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Firefox 4 hits 5 million downloads within first 24 hours

Posted in Firefox by Reuben Drake on March 23rd, 2011

Firefox 3 achieved an amazing eight million downloads in a day when it launched. Did Firefox 4 beat that? Well, not really, but it passed the five million number within the first 24 hours. Not bad at all, but not outdoing it’s predecessor.

Even though it didn’t break the record, according to StatCounter, the latest Firefox already has a 1.95 percent share of the browser market, which is double what IE9 has so far. Go Firefox. It’s proof that you don’t have to break records to make some headway.

Sprint says all phones will charge and sync through microUSB by January 2012

Posted in Mobile Phones by Reuben Drake on March 22nd, 2011

Last year, the European Union ordered cell phone manufacturers to standardize their syncing and charging solutions: all phones should use microUSB to transfer data and charge. And let’s face it, to have things any other way is just annoying. The only problem is that the European Union failed to stand tough and at the last minute agreed to allow cell phone makers to comply with the law by shipping their phones with microUSB adapters. That’s crazy.

We can only hope that things go better here in the states, because Sprint CEO Dan Hesse has confirmed that by January 2012, all US phones will use microUSB chargers, which would do us the great favor of making all chargers and syncing cables cross-compatible. Why he thinks this, we have no idea.

Avi Stylix iPod / iPhone docking station streams Netflix

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2011

Here’s something that we don’t see everyday. This Avi Stylix iPod / iPhone docking station sports a built in 7-inch LCD capable of streaming Netflix. Other features include a Dock Connector port, twin two-watt speakers, USB port, SD card slot and a remote.

It will also stream Netflix, as mentioned, but just be aware that you’ll need an iPhone or iPod touch with a live internet connection. That’s because there is no WiFi module built into the device itself. Still, it’s a neat trick for a dock, especially at just $99.99. Not bad at all.

BlackBerry announces PlayBook pre-order, pricing

Posted in Playbook by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2011

Looks like we finally have the pre-order details and pricing info for the PlayBook. There will be three different models in all. First up is a BlackBerry PlayBook featuring 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of storage for $499, $599 and $699. Just to make things nice and competitive, that pricing is the same as the iPad 2 with WiFi only.

You can expect the PlayBook to be available on April 19 from all Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores in the U.S. and Best Buy and Future Shop stores in Canada. In fact the device should be available in more than 20,000 stores on launch. But why wait? You can pre-order the PlayBook starting today at Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile or Future Shop.

Toshiba 14-inch DisplayLink-powered USB mobile monitor

Posted in Toshiba by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2011

Check out this brand spanking new DisplayLink-equipped secondary monitor from Toshiba. It’s a 14-inch mobile USB display that weighs just 2.8 pounds and will cost you just $199.99, which is nice and affordable. For that price you get 1366 x 768 pixels, and 220 nits of brightness with an optional AC adapter.

Some other features include a 400:1 contrast ratio, 16 millisecond response time and support for Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP. To provide basic power to the device, you just need a USB connection. If you like it, it’s shipping now.

SuperTooth HD Bluetooth Speaker Phone

Posted in Bluetooth by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2011

If you spend a lot of time talking on your phone in your car, then you need a hands free device for safety reasons. Newer cars come with Bluetooth built in, but if you don’t have a newer car then check this out. It’s a new hands free speakerphone from SuperTooth.

The SuperTooth HD can be clipped to your car’s visor and features a 5.4W amp for the speaker so you can hear clearly even when you are in a noisy environment with horns honking, jackhammers hammering and other drivers cursing. This device is three times more powerful than other speakerphones on the market and also has integrated dual mics for noise cancellation.

Buffalo MiniStation Pocket Hard Drive and DriveStation USB 3.0 Storage

Posted in Buffalo by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2011

Buffalo has announced some new hard drives, the Buffalo MiniStation Pocket Hard Drive and DriveStation, a desktop hard drive storage solution that also supports Apple Time machine. The pocket sized Buffalo MiniStation will play nice with both PC and Mac and is available in 320GB or 500GB capacities. It appears to be USB 3.0 ready and can be powered by USB, without an extra power supply.

