Friday, December 31, 2010

Medgadget Evaluation of Google CR-48 Device




The folks over at Medgadget got their hands on the Google prototype machine the CR-48 to do an evaluation.

While their work and opinions encompass much more than just the dental environment, what they learned can definitely be applied to the clinical world of dentistry.

While we don't beat our devices up during treatment or with lots of movement, our constant use and disinfection can definitely take its toll.

The post is definitely worth reading!

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Android Trojan Horse called Gemini is on the loose




You can never be too crazy about your security. When I got my Android phone a while back, one of the first programs I installed was the Lookout security suite. It backs up my phone and checks every download for bad stuff.

Now comes word from the website talk android.com about a Trojan horse program targeting the Android OS. You can't get it on Programs downloaded from the Android marketplace, but it pays to be vigilant.

Here is what Talk android.com had to say about it.

New Android trojan virus discovered, dubbed “Gemini”




Today, mobile security company Lookout released some information regarding a new virus found in the wild, and it’s targeting Android phones. The virus comes to us by way of China, and has been dubbed “Gemini”. The app attaches itself to legitimate applications, such as:

Monkey Jump 2
Sex Positions
President vs. Aliens
City Defrense
Baseball Superstars 2010
According to Lookout:

The specific information it collects includes location coordinates and unique identifiers for the device (IMEI) and SIM card (IMSI). At five-minute intervals, Geinimi attempts to connect to a remote server using one of ten embedded domain names. A subset of the domain names includes www.widifu.com, www.udaore.com, www.frijd.com, www.islpast.com and www.piajesj.com. If it connects, Geinimi transmits collected device information to the remote server.

We will say this, however… this isn’t a giant threat. In order to get infected, you would have to install an sideload app from a 3rd party or Chinese Market, meaning the trojan doesn’t come to your phone by way of the official Android Market. So be careful out there, users, and always make sure your apps are coming from a legal, legit source. Lookout Mobile Security, however, has been updated to protect against the malware, so be sure to get it here if you aren’t already using it.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

iPhone Slide Out Keyboard from Boxwave

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For those of you who have an iPhone, but aren't a big fan of the soft touch keyboard, take a look at this.  This is the Keyboard Buddy iPhone 4 Case from Boxwave.  The device snaps onto your iPhone and then the keyboard slides out from the back.  The keyboard is a Bluetooth device, so it doesn't require a physical connection to the phone.  It is a fully functioning QWERTY keyboard with all the buttons you'd expect to be able to text, email, etc.
I know for some of you, this is overkill and it will add some bulk to the phone.  However, I've had many people tell me they still like having a physical keyboard and this one seems like a nice options.
Here is a rundown of the features:

Keyboard Buddy Case Features:

Form-fitting shell designed to snap on securely to perfectly fit your Apple iPhone 4
Cut-out design for the touch screen so that you can keep the same tactile feel as using the Apple iPhone 4 without a case
Conveniently designed to provide quick access to all of Apple iPhone 4's controls, features, camera, and ports
Integrated slide-out Bluetooth keyboard allows you to switch from the touch screen to a physical keyboard as desired
Includes a USB cable to charge the integrated keyboard
Bluetooth keyboard on/off switch allows you to turn the keyboard off when not in use to conserve battery power
Finished with a high-quality smooth coating making the case smooth to the touch
Charge Duration: 45 days
Bluetooth version 2.0
Jet Black color

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Third-Generation Kindle Now the Bestselling Product of All Time on Amazon Worldwide

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I'm a Kindle user and lover.  Despite the fact of my iPad ownership, I still do a ton of reading on my Kindle when I travel, and I prefer to use the Kindle app on my iPad so that I can keep all of my book purchases in one place.  I've got to give Amazon credit, they've done a great job of making their ebooks available across a wide variety of platforms.  Because of Amazon's embracing of all these new technologies, they've managed to keep the Kindle front and center in their sales.  I mean, I'm a first generation Kindle user and I'm still routinely using the device.  That should say something about its staying power.
Well, it turns out that lots of other folks like the Kindle as much as I  do.  It seems the newest edition of the device (third generation) is now the bestselling product of all time on Amazon.  Here is the press release:
In just five months, new Kindle replaces 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' as best-selling product in Amazon's history

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--(NASDAQ: AMZN)-Amazon.com today announced that the third-generation Kindle is now the bestselling product in Amazon's history, eclipsing "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)." The company also announced that on its peak day, Nov. 29, customers ordered more than 13.7 million items worldwide across all product categories, which is a record-breaking 158 items per second.

"We're grateful to the millions of customers who have made the all-new Kindle the bestselling product in the history of Amazon -- surpassing Harry Potter 7," said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com founder and CEO. "We're seeing that many of the people who are buying Kindles also own an LCD tablet. Customers report using their LCD tablets for games, movies, and web browsing and their Kindles for reading sessions. They report preferring Kindle for reading because it weighs less, eliminates battery anxiety with its month-long battery life, and has the advanced paper-like Pearl e-ink display that reduces eye-strain, doesn't interfere with sleep patterns at bedtime, and works outside in direct sunlight, an important consideration especially for vacation reading. Kindle's $139 price point is a key factor -- it's low enough that people don't have to choose."

