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BlueAnt Embrace Stereo Headphones Review

BlueAnt’s recently introduced the Embrace headphones, and they’ve graciously sent a pair for the Gadgeteer to review this week. These are BlueAnt’s first non-Bluetooth headphones, using a standard 1/8″ connector, and designed with a focus on sound quality and comfort. They also come with two cables, one regular cable and another with an iPod/iPhone/iPad controller & microphone. Read on to find out how BlueAnt’s newest headphones stack up. Read More →

Windows 8 Developer Preview Available at 8PM PST

I saw over on Engadget that the Windows 8 Developer Preview will be available for download tonight, at 8PM PST. There’s no activation and it’ll be available for 32bit and 64bit x86 processors. Of course, don’t go installing this on a computer you rely on – It’s a developer preview and bound to have unknown or unexpected problems. Good luck downloading, and let us know what you think of Microsoft’s newest in the comments!

Update: Download site is now online

[Via Engadget, Microsoft Download Site ]

Alternative Future Blackberry?

Looking like a cross between an Atari 800XL and a Blackberry 9900, this device was spotted over on CrackBerry.com forums. It seems a site called MaxPDA.com posted a bunch of pictures of this device, and nobody seems to know if this is a prototype, a one-off copy, or ( hopefully not, in my humble opinion ) an indication of Blackberry’s new designs. The “Proceeding” name across the top is odd, the keyboard is completely strange, but the internals look modern. One of the shots shows the battery cover off, and it looks like NFC ( Near-Field Communications) or wireless charging ( ala Touchstone ) is implemented. MaxPDA also reports it’s running OS 7.0, so it’s also not a new QNX-OS based device. Leave a comment, and let us know what you think of this strange device.

[Via Crackberry.com, MaxPDA.com]

Sewell MiniDeck USB Display Adapter Review

The Sewell MiniDeck is a small USB display adapter with drivers for OS X and Windows. You connect one end into USB and the other end into a monitor, and just like that you end up with another display without having to add a video card. The connected display won’t support 3D acceleration, but it does let you easily add an additional display to a laptop, desktop, or netbook. Read on to see how the device works, and how well it does driving a screen. Read More →

Mivizu Sleek Leather Case in Black Stone for iPhone 4 Review

I’m reviewing an iPhone 4 case from Mivizu called the Sleek Leather Case in Black Stone. It is part of a collection of cases from Mivizu with 11 different finishes, including carbon fiber, that center on a flip cover case design. I spent a week with this as my only case to get a proper feel for using this as someone’s primary iPhone cover, and came away impressed but with a couple slight problems. Read on for my review of the Sleek Leather Case in Black Stone. Read More →

Dell’s Tablet Roadmap Released

Android Central‘s got a scoop on Dell’s roadmap for tablets in 2011, and they’re using Android and Windows 7. Three devices are shown, starting with a 10″ Android tablet based on nVidia’s Tegra T25 and sporting Honeycomb with Dell’s Stage 1.5 user interface. Windows 7 is the OS of choice on the other two devices: A 10″ built on Intel’s Oak Trail at 1.5GHz with 128GB of SSD storage and a 13″ convertible tablet using Intel’s Huron River family to provide the horsepower – up to an i7 SVU. The Android tablet is called the Streak Pro and is scheduled to ship first, in June, with the convertible 13″ ( Latitude XT-3 ) following in July and the 10″ Windows 7 tablet ( Latitude ST ) dropping in October. I’m curious about Dell’s Stage interface over Honeycomb,Honeycomb’s pretty awesome as is. Click the link to read more at Android Central.

Just Mobile Lounge iPhone Stand Review

I used to have a Treo and the Palm dock, and I really got used to reading and whatnot while it was plugged into the dock on my desk. Since then I’ve tried to get the same functionality out of my iPhone but never really found a working solution. For example, the Apple dock is nice as long as you don’t mind fighting your case on and off when you plug your iPhone in. I’ve tried some other third party docks and stands, but the case or the charging cable is a constant problem. The Just Mobile Lounge gets around this problem, and looks good doing it too. Read on to hear about this desktop stand that also does dashboards. Read More →

The Little Black Book iPhone 4 Case Review

When I first heard of the Pad & Quill Little Black Book for iPhone ( LBB for short ), it struck me as a great idea. Covered in book-leather, built with strong birch wood, and put together by a family owned Minneapolis company, the LBB is an analog cover to your digital companion. Click on to read about my week with this as my iPhone 4 case. Read More →

