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Google Now Searches Patents

Posted in Google,News by Paul Patterson on December 14th, 2006

Google Patent SearchGoogle has announced a new search service to add to its catalog of search products. Google Patent Search will allow you to perform a full text search of 7 million patents granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Using the advanced search, Google Patent Search will allow you to search by patent number, title, inventor, assignee, current U.S. classification, international classification, issue date, and filing date.

You can actually view images of original patents online including drawings, descriptions, claims and links to the U.S. Patent office filing. Since Google Patent Search uses much of the same technology that powers Google Book Search, you can therefore scroll through pages and zoom in on text and drawings as you can with books.

My search for “ipod” returned 68 results. Browsing through the results I found some interesting ipod accessories. An advanced search for …

LaCie Huby USB and FireWire Hub

Posted in USB by Chetz on December 14th, 2006

LaCie Huby USB and Firewire HubGetting over being afraid of it is the first step. After that this unique looking USB and FireWire hub can provide some extra ports and maybe keep some cords in some type of order.

In the alien-looking LaCie Huby design, you get 8 cables that are all flexible and twistable to avoid binding and tangling. It has 5 USB 2.0 cables and 3 FireWire 400 cables, but that is not all. Once you connect it to your PC or Mac, it also powers a little USB fan and a small USB light. This package also comes with 2 extension cables, one for USB and one for FireWire.

Catalog Page [Lacie]

Skype Announces Flat Rate Calling Plan for SkypeOut

Posted in News,Skype by Paul Patterson on December 14th, 2006

SkypeOn Wednesday, Skype announced a new rate plan for U.S. and Canadian consumers of its SkypeOut service. The new Skype Unlimited Calling plan is a paid annual subscription service that will affect the SkypeOut service within the U.S. and Canada, while Skype to Skype calls remain free.

The Skype Unlimited Calling plan will cost $29.95 per year and allows registered users to make 12 months of unlimited SkypeOut calls to any phones within the U.S. and Canada.

Skype is offering a promotion for people who sign up for the Unlimited Calling plan before January 31, 2007. These customers will get a discounted introductory rate of $14.95, as well as a bonus offer of 100 minutes of SkypeOut credit for making International calls and over $50 in discount coupons for purchasing Skype-certified hardware.

With Skype’s current promotion, calls within the US and Canada free until December 31, 2006, at …

Tiny Mobile Phone Concept

Posted in Ficticious,Mobile Phones by Chetz on December 13th, 2006

Concept Phone This is a concept design for a mobile phone that only – get this – calls people! (I am waiting for the day that a phone comes out with no voice connectivity.) This looks to us like a great, simplistic design. The photo here is a revision of the original design used to better portray the functionality.

The 3.14″ phone has basically 5 buttons, 4 to dial and one to answer. The 4 buttons with numbers allow you to dial by sliding them to the left, pushing on the center, or sliding to the right on each button to get the corresponding numbers. The top button that looks like it doubles as the speaker is used to answer. Push it once and the transparent display pops out to make a call, or to check caller ID. When receiving calls you push it again to answer. …

Samsung OneDRAM Simplifies Memory for Mobiles

Posted in Memory,News,Samsung by Quagmire on December 13th, 2006

Samsung OneDRAMSamsung today announced a new prototype fusion memory chip named OneDRAM that can significantly increase the data processing speed between processors in mobile applications.

The use of two separate processors – a communication processor and a media processor in mobile devices is becoming increasingly prevalent due to rapidly increasing demand for multimedia features. Two processors typically means that two memory buffers are required and sharply increases the time that it takes to transfer data between processors.

The new OneDRAM solution can eliminate the need for two memory buffers in high-end smartphones and other multimedia devices as it can route data between the processors with a single chip.

The new memory solution is expected to be incorporated into the design of handsets, game consoles and in other digital applications, especially those that require 3-dimensional graphics.

Along with the faster data processing speeds between the processors, the OneDRAM reduces power …

Free Enterprise Search with IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition

Posted in IBM,News,Yahoo by Paul Patterson on December 13th, 2006

IBM Yahoo SearchIBM and Yahoo! Inc. have announced their collaboration on a new, free enterprise search software solution. The search service is powered by Yahoo! Web search services and enables businesses of all sizes to quickly and easily find and access their disparate information.

IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition is a free, entry level search product developed to help eliminate the barriers of entry to enterprise-wide search. The new service can be downloaded for free and will work with existing hardware. According to the press release, a simple three-click installation process takes customers only minutes to go from download to live search.

IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition supports up to 500,000 documents per server and over 200 file types in more than 30 languages. The service fully integrates with Yahoo! Search and offers features such as automatic spell correction, support for synonyms, wildcards, query reporting, and one-click access to send …

iTunes Sales Falling – Not Really

Posted in Apple,Digital Audio,News,Services by Darrin Olson on December 13th, 2006

False reports of falling Apple iTunes SalesReports earlier this week from a number of media sources indicated a 65% drop in iTunes sales since the beginning of the year for Apple iTunes, which is apparently just not true and a misinterpretation of data.

A blog from Forrester Research is attempting the clear up the misconception that iTunes sales have been falling, citing that the credibility of the media may actually be worse off than iTunes. A part of the report indicated a drop in credit card sales, since Forrester does not have actual data of iTunes sales from Apples. This data was too small in amount to be able to accurately show overall sales trending.

A 3% drop in Apple’s stock that seemed to follow the same timeline as the media reports resulted in one upset technology company getting in contact with Forrester about the results. …

Walking Table Won’t Scuff Your Floor

Posted in Home by Chetz on December 13th, 2006

This table has legs designed in such a way that with a small amount of horizontal push it actually will “walk” across the room. This cool design allows the table to be moved across the room without a lot of effort by a single person and without scratching up the floor or making some amazingly loud noise. Check out the video after the jump:

This looks a little Harry-Potterish when it moves, and I’m not sure at what point they threw out the idea of locking casters, but this is still a pretty cool design. Depending on the height of the steps, it may work better on carpets than wheels would. I wonder how smoothly it moves with things on the table?

Fisher Price Kid-Tough FP3 Player

Posted in Fisher Price,Kids,MP3 by Darrin Olson on December 13th, 2006

Fisher-Price Kid-Tough FP3 PlayerLittle kids like to enjoy their music too, but most parents might be a little hesitant to let their 5 year old handle the expensive MP3 player they just bought. Probably due to this very reason, the Kid-Tough FP3 Player from Fisher Price has been a popular item this year for youngsters. It works very similarly to most MP3 players, but like the name says it’s built “kid-tough” so it can stand the multiple drops and banging around that is bound to happen. It’s also big enough that it won’t easily be lost like a smaller MP3 player might, and has a kid-friendly grip and interface.

Fisher Price even offers a website where you can browse, preview and download FP3 songs and stories specifically for kids directly to the FP3 player through your Windows PC (no Mac’s). Kid-Tough FP3 player can hold …

Skype 2.2 Supports Windows Mobile Smartphones

Posted in News,Skype by Paul Patterson on December 13th, 2006

Skype on Windows SmarftphoneSkype has released the beta version of Skype 2.2 for Windows Mobile which now supports smartphones powered by Windows Mobile software, as well as more Pocket PC devices, including those using lower-power processors.

Sporting a familiar look and feel, this latest iteration of Skype software further extends Skype use beyond desktop or notebook computers and is key to Skype’s mobility strategy. Consumers can enjoy free Skype-to-Skype calls, with support for SkypeOut, SkypeIn, voicemail and call forwarding anywhere in the world where they have high-speed wireless internet access.

One-click Skype access lets users view and call contacts easily. The software also includes an enhanced SkypeOut dial pad and an enhanced today screen with presence status and event notification of missed calls, new chat messages and voicemails. Users can have multichat sessions using animated emoticons and an enhanced contact list features avatars and mood messages.

Skype …

abit AirPace Wi-Fi Card

Posted in Accessories by Paul Patterson on December 12th, 2006

abit AirPace WiFiThe AirPace Wi-Fi card from abit is a dual function, IEEE 802.11b/g (up to 54Mbps) compliant PCI-Express card.

