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BKatayama

BKatayama has written 349 posts for Technobrains

Composing Music

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]Ever since I purchased my first computer (Sinclair ZX-80) in 1980, I have been enthralled with the creation of synthetic music. The Sinclair ZX-80 had no music programs available but certainly the games did produce some amazing beeps and clicks at the time. Later on when Commodore became a household name, I […]

Quick Look: HDMI Cable With “Active Technology”

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]Are all cables created equal? I ask this simple question since the price of a HDMI cable can range from around $4.00 to $100.00 plus. From a simple visual inspection, most HDMI cables look very similar in that they have a common connector on each end, a specific length of cable […]

Cabals: The Card Game enters beta, testers have a chance to win an iPad2

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]Free-to-play Collectible Card Game. Cabals: The Card Game – for iOS, Android and browsers, enters public beta. Cabals [beta] can currently be played on the website at: cabalsgame Participating in the beta testing or liking the game on Facebook entitles for a chance to win an iPad 2, in a […]

Photo Contest

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]Heartmath is having a photo contest where you could win one of their Emwave products. You can get more details by going to Heartmath Photo Contest. translation

Happy Independence Day

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]It’s July the 4th 2011 and another Independence Day has arrived. I would like to wish all those in the United States and abroad a happy Independence Day from your neighbor to the north. Enjoy the days festivities wherever you are. Bob Katayama Executive Editor translation

Digital Movie Editing

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]About 10 years ago, a 5 minute video with various modifications applied would have taken hours and in some cases days to process before you could save the completed video to the hard drive. Due to the requirement of fast processors, large amounts of memory, very large storage space and […]

SMS Backup Android

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]SMS Backup Android is a free Android application which allows users to backup and restore SMS to/from SD card and Gmail account as easy as ABC. Features: Simple and intuitive interface Storing messages is user friendly Backup or restore to/from Gmail Backup or restore to/from SD card Ability to mark […]

Happy Canada Day

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]Today marks the 144th birthday of Canada. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose Canada as their first official visit abroad. This is a great honour for Canada and all Canadian’s to have Royalty present on Canada Day to celebrate this day together. Have a great Canada Day from all […]

Jays brings award-winning audio to the masses with new streamlined v-JAYS

Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]v-JAYS, the award-winning headphone from Swedish audio equipment manufacturer Jays AB (publ), is undergoing an update and re-launch at an even more attractive price. v-JAYS headphones are defined by their clear musicality, ease of use and authentic approach to music and sound. With a prestigious victory at the Bristol Shows […]

iPad game “Reflection Connection” picked as New & Noteworthy

Rating 4.33 out of 5 [?]First offering from Pixani Games gets nod from Apple Media, PA – June 23, 2011 – Just days after its release in Apple’s App Store, “Reflection Connection,” the first iPad game created by fledgling company Pixani Games LLC, has been promoted to the coveted New & Noteworthy section in both […]

DeLorme Unveils Plans for First-Ever Personal Communicator with 2-Way Messaging, Iridium Global Satellite Coverage, and an Android Interface

Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]The DeLorme® inReach™ affordably provides reliable two-way communication far beyond the reach of cell phone signals and one-way satellite systems. YARMOUTH, Maine — June 22, 2011 — DeLorme, the innovation leader in navigation technology, today announced the Fall 2011 release of the DeLorme® inReach™, the first Iridium-based personal communicator to […]

New “Impression” Tablet Delivers Dependability and a Variety of Features at an Affordable Price

Rating 3.27 out of 5 [?] Leader International’s 9.7-Inch Impression 10 Improves “Budget Tablet” Category/ Pasadena, CA, June 21, 2011 — Leader International Inc., a provider of reliable, feature-rich, affordable tablet devices, today announced the launch of its Impression 10 model. Available nationwide through online and traditional retailers at an MSRP of $349.99, the I10 […]

Another One Bites the Dust – Cisco Flip Camera

Rating 3.67 out of 5 [?]Approximately 1 1/2 years ago, I came into possession of The Flip camera. This was a great little video camera that took good video with very little effort. I used it almost on a weekly bases for about 6 months. Nowadays it is gathering dust along with many of my other devices.  […]

Independent Mobile Game Developers Need Bucks

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]Independent game developers have always struggled with financing their ideas to meet the demands of hardware and software purchases plus the ongoing training costs. Also, it is not easy to market a great idea with little or no funds available. Now independent developers have the ability to tap into a […]

Hardware DIY Fun Using an Android Tablet

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]For those of you looking for something completely different to do with your Android tablet can now use Googles recently announced Android ADK (Android Open Source Accessory Development Kit). The ADK is software toolkit that allows software developers to incorporate the addition of hardware in software development. By using an […]

Not Sure You Need an iPad Then This May Help

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?] For those of you that miss the good old days of playing video games like Asteroids, Centipede, and Battlezone at the arcade can now relive the excitement with just a $99.00 USD add-on for the Apple iPad. The iCade adapter unit transforms the iPad into an arcade quality video gaming system. […]

Looking For an Android Tablet Computer?

