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Gadgets @ Home

Concept Apple Car

Posted in concept by Ruslan Ulanov on the February 10th, 2009

I found an interesting concept car a-la Apple from Anthony Jannarelly – a student at MA Automotive Design Coventry University. It’s actually a transport robot called iMo. It could carry up to three people. There’s no pedals or steering wheel present on board — the car moves by itself — you just have to tell it where you need to be delivered. There’s a way to switch to manual control though, then you can direct the car with a flick of your wrist. This robot could pick up your kids from school, etc. But would you trust your kids to the robot?

Anyway, pretty cool concept! Check it out at http://www.imoconcept.com/

The new Kindle has arrived

Posted in ebooks,Wireless by Ruslan Ulanov on the February 9th, 2009

Kindle 2

Kindle 2 — Amazon’s New Wireless Reading Device has arrived! Now it’s thinner, has longer lasting battery and sharper screen. The shipping starts on Feb. 24, but pre-ordering is already available on the site and will be processed on first come, first served basis. Though owners of the original Kindle will have priority handling if they order by midnight PST on February 10th.

Here are some of the updated features according to Amazon… (continue reading this article and leave comments here…)

iPhone 2.1 Software Update

Posted in iphone,software by Ruslan Ulanov on the September 12th, 2008

iPhone 2.1 Software Update is up.

This time Apple provided a list of fixes in the update.

iPhone version 2.1 contains many bug fixes and improvements, including the following:

  • decrease in call set-up failures and call drops
  • significantly improved battery life for most users
  • dramatically reduced time to backup to iTunes
  • improved email reliability, notably fetching email from POP and Exchange accounts
  • faster installation of 3rd party applications
  • fixed bugs causing hangs and crashes if you have lots of 3rd party applications
  • improved performance in text messaging
  • faster loading and searching of contacts
  • improved accuracy of the 3G signal strength display
  • repeat alert up to two additional times for incoming text messages
  • option to wipe data after ten failed passcode attempts
  • Genius playlist creation

 I’m downloading the update right now. Here’s hoping that this update will live up to its claims. The 2.0.2 made my iPhone 3G way slower than it was before and didn’t fix any of the crashes that Safari and other apps were experiencing.

Free ringtones for iPhone

Posted in iphone by Ruslan Ulanov on the September 11th, 2008

For a while now I was desperately searching for a way to bring to iPhone 3G all my favorite MP3 ringtones that I’ve used for years in my other cell phones.

Unfortunately, iTunes Store would not let you convert your own MP3s. It wouldn’t even let you use songs you already bought from Apple (unless you pay some extra for every track). That’s wrong! Any other device out there would happily accept any MP3 track you upload to it.

So, my search brought me to a web site called Audiko. In just 3 easy steps it would convert your MP3 track to iPhone’s ringtone format, which you can copy to your iTunes library and finally to iPhone.

Here’s how it works (you’ll need Flash plugin in your Browser): (continue reading this article and leave comments here…)

Best Buy to sell iPhone 3G

Posted in cell phones,iphone by Ruslan Ulanov on the August 13th, 2008

TUAW’s rumor has partially been confirmed just now when Best Buy officially reported that iPhone 3G’s sales at its retail locations will start on September 7th.

Best Buy has been after the iPhone for some time, but the report indicates Apple was reluctant to do business with the retailer over concerns about the potential for creating a market for unlocked iPhones; however, with the iPhone 3G causing lines at Apple and ATT stores creating long lines, Apple needs additional retail outlets to meet the brisk demand, AppleInsider notes.

Let’s wait and see if RadioShack will join the suit, which I personnaly really doubt.

iPhone breaks Moore’s law

Posted in iphone by Ruslan Ulanov on the August 5th, 2008

Jon Peddie in his blog is trying to figure out why iPhone is so expensive. And why its price goes up with every new release instead of falling down as it is common in the consumer electronics world. (continue reading this article and leave comments here…)

Smartphones are growing in popularity

Posted in Wireless by Ruslan Ulanov on the February 13th, 2008

Russell Shaw of ZDNet reveals results of a recent study which shows that “the march toward PDAs and related smartphones will quicken in the next six months”.

Read the full article at ZDNet blogs.

Merging technologies makes a fun business

Posted in cell phones by Ruslan Ulanov on the January 16th, 2008

Port-O-Rotary

What do you get by merging a half-a-century-old technology (as in rotary dial phone) with a modern technology (as in GSM)? You get a Portable Rotary Cellular Phone or Port-O-Rotary for short. And this is what guys from SparkFun offer at a modest price of $200 (or $250 for a fire-brigade-red model).

They describe their invention in details (along with schematics and programming code) on their website at SparkFun Electronics. It’s a fun and educational read, so head there and read it. There’s a lot of fine pictures there too! 🙂 (continue reading this article and leave comments here…)

Motorola Z8 Ferrari Limited Edition

Posted in cell phones,motorola by Ruslan Ulanov on the December 20th, 2007

What do you do when your are way behind your rivals in current mobile phone offerings, constantly loosing your market share, bleeding money and are late with the production of your next flagship (which still is a generation worse in some features then offerings by others) for more then 2 months?I’m talking about Motorola and it’s MOTO Z10 smartphone that was supposed to go on sale last October.

Well, you start leaking the details to the press through your branch managers, about what an awesome line-up of phones you have planned for the next year. And then start copying meaningless design/co-branding additions, your rivals did months ago, and add bundles to a year old flagship you have now.

Enter Motorola Z8 Ferrari Limited Edition: (continue reading this article and leave comments here…)

Samsung F310 Serenata – dare to be different

Posted in cell phones,samsung by Ruslan Ulanov on the November 9th, 2007

Samsung F310 Serenata - docked Well, they say “tastes differ”, so some might like it, and some will not. But we’d have to admit that it’s different. F310 Serenata is a result of Samsung’s cooperation with Bang & Olufsen (B&O) – a Danish company known for its “out of the box” thinking when it comes to design of consumer electronics, be it a remote control, speakers or even a DVD player.

Samsung Bang&Olufsen Serenata phone will have 1.8 Mbps HSDPA connectivity, 4 GB of on-board memory, big speaker, 2.4? 240×240 px touchscreen capable of displaying 262K colors and a click wheel navigation to sort through your music collection.

The price will be set around $2000 USD. It will measure at 63×109,5×19,7 and weight 136 gr.

According to B&O, Serenata can actually function as a decent home entertainment system.

Photos after the break. (continue reading this article and leave comments here…)