There are lots of rumors floating around at the moment about Google possibly working on a client-side version of their super-popular Gmail e-mail service. The standalone program would allow users to store their emails on their own computer and work on email offline, even when not connected to the web.While I wouldn't put this past Google, it doesn't really make a ton of sense to me. Sure, it's convenient to be able to write your emails offline, I suppose, but you can use plenty of standalone clients with Gmail already. Google probably wouldn't bring much new to the marketplace, and I don't see a huge benefit to them investing the man-hours into creating a piece of software that they'd then have to support on many different computers. It seems to me that they should just stick with the online client, but I know better than to question the wisdom of the great G.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
So now that you’ve snapped a few photos with your iPhone’s super-duper camera, where do you turn to edit your pix? Do you dock your iPhone with your computer, sync up with iTunes, then open the photos in your desktop image editing software? What are you, some kind of hillbilly?
Get into the 90s with the new Adobe Photoshop CS3 for iPhone, and you can do all of your image editing right there in the comfort of your iPhone.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Oh it’s really rather simple once you look at it from all the right angles!
Here’s a nice little visual representation of the “Messenger Relay” system of which sends and receives all your messages. I’ve basic’d it down as much as I can because it does get tricky in places.
1. The user starts the session by double clicking a contact.
2. The user’s Windows Live ID credentials are sent across to the Windows Live ID Credentials server for further verification
3. The information is passed through a incoming only firewall to the dispatch
server. This is the first point of connection for the message being sent.
4. Depending where the user is in the world, a connection will be made to the local notification server. There are main ones in Singapore, Dublic, Redmond and Reading. This keeps the connection between the two users alive, and keeps things updated such as user status, chat requests and email notifications from Windows Live Mail/Hotmail.
5. The message itself doesn’t go near the notification servers - it is passed onto the switchboard server which is the where all the messages and files are exchanged. The user starting the chat can talk to one user, whilst using another switchboard session to talk to someone else, and another switchboard session for someone else still - without even knowing it. Invitations, file transfers and video/voice chat are also sent through here.
6. The information is then relayed back through an outgoing firewall and checks the user is still online. If the user is offline by the time the message is ready to be received, then it’ll bounce back and be saved on the switchboard session until the user logs back on again. If they are online, they will receive the message.
This is all done in the space of around 2 seconds - most of the time your message will be sent at least twice around the world, in the space of 2 seconds. Not bad eh?
The Talismoon DVD Gate is a simple kit that should take less than ten minutes to install, letting you quickly swap out those blue LEDs for red or green ones instead. Each kit includes everything you need to open your Wii without damaging the warranty sticker. They even include the special screwdriver needed to open the case properly. Plus, it’s a totally reversible operation if you want to go back to the blue LEDs later.
You can find the DVD Gate kit from Divineo for just $7.95.
Friday, September 14, 2007
The trick is to make them cheaper. The Nokia N77 is the second phone from Nokia to come with an internal DVB-H antenna. This module allows you to receive a mobile television broadcast.
I guess phone users would find a better use for passive entertainment while on the commute. It does make sense. Between watching television on the train vs. surfing the net, I’d do the former. This is the couch potato generation of the modern day!
Google added 54 new countries to Google Maps ranging from Afghanistan to Yemen and has plans to add even more countries in the coming months. Along with the Google Maps addition, DigitalGlobe, provider of Google's satellite images, is launching a new satellite on Tuesday. For fans of Google Earth, the WorldView-1's launch will be broadcasted live.
When looking at the iPod Touch, you have a choice: you can either see it as an evolutionary leap for iPod, or a slight downgrade from iPhone. You gain a thinner shell, up to 16GB of storage, but lose a bunch of apps, the phone, and some other surprising things. In our opinion, it's both the leap and the downgrade, and therein lies the rub.
• Physically, it's almost more of an attention grabber than the iPhone, at about 2/3 the thickness and wearing the signature iPod chrome jacket. Yes, the back is more prone to scratching, but it's oh so shiny. Removing the recessed headphone jack was also a smart move, as you no longer need compatible headphones, or a silly adapter to make it work.
