Back in the day, the floppy drive was all the rage. Being able to transport your data from one PC to another, all thanks to this small, square thing that could usually fit right into your pocket. Of course, back then, the paltry amount of space on those disks is laughable now, but at least they got the job done. So, what if you want to be able to carry all your data on a floppy disk in today’s world, just because you’re retro like that? Well, you could always start a do it yourself project, where you combine a floppy disk and flash memory.
That’s exactly what this USB floppy is. You get the obvious floppy disk there, which will hide your USB cable as well as your flash storage, all in a neat little package. You just slide the metal disk protector to the side, and you’ll be able to access the single USB cable inside. Just plug that into your computer, and you’ll be able to access what’s there. To make it better, the designer put a small red LED in the write/protect switch, which will tell you when the flash storage is being accessed.
Unfortunately, the USB floppy isn’t available to everyone, as it was just a do it yourself project. However, if you want to take the time, and you like floppy disks that much, you could probably get the job done on your own.
Remote controls are tricky little things. No matter how hard you try, there’s always going to be a day that you can’t find the one you’re looking for. But, a pillow is big enough that you probably don’t lose that all the time. Luckily enough, someone was crafty enough, or ingenious enough, to come up with the pillow remote control, so we get the best of both worlds.
The pillow remote control is a throw pillow that’s a fully functional remote, too. It features sewn-in fabric buttons, which will let you turn up and down the volume, change the channel, as well as access the DVD, VCR, as well as your TV. It even has an option to change your input. The pillow universal remote control is available right now, if you’re so inclined, and it will only cost you $30. Just make sure you have 2 AAA batteries lying around, to power the thing.
[via The Awesomer]
Despite the fact that we’re knee deep in the advancements of technology here, we still have a major soft spot for LEGOs. Especially when they get put to use other than buildings forts (though, those can be pretty cool, too). This time around, we get to see what it would look like to be the Master Chief, from Bungie’s prodigal Halo series of video games, exclusively available for Microsoft’s Xbox and Xbox 360 consoles.
The helmet, which is ridiculous in how accurate it is to the helmet in which it is based from, is made entirely of LEGOs. However, while that’s impressive in its own right, it gets really interesting when you realize that you can actually wear it. For those who purchased the Legendary Edition of Halo 3, you’ll remember that a Master Chief helmet was included in the package, but you couldn’t wear that one (without some work, anyway). This one is designed to be worn. It’s just a shame it’s right after Halloween.
The rumor mill about whatever it is that Apple will be announcing tomorrow, in regards to iTunes, is starting to pick up. With one particular screenshot bringing a lot of interest onto the table. A streaming music aspect to iTunes has been rumored about for awhile now, and it looks like digging through a property list file within iTunes 10.1 has turned up something quite interesting.
Specifically, which you can see in the screenshot above, there’s made mention of “iTunes Live Stream.” As of right now, obviously, there’s nothing of that sort going on with iTunes 10.1, so it would seem that this could be the new feature that Apple will announce tomorrow. As for what that entails, exactly, that’s anyone’s guess at this point.
However, rumors state that this could mean that you’ll not only get streaming music, but also streaming television programming. Right now, there’s so much speculation regarding whatever it is that Apple has up their sleeve, that they could come out of left field and announce something completely different. Stay tuned, as the announcement is scheduled for an early morning reveal, for those of you on the West Coast.
[via Mac Rumors]
The separation between Motorola and Motorola Mobility hasn’t been a secret for awhile now, considering the two companies have been talking about it for almost two years now. These were serious talks, as Motorola believed that the Mobility side of the company was more of a liability than anything else, considering the popularity of Apple’s iPhone was only growing, and the hit that was the RAZR was long gone. But obviously Motorola Mobility has turned around, releasing several high-profile devices over the last year, all of which have focused primarily on Google’s Android mobile Operating System. So, while the split is still happening, Motorola Mobility will be a lot stronger than some had previously envisioned.