Amazon Worldwide 2010 Holiday Facts (includes www.amazon.com, www.amazon.co.uk, www.amazon.de, www.amazon.co.jp, www.amazon.fr, www.amazon.ca, www.amazon.cn, and www.amazon.it)

On Christmas Day, more people turned on new Kindles for the first time, downloaded more Kindle Buy Once, Read Everywhere apps, and purchased more Kindle books than on any other day in history.
On the peak day this season, Amazon's worldwide fulfillment network shipped over 9 million units across all product categories.
Amazon shipped to 178 countries.
One of Amazon's most remote shipments contained the "Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue," "Toy Story" DVDs, "Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul," NHL 11, Halo Reach and Call of Duty: Black Ops and was delivered to the hamlet of Grise Fiord, north of the Arctic Circle in Canada.
Amazon shipped over 350,000 units to APO/FPO addresses.

Monday, December 27, 2010

AT&T to Battle Texting While Driving

I've said it before, but I will say it again.  Stats show that you are 23 times more likely to have a wreck when you're texting while driving.  Not 23%, 23X more likely!!!  When I saw that stat, I gave up the habit for good.  It simply is not worth it.

Now AT&T has gotten on board with telling people to stop.  Here is the press release with all the info:

AT&T Kicks Off Public Awareness Campaign; Online Resource Center for Parents, Teachers and Teens Now Live

DALLAS, March 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Stop what you're doing. Take out your wireless device. Read out loud the last text message you received. Would reading or responding to that text message while driving be worth causing a serious accident? When you look at it that way, there's no text that couldn't wait.

AT&T* is launching today a new campaign to raise awareness about the risks of texting and driving and remind all wireless consumers, especially youth, that text messages can – and should – wait until after driving.

The national campaign features true stories and the text message that was sent or received before someone's life was altered, or even ended, because of texting and driving. By featuring real stories, the campaign will demonstrate how insignificant a text message is compared to the potentially dire consequences of reading or responding while driving.

For example, in one of the television spots, the text "Where u at?" flashes on the screen and a mother says, "This is the text my daughter was reading when she drove into oncoming traffic." The ad also includes the message "No text is worth dying over" and the campaign's tagline, "Txtng & Drivng ... It Can Wait."

"We explored several campaign concepts but we didn't have our 'aha!' moment until we asked one of our focus groups to take out their devices and read the last text they received," said Cathy Coughlin, senior executive vice president and global marketing officer for AT&T. "When we asked if that particular message was worth the potential risk of reading while driving at 65 mph, you could have heard a pin drop. That's when we realized the message 'it can wait' was effective in educating consumers about the dangers of texting while driving."

The new campaign will span print, radio, TV and online advertising – which will be rolled out in the coming months – as well as in-store signage, collateral and online billing. In addition, parents, high school educators and, most importantly, youth, can now visit AT&T's online resource center www.att.com/txtngcanwait. The site includes downloadable information about texting while driving such as a parent-teen pledge; a teen-teen pledge; a poster; a brochure; safety tips; and more.

AT&T also has launched a Facebook application, which can be found at www.facebook.com/att. Friends can share this application with one another to encourage each other to take the pledge to not text and drive. AT&T will also be promoting the pledge via a "twitition" on Twitter to ask followers to rally around the cause. You can follow @ShareATT on Twitter. In addition, to honor those taking the pledge, AT&T will contribute $250,000 to one or more non-profit organizations focused on youth safety and will announce the selected non-profit organization(s) at the start of National Youth Safety Month in May.

"While our campaign is important for all drivers, we're particularly focused on youth," said Coughlin.

In September 2009, AT&T announced a commitment to raise awareness about the issue of texting and driving through a multifaceted initiative to educate employees, customers and the general public about using wireless devices safely while driving.

Since then, AT&T has revised its wireless and motor vehicle policies to more clearly and explicitly prohibit texting and driving, impacting its approximately 280,000 employees; incorporated a don't-text-and-drive message on the plastic clings that protect handset screens on the majority of new devices sold in AT&T's more than 2,200 stores; and will integrate campaign messaging in AT&T catalogs, in-store signage and collateral, bills, e-mails, newsletters and more.

By using multiple touch points, AT&T expects the campaign to reach millions.

* AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest 3G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. AT&T offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse(SM) and AT&T | DIRECTV(SM) brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive organizations are known for their leadership in directory publishing, advertising sales and interactive local search applications. In 2009, AT&T again ranked No. 1 in the telecommunications industry on FORTUNE magazine's list of the World's Most Admired Companies.

About Philanthropy at AT&T

For over 25 years, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation have been committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its philanthropic initiatives and partnerships, AT&T supports projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; and address community needs. In 2009, nearly $155 million was contributed through corporate, employee, and AT&T Foundation-giving programs.

© 2010 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. 3G service not available in all areas. AT&T, the AT&T logo and all other marks contained herein are trademarks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies.

Note: This AT&T news release and other announcements are available as part of an RSS feed at www.att.com/rss. For more information, please review this announcement in the AT&T newsroom at http://www.att.com/newsroom.

 

SOURCE AT&T Inc.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Best Apps for your Android Phone

I love reading the tech blog Endgadget.  They always have some great scoops and interesting tidbits.

Since most of  you are playing with your toys this morning, i'll keep this post short.  If you have an Android phone like me, you're always on the lookout for the best apps out there.  Endgadget has a great listing of some of the best ones our there.  Check it out!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas to All!




On one of the most special days of the year, I would like to wish all of you the happiest of holidays. I happen to be Roman Catholic, but this wish goes out to all of you no matter what your beliefs.

I hope this day brings you joy, peace, and the love of your family and friends.

Hold close those you hold dear and cherish your time with them. Our time in this world is limited and we need to spread as much love as possible!

So with all the warmth and enthusiasm I can muster, I say to you and yours "Merry Christmas"!!!

