Archive for February, 2010
  • T-Mobile USA tapping into “Project Dark” once again. New phones such as Moto Zeppelin and HTC HD2 en route?
    by Mike
    Posted February 3rd, 2010 at 3:16 pm
    **Larger picture below** I'll admit that when the wraps were finally taken off of T-Mobile's project dark late last year, I was disappointed. Ok, I was really disappointed. Cheaper rate plans with added value across the board are more than welcome. But as much as I like to save a buck here and there, I'm a gadget guy motivated by glistening black plastic and touchable glass. For that, cheaper rate plans were a major let down. Not to mention, the lack of any HSPA+ upgrade announcement at...
  • “Droid” finally makes it on to the iPhone: The iDroid Mini Browser.
    by Mike
    Posted February 3rd, 2010 at 3:04 pm
    Back in November, Verizon spent a truckload of money on marketing their new hot baby, the Motorola DROID. Several months later, we can see that the marketing paid off relatively well with Motorola enjoying some of the best income they've seen since the RAZR days with Verizon seeing an equally nice share of added income. Around that same time, a somewhat humorous though useless app called "DROID does" was submitted to Apple for sale in the App Store. The app did nothing, instead acting more as...
  • A child’s dream: LEGO Airbus A380 controlled via touchscreen.
    by Mike
    Posted February 3rd, 2010 at 2:06 pm
    When I was a kid, I amassed quite a collection of countless LEGO sets. I'd spend time building each set, enjoying my one-on-one time with it for a short time only to toss it into "the box". The box was nothing more than the dumping ground for ever LEGO piece that I had. I didn't build and forget however. While some pretty cool things were built using official LEGO projects, the best things I ever built (or have seen built by anyone for that matter) were always one-offs. A free roaming mind ...
  • The car of tomorrow will know the weather and how to drive better than you…
    by Mike
    Posted February 3rd, 2010 at 1:43 pm
    Most of the sci-fi world may still be looking towards flying cars as the holy grail, but the truth of the matter is, there is plenty in the auto realm that is as equally enticing and exciting while still keeping all four wheels on the ground. As more complex electronics and computers move into our automobiles, the line between tool of the human and intelligent human transport system become become ever closer. In the year 2010, the person driving the car does most, if not all of the weather obs...
  • Verizon again flubs iPhone/iPad deals? “Outbid” by AT&T to be “preferred” iPad carrier?
    by Mike
    Posted February 3rd, 2010 at 1:07 pm
    Try as they might, AT&T; has been unable to improve their image as of late. They blame Apple and the iPhone. Apple *doesn't* blame AT&T; outright, instead dancing around the issue with "we're happy of future network build out plans" verbiage that more or less means "We know they suck, hopefully they fix it". Outside of it all, Verizon has watched AT&T; enjoy record profits over the last couple of years after reportedly walking away from exclusive rights to the first gen iPhone. The rest as you ...
  • Sony to try their luck again, “re-launch” PSP Go?
    by Mike
    Posted February 3rd, 2010 at 11:03 am
    Look back in the chemical archives of your memory, all the way to October 2009 when Sony launched a successor to the PSP, the PSP Go. Even before it launched, many panned it for the lack of a UMD drive (after Sony so eagerly campaigned for the format), smaller and less stellar screen, and most importantly, everyone disliked how there wasn't any simple way to get purchased UMD games onto your UMD-less device without spending more money -- a big sticking point. After a less than exciting few...
  • The long and short of it: Hulu viewers prefer single longer ad to multiple shorter variants…
    by Mike
    Posted February 3rd, 2010 at 9:30 am
    Watch Hulu much? I partake of the online greatness via Boxee on my Mac and have all but moved away from traditional cable. The few shows I watch I'm fortunate enough to be able to find via Boxee and Hulu. Amid the economy downturn, Hulu, like many other online media companies, started incorporating advertisements in several different forms. Most apparent however are the video ads (read: commercials) that play either before your show or in multiple chunks broken down into 30-second clips. So...
  • Motorola Devour specs break onto the scene.
    by Mike
    Posted February 3rd, 2010 at 7:56 am
    Finally, some hardcore numbers to munch on for the Motorola Devour. It's won't knock your socks off, but for a mid-range Android device it will do I suppose. On a side note, anyone tired of mid-range handsets flooding the market yet, relying on the aged ARM11 CPU at 528MHz? I know everyone doesn't need 1GHz Snapdragon power... But I digress. The Motorola Devour rundown is as follows: 320 x 480 HVGA 3.1" touchscreen Android 1.6 (what the hell?!) 3MP camera EVDO Rev-A Bluetooth/WiFi/a...