• Much of the iPhone experience remains intact: the wonderful multitouch navigation, the supreme Safari browser, the ease with which you can sync to iTunes, then grab and go without that annoying Eject delay. New minor features like adding a period by double tapping the space bar and bringing up the music HUD by double tapping the Home button are both welcome additions that make using the iPod Touch even easier.• The iTunes WiFi Music Store is thrilling to use. Not only is it easy as hell to find a song, click its animated icon for a preview and download it, in seconds, to your iPod; it's also impressive how it syncs back to your computer's iTunes library without any weirdness.
*No video downloads in iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store, no wireless syncing to iTunes, no external speakers, dumping the calender, and no Mail or Notes apps. This falls into the same category as our bitching about the lack of stereo Bluetooth A2DP on the iPhone: would be nice, might happen with a software update.
The bottom line, if there is one, is that this will certainly be a great product for people who are unable or unwilling to sign up for AT&T. But spending $399 on the 16GB touch is not better than spending $399 on an 8GB iPhone. There are real reasons why the iPhone is a better iPod than the touch, especially now that both will have equal access to the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store. Choosing the touch over the iPhone is like choosing a fully loaded Toyota Avalon over a Lexus ES.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Samsung's just announced the availability of their tiny quarter-sized WEP500 Bluetooth headset for the US. It's definitely small—weighs less than 9 grams and is the size of about a quarter—but suffers in low battery life because of it. 3.5 hours talk time and 80 hours standby time isn't fantastic, but it does have 2 microphones and noise reduction, which still isn't standard in Bluetooth headsets for some reason. All this can be yours for $119, and an extra $119 when you lose the first one because it's so miniscule
Following its appearance at a Samsung dealer event in the Netherlands, the ultra-slim G800 slider is getting a bit of attention — mainly because of its 5 megapixel camera with 3 x zoom and Xenon flash. And then there's the small matter of the HSDPA and the micro SDHC card slot, making me think that the G800 will be Samsung's mobile TV phone.
Tri-band GSM/EDGE 3.6Mbps HSDP
5 megapixel camera
103 x 51 x 16.8 mm
2.4-inch QVGA display
Bluetooth 2.0/USB 2.0 connectivity
MicroSD and microSDHC flash memory support
Man, Virgin America is really making all other airlines look horrible. First they started flying with awesome high-tech Linux computers on every seat, seat-to-seat chat, games (Doom!), movies, music and food ordering, not to mention sexy mood lighting, and now they just announced something even cooler: air-to-ground broadband.Yep, starting next year, Virgin America flights will have Wi-Fi in the air as well as Ethernet jacks at every seat and connectivity on their seatback computers. You'll be able to check your email, IM, play Nintendo DS games against your buddies on the ground, and basically thank your lucky stars that you aren't on a US Airways flight the whole time you're in the air. So awesome. Now all they need to do is start servicing more cities
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Fan of having your music on your phone, but hated Motorola’s original ROKR phone? The company seems to get the picture and is planning on launching the ROKR W5, a music phone that closely resembles the KRZR. This beautiful clamshell has an orange and black paint job, quad-band GSM, EDGE, Bluetooth, and miniUSB for transferring files to the microSD card slot.
Unfortunately, the camera included is a 1.3-megapixel, which is unacceptable for 2007. No word yet on carrier, price, etc., but anything is possible.
More Logitech stuff today, only this time I “get” what it’s all about. There’s two items and both for PS3 . You’ve got the Bluetooth Vantage Headset and MediaBoard Pro Bluetooth Keyboard. The headset is as you’d expect: the earpiece is wearable on either ear and the strap promises not to cut off the circulation to your head (Remember headsets in the mid-1990s? Yeah, many of those were fairly painful to wear.) and the noise-canceling microphone adjusts any way you see fit. Look for it in November for $80. And yes, it works both in-game and out of game. Maybe you’ll be able to use it while you wander around Home, yelling at passersby.
The other peripheral, the MediaBoard Pro Bluetooth Keyboard, uses the “regular” type of layout (as opposed to the new iMac and MacBook-style keyboard layout) and has the usual set of additional buttons—stunning, really, given its “MediaBoard” name. Also as you might expect, there’s PS3-specific buttons, including the familiar circle, square, cross and triangle. No need for a mouse when you’re using this keyboard as the built-in track pad handles navigation. This, too, will be here in November for $80.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
That's what Samsung is asking with their new line of laser printers. Featuring a slick, piano-black finish, they look much classier than your standard paper-spewing box of ugly. Rather than having buttons, they've got touch-sensitive sensors instead, as you may have seen on some of Samsung's similarly-styled phones. No word on pricing or availability as of yet, but here's hoping they don't charge so much as to make these unreasonable for a normal office
Say you have a laptop that actually works when you need it to—mine, from a company whose name rhymes with Bony doesn’t—you might, at some point, want a better sound system. (Headphones, apparently, have been banned.) Logiteh’s AudioHub adds a 2.1-channel speaker setup to your laptop. That, and three USB ports, which hopefully will power devices other than a 16MB USB thumb drive.
