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It’s That Time Again

Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]Now that we are in the first quarter of 2012, Technobrains.com will be moving forward with a new section and look. The official launch date has not been finalized yet but should be within the coming weeks. More diverse areas will be covered that relate to the broader range of […]

A Small Comment on Steve Jobs and Apple

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]It is early 1984 and I am sitting in front of my television watching Superbowl XVIII. A commercial comes on during half time and captures my attention. The commercial looks like a preview to a new Sci-Fi movie coming out but it is not until the very end that I realize that it’s a […]

JAYS develops the product line for Mobile Music with a-JAYS One+

Rating 4.00 out of 5 [?]Swedish Jays develops the Mobile Music concept to deliver an authentic and exceptional musical experience for all mobile phone users, regardless of platform. Jays is now launching a-JAYS One+, an upgrade to the successful a-JAYS One model that includes a microphone, an additional control button, new functionality and a free […]

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 […]

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.

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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).

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 […]

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 […]

Become A Doctor For Free… At Least Virtually

I know I’m really slow on the draw with this one, but Hollywood Hospital for the iPhone / iPod Touch is available for free until end of day on July 25th…

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 […]

Promote Others, Promote Yourself

I’ve seen a lot of marketing campaigns over the time I’ve been an App Store junkie, but certainly one of the most creative is the ongoing contest sponsored by Headcase Games in order to promote their match 3 puzzler 180 (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/180/id336287504?mt=8).

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 […]

Qwak for iPhone on sale until update

Qwak for iPhone is on sale for 99 cents while a pretty decent update is pending. Check it out!

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 […]

Guess The News for nothing: game goes free today only

If you don’t keep up on current events, now’s a good time to start. FingerArts, in conjunction with OpenFeint’s Free Game Of The Day program, has reduced the price of their fun and challenging puzzle game Guess The News to free for today only. Grab it before the price goes back up!

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Preview: Sudoku 2 for iPhone

Sudoku 2 is another Sudoku implementation for the iPhone, this time from the fine folks at FingerArts.

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.

Big Blue Bubble Bursts Their Prices

Are you into decorating homes, drumming to a different beat, or getting engrossed in an interactive story complete with combat? If so, Big Blue Bubble has an app for that, and currently they’re on sale.

Card Drop Drops Price

It’s hard to believe it’s been so long, but in September of last year I reviewed a fun Solitaire alternative for the iPhone called Card Drop. You can check out my review of Card Drop here. Today, March 14th 2010, Card Drop has gone free courtesy of Kuyi Mobile and Free App Calendar.If you don’t already have a copy, now’s as good a time as any to go grab one. Even if you’re not a fan of Solitaire this game is worth checking out.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Preview: Pro Zombie Soccer for iPhone

So how do you defeat wave after wave of menacing killer zombies? Why, with your trusty soccer ball of course. Or so it goes with Pro Zombie Soccer, anyway. This tongue-in-cheek look at zombie slaying games is colorful, the music sounds great, and best of all it’s loads of fun.

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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:

GoPro HD Hero vs ContourHD – Extreme Sport Digital Camera

Extreme Sports have been very popular in the last 20+ years. It has always been a challenge for these sports enthusiasts to visually document their amazing accomplishments. Digital cameras have allowed many in the past 10 years or so to strap on a handheld camera to their helmet or carry as they performed their daredevil stunts. These cameras are bulky and prone to all sorts of problems. Within the last 2 years, we have seen some interesting advances in portable HD camera designs. The two cameras I will compare are specifically designed for the extreme sports enthusiast to strap on and record their achievements in 1080p HD video.

Free For All Weekend – November 22nd

We are now in the tail end of November and we have experienced one of the best November weather in a good number of years. This has allowed me to devote more time outdoors instead of being under the covers staying warm. To maximize the enjoyment of this great weather, I have been taking part in various activities. Most activities are those that allowed me to get some exercise and enjoy the simple things in life.

