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CyberLink Partners with VIA to Deliver Lossless HD Audio Playback with Blu-ray Content Protection

Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?] Taipei, Taiwan—May 27, 2009—CyberLink Corporation (5203.TW), innovative solutions provider for the connected digital lifestyle, announced today its partnership with VIA Technologies, Inc. to enable the VIA Vinyl VT1818S and VT1828S HD audio codecs within PowerDVD, delivering unsurpassed HD audio playback at 192kHz/24bit.  The VIA Vinyl VT1818S and VT1828S are […]

Two Tribes B.V. and Chillingo Announce Toki Tori Promotion Contest

Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]Toki Tori Enthusiasts Win Awesome Prizes For Promoting the Game In preparation of the May 22nd Toki Tori iPhone launch, in conjunction with the celebration of the one year anniversary of the WiiWare™ game, Two Tribes and Chillingo are inviting gamers to show off their creative skills in the newly […]

Watch Quality TV For FREE with a $2.99 Upgrade

Wassup! Today – Over the past 10 years or so, I was subscribing to cable TV that was not the greatest as far as the picture quality goes. The lower channels from 6 – 2 would always be grainy and the rest would get worse over time. Every 6 to 8 months, I would have to bleed the cable line to eliminate the static build up. The first time I ran into poor quality, I called the cable company and that was all the repair person did. Attach a fancy device to the incoming cable line and remove the static built up in the cabling. Over the years, I would resort to bleeding the cable line myself by attaching a self made cable adapter that would connect to the radiator piping. after about 5 minutes, I would reconnect the cable to the TV and the picture quality would be better.

Review: Bluetooth Stereo Sunglasses From Trispecs

Wassup! Today – Bluetooth headsets have become very popular in the last couple of years since many countries have instituted a law prohibiting drivers from using a cell phone that is held against your ear while driving. Most of these Bluetooth headsets have been the mono/single earpiece design. The lack of wireless stereo headsets was mainly due to the fact that a phone conversation is mono in nature plus the lack of software or Bluetooth stereo profile support. Now that the proper stereo profile A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution profile) and the remote control profile AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile) has been created, we are able to take advantage of the stereo music that many cell phones support now wirelessly. To add more style and functionality to the wireless stereo music enjoyment and cell phone call access, Trispecs has combined the stereo Bluetooth headset support into a stylist pair of sunglasses.

Storage Appliance Corp. Introduces Clickfree Traveler, World’s Smallest Totally Automatic PC Backup Device

Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?] Storage Appliance Corp. introduces Clickfree Traveler, world’s smallest totally automatic PC backup device, and Clickfree Transformer, a simpler way to burn data to optical discs The size of a credit card, the Clickfree Traveler slips easily into a wallet; New Clickfree DVD Transformer bypasses tricky CD & DVD burning […]

Review: Siso Tablo From Hantech

Wassup! Today – The Siso Tablo from www.hantech.ca is certainly an interesting product to review. First off, I have been using a Wacom 4 X 6 drawing tablet for some time now. Great for drawing programs, navigating quickly on Internet Explorer and numerous other programs. The problem I have always had with the Wacom was I cannot easily use it with my laptop when the desk space is limited. The added space required for the Wacom drawing tablet is always an issue. Taking the tablet on the road is not really convenient also. Now the Siso Tablo solves the limited desk space issue nicely and is made for convenient use on the road as well.

The Popularity of The Linux Operating System

Wassup! Today – I just read an article HERE by Preston Gralla that states in conclusion, “Linux will never become a mainstream operating system on desktops, and so for client machines, it will remain largely confined to netbooks. Market surveys have shown that Linux sales on netbooks have plunged to only 10% of netbooks.

Given that, how will Linux ever reach 10% to 20% of the market? The answer: It never will. It will remain a niche operating system, and a very good one at that.”

www.Last.fm Account Not Actually FREE!!!

Wassup! Today – I did a Versus POST on March 24th. I did not know at the time when the Versus post was written that the account I created on last.fm was FREE for a limited time only. I received a message about 30 days afterwards that I only have 30 songs left before the trial expires. The service would like to charge me $3.00 USD per month to continue using their services. I am not crazy about paying any price for what they offer. I will use other services like what iTunes and other sites offer which are 100% FREE for the unforeseeable future.

Has Android Already Failed?

Wassup! Today – Has Android Already Failed? is the title for a post written by Sacha Segan for www.pcmag,com. Is this truly the trend we see in Google Android? I do not feel that the Google Android is ready to be classified as a dead operating system just yet. The main point to his argument is that the company is already pushing the Android OS for use on other categores like laptops, set-top boxes and cars plus the first offering through HTC was not an overwhelming success. What I feel Sacha is missing is that it takes a long period of exposure and updates before the operating system can fully mature. By introducing the OS to other categories, this will allow drivers, OS upgrades, and applications to be created that appeal to a wider market. The very first G1 from HTC was really a launch to get the product into the hands of third party developers and mobility geeks to showcase how robust Android is and the simplicity to customize.

What is The Future For Skype?

Wassup! Today – Skype created huge waves when it first appeared online in August of 2003. In September of 2005, Skype was bought by eBay for 2.6 billion dollars. The software based telephone service was a big draw for many Internet users since it allowed users to call other Skype users anywhere in the world for FREE. There were other VOIP services around but Skype at the time offered the clearest audio quality and the least amount of audio lag. Ever since eBay bought the company, the subscriber base and usage of the paid features has not really increased to offset the original purchase price of the company. Apparently, Skype generated 126 million dollars in the first quarter of 2009 with 309 million users world wide.

Handmark Provides End to End Store Front Solutions For Independent Developers

Wassup! Today – Handmark has just announced their own mobile solution for independent developers to quickly create a branded online App Store that allows for maximum sales potential. The announcement does not go into any details about this new offering. Questions that stll need answering:

MSI: The Deal Between Lexcycle and Amazon.com

Wassup! Today -The BLOG @ Lecycle.com has announced that their product STANZA and the company has been bought by Amazon. The company created about 1 year ago released STANZA on the APPLE APP Store for FREE. I was curious to find out why this deal was important to Amazon and what STANZA really offered that was appealing. There are a number of other e-book reading software available for the iPhone also like:

Walking Down the APPLE Memory Lane

Wassup! Today -It has been almost 33 years since Steve Jobs first started APPLE Computers. Since his absence from the company from January of 2009, the company seems to be very quiet. There is a good online history of Steve Jobs and APPLE posted HERE by The New York Times. It is truly amazing to see how APPLE has actually gone from a small company offering the original APPLE II computer to the company it is today.

