Have you ever wanted to bump up the clock on your system but just could not get off the couch to do it? Well, have no fear as Asus plans to allow you to do it directly from your BlueTooth enabled phone (pause here for a few "There's an App" for that Jokes). This new functionality will show up on their top of the line, flagship Republic of Gamers, Maximus Extreme III motherboard.
The new feature will be called RC Bluetooth. It should allow control over the ROG Maximus II as well as the ability to monitor the status of the system. This all leads to the possibility of more direct control over the system. Can you imagine using your iPhone as a controller for gaming? Or for music control? Although I am not entirely sure about this feature it certainly bears watching and is one that we will be trying to find out more about.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Amazon - Onkyo TX-SR607 7.2-Channel A/V Surround Home Theater Receiver w/ iPod Dock - $349.99 Shipped Free!.
Offer: This is a VERY nice deal for the Onkyo TX-SR607 7.2-Channel Receiver. It features SIX (6) HDMI 1.3a inputs, 1080i Faroudja DCDi upscaling, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD. Right now you also get a matching Onkyo UP-A1 iPod dock for FREE from Amazon!
Our Deal of the Day today is the Buy.com - Miccus BluBridge Solar Powered Bluetooth Speakerphone with Text to Speech for $59.99 with FREE Shipping.
Offer: Yes, it's solar powered. You drive along, and it charges itself. The green factor is nice, but the fact that I'll never have to deal with plugs or cords is a HUGE plus for me. This is a clean, straightforward bluetooth device that gives you voice dialing, text to speech announcements, nocie and echo canceling mic, a 13 hour talk time and 800 hour standby time.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Overstock - Motorola Droid for Only $119.99.
Offer: Yes, you're reading that right. If you're not a current Verizon customer and a brand new one (or if you're able to get someone to set up a new contract for you), you can pick up the brand new new kid on the block that everyone wants phone, Motorola Droid for just $119.99! If you're going to extend your contract, you can pick it up for just $179.99 which is still cheaper than Verizon themselves! Also, if you're eligible for the early upgrade, you can grab the Droid here for just $179 as well. This phone needs no real introduction unless you've been living under a rock the past few WEEKS so if you want it, click through (watch the slideshow or just click on #2 of the slideshow to make sure you get the offer) and pick it up before Monday.
Samsung has just announced that it's been working on a new open mobile platform is calls Samsung Bada which will allow developers to create applications galore for thousands of new Samsung mobile phone models and in turn enhance the feature-set and experience for future Samsung mobile phone consumers.
The word 'Bada' means 'Ocean' in Korean; used to convey the endless possibilities that this open mobile platform gives to developers in application creation.
Dr. Hosoo Lee, Head of Media Solution Center at Samsung Electronics, said, "By opening Samsung's mobile platforms, we will be able to provide rich mobile experiences on an increasing number of accessible smartphones." He added, "Bada will be Samsung's landmark, iconic new platform that brings an unprecedented opportunity for operators, developers and Samsung mobile phone users around the world."
The official Bada website has just launched on November 10 and offers much information in the way of updates on product launches, SDK's, features and event notices.
For further information, you can read up on Samsung's official press release here folks.
Our Deal of the Day today is the PC Connection - New iPod Nano for Only $139.99 with FREE Shipping or $169.99 with FREE Shipping!.
Offer: Certain colors are in stock and ready to ship, others are on order. My personal experience has been that those items "On Order" never took more than week for it ship with most being delivered on time as if they were in stock. Either way, if you're willing to wait a little bit, you can pick up these brand new iPod Nano's for $10 less than anywhere else and with no tax except in MA, OH, or TN, which actually is better as well since Apple now has stores everywhere.
Update: Holy moly, the previous generation iPod is now down to just $124 for the 8GB! They are limited in colors and specs so if you see one you like, hop to it. IPOD NANO CLEARANCE
NVIDIA is in the news again, this time for a mystery tablet that was lying on the table in front of NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang. We asked NVIDIA about it and were informed that it is a product being made by an ODM partner called ICD.
We were also told that it is a concept that is actively being sold to carriers around the world and was used to highlight Tegra and what you can do with it. Tegra is a product that Huang sees great potential in (and so do we). This tiny yet complete system is already sandwiched into the ZuneHD and has been showing off what even the first generation can do when put to use.
The Tegra 2 set to launch next year is going to be even more powerful as we hear talk of two Coretex A9 ARM Dual Core CPUs being used. We have also heard that there may be two GeForce 9 based GPUs to over either style performance or, more likely, to enable Cuda and Physics for the small single chip computer. We are waiting to get more information from NVIDIA on the device and hope to be able to provide you with more information shortly.
