Author: Fabrizio Pilato

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Arctic C2 Portable USB Charger - Photo: Fabrizio Pilato
Review: Arctic C2 USB charger for all your gadgets

The Arctic C2 is a portable USB power charger that will go with you to just about any country and keep your batteries in tip top condition. It’s a small unit, easy to pack in to any of your travel bags, about two-thirds the size of your Apple power block, and can power up to four individual USB devices simultaneously.

The Swiss company who makes it is Arctic Cooling, they are better known for their CPU cooling and power supply accessories. The Arctic C2 comes with four interchangeable plugs supporting most countries in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia (over 150 countries supported), with the full range of 100V to 240V of power output depending on your location.

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Who do you love? T-Mobile and Verizon top the customer service list

According to Vocal Laboratories, a research firm who conducts customer service quality information, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless are at the top of the list when it comes to customer service and satisfaction.

The study did not reflect network quality, but if customers aren’t happy with the network how could they be happy with the “customer service?” The study found that 66% of Verizon Wireless customers were “Very Satisfied”, T-Mobile met the 65% mark, 63% for AT&T and Sprint coming in at 59%.

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DeltaTox II portable water quality analyzer is a field technicians dream

Not in your typical bag of gadgets, but definitely something for our environmental field technician friends: a portable water quality analyzer by SDIX. Their device named the DeltaTox II, is the latest in portable water quality field testing detecting everything from chemical to biological contaminants in under 5 minutes.

This water quality testing instrument could be used by anyone in life sciences, biotech, diagnostics, or food safety companies and will reduce the time and cost to test water by almost 50%.

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AT&T adds Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus to phone line

AT&T plans to offer the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus to their network of 80 million customers. This will expand AT&T’s offering of available smartphones to include those of the Palm webOS type, the only to hit their network.

The Palm Pre Plus has a slider keyboard and 16GB of storage. It will sell for $149.99 with a two-year plan after a $100 mail-in rebate. Palm’s Pixi Plus is their slimmest phone and it adds Wi-Fi, a full QWERTY keyboard and two color choices of black or blue (exclusive to AT&T) on for $49.99 with a two-year plan.

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The 20 most hazardous cellphones on the market

As controversial as it may be, Cellphone radiation and its effects on the human body, more specifically the brain, have been disputed over the decades. No consensus has been made, and simply because there’s too many players and a lot of damn money on the line. But by being your own judge, going by what you “feel” is right, like if you get a headache, or nervous sensations, or even rashes when using radio frequency devices, than you probably shouldn’t be using them. On the other hand, it may do nothing to you at all other than make your life easier. Regardless of your experiences with the use of such devices, here is a list of 20 phones currently available on the market

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GadgetTrak Mobile Security tracks Android smartphones when lost or stolen

What’s stopping someone from keeping your lost or stolen Android phone and calling it their own? Not much, until now. ActiveTrak announced they will release a new version of their GadgetTrak Mobile Security software for the Android OS at CTIA Wireless 2010 next week. The software allows users to track their devices and data if it were ever to get into the wrong hands. If you have classified information, sensitive business materials, or just some photos of who knows what that you don’t want spread around Facebook, the remote data wipe feature should appeal to you.

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Google Nexus One phone headed for Sprint
Google Nexus One headed to Sprint

Sprint today announced they will be a carrier of the Google Nexus One smartphone. T-Mobile was originally the only carrier to offer an “official” term plan for the Nexus phone, but after checking up on Google’s phone website T-Mobile’s offering is no longer available. A “Sorry, this item is temporarily out of stock.” on the $179 two year contract plan is nothing less than a coincidence. Sprint won’t be the new and only company to carry the Nexus One, yesterday’s announcement told us about Google’s plan to send the phone to AT&T and Rogers Wireless in Canada, but with sales slumping there’s not much of possibility for a shortage on supply.

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Speck’s artistic Artsprojeckt cases exclusive to Apple Store

It’s not often I get excited about a cellphone cases, but after taking a look at Speck’s latest offering, it’s almost got me wanting an iPhone. Four new artistic cases have been added to the iPhone 3G and 3GS line of Artsprojekt cases, the designs were created by artists of the community and are among the most stylish graphics you will see wrapped around an Apple product. Priced at about $40 each, exclusive to the Apple Store, they are printed on soft but durable frabric infused on Speck’s “road-tested snap-together” hard shells.

