Archive for May, 2011

Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab getting Gingerbread update in mid-May

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on May 16th, 2011

The update was supposed to have a mid-April delivery, but Samsung ran into some problems and is now ready to attempt to deliver Gingerbread again. The company has officially stated that it intends to update the entire Galaxy S line, starting with models in the UK and Nordic countries from the middle of this month.

The rest of the globe, including us yanks in North America, will follow “according to the regional plan.” So who else is getting a Gingerbread upgrade? Why, the 7-inch Galaxy Tab and the company’s budget Galaxy devices too, the Ace, Gio, Fit and mini.

Japan won’t let Sony turn PSN back on until they are sure it’s safe

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on May 16th, 2011

As Sony is busy getting PSN back in place in America, they still have all kinds of other problems thanks to the outage. Their latest problem comes from Japan. Apparently the Japanese government refuses to allow Sony to reactivate its network until they are satisfied it is safe.

Japan has two issues. The first is that the company’s promised counter-hacking measures, which were announced on May 1st, have not yet been fully enacted. The second is that Japan wants to see even more preventive measures taken to ensure that users’ credit card numbers and other private data will be safe.

Netflix to stream Miramax movies in June

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on May 16th, 2011

Miramax makes some good movies. Naturally you would like to see them either for the first time or again. Probably you would prefer to watch them instantly on Netflix. Well, Netflix has your back. The movie streaming service has reached an multi-year agreement with Miramax to allow streaming of films from the company’s extensive library.

Movies like Pulp Fiction, The English Patient, Kill Bill, and hundreds of others will be added to the Netflix Watch Instantly catalog on a rotating basis, starting in June. This is the first time Miramax films have been available on a digital subscription service. Great news for movie lovers.

NEC MEDIAS WP N-06C announced in Japan, is slim and waterproof

Posted in Mobile Phones by Reuben Drake on May 16th, 2011

We were already excited about the NEC MEDIAS N-06C last month, but now that we see just how thin this thing is, we may end up shaving with it too. The device will arrive in June or July and it is also waterproof for those days at the beach.

This 7.9mm-thick Android 2.3 phone features a 4-inch 854 x 480 LCD, a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255, 512MB RAM, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, and microSDHC expansion. It looks pretty sexy.

New iMac’s HDD upgrade options are very restricted

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on May 15th, 2011

PC fans will tell you that the PC platform is much more open and upgradable than gadgets in the Mac world. That’s true, however Mac fans can upgrade at least some things on most Mac notebooks and computers like say the hard drive and RAM. Many people buy new Mac computers and then upgrade it with aftermarket parts to save money. Those aftermarket parts are usually cheaper than getting the upgrade from Apple.

Well, it turns out that the new iMac computers have more restrictions on their upgrades than the older version of the iMac. And they may force you to buy Official Apple parts.

Windows Phone 7 Mango shots reveal built-in IM, cloud Office

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on May 15th, 2011

Microsoft’s Mango update for Windows Phone 7 had some more features unveiled today. The release will have built-in instant messaging for Windows Live Messenger and also for AIM and Facebook. Microsoft’s system is smart and weaves into the people hub, automatically detecting which is the best network and create group messages.

Integrated SkyDrive and Office 365 will be included in Windows Phone 7.5. Microsoft is rumored to be building support for editing documents with Internet Explorer 9 mobile. Other features include album art on the lock screen with an active track and syncing for the games hub to pick up progress from an Xbox 360 game on WP7 or the other way around.

Fujitsu Esprimo FH56/DD All-in-one PC

Posted in Fujitsu by Conner Flynn on May 15th, 2011

Fujitsu has a new family member in its Esprimo FH all-in-one PC series. The Fujitsu FH56/DD features a 20-inch LCD display, a built-in TV tuner and built-in Onkyo speakers. In short it should deliver an amazing multimedia experience.

Other features include Intel Core i5-2520M processors (2.50-3.20GHz), 4GB DDR3 memory, 2TB of storage, a Blu-ray burner, Intel HD Graphics 3000, a 1.3MP webcam, a media card reader, LAN, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and the Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 OS.

