NOVEMBER 9, 2012 COMPUTER AMERICA NOTES
Google updates Chrome browser with battery
Juan Carlos Perez
Nov 6, 2012 Soucre: PCworld.com
Google released a Chrome browser update with a video
decoding enhancement that the
company claims will help users save battery life.
The feature, available for Chrome on Windows, cuts power consumption by executing video
decoding on graphics processing units instead of on computers' CPUs, Google said in a
This is because dedicated graphics chips require much less power than computers' CPUs,
resulting in a 25 percent increase in battery life in Google
Intel boosts performance on SSDs and drops prices
, IDG News Service
2012 2:04 PM Source: PCWorld.com
Intel on Monday announced SSD DC S3700 solid
state drives with
up to 800GB of capacity
designed to deliver improved performance and power efficiency.
The SSDs offer two times faster read and 15 times faster write speed
over the Intel SSD 710
series, which were introduced in September last year, the company said in a statement.
The drives will become available early next year, Intel said.
They will come in the 2.5
inch form factor with capacities of:
400GB ($940) and
Drives with 1.8
inch slots will come with capacities of 200GB ($495) and 400GB ($695).
The new drives are comparatively cheaper than the SSD 710 series, which were priced at launch
starting at $649 for the 1
00GB version to $1,929 for the 300GB drive, when purchased in
quantities of 1,000.
The 100GB SSD 710 is currently priced at
$476 on CDW's online store
Microsoft Products No Longer on Kaspersky Top 10 Vulnerabilities List, Adobe,
Apple and Oracle Share The Pain
Saturday, November 03, 2012
The list is compiled from all of Kaspersky customers’ machine from Q3 2012. There were
30,749,066 vulnerabilities detected in total, with an average of about 8 per machine.
clearly have some issues to hammer out;
occupy half the list,
and Oracle’s Java takes up the top two spots.
AT&T Launches Locker Cloud Storage App For iOS
Saturday, November 03, 2012
T has launched a new cloud
based photo and video sharing app for iOS customers.
Users will get 5GB of storage for free, and they'll have the ability to upload images and
video to secure online storage and quickly share on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or e
Users can create and customize albums for photos and video on the device or online
from a laptop or home computer. Customers can also store music and other files in their
AT&T Locker storage.
The app is compatible back to iPhone 3GS.
Users can make
sure they never lose a photo again with Easy Upload feature, which
allows you to automatically upload the photos on your device to the AT&T Cloud.
With AT&T Locker, users can choose to upload new photos and video via Wi
an manage those photos and share them through the app on the
smartphone or on the AT&T Locker web page, and we're told that the carrier plans to
incorporate additional features in future versions of AT&T Locker
Car Dash Receives iPad Mini Makeover Hours After Release
Friday, November 02, 2012
Just hours after
newest tablet went on sale, by the folks at Soundwaves of Tampa, and
they have a handful of pictures and a 3
minute YouTube video to prove it.
A couple of fabricators at Soundwaves of Tampa rigg
ed a custom dash in a 2012 Toyota Corolla
before the iPad mini was released.
Once they had the tablet in hand, it was simply a matter of sliding it into the opening and
pushing the dash back in place.
The neat thing about the design is that it would be super easy to the remove the iPad mini if it
ever needed serviced, or if the driver wanted to replace it with a newer model sometime down
the line, provided the dimensions don't change too terribly much.
To go along with the iPad mini dash, Soundwaves of Tampa installed an Audison digital system
with a volume control module located below the automatic shifter.
Autodesk Magic Finger Enables a Touch Pad on Any Surface
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
You know you have some interesting
on your hands (well, fingers) when you
manage to make Minority Report look outdated.
Research are showing off a proof
concept Magic Finger, which is a
tiny device that turns virtually any surface into a touch pad.
The Finger uses a
and an optical flow sensor to detect motion and identify
As small as your finger tip, the device attaches
with a thin strip of Velcro.
You can swipe, pinch, and tap any surface just as you would a
touch pad or a
The Magic F
inger is useful for situations in which a normal touchpad isn’t easy to reach, but it
also has some other interesting uses that go beyond an ordinary touch pad.
researchers point to the Magic finger as a way to share data with other users (by
For more go to autodesk.com and search using keywords magic finger
Department of Homeland Security Recruiting Geeks for ‘Cyber Reserve’
Friday, November 02, 2012
Do you laugh at the skills of other geeks? Do you have tech knowledge that would make the
typical hacker whimper?