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Friday, December 24, 2010

IN Media Announces Windows 7 Tablet PC

As I posted a few days ago, you're going to be seeing an influx of Windows bases tablets coming in the not too distant future. Many of these will be running a fully functional version of Windows 7 that will allow Windows users to run the Programs they are used to.

This post is about a new device from IN Media called, remarkably enough, the Tablet PC. It will have a 160GB hard drive and a 11.25 by 6 inch screen.

One of the world’s first tablets to run world’s most ubiquitous operating system

Los Altos CA – December 22, 2010 – IN Media Corp. (IMDC.OB) today announced the release of the Windows 7 Tablet PC, The Tablet PC runs on the full featured Windows 7 operating system the most popular operating system in the world. The product is powered by the 1.66GHZ Intel Atom processor and unlike most tablets comes with a whopping 160 GB hard drive of storage built in allowing users to store all their content including music, games and movies. The Tablet comes with an HDMI interface for viewing high definition content on the tablet or via the tablet to a large screen HD TV, With a forward facing camera and an 11 1⁄4 by 6 inch brilliant LCD screen Skyping and social networking are being brought to a whole new level. The product also comes with built in eReader functionality.

“We wanted to launch a tablet that did everything, not just a media player or eReader or net book but all those things and much more” stated IN Media C.E.O. Nick Karnik. “The touch screen the Windows 7 Tablet PC had all the full functionality of a PC in an elegant and efficient tablet format and because of the operating system users are not limited to what type of video formats they can view as all are supported including the most popular, Flash.

The product is scheduled for shipment in Q1m 2011 and will roll out in Asia and the U.S. with at a suggested retail price of $399.


For all the details, click here.


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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Clamcase for the iPad Owner on Your Christmas List




If you have an iPad owner on the old Christmas list this year, you might want to check out the Clamcase.

This cool device is a combination of a strong and durable case to protect the iPad, combined with a Bluetooth keyboard. The idea is that it gives the iPad protection, allows it to be setup like an easel for easy viewing, and it also provides a full size QWERTY keyboard.

This appears to be a pretty sweet device, although I've got to admit that I smiled when I saw it. The reason? It basically converts the slate device into the form factor of a laptop... the device the iPad is supposed to replace. Now don't get me wrong, I think this would be a great way to help the iPad become a decent content creator, I just find it rather ironic.

I don't currently have a keyboard for my iPad so I do all of my typing (including this post) on the soft on-screen keyboard. It's not the greatest way to type and I would really prefer a regular keyboard to do my typing. So if you are wanting to do content creation, this just may be the device for you.

For all the details, including ordering info, check out the website.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Octopus – Attachable Battery for iPod and iPhone




As I surf around the net, from time to time I come across websites that are ones that just pull you in like the tractor beam from the Death Star in then original Star Wars did to the Millennium Falcon.

Chinavision is one of those websites. The site is just chock full of gadgets that a James Bond fan could spend days browsing. I've purchased from them and have always been happy with what I received.

So the device pictured above, caught my eye since I have an iPod Touch and many of my friends have iPhones. One of the drawbacks of those devices is the lack of a removable battery. With my current phone (Samsung Epic), I can use my second battery if the first one runs low, but that isn't an option for the iPhone.

To the rescue comes the Octopus. This battery pack attaches to the back of your device and supplies power through the Apple 30 pin connector. Here are the details from the website:

As an Apple fan you must know various other powerful backup iPod or iPad batteries on the market. Why I recommend the Octopus – Attachable Battery for iPod and iPhone? The reason is straightforward: the Octopus looks way COOLER, and it’s CHEAPER.

Your iPhone or iPod is the most fashionable of all electronics and it deserves the best accessories, even if it’s a backup battery. The powerful Octopus, with its eight suction cups, attaches to your phone securely and supplies hours of extra battery juice to your phone. And it seems amazing how a powerful device like the Octopus can be so small and slim. The Octopus: a perfect accessory for your iPod or iPhone.

Just google attachable batteries for iPods and iPhones to see the average price of these babies. Notice how similar products on other internet stores sell for almost twice as much as our price. Apart from the low price and the fact that the Octopus is ergonomically designed and easy to use, there’s not much left to consider. Buy your sample today and we will ship it to you tomorrow. Brought to you by your source of China factory direct electronics – Chinavasion.

At a Glance...

Attachable Battery for iPod and iPhone
Hours of additional battery juice for your iPod or iPhone
Slim design
Easy to use


If you'd like to order one, here is the page on chinavismion.com

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Add Google Docs to the New Document Windows Menu

Howtogeek is a great website. It's just full of amazing and practical tips that make your tech life easier.

Along those lines, it also has some great recommendations on using The Cloud. As regular readers know, I'm a big fan of the cloud. In fact, I'm sure that my life definitely wouldn't be as organized or run as smoothly without some of The Cloud applications that I use.

With that being said, Howtogeek has a great tutorial on how to make even better use of The Cloud. By adding a Google Docs link to the New Documents menu, your Cloud usage becomes easier and your life will become easier as a result.

For all the details click here.. You'll be glad you did!