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Google Nexus One phone now shipping to Canada and AT&T USA

It’s here Canada. Google’s Nexus One phone just got released for the Canadian market and US customers on AT&T. Previous Nexus One phones would only utilize 2G and EDGE network connectivity, not the best for your Android experience, but good enough. Now Google has announced a compatible 3G version, so T-Mobile USA is no longer the only one with a Nexus offering and Canadian Rogers Wireless customers can get on board.

The phone can be purchased from Google’s phone store for $529 USD, free shipping in the USA.

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Intel ships “optimized” Windows 7 solid-state drive, quicker bootups

Intel has begun shipping the latest edition to their high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) lineup, the Intel X25-V Value SATA SSD. It’s quick, small, durable and costs nearly 25 times the price of current magnetic platter harddrives, but when speed, ruggedness and durability are key, money isn’t everything.

The SSD market is quite small at the moment, this is due to the high cost per gigabyte, making it more of a high-end addon for performance-sensitive devices such as servers, high-end netbooks, laptops, smartbooks, and gaming computers.

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SXSW hot with mobile location-oriented services: Who’s stalking you today?

All the rage at SxSW this year happens to be mobile-location oriented services. The divide between digital and real world is quickly vanishing. Social-networking is on an upward spiral of acceptance. Services that connect your physical whereabouts with virtual friends is gaining ground and companies like FourSquare, Gowalla, BrightKite and Whrrl are making it all happen. Where are you? What are you doing? Who will know where you are? Those are the questions that will be asked by the next-generation of social-networking applications, are you prepared to give out the answer and send your location to the clouds?

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Calgary 2010 Auto Show to wrap up, Spykers and iMiEVs oh my

Calgary’s 2010 Auto Show had a car for everyone. But with only one day left, the convience of having nearly every manufacturer’s latest production models huddled into one easy to explore facility at the tip of your finger is coming to end. Roughly $12 million in vehicles were shipped out to the BMO Stampede Centre for this event, all protected by a cavalary in cowboy hats surrounded by smiling Police patrollerss upholding the peace.

Bentley brought out their hand-made one of a kind Spyker C8 Laviolette.

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Message to iPhone owners, will you buy the next 4G version?

The jury is in, and the verdict is iPhone owners are loyal to their master. If you currently own an iPhone, Strategy Analytics believes you are very satisfied with it and you are also very likely to buy the next-generation model. According to their recent research which found a strong correlation between satisfaction and repeat purchase intentions.

Mobile Magazine’s poll completed by over 2000 readers has shown the most requested enhancement for the iPhone 4G (4th generation) would be improved battery life.

Technology
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Kanguru Defender Elite is DoD worthy

Kanguru Solutions is trying to entice organizations such as the Department of Defense (DOD) who have recently banned flash drive use by their employees for carrying sensitive information. The ban extended for 15 motnhs and has recently been “partially” lifted.

FIPS 140-2 is a rigorous federal security accreditation program, a standard for the encryption used for protecting sensitive government information.

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How to stop a Toyota Prius flying down the freeway at 85 Mph

That must be the question on many minds once they step in their earth-friendly, yet potentially deadly, Toyota Prius. If my gas pedal gets stuck, or my brakes become unresponsive, how will I stop this thing? James Sikes of El Cajon, California recently had to experience that, and it came in bad time as Toyota just finished inviting the press to give them an ear on how electronic flaws could not cause their cars to speed out of control under real-world driving conditions. Well Toyota, tell that to Mr. Sikes.

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Pioneer DJM-2000 audio mixer first wtih multi-touch display

Pioneer has just revealed a new professoinal DJ mixer, the DJM-2000. This is the first audio mixer to integrate a multi-touch panel, and Pioneer has done it with a 5.8-inch display.

The unit is small enough to bring with you on the road, but slightly larger than its predecessors. Its designed to match up with Pioneer’s CDJ-2000 digital media players allowing you to mix tracks with anything from CDs to USB drives.

