Archive for February, 2011

Rubik’s Brain Cube

Posted in Toys by Reuben Drake on February 18th, 2011

Nothing challenges your brain like a Rubik’s cube puzzle. Matching the colors on each side can be both frustrating and rewarding when you finally do it. Making it all one color would be harder. Say, a brainy pink. Then add some actual brain details and this becomes an extra challenging puzzle.

Not only would this be hard, but you are constantly reminded of your brain, which is struggling. This design comes from Jason Freeny. It may be the grossest puzzle ever. Hopefully the texture isn’t all squishy and wet. Great puzzle for mad scientists.

Cowon V5S portable media player arrives in South Korea

Posted in Portable Meda Players by Conner Flynn on February 18th, 2011

Cowon has introduced their V5S portable media player in South Korea. This PMP is capable of handling full HD video playback on it’s large 4.8” (800×480) screen, and will also sport dictionaries in English, Korean and Chinese languages.

Other features include e-book support to help Korean students keep up with their education or just read the latest hot novel. No word on pricing just yet however, but hopefully we will learn more soon.

Android Honeycomb Shown on Desire HD

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on February 18th, 2011

Android 3.0 Honeycomb is the tablet-optimized version of Google’s mobile operating system. Check it out here, outside of the tablet environment. Specifically on an HTC Desire HD phone. Most phones have too small of a screen to make Honeycomb usable, but that might not be the case with the Desire HD, which has a 4.3″ display.

Performance is fine. Could be better, but with the larger display, using Honeycomb on a phone becomes a lot more manageable. Performance won’t be the best of course, but at least they proved a point.

Lenovo LePad to launch in June

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on February 18th, 2011

Lenovo is now finally ready to get specific about a launch date for their upcoming LePad tablet, which was first announced back in June 2010. The tablet will ship in China in March before making its global debut in June.

However Lenovo is keeping the final specs quiet for now as well as which countries will be first to get it. We also don’t have a price yet. We do know that when we last saw it, it was sporting Android 2.2 with a custom “LeOS” skin, a 1.3GHz Snapdragon processor and 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 pixel display.

Samsung launching Galaxy S II Tegra 2 version?

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2011

Looks like Samsung may be getting ready to launch a Tegra 2-based version of the Galaxy S II smartphone, for select markets. There are some good reasons to suspect that this is the case. The company has been collaborating with NVIDIA to create a new handset based on Tegra 2, and yet the Galaxy S II was the main focus of its Mobile World Congress unveilings.

Samsung hasn’t officially said that this is the case and the MWC version uses the company’s own dual-core Exynos SoC, but the official specs lists the Samsung SoC as a feature that “may not be applicable in some regions.” So, putting 2 and 2 together, it looks like there will be a Tegra 2 version.

Apple not working on smaller iPhone

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2011

Remember the latest rumor about Apple working on a smaller iPhone? Well, according to the New York Times, that ain’t happening, though Apple has looked at the possibility of a cheaper model. Earlier rumors had Apple developing a prototype of a smaller and cheaper iPhone, 1/3 smaller, or 1/2 as small depending who you believe, but the Times is now claiming that “Apple is not currently developing a smaller iPhone, according to people briefed on Apple’s plans who requested anonymity because the plans are confidential.”

Anyway, a smaller device would not necessarily be much cheaper to make and it would be a pain to use besides. Developers might have to rewrite their apps too. So no smaller iPhone just yet.

Microsoft Bing toolbar integrates Facebook

Posted in Facebook by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2011

On the same day that Google decided to get a bit more social, now Microsoft has released a new version of their Bing toolbar, with new features to enhance your Bing experience. The new Bing toolbar helps make tasks much easier and quicker.

There’s the inclusion of a Facebook button, so you can see what’s going on in Facebook without having to leave your current page or open a new tab. It allows you to share content on the social network more easily and quickly. You can also read email from multiple services now instead of just Hotmail.

