Roku Announces New Streaming Stick

Posted in Roku by Darrin Olson on March 5th, 2014

Roku Streaming StickRoku announced on Tuesday the launch of a new Streaming Stick which appears to be taking Google’s Chromecast head on. The new device is not much larger than a USB flash drive and connects directly to a television through an HDMI port, bringing streaming media to your TV through a small, hidden package.

The Roku Streaming Stick also comes with a remote control similar to the existing Roku boxes (minus a headphone jack), and a Micro-USB connector for power. It also gives you access too all of the 1,200 streaming media channels that Roku has to offer including YouTube through 1080p and supported by dual-band WiFi.

Compared to Google’s Chromecast this adds a remote, more channels and an extra $15 is cost for the device. The only thing it really can’t access that Chromecast can is your Google Play media …

Top 11 Star Wars Grilling Must Haves

Posted in Sci-Fi by Tam Yue on March 4th, 2014

May the fork be with youWith summer fast approaching (we know, we know, the longest, most brutal winter on record is still going strong), we thought we would post about some summer things, like grilling. Then we ran across the “Lightsaber BBQ Tongs” which inspired us to do some research on what other Star Wars grilling tools there are available, and it turns out there are a lot…….

So here you have it, the Top 11 Star Wars outdoor party/grilling must haves for summer:

11. To start the party off right, there are a number of aprons out there from Darth Vader to Princess Leia. Some of the most popular ones have classic Star Wars quotes on them. Many of these aprons come with matching oven mitts, which is great, but hold off until you see number 8 on our list. 

Star Trek Captain’s Chair on Ebay

Posted in Sci-Fi by Darrin Olson on March 3rd, 2014

Star Trek Captains Chair ReplicaNow, before you get too excited this chair is actually a replica of the original Star Trek’s Enterprise-D bridge captain chair. Apparently the original one was a little too worse for the wear and was recreated to go on tour to fan conventions with the rest of the set that makes up the Enterprise bridge.

The captain’s chair does have a list of celebrities that have sat in it since its creation including some Star Trek actors, Stan Lee and Weird Al. The chair is being sold because Huston Huddleston, the man who spearheaded the project to rebuild the Enterprise bridge, was not completely happy with some details of the chair’s creation and is having a new one built.

Still, you have a chance to get your own 98% correct Star Trek Enterprise captain’s chair replica on Ebay …

Boeing Announces Boeing Black Secure Smartphone

Posted in Boeing by Darrin Olson on March 1st, 2014

Boeing Black SmartphoneBoeing Co, best know for creating jets and fighter planes, has announced on Wednesday that it will be releasing its own secure smartphone targeting the US defense and security communities. Boeing stated that they had identified a need for agencies to have secure data communications that current devices on the market have not met.

The Boeing Black Smartphone will run on Google’s Android operating system and contain multiple features to maintain secure data storage and communications with the most significant of those being a self-destruct feature. Any attempt to break into the device case, according to Bruce Olcott of Boeing’s council, will trigger functions that will delete all data and software on the device leaving in inoperable.

According to a product card released by Boeing the device will have a 4.2 inch display and dual SIM supported bands for LTE, WCDMA and …

Google Announces Developer Conference on Modular Phones

Posted in Google by Darrin Olson on February 27th, 2014

Project Ara Modular Phones Google announced on Wednesday that it will host a series of three developer conferences, focusing on the alpha release of the Project Ara Module Developers Kit (MDK). Project Ara is an initiative to move the idea of modular smartphones into a reality.

Instead of purchasing a whole, new pre-configured smartphone every time your device (or part of your device) is outdated you would have the option of purchasing just a single component of the device, and mix and matching it as you would like.

The first of the series of conferences will be based on a slower prototype implementation of the Ara on-device network, and will be held on April 15-16 in Mountain View, CA. There is a $100 ($25 for students) attendance fee with developers having a priority at the show, or you can watch a live stream …

Google Glass Prompts Fight in San Fran Bar

Posted in News by Darrin Olson on February 26th, 2014

Woman claims attack for wearing Google GlassA woman posted on her Facebook page that she was attacked by fellow patrons as a result of wearing her Google Glass in a local San Francisco bar on Friday. Sarah Slocum posted that while wearing the device she was confronted by two women and then had the wearable device ripped from her face by a man.

“OMG so you’ll never believe this but… I got verbally and physically assaulted and robbed last night in the city, had things thrown at me because of some *** Google Glass haters …”

wrote Slocum.

From witness reports, it appears many people were interested and excited to see the new technology in action however others nearing the “last call” expressed concern about being video recorded in public which prompted a fight outside the bar between another man and Slocum’s male companion. …

Samsung Announces Galaxy S5 Launching April 11

Posted in Samsung by Darrin Olson on February 25th, 2014

Samsung Galaxy S5Samsung announced the release of the Galaxy S5 on Monday at the Unpacked 5 conference in Barcelona. According to the announcement, the much anticipated S5 will be available to the public in the US beginning April 11, but the initial release of pricing or what colors will be available, were not specified.

In this release, Samsung appears to have focused on improving more of the practical, day-to-day functionality’s of the device instead of adding any new bleeding edge features. Some of those include improvements to the phone’s camera, processing speed and most importantly batter life. The S5 will support up to 24 hours of standby time, 10 hours of web browsing or 12 hours of video playback (both on LTE, of course). The company did add a finger print scanner and a heart rate monitor which puts the device in line …

WhatsApp Services Plans to Add Voice

Posted in Mobile Apps,News by Darrin Olson on February 24th, 2014

WhatsApp to Add VoiceNot even a week has gone buy since Facebook announced the acquisition of WhatsApp for a whopping $19 billion and they have already announced plans to add voice calls to the already popular WhatsApp service. Jan Koum, founder of WhatsApp, however has assured the media that no additional changes such as Facebook advertising is planned for the application, which was an immediate concern for many already using the WhatsApp service.

