Did you ever pull your hair out and bang the door every time your phone would give out in the middle of that all important conversation or your digital camera would turn off just when you were about to take pretty little Emily’s photo on her first birthday.
If that’s what you feel then welcome to the club. We feel you buddy because that’s what we’ve been through. But before you slam your gadget against the wall, think about the Eneloop USB Booster Stick, a portable device that can be compatible with your phone or camera and keep it from turning off.
Sanyo decided to gift gadget freaks on the move with the charging stick. We decided to find out about the gizmo that backs up other mobile small electronics and here are our impressions.
What you’re looking at…
The Eneloop USB Booster Stick is a sleek, slim, featherweight charger for all devices with USB charging cable. The Eneloop Booster Stick comes with 2 Eneloop Nickel-Metal Hydride rechargeable batteries that power it. This nifty little gadget charges or supplies power to devices for 90 minutes at an output of 5V/500mA. With its batteries, it weighs just 76 grams, which is just about the perfect weight of the average ghost. The size of the Eneloop USB Booster Stick is 5.82 x 0.7”.
The Sunny Side…
- The great thing about the Eneloop USB Booster Stick is that it can back up most of the useful portable electronics like portable game consoles, music players, and, oh of course, mobile phones.
- Certain phones and other devices require high current for proper charging. Apple’s I phone is one such example. The booster stick delivers power to such devices by regulating the charge current sent to that device.
- Don’t be sad if you don’t like the number 90. The power of the booster stick can be extended for an indefinite amount of time by carrying extra batteries.
- 45 U.S. dollars. That’s all Sanyo is asking for this ultra useful charger. All that hard work for just a small price tag.
The Shady Side…
- Toys that are not USB charge enabled won’t be charged with the Eneloop USB booster Stick. We really wish this were not so. It would have been cool if the stick was multifaceted. But with many devices becoming USB enabled we can’t say we are going to be sad for long.
- Doesn’t come with a USB cable of its own so you can’t do anything if you lose the USB cable (and your banging the door would be justified in that case) of any device you want to boost up. But then again, what are the chances of that happening huh?
Besides missing a couple of things we talked about, the Eneloop USB Booster Stick is a great, must-have complement to your portable electronics collection. You can finally go out on that long trip somewhere far far away without wondering what you’re going to do if your gadget’s power ran out. The sleek silver stick will give your device the right amount of inspiration that will get it back up on its feet again. That piece of aluminum almost makes us want to write a letter to dad. “Dear Dad. I need a charger really really badly”.
Honda Driving Simulator-Driving Like You Have Never Driven Before
Get real! Are we sitting inside a real Honda or just a simulator? We thought we could answer the question but we just didn’t. Why? It’s as real as it gets that’s why. Finally we could accidentally hit that dog crossing the road without hurting anyone. Ooops! The Honda Driving Simulator is here with some upgrades. Find out why we are on our toes aching to get on that fake 4-wheels and learn something we missed in driving school.
What you’re looking at…
If secondary students want to learn some real useful skills and develop reflexes vital to driving then this gadget is their best option. For the sole purpose of traffic education Honda has been making simulators for bicycles, motor bikes and, of course, cars for nearly a decade. Secondary schools have their eye on Honda’s latest toy and we think their investment is worth it. The Honda Driving Simulator is built specifically to help driver trainees detect potential threats on the road and develop reflexes to react to them in time.
The Honda Driving Simulator comes with 2-axis motion base type as an addition to the original 6-axis motion base type.
The Sunny Side…
- The high definition 42 inch LCD display is one of the reasons for the realistic driving experience we enjoyed. Looking at the screen, you’re not going to want to take your eyes off the road and your hands off the steering wheel.
- The touch panel monitor is user friendly. How could Honda miss that? Remember, this is a Honda toy don’t forget it.
- So did you pass or flunk? Yup, the Honda Driving Simulator displays the results of your performance at the end of the simulation. You get comprehensive feedback on what you’re doing on that virtual road.
