Archive for March, 2011

How would you change OnLive’s MicroConsole game system?

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The concept of a streaming console has been around for ages, and while Phantom Entertainment never could quite pull it off, the folks at OnLive seem to be onto something. ‘Course, only time will tell if that “something” is a legitimate enough business to make sustainable, but at least it has moved well beyond the point of vaporware. Now that the MicroConsole has been raiding living rooms for a few months, we’re curious to know your thoughts on things. Have you been able to try one out? Are you still reverting back to your conventional consoles? Are you pleased with OnLive’s performance given your ho hum cable connection? Would you have inked deals with a few more game publishers before pushing it out? Go on and get really real down in comments below — given the small size of the company, there’s a better-than-average chance it’ll be listening to what you have to say.

AT&T says Atrix 4G, Inspire 4G will have HSUPA enabled in April

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We’ve already seen some hints that something was coming soon courtesy of the FCC, and now AT&T has confirmed to CNET that both the HTC Inspire 4G and Motorola Atrix 4G will have their HSUPA capabilities enabled sometime in April via a software update. That should dramatically increase upload speeds on the phones (up to 5.76 Mbps), and make them more “4G” than ever before, but still not quite as “4G” as some other “4G.” Incidentally, the Samsung Infuse 4G has also been confirmed to be shipping with HSUPA enabled, although it’s still not clear exactly when it will ship.

We’ve already seen some hints that something was coming soon courtesy of the FCC, and now AT&T has confirmed to CNET that both the HTC Inspire 4G and Motorola Atrix 4G will have their HSUPA capabilities enabled sometime in April via a software update. That should dramatically increase upload speeds on the phones (up to 5.76 Mbps), and make them more “4G” than ever before, but still not quite as “4G” as some other “4G.” Incidentally, the Samsung Infuse 4G has also been confirmed to be shipping with HSUPA enabled, although it’s still not clear exactly when it will ship.

iRig Mic review

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There’s no shortage of ways to get sound into your iOS device, but one thing has been missing from the field up to this point: a handheld accessory to help you hone your Sammy Hagar (or Anderson Cooper) impression while you’re FaceTiming with Gramps. The iRig vocal mic fills that gap, and the included Vocalive app does its part to help you rap over your favorite beat, add sick and twisted FX to your vox, and share your jams with your file-sharing friends. But is the iRig a Napster-level entry into the iMic field? Is it more of an eDonkey, or just kind of a KaZaA? Read on for our impressions of the SM58-feeling cardioid.

Canon Rebel T3 DSLR reviewed: a safe bet for first-time shooters

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Are you a true contrarian looking for a camera that befits your nonconformist lifestyle? Well, Canon’s latest entry-level DSLR may not be the most unruly camera out, but at least it sports a moniker that fits the bill. The Canon T3 Rebel, also known as the EOS 1100D, is a 12.2-megapixel affair designed with the DSLR newbie in mind, and according to a review over at PhotographyBlog, it doesn’t sacrifice image quality for ease of use. Touted as a successor to the Rebel XS, the T3 actually carries over some useful features from its more sophisticated sibling, the T3i, including a user-friendly control layout, but lacks the camera’s Scene Intelligent auto mode and extensive list of creative filters. Aside from that, the reviewer found T3′s grips too slick and its diminutive LCD screen a minor setback, but was quick to point out that none of these is a deal-breaker. In fact, aside from a bit of noise encountered at the highest ISO setting, the camera delivers high quality photographs even in low light. All things considered, it looks like the Rebel T3 is a “responsive and intuitive DSLR” for the novice photog, and at $600, it’s got at least some of the competition beat. Now, we won’t tell you what to do, but if we were you, we’d click the source link to see how the T3 stacks up.

Panasonic Lumix GH2 review roundup: impressive video recording, murky still images

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In case you’re still wondering if Panasonic’s mirrorless Lumix GH2 is worth your $900, we’ve rounded up a handful of reviews to provide a pointer for your next big purchase. While most reviewers agree that this Micro Four Thirds camera appears to be very similar to its predecessor, they universally praise the subtly improved ergonomics, speedy liveview autofocusing, and refined image quality, especially with its 1080p AVCHD video recording (although Digital Camera Resource Page did notice some artifacting in its clips). Noise is also a non-issue up to about ISO 800 or 1600, though it’s apparent that the 16 megapixel stills are comparatively dull and, like those from many other MFTs, aren’t quite on par with DSLRs — expect plenty of manual processing work here, as demoed by the good folks over at Digital Photography Review. All in all, the GH2 is a great kit for high quality video capturing, bundled with a pretty good still performance that requires some extra TLC afterwards — kinda ironic in a way, but hey, this isn’t a problem for lovers of video bokeh. Head over to the links below for some in-depth analysis and walk-through before you leave a small dent on your bank account.

