Gadget News May 2009

HornetTek D-Slim
Bjorn 3d :: Thursday, May 21, 2009
With Netbooks gaining in the popularity, it is no longer a novelty or gadget in the computer world. In fact, it looks like it is here to stay. The Netbooks are designed to be highly portable and have along battery life. As a result, Netbooks usually have to make a sacrifice by forgoing the opticaldrive. Although many people probably will be okay with the omission of the optical drive in place for a small portable computer, the truth is that there are times when having an optical drive can be useful even if you use your system on the go. Realizing such demand, HornetTek has launched the D-Slim, a portable optical drive that is designed to be used for those who need an external optical drive on the go.

IPEVO Kaleido R7 Wireless Digital Frame Review
Futurelooks :: Thursday, May 21, 2009
The IPEVO Kaleido R7 digital picture frame is immediately an eye-catcher, because it doesn’t look too conventional with its assymetical design. It’s not a regular picture frame digitized; it’s a lifestyle piece that was designed with digital content in mind from the beginning. Oh, and it’s quite the looker to boot.

Brite-Strike Blue Dot Series Illumination Tool
Techware Labs :: Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Today Dan Takes a look a new way to light up your life. The Brite-Strike Blue Dot Series Illumination Tool with Tactical Touch is able to release a remarkable 180 lumens. As a flashlight that was designed by police officers, for police officers, this light will stand up to anything. Join us as we take a look.

Handmark Releases Reuters BlackBerry App
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Saturday, May 16, 2009
Handmark, the mobile game, apps and storefront publisher, has announced the release of a new one-click BlackBerry app that connects directly to Thomson Reuters’ business news, photography, market data and financial information.

Nokia E71x (AT&T)
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Saturday, May 16, 2009
The Nokia E71x brings the Editors’ Choice–winning unlocked smartphone to AT&T at an unbeatable price.

Apple Backtracks, OKs Nine Inch Nails iPhone App
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Saturday, May 16, 2009
Days after Apple rejected an app from Nine Inch Nails due to its explicit lyrics, the company has reversed course.

Should Congress ‘Protect’ You From Verizon, AT&T?
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Saturday, May 16, 2009
A House committee on Thursday debated whether Congress should step in with legislation intended to spur wireless competition and fix loopholes that smaller providers claim have left them indebted to their larger, more powerful counterparts.

Acer: No U.S. Smartphones Until 2010
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Saturday, May 16, 2009
Acer got off to an enthusiastic start in the smartphone market back in February, but it looks like its plans for freebie Windows Mobile phones are being held up by the usual carrier-related traumas in the U.S.

Android 1.5 Coming to T-Mobile G1 Next Week
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Saturday, May 16, 2009
Good news for T-Mobile G1 users: the long-awaited Android 1.5 update is coming to your phones starting at the end of next week.

Verizon Launches MiFi Hotspot Without Subscription
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Saturday, May 16, 2009
Verizon Wireless is now the first carrier to launch Novatel’s MiFi personal hotspot gadget, and there’s no subscription required.

HTC Magic Coming to Canada Before U.S.
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Saturday, May 16, 2009
Rogers Wireless on Thursday announced that it will sell the HTC Magic, HTC’s second Google Android phone, in June – potentially months before we see it on T-Mobile here in the United States.

PCMag Radio: Amazon’s Next Kindle
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Saturday, May 16, 2009
Streaming live on video, the PCMag Radio guys debate the new large-format Amazon Kindle, argue that the BlackBerry is a bigger phenomenon than the iPhone, pick Mother’s Day gifts and lament the death of plasma TVs. Also, listener mail!

2009 Guide to Techie Mother’s Day Gifts
Futurelooks :: Friday, May 08, 2009
Tupac Shakur probably isn’t the first name that comes to mind when you think about Mother’s Day, but the late great rapper really loved his mama. I think we all love our mothers and that’s partly why it can be so difficult to find the right Mother’s Day present. As ‘Pac said, there really is no way that you can ever pay her back, but what can you do to show her that she’s appreciated?

Gadgets: Great Value For The Money 
Digital Trends :: Friday, May 08, 2009
From touchscreen-enabled smartphones to high-definition television sets, today’s hottest gadgets and consumer electronics may seem like a ridiculous extravagance. But in reality, they’re not. Call it a recession optical illusion: Our economic woes have warped our pricing perception. New gadgetsonly seem pricier because we no longer have the disposable income to blow on them.”

Mother’s Day Guide 
Digital Trends :: Tuesday, May 05, 2009
“She gave birth to you, raised you, fed you, and watched all two hours of the horrible school play where you played Thomas Jefferson and ended up crying when you forgot your lines. (And even took you for ice cream afterward, remember?) After putting up with your childhood nonsense, Mom deserves something nice on the one day a year set aside to pay tribute to her infinite patience.”