Archive for August, 2010

Toshiba SmartPad details leak

Posted in Toshiba by Conner Flynn on August 29th, 2010

The Toshiba SmartPad will now be known as the Toshiba Folio 100. We now know about the name change, but specs for the Folio 100 have leaked as well and it’s supposed to run Android 2.2. The Folio 100 will have: A Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, multitouch display ,10.1 “widescreen WSVGA (1024x600pixel), 2 stereo speakers and a microphone.

There’s also 16GB of internal memory, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G, an HDMI port, USB 2.0 standard, USB 2.0 mini audio jack, SD card reader, and 7 hours of battery life.

Fujitsu Lifebook AH530 GFX with 1GB external graphics

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on August 29th, 2010

Fujitsu has announced the Lifebook AH530 GFX. It’s a good looking update to Lifebook AH530. This one has an external graphics card with 1GB of dedicated video memory. Aside from that, you’ll find that it shares the exact same specs as the previous model.

That includes a 15.6-inch glossy LCD, optional Core i3, i5, or i7 CPUs, up to 8GB of RAM and up to 500GB HDD, Blu-ray or DVD drives, and an HDMI output. You’ll also get WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, three USB 2.0 ports, VGA output, and gigabit ethernet onboard.

Samsung Galaxy Tab accessories

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

Is Samsung even trying to keep the Galaxy Tab‘s details a secret? Apparently not. Now some accessories for the upcoming 7-inch Android tablet have been spotted on one of Samsung’s online portals, with pricing details.

The “table charging station” on the top left has a set of HDMI and audio output ports, so you can watch movies on your HDTV. It’s priced at €54 ($69). The keyboard peripheral will cost you €82 ($105), while the leather case is a bargain at €41 ($52).

ExoPC Windows 7 Tablet gets a shipping date

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on August 28th, 2010

If you were looking forward to getting the Windows 7-powered ExoPC tablet, you already know that the tablet was to be delayed by several months. Well, we waited and now the company has confirmed that it will be accepting its first pre-orders on September 3rd.

The first 1,200 orders will be shipped on September 30th. On October 15 the company’s first rebadged partner slate will become available in Canada. Some specs include an 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 pixel display, Intel Atom N450 processor, 2GB of DDR2 RAM, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, USB 2.0, Mini HDMI port, 1.3-megapixel webcam, SD/SDHC memory card reader and a Battery life up to 5-hours.

Dual SIM iPhone 4 case

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on August 28th, 2010

Sure, we’ve seen many phones with dual SIM card slots. Most are for the Asian markets, but the iPhone 4 is not one of them. Well, USBFever has come up with a solution to that problem, with a new $30 case that can hold dual full size SIM cards on the back of your iPhone 4.

It holds the cards in place and runs an adapter to the iPhone 4′s micro SIM slot. You can then switch between the two SIMs from the iPhone’s settings menu, though you can’t use both SIMs simultaneously.

Skullcandy lets you try on headphones using Augmented Reality

Posted in Headphones by Conner Flynn on August 27th, 2010

You can always buy a pair of headphones online, but sometimes you want to check them out in person to see how they would look and feel on your head and ears in the store. That isn’t always possible since certain styles can’t be found at retailers.

Well Skullcandy is changing that. The Skullcandy Virtual room will let you try on a pair of headphones using augmented reality. You can even record your session and send it over to your friends if you look great.

Shogo Open-Source Linux Tablet heading to Japan

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

Everyone is making tablets and everyday we have more to choose from. Now Japanese-based company Redstar has begun pre-orders on their own Shogo Linux-powered tablet. The 10.1-inch tablet will be powered by a Freescale iMX-37 processor, with a 1024 × 600 resolution and multi-touch capability.

Some other features include 4GB of internal memory, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, 3G support, Zigbee, an SDHC memory card slot and 256MB RAM. Who knows if we will see this one in the States.

