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iFan Charges your iPhone Thanks to the Wind

There are a couple of different options out there for someone to keep their iPhone, or other mobile device, charged, even if they aren’t near a power outlet. While most of them focus on the power of the sun, the new iFan charger for the iPhone puts its attention on wind power. As of right now, the design is just a modification, and not actually a “ready for the market” device.

And, as for the user who created the Do-It-Yourself iFan iPhone charger, it’s being reported that it took 6 hours to charge the iPhone fully. Sure, that’s a lot longer than some people may expect, but given the correct situation, the iFan could be the perfect accessory for your iPhone. Especially if the user can get the charge time down, like it’s suggested is possible. If the user can make the fan blades themselves more efficient, it’s suggested that the overall time needed to charge the iPhone could be reduced pretty significantly.

[via UberGizmo]


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DARPA’s Transformer Project Should be Finished by 2015

The Transformer project, or TX, from DARPA has been moving forward in its development stages pretty steadily. It wasn’t too long ago that we first reported about the project, and at the end of September we told you that DARPA was one step closer to making the Transformer project the real deal. And now it looks like, thanks to some cost reports and design elements, the military may be getting their hands on a flying Humvee sooner than we ever believed.

If you’ll recall, the Transformer project has a lot of different scenarios for usage. One of the more unique ones, though, is the ability for the Humvee to work as a medical transport, with the ability to fly out of a dangerous situation at the drop of a hat. That means wounded soldiers on the ground, as long as they are near the Transformer, won’t have to wait for an incoming helicopter to evacuate.

A few more details about the driving and flying vehicle have emerged as well. For example, the Transformer will be able to move at a speed of about 65 mph, while it’s driving around. However, while it’s in the air, it will be able to reach speeds of 150 mph. The design calls for lightweight anti-blast armor, as well as ballistic-proof windows installed throughout. And, as you can imagine, the Transformer will indeed be outfitted with heavy weapons for defense, as well as offensive maneuvers.

But, the real motivator for the Transformer to take shape, and actually find its way to the battlefield, is the supposed cost. According to DARPA, the Transformer will only cost around $203,000 to construct. That’s about the same cost as any high-end supercar out there, so it doesn’t look like cost will keep the Transformer from seeing the light of day.

[via DailyMail]

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Apple Confirms no Trial Software or Demos in Mac App Store

Apple has confirmed, over the course of Thursday night, that their upcoming Mac App Store will not feature demos, or any trial software for the applications therein. It’s a distinct step in the opposite direction that the Cupertino-based company has utilized in their App Store since its debut. The news was made known by Apple recently via their News and Announcements for Apple Developers. The Mac App Store, which is set to debut by the end of January, will launch on Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

However, Apple hasn’t blocked the whole concept of a demo, or trial version to developer’s applications. In fact, Apple suggests a way for developers to provide demos of their wares:

“Your website is the best place to provide demos, trial versions, or betas of your software for customers to explore. The apps you submit to be reviewed for the Mac App Store should be fully functional, retail versions of your apps.”

There’s no telling why Apple has decided against allowing demos and trial versions of applications within the Mac App Store, especially considering the model of allowing “Lite” versions for people to try has worked so well for the iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad. At least there will still be demos available, even if it means you’ll have to go through an extra step, and access the developer’s website, to reach it.

[via AppleInsider]


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Congress Passes the CALM Act, TV Advertisement Sound Soon to be Regulated

There’s probably been a few nights where you’ve been watching your favorite show, or just flipping through channels, and before you realize what’s happening, your passed out. And then, without warning, a commercial comes on the air, and the volume is surprisingly louder than what you remember. It isn’t your imagination, and you probably didn’t roll over and hit the volume up button on your remote. It’s a problem that many people have been clamoring about for some time now, and Congress has listened. They’ve officially passed the CALM Act, which is specifically meant to address the fact that some TV advertisements are way too loud.

Congress has officially passed the new bill this week. It’s called the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act, or CALM Act. However, despite the fact that Congress has passed the bill, it still needs one more step before it can be finalized, and actually put into use. At some point, if it’s not already there, the bill will be sitting on President Obama’s desk, waiting to get approved.

