Friday, May 29, 2009 at Friday, May 29, 2009 Posted under
Pre-release review time! Rumors of the BlackBerry device model with the codename "Onyx" have been floating around for a while now and were proven legit when the first photos of it surfaced ...
We don't know exactly what they're feeding the engineers up in Waterloo, but we're guessing it's a combination of Red Bull, NoDoz, and speed, because they appear to be working on about ten devices at once -- awesome news for anyone looking to pick up a new BlackBerry in the next 6 to 12 months. We've already seen the Onyx in the wild, but as a refresher, this puppy does UMTS (and we'd assume HSDPA as well), a 3.2 megapixel AF cam, an undoubtedly gorgeous 480 x 360 display, GPS, and WiFi in a body more svelte than the Bold's; now, CrackBerry's managed to score a unit and give it a quick once-over. All told the impression seems very positive, with the takeaway being that RIM has taken the best personality traits of the 8900 and 9000 series and stuffed it all into a single device. We're not necessarily expecting this one on the market any time soon -- AT&T just launched the 8900 a couple days ago, after all, and CrackBerry believes RIM could replace the trackball with a Gemini-style optical pad prior to launch -- but it's something to look forward to.
by Chris Ziegler for engadget via CrackBerry
Protect your screen and your privacy with the Apple iPhone 3G Privacy Screen Protector!
Ever wonder how to keep prying eyes away, then check out the Apple iPhone 3G Privacy Screen Protector. Its got everything you need to keep your portable device in-style and at the same time, it screens your phone from random people from checking out whatever it is you are doing. So rest at ease knowing that the next time you're looking at stocks, Facebook, emails, and bank accounts that no one is minding your business!
Apple iPhone 3G Privacy Screen Protector features
- Intelligent Design - Its purpose, is to block out the elements, protect against scratches, scrapes, and abrasions that harm your device's face
- Easy - installation is a cinch: simply wipe the surface of fingerprints, dust, and scratches using the provided micro-fiber cloth, then apply the simple-to-stick screen protector
- 4-Dimensional Privacy - unlike coventional screen protectors, this screen shields off audience vision from multiple angles. Unless user's peripherals are directly aimed toward the screen, image will cease to show up creating the ultimate discreet atmosphere for the user
- Greater Security - +/- 30 degrees tilt both horizontal and vertical compared to competitors at +/- 60 degrees
- Reinforcement - this screen protector is crafted with the concept of "bold-ability", which is why with added ions to strengthen its material's bonds, you have one heck of a force field guarding that device's surface. Best part of it? Even if the protector does get scratched, no one can tell
- Thickness - double the thickness equals double the protection which is precisely what the Universal Privacy Screen has done
- Integrations - the screen protector is cut perfectly for Apple iPhone 3G
- 1 x Privacy Screen Protector
- 1 x Micro-fiber cloth
Buy the Apple iPhone 3G Privacy Screen Protector today at AccessoryGeeks.com (FREE SHIPPING when you click here first).
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at Wednesday, May 27, 2009 Posted under
Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at Tuesday, May 26, 2009 Posted under
By Alex Alvarez | 26 May 2009, 9:45 AM
A Mexican sculptor is in the process of completing a statue honoring 5-year-old Edgar Hernandez, a boy thought to be the first person inflicted with swine flu during this year’s headline-grabbing outbreak. The statue will stand in a park in La Gloria, Mexico - a place many claim to be the flu’s epicenter.
Little Edgar was treated with antibiotics and fully recovered, a fact that Veracruz officials wager will be a sign of hope for others who habitually fornicate with pigs and then do not wash their hands. So far, about 90 people worldwide have died due to swine flu, many of whom had underlying health issues. Mexican officials say their quick actions helped stop the spread of the disease and limit casualties. Many Mexicans, however, feel ...
Apple did pocket-scarce users a service with the iPhone, combining your iPod and your mobile phone into one handy device that’s perfect for those who would rather carry neither. iPhone-wielding sportsmen may want to consider H2O Audio’s iFR Sport Combo for iPhone ($30) for their hardcore athletic needs. The iFR is a hard-shell, shock-resistant covering for the iPhone that include a velcro-secured armband for transporting the case during exercise.
The iFR is no OtterBox Armor—neither waterproof (unlike H2O Audio’s other products) nor as tough—but it is a formidable, sturdy shield from the dangers of rugged adventures. The case is secured with a tiny lock screw at the bottom, and a thick plastic lid folds down to protect the phone’s screen. That protection, though, prevents you from actually using the controls; to remedy this, you’re able to swivel the lid and secure it behind the case, giving you full access to the iPhone’s screen and Home button. A removable, rubber cover protects the iPhone’s headphone jack, but removing and replacing it is as much of a nuisance as the cover is protective—most users will probably opt to just remove the cover permanently. At the top of the case is a tiny button to trigger the iPhone’s Sleep/Wake switch—so tiny, in fact, it was hard for me to press, and doing so is probably even more difficult for those with bigger fingers.
