January 26, 2011 00:43 by Jeremy
Either this is an attempt by LG to go green and save paper, wastewater, and carbon emissions, or an attempt to just create something quite awesome. Coincidentally, they've managed to do both.
This futuristic newspaper (an e-paper, if you will), uses ink on metal foil, rather than glass or plastic (which is what's normally used). It can bend just like your normal newspaper, only this time, you won't have those permanent crease-marks! If you're familiar with how the Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader work, then you'll be familiar with how the LG e-paper works.
Why didn't LG show this off during CES? We'll never know. But we do know that this 19 inch e-paper is just a prototype, and that LG plans to actually release a smaller 11.5 inch version to the market.
I don't know about you, but I can't wait to have my comics constantly with me, without having to stop by somewhere to pick up a new paper each day. I mean, look at these happy people below: I'm sure there's a Peanuts or Zitz comic somewhere on the page they're looking at.
Warning: Just don't let your dog put this in their mouth every morning to bring to you. I'm sure he/she is trained to do just that, but the times...they are a'changin.
January 24, 2011 23:47 by Jeremy
Yes, that's right folks: an official teaser website from Toshiba themselves shows (mostly already known) specs and pictures of their long-awaited device. The website's URL? Why, it's thetoshibatablet.com ....thus indicating that the name of their tablet (unless otherwise changed in the future) is... the Toshiba Tablet. Wow.
In more exciting news, the specs on the website show that the battery of this particular tablet will be replaceable, but only for the "screwdriver-savvy people".
Keep an eye out for Toshiba's latest products, including their aptly-named laptop (the Toshiba Laptop) and television (the Toshiba TV). You know we love you Toshiba. :)
Oh, and best of all? It seems we're not the only ones with a sense of humor. Try going to the website on an iPhone and see what happens.
Well played, Toshiba. I applaud you for that one.
January 22, 2011 01:07 by Jeremy
Ever have a recurring dream where you're James Bond and you've been sent to spy on the enemy base with only floss, a microphone-pen and a tiny camera? ...No? .....Okay, just me then.
But in case you want that sort of dream to become reality, you'll first need a few things: floss, a microphone-pen, an enemy base, and JTT's newest "CHOBi CAM ONE".
The tiny DSLR spy-cam can shoot pictures in 1600x1200, and VGA video at 30 frames per second. For the creative-kind of spy, there's three magnetically-swappable lenses to fulfill your photographic-urge. And even better, the camera has a micro SD slot so that you can take as many pictures of secret documents as you want.
The CHOBi CAM ONE brings a whole new meaning to "micro DSLR". It's also only available in Japan, though. Guess I'll keep dreaming...
Source: Akihabara News, JTT
January 20, 2011 00:11 by Jeremy
...okay, so it's not quite as catchy as "Lions! And tigers! And bears!" but we'll likely have the same, "Oh my!" reaction during early February, when a string of companies will be holding their individual press events.
Starting with Sprint on February 7th, we're promised "yet another industry first"...along with David Blaine. I'm not sure how those two correlate at all, but I'll trust that Sprint is cooking up something fun for us. At the very least, you know they're cooking something good, as the bottom of their invitation implies.
Meanwhile, Dell's event will be held on the following day, February 8th, but slightly earlier in the morning. For those who are fond of sleeping in, keep in mind: breakfast is included.
Last-but-not-least, we have HP showcasing their stuff on February 9th. Their invitation seems to have changed slightly in the past few weeks though. Originally their slogan for the event was "Think big. Think small. Think beyond." Now, we see the same invitation, but prodding the folks over at engadget (such good sports, they are). It's all in good fun, of course, and HP's Marketing Technique here will surely draw attention to what's-to-come.
Now we get to wait for these events like children on Christmas morning. Oh, the torture.
January 13, 2011 23:56 by Jeremy
Today, BlackBerry has announced it's newest phone during an event in Boston: the BlackBerry Balance. As the name implies, the phone seeks to create a balance between work and personal life. With smartphones becoming ever-so-popular, BlackBerry users have been missing out on a bit of the fun, but hopefully not anymore.
With the Balance, the user and the folks over at IT can create a distinct difference in contact information. IT can also include warnings for emails and calendar events being sent out through personal emails, limit transfers for data from work to personal, and manage your BlackBerry without touching the personal content. Pricing and availability have yet to be released.
On a less "official" note (read: leaks!), we've heard news of the BlackBerry Dakota and the BlackBerry Apollo (the next-gen Curve). While both contain a 5 megapixel camera and a bunch of technical goodies, there's a few differences with them. See the specs below for details (big thanks to BGR for the info!)
Source: All Things Digital - Balance, BGR - Dakota, BGR - Apollo
- Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
- Tri-band UMTS
- 5 megapixel camera with HD video recording, flash, and image stabilization
- 4GB of build in storage, 768MB or RAM
- 2.8 inch VGA 640/480 capacitive screen
- WiFi b/g/n on 2.4/g GHz
- 3G mobile hotspot
- MicroUSB port
- Proximity sensor
- 10.5mm thin
- BlackBerry OS 6.1
- Qual-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
- Tri-band UMTS/HSPA 7.2Mbps
- Bluetooth 2.1
- WiFi b/g/n
- 512MB of eMMC and 512MB of RAM
- 5 megapixel camera with flash
- HVGA 480x360 display
- 1050mAh battery
- Tavor MG-1 800MHz CPU
- BlackBerry OS 6.1
- 11mm thin