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Flash 10.2 Coming to Android Devices

Posted in Android by Darrin Olson on February 14th, 2011

Flash 10.2 Coming to AndroidAdobe announced today in Barcelona at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona that Flash 10.2 will be hitting Android smartphones and Android tablets within just a few weeks. What this brings you is more frames per second and better graphics in Flash animation on your devices, just on the heals of the 10.2 release for Windows and Mac.

Adobe says that devices with dual-core processors such as Snapdragon they are scaling 1080p resolution video and seeing it at 30 frames per second. All this combined with a lower hit to battery life when viewing the video. Pushing the new, faster and more efficient version of the Flash player out to more handsets is a big move for Adobe to bring more popularity to website using Flash technology. Users might not necessarily choose a devices based on its Flash-playing capabilities, but it is something that those producing the devices can add to their list of features to bring more popularity.

Amazon Boasts New Generation Kindle Sales

Posted in kindle by Darrin Olson on August 26th, 2010

New Kindle Pre-Order SalesAmazon.com released an announcement on Wednesday bragging up sales of its new generation Kindles along with touting earlier-than-planned shipping which started Wednesday, two days ahead of schedule. Unfortunately Amazon didn’t exactly say how many of the new Kindles they have sold, but they seem to be pretty sure it’s a lot.

What they did say is that they’ve sold more of this new version in the first four weeks of pre-sales than they have with any other new version. Amazon also reports that the Kindle was still the best-selling item for Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk overall. No doubt this must be partly because the Kindle seems to be the most advertised item on Amazon’s home page.

Amazon says the newest version of the device is smaller, lighter, turns pages faster, can hold twice the number of books and …

Starbucks to Offer WiFi for Free July 1

Posted in Wi-Fi by Darrin Olson on June 14th, 2010

Starbucks Free WiFiThe coffee peddling behemoth Starbucks announced today that it will not be outdone by independent coffee houses nor other national chains and will begin offering unlimited free WiFi to it’s customers. Starbucks has had WiFi available for some time now, for a fee, and has most recently offered 2 free hours per day to cardholders but now is giving the service away to all.

This announcement no doubt will come as great news to frequenters of the coffee houses and bad news to anyone trying to sell WiFi within the vicinity. Please note however that the free service is only for Starbucks stores operated directly by the corporation, and not to licensed locations commonly found in airports or grocery stores.

Xbox 360 Kinect Coming Nov. 4th, Ready to Fight

Posted in Xbox 360 by Darrin Olson on June 14th, 2010

Microsoft Xbox 360 KinectMicrosoft has officially announced today that its Kinect game system will go on sale starting November 4th, just in time for the holidays and to wage war on rival Nintendo. The new motion-sensing system will work with the Xbox 360 and consists of a 3-camera appliance that plugs into the console. The system will allow players to interact with games using body gestures and voice commands, taking it one step further than the motion controllers of the Nintendo Wii.

Microsoft has also disclosed 15 games that will be available to work with the motion-sensitive Kinect system, all involving exercise and physical play. Titles include Zomba Party, Game Party in Motion, Motionsports, Kinect Adventures, The Biggest Loser: Ultimate Workout, Kinect Joyride, Kinect Sports, Adrenalin Misfits, Deca Sports Collection, Dance Central, Dance Masters, Sonic Free Riders, Kinectimals, EA Sports Active 2.0 and Your Shape: Fitness Evolved.

Space Probe to Return with Asteroid Sample

Posted in Science by Darrin Olson on June 13th, 2010

Hayabusa probeA space probe launched by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is expected to land in the Australian outback late Sunday after a seven-year journey to a nearby asteroid. Scientists hope the probe will be carrying a sample from the asteroid which will mark the first time a spacecraft has returned to Earth with samples other than from the Earth’s moon.

The probe named Hayabusa landed on the asteroid Itokawa two times in 2005 and after its long return journey will be landing a remote desert in Australia. Among the team to find and recover the probe will be indigenous Aboriginal elders to ensure that the landing of the device did not damage any sacred grounds.

G-Shock Gets New Design from Dee & Ricky

Posted in Watches by Darrin Olson on June 13th, 2010

G-Shock Watch designed by Dee & RickyWe’ve seen our share of G-Shock watches come down the pipe but never one designed quite like this. The new GA110DR-1A from G-Shock gets its primary-colored Lego design from New York fashion designers Dee & Ricky.

Although the watch has a toy-esque look to it, it still holds true to the G-Shock name with durable features including magnetic resistance, 200M water resistance, LED light, the ability to track time in 48 different cities, alarm, calendar and more.

Boxee Box Release Delayed Until November

Posted in D-Link by Darrin Olson on June 13th, 2010

Boxee Box release delayedWe hadn’t heard anything from D-Link and their Boxee Box in a while and they were coming towards the end of the expected Q2 release when they made a blog post announcing the delay of release. Apparently the Q2 time frame “proved overly ambitious” according to the post and a new release date for the US and Canada has been set to ship sometime in November.

The Boxee Box boasts the ability to bring many different types of streaming media to your HDTV from multiple online sources or connected directly through local media storage devices. Pandora, last.fm, shoutcast, We are Hunted, flickr, Picasa, Facebook, Flash 10.1 and most recently My Damn Channel are some of the media tied into the box.

