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Google Page URL Shortener Launches

Posted in Google by Reuben Drake on July 19th, 2011

Google has launched its new Google page shortener which will of course work with all Google services. The new g.co shortening service follows the launch of Google’s public URL shortener back in 2009 goo.gl.

They would like you to use it for all your url shortening needs. Google says “Whenever you see a short “g.co” link, you can trust that it will always take you to a Google product or service. We also have a public URL shortener at goo.gl. You can use this to shorten up URLs across the web.”

New Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 To Have 1280 x 800 Display?

Posted in Samsung by Reuben Drake on July 19th, 2011

Last month we heard that Samsung was working on a new version of the original Galaxy Tab, and now we have word that this new Galaxy Tab might have a 7 inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.

Netbook News is saying that the new 7 inch Galaxy Tab will come with Android Honeycomb, in addition to that higher resolution display with a 1280 x 800 resolution. Other rumored specs include a dual core 1.2GHz processor, plus 1GB of RAM. We should know more soon as Samsung gears up for release.

Teclast T720SE Android Tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Reuben Drake on July 13th, 2011

As if you don’t have enough tablet options to choose from, here is another option. This one is the latest Android tablet from Teclast, called the T720SE.

This new device features a 7.0-inch 800 x 480 touchscreen display, a 624MHz RK2818 processor, 8GB of storage, a microSD card slot and it runs Android 2.2. The T720SE retails for 499 Yuan (or about $77), but remember that you get what you pay for.

IDEA x Ashidavox Dynamic Headphones

Posted in Headphones by Reuben Drake on July 13th, 2011

IDEA International, in collaboration with audio company Ashidavox, are ready to release this new pair of Dynamic headphones. Ashidavox’s sound technology gives these headphones a well-balanced sound that your ears will love.

Other features include a frequency range of 25-18,000Hz, and earpads made from a special urethane material for comfort which is good when wearing them for hours. The IDEA x Ashidavox Dynamic headphones will cost you $140.

Philips GoGear Muse 3 portable media player

Posted in Philips by Reuben Drake on July 13th, 2011

Philips has announced the GoGear Muse 3 PMP with a SoundSafe feature that will alert the user if the current volume levels will have an impact on their long-term hearing. It can also regulate the volume to make sure that it stays at a safe level.

Other features include an alternative to the graphic equalizer called SoundPersonalisation where you can adjust the sound just by running your fingers around the screen between the four corners, choosing from powerful, warm, sparkling and vocal. It ships with noise isolation in-ear earphones and comes in 8GB or 16GB capacities for $176 and $224.

HTC Status available for pre-order on AT&T

Posted in HTC by Reuben Drake on July 11th, 2011

The HTC Status, formerly known by it’s dreaded ChaCha name, is now available for pre-order through AT&T. This Facebook phone has a dedicated Facebook button and a full QWERTY keyboard for updating on the social networking site. It’s priced at $50 on a two-year voice and data contract and arrives on July 17.

It features a small 480×320 resolution display and Best Buy will offer an exclusive color for the Status when it arrives, probably black or violet. It’s just a week away.

Nyko Zoom for Kinect to ship August 23

Posted in Nyko by Reuben Drake on July 11th, 2011

If you have an Xbox 360, but not much space in your room, check out Nyko’s Zoom for Kinect. It’s a clip on device that allows players to stand closer to the console, reducing the amount of space needed to play games.

Nyko now has a firm ship date and expects it in stores on August 23. The device snaps over the Kinect’s sensor and refocuses the Xbox 360 motion controller’s cameras to a closer distance. It requires no extra power. Now players can stand up to 40 percent closer to the console.

Star Trek official PADD app for iPad

Posted in iPad accessories by Reuben Drake on July 11th, 2011

It’s a good day for Star Trek fans. CBS has released an official PADD app for the iPad for $5 in the App Store. The app recreates the LCARS interface from TNG-era Trek and is a database for the Trek universe with characters, ships, species, and TV episodes.

It even has sound effects and diagnostic demos from the NCC1701-D Enterprise. In time they should release more content for it.

HTC Desire Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Coming This Month

Posted in HTC by Reuben Drake on July 11th, 2011

The last news that we heard about the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the HTC Desire was that HTC was testing it. More specifically that they were running ‘quality assurance’ testing on it to make sure it worked with the Desire.

Now HTC has announced that the testing went smoothly and that the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update will be delivered to the Desire by the end of July. Great news since we are halfway through the month already.

Asus Announces Automobili Lamborghini VX7 Laptop

Posted in ASUS by Reuben Drake on July 11th, 2011

Asus has launched another Lamborghini themed laptop, the Asus Automobili Lamborghini VX7 laptop. This new Lamborghini themed laptop from Asus packs in Intel’s latest quad core Core i7 processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M graphics.

Other features include a 15.6 inch LCD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, and it comes with two 750GB hard drives, USB 3.0, 8GB of DDR3 RAM which can be expanded up to 16GB, a Blu-ray combo drive and Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit.

Bowers & Wilkins C5 In-Ear Headphones

Posted in Headphones by Reuben Drake on July 11th, 2011

Bowers & Wilkins have unveiled their first in-ear headphones, the C5. The C5 headphones will hook over your ears with loops created from the earphone cables, which helps keep them in place. They also have noise-isolating technology, designed to deliver natural acoustics.

These headphones also reduce the effect of noise bleed, reducing the noise of your music for people around you.

Jawbone Jambox Gold Limited Edition Bluetooth Speaker

Posted in Bluetooth by Reuben Drake on July 11th, 2011

The Jawbone Jambox Gold Limited Edition Bluetooth speaker is ready to launch in Japan anytime now. This wireless speaker supports Bluetooth HSP, HFP and A2DP capabilities.

It also features an integrated microphone to capture your voice and can be charged using a USB port or an AC adapter. The company will launch the Jawbone Jambox Gold Limited Edition Bluetooth speaker for 19,800 Yen (or $246).

Sony Micro Vault P series compact flash drives

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Reuben Drake on July 11th, 2011

Sony has a series of new USB flash drives that will have storage capacities of up to 64GB. That may not be external hard drive size, but it allows you to carry a lot in your pocket. It comes in your choice of black or white and will be available in 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities.

It comes with File Rescue and x – Pict Story, which will let you retrieve accidentally deleted data and create an automated photo presentation. No info on price yet.

Motorola Droid 3 gets official

Posted in Motorola by Reuben Drake on July 7th, 2011

The Motorola Droid 3 is finally official, with Verizon offering the phone for sale on its website. The Gingerbread handset has a five-row QWERTY keyboard and a 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP chip. There’s also a 4-inch qHD 960×540 display and 16GB of onboard storage.

Other specs include an 8-megapixel camera for stills, with auto-focus and face recognition and a front facing cam for video calling. Connectivity on the Verizon version is All–Digital, 800/1900, CDMA EVDO rev A and GSM 850/900/1800/1900 UMTS, Wi-Fi, DLNA and Bluetooth 2.1 and it has a 1540mAH Li–Ion battery.

MightyText sends phone calls, texts to your browser

Posted in Text Messaging by Reuben Drake on July 7th, 2011

Maybe you forgot your phone at home. No need to drive home and get it. Texts and calls can just be routed to your computer and inside Google Chrome. We aren’t talking about Google Voice, but it’s similar. MightyText will route calls and text messages into Google Chrome instead of sending them to your email. Pretty handy when you lose your phone or leave it behind.

The new service was started by former Google employee, Maneesh Arora. It’s basically a routing service for text messages and calls. It’s in Beta now.