- The Honda Driving Simulator also features “night mode”, “fog mode” and “highway experience mode” for a total and realistic simulation. You’ll be an ace veteran after sitting on this thing in no time.
The Shady Side…
- Driving simulation differs from real world driving with a driving teacher sitting beside you. If you made a mistake the trainer would immediately correct it. This is because of direct communication.
- There are certain scenarios where we thought a trainer was needed but the database and the broad array of situations the machine can create more than makes up for this. There is no doubt that driving simulation is the modern safe way to learn driving.
- The 2 axis motion base costs a huge $ 66,000 while the 6-axis version will cost you an eye-popping $104,540. It seems we won’t be bringing home one of these to keep beside our game consoles!
Every time we drive on the road we risk our lives. There’s no doubt that driving simulators like the Honda Driving Simulator are invaluable tools for safely learning driving without endangering the lives of others or risking your own neck. Some people give the Honda Driving Simulator two thumbs up and others give an A+. But if we are asked what we would do, we would take our hats off saluting Honda and that’s it.
Cordless Touchscreen Digital Cookbook -Cooking Had Never Been So Fun
Let’s take a look at one of the most common household scenario. You favorite cooking show is on the boob tube, and your favorite cook is tallying off the ingredients you will need for a recipe you always wanted to get your hands on. You rush to get a notebook and a pen – but, neither can be found. Somehow you did manage to find a pen and a paper, but too bad, you missed half of the show already. If you’re a good cook, you might shrug this off by saying that you can easily judge the ingredients once you see the whole dish prepared in front of you.
That was only one scenario of bad luck striking in the kitchen. However, do you believe yourself to be immune to it? How many times have you not spilled water over the page, or couldn’t remember where you noted a certain recipe? Let’s be honest, when it comes to cooking, chaos can lead to mayhem! Yet, that isn’t the problem anymore.
So, what’s cooking?
Ladies! Say hello to your new best friend-The cordless touchscreen digital cookbook.
Imagine the convenience of having a large number of recipes at your fingertips. This gadget brings a new flavor to your kitchen without much mess. Plus, it is cordless, so forget about tangled wires all over the kitchen counter. You can browse around 250 preloaded recipes and also download new ones from synchronized sites. There are many partner sites from where you can download countless delicious recipes for your cordless touchscreen digital cookbook. Just sign up for an account and you will be ready to feast yourself and your family on gourmet food.
Oven Hot Features!
They say, ‘There is nothing like a technology right out of the oven’. These tempting features of the Cordless Touchscreen Digital Cookbookexplain why. Let’s take look at what’s on the menu.
- A sealed touch screen – which is perfect for safe kitchen use and can be cleaned with a damp cloth.
- A 7’’, 480×800, color LCD screen with adjustable font size.
- Instant access to more than 2500 recipes with ingredients, pictures and procedure.
- Ease of categorizing recipes in a built-in library
- Measurement conversion calculator, ingredients’ substitution dictionary, index and three built-in timers.
- A rechargeable battery that can last for 8 hours.
- USB compatibility as well as ability to operate with Windows XP, Windows Vista or Mac OS.
Any Bad Eggs?
So far so good, users and reviewers have all shown thumbs up for the cordless touchscreen Digital Cookbook. The interface is quite cool. The size is perfect, neither too small not too huge. The screen can automatically flip to allow you the best view.
It seems like the Cordless touchscreen Digital Cookbook is delicious enough to satisfy the appetite of all tech savvy housewives and professional chefs. It can really save all the time you will need to sort out recipes in a cookbook. You don’t even have to sit in front of the TV or PC to note down the recipes. In short, stay in your kitchen kingdom and the recipes will come to you there. How could some one not like such a gadget? So, even if cooking was fun before, we bet it never could have got so much easier.
iPhone 4G Prelaunch Review: The Good and the Not So Good!
