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HTC Thunderbolt 4G LTE specs leaked

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on December 31st, 2010

The full specifications have been revealed for the new HTC Thunderbolt 4G LTE, which includes a Qualcomm MSM8960 dual-core processor 1.2 GHz. This should be taken with a grain of salt since the actual processor mentioned still has not been released by Qualcomm, but the specs give you an idea of what to expect with this handset.

A leaked screen shot also shows that the HTC Thunderbolt 4G LTE might not just be restricted to Verizon and in Europe, O2 and Vodafone could be offering it soon as well. Below are the reported specs.

T-Mobile bound Nokia 1616 hits the FCC

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on December 31st, 2010

The FCC was recently introduced to the Nokia 1616 and they got along great. They had polite conversation, tea, a nice dinner, back home at the FCC for coffee, then woke up next to each other smiling the next morning. And so the handset was deemed worthy of arriving Stateside via T-Mobile.

If everything goes as planned, it will probably be part of T-Mobile’s prepaid phone lineup. We have no idea what T-Mobile would price this feature phone at, but we are confident in guessing about $15 or $20. Somewhere around there.

FastMac U-Socket delayed again, should ship in January

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on December 31st, 2010

You might remember that $10 FastMac U-Socket that we showed you back in December of 2009. Sadly it was the victim of a number of delays. There was an October ship date and a raised $20 price last we heard. But it never shipped in October either.

The company is now telling customers that it’s getting ready to ship the USB power socket next month. Finally. Still, it’s better late than never. My walls need some USB power.

Apple’s App Store likely to pass 500,000 apps in 2011

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on December 30th, 2010

There’s an app for everything, or so it seems. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Apple has a high chance of passing the 500,000 app milestone for the App Store in 2011, based on current data. They have already unofficially passed 325,000 active titles as of December 26, with the App Store seeing about 25,421 apps submitted per month.

That means that if every app were approved, Apple could exceed the half-million point in just seven months or so. Of course what with app rejections, titles voluntarily pulled from the store etc, it might take a bit longer. Whenever it actually hits, it is quite a milestone.

LG to unveil Honeycomb tablet at CES 2011

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

According to the Korea Times, LG is looking to unveil some cool stuff at next year’s Consumer Electronics Show. That’s not unusual in itself, but we’re talking about their dual-core Android phone, the Optimus 2X, mobile 3D TVs, and drumroll please…their very first Android tablet.

The Optimus Pad will feature an 8.9″ touchscreen display and run on Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb. This tablet will fit squarely between the iPad’s 10″ display and the Galaxy Tab’s 7″ display.

Retro Toy Robot USB Flash Drive

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

This USB flash drive from the Spanish company Deego is too cute for words. It’s clearly not the sort of robot that kills. He’s more the kind you find in a retro toy chest. He’s styled like an old classic toy robot figure.

This robot is USB 2.0 compliant and compatible with Windows 98SE, Me, XP, 2000 Pro, Vista, Mac OS 9.x and 10.2.8. It’s available in 2GB and 4GB versions. The price starts at €18,90 EUR ($25). Totally worth it. I might have to get one for myself.

TRON Cat costume

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 30th, 2010

It may not be Halloween, but why should that stop you from dressing up your cat in a TRON costume? It shouldn’t. If you have a dream, live it. Who cares if your cat never talks to you again. Some huge TRON fan is living the dream and has dressed their cat up in a light-up costume and posted a picture of it online.

The cat seems to like it since it can’t stop checking itself out in the mirror. Maybe the mirror is a gateway into the grid.

RIM says the PlayBook is fine, no battery issues

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

The BlackBerry PlayBook has us all drooling ever since we first heard of it, but we had been hearing concerns about its battery, and maybe that there would even be a product delay. Well RIM wants to ease your mind with a healthy dose of damage control.

According to a statement made to Erictric, there’s nothing to the PlayBook’s battery issues and initial product test findings were based on pre-beta units. RIM says that the PlayBook is still good to launch by the end of March. This is great news, since this tablet is very promising and we are all looking forward to it.