Are You Addicted to Twitter? – If so, You Need This New Device Called the TwitterPeek.

I thought carrying a cellphone, point and shoot camera, MP3 player and a PDA was bad enough. How about adding a TwitterPeek device to the collection? This new offering seems like a great addition to the geeky mobile person I have become. It is a simple device that allows you send and receive emails plus do twittering on the go. The cost of the device is not cheap though. At $199.00 USD, it is not a really high cost but the advanatge is it comes with a lifetime of free service with no added cost or contracts. There is the option to buy a unit for only $99.00 USD with a 6 months worth of free service and the added service fee afterwards is only $7.95 per month USD which is not bad either.

Will this technology really take off?

Will Coins and Bills Eventually Disappear to be Replaced With an Electronic Wallet?

In Canada it is taken for granted that we can use our ATM/ABM (Automated Teller Machines – Automated Bank Machines) cards to buy gas, food at groceries, restaurants, liquor stores and elsewhere. Most places of business accept direct debit card transactions. Some places do pose a $5.00 minimum but that is a small price to pay for added convenience. Sure most countries accept credit cards for the same type of purchases but not always a debit card. Even in the United States, many states lack the acceptance of debit cards unless it is a debit card and credit card combination like a Mastercard debit card. These cards are not the same since you still need to top up the Mastercard debit card when the funds run low on the card.

In most Canadian cities, you have ATM/ABM machines in banks open 24/7, in convenience stores, bars and even ATM/ABM only locations. Some cities even have ATM/ABM drive thru. The only convenience area that still lacks the use of an ATM/ABM card is on vending machines. Some do exist but not a common sight yet. To carry cash or go to a bank to withdraw cash first before shopping is nolonger a neccessity. Many major retailers and businesses also allow a CASH BACK transaction with the purchase. This makes it truly convenient when you are strapped for time.

CyberLink DVD Suite Bundled with HLDS (LG) New Line of DVD Burners

Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?] http://www.cyberlink.com/ Connected Media Lifestyle Press Release For Immediate Release CyberLink DVD Suite Bundled with HLDS (LG) New Line of DVD Burners  Taipei, Taiwan—November 16, 2009—CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW), innovative solutions provider for the connected media lifestyle, today announced that Hitachi-LG Data Storage Inc., (HLDS) will bundle CyberLink DVD Suite with […]

Digital Camera Mondays: November 16th

Many amateur photographers feel that they lack the quality in their photos since their equipment they use is not as great as those used by professional photographers. Professionals do have an advantage over amateurs purely by the fact that their equipment are more expensive and higher in imaging quality. This does not automatically mean someone with an expensive camera will always take better photos. Many professionals lack one element when on a photo shoot. This element is time therefore many professionals use the more expensive cameras to allow them to quickly adjust and set the camera for the ever changing lighting conditions or use equipment that is specifically suited for the condition they are shooting in. Lower priced consumer cameras take much longer to adjust for each shooting condition meaning the opportunity to take that one money making shot could be lost.

Today, I wanted to discuss how you can utilize your existing camera equipment to improve your photos since time is not an issue. First and foremost is you need to understand the ins and outs of your current camera. All digital cameras have a number of buttons that allow for customization. Be it from adjusting the ISO setting, white balance, how the camera focuses, if the flash is on or off etc. . .

Quick Photo Tip – Using the Point and Shoot Auto Focus

Most amateur photographers are in a hurry when taking photos. At a gathering, picnic, concert or just taking photos in general, most users just press the shutter button and hope for the best. One specific feature built into all cameras that most take for granted is the auto focus. Most people feel that just the press of the button to shoot the image is sufficient for the camera to focus and take that good photo. In many situations, this is not the case. Many point and shoot cameras lack the speed in making the proper adjustments in that micro second available during the press of the shutter button. Therefore, all camera makers provide the ability for the camera to auto focus by pressing the shutter button half way for 3 – 5 seconds before pressing the shutter button all the way to snap the photo.

