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Visa introduces case that turns iPhone into credit card

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: May 18, 2010 @ 21:57 CDT

Visa and DeviceFidelity originally announced a couple of weeks ago that they were partnering up to build an iPhone case that would allow the iPhone to be used as a credit card at retailers that support no-swipe payment systems. This release was quickly pulled, but has resurfaced and been made official with pictures and an official release.


DeviceFidelity released a near field communications chip last year that was put into a micro-SD card that could be used in compatible phones to let them act as contactless credit cards. Unfortunately, there are no current iPhones with microSD slots. The new case, named "In2Pay", plugs into the dock connector at the bottom of the iPhone and provides the power and interface for DeviceFidelity's microSD card and the communications chip.

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Android 2.2 update to end with a link to Flash enabled sites

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: May 18, 2010 @ 20:05 CDT

Android users everywhere are pretty fired up about all of the capabilities being brought to their phones with the "Froyo" update, Android 2.2. Speedier performance, WiFi hotspot capabilities, and tethering are just the tip of the iceberg. Now it is being reported that Android is taking a direct shot at Apple's list of "iPad optimized" (read: Adobe Flash-free) sites with a link to an Adobe Mobile website after the upgrade is completed.

This link is said to take Android users to a page that gives an option to either receive a full list of sites that are Flash 10.1 enabled or visit the Adobe site to receive Flash products.

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Mach Xtreme rolls out 1.8-inch solid state drives

By: Steve Dougherty | Storage | Posted: May 18, 2010 @ 19:58 CDT

Taiwanese storage maker Mach Xtreme has just introduced a new series of SSDs that is appropriately dubbed MX-Nano due to its 1.8-inch form factor.


Mach Xtreme's MX-Nano series include models with 44-pin, 50-pin and ZIF PATA interfaces. They are MLC based drives with 256MB of cache and are capable of a max read and write rate of 120MB/sec and 65MB/sec, respectively. They have been given TRIM support and can be purchased in 30, 60, 120 and 240GB capacities.


Mach Xtreme has given the MX-Nano series drives a 1 year warranty. Pricing is not yet known, however.

Amazon Kindle for Android slated for release later this summer

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: May 18, 2010 @ 16:00 CDT

One of the few places that Android has lagged behind the rest of the smartphone pack is support for an app for Amazon Kindle. This is going to change later this summer when Kindle for Android, a free app that gives access to over 540,000 books in the Kindle Store.


As with the Kindle app on other devices like the Blackberry, iPad, and PC this free app will incorporate Whipsersync technology which allows you to access your ebooks across any device you have that supports Kindle as well as saving your last read page, changing font sizes, and other features.

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Nintendo trademarks 3DSWare and 3DSPlay

By: Shane McGlaun | Gaming | Posted: May 18, 2010 @ 14:14 CDT

We all know that the Nintendo 3DS is coming to market and will be unveiled at E3 next month. The new portable console has 3D graphics along with a 2D mode and the 3D gaming needs no glasses.


Nintendo is gearing up for the launch of the device and has filed trademarks on the 3DSWare and 3DSPlay trademarks. Those two trademarks will take no one by surprise and would fit in along with the WiiPlay that Nintendo already has.

There are lots of gamers out there looking to get their hands on the 3DS console and hopefully it will spawn some competition. We are hearing grumblings that a PSP 2 may be coming soon.

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OmniVision debuts world's smallest 1080p HD camera solution

By: Shane McGlaun | Cameras | Posted: May 18, 2010 @ 13:04 CDT

One of the ways that our devices can get smaller and smaller is by having smaller components available. while we want smaller devices, we also want higher quality components and cameras as well.


A company called OmniVision has unveiled what it claims to be the world's smallest 1080p HD camera solution known as the OV2720. The camera is the world's first 1/6-inhc native 1080p 30 fps HD CMOS image sensor designed for netbooks, notebooks, and webcams.

The device doesn't scale or crop video shot in 1080p resolution and uses 1.4-micron OmniBSI pixel for low light sensitivity. The sensor has a z-height of only 3.5mm.

ViewSonic launch new ULV Mini PC - VOT125

By: Steve Dougherty | Computer Systems | Posted: May 18, 2010 @ 12:12 CDT

We first saw this tidy little mini PC at CES earlier in the year and now ViewSonic has announced that it is available for pre-order starting at $499 U.S.


The VOT125 PC Mini uses a compact 1.5" by 5.1" by 4.5" shiny black chassis and has good enough specs for basic home and office tasks. It is an Intel ultra-low voltage powered unit with CPU options starting at the entry level Celeron SU743 or SU2300, or for additional cost you can go with a Pentium SU4100 or Core 2 Duo SU7300.


The unit comes with 2GB of RAM, a 250GB hdd, Ethernet, WiFi, DVI and HDMI connectivity as well as a 3-in-1 card reader. ViewSonic ships it with Windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed.

Digital Foci offers new white Photo Book PBK-080

By: Shane McGlaun | Displays & Projectors | Posted: May 18, 2010 @ 12:08 CDT

When it comes to showing off all those digital photos you take you can put them into a digital photo frame at home for viewing or you can send them to your small smartphone for mobile viewing. Digital Foci has an alternative to showing photos on the go called the Photo Book.


The device is now available in white color and has an 8-inch TFT LCD screen with a resolution of 800 x 600. The device has 4GB of internal storage and has a memory card reader covering major formats like CF, SD, SDHC, MS Pro, and more.

The device supports JPEG, RAW, BMP, TIFF, and GIF image formats and MP3, AAC, and WMA audio formats. Video in MJPEG, MPEG-1, and MPEG-4 SP is supported. The device is shipping this month for right under $190.

OCZ unveils 750W Fatal1ty branded PSU for gamers

By: Steve Dougherty | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 18, 2010 @ 11:28 CDT

OCZ has just released a new high performance 750 watt PSU to market backed by pro gamer, Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel. This Fatal1ty branded power supply is aimed primarily at gamers and sports modular, flat cabling that helps in giving superior airflow throughout the system.


The unit features a single beefy +12v rail and is ticked with 80Plus Bronze certification thanks to 85% typical load efficiency. It is cooled by a thermally controlled 135mm double ball-bearing red-LED fan which is said to be near-silent.


Connectors include 1 x 20/24-pin ATX, 1 x 8-pin CPU, 1 x 4+4-pin CPU, 4 x 6+2-pin PCI-E, 6 x Peripheral, 2 x Floppy and 6 x SATA.

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Kiwi U-Powered solar charger debuts

By: Shane McGlaun | Peripherals | Posted: May 18, 2010 @ 11:04 CDT

Keeping devices powered up if you use them a lot can be a big challenge. Thankfully, there are a number of cases and external batteries on the market to increase the run time of all manner of devices from GPS to smartphones and cameras.


KiwiChoice has unveiled a new solar charger called the Kiwi U-Powered that has three solar panels that rotate out to gather up power from the sun. The charger has a 2000mAh internal battery that is a lithium polymer unit.

The device can charge the internal battery from USB in 3.5-4.5 hours. The internal battery can be charged from sunlight alone in 17 or more hours. You can pick the gadget up for $49.99 right now.

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