If the President of the United States does approve the CALM Act, then it would be up to the Federal Communications Commission to put into affect a set standard for volume level, based on the regular programming’s volume level. All of this would have to be implemented within one year. And thankfully, the CALM Act includes not only Cable providers, but satellite as well.

[via MSNBC]


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RedEye universal remote update adds universal browser support, new iPad app

ThinkFlood’s RedEye universal remote is getting a whole lot more useful, with the release of a new software update – RedEye app v2.0 – which adds browser control. Rather than demanding owners control the RedEye with an iOS device such as an iPhone or iPod touch, with the new software any browser – whether on a PC or Mac, or indeed on an Android or BlackBerry smartphone – will be able to operate the device.

Meanwhile there’s also an updated iOS app, v2.0 [iTunes link], which has native iPad support to take advantage of the tablet’s larger screen. The web version can be used to rearrange the button layout, too, and you can assign keyboard shortcuts to the various functions.

The RedEye itself is priced at $188 and is a WiFi to infrared bridge, capable of controlling multiple home cinema or other devices simultaneously. More information here.

[via Engadget]

Press Release:

ThinkFlood’s RedEye Universal Remote Control Now Compatible With Your Web Browser

ThinkFlood’s RedEye Application Gets Major Updates That Expand the Compatibility of RedEye Units to Include Access From PC and Mobile Browsers

WALTHAM, MA–(Marketwire – December 2, 2010) – ThinkFlood (http://thinkflood.com/), maker of RedEye universal remote controls, announced that (Wi-Fi) RedEye owners will soon be able to setup and manage their RedEye systems using any Web browser connected to their home network.

“The networked power of RedEye Wi-Fi systems becomes more apparent in this new version,” said ThinkFlood founder, Matt Eagar. “No longer are our Wi-Fi customers limited to iOS, as they can configure and control RedEye from both PCs and other mobile platforms.”

The RedEye browser app gives (Wi-Fi) RedEye customers the ability to use any PC browser to control their RedEye systems and edit activity layouts. With RedEye app version 2.0, custom layouts are even easier to configure with the ability to select and move multiple buttons at once, align edges automatically and more.

RedEye customers may also run the application from a variety of mobile Web browsers — such as those included with Android and BlackBerry operating systems. ThinkFlood developers say that while the RedEye browser app performs well in tests using non-iOS mobile browsers, version 2.0 is not specifically optimized for them.

ThinkFlood (Wi-Fi) RedEye customers may choose from nearly 70 different keyboard shortcuts to easily control their home entertainment devices when accessing their universal remote control system from a PC.

“Our goal from the start has been to make the RedEye a truly ‘universal’ universal remote control system,” said Eagar. “Our customers should be able to use RedEye from whatever device they have at hand, whether it’s an iPhone or a laptop.”

The updated RedEye application for RedEye universal remote control systems will be available during the first week of December 2010 as a free download from iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/app/redeye/id315598320?mt=8).

About ThinkFlood:

ThinkFlood designs and develops remote control hardware and software. Its RedEye line (http://thinkflood.com/products) of universal remote control products for mobile phones, MP3 players and tablets offers features and functionality previously available only in remotes priced several times as much. ThinkFlood is a privately held company headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.


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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: December 3 2010

Oh man. Yesterday we learned about a new form of life, but Julian Assange of WikiLeaks wasn’t satisfied. He wanted ALIENS. So what’s he do today? He announces the next WikiLeaks cable to have UFOs in it. Wowie! Then we find out there’s going to be some World of Warcraft on Android devices via GameString, a Professor in NYC installs a camera in the back of his head, and we review the super cute funny little device the Sony Ericsson LiveView – kawaii! Finally, Google pays someone $1 compensation in a Street View privacy case. Cash! All this and a whole lot more on SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up!

