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Wi-Fi iPad 2 CAN Use Pinpoint GPS, If Tethered to iPhone

17 Mar

Side-by-side, the iPad Wi-Fi and iPad 3G don’t look different at all, but under the hood there are a lot of differences. Customers who bought a Wi-Fi model, for example, cannot use the same sophisticated GPS features that the iPad 3G has. For the electronic gadgets of iPad 2, however, there is a workaround to this.

Not advertised by Apple, an iPad 2 early adopter realized that when tethered to an iPhone via the phone’s Personal Hotspot feature, the iPad 2 was also able to leech off the iPhone’s pinpoint GPS accuracy.

“As we got closer, I decided to get some directions to make sure we were on track. I launched the iPads maps app, expecting to navigate the old fashioned way without GPS assistance — knowing full well that GPS only comes in the 3G iPad models. Imagine my surprise when my iPad pinpointed exactly where we were on the road,” wrote the iPad user who noted the feature, Kyle Carmitchel.

 

Via Cult of Mac

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If Apple Made the Facebook Phone

17 Mar

If Apple made the Facebook phone, the lock screen and push notifications might look like the concept above, complete with the “poke to unlock” function. In related news, if you missed the review of INQ’s real Facebook phone, continue reading for a video  gadget reviews.

Heat Changing Love Mug

17 Mar

Heat up those tender moments in your life with the Heat Changing Love Mug, where it comes dots with plenty of small hearts that aren’t too clear to look at at first glance, but upon making your spouse’s favorite hot beverage, the heat from within will have a message made up to the mentioned tiny hearts appear as though by magic – saying the three words that will be extremely popular today – “I Love You”. Coolest gadgets!

The ability to change its color stems from the thermochrome coating that is on the mug, where it will become transparent when hot liquid is poured in, to make the message visible. Just like all sensitive items, this is hand-wash only, so keep it out away from dishwashers or microwaves! The former isn’t too bad, but the latter means you can no longer heat up your drinks just like that.

The Heat Changing Love Mug can be yours for £8.99. Haha, it may be one of the great gadget gifts for girls.

Hands on with the Cubik speakers from Palo Alto

17 Mar

At CES last January, I ran into Palo Alto’s booth and discovered their very cool speakers. I finally had a chance to try them out, and I was amazed that something so small could produce sound so large.

From what I have read, the sound is possible due to digital audio amplifier technology, which can amplify a digital audio signal without converting this signal to analog. This makes for some very crystal-clear sound, as well as its high-resolution digital signal processing. This is apparently the first time full digital amplification technology is offered in a computer speaker.

These coolest gadgets are really designed for the laptop or desktop computer. Installation was pretty simple. Once the wires were all connected, it was about plugging it into the wall and then into a spare USB port. After a few seconds, my computer recognized the speakers and the big sound was here.

I wish there is a way I could describe the great sound these Cubik speakers produce. If it is any help, they have 2.5 inch metal cone full-range driver for great bass. You should be able to get the Palo Alto Audio Design Cubik Digital Hi-Fi Multimedia speakers at the Apple store for a price of $199.95.

 

Source from CoolestGadgets

Nyko’s Charge Base S For Xbox 360 Improves On The Unimprovable

17 Mar

Because modern console controllers are all wireless, keeping them constantly charged is as vital to the gaming experience as choosing the right controller. That’s why the original Nyko Charge Base was like my personal team doctor, making sure the guys were ready and charged for game time. But now could Nyko improve on something that’s near perfect? This is how.

Plusses
The Charge Base S is black to match the Xbox 360 S, and still charges two controllers at the same time. The charge indicator is smaller and doesn’t have a crazy green/red glow when charging (that was annoying), and also gives you the charge level of the battery. The added USB port is definitely useful, for charging a third controller or just your cellphone if you have it within reach. Excited gadgets for men!

Minuses
No real complaints! People who don’t have an Xbox 360 S or black controllers might wish that they made a white version, but other than that, the Charge Base S does one thing and it does it well.

Price
$25, and includes two rechargeable batteries.

