Archive for July, 2010

Boston Acoustics Solo II AM/FM Radio with Clock

Posted in Radio by Conner Flynn on July 27th, 2010

If you are looking for a new radio, Amazon has started selling the Boston Acoustics Solo II which features an AM/FM tuner with 20 AM/FM station presets. It’s a high performance 3.5-inch full-range speaker with BassTrac audio processing for rich, clean bass all around.

There’s also an auxiliary input for your iPod and other portable media devices. The rotating clock face lets you place it just about anywhere as well.

Tokyoflash Space Digit watch

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on July 27th, 2010

Tokyoflash has introduced their latest watch concept called the Space Digit. This unique and hard to read watch features a silver ring around the face that contrasts against the black case and strap to enhance the fact that the lens is raised above the case.

There is also another deep acrylic lens that covers the interface, and beneath is what appears to be a maze of digits. Blue LEDs light up the display when the button is touched and three flashing digits show the current time.

Facebook trys easy delete option

Posted in Facebook by Conner Flynn on July 27th, 2010

For years Facebook users have wanted tighter security and recent reports that Facebook users in the US are more satisfied with IRS services than that of Facebook isn’t good news for the company. Well, now they are finally making it easier for us to leave Facebook.

Facebook is trying a new feature for unhappy users to delete their accounts more easily. Current delete procedures take 14 days to confirm, during which time you are bombarded with images of “friends” who will “miss you” and have been trying to contact you.

10 inch Motorola Android Gingerbread tablet slated for November

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on July 27th, 2010

Motorola and Android are hooking up more often lately. And why not? The two seem like a match made in heaven. The latest news is that the company is planning an Android powered tablet. Rumor is that this device will feature a 10-inch touchscreen display and feature Google’s latest edition to the Android OS,Gingerbread.

Seems too fast, but it’s aparently expected sometime in November of this year. We can’t wait for all of these Android tablets.

Samsung Epic 4G spec sheet finally surfaces

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on July 27th, 2010

If you are looking forward to the Samsung Epic 4G you’ll be happy to hear that the phone’s full spec sheet has been leaked. We knew about the basics, like the 4 inch Super AMOLED display, five row QWERTY keyboard, 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor, LED flash and 720p HD video recording already.

The leaked specs help fill in some of the gaps, revealing 1GB of ROM, 512 MB of RAM, 1500 mAh battery, six-axis motion sensor, and a few other details. The Epic 4G will be running on Android 2.1 with Touch Wiz 3.0 and will feature the typical Google services and applications.

Dell Streak to hit the US tomorrow

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on July 27th, 2010

Dell’s Streak tablet device has been available across the pond for awhile now and soon it will be our turn. Soon as in tomorrow. That’s when the Dell Streak tablet will be hitting American shores. This confirms our earlier news of a late July release for the Streak in the US.

Dell has now updated the Streak’s pre-order page to read “Our Dell Streak pre-sale sign-up opportunity is no longer available. Please visit www.dell.com/streak tomorrow to purchase your Dell Streak.”

Captain’s Log Star Trek iPhone app

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on July 27th, 2010

The Captain’s Log app allows Star Trek fans to ditch the iPhone’s vanilla Notes and Voice Memos in favor of a Starfleet-themed communicator, allowing for sound and text capture, and the ability to map GPS coordinates. This is very useful when headed to your local grocery store.

Stardate 2010…I ran out of toilet paper and had to use a spare starfleet shirt…Will also pick up some Romulan ale and hit on some babes… You can also browse a 3D rendering of the Starship Enterprise before taking on a command rank, when you will be able to share logs with fellow captains using social networks.

Sharp’s Brain PW-AC10 e-dictionary looks like a phone

Posted in Sharp by Conner Flynn on July 27th, 2010

Here’s a Sharp e-dictionary that looks like a phone. It’s called the Brain PW-AC10 and aims to fool people with it’s BlackBerry-esque candybar looks. The device claims to be the industry’s lightest e-dictionary while carrying two AAA batteries that keep it going for a full 110 hours.

That 2.4-inch LCD QVGA screen will take some getting used to, but the device packs the usual English-Japanese translator, a flashcard feature, and a seven-language traveling phrase book with color images.

AAXA Technologies unveils M1 Limited Micro Projector

Posted in Projectors by Shane McGlaun on July 27th, 2010

There is a huge range of sizes and capabilities when it comes to projectors. You can get some huge projectors running into the tens of thousands of dollars range for use in the home. You can also get some cheap and tiny projectors for mobile users.

AAXA has unveiled a new projector that falls into that latter category called the M1 Limited Micro Projector. This projector is an updated version of the M1 that AAXA launched last year. The original version had 66 lumens of brightness.

UVmini kills germs on your toothbrush

Posted in USB by Shane McGlaun on July 27th, 2010

I spent the first decade after I left college working in the hospital. The thing you always have to worry about there are germs making you sick and spreading them to other people that you see.

Every hospital I have ever seen used UV light to kill airborne germs, the tech is known to work well. A new gadget has turned up called the UVmini that uses this tech to kill germs on your toothbrush.

Canon EOS 7D firmware update fixes problem with AF and movie mode

Posted in Canon by Shane McGlaun on July 27th, 2010

Anytime we buy gear that turns out to have problems with how it operates it can be very frustrating. The best geeks can hope for is that the manufacturer will quickly offer up a fix for the issues.

If you own a Canon EOS 7D a new firmware update is available that takes the camera to version 1.2.2. The new firmware update fixes an annoying issue where the aperture moves when shooting movies in manual exposure mode using some lenses.

Rambus wins in patent dispute with NVIDIA

Posted in NVIDIA by Shane McGlaun on July 27th, 2010

Rambus an NVIDIA have been fighting a patent war for a while now. Rambus alleges that just about everything that NVIDIA builds infringes on patents it owns.

Rambus took the case to the ITC and sought an injunction barring the import of the infringing products, which is just about everything but Ion from NVIDIA. Today the ITC ruled in Rambus’ favor and granted the injunction.

Digital slingshot tags buildings with SMS

Posted in Weapons by Conner Flynn on July 27th, 2010

We’ve never seen a slingshot like this before. This slingshot looks like a typical primitive weapon, but that isn’t what it is all about. Hence the alphanumeric keypad. It will instead tag a building (or several) through the use of SMS.

This digital slingshot was designed by a media group in Berlin. Just type in a message, aim it at a building at fire. Your message will then splatter all over the building. The slingshot is equipped with Arduino, a laser, communications radio and keypad, it truly interacts with the projection system. So your aim matters. Video here.

Apple releases new 27-inch LED Cinema Display

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on July 27th, 2010

Apple has just announced its latest 27″ LED Cinema Display. It features a stunning 2560 x 1440 resolution and 60% more screen real estate compared to its predecessor. It has a built-in iSight video camera, microphone and speakers, a powered USB 2.0 hub and universal MagSafe connector.

This good looking $999 monitor also sports a beautiful 16:9 edge-to-edge glass display on an aluminum stand with an adjustable hinge, so that tilting the display requires almost no effort at all. Let’s not forget the 178 degree viewing angle.

Apple unveils Magic Trackpad

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on July 27th, 2010

The rumors were right and here it is. The Apple Magic Trackpad is a wireless touch input device that just debuted in Apple’s Store app for iOS 4. The glass-covered device sports an aluminum shell that replicates the multitouch area of Apple’s MacBooks.

The device is powered by a built-in battery, so you’ll need to keep it juiced if you’re going to use it a lot. The Apple Magic Trackpad will retail for $69 and uses no wires thanks to built-in Bluetooth.