The Dock.ID Mobile Multi-Charger Review

By now, 2011, everyone has a number of electronic devices at home that need to be charged. I keep rotating between two different sets of charging options: a special place for each device, like a nightstand or bookcase, or a location on the end of my desk with an snakes nest of cables. The Dock.ID tries to help manage the charging of devices with a desktop unit that has space for 3 devices to charge and/or sync at the same time. Click on ahead for the review… Read More →

BearExtender PC USB Wireless Adapter Review

All too rarely we get to see a product that does exactly what it promises for a fair price, with good support and a solid design. The BearExtender N3 is that kind of product but only for folks running Mac OS X. They’ve now released the PC version, called the BearExtender PC, and we’re going to see how this wireless USB 802.11n adapter performs. Read on to see more… Read More →

G2 Finally Gets Permanently Rooted

The T-Mobile G2 was finally rooted permanently, and the folks on Engadget pointed to the XDA-Developers forum with the instructions. The big warning about bricking your phone should be understood throughly before even thinking about trying this out on your own G2:

WARNING: THIS COULD PERMENANTLY BRICK YOUR PHONE, INSTEAD OF ROOT IT IF YOU DO THE EVER-SO-SLIGHTEST THING WRONG. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED. I AM NOT LIABLE FOR YOUR STUPIDITY.

So read that again: if you make one mistake, you’ll turn your nice shiny G2 into a useless hunk of plastic. Read the whole thing twice, then go implement. However, even warned, I doubt it’ll slow down the hardcore G2 owners.

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Picture from XDA-Developers forum post

Koss KEB40 Insider Headphones Review

Koss recently released a new set of headphones, the KEB40’s, into the affordable segment of the market. These small, metal, capsule-shaped headphones promise high-fidelity sound and long-lasting quality, but retail for under $30. How do they shape up? Read on for more… Read More →

Back to the Mac Event Oct 20th

Engadget’s been invited to an Apple Event on Oct 20th, at 10am PT. As you can see from the invite, there’s a Lion hiding behind that logo making folks think Apple will preview ‘Lion': The next version of the Mac OS. Hopefully new Mac hardware will make the rounds too, like a redesigned Mac Pro which still looks pretty much like a G5 from the outside. I’m also hopeful Apple’s redesigned Air will show up, which was rumored to have an 11″ screen. Engadget’ll be blogging the event live, so check them out next Wednesday for the minute-by-minute starting at 10am PT.

Sony Ericsson LiveView

Sony Ericsson has announced a really cool product called LiveView that hooks a second small 128×128 screen up to your Android phone to display Email, RSS feeds, and more. It’s compatible with the Android 2.0, and supports plugins to expand it’s features beyond the already impressive list : Facebook is included, it controls the MP3 player, even works with awesome running  app. This app lets you monitor your heart rate, speed, distance as well as control music while the phone is in your pocket. It’ll even hook into a watch-band, similar to how the new iPod Nano is being shown. The neat device is shipping soon, take a peek at Sony Ericsson’s site.

Did Apple have a Secret Plan?

A previous article here on Gadgeteer asked about the state of Android. I’d like to ponder on the state of the tablet: Here we are, almost 10 months after the iPad announcement, quickly approaching Christmas 2010, and where are our options other than the iPad? As far as I can tell, the maybe-soon to be released WiFi Samsung Galaxy with a 7″ screen might be the only option, and its release is preceded by Google saying Android is not for tablets. There’s the Dell Streak but at 5″, it’s not really in tablet territory. More like really big cellphone territory. So why aren’t any mainstream tablets on the market right now? Read on to find out what I think was Apple’s “Secret Plan”… Read More →

12TB NAS for $1899.99?

I saw over on Engadget that Seagate released a new BackArmor NAS 440… That has 12TB of storage in a 4-drive NAS for $1899.99 . No, that’s not a type-o : 12TB of storage in a 4-drive array. Somehow the BlackArmor team has snagged the 3TB drives that us regular people can’t buy at the store yet, and stuffed four of them into the 12TB NAS 440. And it’s available now, for shipping to you. For the raid-ologists, this equals around 9TB of usable space in a RAID5 array, but then your collection of legally ripped DVD’s will be protected against a drive failure. And there’s more… Read More →

New AppleTV Cracked Open by iFixit

Wondering what makes that new AppleTV 2 tick? iFixit has the goods, taking apart Apple’s new unit and finding out some of the specs that have remained unsaid until now. Some of the new details: The AppleTV ( ATV2 ) does have the A4 chip, with 256MB of RAM, 8GB of flash memory, and an iPhone/iPad/Touch connector inside on the board thats unused. And I’m digging the fact the AC adapter is built into the unit too.