There were some iPhone 4G pre launch speculations about the features available on this amazing new gadget. But despite all the rumors, Apple managed to keep most of its ideas secret till the launch date.
The new iPhone 4G is so smart and energy efficient that as you lift it to your ears to accept a call, it automatically turns off the display to save power and to avoid unintentional dialing.
Apple is giving you some FaceTime!
Sci-fi freaks, nerds and your regular movie buffs aren’t the only people day dreaming about video calling. With iPhone, video calling has become a reality. Yet with the new iPhone 4, anyone can now share stories, ideas and smiles across the world using FaceTime.
FaceTime is a revolutionary new software application which has been incorporated into the iPhone 4G. The best part is that you won’t need to register or have a username or password to access the iPhone Video Calling services. Just find your friends on the Contacts menu, and tap the FaceTime button. Simple, isn’t it? You can even transfer to video calling from voice calls without dropping the line. The service is perfectly seamless and so futuristic that you won’t believe how easy it is to use!
Crisp, Clear and… Wonderful!
The new Apple iPhone 4G has a 960×640 screen. The pixel density is a whopping 326 pixels per inch. You ask what is so amazing about that?
Well these pixels are tiny, really tiny! Each pixel is only 78 micrometers wide. This makes everything on your iPhone 4G screen look crisp and sharp. Though it is a small screen at 9.5 inch x 3.5 inch, the reading is quite easy.
The contrast ratio is also 4 times better than the previous iPhone at 800:1.
Retina Display: You used to see ‘em, but now you don’t!
It’s Apple’s new Retina Display Technology that makes everything on the iPhone 4G screen look so stunning! Whether you are reading from web pages, text books or even your emails, or just looking at pictures and watching movies, your iPhone 4G experience is bound to be spectacular!
The iPhone 4G Retina Display technology is so amazing because it displays some where around 320 pixels per inch. This is beyond the point at which any pixels are visible at all. So, nothing on your iPhone 4G display will pixelate, and all you get is good picture quality every time!
At its launch party, Apple’s CEO Jobs demonstrated through a video the strength of the iPhone display screen. The iPhone 4G Retina display glass is made of the same material used in high speed trains and helicopters. This means that your new iPhone screen is more scratch-resistant, long-lasting and tougher than ever!
Well, there aren’t many to tell you the truth! But here are those very little disadvantages that come with keeping an iPhone 4G.
Still no Flash support
Like previous iPhone models and of course the iPad, you won’t be able to interact with websites containing Flash elements. This can greatly restrict your browsing capabilities, especially if you are fan of flash animations, games and software.
A Micro SIM Dilemma!
Always ahead of the pack, Steve Jobs has yet taken another step towards innovation. The iPhone 4G pre-launch rumors were correct when bloggers had anticipated a phone with Micro-SIM instead of a regular one. So just be ready to pester your network providers till you get a Micro-SIM for your new iPhone.
Oh Dear, look at the price!
Ok, so money might not be an object for iPhone buffs. But, man, the phone’s expensive!
At $299 for a 32 GB model, the 4th generation of iPhone is very pricey.
Plus, it doesn’t help that other mobile phone manufacturers offer the same functionality and features for a very reasonable price. For example the Nokia N8 is even better than the iPhone 4G in some ways and still costs less.
If you aren’t living in USA or UK, you are sadly out of luck! The iPhone will start selling in France, Germany, Japan as well as the UK and USA in the first week of July.
By August and September, Apple hopes to take iPhone 4G international. So you have got a lot of waiting to do!
With all the excitement and anticipation surrounding the IPAD Release Date, we can hardly sit still in our chair or find sleep at night.
There are some hot features and maybe some cold angles to the IPAD, but we’re pretty sure of one thing, the IPAD Release Date is going to torment us down to the countdown.
The IPAD Release Date makes our hearts race and skin sweat a lot. Why? Innovative user experience, sleek design and functions approaching any netbook out there.
