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Google has enhanced GMail with a new April 1 offering. The high-tech GMail Motion system was designed so you can control Gmail with your body. Using your computers camera and spatial tracking technology, you are able to now look like a complete dork while responding to email.
How much bass is too much bass? According to Steve Meade, there's never too much. His company decked out an 01 Tahoe with four 18-inch subwoofers, 26 smaller speakers consisting of 10 6-5-inch mids, and 10 1-inch tweeters to pack 20,000 watts of phonebook shredding, ear destroying, bass pounding power
Many expected the original iPad to be released with the features the iPad 2 finally came out with, though it took Apple nearly a year after to bring that seemingly basic feature –- a camera -- to reality. But those critical of Apple for their slow moving product releases need to keep one thing in mind, it’s all about the money. Apple, alongside millions of developers single handedly kick started a $2B industry that barely existed before; the tablet computing market.
One gaming innovation that came out of CES this past January was the JoyStick-IT arcade style iPad gaming joystick. We were more than enthusiastic about its release, but I spent some good time with the $25 device and you will be surprised to know that it just didn't stick with me. I'm not a serious gamer by any means, but what I can tell you is if you are a serious gamer and you get excited when playing your favorite games -- even the least bit -- this device may not be for you.
Our good friends at AViiQ who manufacture all kinds of mobile accessories, have just tweeted that they will reach out to those troubled in Japan by the recent catastrophic earthquake and tsunami by donating $1 for each Facebook like they receive. Japan was hit by one massive 8.9 richter earthquake early on the morning of 3/11, and they continue to experience seismic activity totaling over 100 tremors in the last 24 hours.
Suzuki is bringing Fuel-Cell vehicles one step closer to global adoption. The Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter packs a hydrogen tank which reacts with oxygen to produce electricity with water being the byproduct.
ViewSonic is announcing immediate availability of the ViewPad 10 tablet we heard about last November. The 10-inch slate will most notably dual boot between Android and Windows 7, the hardware on board is an Intel Atom 1.66GHz processor, 2GB memory to make up for the lack of dual-core functionality, and the option of 16GB or 32GB SSD hard drives.
Samsung's recently announced Galaxy Tab 10.1 that came out of Mobile World Congress last month is being deemed "inadequate" by their very own mobile VP Lee Don-Joo. After Don-Joo saw the iPad 2 he said “we will have to improve the parts that are inadequate.”
The iPad 2 live event is currently underway, the latest reports are showing both White and Black models will be available from the get go at the same amazing starting price of $499.
Today, Apple released three new models to their MacBook Pro line, including that Light Peak Thunderbolt port that can transfer data at 10Gb/s. So for those that say Apple information doesn't get leaked, our news of yesterday closes that discussion. The processing speeds have obviously gotten a bump, and a new HD camera for 1080p FaceTime action is in there.
Paintball is the favorite past time of many humans. It's a non-lethal way to have fun in the field with other people, and guns. Mega Hurtz, a crazy ass robot designed by Chris Rogers is up for backing on Kickstarter. This thing is fantastic, it's fully armored, can drag an adult body across the ground (usually for rescue missions), rip through the bush at 50 MPH all the while unloading 20 rounds of paint per second on unsuspecting opponents.
How do we know so much about something that doesn't even exist yet? Well, because there are many analysts out there who keep track of component inventory, manufacturers and anything related to building Apple products all together; they're paid to. Although the iPhone 4 is brand spanking new to Verizon, and not even a year old on AT&T, many are expecting the iPhone 5 to come in June 2011.
Pico projector's are relatively new to consumers. They haven't gained a widespread adoption yet, simply because not many people can imagine the possibilities of carrying one around. At nearly anytime and anyplace you can pull up a 50" screen on a wall and begin presenting, displaying or projecting a video.
So the Facebook Phone didn't necessarily come directly from Zuckerberg himself, but none the less, HTC had took the stage in bringing these two social phones to existence at MWC 2011. These are without a doubt the Facebook phones that were rumored last month and expected to be released at MWC.
Alongside the Galaxy S II monsterphone, Samsung has announced a new Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet. This release is announced in partnership with Vodafone Group, who will offer the new tablet to their customers "this spring."
Otterbox is known for their durable cases. I took a look at the Defender Case for iPad when it first came out and it has held up very nicely since. But what about those situations where you're in the field and need a bit more "grip" and flexibility?
One of the most anticipated, rumored and speculated mobile phones in history, the Verizon iPhone, has become available to everyone today. For the first time ever you could get the Apple iPhone on a carrier other than AT&T. 7 a.m. was the time people began lining up, which didn't get too out of hand, just 8 people at the flagship New York City store near Central Park according to CNN.
If I had only known how lazy people really were, I probably wouldn't be so scared of this thing. The shaving helmet, yes a helmet you put on your head and it shaves for you. It has been designed by someone with a little more time -- and probably hair -- than they know what to do with.
This video gives us a quick peak at the LG G-Slate from T-Mobile. Although the Android 3.0 OS wasn't shown off much to see if LG skinned it some how, it does give us an idea of how useless a 3D tablet could be.
