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Self-Aware Earphones Know Which Ear They're In!

clock February 3, 2012 17:58 by author Jeremy

Isn't it just the worst feeling ever when you realize you've put the wrong earphone into the wrong ear? I consider myself to be an expert on directional knowledge (okay, sometimes I still get left and right mixed up), yet even I'm constantly duped by the good ol' switcheroo that earphones like to perform.

But not anymore! The Japan Science and Technology Agency has fashioned a self-aware earphone capable of telling which ear it's in, and whether it's even your ear; now you can have stereo sound from just one earpiece when sharing the pair with a friend.

The "Universal Earphones" can figure all this out with the use of a proximity sensor. When the earphone is in the right ear, the sensor will face your ear, thus recognizing which ear it's in. When it's in the left ear, the sensor will face away from the ear and into the open air, and will play sound accordingly.

A skin conductor sensor is also provided, changing the earphones from stereo to mono when one earphone is pulled out (for those, "Sorry, what?" moments). This sort of technology could even be tinkered with further, allowing the earphones themselves to pause and play accordingly when in and out of an ear.

The group will present their findings and product in the Intelligent User Interface conference at the end of the onth in Lisbon. Hopefully we'll see this product actually come out to market, just to save the me 3 seconds or so it takes to figure out which earphone is which. Anything for the sake convenience, right?

Japan Science and Technology Agency, newscientist.com

Acer Laptop Battery and Charger Replacements

clock January 30, 2012 12:30 by author Ty

Acer Laptops

Do you have an Acer laptop that only last an hour or less before it runs out of battery power? If so, then it’s probably due for a replacement Acer laptop battery. Most laptop batteries last between 3-5 years and range between 300-500+ discharge/charge cycles.

Replacement Acer laptop batteries and chargers are available for all Acer laptop models, including Acer Aspire, Acer Ferrari, and Acer TravelMate laptops. Acer laptop batteries are available in Li-Ion battery packs and come in a standard OEM size, slim size and extended capacity size. Each laptop battery is a direct OEM replacement fit and 100% compatible. The slim and extended Li-Ion battery is only available for various Acer laptop models.

Find brand new replacement Acer laptop batteries and chargers at competitive prices. At eBatts.com, we carry the highest quality laptop batteries and laptop chargers on the market. Each laptop battery and laptop charger come with a full one year warranty, meet or exceed OEM manufacturer power specifications and are 100% OEM compatible.


Acer Ferrari Laptop Battery Acer Aspire Laptop Charger

HP Laptop Battery Recall - 32,000 Lithium-Ion Battery Packs

clock January 25, 2012 14:26 by author Ty

Hewlett-Packard will be paying out $425,000 to settle hazardous laptop battery claims for not issuing a recall fast enough on hazardous laptop batteries. US Consumer Product Safety Commission charged Hewlett-Packard with knowingly selling laptop batteries that could overheat and possibly catch on fire.

HP’s laptop battery recalls consist of over 32,000 lithium-ion battery packs. If you happened to purchase a HP laptop from 2005 to now, it wouldn’t hurt to check to see if your HP laptop falls in the recall category.

HP short list of impacted laptops:

HP Laptop Battery Recall Model Numbers

Full list of HP Notebook PC Battery Pack Replacement Program:

HP Laptop Battery Recall List

You can also check the serial number on your laptop battery to verify the battery pack is safe to use.


HP Laptop Battery Recall Serial Number

Check out your HP laptop model to see if it needs a replacement battery due to a recall. Most of the HP laptop battery models impacted are:

  • HP: G6000, G7000.
  • HP Pavilion: dv2000, dv2500, dv2700, dv6000, dv6500, dv6700, dv9000, dv9500, dv9700, dx6000, dx6500, dx6700.
  • Compaq Presario: A900, C700, F500, F700, V3000, V3500, V3700, V6000, V6500, V6700.
  • HP Compaq: 6510b, 6515b, 6520s, 6710b, 6710s, 6715b, 6715s, 6720s.
  • Compaq Evo: N1010v****, N1050v****.


Source: http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/248641/hp_pays_425000_to_settle_claims_over_hazardous_laptop_batteries.html

New Apple iPad 3 - Release Date Rumors

clock January 17, 2012 12:00 by author Ty

Although there was no Apple iPad 3 at CES on display, there has been a rumor going around that the Apple iPad 3 might be launched in a few months, March of 2012. The new iPad 3 also might be very similar to the iPad 2, but with improved hardware overall. Apple already knows the next iPad 3 is going to be a success, just like it’s iPad and iPad 2 predecessors. It’s no surprise that there won’t be any sneak peeks before it is released.
Below are some rumored Apple iPad 3 specs:

•    An improved Apple A5 dual-core 1GHz processor or a possible A6 quad-core processor.
•    Retina Display, 9.7-inch QXGA 2048 x 1536p resolution HD display.
•    Super-sharp display with 326 ppi (pixels per inch) or greater. iPad 2 is 132 ppi.
•    4G LTE radio for faster internet speeds.
•    Larger 14,000mAh battery for the iPad 3. The iPad 2 battery is rated at 6930 mAh.
•    10 hours of video watching over Wi-Fi.
•    Improved HD Facetime front camera and 8 megapixel or higher rear camera, like the iPhone 4S.
•    Storage options could range from 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, and a possible 128 GB with iCloud services.
•    Thicker casing.
•    Stronger glass comparable to Gorilla Glass 2.
•    AT&T and Verizon carriers.
•    Addition of Siri.

Although these are just rumores on iPad 3 specifications. We can expect an iPad 3 arrival sometime in March 2012, and a possible iPhone 5 in the pipeline. The iPad 3 specs sound good and we will all wait impatiently for the next release.

Apple iPad 3







CES 2012 - Show Overview with Pictures - Part 2

clock January 13, 2012 23:36 by author Jeremy

Our eBatts.com staff have taken more snapshots at CES! Check out the nifty new gadgets and tech-toys that we've uncovered with our second batch of pictures!

LG's 3D OLED 55" TV

KICKER iPhone Docks

Nixon Headphones



Samsung's booth

Nokia Lumia - being twisted!


And last but not least...!!!

...a boat. Thanks, Vegas.

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