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Ovation app lets you rate a show in real time

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on July 14th, 2011

A new app called Ovation aims to help productions both live and online figure out what their audience thinks. It requires no downloads, and no sign-ups on the user’s part and it’s totally free right now. The app is pretty simple is straight forward.

You just create a URL for your event. Then give your audience that URL, which they load on their smartphone. Audience members then use the on-screen slider to provide feedback. Either slide the bar up or down, because either it is good or bad. It works across a bunch of smartphones and mobile devices. So go ahead and tell these people what you think about their show.

Viewsonic ships 7-inch ViewBook VB730 tablet for $230

Posted in Viewsonic by Conner Flynn on July 14th, 2011

Viewsonic’s ViewBook VB730 is now in stock at Amazon for $229.99. That price gets you a 7-inch slate with Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, WiFi, a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage space, a microSD card slot and an 800 x 480 screen resolution.

Just realize that you won’t be getting Android 3.2. Instead, you will get Froyo. What did you expect for that low price? Still, that’s not bad, all things considered for these specs.

T-Mobile rolls out optional caller ID service

Posted in T-Mobile by Conner Flynn on July 13th, 2011

A new subscription service will let certain T-Mobile customers get more information about unknown callers. The new caller ID service for certain phones will display the name, city, and state of callers, including unknown callers, not just the people in your contact list. Now you can know for sure who is calling and from where.

Name ID will cost $3.99 per month after a free 10-day trial. Right now it’s available for the Samsung Exhibit 4G, but will make it’s way to other handsets after awhile. The T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide should get it before the month is over.

Netflix streaming coming to the Nintendo 3DS tomorrow

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on July 13th, 2011

We’ve been waiting patiently for Netflix streaming on the 3DS, and it looks like tomorrow’s eShop update will out the service officially. If you still plan on using Netflix since the new rates were announced yesterday, anyway.

If you plan to keep using Netflix, then you’ll be able to use it anywhere as long as you are in range of a WiFi signal. So how many of you will be watching Netflix on your 3DS?

Microsoft Ends Support For Windows Vista SP1

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on July 13th, 2011

Microsoft has already announced that they will stop supporting Windows XP within the next 3 years, and now Vista is in it’s crosshairs. Microsoft has made it known that it will stop supporting Windows Vista SP1.

If users want to keep getting support, they will have to upgrade to Windows Vista SP2, though Microsoft suggests it would be better for you to upgrade to Windows 7. Better for them too of course. The company is trying to get everything in order for the arrival of Windows 8 in 2012.

Amazon Kindle 3G AT&T Sponsored Version For $139

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on July 13th, 2011

Amazon already has a sponsored version of their WiFi Kindle that was launched earlier in the year for a reduced price thanks to advertisements. Now they have announced a 3G sponsored version of the Kindle 3, called the Kindle 3G with Special Offers.

The Kindle 3G with Special Offers comes with a data connection from AT&T with no monthly fees or connection charges since it is supported by advertisements. The device will retail for $139. Do you like the idea of paying less for gadgets with advertising?

BlackBerry App World Hits 1 Billion Downloads

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on July 13th, 2011

RIM has announced that BlackBerry App World has finally reached 1 billion downloads, and that BlackBerry owners are now downloading over 3 million apps per day. This comes after BlackBerry launched App World just over two years ago, and users in 100 countries around the world have been downloading applications ever since.

Just for the sake of comparison, Apple’s iOS App store recently reached 15 billion downloads, while Google’s Android Marketplace hit 4.5 billion downloads a while back. Still, it gives RIM something to be happy about.

Microsoft says no to Windows Phone 7 based tablets

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on July 13th, 2011

Sorry Windows Phone 7 fans. Microsoft has announced that there will not be any tablets running on the Windows Phone 7 operating system. The company views tablets as more of a personal computer, not a mobile device.

All hope is not lost though. A Windows based tablet might show up using the Windows 8 operating system, which should arrive in 2012, and this will be the only tablet OS to be issued by the company. I’m sure it will be worth the wait.

