Items tagged with Gadgets

When the Wii U finally launches sometime in 2012, it won’t just be a tablet-and-console that buyers will get; according to a report from The Daily, Nintendo is working on an app store, as well. Instead of the Wii Shop and DSi shop, which offer users a convenient way to acquire games and a handful of tools, the new app store will offer much more. Some apps will run on the console, and some will operate just on the touchscreen controller. Such an app store only makes sense, as it could both give the touchscreen controller more tablet-like functionality (especially for youngsters who don’t need a full-fledged tablet) and also make the console act as a lightweight computer using the TV... Read more...
If the website and slogan (“We are different”) that are clear Apple rip-offs are any indication, JXD’s new S7100 MID borrows heavily from other companies...and presumably doesn’t have the rights to anything the device does. The S7100 is an Android-based tablet designed to play arcade and older ROMs, or as the site says: “Apple games, Android games, Sony games, Nintendo games, Arcade games, Sega games”. The JXD website specifically features the likes of MarioKart 64, Fruit Ninja 3D, Metal Slug, and more. Under the hood, the device runs on an ARM Cortex A9 chip and features 2-16GB of onboard storage, 512MB of internal DDR2 memory, an 800x480 7-inch touchscreen,... Read more...
That iPhone you got for Christmas? Already old news. Sorry. According to a report from BGR, the next iPhone will be out in the fall of 2012 and will sport a body redesign. It appears the new iPhone will have rubber or plastic built into the front bezel that will connect the glass screen with the aluminum back, and the screen itself should increase to 4 inches. The antenna system will also get an overhaul, now surrounding the phone and making redundant the plastic insert currently above the antenna. Presumably the next iPhone will have lots of other upgrades as well, but a body redesign couldn’t hurt.... Read more...
Back in September, we learned that Dell was looking at using Baidu Yi (an Android-based mobile platform developed by China’s Baidu) on an upcoming smartphone. The two companies have indeed teamed up and have released the Dell Streak Pro D43 in China. The 3G phone features a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM 8260 chip, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display (with Corning Gorilla glass), 8MP rear-facing and 1.3MP front-facing cameras, 8GB of flash storage, 1GB of SDRAM, and WiFi. China Unicom will apparently be the mobile operator providing service. Of course, the Streak Pro D43 will have a healthy dose of Baidu services, including the Baidu Web browser, the SmartBox search tool, a music service, and... Read more...
The lack of a physical keyboard on tablets is both inconvenient and can take a toll on our hands and wrists. To alleviate these issues, Microsoft announced a new mobile wireless keyboard, the Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 5000. As the name suggests, this keyboard uses Bluetooth to connect with a mobile device instead of using a dongle or cable, which is a most welcome feature. The Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 5000 features a Comfort Curve design that should make typing a more comfortable and healthy experience when on the go, and it supports Windows, iOS, and Android devices. This is a full-size keyboard, so it won’t exactly fit in your pocket, but at 13.9 x 6.54 inches (and just 0.62... Read more...
And the CES teasers begin to pour in. ViewSonic announced today that it will debut new ViewPad tablets, the EXODesk touch tabletop, and a new universal display designed for all manner of mobile devices. Specifically, expect new 10-inch tablets (including the ViewPad 10pro) that can dual-boot with Windows 7 Professional Android. The EXODesk is a 32-inch touch table top that ViewSonic has developed with EXOPC and features 10-point touch capabilities, a custom UI begging for HTML5 development, Windows 7, and Intel Core i7 processing power. The press release also teased a mysterious “universal display with projected capacitive multi-touch input” that portends to be able to connect all... Read more...
If you plan to do some skiing in Powder Mecca this year, otherwise known as Colorado, check out Vail Resorts clever new use of on-mountain RF tracking technology dubbed "EpicMix." It turns an RF-enabled lift ticket into a combination of ski-run tracker and a homegrown version of Foursquare. It will also be available in Tahoe at Heavenly. Vail has been using RF-enabled lift tickets for a few years now -- so skiers can tuck their passes somewhere in their coats where they won't flap around, and lift operators can still scan the ticket. This year, the company will use that RF technology to monitor which lifts a passholder uses and then calculate the number vertical feet skied in a day and across... Read more...
You have a leather-covered steering wheel in your car, why not in your house?That would appear to be the thinking behind Logitech's new G27 Racing Wheel. It is "designed to deliver the definitive sim racing experience." Just like a luxury car, this $299.99 (MSRP) gadget is designed to eliminate virtually all noise and "unwanted" vibration.It's compatible with PCs running Windows XP or Vista, so long as you have 20 MB of available hard disk space, and Sony's Playstation 2 and 3, on any games that support Logitech's force feedback racing wheel. So, yes, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue.It has LEDs to show you the RPM/shift indicator to let you know exactly when to up- or down-shift on the six-speed gated... Read more...
 In a development that's almost too silly to be true, a New York City teenage girl evidently fell down an open manhole as she walked down the street, distracted because she was...texting. MyFOX NY reports Alexa Longueira was strolling down a Staten Island sidewalk and was fiddling with her phone, preparing to send a text, when she disappeared down an open sewer access duct. Longueira is said to have suffered mild cuts and bruises, but she should be just fine. Workers told the girl's mother they left the manhole open and unattended for mere seconds as they went to grab some pylons from their trucks. The Department of Environmental Protection announced an investigation. Mercedes Padilla, of... Read more...
