Samsung is reportedly prepping memory cards based on the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) standard for launch in the first half of 2011. According to Digitimes, the Korean electronics major is working closely with fellow members of the JEDEC Solid State Technology Association, including Nokia and Texas Instruments, on standardization efforts for the next-generation spec expected to supplant current flash memory card formats. The JEDEC Solid State Technology Association is scheduled to publish the UFS specification before the end of this year. The first crop of UFS cards will boast data transfer rates of up to 300Mbps.
Media's vodka bottle one-ups Twitter by letting you program custom messages up to 255 characters each on its LED strip, and you can choose between pink or blue. Here's how it's done:
Press the On/Off button
Press the Enter button to enter programmable mode
Press the P-U (UP) button to select the line (1-6)
Press the P-U and P-D buttons to find the first character of your message and hit enter to save after each one
When finished, wait until you see a blinking "A" and then press the On/Off button to save
It's as easy as that, and you can input up to six messages, which are then scrolled across the bottle one after another. So really, that's 1,530 characters to work with if you have something pressing to say that you might have trouble conveying after you've downed a few shots.
In the first quarter of 2011, Altek plans to release its Android-based Leo smartphone in the European market, and there's good reason why we should be jealous here in the States. It will come equipped with a 14MP camera.
With a sensor that large, we're not sure if we should call this a smartphone with an integrated digital camera or vice versa. Either way, it's the first Android-enabled 3.5G device to come with a 14MP sensor and makes a real case for ditching your dedicated digicam.
"Memorable moments usually happen when you least expect them," observed Altek CEO, Alex Hsia. "You want to be able to capture those precious moments anytime and anywhere, and Leo is the device that lets you do just that. Leo is the product of design know-how that comes from years of creating breakthroughs at Altek in digital imaging technology, integrated with the most advanced Android smartphone system."
Supplmenting the built-in camera is a 3.2-inch WVGA multitouch display, Wi-Fi, GPS, and microSD card slot.
No word yet on how much this one will cost or when Altek plans on shipping it to other markets.
With tablets stealing the lime light, netbook announcements are few and far between, but not absent altogether. Later this month, Acer will begin shipping its new Aspire One AOD255 netbook built around Intel's dual-core Atom N550 platform.
"We have enhanced our best-selling Aspire One netbook line with the improved performance and better power efficiency to improve the mobile computing experience for consumers," said Pete Dailey, senior product marketing manager for netbooks. With the new Aspire One AOD255, users are able to multitask, explore the Internet, connect with friends, and enjoy entertainment applications, without worrying about battery life or being tethered to an electrical outlet."
Acer didn't throw us for any curve balls with the AOD255. The standard configuration applies: 250GB hard drive, 10.1-inch LCD screen, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, 1.3MP webcam, 1GB of DDR3 memory, and Windows 7 Starter. Microsoft Office Starter 2010 is also included.
The Best Buy Geek squad is no doubt made up of many talented and well intentioned souls, but the marketing department has fallen off the deep end. Based on this picture taken by the folks over at dualshockers.com the Geek Squad is now planning to offer customers the option to receive Sony’s free firmware update in-store before taking the console home. That sounds reasonable enough, until you do the math and discover that they are charging a whopping $30 for the service.
Just in case you have never used a PS3 I’ll detail the procedure below.
1.)Connect Ethernet Wire or Configure Wi-Fi
2.)Press X on “Check for Firmware Update”
3.)Return in 5 minutes time.
It sounds to us like Best Buy is trying to turn the Geek Squad into a gang of certified wallet inspectors, but I guess everyone has to make money somehow.
Samsung's mobile strategy has always been multifaceted. The company has built phones running on software from Microsoft, Google, and now their own Bada OS. So it's no surprise that Sammy has finally decided to make some space and give Symbian the boot. Samsung sent out an email to all their registered Symbian developers that laid out in no uncertain terms their plans to shut down all Symbian development by year's end.
With even Nokia working on MeeGo as an alternative mobile OS, things are looking grim for Symbian. It is possible that Samsung could remain a member of the Symbian Foundation, but they would not be contributing. Do you think Symbian will continue shrinking, or is a turnaround in store?
There are inevitably going to be issues when a new phone comes out, and the new T-Mobile G2 is no exception. Of the lucky customers that pre-ordered the handset, some have been seeing some troubling issues with the unique hinge system that open to reveal the QWERTY keyboard. Apparently, on a number of units, the screen is very loose, even hanging open if the phone is held upside down. This can also allow the screen to snap shut if held to close to vertical while open.
The other issue being reported is that some phones are missing some of the promised 4GB of internal ROM storage. These phones are instead shipping with only 2GB of ROM space. Curiously, this is the configuration used in the phone's European doppelganger, the Desire Z. Could HTC have mixed up some system boards? Are we just looking at some defective chips?
Even knowing that these sort of sporadic complaints happen with new hardware, does this affect your buying decisions? Let us know if you have an early G2, and how it's working for you.
It hardly ever fails -- whenever you need a measuring cup, it's dirty. It wouldn't matter if Jasper Hou's "Quantitative Tap" concept became a reality.
The Quantitative Tap is the one coolest things we never knew we wanted. It's essentially a smart faucet that pre-measures the precise amount of water you need, saving you from filling your measuring cup, getting down on eye level to discover you put too much in, dumping too much out, and going through the process all over again.
It looks pretty awesome too. There's an LCD screen that displays the amount of water coming out and the temperature, and to adjust things, you just turn a knob. Genius!
QNAP didn't exactly go back to the drawing board and build a completely new device, but it did add 1080p playback to its media box, prompting the release of the NMP-1000P Network Multimedia Player.
"NMP-1000P is truly the missing piece in today's digital homes for enjoying premium-quality picture and sound," said Jason Hsu, Product Manager of QNAP Systems, Inc. "Today's users demand that contents be available on the fly and they don't want to deal with a multitude of different devices and interfaces to make it happen. NMP-1000P is the culmination of QNAP's extensive experience in developing network appliances and software applications which can satisfy the consumers' need to get the content they want from virtually any source, and play it with the best video and audio quality on the living room TV using a single networked device."
The NMP-1000P integrates into your home network via wired or wireless 802.11b/g/n. It can serve as a host to a 3.5-inch SATA drive (not included) up to 2TB, and also includes USB and eSATA connections for local content or connecting directly to your PC.
A 667MHz SMP8643 SoC powers the device, and there's also a built-in Wolfson WM8524 high performance DAC capable of delivering 106 dB SNR. It handles FLAC lossless audio files natively, stores and plays back video from your camcorder, and comes with a bunch of other tricks up its sleeve, which you can read all about here.
Hercules wants you to tap into your inner DJ Jazzy Jeff with its new DJ Console line, the DJ Console 4-Mx. Only this one's far more high-tech than anything the old-school rapper might have used.
The DJ Console 4-Mx sports a pair of large jog wheels, both of which come equipped with a touch sensor. There's also a built-in audio interface that purportedly makes it a breeze hook up your existing audio gear, as well as the ability to control two or four virtual decks.
Other features include a backlit indicator on each jog wheel, sturdy design, customizable controls, four RCA connectors, four mono jack connectors, and one stero jack connector.
You'll want to line up some paying gigs before picking this up -- it will sell for $450 starting November 22, 2010.