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iPhone Pro concept could fit the mini iPad bill

When Apple’s 4th generation iPhone smartphone (iPhone 4G) gets revamped this summer think of how it will compare to the iPad tablet. The iPad is essentially an oversized iPhone, so where will the next gen iPhone be when you lay them out side by side on the table? Is the iPad to the iPhone what the Nano was to the iPod?

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Samsung eReader with text-to-speech technology unveiled

Samsung Electronics of America today unveiled their eReader tablet computer for the US market. With a name far less revolutionary than others, Samsung’s eReader should still give the Kindle a run for its money.

The compact portable Samsung eReader sports a 6-inch e-Ink display capable of 600×800 resolution with 8-gray scale shades. This is a more traditional eBook screen primarly to be used for newspapers, paper back novels, and simple image viewing, unlike Apple’s iPad offering more colorful, rich-media interaction for the end user.

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Touchscreen mobile devices to double in 2010

With the touchscreen phenomenmom sweeping across the globe, more users are moving towards a “hands-on” intuitive navigational interface when mobile devices are concerned. Gartner Research estimates that touchscreen mobile devices will surpass 362.7 million units in 2010, that’s an increase of 97% from 2009’s 184.3 million units sold. By the year 2013, we can expect over half of all mobile devices worldwide to be touchscreen, and over 80% of them being in North America and Western Europe alone.

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LG X300 is an ultra-slim, ultra-sexy netbook PC

LG’s latest ultra-slim, ultra-sexy mobile PC goes on sale this month, unfortunately not in North America yet, but a release is imminent. The LG X300 was first seen at CES this past January, measuring only 17.5 mm thick, weighing a mere 970g in brown and white.

A sleek 11.6-inch LCD screen puts it in the MacBook class of computers, but slimming it down to less than that of the MacBook Air.

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SafeCell app uses Bluetooth to make in-flight passenger communications cheap

Making a phone call on any international or domestic flight is going to cost you a pretty penny, some airlines in Europe, Asia and the Middle East offer GSM Picocell connections for in-flight calling, others like Lufthansa use a SkyPhone service. Regardless of how a the call is made it’s going to cost you about $10 a minute.

A company called ASiQ, based in Melbourne Australia has announced a new SafeCell App in conjunction with a Bluetooth access point for airlines to offer passengers affordable SMS, MMS, voice messaging and text email from their mobile phones.

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Apple iPad commercial unveiled at Oscar show

Apple decided to woah Oscar viewers with the first ever Apple iPad commercial last night. It was an unexpected surprise, some thought it would be played at the Superbowl, but that doesn’t seem to be Apple’s primary target audience.

The iPad was officially announced January 27th 2010, a recently announced ship date of April 3rd was set by Apple just last week

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Microsoft Courier video “leaked,” the iPad killer?

Nothing is more capable of keeping us on the edge of our seats than the development of major Tablet computers coming from every Steve, Bill and Asghar. We are witnessing the revolution of mobile computing right before our eyes, and the best part about it, no one knows who will be the big player in the end. Will the iPad be another iPhone? Will Microsoft’s Courier be a flopping Zune? Can content providers and application developers shape the way Tablet computing evolves, taking control away from hardware providers? Only time will tell, but until now, here are more details on Microsoft’s latest “leaked” achievements.

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Apple iPad on sale April 3, Pre-Orders March 12 in USA

Apple has just announced that the iPad tablet Wi-Fi computer will be available in the US on April 3. Pre-orders will begin one week from today, on March 12, US customers will be able to order either a Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi + 3G model from the Apple store online or in person.

We initially expected the iPad to be available this month, manufacturing delays could have put Apple slightly behind schedule.

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Italian designers love making iPhone 4G concepts

It seems that the Italians love to conceptualize the future iPhone 4G model that Apple is expected to release mid 2010. Our friends at Mobile Crunch have discovered some beautiful new renderings of an artists work, “Seraphan, a member on Spaziocellulare forum.

He has released his renders of what the iPhone 4G could be, and they are pretty colorful with some nice smooth curves.

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Opera Mini 5 beta out for Windows Mobile 5/6 smartphones, no more java

What the Safari browser is to the iPhone, the Opera browser shall be to Windows Mobile devices. Today Opera Software announced a native version of Opera Mini 5 beta 2 for Windows Mobile 5 and 6-based smartphones. Opera on your Windows Mobile will give you a dramatic increase in browsing speed, tabs, and no more java.

