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Dell announces privacy screen and tiny projector

Posted in Dell by Shane McGlaun on September 24th, 2008

Dell E6400If you have ever worked with your laptop on an airplane, bus or in another crowded area you have probably glanced up to see someone nearby looking at whatever you are working on. This may not be a big deal if you are sitting at Starbucks writing, we all know you have to be seen writing to be a writer. However, if you are working on something confidential, nosey people can be a big problem.

Dell has addressed this problem for users of its Latitude E6400 notebook. Dell has announced that it is now offering software with the notebooks that reduces the viewing angles of the screen to keep people from the side from being able to read what is on the screen.

Packard Bell announces dot netbook

Posted in Packard Bell by Conner Flynn on September 23rd, 2008

Packard Bell announces dot netbookPackard Bell gets into the netbook arena, with the dot. According to a company spokesman, the netbook is aimed less at the business user and more toward families. Features Intel’s 1.6GHz Atom, 1GB of RAM and an 8.9-inch display running at 1024 x 600, and a 160GB hard-drive. It also sports a built-in webcam, 6-cell battery, three USB 2.0 ports, one VGA, microphone and headphone ports, and a 5-in-1 multicard reader. In fact, it’s alot the Acer Aspire One. It will be available in Europe in November, priced around $584, with Windows XP Home.

iRex announces new 1000 series eReaders

Posted in iRex by Shane McGlaun on September 23rd, 2008

iRex 1000 Series eReaderI like to read and I could see myself buying the Amazon Kindle reader with its slick built-in Internet connectivity. It would be cool to be able to download new books without having to run to the bookstore to pick one out. Right now though, I think the Kindle is still overpriced.

iRex has announced three new eReaders called the 1000S, 1000SW, and wireless connectivity 1000SW. All of the readers have the same 10.2-inch screen that looks like paper. The readers also include a Wacom Penabled touch screen.

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iYo makes charging devices fun

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on September 21st, 2008

iYo makes charging devices funThere’s always a solution for charging gadgets when your batteries crap out, but the problem is most of them aren’t any fun at all. Why can’t gadget charging be fun? In fact, I demand fun! Fun in the form of the iYo from Swedish designer Peter Thuvander. The iYo makes charging up your devices into a game, by way of a small induction generator to charge a battery inside the iYo. Just play with it for awhile and when you’ve given the battery a charge, then connect your gadget to the iYo’s USB port and the power will be transferred.

Play is fun and all, but can you imagine all of the Geico caveman types that will break it. The same people who broke wiimotes because they don’t have the cognitive capacity to hold something and apply pressure so it doesn’t leave one’s grip. This could be fun. I can’t wait until we get Kerbanger hard drives and ball/paddle chargers that put people’s eyes out. As far as I’m concerned the world just got more interesting, because it got more dangerous with this concept.

New Griffin iPhone accessories surface

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Nino Marchetti on September 19th, 2008

Griffin AirCurve

Griffin Technology earlier this week unveiled two new accessories for iPhone owners. These are known as the AirCurve and Clarifi and they price around $20 and $35, respectively.

The AirCruve, which works with both the iPhone and iPhone 3G, takes the sound from the phone’s built-in speaker and amplifies it without the need for a power supply., Griffin says a coiled waveguide within the AirCruve helps to deliver “amazing amplification that sounds like desktop speakers.” It includes a a pass-through slot allowing you to charge and sync your iPhone when using a cable.

Lexar announces Shoot-n-Sync Wi-Fi SD card

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on September 19th, 2008

Lexar Shoot-n-Sync SD CardOne of the things I dislike most about taking pictures is having to remove the memory card form my camera each time and load it into my card reader. I could directly connect the camera via USB, but I tend to forget to turn it off after I transfer pics so the battery is dead when I want to use the camera next time.

Lexar has a new SD memory card called the Shoot-n-Sync that will automatically upload images to my computer when in range of my wireless network. If the card sounds a lot like the Eye-Fi we have talked about before, it’s because it uses Eye-fi technology.

Sanyo announces projector with industry’s first 5:5 pull down

Posted in Sanyo by Shane McGlaun on September 18th, 2008

Sanyo PLV-Z3000 ProjectorIf you want a really big picture for your home theater, there are several ways to go about it. You can spend tens of thousands on a really big LCD of plasma TV screen. That’s far outside the capability of most of us. Or you can opt for a projector and get about 100-inches or more of home theater goodness.

Sanyo has announced a new projector called the PLV-Z3000 that would make for a great home theater. The Z3000 can throw an image 100-inches from 10 to 20 feet away from the screen. The projector also features the first utilization of 5:5 pull down that allows users to watch broadcast TV and more in movie theater quality.

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Kensington drops new iPod, notebook accessories

Posted in iPod Accessories by Nino Marchetti on September 16th, 2008

Kensington K38035US

Kensington has itself today some new accessories for notebook, iPhone and iPod users. A small range of devices prices between around $30 and $60 and should all be available at retail by the end of this month.

