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Garmin Forerunner 610 sports watch

15 Apr

Do you participate in triathlons as though it was a walk in the park? Those who nod their head in agreement would want to get a timepiece that is capable of living up to their highly active lifestyle – we’re talking about the Garmin Forerunner 610 sports watch. As you know, Garmin deals mostly with GPS navigation systems, and when they aren’t dreaming up of better ways to let you know where you’re going, along comes an idea like a GPS watch.

This slim, robust and weatherproof touchscreen electronic gadgets will cater for serious runners who want an advantage during their routines, as the Garmin Forerunner 610 is capable of shrugging off water like a duck, and is responsive enough to work even when you’re wearing running gloves. Basically, the Forerunner 610 intends to stick to you like a barnacle, coaching you at every single step to help you cross the finish line in the fastest time possible.

The Forerunner 610 lives up to its billing though, since it is capable of “going ahead” of you in some way so that you can figure out the next move as you digest an inflow of basic information including your pace, distance and time, keeping track of your effort via your heart rate. This will help you create interval workouts or perhaps even race a friend who is residing on a different continent from yours.

A vibration motor inside the Forerunner 610 electronic gadgets will be able to let you know your training intensity courtesy of the new Training Effect feature. Basically, any well read athlete need not have a coach or sports scientist right beside if you know what to do with the kind of information garnered by the sports watch itself. Also, you can learn to do your best always thanks to Virtual Racer, letting you race yourself or the previous bests of other users – sort of like the ghost function in Mario Kart as you zip around the track to beat your previous best time.

There is no word on pricing just yet for the Garmin Forerunner 610 electronic gadgets, but with it being a flagship, we don’t think it will be cheap. On the bright side, at least your pockets will be lighter after getting this so that you are more fleet-footed.

Source from Coolest Gadgets

Samsung BD-D6700 Reviews

15 Apr

The good: The Samsung BD-D6700 sports dual HDMI outputs, built-in Wi-Fi, and one of the most extensive suites of streaming video services in comparable Blu-ray players this year, including Netflix, Hulu Plus, MLB.TV, Vudu and CinemaNow. Its 1GB of onboard memory is also more than you get in most of the competition.

The bad: It’s tough to justify the BD-D6700’s high price, especially with the Sony PS3 electronic gadgets being available for only slightly more. And while the dual HDMI outputs are nice, most buyers that need them will be just as satisfied with a player with a single HDMI output and using the optical output for audio.

The bottom line: The Samsung BD-D6700 is an excellent all-around Blu-ray player with dual HDMI outputs, but for most buyers its upgrades won’t justify its high price.

Blu-ray players have come way down in price in the last couple of years, so the main question most buyers will have about the Samsung BD-D6700 electronic gadgets are is: why should I spend $270 (current street price) on a Blu-ray player? Samsung’s answer is dual HDMI outputs, which are necessary only if you have a non-3D-compatible receiver and demand to hear the real Dolby Digital True HD or DTS Master soundtrack. Less demanding listeners can hook up the optical digital audio jack instead of the second HDMI output and get basically the same sound quality.

There’s plenty to like about the BD-D6700 overall, including built-in Wi-Fi, tons of streaming video services and smartphone control, but all of those features are available on the step-down BD-D6500 too, which is almost $100 cheaper. Buyers who don’t need dual HDMI will get more bang for their buck by spending a little more for the Sony PlayStation 3 Slim or by going with a cheaper alternative, whether that’s Samsung’s BD-D6500 or a competing Wi-Fi Blu-ray player.

The premium-priced BD-D6700 has several added features including built-in Wi-Fi, 3D Blu-ray support, and 2D-to-3D conversion. While Wi-Fi and 3D Blu-ray support are worthwhile in our book, we wouldn’t put much stock in the 2D-to-3D conversion feature, which is more of a gimmick.

Also note that the 1GB of onboard memory is a step up from Samsung’s cheaper BD-D6500 electronic gadgets, which doesn’t have any onboard memory. On the other hand, the onboard memory is only used for BD-Live features, which we never find ourselves using.

