Gadget News January 2009

Super Bowl XLIII Tech Guide 
Digital Trends :: Thursday, January 29, 2009
“So you couldn’t cough up $3,100 for Super Bowl XLIII tickets and another grand for a flight to Tampa Bay. Looks like the Steelers will have to battle the Cardinals without their number one fan in the stands. But don’t lose hope for an amazing Super Bowl. A few wisely spent bucks can turn your disheveled living room into the place to be on Super Bowl Sunday, and you when it’s all over, you can doze off peacefully in the comfort of your own recliner with a Bud in your hand that you didn’t even pay $10 for. From beer-cooling gadgets to even bigger TVs to shout at, here are a few Super Bowl tech essentials.”

PC Accessories and Peripherals Buyer’s Guide 
Digital Trends :: Thursday, January 29, 2009
“It’s not time for a full PC upgrade just yet, but the love you felt for your once-shiny, new PC this time last year has faded. Time for the computing equivalent of a marital aid. A slick new keyboard, big bright LCD monitor, a sleek wireless mouse, a web cam, a wireless headset or a nice set of speakers can go a long way to reigniting your love affair with the erstwhile cutting-edge machine. And when it does come time for an upgrade, your new peripherals come along for the ride.”

Home Automation Made Simple 
Digital Trends :: Tuesday, January 27, 2009
“Look up the definition of “hype” and you’ll find the phrase “home automation” listed as a usage example. So many manufacturers have made so many promises to create the ideal automated, or “connected,” home over the years that many people just roll their eyes when they hear the term. Thankfully, we’re here to tell you that the hype is finally coalescing into reality.”

Blaupunkt TravelPilot 700 review
DV Hardware :: Monday, January 26, 2009
Blaupunkt surprised the world last summer by showing off the first GPS navigation systems with camera based navigation, the TravelPilot 500 and TravelPilot 700 are unique because they are currently the only GPS nav units on the market that can overlay navigational info on real-time images captured by an integrated 2 megapixel digicam.

Pandora Adds Audio Ads to Stream
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Monday, January 26, 2009
Pandora pulls the trigger on audio advertisements for its free customized Internet radio streams.

Samsung SPF-105P Digital Photo Frame
Inside HW :: Saturday, January 24, 2009
“Manufacturers of digital photo frames are fighting for customers’ attention in so many different ways. It is not enough to create simple photo frame anymore, to attract attention, it needs to have some specific functions. Samsung on SPF-105P model implemented several unique solutions that make it very interesting not only to fans of good photography. First thing that you’ll spot is definitely size of the frame. Display has 10-inch diagonal which, in combination with the biggest resolution that we saw so far on digital frames (1024 x 600px), results in exceptionally picture quality. Colours and picture brightness are even better than on most netbooks that passed through our test lab lately…”

Sony PRS-700 Reader Digital Book Review 
Digital Trends :: Thursday, January 22, 2009
“Eyestrain, cramped fingers, sore wrists these are the hallmarks of reading online. In fact, when doing so, usability experts assert that we’re not really reading at all, and flip through websites so fast that we barely even register the information in our brains (no skimming this review, please!). An electronic, or “eBook” is supposed to be different, though – it’s a relaxed experience more akin to reading an actual printed publication. And while Amazon stole some of Sony’s thunder in terms of this slice of the digital marketplace with its popular Kindle eBook reader, currently an Oprah favorite, Sony wants to steal it back. The big question here: Does the third generation Sony PRS-700 fit the bill (or is that book)?”

Brando QTV Digital Photo Frame Reviewed
IT Reviewed :: Thursday, January 22, 2009
“Brando’s QTV Digital Photo Frame is unlike anything else on the market. The amazingly cute gizmo is designed to look like a 1960s TV set, along with replica antenna and huge controls buttons. The QTV Digital Photo Frame is not only a digital photo frame, but also a FM radio, MP3 and AVI video viewer. In addition to its built-in a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (AC adapter also provided) and the cutesy portable design, you can now share your photos with your friends and colleagues when you go travel. Although it doesn’t have any built-in memory, you can plug in an SD/SDHC/MMC memory card or USB flash drive as an input storage. It’s fancy stuff for your desk!”

Travel Tips: Keeping Electronics and Gadgets Safe
Digital Trends :: Thursday, January 22, 2009
“Pushing aside the logistics of securing power and Internet connectivity for your travelling circus of electronics, keeping them safe from accidents, evildoers and the forces of nature can also present a challenge. With water, gravity and greed all conspiring to take away the gadgets you love dearly, you’ll need to invest in the right equipment to keep them safe.”

T-Mobile G1 (Google Android Phone)
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Monday, January 19, 2009
Call it the T-Mobile G1.0.

Palm Pre (Sprint)
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Monday, January 19, 2009

Sony Ericsson Plans Further Cost Cuts
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Monday, January 19, 2009
World number three mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson posted a much bigger than expected quarterly loss and announced plans for further cost cuts, possibly including jobs, as it braced for even weaker demand.

Samsung Saga SGH-i777 (Verizon)
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Monday, January 19, 2009
A slow CPU, short battery life, and lack of included software hold back this otherwise ergonomic Windows Mobile global smartphone.

RIM BlackBerry Storm 9530 (Verizon)
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Monday, January 19, 2009
Verizon’s BlackBerry Storm 9530 is a radical new direction for BlackBerry.

Samsung Omnia SCH-i910 (Verizon Wireless)
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Monday, January 19, 2009
The Samsung Omnia SCH-i910 is Verizon’s best camera phone.

