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Web site source code confirms PS Vita name

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2011

The recent rumors and leaks about the official name for Sony’s next portable, so far called the “Next Generation Portable” or NGP, are looking more legit today.

Some wording and details buried in the HTML source code for Sony’s official E3 website indicate that yes, the handheld will be officially called “PS Vita.” This corroborates what we have heard as well as marketing materials that were recently spotted.

Is Sony releasing an Android Walkman phone?

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on March 1st, 2011

Sony has posted a teaser ad stating that “A smarter Walkman phone is coming soon”
which hints at a possible Android Walkman phone. We heard rumors about this awhile back and back then it was to be an average Android 1.6 phone, with a 2.6″ display, and a 5 megapixel camera.

The rumor fizzled out and things got quiet, but this new teaser has those rumors going again. We don’t have any other images or details yet, so feel free to speculate until we have something more concrete.

Sonim XP3300 Force is rugged, delivers longest talk time in the world

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on February 14th, 2011

Sonim is back with another rugged handset at MWC this year with the XP3300 Force. The Force has one major feature going for it, the ability to offer the longest talk time of any cellphone in the world at 20 to 24 hours, or 20 to 24 hours of continuous GPS tracking, along with 800 hours of standby.

Sonim made this just as rugged as it’s other offerings, casting the Force in a fiberglass shell with 1.5 millimeters of Gorilla Glass over the display, all adding up to an IP-68-rated device that can survive a two-meter drop onto concrete, two meters of submersion in wastewater and temperatures ranging from 20 below zero to 55 degrees Celsius (-4 to 131 degrees Fahrenheit).


Apple iPad 2 production starts next month, iPhone 5 this May

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2011

There is hardly a day that goes by where we don’t have an iPad or iPhone rumor. Here is today’s. Apple’s overseas manufacturing partners will apparently start production of the iPad 2 next month, while they will also be building the fifth-generation iPhone in May.

Take this with the usual grains of salt until we have something more concrete. One thing is for sure, no matter when they start production, it won’t be soon enough for Apple fans.

Amazon has sold millions of new Kindles this quarter

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on December 13th, 2010

Amazon has been keeping their Kindle sales figures to themselves, until now. They recently announced that “in just the first 73 days of this holiday quarter, we’ve already sold millions of our all-new Kindles.” Well, we know that this at least means that they have sold 2 million of the new Kindles.

We aren’t sure what prompted them to make such an announcement, but they seem pretty happy about the sales, even if they aren’t high enough to give us concrete numbers.

Canon introduces PRea AT-100 Windows Mobile HandyTerminal

Posted in Canon by Conner Flynn on October 19th, 2010

Aimed at professionals and available in two different versions with Windows Mobile 6.5.3 Professional (AT-100P) and Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3 (AT-100), the PREa is Canon’s new HandyTerminal.

Both models have the same basic hardware with an OMAP3505 CPU @ 600MHz, 256MB of DDR-SDRAM and 256MB of Flash Disk, a microSD slot, a 3.5” QVGA screen, IrDA 1.2 SIR, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, Wi-Fi ABG and a rugged body that can handle a 1.5m fall on hard concrete and it’s IP54 compliant, (Which means that it is protected against dust and against water sprayed from all directions).

iPad headed to Target on October 3rd?

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on September 13th, 2010

Apple iPad launchRumor is that the iPad might hit Target stores in October. There’s no concrete proof yet, but some info from a tipster seems to suggest just that. Among the compelling evidence is a list featuring a mysteriously unnamed product that’s set to become available on October 3rd (in six different versions), and a series of images from a Target PDA that seem to show that the item numbers match the iPad prices exactly.

Also it will be located in the Digital Audio section, which is apparently how e-readers like the Kindle are classified, as well as iPods.


iPhone 4 to arrive on T-Mobile on July 30th?

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on July 26th, 2010

Take this one with the necessary grains of salt as it is just a rumor at the moment, but word is that the iPhone 4 might be arriving on T-Mobile’s network on July 30th. If the rumor turns out to be true, the iPhone 4 will be offered without a pay-as-you-go option.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumors that T-Mobile would be getting the iPhone and as usual there’s nothing concrete to confirm it. We’ll leave it to you to decide if it’s true or not.

