CES 2011, Las Vegas - If you need any proof that Android is going into all sorts of products, this one is the proof you need. The OS is finding its way into all sorts of gadgets and tech for cars and lots more. The latest product to surface from Parrot has Android inside and is one place that I never considered seeing Android land. The product is called the Asteroid and it is a car stereo or head unit.
The device runs the Android OS and comes with a GPS dongle. When you connect the head unit with your own 3G dongle, you can get access to Parrot Maps for navigation, those maps can get traffic, and construction alerts on them. Parrot says that it will also be offering more apps for the Asteroid device later.
The head unit can play music and files from all sorts of inputs included SD cards, USB, iPhone, iPods, and Bluetooth devices. The radio also works as a hands free device for calls on the road. The coolest feature is voice search for music while you drive and if you have the Asteroid on a 3G network it will search the web for you as well. It has integrated AM and FM tuners with RDS support. Pricing is unknown and the device will hit the US in Q2 2011.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Trendnet has been at CES as long as I can recall and this year the company is pulling some really cool gear out of its hat for wireless fans. Trendnet has a new wireless gaming adapter that console users will like. The new adapter is called the 450Mbps Wireless N Gaming Adapter model TEW-687GA.
The adapter promises blazing fast 802.11n wireless speeds and Trendnet says that it will break the 150Mbps perforce barrier and in testing the adapter has reached 200Mbps bursts transmissions. The adapter has MIMO technology integrated with three spatial streams per antenna for more bandwidth and better connectivity.
The adapter has a Gigabit wired Ethernet port and supports Wi-Fi Protected Setup for easy construction for secure networks and more. The adapter works best when paired with the Trendnet TEW-691GR router, but it should work with any brand router. The adapter will ship this month for $149.99.
"TRENDnet was ecstatic to be able to deliver the first ever 450Mbps wireless n router to market in early June of last year, followed by the first ever 450Mbps access point last month," stated Pei Huang, President and CEO of TRENDnet. "The fact that we are also on pace to launch the very first 450Mbps wireless n adapter is yet another signal of TRENDnet's ability to innovate in the wireless networking space."
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will be on stage tomorrow for the opening keynote at CES. Ballmer is set to make some announcements to Windows Phone, Xbox and Windows.
The main announcement is said to be news of Windows running on ARM chips. Sources are also pointing toward a show-off of Windows 8 for the first time ever.
Our Download of the Day today is PowerArchiver 11.71.
PowerArchiver offers hundreds of features, yet remains easy to use, small and fast. Novice users will find a familiar interface complete with tutorial and detailed help, while more experienced users can take advantage of full Explorer integration, multiple encryption methods and advanced compression algorithms.
Here is a brief list of some of the key features found in PowerArchiver:
Full Windows Vista Support
Superior ZIP Support
Multiple Formats Support Including ISO
New Queue System (Add/Extract/Backup) and PowerArchiver Starter
Guaranteed Compatibility and Explorer Integration
Deal of the Day: Coupon Code for Samsung ST600 14MP Dual LCD Digital Camera for $175.99 plus $1.99 Shipping
Our Deal of the Day today is the Tiger Direct - Coupon Code for Samsung ST600 14MP Dual LCD Digital Camera for $175.99 plus $1.99 Shipping!.
Offer: Tiger Direct has a coupon (Use code: GFZ15229 for $150 off, expiring 1/6/11) to take the price of the dual-LCD (front and rear) down to $179.99 plus $1.99 economy shipping, the lowest price on the market. This camera features 14.2 MP resolution, 5x optical zoom, 720p video capabilities, a 3.5" WVGA touch display, and a 1.8" front display.
The latest happenings from around the web - January 5th, 2010
- CES 2011: Four New Tablets Coming From Asus @ Hot Hardware
- ASUS Press Conference Coverage @ BCCHardware
- Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4 motherboard (P67 Chipset) @ Funkykit
- ASUS P8P67 Pro Socket 1155 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers
- Biostar TH67XE Intel H67 Motherboard @ PCStats
- Sandy Bridge motherboards from Asus, Gigabyte, Intel, and MSI @ Tech Report
- Asus vs Gigabyte Intel H67 @ Overclock3D
- MSI P67A Big Bang Marshal Unveiled @ Benchmark Reviews
CES 2011, Las Vegas - iPad 2 cases have been around for a little while now - the usual trickle of news or pictures of them. This one trumps them all by having a machined aluminum iPad 2 mockup inside!
Dexim had it at their exhibition, the casing being a book-like sleeve with a bluetooth keyboard that magnetically adheres to the front cover which allows a laptop-style setup or keyboard free when you want to run naked.
ioSafe has today announced the ioSafe Rugged Portable plus Data Recovery Service. The device is available in HDD, SSD and titanium SSD versions with capacities ranging from 250GB to 1T for the HDD versions, with SSD available in 256 or 512GB.
All versions are USB 3.0 with USBO 2.0 backwards compatibility. March 2011 will bring a Firewire version to include in the array of bundles available.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - The first shock of CES 2011 came today. At Storage Visions, Toshiba showed a new enterprise SSD that uses a Toshiba controller and Toshiba flash. The new MKxx01GRZB will be offered in 100, 200 and 400GB capacities and features enterprise SLC flash on a SAS interface.
Talk is cheap so Toshiba had their new enterprise SSD on display. Here we see 90K IOPS in action.
We spoke with Toshiba about the new enterprise SSD and lineup of traditional platter drives and you can see that in the video above.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Storage Visions allowed us to take an early look at the second generation SATA 6G SSD from Micron/Crucial. It seems Micron has plans to split the naming scheme and Micron, the parent company is keeping the RealSSD name while Crucial is taking another path. The Crucial M4 is the same physical drive as the Micron RealSSD C400.
Most of our readers know the RealSSD C300 is the fastest SSD available on the planet. The new C400/M4 will soon take that title as long as Micron/Crucial gets their drive to market before SandForce challenges for king of the hill status. 2011 is going to be another great year for all storage enthusiasts since both drives will be faster than present drives and both are claiming superiority.
The drives gets new 25nm NAND flash memory and the fastest drive claims a super fast read speed of 415MB/s and comes in a totally impressive capacity of 512GB.
We spoke with Micron today on video, as you can see in the video above.