Category Archives: Gadgets

FEATURED: Hands on the Acer Iconia Tab a500


Pros

  • Cheap
  • 1280×800 screen
  • great value
  • Great design
  • Gorilla Glass
  • Micro SD

Cons:

  • Not the best build quality
  • Creaks on the side
  • Doesn’t feel solid
  • Limited apps

         The Acer Iconia Tab a500 is a Android Honeycomb tablet and is priced competitively at 449 USD for a 16GB model. The Tablet is great for watching movies on the go or editing documents. Thanks to its Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core CPU which runs at 1 GHz makes activities a breeze such as playing games, watching HD video editing documents etc .

OS:
The Acer Iconia Tab runs Android Honeycomb which is Google’s latest Android OS. Honeycomb introduced a new UI which is sort of has a holographic feel to it which we love.

        The down side of this is that not many apps have been made for Honeycomb since it is new, on the upside it has backwards compatibility which means you can run older apps such as ones from 2.2, 2.3 etc. Again this is vanilla Honeycomb which means there have been no custom skins over it, but a few apps are included such as NFS shift and an Office Suite.
Design:
        The tablets design is great overall with brushed aluminum accents on the back and a very glossy display on the front.
But whenever we pressed on the edges we heard creaks so the build quality isn’t very good but it is acceptable.
Features:
        The tablet has a 10.1 inch 1280 x 800 screen which has amazing contrast and impenetrable blacks. It also has an HDMI port which allows you to mirror your tablet on to a larger screen which has an HDMI port plus DLNA support for sharing media content without having to connect to a computer.
A feature that most tablets dont have is a  USB 2.0 port for connecting a Keyboard, Mice, Thumbdrive or just about anything else that uses a USB, but luckily this tablet  does so that’s a nice feature to have plus a micro usb port is also here for connecting a syncing to your computer. Micro SD slot is also included to add another 32GB of storage
Camera:
       There are 2 cameras in this tablet one 2 megapixel front facing and a rear facing 5 megapixel camera with the ability to record in 720p, a LED flash is also included. This tablet is great for people who want to use it at home but not for those “on the go” as the tablet may break easily. Overall the tablet offers a zippy performance for a price that won’t make you empty your wallet.
Thanks to:
Samarth Desai- writer
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FEATURED: The New Droid Bionic!


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Well guess what Apple! You now have a new rival to face with now! Lets see if you can beat the new Droid Bionic. After all Android is a pretty cool OS and lets see what this new Droid Bionic has inst0re for us!

Well the Droid Bionic is finally here and after all the wait, it has finally been released. This is the only dual-core smartphone that is to work with Verizon’s 4G network. It will be available on Verizon’s store as of today! You want it? Come and get it! The price of the contract and phone (total) will be $300 with a 2 year Verizon contract and $590 for none. Well both do suck because you pay the same amount, maybe not for the $590 deal though.

Well watch out Apple because you have a new competition that is charging your way. Android is going to just beat you someday and this is just a head start for them.

Well, I guess you could say that this smartphone has some great features. It has 4G wireless, has a nice camera, dual processor for faster things to be done and to make sure that all your multitasking is kept. Other than all these the best feature yet is the Android OS being used on this smartphone. I’m not sure which version it is running on, but I’m taking a good observational guess that this is probably Gingerbread 2.3.4. It has to be one of those and it probably isn’t going to be Ice Cream Sandwich any time soon.

Has a few features like the iPhone, including Netflix streaming and even streaming to your computer. The graphics are just amazing with kind of like the retina graphics that you would find in an iPhone 4. There is a crisp, vivid display of the whole setting and has a great touch screen. It seems that the camera is 8MP and that the phone can be a 4G hotspot for about 5 Wi-Fi devices. Pretty nice, huh? It has many synchronizations to connect to Google, your computer and many other things. So far, all the things are powered by Google, including voice search, maps, and everything else. It has 16 GB of storage and has a few sensors that can add up the spice to the device’s functionality. It’s basically business ready for everyone.

