QuickLogic Corporation, one of the leading providers of low power programmable solutions, has proudly announced that its Customer Specific Standard Products have been adopted by Option Wireless in a line of 3G Cat9 (10.1Mbps) and Cat10 (14.4Mbps) HSDPA USB modems for wireless communications over cellular networks. Option is one of the global leaders in the wireless technology field, and focuses on design, development and manufacture of innovative solutions to meet the needs of consumers and businesses in what regards high-quality wireless broadband access to Internet, virtually anywhere and anytime.
The latest products from Option, the iCON505M series of 3G USB modems provide users with the ability to add up to 32GB storage capacity via micro SD memory to the modem, in order to increase versatility in sharing of downloaded content with smartphones, smartbooks, netbooks and other consumer electronic devices, as well as simplify exchange between different PCs and transfer between digital cameras and PCs. The overall customer demand is for higher transfer rates of multimedia files, a demand that is much harder to be met today than in the past.
Nevertheless, in an industry standard performance benchmark test, the Option iCON505M model with the QuickLogic CSSP went up to 16MB/sec in reading speed and 7.4MB/sec in write speed, when transferring files between a notebook PC and the microSD memory card in the modem, while a competitor modem that lacks the QuickLogic CSSP was rated at under 1MB/sec in both write and read. Last, I will leave Martin Croome, Option’s vice president of marketing, tell you something.
“We are thrilled to hear the results of the QuickLogic benchmark test. This confirms Option’s strategy to use quality solutions, such as QuickLogic’s CSSPs, to deliver high performance 3G USB Modems. This is particularly important in view of Option’s strong strategic orientation toward value-added services and applications, such as uCAN Move. The uCAN Move application allows professionals and consumers to access their applications, content and personal internet connection with one click from any PC.”
Sungale, makers of all sorts of modern gadgets such as digital photo frames or LED lamps, recently updated their portable media player device, named Kula TV, to integrate an adjustable, foldable Wi-Fi antenna.
“The newly designed pocket sized Kula TV will enable customers to view hundreds of local and international programs from anywhere in the world using a Wi-Fi network with fewer interruptions and smoother channel displays along with the same slim design and quality that Sungale prides itself on,” said Ningjun Sun, President and CEO of Sungale. “We aim to create highly innovative products that our customers can afford and use in their daily lives”.
This player has some standard features, like the 4.3-inch display that you will find on most of the portable media players out there, but the fact that it will stream TV for you makes it a little different from what we are used to seeing on the market. Its design isn’t one of the best or most original, but the simple form factor can be an advantage for minimalists. Also, the fact the Wi-Fi antenna can be retracted is a plus. Not to mention that the display is touch sensitive.
Users can arrange their TV stations according to preferences (Sports, News, etc.). No info about supported formats (photo, music or videos alike) but we do know that the Kula TV will only have 2 GB of internal memory. Storing might have been an issue for the new PMP from Sungale, but it does have an SD slot, so there shouldn’t be any problems if you decide on one of these.
Don’t rush into it, though, because it will be available starting with March for the price of 199.99 USD. The pocket-sized Kula TV PMP will come with a 90-day subscription to over 500 TV stations.
Although the name suggests otherwise, it can be worn by ladies as well. No doubt about it, just as long as you are one of those “I should be in the kitchen” types and not an actual housewife. The Ironman is not designed to track your pace while going out to buy diapers or while grinding cheese for the children’s pizza.
Timex Ironman is the kind of watch you wear if you already have some trophies or medals in your home. You have to be devoted to sports in order to need such a device. You could use it while jogging just to impress people on the street, but you would just be fooling yourself.
You need a Timex Ironman to get very precise data about running speed, pace, and distance, which you will be running on its training software so that you can improve your performance. This way, you can learn about weaknesses you have, about where you need most improvement or if you are at the peak of your physical aptitudes.
The Timex Ironman Global Trainer Bodylink System uses the SiRFstarIII GPS technology so that you can have all the information you need. The system is built to conquer an Ironman Triathlon and athletes will be using it in their strict practices. The GPS-watch training method is very popular among professional sportsmen and women and they see these watches as tools, not as gadgets.
So that athletes can train anywhere, Timex has made the Ironman Global Trainer waterproof and given it a rechargeable battery that will “help you long time.” Its display is customizable so that it will show you up to four windows rich in precious data gathered in real time.
If there are any athletes anxious to purchase it, I will have to disappoint them because it comes out in September this year.
Remember that SSDNow V+ SSDs we were talking about yesterday that managed to find their way into a local UK shop? Well, Kingston has decided to go official with this new line of solid state drives, which come in a very large number of storage capacities and offer numerous cool features on the side.
The good thing is that Kingston organized a local event for the promotion of this new storage solution (among other things), so we’ve gotten a closer look at the device, as well as at the pretty cool system used for demoing it. While we won’t go into too many details on this issue (apart from the fact that it was based on an Intel Core i5 860 CPU running overclocked at 3.7 GHz and packed and NVIDIA GTX 275 GPU, also overclocked), we’ll also have to mention that it was used for demoing Kingston’s own HyperX memories as well (naturally, overclocked).