Hanwha unleashes HDMI / USB adapter for iPad, iPhone 4, and fourth-gen iPod touch

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Feel the desire to watch your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch (fourth gen) videos on the big screen, but looking for something with a little more girth than Apple’s HDMI solution? Hanwha’s latest dongle might do the job. As you can see above, in place of the original adapter’s dock connector port is a USB 2.0 socket — compatible with cameras supporting mass storage connection — alongside the 720p-friendly HDMI port, but you’ll have to use the switch to toggle between the two modes. And that little mini-USB port on the far right? Well, it’s there to provide some juice to “reduce battery drain,” but probably not enough to charge up your iDevice. If you’re still interested and have a friend in Japan, Hanwha’s charging ¥5,980 (around $73), which is almost double that of Apple’s $39 connector. Is USB support worth such a price jump? Your call.

Nook Color getting Flash and apps in April update, according to Home Shopping Network (update: official)

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The little e-reader that could is about to do even more — according to a listing on the Home Shopping Network, the Nook Color will get an update next month that brings Flash support and additional apps to the platform. That suggests that we’ll finally be seeing Android 2.2 and perhaps an app store of some sort, though HSN isn’t spilling the beans right now — the cable station wants you to tune in at 12AM, 5AM or 9AM (or 12PM, 5PM or 9PM) ET this Saturday to get an exclusive sneak peek at the goods. Yours for just four easy payments of $74.97… which must seem like a tremendous deal compared to HSN’s “retail value” of $504.

Update: Barnes & Noble has now made this completely official itself, and confirmed that the update will include email support among other “exciting new applications.” Press release is after the break.

New Arrival: Window N9 8GB Tablet PC with Android 2.1 System and WiFi

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Window N9 adopts 660MHz and APM+DSP RK2818 processor, runs at high speed. Window N9 Tablet PC adopts Android2.1 operation system, it means there are thousands of applications. It can be upgraded to Android 2.2. Support Aldiko、Adobe Reader installed. Comes with 7.0 inch capacitance touch screen, 800×480 pixels, 5 dots touch, support smart Handwriting. G-sensor built in, brings more fun to play games, such as Need For Speeds series. Support WiFi and external 3G module (WCDMA、EVDO、TD compatible).

Product page: http://www.ownta.com/window-n9-tablet-pc-with-android-2.1-system-and-wifi-3g-funcitons-8gb.html

Window N9 Tablet PC Features:

  • 7.0 inch capacitance touch screen, 800×480 pixels, 5 dots touch, support smart Handwriting
  • Adopts 660MHz and APM+DSP RK2818 processor, runs at high speed, DDR2 256MB
  • Android2.1 OS built in and support its upgraded to 2.2 version later
  • Support Aldiko、Adobe Reader installed
  • G-sensor built in
  • WiFi function
  • Support external 3G module, WCDMA、EVDO、TD compatible
  • Multimedia player: MKV (H.264HP), AVI, RMVB/RM, FLV video playback,
  • 8GB memory onboard, support MicroSD memory card to expand its capacity

For more cheap Android Table PC, please check: http://www.ownta.com/wholesale-dropship-computers/tablet-pc-mid-and-umpc/

Aircell announces world’s first ‘airborne smartphone’

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No, you won’t be able to use it on your next flight, but if you’re lucky enough to have your own business jet, you will soon be able to get Aircell’s new Android-based smartphone designed for aircraft use. While the company’s staying fairly mum on specifics at the moment, the phone is said to pack a 3.8-inch capacitive display, and it’s designed to be backwards-compatible with all Aircell Axxess communications systems currently in production, as well as its forthcoming Gogo Biz Voice service. No word on pricing just yet, but Aircell is promising to reveal that sometime before the phone launches in “late 2011.” Head on past the break for the full press release.

MSI’s GX680 laptop gets GeForce GT 555M graphics, up to 16GB of DDR3

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MSI's GX680 laptop gets GeForce GT 555M graphics, up to 16GB of DDR3

Mobile gaming rigs don’t tend to be particularly upgradeable, so it’s important to get all the horsepower you can up front. With that in mind, MSI‘s latest is delivering a little more oomph than its last lap-warmer. It’s the GX680 and it’s rocking an Intel Core i7 2630QM processor paired with GeForce GT 555M graphics, NVIDIA’s latest bid at laptop pixel-pushing supremacy. That card has 1GB of GDDR5 memory onboard, while the system itself can be configured with up to 16GB of DDR3 — rather a lot for a laptop. A 15.6-inch, 1080p display is available, along with dual 750GB HDDs, which can be configured in RAID 0 if you like living dangerously. Blu-ray is also on offer, along with a THX certified Dynaudio sound system that is said to deliver audio “heretofore found only in cinemas.” No price yet, but as always with MSI that kind of hyperbole comes for free.

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