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

 

Sony shoots out CineAlta F65 4K camera and PMW-TD300 3D camcorder at NAB

12 Apr

The current trend in the world of home theater may seem like 3D cinematography is all the hype these days, but Sony’s latest imager in its CineAlta family begs to differ. Unveiled at the 2011 NAB Show, this F65 mammoth camera electronic gadgets pack one beastly 20.4 megapixel, Super 35mm CMOS sensor — a huge leap from the F35’s 12.4 megapixel 1080p CCD. Aside from the obvious quantitative difference, what’s special about this new chip is that unlike the Bayer BG-GR subpixel matrix on conventional 4K sensors, here we have green pixels forming the 4K grid while an RB-BR matrix fills in the space, thus doubling the number of horizontal pixels to 8K for a finer 4K picture (see illustration after the break), as well as allowing better visual effects editing using the extra data. What’s more, this sensor is fast — not only can it capture up to 72fps on 4K, but these electronic gadgets can also crank up to a smooth 120fps on 2K. As for those seeking to squeeze out every bit of detail from their clips, don’t worry: the F65’s got you covered with a 16-bit RAW output (19Gbps) at 4K resolution, or it can be compressed to 5Gbps for the convenience of recording onto the new SR-R4 portable 4K recorder. Looks like Sony’s finally found a candidate that’ll put a lid on film stock, but then again, at the end of the day it’ll depend on the price tag when it comes out in Q3 this year.

Of course, Sony isn’t going to just ignore the 3D scene here. Also announced at NAB is the PMW-TD300, which will be the first professional 3D camcorder sporting a shoulder mount. Featuring a pair of Exmor 3CMOS sensors, hardcore cameramen will finally be able to go mobile with this new toy while filming 3D in 1080p. Not sure how the videos will turn out, though — we’re not keen on the idea of watching shaky and potentially nauseating 3D captured by someone running along the sideline. Anyhow, these electronic gadgets will be up for grabs in Autumn this year.

Source from Engadget

TomTom Pro 9150 GPS Launches – Includes Vehicle Tracking

12 Apr

TomTom has launched the TomTom PRO 9150 GPS unit. The new satnav unit includes a 5 inch screen and has been designed for business users. As well as being able to show drivers the best route to travel, the unit also works with WORKsmart and allows real-time communication to an office which in turn, can let management know where its drivers are.

This might seem a bit obtrusive for some, but for a business it allows the company to work more efficiently such as working out which driver is closest to a call out. Rather than having to phone around, the main office can speak direct to a driver who could be minutes away from a call out.

Other features of these electronic gadgets include hands-free calling, voice instructions, speed camera alerts and a capacitive touchscreen. Smart routing, AKA IQ Routes is also included and thanks to the connectivity through a smartphone (or the built in GSM unit), it allows the 9150 to quickly recalculate when traffic updates hint at problems on your planned route.

Eco routing is also available on this unit and is designed to get drivers to their destinations the cheapest way possible.

Technical specs show that it has 2 hours of battery life, should you want to take it out of your vehicle. Bluetooth is also included which allows for hands-free calling. It has 8GB of internal memory. The screen has 480 x 272 pixels.

The PRO 9150 electronic gadgets are due to launch in the US, Canada and Mexico and other countries such as the UK, although the exact date and pricing hasn’t been announced yet. Full product details and specifications can be found on the TomTom site.

 

Source from gadgetvenue

HTC Droid Incredible 2 struts its stuff in leaked press shots?

8 Apr

If you had any doubts about HTC’s Incredible S electronic gadgets making it to our shores, they’re probably dissipating as we speak — not only has the phone obtained Verizon’s shiny red checkmark, it’s now got the robotic eye of Sauron staring at us with ferocious intensity. PocketNow obtained these pictures of the likely Droid Incredible 2 electronic gadgets without naming so much as an anonymous source, and we wouldn’t be surprised if it’s Verizon’s way of reminding us that the handset is rapidly on its way to market.

Update: Android Central got hold of some new shots of the actual phone itself, which shows off its model number ADR6350 and firmware 2.2.1. Thanks, Bla1ze.

 

sourcePocketNow

Samsung UN46D6400 Reviews

8 Apr

 

The good: The Samsung UND6400 series offers beautiful, compact styling with an ultrathin bezel and panel for a nearly all-picture look. It produces relatively deep black levels for an edge-lit LED-based LCD TV, with accurate color in bright areas, excellent video processing, and improved 3D picture quality. The Smart Hub Internet portal boasts more apps and streaming services than the competition.