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Monday, December 20, 2010

Microsoft to Launch Tablet PC's... Again

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Last year when Steve Jobs announced the iPad, I wasn't overly impressed.  I'd been using a Tablet PC for a few years and I didn't see the need to run out and by another similar device.  In fact, the Tablet PC actually (I thought) did more than the iPad.
I had originally bought the Tablet PC for my office when we began doing digital patient checkin.  When I built the new office, I created a dedicated checkin area with 2 computers specially built to handle the check in tasks.  When that happened, I moved the Tablet to my personal office and began to get more hands-on time with it.  There is something to be said about having a fully functional computer that has the form factor of a clipboard.
Sure it was a little slow, but we're used to that with out computers, right?  I figured that with a fully functional PC, I would never need an iPad.  Then my friend Ben went on vacation and loaned me his iPad for a week or so.  When he came home and needed it back, I was hooked.  I found that what a I really needed was a way to easily consume media with my portable device and not all the bells & whistles that come with a PC.
So, to that end, Microsoft is set to announce at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show, their next attempt at slate/tablet computing.  The strange part is there will be no app store (users will download programs from individual websites) which are available from links on the device.  Also, it seems the company is still not going with a device to consume media, but instead is going for a hybrid device that will also allow for creating media.
I'm not sure where I stand on the creating part.  What I've found over my time with the iPad is that I don't want to do a lot of typing on it and I certainly don't want to develop lectures on it.  For those labor intensive projects, I use my laptop.  For reading, short blog posts, watching movies, or surfing the web, I like the iPad just fine.
At this point I think Microsoft would be better served by finding a niche and sticking to it.  I've been wrong before, but I think the current thinking of  being all things to all people may just continue them on the same path of Tablet mediocrity.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Mac to Launch App Store for Apple Computers - Launch Date January 6th

 

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Here's a new twist in the software side of technology.  It seems that Apple is getting ready to launch an App Store that will feature programs that are built to run not on iPhones or iPads, but on Apple computers.  The idea is a fairly simple one.  There is an entire generation of folks that are growing up with an App Store mentality.  What I mean by that is that they don't think of going to a store or even a website to get software, they go to the App Store.
Since the concept has worked so well for Apple with its mobile devices, it just makes sense for them to do it with their computers as well.  Heck, I've been wanting to upgrade to the latest version of iLife, but I just haven't had time to go to the Apple store to make the purchase.  This new store will work the same way the others do.  You'll need your Apple ID and a credit card and then you just click the programs you want to own & install.
Interestingly, the company plans to go online with this new store on the opening day of the Consumer Electronics Show.  They couldn't being trying to upstage anyone... could they?

 

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Second Hint for the ioSafe Product Giveaway

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A little while ago, I posted a photo for the new product that ioSafe will unveil at CES in January.  Here is the second clue.  If you can figure out what it is, you can win one of the new devices.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Opera Browser Version 11.0 is Now Ready for Download

Thanks to the still ongoing, although greatly scaled back browser wars, users still have a chance to use several different browsers. Choice is a good thing and it's nice to have several different programs to choose from. Each browser has it's strengths & weaknesses, but each also has it's raving fans. Here's the latest from the group that creates Opera.

Are you ready for Opera 11?
Newest Opera browser features tab stacking, extensions, visual mouse gestures
Oslo, Norway - December 16, 2010

Opera Software debuted the newest version of its award-winning browser today. Opera 11 combines elegant design, smart updates to some of our most popular features and new ways to customize Opera to your preferences. Download it today for Windows, Mac and Linux computers from http://www.opera.com/.
What's new
Tab stacking

Tab stacking is a better way to organize your open tabs. Simply drag one tab on top of another to create a stack. Here is a short video to introduce tab stacking: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hqSGGk1YTI
Extensions

Extensions help you personalize your browser and enhance what Opera can do. More than two million extensions have already been downloaded from https://addons.opera.com/. Try the top five most-downloaded extensions for yourself:

1. NoAds authored by Lex1. The top ad-blocking extension for Opera.
2. LastPass authored by lastpass. LastPass is a free password manager and form filler.
3. FastestTube - YouTube Video Downloader authored by fastesttube. Download any video from YouTube.
4. Image preview authored by whochan. Displays a pop-up preview of an image.
5. Translate authored by neilj. Automagically translates foreign-language webpages.

Visual mouse gestures

With the flick of your wrist, mouse gestures let you navigate back and forwards, open new pages, close tabs and so much more. In Opera 11, you now have a handy visual guide to the wonders of mouse gestures.
Safer address field

We changed the address bar, so you can make better sense of the security levels of the sites you visit. Opera 11 now displays a clear badge indicating the security level and allowing immediate, one-click access to security and trust information about the site.
What we say

"We have always worked hard to introduce new and bold ideas in web browsing," said Jon von Tetzchner, Co-founder, Opera. "But, sometimes we want to take an idea and improve upon it. Opera 11 adds a layer of polish to features people have known and loved for more than a decade, while introducing extensions. If you have never tried Opera before, Opera 11 will change everything you know about browsing."
The rule of 30

* Opera 11 is 30 percent smaller than Opera 10.60, so it downloads even faster
* Plug-ins can be set to load on-demand. This can improve performance of the browser up to 30 percent.

About Opera Software ASA

Opera Software ASA has redefined web browsing for PCs, mobile phones and other networked devices. Opera's cross-platform web-browser technology is renowned for its performance, standards compliance and small size, while giving users a faster, safer and more dynamic online experience. Opera Software is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices around the world. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA. Learn more about Opera at http://www.opera.com/.



