Most outlets were expecting to have to wait another week for this to be made available, but obviously the folks at Skype just couldn't wait any longer. Version 3.0 for iPhone is live, complete with the highly anticipated video calling feature.
Compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and fourth-generation iPod Touch, Skype can now share real-time video with other iOS device users as well as PC, Mac, and Linux users. Video can also be received (but not sent) on the iPad and third gen iPod Touch. The service is free and works with 3G and WiFI data. FaceTime, it looks like the gauntlet has been thrown down.
Remember back when we told you about the iPhone being hacked to be used with a serial port? Apparentlythe idea was more popular than we realized, because now those guys soon be able to put their homemade box away and pick up one of these cables.
Redpark Product Development is in the process of bringing out an iPhone friendly serial cables, complete with a "Made for iPhone" certification. These will be useful for those using iPhones to interface with things like science equipment, point of sale machines, and other networks that use this port that you have probably long since forgotten about. The "Made for iPhone" cert requires a cable have one specific purpose when built, and first off the line will reportedly be the SKyWire whichlets your iPhone interface with telescopes with serial ports. Looks like you may be able to upload and share that neat meteor shower you watched?
CES Rumor Mill: Does huge price slash on HP Envy 13 mean a new ultra-thin laptop release is imminent?
HP's Envy 13, their answer to the Macbook Air, has gotten a serious price slash from $1499.99 to $999.99 With its 13.1-inch, 1366×768 screen, Intel 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo Processor (SL9300), 3GB of memory, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330 Graphics with 512MB of dedicated memory, Beats audio, and 250GB (5400RPM) hard disk drive, that makes this a pretty attractive laptop for the price.
The big question being raised at this point is whether HP is just looking to clear out old stock, or whether they've got something up their sleeves to compete with the newest Macbook Airs at CES. With the Envy 13 no longer even featured on the HP Envy page alongside its bigger brothers, it's anyone's guess at HP's strategy at this point. I guess we'll find out in about a week.
Two new netbooks have quietly hit the Gigabyte's product pages. The M1005, a netbook that comes complete with a docking station that was officially announced a couple of weeks ago, as well as the Q2005 have hit Gigabyte's site, if not stores.
Both netbooks are sporting dual-core Atom 550 processors, with the Q2005 boasting a 10.1" 1024 x 600 display, 1 to 2GB of RAM, integrated graphics, 250 / 320 / 500GB HDD, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, 10/100 LAN, Bluetooth 3.0+HS (optional), 0.3MP webcam, 3-cell or 6-cell battery and Windows 7 Starter or Home Premium. The M1005 looks to be an updated M1022, with an improved 1.3 mp webcam and Gigabit LAN port over the Q2005 but only a four cell battery.
Just in time for CES, Patriot has announced two new series of memory kits to their lineup. Geared towards the second generation Intel Core processor platforms, the Viper Extreme Division 2 Edition and G2 Series DDR3 memory modules are here.
The Viper Extreme memory is geared towards the extreme enthusiast, offering speeds of up to 2133mhz and advertised with "plenty of headroom for adventurous overclockers." The G2 Series, the successor to Patriot's original G Series, are more budget and stable minded with speeds between 1333mhz and 1600mhz with effective low profile heatsinks. Prices and official release dates were not released.
If you are the owner of a new sixth gen iPod nano, you have undoubtedly seen all of those watch bands that have been making their rounds to turn the iPod into a wrist watch of geeky greatness. If you have been holding out until a watchband that looked really cool was available that would also protect your device the Hex Watch Band may be exactly what you have been waiting for. The band is made totally of soft silicone material that will help prevent damage and won't scratch the nano.
The Hex comes in nine different colors and the nano is easy to get in and out of the band with a design that is dubbed "Pop-in, Pop-out" that lets you get the iPod in and out quickly with no tools. The watch band also holds the nano in a good position to run headphone cords up the arm or sleeve of a jacket for listening on the go.
The band can be ordered right now for a bit under $30. I like the hex design on the strap; it gives the band a nice finish that looks better than plain smooth silicone would. You can see a video of the watch band after the jump.
Intel has been in the SSD market for a long time now with some devices that offer nice performance and have good features and performance. The company has announced today that it has a new SSD that is called the Intel SSD 310. The Intel device supports SATA over a PCIe mini-connector for tiny devices like handhelds and netbooks.
The SSD uses 34nm NAND flash memory inside and comes in m-SATA form factor with 40GB or 80GB of storage. The tiny SSD weighs only 10g and is surprisingly cheap for upgrade needs. The 40GB SSB will sell for $99 and the 80GB version is $179, in 1000 unit quantities naturally.
The sustained read speed is claimed to be 170MB/s on the 40GB SSD and up to 200MB/s on the 80GB SSD. Sustained sequential writes are up to 35MB/s on the 40GB and up to 70MB/s on the 80GB drive. The SSD needs up to 150mW of power when active, and 75mw when at idle making it very green. The SSDs are shipping now to OEMs.
CES is just around the corner and I expect that one of the biggest categories of products will be gear that is powered by the Android OS. We will see hoards of tablets and other things at the show like smartphones with Google's open source sauce inside. A company called SBN Tech will be bringing a device to the show called the IP Video Phone that will run Android.
The device is billed as a video phone, but it might as well be called a tablet. It has a big 10.1-inch screen, runs Android 2.x OS, and supports all sorts of software. It can check email, make Skype calls, and supports Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, think-free Office, internet radio and a lot more.
The device also has a VGA camera on the front and supports HD media streaming. It has widgets for calendar, clock, and more and can stream video from YouTube. Storage for media is to SD cards and the device has a kickstand on the back for standing it up. Pricing and availability are not announced at this time.
I really hate having to set my alarm clock. The thing is a huge pain to set with tiny buttons that are hard to see and push. I hate it even more if I look away for a second and pass the hour I need and have to go all the way back around to set the thing. Changing for DST really sucks too. If you have the same hatred for programming normal alarm clocks, you might like the latest offering from Moshi.
Moshi has tech inside its cool alarm clocks that is perfect for those that can't see that well and for those that just hate programming their normal clock. The tech allows you to press one button and then tell the Moshi clock what time it is to set it. You can program alarms and just about all of the other features of the clock using your voice. You can even set snooze with your voice.
The latest clock is the Reflection and it is a Brookstone exclusive item selling for about $56. It offers dual alarms, indoor and outdoor temperatures, and a six-color night light. The sensor for outside temperature is wireless and included in the price. Power comes from three AA batteries. You can buy the clock right now.
MSI have announced a partnership with Bigfoot Networks, the guys behind the Killer NIC range of high-powered network interface cards (NICs). MSI having Killer NIC chips on their boards obviously gives them a large advantage over the other players.
CEO of Bigfoot Networks, Michael Howse has said "We are pleased to be working with MSI, The Killer 2100 gaming network card is a perfect complement to the MSI Big Bang family of mainboard solutions that will give gamers a competitive edge in online play."