How the browser works is by compressing up to 90 percent of the data traffic coming from websites before they get to your handset, thus delivering you a really fast browsing experience, and ultimately lowering your data fees.

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WD SiliconEdge Blue SDDs are fast, rugged, and worth every penny

Western Digital (WD) announced they have joined the Solid State Drive (SSD) foray with their new WD SiliconEdge 2.5-inch SSD family of storage solutions. To me, reliability and speed go hand-and-hand, with the introduction of SSDs to the WD lineup both of those concerns are addressed.

The WD SiliconEdge Blue SSDs are “rated” by WD with read speeds of up to 250 megabytes per second (MB/s) and write transfer rates up to 170 MB/s. That’s quite a fast family of drives.

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DARPA seeking military-based iPhone and Android application information

The military group named DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) based in the Pentagon have recently announced a Request For Information (RFI) seeking iPhone and Android applications, may they be commercial or non-commercial, and to be used specifically for national security.

This request could just be to see who is out there and what they are doing, more of an intelligence operation if anything, as it states “This is an RFI issued solely for information gathering purposes” but that is custom for an RFP so highly unlikely.

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iPhone Touchlamp concept to light up your life

The latest concept out of ADR Studio is the iPhone Touchlamp. An LED lamp is controlled by your iPhone that is docked within its base, you can choose the intensity and decide which colors the lighting shall cast throughout the room creating an ambient setting.

Of course it will simultaneously change the iPhone as well. This is just a concept and may never be manufactured, but it’s such a simple and smart idea that I am surprised it hasn’t yet.

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Sixth Sense technology is coming, Microsoft demos Surface-based NUI

Aiming to bring the world to a level of ubiquitous integrated mobile computing, the Microsoft Research team have demonstrated a shrunken Mobile Surface application where a projection of a motion-touch interface can be placed on almost any flat object turning it into a responsive active display screen.

The system uses a small webcam and digital projector to project a seamlessly integrated interface where the user can respond with gestures creating interactions with the system.

Science & Tech
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Joos Orange is the sweetest solar charger yet

Joos Orange is not a new flavor of OJ out of California, it’s a “personal solar appliance” meant to deliver 2.5 hours of cell phone talk time for each hour it basks in the sun. The company Solar Components, claims their appliance is capable of converting the sun’s rays into 20 times the power that current personal solar power charging products are capable of delivering, and for only $100.

With Joos Orange originating from California where the sun is stronger and more direct for a longer portion of the day, how much efficiency will be lost in other areas of the world?

Mobiles
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Cell Cease to stop texting driving teens in their tracks

What is being labeled as an app for parents to protect teens from texting while driving, could be a candidate for government wide legislation and mandatory implementation by mobile carriers to keep the roads “safe”.

A study done by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute back in July 2009 showed that people who send text messages while driving are 23 times more likely to be in a crash. Those are high numbers and were concluded after the examination of 6 million miles of road driven.

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The enTourage eDGe is the world’s first dualbook, combining the functions of an e-reader, netbook, notepad, and audio/video recorder and player in one. It’s a comprehensive device that lets you read e-books, surf the Internet, take digital notes, send emails and instant messages, watch movies and listen to music anywhere, at any time. This is nothing you've ever seen before! Source: entourageedge.com
enTourage eDGe dual screen tablet reads Android style

The enTourage eDGe is the world’s first e-reader and netbook hybrid device to hit the market, and it begins shipping next week. With dual displays, the eDGe has a 9.7-inch E-Ink screen on the left, and a 10.1-inch touchscreen LCD with 1024 x 600 resolution on the right.

The specifications are quite abundant, much to offer in an eReader, but the real eye catcher is that it runs on the Google Android OS.

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HP EliteBook tablets with magnesium alloy, impact resistant glass, ship April

With the tablet PC category in portable computing growing quickly, HP today announced that their latest line of EliteBook convertible tablets will begin shipping next month.

The duo are named the EliteBook 2740p and 2540p, powered by a choice of Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors, ranging from 2-4GB RAM (Upgradeable to 8 GB), encased in a beautiful stainless steel finish and magnesium alloy case for durability. Prices will start from $1099 to $1599 depending upon your configured options.