The Ultimate iPod Touch Case

17 Mar

The ultimate aluminium case for the iPod Touch has been created. It is named Factron Quattro and it keeps your iPod Touch completely safe.

The case comes as 2 separate sheets of aluminium which are shaped to allow your Touch to sit perfectly in. In each corner there are screws and threads which allow you to attach the other sheet to the lower side of the touch and be securely fastened together. Although it doesn’t appear to protect the screen, it certainly prevents damage to the touch should it be dropped on concrete. Top gadgets for iPod Touch!

The two downsides to this case are first, the size… with those extra corners added on, the Touch wont easily fit in your pocket any more. Finally, the price is a huge $227.29… which seems a tad on the steep side to me. I think I’d rather risk just not having a case my self then paying a total of over $500 for both the case and iPod Touch.

 

Source from gadgetvenue

Windows Phone 7 on Nokia Coming 2012

17 Mar

We had hopes that Nokia would release Windows Phone 7 devices sometime towards the end of 2011. We now hear that it could be 2012 before we see the first Nokia smartphone with WP7 installed.

The information comes from the managing director of Nokia in India who says that the company is working on a 12 month time line to introduce the first WP7 OS based smartphones. With this in mind, Nokia could be using a next iteration of WP7 that is currently referred to as Mango. And the best gadgets of Mango are expected to be previewed and perhaps released by the end of this year.

For both Nokia and Microsoft, this could be a win-win situation for both as Nokia were struggling with the Symbian platform that seems a couple of generations behind. WP7 should help push it to the front again and with that, Microsoft could also get the boost it needs to catch up with Android and iOS.

However, Nokia need to act quick as 2012 is another over 9 months away and a lot can change in that time this day in age.

A New Take On Big Pens: The Turtle Pen

17 Mar

Turtle, a new innovative online pen company, is launching an attack on the giants of the pen industry by introducing two innovative pen collections; Turtle Work and Turtle Play. These coolest gadgets feature their patent pending SNAPback™ mechanism, Turtle pens represent an alternative to the traditional push pens. It’s worth having a good pen, before..you know, pens go the way of the CD-RROM.

To activate a Turtle pen, a user pulls back the rear casing prior to letting it “SNAPback.” Once the rear casing has recoiled to its starting position the nib is exposed.

The second interesting design element of a Turtle pen is its extendable casing (or “Turtle Head” as it is otherwise known). This element gives Turtle pens their unique appearance. During activation the nib pushes the Turtle Head out from within the pen transforming each pen from a steel cylinder into what now looks like a pen.

“It all began with a random idea – how can I make a pen more interesting? In answering that question I believe we have created an innovative product which is both interesting and simply fun to use. Going forward we will continue to create quality writing instruments that surprise or go against the grain,” said Richard Allan, Founder, Turtle Pens.

Turtle Work pens have a simple and stylish stainless steel casing and elegantly combine sophistication with innovative design. Turtle Play pens are a combination of stainless steel, rubber and vibrant plastics – a contrast to match your more playful side. Each collection is available in two finishes. As part of an introductory offer, each pen comes housed in a stylish heavyweight stainless steel storage canister for no extra charge. Turtle has plans to expand the range of pens to include other innovative collections and designs of such coolest gadgets.

Turtle is no doubt at the beginning of a long journey. Entering a market that is dominated by several big businesses is either very brave or just stupid. However, it was once said “if you build it, they will come.”

Turtle is offering worldwide shipping direct from their website.

 

Samsung’s Sexy 9-Series Hits on 17 March, 2011

17 Mar

Remember that beautiful little laptop Samsung showed off at CES that’s thinner than a MacBook Air, weighs less than three pounds, but still rocks the Sandy Bridge i5 and has 128GB of storage and 4GB of RAM? Yes, the Series 9, that’s the one. These new electronics are coming out on 17 March, 2011.

Well, the 13-inch version is, anyway. There’s an 11-inch version with an i3, less RAM, and a few other downgrades (but also only weighs 2.3 lb) that will be available in April. The 13-inch starts at $1649. They do look mighty sexy, I have to say.

Here’s the press release:

UST IN TIME TO “LIGHTEN UP” FOR SPRING, LIGHTWEIGHT Samsung SERIES 9 BECOMES AVAILABLE IN THE U.S.

