Archive for February, 2011

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 to launch at CTIA

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2011

Samsung is getting ready to launch its 8.9″ Tablet and so the company is sending out invitations to the CTIA media. As you can see on the invite, the number 78910 is displayed and we take that to mean 7″ 8.9″ and 10″, the whole Samsung Tab line up.

Speculation is that the Samsung 8.9″ Tablet will use Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). Not sure if it will have Tegra 2, or Samsung’s own chip. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 uses a Tegra 2, but Samsung also produces its own system on a chip (SoC).

Bentley Collection iPad, iPhone, and BlackBerry cases

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2011

Maybe it’s time to give your iPad the same treatment as your Bentley seats. If you think so, then check this out. Bentley’s “luxury leather partner” Ettinger, is releasing a line of gadget cases for your iPad, iPhone, or BlackBerry.

It will cost you £45 for the phone holsters or £89 for the iPad version. Your gadget will be living in luxury, while your wallet empties just a tad deeper. What do you think? It will go well with your ride.

Facebook phasing out the Share button

Posted in Facebook by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2011

Facebook has announced that they will be slowly phasing out the Share button. If you want to share articles in the future, you would have to Like it instead. Right now, when you Like something, it only shows up as a single line on your news feed, while if you Shared something, you’d get the full story, with the headline attached, a thumbnail and a link to the original post.

So the Like button will act like the Share button instead. It’s good for those who make the content as they will get more links, but there will be a lot more content on your page. We aren’t sure what they are thinking with this tweak, but I guess we will see it in action soon.

European customs ordered to seize PlayStation shipments

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2011

You might recall that Sony and LG have been at each other’s throats lately. It involves allegations of patent infringement. Now Sony has a major setback in Europe because of this. The civil court of justice in the Hague has just granted LG a preliminary injunction that will have all new PlayStation 3s imported into Europe confiscated by customs for at least ten days.

Bad news for European gamers who just imported a console for sure. They are already being stockpiled in warehouses and the injunction could be extended even further. That would lead to a shortage of PS3s on store shelves. Right now retailers generally have two to three weeks worth of stock on hand.

Intel SSD 510 Series with 6Gbps SATA interface, 500MBps transfer speeds

Posted in SSD by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2011

The previous generation of SSDs, at around 280MBps read speeds, are pretty sweet, but now Intel is announcing its new 510 Series SSDs, which up the ante. The Marvell-controlled flash storage drives will zip data around at a rate of 500MB per second and boast write speeds of 315MBps.

The 510 SSDs feature a 6Gbps SATA interface, which ups the performance greatly. Bulk prices for the 250GB SSD 510 will cost you $584, while the slower (450MBps read, 210MBps write) 120GB model will cost you $284.

JetStreamHD iPad Media Streamer

Posted in Media Servers by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2011

The JetStreamHD is a new media streaming device for the iPad, which converts any media format in real-time to accommodate for your mobile device and adaptively adjusts the streaming bit-rate to make best use of your Wi-Fi or 3G connection strength.

The JetStreamHD is designed to remove any headaches, like with conversion issues, download time, sync hassles, or iPad memory limits. All you have to do is connect with your iPad over Wi-Fi or 3G and then you’ll be enjoying thousands of movies, TV shows, songs and photos from your home network. Sounds pretty good.

Active Media Products launches new Predator V3 SSD

Posted in Storage by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2011

Active Media Products has added a new SSD to its lineup today with the announcement of the new 2.5-inch Predator V3 SSD. It is designed to work with the faster 6Gbps SATA interface and the drive will work with slower SATA ports too. The V3 uses the Marvell 88SS9174 Van Gogh controller, which allows the drive to have great performance. It’s good for transfer speeds up to 410MB/s.

The SSD is also capable of 20,000 IOPS in random sequential read and write. Some other features include 48-bit per 2KB hardware ECC and the SSD even has wear leveling to make it last longer. The NAND flash used is MLC and the drive has 128MB of DDR3 DRAM cache. It will come in 64GB and 128GB versions.

TazTag to debut Android-powered TazPad Tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2011

CeBIT will start soon and we are sure to see many more Android tablets. One such tablet will be from a company called TazTag, who has announced that the TazPad will be seen at CeBIT for the first time. It will run Android, but other than that we don’t have all the details.