Digital Camera Mondays: April 27

Wassup! Today -Checking Your Rechargeable Batteries

Now that we are finally getting into warmer weather, more and more of us will be out and about enjoying the great outdoors. This means dusting off that digital camera and accessories to capture the spring bloom or active wild life. One practice I always do this time of year is make sure the batteries are up to snuff. Currently rechargeable batteries are of the Lithium based design. These are batteries that recharge relatively quickly and hold a strong charge like 1800 – 2600 mAh (milliampere hour) for the commonly used AA rechargeable batteries. Keep in mind I frequently mention rechargeable Lithium batteries and not just Lithium batteries because there are standard Lithium AA batteries you can buy for around the same price as rechargeables which are not rechargeable. These are use once and throw away batteries which contain more power over standard alkaline batteries and should never be recharged.

Rusty Reviews For March 2009

Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]Yes, now that April is almost over, I thought it would be a good idea to recap everything I reviewed at my own site, Rusty Sabre.  It wasn’t quite as busy a month as February, but we still managed to get some interesting reviews in.  Here’s the list: The Quest […]

Bluetooth Trispecs Stereo Fashion Eyewear

Wassup! Today – Everywhere I go nowadays, I see someone talking and walking as if they are talking to themselves. It is not until I take a closer look that I realize they have one of the many mono Bluetooth headset connected wirelessly to their cell phone. A few years back Oakley released an MP3 player embedded inside a pair of fashion sunglasses. Currently the various models range from $270.00 – $390.00 CAD.

Quick Look: Cinemin Swivel Pico DLP Video Projector

Wassup! Today – Last year the big news in video projection was the release of various Texas Instruments DLP processor based pico handheld projectors. Another version will hit the market soon called the Cinemin Swivel. This is one of the smallest I have discovered thus far. Designed to connect to a number of mobile devices including the Apple iPhone.

Quick Look: External Hard Drive Backup From Clickfree

Wassup! Today – External backup systems have been around almost as long as laptops. There are numerous backup choices out there from various hard drive manufacturers and memory manufacturers like Maxtor and Lexar. A new backup manufacturer has appeared on the scene called Clickfree. This manufacturer offers a selection of external hard drives that require no software installation and configuration. All you do is plug the drive into a USB port and forget about it. The package automatically recognizes over 400 file types. The laptop I am currently writing this post on has a 70 Gb hard drive therefore I would require 80+ to be comfortable that an external drive can backup everything contained on this unit. Clickfree sells various sizes and the starting size is 120 Gb with the cost being $89.99. This is a great deal for an external USB backup drive that is small and requires no software installation or configuration.

Free For All Weekend: April 25

Wassup! Today – Protecting Your Kids
More and more parents are now getting cell phones for their teen and pre-teens in an effort to protect them and make them safer. For the most part, I do not blame the parents for this rise in cell phone usage by kids. The manner in which the industry is promoting the services is the main culprit. Companies are making cell phones in sizes and colors that appeal to young kids This article on MSNBC covers some of these phones for kids. Another promotional avenue is for cell phone carriers is to provide a family plan and also have special deals on phones like BUY ONE and GET ONE FREE. The ability to interact with TV shows and radio programs geared towards kids via SMS messaging is another way companies can get more kids to use cell phones and generates added revenue.

Digital Music Fridays: April 24

Wassup! Today -Kurzweil Keyboard

I have been a huge fan of Kurzweil keyboards ever since there first release in 1983 of the K250. Kurzweil recently released the PC361 Controller. This keyboard has 61-note lightly-weighted synth action with velocity and aftertouch sensitive keys with 128 voice polyphony and over 850 preset sounds. This keyboard is like having a synthesizer, controller keyboard and sequencer in one unit. The PC361 is a MIDI sythesizer which uses the newer MIDI through USB connection which allows for the fastest data rate possible for the MIDI signal. You can find the full specifications HERE. Plenty of onboard controls that can be accessed from the computer connected via the USB.

We are on Twitter @ twitter.com/technobrains

Wassup! Today -We have been on Twitter for a week now. The search on Twitter does not seem to be quick on the draw as far as adding new accounts to its search feature. You can simply follow us by going to Technobrains.

For those not familiar with Twitter will quickly realize that Twitter is a great way to understand what your freinds and family are doing without getting deeply personal and having to weed through hundreds of email rants that take away from your productive day. Individual posts are limited to 140 characters or less thus the postings are short and to the point. There is absolutely no obligation for you to respond back to the postings as you would with a traditional email.

Review: Cyberlink PowerDirector 7

Wassup! Today – Video editing has suddenly become a huge hobby for many with the popularity of YOUTUBE and other online video sharing websites. I have never been a fan of software that comes packaged with the video hardware equipment. If it was possbile to purchase the hardware only and save a few dollars I would do so. Many professionals use software from a company called Avid which makes the Avid Media Composer 3.5. This is an online and offline editor which allows you to create a low res copy of the original as a working copy and then transfer all the reference data back to the master copy for final rendering. Great piece of software but unfortunately for most of us, the software is just too expensive @ $2500.00 USD and has a high learning curve. This is where a software program like Cyberlink’s PowerDirector 7 comes in.

Open Source Hardware the Wave of New Mobility Products

Wassup! Today – Yesterday, I briefly touched on the topic of OPEN SOURCE HARDWARE by mentioning an innovative device being introduced on TED. I have been aware of a group called Bug Labs that have been doing some creative designs for some time now. What is uniquely special about Bug Labs design is that all their OPEN SOURCE HARDWARE products are modular and designed to fit the form factor of all their other modular products.

The Future of Mobile Interactive Devices

Wassup! Today – A presentation of a device being developed has been posted on TED. This device has been created using off the shelf products for $350.00 USD and has a huge potential in making our lives so much easier and more intuitive. To really appreciate what this device can do, you have to go HERE to see the short video.

