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New Format For Google India Media Ads


Google India on Tuesday unveiled a new format for media advertisements (ads) to target, pay for and experience video ads on its web search engine. “The new ads format is designed to ensure users find the information they are looking for and enable advertisers to reach potential customers with the right information,” Google India sales … Continue reading

Photographer's Choice 3 – IBM Lenovo ThinkPad T60 (2009)


ThinkPad T60 delivers a sturdy design, a complete range of network connectivity, top-shelf performance, long battery life, and just enough ports for the typical business user. The first new iteration of the ThinkPad T series since Lenovo bought the ThinkPad business from IBM, the ThinkPad T60 retains its trademark design but adds in the latest … Continue reading

Photographers Choice 2 – Dell Inspiron Mini 9 (2009)


The Inspiron Mini 9 netbook is an ultra small and mobile companion weighing in at a mere 1.035 kg and only 1.07 inch thin that is sure to keep up with your on-the-go lifestyle. It is the ideal size to easily carry to photo shoots and locations, without the trouble of dragging around a full … Continue reading

Photographer's Choice 1 – Apple MacBook Pro 15 inch (2009)


The first in a series of four, on the four laptops of choice from a photographers point of view. Released in the fourth quarter of 2008, this computer’s display incorporates an all-glass front designed to minimize flex in the lid. And that it does, as the lid is both impressively thin and impressively rigid. The … Continue reading

The Beatles: Rock Band Game (2009)


Apple Corps., MTV Games, and Harmonix have announced that The Beatles: Rock Band will be released simultaneously around the world on September 9th 2009 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo Wii, with new Beatles themed Rock Band peripherals being released on the same day. The three pronged publishing and development team behind the game … Continue reading

Casio PRX-2000T Watch


Casio Japan announced the PRX-2000T, the newest addition to it series of Protrek watches, which are geared towards sports and trekking enthusiasts. The new model is just 11.3mm thick and features a titanium with carbide coating band and bezel (weight: 105g). It comes with a triple sensor to measure temperature, altitude, direction and atmospheric pressure … Continue reading

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja 4 (2009)


Atari Europe has today confirmed that the next instalment in the Ultimate Ninja franchise, following the adventures of young ninja Naruto, will be arriving across May on PlayStation 2. Set over two years after Naruto leaves the seclusion of the Hidden Leaf Village,  Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja 4 follows the storyline of his return to … Continue reading

USB Construction Site Novelty


Wiz, the Japanese toy maker behind great stuff like the Flying Ultraman and the consolation money pocket calculator, today unveiled their newest stroke of genius, a mini USB construction site. As most USB gadgets, it doesn’t serve any real purpose (except for those Thanko makes, of course) but it looks kind of cute. Wiz says … Continue reading

iPhone App Solves Rubik's Cube In 20 Moves Or Better


Now you can use this century’s greatest gadget to do battle with last century’s most-beloved geek toy. A new iPhone app called CubeCheater helps you solve the classic Rubik’s Cube puzzle toy using a mix of sophisticated algorithms and simple image-recognition technology. CubeCheater sells for $1 in the App Store. Here’s how it works. You … Continue reading

Firefox Mobile (Fennec) Ready For Windows Mobile (2009)


Firefox Mobile looks like it’ll finally be released for Windows Mobile next week, according to internal documents. According to minutes from internal Mozilla meetings, Firefox Mobile will be launching on Windows Mobile in the first week of February. The notes, left online for the whole world to see clearly state that Firefox Mobile, or Fennec … Continue reading

Face Double iPhone Application Celebrity Lookalikes


Just about everyone is curious about which celebrity they look like. The website MyHeritage will show you who your famous look-alike is, but if you’re not sitting at a computer then add the Face Double Application to your iPhone! It makes more sense to have this free app on your iPhone, too, because you can … Continue reading

Samsung Projector-Phone (2009)


The Samsung W7900, aka The Show, certainly lives up to its name. In fact, if it had just the gorgeous 3.2-inch OLED screen, the digital TV tuner or the five-megapixel camera, it would be a winner. But the Show combines all those features with the current Holy Grail of handhelds;  a digital projector that displays … Continue reading

Prism 200 Lets You See Through Walls (2009)


