January 11, 2011 23:11 by Jeremy
Verizon customers have wanted the iPhone since 1300 B.C. (at least, that's how long it feels like with how much they ask about it). This morning, it was announced that they'll finally get their long-awaited version of the iPhone 4. Pre-orders start on February 3rd, with the real opening date on February 10th. But what are the differences, you ask?
First off: antennas. The antennas have had to be tweaked slightly, and Verizon's iPhone has even acquired a fourth notch (with one pre-existing notch moving to the side near the volume buttons). However, it's been confirmed that this was only done so that the iPhone would work on Verizon's CDMA network; no real upgrade there.
On the plus side, Verizon iPhone owners can use their iPhone as a WiFi hotspot, tethering up to 5 other devices to it. That's pretty nifty, eh? However, this pro comes with a few cons. Such as the fact that Verizon's CDMA network can't support both voice and data at the same time. Meaning, if you're chatting away and you feel the need to look something up online...well, good luck with that.
With how much Verizon's been talking up their new LTE network though, why didn't they just travel that route instead of keeping the iPhone 4 at 3G? Apple's Tim Cook explains, "The first gen LTW chipsets force design changes we wouldn't make."
And, as a minor downside, because the volume buttons have been moved down just a smidge (thanks to the new antenna notch), this iPhone may require a whole different set of cases. Let's just hope that doesn't get confusing.
Now we play the waiting game, and see if Verizon's network is enough to lure AT&T customers over, or if their non-simultaneous-voice-and-data-network will shy customers away.
January 11, 2011 18:15 by Ty
Duracell has launched a new line of Duracell Portable Power Inverters and Duracell Laptop Power Adapters for this year in 2011. The new portable power products include a first to market advanced USB 2.1 Amp charging ports available on power inverters and laptop power adapters. For today’s power-hungry USB electronic devices, recharging can be done twice as fast for iPads, iPods, tablet PC Pads, e-Readers, and smartphones with the new 2.1 Amp USB charging port.
The new Duracell Portable Power Inverters include the Mobile inverter 30, Mobile Inverter 100, Pocket Inverter 100, Pocket Inverter 175, and the Power Inverter 130. All of the new Duracell power inverters come equipped with AC to DC power, 2.1 Amp port charging capacity, high-quality cooling technology, low fan noise, and efficient power. Other competitors use 1 Amp USB ports, loud cooling fans, and low quality power inverter technology that can bring an unsatisfactory consumer experience.
The Duracell laptop power adapter family now offers the Universal 90-Watt AC Adapter and the Universal Energy Efficient 90-Watt AC Adapter. These new laptop power adapters meet strict EnergyStar efficiency requirements with a 90 percent reduction of power consumption over similar laptop power adapters on the market. “Both models include 10 patented voltage-controlling tips to ensure safe, efficient power to all popular laptop models from top manufacturers including Acer, Asus, Compaq, Dell, Gateway, HP, IBM, Lenovo, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba and more. The additional USB 2.1 Amp power port can simultaneously charge thousands of popular handheld devices.”
The new Duracell Portable Power Inverters and Duracell Laptop Power Adapters will be available to consumers Spring 2011 with a MSRP cost ranging from $29.99 to $59.99 and a full 3-year warranty.
Check out the current products available in the Duracell Portable Power Solutions; which include battery chargers, power inverters, jump starters and powerpacks.
January 7, 2011 23:32 by Jeremy
Netbooks have had a harder time in the market recently, thanks to the ever-so-popular Tablet. But with Razer creating the "Switchblade", we may see a jump in netbook popularity once again.
The idea behind the netbook was mobility: a tiny design that's compact, lightweight, and easy to use. Also, they were great to use as media-devices.
In the Switchblade, however, we see the netbook being used in a slightly different manner than most people would use them for: gaming. Particularly interesting is the keyboard layout: there's just enough keys to get the necessary things in, like letters on your keyboard, but when you start to play a videogame, the peripherals on the keys actually change to match those of the game.
Razer wouldn't announce a release date, saying that the Switchblade was simply a concept idea still. But would they place this much money into something that's simply a design? ...Personally, I hope not.
January 7, 2011 20:14 by Jeremy
It really brightens up your day when you have a piece of news about something that could bring "futuristic life" that you see in movies, closer to a reality. That particular piece of news for this morning coming from the 2011 CES show was the PenTouch TV.
Now, this isn't the first time that LG has introduced a television with touch-capability. And more than likely, we'll see businesses use this equipment before it hits the regular market. And unfortunately, there isn't much to go on besides the fact that it's made by LG: how useful the touch-pen will be, whether that affects what you're watching, and if this product is actually in the works...who knows. What we *do* know, is that John Madden impersonations around the world just got a bit more real.
"Here you see the PenTouch, and you use this pen to touch the tv and leave marks, and thats why it's called the PenTouch. And if the buttons start beeping, just knock over the pinata." Oh, Madden, how I love the things you say.
January 7, 2011 00:17 by Jeremy
Straight from CES, our crew from EBatts managed to snag a few shots of the BlackBerry PlayBook and Toshiba's Tegra 2 powered tablet.
Ah, the BlackBerry Playbook. The top part has physical buttons for power, locking, volume, play and pause. The bottom part is the plug-area: there are slots for mini-HDMI, micro-USB, and the charger. There's a front-facing 3 megapixel camera, too. The downside? Certain parts, such as the email and calendar, are tethered to the consumer's BlackBerry phone; the PlayBook doesn't have an email or calendar to use by itself.
Here we see the PlayBook connected to a fairly large tv above it. You know, in case the normal screen just wasn't cutting it for you. The bigger, the better, right? At least we know the mini-HDMI slot will come in handy.
As of now, there's no release date on the PlayBook.
The EBatts crew also stumbled upon the often-whispered-about Tegra 2 powered Toshiba Tablet, which is still unnamed as of now. This tablet was confirmed to be running the latest version of Android in the future (aka Honeycomb), but for CES' sake, Toshiba has powered the device up with Android 2.2. Details about the inside of this tablet are still largely unknown, but we did find out that the rubberized back cover is replaceable. This brings a number of options for customization, such as a different color, and also battery replacement. However, we'll wait to wait for futher details to really take a look at how Toshiba's unnamed wonder-child will fare against competitors.