The more precise time frame was announced at Motorola’s Solutions conference, by co-chief Greg Brown. While it was known that 2011 would see the separation finalized, it’s now been confirmed that it’s going to happen in January. Brown also mentioned that he belies the mobile side of Motorola will grow by up to five percent, and it would even be healthy enough for investments. A good sign for Motorola Mobility, and as long as they can continue their rise, especially with the aide of Android, they should continue to see a healthy growth through the years to come.
Food, family, festivities: the holidays can be stressful, and that’s before you decide what should go inside the wrapping paper. SlashGear can’t help you with the cooking, but we can cut through the sales hyperbole and help you pick the best in consumer electronics so that the only disappointment this December is the brussels sprouts. In our 2010 Holiday Gift Guide we’ve picked our favorite cellphones, computers, accessories and more, so read on for the best in tech this season! (We’ll be updating the Holiday Gift Guide throughout the holiday season)
Mobile Phones – Sprint
HTC EVO 4G
One of the stand-out Android-based handsets on the Now Network, the EVO 4G from HTC was Sprint’s first 4G handset, and is still easily the biggest handset available on the network. The capacitive touchscreen display measures in at 4.3-inches, and features a resolution of 800 x 480. Under the hood you’ll find a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, which makes the Android 2.2 mobile Operating System tick along nicely. To add the icing to the cake, you’ll find HTC’s Sense User Interface. Other features include a kick-stand to help you watch those movies on the big screen, and an 8MP camera with dual LED flash. There’s an 8GB microSD card bundled with the device, and there’s 512MB of RAM, along with 1GB of ROM. For the $199 price tag, the EVO 4G is still one of the best devices available on Sprint. [REVIEW]
Samsung Epic 4G
The second 4G handset to hit the Now Network, the Epic 4G features a plastic manufactured frame from Samsung. The Epic is the Galaxy S variant for the Sprint network, which shares many of the same features that the other Galaxy S devices have on the other networks. However, it’s the differences that make the Epic stand out. First and foremost, it features a landscape slider with a full physical QWERTY keyboard. There’s also a front-facing camera for video calls. Plus, the connectivity to 4G can’t be ignored, as long as you’re in a 4G-supported area. You’ll find a 1GHz Hummingbird processor under the hood, along with Android 2.1 running the show. Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz 3.0 User Interface makes the interface clean and simple to use. Price wise, you’ll be paying $249.99 to get your hands on the 4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display. [REVIEW]
If you’re looking for a rugged device, and one that has a physical build that impresses on every level, then the i1 is the device for you. A new addition to the Sprint line-up, just in time for the holiday shopping season, the Motorola i1 is the first push-to-talk Android-based handset, and utilizes the Sprint Nextel network. It’s designed to be drop and dust-proof, so it will stand up to the rigors of your every day life. It has a 3.1-inch capacitive touchscreen HVGA display, and a 5MP on the back of the device. While it has the look and feel of the previously released MOTOBLUR devices, it’s not actually connected to the BLUR servers, so the status updates won’t be flooding your homescreens. The Motorola i1 features Android 1.5 under the hood. You can grab this device for a low price of $149.99. [REVIEW]
Mobile Phones – Verizon
Motorola Droid X
The largest handset available on the Verizon network, the Motorola Droid X features a 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 854 x 480. It’s running a far more advanced version of Motorola’s proprietary MOTOBLUR User Interface, and it’s less intrusive, more intuitive and in-depth. The social networking aspect of the device is top-notch, especially with the Universal Inbox you can take full use of. Under the hood, you’ll find a 1GHz OMAP processor, and a newly updated version of Android 2.2. On the back, you’ll find an 8MP autofocus camera with dual LED flash. There’s an HDMI port as well, allowing you to watch the videos you’ve recorded with the handset on your TV, or other external display. Motorola includes a 16GB microSD memory card in the box, which will add to the 8GB of on board storage already preinstalled. You can pick up the Droid X for $199.99 on a new, two-year contract. [REVIEW]
