Gadget News December 2008

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Vizo MirrorBox CR Review
Hardware Bistro :: Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Memory card is being widely used since past few years for digital camera, handphone, portable audio device and etc. Most of these devices will come with USB cable for data transferring however it will be very troublesome for having so many cables if you have multiple devices hence card reader is one of the good solutions here. Today we will have a quick look on Vizo latest card reader; MirrorBox CR.”

eStarling Impact7 WiFi Digital Frame Review 
Overclockers Online :: Monday, December 22, 2008
eStarling has taken the digital frame and merged it with social networking features to help you connect with friends and families. The built in WiFi makes it a cinch to send pictures to the frame directly from your computer, through email or even from your cell phone.

Garmin Oregon 300
Inside HW :: Saturday, December 20, 2008
This time we have tested Garmin GPS device and we were very satisfied with its performance. Oregon 300 seems robust at first glance, and it has a single button, for power control. It has touch screen display which can be locked if it’s needed. Design of this device contributes to the fact that it fits pretty good in both hands, but because of slight extension on right side, we must notice that it provides more natural handling to right-handed users. However, no matter in which hand you are holding it, navigation commands are very easy to get to…”

Futurelooks Holiday 2008 Guide to Targus Mac Accessories
Futurelooks :: Friday, December 19, 2008
Targus has long been a supplier of accessories for PC notebooks like mice, coolers, locks and other tidbits for your mobile lifestyle. Although they do pretty well for themselves in that market, their products often lacked that look that Apple Lovers tend to gravitate towards: Style. That’s why Targus went back to the drawing board and created a series of products that are designed specifically with that “Mac Style” and should be a safe bet for that Apple Fan on your Holiday Shopping List. Of course, there’s no reason why you can’t pick them up for yourself too. Let’s check them out!

Wireless Companies Warn of Inauguration Delays
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Friday, December 19, 2008
Mobile phone companies are bracing for a surge in capacity in wireless calls, texting and video sharing, with up to 4 million people expected to gather here for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama.

Virgin Media Rolls Out Superfast Broadband
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Friday, December 19, 2008
Cable operator Virgin Media became the first Internet provider to roll out a mass-market super-fast broadband service in Britain on Monday, launching a 50 megabits per second offering.

Most Will Access Web Via Cell Phones by 2020
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Friday, December 19, 2008
By the year 2020, a majority of tech savvy citizens will be attached to their touch-screen and voice recognition-based smart phones, blurring the lines between personal and work time, as well as physical and virtual reality, according to a Tuesday study.

Pandora Hits Windows Mobile
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Friday, December 19, 2008
It’s been a long time coming, but Pandora Media just announced that Internet radio station Pandora is now available for Windows Mobile smartphones — at least in a limited fashion.

Palm Launches Mobile Software Store
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Friday, December 19, 2008
Following on the heels of similar initiatives from Apple, Research in Motion, and Google’s Android, struggling smartphone manufacturer Palm has released its own app store–the simply namedSoftware Store.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X1
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Friday, December 19, 2008
The super-luxe, unlocked Xperia X1 would be a decent Windows Mobile smartphone choice if it cost half as much.

Google’s Open Handset Alliance Adds 14 Members
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Friday, December 19, 2008
The Open Handset Alliance announced the addition of 14 companies, including a number of high-profile names from across the consumer electronics board.

Mobile Phone Chip to Counter Radiation Unveiled
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Friday, December 19, 2008
Belgian health products distributor Omega Pharma will launch a chip it claims can counter potentially damaging radiation from mobile phones and has high hopes for its sales.

Sprint Eyes Cost Cuts, No New Debt
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Friday, December 19, 2008
Sprint Nextel Corp plans to cut costs and use cash to pay back its $3 billion of debt due in 2009 and 2010, rather than raise new financing in tight capital markets, its finance chief said on Monday.


