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Tech Review: ShoulderPod

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Tech Review: ShoulderPod

At each convention we attend I watch as the video recording devices get smaller and smaller, as more and more people realize that mobile video is here to stay. Well it just makes sense. There is just one problem, though, that the avid iPhone film maker faces; holding one’s iPhone sideways can lead to a little bit of a shaky shot, and there have been countless cases and add-ons that promise a sturdier shot. They generally lack what is the best part about shooting with an iPhone: being mobile.

While searching for a solution for this very problem I came across the ShoulderPod, and in all the pictures and descriptions it seemed someone had finally achieved the trifecta for the mobile film maker: mobility, sturdiness, and compatibility.

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[E3 2011] Thanks to Swagbag Prize Sponsor: PowerSkin®

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[E3 2011] Thanks to Swagbag Prize Sponsor: PowerSkin®

Got an iPhone 4 or Droid/Droid X? Good. We have stuffed a PowerSkin® mobile phone case/charger into the E3 swagbag. Once you put your mobile phone into this bad boy, you’ll have double the power.  And you know what people say about “power.”

PowerSkin®: Shock-Absorbing, Battery-Boosting Smartphone Cases

Cases are designed to be your go-to, go-anywhere, go on-and-on power source, fusing style and superior protection into a slim-fitting smartphone case that doubles battery life

  • PowerSkin® collection includes cases for iPhone 4, HTC EVO, HTC Thunderbolt, Droid X, BlackBerrys, Samsung Galaxy, Samsung Vibrant, HTC HD7, myTouch 4G and many other smartphones
  • One piece tough case outfitted with impact-resistant silicone rubber
  • Cases are lightweight, flexible and feature a non-slip grip for ultimate protection
  • XPAL Powered™ battery technology extends talk time anywhere from 4.5 to 8 hours, providing a convenient, compact source of power
  • 100% recycled (except for the battery and internal components)
  • All cases come standard with micro-USB recharge port, on/off button and LED battery status lights

Available at: Power-Skin.com
Price:
$49.99 – $79.99
Website: http://www.power-skin.com

 

 

PlayStation Phone: A Promising Reality

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PlayStation Phone: A Promising Reality

There has been a lot of speculation about a new PSP and especially about a new PlayStation Sony Ericsson smartphone being produced, but it the leaks have never been actually confirmed. I am eligible for an upgrade in March, so I have been on my toes to see if this new PSP phone will be a reality.  Today, Bloomberg played with my nerves a little more.  So, is Sony really releasing a PSP phone?  Read on to find out!

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Let’s See the iPhone 4 Do THIS

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Let’s See the iPhone 4 Do THIS

We have all seen this in film: a book or small object stops a bullet.  We smirk in disbelief, though we love the premise and possibility.  Here, in the real world, however, a new question must now be asked: do you think your smart phone is smart enough to stop a bullet?

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Still Waiting for Your Google Voice invite? Wait no more.

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Still Waiting for Your Google Voice invite?  Wait no more.

Those of you still waiting for Google‘s voicemail replacement can now head on over to voice.google.com and sign-up, no invitation required.

A little over a year ago, we released an early preview of Google Voice, our web-based platform for managing your communications. We introduced one number to ring all your phones, voicemail that works like email, free calls and text messages to the U.S. and Canada, low-priced international calls and more–the only catch was you had to request and receive an invite to try it out. Today, after lots of testing and tweaking, we’re excited to open up Google Voice to the public, no invitation required.

Its great to have if just for the voicemail transcription.  It has a lot of features that most phone companies don’t even offer yet.  Local Numbers aren’t always available, and some form of existing phone service is required.

[Google Voice Blog]

Holiday Inn testing Smartphone apps to open room doors

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Holiday Inn testing Smartphone apps to open room doors

To help your geek lifestyle become less cluttered, Holiday Inn is now testing a technology made by OpenWays in some of their hotels.  Instead of using a plastic card that you swipe to open your hotel room door, you use a smartphone app while you’re near it. You’re less likely to loss your precious smartphone than another plastic card.

Although InterContinental Hotels Group hasn’t confirmed which smartphones are going to be compatible with the trial, OpenWays boasts that its technology works on “BlackBerry, Apple iPhone, Symbian, Google Android, Java J2ME, Microsoft Windows Mobile, and more” – which should cover the vast majority of business travellers.

This should save a lot of time since waiting in line to get your hotel room key takes a while.  Just get a hotel room via internets, go to your room. This is being tested in Chicago and Houston.

[bit-tech]

HD phone calls coming to the UK in 2010

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The audio quality of mobile phone calls often leaves a lot to be desired. On GSM only, calls are a tinny low-bitrate affair and although 3G has gone some way to increasing the quality of calls, there’s certainly some room for improvement; maybe HD can help. Read On

Google to Bring GPS Turn-by-Turn Navigation to the Android OS

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As an Android handset owner, I took unnatural joy in the soon-to-be-released turn-by-turn GPS app! The app allows voice commands, fuzzy search (aka you don’t know the exact location, but know details of an event etc…), and all sorts of fun integrations with maps, traffic and street view. Check out the overview video!

What does all this mean to you? I’m not sure, but as for Garmin and TomTom…

the-game-has-changed

[via Engadget and LifeHacker]

Flash? In my Cellphone? Tell Me More (aka sucks to be iPhone)

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Get Adobe Flash PlayerSanta must have some dirt on the iPhone this year.  Come end of year/early next year all smartphones, with the exception of the iPhone, will be running a mobile version of the Flash 10 player.  To quote the source:

Adobe describes Apple as “closed device” and continues to offer a fig leaf, but given Apple’s general stance on opening up new development platforms on their device, it seems a tad unlikely.

Well, I guess that says it all. Maybe there can be an unholy Silverlight/iPhone hybrid in the future… /shudders

[via Lifehacker via Gizmodo‘s posting of Adobe’s press release]

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