We do know that the tablet will have a 7-inch screen with multitouch and it has full HD capability and HDMI output, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC and ZigBee. It will be the first tablet with NFC and Android. The device also features a camera and GPS. No word on pricing, but the TazPad will ship in Q2.

Asus Eee Tablets hitting the UK in April

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2011

Asus’ new range of tablets will be available in the UK in April, with the new Eee Slate being available in the beginning of April. In the middle of April, the new Eee Pad Transformer tablet and the Eee Pad Slide will be available in the UK and the company will also be launching the new Eee MeMo in the UK early in quarter 3. So you will certainly have your choice of Asus tablets.

The models will be available in three screen sizes, and a choice of either Windows 7 Home Premium or Google Android operating systems. So which one to buy?

Archos ARNOVA Portable Web Radio and TV

Posted in Archos by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2011

Archos’ new portable device is the ARNOVA, a small web radio and TV with Wi-Fi capabilities. It offers access to 12,000 internet radio stations, and 1500 web TV channels and podcasts. It also allows users to stream media content directly to the device through its internal memory or through an SD card.

There’s also an alarm clock that can wake you up to your favorite music station, web TV channel or any music from its internal or external storage sources. It has a USB 2.0 port in back for direct connection to your PC, a 3.5-inch color display with 320 x 240 resolution and it supports a bunch of video/audio formats including AVI, MPEG-4, FLV, MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC and FLAC.

Lenovo 65W AC Adapter charges your laptop and provides extra USB ports

Posted in Lenovo by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2011

We’ve all had to switch USB ports because charging your phone through your computer isn’t fast enough, but you need to connect your phone to your PC to transfer data. It’s a pain. Thankfully, Lenovo’s ThinkPad 65W AC Adapter with USB Hub is a good solution.

This AC Adaptor comes with 4 extra USB ports, one of which is always powered on as long as the adaptor is powered, so you can charge your device directly from the wall socket if you like. Just connect the Adaptor to your laptop’s USB port and power port so you won’t have to switch USB ports as long as it’s plugged to the “always on” port. Even when the laptop is off, it will keep charging.

AT&T offers Amazon Kindle 3G starting March 6th

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2011

AT&T will be rolling out an e-book reader in the form of the Amazon Kindle 3G, which will be available from March 6th onwards, for the same price that Amazon is offering the device. That price is $189. To refresh your memory, the Amazon Kindle 3G is one of the better e-book readers thus far. It features a 6-inch electronic paper display and 4GB of internal storage.

If you feel that you don’t need always-on connectivity, there is also a model that offers just Wi-Fi built in. However, it looks like AT&T is only offering the 3G version.

HTC Trophy spotted sporting Verizon logo

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2011

Still not sure if the HTC Trophy will be on Verizon? Well, now we know. An Engadget tipster has sent in the image above and says that it’s running the latest version of Windows Phone 7, complete with copy/paste support.

The source says that it looks exactly the same physically as the European version, except instead of the orange-yellow backplate, it has red highlights around back to match the carrier.

Dell Venue Pro arrives in the UK: £459 off contract

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2011

Remember the Venue Pro? Well, it has been struggling to meet demand in the US due to some reworking, the nature of which is a mystery. But there’s good news for those of you living overseas. Beginning today, Dell’s UK store is taking orders for the unlocked slider for £459 (that’s $745).

The first deliveries are expected to arrive in 10 days. Let’s hope that they do. You’ve been waiting long enough, right? Germany is also getting the Venue Pro today for about €534.

Gmail accidentally resetting accounts

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on February 27th, 2011

It might be a good idea to backup your gmail account. Now would be a good time. As many as 500,000 Gmail users lost access to their inboxes this morning and some of them are even reporting that years worth of messages, attachments and Google Chat logs have vanished when they were able to log back on. That’s pretty frightening stuff, to think that you could lose all of that info so easily.

Apparently the bug reset some accounts, treating their owners as new users, even displaying welcome messages. Google says that the issue “affects less than .29% of the Google Mail userbase,” and of course engineers are working to fix the issue.