The Prism 200 lets you see through walls. You can only see things that are moving, but it’s sensitive enough to pick up breathing, hearts beating, and people moving. Prism 200 is a handheld through-wall radar, which has been designed to be used by police, special forces or the emergency services. It provides quick and … Continue reading

DSTL1 Android Smartphone (2009)


The Android-based, 3-inch Sharp touchscreen, General Mobile DSTL1 is everything the T-Mobile isn’t. It has a stunning design and features combination that may convince regular consumers to choose the Android platform over iPhone. It’s similar to the iPhone design, with angled corners added to it, but keeping the same black glass, chrome accents, black plastic, … Continue reading

T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve 8900 (2009)


After the BlackBerry Bold’s epically delayed launch on AT&T and the Storm’s epically borked launch everywhere, RIM needs 2009 to be better than 2008. The T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve 8900 is a good way to start. The BlackBerry OS 4.6 has been around for several months and been on a few devices at this point, and … Continue reading

Datto's Box2Box Is Easy But Expensive Offsite Backup (2009)


Offsite backup is the way to go if you want your data to survive a fire, but it usually requires costly monthly subscription fees and bandwidth usage. Datto’s Box2Box does not. Datto’s previous boxes consisted of an on-site (in your home/office) NAS that uploads its contents onto a server for safekeeping. This Box2Box consists of … Continue reading

Photographers Choice 4 – Lenovo ThinkPad W700


The last in a series, featuring four laptops preferred by professional photographers, is the Lenovo ThinkPad W700. It is specifically designed for professional use in industries such as graphic design, photography and CAD. Lenovo Media Release RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – August 12, 2008: Lenovo today introduced the ThinkPad W700, a 17-inch widescreen mobile workstation … Continue reading

AT&T Offers First 3G Femtocell (2009)


We heard a lot about femtocells last year. A femtocell is a device that allows your cellular phone to connect to the Internet for calls to provide better coverage indoors. So far there have been a few of these femtocells launched. AT&T has offered details on its first 3G femtocell it is calling the AT&T … Continue reading

Sony PRS-700 Touchscreen Reader


With the latest edition of Sony’s Reader Digital Book, announced today, readers can truly let their fingers do the walking. An interactive touch screen display allows for the most intuitive digital reading experience to date. The new model, PRS-700, will join the PRS-505 model in the Reader family to give consumers a choice of how … Continue reading

Measurement Gloves For Construction


There’s never a ruler around when you need one, but these measurement gloves can conceivably clip to your jacket to always have on the job (you know, like mittens). Packing centimetre and angle measurements along with a few cute grids that it’s fairly certain are just for grids’ sake, the only flaw with the measurement … Continue reading

Panasonic Adds Touchscreen Model, More HD Video To Cameras (2009)


Alongside the rugged TS1, Panasonic has announced a refresh to their P&S lineup, including one touchscreen camera, a few that shoot HD video and one that’s just a standout. The FX580 is pretty much the star of the show here, as it’s fitted with a 3-inch touchscreen and 720p HD video capability. Otherwise it’s a … Continue reading

Waterproof Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 Camera (2009)


Built by a company with some experience at making things that aren’t flimsy, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 is a waterproof, dustproof and shockproof point-and-shoot camera for the outdoorsy and/or clumsy type. Nearly every aspect of the TS1 was designed with rugged use in mind: the airtight shell, reinforced with rubber padding, glass and carbon resin … Continue reading

Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green Drive (2009)


Western Digital have announced the first 2 terabyte (TB) hard drive, the world’s highest capacity drive and the latest addition to WD’s popular, environmentally friendly, cool and quiet, WD Caviar Green hard drive family. This new 3.5-inch platform is based on WD’s industry-leading 500 GB/platter technology (with 400 Gb/in2 areal density) with 32 MB cache, … Continue reading

Mario And Luigi RPG3 (Exploring Bowser's Internal Organs)


Details on the third Mario & Luigi RPG are still a little vague, since its unveiling back in October.  However a recent update to the game’s Japanese website has revealed a surprising twist. With the ability to take control of Bowser alongside the brothers previously being revealed, it appears that both Mario and Luigi have … Continue reading