Samsung’s new ultra premium laptop goes on sale March 17

What:
Samsung Electronics America Inc. today announced that the highly anticipated 13-inch, Series 9 laptop featuring Windows® 7 Home Premium will be available in the U.S. through Best Buy and other select retailers and e-tailers beginning tomorrow, March 17.

The 13-inch Series 9 laptop equipped with Windows® 7 Professional will become available at retail/e-tail and through select channel partners in mid-April.

Additionally, an 11-inch Series 9 laptop featuring Windows® 7 Home Premium and 64 GB of HDD storage will also be made available in mid-April.

Where:
Series 9 laptops will be available through a variety of retail and reseller channels including Best Buy, Amazon and Tiger. For a full list of local Samsung resellers and distributors call 1-800-SAMSUNG or visit http://www.samsung.com.
MSRP:
Series 9 13-inch, Windows® 7 Home Premium: $1,649 MSRP.
Series 9 13-inch, Windows® 7 Professional: $1,699 MSRP

Gadgets reviews of specs:
CPU:
13″ – Intel® CoreTM i5 Processor 2537M (1.4 GHz, 3MB)
11″ – Intel® Core™ i3 Processor 380UM (1.33 GHz, 3MB)
Operating System:
13″ – Windows® 7 Home Premium (64 bit) or Windows® 7 Professional (64 bit)
11″ – Windows® 7 Home Premium (64 bit)
Memory: (should include if it’s upgradable?)
13″ – 4GB DDR3
11″ – 2GB DDR3
Storage (max):
13″ – 128GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
11″ – 64GB SSD
Screen:
13.3-inch HD LED-backlit SuperBright Plus display (400 nit)
11.1-inch HD LED-backlit SuperBright Plus display (340 nit)
Resolution:
13″/11″ – 1366×768
Graphics:
13″ – Intel HD GT
11″ – Intel GMA HD (Integrated)
Speakers
13″/11″ – 3 watt (1.5W x 2) stereo speakers
Battery: Lithium Polymer; up to 7 hours
Wireless: 802.11b/g/n; WiMaxi
Weight:
13″ – 2.89 lbs.
11″ – 2.31 lbs.

What do you think about the new Samsung’s Sexy 9-Series gadgets 2011?

Motorola Xoom vs. Apple iPad 2

17 Mar

A couple of weeks back we put the original iPad up against the Xoom in a site-loading speed battle. While most of the feedback was positive, a few commenters expressed their disappointment that we used the original iPad instead of the iPad 2. Well, now that the iPad 2 has been released, we can in fact post the story you’ve been waiting for. One that will no doubt completely satisfy everyone.

So, let’s get right to it. Battle of these two high tech gadgets!

Testing
Site-loading speed is one of the simplest things to test, and it’s a test many users can immediately relate to. As I said in the previous post, I’m a greater fan of real-world tests like going to actual, real sites, than of synthetic benchmarks.

We used three different Web sites for the tests: CNET.com, CBSNews.com, and GiantBomb.com. Each tablet was connected to the same closed network with no other devices on it, with the router about 5 feet away. We considered the test to begin the moment we pressed Enter and run to the time the blue progress bar on each tablet disappeared. We used iOS 4.3 for the iPad 2 and iPad,  and the Xoom is using Android OS 3.0.1.

Although in the video you’ll only see one iteration for each test, we actually ran each test several times; over those runs we got results consistent with what you’ll see here. Also, we cleared each tablet’s browser cache before each iteration of the tests was run.

Now, as much as we’d love for these tests to be completely relevant for everyone in every situation, that’s nearly impossible. We tested these electronic gadgets under specific conditions in a “free” environment. The network was closed, but we can’t account for noise from other networks interfering. This is a snapshot of performance in our testing environment, and your results may vary.

Conclusion
The iPad 2 shows a huge improvement over the original iPad and holds its own against the Xoom for the most part. On a really busy site like CBSnews.com, however, the iPad 2 chokes a bit, while the Xoom flies through with relative ease.

 

Source from CNET