If so, you might be a candidate for a new government program aimed at battling cyber enemies
of the state.
called Cyber Reserve is being likened to the military reserve: a force of tech experts who
can mobilize to defend the nation in times of cri
The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate is handling the
creation of the Cyber Reserve and is starting by recruiting
experts who already have a
history with the government.
But that pool won’t last forever, and the DHS is considering training programs for new blood.
The biggest challenge that the new program is going to face is convincing top techies to take
: JBL SoundFly Air, AirPlay Enabled Plug
SoundFly™ Air AirPlay plug
It plugs directly into your wall outlet. All you need is an Apple AirPlay
enabled audio device,
such as an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, and a home Wi
This small wonder delivers a full spectrum of sound.
A free, downloadable app gives you additional functionality so you can browse music with cover
art, adjust volume and tone, and fully customize the digital signal processing (DSP) to get the
wherever you plug it in.
Features at a glance:
20 watts of great JBL sound anywhere in your house
Works with Apple AirPlay
Free, downloadable app
Available for $199.99 on www.jbl.com.
New mophie Juice Pack Lets Samsung Galaxy S III Users Do More with their D
™ juice pack, which has kept millions of iPhone's
"in the green," is now available for
the popular Samsung Galaxy S® III, providing
double the battery life on one charge as well as
complete device protection in an ultra
thin, lightweight, low
The juice pack Galaxy S III is now available
for $99.95 at mophie.com and in select retailers
Features of the case include:
100% Extra Battery Life
users will appreciate up to 9 hours of additional talk time, 11
additional hours of Internet use, 32 hours of audio playback, or 8 hours of
thin, lightweight and low
profile case design provides
protection while perfectly complementing the sleek look of the Galaxy S III
Sync with Ease
through USB cord allows users to charge and sync without
g their mobile device from the juice pack case
Charge on Demand
Features an on/off toggle switch that allows for standby and
charging mode, giving users the ability to dictate when extra juice is needed
Battery Status Indicator
An integrated 4 LED status i
ndicator notifies the user of how
much battery power is left and displays how much charge time remains when the case is
For more about mophie and its full suite of products, please visit www.mophie.com.
Mad Catz Ships The TRITTON PRO+ True 5.1 Surround Sound Headset Featuring
Dolby Digital Technology
Mad Catz Interactive, Inc.
(“Mad Catz”) announced the
shipping of the TRITTON
Surround Sound Headset
, an upgrade to the Company’s award winning TRITTON
Compatible with both the Xbox 360
video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and
3 computer entertainment sy
stem from Sony
, the TRITTON
Surround Sound Headset
is available for purchase today for
is capable of delivering an authentic Dolby Digital 5.1 experience through the use of
eight individual drivers (four in each earcup).
Advanced speaker separation and improved bass response drive precise audio effects to the
gamer, ideal for competitive gaming.
features a redesigned in
line Remote and Selectable Voice Monitoring (SVM),
allowing users to choose if they hear thei
r own voice through the headset, as well as sporting a
new lightweight and flexible design.
THREE NEW WEBCAMS OF INTEREST, 1 FROM BELKIN, AND 2 FROM SWANN:
Keep Tabs on Your Home from Anywhere with Belkin’s New NetCam Wi
announced the new NetCam Wi
Fi Camera with Night Vision that allows you to monitor
your home on your smartphone or tablet from anywhere.
The NetCam features infrared night vision for clear vie
wing even in low or no light, plus wide
angle video to get a better view of more of your room.
allows you to save live video to your mobile device for easy sharing and also
provides clear digital audio to listen in on your room as well as see it.
The NetCam sets up easily using any iOS
or Android device and connects directly to a Wi
router without the need of a computer.
Download the free NetCam app to begin monitoring your home anytime, anywhere. The app
also provides email alerts, notifying you when motion is detected and sending
you a snapshot
of the motion.
