We love our gadgets. Weâ€™d find ways to justify buying various gadgets for whatever passion or pursuit we want. And of course, weâ€™d do our best to bring it with us wherever we go. [Read more…]
Announced at the end of March 2011, the upcoming Galaxy 10.1 tablet, with Google’s Honeycomb Android has now been seen in a video, comparing it to the iPad. [Read more…]
Guys, check out the Mint Hard.
Okay, I shall avoid all sorts of juvenile jokes with this weirdly-named external HDD. Instead, I shall ask you to check out how awesome it looks. Come on, it looks like a frakkin’ ice cream bar.
You might think that I’m just the sort of guy who gets easily distracted by shiny objects and all (partially tru- oh look a pink unicorn), let’s just look at it. It’s an ice cream bar. That can hold 120GB. And its handle isn’t really a handle at all; it’s actually an 8GB flash drive!
How rad is that?
The printer we have at home is almost ten years old. It is a pretty old model, but it is still working. I do not have anything against old printers, really, but as an object ages, it becomes more prone to damages and stuff like that. I do not think our printer had ever gone through repairs, simply because it has never been badly damaged. Problems with our printer have been put to a minimum, though one problem we face about it is that it would not print colors aside from black. I am not exactly sure if the problem is with the ink cartridges that we put in the printer, but the last time we have tried printing in color was so long ago that everyone else at home had given up on trying to print colored documents.
Another problem with our printer at home is that it takes a long time to print documents, especially when you switch the printing quality to â€˜Best.â€™ I have friends who have the latest models of printers, and boy, their printers are really quick in printing their documents. Also, the quality of the printing is also very good. Honestly speaking though, I do not think we need to replace our printer with an A3 printer anytime soon. Aside from the fact that our printer at home is mainly used for printing research papers and school readings, it still works well, so I guess I would not be saying goodbye to our beloved old printer anytime soon.
Well, you would have thought that weâ€™ve already reached the point where we can do just about anything with the lowly computer printer, right? I mean, we have all sorts of different kinds of printers, from the ubiquitous inkjet printer found in just about every home, to the laser printer everyone in almost every office is trying to get to first to print out their reports with, but thatâ€™s all we think of when we come across printers – just a tool to print out documents and photos.
Would you believe that French researchers have found another application for printers – laser printers, specifically? Apparently, laser printers are an excellent means to cut paper. If youâ€™ve had to print out a bunch of labels, cards and other odd-sized media and spent hours in frustration later because youâ€™ve had to cut out the parts one by one (Iâ€™m bad with scissors though, so is it just me?), this is probably is for you.
Of course we wonâ€™t be getting printers that cut out origami for you just yet. We need paper thatâ€™s pre-printed with light-absorbing ink at the points where the cutting should occur. Imagine the possibilities for your duplex colour laser printer. Imagine all of the time saved, too.
Okay, I donâ€™t think we can use laser printers as weapons. Tough luck for you guys planning to strap their laser printers to the nearest shark or bear and going on a rampage – it just canâ€™t be done. You would probably have to douse your enemies with the light-absorbent ink, and I think they wonâ€™t think kindly to you pouring ink on them. Iâ€™m sorry, but I donâ€™t think that would be feasible.
That last bit of kidding aside, I think this is a fantastic new application for printers, and I sure hope I see consumer-grade laser printer/cutters in the future.
So you have your brand-new Canon flatbed scanner, and youâ€™re happily converting all your old photos away without a care in the world, right? Maybe youâ€™ve noticed that your pictures arenâ€™t exactly in the best of conditions, and it shows up on your screen. Pfft, you say. You can Photoshop out the flaws later anyway. Well, thereâ€™s an easier way so you donâ€™t need to do some major editing on your photos later on. Follow my tips, and you are going to save yourself some time.
This will sound really weird, but if you still have the negatives of your photos around, you are better off scanning them instead. The 35mm negative has surprisingly more resolution and better dynamic range than your typical photo – even if you scanned the largest possible print out there. And imagine if youâ€™re working with a low quality print – the flaws of the photo will just become more visible. When youâ€™re done, just invert the colors with your favorite photo editing equipment, and there you go!
