Author Archives: Ammon Carpenter


Magellan Reveals WiFi enabled RoadMate 5175T-LM GPS

Magellan Reveals WiFi enabled RoadMate 5175T-LM GPS

With the adoption of smartphones, many consumers are relying on their phone to direct them to their destination rather than a GPS. Why clutter your life with two devices when you can easily make do with one? This is no doubt one of the reasons Magellan is rolling out the RoadMate 5175T-LM; it has built in WiFi, a web browser, and a new more robust trip planner called TourDirector. A portable web browser with no data plan does sound appealing, but can these new features keep the GPS competitive in the evolving smartphone world?

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Bounty Hunter Karabiner Doubles as Knife and Key Ring

Bounty Hunter Karabiner Doubles as Knife and Key Ring

Nothing makes a statement like having a key ring that is bigger than the keys. Well the Karabiner from Bounty Hunter does one better, it comes with its own knife. Always looking for manly gadgets, this one got our attention. Not all gadgets can be useful and potentially dangerous at the same time. This one has the best of both worlds. The Karabiner’s knife is in its back, or rather inside the metal body.

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Martin Hopes to Release Jetpack by the end of This Year

Martin Hopes to Release Jetpack by the end of This Year

An inventor named Glenn Martin has been developing a jetpack since the 1980’s, and it looks like his work is about to pay off. Ever since the Wright brothers first flight, science fiction has been in love with the jet pack. Who wouldn’t want to arrive at work wearing a shiny contraption strapped on their back? Martin’s invention looks like it is about to bring the jetpack from science fiction into reality.

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Fujitsu Ten Ltd GPS System uses iPhone to Help Find Your Car

Fujitsu Ten Ltd GPS System uses iPhone to Help Find Your Car

Ever lose your car? Of course not. Ever forget where you parked? Well……. Fujitsu Ten Ltd has an app for that. Their new AVN-F01i can not only help you find your destination, it can also help locate your car. The AVN-F01i has an iPhone app named “Docco Car” (Where Car) that can actually lead you back to your car in the event you may have misplaced it. It may also help locate the vehicle in the event it was stolen.

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Free AT&T WiFi Coming to 20 New York City Parks this Summer

Free AT&T WiFi Coming to 20 New York City Parks this Summer

AT&T announced today that it will be adding free WiFi to 26 locations in 20 New York City parks. The free WiFi is available to all, AT&T customers and non-customers. The service rolled out to three parks today, with 23 additional parks to follow this summer. Nothing is cheaper than free, and it is hard to complain about quality of service when you are paying nothing out of pocket. Although free WiFi services have been talked about for years, free WiFi hotspots have yet to spread city-wide in the US.

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Novatel Wireless Adds DLNA to the MiFi 2372

Novatel Wireless Adds DLNA to the MiFi 2372

We reviewed the AT&T MiFi 2372 back in January, but since then Novatel, the devices manufacturer, has recently updated the device’s software. DLNA streaming media support has been added to the MiFi 2372. The MiFi 2372 already functioned well as a mobile 3G or 4G hotspot, and sharing the microSDHC card helped set it apart from the competition. Adding DLNA support just sweetened the package.

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Hoverbike Brings Return of the Jedi to Life

Hoverbike Brings Return of the Jedi to Life

Chris Malloy of Australia has developed a hoverbike that looks strikingly familiar. This is the first generation prototype that has some definite similarities to the science fiction floating cycles seen in the Lucas film. It is not currently in production, but Chris hopes to bring them to market in about a year. The bike is classified as an ultralite, so there is currently no need of a pilot’s license to operate one.

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Google Being Sued Over the Chromebook Name

Google Being Sued Over the Chromebook Name

Google is one of the parties being sued by Salt Lake City based company ISYS Technologies over the rights to the Chromebook name. The court case also attempts to block Amazon.com, Acer, Best Buy, and Samsung from marketing the Chromebooks and selling them later this month. Could this mean the end of the Chromebook as we know it? Will the name be changed at the last minute to the “Chrome U?” We feel rather confident the speedy Chrome OS laptop will still be released, but it is unclear how this case will affect the upcoming launch.

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Nintendo Announces Red Color for 3DS and new Wii Sports Resort Bundle

Nintendo Announces Red Color for 3DS and new Wii Sports Resort Bundle

Nintendo just announced the 3DS will be available in new “Red Flare” on July 14, 2011. Aqua and Cosmo Black will still be available. A new software bundle was also announced for the Wii; it will include the console, the game Wii Sports Resort, the usual Wii controller, and a second controller in Aqua. The new Wii bundle will be available in white and black bundles, and is scheduled for release on the 23rd of June.

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Datamancer Steampunk Laptop now Available for Preorder in US

Datamancer Steampunk Laptop now Available for Preorder in US

Richard Nagy wowed us when he created the Datamancer steampunk laptop a while back. Those wishing to add a Victorian flair to their PC need not wait longer. Pre-orders are now being taken for these eclectic works of art. The pre-order price is $5,500, which is pretty steep for a laptop, but this is not just a laptop. The brass and copper workings of gears and sprockets actually work.

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