Archive for April, 2011

Sony: no PSN credit card info taken, change your passwords

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2011

Regarding the hacked PSN network, Sony now says that there is “no evidence” that credit card information had been taken and that the data itself had been encrypted. They can’t rule it entirely, but the security code for credit cards wasn’t compromised since it wasn’t in the system.

However, a password change will now be mandatory for everyone as soon as PSN comes back online and that is just good sense. A firmware update will address the issue when they are ready. Sony promises more details to come soon.

Low-end Android devices are ready to take over the world

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2011

We all know that Android is super popular right now, but it looks like the best is yet to come for the platform. According to Digitimes, low-end Android phones are about to take the already-popular OS to new heights. Maybe even world domination. The reason is simple. Some handset vendors are rushing to launch low-priced (under $150) Android devices.

Digitimes thinks that 20-25 million of these devices will be sold this year alone. Those are huge numbers. We are talking a tenfold increase from last year’s 2.5-3 million phones sold. The low end Android market is wide open right now.

Last typewriter maker shuts down

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2011

Even though it took awhile, it now seems that the typewriter’s days are officially numbered. Godrej & Boyce closed down the last manufacturing plant of typewriters in the world on Wednesday. In the world! The factory was based in Mumbai, India.

As you may have noticed, the device has been replaced by computers, printers, tablets and keyboards. I’m surprised the old guy lasted this long. Even until 2009, the factory still produced between 10,000 to 12,000 typewriters per year. The demand now? About 800.

JBL ships OnBeat iPad Speakers

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2011

JBL has announced that it is now shipping the OnBeat speakers for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod. The OnBeat is an attractive dock that will hold your iPad, iPhone, or iPod and features dock rotation when holding an iPod or iPhone, side-mounted volume buttons, dual Phoenix full-range transducers, DSP equalization, charging, USB syncing, a 3.5mm auxiliary input, composite video output, and a remote control.

The company is proving that they care by also announcing that it is shipping the system with a revised bracket that will fit the iPad 2’s somewhat slimmer design. If you already purchased an OnBeat, don’t worry, you can request a replacement bracket at http://www.jbl.com/OnBeatipad2. Make sure you use the promo code “BRACKET.” The device will cost you $150.

The Android Robot gets a teardown of his own

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2011

We’ve seen our share of gadget teardowns. They’re fun. It’s neat to see how things work. But this may be the first time we’ve seen an OS Mascot get a teardown of his own. Wanna know how the Android robot works? Well, this infographic explains all of his inner workings.

Its was created by woofdude on the furaffinity website and it shows everything you ever wanted to know about the robot. He even has a secret donut stash.

New Sony PlayStation 3 CECH-3001A hits the FCC

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2011

We’ve had the same PS3 consoles on the market for a while now. The only significant change came with the new slim format. But now a pair of new PS3 consoles has hit the FCC recently. All we really know is that they have Bluetooth and WiFi and that we could have guessed ourselves.

The new consoles go by model numbers CECH-3001A and CECH-3001B. The letter seems to denote different HDD sizes. So what are the changes? Maybe a new update to the chipset? Maybe some updates to keep them safe from hackers too. Then again, maybe this is just adding a new HDD capacity option. Thoughts?

Kingmax Waterproof 64GB SDXC Memory Card

Posted in Storage by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2011

Kingmax has just unveiled their latest SDXC memory card, which is waterproof and dustproof. So you will be good to go in the rain or in a dusty cave somewhere. This SDXC card comes in a 64GB capacity and baosts a Class 10 rating, built-in ECC (Error Correction Code) and it also has an exFAT file structure.

As far as performance, the card will deliver read and write speeds of up to 65MB/s and 40MB/s, respectively. Sounds great, but right now we have no info on pricing and a release date yet. Hopefully we will know soon.

Logitech K270 Wireless Keyboard

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2011

The Logitech K270 uses Logitech’s advanced 2.4GHz wireless connectivity and offers up to 2-years of battery life. Logitech claims that the advanced 2.4GHz wireless allows you to have almost no signal loss from up to 10-meters away.

The Logitech K270 also features an auto-standby feature that helps you save energy when you’re not using the keyboard. That’s good for the environment and your energy bill. The keyboard also has a tiny USB receiver that is small enough for you to keep in your laptop. The Logitech K270 wireless keyboard will cost you a very reasonable $25.

