Gadget News April 2009

Report: New T-Mobile Gadgets to Sport Android
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wireless carrier T-Mobile is planning an aggressive push into the home with a variety of communication devices that will use Google’s new Android operating software, the New York Times said.

Pharos Traveler 127 (Unlocked)
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
The Traveler 127 smartphone has cutting-edge GPS navigation software, but as a handset it’s sluggish and uneven. Pharos will have to do much better than this to snag new customers.

Bluetooth 3.0 Goes Live
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Bluetooth 3.0 improves speed by harnessing 802.11 connections to transmit large files. Manufacturers have finalized chips; consumer products won’t be available at least until the end of the year.

8 Handy iPhone Camera Add-Ons
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Enhance your iPhone’s mediocre built-in camera with a 6X zoom lens, flash, tripod, and more.

The Death of the App
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Deals by IBM, Sun, and Microsoft are just the latest industry consolidation. But when brands and programs are shuttered, consumers suffer. We need more, better apps!

RIM Reports Strong Earnings, Rosy Outlook
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Research In Motion posted surprisingly strong quarterly earnings on Thursday and offered a rosy outlook that signaled further growth despite the global economic slowdown as consumers embrace its newest BlackBerry smartphones.

Has Android Already Failed?
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Plans for the open-source OS are looking increasingly vague and desperate.

Hands On with T-Mobile’s New Sidekick LX
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
The 854-by-480 screen on the new Sidekick LX is by far the highest resolution on any device near its price of $199. The new handheld also comes with MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter clients.

Verizon Launches HTC Touch Diamond
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Verizon Wireless has unveiled its version of the HTC Touch Diamond, which will be available in stores and direct from Verizon’s Web site beginning Friday.

Pantech Matrix Pro (AT&T)
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Thursday, April 23, 2009
The Pantech Matrix Pro scores points for its dual keyboards and excellent battery life, but it stumbles on music and video playback.

Buying Tech & Gadgets in a Recession 
Digital Trends :: Wednesday, April 22, 2009
In November of 2008, Circuit City, just a few years earlier one of the top dogs in the entire retail landscape, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and closed 155 of its 722 stores in a desperate, last-ditch bid to remain afloat. Facing heightened competition, pressure from vendors, a severely troubled economy, and, some say, problematic management that refused to adapt to the times, the company did what it could in the following few months to stave off eradication. But despite its best efforts, Circuit City permanently closed its remaining 567 retail outlets on March 8, 2009, sending a total of 34,000 former employees into the jobless ranks.”

SanDisk Sansa SlotRadio Review 
Digital Trends :: Monday, April 20, 2009
After attempting to sway tech simpletons away from CDs and on to microSD cards with the SlotMusic player, SanDisk is back to conquer the hearts of radio listeners in 2009 with the Sansa SlotRadio. Using a microSD card loaded with 1,000 songs across multiple genres, SanDisk hopes to emulate the radio with a twist: you technically own all the songs. Pick a genre and press play. Though SanDisk paints it as a perfect solution for tech-challenged or terminally lazy folks who can’t be bothered with managing music, skeptics will see it as a severely DRM-crippled MP3 player. Who’s right? It depends on where you stand.”

Logitech Harmony 1100 Universal Remote Control
i4u :: Monday, April 20, 2009
“There is one thing that many home theater enthusiasts have in common — a strong dislike for lots of remotes sitting around. Another big problem with home theater setups is that they can be hard to use with multiple inputs that need to be changed just to watch TV. Today I am going to look at a new universal remote from Logitech called the Harmony 1100 that will eliminate the complexity associated with home theater use. Read on for all of the details on the Logitech Harmony 1100 universal remote.”

Here Comes Bluetooth 3.0
Hardware Secrets :: Friday, April 17, 2009
“On April 21st 2009 the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (a.k.a. Bluetooth SIG, will release the latest version of this wireless technology, aptly named Bluetooth 3.0. What is new and exciting about this new version is not only a higher transfer rate, but the use of IEEE 802.11 wireless network standard to achieve it.”

