Archive for 2010

HTC Sense to get music, video services and more

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on December 24th, 2010

HTC Sense started off as a user interface overlay to make the experience of using a HTC phone more enjoyable, but the company will now expand the service with the recently launched HTCSense.com portal. HTC’s head of user experience, Drew Bamford says that some additional services are on the way.

These services include music and video content services, as well as access to newspapers, magazines and eBooks. HTC is also planning a video chat service, similar to Apple’s FaceTime and some other services related to home entertainment.

iFixit launches Repair Manual app for iPad

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on December 24th, 2010

iFixit has imported its free repair guides to the iPad with a native app, Repair Manual. The utility will give you access to thousands of guides for MacBooks, iOS devices, game consoles, a wide array of digital cameras, and cell phones. Now that will definitely come in handy.

Users can view step-by-step instructions for disassembly and component replacement, with individual guides focusing on specific problems. The app features high-resolution images with each step, making it easy.

Logitech freezing Revue shipments for Google TV update

Posted in Logitech by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2010

According to insiders, Logitech has suddenly frozen shipments of its Revue box for over a month while waiting for a major Google TV revamp. The company ordered its contractor Gigabyte to stop production from sometime in December through January while Google fixes the software or else puts out a whole new revision. Production would apparently resume in February or March.

Why they would halt production for up to two months without a change in hardware is unknown.

Personal Genome Machine and iPod Dock

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2010

This is one serious iPod dock. It comes from a company called Life Technologies. It’s a new genome machine called The Personal Genome Machine. It’s actually made for research, not for your home, although I bet you want one now.

The device is about the size of a printer and weighs 65 pounds. A touch screen interface is used for testing and will deliver results in a few hours. Semiconductor sensors measure hydrogen ions produced during DNA replication allowing the machine to directly translate genetic information into digital information.

Hexound headset can be turned into speakers

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2010

The Hexound headset’s design is definitely drool-worthy. It’s just a concept for now, but we sure hope they become real. The headset can be detached and then they are turned into portable speakers. There’s also a solar panel in the headband.

Other specs include Bluetooth and intuitive controls. With these, you can listen to your music alone or share it whenever the mood strikes you, just by detaching. Hopefully these become real one day soon. I know I would buy them.

Solar-powered rainbow machine

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2010

Rainbows are a beautiful and amazing creation of nature. But sadly, they are rare and don’t last very long. If only we had a machine that could make rainbows whenever we wanted them. Well we do and we can.

Michael Jones McKean’s artificial rainbow machine uses reclaimed rainwater and sunlight to create rainbows. It “uses a series of high-powered jet pumps and custom fountain nozzles to spray water into the air, creating the conditions needed for a rainbow to appear.” Maybe now he can work on some double rainbow technology. The machine is set to be installed at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska next June.

NewerTech NuStand Alloy for iPad and Mini Mac

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2010

NewerTech has launched two new stands designed for the iPad and Mac Mini that are made from aircraft grade aluminium. They are called the NuStand Alloy. The iPad version of the stand weighs just 3.5 ounces and allows your iPad to rest at a 15 degree angle for easy viewing and control.

The NuStand Alloy designed for the Mac Mini is the same weight as the iPad version but fits the new 2010 Mac Mini. This one is coated with a rubberised finish to protect your Mac and has a silicone center to grip the Mac securely and keep it safe.

Avatar is the most pirated movie of 2010

Posted in movies by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2010

Avatar was one of the biggest movies of 2010, and as such, it is a prime target for piracy. I’m sure james Cameron isn’t happy about it, but according to Torrent Freak, Avatar is the most pirated movie of 2010, with a total of 16,580,000 illegal downloads just on Bittorrent alone.

The more popular a movie is, the more people want to see it both legally and illegally. There were also large numbers of downloads of the Blu-ray version of Avatar in 2010, with Torrent Freak reporting a total of 200,000 illegal downloads in just 2 days.

Griffin PowerDock Dual iPad And iPhone Dock

Posted in Griffin by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2010

If you own both an iPad and iPhone the here’s a new accessory for you. The new Griffin PowerDock Dual iPad And iPhone dock will help keep them both fully charged and ready. The Griffin PowerDock Dual lets you dock both devices at the same time, allowing you to use them while docked.

The dock will even allow the speakers on your iPad to play media while docked. You can get it directly from Griffin for $59.99.

Point of View Mobii Android Tablet shipped in Europe

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2010

Point of View has started shipping their latest Android tablet ‘Mobii’ in Europe via DiTech’s online store. The device is selling for 349 Euro (or $458). The Mobii features a 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 capacitive touchscreen display, a 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 dual-core processor, and an NVIDIA Tegra 250 chipset.

Other features include 512MB RAM, 512MB of flash memory, a microSD card slot, a 1.3-megapixel camera, WiFi, Bluetooth, a USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port, a 3300mAh battery and Android 2.2 is running the show.

Bang & Olufsen Beo6 Wi-Fi Remote Control

Posted in Bang & Olufsen by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2010

Bang & Olufsen has introduced the Beo6 Wi-Fi remote control, a successor to the Bang & Olufsen Beo5. It is designed to be used as a universal remote for your audio and video systems and the high-tech touchscreen system can control everything from your TV to music player all with the touch of a finger.

The Beo6 will connect to your Wi-Fi network to enable 2-way control with other Bang & Olufsen devices as well. It measures 82mm x 118.1mm x 36.7mm and weighs 215 grams.

iTwin USB device starts shipping

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2010

The iTwin USB storage device has finally begun shipping, but the first batch is limited to just 50 units. Just plug these into two PCs, and they create a network through which they can share data between each other over the Internet. If you remove one, the connection is broken and the data sharing stops.

The iTwin USB Drive lets you transmit data between the computers via a network between the two devices using 256bit AES encryption, so everything will be safe and secure.

Sony on track to sell 15 million PS3 consoles this year

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2010

Christmas is here, so companies are watching their sales figures closely and outing those numbers. Christmas time is definitely a time when people are buying consoles, so how is Sony doing this year? Well, Sony’s PlayStation 3 is selling very well.

For the fiscal year ending March 31st, 2011, Sony is on track to sell 15 million PS3 consoles. If you are keeping score, that’s up over 15% from last year’s 13 million consoles. Sony also announced that it sold 4.1 million PlayStation Move controllers in just two months.

Polaroid 8GB MP4 player

Posted in MP3 by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2010

The name Polaroid conjures up images of instant cameras, not MP3 players. Nevertheless the company is branching out into the MP3 player market with the release of its Polaroid 8GB MP4 player. The device features a 2.8-inch touchscreen display and a microSD card expansion up to 32GB.

It also includes a built-in speaker, so you can enjoy your music and videos without using earphones. If you like what this guy offers, it is available for $59.99.

Apple’s next-gen iPad to get iPod touch-like back, wide-range speaker?

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2010

Take this one with the usual grains of salt, but according to Chinese sources the next iPad will have a 3-mm reduction in bezel width, the same 9.7-inch display size, and will have a flattening of the back allowing it to rest better on a desktop. It all sounds very plausible, right?

There’s also a “wide-range speaker” covered with “metal mesh”. The overall unit is said to measure 239 x 186 mm compared to the current iPad’s 242.8 x 189.7 mm footprint. Word is that the new iPads will begin shipping from factories in January.