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Eye-Fi “Direct Mode” Upgrade Sends Photos Directly To Your iOS or Android Device

13 Apr

This is a pretty solid feature, I have to say, and maybe the one that makes me an Eye-Fi convert. We’ve seen some iOS camera tethering options, and of course the Eye-Fi is already pretty useful for when you have your laptop around, but this super easy send-to-device feature could be really compelling to the average non-tech-savvy user. We heard about it back at CES, but it’s actually rolling out this week.

Basically you just up the card ahead of time for Direct Mode, and it learns to use an ad-hoc wi-fi network to send your pictures directly to your iOS or Android electronic gadgets. It’s not quite as immediate as tethering, but it’s a lot easier, and if I’m not mistaken, it basically can use your other device as a secondary memory card.

That’d be nice for some easy workflows: shoot on your point and shoot, they appear on your iPad electronic gadgets where you peruse and delete a few, and then when you plug in and sync, they go over to iPhoto. And I’m sure you could figure out a similar process on your Android phone or tablet. The photos can be sent to your gallery, then you can use your own apps or the app provided by Eye-Fi.

The new 8GB X2 Mobile cards with Direct Mode enabled cost $80, or you can download an update later this week if you already have an X2 card.

Source from CrunchGear


Morning Apple Rumor Roundup: The iPad 3 and the iPhone 5

13 Apr

Good Tuesday to you, Apple fans! This morning we have two rumors for you to sift through regarding the launch of the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 tech gadgets.

First up, the iPhone 5. According to new reports, the iPhone 5 will be altering its normal launch schedule (usually in June) and won’t be seen until the Fall. We’ve heard rumblings of a delay before, but now analysts believe the iPhone 5 could make its first appearance during Apple’s annual music event that takes place in early September, hopefully alongside the announcement of 4G speeds and NFC chips.

Interested in some juicy iPad 3 tech gadgets? Then just keep reading.

We were hoping for a Retina display packed with the iPad 2, but now reports say that adding the Retina display would be too costly and won’t be appearing on the iPad at all. Oh, and rumors of an iPad 3 this Fall are probably full of hot air.


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A 23-inch Tablet Coming From Lenovo This Year?

13 Apr

Lenovo be crazy. Or smart. Either way it seems the firm is hoping to out a 23-inch tablet by the end of 2011. This comes right from William Cai, a Lenovo senior specialist in marketing, during a talk at this year’s Gadget Show Live. I’m going with smart rather than dumb.

The man goes on to talk about the obvious challenges with the project with battery life being the biggest issue. Apparently the electronic gadgets, if it really exists, would be based off of Lenovo’s all-in-one series, which sort of lends to the idea that this will be a convertible or dockable device rather than a dedicated tablet. A 23-inch tablet would be a tough sell on its own, but there might be a market for an all-in-one computer where you can move the screen to the kitchen or living room for an hour. Actually, it’s rather surprising that HP who constantly reinvents its all-in-one touchsmart computers haven’t already done this.

Cai via TechRadar.

It’s obviously not for full mobility use, but it could be moved from room to room in the house and used with a full keyboard, or as a television.Or you could lay it on a table top and use it for family games.

We’re hoping that we can launch it later this year.

I’m sold. I doubt Lenovo would actually out the product this year with touchscreen prices still fetching high prices, but this certainly feels like the next step in the computing evolution timeline. Plus, with that much screen real estate, my issues with controlling Windows 7 electronic gadgets with a touchscreen is moot.


Source from CrunchGear

Flip video camcorders set to be axed by Cisco Systems

13 Apr

Cisco Systems has made the decision to close its Flip video camera business and cut 550 jobs which could result in the death of the Flip camera tech gadgets.

The California-based company who are the world’s largest makers of networking computer equipment, have made the move to ditch the Flip in a move to reorganize its consumer business.

For those who currently own a Flip hardware, the company intends to “support current FlipShare customers and partners with a transition plan,” so there is perhaps no need to panic just yet.

A prominent player in the pocket camcorder business, the Flip has been hailed for its fuss-free recording and the ability to quickly upload content to video-sharing channels like YouTube.

Flipshare mobile apps for iOS and Android tech gadgets have also just recently been launched, so it will be interesting to see whether they will now stick around on the respective app stores.

Will you miss the Flip? Could it be resurrected by another company? Share your thoughts via Facebook and Twitter.


HP TouchSmart 610q 1065qd Reviews

13 Apr


The good: The HP TouchSmart 610q’s benefits include fast performance, competitive pricing, and innovations to its case design and video inputs.

The bad: We have few complaints about this system, although it would have been nice if HP had included a video output port.

The bottom line: We recommend the HP TouchSmart 610q with few reservations thanks to its speed, its competitive pricing, and an innovative tilting case design that makes this a best-in-breed touch-based all-in-one.

HP has already demonstrated its commitment to touch-based all-in-one PCs by putting great effort behind its TouchSmart software suite. With the new TouchSmart 610 electronic gadgets, showcased here with the $1,789 TouchSmart 610q 1065qd, HP embraces touch computing even further. Boasting an impressively adjustable stand, this 24-inch all-in-one offers immense flexibility in terms of how you interact with it. Round out that versatility with fast performance, robust features, and a competitive price, and the TouchSmart 610q 1065qd is the new high-end, home entertainment-oriented all-in-one to beat.

