Archive | November 18, 2010

eBay Mobile 2.0 update finds its way to iPhone

If you are an avid user of eBay bidding services, you’ll be happy to find out that the new eBay Mobile 2.0 is currently available in Apple’s App Store. The new version brings an updated interface, quick listing features with integrated selling tools (only for US, DE and UK) and some social aspects that seem to trickle in every little application available nowadays, the capability to save and share your favorite searches.

You also get automatic¬†alerts¬†when things matching your saved searches are listed, a new Reminders feature and, best of all, you can find and compare products you buy or sell using an integrated RedLaser barcode scanning, so you can automatically check descriptions and values when you go bargain hunting to those garage sales ūüėČ

All in all, a more¬†effective¬†business tool (or a more¬†effective¬†way to buy things you don’t need – take your pick).

Google Offered To Buy Twitter For up to $4 Billion

If a story from Yahoo Financial News is to be believed, some time earlier this year Google played with an idea of buying Twitter as w whole, with a price somewhere around $2.5  billion. The offer was not official but there was obviously some communication between the two companies.

According with the same source though, Twitter felt insulted (cheap, cheap…) and declined. Another offer came allegedly about 3 months ago, this time for $4 billion, with the same effect. Microsoft also tried its luck,¬†although¬†I imagine beside the obvious interest, a huge part of the premium offered are due to each of the giants efforts to ensure the other side doesn’t get Twitter, more than the actual interest of owning Twitter for¬†themselves.

How to mount Windows Phone 7 as a USB drive and side-load your media directly

The smart hackers from Windows Phone Central discovered an interesting and very useful method to mount your Windows Phone 7 as a USB drive and side-load your media files directly onto the device, as with any other USB memory stick. The way to do it is  via a Windows registry hack where you need to change three registry keys:

Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\USB and find ZuneDriver, then change the following three keys:

  • Change ShowInShell from 0 to 1
  • Change PortableDeviceNameSpaceExcludeFromShell from 1 to 0
  • Change EnableLegacySupport from 0 to 1

You can then connect your Windows Phone 7 device and it will be recognized as a standard drive.

As it is, the method only works on the computer where you changed the registry but it is nice nonetheless.

 

Xtreamer launches iXtreamer network media player / streamer with iPhone, iPad, iPod support

Xtreamer is famous for making media streamer boxes compatible with many popular codecs and attractive user interfaces. (XTreamerPro is one such box). Their latest addition to the market is a media streamer box that beside playing the content stored on your home network it performs the same trick with the media located on your iDevice (iPad, iPhone and iPod) with a dedicated dock, as well as a 3.5″ hard disk drive dock (eSATA) and two USB ports so you can add as much content as possible. (supports up to 3 TB drives on eSATA and each of the USB ports. The player also supports MKV (1080p, latest codecs), Blue-ray ISO playback and up to 7.1 surround, Dolby TrueHD , DTS HD-MA, ¬†and a bunch of web clients like YouTube, Picasa, Yahoo Video, CNN, yahoo Weather, Yahoo News, Live365 Radio, iPodcast ,etc.

Check after the break for image gallery, ¬†full specs and codec compatibility and a video. Read More…

Orb TV brings Hulu and other blocked websites on the TV

Orb is fairly well known for its streaming software, being one of the first to let you enjoy your media on the home server from outside your house while on the go (if you had an Internet connection, of course). It also works quite well on game all modern consoles (Wii, XBOX 360, PS3) and more recently on iPhone.

Recently however, Orb launched their first HARDWARE product called Orb TV. What makes Orb TV particularly interesting is that it connects to your PC / MAC and get the web video through it, including goodies like Hulu, Comedy Central and many other websites that currently are blocking Google TV and Boxee Box.

How it works? You need several components to do the trick: An “Orb Caster” software component that will access the actual media, an Orb Controller (iPhone or Android) to do the remote controlling and finally, a cute roundish box called ORB VP-1 that connects to your TV via component / composite¬†cables. The only drawback is that currently it doesn’t support HD, the standard resolution being the old 640 x 480.

Orb TV also allows you to share your local media over the network (movies, pictures, songs, etc) ans supports multiple computers as well. The cheaper brother is called Orb MP-1 and allows audio only. The price? $99 and you get to decide if you would buy this one or more capable and HD enabled boxes like the recently launched Boxee Box (full review here).

Kin One and Two back from the grave to haunt Verizon

Well, who would have thought about this weird turn of events? The ill fated Kin devices that failed to generate too much attention in the first try¬†are¬†back for more. We really knew the reason for their obvious lack of success was them being sold as smartphones, with smartphones data plans which many teenagers (their intended audience) couldn’t afford, but they were NOT smartphones.

Well, Verizon got smarter (or were pushed harder by Microsoft) and the two devices are back, renamed as Kin ONEm and Kin TWOm, lower price and cheaper data plans. The prices are $19.99 ($119 full retail price)  for Kin ONEm and $49.99 ($219 full retail price) for Kin TWOm with two years agreement.

The data plans start from $1.99 per MB (pay per use) to $15 per 150MB and $30 for unlimited (translation = 5GB).

To be honest, if you want a Kin for entertainment purposes (they have Zune) just go ahead, get it without a data plan and use it via WiFi. It is a better deal.