The latest happenings from around the web - February 11th, 2011
- Clausoft Meenee Laptop @ eTeknix
- HP Mini 1103 @ TechReviewSource
- Dell Streak 7 Android Tablet @ Hot Hardware
- ECS H67H2-M Motherboard Review @ Motherboards.org
- ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Professional @ Neoseeker
- GIGABYTE GA-H67-UD3H Review @ Motherboards.org
- We take a closer look at Gigabyte's Mini-ITX Fusion mobo @ Tech Report
- MSI P67A-GD65 Motherboard @ ixbtlabs
While smartphones have taken over a lot of useful functions in our lives, it's no secret that most phone cameras stink. Unless you've got a steady hand and perfect lighting, getting a really good shot is nearly impossible without hours of setting tweaking. Samsung has heard the cries of blurrycam victims everywhere and are working on two new camera sensors that could let you say goodbye to your point and shoot forever.
The tech serving to help improve photo quality is back side illumination, which allows a ton more light to enter the sensor even in low light conditions. Generally, rule number one for better photos is get as much light as you can. Samsung's 8 megapixel sensor, labeled the S5K3H2, is capable of capturing 1080p video at 30 FPS, 720p video at 60 FPS, and VGA video at 120FPS. While VGA, or 640×480 resolution, may seem pointless in this setup Samsung's giving the ability to play back VGA video in slow motion for those truly epic YouTube fail videos. The big dog of the lineup is the 12 megapixel S5K3L1, which sports all of the above listed features but also includes pixel-correction to clean up photos and videos.
The timeframe for these sensors to hit manufacturer's hands for implementation is about six months, which means we'll probably be waiting until 2012 before we see these in any of our phones. If it works, point and shoot cameras may officially become a thing of the past.
Google, you know that I passionately love you and always will, but Google Weddings? Seriously? Yes, seriously. Google are making a splash into the wedding planning (sans J Lo) by launching a full fledged planning portal for bridges and grooms to be.
Google Weddings will feature wedding-specific templates in Google Sites, Google Docs and Picnik for save-the-dates, wedding websites, planning materials, invitations and more. Google has also chosen to partner with wedding planner Michelle Rago to provide tips and guidance on which designs to use.
Thermaltake's redefinition of their original Level 10 case has been in the works for a while now and even made an appearance at Tweaktown's party at CES. Now the Level 10 GT is available for you to make your very own as Thermaltake has announced that their newest case has hit the streets.
While the GT has similar styling to the original Level 10, it has been toned down just a touch without losing any cool factor. Boasting USB 3.0 connectivity, high end cable management, and dual 200mm cooling fans as well as dual radiator and high end video card combatibility the GT is as flexible as it is attractive. The best part is the $269 MSRP will give more customers a shot at this version that could not afford the higher price tag of the original Level 10.
Facebook is really getting their name plastered all over the news today, I guess that's what you get with 500 million users. Well, HTC are supposedly looking at having an Android-powered device with a dedicated Facebook button.
This would allow an Android user to click the Facebook button, instead of the home button and then the Facebook icon (or widget). HTC is expected to introduce this new phone this month at the Mobile World Congress, so hold your breath until then. It sounds like a good idea, but really, just to save a few seconds? For me, I can click home, then Facebook and be in the app in less than a second - but I guess if you want to be cool and have a Facebook button on your phone...
Facebook and Google both had Twitter in their targets last year and even went as far to have talks with Twitter. Obviously all three companies have declined to comment on the news.
The meetings have let the flood gates open and rummaging through the wreckage is a golden nugget of info, Twitter was valued by Google and Facebook at between $8 billion and $10 billion. This is all according to sources quoted by The Wall Street Journal:
Facebook's head of U.S. agency relations Sarah Personette revealed a joint event held by Obilvy and Buddy Media a bunch of statistics on global usage for Facebook. According to Facebook, they have 149 million Americans actively using the site with 70-percent of those users logging in daily.
Personette also revealed that France has 22 million active users with 65-percent returning daily, the UK has 29 million active users and Canada fills it's void with 19 million active users. From the picture above, we can see that my home country Australia has 10 million active users with 66-percent returning daily. Not bad at all, Facebook. Poke.
There's been a rumor of an iPhone Nano for quite a while now, but it has never come to fruition. Now Bloomberg is talking about Apple releasing a mini iPhone that would retail for $200 without being on a contract or including any subsidy.
Bloomberg has gone as far to say that "people who have been briefed on the plans" as their source of the information and claim that at least one person has seen the prototype (I'm guessing it wasn't left at a bar this time). The shrunken iPhone is supposedly one third smaller than the current model iPhone 4 and will include parts from the current model which helps Apple cut costs while it puts the more expensive parts in the next-gen iPhone 5.
Every time I go to the gym and see someone wearing headphones, it never ceases to amaze me that I can hear their music with them wearing earphones from 10 feet away. I can only imagine how loud that must be in their ears and how bad that must be for their hearing.
If you worry about your hearing or the hearing of your kid or another loved one that wears earphones a lot dB Logic has a new set of earphones that will be perfect for you. The earphones are called the EP-100 and are shipping now for about $30. The headphones have special SPL2 technology inside that protect the user from hearing damage associated with listening to music too loudly for a long time.
The circuits inside the headphones regulate the volume without causing distortion and other issues with the music. The technology needs no batteries either and is transparent to the user. The earphones come in silver, red, blue, pink, green, and orange colors and are available right now on Amazon and directly from the manufacturer.
Mophie has been making cases for the iPhone since the smartphone launched years ago. The thing that the cases all share is an internal battery that allows the smartphone to run longer between charges. Most iPhone users will tell you that a case with a battery in it is important if you use the internet or play games a lot.
The juice pack case on the market right now will fit the AT&T iPhone 4, but not the Verizon version. This is thanks to the slightly lower controls on the right side of the smartphone. Mophie has announced that a new version of the juice pack air will land in March that will work for both of the iPhone 4 versions.
The case has a 1500mAh battery inside and can double the runtime of the iPhone 4. The first case will be black with silver accents, making it look very much like the iPhone with no case on. Later will come a glossy white version and a red version for those wanting a change. The iPhone can be charged and synced with the case installed using an included cable. The case will sell for $79.95.