google’s Android OS when it is finally released before the end of the year. The processor would certainly make this one more attractive to buyers.

Acer Aspire 1551 with 1.5GHz dual-core Turion II CPU

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2010

Looking for a netbook with some power that also won’t break the bank? The Acer Aspire 1551-5448 should meet both qualifications, with an 11.6-inch LED-backlit display and a 1.5GHz AMD Turion II Neo K625 CPU. This dual-core machine sports a ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4225 GPU for flawless 1080p playback, and extra memory to boot.

There’s also 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 320GB hard drive, 802.11n WiFi, HDMI-out and a six-cell, five-hour battery. The whole thing weighs just over three pounds. The price? Only $550.

Samsung announces Xcover handset with 67-day standby time

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2010

If you want a cellphone that’s more tough than smart, how about Samsung’s new Xcover E2370 handset? It’s basically only good for calls or the occasional text message, but it is fully rugged and IP54-certified for dust and splash resistance.

It also features an impressive 67-day standby time and 22-hour talk time. Not sure when or if it will be released over here, but the phone should hit Europe next month for just under $100.