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Pocketbook announces color touch screen Android e-reader

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on August 22nd, 2010

PocketBook has announced five new models that will be released at IFA in September. They include a pair of entry-level ProBook 602 and 902 models, and the ProBook 603 and 903 premium models. The 60x designated models feature 6-inch screens, while the 90x models have a bigger 9.7-inch screen.

All models have 2GB of internal storage, a Linux-based OS, and WiFi and Bluetooth. The higher-end versions also have 3G connectivity and a Wacom touchscreen. The “entertainment model” PocketBook IQ will be available in three case color options, with a 7-inch TFT color touchscreen, WiFi, Bluetooth, and Android 2.0.

Best Buy focusing on tablets this holiday season

Posted in Best Buy by Conner Flynn on August 22nd, 2010

If you happen to be at a Best Buy today, you’ll find just one tablet for sale: Apple’s iPad. But when this holiday season comes around, that will all change. According to Shawn Score, president of Best Buy Mobile, the company will be focusing on tablets during this years holidays.

He says that “Like e-readers over the last couple years, we think customers will think of Best Buy for tablets and expect us to have the right ones.” He didn’t confirm any models or brands, but we pretty much know which tablets to look out for.

Dell Thunder prototype detailed

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on August 20th, 2010

The folks over at Engadget have a pair of Dell Thunder smartphone prototypes and they’ve shared some details about the specifications. The new Dell Thunder will be equipped with a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor with Qualcomm Adreno graphics, 4.1-inch touch-screen display, 512 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM, 8 megapixel camera with LED flash, and maybe a front-facing VGA camera.

The two devices had different operating systems, with one running a developer build of Android 1.6 and the other running Android 2.1. That made a differences to their resolutions of 800 x 600 and the other 1,280 x 768.

Android Cruz Reader and Cruz Tablet available to pre-order

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on August 20th, 2010

The new Cruz Reader and Cruz Tablet are now ready for your pre-ordering. Shipping dates are the 8th September for the reader and 27th September for the tablet. The Cruz Reader runs Google Android as the Operating System and features built-in Wi-Fi and a full web browser, accelerometer, built-in dictionary, note pad, calendar, games, and apps. It also boasts 256 MB of internal memory as well as a 2GB SD card and comes with a battery for up to 10+ hours of use.

The Cruz Tablet features a 7” capacitive touch screen, 4 GB of internal storage, and an 8GB bundled SD card.

BitFenix Colossus PC case unveiled

Posted in Computer Cases by Shane McGlaun on August 20th, 2010

BitFenix isn’t a company I have heard of before seeing its awesome Colossus case hit the market this week. The new Colossus case looking like something you would run across in an Egyptian pyramid on Star Gate.

The chassis is a full ATX unit that has tons of space and supports ATX and larger mainboards. It has a single external 5.25″ drive bay and four internal bays of the same size. It also has seven 2.5″ or 3.5″ internal bays and a robust cooling system using 230mm fans.

Canon G12 digital camera leaks

Posted in Canon by Shane McGlaun on August 20th, 2010

Canon has been making its G series of digital cameras for a while now. These cameras are some of the more expensive point and shoot units you can buy and offer a lot of manual features. They are intended to sit in the gap between a normal digital camera and a DSLR.

A new camera from Canon called the G12 has leaked that should be getting official later this month according to rumors. What we know about it so far is that he camera has a 10MP CCD and a 5x optical zoon lens.

iLunascape Browser for iPad

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on August 20th, 2010

The new iLunascape browser has been specifically designed for browsing on Apples iPad and will keep all your browsing functions at your fingertips. The iLunscape design takes into account how people hold and interact with their iPads by moving most of you browsing controls to the bottom.

It also offers tabbed browsing, common in standard desktop browsers but not often found in mobile-device browsers. The folks at i4U give the app a 9 out of 10. Should make using your iPad more enjoyable.

