Summer will soon be over and back to school time is at hand. Check our round up if you are looking for last minute ideas for supplies. Thanks to Money Saving Shop, Gizmo PHD, Bonnie and Offbeat Solutions for following us on Twitter. (You should, too!)
Logitech has a couple of new accessories for tablet owners. The full-sized Bluetooth Fold-Up Keyboard and stand for iPad 2 keeps your device at a perfect angle while adding USB charging and auto on/off.
And for gamers, there is a Joystick, a thumb-stick style controller that works with almost every game. Attach it to your iPad with suction cops and let the games begin. At a size of 5.6 x 1.3 x 4", it comes with a handy carrying case.
Marmitek has a solution for those extra rear speaker cords. The Surround Anywhere220 is a digital transmitter and receiver with a built-in amp that handles uncompressed sound. With an automatic ON/OFF function and remote volume adjustment, the correct balance is easily achieved. Pick one up from their site for £131.94 (~$220.00.)
It's not like we would be the only site not to say that we will notice the absence of Steve Jobs, but we guess we just wanted to add our best wishes and hope he gets some well-deserved rest. And although he will still be the Chairman of the Board, his frequent presence will still be missed. At least we can think of him every time we use our iPhone, iPad or iMac.
Routers don't have to look like strange alien-type devices that use antennas to connect you to your Internet world. The Medialink Wireless N Router has an internal antenna and is compatible with Windows, Mac OSX and Linux. Set up is simple and the router is backwards compatible with 802.11 b/g devices. WPA, WPA2 and WPS is supported and it can work with most DSL/Cable modems and 2.4Ghz wireless adapters.
Networking will soon be one step closer between physicians and their patients with a super-thin patch that is placed directly on the skin. Engineers at Northwestern University have found that these can be used for diagnostics, sensing and communications. Similar to a temporary tattoo, the device contains sensors, wireless power and communication modules. To prove their case further, they positioned one on a user's throat and spoken commands like up down, left and right can control the video game Sokoban.
Netflix wants to make it easier to turn kids into Watch Instantly Zombies with a new Just For Kids feature. The company worked with Common Sense Media to select the films and TV shows for children aged 12 and under. In addition to clicking on a handy tab, tots can click on characters at the top and bottom of the page to pick selections based on their faves. So if your kid is a SpongeBob freak, expect hours of uninterrupted silliness to enter your life. The service will soon be accessible on the iPad, Wii and probably other gaming consoles that Netflix supports.
Sony has lowered the price of its Playstation 3 to get more in the proverbial game. It seems that reduction has already moved the system to the top of game console sales at Amazon. With the 160GB model and the 320 GB PS3 cut by $50.00, get yours before the price starts to soar again during the holidays. A Call of Duty Bundle is also available .
Another move that will probably keep the company in the bright green is the deal to bring DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket to the PS3.
Google has designs on Motorola Mobility, knowing that with the purchase of the company, they can better integrate cell phone usage with the Android applications. Motorola has been around for 80 years, and it certainly doesn't hurt that it was a founding member of the Open Handset Alliance. And then there is that little thing called competition, while Microsoft and Apple try to weaken Android, Google will try to make it a winner in the public's eye.
Look, it's an entire Blu-ray Home Theater system for a decent price. LG's LHB336 includes 3D, Smart TV, a 1100W amp, upscaling of video and Dolby Digital Plus. In addition to being Internet ready, the system works with iPhone/iPod, USB 2.0 playback and Simplink Connectivity. All for a Freakin' Friday price of less than $300.00.
It's hard to believe that it was only about a year ago that we finally invested in GPS to get our navigationally challenged selves a chance to not get lost when out and about but now most cars and smartphones come with them. But for those who have not yet admitted to their inferior driving skills, Garmin believes it can change your mind.
Their nüvi 1300 4.3" Widescreen Portable Navigator is pre-loaded with 48 states, millions of points of interest, pedestrian usability and public transit mode. And yes, you get those annoying turn-by-turn directions with text-to-speech. Suck it up and take the plunge for about half the price that we paid.
While most companies are concentrating on ways to make their smartphones more intelligent, capable and shinier, HTC CEO Peter Chou believes that concentrating on the sound is the way to go. With a 51% ownership of Beats, the two organizations are working to integrate for some new headsets this fall. And with a product as cool as Beats, we think they may just have something.
SETI is a go again, thanks to $200,000 in funding from supporters that include actor/director Jodi Foster. The organization managed to gain enough funding (~$200,000) in 45 days to restart its Allen Telescope Array, thereby making it possible for ET to phone away from home. You can still contribute to this hopeful organization, although they are seeking permanent funding from the US Air Force.