I downloaded Rupert Murdoch's The Daily over the weekend, it's the first daily newspaper designed for the iPad. It has plenty of bells and whistles, animated transitions, embedded videos, and plenty of content to go with it. They sure put the iPad's processing power to the test. But it didn't totally grab me. It felt a little too overdone. I appreciate their effort, the carousel of featured articles is clever but jittery, the embedded social integration is game changing when compared to present content iPad apps. But is that enough?
The magazine we have been working on is called Mobile Magazine: The Evolution of Mobile Technology. It's full of amazing technology and gadgets that have been released throughout the years leading up to what we have now, and what we can expect in the future.
The Sony PSP2, codename the Next Generation Portable (NGP) was unveiled in Tokyo today. The portable gaming device features a 5-inch OLED (960x544) touchscreen, dual cameras, a touch-sensitive panel on the back adding for extra control, a quad-core ARM Cortex A9 CPU and PowerVR SGX534MP4+ GPU, 3G, Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, and lets not forget dual analog joysticks.
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Verizon Wireless has just released a 30-second commercial spot for the much-anticipated Verizon iPhone. We know how much you all wanted this, and Verizon's commercial first released on YouTube will get your blood flowing, perhaps stirring up a bit of A.D.D. with their use of dramatic music, ticking of clocks, people doodling and waiting for the day that the iPhone makes its way to Verizon.
CherryPal's claim to fame came when they released the world's first $99 laptop with a 7-inch screen back in 2009. The 400 MHz cpu with 256 GB RAM and 2GB of flash memory was by no means a workhorse, but it didn't need to be. CherryPal makes devices a couple generations behind the current markets offerings, this is because they target lower income families, educational institutions and "emerging markets."
CherryPal released the $188 Android tablet last year. It was a cheaper unit that catered to a specific lower income market and took much of its design queues from the iPad. We've been handed an exclusive tip of a new CherryPad Android tablet coming out in the next little while; it could even be before the end of the month.
Today marks a day in Apple's history. The Big Red carrier, Verizon Wireless, has after talks dating back to 2008, landed the worlds most popular smartphone on their network, the iPhone 4. A version that is described as being identical to AT&T's, besides the CDMA sans-4G connection, will go up for sale on February 10th starting at $200.
It's been a long time waiting. Rumored, denounced, confirmed, again and again, the Verizon iPhone is likely to be here tomorrow. Of course the timing is unconscionable, giving CES one day to wrap things up then stealing the limelight like a bandit in the night.
Google's latest Android version 3.0, Honeycomb just got a bit sweeter with the release of a teaser video. Google is showing Honeycomb at CES, and it appeared first on the Motorola XOOM Android tablet. Google touts Honeycomb as being the first Android OS designed "Entirely for Tablets."
Why this hasn't been done sooner is beyond me, but Visioneer has just changed the face of mobile document scanning with their "Visioneer Mobility" scanner. On the outside it looks like your plain old mobile USB scanner, but no, Mobility really means mobility.
The company behind that Touch Revolution monitor series we saw earlier today has decided to give us a teaser. They're set to change the way we interact with desktops, and are serious about it too. They just sent us some pre-CES booth setup pictures and a video. The monitor shown is a 21.5" TRū Touch blasting out asteroids on the Astrotouch game with onscreen controls by GestureTouch.
You know that space age Liquidmetal technology we love to hear about that's in everything from high-tech gadgets to thousand dollar watches? Well, it may have just become an internal component to some seriously jaw dropping technology. Apple uses Liquidmetal in the iPhone and iPad casing -- oddly enough not in the iPhone 4s back glass -- but apparently a new use for this ultralight weight stronger than steel GMO have been found; to house a vat of potentially explosive combustable liquid to power your gadgets.
Embedding projectors in mobile phones is a fairly new practice that very few manufacturers have jumped on, we saw glimpses of it at last years CES, including the Samsung Beam at MWC shortly after. This year, its all about the Tablet, and of course we're now being shown the MicroVision Mini-Tablet with Embedded Projector.
Fujitsu makes an assortment of different scanners for various purposes, and their ScanSnap line has now gone ultra-portable with news of the one-inch think S1100. It will cost you just $225, weighing a mere 12.3 ounces, and takes a single USB to power and OCR your paper mess until your Google Docs account is full.
We're hot on the trail and keeping tabs on all the new technology and gadgets coming out of CES 2011 in Las Vegas. It appears that a major trend (more obvious than not) is the infiltration of tablet computers. 2010 was the year of the iPad, 2011 will indeed be the year of the Android tablet. Android is clearly making a large entrance to this market.
This past September at the IFA Berlin trade show Elliptic Labs revealed their Touchless Gesture User Interface technology. It allowed a user to make hand movements (gestures), similar to Microsoft's Kinect technology; giving the user the ability to control their device by simple hand movements. The company had been working on a prototype with a reference design tablet which has now evolved into a touchless dock prototype for the Apple iPad.
The iPad is many things, and tomorrow it will become an interactive children's book with the addition of the Wild About Books app for iPad. The release of this app will follow with more 3D interactive interpretations of children's books like Pat the Bunny, Little Golden Books, a in the months ahead.