Connect A Sketch does just what it says

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2011

Etch a sketch fans know that what the world needs is a connected version of the famous toy. And now it appears that they have one. Andrew Little came up with the idea, wanting to connect with others while he toiled away vertically and horizontally, creating works of art. It is called Connect A Sketch and basically he modified a pair of Etch A Sketches to make them work together. A wireless version is of course on the way.

The end game here is that users could log on to the Connect A Sketch website with a unique user ID and then be able to interact, even work together on artwork. Users can even draw on the Etch A Sketch at the same time, leave messages etc. Maybe even give somebody elses work of art a good shake to clear it, though that would be rude. It’s a great idea and a great way to get kids to be creative.

Samsung RF712 gaming laptop

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2011

Samsung claims that the screen on its new RF712 gaming laptop will have the best brightness that you can buy, which helps to overcome the dimming effect of wearing 3D glasses. The 17.3-inch screen uses the same Super Bright Plus technology as its Series 9 laptop, but with an added bonus, higher Full HD resolution.

The brightness is 400-nits. That’s about double that of an average LCD. Other specs include a second generation quad-core Intel CPU, 2GB AMD HD6650M graphics, a roomy 750GB hard drive and USB 3.0. The RF712 will hit South Korea on May 2nd for the equivalent of $2,400. No word on when it might reach the US.

LG Optimus Big Officially Announced

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2011

After rumors in March about the LG Optimus Big smartphone, LG has just officially introduced the new phone in South Korea. It also appeared in a photo alongside an Apple iPhone, which showed off its “big” status, so the LG Optimus Big has been confirmed as real, with the name LU6800.

Features include a dual-core 1GHz processor, 4.3 inch WVGA display, 5-megapixel autofocus camera, and Android 2.2 OS, which is likely upgradable to Gingerbread. No word yet on if we can expect this device in the US yet.

Hulu Plus available on Xbox April 29

Posted in Hulu by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2011

According to a scan of the June issue of OXM, Hulu Plus will launch on Xbox 360 on April 29. That’s this Friday. We knew it was coming, but the last official word we had heard was “spring”.

If this turns out to be a true scan of the magazine, it looks like Microsoft will promote the launch with a contest each week from April 29 through May 30. Prizes will be awarded to randomly chosen Hulu Plus users. Some of the prizes include Beaches Resort trips and free Xbox 360 bundles as well as Hulu Plus subscriptions.

Sony Vaio Slider tablet and ultra-thin notebook teased

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2011

At the end of yesterday’s Sony presentation of the S1 and S2 Android tablets, a few slides were displayed showing off a couple more new Sony products, Namely, the “Ultra Mobile” PC and the “Freestyle Hybrid” PC.

The Ultra Mobile PC clearly looks like it is at least a 13-incher or over, while the Freestyle Hybrid PC was rumored as the Sony Vaio Slider, which was said to have a 9.4-inch display, Pine Trail Atom processor and Windows 7 and is due out in the fall, possibly October for $799. Unfortunately, we have no details on these guys yet.

Ad-supported Kindle ships today

Posted in kindle by Reuben Drake on April 27th, 2011

Great news for those of you who don’t mind a little advertising with your books. An Amazon executive has announced that the ad-supported Kindle is shipping out to customers almost a week early. It is called Kindle with Special Offers. Great name huh?

It ships out today and comes with advertisements from the likes of General Motors, Proctor & Gamble and Visa. So why bother with ads on your device? Well, with sponsored screensavers and ads at the bottom of your home screen, you get the latest generation WiFi-only Kindle for a only $114. Not too shabby for letting other people try to sell you stuff.

Sony confirms a ‘compromise of personal information’ on PSN

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on April 26th, 2011

Looks like things have just taken a turn for the worse as far as Sony’s PSN goes. The “external intrusion” was worse than we had last heard. Sony has confirmed that the PSN outage was caused by “malicious actions,” and now they are saying that there has also been “a compromise of personal information.”

Sony isn’t being very specific about what that means. For instance, we don’t know yet if credit card data for PSN and Qriocity users has actually been exposed, but the company says that “your credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may have been obtained.” So apparently they are not sure. Best check with the bank if you are worried.