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Apple’s iPad Will Not Tether to iPhone

Posted in iPad by Darrin Olson on March 7th, 2010

Apple iPad will not tether to iPhoneWhile the tech world is anxiously awaiting the launch of Apple’s iPad, a number questions still looming around the exact details of the device and its functionality. One of those questions which was queried directly to Steve Jobs himself was answered today, apparently by Steve Jobs himself.

The Swedish site Slashat.se reports they had sent a question directly to Apple’s CEO asking if the WiFi version of the iPad will support tethering to the iPhone, allowing 3G data access to the iPad. To this the answer came back simply as: “No. Sent from my iPhone.”

Motorola Backflip available now with AT&T

Posted in Mobile Phones by Darrin Olson on March 7th, 2010

Motorola Backflip available for sale with AT&TJust as expected, AT&T has made the Motorola Backflip available today marking the first Android iPhone competitor available through the carrier with more to follow. The Backflip is available for $100 with a 2-year contract or $350 straight up. So, who’s in? Or are you going to wait to see what the other four AT&T Android phones are bringing?

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[Thanks JamesBond]

Panasonic Announces Lumix DMC-G2 and G10

Posted in Digital Cameras by Darrin Olson on March 7th, 2010

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 CameraPanasonic announced on Sunday two new Micro Four-Thirds cameras, the Lumix DMC-G2 and a less expensive Lumix G10. Both cameras are in Panasonic’s line of “smaller” digital cameras in comparison to D-SLR’s, going without a mirror box or a dedicated autofocus image sensor.

The DMC-G2 appears to be a successor to the DMC-G1 announced in late 2008 with some added features. The Lumix DMC-G2 still has a 12.1 megapixel sensor, movable LCD screen, is similar in size and has a rubber-coated body like its predecessor, but in this version has added in a touch screen and high-def video capture. According to Panasonic this marks the …”first interchangeable lens system camera with touch-control shooting.”

Apple Targets Nexus One, Maybe Google in Lawsuit

Posted in Legal,patents by Darrin Olson on March 3rd, 2010

Apple files lawsuit with HTC over Android based mobile devices.On Tuesday Apple filed complaints with both the U.S. International Trade Commission and a federal court in Delaware seeking to stop the import, sales and use of some phones made by Taiwanese manufacturer HTC. The complaint suggests that HTC has infringed on patents owned by Apple with a number of their mobile handsets, all which rely on Google’s Android operating system.

The mobile devices in question include the Pro Touch, TouchPro 2, Touch Diamond, myTouch 3G, Tilt II, Pure, Imago, T-Mobile G1, Hero, Droid Eris, HD2 and of course Google’s own Nexus One which was also made by HTC. As many as 10 of the 20 accused violations involve the Nexus One, which brings up some speculation. Since Apple is targeting Android-based mobile devices with HTC, they could be gearing up to go after Google directly with the Android operating system. Not all of the patent infringement complaints by Apple involve the Android OS, however.

Samsung BD-C6500 Blu-ray Hands-on Review

Posted in Review by Darrin Olson on February 28th, 2010

Samsung BD-C6500 Blu-ray ReviewToday we were able to try out the Samsung BD-C6500 1080p Blu-ray player, one of Samsung’s latest line of players featuring high-definition video along with the Samsung Internet@TV. The new players do a good job of grasping onto the future of digital media by bring internet connectivity into the player and directly into your TV.

The BD-C6500 player features the ability to playback full Blu-ray 1080p HD video along with Dolby Digital sound and output it through HDMI, S-Video, Optical and 7.1 analog audio. What’s really interesting about this player however is it’s integration to the internet and online media.

Nexus One Coming to Verizon in March

Posted in Rumors by Darrin Olson on February 27th, 2010

Google Nexus One coming to VerizonThe folks over at Neowin are stating an anonymous contact inside Google has provided them a tip that the Nexus One will be coming to Verizon on March 23rd. Google originally launched their first handset back in January from themselves only for $529, and very shortly after with T-Mobile for $179 with a 2-year contract.

When the Nexus One was launched the Google website stated it would be coming to the Verizon network sometime this spring but did not give an exact date. These rumors give it an exact date to coincide with the International CTIA wireless show in the United States, however pricing have not yet been provided.

OtterBox releases cases for HTC Droid Eris

Posted in Otterbox by Darrin Olson on February 27th, 2010

Otterbox case for Droid ErisOtterbox has released a couple of new protective cases for your HTC Droid Eris phone, adding to their Commuter and Impact series of cases.

OtterBox’s Commuter series case (on the right in the above photo) for the HTC Droid Eris provides 3 layers of protection with a screen protector, silicone mid-layer and a polycarbonate shell. The Impact series, like it sounds, is a little more padded to provide protection from impacts to the device and has a couple layers including a screen protector and molded shell.