The second-largest handset for Verizon, the Samsung Fascinate shares plenty of features with its Galaxy S brethren which have their own place on other networks globally. The Fascinate features primarily a 4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display, along with the 1GHz Hummingbird processor under the hood. You can use the device as a 3G mobile hotspot, and you’ll find integrated WiFi on board as well. Samsung features their proprietary TouchWiz 3.0 User Interface atop Android 2.1. On the back of the device, you’ll find a 5MP camera on the back with LED flash. You can pick up the Fascinate for $199.99. [REVIEW]
HTC Droid Incredible
Featuring a 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen display, the Droid Incredible is a pillar for Verizon. Manufactured by HTC, the device features an updated version of Android 2.2, along with the company’s Sense User Interface. You’ll find a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, making sure that the device reacts to your touches as quickly as possible. There’s an 8MP camera on the back of the device, with dual LED flash. The device just took a price cut for the holiday season, and can now be purchased for $149.99. [REVIEW]
Mobile Phones – AT&T
The iPhone has been synonymous with the AT&T network since 2007, and in this holiday shopping season, it’s no different. The latest version of the iPhone brings plenty of alterations and improvements over the previous model. First and foremost, the Retina Display offers up the sharpest resolution for any mobile phone available on the market now, with a resolution of 960 x 640 — with 326 pixels per inch, and a 800:1 contrast ratio. The device features a revolutionized body, compared to previous iPhone models, with an external antenna. You’ll find a 1GHz A4 processor inside the device, and the most updated version of Apple’s iOS 4 mobile Operating System. The device comes in two flavors: a 16GB model for $199, or a 32GB version for $299. You’ll get access to iTunes, as well as the iBooks catalogue of reading material, and the App Store, where you’ll be able to download all of your favorite apps right to your device. [REVIEW]
The Samsung Focus is one of the devices featuring Microsoft’s brand new Windows Phone 7 mobile Operating System. AT&T is the premiere network partner for Microsoft in the United States, so it’s no surprise that the carrier is getting the cream of the crop. The Focus, which is set to launch on November 8th for the network, features a 4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display, and is powered by a 1GHz processor. You’ll find Windows Phone 7, in its unaltered glory, along with access to Xbox LIVE, as well as the Zune Marketplace. There’s a 5MP camera on the back of the handset, and the Focus features 8GB of on board storage right out of the box. However, you’ll be able to expand memory with an external microSD card, all the way up to 32GB. You’ll be able to pick up the Focus this holiday season for $199.99. [REVIEW]
The Galaxy S variant for AT&T, the Captivate was the first Galaxy S device to launch in the United States. Featuring a 4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, along with Android 2.1 under the hood running the show, the Capacitive is easily the best Android-based handset available on AT&T at present. There’s the same 1GHz Hummingbird processor inside, and you’ll still find Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz 3.0 User Interface in full effect. The device is a 3G-enabled handset, as well. There’s a 5MP camera on the back, which offers up HD video recording. There’s WiFi, Bluetooth connectivity, as well as GPS. The Captivate can be yours for $199.99. [REVIEW]
Mobile Phones – T-Mobile
The T-Mobile G2 is as true a successor to the original HTC G1 as anyone could expect, featuring a landscape slider physical QWERTY keyboard, and a vanilla Android experience. You’ll find an 800MHz processor under the hood, and the ability to connect to T-Mobile’s HSPA+ (4G) network. There’s a 5MP camera on the back, and an 8GB microSD card included, preinstalled. If the G2 sounds like the perfect holiday present for a loved one, you can pick one up for $199.99. [REVIEW]
