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Ultrasone debuts Pro 2900 headphones in two versions

Posted in Headphones by Shane McGlaun on September 14th, 2010

Ultrasone has been making high-end headphones for a long time. The company has unveiled its latest new headphones called the Pro 2900. For the first time the headphones are being offered in two versions. One of the versions is your common single cable set of headphones.

The other version is a balanced version with two cables made specifically for balanced amplifiers that audiophiles might use for better sound. The Pro 2900 headphones have the same design no matter the version with velvet covered ear pads and 40mm drivers coated in titanium.

Canon outs awesome 35x zoom SX30 IS

Posted in Cameras,Canon by Shane McGlaun on September 14th, 2010

Canon has announced a new point and shoot digital camera that has an awesome zoom range called the SX30 IS. The zoom range on the camera is 35x and it is the world’s first point and shoot with a 35x optical zoom lens with wide angle as well.

Naturally, with a zoom level that high the camera has optical image stabilization built-in. The camera is able to record 720p HD video and use that ensure zoom range to do it. That means you can get really close to the action from far away.

Olympus offers new E-5 DSLR for photography pros

Posted in Cameras,Olympus by Shane McGlaun on September 14th, 2010

I just mentioned that Samsung has unveiled a new digital camera today called the NX100. Olympus has also rolled out a new digital camera with its profession DSLR called the E-5. The DSLR camera has some cool features like a magnesium body that is rugged.

The body of the camera is splash resistant and dust proof making it capable of surviving lots of outdoor use. The DSLR has a 12.3MP image sensor and has a rear LCD that swivels for shooting pictures using Live View. The E-5 also has a 100% field of view optical viewfinder in addition to Live View mode.

Samsung NX100 digital camera debuts

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on September 14th, 2010

Samsung has tossed a new digital camera onto the market with the NX100 debuting today. The new camera is the latest entry into the mirrorless category and uses components that were all produced internally at Samsung.

The camera is the first from the maker to use an APS-C sensor. The camera has a 3-inch AMOLED screen on the back and has an i-Funciton lens. The i-Funciton lens allows the user to control the settings of the camera through the lens. The camera is rated for a maximum of ISO 6400. The NX100 will come in black or brown colors and have a number of lenses available.

Smart Finger concept makes measuring a snap

Posted in Concepts by Shane McGlaun on September 13th, 2010

Design concepts are interesting most of the time with cool ideas for products that will never see the light of day. If you are one of the folks that are rather challenged when it comes to reading a tape measure of ruler, the Smart finger concept may be perfect for you.

The concept is a pair of little finger appliances that look sort of like sci-fi thimbles and can measure distance between the two sensors on the devices accurately. As you move the sensors apart, the measurement is shown on a display on the top of one of the sections of the gadget.

Nation-E Angel Car is roadside assistance for EV drivers

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on September 13th, 2010

I have never run a car I was driving out of gas before. I have had to drive to pick up my wife a few times over the years when she forgot to get gas and ended up stranded. At least with a normal car you can just put a few gallons in the tank to get you to the station.

If you forget to plug in an electric car and you get stranded on the side of the road today, you are out of luck. A company called Nation-E has unveiled a new charging system in Europe that has a mobile charger in the back of a van called Angel Car. The idea is that if an EV owner runs out of juice the van drives to them to give a charge.

Sadistic airlines eye even smaller seats for economy class

Posted in Aircraft by Shane McGlaun on September 13th, 2010

I am not a big fan of flying. Not because I am afraid the plane will crash or anything. I am afraid I will be stuck next to the 400-pound dude with a sweating problem. The last time I flew on a commercial flight that happened to me and it was a miserable three hours.

Apparently the airlines think we have too much room in those small seats. A company has unveiled new seats called SkyRider that look like a cross between a normal airline seat and a saddle. The seats give you only 23-inches of legroom.

Panasonic offers the world’s first micro four-thirds camcorder

Posted in Panasonic by Shane McGlaun on September 13th, 2010

Panasonic has unveiled a new camcorder that grabs the title of world’s first micro four-thirds camcorder. The camera is rather big and bulky looking and reminds me of the old camcorders from the 80′s with its square design.