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]Since the fall of 2010, we have seen an influx of Android OS based tablets and also a growing number of low cost tablets. Those that are looking to replace or suppliment their laptops have a number of Android tablets to choose from. These are some of the features available on tablets. […]

GIVEAWAY: A Free Copy of WiFi2HiFi to 3 Lucky iPhone Users

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?] NOTE: GIVEAWAY DEADLINE EXTENDED to April 24, 2011. Technobrains is giving away licenses of WiFi2HiFi to 3 lucky iPhone users. WiFi2HiFi for iPhone is a new app allowing users to stream computer’s music to any audio dock or home music system connected to your iPhone. Some of the features […]

Developing Mobile Applications

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]Game reviews for the iPhone continues to occupy much of Technobrains webspace. Mobility in general is not just about the iPhone or IOS applications but also includes these platforms: Symbian BlackBerry Android Windows  Mobile I have been involved in Windows Mobile development in the past and would like to get back […]

Year in Review 2010 Quick Look for iPhone

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?] January Rail Adventures Arctic Shuffle 2 Gas Tycoon Imp or Oaf Digit Defenders Retro Fighter Gold Miner Joe Ten Pin Championship Bowling Starball Skee-Ball Watermelon! February Dead Man’s Dungeon iGuardian APPDOPE Website Hellkid Twice! Daisy Mae’s Alien Buffet Radial 50 Arachnadoodle Thumpies Meltdown – Radioactive Platformer Slugwars March Tilt […]

Review: Heart Wizard From AWS – Advanced Wellness Solutions

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]  Over three years ago, I had the opportunity to review the emWave Personal Stress Reliever. This is a portable handheld device that allows you to monitor your heartrate and control your overall stress level. Another product that has come across my desk is the Heart Wizard. This product also […]

Are Readers Comments Important to a Website?

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]I feel that readers comments are very important and I have put together a short survey form consisting of only 11 questions. Please take a few moments to answer these simple questions. No specific personal information is required or requested. Please click HERE to fill in our survey. Thank you very […]

How to Effectively Purchase Electronic Equipment

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]At least once a year, we all consider the purchase of some kind of electronic device. Be it a mobile device, home entertainment product, handyman tools or something for the kitchen. When we budget for these products, many of you will not include accessories as an essential cost in the original […]

QUICK LOOK: Bose L1 Compact System for Musical Keyboards

Rating 3.33 out of 5 [?]Buying electronic equipment has always been a challenge for those with a limited budget. Many of us tend to forget or do not take into consideration the added cost of accessories that are critical for the long term enjoyment of a given device. This holds true with musical keyboards. Higher end musical […]

Ferguson Hill Christmas Sale 25% OFF Speakers

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]Ferguson Hill manufactures a very unique set of home speakers that are stylist and also produces amazing sound quality. If you are currently in the market for a new set of home stereo speakers for your mobile music player or your CD/DVD player, check out the REVIEW and take advantage of the […]

Code 42 Software Releases CrashPlan+, Version 3.0 for Windows, Mac, Linux

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]Update adds flexible multiple backup set capability (Minneapolis, MN – Dec. 07, 2010) – Code 42 Software Inc., developers of CrashPlan and CrashPlan PRO, award-winning backup software for home and business, today announced the release of CrashPlan+, Version 3.0.  In addition, the company announced new pricing for CrashPlan+ which now […]

MSI: Analog Synths in the Digital World

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]I recently did a QUICK LOOK on the MEEBLIP mono synth unit. This is a sound processing unit that produces the late 70′s to early 80′s analog style like digital sounds. I was intrigued by this unit since it has the ability to save your sound creations where the original analog […]

Quick Look: MEEBLIP Mono Digital Synth Module

Rating 4.33 out of 5 [?] All I can is WOW! A digital synth module that provides the ability to create 80′s analog synth style mono sounds quickly and play them via a MIDI keyboard. This is something that is certainly lacking from many synths on the marketplace the past decade or so. I grew […]

Quick Look: Thin and Sexy MP3 Player From Sony

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]       Sony Mp3 Player The 16GB S Series Walkman® Video MP3 Player from Sony is more than just a music player. It sports a 2.0 inch TFT color display that also plays videos ( QVGA 240 X 320).  Comes with a built-in FM radio and a pair of […]

Quick Look: Cowon X7 MP3 Player

Rating 3.50 out of 5 [?] Cowonx7 MP3 Player Cowon X7 MP3 player This unit is much more than a MP3 player with a large screen. The Cowon X7 is a complete multimedia player with a 4.3 inch 16 million color TFT touch screen. Comes with 2 GB of flash operating memory and at least […]