The drawbacks are kind of obvious. Battery, energy, and costs can be just like the HTC phones in which you may have to pay $1,000 a year totally with the Verizon contract. With that kind of contract, everyone is going to wait until something like ATT comes to it or maybe even T-Mobile. The HD screen makes it comfortable for all video and movie watchers to enjoy the day. It seems that this could just kind of be like the HTC phone ,but I’m not sure about the cost, but all I know is that it’s pretty nice!

Well let’s just see the sales of this phone and observe whether it is time for Apple to go down as Android takes over or will it be the opposite?

citations:

http://www.motorola.com/Consumers/US-EN/Consumer-Product-and-Services/Mobile-Phones/DROID-BIONIC-US-EN

 

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/01/hands-on-with-motorolas-new-droid-bionic/

Breaking News: Amazon’s Upcoming Tablet in November?


Mockup 4

Here we go again. This war will never stop will it? The latest robotpress says that Engadget and TechCrunch have revealed the new coming Amazon Tablet, in November. Are you kidding me?

Sources such as TechCrunch and Engadget have gotten out leaked information about Amazon’s tablet that they are still working on. It’s not the Kindle, and it is completely different, and Amazon is currently looking forward in using their own operating system.

It seems that TI (Texas Instruments) will be setting up the microprocessors, as usual. I believe that around the first quarter of 2012, Jeff Bezos has planned to start production of the tablets which will be about 10 in. It is to be said that a 7 inch slate will start production in October, which is next month, or could start the production in November. There are no confirmations about the software that it is running on though. I don’t believe that it will be running on Android Honeycomb or any sooner the Ice Cream Sandwich (Android).

Amazon’s tablet doesn’t seem to be a huge threat to Apple, but in some cases it can be. This tablet doesn’t intend to compete with Apple by being just like the iPad. Amazon seems to be trying out a newer idea, and we will just have to see what they are really going to do with this idea of theirs. Now their advantage is that this new tablet of theirs can do a few things, but probably some better e-reading. It’s better than the iPad in one word, size. It isn’t too big, neither is it too small. It is just the right size for people to throw in their bags on a train or read it in their flight. It isn’t something like an iPad 2, that seems to be like an overstretched iPod touch. It is just something that is small, light weight, and easy for people to handle it. That’s it. It’s that simple to use something like that. Throw it in you backpack and read a book at lunch. It’s just a new thought that people are ready for.

Well it seems that there are a lot of kindle readers, and once Amazon switches to this. It’s just going to be raining money for them. According the some rumors people believe that shipping will start in early October. That’s what THEY say. I don’t think that’s true at all though.

Like the old tv shows. I’m signing out as all of you tech people, stay tuned.

 

citations:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/239235/report_amazon_10inch_tablet_production_starts_early_next_year.html

http://techcrunch.com/2011/09/02/amazon-kindle-tablet-photo/

 

QuickPress: New HTC Tablet! Let’s See the Competition Now


*I have been busy lately with many projects, and this is just a quick news flash. A main post will be posted tomorrow.

HTC released it’s new Jetstream which will cost $699, including the contract to signed with ATT. I believe that this will fall once again to Apple. The Jetstream 4G is  expensive and now an ATT contract? What if I don’t want 4G. I still need to pay a bill which can make the total of this single product in one year about $1,000. Now, for that I would actually buy an iPad 2 with 3G. 4G is expensive and not very much people except top class business men and very high classed spendthrifts who are ready to pay their money for anything that is the latest. Honestly, I would just get a debug version of this and hack it for some free 4G from ATT.

The new HTC Jetstream will run on Android Honeycomb 3.1 OS and will be a new step for Android. Trust me if this is another failure than Hacknmod is going to put up another deal for $2,000 for a team to successfully hack and get some other OS, like iOS running on this. Android is open-source and many iOS developers have a target right here. They just have to wait a little while for this plan to also fail, then they will run to grab one of these price-tags.