Netgear announces NeoTV 550 and 350 HD media players

Posted in Netgear by Conner Flynn on August 27th, 2010

Netgear has surprised no one by announcing a few more HD media players. The NeoTV 550 and 350 are both similar to the Digital Entertainer Elite which was released last year without a 500GB internal hard drive as well as access to VOD services including CinemaNow.

Both are capable of playing a long list of codecs in full HD from a variety of attached sources like USB, eSATA (in the case of the 550) or SD storage, as well as streaming content from UPnP, DLNA or WMP11 networks. The 550 has support for external Blu-ray drives and BD-Live.

Google trademarks Speedbook name

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on August 27th, 2010

A new trademark filing by Google shows that Google has trademarked the name “Speedbook” under computer hardware. A speedy notebook? A speedy eReader? A book laced with cocaine? It could be any of the above.

It is likely an upcoming tablet or netbook powered by Google’s Chrome OS. We don’t have any actual details on what the Speedbook might be, until Google decides to fess up and tell us. We’ll keep our eyes and ears open.

Boxee gets a movie library

Posted in movies by Conner Flynn on August 27th, 2010

Boxee users who want movies just got their wish. Boxee has just improved the service by adding a new Movie Library which will complement the existing TV Show Library. The new Movie Library offers thousands of films from all four launch partners: EZTakes, Indie Movies Online, MUBI*, and Openfilm.

Don’t worry about cost, most movies will be available for free, supported by ads. The Movie Library is currently available in for Mac, Windows, and Linux, while a version of Apple TV will be arrive next week.

Microsoft Kinect Beta Program goes live

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on August 27th, 2010

A few weeks back Microsoft was sending out invites, inviting folks to participate in the Kinect Beta Program. Well, users are reporting that they are participating in the program, and pictures have been circulating showing the Kinect-enabled dashboard update on consoles.

There’s a flatter presentation, a new mini-guide, and a revamped Avatar editor. The beta support site mentions Kinect Adventures, Kinect Sports and Kinect Joy Ride as titles they can expect to receive for testing purposes.

Commodore USA’s PC64 All-in-one PC Keyboard is insanely retro

Posted in Commodore by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2010

The folks over at Commodore USA are ready to bring the old school and slam it down on your desktop. The company has announced a new line-up of computers that resemble the original Commodore computers from back in the day.

The best one has to be the one shown above, which is apparently a completely new design, inspired by the original Commodore. Inside this Commodore P64 you’ll find an 2.66 GHz Intel Core I7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 512 MB, 2 TB hard drive, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, and a BLU RAY drive.

iPod nano without Click Wheel is coming

Posted in iPod Nano by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2010

Looks like the September 1st event by Apple might add a new iPod nano that could do away with the traditional Click Wheel design. It sure looks that way judging by some new cases. It’s a radical departure from previous generations of the iPod nano.

The missing Click Wheel makes it all smaller. We won’t know for sure until the event, but this one is looking confirmed.

Next-gen iPod touch, nano, shuffle cases surface

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2010

You know the drill. An Apple event is imminent and lo and behold some cases turn up online. Yep, we’ve been here before. These come from Chinese case retailer X-Doria. There’s a case for what appears to be a 4th-gen iPod touch with a camera, and one that’s described as a case for a “nano 6G,” which could be for a new iPod shuffle with touchscreen.

The iPod touch case looks like it has a curved back similar to the current model, while the nano / shuffle case looks like it will hold that 1.7-inch Apple touchscreen that was rumored last month.

Vodafone Nokia N8 green edition

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2010

Nokia’s savior, the N8, will be available from Vodafone in this lovely shade of green as an exclusive. This new Symbian^3-powered smartphone won’t be available anywhere else. Just Vodafone in the UK.

This lovely green smartphone will be available for purchase later this year if that is your color. You’ll need to sign up for Nokia N8 updates at the Vodafone website while saving up some cash if you want to know when it will arrive. The main draw of the Nokia N8 is its camera, with a Xenon flash, 12-megapixels and the biggest sensor ever seen in a camera phone.