Archive for October, 2007

Volkswagen makes its way into the flash memory business

Volkswagen makes its way into the flash memory business

Well, not really, Volkswagen the company actually has nothing to do with these cute little flash drives modeled after their more famous vehicles. There are 4 models, 2 beetles, and 2 campers.

The Beetles come in pink or blue and the campers come in green or red. When you are transferring data and all that good stuff, the lights flash and there are horns that honk too.

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SanDisk 8GB MicroSDHC compatibility test

SanDisk 8GB MicroSDHC compatibility test

I ran a quick compatibility test of the SanDisk 8GB MicroSDHC with five relatively new phones. Three of the five phones are capable of taking advantage of the full 8GB storage while the other two maxed out at 4GB.

The Nokia N95-3, HTC Touch from Sprint and the Blackberry 8310 from at&t passed the compatibility test with flying colors.

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Hands-on & Live photos of SanDisk’s tiny huge memory card: 8GB MicroSDHC

Hands-on & Live photos of SanDisk’s tiny huge memory card: 8GB MicroSDHC

After a little sweet-talking at the SanDisk event, Vincent was allowed to spend a few minutes in the company of their marvellously capacious MicroSDHC. 8GB of storage in something the size of a thumbnail is plenty impressive, although if you insist on carrying around the accompanying card-reader (which I suppose you could pretend was some sort of Star Trek phaser) the whole package gets a little bulky.

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SanDisk Event – We are LIVE!

SanDisk Event – We are LIVE!

Well you know that SanDisk event that I mentioned yesterday? Yeah, we wound up there, it’s all kind of hazy how, but somehow Vincent wound up in LA surrounded by extremely attractive members of the opposite sex and ice sculptures.

He has been generous enough to bless us with pics, and soon to come, videos. For now we have these pictures, more will be added as they come.

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SanDisk drops 8GB microSDHC card

SanDisk drops 8GB microSDHC card

Well, with the iPhone and iPod Touch coming in 8GB capacities a single expansion card slightly larger than the home button on both of the aforementioned devices is nothing to dismiss. That means that you can take just about any modern phone and grant it the same storage capacity of the iPhone.

There are also M2 cards in the same capacity for those that have compatible devices with those cards. Anyways, like I said, 8GB of storage is a lot when it can all be fit on such a tiny, tiny card.

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WMF1 Coffee Pad makes just one cup of java

WMF1 Coffee Pad makes just one cup of java

Clearly, making a single cup of coffee isn’t all that new of a concept, but how you do it can win you awards. Such as the 2007 Red Dot award the creators of this coffee maker won.

I am not a coffee drinker, I give it a go every so often just in case my tastes might have changed, but they never do, but I am a big fan of highly attractive consumer appliances such as this one. There is a single cup, and it takes a pre-measured 1-cup’s worth of coffee filter.

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E-Ink has some new e-paper displays

E-Ink has some new e-paper displays

There is a front-lit e-paper model that was made by Alps Electric which is a step in the right direction for those concerned with reading at night. There was also a rather large e-paper display that was somewhat flexible.

The larger e-paper model was measured at 9.7-inches and has a flexible TFT substrate. Furthermore, it had a respectable 1200x820 resolution to boast as well.

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XRoad V4050 dropping stateside

XRoad V4050 dropping stateside

Well this is a pretty amazing GPS unit, but is really dependent on price, especially after Nokia released the N810 with integrated GPS. This unit has a 4.3-inch touchscreen and a SiRF Star III chipset, which is as good as it gets in the consumer market.

On top of that, there is an SD card slot and a multimedia app that supports MP3, MPEG-4, and JPG files. That’s not a bad list of features, but again, compared to the N810, price will be the major selling point.

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Infinite Response Vax 77

Infinite Response Vax 77

It’s a foldable keyboard for the on the go musician. It weighs a mere 25 pounds and is said to fit nicely within the overhead compartments on the airplane.

There are at least 3 colors, red, black, and blue. There will also be something called a “polyphonic aftertouch” in there, which has little meaning to me, but seems like it would be important to someone who plays the keys.

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zBoost YX300 zP zPersonal Repeater for cell signals

zBoost YX300 zP zPersonal Repeater for cell signals

Sick of dead spots for cellular reception in your own house, dorm, or apartment? Well, RepeaterStore has your back with this zBoost YX300 made for more personally use.

There are of course more industrial versions for other applications, but this smaller, less obvious unit should do the trick in your house. Basically it does its magic and improves GSM and CDMA cell signals inside the area where you put it.

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