Every now and then something really cool come out and you just have to have it. This is the case with the PhotoFast CR-8100 Card Reader.
This new product seems tailor made for iPhone/iPod users. In fact it looks a lot like and Apple product. It is able to stack seamlessly with the iPhone/iPod's universal dock and supports just about every type of external card from Compact Flash to Sony's Memory Stick.
PhotoFast is claiming a 10% increase in transfer rate due to "tweaking" of the USB control chip. Maximum read speed is 33MB/s while Writes are 29MB/s. You connect the CR-8100 to your computer with a mini-USB to USB cable. To connect your Universal Dock PhotoFast has provided a 5cm cable to keep everything neat a clean.
The CR-8100 is small and nice looking; it would make an excellent companion for any mobile user (especially mobile users with the iPhone or iPod). No word on availability or pricing just yet but I can tell you that once it is out I think I might be getting one
Nothing like a good Apple rumor. SO here it is... it looks like despite what people are saying now the much dreamed of Apple iTablet might not see daylight until the middle of 2010.
This will have many who were envisioning themselves kicking back with a 10-inch stylish Apple Ebook reader, reading Steve Jobs' memoirs and listening to them in synchronicity through the built in HD iPod are going to have to wait.
There are no specific reason given for the delay just that the rumored September launch will not likely happen.
Of course there is the little fact that Apple is planning an event (again so the rumors say) in September that could indicate the 2010 launch for the iTablet is not correct. Or that event in September could be just to hamper Microsoft's Zune HD Launch.
In the world of high-tech geek gadgets nothing beats a fancy watch that can do everything. Back in my day it was the calculator watch. Man that was cool, then there was the Timex Iron Man that could sync with your PC.
After that I owned a Citizen Divers watch with a built in dive computer.
Now all of that is nothing compared to the futuristic gadgets that are coming out. We have a Video Phone watch and a Bluetooth enabled watch from Sony Ericsson.
Now there is another Bluetooth enabled Watch coming. This time it is RIM that is building the latest toy. There are not many details but it seems more like an extension of social networking that a real business tool. The new watch phone is rumored to have twitter and facebook updates as well as a new form of ear piece that will stream music and other audio information from the watch to your ear. Although it is not stated in the article it looks like this simply connects to your existing Blackberry to pass on the information on it. Maybe if this was the phone it would be more interesting.
There is a new rumor in town. No not about Apple, or the iPhone, it is not even about Intel or Xbox. Now this is about a future version of the Android OS.
According to their normal naming convention the next flavor of Android will be called Éclair. This is technically Android 2.0 and will not doubt feature many new and interesting features. But that is not what the rumor is extolling. According to Cnet Android 2.0 will feature native MultiTouch support.
This means no hacking the OS, no need for custom builds of Android from carriers. The support will just be there. Of course this leave owners of existing android based phones out of the game unless Google decides to put it in a future upgrade (something Google has said will be very difficult) or you hack your phone to add support using one of the custom firmware out.
Ah Hypocrisy at its best. You all know that Palm has been playing cat and mouse with Apple over iTunes sync. When Apple fixes this hole Palm finds another one.
They even advertised that you could sync the Pre with iTunes. This is all good from their end, no harm done right? Well it might be all good when Palm does it but do not let them catch you using their name, images, or any other IP.
You will get a very seriously worded letter demanding that you stop.
This is exactly what happened to the people that made a Palm Pre theme for Android. They received a letter accusing them of selling the theme (it is free) and demanding them to stop.
Here is the most hypocritical part.
"we are concerned that the use of the name "Palm Pre Android Theme" for your product is likely to cause people to erroneously assume that your application is sponsored, authorized or has been approved by Palm, or that you have, or your company has, a relationship with Palm. Creation of such consumer confusion would constitute an infringement of Palm's well-established trademark rights."
Nothing like telling people you have iTunes syncing at all right? No one would confuse that or think that Palm has a relationship with Apple...
Ok it is official, the rumors are no more. The Microsoft Zune HD will hit the stores on September 15th.
The gang over at Gizmodo have gotten some pictures of the actual packaging and the announcement to reserve a Zune with the official launch date on it.
