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NOOKcolor to receive software update this April

25 Mar

The Home Shopping Network website did suggest that the NOOKcolor e-book reader is going to receive a major software update this coming April, and while the product description lacks an explanation on what will be included within the update, we do know that it was mentioned that Adobe Flash will be supported – so with the powers of inference that are in our hands, this might mean an operating system update that will finally hit Android 2.2 Froyo (or higher, that would be better). At the present moment however, the NOOKcolor tech gadgets will ship with Android 2.1 Eclair, and that doesn’t do Flash at all. The Home Shopping Network also has their customers at the top of their priority list, making it available to them first. Does this mean sales of the NOOKcolor will come to a standstill between now and April?

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iSkin earTones stereo earphones with mic and remote

25 Mar

iSkin wants to spruce up your portable media player experience with their latest earTones stereo earphones that sports both an mic and remote. Coming in stylish, eye-popping colors that would make any Justin Bieber fan gush, the earTones will be able to deliver high-definition sound, lightweight comfort and flexible functionality. Thanks to its integrated microphone and remote control, earTones is able to connect to your iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac and other supported electronic gadgets, delivering audio in/out and the ability to remotely answer and terminate calls, as well as control music and video playback. If you’re quite paranoid about picking up diseases and bacteria, then you will be well pleased to hear that the new earTones features Microban antimicrobial product protection on both the ear buds and microphone, helping inhibit the growth of fungus, odor- and stain-causing bacteria. You can choose from Black/Black, Black/Red, Black/White, Pink/Black, Blue/White and Purple/White color combinations, where any choice can be yours for $39.99.

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Iomega ScreenPlay DX HD Media Player/Server launched

25 Mar


Iomega has just announced the ScreenPlay DX HD Media Player/Server which will play nice with an Internet connection – nay, it cannot live without one. Boasting an internal storage capacity of up to 2TB, it will let you access various services such as Netflix and Pandora, and with DLNA certification, you can connect to other compatible devices in the household sans wires. Also, with support for 1080p video playback as well as Dolby / DTS decoding, you can be sure that your eyes and ears will be treated to a feast each time you fire up the ScreenPlay DX. 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity is provided in the form of an adapter, and a wireless QWERTY keyboard does its job to help you navigate through apps and a handful of web pages. The 1TB ScreenPlay DX HD Media Player won’t burn too large of a hole in your pocket, retailing for $229.99, while you can double the amount of storage space by forking out another $70. Coolest gadgets!

 

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Festo’s SmartBird robot takes off with elegance, doesn’t poop on you

25 Mar


The geniuses at Festo’s Bionic Learning Network are well known for their fascination with robotic animals, and their latest creation is no exception. Dubbed the SmartBird, this autonomous bionic bird — modelled on herring gulls — graces the sky with its sophisticated two meter-long wings, which utilize a bending torso for lifelike directional control. What’s more, this tech gadgets is also capable of taking off and landing on its own, but it can also be controlled and monitored from afar using ZigBee radio. Amazingly, all of this round up to just one pound, meaning the SmartBird can happily float about with moderate flapping. Jump past the break for some agile in-flight action, accompanied by an animation detailing the inner workings.

Source from Engadget

Aircell annnounces world’s first ‘airborne smartphone’

25 Mar

No, you won’t be able to use it on your next flight, but if you’re lucky enough to have your own business jet, you will soon be able to get Aircell’s new Android-based smartphone designed for aircraft use. While the company’s staying fairly mum on specifics at the moment, these electronic gadgets are said to pack a 3.8-inch capacitive display, and it’s designed to be backwards-compatible with all Aircell Axxess communications systems currently in production, as well as its forthcoming Gogo Biz Voice service. No word on pricing just yet, but Aircell is promising to reveal that sometime before the phone launches in “late 2011.” Head on past the break for the full press release.

Source from Engadget