Boom Blox Bash Party


Boom Blox Bash Party, the sequel to last year’s Boom Blox, has been announced by EA as part of the publisher’s collaboration with Steven Spielberg and is due out on Nintendo’s Wii during the spring of this year. The first game won plaudits last spring for its innovative design and original gameplay, which challenged players … Continue reading

Prince Of Persia


Prince of Persia Epilogue, the first portion of DLC for Ubisoft’s 2008 reworking of Jordan Mechner’s iconic franchise, is due out on February 26th and is set to add new powers and attacks for the prince as well as a whole new region to explore. The Underground Palace is the setting for the Epilogue DLC, … Continue reading

SkiGym Simulator


The SkiGym simulator looks like it’s going for realism rather than the silly fun offered by the Wii, but some people probably want an accurate depiction of brief exhilaration before the inevitable faceplant. The SkiGym hooks up to a PC to use the included game Alpine Ski Racing, or it can be used as a … Continue reading

Google Get Free Ideas


Google has figured out that it can save money by getting product ideas from users rather than engineers. After all, you can’t pay engineers in “shout outs” on their blogs like they’re offering for users. Yes, the tanking economy is hitting the mighty Google just as hard as every other company out there, and they’re … Continue reading

New In 2009: Another New iPhone


Whether it’s the iPhone 3G Part II or the rumoured iPhone nano, it’s not hard to imagine Apple releasing another new iPhone this year, maintaining their trend of releasing an iPhone per year to stay competitive in the ever changing post-RAZR cell phone market. There are also rumours of a new Mac mini and iPod … Continue reading

New In 2009: Windows 7


Windows Vista was a huge disappointment in many people’s eyes, but Windows 7, expected sometime before the end of the year, promises to be much better. Whether it is the new features, or the less taxing system requirements, many people will breathe a huge sigh of relief that they can finally upgrade from XP with … Continue reading

New In 2009: Premium Netbooks


The first wave of netbooks with tiny screens were almost unuseable, before upgrades to 9, 10 and even 12-inch screens. Now it’s time for netbooks to get WiMax and HSDPA connections as a standard, hopefully staying half-way affordable. MSI has outed some of their plans to Laptop before the CES 2009 info-rush. And their big … Continue reading

New In 2009: Wii MotionPlus


Nintendo may have fulfilled the promise of the Wii, finally offering a motion controller as accurate and responsive as we’d all hoped the Wiimote to be originally. If Nintendo can coax developers to support Wii Motion Plus, we can expect some killer Wii titles in ’09 (on top of Wii Sports Resort in spring), but … Continue reading

Garmin Nuvi 880 Voice-Controlled GPS Lightning


Garmin’s flagship Nuvis, the 880 responds to commands from your voice, triggered by a little remote control you attach to your steering wheel. The popular opinion is that it’s the best all-around GPS on the market, but there are too many halfway decent Garmin models for less than half the price. The 880 isn’t the … Continue reading

New In 2009: Overview


Technology evolves at a frightening pace. So much so that before new technology comes out on the market, even newer technology has outdated it. There are some interesting things coming up in 2009. Just some examples: Premium Notebooks, Wii MotionPlus, Windows 7, $99 Blu-Ray Player, new Apple iPhone, 4G Networks, 32-inch OLED TV, Wireless HDMI, … Continue reading

Ten Cent Tape Fools Border Security


So much for biometrics and immigration security. A South Korean woman managed to fool a million-dollar fingerprint reading machine in Japanese border controls using a simple piece of tape stuck to her fingers. It happened at Tokyo airport. The woman has repeatedly entered Japan using the same trick without anybody noticing. Japanese officials say that … Continue reading

Brother Develops HD Sewing Machine


If you’re still watching TV in standard definition, think about wha Brother have developed. They have just announced the world’s first sewing machine with a built-in camera to display your work on an “HD” screen. The QuattroT 6000D seems to have some good ideas. 56 LEDs illuminate the sewing platform while its “InnovEyeT Technology” provides … Continue reading

iPhone Games


Game technology seems to have gone full circle. Nintendo puts games into watches, the march of technology replaces watches with cellphones, developer sneaks classic Game & Watch apps onto the iPhone. Rejoice, but make it fast. The folks of Mobile 1UP have brought five G&W games to the store as separate apps for $2 each: … Continue reading