Technobrains Now on Twitter. . .

Wassup! Today – Social networking sites are truly exploding even with the recession. I have been reluctant until now to be apart of an online social network since email alone is a full time activity on to itself. The beauty of twitter is that what you say is limited to 140 characters only. All you do is answer one question – “what are you doing”? Interested twitterers or twits can follow you and leave comments if interested. It’s a great way to let people in a private or public group know what you are up to without getting into too much details.

Mastercard Launches a FREE Mobile “ATM Hunter ” Application

Wassup! Today -The new “ATM Hunter” application from MasterCard for the iPhone and iPod touch enables users to locate the nearest ATM anywhere in the world they are. MasterCard ATM Hunter is the first in a series of FREE applications that MasterCard is developing specifically for the iPhone and iPod touch.

PDA Tuesdays: April 14

Wassup! Today! Get an Accessroy for Your Mobile Device Tomorrow and Recieve a 25% Discount
PPCTECH is offerring a 25% discount on all accessory orders processed tomorrow April 15th. If you have a PDA, cell phone or iPod, you can go to www.ppctech.com to place your order. Use the code TAXDISC09 during check out in the special instructions/comments field to recieve your discount.

Google Releases Update to Android Software

Preview: Hot Pursuit for Windows Mobile

eSoft Interactive is back, bringing us more Windows Mobile goodness in the form of Hot Pursuit, to be released on or around April 14th. The game will get your stylus tapping and your brain churning as you try and catch thieves in this worldwide epic inspired by Carmen Sandiego. Check out my quick preview, and expect a full review soon.

GPS Wednesdays: April 08

Wassup! Today – Real World Interactions Using Yellowpin
The next generation of social lifestyle tool is now available. The product is called Yellowpin and originally appeared on Facebook as an add-on application. It’s a very simple application to use and take advantage of. Anyone with a SMS capable phone can easily send a text message and have their activity and location made available to all their buddies in the social network.

MSI: Plug in Computers

Wassup! Today – Awhile back I had reviewed a product that allows you to use your home wiring to extend your networking capabilities. The product called the Megaplug AV is available for $169.00 USD. This product uses two boxes about the size of a standard electrical outlet plate. The Pogoplug is a similar sized box that allows you to configure any USB based mass storage device for access via the Internet for $99.00 USD. Once you connect the Pogoplug to an electrical outlet and connect your Internet router and an external mass stoarge device, you can go online and configure the device for access via the Internet. This means files stored on the mass storage device can be accessed while on the road or made available on a website via my.pogoplug.com website. You can send a simple link to files and images to friends and family easily using this device. No more third party websites, like www.flickr.com, smugmug.com and others required to host your public images or sensitive files.

Digital Camera Mondays: April 6

Wassup! Today -30 Megapixel DSLR Camera From Pentax

I just came across a Japanese article released by Pentax that a 30 megapixel camera will be released in the near future. I was wondering when I read this how many megapixels do we actually need in the end? I thought maybe a fair comparison would be the human eye and I did some looking around. According to wiki.answers.com, The human eye has a resolution of anywhere from 324 megapixels to 576 megapixels depending on the actual field of view angle that is used. Now if these numbesr are accurate, certainly we still have a long ways to go to matching the quality our eyes can reproduce.

MSI: Siso Tablo For Laptops

Wassup! Today -A few years back, I had invested in a new laptop from Dell. The Dell Inspiron 6000 series which cost around $1200.00 at the time. The price was very reasonable for all the bells and whistles it came with. Around the same time, many companies also manufactured tablet PCs which where laptops with a built in stylus. Generally costing around $2000.00+. The advantage of a stylus can be truly experienced when using a graphic related application like Adobe Photoshop. The pinpoint accuracy of the stylus makes free hand drawing directly on the screen that much more enjoyable in the end compared to using a mouse.

Digital Music Fridays: April 3

Wassup! Today -Things to Consider Before Buying Your First Music Player

Everywhere I go nowadays on the subway, I see people with an Apple music player of some kind. Various iPods, iPhone and the iTouch are certainly popular. I on the other hand use a traditional MP3 player or a Windows Mobile device for listening to music. For me, it has always been a Microsoft Windows CE based PDA for listening to music. There are a number of reasons why I stay with a Windows Mobile device but the main one is that most of my music is in a Mp3 format.

Digital Music Fridays: March 27

Wassup! Today – Headphones Reviews
This is a website dedicated to reviewing headphones only and is located at www.goodcans.com.

Digital Imaging Thursdays: March 26

Wassup! Today – Photo of the Day:

I had the opportunity last year to take a tour of a Canadian Friget in Toronto. The military band was playing on the docks and I captured this image of just the tuba section.

GPS Wednesdays: March 25

Wassup! Today – GPS Tracking Online
If you have ever watched any of the Police dramas on TV, you would certainly seen them use a system online that allows the police to enter a phone number and have the users location detected on a map. Now, you can do this yourself by going to the Mobile Tracker and entering the persons phone number. Actually this is not a real system but a joke system setup by the folks at www.megapranks.com. You can enter a phone number to track or not enter a number at all and click the Start Searching button. You will eventually see a map and then watch the satellite camera zoom right into the actual location of the user. Of course this is just but an intertaining one for a short period. You will certainly see what I mean once you go to the link above and try this out yourself.

Revolutionary Multi-player Online Gaming Coming Soon

Wassup! Today – Console gaming has been very popular for decades starting with the original Nintendo Entertainment System. Within the past 5 years we have seen companies like Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo release very powerful DVD based gaming systems with spectacular graphics, 3D sound and amazing game play. The down side to this for many is the constant upgrading of the hardware and the added cost of $30.00+ for new gaming titles with some being over $70.00.

www.last.fm vs. www.theradio.com

Wassup! Today -LAST.FM vs. THERADIO.

During the last couple of months I have enjoyed www.theradio.com. The ability to just go to the URL and have my favorite station play automatically is really sweet. Recently though, I have noticed advertising popping up as soon as I go to the website and after 6+ songs. Not so cool anymore when the flow of music is interrupted with a 15 second commercial.