Specifications:

  • 10.1 inch screen with WXGA display – WXGA is 1280 x 768, which more than your HD 720p display — and that’s so cool!
  • Powerful dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm processor
  • 1 GB RAM — that, coupled with processor’s raw power would easily take care of anyapp, live wallpapers, heavy graphic-intensive games, etc you throw at it
  • Android 3.x (Honeycomb) – the android’s tablet-specific version, that is
  • 16 GB Storage
  • 8 MP rear camera with lower res secondary one in front
  • It’s AT&T bound and will be the first gadget to support the carrier’s LTE network – which should be incredible
  • Of course, the rest of spec-sheet is filled with standard features like, WiFi,Bluetooth, 3G, etc – don’t bother about that, please!

The unit weighs about 1.56 pounds and has a measurement of 10.1″, a 1.3 megapixel camera, and maybe just 1/2 inch thick.

For those of you who don’t know about the ATT 4G plan here’s the specifications. $35 per month for 3 GB of data, $14.99 for 250 MB, and $25 for 2 GB. I have nothing to say, but that is just a rip off. Why would you agree to a deal like that? That’s $420 a year! If you add that to your HTC your paying about $1,120 just on your first year! Now you make the choice. Yes, no, I’ll hack it, or just forget it.

citations:

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/

http://www.theandroidsoul.com/htc-jetstream-specifications-confirmed/

IBM’s New Computer Chip on A Human’s Brain Can Learn and Remember!

Sony’s New Binoculars: The New Tech Gadget!


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If you think that this looks like Luke Skywalker’s old binoculars. I guess you’re right, but this new DEV5 by Sony has just taken you to the next generation of Star Wars. 2 of these prototypes developed by Sony are called the DEV3 and DEV5. A pack of CMOS sensors, 2 cameras (lenses), and 2 electronic eyepieces instead of the old prism scope thing. Thanks to the electronic eyepieces, you are able to still take some quick snaps and be able to take videos in 2D or 3D. This is a pretty cool binocular that you are hoping to get on Christmas right?

The new DEV5 prototype is a binocular that looks like Luke Skywalker’s binoculars in Star Wars. It isn’t the simplest thing to make and is not the lowest price that you’ll find. This gadget has a pretty high and hefty price of $1,400 for the DEV3 and $2,000 for the DEV5. Trust me, you’re not going to get that for Christmas this year. You’re going to have to wait for 2 months for this new product and is still undergoing a few last-minute check ups at Sony.

Some cool things about these 2 products are the quality. You’re going to get such clear and amazing HD quality that even your eyes even won’t recognize anything else you see. It has its own image stabilization system so when you’re about to take that quick photo, there won’t be any messes with the photo. Also with 2D and 3D video recording, the DEV5 will record them in clear HD or amazing 3D and will be able to connect to the TV with a HDMI cable for 2D and for 3D you’ll need a 3D TV. Both of these gadgets have a zooming range of 10x, but DEV3 stops there. The DEV5 is able to boost up to 20x. Unfortunately, the 3D recording only has a limit of 5.4x zoom-in range. Don’t worry if you just want to use the manual binoculars then you won’t affect the 3 hour battery life for recording. The DEV5 also has a GPS built-in so that there will be geo-tags when you upload the photos. Sony has also added in some Dual Wide Angle G Lenses that give the most detailed photo in the world. For $2,000 I believe that it’s worth every penny, (maybe not for us).