Google Search Ads Now on iPhone, T-Mobile G1
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Friday, December 19, 2008
Several weeks after Google optimized its search results for the iPhone, the search engine giant announced Monday that AdWords clients can now opt to have their ads show up on the results pages of the iPhone and T-Mobile G1.

Samsung 10.2″ Digital Photo Frame with UbiSync USB Monitor Review
Everything USB :: Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Samsung’s premium digital photo frame offering tries to be everything to everybody but falls short of our recommendation. The top-notch screen and feature set are let down by an unrefined user interface, overly sensitive touch controls, and lack of video and Mac support.

Samsung Behold Review 
Digital Trends :: Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Samsung’s Behold is an upgraded Instinct for T-Mobile, which means it offers all of Instinct’s modern cell phone faculties, plus a 5-megapixel camera. But while the Instinct is well-suited for Sprint’s EV-DO Rev. A 3G network, the Behold is a Ferrari running on T-Mobile’s mostly EDGE go-kart network. As such, Behold is a phone for T-Mobile’s full 3G future, not its present.”

Sony Reader Digital Book PRS-700 Review
TechReview Source :: Wednesday, December 17, 2008
“The Amazon Kindle has been taking off recently, but Sony has answered with an e-book reader of their own, the Sony Reader Digital Book PRS-700. Their model features a touch screen, a sleek design, a fast processor, and a fantastic interface. Although a little pricey, it might be worth at least looking at over the Amazon Kindle, especially since the Kindle is so hard to get due to its popularity.”

Gifts for Parents and Grandparents
Digital Trends :: Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Surprise: Technology isn’t just a young man’s game. It hasn’t been for years, actually. Still, there are people that think you can’t teach an old dog new tricks-especially electronically-powered ones. However, the truth is that there are plenty of advances that allow even the most inexperienced user to connect at all hours and/or make day-to-day living a whole lot easier. Want to get Mom, Dad or your grandparents to explore their inner geekdom? Here are just a few ways our elders can embrace it and enhance the family unit – and amazingly, no, not a single one even involves using The Clapper.”

Hardware Canucks Christmas Wishlist
Hardware Canucks :: Tuesday, December 16, 2008
As Christmas approaches, we should all know what we want by now but there are always those hold outs who wait for the last minute to put in their requests. This usually leaves loved ones running around like checkens with their heads cut off in these final days of 2008 shopping but as long as you get what you want, their sacrifice is worth it, right? There is also a flip side to this coin; what if you are the one looking for that final gift for your tech-savvy boyfriend, girlfriend or office secret Santa? One way or another, Hardware Canucks has you covered.

Legit Reviews Stocking Stuffer Guide for 2008
Legit Reviews :: Monday, December 15, 2008
With the economy going down the tubes and layoffs in the IT industry becoming something common in the news, a good book might be in order. If you are wondering why companies are failing left and right then you need to read the book – The World Is Flat 3.0. This book is an essential update on globalization, its opportunities for individual empowerment, its achievements at lifting millions out of poverty, and its drawbacks–environmental, social, and political. The World Is Flat has a great flow to it and if you lived through the dot com boom this book will tie together everything that has happened in the last decade…”

Genius PenSketch 912 Graphics Tablet Review
Futurelooks :: Friday, December 12, 2008
When it comes to graphics tablets there seems to be only one name that rises to the top: WACOM. Although their products are top notch, you pay dearly for the best. So the question is, are there any products out there for those of us that aren’t great at Photoshop but may want to use some of the tools the pros use without having to pay the price? Well, Genius seems to think they’ve got a solution.

Antec Veris Fusion Remote Max Premium Home Theater PC Case Review
Tweaknews :: Wednesday, December 10, 2008
“The Antec Fusion Remote Max is a great HTPC case. It keeps the installed system cool, is all but silent and has an outstanding software package. The fit and finish is very good, and the contrasts on the front panel treatment give the Max a look that is both distinctive and pleasing.”