Archive for Nov 30, 2010

BlueAnt unveils new Q2 Platinum Bluetooth headset

BlueAnt unveils new Q2 Platinum Bluetooth headset

If you are giving someone a new smartphone this holiday season or if you are getting a new mobile device you may need a new Bluetooth headset to go with it. BlueAnt has announced a new offering just in time for holiday giving called the Q2 Platinum.

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HTC E Ink plus 3D displays & cameras in consideration tips job spec

HTC E Ink plus 3D displays & cameras in consideration tips job spec

HTC could be looking to use low-power E Ink epaper as well as 3D-capable displays and cameras in future devices, if a job description for a role at the company is to be believed. The position - baseband design engineer - calls for someone familiar with "multiple display technologies( TFT-LCD, PMOLED, AMOLED, E-ink, etc)" and "with 3D display and imaging technologies."

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SiliconPower unveils speedy E20 SSD

SiliconPower unveils speedy E20 SSD

SiliconPower has all manner of storage devices in its lineup of offerings. The company has added a new and fast new SSD to its offerings today called the E20. The SSD has some cool features like DDR2 DRAM cache memory implementation that claims to eliminate lag and help enhance read and write performance.

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Comcast accused of internet abuse in latest net neutrality spat

Comcast accused of internet abuse in latest net neutrality spat

The net neutrality debate has flared up once again, with arguments between cable operator Comcast and broadband backbone provider Level 3 over new fees for data transport. Level 3 has accused Comcast of charging extra for content delivered to Comcast subscribers from Level 3's customers, "effectively putting up a toll booth at the borders of its broadband Internet access network, enabling it to unilaterally decide how much to charge for content which competes with its own cable TV and Xfinity delivered content." However, Comcast argues that this isn't an open access issue, and is in fact Level 3 offering CDN (Content Delivery Network) services to its clients but refusing the pay the going rate for such data transport to Comcast.

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Sanyo Pedal Juice box gives guitarists staying-power

Sanyo Pedal Juice box gives guitarists staying-power

Sanyo has launched a new portable rechargeable battery pack, but unlike most we see this isn't to give your laptop, iPod or iPad a little extra runtime; it's targeted at guitarists. The Sanyo KBC-9V3U Pedal Juice is a 9V Li-Ion rechargeable battery in a water- and shock-resistent housing, intended to provide guitar effects pedals with up to 50hrs of power.

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High-Speed 500MB/sec CompactFlash next-gen standard proposed by Sony, Nikon & SanDisk

High-Speed 500MB/sec CompactFlash next-gen standard proposed by Sony, Nikon & SanDisk

Sony, Nikon and SanDisk are pushing for a new high-speed memory card format, which would replace CompactFlash in future digital cameras and camcorders. The unnamed new format would mark a switch from PATA to PC Express, and theoretical transfer speeds of up to 500MB/sec from the current 167MB/sec maximum. Meanwhile it would also allow for cards greater than 2TB in capacity.

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iPad goes free in Japan with Softbank deal

iPad goes free in Japan with Softbank deal

After UK carriers announced plans to subsidize the iPad last week, it was only a matter of time until rivals were simply giving them away. Japanese carrier Softbank is preparing to offer free iPad WiFi + 3G tablets with two year data contracts as part of an "iPad for Everybody" promotion; the iOS slate is free but the 25-month agreement is 4,725 yen ($56) per month.

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Google social networking drive delayed until Spring 2011?

Google social networking drive delayed until Spring 2011?

Google's push into social networking, adding social components into its core products to improve search quality with "tailored recommendations", has apparently been delayed, with the launch now not expected to take place until spring 2011. According to Mashable's sources, the project - a super-secret endeavor led by VP Vic Gundotra - is being hamstrung by internal arguments over design, purpose and execution.

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Apple block PhotoFast MacBook Air SSD kit production?

Apple block PhotoFast MacBook Air SSD kit production?

Apple has reportedly demanded PhotoFast stop production of their 256GB MacBook Air SSD upgrade kits, which were billed as the only way to double the maximum storage in the 11.6-inch version of the ultraportable. A source close to the company has told 9 to 5 Mac that the request is supposedly being abided by, since PhotoFast is wary of losing its membership in Apple's MFi program for officially licensed accessories and peripherals.

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Dell Vostro V130 adds HDMI & Hyperbaric Cooling, keeps ultraportable style

Dell Vostro V130 adds HDMI & Hyperbaric Cooling, keeps ultraportable style

Dell has refreshed its Vostro V13 low-price ultraportable and come out with the Vostro V130, a 13-inch notebook with new Intel CULV processor options, an HDMI port and Intel Hyperbaric Cooling technology. Priced from just $429, the Vostro V130 tips the scales at 3.5 pounds and measures 0.65-inches at its thinnest point.

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LG Star leaks, blows benchmarking out the water with Tegra 2

LG Star leaks, blows benchmarking out the water with Tegra 2

The LG Star has shown up in the wild, one of what's likely to be the first wave of NVIDIA Tegra 2 powered Android smartphones. Ostensibly just another big-screen handset, what makes the Star interesting is its Quadrant benchmarking scores, run by tipster berryjuice at Android Forums, and which comfortably blow away rival devices with a 1759 rating.

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A Week with NOOKcolor: The Missing Link – Viewing Manually Loaded Books and What a Root Means for the Future

A Week with NOOKcolor: The Missing Link – Viewing Manually Loaded Books and What a Root Means for the Future

As you may well know if you've been following especially closely, we were supposed to be FINISHED with our review of the NOOKcolor - the final word was just laid down earlier today, right? It went by the name A Week with NOOKcolor: 3rd Party Apps and Final Wrap-Up and spoke of everything that was outside the hardware and the reading experience. But what's that? You say I've forgotten to talk about reading books you've downloaded from sources outside of Barnes and Noble? And wait, what happened at basically the same time that post was posted - a root? Let's talk!

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