New Canon EOS 1D Mark IV DSLR – Is it a still camera or a video camera?

As an avid photographer for decades, I have been struggling to take high quality images at night. Certainly the latest technology allows low light shots of still objects and specific moving objects like fireworks relatively well but still has its limitations. Pushing the ISO range beyond 800 ISO means a higher level of noise is introduced into the image causing a grainy image in the end. Higher quality the camera, the lower amount of image noise and higher light sensitivity.

Once you introduce any level of motion into an image taken at night using only the available lighting, the image taken will have blurring, or ghosting occur. Very few cameras to date are capable of taking great night shots using only the available lighting. Certainly, external lighting and flashes can be added to compensate but in most cases, forces the image to be washed out or unnatural. Recently Canon released a new version of their EOS DSLR camera that seems to truly allow photographers to capture the natural low light essence of any night shot. If it looks great to the naked eye, the Canon 1D Mark IV should be able to reproduce an image that comes really close.

HD Video Cam for Sports Enthusiasts Come of Age

For years I have been looking for a good HD camera or a camera that is portable, small and allows something over 640 X 480 resolution. Companies do make small cameras in the $300.00 price range but are not suited for my use which would be to mount on a RC plane or bike helmet. I just came across a new camera that is manufactured just for this purpose called the VholdR ContourHD 1080p. It does not have the fancy zoom, external lighting, or LCD display but perfect for mounting for use in extreme conditions.

CyberLink Launches TrueTheater Enhancer, the Video Playback Enhancer for YouTube

Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?] Taipei, Taiwan—October 15, 2009—CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW), innovative solutions provider for the connected media lifestyle today released CyberLink TrueTheater Enhancer that improves the playback quality of videos on YouTube™, including “High Quality” and “HD” online video content. Based on the same advanced TrueTheater Technology that is featured in CyberLink’s leading […]

GREAT HEADPHONES ARE LIKE READING GLASSES FOR YOUR AUDIO BOOK

Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]  Phiaton Offers Book Lovers a Great Listen; Announces $100 Discount With Audiobooks from Audible.com! – Hi Res Photos and Review Samples Available Upon Request –   Irvine, CA – Phiaton, a top premium headphone brand is giving book lovers an ultimate audiobook experience from Audible.com, a leading provider of premium […]

Digital Camera Mondays: September 14th

Today I wanted to discuss two aspects of photography that will really help you to improve your photos quickly and add some real visual impact. The two topics are the RULE OF THIRDS and the APERTURE setting on the camera. Both are relatively simple to grasp especially if your camera has the necessary features built in.

MSI: Apple iPhone – Software Quick Look

Apple iPhone users should read Eric’s QUICK LOOK’s on iTouch/iPhone software. These overviews on third party software programs are a great source to determine if your hard earned money and time is worth the investment. If any of the titles listed in the Comprehensive Reviews/ 1 QUICK LOOK section are of interest to you, just read Eric’s comments before making the decision to download or purchase.

Pimp Your Tech – Tips on How to Accessorize Our Favorite Gadgets

Users of electronic devices can truly enhance the enjoyment of their device with the addition of accessories. Power and performance improvements are just some of the added benefits. There are accessories geared towards kids, students and the budget conscious.

Technobrains.com Interviews Colleen Lerro From the Consumer Electronics Association

At 9:15 am this morning, I had the privilege of interviewing Colleen Lerro from the Consumer Electronics Association over the telephone. For those not familiar with the CEA, CEA produces the annual CES (Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas). If you have never been to the Consumer Electronics Show, you have to make a trek at least once to experience this grand showcase in person of thousands of new consumer products.

Portable Power in Style: Jumpstart Chargers Keep Your Devices Always Powered

Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?] Sleek, attractive designs perfect for the active lifestyle; cell phones, smart phones, handheld games and other USB devices   AVANEL, NJ. 29, 2009 – Digipower, makers of mobile power solutions for electronic devices, today announced the launch of the Jumpstart family of universal chargers led by its flagship product […]

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