Auryn’s Premiere Storybook iPad App “What Does My Teddy Bear Do All Day?” Now Available on iTunes

Rating 4.33 out of 5 [?] Los Angeles, CA – (November 17, 2010) — Auryn’s highly anticipated digital storybook iPad App “What Does My Teddy Bear Do All Day?” is now available via iTunes for $7.99:  The App unites innovative technology with the highest quality production in an interactive book experience to be enjoyed by kids, […]

GPS Wednesdays – Unique GPS Uses

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]Whenever we think of GPS, we automatically associate this with an in car mappng and routing system. A GPS is much more than that and most consumers in North America are not fully aware of its true capabilities yet. A GPS is much more than just finding your way around or […]

PDA Tuesdays – Where are the Personal Digital Assistants Nowadays?

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]More and more companies are producing Smartphones and moving away from the PDA market. What used to be a very popular category for organizing personal and business data is now quickly becoming a thing of the past. The Apple iPod Touch is probably the only successful none phone based handheld productivity […]

Pet Peeve – Why Do Electrical Plugs Rarely Fit Into the Sockets?

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]Ever since we started to see the two pronged electrical plug (Type A) with the neutral line being wider, I have had issues with them. These redesigned plugs were created for the plug to be inserted in one orientation only. The outlet and plug are polarized to prevent devices that do not […]

Universal Remote Controller on the Cheap

Rating 4.50 out of 5 [?]Sony, JVC, Akai, Onkyo, Marantz, McIntosh, Harman/Kardon, Denon, NAD, Nakamichi and Bang & Olufsen to name a few are manufacturers of hi-end quality home entertainment electronics. Most are not your typical brands seen in most homes due to the higher cost. With that being said, there are still a large number of users of these brands world […]

AcuTouch™ 9500 featuring HT-Connect™ App Now Available for U.S. Retail Sale

Connect to a personalized massage and wellness experience via iPhone®, iPad® or iPod® touch to feel better® everywhere

High Point, North Carolina (High Point Market) – October 16, 2010 – Human Touch®, the U.S. market leader of innovative massage chairs, Perfect Chair® Recliners, and other wellness solutions, announced that its AcuTouch™ 9500 featuring HT-Connect™ will be available for U.S. retail sale starting October 18.

Quick Look: Dust Off Your Old Cassette Tapes With the Tape Express Plus

So when was the last time you listened to something on a cassette tape?

With digital music having taken over the marketplace, the old cassette tapes are no longer something worth keeping. Some of you may still have some old cassette tapes with rare songs that are either not available in digital format or hard to find. Now you can preserve these old cassette tapes and transform them into digital format very easily. Ion Audio has created the Tape Express Plus which allows you to quickly transfer your cassette tapes to digital audio format (mp3).

Warner Bros. Looney Tunes (TM) Characters Bring Their Animated Antics to TomTom!

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]The classic voices of Bugs Bunny, Yosemite Sam, Daffy Duck, Sylvester and Pepe Le Pew star on TomTom devices CONCORD, MA – TomTom draws on the rich heritage of Looney Tunes’ animated superstars! In association with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and VoiceSkins.com, TomTom brings the classic Looney Tunes voices to TomTom navigation […]

Mobile Developer Magazine Launches

Rating 4.33 out of 5 [?]CALGARY, Alberta, October 1 — Mobile Developer Magazine (MDM) is a new industry publication by mobile developers, for mobile developers, and is now online at http://www.mobiledevmag.com/.  Mobile applications and architectures are evolving at an incredible speed; in order to grow with direction and success we must collaborate our knowledge.  Developers shape the […]

NFL in Canada

The National Football League or NFL for short is a major sporting event at many local sports bars in Toronto, Canada. We have our own Canadian Football League or CFL for short but the rules and field sizes are different. I personally enjoy watching the NFL more so over the CFL. The reasons for me are very simple. I find that the NFL overall spends more money promoting, recruiting, and on salaries that also translates to the networks doing the same. The overall NFL broadcasts are far more entertaining, starting with the vibrant and knowledgeable sports casters and the creative camera work in the studio and on field.