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Android Community
SPB TV v2.0 released: Free mobile TV with VoD
Samsung grabs US Android sales top-spot in Q3 2010
Dell Streak gets battery meter tweak
Gameloft’s Dungeon Hunter for Android goes free for one day only
Samsung hit 1m Galaxy Tab sales early; predict 1.5m by end of year
Android Market gets new Similar tab for some users
GameString brings Warcraft to Android [WOW] [IMAGE ABOVE]
Best Buy offers free Android phones for Christmas
T-Mobile UK Responds to delayed Galaxy S 2.2 Update
Android Flash Player Updated 10.1.105.7

SlashGear
Sony BRAVIA KDL22PX300 integrates PS2 and 720p HDTV
UFOs mentioned in WikiLeaks cables confirms Julian Assange
Txtr ereader reportedly erased
CLEAR Modem with WiFi wants to replace your DSL
Sony Ericsson LiveView [REVIEW]
Uranium soap glows radioactively
Japanese battery makes power from vibrations
GSLO applies to Apple MFi program for Peel 520
Professor in NYC installs camera in head
Orange offers cheap subsidized iPad
Speck offers new PixelSkin HD case for HTC HD7 smartphone [SUPER CUTE]
Prosecution in Xbox 360 modder case drops charges
Best Buy offers free Android phones just in time for Christmas
FTC testifies before Congress on Do Not Track list
Kaleidescape debuts Cinema One movie server
Google +1 social network now involving Sergey Brin?
Vonage offers users free calls to Santa for Christmas
Inventec HP webOS tablet & Oak Trail slates in Q1 2011; ASUS Core i5 tablet by end of year tipped
Google pays $1 compensation in Street View privacy case
WikiLeaks: Amazon denies government pressure; DNS yanked & servers moved to Switzerland
Parrot AR.Drone gets grounded in new teardown
mophie Juice Pack Plus for iPhone 4 packs biggest battery so far

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HTC HD7 death grip response blames “inevitable” antenna shortcomings

The so-called death grip issue some HTC HD7 owners have complained about has prompted an official comment from the company, who basically reckon that any device can suffer from the way it’s being held. “It is inevitable that a phone’s signal strength will weaken a little when covered in its entirety by a user’s palm or fingers,” an HTC spokesperson told Computer Weekly.

“Quality in industrial design is of key importance to HTC. To ensure the best possible signal strength, antennas are placed in the area least likely to be covered by a person’s face or hands while the phone is in use. However, it is inevitable that a phone’s signal strength will weaken a little when covered in its entirety by a user’s palm or fingers. We test all of our phones extensively and are confident that under normal circumstances reception strength and performance will be more than sufficient for the operation of the phone when network coverage is also adequate” HTC statement

The death grip reports have refuelled debate from earlier this year, when Apple was criticized for its iPhone 4 reception. In response, the company pointed out – like HTC has done – that any mobile device makes compromises between the antenna positioning, usability and design. Signal issues aren’t something we experienced either with our European or T-Mobile USA HD7 review units, but we’d be interested to hear from you in the comments if you’ve been encountering problems.


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Pentax K-r limited edition gets bizarre robot theme makeover

Pentax has outed another in the company’s range of unusually colored DSLRs, this time a limited edition of 100 rainbow K-r cameras. Supposedly the result of customer demand, on the inside it’s the same 12.4-megapixel shooter previously offered in white, black and red, complete with a 3-inch 920k dot LCD display, 6fps shooting for up to 25 frames, in-camera HDR editing and a 100 – 25600 ISO range, but on the outside it’s an eye-catching (if not eye-watering) array of colors and a matching lens.

That lens, incidentally, is a PENTAX-DA 35mm F2.4 prime, though obviously you can use any existing sober black lenses you might already have. The odd head attached to the hot-shoe blocks the pop-up flash, Pentax warn, which seems a somewhat odd compromise to make in the name of style.

Still, we’re sure Pentax has done its sums and worked out that there are enough interested parties to account for the mere 100 units when they go on sale in early January 2011. Sticker price will be 99,800 yen ($1,203).

