Archive | August 23, 2010

Cruz eReader joins the eBook readers crowd, to ship next month

Advertised as “world’s first affordable touch screen color ereader”, Cruz eReader by Velocity Micro will be available for pre-ordering at BestBuy and Borders September 15th for $199. The problem is…there are already cheaper alternatives on the market as is Pandigital Novel 7 and Augen Gentouch, which can be purchased right now under $150. The specs also seem to be very similar to the Pandigital device, including applications as: Dictionary, Notepad, Calendar, Alarm Clock, Contacts, Games and featuring an accelerometer for portrait/landscape detection.

• Full color TFT display
• 7” diagonal 800×600 screen and 802.11 b/g wifi
• Android 2.0
• 256MB RAM, 256MB internal storage, 4GB SD card bundled
• Supports ePub, PDF, TXT, PDB, HTML reader files
• MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV audio support
• MPEG-4, H.264, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP image support

The main question is: Would you prefer a color screen tablet with media capabilities or would you use instead a dedicated eReader like the new Kindle 3 from Amazon or Nook from Barnes and Noble?

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Back to the Future: 25th Anniversary Trilogy in Blu-ray, available for pre-order at Amazon

Do you remember Robert Zemeckis’ Back to the Future trilogy? While new DeLorean cars are hard to come by these days, Universal blows new life in the now classic trilogy releasing the 25th Anniversary Trilogy in Blu-ray. Featuring Blu-ray exclusives as U-Control and Pocket BLU for iPhone, iPod touch, BlackBerry and Android, the Blu-ray trilogy including digital copies is available now for pre-order at Amazon, scheduled to ship on October 26, 2010. The above mentioned DeLorean is not included and the price is $49 with free shipping and no taxes in most states. You can choose 1080p to play the included trailer in HD

Google Mobile App for iPhone gets updated, adds push notifications

The new version  (0.6.0.4416) of Google Mobile App for iPhone just popped its head out on App Store. The main features that Google added is push notification for the Calendar and Gmail applications as well as an improved search that should return your information faster while looking for things like flight info, weather, stock quotes or currency conversion. The application is available for download right now and it is free.

Google Mobile App is not the only place Google is trying to return results as you type. There are reports from several users that Google is playing with dynamic SERP pages (SERP = Search Engine Result Page) with the result of your search changing as you type more of a search phrase. Whether this is something that will make it to the final product will remain to be seen.

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Dish Network’s DishOnline.com live this week with cable channels streaming

For us, Dish Network subscribers this week is shaping to be a good week. The company just announced that DishOnline.com will be out of beta this week and start streaming cable channels like Syfy, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, MTV, HGTV, etc. Among the DishOnline features is remote DVR scheduling (which was already available through Dish Network’s main website) and the integration of the SlingLoaded devices. One of these SlingLoaded devices is the VIP922 which we reviewed. DishOnline will also be available on iPhone and iPad devices, including streaming and DVR scheduling.

Beside standard network content, DishOnline will also work as a mini-Netflix offering over 5,000 movies including new releases, many in 1080p to be rented on your HD DVR. Check after the break for DishOnline.com screenshots.

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