It’s Fall Time Again

Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]As fall begins, so does the marketing campaign for products to be introduced during the Christmas season. During the coming months, we will be showcasing many of the latest gadgets available this year. Many are just improvements on existing technology but some do certainly add innovation and new features to an already […]

Product Recall Notice: Thinkflood Recalls the RedEye mini

Rating 4.33 out of 5 [?] Direct notification from the manufacturer: Recall of RedEye mini Lot C0101   We regret to announce a full recall of RedEye mini units bearing serial numbers beginning with C0101. We have determined that there is a high likelihood that these units will fail. Customers who purchased may choose to […]

Review: Fueltank UNO from Callpod

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]Rechargeable batteries are something that I cannot live without. My mobile music players, my digital camera, portable TV, Smartphones, cordless telephone, remote controlled toys and various other electronic remote control all use some form of rechargeable battery in my home. Since I usually have spare backups of AA batteries, I can […]

MSI: Wowee One Gel Speaker System

Rating 4.33 out of 5 [?]Every once in awhile, a new product comes out that has an intriguing Wow factor just from the promotional literature. I came across the Wowee One Gel Speaker System n the August issue of Popular Science Magazine. As with most products in the What’s New section of the magazine, very […]

Nintendo 3DS

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?] I have always been impressed with Nintendo ever since they came out with the Nintendo NES in North America in 1985. For me, Nintendo is not just about video games. My family plays a game called hanafuda which is a very old Japanese card game based on flowers of the seasons that Nintendo […]

MSI: DXG Digital Video Cameras

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]On my usual trip through the Internet, I came across a company called DXG USA which I have not heard of before. Their website is very sleek and professional like most large companies that have been around for decades. So why I have I not seen or heard of DXG before? […]

Macro Photography

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]Macro photography is something that is mostly forgotten by many casual photographers. Moast digital cameras have a macro setting that allows you to get really close up to your subjects like 3 – 5 cm. (1 – 2 inches). It is not always about taking an image of a small […]

Quick Look: Coolpix S1000pi From Nikon

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?] Nikon pronounced – Ni·kon  /[nee-kawn]: has released a digital still camera with the first ever built in projector. This is really a COOL feature to have on a digital camera. It’s one of those nice to have and not a need to have feature but when time is of essence and […]

Free Solitaire Games for Symbian S60, BlackBerry, Java and Windows Mobile Until July 11, 2010!

Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]IRVINE, Calif. — June 17, 2010 — While fans all over the world have their eyes on the world games, Paragon is giving away its popular Solitaire games collections for Symbian S60, BlackBerry, Java and Windows Mobile devices. Paragon Software Group — a leading software developer for smartphones and desktop […]

Quick Look: Electronic Home Weather Stations

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]Over the past decade or so, weather conditions all over the world has fluctuated with dramatic results. 50 years ago, tornadoes were unheard of in the province of Ontario, Canada. In the last 3 years, I hear on the news at least one report each year of a tornado touching ground […]

Geocaching Worldwide

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]It has been over 6 months since I did my last posting for GPS Wednesday. The reason being is there has not been anything really new or exciting to come along in this category that has caught my attention. I have decided to revisit the topic of geocaching which is still […]

World’s First Portable AC Adapter With Built-In Rechargeable Battery Backup Debuts From Digipower

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?] Innovative JumpStart™ Dual 2-in-1 battery and AC adapter also features a charging status indicator, emergency flashlight, folding plugs for easy transport, and 5V USB output. AVENEL, NEW JERSEY June 15, 2010 — Underscoring its commitment to bring power hungry mobile device users a new generation of innovatively designed portable […]

Navigating the Headphone Maze

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]Now that the majority of the general public use headphones with their digital music player, portable DVD player, home stereo, desktop computer, laptop computer, smartphone, cell phone, and other electronic devices, how do you choose one that is right for you? The best way is to try them with your actual […]

Air Display Turns iPad into Extra PC Monitor for 70% More Screen Space

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]Add Extra Screen Real Estate to Netbook, Laptop or Desktop PC with Lightweight App from Avatron Software; Leverages Wireless Connectivity, iPad Touch Screen for Easy, Anywhere Setup PORTLAND (May 27, 2010)—Avatron® Software, a leading developer of popular applications for the Apple iPhone OS platform, just launched its new Air Display […]

Quick Look: JH 13 Pro Custom Earbud Headphones From JH Audio

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]Headphones or more precisely earbud headphones have been around for many years. Most people nowadays buy digital music players that come with earbuds that are standard fair. Most sound good since they are designed to work with the paired digital music player. So what happens when the listener wants to improve the overall sound […]

Haneke Design Gets Intelladon’s Clients Back to School – On Their Phones!

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]Tampa, FL – (June 9, 2010) – Road warriors and field representatives no longer have an excuse for getting behind on company required training:  if they have a smart phone, the classroom is in their hands.  Haneke Design, a leading graphic and user experience design firm specializing in iPad and […]

Fighting Fantasy: Citadel of Chaos has been released to the iTunes store!