The products included in today’s release are a four-port USB charger for mobile devices, a media sharing cable and several car mounts for iPhones and iPods. You can get full details from Kensington after the jump.

SD Card Association announces Embedded SD

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on September 12th, 2008

SD AssociationMany portable electronic devices that are used today store data from office documents to music and video files using SD storage in the form of full-size SD cards and microSD cards. The association that promotes the SD format — the SD Card Association — announced a new standard today for Embedded SD storage.

The new standard would allow manufacturers to embed SD memory inside devices like cameras, phones, and MP3 players. The new specification allows makers to build devices that have internal and external storage using the same specifications.

Panasonic announces world’s smallest interchangeable lens camera

Posted in Cameras by Shane McGlaun on September 12th, 2008

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1A few things tend to be common amongst DSLR cameras. They tend to be large and heavy cameras, have interchangeable lenses and usually you only get black or silver colors to choose from. The DSLR is becoming more popular as new models are introduced that add new features to the category as the cameras get smaller, the get more appealing as well.

Today, Panasonic announced the world’s first Micro Four Thirds system camera. The Lumix G1 claims several world’s firsts including the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera and the world’s first to be offered in multiple colors. The G1 weighs 0.85 pounds, making it about half the weight of DSLR cameras.

SanDisk introduces even bigger, faster CompactFlash

Posted in Flash Memory by Darrin Olson on September 11th, 2008

SanDisk Extreme III CompactFlash 32GB memoryToday SanDisk has likely pleased at least a few more professionals in the digital photography and videography world with the introduction of the new 32GB Extreme III CF card. Not only have they doubled the capacity of the largest CompactFlash card SanDisk previously had available, but they’ve also bumped the read/write speed up from 20 MB/second to 30 MB/second with this new item.

Anyone that heavily uses memory cards for digital cameras or video cameras can appreciate how nice it is to have more storage in a single card, and upping the transfer rate by 50% makes the decision to get the larger 32GB CF card just that much easier. Sure you can generally get an SDHC card for a little less money and they are a little bit smaller, but the transfer rate is what will make a difference. The Kingston 32GB SDHC card for example can hold just as much, but moving the card’s entire capacity of data is the difference between about 18 minutes for the SanDisk CF and 2.2 hours for the Kingston SDHC.

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Sony VAIO CS11 gives Europeans colorful new laptop choices

Posted in Notebooks by Nino Marchetti on September 11th, 2008

Sony VAIO CS11

Folks in the territories covered by Sony Europe have a new VAIO laptop to crow about. It is the rather stylish CS11 and looks to be available in five rather vivid colors.

The Sony VAIO CS11 is described by Sony as being a “companion, not a tool.” While you can be the judge of that for yourself, it is nice to see this 14.1-inch laptop with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor and NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS graphics comes with an integrated Blu-ray player and “original VAIO software” to help organize your digital media stored on it.

Virgin Mobile USA announces Shuttle handset

Posted in Mobile Phones by Shane McGlaun on September 11th, 2008

Virgin Mobile USA Shuttle HandsetMobile phones are one of the most ubiquitous pieces of gadgetry around. It doesn’t matter if people are into gadgets and electronics or not — most everyone wants a cell phone. As more and more features are being offered like, over-the-air downloads, faster connections speeds are wanted by many users.

Virgin Mobile USA has announced its first EV-DO handset that offers much faster data speeds. The handset is called the Shuttle and comes to Virgin Mobile USA by way of its purchase of Helio. The handset will be available on September 28 for $79.99.

Large Hadron Collider has successful test run

Posted in News,Science by Darrin Olson on September 10th, 2008

Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has a successful test runIn what is probably the biggest physics experiment in history, today marks the first successful test of the Large Hadron Collidor in Geneva by sending a beam of protons through the the entire underground ring that makes up the world’s largest particle collider. The beam sent through travels through the 17 mile underground ring and nearly the speed of light and can make 11,000 laps through the tube every second.

Officials with CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) dubbed the test a success today and the next step will be …

Nintendo announces Wi-Fi network adapter

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on September 8th, 2008

Nintendo announces Wi-Fi network adapterI hear ya. The Wii and DS already have Wi-Fi. True, but this device is a Wi-Fi router/bridge for those who don’t have wireless networks. Even when you do have a wireless network, it can be a pain to get your Wii set up depending on your provider. The device will be available in Japan on September 18th for $53.

Obviously it resembles one of those Wii knockoff jobs from China, but it’s the real deal. The adapter has a switch for three modes on back: “Router”, “Bridge” and “Auto”. “Router” is self-explanatory, while “Bridge” connects to another router and then communicates with the Nintendo DS and Wii. “Auto” will switch the household’s network over automatically.



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