Saturday, January 10, 2009

Dell Adamo unveiled at CES

dell adamo unveiled at ces
We saw earlier that Dell confirmed that it will soon be launching the Dell Adamo which would rival the Macbook Air. Dell still remains pretty much tight lipped about the details of its luxury laptop lineup and finally unveiled the Dell Adamo at CES. But still no details were given - just a model trotting around the stage with the Dell Adamo. More like a teaser!

The Dell Adamo will be for sale sometime during the first half of the year but we don't exactly know when. This laptop from Dell will be using some of the top of the line materials with features and specifications fitting a high end model. One thing is for sure - this is definitely not a netbook and is not powered by the Intel Atom processor.


Friday, January 9, 2009

New portable Blu Ray player unveiled by Panasonic

panasonic dmp-b15 portable blu ray player
Enter the world's first portable Blu Ray player! Panasonic has introduced the world's first portable blu ray player called the DMP-B15 at CES. Now you don't need a HDTV to watch those HD movies - the DMP-15 sports a high quality 8.9 inch WSVGA LCD screen and includes the unique VIERA CAST™ internet accessibility and BD Live functionality.

“As a pioneer in the development of DVD and Blu-ray expertise, Panasonic has always been in the forefront of cutting edge, consumer friendly technology. Panasonic was the first company to bring to market a portable DVD player and stand alone Blu-ray players to feature Bonus View and BD Live,” said Richard Simone, Director, Entertainment Group, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. “Blu-ray technology came together with HDTVs to bring exciting High Definition viewing into the living room. With the introduction of this unique portable Blu-ray Disc player, the consumer can take this HD entertainment experience when they travel.”

Image quality is said to be of fantastic quality thanks to the PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus technology developed in collaboration with Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory.

So what is the PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus Technology?

The PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus is a high quality image-processing technology that precisely processes each pixel of the Blu-ray Disc™ video signal in the vertical direction. It reproduces color data with twice the accuracy of conventional systems, resulting in faithful and sharp colors.

What value does it bring?

This Blu Ray player is definitely designed keeping portability in mind as it comes with a three hour rechargeable battery. If you want to use it at home, you could also connect it to your TV via HDMI and convert it into a normal standalone Blu Ray player. The player can also be connected to an HD-Audio compatible AV receiver with a home theater speaker system and enjoy movies with outstanding surround sound. To accommodate the traveler, the DMP-B15 offers an optional headrest mounting bracket for in-car use. Like all Panasonic Blu-ray players, the B15 features an SD Memory Card slot that allows the consumer to view and share digital photos, as well as HD video recorded on a SD card.

The DMB-B15 portable Blu Ray player will be available in May.


Turn your digital camera into a scanner

As we welcome this brand new year, why don't you throw away that bulky scanner on your desk and use your handy digital camera as a scanner instead? There is a new softwsnapterare called Snapter which helps to convert your digital camera into a mobile scanner. Now you can snap a photo anywhere you are and run it through snapter which ensures that your image looks like it was scanned on a flatbed scanner.
snapter correction
Well this certainly looks like a great tool to use for bloggers like me. I might suddenly look at an interesting article in a technology or gadget magazine which I want to blog about. Now I can just capture a photo of the page and later run it through snapter. Awesome! The basic version is free for download but you will need to buy the premium version.

Check out below for the different versions of snapter:
snapter versions
Would you buy one? Or would you just use the free version with the watermarks? Or would you not even bother?


Twitemperature tells you how hot you are on Twitter!

twitemperature tells you how hot you are on twitter
How many of you use twitter? I love twitter as I can hook up with friends with similar interests and they normally help me out if I have a question. I also get to tweet my blog posts on twitter and usually people who like what I have posted visit my site. Since Twitter is getting so popular there have been quite a number of applications been written for twitter. Once such application I came across shows how hot you are on twitter - Twitemperature.

Here is an excerpt from their FAQ on how this application actually works:

"Twitemperature ignores meaningless points of measure like number of followers and number of people you are following, and instead focuses on what you're actually saying, now. We poll your last several hundred tweets and score what you're saying against what everyone else is saying in current hot conversations on Twitter and elsewhere."

As a new user of Twitemperature, I found that mine is an ice cold -4C. I guess I need to start sending more tweets. Have you tried to check what your Twitemperature is? Why don't we all share our results?

By the way, you could always follow me on twitter.


Thursday, January 8, 2009

Breathalyzer for your iPhone?

ibreath iphone breathalyzerI'm sure everyone has properly recovered from the New Year's hangover (for your sake I hope you really have). But how would you know if you have had one too many before you get behind the wheel of your sports car? A breathalyzer would definitely let you know if you have actually exceeded the legal limit of alcohol in you bloodstream. If you want to get one for yourself, then you might want to consider iBreath, an electronic device that plugs in to your iPhone and converts it to a breathalyzer.

How does it work?

The iBreath Alcohol Breathalyzer lets you take your own breath test so that you wouldn't have to end up in jail or pay thousands of dollars in fines. This device snaps into your iPhone as an accessory and you will need to exhale into this device for about 5 seconds. A couple of seconds later, this tool shows your results so that you can know if you are within the legal limit to drive.

The device doesn't need any batteries and actually uses the iPhone to power it up. Actually, it doesn't really need an iPhone to work since it also comes with a 12V car plug which you can use in case you are not an iPhone user.

What else is included?

It also includes an FM transmitter so you can use it to play your tunes on your car stereo in case you don't have an auxiliary input. Its definitely a bit expensive for an FM transmitter (retails at around $79). But since a breath analyzer is included with it, it could be worth considering. If you think that this is too much to pay for a breathalyzer, I'm sure you can get tons of cheap breathalyzer keychains and such at Amazon. Take a look at the video to check out how it actually functions in real life!