Rating 4.33 out of 5 [?]June 9, 2010 – Big Blue Bubble Inc. announced today that Fighting Fantasy: Citadel of Chaos has been released to the iTunes store! Deep inside the Citadel of Chaos, the dread sorcerer Balthus Dire is plotting the downfall of the goodfolk of the Vale of Willow. His battle plans are […]

JHAudio PRO Series In-Ear Monitors Deliver Rock-Star Sound Quality for iPods, MP3 players

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]Custom-Fit In-Ear Monitors Deliver Unsurpassed Audio Clarity and Accuracy; Audiophiles and Music Lovers Praise the Exceptional Quality and Noise Isolation Trusted by Rock Gods and Professional Musicians around the World Apopka, Fla.—Audiophiles and music lovers can now experience the same unsurpassed audio quality and sound clarity for their iPods and […]

Review: Colcasac MacBook Sleeve

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]For many years I have owned numerous laptops and used the typical black canvas laptop carry cases. These have been great but on many occasions just too big to carry just the laptop and power supply in. I have tried some laptop sleeves also but these were too flimsy to protect […]

QSTARZ introduces SR-Q2100 Super 10 in 1 Outdoor GPS

Taipei, Taiwan, March 22, 2010 Are you a self traveler, a backpacker, or a cycler? Do you have difficulty in reading tons of maps to find the way and thus cost a lot of time? QSTARZ, a global gps leading brand, today launched SR-Q2100 Super 10 in 1 outdoor gps to help you out from all outdoor navigation problems. The portable handheld design with large 1.8” lcd display can let you carry it easily to perform 10 powerful features such as cycle computer, digital compass, route guider, and location finder.

RedEye Mini For iPhone and iPod Touch

RedEye Mini is not a red eye reduction product or a product that is photography related in anyway. RedEye Mini is the latest product release from THINKFLOOD. They are a new company that manufacturers infra-red adapters for the iPhone and iPod Touch devices that allows you to control other devices. The RedEye Mini is a small adapter that plugs into your headphone jack. By installing the associated software, your iPhone or iPod Touch turns into a sophisticated touch screen universal remote control for most of your home appliances.

Eating Healthy on a Busy Schedule

Many of us are busy throughout the day either sitting behind a desk on the computer or travelling with our mobile devices. It is very crucial that we maintain a good healthy diet with exercise. There are times when it just becomes difficult to take the necessary break to enjoy a good relaxing meal during the afternoon or early evening. I have a bad habit of eating unhealthy snacks like cookies, chips, and microwave popcorn.

Electric Pocket’s Updated BugMe! Sounds Off on BlackBerry

Wye Valley UK, February 22, 2010 — Electric Pocket Limited is announcing a significant update to the BlackBerry version of BugMe!, the simple and fun-to-use mobile app for staying on-task and on-time.

After the initial launch of the BlackBerry version of BugMe!, the company began work on the next version in response to user requests. The most significant new features include:

Digital Camera Mondays: February 22

Today is one of those really gloomy days here in Toronto with snow flurries. Not ideal for picture taking since the lighting conditions and visibility are poor. This does not mean you cannot take some interesting shots though. To give you an idea, I took a couple shots from the top of my building. The first is of a chair covered in show and the other is a more distant view of the area. You can notice in both images a few white blotches which are actually larger clumps of show that appears out of focus.

Technobrains Officially Becomes Canadian

Today – February 8, 2010 is a great day for Technobrains. The domain name www.technobrains.ca is now part of the Technobrains family. Now, Technobrains can be recognized as a true Canadian website. Open to the general public since 2002, Technobrains has become a valued website on the Internet for News and Reviews relating to ALL THINGS MOBILE. Currently, you will be redirected from www.technobrains.ca to www.technobrains.com but this may change in the future.

Toronto, Canada

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]Toronto, Canada is the home location for www.technobrains.com. Most of what we report and discuss on Technobrains are about products and services created and offered in the United States. There will be on occasion, products from Canada and overseas that catch our eye. With the vast number of mobility electronic products continuously being […]

Quick Look: APPDOPE Website for iPhone

I was just contacted by Morgan Davies who runs www.appdope.com. This is website devoted to iPhone and iPod Touch related software promotions. This site keeps track of newly released software and monitors existing software for price drops and other incentives that benefit the end user.

Every Friday, www.appdope.com also gives away promotional codes to various software titles. According to Morgan, they currently have available over 50 promotional codes to giveaway. Anyone that owns an iPhone or iPod Touch should check out APPDOPE on a regular basis and especially on Fridays. You will need to register an account on APPDOPE and follow the links associated with the giveaway apps to qualify for the promo giveaways. I would suggest you go to www.appdope.com to get the whole story and enjoy what this great website has to offer.

Apple iPad is Full of Juice

I having been reading various comments coming out of yesterdays Apple announcement on the Apple iPad. Some are positive but some are also on the negative side. Overall the impression I have is that the Apple iPad will do well once it becomes available. The starting price of $499.00 USD for the 16 Gb version is enough to peak interest in most people. I feel the Apple iPad is full of juice and not an over hyped product.

