Gadget News June 2010

garmin asus nuvifone M10 review 
t-break :: Tuesday, June 08, 2010
GPS controllers have pretty much become a standard on Smartphones, however, the GPS applications bundled with most phones are far from great, especially in this part of the world. Thus I was looking forward to the Garmin ASUS Smartphone that arrived in our offices some time back. If you’re not aware, Garmin’s primary business is maps so that is at least one thing this phone should excel at.

Packaged in a square box, the nuvifone M10 comes with a wall charger as well as a car kit that is made up of a car charger and mounting kit that allows you to easily install the phone in your car. A pair of headphones and an extra stylus is also included along with the quickstart manual and a CD that had additional documentation and software.

Joby Gorillapod Magnetic 
iGadget Life :: Monday, June 07, 2010
“Up for review today I have what I think is a must-have accessory for any level of photographer, the Joby Gorillapod Magnetic. It’s very much like the original Gorillapod, with the exception of the Magnetic part, the feet on this new version of the Gorillapod are magnetic giving it the ability to stick to any metallic surface. It of course has the same flexible legs of the original Gorillapod and it’s touch and well made, a worthy successor to the original for sure. ”

Detroit Goes Digital: Inside Ford’s Virtual Manufacturing
Digital Trends :: Sunday, June 06, 2010
A Ford factory worker toes up to the bumper of a Ford Fiesta, dips down over the engine compartment, and clips in one lead coming from a multi-headed hydra of wires leading back to the car’s brain – the ECU. It’s only one in thousands of steps required to turn a pile of steel, plastic and leather into the Fiesta that will eventually drive off the assembly line under its own power, but remarkable because the connector doesn’t actually exist.

Neither does the ECU. Or the manifold he’s plugging it into. Or, for that matter, the 2014 Fiesta he’s working on, which is three years ahead of the 2011 model the public has only recently laid eyes on.

At Ford’s digital preassembly lab in Dearborn, Michigan, workers simulate not just the parts and design of upcoming vehicles, but the physical labor needed to put them together by thousands of workers in factories across the United States. Using motion-capture technology

SkyMalls Most Bizarre Products Part 1
Hardware Secrets :: Saturday, June 05, 2010
“If you travel by plane you know it. If you don’t, you don’t know what you are losing. It you make you laugh or your money back guaranteed. I am not talking about any theme park. I am talking about SkyMall, the magazine available inside airplanes that sells the most bizarre junk ever invented. For the past few years I’ve been collecting the most unbelievable products sold by this magazine, and I finally decided to post my collection of “The best of SkyMall” (or it would be “The worst of SkyMall?” – you decide!). Since by now I have a huge collection, I decided to break it down in several posts. Enjoy!”

Hot for tablet
Tech Report :: Friday, June 04, 2010
I’ll admit it. I’m hot for tablet. Not since Lego started doing Star Wars kits have I been this excited about a new toy. I want one deeply. Desperately.

But I also have standards.

Despite all the heads she’s turned in the past few months, I’m not hot for iPad. There’s no denying the fact that the iPad has attractive qualities—it’s a marvel of industrial design with a slick user interface, a gorgeous screen, and impressive battery life. However, the arbitrary Jobs Knows Best restrictions that impair the iPad offend my sensibilities, and I can’t bring myself to pay for the privilege of submitting to Apple’s stranglehold on the device.

Some Quality Time With The Magical iPad
iGadget Life :: Thursday, June 03, 2010
When Steve Jobs announced the iPad he described it as a “magical” device. The iPad has been on the market for almost 2 months and is an innovative product and pretty terrific but is the not the enchanted piece of technology that Cupertino would like you to believe it to be.


Today I will look at some of the good and bad of the iPad. To be honest the bad is not so bad either. Keep reading…..

My first disclosure is that I have already owned two iPads. One was the 32 GB Wi-Fi model which I sold to a friend, and the second and current one is a 32 GB Wi-Fi/3G version. Which version I recommend depends on your need for online access. I found the Wi-Fi model was able to access numerous hotspots in locales from a JetBlue terminal to numerous Starbucks to a Holiday Inn.

Nextar M3-03 3.5″ Touchscreen GPS
Bona Fide Reviews :: Thursday, June 03, 2010
” Today for review I’ve got another product from our friends over at Geeks.com, it’s a small and basic GPS unit from Nextar. It’s the model M3-03, and it’s got a small 3.5” touchscreen, as i said it’s a basic unit so don’t expect advanced features, but it can get you from point A to point B without getting lost. It’s a no frills unit really, but it works, for the most part… read on..”

Dell Streak and Others Could be Competitors to the Apple iPad
Digital Trends :: Wednesday, June 02, 2010
“The Apple iPad is a very well designed and executed device. As I’m writing this it just passed 2M unit sales in 2 months – most PCs and cell phones can’t come close to those numbers. In fact one analyst effectively believes it will pass the Mac by year end. On the other hand, for those folks that like the Kindle and are focused on books, it simply isn’t good enough, but the Kindle is a one trick pony and the iPad should easily pass it in total sales by the end of the year as a result. The product we are waiting for is one that combines the iPad’s multimedia/app functionality with the Kindle’s eBook features and, I would argue, isn’t tied to either Apple or Amazon. Both have content limitations and neither have everything you want to read or watch. While the small 2nd generation Kindle is closer to the ideal sub $200 price point for this class, both products remain too expensive to penetrate the market broadly yet.”

Five Minutes with Logitech’s
t-break :: Wednesday, June 02, 2010
We have the opportunity to sit down with Antoine Preisig, Vice President, General Manager Sales and Marketing EMEA, Logitech. The following are exceprts from a conversation we had on the current line-up of Logitech products and how they see the future of input devices.

Logitech’s makes a range of products – how do you decide what comes to the Middle East and what doesn’t?

Hand’s On with Asus’ New eReader/Writer at Computex 2010
Hot Hardware :: Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Without a doubt, mobile computing is making its mark over at Computex 2010. After announcing their Eee Pad tablet PC, Asus gave us a closer look at their slick looking e-Reader/e-Writer creation designed for students and mobile business professionals. The little slate’s features include a 10 hour battery life, 2450 dpi touch resolution screen, pen writing and input controls, a fast screenrefresh response time, 2MP camera, USB port, and a MicroSD slot.

With a $199 asking price and a September release date, we came away impressed with the newgadget form Asus, but don’t just take our word for it. Hit the our hands on video here to see for yourself…