Sprint and LG have come out with the first touch screen LG Rumor phone. And no, this is not a Rumor (or a Rant or Rave.) A virtual keyboard appears on the 3" screen, but a pull-out full QWERTY keyboard is also included. The device is very thin despite the 5 row keyboard, with very convenient, easy to press, raised keys. The front of the phone includes 3 physical keys: back, home and call. The LG Rumor Touch also features a 3.5mm headset jack, a MicroSD card slot and a 2.0 Megapixel camera and camcorder. As with many Sprint phones, you will also have access to a music player, EVDO Rev.0, Sprint Music, Sprint TV, Facebook and Twitter. It will be released sometime in the first quarter and is expected to do very well.
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Regen has come out with an innovative new solar panel, nothing like you've seen before. Much smaller, thinner, and just all around better looking than your typical solar charger, the ReNu features an integrated battery, an indicator light on the rear side of the panel and a docking station allowing the device to be very user-friendly. The docking station not only displays the charge remaining but also tells you how much charge you've used throughout the week. Pretty cool huh? Although intended to be a home charging station, the solar panel is very easy to travel with and includes a suction cup to absorb solar energy right through your car window. The docking station is specifically designed for your iPod/ iPhone, but the panel comes equipped with a USB port that is able to charge a variety of devices. Wondering how you can save money on your electric bill? You'll have the solution by June of this year!
Voted this year's Best in Show at CES, the Panasonic TC-P50 VT25 is giving us something to talk about. This full-HD 3D plasma TV will be available in a variety of sizes from 50". to 65". With an outstanding dynamic contrast ratio of 5,000,000:1, Panasonic has taken the term TV to a whole new level. The Viera Cast service will allow you to connect to the Internet through your TV and features services such as Picasa, YouTube, Pandora, Twitter, and Netflix. This "connected TV" will also feature two USB ports, a WiFi dongle and a Skype webcam add-on allowing you to chat via webcam on a larger screen. There is no price point yet but Panasonic hopes to be the first to release a worthy 3D HDTV, expecting to be out in spring 2010. If you are interested in purchasing this television, no need to go out and buy 3D glasses, as a badass pair comes included. No wonder it was voted Best in Show.
One of the main points of Sony's Keynote presentation at CES was a new technology called Transfer Jet. This feature, which will be available in Sony cameras, Vaios and photo frames as of now and expand into 40 other companies in the future, allows for a close proximity wireless transfer of media content. If you've ever been to an event and wanted pictures from your friend's camera, only to never see them again, this is the tech you're going to want.
Transfer Jet allows for simple operation, from what appears to be as easy as touching the two devices together to allow the transfer to occur.
I was delighted to learn that USB 3.0 will be making some headway during 2010. Jeff Ravencraft is the president of the USB implementors Forum and he had a lot say about the new and improved USB. USB 3.0 uses only 1/3rd the power that USB 2.0 requires and is approximately 10 times faster. Here is a comparison between USB 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0:
Transfer of a 25GB HD movie:
USB 1.0: 9.3 hours
USB 2.0: 13.9 minutes
USB 3.0: 70 seconds
I hope you enjoyed that little nugget of information and there's a lot more than simple transfer speeds that make USB 3.0 a major improvement for electronics this year. There are already lots of devices ready to hit the ground running so make sure to tune into the show this Sunday for much more about this.
Earlier today, a video was leaked showing off a service called Game Room. We kind of thought it could be fake, but it seemed too likely. Microsoft made our day by confirming the Game Room for both Xbox Live and Games for Windows Live.
Game Room is an 80s style digital arcade for your avatar to play around in. It will be somewhere between PlayStation Home and the old Xbox Live Marketplace. At launch there will be 30 classic games from top developers, such as Atari and Konami, and within 3 years we are expected to see more than 1,000 games available through this service.
The most exciting part of Game Room is that purchasing a game on one platform will give you access to that game on both - there will be no need to purchase the game twice. Of course, like all Xbox titles, we will have achievements and leaderboards, so you know how much better you are than your online "friends."