Archive for August, 2010

Free iPad scam hits Facebook and Twitter

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

If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. That’s some sound advice that you can apply to everything in life. Especially when it comes to internet “offers”. And there’s a sucker born every minute. Messages on Facebook or Twitter which offer a free iPad, are bait for these gullible people.

You should avoid these at all cost. since this scam spreads through hacked accounts and will ask you to check out a website that offers to send free iPads to everyone who responds. Twitter and Facebook are aware of the situation. Facebook is sending out password resets to hacked individuals.

BlackBerry OS updates available for the Pearl 3G and Bold 9000

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

Good news for those of you who own either the BlackBerry Pearl 3G or Bold 9000. Both devices have had their OS update leaked. It isn’t official, so do it at your own risk. But it’s nice to know things are moving forward.

Hit the link below for the download links. We would suggest backing up beforehand, since you know, this isn’t official and all. Better safe than sorry.

Garmin Edge 800 for cyclists

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

GPS navigation systems aren’t just for drivers anymore. The Garmin Edge 800 is for cyclists who need accurate information in the simplest way possible. It merges the most popular aspects of the Edge 500 and Edge 705 along with an updated intuitive touchscreen interface.

New mapping options include Garmin’s BaseCamp route planning and BirdsEye Satellite Imagery and the Edge 800 is smart enough to track all performance data, so you can view it over a 2.6” display while keeping track of speed, distance, time, GPS position, elevation, calories burned, climb and descent.

Dell to open source Streak code

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

Dell has made a promise to open source its Streak code. Dell’s official blogger Lionel Menchaca says that Dell will meet “all applicable requirements” in due time. The version of Android 1.6 used by Dell is based on a Linux kernel and fits under the GNU Public License (GPL), which requires that it open-source any new code.

Without Dell’s custom portions of software, programmers haven’t had access to the drivers and other code that speaks to the Streak’s hardware. There is no deadline for when code must be published, but it’s usually assumed code will be available immediately or shortly before any hardware or software ships.

Sony PS4 not download only

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

Digital downloads might seem like the future when it comes to consoles, but realistically it is still a long way off, according to Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Kaz Hirai. He ruled out future digital-only PlayStation consoles (perhaps thinking about the PS4), despite Sony being the first company do so with the PSPgo. In that case it didn’t go over so well.

Most gamers still prefer physical media anyway, so it will be a long time before we see digital only consoles go mainstream. Would you want physical content or digital?

Palm Pre, now with iPhone home button

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2010

Can’t decide between a Palm Pre or an iPhone? Why not get both in this clone, which comes in the form of the Palm Pre, with the iPhone home button. On the hardware side, it features a QWERTY keyboard, that iPhone home button and an operating system that tries to pass itself off as iOS.

It also supports dual SIM, with two cameras, a 3″ touchscreen display at 240 x 400 resolution, a microSD memory card slot, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. It’s compatible only with GSM networks.

HTC Windows Phone 7 device hits FCC

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

Those busy bees at the FCC have been checking out a Windows Phone 7-powered device from HTC. The ID label HTC filed comes in a cool retro yellow, which points toward the fashion side of things instead of corporate black.

Also it appears that this device will be heading to our friends across the pond first, since there’s no mention of US-compatible WCDMA or EV-DO networks. It will cover EDGE 850/1900 and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Sharp to release e-book reader to compete with the iPad

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

Sharp’s President Mikio Katayama has said that their upcoming e-reader will be a rival for the Apple iPad. That’s quite a boast. Hopefully it will live up to the hype. This new device is being readied to hit the market before the year is over.

We know that this e-book reader will use a color LCD display with a new file format for e-books called XMDF. XMDF will use video and music along with basic text. It may even be 3D capable, since Sharp is behind the Nintendo 3DS display.

Canon unveils 60D DSLR camera

Posted in Canon by Shane McGlaun on August 26th, 2010

Canon has unveiled its latest DSLR camera called the EOS 60D. The new camera will replace the 50D in the Canon line and offers new features. The only change that isn’t so good is that the 60D uses a plastic body rather than the magnesium body of the 50D.

The EOS 60D has a 3-inch Live View LCD that articulates into several different angles for easy shooting. The camera also has integrated RAW processing and creative filters. The image sensor for the camera has 18MP resolution and uses a DIGIC 4 image processor.

Microsoft offers up Studio Series Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000

Posted in Microsoft by Shane McGlaun on August 26th, 2010

Microsoft has pulled the covers off a new wireless mouse that can be had in six different colors and patterns called the Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000. As the name suggest the mouse is aimed at the notebook user looking for a mouse to use on the go.

The 4000 uses Microsoft’s BlueTrack technology and has a plug-and-go-nano transceiver, 2.4GHz wireless technology, and a 10-month battery life. The mouse comes in two models that are the same and only differ in the patterns offered. The D5D-00068 will be offered in many locations and comes in a bright pink Pirouette design, a white and gray design called Downtown, and a skull design called Crania.

LG and Sony license Hillcrest Labs Freespace tech

Posted in Sony by Shane McGlaun on August 26th, 2010

With each new line of TVs that debut, we get more and more features. It’s common today for TVs to have full HD resolution, 3D, and internet connectivity all built-in. The internet connectivity opens up a whole new world of content for the viewer right from their TV.

A company called Hillcrest Labs has announced that it has licensed its Freespace technology to both Sony and LG for use in remote controls for web-connected TVs. The technology allows the remotes to be used like a mouse for HTPCs that needs no desk.

Smartphone apps market hit $2.2B in the first half of 2010

Posted in Software by Shane McGlaun on August 26th, 2010

If you needed anymore proof that the sale of apps for smartphones was a huge and booming business than the success of the App Store here it is. A company called Research2guidance has offered up the results of its app research.

According to the company, the market for apps was worth $2.2 billion in the first half of the year. To compare for all of 2009 the app market was worth only $1.7 billion. The number of apps downloaded in the first half of 2010 was 3.9 billion with only 3.1 billion downloaded in all of 2009.

Stream Netflix Movies and TV Shows on iPhone and iPod Touch

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2010

We knew it was coming and at last it is here. Netflix’s iPhone and iPod Touch apps are now available on the App Store. Android users still need to wait since there is still no sign of an app for Android.

So feel free to check out all of those movies that will look awesome on your small screen. Of course you could always watch it on your iPad too.

Griffin PartyDock unveiled by FCC

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on August 26th, 2010

There are tons of docks on the market for the iPhone and iPod touch. The docks are typically only used for charging and playing music and other content through external speakers and screens. A new dock has been revealed by the FCC from Griffin.

The new dock is called the PartyDock and it is design to enable multiplayer gaming in the iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone. The dock has four wireless controllers that will function with the three included PartyDock games. Those games include Midway Motors, Fishing Frenzy and Flippin’ Frogs.

Mili PowerSpring 4 doubles your iPhone 4 battery life

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2010

There’s a whole industry built around extending your iPhone 4s battery life, since it isn’t replaceable like the Galaxy S. Here’s the latest device to get your iPhone all juiced up, the latest case with an extended battery pack.

The Mili PowerSpring 4 ships today for £54.99 (or $85 on Amazon). The company claims that it’s the world’s thinnest iPhone 4 battery pack to double your battery life thanks to a 1600mAh capacity Li-Pol battery.