  • Find your perfect match with the Proximity Sensing T-Shirt. [Geeky-Love]
    by Mike
    Posted February 3rd, 2010 at 7:33 am
    Looking to find that perfect significant other that will fit to you like a piece of a puzzle? There are tons of of dating sites, social networking portals, and other tools for single people to find love in this vast world. For the geeky person however, I don't know of too many options (please correct me if I'm wrong). If you're a geek and really want to find that other special geek that ticks the same way you do, the Promimity Sensing T-Shirt is *the* only dating tool you need. The concept...
  • If the N89 is the iPhone 4.0, how “revolutionary” will it be?
    by Mike
    Posted February 3rd, 2010 at 7:15 am
    The latest news on the iPhone 4.0 front is pretty sparse. Software wise we don't know a whole lot. Similarly, the hardware side of things is equally cloudy. Over the last month, we've heard rumblings of iPhone 4.0 being spied online via various analytics tracking software. With Apple's latest iPhone 3.1.3 update, we can now see at least say we know something about the new iPhone hardware. It's code name is "N89". How do we know? Well, we don't. But judging by past internal naming struc...
  • Texas Instruments creates uber device to show off extra uber OMAP4 chip.
    by Mike
    Posted February 2nd, 2010 at 11:13 pm
    **Gallery and Movie below There are times in life where I'm truly in awe, stuck in a transfixed position, mouth open, drool and all. Slashgear's early coverage of some MWC goodness provided by TI is nothing to sneeze at. The main topic of their brief visit to TI's headquarters down south was to check out their new OMAP4 mobile processor. Showing off the processor was a concept device that while insanely amazing, has absolutely zero chance of making it to market. Sad, I know. But the ch...
  • Weather Channel getting all geeky, displaying barcode for Android app on TV during weather reports.
    by Mike
    Posted February 2nd, 2010 at 8:26 pm
    It isn't too often we get to see more mainstream areas of the media get all geeky and forward thinking. Case in point: The Weather Channel and their new barcode ad/download aid for the Weather Channel app for Android. From here on out, the scanable barcode will be displayed 20 minutes after the hour, every hour during the hours below: Day Planner (Monday – Friday, 11am-2 pm) PM Edition (Mon-Fri, 4-7 pm) and WeatherCenter Late (Mon-Fri, 10pm -1am) Again, during these times when ...
  • Stop the press: iPhone OS 3.1.3 update kills jailbreak/unlock.
    by Mike
    Posted February 2nd, 2010 at 8:09 pm
    Oh god. Seasoned jailbreakers and those living by the unlock already know to hold off on updates as they always have the potential to turn a good day bad. But those who are new to the scene may need a helping hand. *extends a hand* Welcome. Just so everyone knows, iPhone OS 3.1.3 kills jailbreaking and unlocking across the board save for a few exceptions -- redsn0w will take care of an iPhone 3G, though unlocking is nil at this point. The Dev-Team says that while Pwnage Tool has been wo...
  • Rupert Murdoch still thinks NewsCorp is the only one reporting the news. Continues to miss the point of the internet…
    by Mike
    Posted February 2nd, 2010 at 7:54 pm
    We've talked about good 'ol (way over the hill) Rupert Murdoch. In a more general light, I'll commend Mr. Murdoch as he has built up a media giant. At the same time, it is an extremely backwards looking and technologically retarded giant. It's no secret to anyone in the tech world, this man hates the very mention of the word "free". To him, everything should come with a price, paywalls erected everywhere, and the free flowing internet turned into a locked down shell of what it once was. Tha...
  • Wordpress for Android is out!
    by Dirk
    Posted February 2nd, 2010 at 7:10 pm
    Well isn't his a pleasant surprise? It is Tuesday. A seemingly void of a day that is too far form the weekend mainland it recently left and still far too distant from the saving grace of Friday. And yet there is something worth getting excited over tonight -- if you're a Wordpress user and Android aficionado. The official Wordpress Android app that we've talked about a couple of times before is finally available in the Android Market for FREE! So how does it stack up? I've been using i...
  • RIM to slingshot past the competition with uber browser in 2010?
    by Mike
    Posted February 2nd, 2010 at 1:22 pm
    Make no mistake, RIM's current BlackBerry browser sucks and sucks big time. It's always sucked. Those who disagree obviously aren't using the internet as it was meant to be used -- flash, javascript, ajax, and so on. Flash is still a sticking point for many other mobile browsers in the market but the rest of that list is a rather common affair now. After acquiring Torch Mobile last year, rumors and speculation of a completely revamped BlackBerry browser almost immediately began. After a...
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