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iPhone 4G concept updated, price to be cheaper?

The Apple iPhone 4G is expected to cost significantly less than previous models. Industry Analyst Katy Huberty, from Morgan Stanley believes 85% of the market is not willing to shell out the amount of money Apple want’s for their devices, therefore a price drop is in order for the next-generation smartphone.

Here are new concept images just released from ADR Studio’s in Italy, courtesey of Antonio De Rosa. He took readers comments into consideration from his previous set of concept designs.

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i-tab portable digital guitar tab player clips to your guitar, has 5″ touchscreen LCD

Tech-minded musicians will appreciate this portable 4GB guitar tablature player from i-tab. It sports a 5-inch touch screen and built in speakers for you to clip on the end of your guitars head while you jam new tracks.

Attempting to “revolutionize” the method in which musicians use guitar tabs, scrolling chords and lyrics simultaneously make it seem like Guitar Band gone pro.

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PlanetSolar 100′ catamarn has 38,000 photovaltaic solar cells, set to sail in March

The World’s largest solar boat has just been unveiled by PlanetSolar in Kiel, Germany. The sunbathing catamaran marvel measures 100 feet long by 50 feet wide and is covered in 5,300 square feet of photovoltaic solar panels consisting of 38,000 next-generation cells by SunPower.

Being the largest solar powered boat on the ocean, it must have something to capture that technology, well it does. On-board PlanetSolar is the largest lithium ion battery in the world, made by HDW (Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft), and being tested for future use on non-nuclear submarines.

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iPhone Explorer turns iPhone into a remote memory drive, so there!

Ok that was fast. Not even 10 hours ago we reported on how the iPhone practically sucked because it couldn’t run apps off a memory chip. Well, it still cant, but it can act as a portable memory drive so that’s gotta count for something.

A new desktop utility called iPhone Explorer (IE), basically turns your iPhone or iPod touch into a flash drive, and no, you don’t have to be jail broken but it does provide a few benefits if you are.

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Jay Leno rides new DeLorean back to the future

Tonight Show host Jay Leno has always had a passion for automobiles, perhaps he thought of himself as a budding Marty McFly back in his early years, and with no foreseeable future of hovering skateboards, Leno has turned his interest to the DeLorean.

The first DeLorean DMC was made in 1981 by John DeLorean, about 9000 rolled off the lot and into the hands, or driveways, of drivers. DeLorean was a brilliant engineer, one of the cool ones, not your typical lab coat type.

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Honda 3R-C concept hybrid trike coming to Geneva

Honda’s latest concept to be shown at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show will stand on only three wheels and produce zero emissions when in use. The Honda 3R-C is a concept designed by their Milan division, it’s meant for single commuters who need a quick, peppy, and low-emission means of transportation.

It has a covered clear canopy to protect you from the elements. The drivetrain is very low, similar to the subaru boxter, where stabilization is increased by lowering the vehicles center of gravity.

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Google Shopper for Android, just another set of Goggles?

Google has released Google Shopper for Android, but it’s left some industry reporters confused. The application appears to be identical to other price searching tools like ShopSavvy, even the companies own Google Goggles. Applications like this could pose a serious threat to bricks-and-mortar businesses already struggling to stay afloat with big box stores undercutting them.

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Bloom Energy’s Bloom Box fuel cell technology to change life on Earth

The Bloom Box is a device about half the size of a milk carton, yet is powerful enough to revolutionize all aspects of life and transcend the human race into a sustainable, earth friendly society.

The box has been secretly tested by several large California corporations over the past 16 months and proven to be an efficient, clean, and affordable fuel-cell generation system that produces electricity.

Technology
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Corsair Padlock 2 is rugged, offers on-board password protection and 256-bit AES encryption

The story of an MI6 operative losing his memory stick resulting in a multi-million-dollar undercover drug operation being compromised is frightening for the ops, but could have been avoided had the secret service agency been equiped with encrypted flash sticks. Nothing could be worse than putting your life, or those of your colleagues in danger, but for the rest of us, keeping our bank account passwords and personal documents safe and secure is our prime directive.