Nokia and Intel Partner on MeeGo Software Platform

Posted in Mobile Phones by Darrin Olson on February 15th, 2010

Nokia and Intel have teamed up to create MeeGo, a new open source software platform for use on mobile devices. The new platform will be a combination of the best features from the two companies existing platforms and will not target just smartphones but also tablet PC’s, netbooks and even connected television devices.

This announcement comes shortly after Nokia announced that the Symbian platform was going open source and hot on the heals of Google and their newly popular Android mobile software platform, in a clear chase to regain some of their market share. Nokia says the plans for the Symbian platform have not changed but will be used on less expensive smartphones, with the more expensive devices running MeeGo.

Google Buzz Brings Social Widget to Gmail

Posted in Google by Darrin Olson on February 10th, 2010

The Google press conference we heard about on Tuesday, as expected, brought us a new social networking “widget” called Google Buzz. The new feature integrates into Google Gmail with almost no setup whatsoever and provides a way to share and keep up on information with friends or the general public.

By going to the Google Buzz website users can quickly add Buzz to there Gmail account where they can see a feed of posts from others and posts their own statuses, all integrated with the existing Gmail inbox. Users can choose to share these with just their closest friends through the application or to everyone. Google even gets users started by automatically having them follow the contacts they chat and email with currently through Gmail and Google Talk.

Google to Make Gmail More Social

Posted in Gmail by Darrin Olson on February 9th, 2010

Google reportedly has a planned press conference on Tuesday to announce some new features to its online email service which will turn it into more of a social hub of communication between friends. The new “widget” that will be added to the free Gmail tool will allow users to keep up with their friends through a stream of quick updates, similar to sites like Facebook and Twitter.

This is not a surprising move for Google who is continuously trying to keep online users centered around Google’s tools, providing the company with more information as well as additional content and exposure to online ads.

Google could also potential integrate other online social media content into it’s stream from users, such as videos from YouTube or pictures from Picasa. It could even tie into external sources with open API’s such as …

Symbian Goes Open Source Ahead of Schedule

Posted in Mobile Phones by Darrin Olson on February 4th, 2010

Symbian, the world’s most popular smartphone operating system, has announced that it’s going open source about four months ahead of schedule. This move will allow more software developers to have access to develop applications and mobile devices based on the operating system.

The plan was to complete the transition of putting the OS under the Eclipse development license and work out deals with existing third party developers by later this summer. Symbian was able to move ahead more quickly, most likely to try and keep an edge on the newer open-source Android mobile operating system from Google.

Netflix Coming to the Nintendo Wii Console

Posted in Netflix,News by Darrin Olson on January 13th, 2010

Netflix coming to the Nintendo Wii Game cosoleNetflix have now officially announced an agreement with Nintendo of America to stream it’s video content to the Nintendo Wii game console. We had heard it was coming way back in October and now Netflix has rounded out its coverage with the big three game consoles including Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PS3.

The new deal allows Wii console owners who are also Netflix subscribers and have a broadband internet connection to select movies from a catalog of choices and stream them to their television instantly. The service will be offered at no additional cost to subscribers to the DVD by mail service with Netflix with at least an $8.99/month plan.

AR.DRONE From Parrot controlled by iPhone

Posted in R/C Toys by Darrin Olson on January 11th, 2010

ar.drone controlled by iPhoneThe folks at Parrot have released a new toy RC toy called the AR.Drone, a “quadricopter” that can be controlled and viewed with an iPhone or iPod touch through a WiFi connection. The AR.DRONE works like a remote control helicopter with four separate helicopter blades to maneuver the device, but that is definitely not what makes this copter cool.

What really sets this guy apart from the others is that you can control it with your iPhone or iPod touch using the built-in accelerometers which will sense which way you tip the phone and maneuver the AR.Drone accordingly. The quadricopter also has a couple of cameras on board, one for “seeing” what the AR.Drone sees real-time through the iPhone, but also another camera on the bottom which can track speed and help the ‘copter maintain a still flight.

Android Phone Fights Back at Thieves

Posted in News by Darrin Olson on January 10th, 2010

A mobile phone running Google’s Android software along with a third party security app was recently stolen in Oregon and was able to fight back against it’s captors, getting itself home again. The Motorola Droid was stolen out of a couples home late at night along with a number of other electronic items and things of values.

Shortly after stealing the device the thieves snapped a few photos of themselves with the on-board camera which, unknown to them, were then uploaded to a server as part of a backup process that runs each night. The owners were then able to download the photos from the servers website and turn them over to police which eventually led to the capture of at least one of the robbers.

The backup/security application was a free download for the Android phone called …

Nexus One From Google Officially Available

Posted in Mobile Phones by Darrin Olson on January 5th, 2010

Nexus One from Google officially availableThe Nexus One from Google is now official as Google has made their press announcement, as expected, that they are indeed launching their own mobile handset. The device is made by HTC and runs Google’s own Android software.

With Android, the features of the system are very similar to the existing handsets running the software with a few additions to the apps and some additional voice control. Google bragged the handset itself is no heavier than a Swiss Army Knife and no thicker than a number 2 pencil.