Weenie Wing Commander


While some prefer encapsulating their hot dogs in a black crust of carcinogens prior to ingestion, there are others who prefer a slow roasted wiener. Some even prefer involving a spaceship in some way. From the same brilliant creators of the Roast My Weenie, the Weenie Wing Commander exploits the classic X-wing schematic to support … Continue reading

Android On An Eee PC


Making good on Google’s continued pledge to not limit Android to just phones, two guys at VentureBeat got Android up an running on their Eee PC 1000H. There was apparently no reason given as to why. Apparently it was a piece of cake to get Android to support everything you’d need for functional computing, including … Continue reading

New In 2009: Cheap Blu-ray Players


It is possible that such players could be priced under $100, and LG have announced they will have expanded services such as Netflix, YouTube, CinemaNow, and perhaps even Amazon VOD, Hulu and Rhapsody. If LG start, it is only a matter of time before the other companies start competing for the download dollar. LG has … Continue reading

New In 2009: USB 3.0


Now that Intel’s brought together the world in a harmonious new USB standard, here’s a first look at the new connectors brought to us by MaximumPC. Ten times faster than the old USB spec, the new USB can transfer a 27GB file in just 70 seconds. Plus, with more “lanes” of data within the connector, … Continue reading

New In 2009: Wireless HDMI


A multitude of companies have various wireless HDMI technologies, but there’s no set standard (two warring factions need to settle the fight before we can have interoperable products). The technology is there, now it’s just a matter of logistics and handshaking. With luck, by next Christmas, you’ll be able to add it to a sub-$2000 … Continue reading

New In 2009: A Decent Sized OLED TV


The Sony XEL-1 OLED television was met with great enthusiasm when it was released in 2008, but there was a catch; its screen size was a only 11 inches. While we can’t expect 50-inch screens just yet, we do anticipate a very expensive mid-sized set, between 27 to 32 inches, to hit the market in … Continue reading

New In 2009: 4G Networks


3G is alright but we’re looking forward to even faster 4G wireless networks soon. Intel-backed WiMax launched in a few locales by carriers Sprint and ClearWire. The wide-area network currently promises peaks of 10 megabits per second but on paper it’s capable of over 70. We will likely see slow but steady expansion of the … Continue reading

New In 2009: Another New iPhone


Whether it’s the iPhone 3G Part II or the rumoured iPhone nano, it’s not hard to imagine Apple releasing another new iPhone this year, maintaining their trend of releasing an iPhone per year to stay competitive in the ever changing post-RAZR cell phone market. There are also rumours of a new Mac mini and iPod … Continue reading

New In 2009: Cheap Blu-ray Players


It is possible that such players could be priced under $100, and LG have announced they will have expanded services such as Netflix, YouTube, CinemaNow, and perhaps even Amazon VOD, Hulu and Rhapsody. If LG start, it is only a matter of time before the other companies start competing for the download dollar. LG has … Continue reading

New In 2009: Windows 7


Windows Vista was a huge disappointment in many people’s eyes, but Windows 7, expected sometime before the end of the year, promises to be much better. Whether it is the new features, or the less taxing system requirements, many people will breathe a huge sigh of relief that they can finally upgrade from XP with … Continue reading

New In 2009: Wii MotionPlus


Nintendo may have fulfilled the promise of the Wii, finally offering a motion controller as accurate and responsive as we’d all hoped the Wiimote to be originally. If Nintendo can coax developers to support Wii Motion Plus, we can expect some killer Wii titles in ’09 (on top of Wii Sports Resort in spring), but … Continue reading

New In 2009: Premium Netbooks


The first wave of netbooks with tiny screens were almost unuseable, before upgrades to 9, 10 and even 12-inch screens. Now it’s time for netbooks to get WiMax and HSDPA connections as a standard, hopefully staying half-way affordable. MSI has outed some of their plans to Laptop before the CES 2009 info-rush. And their big … Continue reading

New In 2009: Overview


Technology evolves at a frightening pace. So much so that before new technology comes out on the market, even newer technology has outdated it. There are some interesting things coming up in 2009. Just some examples: Premium Notebooks, Wii MotionPlus, Windows 7, $99 Blu-Ray Player, new Apple iPhone, 4G Networks, 32-inch OLED TV, Wireless HDMI, … Continue reading

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