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Thursday, December 16, 2010

3-In-1 iPad Camera Connection Kit

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For the iPad lovers out there, here's a new device that provides one basic improvement over the original that was developed and sold by Apple.  This is the 3-In-1 iPad Camera Connection Kit.  The device connects to the base of the iPad in the docking slot and provides a USB connection, SD card slot, and a microSD slot.  The advantage of the microSD is that it allows you to access the tiny cards that most of us are now carrying in our phones.  Personally, I also like the idea that it comes in black, but that's just me.
The downside?  It won't be available until after Christmas, so if you are looking for a gift for the iPad lover in your life, you'll have to wait until their birthday or something.
Cost is $30, which is the same price as the Apple version that has only USB and SD slots.
I still think that it was a mistake for the first generation of iPad to be built without a USB port, a situation that rumors say will be fixed this spring when the next version hits the streets.  However, for those of us steadfastly ensconced in the Early Adopter Camp,  this is as good as it gets.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Swap Rebel Wristwatch - One Device with More Functions Than You Can Imagine

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Sometimes it is just flat out amazing when you encounter some of the form factors of high powered gadgets.  This is one of those items.  The Swap Rebel packs an almost overwhelming amount of computing power and functions into one tiny little footprint.  Put one of these babies on  your wrist & you may never need another gadget... Oh who am I kidding?  You'll always need more gadgets, but this little beauty is definitely a wonder.
It has a GSM phone, plays music & video, has a camera for stills & video, 128MB of internal memory, memory expansion up to 8GB via Micro SD, Bluetooth, and still fits into a 205 x 46.5 x 17.5mm case.  It's available in Europe and can be had for roughly $300 US.  Pretty impressive if you ask me.  For those interested the website can be accessed here.
Here's just a little bit more:

Alarm Clock5 optional ring-tones
FeaturesTime/ Date/ SMS/ MMS/ Calendar/ World Clock/ Calculator/ WAP/ Recent Calls / Missed calls / File Manager/ E-Book Reader/ FM Radio/ 500 Contacts/ Supports audio/video recording/ SOS support and much more
LanguageEnglish/French/Spanish/Portuguese/Italian/German/Russian/Arabic
Profiles7(General/Meeting/Outdoor/Indoor/H/set/Bluetooth/Flight Mode)
AccessoriesWatch phone, Unique USB charging/data transfer point built into the strap, Wired stereo earphones, Incorporated mini stylus, User guide. Complete with colourful presentation box, high quality water resistant silica rubber strap with Stainless Steel buckle.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

CAO Group Introduces Sheer DesenZ™ Desensitizing Treatment

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CAO’s Revolutionary SheerFilm Technology Makes Sheer DesenZ

Simple to Apply, Easy to Wear, and Loved by Patients!

West Jordan, UT (December 8, 2010) – The CAO Group, Inc. (CAO), a worldwide provider of innovative dental devices and materials, recently introduced the latest member of its revolutionary SheerFilm family of products, Sheer DesenZ Desensitizing Treatment with 3% Potassium Nitrate.

 

The product is easily applied, stays where placed, can be readily removed, and rapidly relieves the oral pain and discomfort commonly associated with dental procedures and thermal temperature changes.

Sheer DesenZ employs the most advanced delivery system on the market.  Made of CAO Group’s innovative and proprietary thin, flexible SheerFilm material, Sheer DesenZ films are easily placed and deliver rapid relief.  The SheerFilm material conveniently stretches and molds tight to the teeth to ensure complete contact of Sheer DesenZ’s desensitizing gel to the unique contours of each tooth and gum surface.  What’s more, CAO’s SheerFilm design effectively prevents any washout of gel or leakage down the patient’s throat.

 

Sheer DesenZ™ is available in an Introductory Kit (contains 6 Patient Treatment Kits) and a Bulk Kit (contains 24 Patient Treatment Kits).  Each Patient Treatment Kit contains four (4) Single Arch Treatment packs, each containing one long film and 2 single tooth films (for localized discomfort) to enable easy in-office application or dispensing for at-home use.

 

All SheerFilm products are available exclusively through Henry Schein Dental.  Following its Sheer White! teeth whitening films, Sheer DesenZis the second CAO Group product featuring the company’s revolutionary SheerFilm material.  The company will shortly release the third product in this family – Sheer FluorX™ Fluoride Treatment films for professional fluoride therapy.

 

For more information on Sheer DesenZ, please call 877-236-4408, or log onto www.CaoGroup.com/Dental .

 

About The CAO Group, Inc.

 

The CAO Group, Inc. (CAO), under the direction of Densen Cao, PhD, is headquartered in West Jordan, Utah, with FDA registered and EN 13485 certified manufacturing facilities in West Jordan, Utah and Beijing, China.  CAO is one of the world-leading companies focused on understanding and optimizing the use and application of light and biomaterials in dental care applications.  Driven by innovative technologies, CAO has been granted or filed more than 150 patents in these high-technology areas and is recognized as the product development leader in dental materials and devices, especially in LED curing lights and soft tissue surgical lasers. CAO’s mission in dentistry is to make applications of dental materials and devices Easier. Faster.  Better.


Monday, December 13, 2010

Google Chrome Laptop is Coming





Google is well on it's way to bringing it's Chrome operating system to market.

Here is the latest from the Wired Gadget Lab. This is really cool stuff!

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

LightKeeper Pro - Decking the Halls Just Got a Whole Lot Easier

"One goes out, they ALL go out!!!" That's a common stressful battle cry during the holidays right? I mean, do you like trying to figure out which one of the hundreds of bulbs in the string is the culprit? No I didn't think so.


So... if you hate it so much, why don't you do something about it? Behold the LightKeeper Pro. This affordable little gadget allows you to quickly and easily locate burned out bulbs in a series string of lights. How you asked? Read on!

Fixes most light sets in seconds using the Quick Fix Trigger

Most miniature Holiday Light set failures occur when an individual bulb “shunt” fails to energize. These shunts are energized when a filament burns out. This causes a section of lights, usually 35 or 50, to go out instead of just one light bulb. This is because miniature light sets are wired in “series” and electricity must flow through each bulb, to the next, for them to light.The LightKeeper Pro Quick Fix Trigger sends a shaped, electrical pulse through the defective bulb, clearing the shunt. This allows it to operate properly. The current can then flow through the light set completing the circuit and illuminating the other bulbs.

