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ZAGGmate Bluetooth keyboard for iPad reviewed

Zagg's ZAGGmate is a Bluetooth keyboard case that sells for $99 and doubles as protective shell for your Apple iPad - essentially turning your Apple tablet into a 10" touchscreen netbook. Sure, you could just go buy a MacBook Air and end up with a real computer, but for those of us intertwined in the evolution of mobile device tabletry, we couldn't have it any other way.

iOS 4.2 developers experience Wi-Fi issues, iPad update delayed

The iOS 4.2 release we were expecting to roll out today for the iPad has hit a wall. According to developers on Apple’s own discussion boards, there has been Wi-Fi connectivity issues where a 4.2 iPad would disconnect or not connect at all to the Internet after establishing a connection. No Internet on the iPad is a bad thing.

Angry Birds updated on Android: 45 more feather flinging levels

If you haven’t flung enough feathered friends across the screen into those cute little piglets you’ll be excited to here that Rovio has released 45 new levels for Angry Birds.

IPEVO “iconic” battery charger keeps things interesting

The Mophie Juice Pack is far too streamlined, you’ll hardly notice it’s there compared to the “iconic” charger. A small indicator letting you...

Viewsonic unveils the ViewPad 7 and dual-booting Windows/Android ViewPad 10

Viewsonic today officially announced they will be releasing two new tablet computers. The first the ViewPad 7, a 7” Android 2.2 tablet capable of 3.5G wireless. The second tablet is the ViewPad 10, featuring a 10.1” capacitive multi-touch display with LED backlight.

Was a time traveler talking on a cell phone caught in...

Bullshit or not. George Clarke was watching a 1928 Charlie Chaplin film and spotted what he believed was a hefty woman, perhaps a man, talking on a cell phone while walking out of the circus. Now, hold up, as crazy as this sounds, the YouTube videos trying to debunk it are even crazier.

BlackBerry PlayBook demo makes tablet multi-tasking look sexy

Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO of RIM jumped on the mic during the Adobe MAX conference with Kevin Lynch, CTO of Adobe. They gave the first live operation preview of the PlayBook ever.

Navigon releases first major navigation app for Android, features ‘Reality Scanner’

If Google Maps doesn’t cut it, Navigon today said they will point you in the right direction with their MobileNavigator for Android OS devices. The company says it’s the first on-board navigation app from a major navigation company for Android. And they may be right.

NOOK Color: B&N’s WiFi tablet with Apps, Mags and Books to...

Barnes & Noble this week let the NOOKcolor out of the bag. They claim it’s “the first full-color touch Reader’s Tablet to deliver digital books, magazines, newspapers and children’s books.” I guess they haven’t seen that thing called the iPad yet

WSJ poll asked ‘Who makes best mobile OS?’ somehow Microsoft took...

The Wall Street Journal have created a poll asking readers “Who makes the best mobile operating system?” The question has received some coverage, and...

Sprint offers Samsung Galaxy Tab Nov 14 for $400

Sprint has come out clean with the release details on the Samsung Galaxy Tab Android tablet, they gave the official word that on November 14th you’ll be able to grab one for a much more affordable $399.

Etch A Sketch app gets official for the iPad

I wouldn’t compare the iPad to an Etch A Sketch, but there’s a Boogie Board that is basically an evolution of that technology. Continuing world domination of every possible use a tablet could have, the iPad now is an Etch A Sketch.

Apple refreshes MacBook Air with instant booting Flash memory and more

Apple today refreshed the Mac Book Air line after two entire years of a successful first generation product. Dropping both solid state and hard disk drives for the use of Flash. No not that Flash, Flash memory. Booting is no longer a word, it just turns on.

Samsung Galaxy Tab is $600 this November 11 on Verizon Wireless

amsung and Verizon are opening the doors on Galaxy Tab sales beginning this November 11th. The price is a whopping $600, that’s it, no discounts, subsidy, or anything else. My guess is the first round are in limited quantities, so they won’t have a problem selling it to early adopters who have a deep inner desire for a less than optimized Android tablet.

