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FiiK: The High-Tech Electric Skateboard with ABS Brakes

10 Mar

Priced from $1600, the FiiK is an electric skateboard unlike any other. It features “an electric motor that can take you up to 22 miles, and it even works pretty well when you go off the sidewalk.” Videos after the break. Click here for more pictures. Cool electronic gadgets, isn’t it?

 

Resource from TechEblog

 

iPad 2 Review

10 Mar

The iPad 2 has just been announced- by Steve Jobs himself. Steve, by all reports is looking fit and healthy, though thin, as he’s been for years now. Check out the new and best features/specs of these cool tech gadgets!

In a nutshell:

33% thinner body.

10 hour battery life (as before).

Same price points ($499- $829).

Same storage options: 16 GB – 64 GB.

Will be available in white and black.

Dual-core A5 processor, so twice as fast.

Two cameras- rear and front-facing.

9x faster graphics.

3G (and there are still wifi only options) via Verizon or AT&T

Cool new optional “smart covers” to protect the screen with less bulk and prop up screen as well.

Available March 11th in US, In 26 additional countries on March 25th.

 

Do you need it? If you have the original iPad and you’re big on gaming, and graphics intensive apps- you’ll definitely appreciate the speed bump in processor and graphics engine.

 

Should you wait for the mythical iPad 3? My guess is it won’t be out until a year from now, not September, as has been rumored. You will want this Apple deliciousness now if you’ve waited for the upgrade. I didn’t wait, and I will be getting it.

 

What I’m sad about these tech gadgets? No SD card expansion for all the movies and photos and music.

Also- that I can’t greedily rush out and get it RIGHT NOW.

 

Updates and photo via Engadget’s awesome live feed.

Solar Powered iPhone?

10 Mar

So, I take my cell phone with me no matter where I go. I consider it a luxury, but I also like to think that I would have it with me in the case of an emergency, like when my brand new car broke down this morning, and I was stuck on the side of the highway. Oh I had my phone alright, but the battery was dead, and the charger was in my other (and I guess, better) car.

 

Well that wont ever happen to any of us again if Apple has it’s way. According to U.S. patent reports, Apple wants to be able to incorporate solar cells into some of their touch screen products. Can anyone say iPhone 5? Okay, can anyone say iPhone 6  electronic gadgets then? Anyway, let’s imagine if you will, the premise of throwing your phone up on the dashboard and having it be ready to go anytime you need it. Awesome.

 

The Cupertino giants have a better idea for solar-charging than just sticking a whole bunch of ugly solar panels on the back of their iDevices, the plan seems to be to put energy collecting cells hidden underneath the ever popular touchscreen display. So the hope would be that the iPhone won’t look much different, but would be able to charge itself cord-free!

 

It’s not that solar powered cell phones haven’t been lurking around for a while. In fact, a couple of companies have already waved around some prototypes of solar powered phones quite a while ago, but they’re not here yet, and when a company like Apple starts talking solar, I say let the sun shine in. Of course I don’t know what you say when it rains, but I’ll let them figure that out too. So cool electronic gadgets!

 

Source: patentlyapple.com

Where and When Can I Buy the iPad 2?

10 Mar

Where and When Can I Buy the iPad 2?The iPad 2 is coming out tomorrow, March 11th. Do you know where you’re going to buy one from? Do you know who’s selling them? We’ll tell you all you need to know right here.

So Where Can I Buy One?

At your local Apple Store, of course. But the usual big brick and mortar stores, Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart, will also be selling it on launch day (though they’re mum on how many they have in stock). AT&T and Verizon retail stores will also be selling but only offering the electronic gadgets of iPad 3G version that works with their network.

 

When Does It Go on Sale?

Every store will start selling the iPad 2 at 5:00PM Local Time. So you don’t have to call in sick to work (but you may take a half day).

 

How Much Will It Cost?

Same as last year. $499 for 16GB Wi-Fi only, $599 for 32GB Wi-Fi only, and $699 for 64GB Wi-Fi only. 3G models range from $629 for 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G, $729 for 32GB Wi-Fi + 3G, and $829 for 64GB Wi-Fi +3G.

 

Same Price for Black and White right?

Yep, same price for either color and both will be available on launch day. No one has confirmed how many of each will be available but we’d imagine most stores will have more black units than white units.

 

Wait, Can I Pre-Order One?

Yes! But for some reason, Apple will only begin taking pre-orders on Apple.com at 4:00AM EST / 1:00AM PST tomorrow, March 11th. AT&T has also confirmed that they’ll be selling the iPad 2 electronic gadgets at 4:00AM EST / 1:00AM PST as well. So you’re either waking up really early, staying up really late or maybe not changing your sleeping schedule at all you lucky West Coast folks.

 

Will There Be Crazy Lines?

