Archive for July, 2010

BlackBerry 6: Multimedia Experience

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on July 22nd, 2010

RIM has now shared some additional screenshots of the improved multimedia capabilities of BlackBerry OS 6, giving us a taste of what we can expect when the OS arrives. Users can get album art from iTunes and other locations if they sync with BlackBerry Media Sync, and you can navigate tracks with a carousel interface in landscape mode, just like Apple’s Cover Flow.

Multi-touch pinch-to-zoom will be available on touchscreen BlackBerry devices, and you can capture photos with the new onscreen controls. You can also sync photos and videos to and from your smartphones.

Motorola Droid X having Wi-Fi problems?

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on July 22nd, 2010

With the iPhone 4′s Death Grip issue, many haven’t even noticed that the Motorola Droid X has it’s own problems. There were some recent display issues, but now users are also reporting that the phone has difficulty connecting to Wi-Fi hotspots, and once they do, they encounter poor network performance.

Apparently changing the encryption from AES to TKIP seems to help. Some users have also noticed that using 802.11g instead of 802.11n helps to reduce the issue. Hopefully Verizon and Motorola are working on it.

Nook for Android

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on July 22nd, 2010

Nook for Android is here, allowing to you read your Nook books and buy new titles on any Android phone. The app will automatically syncs bookmarks and your most recently read pages, and includes LendMe.

You’ll get all of the usual ebook app standbys like turning pages just with a flick, and there also are 8 fonts and 5 sizes for text so you can set it how you like it.

Samsung PL200 digital camera is small with lots of resolution

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on July 22nd, 2010

Samsung has unveiled a new and compact digital camera that still packs in lots of resolution and other features. The camera is called the PL200 and measures in at 3.9″ x 2.3″ x 0.83″.

Despite the small size of the camera the little beast packs in a 14.2-megapixel sensor and has a rear LCD that measures 3-inches and has a resolution of 230k and can shoot HD resolution video. The video is recorded in 720p at 30 frames per second in H.264 format.

Onkyo HDMI-connected 10.1-inch picture frame

Posted in Digital Photo Frames by Conner Flynn on July 22nd, 2010

Onkyo’s LPF10M01 is basically a netbook screen without the netbook. 10.1 inches of LED-backlit LCD with a resolution of 1,024 x 600 and 250 nits of brightness and a 500 to 1 contrast ratio. The interesting part is the HDMI input, which is something you don’t normally see in picture frames.

There’s also a USB port, SDHC and Memory Stick card reader, and 512MB of integrated memory. It could be nice as a secondary display with it’s 140 degree horizontal viewing angle and 110 on the vertical axis.

Microsoft allegedly axed cross-platform gaming service because console gamers were powned

Posted in Microsoft by Shane McGlaun on July 22nd, 2010

We will never know without Microsoft fessing up if this rumor is true or not, but it has more than a tinge of believability. Raul Sood from HP-owned Voodoo has stated that sources have told him that the reason Microsoft killed off its cross-platform gaming service that was in testing was because console gamers were smeared by PC gamers.

According to Sood, console gamers lost every single match during testing of the cross-platform service when paired against a PC gamer. This is an interesting claim and explains why after Microsoft talked up the service and went to testing it never came to market.

Circuit board table is DIY at its geekiest

Posted in DIY by Shane McGlaun on July 22nd, 2010

I know that my wife would never let a coffee table as geeky as the one this DIY guy created from old computer parts into our house. This thing would look really good in my office though. The builder took old mainboards and other computer parts and built one of the coolest tables I have seen.

The table is actually made from two tables with a smaller table that the mainboards and components are attached to inside the larger table. The larger table is made from wood and glass with LED lights to let you see all the geekery inside the glass table.

HydroFill device makes hydrogen for MiniPak fuel cell charger

Posted in fuel cell by Shane McGlaun on July 22nd, 2010

Hydrogen fuel cells are one of the things that promise to power our gadgets without needing to plug them in or use electricity. However, getting the hydrogen for the fuel cells to run on does require power of some sort.

