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We all have the urge to snap a photo with our smartphone at times. As you know, its difficult getting in close to some of those distant shots. If you're an iPhone owner, rejoice, you can now snap this 8x telephoto zoom lens over your camera and get in close to the action.
LG's marketing is tasteless to say the least. They release a video for the newly announced Optimus Pad, aka G-Slate, with a simulated "Spec Fighter" video game challenging what clearly resembles Apple CEO Steve Jobs and the iPad, not so cleverly renamed to the A-Pad. LG's unnamed Ninja kicks Jobs in the face at about the 1:00 minute mark of the video.
Edwards Air Force Base was the site for the successful first flight of the X-47B unmanned stealth bomber. Yes, the stealth bomber is now operating without a human pilot. As scary as this sounds, the bomber didn't have a payload, and it all ended well after nearly 30 minutes of 5,000 foot airobatical testing.
Today Samsung has revealed five new digital cameras for the US market; the ST30, ST65, ST90, ST95 and ST6500 compact digital cameras. Most notably is the ST6500 with a 7 degree angled lens that Samsung claims "makes for a more ergonomic fit in the hand."
The KFA2 GeForce GTX460 graphics card is the first desktop GPU that has taken things wireless. This multi-antenna'd beast can transmit HD video over thin air with WHDI, effectively creating a new bread of media centers for your home entertainment setup, or one crazy ass gaming system. Five antennas extend out the rear of the PCI Express card that will transmit 1080p 60Hz video over a 40MHz channel in the 5GHz unlicensed band.
Dropped your iPhone in the bath? Perhaps you just left it on the roof of your car and drove off like it never existed, then tried phoning yourself and found it ringing a pathetic tone through its busted up housing. Well, there's good news, RepairLaunch is here.
We're not entirely sure why Samsung didn't just do this right off the bat, perhaps they wanted some type of announcement to go out at CES, regardless, the Wi-Fi only Samsung Galaxy Tab has been announced. We don't have a price, but we can assume it will be roughly $50 less than the $400 Sprint 3G Galaxy Tab. Still stuck on Android 2.2, packing 16GB of memory and that front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera Apple loves to hear about. Availability is expected in Q1 of 2011.
What great news for Sprint customers. Today down the CES vine came word that RIM and Sprint will be offering the BlackBerry Playbook "in the summer." Now we're hoping July the latest, but you never know, it could be as early as the end of June.
Motorola today at CES unveiled the AT&T bound Atrix 4G Android smartphone. This device packs in a 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor with 1GB of RAM. The massive 4-inch display will be a QHD 24-bit capacitive touchscreen, giving Apple's Retina Display a run for its money.
The lightning fast rumored HTC ThunderBolt appears to be confirmed by way of a full page ad in none other than Rolling Stone magazine. This is HTC's first LTE phone period, and it's headed to Verizon. HTC Mecha and Droid Incredible HD names were floating around, but it seems ThunderBolt is it and its an electric choice considering its pushing the fastest data around.
The Fling is a suction cup D-pad joystick that fills the tactile void of iPad gaming controls. Made of a bendy siliconesque resin, aluminum and a couple of suction cups, the Fling still allows you to see the action on your screen while enhancing gameplay ten fold.
One of the dorkiest things you could possibly wear (luckily in the dark) are those movie theatre 3D glasses. Not only are they awkward looking and uncomfortable, but they would even make Buddy Holly think twice about putting them on. Samsung has apparently unveiled a new solution
One of the most inexpensive waterproof ruggedized sports cameras on the market has to be coming from Swann Security. Their SportsCam Waterproof Mini Video Camera (DVR-460) is just $99 and comes with a whole rig of accessories for mounting, strapping, even waterproofing.
Vizio has officially announced they will reveal their VIA Smartphone and VIA Tablet at CES this week. The Smartphone has a 4-inch "high-resolution" capacitive touch screen, front and rear-facing cameras (VGA and 5 megapixels respectively) with the ability to capture HD video.
