Archive for Sep 28, 2010

iControlPad dumps Dock Connector for Bluetooth over Apple legal fears; Android BT confirmed

iControlPad dumps Dock Connector for Bluetooth over Apple legal fears; Android BT confirmed

The team behind the iControlPad gaming controller for the iPhone has revealed that the snap-on peripheral has integrated Bluetooth.  Designed to offer mobile gamers a more traditional interface for iPhone gameplay - and, indeed, titles on other devices - the iControlPad hit mass production back in August.  However now the team needs some help developing the Bluetooth support for iOS.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab’s Bluetooth Stylus/handset spotted for sale

Samsung Galaxy Tab’s Bluetooth Stylus/handset spotted for sale

Like most of the tablet's accessories, Samsung's Bluetooth stylus for the Galaxy Tab wasn't on show at the IFA 2010 launch, though the company did confirm to us that it's certainly part of their official line-up.  Now a product page at UK retailer Play has been spotted, offering preorders of the capacitive stylus for £49.99 ($79) and tipping an October 4th release date.

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CLEAR 4G WiFi home router hits FCC

CLEAR 4G WiFi home router hits FCC

A new CLEAR modem with 4G and WiFi has been spotted passing through the FCC, promising home or office high-speed wireless connectivity without a cable or DSL internet connection.  Unlike the existing CLEAR mobile hotspots - such as the SPOT duo or the Rover Puck - the new Clear Modem with WiFi lacks a battery for portable use.

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Panasonic Let’snote J9 10.1-inch ultraportable packs Core i5 and WiMAX

Panasonic Let’snote J9 10.1-inch ultraportable packs Core i5 and WiMAX

Panasonic has outed its latest ultraportable, and while it may be netbook-sized it's far from netbook-powered.  The Panasonic Let'snote J9 has a silly name but it also packs Intel's 2.53GHz Core i5-460M processor, 2GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD (in "high performance" CF-J9L configuration) along with its 1366 x 768 10.1-inch display.

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Toshiba Canvio 3.0 portable HDDs get USB 3.0 update

Toshiba Canvio 3.0 portable HDDs get USB 3.0 update

Toshiba is the latest firm to jump into the USB 3.0 external storage market, introducing the Toshiba Canvio 3.0 with capacities ranging from 500GB to 1TB.  As we've seen with rival models, there's not a huge amount differentiating the Canvio 3.0 from previous USB 2.0 versions, beyond the faster, SuperSpeed interface.

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Kindle for the Web puts ebook samples in your browser

Kindle for the Web puts ebook samples in your browser

The Kindle spread continues, and hot on the heels of Amazon's pledge to put a Kindle app on the new BlackBerry PlayBook comes the news that the online retailer now has a web-based version.  Kindle for the Web doesn't allow full access to Amazon's ebooks, but you can read a book sample online rather than having to download it to your device, and it means other sites can embed those samples and even earn referral fees on subsequent ebook sales.

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Two new iPhones surface in AppleTV firmware

Two new iPhones surface in AppleTV firmware

One of the places that we often learn about new Apple devices ahead of their launch and unveil is inside of the firmware for other Apple gear. 9to5Mac has posted up a screen grab from the firmware for the new AppleTV that shows three interesting devices.

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Geek makes awesome R2D2 that he can ride inside

Geek makes awesome R2D2 that he can ride inside

Sometimes geeks get inspired and get down and dirty with their DIY prowess to make some awesome stuff. A great example is the dude last week that made his own full size power loader costume from the Alien flick. I thought that power loader costumer was the most awesome costume ever.

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Carbon fiber bike weighs only six pounds!

Carbon fiber bike weighs only six pounds!

I know a guy that rides bikes with a club in my hometown that has an aluminum bike he paid over a grand for. He thinks the thing is really light, but it's a tank compared to the sweet carbon fiber bicycle that has been unveiled by Fairwheel Bikes in Arizona. The awesome bike weighs in at only six pounds making it the world's lightest road bike.

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Hate smudges on your gadgets? Scratch it up with a scouring pad!?

Hate smudges on your gadgets? Scratch it up with a scouring pad!?

Over the last few years, most all notebooks and other gadgets have started coming with glossy finishes that look nice when clean, but never stay that way. A glossy netbook will be covered with smears and smudges for its entire life unless you constantly clean the thing. If you hate smudges on glossy gadgets, Lifehacker has a fix for you that involves a scouring pad and scratching the gadget up.

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iSuppli reports new iPod nano costs under $46 to build

iSuppli reports new iPod nano costs under $46 to build

iSuppli has taken the new iPod nano and torn it apart to see how much it costs to build the device. According to the estimates offered by iSuppli the new nano has the second lowest cost to build at launch of any iPod ever, only the fourth generation device was cheaper to build at launch.

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Microsoft unveils advertisements that will launch with Kinect

Microsoft unveils advertisements that will launch with Kinect

Advertisers have tried just about everything to get into the hearts and minds of the consumers. Games are nothing new when it comes to advertising products, we have had in-game ads for a long time now and some ads themselves are games. With the Microsoft Kinect for Xbox 360 set to launch in November, Microsoft is talking about new ads that will use the Kinect platform.

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