Free webapp NoteSake makes taking and saving notes online easier than ever. The interface is much like Notepad on steroids: a regular text editor that sports features for extra formatting goodness, such as the ability to recognize *bold* and _underline_ formatting. You can also designate the appropriate course and tag your notes for easy slicing and dicing. Once you're done composing your notes, you can preview the finished copy, print it as-is, or you can download it in .doc or .pdf format. Better yet, NoteSake allows you to share your notes with a friend or you can create a group so that a bunch of your classmates can collaborate online. Link
Make Google your personal scheduling assistant with the search phrase
what time is it. I know, I know, your computer has a clock—so why do you need Google? To find the local time in any city. For example, searching for
what time is it London will return the time in London. If you don't insert any city after the search phrase, Google will return the time in your local city and the big 7: Washington D.C., Denver, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Chicago, Phoenix and Anchorage. While you're using Google to check the time around the world.
YMTiny is a free Java2 Micro Edition Yahoo Messenger client. It directly connects to the Yahoo's server and specially designed for small screen device.
Just connect with your Yahoo! ID, no other registration needed.
- Settable message alerts: sound (midi), vibrate, flash backlight, open IM window
- Bitmap font for small screen device, and others system fonts
- "Smart Ping" maintains connection and minimizes bandwidth usage
- Receives offline messages, new mail and typing notifications
- Set status and custom status
- View a friend's status, show and hide offline friends
- Send BUZZ!!!
- Run is background
- Window and scroll animations
A literary tech site has spotted an alleged update to Sony's not-terribly-popular Reader. The PRS-505 doubles the memory capacity of the original PRS-500—it can now hold 160 books rather than 80. The new Reader also has an improved E-Ink screen, comes in a choice of colors and has a much smarter button layout and interface. But will any of this fussing actually help sell Readers? The Sony Reader is one of those quirky products that attracted reviewers originally because it was unique. The E-Ink screen was very easy to read, in spite of a lack of back lighting. And the idea of an iPod/iTunes system for books made sense.
Monday, September 10, 2007
CSR is a big player in the Bluetooth field, with over half of the market share in Bluetooth laptops, headsets and handsets. They have recently announced their forthcoming chipset, the BlueCore6, which is set to increase the practicality of the technology.
The BlueCore6 will rely on a new method of audio streaming called AuriStream, this will provide an improved radio performance whilst simultaneously offering other benefits including; lower rates of audio cut-outs, significant reduction in overall power consumption and smaller inexpensive headsets. CSR anticipates the BlueCore6 will ship by Christmas 2008.
PocketTweets is a web based Twitter client for the Apple iPhone. It allow you see the latest tweets from your contacts, update your status remotely, or see what's happening around the world by viewing the public timeline. -- all via EDGE or WiFi.
To access PocketTweets go to the url www.pockettweets.com in your iPhone Safari browser.
* Update your Twitter status from anywhere using your iPhone
* View your friends' twitter status updates
* View direct messages that are sent to you
* View the public timeline
* Gorgeous iPhone-exclusive interface
The BlackBerry 8820 is coming, and it's going to have GPS, 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi, microSD/microSDHC, and quad-band GSM. Wi-Fi fans, this is your BlackBerry. And if T-Mobile is looking for a killer device to add to its HotSpot @Home stable, they should look long and hard at the 8820.
The new Palm Centro looks like a hipper version of the Treo. With Palm losing market share in their business phones - and with consumer confidence dying with the announcement of the foleo Palm has decided to tap a new market - the youth.
The Centro is going to be offered at an insanely cheap subsidized tag price of $99.00. It features a full QWERTY keypad, touch screen. and the ol’ faithful Palm OS. So what’s Palm trying to do? With a total tag price of $600.00, they’re trying to bring back the duo device configuration which was very popular back in the early 2000’s. With $600.00 you get two devices instead of one
— the new Centro and the Foleo.
