Sunday, October 4th, 2009

The DIY iPhone Dock—Made Out of Paper!

The DIY iPhone Dock—Made Out of Paper!

The contributions of Julien Madérou to humanity: the apparent invention of an iPhone dock made out of paper, and DIY instructions on how to make it made available for easy sharing. Now Apple fans have another way to maintain their snotty consumer-electronics superiority!
Seriously though, Madérou is a genius! He even made provisions for the iPhone cable! The instructions are available for printing on A4 or US letter (8.5″ x 11″) sheets, and are a simple matter of cutting out the template and following the video below.
I’m assuming a iPhone dock made out of Japanese paper will crumple in an instant …read more

Movies From Samsung: £5 to Keep

Movies From Samsung: £5 to Keep

UK peeps may want to visit Samsung’s new movie store. These 16:9 movies for download are obviously legit, and for £5 are yours forever! You get 1 license for PC/TV use, and another for viewing on your portable device.
Shiny Shiny reports that 500 movies are currently available through the store, with plans to include another thousand. That’s once deals with the other studios are made. Of course you’ll need a fast connection to maximize the store, since movies take up 1.5GB on average.
To keep things weighted in their favor, only Samsung portable devices (mobiles and media players) within the current …read more

No iPhones or iPods Allowed in Bill Gates’ Estate

No iPhones or iPods Allowed in Bill Gates’ Estate

Well duh. That makes sense, like Steve Ballmer banning Google and iPods for his kids. Then again, Gates and Ballmer could be missing out on crucial market research opportunities.

iPod Helps Goalie Win Championship

March 3, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Portable Video, Trends

iPod Helps Goalie Win Championship

English goalie Ben Foster of Manchester United, having to defend his goal during a penalty shoot-out, watched footage of opposing players taking penalties before the dueling started. Manchester United won 4-1 in penalties, thanks in large part to Foster’s save.
I call that being prepared for a game, but some people may not agree:
Former Premier League referee Graham Poll told the Daily Mail that using iPod technology “had the potential to exploit a loophole in the laws which should be referred to FIFA”.
Whatever man. It’s not like Ben Foster injected himself with chemicals to increase his speed or strength artificially right? …read more

Sony PSP 2 Presumed for Later This Year

Sony PSP 2 Presumed for Later This Year

The internet is currently buzzing over what David Perry, the chief creative officer of Acclaim, surmised in a conversation with kotaku.com yesterday: “I spoke to a developer who is working on it right now. I know this developer is already working on it, so that means they have a prototype. That would sound like a fall release to me.”
Other juicy tidbits: the PSP 2 will be entirely digital, meaning all content will be stored on-board. If true, then the UMD format is now scheduled for obsolescence. Just rumors for now, so stay tuned for updates. Maybe it’s time to start …read more

Coby Offering 4GB PMP Goodness for Less Than $50

January 30, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Deals, Portable Audio, Portable Video

Coby Offering 4GB PMP Goodness for Less Than $50

For under $50, you can get a Coby Portable Media Player with 4GB of onboard memory, a two-inch display (176 x 220), and a built-in FM radio. A standard 3.5mm audio-in jack supports standard earphones and headphones, and USB 2.0 capability allows fast file transfers.
This 4GB Coby also claims “touchpad control”, 8 straight hours of video playback, as well as support for MP3s, WMAs, OGGs, WMVs, FLVs, AVIs, JPGs, BMPs, and even text files. All these features in a package that’s 0.6″ thick, 1.7″ wide, and 3.7″ long. As Devicepedia reports, ” you’ll struggle to find more for your money”.
Too …read more

SAS Spy Pen: Eavesdropping Made Easy

January 28, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cameras, Portable Video

SAS Spy Pen: Eavesdropping Made Easy

It’s definitely a sign of the times when practically anyone can buy a pen with a functional video camera hidden inside. Even more so when said gadget uses consumer standards like USB 2.0 and the AVI video format for easy transfer and review of all that illicitly-acquired evidence.
With 2GB worth of storage, the SAS Spy Pen promises up to 15 hours of recorded video at 352 x 288 CIF resolution (not clear though if it can record audio as well). The lower part unscrews to reveal the USB plug, conceivably making video uploads possible right after the recording session. And …read more

iPhone Undocumented Feature: TV-Out

iPhone Undocumented Feature: TV-Out

It’s cool that app developer Freeverse has utilized an undocumented feature on the iPhone to turn it into a TV gaming device:

Just how much is Apple willing to keep everyone in the dark? Freeverse was able to tap undocumented SDK features to give their demo TV-out capability. To what degree will Apple allow its developers—and customers—to tap the iPhone’s TV-out functionality? Will they give programmers free reign to maximize it, or limit this ability for the its own sake?

Nikon Media Port UP: The Missing Functionality

November 7, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Portable Audio, Portable Video

Nikon Media Port UP: The Missing Functionality

Nikon’s new creation is kinda cool. That’s because the Media Port UP is a headset with a built-in display and features up to 8GB of memory (the higher-end 300x model). Aside from making you look like a borg, this so-called multimedia headset can even do WiFi! Even better, true-handsfree playback control is possible, thanks to the headset’s apparent ability to sense distinct head movements.
It’s just too bad that the Media Port UP apparently can’t connect to a dSLR. Imagine: photogs who can frame a scene without looking through a viewfinder, even if the camera is faced rearwards! Ah well, most …read more

What Kind of Bone(s) Should Steve Jobs Throw to the Apple Masses?

What Kind of Bone(s) Should Steve Jobs Throw to the Apple Masses?

Yes, in less than two hours, Steve Jobs will reveal official details on whatever Apple’s planning to offer the world this time, and most likely updates on current projects. And the noisy Mac-loving minority has made sure that tech writers will hang on every syllable coming from Jobs’ mouth—for the “benefit” of their own readers.

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