Google is really serious about baking, so much so they've gone and released some tips for Gingerbread users. You'll definitely wan't to use your fresh Nexus S or other Android 2.3 handset to its fullest potential, so who better to get you on the right track than Jonathan Rosenberg, Senior Vice President of Product Management at Google.
With the new Android Market screenshots floating about, it's hard not to wan't to get in on some of that action. If you've already rooted your device and are running 2.2 or above, then Android Market version 2.2.6 is just within reach.
The first ever iPad game to be combined with real hardware is now available for purchase from Toys R' Us. The game called "Yoomi Duo" uses a round chip holder that sits atop the iPad's LCD, players use the chips and place them on the holder while guessing which image the other player would choose.
RIM today officially announced the beta version of their BlackBerry News Feed application will be made available from BlackBerry Beta Zone and BlackBerry App World Test Center.
The cheapest Windows 7 Phone to date has to be the Dell Venue Pro. It has slid in at $99 with new activation and 2-year contract. The regularly priced $450 phone runs a 1Ghz Qualcomm QSD8250 processor, shoots HD video and has the flashy new Windows mobile OS.
A team of researchers at Virginia Tech ESM kicked off the idea for the DiscRotor craft back in 2006, and now today, DARPA and Boeing give us a glimpse of what a future helicopter/airplane hybrid craft can look like.
That crazily addictive bird hocking game Angry Birds has just gotten an upgrade for iPhone. 15 new levels are added, Game Center support, with Retina Display compatibility but they missed the menus, fonts and buttons leaving them a pixelated mess - according to upset gamers.
If I didn’t have my own collection of golf aids in the shed i’d probably scoff at the SensoGlove, but only with hopes to thwart the competition from gaining any competitive advantage over their game that I don’t have. This new “smart glove” is made by German Sensosolutions, who to my knowledge, have just entered the golfing world.
Toshiba has unleashed a beast of a mobile gaming computer with the Qosmio X500 series laptop. Equipped with NVidia’s GeForce GTX 460M GPU with 1.5GB of graphics memory
Onkyo of all companies has announced its latest notebook, a 3D-capable R5 Series Intel Core i5 powerhouse. Its 3D system is unspecified, but will be able to convert 2D content from Blu-ray and downloads for 3D viewing on the impressive high-definition 15.6-inch wide glow (1,366 × 768) LCD.
Sometimes its scary when the future of technology stares you right in the face, quite literally with the Looxcie. It's a full on mobile surveilance system that brings us into a horrific privacy debate regarding "always on recording." Regulations need to be put in place with this type of technology, perhaps to only be used as an enhancement for law enforcement agencies.
Though Motorola doesn’t claim their DEFY is “rugged” they do say it is scratch and water resistant and dust proof; thanks in part to its out-of-the-box bumper solution. Running Android 2.1, Defy has a 5-megapixel camera with flash, digital zoom and auto focus.
Telus has announced that the Samsung Galaxy Apollo will hit their network, although no official date has been confirmed for the Android 2.1 smartphone.
Well, this is great news from ViewSonic. Their previously leaked ViewPad is now official, and we have more meat on the plate. It’s a 7” Android 2.2 (Froyo) tablet that will have an 800x600 LED-backlit display, front and back cameras (VGA and 3MP respectively), multi-tasking, and is actually a phone as well.
Its one of those gadgets that you would probably love to have just to fool around with. The WolfHound is a cellphone tracker, and can detect an active device within 50 feet.
Getting ready for IFA, Camangi has posted the specifications of their next Anrdoid tablet, the Camangi WebStation II. This will come with Android 2.2 Froyo, already much better. A 1GHz, Samsung S5PV210 processor, 512MB DDR2 RAM, 2GB of iNAND, an 8GB SD card, all the while bumping the display up to 1024 x 600 (WSVGA) with Capacitive multi-touch.
What happens when a multi-million dollar US Navy drone takes off and disconnects from their operator? A whole lot of panicking, thats what. August 2nd an MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff and Landing drone, a fancy name for an unmanned surveillance vehicle, was cruising at about 2,000 feet when all of a sudden its operators lost control over it.
There are many things that can happen when people are inundated with massive amounts of technology, their brains can begin to fry, they can go live in the forest, some even try to change things by making typical blocks of plastic, cute and quirky.
