Archives for August 2010

Logitech Revue Google TV Commercial Launches

Logitech is getting ready to launch the Logitech Revue this fall. The Revue is a Google TV companion box that will bring the new Google TV services to existing HDTV’s.

Three adverts have been launched which simply put, are weird. They each feature a HDTV with legs running around a house, frightening someone to death or taking a swim outside.

Rather than trying to describe them any further, I’ve embedded them below to see if you can figure them out. [Read more…]

Apple ePub Export Function added to iWork 9.0.4 Update

Apple has released a new version of the iWork productivity suite. The new version is iWork 9.0.4 that is available for download today.

New features included with the update include some big fixes for the Keynote, Pages and Numbers software. Also the update brings the ability to export Pages documents in the ePub format so that content can be copied over to the iBooks app that is available for the iPhone running iOS 4 and the iPad. [Read more…]

Facebook Drops Internet Explorer 6 Support

Facebook has announced that it is dropping support for the older Microsoft [MSFT] browser, Internet Explorer 6. The policy for Facebook is in regards to the chat features rather than the site as a whole, so if you don’t use chat you should be OK to stay at version 6 for now.

We do however recommend that you update Internet Explorer to a later version, or switch to something like the latest version Chrome or Safari to be more secure.

The reason Facebook has dropped support on the chat side of things is due to bugs found in the chat service. The code needed to fix the chat box wasn’t compatible with Internet Explorer 6 and thus, they had to drop support for it. [Read more…]

Eagle Phone Concept

Eugene Kim is responsible for this concept design. It is called the Eagle Phone and is a dual screen device.

The concept was designed for a competition that LG is holding. The Eagle Phone wasn’t picked for the final although it did quite well.

The screens on the Eagle Phone are touch sensitive allowing users to interact with the device with one or both hands. The Eagle Phone also folds up as pictured below. [Read more…]

Apricorn EZ Writer II Portable Optical Drive Released

The Apricorn EZ Writer II is a portable optical drive that is ideal for those using netbooks or other devices without a built in optical drive.

It is capable of burning CD’s at up to 24x and DVD’s up to 8x although it isn’t compatible with BluRay discs in any way.

The portable optical drive requires two spare USB ports to run with them powering the device as well as transferring data to and from the optical disk. [Read more…]

Smartbook Surfer Internet Tablet

The Surfer Tablet is heading to Germany soon from what we hear. It’s not a tablet we’ve heard of before although it sounds quite interesting.

The tablet runs Google Android 2.1, has a 7 inch screen with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and is powered by a 720MHz CPU along with 256MB of RAM.

Other features include 2GB of NAND Flash memory built in for storing data as well as the ability to complement that using a micro SD memory card. Details of the maximum sized card you can install have not been provided.

For connectivity it has Wireless 802.11b/g although there is no 3G support from what we can figure out. [Read more…]

iPod touch 4 Case Spotted

Rumours about an iPod touch 4 have been going around for a while now. A number of leaks of the screen with a front facing camera have been published on the web along with iOS details that indicate the next gen iPod touch 4 will get email activated FaceTime calling abilities.

The next detail shows an iPod touch 4 case that has a cut out for a camera on the back that is slightly wider indicating that a flash will also be included.

Some design changes to the new device could include getting rid of the curved back and replacing it with a flat back. [Read more…]

Facebook App Developer thinks Android is Hideous

The Facebook mobile app has been installed on millions of devices from BlackBerry, Android and iOS based smartphones.

Joe Hewitt is the man responsible for developing the Facebook apps for mobile devices and has had a little rant on Twitter about how he finds the operating systems that he works with. His main gripe is with Android OS that Google [GOOG] develops by saying it’s too hard to use. [Read more…]

Apple Preparing Yerba Buena for September 1st Event

Apple [AAPL] is holding an event on September 1 to launch some “music related” gadgets and services. It is expected that the new iPod touch 4 will be launched along with iTV and potentially 99 cent TV show downloads.

The event is being held at Yerba Buena and the picture above and below shows what’s going on at the moment in preparation for the launch. [Read more…]

JooJoo Gets a Software Update

FusionGarage has provided a new update for the JooJoo tablet. The new update brings the JooJoo up to version 0.2.4.

New in version 0.2.4 is the ability for the JooJoo to remember passwords such as Twitter, Facebook and others. When previously logging in to a site, closing it down and re-opening it, you had to re enter your password. Now you don’t.

Also included is basic USB support and the ability to calibrate the screen. [Read more…]

Xbox Live to get Audio Quality Boost in Next Update

Microsoft [MSFT] will be pushing a new update out to the Xbox in November that will give the audio quality on Xbox Live a boost.

The update will make changes to the audio codec and will launch at the same time as the Microsoft Kinect. When the update is installed, users should notice better quality when communicating in games. [Read more…]

iOS 4.0.2 Jailbreak Will Not Happen

The iPhone Dev Team has mentioned that iOS 4.0.2 and iOS 3.2.2 will not get a jailbreak.

The reasons are not due to them being stuck and not knowing what to do. Instead, they are waiting for a major release to be launched such as iOS 4.1 for the iPhone so that more iPhone users can take advantage of the exploit.

Now it’s a few weeks later, and Apple has closed the hole. They’re shipping devices with FW 4.0.2/3.2.2, impervious to this particular jailbreak. So now, people will begin to ask: will there be a jailbreak for devices that shipped with 4.0.2/3.2.2, out of the box?

No, there won’t be. FW 4.0.2/3.2.2 was *only* released to fix the jailbreakme hole. With FW 4.1 still in its beta stages, it makes no sense to escalate the ‘cat & mouseĀ with Apple for FW updates that only fix the jailbreak holes.

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