Because it’s a new Apple product, probably. But Apple’s been getting better at divvying up stock to different retailers so it might be a tad better. In any case, call your local retailer to check their status before you go. (Don’t worry that picture isn’t from tomorrow’s iPad 2 launch)

 

Where Else Can I Buy It Online Then?

Best Buy and Wal-Mart both have product pages for the iPad 2 up on their website, so they might sell it there as well. AT&T has confirmed that they’ll start selling at 4:00AM EST / 1:00AM PST online.

 

So Should I Buy One?

Our roundup of the early iPad 2 reviews can help you figure out whether you should buy one or not. Our own review will come once we spend some real quality time with it. In any case, be sure to let us know where you’re going to buy one (if you are at all) in the comments!

 

Resource from gizmodo

 

Disposable endoscopic camera is the size of a grain of salt

10 Mar

Tiny video cameras mounted on the end of long thin fiber optic cables, commonly known as endoscopes, have proven invaluable to doctors and researchers wishing to peer inside the human body. Endoscopes can be rather pricey, however, and like anything else that gets put inside peoples’ bodies, need to be sanitized after each use. A newly-developed type of endoscope is claimed to address those drawbacks by being so inexpensive to produce that it can be thrown away after each use. Not only that, but  this  kind of electronic gadgets also features what is likely the world’s smallest complete video camera, which is just one cubic millimeter in size.

 

The prototype endoscope was designed at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration, in collaboration with Awaiba GmbH and the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering.

 

Ordinarily, digital video cameras consist of a lens, a sensor, and electrical contacts that relay the data from the sensor. Up to 28,000 sensors are cut out from a silicon disc known as a wafer, after which each one must be individually wired up with contacts and mounted to a lens.

 

In Fraunhofer’s system, contacts are added to one side of the sensor wafer while it’s still all in one piece. That wafer can then be joined face-to-face with a lens wafer, after which complete grain-of-salt-sized cameras can be cut out from the two joined wafers. Not only is this approach reportedly much more cost-effective, but these electronic gadgets also allow the cameras to be smaller and more self-contained – usually, endoscopic cameras consist of a lens at one end of the cable, with a sensor at the other.

 

The new camera has a resolution of 62,500 pixels, and it transmits its images via an electrical cable, as opposed to an optical fiber. Its creators believe it could be used not only in medicine, but also in fields such as automotive design, where it could act as an aerodynamic replacement for side mirrors, or be used to monitor drivers for signs of fatigue.

 

They hope to bring the device to market next year.

Razer Black Widow Ultimate Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

10 Mar

Mechanical keyboards are the miniguns of gaming electronic gadgets: Heavy, ostentatiously clacky, and downright murderous. They’re commensurately uncommon and expensive. Razer’s Black Widow is the latest, a surprisingly spare piece of kit from Razer, considering its typical aggro-gamer mode of existence.

Plusses

The weight and build of the keyboard and the rat-tat-tat of keys firing makes you feel like you’re using an actual weapon in combat. At the same time, the Cherry Blue MX switches (again, consult Overlock.net’s mechanical keyboard guide for more detail on mechanical keyboard parts) deliver a smooth but tactile experience that doesn’t require a nuclear strike to clear the key, since it activates halfway through the press. So you can stay light on your toes-er, fingers. USB and headphone/mic ports on the side are seriously handy. Individual LED backlighting on the Ultimate model is handy in the dark, as well as the feature that neuters the Windows Start key.

Minuses

Normally, I don’t care if my typing sounds like machine-gun fire. But there may be times it’s too loud. Backlighting and extra ports only on the $130 Ultimate model. No wrist rest. The alternate function key is tiny and poorly positioned, so it’s occasionally annoying to adjust volume. Five distinct macro keys maybe too few for some people. Limited anti-ghosting. Glossy finish gets gross fast.

Price

$130 for Black Widow Ultimate; $80 for Black Widow

All in all, it is a really pretty gaming gadgets for men!

Motorola Xoom update rolling out starting tonight, brings ‘required enhancements’ for Flash 10.2

10 Mar

In the spirit of issuing software updates with the sole purpose of preparing for more software updates, Motorola says there’s about to be some brand new firmware for the Xoom, which will cross the Ts and dot the Is required to install the promised Adobe Flash Player 10.2. The company doesn’t say when, exactly, to expect Flash, only that it’s “coming soon,” but the update will also fix a bug with Daylight Savings Time, which — given recent history — should find itself richly welcomed. If you’re paying Verizon for 3G bandwidth, you can expect an OTA update in the days to come.

 

Resource from Engadget

Prototype 64GB And White iPhones Surface In Hong Kong

10 Mar

It looks like although Apple couldn’t make these special iPhones a market reality for a number of reasons, they did make at least a few, for testing purposes and the like, and they (or devilish good imitations) have turned up in Hong Kong. A 64GB version of the iPhone would have simply been too expensive: flash memory hasn’t really gone down enough in price, though that may change for the iPhone 5, which may include cost-saving measures as well as cost-increasing ones. As for the  unique electronic gadgets of white iPhone, well, that’s a whole ‘nother story, ain’t it?