There has been a flurry of press about this new PMP, some are calling it an iPod killer. Others are slamming it as just another "also ran". Well on September 15th we will all know for certain if Microsoft's terrible PR team can get the word out about the technology behind the Zune HD.
It is much more efficient and powerful than the iPod, due to the handy little Tegra SoC inside, but it has some shortcomings too. I am hoping that MS combined with Terga under the hood can actually make a dent in the iPod armor. After any market dominated by a single product is bad for consumers.
There is more news in the world of Zune HD. After the leaked shots we told you about this morning it seems that Yahoo! tech got to spend some quality time with the new PMP from Microsoft.
They loved the browser (despite being base on IE mobile) where they said that it was able to handle full HTML without skipping a beat. Zooming in and out of pages is similar to the iPhone's "pinch" method.
The keyboard also appears to be similar to the iPhone with the larger letter that pops up when you press a key. Music controls were good with an easy mthod of skipping tracks (simply touch either side of the screen)
There are a number of features of the Zune that will make this a contender for your PMP dollar not the least of which is the tiny yet powerful nVidia Tegra under the hood. 720p HD video support, WiFi with WPA and WEP encryption. Full HTML capable browser and an OLED screen.
Still despite its looks (it has been described as the sexiest Zune ever)and power, MS has an uphill battle there are many similarities between the new Zune and the iPhone/iPod touch this will bring the fanboys out of the woodwork screaming that MS stole the ideas from Apple again. Plus let's not forget that Apple's marketing department is one of the best out while Microsoft's has been lagging a little behind
Well the long wait for the Asus/Garmin Nuvifone G60 in the US could be over soon. Well relatively soon, ok maybe by the end of the year.
The phone, which is not much more than a GPS that can make calls is the first in a series of Phones designed in cooperation with Asus.
The Nuvifone G60 has been out in Asia for some time but for some reason has not been setup to hit the US. The problem now facing Garmin is; where in the US market does this really fit?
After all Tom Tom is releasing a GPS application/kit for the iPhone (granted at about $200) and most other smartphones have navigation features plus additional features so why would someone want to buy a year old phone in place of a newer generation phone.
Photo courtesy of Gadgetvenue.com.
Developing new and interesting ways of charging phones is going to be a booming business in the near future. After we saw the birth of the Palm Touchstone we knew that there would be other companies that would do their own take on this concept.
Of course, who better to get the contact charging system than the Apple iPhone. After all if you believe Apple, the iPhone charges everything it touches so it stands to reason that this phone should pull power from the very air itself.
Now while the WildCharge contact charging system for the iPhone 3G S does not pull power from the air. It does enable contact charging. There are a couple of cons to this. The first is the pad itself; it is not the most attractive item out there. The next is that you have to use the iPhone case they provide. So, if you have one you already use (like my OtterBox Defender for iPhone) you either have to give it up or constantly swap cases when you want to charge your phone. The case has small "nubs" embedded into the back that need to make contact with the charging pad to work.
If you are looking for wire-free charging this is a decent start and a bundle with both the base plate and skin case is about $80 US.
Jailbreakers got some good news this past weekend. They found that the new OS 3.0.1 update will not be fixing the exploits used for redsn0w or ulrasn0w.
Apparently all you have to do is point redsn0w to the 3.0 firmware ipsw and you will have a brand new jailbroken iPhone complete with the new SMS security patch.
This is very cool but it also shows the severity of the issue as normally Apple would have waited until they could bring more to the table before releasing an update.
Well O2 was wrong; the new patch that we told you about earlier today is out on iTunes as we speak. Earlier it had been leaked that the new patch would be out this weekend.
But Apple did not want to wait. I have to say that this is both a good thing and a bad. If Charlie Miller is to be believed (and there is no reason not to) then Apple knew about this for a couple of months but made no announcement about it. They waited until they released and demonstrated the flaw before making any move. This is simply not the way you deal with this kind of flaw. Yes they did move very fast once the flaw was exposed and spread around the Internet, but they should have done this sooner.