PDA Tuesdays: March 23

Wassup! Today – The Battle of the Handheld Marketplace:
In the late 1990′s, Palm Inc., released the Palm Pilot which started the PDA recolution. Basically the Personal Digital Assistant was born which allowed you to do more than just track phone numbers and play simple games. Hundreds of productivity applications turned into thousands of applications that ranged from being FREE to costing over $20.00 USD. Certainly, the Palm Pilot was not the first handheld device o the market but was the first to truly introduce the masses to a handheld productivity device.

Digital Camera Mondays: March 23

Wassup! Today – Sharing Your Pictures
It is always more exciting when you can share your fond memories with others by sending your pictures to friends and family. www.flickr.com is a popular site though there are dozens of many others out there too. Keep in mind most FREE sites like Flickr limit you to the number of photos you can have or the total storage you have available. This means you must delete old pictures as you start to run low on storage space. This can be lots of work and in many cases too much work to maintain once you get into 100′s of pictures.

Digital Music Fridays: March 20

Wassup! Today – LAST.FM

So what is last.fm?

Well last.fm is another online music site. There are plenty of them around but last.fm has some atrributes that make it stand out. I have never been a fan of FREE sites that expect you to sign up to access the features even though it maybe a simple and quick process. I have too many accounts with a unique login name and password already therefore I kringe when a site asks me to register.

Anyways, I had to try last.fm just to see what makes them tick for Digital Music Fridays. Here is a short list of what I like about last.fm.

GPS Wednesdays: March 18

Wassup! Today – Garmin Nuvi Series of Stand alone GPS Units
Garmin has an very interesting line of GPS units geared mainly for North American usage that will be released in the second quarter of 2009. There are a number of units all with the same external design with specific internal differences. There are currently 8 new models to choose from:

New Syndicated Feed From Technoblabber -Please Excuse the Hiccups

Wassup! Today – The latest Syndicated feed is coming from www.technoblabber.com. It’s run by “2 Dudes Rambling About Neat Stuff” and they are new to the blog scene. They are still working their way around Wordpress and you may see some broken feeds now and then. They are learning quick but more importantly have some unique views on technology which you will certainly enjoy reading.

PDA Tuesdays: March 17

Wassup! Today – Powerful and Rugged Windows Mobile
It not often I see a Windows Mobile device with loads of features built right in. The latest offering from Nautiz is certainly one that has everything I would expect in a fully featured Windows Mobile device.

Digital Camera Mondays: March 16

Wassup! Today – Don’t be Fooled by Just High Megapixels

Ever since early 2008, I have been seeing all sorts of higher megapixel cameras come out in the markeplace. Point and shoot cameras with 8 – 10 megapixels with some even in the 12 megapixel range. Not all cameras are created equal and the actual image sensing chip used can make a huge difference in the actual image output. When you are in the market for a new camera, always try them out carefully before deciding on your final choice.

How to Protect Yourself When Using Someone Elses Computer

Wassup! Today -If you tend to use someone elses computer on occasion, it is important that any personal information like website login information or duplicate saved files are not stored on the computer. Depending on how the Internet Explorer in a Windows PC is setup, there can be a number of areas where access details are automatically saved.

1: The browser can store a history of all recent websites visited.

2: Information entered in web based forms can be stored.

3: Login passwords can be saved.

When it comes to MS Word files, even if you save the completed document on an external USB drive, there can be an autosaved version stored locally on the PC.

Free For All Weekend: March 15

Wassup! Today – Mobile Development War Beginning

Now that Microsoft has announced a new online mobility store to compete with the Apple iTunes store. The war for the shrinking disposable income will begin. In the end, the battle will not only be between the different operating systems and hardware only. A good percentage of iPhone and iTouch users are not happy with how the iTunes store operate. This frustration also translates over to the software developers that must wait months for their newly completed title to be approved and made available for access on the iTunes store. Developers will soon have a non Apple store where titles can be made available for sale quickly and potentially with a greater return in profit. This is done via a third party installer called Cydia. Cydia will allow you to choose from a number of different download sites and even from sites that will be offerring commercial titles for purchase.

Digital Music Fridays: March 13

Wassup! Today – Satellite Radio vs www.theradio.com
I did a post awhile back HERE and the main PROS about THERADIO was that there are no commercials. Unfortunately this has changed in the past few weeks. About every 6 songs or so, a 30 second commercial is inserted on top of the channel identifier. It all started with an Esurance commercial. Not a huge discomfort since www.theradio.com is still free but with the introduction of commercials without prior notice, I have no idea if the service will still be free down the road or if the frequnecy of the commercials will increase over time. I hope the service does stay free for end user use and the level of commercials are kept at its current level.

Digital Imaging Thursdays: March 12

Wassup! Today – Photo Editing Using Photosphop
Almost all “point and shoot” cameras save the captured image in the jpeg format. This is a common format that all photo and imaging software can easily load and edit. Most people that use Photoshop or any photo editing software do not realize that a large portion of the original image quality is lost when the original image is edited under default settings. You can check this by loading an unedited image into photoshop. Once the image has loaded, go to Image/Image Size and look at the default image resolution. The default is 72 ppi (pixels per inch) for most images captured by a “point and shoot” camera. This is the typical resolution used by many camera manufacturers to minimize the file storage requirements for the captured image.

Will The Soon to be Released Palm Pre be The True Apple iPhone Killer?

Wassup! Today – Last week, Roger Mcnamee (an investor in the company Palm Inc.), made some bold public statements about the upcoming Palm Pre device.

Quote: Bloomberg.com

“You know the beautiful thing: June 29, 2009, is the two- year anniversary of the first shipment of the iPhone,” McNamee said today in an interview in San Francisco. “Not one of those people will still be using an iPhone a month later.”

Rusty Reviews For February 2009

Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]Yes, as some of you may know, I moonlight for my own site, Rusty Sabre. It’s really just a portal with links to all the reviews I’ve written for different sites over the years, but I do post original reviews there as well. As it happens, February was both a […]

Eye-Fi Cards Effortlessly Deliver Their Video Clips to YouTube or Flickr

Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?] MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — March 3, 2009 — Eye-Fi Inc., makers of the world’s first wireless memory card for digital cameras, today announced the release of two new wireless SD memory cards that will upload videos directly from a digital camera to a computer and the Web. Videos are […]

Wikipedia Now Goes Mobile

Wassup! Today – It is not like you have enough things to deal with on a daily basis but if you need information on the run, you can now go to http://wapedia.mobi/en/ or http://pda.wapedia.mobi/en to view the popular wikipedia pages now formatted for the mobile WAP browser screen.

