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  • Mophie jumping into mobile transaction arena with “me too” iPhone credit card scanner.
    by Mike
    Posted December 30th, 2009 at 8:43 pm
    Think Jack Dorsey's "Square" was as good as it got? Mophie, a popular iPhone hardware manufacturer would like you to think otherwise. While I and apparently several other bloggers in the tech sphere don't see this exactly one upping or even in the same league as Square, there's no doubt the mobile transaction market is quickly heating up. If we were going based on software alone, it would be hard to say much of anything about Mophie currently as their description of the "private label" soft...
  • “iTablet” to feature iPhone OS or full blown OS X? Portability and apps or power and expandability?
    by Mike
    Posted December 28th, 2009 at 11:17 am
    I stumbled on a thought provoking article on MacDailyNews that really got my mental juices flowing... iPhone OS Looking at the title above and taking into account the various bits of information surrounding a so called Apple tablet that has been beaten and flogged across the digital waves the last year would lead most to believe that any actual device would feature an iPhone-esque OS. I mean, why not? If you want to keep things simple and battery friendly while also tapping into the app st...
  • Portable USB 3.0-to-SATA adapter the best $48 ever spent…
    by Mike
    Posted December 28th, 2009 at 9:42 am
    Think that old, decrepit dying hard drive you tossed in some box never to look at again is still useless? Think again. With as cheap and plentiful as hard drives are becoming these days, trashing an old drive simply because it's too small is all too common. But those precious bits you've tossed aside have so much more potential. One possible idea is to slap it in an enclosure or hard drive dock to make an external hard drive out of it. But who needs another USB 2.0 external hard drive? (I...
  • “Racist” HP webcam gets the Consumer Reports test treatment.
    by Mike
    Posted December 23rd, 2009 at 12:37 pm
    A couple of days ago the online world went up in a tizzy because of two Walmart employees who pointed out an inherent and embarrassing flaw in HP's webcam software. The problem if you don't recall was that Desi, the black employee, was getting tracked by the auto-adjusting webcam while "White Wonda" was. I never implied that HP was deliberately being racist. Hell, come on folks. The algorithm is based off of contrast. What is bad however is that HP somehow didn't take the time to double a...
  • 7″ Apple tablet coming in January “For Sure”…
    by Mike
    Posted December 23rd, 2009 at 10:03 am
    The world may be ripe with 10" Apple tablet rumors, but as they old saying goes: "What is popular isn't always right". Ok, so it's not the best fit for the saying but it's all I've got -- hey, the holiday break has already manifested itself many times over inside my head...I went on vacation days ago. With that said, an "extremely accurate and reliable" source of BGR's has come forth saying there is a 100% chance of a 7" Apple tablet. The often bragged about 10 incher however is claimed t...
  • Question of the Day: Should Motorola and Sony Ericsson merge?
    by Mike
    Posted December 21st, 2009 at 3:55 pm
    Mergers are one of the capitalist societies greatest assets. Some companies just need help. 'Nough said. Think of two tech companies that you feel would most benefit from a merger. Don't think of you're typical successful giant overtaking a small startup. Instead, focus on mergers that would equally benefit both companies. If you're thinking like WSJ's Sanford Bernstein, the two top candidates for a merger if there were to be one would be Motorola and Sony Ericsson. Just think, both c...
  • The Notion Ink tablet: Best looking Android tablet yet?
    by Mike
    Posted December 18th, 2009 at 7:41 am
    What's your take on tablet computers? I'm not head over heels for them per say as I either want a beast of a laptop or a beast of a phone. Tablets are in that gray/middle area that are just "meh" for me. But I'm but one man. Of all the tablets I've seen so far, the one pictured above set to drop compliments of Notion Ink is the closest I've come to actually wanting a tablet yet. The physical design is slick. HD 1080p video playback is a go as is A-GPS and a 3.0 megapixel camera. For stora...
  • Square, the innovative new payment solution for iPhone faces patent problems
    by Mike
    Posted December 17th, 2009 at 10:41 am
    Patent and IP problems oh my. For a quick refresher, "Square" is an innovative new piece of hardware that attaches itself to any iPhone/iPod Touch and instantly transforms it into a mobile POS station. Cool, right? Definitely. But the startup is far from the finish line. A patent problem is looming that could derail Square's launch and ultimately cost them big time. The founders of Square consisted of Twitter's Jack Dorsey and Jim McKelvey. The two coined the whole idea and plan you see...
  • The camera phone in 2011: 20-megapixels, 1080p video recording.
    by Mike
    Posted December 16th, 2009 at 11:22 am
    Gushing over the 8+ megapixel camera phones grabbing all the headlines and attention in 2009? Psh, that's nothing compared to what 2011 will bring us. Broadcom announced today a new processor of theirs that will usher in a new era and raise the bar as far as mobile picture/video taking is concerned. The chip, named the Broadcom BCM2763 VideoCore IV Processor will enable mobile phones and other MID's to support Full HD 1080p video recording as well as 20+ megapixel stills. But that's not ...
  • 6-core i9 i7 Extreme (Gulftown) processors detailed in leaked spec sheet.
    by Mike
    Posted December 15th, 2009 at 1:02 pm
    2 cores? What is this, 2005? 4 cores? Still yesterday's news. 6-cores? Now we're talkin'. In the mad race to the top of the processor heap, once achieving the fastest clock speed came and went with manufacturers moving their focus from speed to cores, the processor scene was upped multiple notches. What started as dual core and then progressed to quad-core would ultimately lead to the next logical advancement -- 6-core. Such is the beast that lives within the upcoming Gulftown processors....
  • Microsoft just can’t get a break.
    by Mike
    Posted December 12th, 2009 at 6:26 am
    Look back in time through your typical magic ball and observe how Microsoft at one point had a commanding grasp of many aspects of the technology market. From smartphones to computers to software, Microsoft controlled it all. The last 5-6 years however have seen a massive influx of both hardware and software options from various start ups and seasoned veterans all looking to get in on a piece of the pie Microsoft ate by itself for so long. The days of the Microsoft rule are over. Don't under...
  • Motorola working on AT&T/T-Mobile 3G chip in an attempt to bring the two love birds together
    by Mike
    Posted December 11th, 2009 at 1:02 pm
    Imagine the day when you can pick up either an AT&T; or T-Mobile 3G device and move freely between the two GSM carriers without a care in the world concerning 3G abilities. Such a module seems like it would have been a no brainer. If they can squeeze four 2G frequencies on a chip, what the hell is taking them so long to get three 3G frequencies on a chip? I don't know the answer, but I can tell you that Motorola is working on a solution. A new 3G module they're developing would do what many a...
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