Gadgets

Fri
13
Jun
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The iPhone 3G Cometh: WWDC Roundup

Apple enthusiasts had a lot to cheer about Monday as Steve Jobs confirmed months of rumors and speculation by debuting the much-anticipated 'iPhone 3G' to a jam-packed crowd at the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San ... Francisco. Apple's CEO called the new iPhone "amazingly zippy" with download speeds at 2.8 times faster than the original model according to company tests, and 36% faster than comparable 3G devices. (Source: macrumorslive.com ) The new iPhone overcomes a number of previous issues; as the name suggests, the device will run on AT ... (view more)

Tue
27
May
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Meet the Chumby: An Interactive Stress Ball with 700 Features!

In my experiences working with technology, I have come to learn that devices can be classified under three categories: gadgets that are essential to everyday living, gadgets that are necessary to have in case of emergency, and gadgets that serve no ... useful purpose other than being extremely cool to own. For fans of the third category, let me introduce you to the Chumby. The Chumby has a small and squishy design, like a cross between a beanbag and a stress ball. However, what sets it apart is that the Chumby has a 3.5-inch interactive touch screen attached to one side of the object. So what ... (view more)

Fri
02
May
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Rogers Brings iPhone to Canada

The iPhone is headed to Canada. Rogers, one of the country's largest wireless carriers, announced on Tuesday that it would be rolling out the popular Apple device in the near future. (Source: ctv.ca ) "We're thrilled to announce that we have a deal ... with Apple to bring the iPhone to Canada," said company president Ted Rogers in a statement. "We can't tell you any more about it right now, but stay tuned." (Source: ctv.ca ) The fact that Rogers will be the exclusive carrier for the iPhone came as no surprise, since it is the only major Canadian network compatible with Apple's device. However, ... (view more)

Wed
09
Jan
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The First 500GB Hard Drive Designed For a Laptop

Hitachi Ltd. will soon become makers of the most powerful hard drive ever designed for a laptop computer when they reveal their astounding 500-gigabyte drive later this week. The Travelstar 5K500 will be the highest capacity drive ever developed for ... a portable notebook computer and hopes to finally put an end to the ever-increasing consumer demand for more drive space (for now). To put into perspective just how much space comes with the new hard drives, the Travelstar 5K500 has the potential to store up to 500 hours of digital video, 178 standard-definition, feature length movies, 250 games ... (view more)

Tue
08
Jan
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New GPS Device Promises to Save the Lives of the Adventurous

Globalstar has launched a new GPS device specifically targeted at backpackers, hunters and wildlife enthusiasts. In reality, the latest product could save the life of anyone trapped in a foreign and secluded area. The Spot Satellite Messenger can ... trace the whereabouts of an individual at the push of a button. When help is needed, Spot sends out a signal that displays the longitude and latitude coordinates along with a prepared text or email message to loved ones and the authorities. (Source: yahoo.com ) The only down side to the service is that there is virtually no way of knowing if your ... (view more)

Fri
04
Jan
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The Future of TV is XEL-1

Imagine a television set so thin that you could roll it up and carry it in your knapsack or briefcase. That kind of technology is not as far off as one might think. Sony is currently selling a concept television set in Japan that is about an eighth ... of an inch think, or just over 3 millimetres. The sets are intended to replace the back-lighting of typical LCD televisions which make up the perceived "bulky" frame. (Source: gizmodo.com ) The new televisions use a thin film that glows with colors and can even be viewed from the side. The Sony XEL-1 owes its saturated colors and super-slim frame ... (view more)

Fri
04
Jan
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RIM Throws Competition 'Curve' Ball

Thought maybe that sleek 'n cute little iPhone from Apple would hurt sales of the efficient but not-so kitschy BlackBerry? Doesn't look like that's the case. According to third quarter sales, Research in Motion (the Waterloo-based maker of the ... BlackBerry) is reporting double its 2006 third quarter earnings. The statistics stem from numbers released last Thursday. Most surprising may be that BlackBerry subscriber accounts climbed an impressive 1.65 million over that third quarter, which ended back on December 1st. In addition to 3.9 million devices being shipped, it means Research in Motion ... (view more)

Wed
19
Dec
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Looking for Zune

The shortage of Microsoft's new 80GB Zune player this holiday season is not the result of overwhelming demand for the product. A report recently published by the market intelligence firm iSuppli indicates that popular retailers such as Amazon.com ... are either in short supply of the product or backordered. However, iSuppli is quick to dispel speculation that this shortage is a result of overwhelming demand for the Zune, which has been falsely accredited with outselling the various Apple iPod variants. (Source: isuppli.com ) Microsoft's MP3 player has been positively reviewed by a number of ... (view more)

Thu
13
Dec
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Microsoft Testing XP on $100 Laptops

Microsoft has announced they will soon be testing Windows XP on the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) "$100 laptop". It's all part of a project to produce computers so cheaply that it can be donated to children in the developing world. Despite the ... nickname, the machine currently costs $188 to produce. Known as the XO, it's designed to be sturdy enough to work under a variety of conditions such as in extremely warm or cold countries. (Source: laptopgiving.org ) James Utzschneider of Microsoft says he'll be meeting the team behind the XO this week. He says reports that Windows already works ... (view more)

Wed
12
Dec
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Google, Unicef and One Laptop Per Child Tell Our Stories

On Friday, Unicef, One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), and Google announced a project to help create a greater understanding of different cultures and experiences through an online community. A new web site called "Our Stories" ( www.ourstories.org ) will ... serve as a vehicle to share the histories and identities of cultures around the world. Using OLPC's XO laptop and other devices, children will record the experiences of elders, friends and family members in their native language, and then upload them to the web where the stories will be accessible by clicking on a Google Map. "Information ... (view more)

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