The UK's prime minister, in addressing Parliament last week, told them that he was considering limiting social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to help curb the violence. Part of PM David Cameron's speech claimed,
"And when people are using social media for violence we need to stop them. So we are working with the Police, the intelligence services and industry to look at whether it would be right to stop people communicating via these websites and services when we know they are plotting violence, disorder and criminality."
We want to believe that this is a threat more than a promise as anyone who believes in freedom knows that this move will not hinder the problem, but feed the flames. We do not believe in violence, but this type of action smacks of Big Brother, don't you think? You can read the entire speech from the link.
No sooner did Logitech drop the price of its Google TV run Revue from $299 to $249, it turned around and lowered it again to $99.99. This move makes it more competitive with Apple TV and Amazon's Roku. The company says that when its Version 2 is updated this summer, it will have an even better and simpler UI and access to the Android Market.
While most digital frames sit there and look pretty, Elecom's new Un Photoalbum wants you to be able to hold it to show off your latest vacation shots. The DPF-A8WM10 comes in both black and white, has an 8" LED backlit screen with a 1280x768 resolution, 2GB memory and supports full HD video playback. It features a convenient SDXC slot, USB 2.0 connection and HDMI out. The frame comes with remote and battery that will give you about an hour and a half of play before needing a recharge.
Crestron has new docking stations for both the original iPad and iPad 2. Take your tablet and mount it on either a table top or wall and take advantage of the company's app for control of home or office. Available in both white and black gloss, the IDOC-PAD and IDOC-PAD2 software can manage video streaming, audio settings, thermostats or even lighting.
A new update for second generation Apple TV has arrived. Owners can now purchase TV shows in glorious HD that can then be downloaded to other iOS devices. It will automatically show previous iTunes purchases and users can browse and watch videos from Vimeo. Hit the link to download the 4.3 update.
Following the lead of many streaming services, gaming company EA is offering its players the chance to play full games before their official release. Available to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 owners, Sports Season Ticket offers downloaded versions 3 days before anyone else gets to see them. And while the demo expires after those 72 hours, players can keep their achievements. Madden NFL 12, coming out Aug. 30, is the first title that can be had after joining the service for $24.99 (or 2,000 MS points) yearly.
LaCie brings a sequel to its Rugged Portable Hard Drive with a Mini. This one is also rain, drop and shock-resistant and the company claims that you can run over it with a 1 ton car, although we missed that testing day. Compatible with USB 3.0 or 2.0, it has password protection software built-in and automatic backup. For PC and Mac, the Mini comes in 500GB ($99.99,) 500GB (7200 rpm) ($119.99) and 1TB models ($159.99.)
If you like catching up with
Glee episodes soon after they air, beginning this fall you need Hulu Plus, cable or satellite company to catch them and other Fox shows the first 8 days after airing. Although other stations like ESPN and EPIX have already begun this practice, Fox is the first major network to adopt the plan. The change will occur August 15 and we will see if the others follow suit.
Amazon is doing some big-time hyping of their Prime service by adding hundreds of movies over the last few months and promising more than 2,000 movie and TV titles to come like The Tudors and Star Trek. You pay just $79.00 per year for unlimited streaming. That makes the price about $6.50 per month, a small savings over Netflix, but we suspect loyal subscribers will not fix what isn't really broken, just damaged. Still, if you have yet to choose, you get a month free tryout.
When Bang & Olufsen do music, they always do it with finesse and big bucks. As a follow up to their BeoSound 8, the smaller Encore has access to over 13,000 stations with video on its 10.4" LCD. The digital music system has playback of both WMA and FLAC lossless files from an external hard drive, music server or USB stick. If you already own a BeoSound 5 or BeoMaster 5, you can add tunes to other rooms. Look for its debut next month at a retail price of $3,350.00.
The temperatures may be still be soaring so hang out in your AC cubicle and check out our Round Up for July. Our thanx to Hans Looman, Reverse Mortgage, Giant Red Seven, TNBE and Antonia for joining us on Twitter!
A year ago producer Ridley Scott and director Kevin Macdonald asked "ordinary" people to film footage to contribute to "Life in a Day." After 80,000 videos uploaded that made up 4,500 hrs of footage from 192 countries, the premiere finally took place last Friday at selected theaters. With YouTube and National Geographic sponsoring the documentary, the film contains what its editor calls "time capsule footage." If you want to see what didn't make the cut, check out the YouTube Channel.