Apple just keeps taking the biggest bite from the apple of creativity. With a thickness of only 0.5 inches and a weight of 1.5 pounds, it’s as thin as a hair and as light as a feather. You could easily slide it under a pillow but don’t let the numbers fool you. Find out why you would be twiddling your fingers too.
What this baby can do…
Apple promised plenty of things the IPAD would bring to your door step and they didn’t slip up. Let’s say you were stuck somewhere waiting for someone.
The IPAD has all the features that would make the wait easier. You could browse the web, share e-mail and photos, watch videos, play games, go through E-books and listen to music. The tablet is the whole package.
The sunny side…
- $ 499 isn’t a too much to ask for the pretty tablet on the IPAD Release Date. Apple could have shot it up to $599 to start with and it would seriously boost the initial sales just the same but this number comes to us as a pleasant surprise.
- You can’t hate the IPAD for having a virtual keyboard. There’s back-up. A keyboard with a dock can be used with the tablet. The bad thing is, it makes the IPAD less portable. Apple has left the choice with the user on how they want to operate the tablet.
- You can now import photos from a camera or an SD memory card with the Apple Camera Connection Kit. You can zoom in and out. The picture result is awesome on this tablet.
The Shady side…
- You can’t listen to a radio while reading a book. Bummer. The theory out there is that the battery life wouldn’t support multitasking. The processor is more than capable on the other hand. It would have been cooler if multi-tasking was possible.
- Some people were expecting something different and said the IPAD is identical to the Ipod. It’s like the Ipod’s mommy but here, Apple CEO Steve Jobs says it’s filler between the Ipod and the netbook and to us, it sure looks a lot better than any netbook out there.
- Double tapping the screen while watching a movie might not give you the kind of widescreen you may be looking for but we were not entirely displeased with the results either.
Overall we find that Apple’s baby packs a punch and we’re sure that the IPAD Release Date is sure to mark the beginning of a unique season.
The Motorola Droid
There’s nothing really motor about the Motorola Droid. In fact the functions it brings to your pocket for your pocket money is pretty much high tech and easily summed up with the “Droid” part of Motorola Droid. It’s multifaceted and there are bright sides and dark sides to it but at the end of the day you want to answer the question: Is it worth your buck? We pretty much think so.
What you’re looking at…
The droid leads the pack in being the fastest Android device for Google so far. It’s not surprising to know that the web browser is fast as lightning on this thing. The device boasts better messaging and contact management. You could talk for long periods without sensing any ill effect on call quality.
The sunny side…
Motorola Droid is sure to cultivate fans with a beautiful high resolution screen. Coupled with smooth scrolling and a great implementation of the virtual keyboard, the result it shows could make any owner a happy camper.
-We loved to browse using the Motorola Droid.
The zoom is absolutely awesome and you can’t miss a thing with this kind of a feature.
-Fans won’t go on an empty stomach with Google and uploading issues. Motorola provides its users with turn by turn navigation on Google absolutely free, plus there is a wide array of mobile applications to choose from. Owners won’t own an empty phone.
-If you want to share memories with folks worldwide or just make a mini documentary, this is the phone you want to turn to. The video recorder is wonderful and uploading to YouTube is as easy as biting a banana.
-The width and thickness of the phone will remind you of the I phone. Processor responsiveness will put a smile on your face for sure.
The shady side…
-The keyboard is made a bit too flat so it’s not too hot for typing but it gets the job done. Also, sometimes you wished your thumb was on the other side if you were a right hander and tried to open the keyboard because it opens up the wrong way.
-Physical buttons for calling, hanging up and mute for phone use are missing so you might be slowed down when trying to perform these functions.
-Sometimes, only sometimes we missed a few calls while having the phone in our pockets because the vibration function is a bit weak. Sometimes you wished it vibrated a bit more. There’s also that minute camera lag.
-You’re going to need some patience on your side while playing videos on you tube.