Apple to Announce iPhone OS 4.0 Features Today

Posted in iPhone by Darrin Olson on April 8th, 2010

Apple iPhone OS 4.0Right on the heels of the new iPad release, Apple has announced an event for later today to discuss the release of “the future of iPhone OS” and what will be coming in the iPhone OS 4.0. What new features will be available with the updated OS is anyone’s guess at this point but as usual there is plenty of speculation leading up to the 10AM PST event.

If history is any teacher this announcement will be to set things up for a release later in the year, probably closer to the Apple Developers Conference, and Apple will use this opportunity to release features that it might not have in the past when it didn’t have as much competition from things like Google’s Android.

TSA says E-readers, Netbooks and iPads Can Stay in Their Cases

Posted in News by Darrin Olson on April 8th, 2010

TSA employee looks inside laptop bag.Blogger Bob with the TSA announced recently that electronic items smaller than the standard size laptop should not need to be removed from their bag or case when going through airport security. They didn’t say specifically what that standard size is, but did name a few items specifically that would fall below the size threshold have having to be removed, namely iPads, Kindles, Neos, Nooks, Sony Readers and Netbooks.

This certainly doesn’t mean that you don’t need to take things out of your bag if asked when going through security, but it is good news to hear since removing and donning all your gear again is sometimes tough enough.

TSA via Engadget

Blendtec Takes Down the iPad

Posted in iPad by Darrin Olson on April 5th, 2010

iPad destroyed in a blenderJust in case there were any doubts, the folks from Blendtec blenders did prove this week that the new Apple iPad does in fact blend. It wouldn’t actually fit inside the blender in its original shape and took a slight pre-modification, but in the end it did succumb to the powers of the blender to result in a lot of “iPad dust”. Check out the video after the jump:

iFixit Tearing Down the Apple iPad

Posted in iPad by Darrin Olson on April 3rd, 2010

Apple iPad tear down by iFixitApple’s new iPad has been available for only a hand full of hours and our friends at iFixit have already started tearing it down to see what’s on the inside. They haven’t had too much time with it at this point, but enough to crank out over 20 steps and photos of the dissemblance.

We have a few more photos below, but check out the 28 steps and even more photos showing all the details over at iFixit.com.

Apple iPad Launch Today in the US

Posted in iPad by Darrin Olson on April 3rd, 2010

Apple iPad launchApple launched it’s new iPad tablet on Saturday, meeting long lines of individuals anxiously waiting, some for many hours, to purchase the new mobile device. The release of the iPad is the most anticipated product Apple has released since the iPhone launch in 2007, with almost as much hype surrounding it.

The iPads going on sale Saturday are the WiFi-only versions and are priced from $499 to $699 depending on the storage capacity desired, which ranges from 16GB to 64GB. Apple will release a 3G version of the iPad later in the month with prices ranging from $629 to $829, again depending on storage capacity.

The iPad devices are a small tablet-like device with a 9.7-inch touch screen (on screen keyboard) and they run an operating system very similar to the iPhone or iPod touch. They have the ability to download and play music and videos from Apple’s iTunes library, read books e-books with Apple’s new iBook application and use thousands of applications from the Apple App Store for the iPad.

Netflix Discs for Wii Arrive in Homes

Posted in Netflix,Wii by Darrin Olson on March 27th, 2010

Netflix instant streaming discs for the Nintendo Wii started arriving in homes today to the delight of many Wii console owners. The service allows Wii owners who subscribe to at least the minimum $9/month plan with Netflix, to watch select streaming movies and television shows direct to their televisions.

Netflix subscribers keep the disc and must have it inserted in the console any time they would like to watch streaming content, while movies sent through mail will continue as they have in the past. Once the disc is inserted and selected from the Wii home menu, an activation code is presented. Users must enter this code on the Netflix website as a one-time activation to enable the streaming service.

Nintendo 3DS Additional Details

Posted in Nintendo DS by Darrin Olson on March 24th, 2010

Nintendo DSi 3DS announcementNintendo Japan announced that they will be unveiling a new 3D version of the Nintendo DS at E3 2010 in June, called the Nintendo 3DS. We’ve found some more details in addition to it being a glasses-free 3D device and backwards-compatible with your DS DSi games.

These are rumors mind you and we probably won’t know for sure until the unveiling in June. There’s talk that the 3DS could have a number of additional features giving new dimensions to the gaming possibilities on the device. These include an accelerometer allowing it to sense tilting and motion, a higher-resolution LCD screen from Sharp, and possibly both the top and bottom displays working together as a single display.

Apple iPad Pre-Order Starting Today, 5:30 AM PST

Posted in iPad by Darrin Olson on March 12th, 2010

Apple iPad PreSale starting todayApple told us pre-orders for the iPad would be starting today at about 5:30 AM PST, 8:30 AM for those of you standing in line on the east coast. Currently, as usual when Apple has a new product being added, the Apple Store is done with a note that they will “be back soon”, no doubt with a new landing page featuring pre-orders for the Apple iPad.

Pre-orders are going to be available for only the Wi-Fi version, which would then arrive on April 3rd. If you’re set on the 3G model you’ll have to wait until later on in April. The 16GB version of the WiFi only model will be going for $499, while the 32GB version will be $699.