While AT&T may be the premiere carrier for Windows Phone 7 in the United States, that doesn’t mean that there’s no devices with the new mobile Operating System heading to any other network. T-Mobile is getting their own handset to promote the OS by the time this holiday shopping season kicks off, and they’re doing so in a big way. With the upcoming launch of the HTC HD7, featuring the largest display of any Windows Phone 7 handset at 4.3-inches, WP7 and T-Mobile are looking to make a splash. There’s a 1GHz processor inside, and you’ll also find 576MB of RAM and 512MB of ROM. There’s 16GB of flash memory on board thanks to the preinstalled microSD card, but it’s not meant to be replaceable by the user, so there’s no expandable memory. You’ll find a 5MP camera on the back of the device, and like the HTC EVO 4G, there’s a kick-stand on the back of the handset. The HD7 will be available soon for $199.99. [REVIEW]
HTC myTouch 4G
The myTouch brand is still alive and well for T-Mobile USA, and they’ve certainly added a worthy contender to the lineage with the release of the myTouch 4G. Much like the T-Mobile G2 before it, the myTouch 4G is perfectly capable of connecting to T-Mobile’s HSPA+ (4G) network. You’ll also find good use of the front-facing camera for video calls. On the back, there’s a 5MP camera, with an LED flash. There’s an 8GB microSD card included in the package as well, but there’s room for expandable memory as well. Inside, a 1GHz processor makes sure that the whole show keeps clipping along at a nice pace. HTC has included a customized User Interface on the myTouch 4G, which is a bit like Sense, and yet different in some areas. The device also features WiFi calling. The myTouch 4G can be yours for only $199.99. [REVIEW]
When a video game has been in development as long as Gran Turismo 5, people expect there to be plenty of reasons why. Especially when it’s been delayed, several times. Luckily for the franchise fans out there, those that are still left anyway, it looks like the latest installment in the series is going to be packing plenty of features and extras to make the long development time make sense. One of those features happens to be an exhaustive tool for players to actually create their own courses, as they see fit.
The new tool is just one of many that developer Polyphony Digital has included with the game, and it should be just another part of the icing on the cake for those who have been eagerly anticipating the game’s release. What’s better, though, is that players won’t have to wait until 2011 to play the game, or create their own tracks, as it’s been announced that Gran Turismo 5 will be out on retail shelves on November 24th, exclusively for Sony’s PlayStation 3 video game console.
You can check out the Course Creation tool in the video below. It’s almost six minutes long, so be sure to get comfortable as you watch someone else create tracks, and race on them, long before you can get your hands on the game. Is anyone still excited for the release?
[via GT Planet]
We heard earlier today that Verizon was excited to carry Microsoft’s Widows Phone 7 devices, as soon as Microsoft got them ready for the CDMA-based network. And now, thanks to a Verizon pamphlet, it looks like that day may be coming sooner than we imagined. And HTC seems to be leading the way. The HTC Trophy looks to be the first Windows Phone 7 device heading to Verizon, bringing yet another quad band global phone to Verizon’s ranks.
The Trophy brings Windows Phone 7 to Verizon, courtesy of a 3.8-inch capacitive touchscreen display. There’s a 5MP camera, including autofocus and LED flash, on the back, and you’ll find 16GB of on board storage, with 512MB of ROM. The brochure, which you can see above, is being passed around to Microsoft employees at the moment. The device also features integrated 802.11 b/g/n WiFI, as well as Bluetooth 2.1+EDR technology. The phone will cost $199 for Microsoft employees, and they have until December 31st to act on the special offer. There’s no exact date as to when we should expect to see the device land on Verizon’s shelves for consumers, but early 2011 is getting closer and closer.
While Verizon and AT&T may be opting to keep the Galaxy Tab as contract-free devices, it looks like US Cellular is taking a bit of a different route. The company has just officially announced that the Galaxy Tab, the tablet device from Samsung, will be heading to their network beginning November 19th. The first thing that some may notice is the distinct difference in pricing for the US Cellular version, versus the competition’s. You’ll have a two year contract to thank for that.
However, US Cellular is doing something interesting. They’re calling it “no contract after the first.” It’s part of the carrier’s Belief Project, which will let customers purchase the tablet for only $399, after they sign the two-year agreement, but they’ll never have to sign another one after that. You’ll be able to still use the Tab, as well as the data connection tied to it, but you won’t be obligated, or coerced, into signing a new two-year contract, if you don’t want to.