Donâ€™t go crazy on the resolution – you probably donâ€™t need around 1200 pixels to scan your photo. Youâ€™re most likely good enough with the standard resolution provided by the scanner. If you need to blow up the photo to a higher resolution, just divide the short side of the original size and divide by the shorter side of the output size, then multiply it by 300. Youâ€™d get the needed resolution for your photos with that formula. So if you have a 4×6 inch photo and you need that to be an 8×10, just divide 8 by 4, then multiply by 300 – youâ€™d get 600 dpi as the resolution.
It doesn’t matter if you have a high end A3 flatbed scanner or any other mid-range consumer scanner â€“ using these tips to scan your pictures smart will lead to a better output!
Oh boy, is Google sure on a roll. Mere weeks after the announcement of the Google Phone, the Android-powered Nexus One, and the Google Netbook running (also recently-announced) Google Chrome OS, rumors began flying of another hardware product running Chrome OS. And this time it’s a tablet computer. [Read more…]
It looks like Google’s not going to let news about their Nexus One die, because specs of the much-awaited Google Phone have come out. I’m guessing this is meant to stem the steady stream of questions about the phone’s guts. I mean, how the heck are we all supposed to know if the Nexus One is going to be good if we don’t know a single thing about its hardware specs?
The good news is that the guys from Engadget have been able to get their hands on a Nexus One, and darn it’s good. The highlights of the Nexus One specs are as follows: 1GHz Qualcomm QSD (Snapdragon) 8250 processor, 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED touch screen (currently non-multi-touch), quad-band (850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz) GSM/EDGE and tri-band (900, 1700, 2100MHz) HSDPA support, a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth v2.1+EDR, 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM, an included 4GB microSD card with support up to 32GB, 5MP camera with mechanical autofocus and LED flash, Android v2.1, and a very svelte 0.45-inch thick body.
It’s also possible that it’s going to work on T-Mobile 3g and not (the much-ranted about) AT&T 3G. That’s good.
One more thing: it’s going to be available come January 5. Yes, that soon! But it’s going to be available only for limited “invite-only” retail sales. That means you have to look far and wide into the bowels of eBay (heh) to get your hands on a Nexus One if you’re not invited.
There isn’t any word on pricing yet, but it looks like the Nexus One is indeed coming much sooner than we thought.
Okay, one of the things I really, really hate about netbooks -especially the early ones- is that their keyboards are probably the worst things on them. Currently, the new ones have almost full-sized keyboards that’ll more or less accommodate large touch-typing hands. Heh, with my Eee PC 701, I’ve been reduced to hunting and pecking for the correct keys. Don’t even get me started on mobile phones and PDAs. Even QWERTY mobile phone keypads are a pain to use long-term. Nothing beats a 100% full-sized keyboard.
Speaking of which, a new keyboard that just passed the FCC guidelines is making a minor buzz right now. Bluetooth keyboards aren’t really something new, and rubberized and roll-up keyboards aren’t something to write home about either. But combine them both and we’d get something pretty neat.
The Bluetooth roll-up keyboard from Chin Fai is probably the first keyboard we’ve seen that combines rubberized roll-up portability with Bluetooth awesomeness. We don’t have much details yet, but I’m sure we can use this on other Blurtooth enabled devices like notebooks, PDAs and some mobile phones. It also charges via USB, which is a nice feature.
From Brad of Liliputing:
Thereâ€™s no word on price or a launch date yet, but the rubberized keyboard will be available in red or pink. Thanks to the roll-up design, you can essentially carry a full sized keyboard in your pocket. And because of the Bluetooth support, youâ€™re not limited to using the keyboard with computers that have USB connections. In other words, you should be able to use it with some Bluetooth capable mobile phones.
There’s no pricing as of yet, but I’d love to get my hands on one of these babies.