A new device called the HydroFill is available that can be ran from an AC outlet or a solar panel. The device uses plain distilled water to generate hydrogen that it stores inside HydroStik containers. Those HydroStik containers can then be used in the MiniPak hand held fuel cell charger.

Dell Streak to be available in late July in the US

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on July 21st, 2010

The Dell Streak is so well known it’s as if it’s been available in the US for some time now. In fact, it’s odd that we still don’t have a US release date for Dell’s Streak. Dell isn’t talking.

However, the company’s US product page has been updated to say: “available for purchase in late July.” It would have been nice to get more of a heads up, but at least it is already late July, making your wait a small one.

BP posts fake Oil Crisis Command Center photo

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on July 21st, 2010

In addition to all of the other lies that BP has been caught telling, now they have been exposed for posting a Photoshopped image of their Oil Crisis Command Center on the main BP website. The original image posted by BP which has now been removed, looks legitimate at first glance. But upon closer examination, it is obviously a very poor cut and paste job.

A spokesman for BP said that there was nothing sinister in the photo alteration and provided the original unaltered version. He said that a photographer working for the company had inserted the three images in spots where the video screens were blank.

Projector wedding ring

Posted in Projectors by Conner Flynn on July 21st, 2010

How do you make your wedding ring stand out these days, among all of the rest? Put a projector in it. Groom-to-be Luke Jerram worked with jewelry designer Tamrakar on this bespoke projector ring design. It has a mini lens and transparent slide with a tiny image of himself and his bride that is ‘projected’ when you shine light through it.

The image can be changed to whatever you want in there, so you aren’t stuck with just one image. Sadly, this is just a one-off design, so if you want one you are on your own.

Motorola undecided about Android 2.2 on the Milestone

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on July 21st, 2010

Owners of the Motorola Milestone are wondering if they will be getting a firmware update to Android 2.2. Well, there is some bad news. James King, the marketing director of the European region, has stated that they still haven’t made a decision as to whether the Milestone will be getting the Android 2.2 update or not.

The issue is that it will take a lot of effort with testing and integration to make sure everything works perfectly before pushing it out. You could always choose to see it as a glass half full sort of deal, but it doesn’t sound encouraging to us.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 High-speed Superzoom Camera

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on July 21st, 2010

Panasonic has just announced the Lumix DMC-FZ100, their latest model in the FZ-Series of Lumix digital cameras. Some features include a tilt-and-swivel 3-inch LCD display, a built-in eye-level electronic viewfinder (EVF), and a hot shoe that supports external flash or a microphone.

Expect this one to be launched in August for about $500. Some specs include a 14-megapixel CMOS sensor, RAW shooting, Venus Engine FHD image processor, Support for 1080p AVCHD Lite video capture, 11fps burst shooting, 3-inch swivel LCD display and a 24x optical zoom.

Free iPhone 4 Bumper Cases will cost Apple $175 million

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on July 21st, 2010

Apple’s recent offer of free bumper cases for the iPhone 4 is generous. Not as generous as a well engineered phone, but still. The move will cost quite a bit. One analyst had previously speculated that a full hardware recall would set Apple back $1.5B. Apple has announced a figure that is a bit easier to swallow.

The free bumper cases for the iPhone 4 will cost the company $175 million. But one still has to ask, how does such an engineering snafu get past Apple in the first place? One wonders if they were trying to save money for some reason. This whole issue is very unlike Apple.

Motorola Droid X And HTC Incredible pushed back to August

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on July 21st, 2010

The Droid Incredible and the Droid X have been been quite the hit, so much so that the carrier has been having trouble keeping up with demand for the devices. I guess if you have to have problems, this is a good one to have.

According to Verizon’s website, if you want to get hold of the HTC Droid Incredible and the Motorola Droid X, you will have to wait until August 3rd. The Droid Incredible has a track record of being delayed, but the delay to the Droid X will be bad news to the many who are waiting.