A wireless headset from Logitech has been announced today, the H760 is $99.99 and has a built-in equalizer for optimizing sound just the way you like it. I’m a little disappointed that it’s not Bluetooth and uses a 2.4 GHz RF dongle to transmit back and forth to your computer, you are still getting 48 kHz audio and 40 feet range, but I like to complain.
If you weren't the guy standing in line for hours just to get your hands on the first batch of iPhone 4's from Apple on launch day, then you might be the one who sat at home sipping on a cup of java reading the news about the guy standing in line while ordering yours online.
We’ve heard of a Google tablet dating as far back as April, now, a new rumor has surfaced saying the device will be released on Black Friday (November 26th) and it won’t be running Android.
Why is it so difficult to watch AVI files on your iPad? Simply because the format is not supported by Apple. Supporting Xvid format is competition for Apple’s own MOV. And that would mean cutting the grass on Apple’s video portion of the iTunes store.
XCOR Aerospace is readying the launch of their budget return flights to space that are expected to lift off early 2012. Coincidence or not? Why is everyone planning to leave the earth in 2012? For $95,000 you will get to ride their Lynx spacecraft through the outer most leagues of the atmosphere
SanDisk has just unveiled the smallest USB Flash drive they have ever made. The SanDisk Cruzer Blade is its name, and it’s about the size of a paper clip (the bigger ones) and weighs about the same as a penny (just 2.5 grams); that’s incredibly small and probably way too easy to loose for someone of my age and mental ability to recollect where things are.
Underwater exploration is not one of my passions, but if this $2,000,000 submarine becomes more affordable, I’d consider it. This personal submarine is for sale from the Hammacher Schlemmer catalogue. It consists of a large bubble window made of 3 ¼-inch thick acrylic that encapsulates two passengers allowing them to travel to the depth of 0.05 leagues under the sea (or 1,000 feet). The sub is equipped with batteries to power a 3-horsepower vertical/translational thruster for six-hours of deep sea exploration. Propulsion is only 3-hp, so don’t expect to do any underwater covert ops with this thing
Microsoft has revealed additional hardware partners for their Windows Phone 7 OS, announcing that Dell and HTC are now on the list of manufactuers who will be making Windows Phone 7 phones. This is good news for the company, who have already got Asus, Samsung and LG to pony up a few devices. You can expect something from each of the companies before the year is out; while no set date on the official launch day of Windows Phone 7 is keeping us in suspense.
In an interview with Fortune, HP’s Jon Rubinstein, former CEO of Palm, stated that webOS 2.0 is slated to be released “later this year.” That’s a good indication that we can look to expect a few different devices coming from the Palm and HP camp; since they are working on developing new hardware "aggressively." I personally would love a Palmpad, or even a revamped Pre 2.
Leave it to India to tease us with a spicy Android treat. The Olivepad, from Olive Telecom is an impressive looking 7-inch tablet that puts itself between a smartphone and iPad. It’s running Android 2.1, with 3.5G HSUPA connectivity, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and a TV tuner. The Olivepad has a few features that the iPad lacks, like Flash playback for one, there is a USB mini port, a 3 megapixel camera, and the 512MB RAM is expandable via SD memory.
You wont see soldiers catching missiles in mid air, or flipping tanks with one hand.What you will see is bigger backpacks and heavy gear, up to 200lbs worth. The HULC stands for Human Universal Load Carrier, it's an anthropomorphic exoskeleton part of a robotic militarized masterminded plan funded of Lockheed Martin.
Samsung today joined forces with RIM, Nokia and HTC by releasing their own statement towards Apple’s distraction of drawing the competition into their Antennagate problem. Apple's tests showed the Samsung Omnia II being susceptible to signal loss via the “grip of death.” Samsung took their time in responding, perhaps because Apple uses a good number of memory chips from the company. So Samsung needed to be respectable and remain true to their manufacturing methods, but doing so without losing whiney customer.
News came today as Apple, makers of the notoriously famous iPhone 4, announced plans to launch their problematic smartphone to Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland on July 30th.
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