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Snapstick moves Videos with a Snap of the Wrist!

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 9:57 PM on January 28, 2011

You have a video on your tablet, smartphone or lap top and you want to show it too everyone. However gathering everyone a 4″ screen is a little too cozy. You could get up and put the video on your computer and then stream it, but by the time you do that, your friends will have left and gone home. An answer to this is Snapstick. Snapstick moves the video from your portable device to your TV with a snap of the wrist.

They have signed an agreement with D-Link to make the hardware which will connect to the TV and receive the Snapstick signal. Once the signal is received then you can do what you want on your portable device, read email, chat, or browse the Internet. The video is not streamed from Snapstick, so you don’t have too leave the video running on the portable device. This is what makes it different from the Apple TV and Air video.

It should be available in Q2, however at this time there is no pricing on the hardware. They may charge for a premium service but no decision has been made as of yet. I admit if this works as well as the promotion video show I am going to want this device.

Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDR News.

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Green Plug Promises Smart Charging

Posted by Alan at 9:50 PM on January 28, 2011

Graeme from Green Plug stops by to chat with Andy and Tom about Green Plug.  Green Plug is what is commonly referred to as a wall wart, but it’s really a whole lot more than that.  It can provide communication between the charger, power supply, and the unit being charged.  Individual devices can be “programmed” by their manufacturer to work with Green Plug to charge more quickly and efficiently.  This is what Green Plug referred to as a kind of “turbo mode” where you could get an 80% charge in 5 minutes – that’s just an example, not a claim.  This is promising technology if it can deliver as promised and if manufacturers are willing to adopt the technology.

The first products will begin rolling out in the second quarter of 2011.

Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDR News.

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Egypt’s Crackdown of the Net and Mobile Services

Posted by geeknews at 11:53 AM on January 28, 2011

The Internet Gives and the Internet Takes away is probably how I can sum up the situation in Egypt. What is crazy about the internet shutdown in Egypt was the absolute cut-off that has occurred. When drafting this 90% of Egypt is disconnected from the rest of the world.

Makes you want to make sure you hold on to some old school modems and hope that some ISP’s in other countries have services you can connect to with dial up have that list of ISPs handy. With the precedence the Egyptian Government has made in shutting down mobile and Internet service it really makes you think.

Not saying it could happen here in the United States, but if I was a doom and gloom type person these actions would make me want to hang on to some modems and keep a land line, things would have to get pretty bad for any government to shut down regular telephone service. Keep this in mind, if they are willing to kill the Internet I am sure it will not be long before they would kill international calling as well.

The only sure fire way to stay online would be to have a Satellite Internet connection connected to a service provider in another country.  I am sure what we see post shut down is going to shock us, as the digital age where everyone has a camera in their pocket is going to record everything that happened. The news is going to get out regardless but this crackdown is Egypt’s way of trying to prevent people from organizing.

Can you imagine this happening in America? People would be exercising their rights to carry and bear arms.

New Ford Connected Products announced at CES 2011

Posted by Alan at 9:45 AM on January 28, 2011

Ford made some big announcements at CES 2011, the focus of this interview centered around their in-car technology, known as Sync.  One of the biggest was AppSync, which takes the UI from your mobile device and integrates it into the car.  That allows drivers to access apps on their mobile device through the Sync system via voice commands.  They also teased some apps of their own which will be coming out soon.  You will also hear a little bit about some the great safety feature that are being built into new Ford cars, the integration of extras like travel services information and even speed cameras and dangerous intersections warning.  You can even check for coupons as pull up to a store or restaurant.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central and Esby Larsen of

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Urban Tool – Designer Gear for your Gadgets

Posted by Andrew at 9:14 AM on January 28, 2011

Jeffrey talks to Urban Tool, Austrian designers of holsters, cases and bags for gadget-lovers. From running to golf, from iPhones to laptops, these guys have something to put your gear in whatever you’re doing.

On show in the video is a hip holster for golfers that holds tees and balls. There’s also the business holster for storing your wallet, smartphone and security pass under your coat.

Everything comes in a range of (often bright) colours and it’s all very fashionable. Prices from $10 upwards to around $160.

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of The Geekazine Podcast.

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The BoogieBoard from Kent Display

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 9:06 AM on January 28, 2011

The Boogie Board

Do you remember when you use to hang a white board on the refrigerator or on your door and when you wanted to leave a note you would take the pen that was always hang by a string to it and try to write a note. I say try because most of the time the marker was either dry or worn out. Maybe its a piece of paper with a pencil hanging from it. What ever the case the Boogie Board is here to replace it.

