I hate fighting with wires to charge my gadgets. They always fall behind something or I lose them under all the boxes that migrate towards my office each week. It is compounded by the fact that I have a ton of gadgets to charge at any given time. If you charge lots of gear and are tired of having to find an outlet and cord for each one you need the Touch-n-go Multi-device charger.
The device is an oddly shaped plate that is black on top and silver underneath. It has 16 different divots in the top with three little pins each. The divots and pins remind me of the magnetic charge port on the bottom of some cordless mice I have used. The idea is that you can charge up to 16 different gadgets at one time from this single charger.
That is enough charge space even for my wife's gadgets and mine. Each of those divots can be filled with a little magnetic circle with a charge cord attached for various devices. I see cords for iPhone and USB devices in the pic. As short as the cords are, this thing will be jam packed if you use all of the spots for charging at one time. It's supposed to ship soon for $99.
Yesterday I talked about the next-gen iPad was getting a higher resolution display, well there are now more rumors that are pointing toward this actually happening. MacRumors is now saying that this might actually happen.
The fuel to this rumor is Apple's updated iBooks app at 1.1 accidentally included artwork for double the amount of pixels of the current iPad. The bookmark icon included art for the iPad, iPhone, iPhonex2 and iPadx2. The x2 versions are exactly double the resolution of the original versions.
Researchers at BAE Systems in the UK are hard at work on a system that movie fans will recognize as being very similar to the tech that the Predator used to hide from Arnie. BAE is looking at a system that may be in the field in as little as five years that can hide a vehicle the size of a main battle tank using sensors and e-Ink on the surface of the vehicle.
The researchers have dubbed the technology e-camouflage and as the vehicle rolls along the camera sensors on the outside would project the image all around it on the surface to allow it to blend into any environment. The researchers are basing the program around seven different fighting vehicles for now.
The vehicles are a mixture of manned and unmanned vehicles that will have versions that are armed and some that are unarmed. Some will be troop carriers while other will hunt the enemy or provide anti-aircraft support. The British military wants a vehicle ready for operational capacity by 2013 weighing 30 tons, powered by a hybrid system, and packing the survivability and fighting power of current main battle tank.
Asus have leaked out a bit of CES content - below we have some shots of the Eee Pad and Eee Slate.In the shot you can see it includes a USB 3.0 port (whoa!) which is inside of a very thin keyboard which is then attached to the touchscreen display.
This thing is looking more like a tablet PC rather than a tablet - but this is not necessarily a bad thing. Asus rocked the world with their EeePC range a few years ago and created an entire new market which didn't really exist until then.
More leaks are coming out about Apple's iPad 2 with one of them saying the next-gen iPad will have a smaller, slimmer, flatter case, all while including rear-facing, improved speakers.
According to a Japanese blog, an anonymous Chinese source has revealed that the new case shaves 3mm from the length and width which results in a slightly smaller bezel. The source says the 9.7" LCD display will remain.
Google has just announced a partnership with Verizon Wireless to provide 3G wide area network (WAN) coverage on each Google Chrome OS device. Each device will receive 100MB of data for free each month for two years.
Google's Chromebook is part of this and has been seen as a cloud computing device, a device that gives users the option to stay connected to the web via the browser constantly.
Oooh - DigiTimes is pushing out some chinese-whispers that local component makers are claiming Foxconn has been notified that it must ship Apple's "iPad 2" within the next 100 days.
DigiTimes is reporting that Apple's plan to start mass production in January had to be pushed because of ongoing firmware testing. Even though it starts shipping in February that does not mean your grubby little tablet wanting hands will be able to purchase it then. The original iPad was announced in January, began US shipment in April and was on shelves in May.
Today should be named Google Day. Unlike another company who releases a Beatles discography to their music store and says it's a day we'll never forget, Google have had around 1,256 announcements today!
Google's Andy Rubin was on stage at D: Dive Into Mobile today where he bought with him a prototype Android tablet by hello-moto, Motorola.
eReaders are huge in the US today and they are popular around the world. Sony eReaders have been on the market much longer than popular devices like the Kindle and Nook have, but early on Sony eReaders didn't catch the eye of users in Japan. Back in 2007, both Sony and Panasonic pulled out of the eReader market in Japan. Despite the market not being enough for them in their home countries, Sony has been selling its eReaders in the US for a long time now.
Sony is now set to go back to its home market with its eReaders. Sony will offer a 5-inch screen eReader in Japan starting on December 10 for 20,000 yen or $240. A 6-inch screen version of the reader will be offered for 25,000 yen. Reuters reports lack of content was the main reason the Sony readers failed originally. The popularity of eReader rivals and tablets like the iPad has to be another factor pushing Sony back to its home market.
If you are a serious geek that likes to show off your geekiness there are all manner of shirts and other clothing items that will do the deed. None of them will mark you as geek as much as the Syte shirt. This black t-shirt has a pocket in the front that you can cram your iPhone or iPod touch into.
The shirt will hold the device in either portrait or landscape modes. The clear pocket will allow you to show the people around you what you are watching, even if you can't see it yourself. I guess this shirt is sort of like the people that spend money to put screens in the headrests of two seat cars just so the people behind them can see what they are watching.
Most people are busy updating to iOS 4.2 today - and on the iPad some people are not a happy camper.
Sitting next to their sniper rifles, marshmallows and tents, these not-so-happy campers (myself included) do not like the iPad's rotational lock switch being swapped to a "mute" button ala the iPhone with the new iOS 4.2 update.
Very few of the people I know wear a watch any more. Most of us just use a mobile phone to tell what time it is when we need to. I do know a few folks that wear a wristwatch, but these guys are the fancy types that like fashion watches to show off. You have probably heard of E-Ink displays before, the tech is huge in the eReader market and other markets as well.