Director of Symbian Lee Williams steps down for “personal reasons”

Executive director of the Symbian Foundation, Lee Williams, has just stepped down from his position which he held at the non-profit organization for over 10 years.

Marshall set to release hi-fi headphones November 15th

arshall Headphones is set to launch on November 15th, they’ll be putting out their own line of headphones with no doubt the same kickass quality we’ve come to know with Marshall amplifiers.

Nissan Juke commercial is a tale of mythical proportions

Taking a page out of the Lord of the Rings, Nissan’s latest crossover vehicle the 2011 Juke is quite different looking; fitting for the unconventional commercial which follows.

Nikon SB-600 Flash AC/DC power modification

Doing product photography without a dedicated set of strobes is a bit restrictive. Using a flash like the Nikon SB-600 can do wonders, especially with a remote setup and a soft box. I thought it was a bit of a waste to use up all these batteries while in the studio and shooting with ample access to power sockets, with that in mind I decided to do something a bit risky and possibly crazy.

BlackBerry Style official: $99 from Sprint on October 31st

The BlackBerry Style has been one of those much anticipated, perhaps sought after clamshells from RIM that we’ve catching wind of for quite a while now. We knew it would be running BlackBerry OS6, so the window for its release would have to be soon.

XBox 360 re-invented as a 17-inch laptop

What the heck is this you ask? It’s a handmade Xbox 360 laptop using a 17-inch Gateway LCD. It’s not going to win any design awards, nor any special mention for being “slim,” but this thing is sure going to be a favorite for a hardcore Xbox 360 gamer.

VIOlight $50 gadget sanitizer now shipping

Just came from the bathroom? Opened a public door? Did you wash your hands before you picked up that iPhone? Because now it’s on the side of your face and so are the germs that came with it. To combat the growth of bacteria and make sanitization efforts seamless, comes the VIOlight; a UV light that costs only $50 and kills 99.9% of germs in minutes.

Lets build a gadget: Pandora’s 900th linux-handheld gaming unit ships –...

Pandora project, the ultra-portable linux-based handheld mobile gaming console that took on pre-orders in 2007, just shipped 900 more units. The makers of Pandora have been struggling with nubs, apparently its not easy to make a nub you know. The quality has to be just right, this led them to replace the first 150 sub-nub units that were sent out earlier in the year.

JBL OnStage IV and Micro III iPhone speaker dock is like...

A pair of new iPod sound systems from JBL use a new design to create a “surround sound” experience. The On Stage IV and On Stage Micro III have speakers in a strange kind of rotating flower petal layout, this I would assume emits sound at multiple angles providing you with a good listening experience from anywhere. It’s going to work with your iPhone as well, and any other device you can hook up to the aux jack in the back.

Greenpois0n Jailbreak FAQ released for iOS devices

For those who can’t wait for a Dev-Team developed jailbreak for your iPhone, iPad or iPods, then you may have looked at GreenPois0n as an alternative. The tool comes with no guarantee, and raises many questions for users looking to break their 4.1 firmware.

Windows Phones will be supported on Macs, Zune for media?

Just because my Microsoft mouse could stop an iMac from booting doesn’t mean the same scenario is destined for Windows Phone 7 devices, especially since Microsoft is officially confirming they’ll have an app to sync Windows Phones with Macs.

VLC heading to all iOS devices: iPhone, iPod touch, and Apple...

Applidium, the company behind that fantastic VLC media player that was recently released for iPad, has just announced they have a universal version presently going through the iTunes App Store scrutiny. Once it makes it through, you’ll be able to use VLC on any iOS device

Free Zune pass with new Windows Phone 7 pre-order

Don’t know what to do with all these Windows Phone’s? Microsoft is running a promo for future WinPho7 purchasers in the US that will give them a 3-month Zune pass. All you need is an email and pre-order a Windows Phone.

