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23Feb/11Off

iGugu InterneTV ships in wired and wireless versions

A new media streaming solution has landed called iGugu InterneTV and the device ship sin wired and wireless versions. The device is a video streaming solution that shoots video and content from the PC to the TV allowing the PC to make a dumb TV smart.

The iGugu device comes in a basic version that has connectivity to the PC with VGA or HDMI cables and uses wireless USB with the PC to communicate with a remote control. The wireless version uses WiFi for connectivity between the PC and the TV with a range of up to 400-feet using an 802.11g wireless adapter that carries audio and video signals.

The InterneTV device supports Windows OS machined and resolution up to 720p. It will also support 480p, and PC resolutions up to 1024 x 768. The wired basic version sells for $129 and the wireless version is $249.


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23Feb/11Off

V-Moda unveils new Crossfade Customs Program

V-Moda has been offering the cool Crossfade headphones for a while now. Back in August of 2010, they added a couple new colors to the mix for users to choose from. The big issue for some with these headphones is that the style is a bit out there. V-Moda has announced a new customs program that will let you customize the headphones more to your personal taste.

The new program is called the Crossfade Customs Program and it allows the users to choose from different designs and colors on the headphones. The initial design options include six color plate options four engraved designs with custom text on a choice of four base frames. The designs will include numbered jersey, crown, skull snake, and a vinyl immortal angle.

The colors for the plates that can be chosen include gold, black, gunmetal, pink, purple, and red. The custom design options are available for a limited time on each set of the Crossfire headphones purchased at $199.99 directly from V-Moda.


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23Feb/11Off

iBike Dash cycling computer turns your iPhone into fitness device

For many of the folks out there getting fit this year was probably right up there at the top of the list of resolutions. If getting fit for you involves riding a bike you might want to check out this cool new cycling computer to help you get fit called the iBike Dash CC. The system claims to work with any iPhone or iPod touch and uses a free app.

The CC (cycling computer) weighs 3.2 ounces and can measure your speed, power, heart rate, wind speed, time, trip, elevation, and calories burned. The app has a HR pacing meter to help you keep your heart rate within the ideal zone for weight loss.

The device has 50 power-based heart rate zone workouts, has an ANT+ speed sensor with optional sensor for cadence and heart rate, user customizable screens for the app and it uses the iPhone GPS for map and weather capabilities. The Phone Booth case connects to the bike is water resistant and absorbs shock. The device is available right now for $199 for the basic version and the full version with sensors for cadence and heart rate is $329.


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23Feb/11Off

Intel Medfield smartphones/MIDs on sale Q3 2011 tip insiders

The first Intel Medfield based devices could ship as soon as Q3 2011, according to Taipei component sources, with the low-power devices making their debut at Computex in late May. According to DigiTimes, Intel has accelerated Medfield testing so as to better challenge the dominance of ARM-based chipsets in the mobile device market.

The hardware partners currently testing Medfield chips – which Intel has promised will beat ARM on power efficiency – are unknown, though Aava Mobile has been showing off a prototype smartphone using the new 32nm processors. Intel also expects to leverage its Infineon acquisition for new wireless options in smartphones, tablets and other ultraportables.


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23Feb/11Off

Sprint HTC Arrive is rebranded HTC 7 Pro due tomorrow?

The HTC 7 Pro may well be headed to Sprint tomorrow – based on the carrier’s broad teases earlier this week – but it seems it won’t be keeping the same name. Sprint has apparently proved unable to resist a rebranding opportunity, and going by the new placeholder at sprint.com/arrive, it looks like the Windows Phone 7 smartphone will launch as the Sprint HTC Arrive.

If that wasn’t enough for you, Engadget has heard from its own independent tipster that the Arrive is indeed the Sprint-specific, branded version of the 7 Pro, and that it will indeed make its official debut on Thursday this week. HTC showed off the CDMA smartphone back in October, at the official launch of Windows Phone 7, and we’ve already reviewed the GSM version for the European market.

That turned out to be one of the best Windows Phones we’ve used, with a tactile, speed-friendly keyboard and solid slider-hinge construction. With Sprint (or Verizon, for that matter) yet to offer a single Windows Phone device, all remains to be seen is how the carrier prices the Arrive.


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23Feb/11Off

Samsung 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab could launch in March

Samsung has been talking about a range of Galaxy Tab slates for months – the company confirmed a whole series of different sized tablets was in the works back at IFA 2010 and the launch of the first, 7-inch model – and it looks like 8.9-inches is the next target. According to Yonhap News, an unnamed Samsung spokesperson has confirmed that the 8.9-inch slate is in the works, and will be released via partnerships with carriers.

