HP released two new portables and one desktop printer today, all within the Photosmart line of photo-ready printers. With summer in full swing, HP lets you grab your digicam and a camera to print on the run. Let's take a closer look at these new offerings:Photosmart A530: $99, A refresh from last year's Photosmart A526. This time around, it features a bright 2.4-inch color display, 27-seconds-per-photo reported print speed, and the option to print wireless with their Bluetooth adapter. Photosmart A630: $149, 4.8 inch touchscreen, 5x7 inch max print size, touch-screen keyboard and stylus for … Read more
I stopped camping about the time I moved out from my parents' house, which had plenty of storage space. Few urban apartments have room for bulky camping gear--at least, mine haven't.
However, I began to rethink that old hobby when a friend sent me a link to the Coleman Exponent Rendezvous Stove. A far cry from my parents' chunky, metallic green camping stove, the Exponent Rendezvous is a minikitchen in highly portable form. Closed, it looks like a rugged, Bond-esque black-and-silver briefcase. When opened, the stove's lid folds out to reveal a hard-anodized basin with customizable storage bins, … Read more
If there's one thing Logitech does right, it's progress. The accessories company has been churning out iPod speakers for years, and its experience in this area shows in each new product. Rather than resting on its laurels, Logitech chugs forward with tweaks and improvements. Such is the case with the Pure-Fi Mobile speaker, the company's first stereo Bluetooth model. This ultracompact unit features a sleek, high-quality design, compatibility with all audio devices, and some nice extras. The $149.99 price tag isn't exactly a bargain, and audio quality isn't stellar, but the speaker is a … Read more
Adobe Systems' popular portable document format, or PDF as it's more well-known, has become the latest International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard as of Wednesday morning.
Adobe has been the key developer and patent holder of the technology, and on Wednesday passed over the entire specification of version 1.7 to the Geneva-based ISO. This comes just a year and a half after Adobe made plans to open up by giving the specification to the Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM) which was to lay the groundwork for ISO certification.
One of the key concerns for any fledgling start-up is overload. Too many users trying to get at your data is one thing, but dealing with the onslaught of notifications and data pings from connecting services can be quite another.
A new start-up called Gnip is trying to solve this problem by acting as the middleman. Got a service like Twitter that's getting attacked in a thousand different directions by services trying to get at that data? Sending any new bits of information to Gnip will keep that attack coming on their end instead of yours, which will hopefully … Read more
MySpace is set to release on Thursday the application programming interface (API) for Data Availability, a developer project that the News Corp.-owned social network announced in early May. Through Data Availability, participating social sites can let users synchronize accounts with MySpace profiles, importing public profile data like photos, interests, and friend lists.
Data Availability's formal launch partners are Yahoo, eBay, Twitter, and News Corp.'s Photobucket, but with the release of the API, any third-party site can have access to it. Authentication is handled through the OAUTH open standard, and controls have been configured so that a high … Read more
As if being the first and only vendor that offers the largest pocket-size external hard drive, wasn't enough, OWC announced today the first 320GB external had drive that runs at 7,200rpm, the Mercury On-The-Go 320GB 7,200rpm. This is actually not the first high-speed compact external hard drive (and definitely not one with the most creative name, either), but it is the first that offers 320GB of storage space. The first 7,200rpm portable hard drive is the G-Tech G-Drive, the rest of compact external drives spin at only 5,400rpm.
The new Mercury On-The-Go drive has the … Read more
This past weekend word leaked out that Mio Technology had a Knight Rider-themed GPS in the works, and now we can officially say that it's real. Since we were bound by NDA (nondisclosure agreement) till now, we couldn't really spill the full details when the news broke (please don't get me started on this) on Friday afternoon, but the floodgates are open now.
The Knight Rider GPS will indeed feature the voice of William Daniels (aka KITT), and there will be a database of names so you can customize the device to have KITT personally greet and … Read more
Worldwide PC shipments are on pace to grow 15.2 percent in 2008, according to IDC. That's above the analyst firm's March prediction of 12.8 percent growth. But laptop shipments, which have become an increasing force in the PC market, will peak.
Shipments of portable PCs should grow 34.5 percent this year, according to a PC shipment tracker that IDC released this week. That's up from 33.9 percent in 2007 and way above the projected 13.4 percent for next year. By 2012, according to the firm, portables will increase by only 9 percent. … Read more
The design trend dedicated to the lowly radiator seems to have expanded to the desktop. That, at least, could be one explanation for this latest portable speaker system from Elecom.
This industrial-looking pair can be fastened and used as a single space-saving unit or separated into two speakers, according to Fareastgizmos, for either an iPod or a laptop. They pack a total of 2 watts of power and work with both batteries and an AC outlet.
Contributing to their utilitarian appearance are its three "colors": black, gray, and white. If they only had some kind of built-in heating … Read more