Still we have a fix now, and that is good. Of course; for those of you with jailbroken and unlocked phones, I would wait to hear from the usual sources before upgrading. It would not e good to find out that in addition to fixing the SMS flaw the exploit that allows jailbreaking and unlocking also got patched.
This is a good one, apparently the deletion of the book 1984 is having unforeseen consequences. These consequences are in the form of a lawsuit from a student that purchased the book for the Kindle in order to use it for his homework.
Of course the book was removed due to, according to Amazon, the publisher not having the rights to the book. So when that happened is when 1984 was no longer on the Kindle the student claims that all of his notes were rendered useless.
I think this has got to be one of the most ridiculous claims I have ever heard. The copy of the book on the Kindle is the same one that can be found for free in a public library, bought in a book store (cheap at a used one). As the file containing the note remained it could have been fairly easy to recreate the work with a physical copy of the book.
I say nice try kid but, this is the same as claiming you cannot do your math home work because your calculator batteries went flat.
Now, on the other hand what Amazon did was wrong, very wrong. But I do not see how they can be sued for money over this issue
There is a lot of talk recently about the rumored/possible tablet from Apple. This is the 10-Inch book that many are now calling the iPad. I have heard that it is going to be everything from a media player to an e-book reader to a netbook.
I guess the real questing that needs to be answered is what does Apple feel it is missing in the market? We know they will not enter the budget system market just as they will not enter the netbook market.
No they have very important niches they tend to cling to. Take a look at their product line and you will see a tremendous amount of overlap. Each product touches the functions of at least one other. The iPhone, iPod, iPod touch, etc if you look you can see this repeated all over Apple's line up.
So where would a tablet fit in? It would not be an add on to their laptop line. It simply could not be powerful enough. But where it fits in perfectly is the e-book reader with multi-media access. Sort of like an iPod on steroids. Apple noted the success of applications like the Kindle reader for iPhone and the relative success of the Sony e-book readers. This, I am sure set off a light bulb and made them realize the need for something like this.
But I can see this being more than a simple e-book reader; I see an iPod function, mobile versions of iWork and even a trimmed down version of iLife. Can you imagine the impact something like this would have if college text books could be put on them?
No matter what this turns out to be (if it is real at all) I am sure that it will be another layer in the Apple line up touching multiple products.
Apple went on record saying that Jailbreaking could cause cell tower crashes, was the favorite of Drug Dealers and caused bad breath (Ok I made that last one up). All of this in a effort to prove that Jailbreaking should be illegal. They claim they have protection in place to prevent the type of mass chaos that jailbroken phone could bring.
So, I guess they are looking pretty foolish right about now. According to Forbes, there is a way to HiJack an iPnone with a simple SMS message.
What make matters worse is that once infected it can infect other phones simply by texting them from your iPhone's Address book. Yep that is right. The secure phone OS from Apple is just as insecure as all the others. But there is a greater potential for infection, after all they advertise that it is secure, encrypted and a host of other things.
The new attack vector will be discussed at Black Hat by none other than Charlie Miller. Once the phone is infected it can be completely taken over by the hacker. They will have the ability to dial numbers, browse the web and even take pictures remotely. Miller informed Apple of this issue but as of this writing Apple has not offered or even discussed a patch for this flaw. The SMS message will show up as a single square character. Miller says that if you see this you should shut your phone off immediately.
Miller will also talk about a few more SMS attacks that relate to Windows Mobile and Android.
We told you this morning how Apple rejected Google's Google Voice app.
Apple's reason was that the Google App mimicked features already present on the iPhone. Well, this has not prevented it from existing.
It has been ported and out up on Cydia for download. That is right; once again the jailbreak crowd has found a way around Apple's iron fist.
To get this you will need a jailbroken iPhone (either using Purplera1n or redsn0w) once you are finished with that make sure you have the MMi repository. From there just grab the App and be happy with your new freedom.
The people over at Mod My I have been careful to note that this is not a product of Google but it will allow you to use the features of Google Voice.
Of course there is a downside; Google Voice is not available to all areas. According to Google's site it should be up in a "matter of weeks".
