February 23, 2010

Toy Fair Concentrates on Electronics

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The 2010 Toy Fair was held last week in New York with lots of shiny new electronic things to play with. Mattel's entry, Puppy Tweets, is a sound and motion sensor that can attach to a dog's collar and post on Twitter in the pet's name. Hasbro unveiled a new Scrabble game that uses electronic cubes with "Smart Tile Technology." The game recognizes words and keeps score so you really cannot cheat.

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Rubik's has an electronic Cube and Hasbro is celebrating Monopoly's 75th anniversary with an electronic console with sound effects and song clips. WowWee's Paper Jamz is a line of six toy guitars, six drum sets and an amplifier that can make music from touch-sensitive electronic sensors. Obviously, this year the manufacturers are going all out with bells and whistles.

Via TIA

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February 22, 2010

Electronic Companies Venture Into Wireless TV

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Hitachi, Panasonic, and Toshiba are working on 60GHz RF transceiver chips that will work with integrated antennas on digital home electronics. In basic English, this translates into wireless TVs. We may get to see the next wave of networking sometime this year. Panasonic is also working on a version for kiosks that will transfer a standard definition film in 9 seconds or a CD in five.

Via Nikkei

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February 17, 2010

Google Makes Changes to Buzz After Complaints

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Talk about having a bad hair day week month. Google is finally making some changes after Buzz not only automatically signed up users, it preselected frequent e-mail contacts as "followers" and made the list public. The Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a formal complaint with the FCC, citing one case that created a woman's list with personal information that included her mother, boyfriend and abusive ex-husband. Apparently Google is making nice-nice to make up for their errors, including dispensing with auto-opt and auto-follow.

Did anyone else find it odd that Google partially blamed users for some of the mistakes with this remark in their official blog that referred to the contact list?

"On Thursday, after hearing that people thought the checkbox for choosing not to display this information publicly was too hard to find, we made this option more prominent. But that was clearly not enough."

Via Gmail Blog

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February 11, 2010

Hulu May Charge For Older Shows

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Hulu has been free up to this point, but the online viewing site may start charging for some of its programs. While trying to find a figure that most would pay for, the company may set a $4.99 per month subscription rate for older shows like "30 Rock," "House" and "Modern Family." Look for the change to take effect in the next six months.

Via LA Times

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February 2, 2010

Donate Your Outdated Cellies to Help Haiti

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Look around for those discarded and outdated cell phones, batteries and chargers that you may have laying around and donate them to Recellular. One hundred percent of the value will be donated to the American Red Cross in their Haiti relief efforts. If they are fixable, they will be sent to orgs in the area at no charge. To get free shipping supplies and find out more, hit the link below.

Via Phones for Haiti

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January 29, 2010

SE HD Vivaz Comes With Major Pre-Packs

Not content to merely utilize HD in their TVs, monitors and laptops, Sony Ericsson's Vivaz has 720 HD video recording with 16 million colors, 3.2" intuitive touchscreen, 8.1 megapixel sensor, 4x digital zoom cam with autofocus, 75MB expandable memory and comes equipped with apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Google maps, games and YouTube. The 107.0 x 52.0 x 12.5 mm size Symbian OS device has WiFi, TV out and FM radio. Available in 4 different colors, no price or date is out yet.

Via Akihabara News

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January 21, 2010

Next Up, UHD

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As soon as we get comfortable with one technology, another trots in. This time it is a higher def known as UHD (Ultra High Definition.) This means that the 1920 x 1080 resolution will be four times higher at 3840 x 2160. Don't panic as the new technology, displayed in an 84" LG screen, will probably not be commercially available until 2020.

Via CrunchGear

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January 18, 2010

Lady Gaga Concert to Assist Haiti

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Lady Gaga is doing her part to help Haiti earthquake victims. All proceeds from her January 24 Monster Ball performance in New York City will be donated to the cause. Sales from her merchandise that day will also be used for relief, so go to her online shop, order a T-shirt or other item and you can do your part as well.

Via Lady Gaga Official Site

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December 31, 2009

OLPC 3rd Generation Prototype

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We haven't heard much lately from the folks at One Laptop Per Child, although a peek at their site shows that they are still being distributed. Yves Behar, of the fuseproject, has designed its third generation with an 8.5 x 11" flexible plastic touchscreen and wireless charging. Best of all, the tablet will supposedly have a $75.00 price tag. The newest OLPC is due out in 2012.

Via fuseproject

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December 14, 2009

Fusion Garage Debuts Joo Joo

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Now that the CrunchPad has ceased to exist, Fusion Garage has reinvented it as the Joo Joo. Featuring a 12" touchscreen, it can boot in about 9 seconds and has menu links to websites such as Hulu and Twitter. It has a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, 4GB of internal memory and WiFi connectivity. You can pre-order one now for $499.00.

Note: It looks as though the fight is not over as TechCrunch's Michael Arrington has filed a lawsuit against the company.

Via The Joo Joo

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