Quick Look: Warfare Incorporated From Spiffcode

Wassup! Today – This is one game that really intrigued me when I first tried it a couple of years ago on the i-Mate Jasjar. The Windows Mobile version has great graphics and a complex gaming artificial intelligence. Warfare Incorporated is a RTS realtime strategy game similar to the old Sim City and Sim Earth type of games in which you must built your community over time. The difference is that elements of a war game like Command and Conquer have been added.

Technoblabber: Two Dudes Rambling About Neat Stuff

Wassup! Today – I have to mention a website I frequent called Technoblabber.com. I go there at least once a day now not because I enjoy their blog but mainly by accident. When I make my way to Technobrains by typing in the URL in Google, the auto fill lists Technoblabber before Technobrains and I tend to quickly choose Technoblabber by mistake. It’s a site that seemed to have started in 2007 but only has one post dated today. I wish Technoblabber all the best.

Digital Imaging Thursdays: February 19

Wassup! Today – Photo Sharing Sites:
There are numerous photo sharing sites online with FLICKR being a very popular one. I use FLICKR but I must confess that I have not updated my picture section in months. You can go HERE to see old pictures I have made public. The origianl reason for posting images on FLICKR was to expose my pictures to as wide an audience as possible. Seemed like a good idea at the time but as the months passed, I realized that getting poeple to actually spend time looking through my pictures was a full time task in itself for me. There are just too many distractions on FLICKR that easily divert my attention away from concentrating on my pictures. It is a great thing for FLICKR but not so great for me as a photographer. Lately, I have noticed that it is getting substantially harder to locate high quality images among the thousands of pictures being uploaded everyday. The number of views of my pictures alone are very low and not worth the time and effort it take to maintain a spot on FLICKR.

GPS Wednesdays: February 18

Wassup! Today – Virtualpunk is a unique game that takes MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) to a whole new level. Virtualpunk is GPS based therefore is best played outdoors. Just like other RPG’s you must collect treasure, armor, weapons and fight your way through each level. The graphics are great for a mobile game and certainly well thought out. If you have ever played a RPG game and enjoy them, you have to try Virtualpunk. For those that have never played a RPG but would like try something very unique while enjoying the outdoors have to give Virtualpunk a try. One word of warning, on lookers may think you are a little odd walking around in circles.

Switching Over to Digital TV

Wassup! Today – Yesterday was the first official change over day in the United States for terrestrial TV from analog to digital. Complete change over is scheduled for mid June. I am still not 100% comfortable as to what should be changed when dealing with an older setup and what can be kept? I am located in Canada and the switchover is not until 2011 but I am located close enough to the United States that any good programming will come from US based stations. This means I need to change too.

PDA Tuesdays: February 17

Another Microsoft Mobile Category Coming Soon
Yesterday Jack @ Experience Mobility blogged about the latest Microsoft announcements. One announcement was about the new mobile device category called Windows Phone. Not sure if this is just an added category or if this will replace all existing categories. We went from a Pocket PC Phone edition device which had a full touch screen to a Smartphone which has no touch screen. Now with the Windows Phone, it seems like we are back to the full touch screen again. When will this flip flopping end? It must be a nightmare for current Windows Mobile device developers to support all the categories. Seems very costly now to support the older Windows Mobile Classic, Windows Mobile Professional and the newer Windows Phones. All have different versions of the Windows CE operating system and uses different screen sizes. Until the actual Windows CE v6.5 versions of Windows Phone come out, it will be hard to tell if these will be a really hot device or a total flop for Microsoft. From my former days as a Microsft Mobile MVP, I was under the impression that the touch screens would disappear and the Smartphones with no touch screen would be the wave of the future for Microsoft. Looks like Apple wins the battle again and sets the standard with the multi-touch touch screens.

Digital Camera Mondays: February 16

Wassup! Today – Dell Wasabi PZ310
The Dell Wasabi is a unique photo printer which uses the ZINK photo paper technology. The printer uses special paper that has the ink crystals built directly into the paper. The printer only prints photos in one size but the cost of each print is reasonable considering you have no added ink costs. Printer costs $99.00 USD currently with an instant $50 savings. 24 sheets of paper cost $12 or 48 for $20.00 USD.

Watching Restricted Online Video Content

Wassup! Today – Don’t be alarmed that when I use the term RESTRICTED. This does not refer to XXX or pornographic videos. When I say RESTRICTED, this refers to sites that are inaccessible from your country. For example, I have always been a fan of a TV program created in the UK called “The Prisoner”. Released in 1967, The Prisoner was a follow up to another TV program called the “Secret Agent” or some of you may remember this as “Danger Man” which was being canceled. The original main actor of the “Secret Agent” Patrick McGoohan came up with a story that takes the character John Drake and places him in a whole new scenario and story line. The two TV shows are drastically different in plot and atmosphere. Star Trek Deep Space Nine and Star Trek Voyager are still Star Trek Shows in the end. The Prisoner is very unique and has aspects of design and technology that was far beyond its 1967 era. Patrick McGoohan produced 17 episodes of The Prisoner which was recently made available on www.AMCTV.com for On Demand viewing. Since access to AMCTV and its online streaming content is available only to US residents, I was not able to watch this program from Canada.

Digital Music Fridays: February 13

Wassup! Today – MIDI Music (Musical Instrument Digital Interface)

It has been over 25 years since the MIDI standard was established giving birth to all sorts of synthesizer New Wave music in the 80′s . It is amazing that the General MIDI Standard is still supported today with a number of newer extended formats available. I am disappointed in some ways that MIDI has not really become a household name defining music composition, electronic music programming and as a general form of study for music enthusiasts. My impression is that MIDI is still considered as some kind of BLACK BOX used by hardcore dance music creators or known as a file format used for ring tone use only.

