Archive for October, 2010

Sony Japan launches Digital Strategy Guides

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on October 15th, 2010

You know how it is. You are playing a game and you get stuck, so you look up the info online and find out how to beat the current boss level. We’ve all been there. Now Sony wants to make things a little easier with the introduction of its new PlayView for Games over in Japan, which is a digital strategy guide service on the PlayStation Network.

The guides are designed for PSP games and can be purchased and downloaded onto a PS3 so that gamers will be able to play the game on their portable console while using the TV for reference. The guide features digital pages that players can zoom in or flip through easily.

Google on track to rake in $1 Billion this year from Android

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on October 15th, 2010

Google has now revealed its third-quarter earnings and has confirmed that it’s on track to bring in a cool $1 billion this year in mobile revenue and they expect continued growth in the mobile sector. And this does not take into account what Google earned from other platforms like iOS, Windows Mobile, Symbian and BlackBerry.

Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt said that Android is much bigger than he could ever have hoped for and can become a hugely profitable business for the company and he also predicted that search on mobile will eventually exceed that of PCs.

Iomega launches External USB 3.0 SSD drive

Posted in Iomega by Conner Flynn on October 15th, 2010

Iomega just announced an external USB 3.0 SSD (Solid state Drive) aimed at professionals and those who need lots of storage. This 1.8″ storage device is encased in aluminum and since it is solid state storage is shock resistant. It’s available in 64GB ($229), 128GB ($399) or 256GB ($749).

The Iomega External USB 3.0 SSD has built-in encryption with no software to install, but it comes with other software included like: v.Clone, al PC cloning system, QuikProtect, a Backup software, and Retrospect, another backup software for Mac and PC.

Siemens miniTek streams audio to Hearing Aids via Bluetooth

Posted in Bluetooth by Conner Flynn on October 14th, 2010

Siemens has announced its new miniTek, a small black box that works with Siemens hearing aids. The setup is simple, you just hook up the transmitter to your TV, stereo, phone, music player, or PC via Bluetooth or 3.5mm jack.

Then the device will be able to wirelessly stream stereo audio to you for up to five hours at a time. You can even use it to answer phone calls. This should make many hearing impaired folks very happy.

SteelSeries WoW Cataclysm gaming mouse

Posted in Mouse by Conner Flynn on October 14th, 2010

SteelSeries is back with a “Cataclysm” mouse to celebrate the upcoming expansion to the world’s biggest MMO. The mouse has 14 programmable buttons that can handle 130+ preset commands, and the ability to store 10 character profiles in software and one in the mouse itself.

The mouse is also Mac friendly and the software also controls the LED lights running down the back and “four different pulsation levels”. In other words, it has pretty lights and they are shiny. The mouse will retail for $100 in December, launching at the same time as World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.

bModo shows off bModo12 tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on October 14th, 2010

bModo has unveiled its tablet called the bModo12. It’s more of a netbook than an iPad. the device runs a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Processor with Windows 7 as the OS. The tablet sports dual USB ports, an SD card slot, HDMI output, and a SIM card slot so you can get mobile broadband.

The tablet also has a front facing VGA webcam with a mic for video conferencing and chat capabilities. Some other features include 1GB of RAM and a 32GB SSD. Screen size is 11.6-inches with HD resolution. There’s also Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, and an integrated docking port. A dock for the tablet ships early next year.

A-Data intros a new line of rugged USB Flash Drives

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on October 14th, 2010

A-Data has introduced their newest line of rugged USB flash drives, the S007. These drives come in capacities ranging from 4GB to 32GB, are waterproof and shockproof and feature a rubber housing.

It sports a USB 2.0/1.1 interface and these drives are fully compliant with the US MIL-STD-810F-514.5C-3 military standards. These drives offer read and write speeds of up to 30 MB/s and 8 MB/s.

ExoPC Tablet released in Canada and Portugal

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on October 14th, 2010

Remember that ExoPC Windows 7-powered tablet? Well, the company has finally decided to release this touchscreen tablet in Canada and Portugal. Portuguese retailer Probitas has started selling this tablet as the Mobi One for 692 Euros or about US$965.

