The technology market had one of its worst years ever in 2009 with the global economy being so poor. There were a few bright spots in the industry though like netbooks and smartphones. Sales of both netbooks and smartphones grew despite the poor economy.
Announced last month, Jaybird's SB1 Sportsband Bluetooth Headphones may be intended for gym-goers - in fact they come with a lifetime guarantee against sweat - but with discrete styling and a reasonably budget $89 MRSP are likely to appeal to those nowhere near the treadmills. Are the Jaybird's cheap and cheerful, or does audio quality let them down? Check out the SlashGear review after the cut.
When it comes to storage for our computers and other devices consumers and manufacturers are always looking for higher capacities and more speed. To add more storage capacity to hard drives, drive makers need new construction methods that allow for increased areal densities.
The 3D TV boom is coming in 2010 with a huge amount of 3D content coming to satellite and cable providers. 3D Blu-ray movies are also coming along with a bunch of new 3D Blu-ray players and an update for the PS3 to support 3D is coming as well. The part that home theater fans will need is a new TV that is 3D ready.
Many DSLR cameras and some camcorders on the market today store images and video to CompactFlash or CF cards. The higher-end cameras tend to use CF cards as do many pro-level camcorders. The big benefit of CF cards over SD cards for the most part has been storage capacity. The CompactFlash Association has announced that the new CF5.0 specs are now available.
Seagate is one of the biggest makers of storage products on the planet. The company has a full range of external solutions for consumers as well as internal HDDs for notebooks, desktops, and enterprise storage. The company has a new SAS 3.5-inch HDD for enterprise use that it claims to be the first for the industry.
Viewsonic has been around for a long time and has traditionally been huge in the PC LCD and LCD TV markets. The company branched out into digital photo frames and with the netbook segment, booming the company started making netbooks and notebooks as well. Viewsonic has unveiled its latest notebook called the ViewBook VNB131.
How much does creating a new chip cost? If your guess was "a whole lot" then you're right; according to the NYT this week, Apple could have spent $1bn in developing the Apple A4 that powers the iPad, and that's not even counting the investment in building a factory, which can add another $3bn to the bill.