In client mode, the AirPace Wi-Fi card allows your PC to join an existing wireless network or Access Point to connect to the internet. In addition, the card offers a software AP function that transforms your PC into an Access Point.

As an access point, you can allow other devices to access to your hard drive and internet connection as well as use its peripherals. Furthermore, as a dedicated AP you could stream music directly from your PC to your speaker system using abit’s AirPace Music.

AirPace Wi-Fi Card [abit]

AirPace AP Mode

IRiver S7 – Easy Play and Joy

Posted in Digital Audio,iRiver by Darrin Olson on December 12th, 2006

IRiver S7 Digital Audio PlayerOne of the latest editions to to the IRiver DAP lineup for Korea is the IRiver S7. Some rumors have been floating that it might not be real, but you can find it now on the Korean IRiver site. The S7 comes in colors of brown or brown, and has 1GB of storage with 9 hours of playback time, and supports file types of MP3, ASF, OGG, and WMA.

The most interesting part of this player is the face with the controls. On the top of the face there is something that looks a lot like a goat with some sort of headdress, and a dog lifting it’s back leg on the bottom. On the left and right there are some dudes that look like they might be running away from each other.

Since the Korean site is written in the Korean …

Nikon COOLPIX S7c 7.1 Megapixel Compact Digital Camera

Posted in Digital Cameras,Nikon by Quagmire on December 12th, 2006

Nikon Coolpix S7C The Nikon COOLPIX S7c is a stylish, compact digital camera with some impressive advanced features. The imaging performance and new e-mail picture sharing technology make the S7c one of the most technologically advanced compact digital camera that Nikon has ever released. An intriguing new feature is the included Wi-Fi transmitter which allows you to send photos directly to any e-mail address from wireless hot spots.

The S7c is encased in a stylish, metallic gray case with chrome accents. The case, measuring in at a slim 3.9″ x 2.4″ x 0.8″ is unobtrusive and small enough to take with you anywhere. At 7.1 effective megapixels, the COOLPIX S7c features a 3x Zoom-Nikkor ED glass lens and a huge 3 inch LCD monitor with 170-degree viewing angle.

The camera has 15 Scene modes to capture everything from wide-open landscapes to portraits. The advanced portrait functions automatically …

Fujitsu Ups 2.5″ Drives By 50% to 300 GB

Posted in Hard Drives,News by Darrin Olson on December 12th, 2006

Fujitsu 300 GB 2.5Today Fujitsu announced the MHX2300BT; the worlds first 2.5 inch, serial ATA 300 GB hard drive. This drive capacity is about 50% more than previously offered and will provide greater space to store information for notebooks, video recorders, flat panel TV’s and similar items in the future.

Just to give you some perspective, if the hard drive based Sony Handycam had this drive, you could record over 70 hours of high quality video, an MP3 player could hold around 75,000 MP3 songs and this drive can hold up to 300,000 compressed 5 megapixel photos.

In the fall of last year Fujitsu offered these small drives amazingly with the 160 GB capacities, and then added another 40 GB to their product offering in May of this year. Another 100 GB will be a big jump and will continue to allow products such as video recorders …

Keyspan Shipping TuneView Remote Control for Apple iPod

Posted in Accessories,iPod by Quagmire on December 12th, 2006

Keyspan TuneviewKeyspan has announced it has started shipping the TuneView for iPod. The TuneView is a 2-way RF remote control with a color LCD screen that lets you browse and fully control your Apple iPod.

The TuneView system consists of a 2-way RF remote with color LCD screen, a universal iPod dock, a USB power adapter, audio and USB cables, and various dock inserts. In addition to controlling your iPod the system will allow you to :

Connect an iPod to a stereo or powered speakers using the audio line out jack.
Connect an iPod to a TV using the S-Video jack.
Charge an iPod from an AC outlet using the USB Power Adapter.
Sync an iPod with iTunes running on a PC or Mac with the TuneView Dock.

Certainly there are other iPod remotes on the market, but the color LCD screen on the TuneView is a nice touch …