No real surprises came from Verizon's press event today. Their 4G LTE network is officially starting up in 38 cities and 60 airports across the U.S. starting December 5th. Verizon states it will cover "one third of Americans." $50 will get you 5GB of data a month while $80 a month will get you 10GB.
According to Verizon, customers can expect 5-12Mbps downstream and 2-5Mbps upstream in "real-world, loaded network environments." Current phones are not currently compatible with LTE; Verizon is making the LG VL600 USB adapter available at launch to take advantage of LTE with the Pantech UML290 coming later. More "consumer oriented" devices are expected to get some face time at CES next month. Check out the full list of covered areas after the break.
When most of us want to listen to our favorite music or watch a movie, we want to hear the audio not the noise in the room around us. This is particularly true for the user that travels a lot in a car, plane, or train where things can be noisy. Noise cancelling headphones are also a great way to block out noisy spouses and kids so you can get some work done. Audio-Technica has unveiled two new sets of noise cancelling headphones.
The new offerings include the ATH-ANC27 and the ATH-ANC25. The ANC27 set claims to block up to 85% of the noise in the room around you and the ANC25 version will block up to 80% of the noise. Both headphones use active noise cancellation and use high-efficiency drivers inside. Both of the headphone models are compatible with the iPhone and iPods as well as computers and in-flight entertainment systems.
The latest happenings from around the web - December 1st, 2010
- Apple 13" MacBook Air @ Hot Hardware
- Chillblast Fusion Challenger System @ Hardware Heaven
- Lenovo Edge 11" Notebook @ tbreak
- Acer Aspire 1551 11.6-inch Notebook @ Legit Reviews
- Asus Crosshair IV Extreme Review: Lucid HydraLogix inside @ Techspot
- Sandy Bridge and P67 Prices Revealed @ Overclock3D
- ASRock 890GX Extreme3 Mainboard @ RWLabs
- ASUS P7H55-M/USB3 Motherboard @ Hardware Heaven
- ASUS Sabertooth X58 @ Pureoverclock
One of the most compelling reasons for me to upgrade to the iPhone 4 from my iPhone 3GS (other than the cracked screen on my 3GS) was that the iPhone 4 has a much better screen. The quality of the screen is one of the biggest reasons that media consuming smartphone users will use to upgrade to a new device. That is assuming that a geek needs any reason at all to upgrade other than a new device is available.
One of the largest companies in the mobile display market is Samsung Mobile Display. SMD makes screens for all sorts of smartphones and other devices and the company has unveiled a new screen technology called Super LPS that will replace current generation IPS screens. You can see from the image here that the Super PLS screen is much clearer and brighter than other screens on the market. According to SMD, the new screen is 100% better in viewing angles and 10% brighter than other screens on the market.
I think that more patent applications surface from Apple than any other company. Maybe it's that we only hear about the Apple ones, either way a cool new app has surfaced today that comes from Apple and shows some cool tech that we may be seeing on future Mac computers and notebooks. The patent app shows off a new version of the MagSafe cable, which is one of the coolest things about the MacBook line of notebooks in my opinion.
The MagSafe cable is familiar to many of us with the design that pops free easily if it's pulled on to keep you from catching the cord and knocking the notebook off a desk. The patent app outlines a new version of the MagSafe connector that provides the juice the notebook needs along with servicing the function of a power cable as well.
The weather has finally turned cool here in Texas so thinking about swimming right now is enough to give me chills. If you live where it is warm all the time or have an indoor pool you like to use, H2O Audio has a new set of waterproof earbuds that will also stand up to sweat without breaking on you. The new earbuds are called the Flex All Sport buds and they are offered in four different colors.
You can get the things in Super Hero Blue, Envy Green, Onyx Black, and Power Pink. They look nice and the Super Hero Blue ones remind me of Superman. The Flex earbuds promise clear and rich sound in up to three feet of water and the ability to stand up to the sweatiest of workouts without breaking down. They ship with three different earplug sizes for a comfortable fit and you can pick up a set in any color right now for $29.99.
Bitfenix pulled the wraps off its sweet Colossus case a while back and it was one of the coolest cases I have ever seen. Before the Colossus hit the market, I had not heard of the company at all and I was very impressed with the design and features of the chassis. Bitfenix is back with a new version of the Colossus called the Colossus Venom.
The main difference between the new Venom and the original Colossus case is that the Venom has a new lighting color to choose from. The case has LED lighting that can be changed from red to a new green hue at the touch of a button. The green with the black aluminum shell looks fantastic. Like the original, the light channels run down the sides and across the front of the case. The chassis has a pair of USB 2.0 and a pair of USB 3.0 ports on the top under a trap door to keep things clean looking along with other connectivity options.
We have teamed up with BitFenix and Altech Computers their exclusive distributors in Australia to giveaway one Colossus black case and one Survivor case to two lucky Australian Edition readers.
Introducing Colossus - the PC chassis for the uncompromising enthusiast. Offering unmatched expandability, security, and cooling all wrapped up in a modern and elegant body, Colossus represents months of intensive research, product development, and meticulous design. The result is a chassis like no other; a chassis that serves as an ideal enclosure for the most colossal gaming rigs.
Ruggedized features combined with elegant styling, Survivor is a new paradigm in chassis design. Engineered for the mobile digital warrior, comes fully equipped with BitFenix S2 security, an innovative carrying handle that hides away when not in use, and full compatibility with extra-long graphics cards. BitFenix's SofTouch coating helps the system resist a few bumps on the way to the LAN party, and balanced airflow means Survivor remains cool and stable in the heat of battle. All of this is geared to help you dominate at your next LAN event, rather than worrying about if your hardware will survive the day.
Earlier today we caught up with Andrew and Holst from Foxconn at their headquarters in Taipei and discussed all things motherboards.
Firstly we got some exclusive hands-on time with their upcoming high-end Quantum Force P67 motherboard. When it comes to the market sometime early next year for a rock solid price of around 150 USD, it will support upcoming Intel Sandy Bridge Socket 1155 processors. It comes with a nice red and black style with several overclocker friendly features.
Besides the hands-on, we also got into Foxconn's thoughts on the motherboard market and trends that it is seeing. Andrew from Foxconn marketing commented about how his company is focused more on mid-range products packed full of features, rather than over-exuberant high-end products that cost an arm and a leg to own. In a nutshell, Foxconn notes that it sees more revenues being generated from mid-range products due to sales numbers.
It's interesting to hear about the direction Foxconn is taking with its motherboard products and you can too by watching the video above.
It looks like the iPhone 4 isn't the only phone out there with major death grip problems. Some videos are floating around of the HTC HD7 sporting similar issues.
The rule of thumb when it comes to "you're holding it wrong" is this: A strong signal isn't affected much, a medium signal can drop to bad, and a bad signal can be dropped at anytime. You would think something like this would have been addressed after the whole iPhone 4 fiasco, but sometimes things slip through the cracks I suppose.