Samsung Electronics introduces two 22" monitors with VoIP functions at IFA 2007, opening the era of video conferencing and video calls.
SyncMaster 220TN monitor is embedded with simple networking modules, enabling users to go online and make video calls when connected to LAN cable even without a PC. As the monitor has a built-in camera, microphone and speaker, users can make conference and video calls by using software that comes installed, without buying additional equipment while they go online.
The other new monitor, SyncMaster 225UW, developed for more convenient VoIP calls, is optimized for Microsoft UC (Unified Communication) solution for total personal ID management.
Moreover, the SyncMaster 225UW with built-in camera, microphone and speaker allows users to make video calls or to chat with traditional messenger systems such as Windows Live Messenger and Skype.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Iriver's B20 gadget has got to be the most underwhelming portable video player seen in a long time. Or maybe it just feels like it after APPLE's BIG WEEK. But really, who really cares about a player with a 2.4-inch screen, 4 GB of capacity (also comes in 2- and 1-GB versions), and an FM tuner!
So if you live in the U.K. and you like lame gadgets, this ugly slab is just waiting for you to give it a home. Only £209 ($425) for the 4-GB version. Are they serious?
Mitsubishi is working on a new Electric vehicle that has not one, not two, but three (count 'em) motors. The i MIEV Sport has motors in each of the front wheels and one that powers the back two. The batteries are Lithium-ion, just like the one in your phone or iPod.Unfortunately for Americans, Mitsubishi is unveiling this thing in Tokyo and will be selling it in Japan only, at least at first. But then, I guess until we have a lot of cars on the road with one electric motor, having one with three is maybe jumping ahead a little too soon. But hey, motors in the wheels! That's pretty damned cool
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Glowing icons on the face of the phone disappear when not in use to reveal a pure, un-adulterated black exterior. The phone is ultra thin (just 10 mm), nonetheless it hosts an array of additional multimedia functions, including an MP3 player and a music multitasking function for messaging. It also boasts an external memory to increase memory capacity for images, music and film clips.
Friday, September 7, 2007
The Touch includes Wi-Fi just like the iPhone, letting you browse the Web and get info on stuff like stocks and weather, not to mention watch YouTube videos — all stuff you've never been able to do on an iPod before.
Another new trick is wireless downloading. The Touch will have a button for the iTunes Music Store, letting you sign on and buy songs from any Wi-Fi hotspot. The next time you sync with your computer, the Touch will copy it over to your iTunes library. It's about time this feature was added, though it gives you another thing to worry about if your iPod is stolen (assuming payment is automatic).
You'll be able to choose between a 8-GB model ($300) and an 16-gig ($400). Should be available in a week or two.
Apple dropped an updated version of the iPod Nano today, it's a fat little guy, shorter and squatter than the last version. It's been beefed up to play video now, with a 2-inch, 320 x 240-pixel screen that'll play your vids just as well as the last-generation iPod videos.It's got an updated interface, too, which includes Cover Flow, the same scrolling menus included on the iPhone. The new Nano will be available in a variety of colors, including a (red) . The super-thin little guys will come in both 4-GB and 8-GB varieties, setting you back $150 and $200, respectively.
LED flashlights are awesome. Not only do you get a really bright light from very little power, they can withstand a lot of shock and last a long time, too. Surefire has introduced a LED flashlight that produces a bright light that you can dim continuously.This titanium-covered Titan is about the size of your pinky, is scratch-resistant and waterproof, and it attaches to a lanyard or keychain with ease. It sounds fantastic… until you look at the price. The 1.9-ounce LED flashlight will set you back $500. That's a little much for a bit of bling you'll only use when the lights are out.
Vista's ReadyBoost feature is a great way to cheaply upgrade your computer, but for laptop users it's not so convenient. Having a flash drive constantly plugged in is awkward because they stick out at a right angle to the case. These new drives from Apacer can twist to lay flat against the laptop, which is far tidier. They come in different sizes, but the 4GB model will cost you $84.
An Apple spokesperson has confirmed that the upcoming iPod Touch does not include Bluetooth, despite rumors to the contrary today. An image had made the rounds earlier today—the corner with the purported Bluetooth icon in the corner is reproduced here—but Apple has said it is not an official image.