Anyway, coming back to the SSD in question, we’ll have to say that it will be available in 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities, and that it will come with a bundle including cloning software, a 2.5-inch USB enclosure, 2.5 to 3.5-inch mounting brackets and SATA data and power cables.
The addition of TRIM support helps the Kingston SSDNow V+ maintain optimal write speed throughout its lifespan. And since we’re on this issue, we’ll have to mention that the Kingston storage solution will attain a sequential read speed of around 230MB/sec., as well as a write speed of about 180MB/sec., which is way above what past SSD solutions had to offer.
“The new Kingston SSDNow V+ is an ideal solid-state drive for high-level consumers and in corporate environments where efficiency and performance are important as more system resources are in use,” said Steve Hall, European Product Development Manager for Flash, Kingston Technology. “Users will be more productive as the drive now features TRIM support, is available in higher capacities and is speedier overall with improved read/write speeds.”
P.S.: We’ve also got one of these babies up for review, so check out our review-dedicated section in the near future if you want to see just how these new SSDs manage to fare when put through their paces.
Jobo Ag has just announced availability of its latest products, the new and affordable ultra-thin digital picture frames that also happen to be stylish like the company claims. These are the .37-inch thick Jobo Nano 8 Pro and the .39-inch thick Nano 10 Pro, and just as anyone could presume, they sport 8 and 10-inch high resolution TFT-Color LCD screens, respectively developed to showcase digital pictures as beautifully as possible, while the frames themselves were designed to ensure many user-friendly features, while also carrying the capability of being operated via remote control.
“Our ultra-thin and very stylish new NANO series of digital picture frames have been designed to beautifully showcase digital images whether displayed on a desk, shelf or on the wall,” said Johannes Bockemuehl-Simon, JOBO’s CEO. “With two versions available at different price points, these extremely thin and modern new JOBO Photo Displays were created specifically for budget-minded consumers looking for a high quality digital picture frame at a great price and with features that fit any of their viewing and budget needs.”
Additionally, these new Nano Pro series comes packing LED backlight technology, integrating them in the eco-friendly category, providing lower power consumption, that also enables the frames’ incredibly slim design. Another benefit of the LED backlight is the preservation in time, as in lifespan, and consistent illumination, aside from better contrast image displaying. Both of the frames pack touch-activated buttons on front of their frame, for easy and intuitive operation of most important functions, with a neat way of making the button visible, namely by touching the bottom front of the digital frames.
With an 800 x 600 pixel resolution, each model packs a 4:3 aspect ratio, the Nano Pro frames only requiring users to insert their camera’s media card into the frame for picture viewing, supporting SD, MMC, SDHC and MS memory cards, and even dual Mini-USB 2.0 high speed capability. Pricing is $159 and $189, respectively.
Since we use USB ports a lot, we often run out of them. You just cannot have two many Universal Serial Bus ports. I am sure you often find yourselves running around the office looking for a spare USB that you can use when your iPod is about to discharge.
You can relax now with the duaLink Splitter from CableJive, which lets you connect two Apple devices at once via a USB port. No more stress and running around the office whenever you’re iPod is about to run out of juice and while you’re charging it, plug in the iPhone as well for a quick refill.
The duaLink is compatible only with the USB 2.0 protocol and works as a syncing device as well. Imagine now the possibilities that lay before you in iTunes with both iPod and iPhone connected to your computer. This is actually a very practical way to transfer files from one of the three to another, without the discomfort of carrying and using extra cables. Also practical for identical twins that have identical gadgets. One cable, two identically satisfied costumers.
The cable is 23 cm (9 inches) long, and the durable housing and heavy-duty wires that are used in making it are supposed to outlive you and your gadgets. While using this cable offers a few extra options and possibilities for people that own more than one Apple item, it is a more practical approach to charging/syncing. Also, you will probably be very happy to hear that the only incompatibility it has is with the iPod shuffle, the rest of the models working just fine.
CableJive offers lifetime warranty for the duaLink Splitter and the price you have to pay to own it is $25.95.
Good news, I guess, along with the update of one of the oldest file formats, one of those that we use each and every day, some of us non-stop, namely the MP3. Just recently, there was a new music file format revealed by some of the people that developed the original MP3 file.
This new file format, called MusicDNA, is one that will include additional information like lyrics, videos, artwork and even blog posts, aside from the music itself. This already seems way too exaggerated, if music files are to reach sizes close to or larger than High Definition videos, which is very likely to happen as the file will include the video.
Another development in file format is its updatability, namely with real-time updates to the file itself. There’s only one thing that I can relate here, namely the file permissions, but I will comment no further on that. MusicDNA was designed by Norwegian developer Dagfinn Bach, the same man who worked on the first MP3 player back in 1993.
Among the investors, we can mention German researcher Karlheinz Brandenburg, who is credited with inventing the MP3 file. Also, the British record company Beggars Group, that has the home labels for Vampire Weekend, MIA and The Strokes, has just signed up to use the MusicDNA and so has US label Tommy Boy.
