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Apple iPad 2 display to rock a 2048x1536 resolution?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 16, 2011 11:59 pm

More and more rumors are surfacing regarding Apples upcoming next-gen iPad - the new rumors are starting to get me a little over-excited. The latest rumor is that the iPad could be doubling it's current resolution of 1024x768 up to 2048x1536.

 

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Most people have just guessed that the next-gen iPad would have the retina display ala iPhone 4, but this rumor is juicy enough to hopefully be true. Even at 2048x1536 it will still not be "retina" specifications, but the resolution is high enough to make the next-gen iPad look insanely sexy.

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PSA: iPhone not designed for below freezing conditions

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 15, 2011 2:00 am

It seems that the iPhone 4 is not exactly built to be a world traveler. According to a report, a woman in Norway was refused repair on her iPhone by the Apple Store after she pulled it from her pocket and found it shattered while strolling around in -14C conditions.

 

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Apparently the phone is not designed to work at below freezing temperatures as well as above 35 degrees Celsius. There is a warning from the phone when it's getting too hot, but you get nothing from the iPhone when it's close to freezing to death…..besides a busted surprise when you reah into your pockets to warm up your hands. Maybe this will spawn a whole new line of iPhone sweaters for colder climates.

Windows 7 SP1 being sent to OEMs

By: Don Lynn | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 15, 2011 1:38 am

The first release candidate for Service Pack 1 of Windows 7 has been around since October, but there's been precious little news of a full fledged launch past vague dates ranging from December 2010 to the first half of 2011. Well, December is obviously come and gone with no luck, but according to a post on TechNet the first Service Pack for Windows 7 has been sent to OEMs.

 

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While Microsoft has nothing official to say on the subject, the fact that companies like Dell, HP, and others will have their hands on SP1 can only mean it will be officially launched in the wild sooner rather than later. There aren't really any life-changing new features coming with SP1; besides the usual bugfixes there will be an improved remote desktop client with RemoteFX integrated as well as dynamic memory support for Windows Server 2008 R2.

Fujitsu announces 3D all in one desktop; no glasses required

By: Don Lynn | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 15, 2011 12:08 am

3D is being touted as a huge selling point for nearly everything with a screen in 2011, and here comes another world's first. Fujitsu Japan has announced the Esprimo FH99/CM, their "world's first" no glasses required 3D all in one desktop.

 

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While the 23" 3D capable screen is obviously the big deal here for Fujitsu, the Intel Core i7-2630QM 2.00GHz processor, Intel H65 Express chip set, 2TB HDD, 4GB RAM, and 3D Blu-Ray capable drive are also packed into this all in one. Two USB 3.0 and 4 USB 2.0 ports provide plenty of connectivity while a gigabit Ethernet port and wireless-N capability handle networking necessities. The FH99/CM is slated to debut in Japan on February 25th with a hefty $3,100 US price tag. No word on when it may be seen outside Japan.

E-ink watch designs could change how you tell time

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 14, 2011 11:53 pm

E-ink: it's not just for e-readers anymore. Lots of different platforms are looking to take advantage of the energy friendly alternative to LCD screens, and it looks like watches could become one of them. Check out out this design concept by Jonathan Frey:

 

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Dual e-ink screens are used: one on the bottom for the time, a second up top tracking the date. One reason e-ink is being looked at by watchmakers is the fact that the screens can be used on curved surfaces, which provides a ton of new design possibilities that don't have to center around the usual flat clock face. Also with color e-ink displays on the way, this will add even more flexibility in design. No sign yet on when watches like this could hit your wrist, but it looks like an idea that makers can run with.

Apple nearing ten billion App Store downloads

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 14, 2011 11:40 pm

The App Store has obviously been a big boost to Apple's pocketbook and they are getting ready to roll over the ten billion download mark. Yes, ten BILLION. While this may just seem like another boring milestone to most, Apple is sweetening the pot for their customers once they roll over the mark: a $10,000 iTunes card.

 

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That's right, nearly all the games, apps, and songs your little iOS loving heart can dream to own. It looks like this is a drawing due to the "enter without downloading" link, which makes the possibility of streamers and balloons falling from the sky (or your iPad) a little less likely if you're the downloader that pushes them over the hump. So keep on downloading those fart apps; it could score you some serious Apple loot.