Exact specifications and release dates aren’t known, though local reports in Korea apparently suggest that the 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab could arrive as early as March 2011. That would suggest an ambitious roll-out schedule; Samsung only launched the Galaxy Tab 10.1 last week, after all.

We’re expecting Android to be the OS of choice – almost definitely 3.0 Honeycomb, as on the 10.1-inch version – which only leaves questions of processor and connectivity. Either way, it looks like the LG G-Slate will soon have some direct competition.

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23Feb/11Off

HP EliteBook and ProBook business notebooks launch: up to 32hrs battery

HP has outed a range of updated business notebooks, including two all-metal EliteBooks, and multiple ProBooks spanning various hardware configurations. The HP EliteBook 8460p and 8560p wrap MIL-STD 810G military-standard casings around a choice of Intel Core i7 quad-core and Core i7, i5 and i3 dual-core processors, up to 32hrs of battery life, and 14- and 15.6-inch displays respectively.

As for the ProBook ranges, they kick off with the new HP ProBook 6360b, 6460b and 6560b, offering 13.3-, 14- and 15.6-inch displays, magnesium-reinforced chassis and a choice of Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors. There’s also a spill-proof keyboard and optional HD webcam.

Finally, there’s the HP ProBook S Series, consisting of the 4230s (12.1-inch), ProBook 4330s (13.3-inch), ProBook 4430s (14-inch), ProBook 4530s (15.6-inch) and ProBook 4730s (17.3-inch). They too have the same choice of CPUs, and either integrated graphics or discrete, switchable GPUs.

The HP EliteBook 8460p and 8560p start at $999 and $1,099, respectively, while the ProBook b-series starts at $799. The HP ProBook s-series starts at $579. All are expected to go on sale from March 15.

Press Release:

HP Unveils Business Notebooks Designed With Precision Engineering

PALO ALTO, Calif.–HP (NYSE:HPQ) today revamped its business notebook PC lineup with new technology aimed at boosting performance and productivity, while offering an enriched and sophisticated industrial design that improves notebook quality and reliability.

“Our all-metal EliteBooks meet military standards and will surpass customer expectations in durability.”
The company’s new “FORGE” design framework ensures HP business notebooks embody a timeless construction, with precision-engineered durability features that are designed for maximum reliability and with the environment in mind. Precision aluminum-alloy hinges, cast titanium-alloy display latches and the HP DisplaySafe frame are a few of the design highlights behind the approach.

New products and services include:

HP EliteBook 8460p and 8560p notebook PCs feature an aerospace-inspired HP DuraCase that meets the MIL-STD 810G military-standard testing specifications,(1) enabling it to withstand wear and tear while still sporting an attractive, professional-looking platinum color tone finish. The EliteBook 8460p also provides industry-leading battery life of up to 32 hours.(2)
HP ProBook 6360b, 6460b and 6560b notebook PCs offer configuration flexibility in areas such as processor, graphics and battery technology. Boasting an all-new 13.3-inch diagonal display option, the ProBook b-series also features a new smudge-resistant and wear-resistant tungsten-colored design.
HP ProBook s-series 4230s, 4330s, 4430s, 4530s and 4730s notebook PCs are available in an array of sizes – from ultra-light to desktop replacement – making them an excellent, affordable choice for small and midsize businesses.
“HP is the market leader in business notebooks and we have raised the bar with a completely revamped line of business-grade notebooks,” said Dan Forlenza, vice president, Business Notebooks, Personal Systems Group, HP. “Our all-metal EliteBooks meet military standards and will surpass customer expectations in durability.”

Rugged, optimized design for premium business performance

Bold, confident and modern, the HP EliteBook 8460p and HP EliteBook 8560p are the culmination of creative design and precision engineering. Starting at only 4.56 pounds and 6.10 pounds, respectively, the HP EliteBook 8460p and 8560p offer 14- and 15.6-inch diagonal high-definition (HD) LED-backlit displays(3) that deliver incredible portability without sacrificing screen legibility.

The EliteBook p-series delivers optimum business performance with second-generation Intel® Core™ i7 quad-core processors and Core i7, i5 and i3 dual-core processors,(4) while offering flexible choices of UMA or high-performance AMD Radeon HD 6470M discrete graphics with responsive performance and rich media capabilities. The notebooks also feature new USB 3.0 ports and a USB 2.0 charging port, in addition to a range of wireless connectivity options, choice of multiple operating systems, and either hard disk drive or solid-state disk drive options.