The camcorder is called the AG-AF105 and it has interchangeable lenses using the micro four-thirds system. The camera apparently works with the same lenses the still cameras from Panasonic support. The large image sensor allows for wide-angle video.

HTC offers Commuter case for HTC Evo and Droid Incredible

Posted in Otterbox by Shane McGlaun on September 10th, 2010

When it comes to protecting your smartphone some of the most protective cases carry the OtterBox name. The company makes all sorts of cases from simple sleeves to cases that protect from water, drops, and just about anything else that might happen to your device.

OtterBox has announced new cases that are available for the HTC Evo and the HTC Droid Incredible. The two cases are specifically designed for a snug fit and to protect the HTC devices. The cases each offer three layers of protection in a sleek package that adds minimal bulk to the smartphones.

Android notifier sends alerts to your desktop

Posted in Google by Shane McGlaun on September 10th, 2010

There are many reasons why someone might want alerts sent to their desktop rather than only on the phone. For instance, my wife likes crappy music and it drives me crazy to hear it. She also gets 10 million texts per day so when she is wearing her headphones I end up hearing the text alert on her phone all day.

If she was using an Android device and a Mac or Linux computer a new application is available called Android-Notifer that would take those notifications for calls and texts and send them to the computer. The app sends notifications to the PC via Bluetooth or WiFi right now.

Google Walking Navigation beta debuts

Posted in Google by Shane McGlaun on September 10th, 2010

I know in some big cities like San Francisco and New York City, walking is one of the most common ways for people to get around. The trick for people who aren’t familiar with the city and need to walk somewhere is figuring out which way to go to get around.

Google has unveiled a new beta application for Android phones using Google Maps for mobile 4.5 called Walking Navigation beta. The new application works like the GPS driving directions only it takes into account pedestrian walkways to route people on foot.

Tokyoflash watch concept is one I can actually use

Posted in Watches by Shane McGlaun on September 10th, 2010

I would say 99% of the watches that I see over on Tokyoflash are not something I would use. Let’s be honest, watches without numbers still through a lot of us off so having to decipher gobs of symbols that tell the time is just way more than I care to put up with. I will say that the watches are usually pretty cool though.

Tokyoflash has a new watch concept that is easy to use and was designed by a 14-year-old. The watch has numbers spelled out in one long run on all the way down the screen. The worlds are grey by default and when they are needed to tell the time the light up in blue.

Opera Mini 5.1 now available for Windows Mobile

Posted in Opera Software by Shane McGlaun on September 9th, 2010

When it comes to web browsers many people don’t like the browsers that ship on their smartphones and start looking for alternatives that work better. Opera makes one of the more popular alternate browsers for many of the smartphone operating systems on the market.

I mentioned back in July that Opera Mini 5.1 had landed for Android devices. Opera has now announced that Opera Mini 5.1 is available for download for Windows Mobile users as well. The new venison of the browser adds some nice new features like allowing Opera to be set as the default browser.

Splitfish set to launch Fragfx Shark, Barracuda, and Piranha controllers

Posted in Controllers,Games by Shane McGlaun on September 9th, 2010

Splitfish made a name for itself in the gaming world years ago when it unveiled the controllers for console gamers that allowed them to play games with a mouse controller for the right hand and controller for the right hand that looks like half a gamepad.

Splitfish has announced the street date for its next products for gamers. The products include the wireless Fragfx Shark and the wired Barracuda and FPS optimized wired Piranha controller. All three of the controllers will work with the PS3, Mac, and PC.

ARM Cortex-A15 will be used in smartphones and scales to octo-core

Posted in Processors by Shane McGlaun on September 9th, 2010

ARM has been making processors for smartphones and all manner of other gadgets and hardware for a long time. ARM has now announced its next processor that will find its way into smartphones, home entertainment devices, and wireless infrastructure devices called the Cortex-A15.

The new Cortex-A15 has as much as five times the performance of today’s high-end smartphone processors and ten times the performance of processors used in infrastructure platforms with low power consumption. The A15 is highly scalable for different uses.