It is a light weight only 4.2 oz and very thin 1/8 of an inch thick. It uses reflective, pressure-sensitive, plastic liquid crystal display that you write on. Although it comes with a stylus, you can use anything to write on it as long it creates enough pressure. To erase the board, you simply push a button at the top of the board. This will erase the whole board, at this time there is no way to erase a part of the board.

The messages on the board can be seen best in normal room light and the writing will appear dimmer as the room gets darker. It is very durable and can be used more then 50,000 times. The Boogie Board can be found at Amazon or Brookstone along with the Boogie Board web site for as low as $39.95. Joe from Kent Display at CES 2011 also showed Andy the an electronic skin for the iPhone or iPod called the Skin-flick. The design on the Skin-Flick appears or disappears by flicking on the skin. The Skin-flick should be available later this year.

Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDR News.

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Reese’s Minis with Chris Pirillo

Posted by Andrew at 8:58 AM on January 28, 2011

Jeffrey Powers shoots the breeze with Chris Pirillo over a few Reese’s Minis, the latest offering in the Reese’s line of peanut butter cups from Hersheys.

You’re probably wondering why Hersheys came to CES to launch candy. Watch the video to find out. Frankly, it’s tenuous but it’s fun.

Love them or hate them, Reese’s Minis are available now in USA and Canada.

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of The Geekazine Podcast.

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Why I am not going to SXSW

Posted by geeknews at 8:52 AM on January 28, 2011

First of all they need to rename the Interactive portion of SXSW to Waste of Time. What I expected from SXSW was a social experience where you met a lot of people, network and get a lot out of the conference tracks. The conference tracks last year where 50% pitch, 25% the person had no clue and 25% awesome. The evening events for the most part are so loud that if you want to talk to someone you have to yell, terrible food and bottom shelf liquor. Meeting new people is ok sp long as you self initiate a 100% of the time, 90% of the time people had their heads buried in their phones and laptops not a lot of interaction. Be prepared for a lot of looks of why are you invading my space.

If your going to cover CES as press, here is my suggestion, bring your DSLR that can record video and interview some of the upper echelon celebrities that go, do not focus on vendors or many of the unknown session speakers. You should be prepared to deal with attendees that are rude, and interrupt interviews just so they can say hello to someone they admire. The best press thing I attended was a SXSW sponsored 10 minute pitch session where 6 vendors pitched the press for 10 minutes each.

They had an exhibitor area at the show, which I was able to walk through it in about 30 minutes. From that walk through I think I stopped to talk to one company, who today is not even on the radar map. Everyone says it is the place to be, well everyone else can go, and I will read the self centered blog posts from the comfort of warm and sunny Honolulu.

My experience with SXSW last year was not worth the money spent. SXSW is very expensive from a attendee standpoint, and hotel accommodations are simply grossly too expensive as compared to standard Austin pricing. Does SXSW have some good points, sure, but overall my experience in attending the interactive portion sucked.

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Posted by geeknews at 2:30 AM on January 28, 2011

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Ubisurfer Netbook

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 2:29 AM on January 28, 2011

Ubisurfer Netbook

Ubisurfer is a services where you pay for the cost of the netbook which is $250.99 and get free Internet access for up to 30 hours a month for a full year. Right now in the UK if you want unlimited access it will cost you an additional 5.99 pounds a month. The cost in the U.S. has not been determined as far as I can tell.

The Ubisurfer is made to work over wifi or 3G, you choose which one you want to use. There is no plan or activation fee. It is a 9 inch netbook and weights only 700 g. It has a screen resolution of 800 X 480 with a full QWERTY keyboard. It runs on an ARM processor, has a 1 gb ssd drive and an additional 50 gb of online storage. There is also a USB port and an SD Card slot. It uses the Datawind web browser, there has been some complaints that the browser is slow. However since you are getting the access for free I am not sure these complaints are valid.

This sounds like the perfect computer to bring to your local coffee shop, where you just want to browse the Internet, or post a couple of emails or if you are traveling and need be able to get on-line but don’t want to carry your main lap top. The Ubisurfer has been on sale for a while in the UK and uses the Vodofone network, it is just starting to be come available in the U.S. They are also expecting to put out a 10 inch netbook later this year and some tablets.

Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDR News.

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