The bad: This Samsung LED TV is relatively expensive. Its picture suffers from imperfect screen uniformity and blue-tinged darker areas, while its glossy screen reflects a lot of ambient light. The UND6400’s Smart Hub lacks Amazon Instant, its search is next to useless, and its interface can be cluttered and confusing.

The bottom line: Solid overall 2D and 3D picture quality, as well as a wealth of features and beautiful looks, mark the Samsung UND6400 as one of the better edge-lit LED-based LCD TVs we’ve tested.

 

Samsung’s UND6400 occupies an upper-middle-class station in the company’s extensive LED-based LCD lineup for 2011electronic gadgets. It’s the least expensive model to deliver 3D, gets the full Smart TV suite of Internet options–except for the browser and QWERTY remote–and flaunts a fetchingly thin bezel and minimal design aesthetic second only to its significantly more expensive linemates such as the UND7000. Meanwhile, if you don’t mind a thicker bezel and want to boycott 3D and save $100 in the process, the UND6300 series is one alternative. The D6400, for its part, is still pretty expensive, but justifies its high sticker price with solid picture quality, beating out most edge-lit LED electronic gadgets, including the equivalent Samsung from last year. It certainly has its flaws, but it occupies a sweet spot for LED and Internet TV shoppers who don’t want to take out a second mortgage to pay for a flagship model.

Source from CNET

2011 Chevrolet Volt

6 Apr

The good: The weight of its battery gives the 2011 Chevrolet Volt a planted feel, and its electric power train can greatly reduce gasoline usage. The hard-drive-based navigation system warns of traffic problems. A smartphone app lets you set charging times and offers other features, such as car location.

The bad: The Volt brakes unevenly, which can lead to panic stops. The cabin interface buttons are strewn around the center stack with no apparent logic, and the navigation system does not list electric car charging stations.

The bottom line: Although pricey, the 2011 Chevrolet Volt will work excellently for anyone who commutes less than 40 miles, as it requires almost no gas during a typical week while providing a comfortable ride.

Introduced in early 2007 as a concept vehicle, the Chevrolet Volt has made it to production as a 2011 model. Four years is not a lot of time for automakers to develop and produce a new model, but the Volt seemed to take forever because of the hype around this innovative new car.

But does the 2011 Chevrolet Volt electronic gadgets meet expectations? It certainly does not look like the concept car shown at the 2007 Detroit auto show. But that car did not offer the practical interior dimensions of the production Volt.

And despite Chevrolet’s initial claims that the Volt’s wheels would only be driven by its electric motor, Motor Trend published details showing that, under certain conditions, the Volt’s gas motor supplies motive power to the wheels.

Chevrolet calls the Volt an extended-range electric vehicle, but technically it is still a hybrid, as it has both an electric motor and a gas engine to power the wheels. It is, however, a very different hybrid from the Toyota Prius. In fact, it feels light years ahead of that car, which became indelibly associated with the term hybrid.

The Volt that finally reached production looks mild-mannered, like one of the many thousands of suburban sedans rolling down the roads every day. On the streets of San Francisco, the 2011 Volt nabbed barely a look from passersby.

The largely closed-off grille gives some clue to the car’s nature, favoring aerodynamics over air intake. The rear of the car also separates itself from a typical sedan, because the Volt is actually a hatchback. The rear lip sits just higher than that of a sedan, and a big rear hatch opens to show a spacious cargo area.

Chevrolet chose to put two bucket seats in the rear, limiting the Volt to four passengers. This arrangement, which somewhat limits the car’s practicality, is because of the T-shaped 16 kWh lithium ion battery pack running down the center. But fold down the rear seats, and you can pack a lot of gear into the back of the Volt electronic gadgets.

Unconventional dashboard
The dashboard, unlike on current Chevrolet models, echoes the futuristic power train of the Volt. It still has a steering wheel and pedals for acceleration and braking, but the shifter is a big white lever that nestles into the dashboard when in Park.