You’ll be able to connect to the Internet, and download applications, courtesy of integrated WiFi, or use US Cellular’s network. You’re still getting the 7-inch display, the 1GHz processor under the hood, and Android 2.2. You’ll also get Samsung’s Media Hub, which will let you download movies, and other media, right from the device. Data plans start at $14.99, and will get you 200MB per month. Or, you can opt in for the $54.99 plan, which will give you 5GB per month. Check out the full press release below, and be prepared for the November 19th launch date.
SAMSUNG GALAXY TABTM AVAILABLE TO U.S. CELLULAR CUSTOMERS IN STORES AND AT USCELLULAR.COM ON NOVEMBER 19
With “no contract after the first” from The Belief Project, customers can purchase the mobile tablet for $399 with a two-year contract and never have to sign another one
CHICAGO (November 15, 2010) – Holiday shoppers who want to get a head start on their gifts can pick up the Samsung Galaxy Tab from U.S. Cellular beginning Friday, Nov. 19. The carrier’s first mobile tablet will retail for $399 after a $100 mail-in rebate and two-year contract.
The Galaxy Tab’s large 7-inch touchscreen creates a web browsing experience that is more like a PC and the vibrant graphics and 1 GHz processor deliver games with dazzling clarity. It’s loaded with Samsung’s Media Hub, a single source for buying and watching movies and TV shows that are optimized to fit the brilliant display. The Galaxy Tab can also be a convenient e-reader with free downloadable applications from Kindle and Nook. It’s a world of information and entertainment that is still small enough to hold in one hand.
Customers can access data on their Galaxy Tab via Wi-Fi or on U.S. Cellular’s high-speed nationwide network. The carrier offers two rate plans that are tailored to match how often customers will use Wi-Fi for their data needs. The $14.99 plan is ideal for customers who will use Wi-Fi most of the time and comes with 200 MB of monthly network data usage on U.S. Cellular’s network for those occasions when Wi-Fi isn’t available. Customers who don’t want to rely on a Wi-Fi connection can select U.S. Cellular’s $54.99 plan, which provides 5GB of network data usage and can turn the Galaxy Tab into a mobile hotspot for other Wi-Fi devices.
Customers who opt for the $54.99 plan will receive all the benefits of The Belief Project, U.S. Cellular’s series of industry-leading initiatives designed to elevate the customer experience. All customers on a Belief Plan get automatic upgrades of their device at promotional prices every 18 months and get rewards just for being a customer that can be used for even faster upgrades.
“We’re bringing tremendous value to our customers through The Belief Project, with plans to match how they use their devices and products they really want, all backed by innovative services that make their lives easier,” said Edward Perez, vice president of marketing and sales operations for U.S. Cellular.
About the Samsung Galaxy Tab
The Galaxy Tab has a vibrant 7-inch WSVGA TFT touchscreen and is powered by a 1GHz Hummingbird Application processor. The device operates on the Android 2.2™ platform, with full support for Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 and access to the more than 100,000 applications available on the Android Market™. It features two cameras, a 3 megapixel camera on the back with autofocus and zoom, and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat. The AllShare application allows customers to send video, audio and pictures from their Galaxy Tab to other DLNA-enabled devices, like TVs and computers.
Avid readers can download the Kindle and Nook applications from the Android Market to take their favorite book titles everywhere they go. QuickOffice lets customers create, view and edit Microsoft Office files in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as Adobe Acrobat support, making the Galaxy Tab a valuable tool for mobile professionals too. Everyone can use Google Mobile Services like Google Search™, Google Maps™, Gmail™ and YouTube™. The Galaxy Tab is also preloaded with applications that turn it into an alarm clock, calendar and navigation system.
The Galaxy Tab comes with a virtual QWERTY keyboard with Swype technology, allowing customers to input text quickly by sliding their finger over the keyboard in one continuous motion. It also features Samsung’s Social Hub, an MP3 player and 3.5 mm headphone jack, Bluetooth 3.0 and expandable memory up to 32GB.
About The Belief Project
Launched Oct. 1, The Belief Project recognizes customer loyalty with national bundled rate plans that offer customers the freedom to enjoy industry-leading benefits without signing continuous contracts – like automatic phone upgrades at promotional prices every 18 months that can be accelerated with points.
