Archive for Jan 27, 2011

Tesla launches battery recycling program in Europe

Tesla launches battery recycling program in Europe

Tesla has been delivering its cool Roadster all around the world for a while now. So far, the company has delivered 1500 of the Roadsters globally. One of the big issues that faces Tesla and any other company selling electric cars is what to do with the battery packs once they are at the end of their useful life.

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iKit AutoCharge + USB keeps USB gear powered on the go

iKit AutoCharge + USB keeps USB gear powered on the go

iKit rolled out a cool FM transmitter back in December that had a little LCD on it that was interesting. The company is now rolling out a new charging solution that has a USB port and will keep your gear charged up in the car, assuming that gear needs a USB port to charge. The new charger is called the iKit AutoCharge + USB.

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MSI GT680R-008US Gaming Notebook uses Sandy Bridge

MSI GT680R-008US Gaming Notebook uses Sandy Bridge

MSI has unveiled a new gaming notebook called the GT680R-008US that uses the Intel Sandy Bridge platform. The new notebook has a bunch of nice hardware inside and should be shipping right now at different online retailers and directly from MSI.

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Nokia market share drops; needs to “change faster” says new CEO

Nokia market share drops; needs to “change faster” says new CEO

Nokia has announced its Q4 and annual 2010 financial results, and devices shipments are down in comparison to a year ago. The Finnish company shipped 123.7m devices in Q4 2010, a rise of 12-percent compared to Q3 but a drop of 3-percent compared to the same period in 2009; still, net sales of devices & services were up 4-percent year-on-year and 18-percent sequentially. The delay in releasing a MeeGo range has also eaten into their estimated smartphone share, down to 31-percent in Q4 2010 compared to 38-percent in Q3 and 40-percent a year ago. Operating profit was down from €1.47bn in 2009 to €1.09bn in 2010.

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SAVANT unveils new 16-channel multi-room amp called AMP-1640

SAVANT unveils new 16-channel multi-room amp called AMP-1640

If you like multiroom audio and need a new amp to power audio in a lot of rooms in your home or office SAVANT has you covered. The company has a new amp called the AMP-1640 that has 16-channels of power and uses efficient class D hardware inside. SAVANT designed the amp to work with its multi-room audio solutions.

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Scosche flipSYNC II keychain charge cable ships

Scosche flipSYNC II keychain charge cable ships

Scosche unveils its new line of gear for 2011 back at CES early this month. Among that new gear that it was showing off was the flipSYNC II charging cable for your key ring. The original flipSYNC cable was a very cool device that you could get in a version for Apple gear of for USB charging gear.

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New HTC Android phone caught in wild: HTC Desire replacement?

New HTC Android phone caught in wild: HTC Desire replacement?

One of the phones HTC is expected to unveil at Mobile World Congress next month has been spotted in the wild, with the prototype apparently snapped while its tester was flaunting it on the Taipei metro system. Engadget's tipster doesn't have a name for the device, but it matches up with previously leaked renders believed to be HTC's new range.

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PS3 update v3.56 released; blocks unofficial firmware

PS3 update v3.56 released; blocks unofficial firmware

Sony isn't all about the NGP this morning; the company has also pushed out a new firmware update for the PS3. Described as a "minor update", PS3 System Software v3.56 adds a security patch to the console but also reportedly blocks third-party firmware from being used.

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Renesas 16MP smartphone SoC does Full HD, 15fps stills

Renesas 16MP smartphone SoC does Full HD, 15fps stills

Renesas has outed its latest high-resolution cameraphone CMOS sensor SoC, capable of processing 16-megapixel image capture and Full HD video recording on a smartphone or mobile device. The Renesas CE150 supports image stabilization, smile detection and object tracking, as well as 15fps shooting of 13-megapixel stills.

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Ballistic trots out new cases for Droid X, HTC Evo, and Samsung Fascinate

Ballistic trots out new cases for Droid X, HTC Evo, and Samsung Fascinate

Ballistic has a ton of cases that cover just about every smartphone out there in protection to keep you from killing it in a drop. The company has cases that offer varying degrees of protection from five layer offerings to three layer cases and more.

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Sony’s first bizarre NGP PSP2 trailer revealed [Video]

Sony’s first bizarre NGP PSP2 trailer revealed [Video]

If you can be sure of anything, it's that Sony will be pushing the NGP with its own particular brand of "wacky" trailers and adverts ahead of the next-generation console's release. The first example has arrived, and the poor NGP itself is little to be found; instead there's plenty of "inspiring" messages like "play life" and the suggestion that NGP gamers will be terribly social.

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Everything Everywhere contactless phone payments due Q2 2011 in UK

Everything Everywhere contactless phone payments due Q2 2011 in UK

Carrier combo Everything Everywhere - Orange and T-Mobile UK - has announced a partnership with Barclaycard to roll out contactless mobile payments in the UK come Q2 2011. The system will use Gemalto secure UICCs and work in over 40,000 stores from the off, and require users have either a Barclaycard or Orange credit card account.

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