The HP EliteBook p-series also offers 3-, 6- and 9-cell options for lightweight and extended battery run time, and an HP Long Life Battery option(5) for the highest-achieving notebook battery lifespan on the market. The notebooks also are compatible with the new HP Extended Life Notebook Battery and HP Ultra-Capacity Notebook Battery. With the new HP Ultra-Capacity Notebook battery, the HP EliteBook 8460p can achieve up to 32 hours of battery life.(2)

The new HP EliteBook p-series easily connects to the HP 90W Docking Station or the HP 120W Advanced Docking Station(5) for use with peripherals like a monitor and keyboard, enabling users to have a desktop experience without needing to plug and unplug accessories. In addition, the HP EliteBook p-series offers SRS Premium Sound, which delivers optimized audio settings for voice and multimedia applications.

Smartly designed, productivity-enhancing notebook series

The new HP ProBook 6360b, HP ProBook 6460b and HP ProBook 6560b are ideal choices when smart design, ultimate configurability and business-critical attributes are top priorities.

The HP ProBook b-series sports bead-blast aluminum display enclosures, a magnesium-reinforced ABS chassis and a bottom-case drain that helps protect against accidental minor spills on the keyboard. Other new features include an HP DisplaySafe frame for added panel protection, precision display latches for a more secure fit and a spill-resistant keyboard set in a full aluminum deck for a better look and feel.

Available with 13.3-inch (6360b), 14-inch (6460b) and 15.6-inch (6560b) diagonal HD LED backlit displays,(3) the HP ProBook b-series offers a range of processing options, including second-generation Intel Core i7, i5 and i3 dual-core processors or an Intel Celeron® processor.(4) For businesses looking for simple multimedia functionality, the ProBook b-series offers an optional HD webcam(3,5) and features a standard Media Card Reader, SRS Premium Sound, discrete launch buttons and a touchpad on/off button.

Stylish with affordable enhanced security for small businesses

The HP ProBook s-series balances business functionality with style and affordability. Designed with small business needs in mind, the HP ProBook 4230s (12.1-inch diagonal), ProBook 4330s (13.3-inch diagonal), ProBook 4430s (14-inch diagonal), ProBook 4530s (15.6-inch diagonal) and ProBook 4730s (17.3-inch diagonal) are available in a stylish yet durable brushed-aluminum finish in metallic gray color. The HP ProBook s-series offers second-generation Intel Core i7, i5 and i3 processors for high performance and advanced processing speed or an Intel Celeron processor.(4)

Additionally, HP ProBook s-series notebooks are optimized for business and home multimedia usage. The ProBook s-series includes a spill-resistant keyboard set in a full aluminum deck, touchpad with gestures supported, integrated HD webcam(3) with optional dual-array microphones(5) and SRS Premium Sound. The series also includes a choice between Power Express Switchable Graphics(6) and Integrated Graphics, and it offers a productivity suite including USB 3.0, standard media card reader and a fingerprint reader.

HP Professional Innovations

HP is focused on innovations that enhance productivity and simplify how people use technology.

The latest version of HP QuickWeb(7) builds on the premise that users have a need to get online fast – without waiting for long boot times – whether they are browsing the web or using applications such as email and conferencing. The newest version of HP QuickWeb now includes web browser, offline email, video conferencing via Skype and multiple widgets such as weather, stocks and social media apps.

The updated HP Connection Manager is a single software application that manages integrated mobile broadband connections, as well as reports the status of Ethernet and Wi-Fi connections. It now supports 3G/4G,(8) Wi-Fi(9) and Ethernet for most networks across Windows® 7, Vista® and XP and has been redesigned to integrate with HP Client Automation. IT managers can now centrally manage and view mobile broadband usage for client machines with HP mobile broadband modules on their networks. Bluetooth® wireless on a user’s mobile phone, paired with face recognition authentication, delivers robust user access to Windows and websites.(10)

HP Power Assistant(11) software extends battery run time while reducing energy consumption through a simple, new user interface. It is an integrated solution that measures and logs reported energy usage by the PC and up to four HP connected monitors (for a total of five screens).(12) Users can now create custom power plans and track energy consumption to meet specific computing needs around the clock.

Pricing and availability(13,14)

The HP EliteBook 8460p and 8560p start at $999 and $1,099, respectively, and are expected to be available in the United States on March 15.
The HP ProBook b-series starts at $799 and is expected to be available in the United States on March 15.
The HP ProBook s-series starts at $579 and is expected to be available in the United States on March 15.
More information about the products, including product specifications and images, is available at www.hp.com/personal.

More information on HP’s activities for small businesses is available via the @HP_SmallBiz Twitter channel, Small Biz Nation LinkedIn group, HP for Small Business Facebook page and at 367 Addison Avenue.

About HP

HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. The world’s largest technology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure to solve customer problems. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com.