Fi Camera with Night Vision (F7D7601) $129.99
Night vision for clear sight even in the dark
angle video for larger spaces
Easy mobile setup eliminates the need for a computer to connect
fications sent via email
Save live video directly to your mobile device
Digital audio for crystal
Works with the free NetCam app; no subscription service needed
Requires a Wi
Fi router and Internet connection
Compatible with iOS 4.2 and up as w
ell as Android 2.2 and up
The NetCam Wi
Fi Camera with Night Vision is available now on Belkin.com and Amazon.com.
It will be available at Walmart and Verizon in November and Target in December. Additional
retailers coming soon.
The NetCam app is avail
able for download on the App Store and Google Play.
Fi network camera & SwannSmart
app offer remote viewing and cloud storage for 24/7
peace of mind
SwannSmart app for viewing on PC, Mac, tablets & Smartphones including iPhone, iPad
& Android devices
Capture events as they happen to SwannSmart
Secure Cloud (the first month is free
with a $5.99 monthly fee applying thereafter) & know what's happening via mobile push
Perfect for low light scenarios, thanks to 8 infrared LEDs
in microphone captures audio
Mount the camera on any
flat surface, upside down, on the ceiling, or on a wall
Target, Amazon Edifier.US.com
Smartphone/tablet controlled wireless IP network camera features remote pan/tilt & 2
Shoots real time MJPEG video or still images to your PC when motion is detected
Remotely pan and tilt to 350 degrees horizontal, 100 degrees vertical
over the internet or 3G/4G device
in microphone & speaker for 2
way audio to talk & listen to visitors
app for viewing on Smartphone or tablet including
iPhone, iPad, Android
devices & more
Motion activates alarm, or recording to your PC & FTP server or alerts you via email
Sensu: Sensu Brush
Delivering an authentic painting experience on your tablet or smartphone, the Sensu two
brush and stylus is the ultimate tool for digital artists
pending synthetic hair which feels like an artist brush but is infused
with copper t
o make it activate on capacitive touchscreens
Bristles are flexible, strong and offer resistance
a bit of spring
yielding perfectly to
different paint mediums and surfaces
The protective cap becomes the handle for the brush when in use or the protectiv
chamber when closed
Designed for use with a variety of drawing, painting and music
Apps deliver high
making with acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, marker and more
No batteries or charging
of the Sensu Brush in action
FAVI Entertainment: Mini Bluetooth Keyboard
Small keyboard with touchpad mouse perfectly complements Kindle Fire HD and other Bluetooth
with familiar Android buttons, music/video hotkey
s and a built
in laser pointer
Familiar android buttons and FAVI's screen swipe touchpad offers fast and fluid
Connects with nearly all Bluetooth devices including Kindle Fire HD, Google Nexus 7,
iPad, Samsung Galaxy and Asus (TF300T
well as PCs, laptops and Mac
No Bluetooth on your PC or laptop? No problem...a Bluetooth USB receiver is included
(stores neatly inside device when not in use)
Includes backlit keys for use in the dark
Music / Video hotkeys gives you quick access to your
favorite music playlist or video
Touchpad features full mouse control as well as "tap to click" and page scroll
Works great for office presentations with its built
in laser pointer and PowerPoint slide
Wireless Range: 50 feet
Staples or FaviEntertainment.com
Powerful, 1:33 scale model of world’s largest and loudest speaker dock
way active speaker design creates stunning concert quality sound at home
Integrated subwoofer delivers powerful, deep lows without distortion
Made for iPod, iPhone
Dock to play or charge your device
Video output connection allows users to play movies on a TV from Apple® devices
Compact, affordable, and easy
use pitch clip offers highly accurate tuning and ultra
Convenient, chromatic clip
on tuner is used and loved by players around the world
Features an easy
read LED display with reverse, which assures easy viewing when
mounted on either side of guitar
weight design delivers impeccable on
Equipped with “auto power
off” to extend battery life
Available in a pleth
ora of vivacious colors such as: Red, Orange, Indigo, Violet and Pink
Available at: korg.com
Launches Free Android App Enabling Anyone to Broadcast Live Video
Directly From Their Phone
Livestream offers event owners a complete set of hardware and software tools to share their events with
a growing community online. More than 30 million viewers e
ach month watch thousands of live events
from customers including The
Times, Facebook, ESPN, SpaceX and Warner Bros. Records
has released live video broadcasting capabilities to its
Android App to help reach its goal of providing everyone with the tools needed to
democratize live video.