The larger desktop DriveStation comes with either a USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port and is available in either 1TB, 2TB or 3TB storage capacities. It also comes with Buffalo’s backup utility for automatic backups. It can be setup to support Apple’s Time Machine using a USB connection as well.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 photos and specifications

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2011

So now the Samsung galaxy Tab 8.9 is official and we have some official press photos and more detailed specs. The Samsung galaxy Tab 8.9 measures just 8.6mm thick, making it an uber thin and sleek tablet, thinner than the new iPad 2 even. It weighs just 470g and comes with Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb and a custom Touchwiz UI from Samsung.

Other features include an 8.9 inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800, a 1GHz dual core processor and it will play back full HD video in 1080p. There’s also a three megapixel camera on the back and a two megapixel camera in front. Two models will be available: one with Wifi and one with WiFi and HSPA+.

LG Wireless Charging Pad LG WCP-700

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2011

If you desire a charging pad for your LG phone, then check out the LG Wireless Charging Pad LG WCP-700. This wireless charger will allow you to charge your LG phone like magic. Just place it on the charging pad and charging will commence.

It may seem like magic, but this device uses something more down to Earth. It uses inductive charging technology. You can be sure that your phone is charging thanks to visual, audio and tactile feedback which will tell you when it is placed properly and display the charging status. You can expect the LG WCP-700 to arrive in April for $69.99.

Firefox 4 now available to download

Posted in Browsers,Firefox by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2011

Great news for Firefox users. Mozilla has now launched the official version of its FireFox 4 browser and it is available to download now from the Mozilla website. It has already hit 400,000 downloads and continues to climb.

We wonder if it will beat Microsofts IE9′s 2.3 million downloads on its first day. What do you think? We say yes. Some of the new features included in the official Firefox 4 browser include Panorama to organize your sites into groups and App Tabs which allows you to keep your favorite tabs within easy access. sounds like some nice improvements.

Eurotech Zypad WL 1500 Wearable Computer

Posted in PCs by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2011

One day we will all be wearing our computers, but for now most of us use laptops, tablets and phones. Eurotech has announced a new wearable computer called the Zypad WL 1500. It’s targeted at those who need computers, but also need to keep their hands free.

It features a 3.5-inch TFT LCD that is touch sensitive with QVGA resolution. The backlight is controlled by an ambient light sensor to make it easy to read and to control power use. It delivers eight hours on a single hot swappable battery.

Rollerphone concept is a phone for your wrist

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2011

How about a phone that conveniently sits on your wrist? Alexey Chugunnikov has designed the Rollerphone concept and hopes that one day it becomes a reality. It is a wearable cell phone that looks like a wristwatch.

The Rollerphone has a retractable transparent screen at the base, so when you get a call, just pull out the screen. It features a media center, so you can watch videos, chat online, play games, read e-books and more. It will also project the time. One day this will be practical, but for now it is just a concept.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 revealed

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2011

This shot taken from CTIA by the guys over at Pocketnow shows off some Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 promo material. It may not be the actual device, but it’s almost as good and gives us some info. Looks like it’s comprised of the Live Panel homescreen with custom widgets, and an app switcher for BlackBerry PlayBook-like app switching with live previews of the apps that are open in the background.

This image also tells us some of the specs. It sports an 8.9″ display with 1280×800 resolution (that’s a higher pixel density than the Motorola Xoom). It’s very thin too at just 8.6mm, and will weigh just 470 grams. And the CPU onboard is a dual core 1GHz chip.

Apple iPad 2 hits 25 more countries on Friday

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2011

Everybody wants an iPad 2. You know who doesn’t have one yet? Lots of folks in other countries. But on Friday, March 25th, Apple will start selling its latest tablet in 25 other nations.

After all, you wouldn’t just want to sell your tablet in the US would you? No way. You want it to sell around the globe. Those in Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea will have to wait until April. Sorry guys. Virtually everyone else will have it on Friday.

Nokia expects phone delays due to Japanese quake

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on March 21st, 2011

When we base so much of the world’s tech in one area of the globe, there are bound to be problems when natural disasters strike. Nokia has issued a statement on its operations in light of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The company’s end results for the quarter probably won’t be affected, but some gadgets may be delayed as the parts supply has been understandably interrupted. The company has pledged to do it’s best to work with suppliers inside and outside of Japan to work around the problem if they have to.

As you might expect, many technology companies have been affected by the Japanese quake and Tsunami. Some have had killed or wounded employees, or had their factories damaged etc. I think we would all just wish for them to get some stability at home and be safe before we worry about delays of our devices.