 Basic Specifications:

  • Dimensions (Approx.) : Approx. 10.63inch x 2 5/8 inch x 3.47inch (219mm x 155mm x88mm)
  • Weight (Approx.) : Approx. 2.65lbs (body only)
  • Audio Format : Dolby® Digital 2ch Stereo
  • Media Type : Internal Flash Memory; Memory Stick PRO Duo ™ (Mark 2); Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo ™; SD/ SDHC/ SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher)
  • Still Image Max Effective Resolution : 7.1 megapixels
  • Still Image Mode : 3D Still Image: Not available / 2D Still Image: JPEG
  • Video Format : 3D HD: MVC (original format); HD: MPEG4-AVC/ H.264 AVCHD 2.0 format compatible (1080/60p: original format); STD: MPEG2-PS
  • Video Mode : 3D HD 3D: Approx. 28Mbps; HD PS: Approx. 28Mbps/ FX: Approx. 24Mbps/ FH: Approx. 17Mbps/ HQ: Approx. 9Mbps/ LP: Approx. 5Mbps; STD HQ: 9Mbps

Looks like with these binoculars you can take a snap of a burglary, crime, or even a beautiful view of the nature in the Amazon. If you would like to check out some more retail and shopping information go to: http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&productId=8198552921666376721#additionalImage1″

Citations:

http://www.photographybay.com/2011/08/19/sony-dev-5-and-dev-3-binoculars-capture-still-and-hd-video/

http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&productId=8198552921666376721#specifications

http://www.wired.com

Is Hacking Good or Bad? Well Hack the TouchPad and Get A Prize. First Come, First Served!


 

You’ve probably heard of HP’s TouchPad going on a really big cut deal from $500 to $100. After losing to the iPad 2, HP decided to give up on the TouchPad, but before that kick it out into the failure box, they’re going to make a price cut to make at least some people buy it for $100. The question is, if HP discontinues this TouchPad, can anyone do whatever they want to this TouchPad?

I guess I would answer yes to that question. After HP had decided to discontinue the TouchPad, the prices dropped more  than the stock market crash. That’s about a 20% discount that you get. More like 20% downfall for the TouchPad. While more people come to buy this low costing gadget, there are people who are out there thinking about hacking the TouchPad to get the Android OS. Lets see why. Recently, a hardware modification site had just announced that they were giving away $1,500 to the first person who can get the Android OS on the TouchPad. Remember, first comes, first served.

Hacknmod.com had recently made news that anyone that had first hacked their own TouchPad to run on any thing based on Android, then that they would receive $1,500. I still have a feeling that something bad is going to happen to someone that hacks the TouchPad, kind of like geohot, the famous iOS device hacker. Hacknmod.com is setting out prizes for who does which type of hacking and what they will receive. If you hack the system and get the Wi-Fi, camera, multitouch screen, and audio, your just going to get another $1,050 to the bag.

While the whole Android modding groups are already up on their computer screens, scrunching up their eyes towards the computer screen and getting their best shot in hacking this device at all costs. This isn’t really the first challenge that Android modders have gotten in years. They have had Android up and running on the Nook, the iPhone, and even certain Nokia smartphones. The Rootzwiki website is already up and ready for this and they are picking out some really smart people to use for their team called the TouchDroid. If you want to try, check out their website: http://rootzwiki.com/showthread.php?t=3327. These guys already like, have an entire pack for the job. There main man: Thomas Sohmers. This guy is a 15 year old hacker who has gotten Ubuntu on the Xoom and has been the first guy to ever hack into the Google TV. I probably bet that this guy is going to do the job, short and simple. Their official website: http://www.touch-droid.com/.

Now HP, has a few things to look out for. People using Android instead of their OS, will just get them mad. After all Android is an open source software that actually allows people to contribute and use the Android to hack. I mean hackers hack because they can. If they have the power to do so, they will, and this world can be full of these type of people. Even I’m kind of a hacker, but not one that’s too into to it. We just now wait and see.

Inside Look: The Fast and the Furious Chromebook


They’ve done it again. Yeah it’s the same. It’s Google. They’ve done it. Google’s new Chromebook that was released on June 15,2011. Google, which already has many products running all on the web, now have their own operating system that runs and lives on the internet. Yeah, it’s true.