Above the shifter is a set of touch buttons with labels that get backlit at night. These solid-state buttons work well, showing good response and tactile behavior. But they are not logically laid out, strewn as they are across the center stack. The navigation button is on the lower left, the phone button about midway up on the right, and audio source buttons up on the left. This layout is about the only fault with this interface.

At the top of the stack sits an LCD touch screen with good resolution. Although a knob in the center of the stack makes it convenient to scroll through list displays on the screen, it is quicker to use the touch screen for the onscreen keyboard. A voice command system also offers some basic control over the audio system, along with phone dialing and destination entry.

The Volt’s navigation system makes use of the car’s hard drive for map storage. It shows maps in 2D and 3D views, the latter showing select landmark buildings rendered in 3D. The map quality looks excellent, with easily readable street names and route guidance graphics.

Traffic data appears on the map as incidents and flow information. The system warns of traffic jams ahead, bringing up a screen showing the incident and an Avoid button, which recalculates the route. The system even proactively warns of trouble ahead when you haven’t programmed in a destination.

The navigation system offers the usual points-of-interest database, but it doesn’t offer much help in finding places to recharge the car’s batteries. Strangely, the database shows not only gas stations, but locations for diesel, biodiesel, natural gas, and even hydrogen. Locations for quick charges would be convenient, even if there are not that many available yet.

Chevrolet keeps 30GB of the Volt’s hard drive reserved for music storage. The single CD/DVD player can rip music to the drive, with a Gracenote database automatically tagging all songs appropriately. The Volt also has a standard USB port, which works with an iPod cable to play music over the stereo. Both the hard drive and iPod interface make it easy to find music by the usual artist and album categories. The satellite radio interface works better than most, showing not only each channel name, but also the current song playing on each.

As a means of limiting onboard electricity use, Chevrolet uses a Bose audio system designed for efficiency. Although it doesn’t boast hundreds of watts, the sound coming out of the seven-speaker system comes through with reasonable detail, the subwoofer adding some richness. It is not audiophile-quality, but it sounds better than typical six-speaker systems.

Along with the Volt’s robust Bluetooth phone system, Chevrolet electronic gadgets include an OnStar application designed specifically for the Volt. The app can remotely unlock the doors, show the car’s location, and initiate charging if the car is plugged in. This last function helps when taking advantage of non-peak electricity rates.

Range helpers
As another means of getting the most electric range from the car, the climate control screen offers an Eco mode, useful for moderately hot or cold days. Seat heaters, part of the Premium package, make it possible to drive the car without cranking the vent heat. Hypermilers in warm climates will want to rely on the Fan Only mode during most of their driving, as the air conditioning causes a hefty drain on the battery.

Motorola recognizes, investigates Atrix 4G voice quality issues

24 Mar


Experiencing voice quality woes with your otherwise delightful Atrix 4G tech gadgets? You aren’t alone, buster. In fact, the issue has become so prevalent and widespread that Motorola itself has taken notice, with one of its forum managers creating a sticky to confirm that the company is looking into things. As of now, there’s no clear indication of why the problem is emerging, but the positive news is that you aren’t actually losing your hearing — it’s a legitimate quandary, and if you’d care to help Motorola fix it, you can visit that source link to tell your story. Till then, we hear local phone providers are offering unbeatable deals on landline connections.

 

Source from Engadget

Apple To Bring AirPlay To Televisions?

24 Mar


Currently, Apple’s AirPlay can be used to stream audio from Apple devices to AirPlay-enabled devices. However, according to Bloomberg’s sources, Apple may begin licensing AirPlay for video streaming in the near future, possibly this year. This would allow streaming movies and TV shows from devices like the iPhone and iPad to larger displays.  Such an unusual move could mean that Apple is concerned about its position in the video space.

This is an interesting concept because with Apple’s massive following, AirPlay on TVs electronic gadgets could obsolete the proprietary app stores that have been popping up on new TVs (Samsung, Vizio, etc.). Not only that, but it would also mean streaming boxes like Roku, Boxee, and even the Apple TV would no longer be necessarily the best platform for streaming digital content.

Does this mean the Apple-branded HDTV rumors were false? Were those rumors actually pertaining to an Apple-licensed HDTV?!

Source from AppleInsider