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Archive for 2010

 

USB 3.0 Flash Drives, Thanksgiving and the Kinect

USB 3.0 Flash Drives have started to appear, and more importantly below the $20 mark.  This makes it a no-brainer purchase for enthusiasts.  The first SuperTalent drives performed well, but had price points up to $600.  The recent generation sells for under $20 for 8 Gbyte and 16 Gbyte capacities. The Kingston USB 3.0 Flash […]

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Kinect Teardown from EE Times, Second USB 3.0 Host Certified

Sony and Microsoft have added Motion Control to their game systems.  Specifically, Sony has wireless motions sensing remotes (called the Move) similar to the Wii controller (WiMote).  Microsoft has the Kinect. Microsoft Kinect gives the 5 year old XBox and will likely boost sales and lengthen the life of the XBox 360 further. In fact, […]

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SmartPhone sales increase in the U.S., LightPeak

  According to Nielsen, SmartPhones continue to replace regular Feature Phones (phones that only make phone calls, and do have not internet).     Looking the graph below, I personally think that variations of 5% or less are almost like noise. I suspect that the rise in the adoption of Google phones below shows: 1) […]

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USB 3.0 in Chipsets

Digitimes reports that USB 3.0 will appear in chipsets by January 2012. Given that everyone from Apple’s Steve Jobs showed concerns about USB 3.0 deployment,   I can only say this: USB 3.0 is complex. The Inventors of USB aren’t fooling around, they want to do it right. I find this encouraging. Lots of products […]

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AppleOS only on USB

Apple announced the MacBook Air and the only way to install programs is either via the Internet or USB.  Of course, if the OS fails, and you have no internet, you have to use USB. So Apple ships a USB Flash Drive that re-installs your software to factory condition. How does Apple get away with […]

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I'm buying a 3D TV

Next Year I’m buying a 3D TV.  Assuming I make it to next year.  I’m hoping to pick one up for less than $1500 just so I can watch Toy Story 3 in 3D.  Really. My search on Amazon yielded about 27 different models from LG, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Samsung, and Sony.  All of them had […]

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XBox 360 Kinect – Not just for games

In 3 weeks, Microsoft will ship out Kinect for the XBox 360.  Kinect is a 3D Video Camera and Software. The Camera connects to your XBox through the XBox USB port.  It allows you to play games without a controller.  The early reviews indicate that this is the most precise motion control system ever, where […]

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First USB 3.0 Consumer Product & FreeBSD gets USB 3.0

3D drives 3.0 I can’t fill a 1 Terabyte drive with personal media yet, and I generate about 4 GB of digital pictures and video a month. I can however fill an HD DVR in about 3 months.  I recorded a single episode of the new Hawaii-Five-O (from the writers of “Star Trek”) and it […]

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RIM BlackBerry Playbook, Smartphone Market, the end of Humanity

RIM announced the 7 inch BlackBerry Playbook.  At 7 inches, it’s smaller than the iPad and larger than the Dell Streak. The Playbook features that stood out for me. – a micro-USB connector (probably B so it’s only a peripheral) – mini-HDMI port – dual core 1 GHz – 7 inch Capacitive touch screen (less […]

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USB Biometrics

My gym, 24 hour fitness, started installing fingerprint recognition in their clubs. “24 Hour Fitness is excited to introduce this new service that allows members to access our health clubs without a membership card. No more fumbling through your gym bag or purse… just enter your 10-digit check-in code, scan your finger, and you’re on […]

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