Octane 120 Beer Arcade

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on July 13th, 2011

Driving games are great, but they have lacked one important thing. Beer. The Octane 120 Beer Arcade is a fully functioning gaming PC, with full driving controls, a built-in projector so you can play BIG and a dozen driving simulations pre-installed. So that takes care of the driving.

What about the drinking? Well, they have that covered too, for better or worse. Behind the seat, there is enough room for half a barrel of beer, with a tap in the middle of your controls, so that you can pour a fresh beer while driving.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Duo Photo Leaked

Posted in Sony Ericsson by Conner Flynn on July 13th, 2011

A leaked photo of the new Sony Ericsson Xperia Duo surfaced last month, and now we have some more press shots of what is rumored to be Sony Ericsson’s flagship smartphone due later this year. The phone will come with Android Gingerbread and is expected to go on sale in September.

Some of the rumored specifications include a dual core 1.4GHz processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 4.5 inch qHD display, and Sony’s next generation Exmore sensor that may come with 12 megpixels. Not bad at all.

LG Optimus Net P690 Android Smartphone

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on July 13th, 2011

LG has a new Android smartphone in the LG Optimus Net P690. It’s a budget friendly follow up to the original LG Optimus One and features a 3.2 inch HVGA touchscreen display, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0.

The device will be available in Italy first, with other countries coming later. Other features include 512MB of RAM, aGPS and a microSD card slot. No details on when the LG Optimus Net will be available in other countries.

HP TouchPad 4G arrives Stateside via AT&T

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on July 12th, 2011

We know that you are looking forward to the HP TouchPad 4G, so we have some news, It will be available only via AT&T. You can expect the TouchPad 4G to pack in a 1.5GHz processor 32GB of internal memory, built-in GPS and AT&T wireless mobile broadband connectivity.

AT&T has their DataConnect Plans for Tablets, so you can get either prepaid or postpaid mobile broadband data service and as an added bonus HP TouchPad 4G owners also have unlimited access to AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots around the country. Nothing on pricing yet, but we will know soon.

Xbox 360 references discovered in Windows 8 kernel

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on July 12th, 2011

We know that Microsoft is currently working on building Xbox LIVE support into Windows 8, but it looks like the company could also be building in support for Xbox 360 games on the PC. Microsoft has already confirmed that the company plans to build Xbox LIVE into the PC and into Windows 8, but the latest rumor is that Xbox 360 games will be playable on Windows 8 PCs.

The rumors may be true if references to the Xbox 360 in Windows 8 are anything to go by. Italian site win8italia has discovered several strings that mention the Xbox 360 system inside the Windows 8 kernel. “XBOX_360_SYSTEM_CRASH” and “XBOX_360_SYSTEM_CRASH_RESERVED” are present in ntoskrnl.exe, part of the Windows NT kernel. The strings hint at much tighter integration between Xbox 360 systems and Windows 8.

Rollei Bullet HD Action Camera

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on July 12th, 2011

Rollei has unveiled an action camera that looks like a bullet, so it is naturally called the Bullet HD. And like a bullet it is rugged, but the casing here is made from aluminum. The camera features a 12 megapixel CMOS sensor, and a 170 degree wide angle lens.

This bullet can also record HD video in 720p, and features a built in microSD card slot which can take up to 32GB cards.

Nikon Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G Lens

Posted in Nikon by Conner Flynn on July 12th, 2011

Nikon is offering a new prime lens to its Nikon DX-format range of lenses with the new Nikon AF-S-DX-Micro-NIKKOR-40mm-f-2.8G-Lens. It has a minimum focusing distance of just 0.53 feet (6.4 inches) allowing you to take extreme close-up photographs along with HD video in a life-size 1:1 reproduction ratio.

The Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G Lens weighs just 9 ounces and has a natural focal length of 35mm viewing angle – 60mm optic and large f/2.8 aperture. It will hit stores next month for about $279.