Archive for Aug 27, 2009

Scosche SolCHAT is a Solar Powered Bluetooth Speakerphone for Everyone

Scosche SolCHAT is a Solar Powered Bluetooth Speakerphone for Everyone

And by everyone, we mean it. Considering the way the  government is cracking down on cell phone usage while driving, and especially texting, handsfree devices need to improve so that people will want to use them. And while many people might not want to wear those earpieces, or have their phone's speakerphone on all the time, Scosche has the answer for you: a Bluetooth speakerphone that attaches to your windshield, so that the solar panel on the back can keep your battery fully charged all day long.

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Verizon and Time Warner Set to Test Internet TV for Subscribers

Verizon and Time Warner Set to Test Internet TV for Subscribers

Looks like good things come in pairs. Today, both Verizon and Time Warner announced that they are going to start issuing trials of Internet TV for subscribers. It's part of the TV Everywhere initiative, and allows users to watch television shows on the web regardless of whether or not they're at home. For Time Warner, you must have an existing cable TV service, and FiOS TV for the Big Red. Many of the shows on the provided networks will go online around their original air date, and actually shows that rarely reach sites or online retailers like Hulu or the iTunes Store respectively.

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Hercules Dualpix HD720p high-def webcam

Hercules Dualpix HD720p high-def webcam

Don't back away from the screen in terror; we've had it on good authority that the Hercules Dualpix HD720p you see here is actually considerably smaller in real life.  What such a large image does help show you, though, is that the webcam is HD 720p capable, complete with an autofocus lens and integrated microphone.

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Sony Alpha A850, A550 and A500 DSLRs arrive; still no video

Sony Alpha A850, A550 and A500 DSLRs arrive; still no video

Sony has outed three new DSLRs in its flagship Alpha range, the α850, α550 and α500, packing 24.6-, 14.2- and 12.3-megapixel sensors respectively.  The α850 picks up much of the goodness from the Sony α900's table, including accessory compatibility, only at a much lower (comparatively-speaking) price, while the α550 and α500 differentiate themselves by packing new Memory Stick and SDHC card slots rather than Compact Flash.

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Sony PRS-600 eBook Reader gets video review, e-ink comparison

Sony PRS-600 eBook Reader gets video review, e-ink comparison

We're still waiting to see a real, working model of Sony's new Reader Daily Edition, announced earlier this week, but until then we'll make do with a video review of another of the company's recent ebook devices.  MobileTechReview have been running through the functionality of the touchscreen PRS-600, and as we've already heard hint of it's a blend of decent new functionality but middling text quality compared to its predecessor.

Video review after the cut

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Palm Pre lands on Bell Mobility in Canada

Palm Pre lands on Bell Mobility in Canada

Palm and Bell Mobility have been teasing our Canadian cousins for weeks now, but the webOS smartphone has finally arrived.  The Bell Palm Pre is priced at CA$199.95 with a new three-year contract, and delivers the same EVDO Rev.A connectivity, slide-out QWERTY keyboard and capacitive touchscreen as the Sprint US model.

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Iomega StorCenter ix4-200d NAS: up to 8TB plus optional Bluetooth

Iomega StorCenter ix4-200d NAS: up to 8TB plus optional Bluetooth

If only this were a desktop microwave-cum-coffee-machine, ideal for topping up your caffeine levels and heating up your harried lunches, but sadly it's just Iomega's latest NAS.  The Iomega StorCenter ix4-200d squeezes four SATA-II 3.5-inch drive bays into a reasonably compact footprint, promising RAID 5, 10 or JBOD setups and up to 8TB of standard storage.

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Navteq claims traffic-enabled GPS saves four days per year

The only thing that is worse than sitting in traffic is sitting in traffic without air conditioning in Texas during the summer. One of the best features that many GPS devices offer that entices users who don’t even need the navigation features is live traffic updates.

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Velocity Micro and JRTI offer new visual supercomputing workstations

Velocity Micro and JRTI offer new visual supercomputing workstations

NVIDIA has been pushing its Tesla line of products, which are basically rebranded video cards, very hard in the professional market as a GPGPU. Many processes that used to run on CPUs in the world of computing are able to run much faster using the highly multiple core Tesla GPGPU.

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Jitterbug services now on Verizon Wireless network

Jitterbug services now on Verizon Wireless network

The line of Jitterbug services and mobile phones are aimed at the elderly user or those with poor eyesight that need a simple to use mobile phone that does the basic tasks. The Jitterbug service also has features to help users keep up with their health and wellness among other features.

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External universal laptop battery works with about 10,000 laptop models

External universal laptop battery works with about 10,000 laptop models

The problem that many of us have when we are working outside the office or traveling is that our laptops just don’t have the stamina to keep us working all day. With some laptops, you can just take along extra batteries and swap them out, but there are some machines out there that don’t have removable batteries.

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Alltel to get Samsung U450 according to Bluetooth SIG

Alltel to get Samsung U450 according to Bluetooth SIG

Alltel customers have been in a bit of a lurch recently. It's hard to tell who is providing service if you are on Alltel. Are you still served by Alltel, is it AT&T, or is your provider now Verizon?

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