Google believes that people use the internet on the computers the most. Would you believe this or not? The Chromebook is  a computer for the people who only use the internet on their computers. You might have to write some documents or something that involves in Microsoft Office software. Google has that all covered. If you have a Google account then you can basically use that for your needs of documentation or presentation with Google documents. So it’s pretty useful I guess.

Specifications (Samsung Chromebook also with Acer and few others)

• 12.1″ (1280×800) Display
• 3.26 lbs / 1.48 kg
• Up to 8.5 hours of continuous usage*
• Intel Dual-Core Processor
• Built in dual-band Wi-Fi and World-mode 3G**
• HD Webcam
• 2 USB 2.0 ports
• 4-in-1 memory card slot
• Mini-VGA port
• Fullsize Chrome keyboard
• Oversized, fully-clickable trackpad

Price: $499

Features: The Google Chromebook has a quite of lot of features that all run on the internet. Unlike other computers, the Chromebook only takes 8 seconds and you’ll be on the web. That’s because the Chromebook doesn’t have to run on any BIOS to get that started and booted. It’s just a browser that opens up and asks for you to sign up to you Google account and you’re up and running. On regular computers you have to run many things before you get to the desktop and in which getting the desktop running takes a little while. While on the Chromebook you just take 8 seconds to boot the browser and get it up and running. Don’t worry you’ll always be connected no matter where you are. With the Chromebook, you can basically take it anywhere you want to and still be connected to the internet. The Chromebook has both Wi-Fi and 3G connections with Verizon Wireless. Just don’t to do enthusiastic about the 3G because it may not be as fast as you wish it to be. Remember there’s the Wi-Fi model and 3G model so you’ll get 100 MB free from Verizon 3G every month.  Battery supply has a great amount and can last long for many days. The Chromebook has your online storage all on the cloud (But I wonder where that cloud is!). So, if you lose your laptop and get another one, you’ll work will be right there just as you left it. Another one of the features are that you can allow friends and family access their accounts through your Chromebook without doing anything to your account. There’s is also a Guest feature for people who don’t have a Google account and just want to use the internet. The Chromebook is always fresh. It updates itself everyday with security, OS, and many other things without even bothering you with those annoying pop-ups saying update ready. Security isn’t a problem with the Chromebook at all. Updates keep the computer fresh from viruses and malware. The sandbox environment also keeps away the viruses from your computer. So when you have 2 things your working on, each one is protected by the sandbox, so if you ever get a tab that has viruses then that page may crash, but it won’t affect anything else on the computer or on the 2 things you were working on. The guest mode also helps keep people from accessing your account and work. The verified boot will detect anything wrong when booting the Chromebook. If there’s anything wrong, then the computer will recover it self and you can go on doing your work. Data encryption will safely store your work and web apps and other memory in the cloud away from anyone’s access at all.

So the Chromebook seems pretty useful, but it just may not be the best computer for the people who are more into computers with programming, creating software, and working with web development. So if you’re a main web user I think you have a great reccomendation: The Chromebook.

sources: http://www.google.com/chromebook

http://www.youtube.com

Exclusive: Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, and now Jupiter. It’s the new Juno probe. The next space mission to Jupiter.


There was once the biggest project that NASA funded to get more information on Pluto. That’s old school. We are now looking at something else bigger. I mean literally it’s bigger in size and it’s bigger in Science.  Here’s the biggest challenge though. How to build a probe that can withstand one planet’s greatest threats. The Juno probe is the next step in science and engineering.

The Atlas V rocket carrying Juno was launched on August 5th, 2011 and is now looking forward in meeting our our friend, Jupiter. The mission has already been launched at Kennedy Space Center, and all the NASA officials are scrunching their eyes towards large computer screens showing a plethora of information, 24/7. Recording information on paper, phones, or anything that they appear to have in hand. Watching and watching every single day for a small sight of Jupiter.

