Author Archives: Brenda Barron


Qualcomm in legal hotspot in Germany over “Smartbook”

Qualcomm in legal hotspot in Germany over “Smartbook”

Qualcomm ran into some legal trouble today when Smartbook AG filed a restraining order against them in Germany. Apparently, Qualcomm does not have the right to use the "Smartbook" moniker in that country.

If the company doesn't quit it pronto, they will be fined $358,000 or even arrested for contempt. Qualcomm is currently in the works of creating smartbooks, which will be combination of netbook and smartphone.

Smartbook AG says they have the copyright to the name, so that might present problems for Qualcomm. But we'll just have to see how this plays out. Either Qualcomm goes with a different name in Germany or face heavy fines.

Panasonic Lumix GF1 gets ad reveal

Panasonic Lumix GF1 gets ad reveal

Panasonic is slowly revealing their Lumix GF1, perhaps a bit ahead of schedule. On UK sites, the GF1 is showcased in an ad--even though it hasn't been officially launched just yet.

The camera is set to be available in white, black, silver and red and will have a Micro Four Thirds lens system. It also has a hot shoe rather than a viewfinder or built-in flash. It will capture 720p video and sport an LCD screen.

It is expected that a 45mm macro lens will come with it, though nothing is confirmed yet. This new ad seems to point to a release date coming soon, though we'll likely just have to wait and see.

Aegis Padlock Secure Hard Drive is ultra protected

Aegis Padlock Secure Hard Drive is ultra protected

If you're in constant fear that your data will be compromised for one reason or another, you'll be pleased to hear Apricorn has just outed their Aegis Padlock Secure Hard Drive.

This portable storage system actually has a keypad with which you can enter a PIN number you set. This way, no one else can access your information without that specific PIN you designate.

Other features include a USB 2.0 cable, AES-128 or 256 bit encryption, ten user IDs and a single administrator to assign permissions, and an omnidirectional shock mounting system, allowing the device to stand up to unexpected bumps. You can get the Aegis Padlock Secure Hard Drive now in 250GB, 320GB and 500GB capacities in either 128-bit or 256-bit versions. Pricing is $100, $110 and $140 for the 128-bit models and $120, $130 and $160 for the 256-bit ones.

Joby Gorillatorch flashlight announced

Joby Gorillatorch flashlight announced

If you're a fan of the Gorillapod tripod from Joby, then you'll definitely be happy to hear the company has just announced the Gorillatorch, an LED flashlight with a Joby flexible tripod attached.

The new Gorillatorch allows you to brighten up any area without having to hold a flashlight. And with a bendable tripod, the light can be positioned in anyway you want. It also sports magnetic feet.

Powered by three AA batteries, there is a dimmer feature that ranges from 65 lumens to energy-saving levels. You can get the Gorillatorch starting in September for between $29.95 and $34.95.

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