The latest happenings from around the web - August 12th, 2010
- Zotac to release its new H55-ITX motherboard with WiFi @ eTeknix
- ECS P55H-AK Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- HIS Radeon HD 5770 IceQ5 (1Gb GDDR5) @ Funkykit
- Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic Platinum 1 GB @ Techpowerup
If you thought that the only thing missing from the Android platform was gaming, well it seems that even that may be a complaint that you will not have in the future. According to Engadget, Sony Ericcson is hard at work on a gaming platform based on Android 3.0.
Reports are that the phone will be a slider except in place of the QUERTY keyboard there will be game controls. At least a 1 GHz processor will be on board and possibly a 5mp or better camera. Sources describe it as a "cross between the Samsung Captivate and the PSP Go." Even 3D gaming may be possible on this bad boy.
You would think that when a portable device with a screen dubs itself the "world's first 3D-capable Blu-ray player" that you'd be able to watch 3D movies on the go. That's not quite the case with the Samsung BD-C8000.
This portable Blu-ray player boasts a 10.3" screen, 1080p playback, a three hour battery, and Wi-Fi and HDMI connectivity, but the screen itself does not show 3D; you have to plug it into a 3D capable TV and watch the 3D action that way. It's a slick looking portable device; just watch out for that $500 USD price tag.
The HTC Desire is a familiar phone to many in Europe and Asia, but HTC's highly popular phone had only whispers and rumor to go on for when it would be released on U.S. shores. It seems the August rumors were true, and U.S. Cellular customers are the lucky ducks who will be able to grab it on August 27th. No pricing or Android version information are out yet, but we know it is already Froyo capable abroad.
Hopefully the regional carriers that were said to also launch the Desire, like Cellular South and others, will also be able to get their hands on the phone soon after. U.S. Cellular may only be the sixth largest wireless carrier in the U.S., but may be looking to make a move as they have not only announced the Desire release but are also bringing a Samsung Galaxy S phone in October and two LG Android phones sometime after that.
Count the Motorola Droid in on the lucky phones that are receiving an update to Android 2.2, better known as Froyo. Over the Air updates are available on most networks, so check your updates if you're a Droid owner. Some are lamenting the lack of Flash in this update, but after updating you can grab it from the Android Market according to some customer feedback. So what are you waiing for, Droid fans? Update today!
Apple has released an update to iOS for both the iPhone and iPad today; iOS 4.0.2 for the iPhone and 3.2.2 for the iPad. The biggest fix in his release is the closing of the PDF door that opened a hole that allowed programs like JailbreakMe to work, but could also leave your device open to hackers.
This looks like the only major change made in the update, so jailbreakers are now going to have to find a new way to outwit the folks at Apple to crack their devices. I'm sure Comex is on the case.
I can tell you first hand that dropping your favorite gadget, like your iPhone, and breaking the screen sucks. I was due for an upgrade so as soon as I can get the iPhone 4 in the local store my cracked screen issues are over. I could get the screen fixed for about $100 locally if I wanted. With the iPhone screen costing $100 for repairs, I don't even want to know what the cost of fixing my iPad would be if it gets dropped.
If you worry about breaking your smartphone one of the strongest cases you can get for most devices comes from OtterBox and is called the Defender. OtterBox has announced that the Defender and Commuter series cases are now available for the iPad. The only thing the Defender iPad case lacks that the smartphone versions have is water resistance.
When it comes to accessories like cables, docks and all sorts of other stuff for Apple devices like iPods and the iPhone, Scosche is a big favorite for many. Scosche is also big on accessories for the iPad as well. One of the first things that many iPad buyers realized when they went to charge their iPad from a computer is that not all USB ports are up to the task of charging the iPad thanks to the iPad needing 2.1 amps of power. That means many notebook and PC USB ports won't charge the iPad.
Scosche put some cool chargers for the iPad up for pre-order a while back called the reVIVE II chargers. Both of the chargers are very similar with one notable difference. One of them is designed for use in the home with your AC outlet and the other is designed for use in the car via a DC outlet. Both of the chargers pack in dual USB ports.
Logitech is probably best known for all of its sweet gaming peripherals like the G9 laser mouse and the G15 gaming keyboard. Logitech is a lot more than a gaming peripheral company though and has some of the best general-purpose keyboards on the market. I don't think I could get through my day without my trusty Logitech Illuminated keyboard.
Logitech is also a big name in other categories like Harmony remote controls and webcams. The company has shipped out a new HD webcam called the C910 that is now available to purchase around the world. The C910's full name is the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910. The thing is capable of recording video from your computer in full 1080p. That will be great for the users who make their own VLOG or like to upload to YouTube.
Home theater systems can get very expensive if you want audiophile quality speakers and components. In a large room you can pretty much choose any size speakers and be ok. In a small space like a bedroom or a conference room where surround sound is needed choosing speakers that are too large just won't work for space reasons. Gefen has announced a new set of surround sound speakers called the GefenTV Conference Room Speakers.
The speaker set consists of five different satellites providing two front and two rear channel speakers along with a center speaker. A subwoofer for improved bass is not included, but these are designed for audio quality not deep bass says the maker. Gefen says that the speakers are designed to work best with its own GefenTV Audio Processor, but they will work with any AV amp you want to use.