The big benefit of E-ink tech is that the screens are very easy to read in direct sunlight and use very little power. I have had one of the Phosphor E-Ink watches in my hands before and the coolest thing about them is that you can choose the way the screen looks with different arrangements for the time and either black or white backgrounds. The numbers are easy to read the watches are really cool.
The BlackBerry PlayBook got some serious facetime at Adobe's MAX conference today. RIM and Adobe teamed up to announce an Adobe AIR SDK for the PlayBook platform with hardware integration that will give developers plenty to work with before the launch of the PlayBook next year. A fully functional PlayBook took center stage; something RIM didn't even pull off at their own event.
Being a developer on this platform is looking to be a fairly nice affair; companies like Kobo were on hand to talk about the ease of development for the PlayBook platform and RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis announced at the conference that all developers that create PlayBook apps that are approved into App World will receive a free PlayBook of their very own. That's a pretty sweet incentive to get the tablet off and running at launch. Check out a short video after the break.
Next time you're on a Jetstar domestic flight - you might have the option of using an iPad for in-flight entertainment, very cool.
Jetstar's CIO and general manager of IT, Steve Tame said yesterday that they're aiming for a roll-out of iPad's this year - pending final arrangements with Apple and media content companies.
Tame said, "Jetstar is looking at the iPad as the in-flight entertainment systems for the A320 aircraft in Australia and across Asia Pacific. The program is running from our commercial department with our in-flight services team, We are targeting roll-out this year as soon as all agreements have been finalised."
SquareTrade is a company that offers third-party warranty for consumer electronics that covers accidental damage, has released an analysis of damage rates, comparing Apple's iPhone 4 to the iPhone 3GS. The report stated damage reports by warranty holders, the GorillaGlass-clad iPhone 4 suffers from damaged or cracked screens - here is the surprising bit, twice as often as the iPhone 3GS.
The analysis was formed by accident reports from claims submitted to SquareTrade by the users who took out warranty protection for new iPhones. After 4 months, 3.9 percent of iPhone 4 owners had reported cracked screens. Where, the iPhone 3GS had reports of cracked screens by only 2.1 percent within the first four months of ownership.
That's an 86 percent increase in cracked screens.
Today Telstra announced it's plans to release it's own Android-based tablet, the T-Touch Tab which is due in November.
The device will obviously only be available on Telstra's NextG network, similar to their other "T" branded devices, however the T-Touch Tab is different, it's advertised with the "powered by Android technology" trademark.
This goes hand in hand with the announcement from Optus about the Dell Streak, the upcoming release of Samsung's Galaxy Tab (also available on Telstra and Optus).
Will it make a difference to the market? Will it have all sorts of Telstra bloatware all over it? Time will tell, a Telstra executive at the devices briefing this morning said more information will be available over the next few weeks.
LG said on Monday that it will not release a Google Android tablet this year - but will instead wait for a refreshed OS from Google. This is a swing in the other direction as it was only a few months ago that LG announced plans to join the tablet army - but is now patiently waiting for Google to get to Android 3.0
An LG official said "We plan to introduce a tablet that runs on the most reliable Android version ... We are in talks with Google to decide on the most suitable version for our tablet and that is not Froyo 2.2".
With all the players on the market for tablets, with Samsung, Dell and Apple to name a few - it's getting crowded quickly.
I think 2011 will be the tablet fight - especially with Android 3.0 shaking things up.
Samsung have shown off a tech-demo of the Home Watcher Remote, which is dream app shown on the upcoming Galaxy Tab.
A widget on the Galaxy Tab will be able to tell the oven in your house to cook the recipe, add a timer and adjust oven temperature at the touch of the Galaxy Tab's screen - if that wasn't already good enough, it can control other items in your house - such as washing machines, dryers, TV's, stoves and vacuums.
The demo isn't guaranteed to be released to customers - but it's a glimpse of the future of home automation.
Does it mean I'll have to stop dancing around my house in my sexy lil' apron?
Here's a video demo of it:
Dell has announced a local release date and pricing for it's 5-inch Android based Streak, a device that blurs the line between tablets and smart phones.
Optus will have a 3 month exclusive, offering the Dell Streak from October 1 for FREE on it's $59 plan, locked in a 24 month contract. The Streak will also be available on the $79 cap and $99 Timeless plans, as well as the $49 cap with an additional $7 per month for the handset.
Dell says the Streak will sell for $649 outright - they also rumour to release a 7-inch and 10-inch version coming next year.
The Streak features a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, 5MP camera with dual LED flash, 2GB internal memory and will include a 16GB micro-SD card. At the moment, it's understood to run Android 1.6 - although before launch it might get the upgrade to 2.2
Samsung's Christmas press launch is happening right now at their Sydney HQ. The showcase of the evening? The upcoming Galaxy Tab of course.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab will cost you $999 outright, but of course through the various telco's (Telstra, Optus and Vodafone) there will be the usual subsidies.
Personally, I think it's a bit expensive at $999 outright, compared to the iPad at $649 for the WiFi only model... I think $499 would've been a better price - it would've stolen a fair amount of would-be iPadders.
Of course, McFly won't be happy about paying $999 for a Tab...
Something short and sweet for the soon to be WP7 fans!
HTC regional director responsible for North Africa and the Middle East has gone on record with gulfnews saying "we will be launching Windows Phone 7 handsets next month.
He also mentioned that HTC will be releasing "around five more models by the end of the year", we don't know how they'll verse against the iPhone and Android handsets - but competition is great. The more the merrier I say!