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Jawbone Icon with Software Platform

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alt Aliph unveils the Jawbone Icon, first headphone with an operating system on a chip.

With MyTalk, you can plug the Jawbone Icon into your computer and customize Icon with audio/dial apps.

A variety of audio apps, voice profiles of different personalities, allow the customer to personalize their Icon. And voice comes in French, German, or Spanish.

Go Aliph Jawbone Icon

And Now...USB 3.0

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And Now...USB 3.0

SuperSpeed USB 3.0 is 10x Faster

At CES, 17 SuperSpeed USB 3.0-certified products from 11 vendors were introduced, including host controllers, adapter cards, motherboards, and hard drives (but no other consumer electronics devices). 

If you’ve seen my speeches over the years, you know I often talk about USB as the single-most prolific success of the PC industry (after the PC itself, of Continue reading...

Logitech Ships Billionth Mouse

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Logitech Ships Billionth Mouse

Logitech ships its billionth mouse. Logitech introduced its first retail mouse in 1985 and reached the 100 millionth mouse mark in 1996. Sales of Logitech mice topped 500 million seven years later. Today, Logitech sells mice in more than 100 countries worldwide and makes an average of 376,000 mice per day (7.8 million every month).

"Looking to the future," says Logitech, “the gesture-based MX Continue reading...

HDMI Thrives While DVI Dives

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HDMI Thrives While DVI Dives

Both the rapid rise of HDMI and slow decline of DVI continues in 2008, reports In-Stat. The primary driver of HDMI's success is the CE segment, with HDMI ports being found on 95% of the digital TVs shipped worldwide in 2008, the greatest volume for HDMI in any product.

While DVI and HDMI are related high-bandwidth, unidirectional, uncompressed digital interface standards, most of DVI shipments Continue reading...

Pigs Do Fly...Off Retail Shelves

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Pigs Do Fly...Off Retail Shelves

Consumer electronics moves into fashion and fashion moves in mysterious ways. Some interesting designs that include ANIMALS come to mind:  examples include Nabaztag the Wi Fi rabbit and the Hannspree TV range with giraffes, lions and monkey.

Now meet the iPIG.

 Uh, no. iPIG is on LEFT. To the right is my friend Martin Vukovic, Sales Manager for CEE for New Universe. Follow his finger and y Continue reading...

WildCharger in Europe

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Wild Charger

The search for the ultimate battery charger continues…The WildCharger pad we saw in Berlin is flat and thin with a conductive surface. Place a cell phone or device enabled with WildCharge technology on the pad – anywhere on the pad– and it will receive power from the pad (at the same speed as if the device is plugged to the wall).

Go WildCharger

Wild Thing, You Make My Battery Sing

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Wild Thing, You Make My Battery Sing

At IFA, we got a private showing of The WildCharger, a flat pad with a thin but conductive surface. Place a cell phone (or device) enabled with WildCharge technology on the pad – anywhere on the pad—and, despite orientation, – it will receive power from the pad. Charging speed seems to be the same as if plugged to the wall.

WildCharge was not showing at IFA, but we caught up to one of their Continue reading...

The Master of the (Accessories) Universe

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The Master of the (Accessories) Universe

The Master of Accessories was next to me, standing on the ultimate accessory, a Segway, further emboldened by a red Porsche logo. 

Noel Lee, president and CEO of Monster Cable, doesn’t need a Porsche Segway to highlight his status. After all, most in the business would agree Noel invented the category of cable accessories for audio.

“Come see this demo”, invites the Head Monster, leading the way on the Segway, looking very much like a general headed for a mortar shooting demonstration. Noel is a natural leader, a good marshal to his troops.

We roll up to the front of a full technical demo where a Monster-ling has just finished a demo for some of France’s top big box retailers. As a new Monster demo begins, Noel spots a mistake on one of the cable speed signs above the test equipment. He interrupts the presenter, “The Hertz rate on that sign is wrong, isn’t it?” 

“Uh, that’s what we’ve had up for the last three weeks,” offers the presenter, squirming slightly. 

“Well, it is wrong, isn’t it?”  

The presenter looks at the sign carefully, wishing he could change it instantly with some Jedi mind trick. “Uh, yes, I guess so,” he admits. 

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Support Grows for Universal Power Adapter

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Support Grows for Universal Power Adapter

Driven by the proliferation of devices like cell phones, MP3 players and digital cameras, at least 3 billion power adapters will be shipped worldwide this year, up from 2.2 billion only three years ago.

Find a way to eliminate the need to ship a separate power adapter to convert AC into the required DC power for each and every electronics device…and you’ve found a technology that can really help Continue reading...

NASA & Satzuma’s Mobile Phone Charger

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NASA & Satzuma’s Mobile Phone Charger

What’s that famous Hollywood ad for Alien? “In space, no one can hear you scream…”

If that’s true, why did NASA bother inventing anemergency mobile phone battery? Not that Satzuma is complaining… NASA research scientists spent millions of USD and their ideas have now been adapted for use as an emergency mobile phone charger.

Satzuma MPC is the NASA-inspired solution to an increasingly common Continue reading...

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