While there wouldn't have been much use for monophonic Bluetooth headsets in the iPod Touch, the lack of Bluetooth precludes the possibility of wireless Bluetooth stereo headsets or microphones that could be used with a future third-party VoIP application.
AeroMessenger allows you send free messages, read news headlines and summaries, as well as create your own to-do list. In a nutshell, AeroMessenger is a smart and cost-effective messaging tool that keeps you informed even when you're on the move.
AeroMessenger is free to download and use, but your cellular service provider may charge you under 1c/message for the connection. Link
Thursday, September 6, 2007
According to this picture—found on the official German Apple website and still up at the moment—the iPod Touch supports unannounced Bluetooth. Look to the upper right corner near the battery gauge. Yup. Bluetooth. That is, unless Prince went back to symbol form, signed a contract with Apple and has his name stamped on every iPod Touch.
Either way - "Looks good"
You may be asking yourself where are Mail, Weather, Google Maps or Stocks in the new iPod touch. The answer: they are coming, but probably not from Apple. The iPod runs Mac OS X like the iPhone does run exactly the same applications. The exact quote: "they use the same damn binaries."
For some unknown reason, Apple decided not to include Mail, Weather and Stocks in the iPod touch, perhaps trying to separate both devices. Looking at the application mix, the iPod touch seems more entertainment-oriented while the Jesus Phone extends itself into the communication hub/personal productivity area.
This is an artificial differentiation, however. Both gadgets use exactly the same core operating system and programming frameworks. The only differentiating aspects are in some of the user interface elements.
After so many rumors, Sony's Alpha DSLR has finally made its appearance. It's got Sony's Super SteadyShot in-body image stabilization, compatibility with Minolta Maxxum mount lenses, HDMI output, 12.2-megapixel CMOS sensor (with analog-to-digital signal conversaion and dual noise reduction), continuous shooting in JPG and RAW (18 frames), and connectivity with Sony BRAVIAs. Retails for $1400 in October. Full release after the jump.
There may not be tiny LCD screens on each key, but Logitech's new high-end Vista-friendly keyboard-and-mouse pairing, the $170 MX5500 Revolution Cordless Desktop, does have an integrated display for time, calculator functions, media controls and incoming messages.
The price includes the MX Revolution laser mouse, typically a $100 value. It also includes Bluetooth 2.0 integrated throughout the system.
I know it’s not that exciting, but the Zune 2 headphones are pretty damn cool. It’s a mashup between the current premium headphones and the V Moda buds you see up top. What sets these apart from the current batch and even the Apple buds is that the Zune team has done away with the obnoxious plastic cables and brought in some nice black and brown striped cloth-wrapped cables. Not only that, they sound much better than the ones Apple includes with its iPods. The Zune 2 could win on quality then, perhaps.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
The only bummer about Hub Man is that only one of his ports runs at USB 2.0 speeds without a special adapter. Hopefully, they’ll make him fully high-speed compliant in the future.Expect these to start hitting stores in the next month or so, at a retail price of about $19 each.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
I’ve come across this interesting movie clip called The Google Master Plan in Youtube quite some time ago. It’s a movie directed and produced by Ozan Halici & JÃ¼rgen Mayer for their Bachelors’s Thesis at the University of Applied Sciences Ulm, Germany.
The movie basically talks about how Google can use their free services like Google Search and Gmail with their gigantic database for some known, and possibly unknown, purposes. Well, it talks about our privacy as users of Google free services as well. Needless to say, it got me ponder how powerful Google is nowadays.
I’m sure you don’t want to miss this awesome video clip :-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zKXCQpUnMg
Staffs of Dell corp and models were promoting the latest colorful Inspiron laptops at the launching event in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
Though the event is more like an event for automobile, at least it catches more attention, no?
It's fantastic news for Toyota and Lexus owners, as the car company has just released an iPod adapter kit to directly link the player with your car's audio system. The kit fits into all current Toyotas and Lexuses and connects inside the glove box so you can control the iPod with your head unit (or steering wheel controls). The whole thing costs $300 (more than most iPods), and finally brings Toyota in line with GM, Ford, BMW, Mercedes and Audi in offering iPod integration. Toyota: happily being #1 by letting everyone else innovate beforehand.