Firebox taking pre-orders on cool Angry Birds plush animals

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 14, 2011 8:02 pm

If you walked up to a bunch of people using the iPhone and Android devices to play games on the go and asked them what their favorite game was, a bunch of them would ay Angry Birds. The game is very popular and one of the most downloaded games on the iPhone and Android devices. With the game being so popular, it has spawned versions for home consoles and versions for other mobile platforms are coming as well.

 

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A company in the UK called Firebox has announced that it is taking pre-orders on Angry Birds plush toys. The company has three different plush types. The largest are 8-inches in size and come in blue, piggy, red, and yellow selling for £9.99 with shipping in the UK.

 

The company also has some cool backpack clip style characters with the blue, red, and yellow birds for £3.99 each with shipping. The most annoying for parents will be the mini plush toys with sound. They will sell for £4.99 and can be had in black, blue, red, white, and yellow birds and the green pig. All of the plush toys are set to ship on March 1 and can be pre-ordered right now.

Nintendo brags about having the two top selling consoles of 2010

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 14, 2011 7:00 pm

Nintendo has been selling the Wii and the DS for years. Early in the life of the Wii, the console was just about impossible to get hands on for most gamers. The Wii was so scarce that people were paying hundreds more to get them on eBay than the MSRP and many stood in line and waited for a long time to get their own. The popularity of the Wii isn't what it once was, but it is still popular.

 

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Nintendo has announced that it had the two top selling game consoles for 2010. The two consoles are the Wii and the DS portable. The DS was the top selling console for all of 2010 with over 8.5 million units sold and the Wii was tops in home consoles with over 7 million units sold. The numbers come from the NPD group that tracks such things.

 

A huge chunk of the sales for Nintendo consoles for the year came in December with the holidays. In December, Nintendo reports selling 2.5 million DS portables and 2.3 million Wii consoles. Nintendo also notes that since the DS launched it has sold more than 47 million of the portables and more than 34 million Wiis. Nintendo also had three of the top selling games for December 2010 with Just Dance 2 at number one, Donkey Kong Country Returns at number three, and Disney Epic Mickey at number four.

E-Ink screens may make battle tanks invisible in 5-years

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 14, 2011 6:00 pm

Researchers at BAE Systems in the UK are hard at work on a system that movie fans will recognize as being very similar to the tech that the Predator used to hide from Arnie. BAE is looking at a system that may be in the field in as little as five years that can hide a vehicle the size of a main battle tank using sensors and e-Ink on the surface of the vehicle.

 

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The researchers have dubbed the technology e-camouflage and as the vehicle rolls along the camera sensors on the outside would project the image all around it on the surface to allow it to blend into any environment. The researchers are basing the program around seven different fighting vehicles for now.

 

The vehicles are a mixture of manned and unmanned vehicles that will have versions that are armed and some that are unarmed. Some will be troop carriers while other will hunt the enemy or provide anti-aircraft support. The British military wants a vehicle ready for operational capacity by 2013 weighing 30 tons, powered by a hybrid system, and packing the survivability and fighting power of current main battle tank.

Liquid Image Impact off-road goggles has HD camcorder inside

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Cameras | Posted: Jan 14, 2011 5:06 pm

Growing up in the country riding dirt bikes all the time I can tell you that a pair of goggles is required if you like being able to see. A bunch of people that ride off-road and do other sports like skiing that wear goggles also want to show off their skills on video to their friends that weren't around. The catch is that it's hard to find a camera that can withstand off road use and is small enough that it's not a bother to the user.

 

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Liquid image has unveiled a new set of goggles called the impact series that has a 1080p camcorder integrated into the frames. This same company makes the line of scuba masks that have video cameras inside. The Impact series comes in black or red colors and the video camera is in the center of the goggles right above the bridge of the nose for a perfect POV.

 

The field of view is 136-degrees to take in all that the rider sees. The camera will record 1080p resolution video at 30 fps and can record 60 fps video at 720p resolution. It can also take still shots at 12MP resolution. The video and photos are stored to a microSD card and the goggles ship with a 4GB card and support cards up to 32GB. Pricing and availability for the goggles is unknown at this time.

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