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Cool Armor X10gx rugged tablet PC is tough enough for soldiers

Posted in Tablet PC by Shane McGlaun on August 12th, 2010

I never really thought I would like a table computer until I used my iPad. I really like the tablet form factor, but that iPad is too fragile for working stiffs who are out in the field all day. A new tablet machine that meets military specs for ruggedness has been unveiled by Armor.

The machine is called the X10gx and it has a 10.4-inch transreflective LCD with a resolution of 1024 x 768 that can be read in direct sunlight. That screen accepts both pen based and touch input to boot. Storage is to a 64GB SSD with 80GB or 160GB options.

Apple offers to replace overheating iPod nanos in Japan

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on August 11th, 2010

The overheating issues with first generation iPod nano players from Apple have been well documented. There have been numerous fires and burns linked to the devices overheating. Apple has now offered Japanese owners of the first generation iPod touch a replacement.

Apple says that any Japanese owner of an iPad touch showing symptoms of overheating like deformation or discoloration can get a replacement device. Apple will also replace the battery for users who worry that their device might overheat.

Logitech starts shipping HD Pro Webcam C910

Posted in Logitech by Shane McGlaun on August 11th, 2010

Logitech has a ton of products that it offers for all sorts of needs ranging from general computer work to gaming. Logitech has announced that it is now shipping a new webcam called the HD Pro Webcam C910.

The webcam has full 1080p video recording and can make video calls at up to 720p resolution using IM services and Logitech Vid HD software. The camera also has stereo audio for call and recording quality.

Gefen offers surround sound speakers that are big on price for those small on space

Posted in Gefen by Shane McGlaun on August 11th, 2010

OK, so we all know that home theater isn’t exactly a cheap thing to get into. That is assuming something other than the cheap and bad sounding gear from your local Walmart is on the menu. When you are trying to get surround sound into a small space things can be ever more tricky.

Gefen has unveiled a new set of surround sound speakers for people wanting to outfit a small space. The speakers are called the GefenTV Conference Room Speakers and the kit includes five identical satellites. The system lacks a subwoofer because Gefen says the system is for fidelity not bass.

OtterBox iPad cases now shipping

Posted in Otterbox by Shane McGlaun on August 11th, 2010

If you have an iPad you may have worried on more than one occasion that a drop would kill your beloved tablet, I know I have worried. My 5-year-old carts the thing all over the house playing Slingshot Cowboy and you never know when she will do something crazy like stand on it to reach the snack drawer.

OtterBox has unveiled a couple cases for the iPad that just might protect my tablet from the daily tribulations of having a young child using the thing. Most will be familiar with the Commuter and Defender line of cases from the various devices the cases are already available for, like the iPhone 4.

Gorilla chills with Nintendo DS portable in San Francisco

Posted in Nintendo by Shane McGlaun on August 10th, 2010

A gorilla at the San Diego zoo recently came by his own Nintendo DS portable game console. The DS appeared in the gorilla habitat when a boy visiting the zoo dropped it inside.

The gorilla picked the DS up and proceeded to mess with it to try and figure out exactly what it was. I wonder what he would have done if the thing was tuned on when he picked it up.

Green Bamboo Bottle keeps plastic from the landfill

Posted in Green by Shane McGlaun on August 10th, 2010

If you are the green type, the thought of drinking your water out of a plastic bottle probably curls your toes. What you need is something along the lines of the Bamboo Bottle.

This reusable bottle is made from renewable and recyclable materials. The inside of the bottle is made from glass and can be washed in the dishwasher. The outside of the bottle is renewable bamboo.

Technocel Battery Boost has internal battery and microSD slot

Posted in Sprint by Shane McGlaun on August 10th, 2010

Technocel has unveiled a new charging solution that carries the Sprint brand called the Technocel Battery Boost. The device has an internal battery along with a microSD card slot to act as flash storage.

The internal battery is a 600mAh unit good for an extra hour of runtime according to the maker. It will work with any device that uses a microUSB connector.

Asus debuts Series B notebooks for business types

Posted in ASUS by Shane McGlaun on August 10th, 2010

Asus has announced a new line of notebook computers that are aimed at the business user. The machines have some of the same features like matte finish LCDs and Boston Power Sonata batteries.

Those batteries claim a longer usable life than many other batteries on the market. The B series has the B53J, B53F, B43J, and B43F. The 53 models have 15.6-inch screens and the 43 units are 14.1-inch notebooks.

Top Gear USA coming after all

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on August 9th, 2010

I really like cars and have been a big fan of Top Gear for years. The only thing that bothers me about the UK version of Top Gear is that they often hate on American cars and are known to get the facts of some cars completely wrong.

Long ago, there was rumored to be a version of Top Gear in the works for the US market with Adam Corolla. That program was cancelled before it even aired.

Western Digital unveils Elements Play media storage/player

Posted in Western Digital by Shane McGlaun on August 9th, 2010

Western Digital has unveiled a new product that hits two digital media birds with one stone. The device is called the WD Elements Play, can store lots of media, and lets you view that media on your TV.

The device is a smallish square box measuring 1.6″ H x 8.9″ L x 5.9″ W. Inside the black box hides a HDD of 1TB or 2TB capacity allowing for the storage of lots of digital files and video in various formats.

Human Touch massage chair gets iPhone control

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on August 9th, 2010

There is an app for just about everything you might want to do. That world of apps has gotten bigger now with an app that can actually give you a massage. A new massage chair from Human Touch has been unveiled.

The chair is the 9500 and it can be controlled completely from the iPhone or iPad. The chair uses an app that lets the user completely customize and save their own massage programs.

Original Droid smartphone killed as Droid 2 nears

Posted in Motorola by Shane McGlaun on August 9th, 2010

We have been hearing for a while now that the Droid 2 is inbound. The original Droid has been on the market for about nine months and if you wanted one of the original devices, you have waited too long.

Verizon has the listed the official out of stock notice for the original Droid. The device has gone the way of the Dodo with the follow-up expected on August 12.

Images of screen for iPod touch 4 surface

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on August 6th, 2010

Yesterday we saw some images of what is supposed to be an iPhone touch 4 mockup and case surface. Today we see some new shots of what it supposed to be the screen for the next iPod touch.

The images come from MacRumors and the site claims to have received the images from an Apple supplier. The screen clearly shows the hole needed for a front facing camera.

Dish Network unveils DVR scheduler app for iPad

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on August 6th, 2010

Dish Network and DirecTV are the two satellite providers that are available for most of us in the US. The two companies have offered DVR scheduler apps for smartphones for a while now that let you control the DVR from anywhere.

Dish Network has announced that it has released the world’s first DVR controller application that is designed specifically for the iPad called Dish Remote Access. The app lets the iPad user have full control over any DVR in the home from anywhere with a web connection.