Verizon customers won’t be disappointed with this smart phone. Fans will cling to the good points while critics will hang on to the bad ones. The shady angles however are not shady enough to keep your wallet in your pocket. Overall a pretty package, the Motorola Droid leads previous droid devices and will not only serve your cause, but it will also look great near your wallet.
January 30, 2010 by Aceyg
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“Parallel Kingdom – Age of Emergence” is the third game in the Parallel Kingdom series available for iPhone/iPod Touch and Google Android phones. Every version of Parallel Kingdom has been free to download and free to play. The game has classic, Legend of Zelda style graphics, but the real time multiplayer and GPS integration make it a technologically advanced mobile game. In its short history, the Parallel Kingdom franchise has pioneered several firsts: first real-time MMORPG for iPhone and Android, and the first location-based MMORPG on iPhone and Android. Now the developer, PerBlue, is continuing to take the game into new territory – a micro-transaction based mobile economy.
In the MMO genre, virtual economies are common and almost inevitable in some cases. In Parallel Kingdom, a de facto in-game economy naturally evolved when the developers first gave players the ability to drop items on the ground and transfer gold directly from player to player. This style of trading was unregulated and led to scamming in which players would drop items on the ground for trade only to be picked up by the other player who sometimes never sent any gold. Even with these limitations, a very active economy flourished in the game.
In the new version, a consummable resource called “Food” is required for some features. Every new player starts with some for free, and they can get more by purchasing it in the game or trading with other players. This allows players to acquire more of this resource without having to pay money if they don’t want to.
In addition, trade posts and cities have been introduced. These allow players to trade with each other safely and securely. Players put items up for sale and other players visiting the city can browse and buy anything they come across. This has led to many players making careers in the game solely as traders, visiting trade posts, scouting out good deals and selling in another city.
The most remarkable aspect of this virtual economy is that it exists entirely in a mobile game. According to a TechCrunch article, only 20% of free iPhone apps downloaded are used after the first day, and only 5% of users continue to use an app 30 days after download (see citation). These numbers do not seem to be very friendly to developers looking to cash in on longer term users through micro-transactions.
However, Parallel Kingdom developer CEO, Justin Beck, says, “Parallel Kingdom is looking to tap a different audience. Right now casual gamers are all the hype, and many developers are sacrificing good, in-depth game play to try to attract them. In the end, the committed long term players is where most of our recurring revenue comes from.
When looking at our statistics, we see committed players playing every day for months. Parallel Kingdom is not about touting a large number of downloads, but taking the slower route to building an amazing game, community, and entertainment service that players love.”
I was able to visit with the host of the ever-informative and popular Geek Brief TV video podcast. Geek Brief TV is a must-watch for anyone interested in technology and gadgets. Cali delivers the tech news at a fast pace and in a down-to-Earth manner.
RS: Having started Geek Brief TV in 2005, do you feel more or less geeky now than you did in 2005?Â
CL: I certainly feel more geeky now. I was always a geek, but there’s something to be said for involving yourself in the world of technology 24/7! Things I didn’t have time to pay attention to before, or learn how to do before (like build a robot) are no longer an issue. Now it’s my job to do it, and I love that!Â
RS: Geek Brief covers such a wide array of technology, if you had to pick 1 item, what item covered in Geek Brief was your favorite?Â
CL: ÂOooh, I hate this question!! It really boils down to some of the products I covered in my Christmas Gift Guide, the “You” Edition. I love Drobo, the Kindle, the PogoPlug and Eye-Fi.Â
RS: As the director of the Geek Intelligence Agency, do you have any secret messages to relay to the GIA members?Â
CL: Stay brave! It’s up to us to stimulate the economy with our gadget buying!Â
RS: Fans of Geek Brief TV know that it’s a very tightly knit show about technology that packs lots of information into a small package. I would like to ask, do you talk fast to increase the denseness of the content in each brief or are you just amped up on caffeine?Â
CL: ÂHaha! Well, both! The fast pace of GeekBrief.TV was inspired by the TV show Gilmore Girls. Their scripts were known for being seven times longer than a normal TV script. The producer was always telling her actors “that’s great, but it could be faster.”