Apple Tweaks In-App Purchase To Prevent Accidental Purchases

10 Mar

Bad news for any shady iOS developers out there: if you were sneakin’ In-App Purchase opportunities into the first 15 minutes of your game in hopes that lil’ ones might accidentally buy it, your evil-genius plan has been foiled.

For those who haven’t been keepin’ up on the ruckus: soon after Apple introduced In-App Purchase for iOS, someone figured out that users could make In-App Purchases without entering their iTunes password if said In-App Purchase was made within 15 minutes of purchasing the app. That’s a marvelous idea, in theory — no one likes entering their password multiple times.

The problem? Parents would buy games, hand’em over to their kid, and come back to find that pint-size had unknowingly bought up all sorts of virtual goodies (friggin’ Smurfberries!) with real world cash. With the release of iOS 4.3, this should no longer happen.

As of yesterday’s software update, Apple will require your password be entered a second time before In-App Purchases can be made. Once that’s done, In-App Purchases can be made sans-password for up to 15 minutes. As long as you keep Junior’s prying eyes away from your password and don’t go out of your way to enable In-App Purchases, there shouldn’t be any more surprise charges for $99 boxes of virtual food for your kid’s virtual cat.

Or you could, you know, tell your kid to not buy these things. If they’re too young to understand that, they probably shouldn’t be using $500+ slabs of glass completely unsupervised anyway.

(Update: We’ve updated this post for clarification. We originally implied that a password was required for EVERY In-App Purchase, which isn’t the case. You’ll be asked for your password a second time to enable In-App Purchases, at which point you’ll be able to buy In-App content for 15 minutes without reentering your password. You can also disable In-App Purchases all together under Settings >> General >> Restrictions)

 

Resource from MobileCrunch

JVC First To Offer Full HD 3D Consumer Camcorder

10 Mar

WAYNE, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–JVC today announced the availability of the first camcorder on the consumer market that offers 3D video recording in Full High Definition. The new JVC GS-TD1 uses two camera lenses and two imaging sensors – one for each lens – to capture three-dimensional images in the same way that human eyes work.

 

Video shot using the GS-TD1 can be viewed in 3D on any 3D TV. Additionally, the camcorder shoots 3D video that can be burned to a Blu-ray disc or DVD-R for 3D playback on a compatible Blu-ray player.

 

The JVC GS-TD1 features two 3.32 megapixel CMOS sensors and a new JVC-developed high-speed imaging engine that processes the two Full HD images – left and right images at 1920 x 1080i resolution. Three shooting modes are offered, a feature that provides several options for HD resolution and archiving of 3D footage. These three shooting modes are: a new “LR Independent” format (MP4 MVC) that records in Full HD, the widely used “Side-by-Side” format (960 x 1080 X 2) for AVCHD 3D recording, and 2D AVCHD shooting.

 

The camcorder uses an F1.2 JVC 3D Twin HD GT lens with extra-low-dispersion glass for crisp, high-contrast images, as well as multiple aspherical lenses. The combination of the fast lens and back-illuminated CMOS sensors provides the GS-TD1 with outstanding low light performance.

 

Additional highlights include 64GB of built-in flash memory, SDXC card slot, 3D optical 5x zoom, Optical Axis Automatic Stabilization System for disparity control to give depth to 3D images, and Automatic Parallax Adjustment to optimize the 3D-video comfort zone. It also features a 3.5” 3D touch panel LCD monitor that displays 3D images without any need for 3D glasses, making it easy to check 3D images while shooting and watch 3D playback in the field.

 

The electronic gadgets of GS-TD1 come with new Everio MediaBrowser 3D software (for Windows®) for full management, editing and sharing of content.

 

Options for archiving and playing back 3D recordings depend on the shooting mode used:

 

* Full HD 3D video, shot using the MP4 MVC mode, can be archived to a computer hard drive or Blu-ray disc drive. This Full HD material can be played back in 3D by running the footage back through the camcorder;

* AVCHD 3D (Side-by-Side mode) video can be burned to a DVD-R disc and played back in 3D on any AVCHD-compatible Blu-ray player – including non-3D AVCHD-compatible Blu-ray players – when the disc was created with a PC or JVC Share Station.

 

The JVC GZ-TD1 Full HD 3D camcorder is available now for $1,699.95. For images and multimedia content, visit http://pitch.pe/127916.

 

About JVC U.S.A.

 

JVC U.S.A., headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Victor Company of Japan Ltd. JVC distributes a complete line of video and audio equipment, including high definition displays, camcorders, home and portable audio and video equipment, and mobile entertainment products. For further product information, visit JVC’s website at or call 1-800-526-5308.

 

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resource from businesswire.com

 

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