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4D concept watch

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2011

3D may be all the rage, but 4D is better and more practical. At least when it comes to watch design anyway. Forget having to lift your arm in order to tell the time on this watch. You don’t even need to bother. Your arms are probably flabby anyway. This 4D concept watch can display the time based on gravity or depending on the head position of the person whose wrist it’s on.

All you need to do is look down at your wrist and you’ll be able to see the time. Soon you won’t have any arm muscles at all. The two buttons on the side of the display control the functions of the watch.

Woman caught at Airport smuggling 44 iPhones in her clothes

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2011

The iPhone is a hot commodity even after all this time. Apple is making a ton of money on it, smugglers too. When they can get away with smuggling the goods anyway. An Israeli women was caught at Ben-Gurion International Airport, while attempting to smuggle 44 iPhone 4 smartphones under her clothes. Apparently they were everywhere, including her stockings.

The woman, who is in her 60s, was returning from London when one of the airport’s full-body scanners detected the load of smartphones that she was hiding under a traditional Georgian outfit. Officials had also noticed that she appeared to be walking with difficulty, which is what made them notice her in the first place.

10 billionth iTunes app downloader hung up on Apple

Posted in iTunes by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2011

Last week the App Store hit its 10 billionth download and Apple was to give the person who downloaded the 10 billionth app a $10,000 gift card. The lucky downloader of that 10 billionth app was Gail Davis of Orpington, Kent, UK. She is a very lucky woman.

But when an Apple rep called Davis and started telling her that she had won, she hung up thinking that it was a prank. “I thought it was a prank call. I said, ‘Thank you very much, I’m not interested’ and I hung up.” But her kids told her that it was for real and luckily the Apple rep called back again. That was a close one. Her kids would have never forgiven her.

Microsoft wants to eliminate blurry DSLR photos

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2011

Many of us have a problem shooting blurry pics. It can be hard to hold your camera still. If you have this same problem and have some DIY skills, you might be able to make your own custom solution to blurry photos.

This is thanks to a team at Microsoft Research who is working on deblurring images by detecting inertial movements of the camera itself. They took an Arduino board and bundled it with some sensors, including a Bluetooth modem, 3-axis accelerometer, gyroscope, and a trigger for the camera. The system works by detecting rotation, translation and planar depth and then it applies mathematical transformations to the image to remove the blur caused by these movements. Pretty good solution.

100 iPad clones shown at CES, more coming soon

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2011

An unofficial count from Shawn Dubrovac has revealed the sheer numbers of tablets that have leapt onto the tablet market following the early success of the iPad. The list shows that at least 100 tablets and crossover e-readers have shipped, including not just major names like the BlackBerry PlayBook and Motorola Xoom but also newcomers like Enspert’s Identity Tab line and the Notion Ink Adam. The list includes 24 generic tablets at Freescale’s booth as well.

And that is not even a complete list. It doesn’t include some close relatives, like Enspert’s S200 VoIP Home Hub, and devices that have been confirmed officially but weren’t formally unveiled at the show.

NookColor passes 650,000 subscriptions in two months

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2011

Barnes and Noble has announced some interesting numbers. Since the 25th of December customers have ordered 150% more subscriptions than the total number sold over the entire previous 12 months. It amounts to a massive 650,000 in just two months.

This figure includes digital periodical subscriptions and single-issue e-magazines and e-newspapers from the NOOKnewsstand to NOOKcolor owners. Those are impressive numbers. No figures were released as to the number of NookColor devices that have been sold but the company says that sales “continue to be very strong.”

White iPhone 4 shows up in AT&T’s inventory

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2011

Last week there was word that the elusive White iPhone 4 had appeared on the inventory system of Vodafone Germany, and now it looks like the white iPhone 4 has also turned up in AT&T’s inventory. When last we heard from Apple on the subject of the white iPhone 4, they said it would be available in Spring 2011, so I guess we can expect the white iPhone 4 to go on sale very soon.