There’s a lot to like about the TouchSmart 610, but the most interesting feature is its stand. Capable of tilting the display backward 60 degrees, the stand gives the TouchSmart unparalleled adjustability for an all-in-one, resulting in easier, more intuitive interaction with the touch interface.

We wouldn’t go so far as to call the tilting screen revolutionary (or, for that matter, “magical”). You still have to adjust for the tiny text and other quirks of Windows application designs that don’t have touch input in mind. The tilted design might also lead to more disappointment when apps you might be familiar with from your smartphone or tablet don’t support multitouch gestures, when you go visit Google Maps in your browser, for example.

That said, plenty of programs feel completely natural to use with the tilted screen. Amazon Kindle for PC electronic gadgets is a perfect fit, as are any text-heavy Web pages. HP’s own touch-based programs, which include a basic photo organizer, a touch-oriented Web browser, a drawing app, and various media players, all also work well. A free real-time strategy game included with the system, R.U.S.E., is also designed to support multigesture touch input, but we found the interface unintuitive and slower to respond than most serious gamers will tolerate.

On a higher level, we find that the tilting screen raises some intriguing questions. Will you tilt the screen when you’re sitting in front of the system? Typing on the included hardware keyboard is faster than using the software keys, but you could conceivably go without a keyboard and mouse entirely.

We also wonder why HP didn’t design the system to tilt the full 90 degrees. Granted, it’s not hard to imagine top-down computing being awkward without the appropriately designed apps. An upward-facing computer screen would also invite multiple users to crowd around and interact with the device from multiple vantage points, and short of putting the system on a coffee table and running the power cord across the living room rug, it would be hard for the average consumer to facilitate that kind of multiuser access. On the other hand, it doesn’t seem like a full 90-degree range of motion would be that hard to add to the existing design, and more experimental users might actually enjoy such a capability.

We must also ask, given HP’s recent announcement that at some point all of its future PCs will ship with its new touch-designed WebOS, what will become of HP’s legacy TouchSmart products like this one. According to HP product manager Xavier Lauwaert, the outlook is promising. “We cannot comment about our future plans about WebOS beyond what has been announced. However, as you have seen with TouchSmart 4.0, we try to offer the goodness of our latest offering to ‘legacy’ end users, and we stand committed to offer this type of premium experience/upgrade in the future.”

Regardless of how you feel about touch input and HP’s design, the TouchSmart 610q 1065qd electronic gadgets happens to also be highly competitive according to its computing components. Windows all-in-ones still lag behind Apple’s 27-inch iMac in terms of ultimate screen size, but the HP does match the Windows PC standard with its 23-inch, 1,920×1,080-pixel screen. HP also offers one of the best deals we’ve seen for an all-in-one with a true multithreaded quad-core Core i7 CPU. In both its CPU and its 2GB AMD Radeon HD 5570 graphics card, the HP offers a faster, more robust computing experience than Sony’s mobile component-based Vaio L21SFX. The HP’s 1TB hard drive doesn’t match the Sony’s 2TB model, and the Sony also boasts a Blu-ray burner, to the HP’s mere Blu-ray player/DVD burner combination drive, but we’d happily accept the HP’s superior performance for those minor feature trade-offs.

We must also ask, given HP’s recent announcement that at some point all of its future PCs will ship with its new touch-designed WebOS, what will become of HP’s legacy TouchSmart products like this one. According to HP product manager Xavier Lauwaert, the outlook is promising. “We cannot comment about our future plans about WebOS beyond what has been announced. However, as you have seen with TouchSmart 4.0 [HP’s touch software suite], we try to offer the goodness of our latest offering to ‘legacy’ end users, and we stand committed to [continuing] to offer this type of premium experience/upgrade in the future.”

The HP trades performance wins with Apple’s Core i5-based iMac. The TouchSmart’s top scores on our iTunes and Cinebench tests suggest that for raw power, this system is one of the best in its class for processor-intensive work like video rendering, large batch file conversions, and other tasks that benefit from brute single-core or multicore processing force. The HP is also the fastest Windows PC in our Photoshop CS3 and multimedia multitasking tests, but the iMac’s faster performance in those cases is likely because of its lower memory overhead. Regardless, you fill find few if any mainstream tasks for which the HP is not well-suited.

The only reservation we have about the electronic gadgets of TouchSmart 610q’s performance is the fact that its older Intel Core i7 CPU will soon become obsolete once the newer Sandy Bridge generation of Core i7 chips become more widespread. The Sony, for example, includes a Sandy Bridge mobile chip. It’s not as fast because of its mobile-designed architecture, but we don’t think the desktop variants are too far behind. In fact, we’ve heard rumors that Apple will be moving its iMacs to Sandy Bridge in the near future. HP has told us that it will be adding Sandy Bridge to the TouchSmart 610 line, so if performance is a primary concern for you, you might wait a month or so before making a purchase to see what develops.

Source from CNET