If you knew that giving up one of your precious electronics would help save the Earth, would you?Don't lie - a new survey claims fewer than half of Americans would give up their iPods. Specifically, only 42 percent would be willing to, according to the study, conducted by The Shelton Group.And Apple-haters shouldn't get too smug. iPod owners weren't even close to the worst offenders.In answer to the question, "If you thought these things were harming the environment, which of the following would you be willing to give up?" merely 6 percent of those polled would have been willing to give up all the devices mentioned: iPod - 42 percent Dishwasher - 38 percent Microwave - 28 percent Cellular phone... Read more...
Not that CES (the Consumer Electronics Show) really needs any additional hype, but the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) wants to make sure that even with CES half a year away, that the media and analysts never forget that their technology extravaganza is on the horizon. The CEA sponsored a mini tradeshow in New York City this last week, called the CEA LineShows.We decided that this would be a good opportunity to not only potentially learn about new products and technologies, but it would also be great real-world test for the Flip UltraHD pocket camcorder we recently reviewed. So we grabbed the camcorder and headed over to the show. All Takes Shot On Flip UltraHD Camcorder We spoke with... Read more...
All those cell phones, Kindles, PCs, laptops, televisions, iPods and everything else that needs to plugged in, charged up and otherwise re-energized are gobbling up 15 percent of household power. In another 20 years, that figure is expected to triple, necessitating a lot more generating capacity. A study by the International Energy Agency reported those results. All hope was not lost, however - the data was based on current energy needs of all the gadgets. If newer generations continue to be refined and made more energy-efficient, that figure could decline. But gadget statistics were nothing short of eye-popping: By 2010 there will be over 3.5 billion mobile phones subscribers, 2 billion TVs... Read more...
Imagine, if you will, having a basic checkup without even having to go to your doctor's office.It's not quite so extreme, but a partnership between IBM and Google makes that concept seem, perhaps, not so far-fetched. With software deveoped by IBM and Google Heath's medical record database, a patient's vital stats - heart rate, blood pressure, blood chemistry, for example - could be sent swiftly between home and the doctor's office with just the click of a button or two.The project dovetails nicely with President Obama's pledge of $20 billion in the current economic stimulus package for improving and enabling e-medical record-keeping.All this, of course, is concerning some about the privacy issues.... Read more...
As the holiday season rapidly approaches, there’s one question that you’ll hear very frequently: Have you been naughty or nice? Of course, we all know that a lot hinges on this seemingly simple question. If you’ve been nice, then perhaps Santa will bring you an awesome gift, that one piece of hardware you've been jonesing for, like Intel’s new Core i7 965 Extreme processor or perhaps Dell’s UltraSharp 30-inch widescreen LCD. On the other hand, if you’ve been naughty and have cursed your computer (hey, who hasn’t?) or ignored your significant other because Call of Duty 4 of Bioshock beckoned, then you’d better shape up before it's too late. Otherwise, the only thing you’ll have to look forward... Read more...
If you’ve ever attempted to sleep in the same room as a person who snores loudly, then you know just how difficult it can be to get a good night’s rest. Now, thanks to the new SnorePro from HBIUSA, relief may be in sight. This watch-like unit uses Dynamic Snore Detection technology to detect snores. When snoring is detected, the device sends a programmable digital pulse in an attempt to help reduce the snoring. This biofeedback technique imitates a wife who nudges her snoring husband and disturbs his sleep enough to cause him to change positions and stop snoring. A change in snore intensity activates the biofeedback function and sends the pulse. This disturbance technique is designed to act as... Read more...
Phishing has become a very serious problem recently.  In fact, it has become so serious that new versions of leading browsers have anti-phishing technology built into them.  That doesn't mean that phishers are out of business.  No sir.In fact, it just means that they're trying to find new methods around new security measures.Phishers have actually devised not only a clever way around the issue, but a way to cast some doubt over the entire anti-phishing campaign in one audacious stroke: “Attackers could create a phishing site on the gmodules.com domain and then send that URL to victims. Because Google's gmodules.com domain is trusted by antiphishing filters, victims might then go to the phishing... Read more...
Something told me this sort of story was out there today, so I searched for it and of course, the tech geek community didn't let me down.  Behold, 10 Egg-Shaped Gadgets that will make your life better in some way.  Or maybe just more oval perhaps... "Whether you enjoy your eggs sunny-side up or hard-boiled doesn't matter. Today's top 10 roundup consists of an egg-shaped audio chair, a home planetarium that's ready to hatch, a digital thermometer that looks like it came out of a chicken, and more. " I think that chick stole the Easter Bunny's throne.  Thirty lashes with a soggy marshmallow for you honey!... Read more...
Once just a search engine, Google has become so much more over the years. From providing video services, to e-books, to even an e-mail service, Google has become a part of our everyday lives. Google's latest web contribution to the internet is in the form of "gadgets", pieces of HTML and Java code that can be inserted into web pages, that provides easy access to many of Google's services, such as Google Maps. These "Universal Gadgets" are a great idea, an idea that rivals such as Yahoo and Microsoft are sure to also explore. "Yahoo, through its acquisition of the Silicon Valley start-up Konfabulator last year, boasts... Read more...
I know, I know.  It's Monday and I'm supposed to complain about how fast the weekend flew by, and that Monday's are the worst day of the week.  But I had about as full a weekend and anyone could have, and I was actually looking forward to getting back to work this morning!  First, we booked the reception hall and got our "Save the Date" magnets done.  I went out for a nice meal with the better half and got a few engagement gifts.  I also spent some time at the local computer show with Mario and to top it all off my sister went into labor and had her fourth son!  Nice, huh? :)  Needless to say,  I didn't have too much time to myself, so it felt... Read more...
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