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Archive for September, 2010

Brando’s iPad case looks like a notebook

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

If you’re looking for an iPad case that also has a built-in keyboard, this one will do the trick. Check out this new case from Brando. It makes your iPad look like a notebook.

The keyboard runs through Bluetooth and has a built-in lithium battery that’s good for about a week and stands-by for a full 100 days. The keyboard can even be removed and used up to 10 meters away. It’s made of high-quality leather and claims to be waterproof as well.

Tree talks to the world using Facebook and Twitter

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on September 20th, 2010

The Flemish. If anyone can get a tree to talk to the world, it’s them. This talking tree was found in Brussels. This collaboration between EOS Magazine and Happiness Brussels has a 100 year old tree outfitted with a dust meter, ozone meter, light meter, weather station, webcam and microphone. They all report back to Twitter, Flickr, Soundlcoud, and Facebook, as well as talking-tree.com.

This is convenient because the last time a tree talked to you it involved psychoactive drugs and purple bunnies. This has got to be better, right? Video below.

Apple licenses tech from TV guide maker Rovi

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on September 20th, 2010

Apple never rests and as proof, an SEC filing today revealed that it has struck a “multi-year agreement” with Rovi in what may be a strategy to support the new Apple TV. The terms are secret, but will let Apple license Rovi’s technology over the course of the deal. Neither company has commented yet.

It’s hard to say what Apple would use the tech for. The company makes interactive program guide material that taps into TV channel lineups. It also makes software for set-top boxes to access and share media stored both on the Internet and the local network. So Apple TV is a good guess.

Playstation Move gets iFixit teardown

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on September 20th, 2010

As usual, the folks over at iFixit have wasted no time doing their latest autopsy, this time on the Playstation Move. The teardown yielded two surprises. The motion controller is very easy to dismantled compared with most devices.

They also discovered that the Move includes many components that are typically included in smartphones. It has an accelerometer and a gyroscope, but also a full processor, a vibrating motor, Bluetooth and a compass.

Apple acquires face recognition company Polar Rose

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on September 20th, 2010

Norwegian Mac Site Mac1 is reporting that Apple has just bought all shares for the Swedish face recognition company Polar Rose. Neither Apple or Polar Rose have commented on the speculation just yet, but Polar Rose did take down its Flickr service late last month.

This is an interesting move for Apple who already have some Face recognition built into iPhoto for its Faces functionality. Polar Rose’s technology can be built into web applications like MobileMe as well. Polar Rose also had an Android version but, well Apple isn’t interested in that.

HP Envy 100 Web-connected Printer

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on September 20th, 2010

The HP Envy 100 All-in-One uses the company’s ePrint technology, allowing users to print any document or picture from the web by using a unique email address which is assigned to it. This printer also has a mechanical retractable input and output tray, which is like a CD tray on a desktop computer.

This All-in-One can print, scan, copy, and connect to the Web, allowing you to do it all. It will print black-and-white and color documents at 30ppm and 25ppm. The HP Envy 100 All-in-One will be launched on October 4th, 2010 for $249.

Samsung Galaxy S Femme Aveda Limited Edition

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on September 20th, 2010

The Samsung Galaxy has been a hot seller for Samsung all over the world. Now Sammy wants to impress the fairer sex, so they have teamed up with cosmetics maker Aveda to roll out a special edition of the Galaxy S which consists of a pink phone plus some extras from Aveda like an Aveda app, 4GB microSD card, a voucher and a travel kit consisting of various creams.

Samsung will also be preinstalling an Aveda app which will give beauty advice. Only 5000 of these will be sold, but we have no idea what the price is or when it will be available.

AT&T unveils pay-as-you-go data, new 3G portables

Posted in AT&T by Conner Flynn on September 20th, 2010

AT&T’s line of mobile data plans has expanded today with the company’s first options for prepaid data. With the DataConnect Pass, if you own a notebook that features integrated 3G connectivity, you can pay for a limited amount of data use without having to worry about paying tons if you surfing all over the place.