In Canada, the ExoPC tablet is called the Ciara Vibe tablet and retails for $599. The ExoPC Tablet features an 11.6-inch (1366 x 768 pixel) display with a capacitive multitouch screen, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, an optional 3G, an HDMI port and an SD card slot.

SMK PadDock 10 iPad Speaker Dock

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on October 14th, 2010

SMK has introduced a new iPad speaker dock called the PadDock 10. This iPad speaker dock has custom-designed oval speakers with high-energy neodymium magnets for sound that will fill the room. A passive radiator extends the bass frequency for a natural full range audio quality.

There’s also a switch on the side of PadDock 10 that allows you to switch between Charge and Sync modes without changing cables. The SMK PadDock 10 also rotates 360 degrees to change the orientation.

OPAD N2 7-inch Android Tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on October 14th, 2010

Another day, another tablet. This latest one comes from China-based manufacturer ONN (OWEN) who has just announced its OPAD N2 7-inch tablet which is powered by the Google Android 2.1 OS.

The device features a 7-inch (800 x 480 pixel) resistive touchscreen display, a Rockchip RK2816 platform with 600MHz ARM9 processor, Wi-Fi, a USB 2.0 port, a microSD card slot, an optional external 3G module, a G-sensor and an accelerometer. It comes in white, obviously.

$8 million iPhone 4 Diamond Rose Edition

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on October 14th, 2010

Exclusively made by Stuart Hughes, the iPhone 4 Diamond Rose Edition has a price tag of £5 million ($8,020,000). It was made for Tony Sage, renowned in the gold mining industry and also the sole owner of Perth’s A-league soccer team. An important man like that needs an important phone apparently.

The price reflects more diamonds and other precious stones and metals added. The iPhone 4 Diamond Rose Edition features a rose gold bezel caked with 500 diamonds (100 ct) on front and 53 diamonds on the apple logo on the rear.

Nokia lauches C5-03 Touchscreen Phone

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on October 14th, 2010

Nokia just launched their latest inexpensive touchscreen smartphone, the C5-03. This budget phone is powered by Symbian^1. And even though it is a budget phone, it features a compass and A-GPS feature that can be used with the latest version of the free Ovi Maps hands-free navigation service.

The resistive touchscreen instead of a multi-touch capacitive display is lame, but the features aren’t too bad though. You get a 3.2-inch resistive touchscreen display, Wi-Fi, A-GPS, Compass, Ovi Maps, 40MB of user memory, microSD card support up to 16GB, 11.5-hour talktime on GSM, 4.5-hours on 3G, 24-25 day standby time, Symbian^1, and a 5-megapixel camera.

Opera Mobile for Android coming soon

Posted in Browsers by Conner Flynn on October 14th, 2010

If you don’t like the browsing experience on your Android-powered device, then here is some good news. Opera is planning to bring its Opera Mobile browser to Android within a month. That’s right, Opera on your Android device.

The two main features of Opera Mobile are pinch-to-zoom and hardware acceleration, which promises faster navigation and improvements to the user interface. When it arrives, you can install it by searching the Android Market.

Nokia N900 PR 1.3 update to offer Maemo and MeeGo Dual Booting

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on October 14th, 2010

Nokia N900 owners might have a some good news soon. Right now, the phone is powered by Maemo, but an upcoming PR 1.3 update will allow the phone to dual boot between Maemo and MeeGo, offering you a different experience on the same phone.

There is also the possibility of developing applications supporting both operating systems, based on Qt and Qt Mobility APIs on the Maemo side. The N900 might not be the hottest thing around with the launch of the N8, iPhone 4 and other competitors, but this update would definitely breathe some new life into this phone.

Pioneer outs $209 Limited Edition HDJ-1000 headphones

Posted in Pioneer by Conner Flynn on October 14th, 2010

Pioneer really got the design right for their HDJ-1000 headphones. There really wasn’t much room for improvement, making it hard to justify an update. So they have done what you might expect. These cans are getting rehashed in limited edition.

It’s all gold and black. The extrovert gold you see above and an understated all-black look. These are limited so the price bumps up to $209.