Archive for August, 2010

PhotoFast shows off sweet iPADock

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on August 31st, 2010

Keeping gadgets like the iPad and iPhone charged up when there are multiple devices in the same house can be a challenge. We have four Apple devices in our house and we only have one charge cable plugged in. We end up jockeying the devices around for charging and that gets to be a pain.

A new dock from PhotoFast has surfaced that is perfect for people with multiple Apple devices. The dock is called the iPADock and has two slots that can support up to four iPhones or iPods for charging. A single slot can also support one iPad as well.

Sansa outs new Fuze+ PMPs

Posted in Portable Meda Players by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2010

Sansa has updated its Fuze PMP with the new Fuze+. This new device features a 2.4-inch LCD and comes in 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB capacities, in red, white, purple, blue and black. The 16GB only comes in black.

The Fuze+ is compatible with slotRadio and all microSDHC cards that go along with it, will support all major file formats, and comes with a new user interface.

Canon outs world’s largest CMOS sensor

Posted in Canon by Shane McGlaun on August 31st, 2010

Canon has a bunch of cameras on the market that run the gamut from entry-level units up to high-end professional cameras. The company also designs and builds its own hardware like sensors and lenses for use on its cameras as well.

Today Canon has announced the world’s largest CMOs sensor with a size of 202 x 205mm. A sensor that large will surely be expensive considering that only one can be made from the typical 300mm silicon wafer. Canon says the sensor is 40 times larger than its next largest commercial CMOS sensor.

Jensen JiPS-250i iPad dock with video out, speakers

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on August 30th, 2010

Jensen has a new dock for your iPad, the JiPS-250i. It works with iPads, iPods and iPhones, but the rotating dock is designed specifically for the iPad, allowing users to adjust the display for portrait or landscape viewing. Built-in speakers amplify sound, while a video line-out let’s you attach a separate display.

There’s also a free companion app that features an alarm clock, voice recording, calendar, equalizer, music player, photo album, and social networking integration. A remote control is included.

Mejikara Anti-Wrinkle Glasses make you look like a low budget superhero

Posted in Humor by Conner Flynn on August 30th, 2010

Here in the US most people get rid of wrinkles by using moisturizing face cream, or Botox. The latter just makes you look like you are surprised all of the time and it must be really hard to move your face. Folks in Japan have a better way.

The Mejikara Anti-Wrinkle Glasses are designed to stop wrinkles before they happen, while at the same time making you look like you have a cheap superhero mask on. Just wear these silly yellow goggles for 5 minutes each day and supposedly will end up looking less old and tired. Because “On the inside of the Mejikara there are specially-designed ridges which massage and help your skin.”

Samsung Wave 723 sports Bada, built-in leather flip cover

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on August 30th, 2010

Looks like Samsung has expanded its fledgling Bada-based phone line by launching the Wave 723. It’s a step below the original Wave with a 3.2-inch LCD instead of Super AMOLED, but it does have a unique leather flip cover built into the body itself to protect the phone’s screen.

Most of the other features have crossed over, including the 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 and the five-megapixel camera with flash. The phone is one of the first to use Bada 1.1 out of the box and can run apps from the first Wave, or other Bada phones, at native resolution without too much extra work.

Princeton outs new USB Flash Drives

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on August 30th, 2010

Princeton is getting ready to drop a new line of USB flash drives called the Xiao Turn 2. These are pretty colorful with an interesting style and come in capacities from 2GB to 32GB.

These pocket-friendly drives have a rotating cover, a USB 2.0 interface and will play nice with Windows 7, Vista, XP and Mac OS X 10.1.3 or later. The 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB and 32GB models will be available in early September for $16, $21, $36, $69 and $139.

WePad outsells iPad in Germany

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on August 30th, 2010

The WePad may sound like a Nintendo version of the iPad, but it’s no toy. It’s selling like gangbusters in Germany, where it has outsold Apple’s iPad.