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Sony BRAVIA KDL22PX300 integrates PS2 and 720p HDTV

Sony has quietly begun sales of an integrated HDTV and PlayStation, though the BRAVIA KDL22PX300 does only give you a PS2 rather than a PS3. Available in the UK for a bargain £199.95 ($312), the 22-inch set runs at 720p-friendly 1366 x 768 resolution and has four HDMI ports and three USB ports (two of which are apparently USB 1.1).

There’s also an ethernet port, for hooking up to Sony’s BRAVIA Internet Video service, and a pair of optical digital audio outputs. A single Freeview digital TV tuner, SCART socket, component video input and VGA input round out the main specs; the only thing missing is that you can’t wall-mount it, which would’ve been a nice touch for a kid’s bedroom.

Given the UK-spec tuner we’re guessing the BRAVIA KDL22PX300 won’t be showing up on North American shores any time soon, though we suppose Sony could well come out with a US-spec version if there’s sufficient demand. It’s available now.

[via Kotaku]


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Samsung tops Android sales chart in US last quarter

Samsung‘s approach of pushing Galaxy S family smartphones out on every major US carrier seems to have worked out, with Gartner confirming that the company took the number one spot for US Android device sales in Q3 2010. According to their figures, Galaxy S handsets – like the Verizon Fascinate, AT&T Captivate and T-Mobile Vibrant – accounted for 32.1-percent of Android device sales that quarter, with total sales of the devices in the country recently exceeding three million units.

It’s a fair step up from Samsung’s previous performance with Android; the company had a mere 9.2-percent of the Android market in the US in Q4 2009. It’s likely that strong sales performance will continue, as the Google Nexus S – the Samsung-made next-gen Googlephone – is expected to debut imminently.

[via Android Community]

Press Release:

SAMSUNG MOBILE NAMED #1 ANDROID SMARTPHONE PROVIDER BASED ON RETAIL SALES IN U.S. & GALAXY S PORTFOLIO REACHES THREE MILLION SHIPMENTS MILESTONE

Independent research from leading industry analyst firm shows Samsung captured
top spot in U.S. Android smartphone market in third quarter of 2010

DALLAS, December 3, 2010 — Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile)1, the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S., today announced that third party research firm Gartner® reported Samsung as the top Android smartphone provider in terms of sell through to end users in the United States for the third quarter of 20102. According to Gartner, Samsung Mobile captured 32.1 percent of the U.S. Android smartphone market in Q3 2010 based on retail sales, an increase from 9.2 percent of the Android smartphone market in Q4 2009.

Samsung Mobile attributes much of the success to its Galaxy S portfolio of premium smartphones, which recently passed the three million shipment milestone in the U.S. Galaxy S smartphones are currently available with AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless, along with U.S. Cellular and Cellular South.

“I want to personally thank everyone who selected a Galaxy S smartphone as their mobile handset of choice. Neither of these wonderful accomplishments would have been possible without the loyalty and support of our customers,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile. “The Galaxy S portfolio has played a significant role in Samsung’s success in 2010 and we are extremely excited to show you what products, services and innovations we have in store for the U.S. market in 2011.”

The Samsung Galaxy S portfolio is packed with premium features and services, including a brilliant 4-inch Super AMOLED display screen, 1GHz Hummingbird Application Processor, Samsung’s Media Hub premium movie and TV programming download service and a full array of entertainment, messaging and social networking capabilities. The Galaxy S portfolio will be upgraded to the Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system in the near future.

For additional information on the Samsung Galaxy S portfolio, please visit www.samsung.com/galaxys.

1 Number one mobile phone provider in the U.S claim for Samsung Mobile based upon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics, Q3 2010 U.S. Market Share Handset Shipments Reports.
2 Number one Android smartphone provider in the U.S. claim for Samsung Mobile based upon reported sales data according to Gartner Inc. Competitive Landscape: Mobile Devices, Worldwide, 3Q10 Report (published November 9, 2010 by authors Roberta Cozza, Carolina Milanesi, Anshul Gupta, Hugues J. De La Vergne, Annette Zimmermann, CK Lu, Atsuro Sato and Tuong Huy Nguyen)


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