Rollei Designline 4083 8-inch Digital Photo Frame

Posted in Digital Photo Frames by Conner Flynn on May 15th, 2011

If you are looking for a Digital Photo Frame, check out the Rollei Designline 4083 8-inch digital photo frame, which features a 4:3 aspect ratio and a resolution of 800×600 pixels for all of your images.

It is available in black or white and features an alarm clock, a calendar, an SD card slot and a remote controller. There’s also a slide show function with 15 different transition effects. Rollei will make this one available at the end of this month for €59.95 ($84).

HTC Thunderbolt inductive charging back hits FCC

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on May 15th, 2011

The inductive-charging backplate for the HTC Thunderbolt has just hit the FCC, so keeping your battery-devouring gadget charged up will soon get a whole lot easier. Right now you have to plug several times a day just to keep it all juiced up, but soon you’ll be able to just rest it on a charging mat.

We don’t know when it will arrive, but hopefully it will be soon as it would make our lives a bit easier.

Logitech Revue drops to $199

Posted in Logitech by Conner Flynn on May 15th, 2011

Logitech hopes to move a whole lotta units of its Google TV hardware by dropping the price of the Revue to $199 at Amazon. The $100 price drop is likely to help make a path for future hardware based on Android 3.1 and it also makes this the least expensive Google TV hardware yet.

It may also have to do with much lower than expected sales and they are hoping to make sales jump in the next several weeks. The device should be upgradeable to Android 3.1.

Seagate passes WiFi-enabled GoFlex Satellite hard drive through the FCC

Posted in Seagate by Conner Flynn on May 15th, 2011

The latest gadget to pass through the FCC is the GoFlex Satellite hard drive from Seagate. Right now, if you want to add a network attached storage device to your network it is a time consuming process of connecting cables, finding a location for your drive near a router, and configuring your network. Seagate will make this process a whole lot easier with this device.

The device packs in 802.11 b/g/n WiFi capabilities, allowing you to add the Satellite to your network without stringing wires from your router to the drive. This also means you can put the Satellite anywhere you have network access. Nothing on pricing or release yet.

Square Enix gets hacked

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on May 15th, 2011

Sony isn’t the only company to get hacked. The makers of Final Fantasy, Square Enix, has just been hacked as well. A few of their websites have been compromised and the company confirmed that the e-mail addresses of up to 25,000 customers who had registered for product updates may have been stolen.

Also, resumes of 350 people applying for jobs in its Canadian office could also have been copied from the web servers. They immediately took the sites offline to assess how it happened and what had been accessed, then they took the necessary measures to increase security of all of their websites, before going live again.

PlayStation Network slowly coming back online

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on May 15th, 2011

There is a great disturbance in the force. As if a million geeks suddenly sighed in relief. After about 26 days, Sony has finally announced that the PlayStation Network is slowing being restored in the U.S., starting in certain regions. A new PS3 system software update is required to change your password once the PlayStation Network is restored. The update (v3.61) is mandatory and is available now.

After the U.S. they will still have to get the service going worldwide. Find a map here to see if it has been restored in your area.

RIM recalls some BlackBerry PlayBooks

Posted in Playbook by Conner Flynn on May 15th, 2011

The BlackBerry PlayBook is a pretty solid piece of hardware, and a popular tablet choice, but it looks like there was a problem batch of the tablets. According to an inside source nearly 1,000 faulty tablets were shipped to Staples, and now they are being recalled by the company.

Hopefully Staples and other retailers will let their customers know about the problem right away, but if you want to be sure about the one that you bought, just hit the link below and check out the searchable spreadsheet of all 935 alleged serial numbers.

Samsung Infuse 4G and HP Veer 4G on sale at AT&T

Posted in AT&T by Conner Flynn on May 15th, 2011

These two smartphones are very different, but what they have in common is that they’re both available on AT&T right now. Which will you choose?

You have your choice of the tiny 2.6-inch HP Veer with webOS or Samsung’s Infuse 4G, with a giant 4.5-inch screen that towers over the other guy, as well as Android. This one will cost you twice as much on contract. So which one will you go with?