Digital Imaging Thursdays: February 12

Wassup! Today – Digital Video Camera:
In the last 3 years or so, we have started to see the introduction of HD digital video cameras and the lowering of prices of video cameras in general. $2000.00 USD was the normal price range for a basic digital video camera. Now we are starting to see a number of choices in the $500.00 – $1000.00 USD price range. This certainly will get more and more individuals into purchasing a digital video camera to capture those important family moments.
One of the common problems with video camera users is the ability to immediately view the movies conveniently. Old technology involved a VHS tape that allowed you to easily remove the tape from the camera and insert into your video cassette player. Now we are dealing with an internal hard drive or a removable memory card which is not supported by standard video players. This means connecting the video camera directly to your TV each time you would like to watch the video. For some, this is as simple as plugging the camera into the AV jacks on the front of the TV. Unfortunately, many will have to deal with the connections on the back of the older TV which can be a real pain to reach.

MSI: Plastic Logic Announces More Details on the Ereader

Wassup! Today – This is by far the best looking and most functional ereader that has been developed to date. This is not a glorified handheld PDA redesigned to be an e-reader like the SONY PRS-505. The Plastic Logic e-reader is revolutionary in design. First the device uses a plastic display developed by Plastic Logic and provides a screen display of 8 1/2 X 11 and less than 16 ounces in weight.

GPS Wednesdays: February 11

Wassup! Today – GPS 101
Many people understand generally what it means when someone says GPS but most people do not know how or what a GPS can be useful for. Typically a GPS is used to determine where you are which is not really a benefit in populated areas since we have street signs and other landmarks to guide us. Inexpensive maps can also show us exactly where we are thus a device costing $100.00 or more is not something the average person is willing to invest in. Keep in mind that street signs and maps are only as good as the person using these tools since the information only provides a point of reference only. The user must use the information effectively to reach the final destination. This method is easily prone to human error.

Why Not Stargaze on St. Valentine’s Day?

Rating 3.00 out of 5 [?]Use Star Walk or AstroNavigator on your mobile for it You are running out of ideas for Valentine’s day, you are bored of the usual presents but you still want to impress your partner. We have the right suggestion for you: give your lover the sky. With a simple click […]

PDA Tuesdays: February 10

Wassup! Today – What is a PDA Anyways?

We keep hearing about PDA this and PDA that. What are these devices and how do we know when a topic is related to a PDA device that you own? This is not as difficult as you might think. PDA stands for “Personal Digital Assistant”. As the name implies, any electronic device that assists you can fall into this category:

Digital Camera Mondays: February 9

Wassup! Today – CLOSE ACT PERFORMANCE OUTDOORS IN TORONTO
Saturday night, I had the opportunity to catch a special outdoor performance by an extraordinary troop that came all the way from the Netherlands. The group called the Pi-Leau managed a spectacular show running 1 hour long based on an underwater theme. Divers and mermaids would move across the court yard and interact to music. You can see a small glimp by watching this video below.

MSI: Amazon Kindle 2 Reading Device Announced

Wassup! Today – Amazon has just announced the release of the new Kindle 2 reading device. This is the second generation of the reading device which now has a larger screen, improved display, and longer battery life.

Money’s Too Tight to Mention – FFAW

Wassup! Today – The current slump in the economy and market down turns are forcing many large companies to cut back and force many people out of work. This may seem like a real depressing time for those that have lost their jobs but it should not be all that bad. I feel many of these people are truly blessed for being laid off over their coworkers that still have their jobs.

I say this because, this is the perfect time to take your career to the next level and by being forced to look for other employment is the perfect opportunity. Those co workers that still have their jobs will be too busy worrying if they will be next or not. If you decide to take it easy and collect Unemployment Insurance then you are certain to get depressed and be in a more serious situation than you are now. The trick is to take advantage of this time and focus your FREE time on creating new avenues.

Free For All Weekend: February 7

Wassup! Today – Since it is Saturday now, I wanted to start this post early to ensure I have time for other activities. First, I would like to continue the synthesizer theme and add this video to the site. The song and group is not a synthesizer band but are great in adding the synthesizer sound together with traditional instruments. The group is Miami Sound Machine with Gloria Estefan and the song is Here We Are.

Digital Music Fridays: First Ever Post For Digital Music Fridays

Wassup! Today – Digital Music Fridays will be a weekly digest on digital music information covering topics like MP3 players, MIDI music, online radio, music formats, digital audio and other digital music related categories.

YOUTUBE
I love YouTube and so do millions of other people. Seems kind of strange that we have all settled for sub par quality when watching all these music videos on YouTube. It is only recently that YouTube has upgraded the service to support a wide screen and higher resolution Flash video format. I can understand that YouTube was originally limited by the Flash technology in how high a video quality that could be efficiently supported. At least we are able to watch many of the classic videos and many commercially copyright protected videos. I would like shar with you a classic video and song from Louis Armstrong – The great SACHMO – What a Wonderful World.

MSI: Amazon Kindle Due to Get Some Major Competition

Wassup! Today – Next week Plastic Logic is geered to unveil their new e-book reader @ the TOC Conference. The innovative e-book reader is about 8 1/2 X 11 in size and as thin as a note pad. Has built in wireless and completely accessed via the touch screen. The Plastic Logic Reader uses a revolutionary technology which incorporates transistors on a plastic layer using no silicon. The screen is flexible and more durable over traditional LCD screens. You can watch a demo of the product below.

Amazon Kindle 2 Book Reader Coming Soon?

Wassup! Today – According to Boy Genius Report, Amazon will announce the latest version of the Amazon Kindle on February 9th, 2009. The new version if the leaked images are accurate looks much sexier over the original version. I like the original Kindle for a number of reasons and blogged last year on the Internet that the Kindle will be a success for Amazon. First the screen allows you to see the text even in bright sunshine. Second, the device is designed to be held like a hard covered book and pages turned with the hand and thumb placements in traditional locations. A little pricey at $399.00 USD but the Kindle 2 e-book reader is rumoured to be lower in price. I am looking forward to hearing more about the new Kindle 2 from Amazon next week if the runours are true.

Digital Imaging Thursdays: First Ever Post For Digital Imaging Thursdays

Wassup! Today – Digital Imaging Thursdays will be a weekly digest of current digital image related topics. Topics ranging from imaging software, imaging hardware, imaging techniques, and basic imaging 101.

Keep on top of the latest mobile imaging trends and technologies by reading Digital Imaging Thursdays.