The iPad seems to be situated right in the middle of the smartphone and laptop category as far as functionality goes. No other ebook reader on the market currently or coming out this year except for the enTourage eDGe can be placed in the same category. Most are specifically ebook readers with some added online capabilities.

Quick Look: QSTARZ BT-Q1000eX GPS Lap Timer with eXtreme 5Hz log speed

A new handheld GPS unit comes to market with high speed data logging. Typically, a GPS device has been used to capture the location of the user at any given timeframe. Also, GPS units are allowing the user to keep more details about the actual trip like:

Total distance travelled
Total time taken
Average speed for the trip
Waypoints to determine actual route taken

Science Fiction Meets Science Reality

Remember the movie “Star Trek IV – The Voyage Home”? Scotty needed to create a tank onboard to house two hump backed whales. He gave the technical specs to a manufacturer to create a sheet of transparent aluminum. A lab at Oxford University has now created such a transparent aluminum sheet. Now a company called Skiff will be releasing an ebook reader later this year which uses a thin transparent metallic layer instead of glass to protect the screen underneath. The silicon thin film transistors (TFT) are also on a flexible stainless steel substrate which makes the whole screen shatterproof and crack proof.

MSI: Musical Keyboard for your iPhone and iPod Touch

I have been a fan of MIDI ever since it became popular in the 80′s. In the 90′s MIDI controller keyboards became available that removed much of the sound processing and programming power from the actual keyboard synthesizer and relied on an external computer system as the source. This was revolutionary for those limited in budget but more importantly allowed musicians to use the keyboard mainly for playing and rely totally on the computer sequencing software to control the MIDI data. Most sequencing software at the time did not recognize specific makes and models of keyboard synths therefore manufacturer specific features were not directly accessible via the various computer music programs when someone used a full featured synthesizer.

I must have a twin working for ION Audio or a designer there must have read my mind. I say this because I have always wanted an external musical keyboard that I could dock into a handheld computer. Not connect via cable like to a laptop but have the keyboard actually merged with the handheld like the Windows Mobile device when they first came out.

Quick Look: WEPC.COM – Design Your Own Laptop

It is rare for a manufacturer to ask the general public openly for input and feedback on their next design project. ASUS a populur laptop and motherboard manufacturer that has teamed up with Intel a popular computer chip manufacturer to do just that. The website located at www.wepc.com allows you to send ASUS and Intel your ultimate laptop design details and the online community will discuss and vote on the designs submitted. Down the road, ASUS and Intel will take the most requested features or design concept and turn it into an actual product.

Que proReader vs enTourage eDGe

Full page ebook readers will be a huge market this year. With declining PC and netbook sales, the next surge will be tablet PC’s or more importantly PC/ebook/touch screen devices. No more DVD-ROMs, physical hard drives, expensive operating system upgrades or the $1000.00+ price tag.

CES LIVE: Jamie Sorcher Introduces Some of the Latest Products For 2010

Jamie Sorcher joins Bob Katayama from the floor of this years Consumer Electronics Show to tell us about some of the NEW and HOT products for 2010. Just Click the image below to watch:

Products Covered:
LG Next Generation Blu-Ray
Panasonic 3D Television
Polk Audio’s HitMaster
Entourage Edge
Logitech’s Lapdesk

Interview With Jamie Sorcher Live From the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas

I just had the pleasure of interviewing Jamie Sorcher and Jamie showcased 5 of the NEW and HOT products for 2010.

Products Covered:
Panasonic 3D Television
LG Next Generation Blu-Ray
Polk Audio’s HitMaster
Entourage Edge
Logitech’s Lapdesk
I will be posting the actual video once completed in the next day or two.

Stay tuned.

Bob Katayama Executive Editor

Happy Holidays From All of us at Technobrains.com

We would like to wish everyone the best and the warmest holiday season. Hope 2010 bring continued joy and happiness to all of you and the people around you.

Happy Holidays.

Bob Katayama Executive Editor

DIY Digital Camera Kit For Kids

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?] Digital Camera Thursdays – December 24: I can remember when I was a little kid, I would take many things apart with a simple screwdriver. I was curious on how a winding alarm clock or a wrist watch looked on the inside. Sometimes, I would wind up breaking a part or […]

Technobrains Take Quick Look Section to New Heights

Toronto, Canada December 22, 2009 – Technobrains, a popular website devoted to “ALL THINGS MOBILE” has announced today that the very popular category “Quick Look” has expanded to a new location. Readers of Technobrains can now go to http://quicklook.technobrains.com to read just the “Quick Look” posting made popular using its short and concise review format.

“We felt that the “Quick Look” portion of Technobrains attracted enough readers to have its own web portal that allows readers easier access to the “Quick Look” content” says Bob Katayama Executive Editor of Technobrains.

