Mobile Computing, Reviews

Innergie PocketCell Duo

As someone who is a mobile device reviewer, I can almost never turn down an offer to review a mobile battery pack, especially one from a company like Innergie. Innergie, as many of you may not know is actually a subsidiary of Delta Electronics, one of the biggest suppliers of electronics in the world, mostly making things like fans and power supplies. Innergie, however, is their own consumer brand which focuses on chargers and charging cables. Top to bottom: TYLT Powerplant, Innergie PocketCell, Innergie PocketCell Duo In the past, we had a chance to review their original PocketCell 3000 mAh battery pack with their first


Entertainment, Mobile Computing, Opinion

What Instagram is Doing Wrong

With over 90 million monthly users and 40 million new uploads per day, Instagram has become the most popular photo sharing app in the world – but do we really care for all of them? Ever since Instagram decided to invite the Android crowd into their world-famous app, their popularity exploded. Thousands of ?likes? and comments per second, with integration and sharing options to Facebook, Twitter, and other popular API?s were just the start. With it?s accessibility and versatility, Instagram brought a simple way to change ordinary pictures to visually stunning entertainment to mobile users worldwide. Then you have the ?Explore? section of the app.


2013, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Event, Mobile Computing, Reviews

TYLT's PowerPlant Packs a Punch

TYLT hooked up the guys at BSN* with battery packs and other tools to keep our mobile devices alive throughout CES 2013 – Here?s what we thought: One of the highlights of being at CES is that you get to socialize with industry leaders, in a city that parties all night long. But being in Las Vegas has its downsides too, in its arguably busiest week of the year. Within a 3-mile radius you have roughly 3 million nerds heavily-wired with at least 2 mobile devices, all desperately fighting for a stable mobile/data signal to update their web. And this is all on top of


2013, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Entertainment, Event, Graphics, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Software Programs, VR World

CES 2013: Tegra 4 Will Revolutionize Mobile Photography

At NVIDIA?s CES 2013 press conference, Nvidia’s CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, agreed that the ?best camera you can have is the one that?s readily available.? It?s no secret that photography on smartphones and mobile devices has become more advanced and popular over the past three years. Tegra 4 will usher in a platform so powerful that capturing and processing your images will become practically instantaneous. One of the most popular processing techniques in mobile photography is using HDR, or high-dynamic range. This is currently a native feature on many of the latest smartphones and captures two images of different exposures, then its CPU superimposes them, calculating


Cloud Computing, Entertainment, Event, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Software Programs, VR World

HTC Goes Full Frontal with Their 8X

HTC hosted their exciting ?Full Frontal Moustache Bash? event last night at The London Hotel in Hollywood, California, showcasing their new HTC 8X phone running Windows Phone 8. Their ?Full Frontal? theme for the night was a play on words, advertising both the 8X?s ultra-wide front facing camera and sporting moustaches for the Movember Foundation, a charity that raises awareness for prostate cancer every November. Great ?staches, great music and fun… but how?s the phone? We met with J.B. McRee, Product Manager at HTC, to give us a quick overview of what?s new on the 8X: Here are some key specs for this sleek device:


Audio/Video, Entertainment, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Reviews

REVIEW – KOSS STRIVA Could Be the Next Big Platform to Enjoy Music

STRIVA – It?s sleek, it?s portable, and it?s cord-free. But will it define a new platform to wirelessly enjoy your music? A few weeks ago, KOSS Corporation announced their STRIVA WiFi Headphones series, and was generous enough to offer us a test drive of their Pro model. If you haven?t already checked out my previous article about this exciting system, here?s the nutshell. STRIVA provides listeners control of their music via a WiFi hotspot, or through an ad-hoc CAP (Content Access Point) device that can transmit a WiFi signal from any stereo source. Their new website,, manages your gear and provides access to many


Entertainment, Event, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Software Programs

NFC Headlines at SXSW

This year?s South By Southwest (SXSW) Festival in Austin, Texas includes live tech demos by Isis – the upcoming NFC mobile wallet service for AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile, setting forth their future debut at points-of-sale in Austin and Salt Lake City this summer. At the live demo, visitors can see the technology in action at a mock grocery store. The Isis-loaded devices can activate the store?s incentives and offers, add loyalty or club cards into the same app, and breeze through checkout by tapping onto a branded terminal. They will also be demonstrating the versatility of NFC, with its use at vending machines or even


Apple, Audio/Video, Companies, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Opinion

Can MXL Keep Up The Tempo?

Not only are headphone manufacturers jumping onto the iDevice bandwagon this year, mobile sound recording is steadily joining in on the fun. MXL, a big name in professional and home studio recording, has debuted their new Tempo USB Condenser Microphone. USB Microphones have occupied the home studio for some time now, but mics that can connect directly to the 30-pin dock port of an iPad may be the "next big thing". The Tempo offers high-fidelity audio input to the iPad, as well as standard USB 2.0 ports on both PC and Mac. The Tempo can work directly with mobile recording apps, capturing at a maximum quality


3D, Business, Gaming, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Software Programs

Nintendo ships 150 million current-gen gaming systems, sells 147 Million

This week will be remembered in the halls of Nintendo HQ in Kyoto, Japan. The company received all the parts necessary for building the 50th million Wii console, as AMD proudly mentioned in their press release, and shipped 100th million Nintendo DS. When we take into account that DS sold 99.51 million units, while 47.72 million purchased a Wii console, and it is clear that the month of March will mark sale of Nintendo DS #100.000.000, while Wii #50.000.000 will have to wait until April or May. It would be really cool if the company would put special markings on these gaming systems, and sell


Business, Hardware, Mobile Computing, VR World

Dell first with a $199 notebook

Dell just launched a 24-hour sale of its netbook, the Mini 9. You can buy this product for paltry $199, making this model first netbook to crack the $200 barrier. Caveat of course, comes in the form of operating system, none other than Ubuntu Linux, enabling Dell to shave off 50 greenbacks. After seeing this, there is nothing else to say but – computers just became an everyday thing even for non-tech savvy consumers. There is no reason why grandpa or grandma should not have something as cheap as this, and staying in touch could be much cheaper than it used to… kudos to Dell.