Carefully engineered by NASA scientists. The Juno spacecraft was a project that had a budget of $1.1 billion. With careful scientist, resources were used properly and had a bill of $700 million. The Juno spacecraft was named after the Roman god Jupiter’s wife, so you can see the big connection. This space probe was launched with the Atlas V rocket that was designed in a special way to withstand the harsh radiation out in space. The probe is around 4,000 kg, including all the equipment that was added on top of the probe.

Now on the specifications on the project: The Juno probe is expected to reach into Jupiter’s orbit around July 4th, 2016, and in the beginning stages of the transport it will run on kerosene and liquid oxygen to give it some boosts. After that Juno will have to run on solar panels to get the lithium ion batteries charged for the big project. I guess that day we’ll have 2 celebrations, Independence Day and Jupiter Day. A wait that will take 4 years really isn’t that long compared to our Pluto project that will reach Pluto in 2015. After Juno reaches the orbit, Juno will have to stay at least 2,672 miles away from Jupiter to prevent being sucked in by it’s gravity immediately. Juno and the Atlas V rocket will have to stay in the outer orbit. 33 orbits around Jupiter and we just pray that the probe won’t be pulled in completely into Jupiter’s orbit and be crushed like a pancake. 1 more year of orbit. Why? Well each one of the orbits take 11 days. So, you can do the math. 33 x 11 = 363. That’s more than a year. The project is planned to conclude on October 2017 and the probe is planned to be sucked into the orbit of Jupiter and be destroyed or eliminated if you don’t want to say it that harsh.

Watch video: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/video/nasas-juno-probe-prepared-jupiter-voyage-14240109

The Juno probe has basic goals and some of them are to observe Jupiter’s  gravity field, magnetic field , and polar magnetosphere. Juno will also be looking at the physical features of the planet and is ready to get information in which if Jupiter has a rocky core and see how fast and other information on Jupiter’s wind. The increasing wind speeds and severe hurricanes of Jupiter make it interesting to know more on it and Juno has instruments to record that information too. Juno and the NASA scientists will be keeping a eye on Jupiter for any signs of water at all. Though one of Jupiter’s moons, Europa has evidence of having salt water, which is a step closer to evidence of extra-terrestrial life. After all these objectives that Juno has to complete, it will begin to get more into Jupiter’s orbit and then eventually get sucked into it’s orbit, and you know the basic process, it gets crushed like a pancake, again.

Atlas V, the rocket carrying Juno will make history as it approaches Jupiter which is just a next step in the mysteries and unknown of the deep, dark abyss of the space that is unknown.

Fun Fact: On board on Juno, there’s 3 LEGO mini figures that are taped to the probe to represent Galileo, Jupiter, and his wife Juno. These LEGO pieces were made out of aluminum to prevent radiation damage and the survive the outer space. There is also a plaque that gives dedication to Galileo on his discovery of the planet Jupiter. These 2 facts are pretty cool.

Sony plans to open PlayStation Store May 24th


Sony has recently planned to open the PlayStation Store today. They have said to have opened it, yet I have not checked whether they really have done it.

PlayStation Network was down since April 20th due to recent security breaches into it’s major PSN network. They had shut down all systems of the PSN and had opened the online gameplay but the store hadn’t opened yet. They had gave news out that it would be open by today. I don’t know so I can’t tell you for sure that it will be open.

Sony had lost about  $171 million dollars in the security breach and is currently recovering from it. They had reassured that all the systems would be back up and just working fine.

After the breach and when they opened up part of it’s online gaming services, Sony had promised that once they had fixed the store that they would give 30 free days of PlayStation Plus access and would allow you to select 2 games for free from this list of games: LittleBigPlanet, Wipeout HD, Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty, and Dead Nation. You can select only 2 and remember that.

All the other games that were planned to release on the weeks of the outage will now be postponed to a different day where then the games will be released accordingly.

Will you still use PSN even after so many days of outage?

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