Archive for Dec 29, 2010

Olympus XZ-1, Sony 1080p60 super-autofocus and Panasonic S-Series tipped for CES 2011 compact avalanche

Olympus XZ-1, Sony 1080p60 super-autofocus and Panasonic S-Series tipped for CES 2011 compact avalanche

A new Olympus compact camera has leaked ahead of its official release at CES 2011 next week, along with details on a new range of Sony shooters. The Olympus XZ-1, so 43rumors sources say, has the same 1:1.63 size 10.1-megapixel sensor as the Panasonic LX5 but paired with a 28-112mm f/1.8-2.5 lens.

Meanwhile, according to Sony Alpha Rumors, Sony will bring along compact cameras capable of 1080p60 recording in AVCHD format, while contrast auto-focus is tipped to be as fast as that on the Panasonic LUMIX GH2. In fact, the new models are expected to focus in just 0.1s.

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ELP energy-monitoring system allows remote appliance control [Video]

ELP energy-monitoring system allows remote appliance control [Video]

A new energy-monitoring system promises to make tracking individual appliance electricity use straightforward, as well as allowing users to not only view data from their smartphone but remotely shut down greedy devices. The Energy Literacy Platform, a Tokyo-based startup, use compact ELP Modules which plug inline between appliances and AC sockets; they link wirelessly to an ELP Receiver that uploads stats to the ELP server.

Video demo after the cut

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Skype blames Windows app bug for supernode outage

Skype blames Windows app bug for supernode outage

Skype CIO Lars Rabbe has blamed one version of the company's Windows client for the outage the VoIP service suffered last week. According to the company's official blog, an IM server overload caused v.5.0.0152 to crash; since around 50-percent of users worldwide were running that version, the unexpected shutdown took 25- to 30-percent of the supernodes offline as well.

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Thermaltake unveils Max 5G external HDD enclosure

Thermaltake unveils Max 5G external HDD enclosure

Typically, external enclosures for your HDD are just aluminum shells with the interface and power tech needed to allow them to operate outside a computer. They are typically passively cooled which means no fans. Thermaltake has unveiled a new external storage enclosure for 3.5" HDDs that uses active cooling called the Max 5G.

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First Intel Sandy Bridge notebook is from Santech

First Intel Sandy Bridge notebook is from Santech

We have been hearing about the coming Intel Sandy bridge processors for a while now and you can count on seeing lots of notebooks and other gear using the CPUs at CES this month. The first notebook to break cover using the new processors has been spied and it’s the Santech N67. The machine is fully customizable when the buyer orders so it will have a ton of options to choose from.

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Livio Radio system brings internet radio into the car

Livio Radio system brings internet radio into the car

If you are in the car a lot and live in an area where your favorite music genre isn’t available things can get tedious. You can only listen to your CDs so many times before you want something different. DICE and Livio have announced a cool new system that allows drivers to take internet radio stations with them on the road.

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Ford MyKey feature upgraded to block explicit satellite radio content

Ford MyKey feature upgraded to block explicit satellite radio content

I know that we can all attest that at one point or another no matter how level headed and responsible, teens all tend to make really dumb decision at one point or another. Parents that try to prevent those dumb decisions from having dire consequences know that the Ford MyKey system is a really cool and easy way to prevent some of those bad decisions from being made while driving.

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LG and Samsung iPad screen shipment numbers are big

LG and Samsung iPad screen shipment numbers are big

You don’t have to own an iPad or be an Apple fan to know that the gadget is very popular right now. Other tablets are coming to market that will challenge the iPad, but for now it is the king with the vast majority of the tablet market. The screens for the iPad are made by Samsung and LG.

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Netflix eyes international push in 2011

Netflix eyes international push in 2011

Back in September Netflix went international with a move into Canada. With Canada in North America that's hardly like a real international push in my book with the service needing to hop over the pond to be truly international. There are reports coming in that Netflix is looking at moving to other parts of the world.

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More details on PlayStation App for Android and iPhone revealed

More details on PlayStation App for Android and iPhone revealed

A few weeks back we a learned that Sony was going to be offering an official PlayStation app for Android users and for the iPhone. The app has many features, and none of them have to do with actually playing games. The app allows you to check the online status of your friends on the PlayStation Network and a lot more.

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SBN Tech Android videophone is more like a tablet

SBN Tech Android videophone is more like a tablet

A company called SBN Tech will be bringing a new video phone to CES next month that has a lot of features that make it sound more like a tablet than what we would think of as a traditional video phone. The device is the IP Video Phone and it has the Android OS onboard.

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Nokia Android Honeycomb tablet is latest odd OS rumor

Nokia Android Honeycomb tablet is latest odd OS rumor

Nokia continues to insist it has no plans to deviate from its two-prong Symbian/MeeGo platform strategy, but the rumors that they're looking to Android or Windows Phone 7 just keep on coming. Slipped quietly into a DigiTimes report on Android Honeycomb tablets is the suggestion that Nokia has been working with Google - and is among a cadre of smartphone manufacturers getting preferential treatment, no less - on an Android slate that could launch early in the first half of 2011.

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