Wacom Bamboo Fun Tablet Review
Hardware Secrets :: Thursday, April 16, 2009
“Although many of us enjoy high tech devices, there are times when we still get pleasure from going back to traditional methodology. We may type on the keyboard all day, but still find comfort in writing or drawing with a pencil and paper. Old methodology, like pencil and paper, also can offer better control than a keyboard and mouse. The Wacom Bamboo pen-tablet brings the best of both worlds together. It marries the new and the old by attaching a pen-and-tablet interface to the computer. Yet while this tablet mimics pencil and paper, it is really very high tech.”

Blackberry Storm Review
t-break :: Monday, April 13, 2009
Say the word Blackberry and what I think of is a QWERTY device with messaging capabilities like no other. While the latter part still holds true for RIMâ?Ts latest smartphone modeled as the 9500 or, Storm, gone is the full keyboard and the trackball that weâ?Tve come to love- replaced by a large, clickable touch-screen. No points for guessing which fruit company RIM is going after with their Storm which is why youâ?Tll see the iPhone referenced several times in this article.

10 Must-Have Gadgets 
Digital Trends :: Sunday, April 12, 2009
“As you may have noticed if you’ve leafed through a SkyMall catalog or walked into a Brookstone store lately, there are a lot of stupid gadgets out there. If someone can make a buck off it, it will be built. (And as the recent bankruptcy of Sharper Image proves, sometimes even that isn’t a prerequisite.) But before you write off the premise of better life through gadgets entirely based on your experiences with an ionic air purifier and a battery-powered margarita blender, take a look at the more practical side of gadgetry. We’ve rounded up a few of the most downright useful technologies out there. If you haven’t already gotten on board with some of them, we’ll try our best to make you reconsider.”

Pantech Matrix Pro (AT&T)
Tech Review Source :: Friday, April 10, 2009
“AT&T’s latest dual-keyboard slider phone is the Pantech Matrix Pro, which is a dream for a die-hard texter. It’s a successor to the Pantech Duo and now features two keyboards, one numeric and one QWERTY, in a slider-phone form factor. There are also several additions, including Windows Mobile 6.1, a faster CPU, GPS functionality, and more.”

Best of CTIA 2009 
Digital Trends :: Thursday, April 09, 2009
They’ve rolled up the neon-colored colored carpets, torn down the booth cities and flown home the booth babes. Now it’s time to look back at the highlights from this year’s CTIA Wireless 2009 conference. While some of this show’s best contenders had already been announced, manufacturers still managed to pull some surprising tricks out of their caps for Vegas. And laying hands on those previously photographed, but not-yet-handled phones was pretty exciting, too. Here are our 10 most memorable new products from the show floor, along with five honorable mentions that weren’t released for the show, but still managed to raise our eyebrows in person.”

MS Wireless Notebook Presenter 8000
t-break :: Thursday, April 09, 2009
For years now, Microsoft has been producing a wide variety of computer peripherals ranging from mice and keyboards to webcams and even the odd laptop. And for the most part, these devices are well built and easy to use. In my opinion, Microsoftâ?Ts keyboards are superb but their mice, as of late, have been leaving me unimpressed.

LG Versa Review 
Digital Trends :: Tuesday, April 07, 2009
When it comes to industrial design, most mobile handsets fall into the candy bar or flip phone categories, but people interested in both could grab the LG Versa. It has an attachable keyboard shell that’s easy to connect and turns the single-screen touchscreen phone into a horizontal model with a full QWERTY. Luckily, the well-functioning keyboard isn’t just a gimmick, making the LG Versa a solid, if not awe-inspiring option for your smartphone dollar.”

LG Incite Review 
Digital Trends :: Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Using your fingers to control the on-screen action is the latest smartphone trend, but the LG Incite handset instead relies on a small stylus to get the job done. The device’s web browsing and contact book organization features leave something to be desired, however, its very reasonable introductory price and otherwise smooth performance make it worth considering nonetheless.”

USB Geek USB Frog Mouse
RB Mods :: Friday, April 03, 2009
USB Geek is reseller of many USB-gadgets. Their product range includes devices from many manufacturers. You can find almost everything which fits to USB from their websites with reasonable prices too. Today we will have a look at their frog mouse, which is mainly targeted to children.