SuperOneClick roots any Android device with a click

With a single click you can root any Android device out there, the SuperOneClick tool is what used to root the Droid X, but now it’s been updated to included the whole lot.

limera1n jailbreak out for iOS 4.1

In a never ending game of cat and mouse, a new iOS 4.1 exploit has surfaced, although this version has come from a different crew than we are typically accustomed to and may have some unwanted side effects. Geohot came literally out of nowhere and released limera1n, a bootrom-level jailbreak for the iPhone3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch 3G/4G, iPad, and technically the AppleTV 2G.

AT&T offers LG Quantum, HTC Surround to Windows Phone 7 line

In addition to the flagship Samsung Omnia 7 Windows Phone 7 smartphone, AT&T will be offering up the HTC Surround, and LG Quantum. CEO Ralph de la Vega calls them “game changers.” That’s exciting and all with the Windows Phone 7 floodgates now open, but we’ll just have to wait and see them first hand before we start “changing” anything.

Rumor: Samsung Galaxy Tab to launch November 14 for $400

Sources have revealed that the much anticipated Samsung Galaxy Tab will be launching on Sprint November 14th for an outright price of $600, or contract price of $400.

Skype for Android hacked and cracked to allow 3G calling

That Skype app for Android we thought was locked down to Wi-Fi only has just been cracked a few days after its release. The .apk is provided by xeudoxus over at Droid Forums, he tweaked it to get that pesky 3G block off, and apparently its working like a charm.

Verizon iPhone 4 could be announced at CES 2011

If everything goes according to a WSJ report that surfaced yesterday, the Apple iPhone could be available from Verizon Wireless in early 2011. Reports indicate that Apple is making a new iPhone near the end of this year, although we’ve heard this story for the past 5 years, a Verizon iPhone is looking more clear according to new information.

CherryPad 7-inch Android tablet pops the $200 price point

CherryPal is now shipping their $188 Android tablet. It’s less than half the price of an iPad, and the company says early user experiences of the CherryPad are “extremely positive.” With Android 2.1 on board, the CherryPad has full access to the Android Market. We’ve heard of other tablets not getting full access, so this is something substantial with all things considered.

Jailbreak-proof T-Mobile G2 reverts back to stock automatically

I’m on the fence with jailbreaking. I’ve done it on many devices, but is it worth it in the end? Sure, you get access to apps you may not have had access to on your “factory sealed” model, but then you lose support and are in a constant fight for the latest jailbreak. If you own the T-Mobile G2 and have tried jailbreaking, you may have noticed it didn’t work all as planned.

Sony Google TV remote design comes straight from the 80s

Sony has been around long enough that they may hang on to designs a bit longer than acceptable. For instance, this remote control QWERTY thing for Google TV. Its supposed to be released next week on October 12th, but I’d be more convinced if you told me it was released in 1985.

Weird umbilical cord charger latches on to your iPhone

I really don’t know what to make of this, it looks like an umbilical cord and is pretty disgusting since it can move. The last time I saw an umbilical cord was 31 years ago, and I’ve had no plans to see oney attached to an iPhone.

Motorola Flipside Android phone announced by AT&T for $99

Motorola’s Flipside, an Android 2.1 smartphone skinned with MOTOBLUR is heading to AT&T. Confusingly due to Motorola’s naming conventions on mobile phones, the Flipside does not flip at all like we would expect it to. The Backflip flips its keyboard back and forth, while the Flipside offers a more traditional slideout keyboard.

Skype for Android released, Wi-Fi only in the US

The much-anticipated Skype app has been released for Android platforms today, and it may dissappoint some. Available for free download on the Android Marketplace, Skype’s app allows users to make calls to other Skype accounts, or to make calls over Wi-Fi and 3G depending on your geographic location.