Magellan(R) Launches Premium Car Kit for iPhone and iPod Touch

Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]New Cradle Provides Complete Hands-Free Navigation Solution SANTA CLARA, Calif. Dec. 21 /PRNewswire/ — Magellan, one of the leading GPS brands, today announced an innovative new vehicle mount for the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and second generation iPod touch. With a built-in GPS receiver for improved navigation accuracy, the Premium […]

MSI: Paper-thin Batteries Made from Algae

A number of researchers worldwide are developing paper thin batteries that will allow for paper thin products to hit the consumer shelves in the coming years. One concept being developed use algae which is available all around the world in large quantities. These batteries will be thin and light enough to be combined with traditional paper, fabric or solid material coatings to create all sorts of interactive displays and surface changing features.

Quote from www.livescience.com

“Scientists worldwide are striving to develop thin, flexible, lightweight, inexpensive, environmentally friendly batteries made entirely from nonmetal parts. Among the most promising materials for these batteries are conducting polymers.”

Potential 2012 Christmas gifts from the minds eye of Bob Katayama:

Technobrains Create QUICK LOOK Logo Program For Recommended Products

Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]Today, www.technobrains.com would like to announce that products that are recommended by our editors/writers can have a “QUICK LOOK Recommended” logo proudly associated with the product. Manufacturers and developers can use this “QUICK LOOK Recommended” logo on their website as part of their product literature and/or packaging. The popularity of the QUICK LOOK […]

QUICK LOOK Logo Program

Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]Technobrains now has a QUICK LOOK Logo Program. This simple program allows any manufacturer or developer to proudly display the QUICK LOOK Recommended Logo on their website, product literature and/or packaging once Technobrains has deemed a product worth recommending. The process is very simple; Manufacturer or developer submits product to […]

FLip UltraHD vs KODAK Zx1 Pocket Video Camera

Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?] Small unibody digital cameras are starting to become very popular for those that would like to have a camera handy anytime. The two most recognizable products currentlyavailable are the FLip Nino/Ultra series and the KODAK Zi/Zx series. All are approximately the size of a disposal camera and have simplified controls. For the […]

Good.iWare Launches GoodReader Lite, a Free Version of its Highly Successful File Viewer for iPhone

Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]Good.iWare announces the launch of GoodReader Lite, a free version of its document viewer for iPhone and iPod Touch. GoodReader Lite is identical to the full version in the number of features, but limits the user to storing five files only at any given time. As with the full version, […]

Have You FLipped Out Yet? – FLip Ultra From Pure Digital

Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]I just received a first generation FLip Video camcorder and I had to make this post as soon as I could. This is certainly old news but until I actually got my hands on one of these FLip cams, I had no idea how good the product actually is. If I was to […]

Nexus One Google Phone Sneak Peak

Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]Well, it had to happen eventually. The first images and details about an Android 2.1 based Google phone are now available. The details are still limited but if the information is accurate, the phone should be available for purchase unlocked. This would be great news for someone like myself that would […]

Google Chrome Users Rejoice: An RSS Feed Reader Fix Available Online

Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]I just discovered that our RSS feed is not accessible through Google Chrome. Seems that Google Chrome does not have the RSS support built in at this stage of development. I was able to find an online solution that can be added easily to the Google Chrome Bookmark Bar. First, […]

MSI: Watching Videos Directly on Your iPod Touch

Downloading videos to my iPod Touch is a real pain just as it has been with most of my music files. Early last year, I used to search the Internet for hacks and applications that would allow me to download videos from Youtube. I finally came across a version of RealPlayer which allows me to download the Youtube video and watch it anytime without streaming/downloading the same file from Youtube each time. Whenever I go to a video on Youtube or some of the other sites, I can mouse over the video and see a download video link appear on the top right of the Adobe Flash based video. Once I click the link, the video is automatically downloaded onto my laptop. This was a great Internet Explorer plugin that came with the FREE RealPlayer download.

Electric Pocket Has Released FestiveTones

Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]Electric Pocket has released FestiveTones — a holiday version of its MailTones app for iPhone — so now you can set certain holiday tones to play when specific people send you emails. The collection of alert tones include sleigh bells, brass bands and carols. With FestiveTones, iPhone users can set […]

Good.iWare Releases Update to its GoodReader File Viewer for iPhone

Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]Good.iWare announces the latest version of its GoodReader file viewer application for iPhone and iPod Touch, which includes “PDF Reflow” – the most anticipated feature for PDF file readers. A beta of the PDF Reflow feature was available in the previous version, and the final release of it is included […]

Paragon Software Releases Handy Safe Pro Software, Advanced Mobile Data Protection for Windows Mobile Phones

Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]Professional Level of Private Data Protection, Strong Encryption and Password Security, Finger-friendly Interface and Smooth PC Sync Freiburg, GERMANY – December, 2009 – Paragon Software Group announces the release of Handy Safe Pro, the new professional version of the best-selling private data storage application for Windows Mobile devices (Symbian S60 […]