Still, the rates will carry a premium for that freedom at $15 per 100MB of data over a day, and $30 will get you a week’s pass with 300MB of data, while a full month (at 1GB) will cost $50.

Google Docs editing support coming to Android and iPad

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on September 20th, 2010

Google just announced that they were celebrating a milestone achievement of more than 3 million business that have “gone Google” by switching their software to do their work using Google apps. The other announcement is the one we are concerned with. That Google Docs will soon be editable on Android and on the iPad.

This is great news for people who are on the move and need to edit Google Docs, but don’t have access to a computer. With Google Docs being editable from your phone and tablet, it’s going to raise the app’s productivity to a whole new level.

BMW shows off factory iPad docks for rear seats in Paris

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on September 20th, 2010

When it comes to rear seat entertainment there are a lot of vehicles on the road that have TVs and movie players for kids and adults to watch on longer trips. Watching DVDs can be a bit boring after a while though and in most cars, you are out of luck.

BMW has unveiled at the Paris Motor Show new factory iPad docks for the rear seat passengers. The dock is very nice looking and integrated well into the design of the car. Some aftermarket docks just don’t look good.

Fujifilm offers details on X100 digital camera

Posted in Fujifilm by Shane McGlaun on September 20th, 2010

Fujifilm has a plethora of digital cameras that it offers covering the gamut from entry-level low-end units to high-end and very expensive cameras for advanced shooters. Fujifilm has unveiled a new digital camera today that is high-end called the Finepix X100.

The camera is aimed at the DSLR user looking for a backup camera that is easier to take along and use, but has high quality photos shooting capability. The X100 has a 23mm fixed focal length lens and an APS-C CMOS image sensor. The camera won’t hit the market until early 2011 so right now we don’t have all the goods.

Peek rolls out Peek 9 messaging device

Posted in Mobile Accessories by Shane McGlaun on September 20th, 2010

Peek has been offering its communicator devices for a while now. These devices or sort of like a smartphone, but lack the voice capability. Peek has unveiled its latest offering called the Peek 9. The new device is available to purchase right now for $69.99.

The device with two months of service is $99.99. After that, the service is $19.95 monthly, $179.95 for a year, or lifetime service is $249.95. The Peek 9 measures 4″ x 2.7″ x 0.4″ and weighs 3.8 ounces. The screen of the device is 2.5-inches and has a resolution of 320 x 240.

OnLive gaming gets WiFi beta feature

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on September 20th, 2010

OnLive is cloud-based gaming service that lets players buy video games in digital formats. The players can then play the games from any computer with a web connection and the OnLive software installed. One of the catches to the service was that officially you needed to be on a wired connection to play.

OnLive has announced that it now has a beta WiFi wireless gaming option available for people to try out. If the user launches OnLive on a machine using a wireless connection it will be detected by the game app. The user will then get a prompt where they can choose Wi-Fi Beta to connect.

7-inch iPad coming with front and back cameras?

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

Rodman & Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar claims that a seven-inch iPad is coming and that at least one future iPad will have dual cameras. The finished devices would arrive sometime in 2011, according to Kumar.

Competition is heating up in the tablet market, so two cameras would give it a possible edge: the Samsung Galaxy Tab has both front and back cameras that can be used not just for video chat but for apps that need a back camera and would still make sense on a tablet, such as augmented reality or barcode readers.

Kodak unveils PYNK Smart Print System

Posted in Kodak by Conner Flynn on September 20th, 2010

Kodak has introduced its new Kodak PYNK Smart Print System, which is touted as a new concept in premium photo products. It allows users to easily create professional-looking framed collages in just seconds at any PYNK Ready Kodak Picture Kiosk without having to worry about cropping, cutting, or the layout.

All you have to do is bring your pictures or prints to the store, select a PYNK Smart Print Ready product, enter the six-digit PYNK product ID and watch the picture printed to fit the product. Photos can be automatically cropped, sized, arranged, and printed on a single sheet to fit the frame, so users can just slip the printed photo into the frame and that’s it.