Each time word of a new smartphone with a touch screen is heard people start talking about an iPhone killer. The same talk swirled around when the Motorola Droid first surfaced and now that the device is officially available eon Verizon, we know it didn't really come close to the iPhone.
No official first weekend sales numbers have been offered by Motorola or Verizon. Analysts estimate that the handset sold in the area of 100,000 units on opening weekend. Verizon reportedly had 200,000 devices on hand and stores sold about half their stock.
Analysts also say that anyone expecting the Droid to sell like the iPhone had their goals set too high. The Droid is predicted to continue selling well throughout the quarter racking up nice sales for Motorola and Verizon.
The beta BIOS update can be located here.
As for the likes of ASUS and MSI, hopefully they'll also catch on and provide updates with fixes for their affected P55 boards ASAP.
Amongst the wide variety of media hubs for your HT room, Viewsonic looks to have a particularly nice offering now out on the market which it calls the VMP70.
Whilst it doesn't have any form of internet connection, What makes the VMP70 attractive is its ability to upconvert all video content to 1080p form via its HDMI output. Supporting formats are broad with the ability to playback MPEG1/2/4, DivX/Xvid, H.264, VC1 and RM/RMVB. Further to that is extended audio support including WMA, MP3, OGG, AAC and more.
As well as the HDMI output, it also carries component and composite connections, whilst the audio output can be via analog, optical or coaxial digital with both Dolby and DTS digital surround being supported.
Viewsonic's VMP70 is now available for $130, but it said to drop to just $99 as the holidays close in.
Global IP Solutions (or GIPS for short) has today announced an agreement made with a global plug-n-talk mobile solutions provider which allows mobile operators in developing countries to expand their reach beyond their home country.
The device itself comes from Israel's Outsmart company and is a preloaded USB memory stick, which together with SIM card transforms any PC into a mobile phone. One such provider to take this technology aboard is SMART, the Philippines' largest wireless operator at this time.
"Global IP Solutions has set the standard for voice and video quality over the last decade and Outsmart is confident to offer telecom operators worldwide the best communication platform with GIPS technology as the basis of our voice quality," said Jacob Bros, CEO of Outsmart. "Outsmart offers telecom operators additional revenue streams with the Plug 'n Talk solution allowing their users to enjoy all the advantages of a mobile phone on a computer with services such as voice, video, SMS, MMS and access to voicemail."
Whilst in Tagalog, both 30 second and 8 minute videos have been made that help visually explain the new service and what it's capable of doing. You can stream them both below.
30 Second Clip:-
8 minute demonstration:-
More details can be found within the official announcement at the below source link.
A headsup for Crucial M225 Solid-State drive owners; firmware 1819 has just been released which brings support for the TRIM command under Windows 7. The new firmware can be downloaded from Crucial's support page here.
It needs to be mentioned that if your M225 is currently running firmware 1711, you need to revert back to firmware 1571 prior to flashing to 1819. Both the instructions and the 1571 firmware can be obtained from the support page linked above as well.
Additionally, on the support page we have a boot from CD option that is an ISO image. The ISO image contains the Firmware update and FreeDOS, which works when updating Mac systems.
The Crucial Performance Lab is still actively evaluating the "idle time Garbage Collection support" in the firmware. We currently do not have a date for when we will release a similar firmware update. However, as soon as it is available, we will post updates to the Crucial.com support page.
Whilst not likely to spark much interest, BlackBerry Storm 2 is set to be released in a few days for $179 after a $100 mail-in rebate.
The official press announcement explaining key features and changes can be located here.
/26/2009 - BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and WATERLOO, ONTARIO - Verizon Wireless and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced that the BlackBerry® Storm2™ smartphone will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications stores, online at http://www.verizonwireless.com, and through business sales channels beginning Oct. 28. The BlackBerry Storm2 with BlackBerry® OS 5.0 evolves the BlackBerry® touchscreen platform with hundreds of hardware and software enhancements - including new SurePress™ "clickable" display technology and built-in Wi-Fi® - delivering the exceptional multimedia experience and communications capabilities customers have come to expect from their BlackBerry smartphones.
Potential 'Kindle killer' ebook reader "Nook" from Barnes & Noble has just launched and it turns out its using Google's Android OS.
This is a significant win for Google in its efforts to push Android beyond the smartphone space, and is certain to focus broader attention on the open-source OS.
We don't have any more information on how B&N have customised Android, but we're certain some details will bubble up to the surface in the coming days.
