Archive for Oct 31, 2011

HTC: Two November launches; Sensation fell short of expectations

HTC: Two November launches; Sensation fell short of expectations

HTC has confirmed it will launch two new smartphones in November, one of which is expected to be the HTC Rezound aka the first Beats Audio enabled device for the US market. Speaking during the financial results call with investors today, having announced $625m profit in Q3 earlier today, HTC revealed its plans for two device launches next month, though failed to specify which platforms they would run on.

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Apple working on AirPlay Mirroring and iMessage for Max OS X

Apple working on AirPlay Mirroring and iMessage for Max OS X

If you are a big fan of Apple gear, the latest rumblings in the Mac OS rumor world are calling that some cool new features are heading to the OS in the future. According to sources cited by 9to5Mac that are familiar with the future of the OS, two notable features are coming in a future version. The features will include an iMessage app and AirPlay Mirroring.

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Trendnet unveils new 450Mbps dual band N media bridge

Trendnet unveils new 450Mbps dual band N media bridge

If you have things in your entertainment not center like game consoles, HTPCs, or satellite and cable boxes that need internet connectivity but you don’t have network ports in your walls wireless or power line networking is what you need. The problem with power line networking is that it won't work in all situations. If you have a WiFi network in your home what you need is this TEW-680MB wireless media bridge.

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Joerg Sprave finally embraces his inner zombie killer

Joerg Sprave finally embraces his inner zombie killer

Joerg Sprave takes his sling shots very seriously. I have long said this is one of the dudes you want to look up when the zombie apocalypse hits and you need a guy that can make weapons for you. All this guy needs is some rubber bands, wood, and rocks or steel balls to make an effective weapon. This time around, Joerg looks at what it would take to penetrate that pesky zombie skull and destroy the brain so the zombie stops trying to eat you.

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Fiat 500 Abarth coming to US, to debut at LA Auto Show

Fiat 500 Abarth coming to US, to debut at LA Auto Show

Back when I went to the Texas Auto Show, I got my first up close look at the little Fiat 500 cars and thought they looked pretty cool. Our resident Brit, Chris Davies, pointed out at the time that if I thought the normal Fiat 500 was a cool car, I should see the hopped up enthusiast grade Abarth version of the 500. That Fiat 500 Abarth version will indeed be coming to the US.

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Edelkrone Pocket Rig helps to stabilize your DSLR for better photos and video

Edelkrone Pocket Rig helps to stabilize your DSLR for better photos and video

When I am shooting photos with my DSLR I never use the longer exposure the camera is capable of unless I have a tripod with me because I can’t hold still long enough to take a shot that isn't blurry unless the exposure is short and quick. I can only imagine shooting video using your camera would be even more difficult. If you are after more stability for your video and photo shooting, the Pocket Rig is aimed at you.

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Sony eyes an exit from S-LCD joint venture with Samsung

Sony eyes an exit from S-LCD joint venture with Samsung

Sony and Samsung have been operating an LCD joint venture since 2004 called S-LCD. At this point Samsung holds 51% of the joint venture with Sony having 49% of S-LCD. Sony has not been doing well in the TV realm of late with loses in the segment that continue to increase. As a result of the mounting losses, Sony is said to be considering pulling out of the joint venture.

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Microsoft to offer SDK for Kinect commercial apps for businesses

Microsoft to offer SDK for Kinect commercial apps for businesses

Microsoft has announced today that it has new plans for its Kinect control system that has nothing to do with gaming. Microsoft will be providing a SDK that is designed to allow the development of Kinect for commercial applications. The Kinect for Windows SDK has been around for a while, but that was aimed at allowing the use of the Kinect motion controller for research and geeky tinkering.

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NASA engineer crafts Halloween costume with two iPads

NASA engineer crafts Halloween costume with two iPads

I think the craftiest day for geeks may be Halloween. People go all out with the tech costumes that are so much cooler than being a zombie again. Take this costume made by Mark Rober using two iPads to make it look like he has a hole through his torso. He has an iPad on the front and backside of his body. The red stuff is some sort of sauce he squirts on the shirt.

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Behind the scenes of the Google pumpkin doodle for Halloween

Behind the scenes of the Google pumpkin doodle for Halloween

The grossest part of Halloween for me is the pumpkin carving. It's fun for sure, but scooping all the guts out of the pumpkin isn't fun for me. It also seems that each year our pumpkins last only about a day once carved before they are a collapsed gooey mess on the front porch. Google is infamous for its doodles that replace the logo on anything remotely resembling a holiday or special occasion and it has one up for Halloween today.

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