Sunday, May 30, 2010

mSpot Streaming Service



For those that have a iPhone or iPod Touch with a MiFi or Overdrive,  youo will be able to stream movies directly to your mobile device. As long as you have 3G or Wi-Fi coverage. mSpot has been around for about a year, but you had to do it in your browser and wasn’t available on many handsets. The price of the videos range from $1.99 to $4.99 depending on the movie. Some of the older movies are even listed as free which nice if you find a old movie to watch while waiting for a flight. Of course the library of movies is no where near Netflix’s movies but at least now if you find a movie you want to watch you can stream it. The quality is not to bad over 3G and you can pause the movie if you want to and come back to it later. You can even start watching a movie on your PC and continue it on your iPhone later if you want or vice versa. This is pretty nice feature . Looks like a promising app for now, until Netflix is available for the iPhone. The Netflix app works great on the iPad.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Vaja Case for ZuneHD



My wife surprised me with the Vaja case for my Zune HD. I was not expecting the case at all, or any case for that matter.  I was totally shocked to see how nice and well built the case is. It fits like a glove.

P1010348 You can see how nice the fit is here with the edges align nice and straight.

P1010347You slide the Zune HD from the bottom as you see here in the above picture. It doesn’t add any bulk to the Zune HD at all. This makes it even a better case.

P1010349  Just the side view of the Zune HD in the Vaja case.

P1010352 Also the stitching on the Vaja case is well done. Every looks very well done. This is the back of the case. Overall I really like the case Vaja makes. This should protect my Zune HD from getting scratched up in my pocket, and add some class to my Zune HD as well.

Penultimate for the iPad update…


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I have been using the Penultimate app on my iPad for quite awhile. I like how well it inks, but had to make sure that I didn’t put or lean with my palm on the screen or I would get a lot of vectoring or scribbles. Well now Penultimate has updated to 1.1 and have added a feature called “Wrist Protection” and what that does is that you are able to rest your palm on the screen to ink. This is not 100% but it is working great for my needs and taking notes. This just makes this app, much better to use for me. Hopefully in the next update they can really perfect the Wrist Protection and this will be a great app for inkers. This might feel like if the iPad had a active digitizer. Now if they can also add where you can import pictures into the notebook to mark up or even PDF’s, this will be one great app. So for now I will continue to use Penultimate to write down notes. After I take notes, I email them back to myself so that I can have them to attach to either a ToDo or appointment in Outlook.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Could this be the new iPod Touch with 2MP Camera


iPod Touch

Tinhte from Vietnam have posted some pictures and a video showing what looks like the iPod Touch. It does show “DVT-1” which means this is a testing type unit. It also could mean that the new iPod Touch will be very close to this iPod Touch, or maybe this could be what the Touch will be when released. From the picture it looks to be a 65GB iPod Touch, with a pair of 32GB Samsung Flash modules.

iPod Touch2

Here you can see the current iPod Touch with no camera and the leaked picture of the iPod Touch with Camera. They look pretty close and if you remember back when the 3G iPod Touch was released, some posted pictures of the iPod Touch opened up, showing that there is room for a camera in the same place this one is showing. Also watching the video it does show something about a microphone, so hopefully it does have one built in. This will make a nice Skype phone using a MiFi or other to tether. From the past Apple tends to release iPods in September, but maybe this will be announced June 7. Lately there has been a lot of leaks from Apple products including the iPhone 4G, and the Video of the new MacBook that was released from Apple.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

New Patriot Inferno…SSD




Patriot memory is updating the Inferno line of SSD memory with capacities of 100GB and 200GB. They will come at a premium price, with starting price of $369 for the 100GB and $679 for the 200GB. They will be using the SandForce SF-1222 controller in order to reach an impressive data transfer speed of 285/275 Mbytes per second at max speeds. Not bad speeds if I say so myself. They will be available in the 2.5” format which will work for most laptops and Netbooks. The drives also use a Multi-level Cell Technology (MLC). SSD has been out for quite some time now but the higher end models still are pretty pricey. Hopefully prices for these high end SSD start to come down in price to what hard drives use to cost. In the meantime I will be using my WD 500GB hard drive in my Macbook and my MSI Wind.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

ABC App Now Plays with 3G iPad's

With the recent release of the 3G iPad, many users are saying that watching video streaming with apps on the 3G iPad is pretty choppy or not clear enough. ABC app would not load and said that you must be connected to Wi-Fi to use the app. Well ABC released a update to the app and now supports the use of the 3G streaming to play. The update now supports for watching videos in either portrait or landscape mode. The video quality is good over 3G and not much difference compared to when watching with Wi-Fi. So they were able to keep the quality good, while reducing the bandwidth streaming when on 3G. The ABC app is one of the top downloaded apps at the iTunes Store, and it is nice to be able to watch some shows while traveling or around town when you have some free time to catch up on the shows that are availble. The latest ABC app is free at the iTunes Store.