The Patented LightKeeper Pro is the first product to FIX defects in a light set with the squeeze of a trigger.


This nifty little device is available for under $20! For a list of retailers and more info on the product, head on over to the company website.


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Sprint Announces 4G International Agreement

I'm a Kansas City boy and as such am a big fan of Sprint. Today's post is about the local wireless provider going international. Here are all the details:


Press Release:

Sprint Inks International 4G Roaming Agreements With Digicel and Global Mobile to Establish Global Ecosystem

4G Customers Traveling Abroad Will Soon be Able to Roam on 4G Networks in Jamaica and Taiwan

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), December 08, 2010 – Sprint (NYSE:S) today announced that it has signed international 4G roaming agreements with Digicel in Jamaica and Global Mobile in Taiwan, leveraging the global ecosystem for 4G services to enable travelers on the go. Select Sprint devices that operate with the Sprint SmartViewSM Connection Manager will automatically detect the Digicel and Global Mobile networks, giving customers the option to connect and roam with an unlimited 24 hour Daypass. Pricing and launch details of the agreements are still to be determined.

“With these agreements, Sprint is kicking down the door to 4G international roaming and taking a first step toward allowing people to enjoy 4G service wherever they are around the globe,” said Matt Carter, president-Sprint 4G. “We’ve taken the 4G leadership position in the U.S. and are now proud to partner with visionaries Digicel and Global Mobile to solidify our international leadership role.”

The Sprint SmartView Connection Manager allows users to create a high-speed Internet connection for their computer anywhere on the Sprint 3G or 4G networks or on compatible international networks with a Mobile Broadband Device, such as the Sprint 3G/4G USB Modem 250U by Sierra Wireless or Sprint 3G/4G U600 USB Modem. Sprint customers traveling to Jamaica and Taiwan will be able to access the Digicel and Global Mobile 4G networks for mobile downloads, video chat capabilities and turbo-charged Web browsing at 4G speeds.

Sprint SmartView features:

One-click activation for supported devices
GPS features and services are available at the touch of a button for GPS-capable devices
Easy connections to Sprint Wi-Fi networks around the globe, available on a pay-as-you-go basis
Access to Sprint support services and tools via the Application section
Enterprise custom configuration available – business customers, please contact your Sprint account manager for details
“The response to our Digicel 4G broadband service – launched in August this year – has been phenomenal, and customers across the island are enjoying the benefits of Jamaica’s fastest wireless broadband,” said Mark Linehan, CEO of Digicel Jamaica. “We are happy to welcome Sprint’s customers to Jamaica and trust they will enjoy the roaming experience delivered by Digicel’s mobile and broadband networks as much as they enjoy all that Jamaica has to offer.”

“We are honored to be a part of this global collaboration,” said Rosemary W. Ho, CEO of Global Mobile. “This agreement represents another major milestone in asserting Global Mobile as the leading 4G broadband operator in Taiwan. I want to welcome our international roaming customers to experience the same innovative quadruple play service offering enjoyed by our customers. I look forward to expanding this partnership to other operators around the world and to making ‘Worldwide Interoperability’ a reality.”

Sprint 4G can be found in 68 markets1 across the United States, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City and Washington, D.C. Sprint 4G plans to light up several new major markets, including San Francisco and Denver, by the end of this month.

Sprint is delivering the power of 4G as the majority shareholder of Clearwire, the independent company that is building the WiMAX network. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/4G

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Samsung Announces One Million Galaxy Tabs Sold

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OK, this isn't the all Samsung blog... I mean it, but I came across this story and thought it blog-worthy.  It seems that the Galaxy Tab is selling pretty well.  Better, in fact, than Samsung themselves expected.
As of last Friday, December 3rd, the company has stated they had sold 1 million units.  That's what they were expecting to sell in the entire year of  2010 and that leaves almost a month of Christmas shopping to up those numbers.  Because of that, they have now upgraded their forecast to 1.5 million units in 2010.
The device runs the Android operating system and has a great screen.  I recently took some time to play with one at a Sprint Store here in the area and I came away impressed.  It reminds me a lot of a larger version of my Epic 4G phone just like the iPad reminds many of a larger iPhone.  If you are in the market of a slate/tablet device and you don't want to give Steve Jobs your money, I think this device is a good option.  Oh, and it looks like 1 million other people think so too.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Samsung Mobile Named #1 Android Smartphone Provider Based on Retail Sales in U.S. & Galaxy S Portfolio Reaches Three Million Shipments Milestone

As I posted previously, I've dropped my Palm Pre and am now using the Samsung Epic on the Sprint network. It's Sprint's second 4G phone, following the release of the HTC EVO this past summer. I was a Samsung user a while back with the Instinct and I've got to say that I like the hardware that this company makes. So far it just flat works and feels good in my hands to boot.

Now comes news that Samsung is #1 in Android phones. Looks like I made the right choice. Here is the press release from businesswire.com:

Independent research from leading industry analyst firm shows Samsung captured top spot in U.S. Android smartphone market in third quarter of 2010

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile)1, the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S., today announced that third party research firm Gartner® reported Samsung as the top Android smartphone provider in terms of sell through to end users in the United States for the third quarter of 20102. According to Gartner, Samsung Mobile captured 32.1 percent of the U.S. Android smartphone market in Q3 2010 based on retail sales, an increase from 9.2 percent of the Android smartphone market in Q4 2009.