Aside from these few annoyances, the iFR itself is a solid case. Where it fails, however, is with the included armband. The case adds considerable bulk to the already-large iPhone, and the armband makes you feel like you’re running with a brick strapped your arm, limiting the benefits of the iFR to serious athletes who need the extra protection. In addition, the shell fits clumsily into the armband’s rubber holder—you have to really force it in and out, and the rubber warps and bends around the shell as if there wasn’t much effort put into its design. It’s also relatively difficult to hit the volume buttons and Ring/Silent switch when your iPhone is in the armband, forcing you to feel around, or even visually search, to find the buttons.
Ultimately, the iFR may be a good choice for rugged sports enthusiasts who constantly put themselves—and their poor iPhones—in harm’s way. But if all you want is a simple armband case for your daily jog and gym routine, you’re probably better off looking elsewhere.
by Dan Pourhadi (MacWorld.com)
Thursday, May 21, 2009 at Thursday, May 21, 2009 Posted under
by Michael Arrington on May 21, 2009
More evidence of the Apple Tablet surfaced today. We first wrote about the device at the end of last year when OEMs in China started hearing about the device. Details are still thin, although probably not because of a lack of leaks. Rather, Apple may still be locking down important specs like screen size.
We’d heard 7 - 9 inch screen size late last year, but today’s reports range up to 10 inches, which we’ve also heard from our sources as a possible size.
We don’t know what the final price point will be, but somewhere between $500 and $1,000 makes sense. We’ve also heard that the launch date was pushed from this Fall to early next year, and we’ve confirmed that significant human assets from the iPod and iPhone team have been dedicated to the project.
In other words, the project is very real.
The operating system is likely to be based on the iPhone OS, which is a derivative of the standard Mac OS X. Some app developers have seen underlying code that suggests a larger screen device is on the way.
That means the App Store is a big part of the Apple Tablet, and the device will be particularly useful for gaming.
What we don’t know - the final screen size or the core CPU, although 10 inches is likely as we said, and it wouldn’t be surprising for Apple to launch with the Samsung ARM11 chip in the iPhone or their own proprietary chip from P.A. Semi, a company they acquired in 2008.
It’s not inconceivable that Apple would build around an Intel dual core that is common in most laptops, although the power usage of those chips would mean adding so much battery weight that the tradeoff may be unacceptable.
But if you look at the Macbook Air, which is a dual core machine that’s just an inch thick, you can imaging a dual core Apple Tablet. The only problem there would be cost - that is a $2,000 machine.
Most of the discussion today around CPUs is power usage, not core computing horsepower. ARM and Atom chips compete in low end devices like mobile phones and netbooks. Neither are great for Internet browsing - Flash, particularly video, still doesn’t work properly on ARM. Intel’s Atom isn’t much better because it can’t handle full screen or HD Flash video without skipping. Atom chips are also 2-3x the cost of ARM 11 chips and use significantly more power. Apple actually underclocks their ARM11 chip to get more battery life out of the iPhone, which hurts performance.
This Will Be A Huge Hit
Our posts about the CrunchPad show how seriously consumers want a device like this. It is the perfect couch computing device and will create a whole new category of computers. Everyone so far has blundered along with tiny screens. Apple is going to get it right. The price point and production capacity in China will be the only limiting factors in the number of units they can sell, in my opinion.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at Tuesday, May 12, 2009 Posted under
Friday, May 8, 2009 at Friday, May 08, 2009 Posted under
Happy Mommy's Day!
Real Mothers don't eat quiche (they don't have time to make it)
Real Mothers know that their kitchen utensils are probably in the sandbox
Real Mothers often have sticky floors, filthy ovens and happy kids
Real Mothers know that dried play dough doesn't come out of carpets
Real Mothers don't want to know what the vacuum just sucked up
Real Mothers sometimes ask 'Why me?' and get their answer when a little voice says, "Because I love you best!"
Real Mothers know that a child's growth Is not measured by height or years or grade... it is marked by the progression of Mommy to Mom to Mother
The Images of Mother
4 YEARS OF AGE - My Mommy can do anything!
8 YEARS OF AGE - My Mom knows a lot. A whole lot!
12 YEARS OF AGE - My Mother doesn't really know quite everything.
14 YEARS OF AGE - Naturally, my mother doesn't know that, either.
16 YEARS OF AGE - Mother? She's old-fashioned!
18 YEARS OF AGE - That old woman? She's way out of date!
25 YEARS OF AGE - Well, she might know a little bit about it!
35 YEARS OF AGE - Before we decide, let's get Mom's opinion.
45 YEARS OF AGE - Wonder what Mom would have thought about it?
65 YEARS OF AGE - Wish I could talk it over with Mom.
The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure she carries or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart... the place where love resides. The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, But true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!
Please send this to 5 moms today. If you don't, nothing bad will happen but if you do, something good will! You'll boost a Mother's spirits.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at Wednesday, May 06, 2009 Posted under
Love him or hate him, he sure hits the nail on the head with this!
Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.
Rule 1: Life is not fair - get used to it!
Rule 2: The world doesn't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.
Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.
Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.
Rule 6: If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.
Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.
Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.