Mr. Brandenburg, director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology in Germany, said, “I think it brings together a number of ideas that have been around for a long time. I remember 10 years ago, a lot of people were saying that we need to enrich the user experience, that legal access to music has to give the customers more than just music, and this is certainly one very nice way to do it.”
So far, so good, but it seems that no major labels have signed for the journey of using this new file format. Nevertheless, I can see use of this especially in PMP, supplying comprehensive information in one file, without having to browse around to read conclusive information on a blog or such.
Researchers at IBM have just announced that the company demoed a claimed world record in what regards areal data density on linear magnetic tape, giving a significant update to one of the computer industry’s most resilient, reliable and affordable data storage technologies.
“This exciting achievement shows that tape storage is alive and strong and will continue to provide users reliable data protection, while maintaining a cost advantage over other storage technologies, including hard disk drives and flash,” said Cindy Grossman, vice president, IBM Tape and Archive Storage Systems.
I don’t really get why this enthusiasm with magnetic tape (that can get demagnetized by accident very easily) when other researchers found a lot better solutions for long-term storage. Nevertheless, they win at IBM, especially since this breakthrough comes to prove that tape technology can increase capacity for years to come, providing some important applications, as tape storage systems are a lot more efficient in both energy and cost than hard disk storage systems.
We all know the jazz with data storage nowadays, as our physical world becomes fuller and fuller of sensors that constantly record. Maybe not all data, but definitely a significant part needs to be archived and replicated for recovery in the eventuality of worst case scenarios. What the researchers at IBM managed to do, is to squeeze 29.5 billion bits per square inch, on a prototype magnetic tape, which is about 39 times more data-dense than the current standard.
For this, the company developed several new technologies, and closely worked with FujiFilm for the paste three years, for optimizing the next generation dual-coat magnetic tape based on barium ferrite particles. Thanks to the new technology, researchers estimate that mankind could benefit from cartridges with capacities of up to 35 terabytes, of uncompressed data, namely sufficient to store text of 35 million books that would physically require around 400 kilometers of bookshelves. Also, with such a capacity, I can only think of a worst case scenario, with the possibility of losing a large amount of data over somebody accidentally enabling an electromagnet.
“This tape storage density demonstration represents a step towards developing technologies to achieve tape areal recording densities of 100 billion bits per square inch and beyond. Such technologies will be necessary to keep up with the rapid increase in digital information. IBM is in the unique position to help clients store, maintain and analyze the wealth of data accumulating, and thus help them achieve efficiencies and advantages in the way they do business,” comments Evangelos Eleftheriou, IBM Fellow.
Every time you go hiking in the mountains, there’s always that friend that phones you to ask “how it is up there,” although they have seen the location many times before, or in some cases, there are more important phone calls to be received while on a trip, like that of your house being on fire. In the worse case, you forgot to recharge your MP3 Player and that is where portable solar chargers come in. I mean, you couldn’t go in the wild without your gadgets, right?
Global Solar Energy has been making such devices for some time (ten years, to be precise) and now has two models of thin film. Sunlinq Mini and Sunlinq Plus run on flexible solar cells and are compatible with any item that has a Universal Serial Bus port. Due to the thin film form factor, these chargers should be extremely easy to carry whenever, wherever, unlike chunky, plasticky types of chargers.
“The proliferation of power hungry portable electronics and our mobile society continue to drive demand for lightweight portable solar chargers to deliver power on the go, wherever you are,” says Jim Kimbrough, North American sales manager for Global Solar. “With the addition of our SUNLINQ USB Mini and Plus Global Solar, [we] can address the growing list of more than two billion electronic devices capable of charging via USB technology.”
Because of the USB connection, they had to be adapted to the 5V standard. Don’t worry about where you can use them, because Global Solar likes to build chargers that meet military standards and these two even have an SAE-2-prong trailer plug that is water-resistant. Whether you carry them on your back or in your hands, the weight of approximately 3.5 lbs should be no bother even for kids.
From charging your GPS to charging four AA batteries, the difference between the Sunlinq Mini and the Sunlinq Plus is about two hours. For instance, an iPod will be charged in two to four hours on a Mini, while the Plus will do it in one to three hours.
The cable industry’s research and development arm has proudly announced that 3D testing is on. This will allow TV manufactures and cable companies to begin having their equipment tested for 3D interoperability. Along the way CableLabs has also confirmed that many of the existing set-top boxes will work with “frame-compatible” 3D formats — like side by side pictured above. This is exactly what DirecTV announced it would use and is the very same standards that HDMI added to the spec. Basically it allows providers to dedicate the same amount of bandwidth to 3D as it was to 2D. Of course this means that the resolution is cut in half (horizontally in the case of side by side) but we’re told that sharpness isn’t as perceivable in 3D as it is in 2D and after seeing the DirecTV 3D demo at CES, we believe it. Unlike the adoption of HD, it doesn’t look like the cable industry is going to let the satellite companies run away with the new technology unchallenged like last time.