Samsung Displays ‘Show’ Projector Phone
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Monday, January 19, 2009
Fresh off the plane from Korea comes the Samsung Show, a Korea-only projector phone that uses TI’s DLP technology rather than the Logic Bolt’s LCoS system to project images onto a big screen.

Palm Pre (Sprint)
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Monday, January 19, 2009
We got our hot little hands on the revolutionary Pre. Check out our first impressions of the phone that could bring Palm back from the dead.

21 Cool iPhone Apps
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Monday, January 19, 2009
So you’ve got that sweet new iPhone 3G. What apps are you going to load onto it to supercharge your new mobile computer? Here are 21 ideas to get you started.

Battle of the Touch-Screen Smartphones
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Monday, January 19, 2009
The iPhone may have started the touch-screen smartphone trend, but these days, there’s no shortage of competition. Which handset is right for you?

Travel Tips: Keeping Gadgets and PCs Powered
Digital Trends :: Wednesday, January 14, 2009
“Keeping Your Gadgets Powered Before you take off for a trip with a pile of gadgets in tow, take our simple advice to make sure they keep on humming.”

Logitech WiLife Security System 
Techware Labs :: Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Interested in getting a fully featured security system but don’t want to pay over $300 for it? If so, then WiLife’s Digital Video Security System might be worth a look. Join Nitro as he looks at the three available cameras for the complete security system from Logitechs WiLife.

CES 2009: Gadgets Galore 
Hardware Secrets :: Tuesday, January 13, 2009
New technologies and new gadgets are always a big attraction for those attending CES Consumer Electronic Show. We all look on in amazement at what the human mind can conceive and achieve. The big question, however, is always whether the new product will be the wave of the future or a flash in the pan. So we looked at some of the gadgets and gizmos at CES this year with that in mind. ”

Gadget Hunting at Digital Experience
Futurelooks :: Sunday, January 11, 2009
Just as we did with CES Unveiled earlier this week, the Futurelooks crew made its way over to Digital Experience for another all-you-can-eat smorgasbord of the latest and greatest technology this industry has to offer. Many notable names were in attendance, showing off their most treasured products and innovations. Here are a few things we keyed in on that you might find interesting.

10 Best Digital Photo Frames Reviewed 
Digital Trends :: Saturday, January 10, 2009
“We got our hands on 10 models of various shapes and sizes and evaluated them on performance, features, and build quality. A few general comments: If manufacturers are listening, we would love to see some battery operated units. Not one offered batteries as an option, which makes hanging these things on your wall less than desirable as power cords hang down from the frame. Additionally, for the purposes of this roundup, we did not list the memory cards supported for every frame, but most include a 6-in-1 card reader.”

TomTom Go 540 Live Reviewed 
IT Reviewed :: Saturday, January 10, 2009
“There’s no denying that the Go 540 Live packs and incredible amount of technology and features into a relatively sleek (127x85x23mm, 224g) unit. The unit is relatively easy to use (except for figuring out how to lower the ear-piercing voice navigation!), and is largely effective in reducing the burden on the driver. The 4.3-inch widescreen display (WQVGA: 480×272 pixels) is easy to read, though some may find there is a too much information on screen, and the battery provides a reasonable 3 hours’ autonomous operation between charges – should you not keep it constantly docked to your cigarette lighter. As expected, Bluetooth is present so you can make and receive hands-free calls, and the included PC software lets you download recent user-generated corrections via TomTom’s Map Share service. Our biggest gripe was that the Go 540 Live failed to pick out the fastest routes on our test runs. Instead of taking us down relatively quiet dual carriageways, it decided that desolate country lanes and constant left/right turns were the most appropriate. We also begrudge paying any kind of ongoing subscription for a device that already costs a premium. If, unlike us, you’re not bothered about cost and want the latest and greatest functionality – regardless of whether or not you’ll use it – the Go 540 Live is the one to go for. If plain and simple navigation is all you’re after, save some money and opt for a cheaper alternative.”

TeleNav Shotgun Review
Digital Trends :: Friday, January 09, 2009
“For most consumers, a GPS device is not a tech gadget for geeks – it’s a critical necessity of the commuter lifestyle and an everyday way to find your way around town. You might not know the meaning of the term “PND” (or even care), or that there’s a difference between NAVTEQ and Tele Atlas data. You just want to avoid being late. To that end, the TeleNav Shotgun accomplishes the goal as an in-car navigation device, even if it can’t quite measure up to the more powerful features found on competing Navigon and TomTom products. Unfortunately, the device does falls short though when it comes to some simple pathfinding activities.”

Samsung Omnia Review 
Digital Trends :: Tuesday, January 06, 2009
“Like the Blackberry Storm, the Samsung Omnia is part of the first wave of post-iPhone smartphones aimed directly for the Apple market. From its lack of a keyboard to its multimedia capabilities, Samsung is going for convenience, portability and multi-functionality. It is a valiant attempt, but lots of unusual design choices make the Omnia more awkward than progressive..”

Griffin Reflect Case for iPhone 3G Reviewed 
The Tech Lounge :: Tuesday, January 06, 2009
“Apple’s iPhone 3G is on the march, and with a huge first quarter, tons of accessories have hit the market, including many cases and other accessories from Griffin. This week we take a look at the high-style Griffin Reflect Case for the iPhone 3G. This case has a lot to offer those interested in protecting the iPhone in a case, but maintaining the stylish appearance of the device.”

Best Tech Products of 2008
Digital Trends :: Friday, January 02, 2009
“We highlight the best and brightest items from 2008, from cell phones to TVs.”