Archive for Jun 30, 2010

LaCie Rugged Safe 500GB HDD Review

LaCie Rugged Safe 500GB HDD Review

With hardly a week passing without another case of misplaced data cropping up in the headlines, taking steps to secure the contents of mobile storage seems all the more topical. Into the fray steps LaCie's Rugged Safe, a 500GB external hard-drive that promises not only basic bump protection but an integrated biometric fingerprint scanner paired with 128-bit AES hardware encryption. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Geek ports iMovie to iPhone 3GS

Geek ports iMovie to iPhone 3GS

There were lots of iPhone users who were excited about iMovie on the iPhone. There were also many iPhone 3GS users who were disappointed to hear that the iMovie app was for the iPhone 4 only.

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Rumor: Verizon LTE network to launch on November 15 with LTE handsets on Black Friday

Rumor: Verizon LTE network to launch on November 15 with LTE handsets on Black Friday

Verizon has promised us LTE networks will start showing up late this year for a while now. According to a tip sent to BGR, we will in fact be getting LTE coverage on Verizon Wireless this year and the day is November 15.

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Panasonic C1 Tough Book Tablet gets hands on treatment

Panasonic C1 Tough Book Tablet gets hands on treatment

PC Watch Japan has spent some quality time playing hands on with the new Panasonic C1 Tough Book Tablet. This might be the perfect machine for you if you want a convertible notebook, but you fear that you might drop it and break the thing.

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Comply unveils new foam tips for earphones in multiple colors

Comply unveils new foam tips for earphones in multiple colors

One of the first things that many music phone and MP3 player buyers do is get a new set of earphones. The stock earphones that come with most devices like the iPod or iPhone are not very good. These stock earphones are also not typically very comfortable either.

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Waffle on a stick is perfect for carnies

Waffle on a stick is perfect for carnies

Summer is here and the kids are under my feet constantly as I try to work every day. One thing I can count on as soon as my 5-year-old daughter rolls her crazy-haired head out of bed is that she will want her "waftuls" otherwise known as waffles. Shortly after the waffles are eaten, she will want her first of 157 popsicles of the day.

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Sony finally making money on PS3 hardware; no price cut in foreseeable future

Sony finally making money on PS3 hardware; no price cut in foreseeable future

Sony has confirmed that, for the first time since its original debut, the PS3 is finally making them money.  A long standing joke among gamers, until now the console has cost Sony more to produce than they've been able to sell it for; according to Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony's Worldwide Studios, "This year is the first time that we are able to cover the cost of the PlayStation 3."  "We aren't making huge money from hardware," he told IGN, "but we aren't bleeding like we used to."

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OMG… Street legal Tron lightcycle up for auction!

OMG… Street legal Tron lightcycle up for auction!

I like Tron and would have gladly sold my brother to the circus as a kid to get a real Tron lightcycle. I tried to make one myself by using duct tape to secure some of those glow sticks to my three-wheeler, but it just wasn't the same. You can now get your own real light bike that is actually street legal and comes with a Tron helmet. Someone needs to go check on Tron Guy, he's probably in a nerd overload induced coma somewhere right now.

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Kinect specs reveal only two active players supported

Kinect specs reveal only two active players supported

Specifications for Microsoft's Kinect sensor bar for the Xbox 360 have emerged, courtesy of retailer Play, and the most interesting element is just how low-end the hardware actually is.  Kinect uses a pair of VGA-resolution webcams, together with a 16-bit audio system, and is apparently only capable of tracking two "active players" at any one time.

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Emblaze First Else smartphone axed; Intuition UI may be licensed

Emblaze First Else smartphone axed; Intuition UI may be licensed

Fledgeling touchscreen smartphone UI developer Emblaze has axed its First Else handset, citing "critical delays in deliveries and the current status of the project."  The First Else was to be the first device to use the company's one-thumb interface, Intuition, promising single hand ease of use with a new, semi-circular options wheel.  The First Else itself had specs much in line with the rest of the smartphone market, perhaps adding to Emblaze's concerns they wouldn't be able to sufficiently position the handset as distinct.

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Leaked AppleCare memo: iPhone 4 signal is normal so no free Bumpers

Leaked AppleCare memo: iPhone 4 signal is normal so no free Bumpers

Apple may be reasonably upfront about the iPhone 4's so-called "death grip" position, where holding the smartphone in the lower-left corner leads to noticeable signal degradation, but that doesn't mean they're going to start "appeasing" users.  Despite having suggested that their Bumper cases can address the issue, a leaked internal memo to AppleCare staff makes it very clear that a free case is not on the cards.  Instead, employees are supposed to point out that the iPhone 4 has better reception than its predecessors, and that every cellphone has signal issues depending on how you hold it.

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Palm Foleo hits eBay [Update: Sold for $750!]

Palm Foleo hits eBay [Update: Sold for $750!]

Palm's Foleo was - depending on who you ask - either the ideal companion device, cruelly axed before it had a chance to shine, or a pointless distraction for the company's engineers and implicit in their downward spiral.  Either way, if you've always wanted to own one yourself, now you have the chance.  Ixle picked up a Foleo a month or so ago and has been blogging about it ever since; now he's putting the Palm pseudo-netbook back up on eBay.

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