Eye-Fi Collaborates With Google’s Picasa to Make Storing and Sharing Memories Easier

Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]Consumers Who Buy 200GB or More of Extra Google Storage Receive a Free Eye-Fi Card in Time for the Holidays MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Dec. 8, 2009 — Today Eye-Fi Inc. announced a collaboration with Google’s Picasa that makes sharing and storing memories effortless, just in time for the holidays.  […]

Free For All Weekend: Why I Purchased an iPod Touch

Many of you have known me as a long time Windows Mobile PDA user. During the period of 2004 – 2008, I was also a Microsoft Valuable Professional in the mobility category for my contributions to the Windows Mobile online community. Since 2008, I have noticed a wave of iPhone and iPod Touch users. As with the older iPod devices, these users mainly listened to their vast collection of music and watched the odd TV show or movie. In early 2008, Windows Mobile developers started to contact me for reviews on iPhones and iPod Touch devices. Since I did not own an Apple product, I was not in any position to accept their offer.

As months past, I started to notice a decline in the release of new Windows Mobile games and applications. Looking into this immediately indicated that many Windows Mobile developers had started to expand into the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch arena. I would not have thought twice about this market switch if it was not for the fact that these games and applications were being made available on the iTunes store for 99 cents. Typically a similar game or application on the Windows Mobile would be anywhere from $9.95 – $19.95 with some being much higher. Initially, I took this as a introductory trend and within 4 – 6 months I felt I would start to see a large number of iPhone and iPod Touch applications appear in the $10.00 price range or higher.

Great Deals on iPhone Accessories From Wireless Ground

It’s always great when you can pickup some excellent deals a month before Christmas. Wireless Ground has a large number of deals available for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. Many of the deals are 50% off or greater. Also Wireless ground has FREE shipping for purchases over $50.00 USD and a flat rate of $3.95 for purchases under $50.00. You cannot miss this opportunity to purchase an Apple accessory before the Christmas sale is over.

Digital Music Fridays: Alternative to iTunes on Windows

Being a long time PC user, I had also started to use a Mac for artistic reasons in the last 3 years. The Mac computer excels in areas like photo editing, music editing, and various other multimedia based applications. One aspect of the Apple line that I have never really embraced is the iTunes application. I have always enjoyed other PC based applications like Real Player and even Windows Media Player.

I recently acquired a third generation iPod Touch and the more I try to get comfortable with iTunes, the more I dislike iTunes. I have problems transfering or syncing my music collection easily to the ipod Touch due to DRM issues or others issues which the iTune application does not clearly indicate. Transfering files over to the iPod as a generic file is not possible through iTunes. There is no way to see the iPod Touch as a physical drive letter or folder to transfer files to. Everything must be imported into iTunes for syncing and all the non Apple acceptable files cannot be imported for syncing.

New Mobile Shopping Product: “RetrevoQ” Gadget Shopping Advisor Via Twitter & SMS

Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]Experts at the consumer electronics shopping site, Retrevo.com, are announcing a new mobile shopping advisor service that works from your cell phone. RetrevoQ (as in question) is an automated service designed to give in-store holiday gadget shoppers up-to-the minute shopping advice about the gadgets they see in the store.  See […]

PHIATON RAISES THE BAR ON COMFORT WITH THE ERGONOMICALLY DESIGNED PS 210 EARPHONES

Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?] Second Generation Primal Series Provides Hours of Comfort Like Never Before Irvine, CA – Phiaton, the worldwide leader in the audio industry, is introducing the new PS 210 “half in-ear” earphones so that trendy Americans can enjoy many more hours of listening pleasure without feeling constricted. Ergonomically designed to […]

MSI: Missil MP4 Player Video Conversion Issues

Over the past few days, I have been looking into the Missil Line of Mp4 players. These seem to be popping up in clearance centres and discount stores at reasonable prices. Scouring the Internet seems to indicate that many users are having problems playing the various video file formats that are indicated as being suppported.

The problem with the Missil line of Mp4 media players are that the devices are old. The formats supported by the hardware are those that where popular over 2 years ago. To clarify, many of the current video files available for download like Avi, WMS, MP4, MPEG, all use an internal codec that are more upto date and are not backward compatible. Unless the software or firmware on the Missil MP4 players can be updated to handle the newer codec, these current files cannot be played or even recognized as a valid video file format.

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GPS Wednesdays: November 25th

Tips on Buying a Useful Car Navigation GPS
Knowing exactly what you need in a GPS device is very important before making the leap to buying one. There are car navigation versions, mobile versions, marine plus GPS add-ons for PDA and computers. All can be used or adapted for use in the car but none are suited specifically for use in the car like a true car navigation GPS.

TIPS When Buying:

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