Want to make better use of your and your friends’ Instagrams? Say hi to Instacube, a stand-alone, wireless display that’ll bring those precious feeds to the living room or office at 3x the size.
Using the 600×600 LCD touch screen you’ll be to select which streams to show (friends, hashtags, you name it) and it sports three tactile buttons on top: one for power, one for feed toggling and one for Liking photos right away.
Kickstarter.com: Instacube ($150)
Amazon sure made a buzz today when they launched the new line of Kindles. The more basic ones (with really impressive price tags) are All-new Kindle (price-dropped to $79), the Kindle Touch ($99, wi-fi + 6" e-ink display), Kindle Touch 3G ($149, 3G + Wi-fi + 6" e-ink display) but the one everybody’s talking about now is the Kindle Fire ($199).
The Kindle Fire sports a dual-core processor, a 7" color touchscreen protected with Gorilla glass (chemically strengthened to be 30 times harder than plastic) with a rubberized backside as well as free storage in the Amazon Cloud and a new web browser (Amazon Silk) which utilizes the cloud to speed up the browsing experience. According to Gizmodo the performance is amazing as well. Although it hasn’t right now, it’ll have a native e-mail client soon, as well as the ability to read Office documents.
There’s no shortage of content for it either, there’s 100,000 movies and TV shows available from Amazon Instant Video, 1,000,000 Kindle books and over 17,000,000 songs at Amazon MP3. Add compatibility with Android apps and games and you’re set (yup, you’ll get your Angry Birds).
So, this serious iPad competitor is yours for a mere $199 and will start shipping November 15th. I bet someone’s uneasy over in Cupertino all of a sudden.
Amazon.com: Kindle Fire ($199)
More docking speaker goodies: here’s JBL On Air Wireless AirPlay Speaker Dock allowing you to play all your music over WiFi from any iTunes running computer (Mac/PC), iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad with iOS 4.2 or later. Besides that it sports a color display showing the album artwork along with album / artist / song information.
Other features include HALO (horizontal acoustic level optimization), USB port, dual alarms, playback control buttons and digital FM-radio with 10 station presets.
The speaker will be available this spring, no price tag yet though.
JBL.com: On Air Speaker Dock
Philips has just announced a new set of stylish iPhone/iPod Touch docking speakers dubbed Fidelio SoundSphere. Besides allowing you play through your docked device it sports Apple AirPlay as well, so you can hook up your Mac or PC running iTunes or iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch without any ugly, cluttering cables. Just Wi-Fi bliss.
“The amazing sound quality of the Philips Fidelio SoundSphere docking speaker lies in its design. The curved design of the separate speakers with their unique free-floating tweeters on top of both speakers mean Philips Fidelio SoundSphere delivers sound in all directions for a deeper and wider audio impression with minimized interferences.”
The Fidelio SoundSphere docking speakers will be available for purchase around May 2011 to a retail price of 799 EUR (about 1,110 USD).
Here’s Thomson Icon Phone by Elium Studio, a wireless DECT VoIP phone with nifty bonus features like Internet radio streaming, hands-free capability, Hi-Fi ringtones, SMS text messaging, HD sound, stereo speakers and a color display. So, bring it outside and use it as a portable radio until you need it as a phone again.
Porsche Design just announced the follow-up to P’9521, a quad-band cell phone milled from a single solid block of aluminum and a single sheet of scratchproof glass.
Besides the black and brushed appearance the P’9522 offers Wi-Fi, GPS, a 2.8" AM OLED display, fingerprint sensor and a five megapixel still/video camera with flash and digital zoom.
Official site: www.mobileporschedesign.com
The Wi-Fi Detecting Watch is able to tell you the wi-fi signal strength by the push of a button, eliminating the need to unpack the laptop to check if you can connect or not. The signal strength is shown as a number between 0 to 8 so you know if you need to move closer to the access point or not.
Besides the signal feature it sports a stainless steel case, rubber band, daily/single alarm, countdown timer and EL backlight.
ThinkGeek: The Wi-Fi Detecting Watch ($29.99)
Nokia announced the Maemo Linux-powered N810 Internet Tablet today, the newest addition to their Nseries range. Just find a Wi-Fi spot (or Bluetooth using your cell phone) and this pocket-sized device will allow you to use VoIP (Mmm.. Skype), watch YouTube videos, update your blog or whatever Internet related things you like to do while not in front of your computer.
It sports a slide-out keyboard and a 4.13" 800×480 touch screen as well as a GPS receiver (with built-in maps and satellite navigation and Wayfinder voice-guided navigation) and support for up to 10GB memory cards for off-line media.
Unlike some companies (*cough* Apple *cough*) Nokia is encouraging 3rd party open source developers to explore and expand the N810’s possibilities and also announced the launch of maemo platform support services for software developers and companies.
The N810 is expected to start shipping mid November with an estimated retail price of 479 USD.
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