But for those that already have an account this is good news
Well, well, well. The Smart Phone war could be heating up very nicely. For the last two years Apple has ridden on top of the consumer smart phone market with the iPhone.
This has been due to its impressive multi-media experience that has over shadowed some of its more glaring missing features (like copy and paste multi-tasking etc). Apple has been working to add these in as they upgrade hardware such as adding Copy and Paste with OS 3.0 and the launch of the iPhone 3G S.
But Apple might find their loft height very unstable; it seems that Samsung is going to drop an nVidia Tegra SoC into their next smart phone.
This would put an extremely capable and powerful chip inside a competing device. It would also mean that Google and even MS could produce a multi-media experience that would surpass the iPhone. After all we know that Tegra works with Android, Windows CE, and more than likely Windows Mobile. We also know that Tegra has extremely good battery life and is capable of producing HD graphics.
2010 could be a very troublesome year for Apple if Samsung, Google, and nVidia have their way.
The Palm Pre is catching up to the iPhone in more ways that just iTunes. The new Pre now has a simple Home Brew installing similar to Cydia or Icy for the iPhone.
This comes as Palm re-enabled iTunes syncing on the Pre. Some have stated that the Pre just cannot keep up with the iPhone due to the number of Apps that the iPhone has and the ease of install.
Now that the Pre is getting easier installation for Home Brew, we should also see some nicely useful applications made by users that really do know what people want and would like on the Pre.
Should be interesting to see how quickly the third party developers get on board and get their apps up for install.
Yeah, more Apple rumors! We have been hearing rumors and denials about Apple's plans to make a tablet for about two years now. Ever since the netbook came out people have been speculating that Apple will have to release their own version to compete in the small, low-power and inexpensive market.
However, when anyone has asked Apple they have always replied that they cannot make an inexpensive device that is not junk. (Which is actually funny when you really look at the cost of the parts though.)
All that aside, there has been some rumblings again about a possible new Apple tablet. First is was Apple buying small 10-inch multi-touch screens, then is was a large flash memory purchase, after that it was a carrier saying they would subsidize one if it were made. Now we have a financial paper claiming that Apple might release one in September.
They cite Apple's recent deals with recording labels for new interactive features for purchased music and movies as a sign of this happening. They also claim the new tablet will run the iPhone OS, and connect through WiFI only (just like the iPod), and could have an e-book market place.
Rumors are fun, but I am not sure about this one. It is possible that Apple is trying to enter the e-book reader market. And some signs point to this, like the Kindle App for the iPhone. Time will tell if this is another fairy tale or if there is truth in this.
Apple might have gone a little overboard in their description of how secure their iPhone 3G S is. I know this will come as a shock to no one (except a few very hardcore Apple Fans). After all Apple continuously claims that OSX is not vulnerable to crashes, viruses, hacking etc.
The rub is that on Apple's website they state
iPhone 3GS offers highly secure hardware encryption that enables instantaneous remote wipe. You can even encrypt your iTunes backups
This highly secure encryption was hacked in 120 seconds. Bear in mind this is supposed to be hardware level encryption, not simple password.
The encryption was so weak that it was described as being "useless". Now no encryption is perfect or unbreakable; that is not the point of this type of encryption. What you want strong encryption for is to allow you time to wipe the phone if lost or stolen.
Apple has done a terrible job on their attempt to court business users with this feature. Although the currect hack requires physical control of the device it is entirely possible that a Bluetooth or WiFi hack for this could be created. After all how many people run around with their WiFI on all the time and Bluetooth left in discoverable mode.
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If you live in the US and have been dreaming of talking to your wrist, or simply wearing your phone like an accessory your long wait may soon be over.
According to a recent filing with the US Federal Communications Commission LG's new GD910 watch phone may soon see life in the US.
This little device brings back memories of the old Dick Tracy watch communicator (without all the yellow. From what I have seen the GD910 will be pretty cool but will have all the style of the old Casio Calculator watches and will probably act as a female repellent for any trendy geek sporting one.
No word on when these will popup nor how much they will run you but I am sure they will do some good business in the gadget crazed US once they do hit.