Sony develops Single Wire Interface Technology

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on August 20th, 2010

Sony has developed a single wire interface technology. The new design will replace the 20 or so cables that are usually found inside mobile phones to provide power, control signals, audio, video etc, with one single copper wire that can handle data at 940Mbps.

This design should offer greater reliability and give Sony’s design team more flexibility and space when designing their products. We can’t wait to see what they do with it. Less wires will allow them to do all sorts of things.

Concept chair is a hole in the floor

Posted in Concepts by Shane McGlaun on August 20th, 2010

I have seen my chare of concept products before and many of them have been furniture items. Typically, a concept is a cool product with a unique design. A new concept chair has surfaced, and I use the term chair loosely here.

The chair is called the OOoo chair and isn’t a chair, it’s a couple holes in the floor. You sit on the floor and stick your legs into the holes rather than sitting pretzel style. You can hardly call this a chair.

Logitech Wireless Headset H760 lands for pre-order

Posted in Logitech by Shane McGlaun on August 20th, 2010

Logitech has announced a new wireless headset is coming to market that is aimed at the office type or home user who makes lots of VoIP calls and voice chats from the computer. The headset is called the Wireless Headset H760. The thing is up for pre-order right now.

Exactly when the headset will ship is unknown. The pre-order price is $99.99. For that much money, you get a headset that uses behind the ear style for comfort. That style should also keep your hairdo neat as well. The ear pads are sculpted foam and pivot.

Dell Streak could arrive in Asia in 2011

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on August 20th, 2010

The Dell Streak has already streaked across Europe and the US. Now it’s Asias turn. The 5″ Android-powered tablet/smartphone will likely arrive in Asia in early 2011, we just aren’t sure which parts of Asia.

The only way for those living in Asia to get one right now is to purchase a cheap locked model from the States, or pay more for an unlocked European model, neither including shipping costs.

Sanyo Flip-Like Pocket Cam does 1080p at 30FPS

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on August 19th, 2010

Sanyo is now offering its first Flip-type camera, with 3X optical zoom and dual-mics. The VPC-PD2BK will cost you just $170, which lines up nicely with the rest of the pocket cameras. And yes, it can do 1080P at 30FPS.

It takes 10-megapixel photos, has stereo sound recording, flash, is SD/SDHC/SDXC card compatible and measures 2.48 x 0.87 x 4.36. Those are some nice features packed into this tiny cam.

BlackBerry BlackPad Tablet to run OS developed by QNX

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on August 19th, 2010

Word on the tablet street is that RIM will be using an operating system developed by QNX Software Systems for its upcoming tablet, the BlackPad. This is interesting news because it means that RIM won’t be using its own BlackBerry 6 OS.

Last month RIM acquired the Internet rights to blackpad.com, according to the Whois database. We can’t wait to see how it all plays out with this OS. It’s an interesting move by the company.

Toshiba HDD Platters get 2.5Tb of data on every square inch

Posted in Toshiba by Conner Flynn on August 19th, 2010

SSDs are popular, but traditional hard drives still have a place in our devices. Toshiba has been demonstrating a prototype of a new storage technique called bit-pattern recording. This technique offers a storage density of 2.5Tb per square inch, or to put it another way, about five times more than the company’s current offerings.

They achieve this by placing individual bits onto lithographed “islands” of magnetic material that will protect the charge of the individual bit while allowing the sector to be smaller. We won’t be seeing this until about 2013 however.

Canon launches SELPHY CP800 Compact Photo Printer

Posted in Canon by Conner Flynn on August 19th, 2010

Canon isn’t all about cameras, they’ve also just released their latest compact photo printer, the SELPHY CP800. This one is the successor to the CP780. One interesting feature of the new printer is a shuffle function that randomly selects photos from the memory card and combines them into a single 4×6-inch image. You feeling lucky?

The CP800 features a new 2.5-inch tilting LCD display, an optional battery pack, and also a Bluetooth adapter to print wirelessly. The SELPHY CP800 plays nice with both Windows and Mac and will cost you $100 in black or white.