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Apple patents social networking for retail shops

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

Apple has already tested the waters of social networking via its Ping music-sharing service and now the company has filed for a patent that details a social networking tool for brick-and-mortar shopping. It allows iPhone owners to share comments, opinions and recommendations about any product. The store would allow customers to access a product list from their phone, which can then be shared through the social network, where you can do things like ask friends for approval or rejection of the item, or get feedback.

The patent also lets users create a community discussion, communicate and share easily with friends, without them having to be physically present.

HTC HD2 to get Android direct boot

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

HTC’s HD2 Windows Mobile phone has been a popular device for Android ports and now the Dark Forces Team’s MAGLDR 1.09 might make things easier for Android fans. The program lets Android builds be flashed directly to the NAND ROM, which is where the stock Windows Mobile build normally resides.

Current Android ports require a WinCE-based bootloader to run. MAGLDR should be released to the public in just a few days time and Windows Phone 7 should be able to be ported to the HD2 using this tool as well.

Gigabyte launches Atom N550-based M1005, Q2005 Netbooks

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

Gigabyte has just added some new Netbooks to its lineup, the Gigabyte Q2005 and the Gigabyte M1005. Both feature an Intel Atom Dual Core Processor N550(1.50GHz), run either Windows 7 Starter or Home Premium and sport 10.1 inch 1024×600 LED backlit displays.

Other features include up to 2GB of DDR2 ram and a 1.3 mega pixel web camera on the M1005 or a 0.3 mega pixel on the Q2005. Each has 3 USB ports, D-Sub, RJ45, Mic-in, Earphone-out and a 4-in-1 card reader supporting SD/MMC/MS/MS Pro.

Archos ships 250GB Archos 70 Tablet

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

Today Archos has started shipping their larger capacity Archos 70 with a spinning 250GB hard drive. This new larger capacity Archos 70 250GB shares nearly all the same specifications of the SSD version, including 800 x 480 pixel (WVGA) multi-touch screen, 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor with 3D OpenGL ES 2.0 graphic accelerator and HDMI output.

The main differences would be the lack of a Micro SD card slot, along with the expected increase in size and weight to accommodate the large 250GB HDD. The Archos 70 250Gb version is available for $350 with the Archos 70 8GB SSD version costing $275.

The Caoon DSLR, MP3 player, speaker

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

Yesterday we showed you a cool Canon EOS 350D savings bank. Today we have another Camera based oddity. This DSLR-themed speaker and MP3 player cleverly dances around the copyright issue by calling itself ‘Caoon’ instead of Canon. Even though it’s a near perfect replica of one of the company’s DSLRs.

It won’t take pics, but will serve as an external speaker for any device connected to the 3.5mm audio port, or as an MP3 player loading content from an SD card or USB flash drive. The buttons to the left of the display are playback controls. It will cost you $82.99.

Grace Digital adds color displays to new Solo Touch, Bravado X, and Mondo WiFi radios

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

Grace Digital’s new trio of internet radios have all been upgraded with color displays and are ready for CES. The Solo Touch is a $249.99 device with a 4.3-inch touchpanel, remote, Ethernet connection, RCA outputs and a headphone jack.

Next is the Bravado X for $179.99, with a 2.7-inch color display, RCA in / out and a USB connector. Lastly, there’s the $169.99 Mondo which sports a 3.5-inch color display, an alarm clock and a USB port.

Netflix to continue international expansion next year

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on December 29th, 2010

Three months after Canadians got a taste of Netflix, CEO Reed Hastings says that the move was a success and that the company will expand its service to other countries in 2011. He told the Canadian press, “Based on the early success of Netflix.ca we’re going to continue our international expansion next year and we’re going to allocate significant dollars to it,”.

He didn’t specify which countries. In other Netflix news, Canadians hoping to get an experience similar to the original US service will be disappointed, since Hastings says there are no plans for a movie queue for the streaming-only service. He says that was a “strategic decision.”

Apple to order 65 million iPad screens in 2011?

