Gadget News June 2008

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OCZ’s Neural Impulse Actuator
The Tech Report :: Friday, June 27, 2008
Like flying cars, thought-based control schemes have been a staple of sci-fi movies for decades. OCZ has embraced the concept with its Neural Impulse Actuator, a headband that reads brain waves along with eye and facial muscles. We’ve taken this innovative device for a spin.

The Best Eco-Gadgets
Digital Trends :: Friday, June 27, 2008
“Get back in the black by going green with your tech toys. ”

Garmin nüvi 680 Review 
Digital Trends :: Friday, June 27, 2008
“If you look up Nuvi in the dictionary, you won’t find anything, and on a traditional US keyboard, it’s hard to even type N ü (hold down alt, then on your numeric keypad type 0252) v i. Go ahead, give it a shot. But if you go into any major retail store that offers GPS units you will definitely find Garmin Nüvi GPS units all over the place competing as one of the best in car, on the trail or in the airplane navigation system solutions money can buy. Today we are looking at their 680 model which features Bluetooth connectivity and MSN Direct which provides real-time traffic data, movie time and more. The Garmin Nüvi 680 has a street price around $399 USD. Check out our full review after the jump.”

H2GLOW Faucet Light
Techware Labs :: Monday, June 23, 2008
Every day there are more and more household gadgets to keep you busy and entertained. Today, we investigate the H2GLOW faucet attachment which is produced by Sector Labs. This device has a fairly innovative feature that helps to protect its users.

Morgan Stanley: iPhone Sales May Double in ’09
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Monday, June 23, 2008
Morgan Stanley raised its price target on Apple Inc shares to $210 from $185, saying it expects the company’s iPhone unit sales to double in 2009 at the new $199 price point.

Sprint: Samsung Instinct Will Be Cheap $129
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Monday, June 23, 2008
Sprint’s iPhone competitor, the Samsung Instinct, will be a mere $129.99 with a two-year contract and $100 mail-in rebate when it goes on sale on June 20.

Seven Technologies That Will Touch Your Life
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Monday, June 23, 2008
The future will be a feast for the senses, with breakthroughs that enhance computers’ ability to hear, see, and even smell for us.

‘Do Not Call’ Entries to Remain Indefinitely
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Monday, June 23, 2008
Good news for those who have been besieged by telemarketing calls. Numbers entered into the government’s do-not-call registry will remain there indefinitely rather than expire after five years, according to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Wi-Lan Sues Motorola, RIM, UTStarcom
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Monday, June 23, 2008
Wi-Lan Inc has begun litigation against Motorola Inc, Research In Motion, and UTStarcom Inc, alleging that their mobile handheld devices and other equipment are infringing on Wi-Lan’s patents, the company said on Friday.

Apple, Others License Klausner Voicemail Patents
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Monday, June 23, 2008
Apple, eBay and AT&T have settled a lawsuit with Klausner Technology and agreed to license Klausner patents on “visual voicemail” technology.

Phone Makers Predict Robust Handset Sales
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Monday, June 23, 2008
South Korean cell phone makers and Swedish-Japanese rival Sony Ericsson forecast robust handset sales, defying worries that a slowing U.S. economy and record oil prices will hurt consumer demand.


Verizon Targets Mobile Customers with New Bundle
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Monday, June 23, 2008
Verizon on Tuesday provided more details about its Flex Double Play plan, which will allow wireless customers without landlines to bundle cell phone service with Verizon high-speed Internet and video offerings.

Watch Superheroes Fight Evil Via Cell Phone
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Monday, June 23, 2008
After taking on the big and small screens, comic book heroes like Spiderman and Superman may soon be appearing on an even smaller screen — your mobile phone.

Yahoo: Mobile Search Service Reaches 600M
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Monday, June 23, 2008
Yahoo said on Tuesday that its mobile search service will be offered by six more telecom companies in Asia.

Indiana Jones (All Platforms) Review
Gaming Heaven :: Wednesday, June 18, 2008
With three prior LEGO Star Wars games from developer Travellers Tales this time around the focus is on Indiana Jones. It is a good time for an Indy game with the recent release of the new film and courtesy of some help from Lucasarts we hope this is another fun title in the successful blocky franchise.

Cyber Snipa Dog Tags 
Gideon Tech :: Friday, June 13, 2008
“Today we have the Cyber Snipa Dog Tags on the review block. What exactly are the “Dog Tags”? Well, you are in for a treat. The big thing about the Dog Tags is the USB thumb drive, which in our case is a roomy 4GB sample. There’s more to the Dog Tags though. On the other tag, it holds a small pair of pliers, a philips and flat head screw driver, and a small LED light.”

I.R.I.S. IRIScan Executive 2 Portable Scanner
Bios Magazine :: Friday, June 13, 2008
“I.R.I.S.’s latest portable sheetfed scanner is a compact (274x47x34mm; 360g) and well presented unit for scanning and organising a relatively wide variety of colour documents up to 215x355mm (Legal size) on the go. It’s particularly well suited to business executives needing to digitise paperwork (such as POs, invoices and receipts), but it’s equally useful for students and others who have a need for getting data from paper onto a computer.”

Multi-Touch on a PC: Love It , Hate It, or Clueless About It 
Digital Trends :: Wednesday, June 11, 2008
“Where touch works best is when you are manipulating objects or navigating through items. As we have seen with the iPhone, making pictures larger, scanning through them, and even navigating the web is actually kind of fun, and honestly more intuitive with Touch. If we weren’t already used to using a mouse and the fact that touch-screens have traditionally been too expensive and suffered in terms of brightness and resolution, historically we’d likely all have touch-screens today.”

Devotec Solar Charger Review
i4u :: Tuesday, June 10, 2008
“Today we are looking at a portable solar battery charger system that has tips to fit most all popular phones, game systems and other portable devices. The Devotec Solar Charger also works with the iPhone and iPod. When I plug the Devotec Solar Charger into my iPhone the iPhone beeps and recognizes the charger just as it does the stock dock or charge cable. You can make and receive calls while the phone is connected to the Devotec Solar Charger. Perhaps the best news for users looking for a device like the Devotec Solar Charger is that it is cheap and ships worldwide. The device sells for £19.99 or about $40 in the US. Devotec will ship the charger anywhere in the world for a bit under $6.”

IBM Business Intel Software Added to BlackBerry
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Tuesday, June 10, 2008
IBM’s Cognos business intelligence software is now available via BlackBerry devices from Research in Motion (RIM), IBM announced Wednesday.