LG cancels Android 2.2 Froyo tablet slated for 2010 release

When Google released the Android operating system it was never intended to be used on large screen tablet devices. Some companies went ahead regardless and manufactured tablets with Android in order to create some type of competition for Apple’s iPad, whether that competition really existed or not in terms of sales is another story, regardless, these companies are definitely getting attention in the media.

Zoom Q3HD Full HD camcorder records with true stereo sound

The Zoom Q3HD Handy Video Recorder is the latest portable 1080p capable camera to hit the world of pocketable digital imaging devices. It’s from Samson, and its got a small form factor with twin capsule microphones’ that will record stereo sound; Flip Video may get a run for their money with this one. It captures 1080p full HD @30fps in H.264 format, or 720p HD @60fps.

The Mobile Wind Turbine concept

Wind farms are gaining in adoption across the World, and this is a good thing. But they are typically not able to be setup in remote or unpopulated locations, until now. The Mobile Wind Turbine is a concept by Pope Design, it combines a long, stable, hybrid carrier with a collapsable wind turbine and mast on its back.

Google Nexus one resurfaces on Canadian Mobilicity

Canadian budget wireless carrier Mobilicity today announced they will be “carrying” the Android-based Google Nexus One phone. We know Google took the Nexus One off the distribution line for wireless carriers around the world a few weeks ago, and Mobilicity being an unlocked, outright purchase resale provider of mobile phones leads me to believe they’ve just bought a crapload of Nexus Ones from Google and are simply reselling them to their network of customers.

Kobo WiFi edition is cheaper, faster and sharper

Kobo is launching the Kobo WiFi edition, adding wireless connectivity to the tiny e-reader and giving it a price drop. But is it enough to keep Kobo in the e-book game? The company launched the Kobo software for mobile devices like the iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Android, Mac, PC, Linux and soon BlackBerry PlayBook.

$45,000 carbon fiber 10-speed bike weighs just 6 pounds

I would imagine a $45,000 bicycle to look somewhat futuristic, perhaps with big streaking fenders and solar panels. But not the Fairwheel bike made in Tuscon Arizona, it’s a simple looking ten-speed made almost entirely of carbon fiber making it weight just six pounds!

Kno adds single screen 14-inch tablet textbook for students

That dual 14.1-inch Kno tablet unveiled earlier this month has just been slimmed down to a single screen model. The reasoning? It will be “absolutely cheaper than the dual screen version,” according to CEO of Kno, Osman Rashid who spoke at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference earlier toda

BlackBerry PlayBook tablet teaser video

Well, we can garner one certain thing from this video by RIM featuring their newly unveiled BlackBerry Playbook, they want it to be everything. Projecting the BlackBerry Tablet OS on coffee tables, walls, textbook covers and vintage vinyl cabinets leads me to believe RIM wants the PlayBook to replace everything and anything we can think of.

BlackBerry Playbook tablet by RIM unveiled, WiFi only in 2011

RIM has today announced the BlackBerry Playbook tablet running on the newly revealed BlackBerry Tablet OS. The Adobe Flash touting PlayBook is doing everything Apple missed in their first round, but with millions of units already sold, Apple isn’t breaking a sweat yet. The PlayBook has dual HD cameras for the highest-quality video conferencing available from any handheld device.

ElcomSoft WiFi cracking system for laptops released

Wireless packet sniffing can be done for various reasons, white hat or black. But we’ll lean towards the noble C-level security officer within your organization who keeps things running tight and secure. And for that particular individual, Elcomsoft has released their Wireless Security Auditor WiFi software that can crack WAP/WPA2 PSK passwords, intercept data packets, and locate wireless networks all from a simple to use single interface.

alessiTab Android tablet sits pretty next to the kitchen sink

The Alessi’s Android tablet dubbed alessiTab, is finally getting closer to availability. Designer Stefano Giovannoni had recently held a press event at his own home in Italy showing the wonderful multi-purpose tablet device with built-in stand to members of the press.