Check out their website for the details and pictures: iFixit ATV2 Teardown.

Apple Remote 2.0

Apple’s released a new version of its Remote app for the iPad/iPhone/Touch family, and it’s bringing some long asked-for updates. The biggest one is support for the large iPad screen, making this a true iPad app finally. The other big feature is the Retina Display upgrade, making everything look great on the iPhone 4. Besides that, there’s speculation that it adds the new features needed for the upgraded ATV that’s just started shipping. It’s free to grab at the Apple iTunes App Store

Symbian^4: UI Screenshots Revealed

I saw on Engadget ( Who sourced the link from Electronista ) that Symbain^4 screen shots have been released for the first time, allowing us a glimpse at where this OS is headed.  I checked out Electronista’s article and after seeing the screen shots I was checking to make sure this is a recent story. For the reason why, read on and then take a peek for yourself how Symbian^4 is looking…

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iPhone 4: AntennaGate – The Conference

Apple had the iPhone 4 ‘AntennaGate’ conference today, talking about the iPhone 4’s problems. According to reports, Steve Jobs talked about how all cellular phones have the same antenna problem and he even demonstrated multiple cell phone models showing the ‘death-grip’ problem on stage. After discussing how this isn’t limited to the iPhone, Apple did admit some people might not be happy and here’s how they’re going to try to satisfy everyone… Read More →

DROID X: See You Tomorrow

In a surprisingly good sci-fi trailer, DROID X is coming… Tomorrow. Click through for the video.

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BlackBerry 6: A New “Sneak Peak” Video Released

Blackberry 6, RIM’s soon to be released update to the BlackBerry OS, is shown off in an action packed new video. The next big release for RIM is looking to be a touch-focused affair with a slick new look, and it’s as clean and purposeful as ever. Social media looks to be integrated gracefully, as you can see with the FaceBook and Twitter additions to the homepage. The screenshots also show a software keyboard, and promise a “visual, fluid interface”, which makes me hope RIM is going to bring some spiffy new hardware to run this new OS on. Take a look at the BlackBerry 6 Sneak Peak 2 video yourself, and tell us in the comments what you think of BlackBerry’s upcoming OS.

InMethod Air Video for iPhone & iPad

I recently downloaded InMethod’s Air Video onto my iPhone and basically, you must have this app. This is a review of the iPhone version, but you can grab a version for iPad thats just as fantastic. Basically, Air Video makes streaming almost any video in my collection, regardless of format, as simple as possible and in impressive quality. And I can do it from anywhere I have 3G or a WiFi connection! Read on for more details on my new favorite iPhone application, or grab the free version and give it a try yourself. Read More →

La Fonera 2.0N Wireless Router Review

lafonera-review-pic8The gateway between your home/office network and the rest of the internet is your router, and in most cases it’s  a very ‘dumb’ device. That’s started to change, with routers becoming more useful, and I started thinking about getting an upgrade. I’ve been using a Linksys WRT-54GL with DD-WRT firmware for the last couple months after my Airport Extreme got hit by lighting ( in Brooklyn! ). So I started thinking about what I’d upgrade to, and I heard about the Fonera router; It’s a community, everyone who’s part of the community gets free wifi from everyone else. Supposedly you can also make money off of people buying connection time through your Fonera, but I’ll have to wait and see what happens. But about a month ago, FON released their latest router and firmware, La Fonera 2.0N, and I decided to purchase one. Read on for my review of this very capable internet device. Read More →

CiragoTV Mini Media Player Review

212488940Using an SD-Card, FlashDrive, or even a multi-Terabyte USB HardDrive, the CiragoTV Mini lets you playback videos, pictures and music that you downloaded or created at your computer on your television in beautiful 720P or 1080i ( and 480i & 480p for any tube owners ). This isn’t a networked UPNP media playback system with wireless or even ethernet: it’s a far simpler solution utilizing the classic SneakerNet to transfer files on a storage device. For around $70 retail, you’ll get a box a little bigger than a deck of cards with AV and HDMI output, a remote, AC adapter, and some composite AV cables. Plug your SD card ( Or USB hard drive/flash drive ) into the CiragoTV Mini, and it’s quickly being shown on your television in excellent quality. Read on for more information… Read More →