Google have launched Google Maps 5.1 for Android which allows you to connect to a location to a real place by checking in there using Latitude. You can still use Latitude to automatically update and share your location, but check-ins let you add context to the location - like captions on a photo.
Latitude can be set to automatically detect your location, but there are now some unique features like notifications. If turned on, it will check you in at a nearby place once you arrive, this stops you from forgetting to check in ever again. Automatic check-ins is quite self-explanatory as it will check you in automatically once you get there without having to touch your phone. Check-out does the opposite, it will check you out so your friends aren't left guessing whether you're there or not.
LG is being pretty coy when it comes to their upcoming 3D smartphone. The Optimus 3D has been rumored to have everything from a dual core Tegra 2 processor to a 3D camera. Then there was Phandroid's possible leaked photo of the device:
LG's only official stated specs are that the display will be 3D without the need for glasses and the device will have HDMI and DLNA connectivity for content sharing. The unveiling will be on February 14th at the Mobile World Congress, so 3D lovers will have to wait a couple weeks to fall in love with the new device.
Google and Microsoft have gotten into a little spat and this time it's over their search engines. According to Google, Microsoft's Bing is "recycling" search results from Google through use of Internet Explorer and the Bing Toolbar and putting them up as their own. This is one of the many examples provided on the Official Google Blog:
Amit Singhal, a Google search engineer, stated in the blog that Google inserted the page as the top result of the jumbled search words and found that Bing's search popped the same page afterwards. While Google is not straight up accusing Microsoft of copying results, it's pretty much being said in more polite terms. Google is asking Microsoft to stop, butMicrosoft is denying all of this to this point.
In it's efforts to fight piracy and the jailbreaking gear that has come out lately, Sony has updated the PS3 to 3.56 firmware. The update has a glitch, it makes hard drive upgrades impossible on most PS3 models.
The problem seems to stem from Sony's latest update which was rushed, an explanation from a post on NeoGaf below:
If you're the kind of person who wants to pump digital wares around your house (and now outside of your house via 3G) then the latest QNAP Turbo NAS range will suite you well.
QNAP's latest addition (known as the TS-x12 line) will include a Marvel 1.2GHz CPU, 256MB of RAM, Gigabit Ethernet ports as well as the RAID and iSCSI support that the current QNAP Turbo NAS series include. But the change in these models is that they include iOS WiFi and 3G streaming to your various Apple iOS based devices.
Apple lost a little part of the tablet-pie in 2010, they captured 75.3 percent of the worldwide market share for tablets. Android-based devices took 21.6 percent share according to research firm Strategy Analytics.
With this news, Apple have lost around 20 percent of the market share to Google when comparing Q3 to Q4 in 2010. Just three months ago Apple had 95.5 percent of the tablet market whilst Android-powered devices only had 2.3 percent. Despite the power struggle between Apple and Google, both companies are making some serious waves in the tablet market with this year being even bigger than the last.
Zynga's CityVille is an unstoppable train that is just exploding out in all directions. It's the largest Facebook application ever and has only been around for just over a month after launching in December 2010.
Zynga have added 20 more levels to CityVille bringing the game up to a maximum level of 80. Currently I'm Level 31 (yes the game is addictive, I'm playing it because I told my mate that I'd beat him, haha). You might think this means nothing, but it's rumored that Zynga are paying Facebook $30 million per month for their 30% cut.
Epson has projectors that are for mobile pros, education, and home theater fans in its line up and many of the offerings from the company are among the best in their classes. Epson has announced today that it has two new projectors going into the line aimed at education use. The projectors would work equally as well in the office and other settings too.
The new projectors are the PowerLite 905 and 915W. The projectors are similar with the differences being brightness and resolution. The 905 sells for $999 and has 3000 lumens of white and color light output with XGA resolution. The 915W has 3200 lumens of color and white light output with WXGA resolution and sells for $1099.
Other features of the two are common like HDMI inputs, 16W speakers, and mic inputs. The projectors have plug and play capability for showing presentations from a computer. They can be turned on and off from a wall switch and the projectors have a 1.6 x optical zoom. Both of the projectors will ship in March around the country online and in stores.
Digital cameras are sort of like apps for smartphones in that there is a camera for just about every need. You can find lots of entry-level digital cameras for people shopping based on price, there are also lots of cameras covering all other needs from mainstream up to super zoom and interchangeable lens cameras.
Sony has announced a pair of new cameras that fall into the higher-end of the point and shoot market. The new cameras are the HX100V and the HX9V. The two are both super zoom offerings that share many of the same features. The cameras are both 16.2MP cameras with Exmor CMOS sensors. They both have Sweep Panorama feature, and both have a 3-inch rear LCD.
They are also both able to record 1080p HD video at 60 fps and shoot 3MP still photos while recording video as well. The difference between the two boils down to zoom range. The HX100V has a 30x zoom lens and the HX9V has a 16x optical zoom lens. The HX100V will sell for $450 and the HX9V will sell for $350 with both hitting the Sony Style store in February.
Gigabyte is one of the more popular computer hardware makers in the industry with a variety of mainboards and video cards that range from entry level to high-end enthusiast offerings. Today Gigabyte has unveiled a pair of new entry-level video cards using the NVIDIA GT 440 GPU. The video cards include the GV-N440TC-1GI and GV-N440D3-1GI.
Both of the cards use the same GT 440 GPU that supports DirectX 11, 3D, CUDA and a lot more. Both of the cards have D-sub, DVI, and HDMI connectivity. The N440D3 has 1GB of DDR3 RAM inside that is clocked at 1800MHz. The core clock for the GPU is 830MHz and the shader clock is 1660MHz.
The N440TC has 512MB of TurboCache GDDR5 RAM onboard had a clock speed of 830MHz. The RAM is clocked at 3200MHz and the shaders are clocked at 1660MHz. Both of the video cards are RoHS compliant and the GPUs use 40nm technology. Pricing and availability on the cards is unknown at this time.