The unit carries the same $259 price tag as the Kindle 2, but also sports WiFi and a MicroSD memory card slot for a further boost to the 2GB of flash as standard.
Here's also a pretty nice feature sure to get a big thumbs up from many :-
The Nook also allows ebooks to be 'lent' to friends for 14 days at no cost. Barnes & Noble says that an ebook purchased for the Nook can be sent for free to a friend's Nook or other devices supporting the Nook reader software - including the iPhone, iPod Touch and some BlackBerry devices.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Buy.com - Apple 30GB iPod for Only $99.99 with FREE Shipping!.
Offer: It's back at the original $99 price point that caused it to sell out quick last time! It's one of the best deals that we've seen on these iPods that gives you 30GB of space for all of your music and videos!
During a local press meeting in Taiwan earlier today, ASUS confirmed that its first Android smartphone will in fact be unveiled before the end of this year, not during Q1 next as was first rumored.
Specifics of this phone are still yet to be revealed.
And Geohot does it again. After delays with the Dev Team's reds0wn (Windows jailbreak application) for iPhone OS 3.1(.2) many people wondered if we would ever see a Windows jailbreak for the iPhone 3G S and OS 3.1.2. Well tonight at a little past midnight it happened. George Hotz released his new blackra1n jailbreak. This new software is a "30 second ALL device 3.1.2 jailbreak." He does caution that you cannot update to 3.1.2 on the 3G and 3G S using iTunes if you want to maintain an unlocked phone but that otherwise this is the tool you have been waiting for (me included). I grabbed it just after it was released and began the tack of not only upgrading but jailbreaking my iPhone 3G S.
It actually tool longer to update the phone than it did to jailbreak it. To maintain my applications I used AptBackup and made a backup of my phone before the upgrade. I downloaded and installed the new 3.1.2 using iTunes (I am not interested in unlocking). After the update and the backup restore I ran blackra1n. Time from beginning to end;
2 minutes to download iPhone OS 3.1.2,
4 minutes to upgrade iPhone 3G S from OS 3.0.1 to 3.1.2
34 seconds to jailbreak my iPhone 3G S without a hitch in Window 7 Ultimate x64.
If you have an iPhone of any flavor now is your chance to finally enjoy your iPhone free of Apple's and AT&T's stifling grip.
The version 3.1.2 update for Apple's iPhone OS is now available which promises to have fixed some very annoying issues relating to the sleep feature (not waking up properly) and lost internet/network access; not to mention the notorious Video Stream Crash Dance.
You may also like to know Apple have made available an iPod Touch update as well.
Amazon's Kindle 2 e-book reader has just taken another price drop, now down to $259. Further to that, there's now a version available internationally for $279 which is said to commence shipping as of the 19th of this month.
The international version will work in "over 100 countries and territories", but Amazon doesn't specify if there are any additional charges for using it in a place other than the one where you bought it. It also looks like AT&T is the one that will be providing overseas roaming coverage for the GSM version.
A full blown review of Microsoft's latest Windows Mobile release, 6.5 has surfaced over at GIZMONDO and to say they're unimpressed is quite the understatement indeed.
Basically, what they're saying is that it's barely worthy as an update patch, let alone being given a whole new version number.
It's a superficial update, and not a very thorough one. It's an interim product, and a vain attempt to hold onto the thinning ranks people who still choose Windows Mobile despite not being somehow tethered to it until the tardy Windows Mobile 7 comes out, whenever that may be. And it won't work.
Plenty of pics (and disgust) throughout via the source link below. If the views shared here are in any way profound, look ahead to Windows 7 and hope MS pull their finger out.
Just the other day I was musing about the lack of Flash on Web enabled smartphones and Personal Media Players like the Zune HD. After all it has been a very long time since this handy little feature was asked for on these devices it seems almost comical that we have not seen it yet.
Well, looks like the latest version of Flash, not 10 but 10.1 is about more than GPU acceleration. According to information we have heard it will also be able to be used on mobile OS platforms like Web OS and Windows Mobile. This is excellent news, as it means that other mobile platforms should follow shortly (HD Flash on the Zune HD would be amazing). Of course, there is a downside; this is for all iPhone/iPod Touch users. As of this writing this will be the only platform that Flash 10.1 will not work on.
Whether this is due to issues with Flash or Apple's instance on control (where my money is) we are not sure. Still this is great news, but since this is not the first time we have been promised flash on our mobiles I will believe it when I see the updates. We are also going to try and see if Flash 10.1 on Windows Mobile will mean Flash 10.1 on the Zune HD. This would be an amazing upset if it does.