With “no contract after the first,” new customers fulfill an initial two-year commitment and never have to sign another contract again. Existing customers who switch to the new Belief Plans can simply finish the remainder of their term without extending their current contract.
Customers automatically get valuable rewards just for being a customer that can be used for faster phone upgrades in as little as 10 months. Rewards can also be used to get additional lines, phones, accessories and ringtones.
The Belief Project also includes the industry’s only Phone Replacement program. If a customer’s phone accidentally breaks or stops working, U.S. Cellular replaces it with the same or similar model at no additional cost. Customers also can save up to 5 percent on their monthly plans for setting up autopay and paperless billing.
These innovative initiatives were developed to address consumers’ common frustrations with wireless, elevate the customer experience and create a human relationship, not a contractual one. For more information about The Belief Project, visit uscellular.com.
About U.S. Cellular
U.S. Cellular is committed to fixing wireless one project at a time. The Chicago-based carrier, named one of Forbes Magazine’s 2010 “Most Trustworthy Companies,” recently unveiled The Belief Project, a series of industry-first, innovative solutions designed to elevate the customer experience. The Belief Project complements U.S. Cellular’s growing catalog of cutting-edge phones, all backed by its high-speed nationwide network. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retail stores or uscellular.com. You can also check out U.S. Cellular on Facebook.
“This is not an email killer.” That’s what Mark Zuckerberg said at the Facebook event, which is still going on as we write this. Indeed, the brand new Facebook “Modern Messaging System” is not an email killer, but it does incorporate the system. In fact, the new messaging system incorporates all sorts of social networking, and communication, right into the Facebook messaging system.
Zuckerberg took the time to announce, and explain, just what the modern messaging system does, and how it will work in your every day life. Facebook is not just putting new features into their messaging system. They are actually giving it a complete overhaul, and focusing even more on the social communications between people. That’s what the new system is designed for. To help you talk to people, but so that you don’t have to do it in just one way: you want to start a conversation in a Facebook message, but want to keep it going through your standard email? You can do that. And yes, even SMS is included, too.
The whole system is focused on seven tent poles. It has to seamless, informal, immediate, personal, simple, minimal, and short. The whole idea is to make it look like a conversation at all times. There’s a lot going on in the system, at all times, that’s part of a slow roll-out that people will receive in an invite form at first. The system is built on conserving your conversations, no matter how you access or send them, and keeping the history in tact. Basically, once you start a conversation in the new system, it will be saved. The whole history, for as long as you want it to. As Zuckerberg mentioned, looking back over the years will be something you can do with this new system.
You will be able to get your hands on a @facebook email address, but you won’t need one. You can have it if you want it, but if you’re partial to your other email address, you can use that with the system as well. Zuckerberg and company have been pushing to make the system work right out of the gate, and you’ll have a lot more control over who sends you emails, where people get their messages that you send to them (you can choose email, Facebook Chat, or even their mobile phone), and how the conversation flows from one device to another.
What if you want to view attachments, ranging from word files, to spreadsheets? Looks like Microsoft has managed to get their Office name included in the process, too, as it’s just become known that you’ll get Microsoft Office in the new messaging system. You’ll be able to view Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents, right from inside the new messaging system. Office Web Apps will help with all of that. And, if you’ve got Office installed on your computer, you’ll be able to download, save, and edit attachments.
Facebook is making it possible for people to stay connected, even past their social networking site. You want to keep your conversation with your best friend in tact, and want to be able to keep up the conversation even when you step away from Facebook? You will be able to do that. All of the channels, through email, Instant Messaging, SMS, and Facebook Chat are streamlined, connected, and able to communicate.
The system is set to roll out slowly, but invites are apparently being sent out. So, if you’re a lucky receiver of the invite, let us know in the comments how it goes for you, and what you think of the idea, and the result. We are including the recorded video of the announcement below, which Facebook is uploading to YouTube right now. If it hasn’t finished processing yet, it shouldn’t take too long, so if you’re interested in seeing Zuckerberg announce the new system, hit that refresh button.