Archives for January 2010

Panasonic 64GB SDXC Card to cost $700

Panasonic have create an SDXC card that has a capacity of 64GB. As well as a 64GB version a 48GB version has also being launched providing plenty of storage for your compatible gadgets.

The 48GB model is set to be priced at $550 while the 64GB version will cost $700 when launched on February 19. The 64GB card has been known about for a few months now with a few samples being shipped, but no production models. The cards themselves have a write speed of 22MB/s and so far it appears that they will be the first of this size to be launched. [Read more…]

Sega Genesis on your iPhone

Sega have launched an official Genesis/Megadrive emulator for the Apple [AAPL] iPhone. From what Giz report the emulator looks to be a fully fledged console on the iPhone allowing you to play downloadable ROMS of classic games.

Several new games have been released including Sonic the Hedgehog costing $5.99, Golden Axe at $4.99, Ecco the Dolphin at $2.99 and Shining Force at $2.99. Each of these will be available soon as standalone ROMS which can be downloaded from within the app saving the need to download a full game packaged with the emulator each time. [Read more…]

iPhone to use Bing as Default Search Engine

A few places around the net today are reporting that Apple [AAPL] will be dropping Google as their default search engine on the iPhone and replacing it with We could see this change happen very soon too due to a rumoured release of the iPhone 4.0 OS next week. Talks of this move by Apple have been going on for weeks according to BusinessWeek.

“Apple and Google know the other is their primary enemy,” says one of the people, who’s familiar with Apple’s thinking. “Microsoft is now a pawn in that battle.”
If the negotiations are successful, it could also mean that Bing could eventually replace Google as the default search engine for Apple’s desktop version of Safari as well.

[Read more…]

Apple iSlate Glass Photos Spotted

MacObserver received some pictures of part of the iSlate recently which shows the device front casing. The clear glass section in the middle of the frame is capable of holding a 10 inch screen according to the source who sent the photos in.

Over the last few days three photos of the same front surface have been with a couple of them shown against a keyboard to give the sense of scale that the device will be.

The glass does look like an iPhone which the iSlate has been touted to be a larger version. However, it’s unclear if the iSlate will literally be a 10 inch iPhone. [Read more…]

CRU DataPort 10 Secure Review

Keeping data on an external hard drive is all good except at the point the drive gets stolen. The thief only needs to hook up the drive to his laptop and copy all the data he wants. The CRU DataPort 10 Secure aims to tackle the problem of data theft by using hardware encryption on the drive.

By using hardware based encryption the process of encrypting data is invisible to users. AES 128 encryption is used that provides military grade encryption on all data stored on the external drive.

Included in the box is the unit it’s self along with a PSU, power-lead, USB cable, eSATA cable and three physical encryption keys of course along with all the manuals and a CD that you will need to configure the drive. [Read more…]

Samsung TL110 and TL105 Launched

Samsung have launched a couple of very thin point and shoot cameras that measure just 0.65 inches in thickness. The cameras are called the TL110 and the TL105.

Out of the two cameras the TL110 is the higher end with a 14.2 megapixel sensor and a lens capable of 5 times optical zoom while the TL105 has a 12.2 megapixel sensor and is capable of 4 times optical zoom. Each of the cameras has both optical and digital image stabilisation.

On the back of the cameras a 2.7 inch LCD display can be found. Scene selections can be set to automatic where the camera quickly scans the image and adjusts the settings accordingly. [Read more…]

Deal of the Day: Magellan Maestro 4700 4.7-Inch Widescreen 53% Off

If you are looking for a decent Satnav at a good price then the Magellan Maestro 4700 is on offer at the moment with a 53% discount that saves you $160.

The Maestro 4700 has a 4.7 inch widescreen touchscreen. OneTouch search is available on this GPS device as well as voice based guidance that converts text to speech allowing street names to be read out. [Read more…]

Windows Mobile 7 Details Roundup

WMExperts have put together a roundup of all the Windows Mobile 7 rumours that have been found around the internet recently. Something to point out here is that none of the information has been made official by Microsoft, so note that we are still looking at rumours.

The first rumour says that Windows Mobile 7 will be called just “Seven” with a couple of versions being made available which includes Business Edition and Media Edition. Those names might not be the official names, but basically cover what they will be about. Each version is expected to be on a different release track.

Business Edition of Seven appears to be the version launching first and will run a stripped down version of the media version and be more “business” like. The business edition of Seven will also sync to the cloud allowing information to be more easily accessed from several devices such as other computers, phones and netbooks. [Read more…]

Next Android Version to be Called Froyo

The next version of Android has been given a name. The next version that follows on from Eclair will be Froyo which is short for Frozen Yoghurt.

The version name was given on the Engadget Show a couple of days ago and although we now know the name, we do not know the version number. All we know at the moment is that Android 2.1 is still part of Eclair. With all this in mind we might see Froyo arriving sometime this year based on how quick 1.5 to 1.6 to 2.0 to 2.1 progressed. [Read more…]

iPhone iSketch Application Launched

iSketch is a new iPhone app that was developed by an 11 year old called Cameron. The iSketch application was written so that a portion of it’s earnings could be sent to the Mattel Childrens Hospital UCLA in Westwood and Santa Monica.

There are a few things interesting here though, the first is that an 11 year old managed to create what looks to be a great little app, and secondly that it was approved. Both are challenges in themselves. [Read more…]

Universal 4 Port USB Wall Charger

If you need to charge gadgets by USB on the go and don’t want to always have your laptop plugged in while doing so then this universal 4 port USB wall charger should sort the problem out for you. It works in several plug styles that include EU, US, Australian and UK.

To switch between the various socket configurations you can move pins around as well as flip them in and out of the plug to get the combination you need to work in the country you are stopping in. For the UK an Earth pin is also included that you remove from the side of the unit and attach allowing the 3 prong layout to be used. [Read more…]

Sony VAIO Z Series gets Quad SSD

We first mentioned the Sony VAIO Z Series notebook a few weeks ago around the time of CES. Sony today pushed out a press release that gives a few more details about the notebook and also when it will be showing up in Europe.

First off, the specs. The VAIO Z Series will come with a Quad SSD that’s configured in a RAID 0 setup. Having a quad SSD RAID 0 configuration allows for data to be shifted up to 6.2 times quicker than a 5,400 HDD configured in an array. The 6.2 speed increase (potentially) should make it one very quick notebook where accessing data is concerned. Also the VAIO Z supports an Intel Core i7-620M processor (depending on the model you choose) along with a healthy 6GB of DDR3 memory.

A second unique point about the VAIO Z series is the high performance dynamic hybrid graphics system it uses. The notebook basically has two options to switch between an NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M GPU for when performance is needed and when not you can manually or automatically switch down to a lower spec Intel based configuration which we assume is done real-time. [Read more…]