“The Galaxy S portfolio has played a significant role in Samsung’s success in 2010 and we are extremely excited to show you what products, services and innovations we have in store for the U.S. market in 2011.”

Samsung Mobile attributes much of the success to its Galaxy S portfolio of premium smartphones, which recently passed the three million shipment milestone in the U.S. Galaxy S smartphones are currently available with AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless, along with U.S. Cellular and Cellular South.

“I want to personally thank everyone who selected a Galaxy S smartphone as their mobile handset of choice. Neither of these wonderful accomplishments would have been possible without the loyalty and support of our customers,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile. “The Galaxy S portfolio has played a significant role in Samsung’s success in 2010 and we are extremely excited to show you what products, services and innovations we have in store for the U.S. market in 2011.”

The Samsung Galaxy S portfolio is packed with premium features and services, including a brilliant 4-inch Super AMOLED display screen, 1GHz Hummingbird Application Processor, Samsung’s Media Hub premium movie and TV programming download service and a full array of entertainment, messaging and social networking capabilities. The Galaxy S portfolio will be upgraded to the Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system in the near future.

For additional information on the Samsung Galaxy S portfolio, please visit www.samsung.com/galaxys.

1 Number one mobile phone provider in the U.S. claim for Samsung Mobile based upon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics, Q3 2010 U.S. Market Share Handset Shipments Reports.

2 Number one Android smartphone provider in the U.S. claim for Samsung Mobile based upon reported sales data according to Gartner Inc. Competitive Landscape: Mobile Devices, Worldwide, 3Q10 Report (published November 9, 2010 by authors Roberta Cozza, Carolina Milanesi, Anshul Gupta, Hugues J. De La Vergne, Annette Zimmermann, CK Lu, Atsuro Sato and Tuong Huy Nguyen)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

iPad now Challenging Amazon Kindle

Here's a bit of interesting news. A recent poll I read says that for those surveyed who were asked if they were planning on buying an ebook reader in the next 30 days, 42 percent said they were leaning toward an iPad while 33 percent said they would buy a Kindle.


Obviously, that's not good news for the Kindle hardware, but don't forget that Amazon was very quick to roll out a Kindle app for the iPad. I still buy most of my books from the Amazon Kindle store but end up reading them on the iPad. That's not to say I don't still use my Kindle, I do, especially on trips where I am lugging my MacBook Pro along & I'm trying to decrease the weight of the gadgets.

However, unlike lots of users, I'm still using the Kindle store for the majority of my purchases. I have made some purchases from the iBook store, but I prefer using Amazon at this point.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Inspire Medical Systems Announces FDA approval for Pivotal Clinical Trial

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is becoming more and more common in the US. There are several ways to treat it including some that are done by dentists. Here's news on a new implanted device for severe sufferers.

Inspire Device for Obstructive Sleep Apnea will be tested at sites in US and Europe

Minneapolis – November 30, 2010 – Inspire Medical Systems, a leading developer of neuro‐stimulation therapies for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), announced today that the company has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin its STAR pivotal clinical trial. The STAR trial (Stimulation Therapy for Apnea Reduction), is a multi‐center study that will evaluate both the safety and effectiveness of InspireTM Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS) therapy in patients with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The STAR trial will be conducted at leading medical centers across the United States and Europe. The results of this study will be the basis for a Pre‐market approval (PMA) application to the FDA.

“OSA is a prevalent disorder affecting over 15 million adults in the U.S. alone. Current front line therapies for OSA, including CPAP, can have a significant impact on the lifestyle and comfort for both the OSA patient and their bed partner. As a result, patient compliance for these front line therapies is sub‐ optimal. A substantial number of patients suffering from OSA are looking for a new approach to treat this challenging condition,” commented Tim Herbert, President and CEO of Inspire Medical Systems. “Our goal with Inspire therapy is to significantly reduce the burden of sleep apnea and restore restful sleep without the lifestyle tradeoffs that some other therapies require.”

“Patients with untreated sleep apnea are at higher risk of developing hypertension, heart failure and stroke,” said Dr. Meir Kryger, Director of Sleep Medicine Research and Education at Gaylord Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut. “There is a growing need for new treatment options for those patients who are non‐compliant with current therapies.”

Inspire also announced today that it has received CE Mark for InspireTM Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS) therapy. “The receipt of the CE Mark is an important validation of our internal quality system and it authorizes the commercial sale of Inspire therapy in Europe,” commented Mr. Herbert.” The company’s current focus is to conduct a robust pivotal trial. We will begin initial European market development activities in late 2011.”

Leading medical centers in Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands are currently approved to implant patients into the STAR trial. Professor Paul Van de Heyning, Director of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Antwerp in Antwerp Belgium recently implanted the first patient in the STAR trial. “Inspire’s stimulation therapy is well suited to address the root cause of OSA for many patients which is a decrease in airway muscle tone during sleep,” said Professor Van de Heyning. “The Inspire implant procedure is less invasive than most OSA surgical techniques which will likely contribute to faster patient recovery times. The STAR trial will provide valuable information on the potential role of upper airway stimulation therapy.”

The first U.S. implants in the STAR trial are targeted for early 2011. Prior to the approval of the STAR trial, Inspire Medical Systems completed three independent feasibility studies in The United States, Europe and Israel. Clinical data from those studies served as the basis for initiating the STAR trial.

About Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
OSA is a common sleep disorder that occurs when the tongue and other soft tissues of the throat relax and obstruct the airway during sleep. Apnea events can occur multiple times per hour throughout the night, disrupting normal sleep. People suffering from OSA report significant daytime sleepiness and impaired quality of life. Depending on the degree of severity, OSA can be a potentially dangerous condition. OSA has been linked with increased risks for cardiovascular disease, weight gain and accidents resulting from daytime drowsiness. It is estimated that one in fifteen US adults has moderate to severe OSA.

About InspireTM Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS) Therapy
Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS) therapy is a dynamic, implantable therapy that works with the body's natural physiology to prevent airway obstruction during sleep. While the OSA patient sleeps, Inspire therapy is designed to deliver physiologically timed, mild stimulation to the hypoglossal nerve on each breathing cycle. The stimulation is intended to restore tone to the muscles that control the base of tongue, preventing the tongue from collapsing and obstructing the airway. Patients control when the therapy is turned on and off via a handheld programmer. In contrast to other surgical procedures to treat sleep apnea, Inspire therapy does not require removing or permanently altering an OSA patient’s facial or airway anatomy.

About The STAR Trial
The STAR trial is a global, multi‐center clinical trial which will assess the safety and effectiveness of Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS) therapy in patients who suffer from moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The trial will be conducted at leading medical centers throughout the United States and Europe. For more information on The STAR trial, visit www.InspireSleep.com.

About Inspire Medical Systems
Inspire Medical Systems, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the world’s leading developer of innovative, implantable neurostimulation technologies to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Utilizing well‐ established technologies from the fields of cardiac pacing and neurostimulation, Inspire has developed a proprietary Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS) therapy for patients who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. Inspire was formed in 2007 when the technology and a significant intellectual property portfolio was spun‐out of Medtronic (NYSE: MDT). Inspire therapy is designed to significantly reduce the burden of sleep apnea and restore restful sleep to patients suffering from this challenging condition. Inspire is funded by the prestigious medical technology investment firms GDN Holdings LLC, Kleiner, Perkins,
Caufield and Byers, Synergy Life Sciences Partners, US Venture Partners as well as Medtronic. Visit Inspire Medical Systems on the web at www.InspireSleep.com.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Want to win some cool gear for free?


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As most of you know, I'm a big fan of ioSafe and their almost indestructible backup drives. Now the company is offering you a chance to win their newest product... just by guessing what it is!
It's pictured above, but it's hardly identifiable.
Here are the rules:

RULES

  1. The judge’s decision is final. No bellyaching or petulant whining is permitted.
  2. The contest is open to real humans only: dogs, cats, fish and discarnate entities on the astral plane are excluded.
  3. Should you not provide us with a mailing address within 14 days of us sending the notification you’ve won, we’ll give the prize to somebody else. If you think this is unfair, see rule #1.
  4. Entries must be submitted by 2nd January 2011.
  5. The winner will be randomly selected on 5th January 2011 and notified by email on that day.
For all the rules, checkout the ioSafe blog.


Thursday, December 2, 2010

DoubleTwist Announces AirSync

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For a while now, I've been using DoubleTwist to keep my media on my different devices.  I like the program because not only is it free, but it also lets me circumvent iTunes and control my media library on any device and not just the ones that play well with Apple.  I've been a user for over a year and I've seen the program evolve.  I highly recommend it.
I was thrilled today to learn of a new way to use DoubleTwist on my Android powered Sprint Samsung Epic.  It's an app called DoubleTwist AirSync and it allows you to do what the name says... sync your media to your phone through the air using a Wifi network.
Basically you download DoubleTwist for the Android operating system from the Android Market (a free download).  Then you buy and install the AirSync app which is purchased for $1.99.
Install, pair with your computer, and enjoy!  The program will sync music, photos, and videos.
If you are an Android user, download & enjoy!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The DentalEZ® Group Unveils the RAMVAC® Badger™ at 2010 Greater New York Dental Meeting

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Economically Priced, Environmentally Friendly LubeFree Dry Vacuum

is a Welcome Alternative to Wet Ring or Aging Dry Vacuum Systems

Malvern, PA (December 1, 2010) – TheDentalEZ® Group, a supplier of innovative products and services for dental health professionals worldwide, recently unveiled its latest utility room offering at the annual Greater New York Dental Meeting.  The new RAMVAC® Badger is a LubeFree, waterless, affordable alternative to wet ring or aging dry vacuum systems.

 

The Badger is an economical dry vacuum unit that easily replaces most traditional water ring pumps.  Designed for 1-3 users, the Badger is lightweight, flexible, and compact.  With a small footprint of 18” x 22” x 25”, installation is simple and easy.  The Badger is compatible with existing plumbing as small as ¾” and as large as 2” in either rigid or flexible PVC, making installation a breeze.  Stackable for easy expansion, the Badger provides superior performance while taking up minimal space.

 

The Badger’s LubeFree rotary vane vacuum pump includes a 5 gallon separation tank and is protected by RAMVAC’s exclusive 5-year no-fail, no-wear-out pump warranty.  The E1 “Smart Control” provides maintenance reminders every 2,000 hours, and has an auto shutdown feature that ensures the longevity of its rotary vanes.

 

The open-frame design of the Badger provides a cooler unit operation and ease of maintenance.  There are no traps to clean or maintain and the unit provides whisper-quiet operation.  In addition, the Badger maintains consistent vacuum levels when one or more HVE’s are in use, ensuring smooth operation at all times.

 

Moreover, the Badger recently received an EDA Accepted status seal from the Eco-Dentistry Association, due to its superior water conservation aspect and pollution-prevention features.  100% water-free operation of the unit completely eliminates additional vacuum-related water and sewage fees.

 

For more information, please call 866-DTE-INFO or visit www.dentalez.com.