Looking at the specs should tell you why. To refresh your memory, some specifications include an 11.6 inch display screen, an Atom N450 processor, 1 GB RAM, a 16GB/32GB SSD option, Wi-fi, Bluetooth, GPS, UMTS, a 1.3 megapixel processor, HD recording via a Broadcom Crystal HD Card and Windows 7.

Nokia C6-01 to run Symbian^3?

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on August 30th, 2010

The Nokia C6-01 first showed up back in July, and aside from the 8-megapixel camera, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 360 x 640 pixel touchscreen display, Wi-Fi, GPS, and Ovi Maps, it looks like it has another trick.

It might run Symbian^3. A Bulgarian online retailer uploaded some photos of the C6-01 which showed off the Symbian^3 operating system. Now mysteriously, the photos have changed to show Symbian^1, so we aren’t sure exactly what is going on. Hopefully we will learn more soon.

TEGATech TEGA V2 Tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on August 30th, 2010

Tablets everywhere are bumping shoulders,cameras,bezels and touchscreens as the market gets way too overcrowded, but that isn’t stopping manufacturers from outing more of em. The TEGA V2 tablet stands out a bit as it runs Windows 7 and sports some netbook-like specifications.

Those specs include an Intel Atom N455 processor, up to 4GB of RAM, an SD/SDHC memory card slot, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, 3G, WiMAX and WiBro. It comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities with a 10-inch multitouch display.

Samsung claims to sell 1 million Galaxy S smartphones in 45 days in the US

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on August 30th, 2010

Samsung claims that they’ve sold a million Galaxy S phones in the US over just a month and a half. We know those aren’t iPhone 4 worthy numbers, but that is pretty amazing.

The success isn’t limited to the US. It took Samsung just three weeks to sell a million Galaxy S smartphones globally and they did that before the device even arrived in the US. The company has sold 300,000 in S. Korea alone during that time and 900,000 for the quarter.

LG E720 Android Smartphone leaks

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on August 30th, 2010

This LG E720 has shown up on a Polish site. Looks like it is a Froyo-equipped device with a 3.2 inch display, also sporting Qualcomm’s MSM7227 core and a 5 megapixel camera on back.

This is no Galaxy S killer, so no worries. There’s no info on pricing or availability right now, but hopefully they move on this fast since Android 3.0 will be arriving soon enough.

Xbox Live Gold price increasing November 1st

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on August 30th, 2010

Here’s some sad news. We can’t say it’s unexpected though. Microsoft’s Major Nelson has just announced that Xbox Live Gold will be getting more expensive not only in the US, but also in the UK, Canada, and Mexico starting November 1.

One month will go from $7.99 to $9.99, three months will go from $19.99 to $24.99, and the yearly subscription will now be $59.99, up from $49.99. Microsoft is running a “lock in” promo for a discounted $40 one-year Gold sub starting November 1, which is nice if your subscription is ready to expire around then.

Cloud Storage for the Real World

Posted in Designs by Shane McGlaun on August 30th, 2010

Say cloud storage to a bunch of geeks and we start to think about storing our photos and other important content online rather than locally. There are lots of cloud-based storage options around and not all of them are what you think.

A new design concept shelf for the wall that looks like a cloud has brought cloud storage to a new meaning. The design concept looks like a puffy cloud and is called Shelf Cumulus. It is made from metal and painted white.

Online Version May Mean Death of Printed Oxford Dictionary

Posted in Internet2 by Shane McGlaun on August 30th, 2010

Back when I was in grade school, we had to look up words in the dictionary as punishment. I hated it. Today people don’t really use dictionaries; most of us just look up words online. The online use of one of the oldest dictionaries around called the Oxford English Dictionary has grown so much, the next version may not even be offered in print.

The third edition of the Oxford dictionary will be ready to publish in about ten years; it is only about a quarter complete right now. While the second edition printed in 1989 has sold 30,000 volumes, the online version is much more popular.