Archive for Aug 26, 2010

Garmin Edge 800 cycling PND packs custom maps with no calibration

Garmin Edge 800 cycling PND packs custom maps with no calibration

Garmin has outed its latest PND, and the Edge 800 is targeted at cyclists either prone to getting lost or wanting to track their performance.  A compact unit with a 2.6-inch color touchscreen, the Edge 800 comes with a simple twist-on handlebar mount and can track not only position but speed, distance, time, elevation, calories burned, climb and descent.  Pair it with an ANT+ compliant monitor, meanwhile, and you can also record heartrate and speed/cadence (sensor depending).

Using Garmin's Custom Maps software, owners can manage their own topographical data or load on preconfigured packages, such as City Navigator maps, stored on a microSD card.  The Edge 800 also supports satellite imagery, and requires no calibration if moved between bikes: the company says you can simply twist it off the mount and snap it onto a different cycle.

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Netflix for iPhone and iPod touch released [Video]

Netflix for iPhone and iPod touch released [Video]

Netflix has released its new app [iTunes link] for the iPhone and iPod touch, a free download that allows subscribers of the service to stream movies and TV shows direct to their device.  Promised back in June, Netflix v1.1.0 is a universal app that works on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch; you can search as well as view and add titles on your Instant Queue.

Video demo after the cut

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Nokia C6 on sale; N8 release to coincide with Nokia World?

Nokia C6 on sale; N8 release to coincide with Nokia World?

With Nokia World 2010 just around the corner, we're seeing plenty of news - official and otherwise - from the Finns.  Fresh to Vodafone UK comes the C6, the company's latest QWERTY slider, with the carrier also announcing that if you want the green N8 then you'll have to see them too, since it's a network exclusive.  Meanwhile there's more news on when exactly the N8 will hit shelves.

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I-O Data external USB HDD backs up data and video from camcorders

I-O Data external USB HDD backs up data and video from camcorders

I bet that many people who take photos and video on their camcorder just leave the content sitting on the internal HDD or memory card until they run out of space and are forced to move the content. The reason is that it seems like it takes forever when you have to move hundreds of photos and hours of video to your PC.

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Mass Effect M8 Avenger replica built by 28-year-old dork

Mass Effect M8 Avenger replica built by 28-year-old dork

This replica of the M8 Avenger Assault rifle from Mass Effect may well be the coolest replica ever made from a video game. The builder is Harrison Krix, a self-proclaimed 28-year-old dork working in graphic design that makes replica props in his free time and does a fantastic job of it.

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IN Media !ROFL adds Android to IP set top box

IN Media !ROFL adds Android to IP set top box

Remember the bizarrely named IN Media !ROFL set-top box from a few months back?  The company has just announced that they're using Android with the IP STB, apparently including Android Market access so that users will be able to download applications and games and play them on their HDTV.  Details are scarce, but IN Media also says they support cloud-based streaming from online storage, together with video-on-demand through services like Netflix and Blockbuster.

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Nike files patent app for self-lacing shoes, Doc Brown not listed as an inventor

Nike files patent app for self-lacing shoes, Doc Brown not listed as an inventor

I really wanted three things from the movie Back to the Future II. I wanted that DeLorean, the hover board, and those Nike shoes that laced themselves. Decades later, I still have none of the three. Nike has filed a patent app that may finally put those sweet shoes on my feet.

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Novero unveils new hands free car kits for installers

Novero unveils new hands free car kits for installers

Novero has several very nice Bluetooth devices that let drivers talk on their phones without having to take their hands off the wheel. Novero has announced a couple new hands free car kits that promise luxury audio quality at a good price. The two new products are called TheTrulyOne and TheTrustyOne.

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Apricorn debuts EZ Writer II ultra-portable DVD burner

Apricorn debuts EZ Writer II ultra-portable DVD burner

If you have a netbook or ultraportable that lacks an optical drive that can be a big pain when you are on the road. There are a number of portable optical drives and burners on the market and one of the more compact ones if the new EZ Writer II from Apricorn.

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Google trademarks Speedbook name with USPTO

Google trademarks Speedbook name with USPTO

Google has its fingers into everything it seems with one of the more popular operating systems for smartphones, book scanning projects, and all manner of other offerings. BNet reports that a trademark has surfaced that hints at the possibility of new hardware from Google.

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Griffin PartyDock lets up to four players play a game on the iPhone

Griffin PartyDock lets up to four players play a game on the iPhone

Our pals at the FCC are the source of numerous little tips about new products coming to market ahead of an official launch. The latest such product to surface is from Griffin and is a dock for the iPhone that lets as many as four people play a game on the smartphone at once.

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Smartphone application market hit $2.2 billion in the first half of 2010

Smartphone application market hit $2.2 billion in the first half of 2010

According to a research firm called Research2guidance the total market for smartphone applications reached a whopping $2.2 billion in the first half of 2010. The revenue in the app market for the entire year of 2009 was only $1.7 billion so we have already passed that mark in half of this year.

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