ASUS teases EP71, EP101, EP102 tablets

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on December 30th, 2010

ASUS teased us by revealing more about its upcoming Eee Pad line of tablet computers in a video featuring Chairman Jonney Shih. And i do mean teased. The company tweeted a link to the video, but it has since been removed from YouTube. The video confirmed some of the specs for the 12-inch EP121 and 10-inch EP101.

There was also another 10-inch tablet shown with a sliding keyboard, called the EP102. The video also teased us with a first glimpse of a smaller tablet called the EP71, of which we have no details.

Kindle book lending goes live

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on December 30th, 2010

Amazon today turned on Kindle book lending with very little fanfare. The feature lets users share a book once for two full weeks. The original owner’s access to the book is temporarily revoked during that time. The feature works on both the Kindle reader and all apps.

Loans are free, but eligibility of the titles depends on the publisher and for now may exclude major publishers. Early reports say that some Avon, Hachette, Harlequin and Penguin titles aren’t available to borrow. But don’t worry, more titles are likely to go live as authors either grant rights or publishers change their policies.

Creative Zen Touch 2 hits the FCC

Posted in Creative by Conner Flynn on December 30th, 2010

Creative has filed for FCC approval for the Zen Touch 2 media player. They needed the certification due to the 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1 wireless capabilities of the Android-based device. Other specs include a resistive touchscreen and Android 2.1. The filing confirms that there will be two versions of the player, one with GPS and one without.

Creative hasn’t unveiled any pricing for the US market for the Touch 2 yet, but in the UK, the 8GB version retails for £150 ($231), while the 16GB version retails for £160 ($246).

iLive launches rotating app enhanced iPhone and iPad docks

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on December 30th, 2010

iLive has given us a sneak peek at their new line of iPhone and iPad docks that they are launching at CES 2011 next week and they look pretty decent. Maybe even sexy. Along with their traditional docking stations iLive will also be showing off its new App Enhanced docks offering features like clocks, multiple alarms, calendars, nature sounds, sleep timers and weather information, all controlled from apps on your iOS device of choice.

The iLive iPad docks offer charging capabilities and can be rotated for viewing in both portrait and landscape mode. The iSD131B is a case, stand, and powered speaker all in one for $49.99. The iSD391B is a powered 2.1 speaker audio system and dock for iPad/iPhone/iPod touch and is App Enhanced for $99.99

Facebook passes Google for Most Visited US Website in 2010

Posted in Facebook by Conner Flynn on December 30th, 2010

Facebook has now taken top slot away from Google as America’s most-visited website in 2010, according to a new report from Experian Hitwise. Three other variations of Facebook made it into the top 10 as well: “facebook login” at #2, “facebook.com” at #6 and “www.facebook.com” at #9.

The news gets even better for the company. Facebook was also the top search term among U.S. Internet users for the second year in a row with the search term “facebook” accounting for 2.11% of all searches.

Kinect used to control a robot

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 30th, 2010

We’ve seen Microsoft’s Kinect sensor hacked to do a whole bunch of stuff, and now someone is using it to control a robot using the sensor. Let’s stop this madness now. Before you know it, we will be facing robot armies controlled from some dudes living room.

The robot is dubbed the Veltrobot, a gyro-stabilized robot with some nice limb movement. The system maps the Kinect output onto a skeletal frame, transmitting that information to the robot, which may or may not venture outside to hurt others.

Sharp Galapagos Android tablets coming to the US

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

Sharp has announced that it will be bringing its Galapagos Android tablets to the US. These tablets are already being sold over in Japan and were previously rumored to arrive in the US during the holidays, but alas, it never arrived.

However, now they are finally arriving and they should be available in 5-inch and 10-inch sizes. The tablets will be available in 3G versions, instead of the Wi-Fi-only versions in Japan. Sharp will likely have the tablets on display at CES 2011. Better late than never.