Seems like Apple wants to sell the white iPhone 4 to customers before they announce the new iPhone 5, and that announcement is expected in May, so we think the white iPhone 4 will finally be available soon and we can put this whole issue to rest.

Eximus 7-Inch Android Tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2011

Chinavasion is offering another Android tablet of their own in this overcrowded market, the Eximus. This device is powered by a 720MHz processor, is ultra-thin and features a 7-inch 800 x 480 resistive touchscreen display with 256MB RAM and 1GB of internal storage.

Other features include a microSD card slot (up to 32GB), WiFi, a USB 2.0 port, a 3.5mm headset jack, built-in 2W speakers and it runs on Android 2.1 OS. The Eximus will cost you $126.54.

Sony ICZ-R50 Radio Recorder

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2011

For those of you in Japan who are looking for a new radio, this may be the one. The Sony ICZ-R50 radio recorder is now available for purchase in Japan. This device comes packed with 4GB of storage space, an AM/FM radio recorder and an SD/SDHC card slot for storage expansion up to 32GB.

Sound good? If so, the Sony ICZ-R50 can also be used as an MP3 player or an IC voice recorder. Sadly, we don’t have any info on pricing right now, but hopefully soon.

Cropmark LMP Bluetooth Keypad

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2011

The Cropmark LMP Bluetooth Keypad is designed to be used with any Bluetooth-enabled Macintosh computer. It will elegantly fit the Apple wireless keyboard and the keypad gives you 28 keys for entering whatever figures, tables, and calculations you need to enter.

The Cropmark LMP will play nice with any Bluetooth-enabled Mac running OS X 10.5 or higher and comes bundled with a pair of rechargeable AA batteries. The Cropmark LMP Bluetooth Keypad will cost you just $39.99.

InOne concept all-in-one computer is beautiful

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2011

This concept InOne computer is a sexy all-in-one computer that captures your eye and won’t let go. It features a 22-inch display, keyboard, touchpad, speakers and a digital tablet all built into one single unit.

It also has built-in wireless connectivity and while we don’t have any detailed technical specifications, we don’t care. It is just too sexy. Hopefully it becomes a real product that we can buy. With good specs of course. Nice eye candy.

Apple iPad 2 production starts next month, iPhone 5 this May

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2011

There is hardly a day that goes by where we don’t have an iPad or iPhone rumor. Here is today’s. Apple’s overseas manufacturing partners will apparently start production of the iPad 2 next month, while they will also be building the fifth-generation iPhone in May.

Take this with the usual grains of salt until we have something more concrete. One thing is for sure, no matter when they start production, it won’t be soon enough for Apple fans.

New Game Boy emulator for Windows Phone 7 coming

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2011

Samuel Blanchard is showing off a Game Boy Pocket Color emulator for Windows Phone 7. That’s right, the Windows Phone 7 platform will soon let you play all of the old classics that you love from the Nintendo device.

The app doesn’t yet come with flash RAM management and backup features, so it won’t be good to play a game like Pokemon with this, though games like Tetris will be good. We love us some old school Nintendo.

HTC HD2 can now dual-boot Windows Phone 7 and Android

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2011

Windows Phone 7 and Android have both been ported to the HTC HD2 in the past, but now they are both on the same device. The folks over at xda-developers have figured out a few ways to install both WP7 and Android on the HD2 while using the same SD card.

Thing is, as you might expect, none of the methods are easy, but that just means that if you do this you will be among the select few. If you want to try your hand at it, check it out here.

Sega Dreamcasts get custom paint jobs

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on January 23rd, 2011

The Sega Dreamcast is still a favorite of many gamers, so it makes sense that you would want to customize it and give it a cool makeover. French artist oskunk93 has painted two Sega Dreamcast consoles with some wild custom art.

Fans of Dreamcast classic gaming titles Crazy Taxi and Jet Set Radio will especially appreciate oskunk93’s paint work. If you want your console painted, this is clearly the guy to give it to. Awesome work.