MagicJack CEO and founder, Dan Borislow, is determined to piss off Ma Bell and shake up the telecom industry. You might remember the MagicJack device from all the infomercials that used to run rampant on late night television, or from CES this past year when Borislow unveiled an updated version. Well, the MagicJack makers are back at it again, this time with a piece of software that promises the ability to place free phone calls from computers, mobile phones, and tablets like Apple's iPad, according to an AP report.
As the AP tells it, "MagicTalk" would even one-up Google Voice by getting rid of fees altogether for landline and cell phones in the U.S. and Canada, and no, users wouldn't be saddled with a time limit.
The way it works is each MagicTalk user would get a phone number that's linked to their software. For a fee, a user could also port his/her existing number over to the service
As planned, the software will make an appearance on Windows and Mac PCs next week, with versions for the iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, and Android phones to follow in September or October.
MSI's latest all-in-one PC -- the Wind Top AE2420 3D -- says it's all about the 3D, baby, and apparently this is a world's first. The AE2420 brings 24-inches of 3D imagery to a touchscreen LED panel with a 120Hz scanning frequency when paired with the bundled 3D shutter glasses that MSI claims is all that a bag of popcorn.
"The Wind Top AE2420 3D comes with MSI's exclusive 3D Infinity (Shutter Glasses) that solve the problem of blurred 3D images caused by visual angle deviation," MSI explains. "With a large 24" display, several people can view 3D images at the same time, making it even more suitable for use in family entertainment. MSI's 3D Station also integrates 2D to 3D transfer technology, addressing the current shortage of 3D movies. Even DVD rentals or home videos can be instantly transferred and viewed as 3D images."
Other hardware consists of an Intel Core i5 650 processor clocked at 3.2GHz, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730 graphics with 1GB of dedicated memory, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, 1TB hard drive, optional Blu-ray drive, 1.3MP webcam, four USB 2.0 ports, eSATA, LAN, VGA and HDMI, 6-in-1 memory card reader, two USB 3.0 ports, TV tuner card, and MCE remote control.
Spearheading the 3D charge in the camera world is FujiFilm, who, in a couple of days, will be debuting their Real 3D W3 digital camera.
FujiFilm was kind enough to allow us some hands-on time with the camera, and we're fairly impressed with its capabilities. Before we get down to initial impressions, let's take a quick look at the type of tech you'll be using if you choose to make the jump into the world of 3D photography.
Dr. Martens is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and what better way for a shoe/boot company to commemorate the occasion than by releasing a...USB flash drive?
That's one of the items being offered as part of the company's comically named "POS collection." The drive measures 2 inches tall and holds 2GB of data, plenty enough to serve as another kind of "boot" drive, but not a whole lot else.
But hey, it only runs $25, which is about the least you'll ever spend on a Dr. Martens boot.
If the thought of paying $500 for a mobile phone makes you sick to your stomach, stop reading now, or at least have a puke bag at the ready. Gresso's "Luxor Las Vegas Jackpot" makes those several hundred dollar smartphones seem like a comparative bargain.
So how does the Luxor Las Vegas Jackpot justify its seven figure price tag? Quite frankly, it can't - we're talking about a million dollar cell phone here, folks. But one of the reasons it cost so much is because of the black diamonds covering the front coupled with the 200-year-old African blackwood that comprises the back. Throw in a 12mm frame made of 180 grams of gold and there's no way you're going to see this one listed on Wirefly.com.
Asus has gone and shipped off its new Eee PC 1015PN netbook to Europe, the company's first to be built around Nvidia's Ion 2 platform.
Ion 2 gives the 1015PN some pixel pushing punch by way of a GeForce GT218 GPU, and to keep the 6-cell battery from prematurely crapping out when all you're trying to do is surf the Web, the 1015PN also comes with Nvidia's Optimus graphics switching technology.
Other spec include an Intel Atom N475 processor clocked at 1.83GHz, 1GB of DDR3 memory, a 250GB hard drive, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Windows 7 Starter.
Most European vendors have the 1015PN listed at around $500.
Before anyone starts spitting flames about our research methodology, we're fully aware that other camcorders have come with a pico projector built in. But as far as we can tell, Ordro's HDV-D350S is the first to come with a removable pico projector, keyword here being "removable" (if we're mistaken, feel free to offer up a link in the comments section).
The HDV-D350S also comes with a 10MP sensor, 3-inch touchscreen LCD screen, 10X optical zoom, and 128MB of built-in memory, part of which is used for firmware code.
When you're not beaming videos on the wall, the HDV-D350S can snap pics up to 12MP in size and shoot up to 1440x1080p video at 60fps. Other features include an ISO range from 80 to 1,000, support for up to 32GB of storage via an SDHC card slot, and a 7.4V lithium-ion rechargeable battery.
The Ordro HDV-D350S is available now direct from Ordro for $550 shipped.
Cox Communications is getting out of its element a little bit by announcing that it will soon start offering TiVo Premier DVR boxes with access to Cox's Video On Demand service.
"We recognize that consumers are attracted to a growing range of devices that enable them to access broadband content and interactive capabilities," said Pat Esser, President of Cox Communications. "With TiVo Premiere, Cox is providing consumers even more choice. Our subscribers will not only have access to TiVo's user experience but Cox's robust Advanced TV offering including On Demand service."
According to Cox, this is the first time a cable operator has opened up its entire video on demand library to a retail DVR. As part of the agreement, Cox says it will actively promote TiVo Premier to its subscriber base, offer up support for TiVo Premiere as an optional set-top, and provide free installation of TiVo Premiere boxes purchased at Best Buy and other retail and online outlets.
Sony's Walkman models of today don't look a thing like the cassette-based ones we grew up with, and we're just fine with that. Instead, Sony's newest Walkman NWZ-E350 series sport modern amenities like MP3 playback and a fancy UI.
According to Sony, the new E350 series supports up to 50 hours of audio playback (MP3 files at 128Kbps) and 10 hours of supported video playback (WMV at 384Kbps).
Sony's also touting its SenseMe technology, which the company says can automatically categorize music tracks in a connected library into a variety of music channels and playlists. This comes wrapped in a new user interfaces with features like "Album Scroll" and "Scene Scroll", Sony says.
Other features include a "Bookmark Function" for creating playlists on the fly, Content Transfer Software for shuttling songs and videos from a PC or iTunes library, and audio support for MP3, WMA (DRM), AAC (non-DRM), and linear PCM, and WMV videos (DRM).
Look for the E Series to ship next month with three different color options, including red, blue, and black. The 4GB version will run $70, or just $10 more for the 8GB version.