Archive for April, 2011

TS3Cine high-resolution digital camera coming this summer

TS3Cine high-resolution digital camera coming this summer

There are so many digital cameras on the market that you can find one to suit any need or want. Some of the cameras are dirt cheap, and others can cost more than a very nice new car. The high-end offerings have more resolution and are often aimed at professionals who need to scale high-resolution images all the way up to gigantic billboard size. A new digital camera from Boston Rule Camera has surfaced that will be landing this summer.

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Awesome HipstaCase from Hipstamatic for iPhone

Awesome HipstaCase from Hipstamatic for iPhone

I know that many people out there take photos on their iPhone, and I know a few people that shoot photos on the camera more than they do anything else. The bulk of those photos end up on Facebook. I think everyone that has an iPhone needs to have it in a case to keep it from breaking if they drop it. The case will also prevent your skin from killing the signal strength too. This case called the HipstaCase makes your iPhone look like on old school camera.

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Flipbac Camera Grips help you to get a grip on your camera

Flipbac Camera Grips help you to get a grip on your camera

I normally shoot photos with a Nikon D80 DSLR when I want to take really good pics. I like the camera because it has a comfortable grip and high image quality, in all the years I have been shooting with the D80, I have never had it slip out of my hands. I also have a new small point and shoot that takes HD video and the little thin rectangle has slipped out of my mitts on more than one occasion only to be saved by the wrist strap.

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Connect A Sketch is a networked Etch A Sketch

Connect A Sketch is a networked Etch A Sketch

I would bet that everyone has used an Etch A Sketch at some point in their life. I remember having one when I was a kid, I was always making stairs on the screen or having dueling light cycle fights after Tron came out. I always wished that you could have another set of knobs on top for some two-player Tron style battles on the toy. A cool new device called the Connect A Sketch will let me do just that.

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Square launching new iPhone card reader this summer with encryption at read head

Square launching new iPhone card reader this summer with encryption at read head

Of all the iPhone credit card readers that are available for mobile card payments today, the one that is most visible is the Square card reader. This is the one you can get now in the Apple Store and then start taking credit card payments right from your smartphone. Square made a big announcement this week with credit card heavyweight Visa making a strategic investment in the company. Mobile payments on a device as popular as the iPhone is huge for Visa and will give the credit card company one more source of revenue.

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Swedes get iZettle in June for iPhone credit card payments

Swedes get iZettle in June for iPhone credit card payments

Here in the US we have a bunch of different credit card readers and associated apps to use for taking credit card payments right on your iPhone. One of the most popular that you can get in the Apple Store right now is the Square Reader. All the US card readers I have seen so far have the same thing in common, you have to swipe the card to get the data or manually enter it. Many of the credit cards today have integrated sensors so you don’t have to swipe.

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German Aerospace Agency DLR creates Rollin’ Justin robot

German Aerospace Agency DLR creates Rollin’ Justin robot

Robots are really cool. They also hold the promise of freeing humans from the drudgery of menial chores like vacuuming and cleaning in the future. A robot with the dexterity and agility to mimic human motion and our ability to manipulate tools is a big deal in the space industry. If we can get a robot that can work tools with fine motor control, we can use robots in instances where the environment is too dangerous for humans. This is one of NASA's goals with the Robonaut 2 robot that is aboard the ISS right now.

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Logitech update for Revue Google TV box rolling out now

Logitech update for Revue Google TV box rolling out now

I was excited when the Logitech Review set top box for Google TV was first announced. At the time it was launched the device could stream all the cool video content that was online, including Hulu making it a very nice offering indeed. Shortly after that launch Hulu blocked Google TV users from being able to stream content for the website and then most of the large TV networks blocked Google TV as well making the device much less useful.

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Amazon details AWS failure: 0.07% of volumes in downed zone lost

Amazon details AWS failure: 0.07% of volumes in downed zone lost

Amazon has released a lengthy explanation of its recent Elastic Cloud Computing (EC2) and Relational Database Service (RDS) downtime, blaming "stuck" data volumes and the system's inability to work around them for the failure of Amazon Web Services. According to the AWS team, a network change in an "Availability Zone" in the US East region caused the nodes in that zone to get "stuck", refusing to read or write data. Other nodes then became stuck themselves, when trying to access those initial stuck nodes.

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