EYE-FI

Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera vs Compact Digital Camera

Wassup! Today – Why all the hype about Digital Single Lens Reflex Cameras (DSLR) over Compact Digital Cameras?

The simply answer is that professionals and users with disposable income always want the best and the fastest equipment. It’s all about who can publish the first quality image to capture the ultimate credit and rewards. For the average user, is a DSLR the only option for taking quality pictures? The answer from my perspective is NO.
Here is a list of the differences between a DSLR and a Compact Digital Camera.

Ubisoft Acquires Action Pants Inc. Located in Vancouver, BC, Canada

Wassup! Today – Ubisoft known for its games like SPLINTER CELL, PRINCE OF PERSIA, ASSASSINS CREED and GHOST RECON has acquired a little known company in Vancouver called Action Pants Inc. Action Pants Inc. has been developing a sports game for the Nintendo Wii and is almost ready to release their first ever title. Seems like another potential Canadian company that just started in 2006 has been gobbled up by foreign acquisition. I hope at least the company name and the Canadian location stays intact to ensure some Canadian employment and Canadian recognition over the long haul.

Ubisoft is a French gaming company and has locations all over the world including one also in Montreal, Canada. You can check out Ubisoft HERE and read more about the acquisition of Action Pants Inc.

Just For Valentine’s

Forget the champagne and roses. Get your girl a unique pair of headphones from Philips. These Active Crystal headphones come with Swarovski crystals and says something special that lasts far beyond the special Valentine’s Day.

GPS Wednesdays: First Ever Post For GPS Wednesdays

Wassup! Today – Every Wednesday, I will be posting a digest of GPS related topics that will keep you informed about the current GPS marketplace and activities. Most of you may think of a GPS as a lazy mans way of finding your way around town but a GPS can be more than that. I will try to enlighten you about how a GPS can improve your daily life and make the technology as simple to access as possible. GPS technology is one of those very expensive military projects that was turned into a free consumer service that we can all take advantage of. Read GPS Wednesdays to stay up to date on this exciting technology.
Types of GPS Units

PDA Tuesdays: First Ever Post For PDA Tuesdays

Wassup! Today – Every Tuesday, I will be posting a digest of PDA related topics that will keep you informed about the current PDA market. I am working hard to make PDA Tuesdays a source of interesting information on new and current products. The PDA market has the potential of becoming even stronger than it is now with some innovative products and software. Stay informed by reading PDA Tuesdays each week.

A Sweet New product From Toshiba.
Toshiba has announced the upcoming release of its newest PDA product TG01. This is a sweet unit that should add some spark to the Windows Mobile category.

BASIC TG01 SPECIFICATIONS:

True 3D on Your iPhone or iMac Without 3D Glasses

Wassup! Today – A new product from Wazabee will allow you to see a 3D image or play some 3D games on your iPhone without the funky traditional red and blue lens glasses. A skin is applied over the LCD screen and the 3D compatible image or game will project in true 3D. Check out the video below.

iPingPong 3D – Play Ping Pong Against Another Real iPhone Player

Wassup! Today – It is great to see another game that allows wireless multi-player interaction. iPingpong 3D looks like a really fun time killer. The game operates at 50 frames per second allowing for very smooth interaction.

Check out the video below and go HERE to download a demo or to purchase the game.

Digital Camera Mondays: First Ever Post For Digital Camera Mondays

Every Monday, we will post a digest of camera related topics that should peek your interest if you are into digital cameras or not. I hope you will enjoy our weekday edition of Camera Mondays which will focus on camera specific information.

Sanyo releases a new line of digital video cameras that should please a wide range of video enthusiasts. One category that I would like to focus on is the new Xacti full HD camera.

SPECIFICATIONS:

- 1920 X 1080 Full HD Video Capture.

- 60 Frames Per Second Video Capture (60 fps).

- 240/400 fps image capture for quality slow motion. (1/4 and 1/10 of normal speed).

- 8 megapixel still image capture even while filming video.

- Built in 8 GB memory with support up to 32 GB using SDHC memory cards.

MSRP: Not available at this time.

Improving Technobrains

Wassup! Today – In a continued effort to improve the website and the contents, I have created specific sub categories for the weekly mobility news. Starting Monday, each weekday will have a specific mobility category assigned to it. Therefore some of the news posted will be specific to that daily category. Here is the breakdown.

Access Your PDA During the Cold Winter Months With DOTS While Keeping Your Hands Warm

Wassup! Today – This cold winter has my Palm Treo staying warm during the winter months by not going outside. The main reason for not using a touch screen PDA during the cold months is it is too much trouble to remove the gloves to just look up some quick information. Now with the availability of the DOTS Gloves I can wear a pair of warm knit gloves and use the touch screen without removing the gloves.

Good to Know Basics on Digital TV

Since February 17th, 2009 is quickly approaching, I wanted to put together a basic list of things to know before you dive into the digital TV switchover. This list is mainly for those people that do not currently subscribe to cable TV or satellite TV. Subscribers of cable and satellite TV should contact their current provider for the full DTV related information. First, the US government is offering a $40.00 USD COUPON for the purchase of a digital converter for those still using an old analog TV. Basically this means a standard NTSC cathode ray tube or CRT TV. For those not tech savvy, this means a TV which contains a picture tube that extends behind the screen like 2 feet or so. Most flat screen TV’s purchased in the last 2 years or so should have a compatible digital TV tuner built in. Double check your owners manual or visit the manufacturers website for specific details. The items below will mostly benefit those that currently receive TTV (terrestrial TV) or over the air television broadcasts using an indoor or outdoor antenna.

The Bill to Delay the Digital TV Transition Has Been Defeated in the House

According to the article HERE by the Globe and Mail, the bill was defeated in the HOUSE. The States will still go ahead with the transition to full digital TV on February 17th, 2009. I still feel that the general consumer in the States are not ready and a huge push by the new administration would have made a difference in getting more people to switch by June.

Like my father says, “I do not need the better picture quality. . . what I get now is fine”. My father has been retired for over 10 years and does not see the point in paying extra on top of the basic cable fees to get HDTV channels of existing channels. Also many of the programs he wants to watch are educational and since he uses a computer that is online, he can watch many of these shows later online via the original source like pbs.org, cbs.com, nationalgeographics.com etc. . . Having the ability to connect a computer also to the larger LCD tv makes no sense because his computer is an iMac which has the 19 inch LCD with the computer built in.

