What do you give a group of people who have fingers too large to text and a hard time connecting with 21st Century technology? An iPad, of course! The Japan Sumo Association is distributing around sixty iPads to all of the training facilities and top association officials to help improve communications between the groups who have, until now, still mostly relied on "outdated" tech like telephones and fax machines to share information.
The sport has come under fire recently amidst many scandals including apprentice hazing, gambling, match fixing, and gang ties. Clumsy and ineffectual information sharing between leaders has been tagged as a major culprit, and the JSA is hoping that the iPad will help the sumo leadership connect in ways that are nearly physically impossible with a cell phone or even a computer for the sport that has been slow to adopt new tech.
With the current rage over 3D technology invading our movie theaters and homes now, it wasn't going to be long before something like this came to fruition. Cisco CEO John Chambers has predicted that holograms over IP will become "commonplace" within ten years. Verizon is already conducting experiments with hologram technology over their FiOS network, with their CIO tinkering with a 1Gbps link in Manhattan, NY.
With the constantly growing hunger for bandwidth of these new technologies due to file size, Cisco is stating that even streaming video will quadruple bandwidth demands by 2014 so the 1 Gbps link may be necessary to keep even the simplest 3D video from being a choppy mess by then. Considering the fact that some DSL connections occasionally hiccup with simple YouTube videos, these types of speeds seem pretty far off in the distance for a lot of people, but ten years can be like a century in the tech world.
Google's press event in San Francisco offered up a ton of new goodies today. The company launched Google Voice integration with Gmail, allowing Gmail users in the U.S. to make and receive phone calls over Gmail to landlines and cell phones. Calls to the U.S. and Canada are free, while calls to dozens of other countries are only two cents per minute.
We may be only about a month away from the first Windows Phone 7 equipped device hitting stores. The LG C900 could be looking at a launch date of September 28th on U.S. shores according to PhoneArena. The phone will be available on AT&T.
The tidbit of information was found when they were peeking at the C900's Bluetooth certification page and found a bit of info stating, " The supporting features related to BT of this models are like bellows; - RF : 2.1 + EDR - Profile : HSP, HFP, A2DP, AVRCP, PBAP This model will be available on Market around 2010-09-28 ." If this is good info, it looks like we could be closer to WP7 that we thought.
XFX is a brand that gamers will immediately recognize. The video card company made its name building some of the best performing factory overclocked NVIDIA video cards you can get your hands on. XFX also sells ATI video cards as well and has pulled the wraps off one of the coolest Radeon cards ever.
The video card is the Radeon HD 5970 Black Edition Limited. The video card has dual GPUs inside and a dual slot heat sink to keep everything cool when in use. The card has six mini-DisplayPort adapters and comes with enough adapters to turn those ports into other connectivity options as needed. Each of the cards is numbered.
JVC has been in the electronics market for a long time. The company has its fingers in all manner of product lines from car audio to home theater gear and digital cameras and camcorders. JVC has announced a couple new camcorders that are very similar with one notable difference. The new camcorders include the GC-WP10 and the GC-FM2.
Both of the camcorders record in 1080p resolution and support other resolutions like 720p and iFrame among others. The cameras can do time-lapse recording and both have a 3-inch touchscreen on the rear. That touchscreen is where the video is viewed when recorded and has the menus for accessing the device settings.
Cobra Electronics has been around for a very long time. Back in the days before mobile phones if you wanted to talk while you were rolling in your car or truck you needed a CB radio. Cobra was one of the more common makers of the things. Now that mobile phones are everywhere, I hardly see the Cobra brand any more.
The company has announced a new GPS device called the 7750 Platinum that is aimed at truckers. The thing has maps specifically optimized for truckers with things like last mile coverage from port-to-port and special logs that truckers need. The GPS device can automatically write up State Mileage Logs for the driver based on their route and has an hours of service timer to keep up with when they have to sleep.
There are a lot of TVs on the market today that are crammed with cool tech like internal HDDs for directly recording programs, Blu-ray burners for burning those recorded shows to disc and 3D. Typically, you can find sets that have both a HDD and the Blu-ray burner in one, but it's not common to find a set that has all three of those features. Mitsubishi has now announced a new line of full HD TV sets that have all three features.
The new sets are the Real MDR1 series and can be had in 40-inch, 46-inch, and 55-inch screen sizes. So far, the TVs have only been announced for Japan. All of the screen sizes are LED backlit and the internal HDD is a 1TB unit. The sets also have a ten speaker sound system that should provide sound better than the average TV without needing external speakers.
The average desktop computer today can do all sorts of different tasks from normal computer work like typing documents to gaming and watching movies when it's time to have some fun. If you want to get the best out of your music, games, and movies, a quality set of speakers is needed. Logitech has unveiled its most recent set of speakers that carry the THX Certification.
The 2.1 speaker set is called the Logitech Speaker System Z623. All of the controls for the volume and other inputs are on the right side speaker. The speakers can be connected to three different audio sources with RCA and 3.5mm inputs. The system also has an integrated headphone jack for private listening.
The most common memory card format in cameras and other devices today is the SD card. This is a good thing for consumers because that means you can use the same memory card in multiple devices ranging from your netbook to your digital camera and camcorder. The SD card has gained more storage capacity as time has gone by while keeping the same small form factor.
Silicon Power has unveiled a new SDHC memory card that has 32GB of storage space and offers Class 10 performance. A Class 10 certification guarantees that the memory card has at least a 10MB/s read and write speed. That write speed is very important if you are shooting bursts with a high-resolution digital camera. A slow write speed will limit how many shots you can take per burst.