Google’s Social Search updated

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2011

Google has updated their social search feature, and now social search results will appear within normal search results. Previously social search results only appeared at the bottom of the page. Google has also made other changes to its social search and it will now integrate search results from Twitter, Flickr and YouTube.

They have added notes for links people have shared on Twitter and other sites. Previously, they would show you results people created and linked through their Google profiles. Now, if someone you’re connected to has publicly shared a link, they may show that link in results.

Sanus VMA301 iPad Mount Adapter mounts your iPad to the wall

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2011

The iPad is supposed to be portable. Even so, sometimes you want to mount it somewhere so it can act as a monitor. Sanus can help. They have unveiled a new wall mount adapter for the iPad. The adapter doesn’t include the actual wall mount, but it does come with the adapter that you need in order to mount the iPad to any wall mount that uses a 100 x 100 VESA mount plate.

The adapter features a virtual Axis 3D faceplate that allows the iPad to be moved from portrait to landscape modes. The faceplate only works with the Sanus MF202, MF209, MF215, MC1A and MD115 wall mounts however.

Bluedot’s YouTube XL BTC-10 YouTube Box

Posted in YouTube by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2011

Bluedot has introduced its first YouTube Box onto the Japanese market. It’s called the YouTube XL BTC-10 and the box provides direct access to YouTube content without connecting to a PC to your TV. The Bluedot YouTube XL BTC-10 YouTube Box does of course require an internet connection to operate.

The Bluedot YouTube XL BTC-10 connects to your TV via an HDMI port. So when can we expect it to arrive? The company will release the YouTube XL BTC-10 in March for 13,000 Yen (or about $155).

Warner Brothers introduces iOS app for Online Movie Purchases

Posted in movies by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2011

Here’s something for movie lovers. The launch of ‘App editions’ of some Warner Brothers movies. They will offer downloadable and streaming versions of films with extra features and expanded content. The first two offerings are The Dark Knight and Inception.

They offer free apps with some bonus content and the first five minutes of the movie, then charging $9.99 and $11.99 to unlock the rest. The extras include Twitter and Facebook integration, plus the ability to offer the digital version in countries where iTunes doesn’t sell movies yet, like China, Brazil and the Netherlands.

Faceless Mickey Mouse UHF antenna for the Japanese

Posted in Disney by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2011

Is anyone even using UHF antennas anymore. Apparently so. And since Japan loves Disney Characters, why not make a creepy blank-faced Mickey Mouse UHF antenna and offer it on the Japanese market. It goes by the model name of MCT2B.

It’s pretty much what it says, a blank face with the antenna component inside and a booster that uses an AC adapter. It comes in black and pink for $84 in Japan. We have just one question. Why?

Kno dual-screen tablet shipping in April

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2011

The Kno tablets will pack two screens on one tablet for twice the excitement. What sets this one apart from others is that you get a nice experience from screen to screen so that you do not have to stretch your work to a PC for more display options.

You get two large 14-inch screens and we think these are great for students who don’t want to buy new textbooks every year.

Genius reveals three new portable speakers

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2011

Genius has unveiled three new portable speakers, the SP-i170, SP-i177 and SP-i300. All three are said to deliver the ability to resonate superb sound from all of your popular electronic devices, and are supposed to be easy to recharge.

Since they feature a built-in battery, audio will last for up to 8 hours, and since they’re extremely compact, you will carry them around easily. They come in a wide range of colors that are sure to please everyone.

Motorola Xoom Android tablet manual leaked

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2011

When you want to know all there is to know about a device, you can usually find out with the manual. And if you want to know about Motorola’s upcoming Xoom Android tablet, you can consult the manual, thanks to the peeps over at Droid-Life have gotten their hands on it and have posted it online for everyone to enjoy.

The manual has plenty of color screen shots and instructions so that you know how to operate the device. So if you want to know all of the Xoom’s secrets, head on over to Droid-Life and get to know it before it arrives in Verizon stores next week.