WhatsApp has been much more popular in Europe and other emerging economies and only just recently has been catching on more in the U.S. To put in perspective for those in the U.S., WhatsApp already has about twice is many users as Twitter at 465 million over a month, and costs users $1 after a free year trial.

The Telegraph

AT&T Announces Unite Pro LTE Touchscreen Hotspot

Posted in HotSpot by Darrin Olson on November 23rd, 2013

AT&T Unite Pro LTE mobile hotspotAT&T announced on Tuesday the release of the Unite Pro LTE hotspot from Netgear. This mobile WiFi device, scheduled to be released on November 22nd, features a 2.4 inch touchscreen display and has some upgrades from its Unite predecessor. The Pro will manage up to 15 simultaneous wireless connections with a 16 hour batter life, upping it from 10 devices and 10 hours in the previous model.

The price is increasing a little as well, however. While the Unite when for 99 cents with a 2-year contract, the Unite Pro is $49.99 with a 2-year contract. More details are available in this video below from AT&T.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhGgtETUGBw

AT&T

Google Chromecast Review

Posted in Chromecast by Darrin Olson on November 7th, 2013

Google ChromecastGoogle rolled out its Chromecast media device earlier this past summer and after using it this fall I’m sorry I didn’t get to it sooner. This small device was easy to setup and provided a great solution for viewing my Google Play purchased media on my TV.

The device was very easy to install, simply by installing Chromecast on my Android device and then plugging it into an HDMI port on the TV. the device does need some external power however and comes with a USB cord that can be run from a power outlet or a USB port on the TV (if there is one available). From there the Chromecast software found the device and walked me through a few simple steps to connect it to the internet and get going.

Once setup, users can cast media from their Android phone …

HGST Launches Helium-Filled 6TB Hard Drive

Posted in Hard Drives by Darrin Olson on November 4th, 2013

HGST Helium filled hard drive He6HGST, a subsidiary of Western Digital, announced on Monday the launch of its first helium-filled hard drive. The new Ultrastar He6 drive comes with a 6TB capacity in a 3.5-inch drive enclosure.

According to HGST, having helium in the enclosure has significantly less friction than air, allowing for less energy needed to physically move platters around inside the drive resulting in more platters with an acceptable performance. More platters mean more drive space with a general increase by three quarters over a standard air-filled hard drive.

The challenge has been to create a chamber in the drive that was tight enough to avoid leaking the helium, and HGST assures us that it is a safe volume with “less helium than a balloon”. Pricing was not initially available, however the company stated that it will “…cost-effectively extend the capacity and …

Apple Roles out Fifth Generation iPad Air

Posted in Apple by Darrin Olson on October 23rd, 2013

Apple iPad Air MiniOn Tuesday Apple announced the release of its fifth generation iPad mini, named the iPad Air as an offshoot naming of the Macboook line of products, confirming rumors of the anticipated release earlier in the month. The new iPad Air primarily features a new lighter, thinner design weighing in at just one pound and 7.5 mm thick (that’s less than a third of an inch to you metrically challenged folks).

Apple has also added in a faster A7, 64-bit chipset, where Apple states it doubles the processor speed with the same battery drain as its predecessor. They’ve also added dual WiFi antenna’s with MIMO, the high resolution (2048×1536) Retina display on a 9.7-inch screen and kept up to 10 hours of battery life.

Apple is releasing the iPad Air November 1st with prices starting at $499 for a 16GB …

Facebook Having Issues with Status Updates

Posted in News by Darrin Olson on October 21st, 2013

Facebook LikeMonday morning it appears Facebook is having a relatively widespread issue with status updates. If you ran into it this morning, apparently you are not the only one. Reports across the country have been posted online stating the issue. We encountered a message this morning when trying to update a status and received the message: “There was a problem updating your status. Please try again in a few minutes.” Others have reported the updates with no error message, but the updates ultimately do not happen.

No message from Facebook officials as of yet as to when it will be resolved or how widespread the problem is.

Nexus 5 leaked on Google Play Store

Posted in Google by Darrin Olson on October 18th, 2013

Google Nexus 5On Thursday Engadget has reported seeing the anticipated Nexus 5 appearing on the Google Play Store website, if only briefly. For a time the advertisement for the existing Nexus 4 was gone and replaced with one for the Nexus 5, listing at $349 for a 16GB model.

The display was short-lived and not appearing any longer today, but enough information has been leaked this month to give a good overview of what is expected to come. The Nexus 5 is anticipated to sport a 1080p, 4.95 inch display, storage up to 32GB and the 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU.

We had been anticipating the release of the Nexus 5 by now, but there is no official word of the release date. Engadget is speculating the release to coincide with a the possible release of the Android 4.4 KitKat OS later in …

Adidas Announces Smart Watch for Runners

Posted in Adidas,Exercise Gadgets by Darrin Olson on October 16th, 2013

Adidas Smart WatchAdidas announced on Wednesday the release of a new smartwatch targeting runners, putting some additional competition in the wearable exercise devices with Nike’s Fuelband and the Fitbit Force.

According to Paul Gaudio, the vice president in charge of Adidas’ interactive division, the Adidas smartwatch is focusing on making the best running watch as apposed to competing in the smartwatch space with Google and Apple. The Adidas smartwatch includes the ability to connect through Bluetooth with a smartphone but will require less dependency by incorporating flash storage for music right on the wrist-worn device. It also has features to give real-time feedback to the user while exercising by tracking heart rate and motion, and then producing vibrations or audible feedback through headphones.

The watch isn’t coming cheap however with an expected price tag of $399. Compared to the Nike Fuelband it comes …