(1) Testing was not intended to demonstrate fitness for U.S. Department of Defense contracts requirements or for military use. Test results are not a guarantee of future performance under these test conditions.

(2) Up to 32 hours requires separately purchased HP BB09 Ultra Extended Life Notebook Battery and customer download of the latest Intel graphics driver and HP BIOS. Notebook must be configured with Intel graphics, optional Intel 160 GB SSD drive, HP LED HD Display and requires Windows 7 operating system. Battery life will vary depending on the product model, configuration, loaded applications, features, wireless functionality and power management settings. The maximum capacity of the battery will decrease with time and usage.

(3) HD content required to view HD images.

(4) 64-bit computing on Intel architecture requires a computer system with a processor, chipset, BIOS, operating system, device drivers and applications enabled for Intel 64 architecture. Processors will not operate (including 32-bit operation) without an Intel 64 architecture-enabled BIOS. Performance will vary depending on hardware and software configurations. See www.intel.com/info/em64t for more information. Quad Core is designed to improve performance of multithreaded software products and hardware-aware multitasking operating systems and may require appropriate operating system software for full benefit. Not all customers or software applications will necessarily benefit from use of this technology. Intel’s numbering is not a measurement of higher performance.

(5) Sold separately or purchased as an optional feature.

(6) Power Express Switchable Graphics requires discrete graphics, planned to be available in May 2011. All s-series (except 4730s) ship with UMA graphics. Because the HP ProBook 4730s comes only with discrete graphics, it will be available after initial production.

(7) HP QuickWeb is accessible when the notebook is off in Windows-based systems. Internet access is required. Timing may vary depending on the system configuration. To enable the feature following the removal of the battery, reboot the notebook prior to subsequent use.

(8) Wireless access point and internet service required. Availability of public wireless access points limited.

(9) Wireless use requires separately purchased service contract. Check with local vendor for coverage area and local availability. Connection and speeds will vary due to location, environment, network conditions and other factors.

(10) Requires Microsoft Windows and mobile phone setup.

(11) Power calculations and cost calculations are estimates. Results will vary based on variables, which include information provided by the user, time PC is in different power states (on, standby, hibernate, off), time PC is on battery or AC, hardware configuration, variable electricity rates and utilities provider. HP advises customers to use information reported by HP Power Assistant for reference only and to validate impact in their environment. Environmental calculations were based on U.S. EPA eGrid 2007 data found at www.epa.gov/egrid/. Regional results will vary. Microsoft Windows required.

(12) Requires AMD discrete graphics configuration.

(13) Estimated U.S. street prices. Actual prices may vary.

(14) Not all models available in all regions.


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23Feb/11Off

Motorola ATRIX 4G teardown finds repair-friendly guts

It’s a rite of passage for any new high-profile gadget to not only get a SlashGear review but to be torn down by iFixit, and the Motorola ATRIX 4G is no exception. The Tegra 2 based superphone has been splayed into its constituent parts by the repair-obsessed team, who found a generally fix-friendly design.

The ATRIX 4G scores points for being reasonably straightforward to open – using regular Torx screws and plastic clips – and for not being plastered with VOID stickers. Even the stickers Motorola does use are readily peeled off and replaced.

Best of all, though, the qHD LCD display isn’t glued to the glass front, so if you do manage to smash the Gorilla Glass then you won’t have to replace both components. That’s enough to earn the ATRIX 4G a 9 out of 10 for repairability from iFixit, which goes along with our own glowing impressions of the Android smartphone.


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23Feb/11Off

Finalized Honeycomb SDK released for Android 3.0 developers

The Android 3.0 Honeycomb SDK has been finalized, with Google pushing out the polished version on the eve of the Motorola XOOM‘s retail debut. Accompanied by an updated set of developer tools – that includes more accurate previews of how final apps will look on-device – the new SDK has the finalized 3.0 APIs.

A list of 3.0 Honeycomb platform highlights are here, and there’s a breakdown of differences between APIs here. Meanwhile, details on how to download and get started with the 3.0 SDK – or how to check your existing apps for compatibility with the XOOM and other slates  are here.

[via Android Community]


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23Feb/11Off

Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread for Nexus S and Nexus One now OTA

Prepare to spend a whole lot of time checking and re-checking your phone, as Google confirms that the over-the-air (OTA) update for Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread is headed out to the Nexus S and Nexus One. The latter’s first official taste of Gingerbread, the update has been long anticipated since the Nexus S brought 2.3 to market in late 2010.

Unfortunately, you may be eyeing your Nexus for some time, since Google warns the OTA update “may take a few weeks” to show up on your phone. It’s likely that a side-loading version of the official ROM will be made available well before that, however, so the truly impatient will be able to relieve themselves.

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