Motorola entering the Tablet market?

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on April 29th, 2010

Motorola Co-CEO Sanjay Jha has confirmed that the cell phone company is very interested in the tablet arena, causing some speculation that Motorola would be interested in coming up with its own tablet computer. What would a Motorola tablet be like? We have no idea, but we’d like to see where they take the idea.

Sure, Motorola is keeping an eye on the tablet industry, but there just isn’t anything concrete that suggests that they are serious about making their own tablet device right now, however we can easily see them entering the fray in a year or two.

Stealth NW-2000 rugged convertible touchscreen notebook

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on August 9th, 2009

Stealth NW-2000 rugged convertible touchscreen notebookStealth Computer has unveiled their latest notebook, the NW-2000. This one is a rugged hybrid laptop/tablet based around Intel’s 1.06GHz Core 2 Duo. When I say tough, I mean Mr. T tough. Fool. It features a 13.3-inch sunlight viewable resistive touchscreen and MIL-STD-810F, shock & vibration compliance.

Some other features are: 2GB of RAM (maximum 4GB), 160GB shock-mounted hard-drive or optional SSD, and a spill-resistant keyboard. This baby can handle a drop from 91cm onto a wood-covered concrete surface 26 times in a row and still function. How’s that for tough?

RIM launching front facing camera on Blackberries next year

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on August 1st, 2009

RIM launching front facing camera on Blackberries next yearThis remains a rumor until we get something more concrete, but in an informal interview, a RIM executive strongly hinted that the BlackBerry line will be getting a front-facing camera for videoconferencing in early 2010. And they aren’t worried about the iPhone.

The mystery exec said, ““video conferencing is something that could completely change the mobile landscape and it is something we have been thinking about and working on for quite some time. You will start seeing something early next year”. It makes perfect sense, so we have no reason to doubt it. Are you looking forward to some videoconferencing?


Xbox 360 motion-sensing tech really ZCam’s system?

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on May 5th, 2009

Xbox 360 motion-sensing tech really ZCam's system?The other day we told you about the rumors about Microsoft’s Wii-killing, motion-sensing Xbox 360 add-on set to debut at E3. Well, now Ars Technica thinks they’ve played with it a full year ago. Ars thinks that the new Xbox 360 motion sensing system is based on the ZCam 3D camera, made by a company that was later purchased by Microsoft.

If true, it sounds good. Ars was impressed with the tech when they got a hands-on with it back in January of 2008. And Microsoft has had a long time to work with it, so chances are it’s even better now. It makes sense to us, but we’ll have to wait and see what’s what when E3 arrives next month.

Samsung Propel Pro caught on camera

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on January 29th, 2009

Samsung Propel ProIn a world filled with tech spies, you’re gonna get the occasional obligatory spy shot. This is the latest. Apparently, this is the Samsung Propel Pro and it arrives with some pro-level features. Stuff like Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard, an optical joystick, 3G, and presumably a camera.

That’s about all we know at the moment, but we hear that the QWERTY keyboard is decent. Nothing on a release date or pricing. Looks pretty decent.

Land Rover phones by Sonim Technologies

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on December 4th, 2008

Land Rover phones by Sonim TechnologiesSonim Technologies knows how to make rugged handsets. The company has already released some pretty tough phones in the past, but now they have a few more models scheduled for a mid-2009 release. The newest additions are the Land Rover S1 and the Land Rover S2 G4. Both will come with a protective case made from XENOY, which is “a revolutionary post-consumer plastic derived mostly from used plastic bottles and film.”

The Land Rover range will of course feature water resistance and the ability to function in the hardest of environments, including 1.6 meter drops on something as unforgiving as concrete. No word on pricing, but you can expect to pay a premium when they’re available.

17 geek Lego statues

Posted in Lists by Conner Flynn on November 23rd, 2008

homerWhy are geeks drawn to Legos? They’re fun sure. You can create original stuff and recreate almost anything imaginable. It probably has something to do with why the pyramids were constructed in Egypt. Humans just need to create. And since the dawn of time geeks have been the most innovative and creative. Here’s a look at a bunch of random cool statues all done up in lego. Statues used to be made from bronze, steel, gold, concrete… But the age of Lego is at hand.

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