3D, Business, Graphics, Hardware, Mobile Computing

Legal and PR trouble looming for mobile GTX260/280?

After going through dozen or so phone calls and IM conversations with several worried investors, analysts and attorneys, I felt inclined to write this story. One has to wonder what branding wizards at Nvidia thought when they decided to brand three year old architecture under the same name as current desktop parts. In case you didn’t know, Nvidia is going to use the same 55nm G92b chip on GeForce GTS240/250 boards for desktop and GTX260M and GTX280M for notebooks. This is nothing else but a disastrous call. G92 chip now spans across four product generations – GeForce 8800GT/GTS512/GSO, 9800GT/GTX/GTX+, GTS240/250 and GTX260M/280M. The decision Nvidia


Apple, Business, Companies, Hardware, Mobile Computing

Apple puts a green spin on its non-removable battery policy

It looks like Apple grew tired of going through reviews of their products, with each and every one criticizing their decision to go with non-removable battery. Regardless of that product being an iPod, iPhone or a MacBook Pro “Unibody”, media criticized that bit. But it is not just media, it is just the law of physics. Our web designer has two-year old $4200-paid MacBook Pro (1st Gen Intel) and the battery went “kapput”, as Germans would say. New battery exceeds $400 in Croatia, and for that price, he refuses to buy a new one. He also refuses to purchase a new unibody Mac, opting to


Apple, Business, Companies, Mobile Computing, VR World

Best Buy offers $99 iPhone 3G 8GB! In Croatia? 17 cents ;)

Best Buy special – for one week only, iPhone 3G 8GB is just $99. 16GB will set you back for just $199.


Business, Hardware, Mobile Computing, VR World

Creative’s Zii MPU has a bright, Android future

Creative demonstrated HD acceleration of its upcoming Zii chip using Google Android OS.


3D, AMD, Business, Companies, Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, Internet, Microsoft, Mobile Computing, Software Programs

The End of Wintel saga…beginning of Microvidia and nPhone?

The end of Wintel saga marks the beginning of MSFT-AMD-NVDA triangle?


Business, Hardware, Memory & Storage Space, Mobile Computing

OCZ first to market with blazing fast eSATA flash drive

OCZ is the only company that experimented with alternative interfaces for flash drives such as FireWire 800. Today, the company launched eSATA flash drive. Under the name Throttle eSATA, this “eStick” is offering fantastic performance, 90 MB/s read and 30 MB/s write.


Apple, Business, Companies, Mobile Computing

OtterBox Impact protects your iPhone or Blackberry Bold

  Few weeks ago, I wrote about the fragility of the new iPhone 3G  …or just its lack of scratchproof coating (e.g. nano-paint). My Blackberry 9000 Bold also suffered the same fate, but at least it wasn’t a scratch caused by expensive protective case bought in Apple store. Just in case you wondered, the protective case that scratched the back of iPhone 3G can was a $35 purchase under the name Incase Slider for iPhone 3G. The phone was scratched while protected by the case – Incase Slider made too much pressure on the back side of the phone and scratched the logo. After the


Business, Companies, Hardware, Intel, Mobile Computing

ASUS start selling “Bambooks” – eco-friendly notebooks

ASUS debuted its beautiful Bamboo-clad notebooks at CeBIT 2007 in Han(g)over, Germany. Roughly 21 months later, these notebooks are finally starting to ship worldwide, starting in Taiwan. Bamboo is probably the most ecological piece of material to create IT products from, followed by carbon fiber and aluminum (due to recycling capabilities, with carbon fiber being almost the definite answer, with infinite amount of cycles), and the bamboo tree is the fastest growing grass/tree on planet Earth (roughly 1.2m per 24 hours or 5cm/h or 8mm/min). Bambook is known as ASUS U6V features Core 2 Duo processor, Centrino “1 “(actually, v4.5 but who counts since Intel


Apple, Companies, Hardware, Mobile Computing

UPDATE: Over 7000 iPhones sold in Croatia on Day One

iPhone debuted in Croatia today, and became an instant hit with more than 7000 devices sold in first 8 hours of being on the street. Now, if you had any perception about Croatia being a “country in development”, “emerging market”, “people eat food from cans” (quite popular assumption from my former british colleagues… even though their cuisine was pretty pathetic), think again. Prices for the iPhone 3G range from 25 cents to over $800, depending on your subscription model. Yes, you can buy the iPhone 3G for measily 25 cents, not a typo. But, only if you want to pay monthly subscription of $100, that


Apple, Business, Companies, Mobile Computing

Fancy phones need protection

In a period of 24 hours, I managed to scratch my Blackberry Bold, while a friend of mine scratched is iPhone 3G. In the case of Bold, it was give-or-take my fault: Vodafone did not provide protective carrying case in the box, nor it was available for buying – thus, I had a relatively unprotected device filled with “shiny parts”. Given the fact that I was moving my things from Mountain House to Frisco, one can judge that it was my own fault. But in the case of iPhone… the scratched part was actually discovered when a good friend of mine removed the protective case