People can comprehend a lot more at a fast pace than they think they can. I get a lot of people who complain when they first watch, but 95% of them come to love the pace.
RS: Being a maven of technology and working with some of the coolest gadgets available and with the holiday season approaching, you must be difficult to buy presents for. What would be a good gift for the host of a popular technology news podcast?Â
CL: Anything to do with robotics is a great gift for me! Or on the more practical side, I’m always in need of t-shirts for the show. That’s usually what my family gets me.Â
Check out Geek Brief TV at http://www.geekbrief.tv
Recently, I was able to interview Jay Feitlinger, CEO and Founder of ShopTab, a company that allows businesses to sell through their FaceBook pages.
RS:Â First off, WHAT is ShopTab?Â
JF: ShopTab is a Facebook App that allows business owners to sell more products by creating a shop tab on their Facebook fan page, showcasing products from their existing online store. Easily. Quickly. Inexpensively.Â
RS:Â When did ShopTab launchÂ
JF: ShopTab launched in October 2009Â
RS: What made you decide to create ShopTab?Â
JF: Over the past 8 years I have been working with small to large clients with their online marketing and social media strategy. One of my biggest passions is helping small to medium size business owners understand and leverage the internet to connect with their customers. Many of my smaller ecommerce clients have been requesting my help on how they can monetize their efforts on Facebook.
My wife owns an online baby product business http://www.littlebutterflykiss.com. She, as with many of my smaller ecommerce clients, donâ„¢t have large budgets to afford website development of a custom Facebook shop tab nor large marketing budgets. I decided to help and after 3 months of development we recently launched ShopTab to complement any ecommerce tool. It has some built in social shopping features such as Share to Facebook Wall to get the word out about their Shop Tab products.Â
RS:Â What sets ShopTab apart from other similar applications?Â
JF: There are a few shop type applications on Facebook but ShopTab specifically:
- Was designed and developed from the business owner perspective. We focused heavily on the needs of the business owner when developing the application and spent the extra time and money to ensure the tool did not require any technical knowledge. We require no additional programming code or html.
- Works with every ecommerce tool.
- Allows a shop owner to export their products from their current ecommerce tool and upload through our easy to use admin tool. A few of our recent customers told me they set up their 500+ product store within 10 minutes.
- Ds not charge an upfront fee for the shop tab application, nor take a percentage of each sale. Our customers pay a flat small monthly fee starting at $10/mo for up to 500 products. We also offer a 7 day free trial and they can cancel whenever they want — no long term contracts
- Ds not require they use any specific platform to handle payments, sales tax, shipping, security, etc. We send their prospective customer to their website to handle the transaction.
- Sends customers directly to an existing shopping site, increasing traffic and enabling a shopping experience unfettered by any limitations within Facebook. For instance, upselling, cross-selling, recurring purchases and so forth can still be handles as they always have.Â
RS: Why Facebook?
JF: With over 350 million fans and growing everyday and the strong desire for business owners to find a way to monetize their Facebook presence â€œ Facebook was the right choice for our intial launch.Â
RS:Â If I were looking at setting something like this up, what would I need to do to get started?Â
JF: Simply visit http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=189977524185 and click on Go To Application. From there a business owner would create their account, log into the admin, and either use our product feed upload tool or add products individually.Â
RS: What features are you looking at adding in the near future?Â
JF: For this we are relying on our customers to tell us what else they need. Just last week customers asked us for a way to shareÂ a product to their wall. That feature was added yesterday. We are going to rely on what features make the most sense for our business owners but do not require an increase in monthly cost to the ShopTab business owner. There are a few features such as horizontal vs. vertical layout that we have in the works but again if another feature comes up that is more important to our ShopTab business owner customer it will take higher priority over our feature roll out schedule.Â