Arcade Park From Herocraft Gets a Facelift

The Arcade Park collection has been carefully designed to revive legendary games from the past – this pack represents great value with 8 arcade games in one!

These are remakes of popular arcade games from the 80′s.

- Asteroids

- Galaxy Invaders

- Rushman

- Digger

- Real Tank

- Riverside Assault

- Gold Hunter

- Arcade Ball

The names have been changed due to copyright of original versions but certainly you can guess which of the popular orignal arcades these games represent.

Herocraft Updates Hexxagon Labs Mobile Game

Hexxagon Labs is the amazing logic game, which contains over a dozen arenas filled with intellectual challenges where you are able to compete with computer rivals or play with your friends!

Funny chemistry, witty physics, exciting astronomy… Do you think that there are no such things on our planet? If so, you haven’t play Hexxagon Labs yet! This amusing tactical logic game includes 27 original hard-to-solve levels. The goal of the game in each level is to occupy as many cells on a field as possible, capturing pieces of an enemy. Your rivals will be the best American and European professors whose brains were implanted in the game’s artificial intellect system. You also will have an opportunity to play Hexxagon Labs with one or two friends using only one device!

Become an Astronomical Geek Overnight

Wassup! Today – I have always had a deep interest in outer space and the cosmos. In my early teens, I had a refracting equatorial mount telescope that provided 450 X power. I was so excited when I was able to see the rings around Saturn for the first time. A school mate was also present and Robert J. verified my finding. Seeing the rings of Saturn that night changed my outlook on the stars and the planets forever.

Digital Voice Recording On The Go With The iPhone

Wassup! Today – Finger Tip Access has released a dictaphone application called the “Ultimate Voice Recorder”. This application has some interesting features under the hood and is a “Must Have” for those that need the occasional recording capabilities. Lectures and seminars can be information packed or a real sleeper. In either case, you do not want to miss those key points. The Ultimate Voice Recorder can capture these voice recordings unattended.

Another “i” Product… When will the insanity end?

Wassup! Today – Lately, it is becoming a nightmare trying to keep track of all the products starting with the letter “i”. To be introduced to another Apple product starting with a small “i” followed by a Capital letter is fine since Apple starrted this trend with the original iMac. Since other companies started following suite, it seems every time I look for new and innovative mobile products online, I come across another “iSomething”. If this keeps up, we will soon need a dictionary just for the letter “i”.

Crystal Ball For 2009 Part II

Wassup! Today – 2009 will be a year of winners and losers in the technology marketplace. Here are a few winners and losers predicted in no particular order. We are already seeing signs of companies getting into the netbook market like Viewsonic. Will netbooks do well in 2009?

SLACKER G2 vs www.theradio.com

Wassup! Today – Recently, I posted a COMPARISON between satellite radio like XM Radio and Sirius Radio to www.theradio.com. I just came across the latest offering from Slacker. Slacker is an online radio offering that provides unlimited song selections and stations via the Internet similar to www.radio.com. There are some key differences between the two and one is being that Slacker produces a stand alone radio player.

New SONY Camera With Built in Wi-Fi Browser

Sony has just announced the release of a Digital camera which has a wireless browser built in. Wi-Fi on a camera is not new but the implimentation of the technology on the SONY is new and innovative. There is a good review over at www.popsci.com Popular Science magazine that details some of the hits and misses of this new concept.

PC Power Supply Overload

Wassup! Today – I just spent the weekend upgrading an old Ice Cube PC system that was purchased about 6 years ago. At the time, this type of system was revolutionary. Very small footprint and many of the addon system cards like the video, sound and hard drive controllers are build into the main motherboard. The bare-bones system came with 200 Watts of power and was plenty at the time. I upgraded the memory from 512 Mb ram to 1 Gig ram, upgraded the processor from 1.8 GHz to 2.40 GHz. and added an AGP ATI Radeon 9200SE 128 M video card. With gamers always pushing for more power, this system would not be considered a system suitable for todays power hungry gamer though.

Exercise Your Way to Less Stress

Wassup! Today – Over a year ago, I had the pleasure of reviewing the emWave Personal Stress Reliever. The emWave came with a heart rate sensor that attaches to the ear lobe. This heart rate sensor is very comfortable and a great way to utilize the emWave. Now Yamaha known for producing some innovative products over a number of decades has now come out with the BodiBeat syncronized workout music player. This is a combination MP3 player and a heart rate monitor.

Products to Watch For in 2009

2009 is a year of cutbacks and reduced product development. Many named brand companies will be concentrating on a select few products at reduced margins. Look out for companies like Sony, Monster Cable, Acer, Sharp and many others to push a limited selection of interesting products. There will be companies like TSC (The Speaker Company) that should see a rise in business in 2009. The Speaker Company sells high quality speakers and headphones at mid to low end pricing. Lastly, there will be a larger influx of products classifed in the “No Name” category. Much of the product will be manufactured by Asian companies that specialize in OEM and branding products for name brand companies and will continue to release their own products with no branding at lower retail pricing.

Full Sized Speakers in Your Ears

Wassup! Today – Monster Cable the makers of high-end quality audio and visual cabling have announced the production of ear bud headphones that rivals sound of full sized speakers. Quote: “sound so big we had to call them speakers”. The new headphones called the Monster Turbine In-Ear Speakers are supposed to deliver deep base and clarity not heard in most other headphones. The suggested retail pricing is $149.95 USD and if these headphones do deliver the audio punch described by Monster, these pair should be a very good value. You can read more HERE.

New Sweet Offering From Sony. . .Wearable Walkman

Wassup! Today – Sony announced @ CES a new set of headphones that comes with built in memory and a music player. This is something I have been waiting along time for. A reputable manufacture to come up with a pair of quality headphones with a built in music player and acceptable memory capacity. Those other Bluetooth headsets that are designed for music still have unacceptable audio quality and requires you to carry a music player that also supports Bluetooth. Also, the A2DP audio profile used with Bluetooth headsets is nothing worth bragging about. These Sony headsets should fill a nice market segment looking for a lightweight, self contained music player headphones.

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