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on December 29th, 2010

Sales of Apple’s iPad device will certainly grow in 2011 according to a report from DigiTimes. So it will need more screens. LG Display could receive orders for 35 million iPad panels from Apple in 2011, with Samsung and Chimei Innolux (CMI), who are scheduled to join Apple’s iPad supply chain in the first quarter of 2011, each possibly receiving orders for as many as 15 million units.

Apple’s 9.7 inch screen is making it difficult for competitors to match and the iPad’s screen size will likely lower component pricing in a way that only benefits Apple. This forces competitors to design and build 5 and 7 inch screens that don’t benefit from the scale of Apple’s high volume sales.

Retro Cassette Tape Case for Kindle and iPad

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on December 29th, 2010

Here’s a unique case with some retro style for either your Kindle or iPad. These retro 80′s cassette cases will take you back in time and also protect your device.

These retro cassette cases are handmade by Lindsey Porter. The Kindle E-Reader case is available in a grey blue felt design while the larger iPad case is in a black red and grey finish. They are available to for $40 and $50.

HTC Thunderbolt to be Verizon’s first 4G LTE handset

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on December 29th, 2010

Are you eagerly waiting for the first 4G LTE phone from Verizon? We have some news. Verizon Wireless is set to unveil about a half-dozen 4G LTE smartphones at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show. This may be the first in line. The HTC Thunderbolt resembles the Desire HD, it’s just much more capable.

The device features a kickstand and Google branding. Verizon has refused to comment on the phone so far. It looks ultra sexy though, don’t you think?

RIM faces PlayBook battery issues

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on December 29th, 2010

Looks like there is a problem with the battery life of Research In Motion’s tablet PC, the PlayBook. After making a splash with it’s introduction, the device has somewhat yielded to the competition. One issue is that the device has trouble keeping up with the 10-hour battery life of the iPad or even with the 6-hour battery life of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab.

Word is that some re-engineering can be expected to get the device in a state where it is ready for release. I hope they work the issues out. It would be a shame if this one was gimped by battery life of all things.

Nintendo 3DS may be hazardous to young childrens’ eyesight

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on December 29th, 2010

Nintendo Japan has issued a safety warning on its website about the potential dangers of viewing images in 3D mode on its 3DS handheld console. The warning advises young children under the age of 6 to avoid using the device in 3D mode entirely.

According to the warning, “Vision of children under the age of six has been said [to be in the] developmental stage.” Since 3D content is delivered stereoscopically with different left and right eye images, the eyesight of children under 6 could be harmed since their eyesight is still developing.

Samsung Galaxy Tab sales averaging 1000 units per day

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on December 29th, 2010

The Samsung Galaxy Tab that went on sale with LG U+ last week is getting some pretty impressive sales figures. We’re talking around 1,000 units per day. LG is obviously happy with these numbers. LG U+ has a variety of plans to go along with the Galaxy Tab, plus they are selling it for free if you commit to a three-year contract.

As for its specifications, it is the same as the SKT version, including a 1GHz processor, a 7-inch WSVGA LCD display, Android 2.2 Froyo, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, 3G and T-DMB support, 16GB of internal memory and a microSD memory card slot.

Toshiba NB550D netbook to feature AMD Ontario chip

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

Toshiba has a new netbook called the NB550D which will be powered by a dual core 1GHz AMD C50 (Ontario) processor, along with a 10-inch display with AMD’s very own Radeon HD 6250M graphics chipset, Harman Kardon speakers, a 6-cell battery good for up to 9.5 hours of run time, HDMI ouput, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0, 1GB RAM and a 250GB hard drive.

It will be powered by Windows 7 Home Premium and will come in the odd colors of green, orange, or brown. Aside from the colors it sounds decent.

Canon DSLR coin bank

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on December 29th, 2010

We’ve seen fake lenses that were actually thermos‘ before, so why not a Canon DSLR coin bank? It will make saving money fun again. And when you have enough saved up, you can buy the real camera. It will be a constant reminder of your goal.

The slot is small enough for both coins and folded paper currency. And don’t worry, you won’t need to smash this with a hammer to get your money out. The lens can be removed easily. Only $29.90.