Features of the Android App include live video broadcasting and live blogging through posting
real time text, photos and video clip. An iPhone app is already available for download.
The Android app allows anyone to share live video, photos and text upda
tes of significant
events in their work and lives.
Livestream for Producers
Android and iPhone App (available today) make it all possible
at the highest quality performance on every network available
3G, 4G, and Wifi.
Livestream for Prod
for Android (Free in Android Marketplace)
Livestream for Producers
for iPhone (Free in App Store)
Handwriting Goes Mobile With the Introduction of the Sky wifi
announced the launch of the Sky wifi smartpen, the first digital pen to integrate
technology and cloud services.
Sky digitizes everything consumers write and hear and automatically sends it to their personal
Evernote accounts, where it is securely stored and readily available to search, play back,
organize and share.
Once in Evernot
e, customers can easily play back their synchronized notes and audio, called
pencasts, with the new web
based Livescribe Player, which requires no installation.
The Livescribe Player not only allows them to start at the beginning of an audio recording, b
also allows them to jump directly to a specific point in time just by tapping or clicking on a
handwritten word or drawing.
In addition to reviewing pencasts on their computers and mobile devices, consumers can also:
Notes are searchable by
tags, titles, keywords and even for words within
Individual notes, including pencasts, can be shared publically or privately with
colleagues and peers via link, email, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Entire notebooks can
also be sh
ared for easy collaboration
Pencasts can be organized alongside other related content including
documents, presentations, photos, videos and web pages
The Sky wifi smartpen works with both Evernote (free) and Evernote Premium and can be
o new or existing Evernote accounts.
Sky includes an additional 500MB of monthly upload capacity (up to 70 hours of recording time)
for content created with the smartpen.
In the U.S. market, the Sky wifi smartpen from Livescribe is available at Best Buy
, Fry’s, Apple
stores and many college campus bookstores, as well as online at Livescribe.com, BestBuy.com
The 2GB Sky wifi smartpen records around 200 hours of audio and is $169.95.
The 4GB Sky wifi smartpen
records around 400 hours of audio and is $199.95.
The 8GB Sky wifi smartpen propack is offered exclusively through Best Buy and Livescribe.com.
It records around 800 hours of audio and includes Livescribe’s smartpen portfolio and a one
to Evernote Premium for $249.95.
For more information about the Sky wifi smartpen, visit www.livescribe.com/sky.
LG Electronics Launches first 'Ultra
Definition' 4K TVs in U.S.
Ushering in a new era in home entertainm
ent, the first “Ultra High Definition” flat
with four times the resolution of today’s HDTVs
went on sale October 26 to consumers in the
LG Electronics USA
chose Southern California, the epicenter of entertainment and innovation,
as the consumer launchpad for this groundbreaking technology.
Teaming up with high
end retailer Video & Audio Center, LG hosted hundreds of consumers
eager to be among the first in
the United States to have an opportunity to see and purchase
LG’s new Ultra HD TV.
The LG 84
inch class (84
inch diagonal) LED TV, with a native Ultra High Def screen resolution of
3840 × 2160 to match its impressive size, has an MSRP of $19,999.99.
del 84LM9600 quadruples the level of detail from full 1080p HD resolution to a massive 8
Even before so
called “4K” content is available, LG’s powerful up
conversion engine, the
proprietary “LG Resolution Upscaler
Plus,” delivers higher detail from current HD/SD external
Atari Announces Upcoming Mobile Games Lineup
, one of the world’s
most recognized publishers and developers of interactive
entertainment, revealed its upcoming lineup of new mobile games from some of video
gaming’s most iconic franchises.
Atari’s mobile games lineup features:
(iOS and Android, Q1 2
Dungeons & Dragons: Warbands
$2.99, December; Steam, Facebook and
Android coming soon)
FREE, Q4 2012)
Bitty Brings Retro Control to Mobile Gaming
Retro Wireless Game Controller
as the newest
handheld member of the popular iCade line of
mobile gaming accessories.
The iCade 8
Bitty works via wireless Bluetooth® technology to connect with iOS and Android
devices and gives users pocket portability and the power to enjoy the deep library of iCade
Bitty features eight
button control with four face buttons, select, start, and two
shoulder buttons along with an integrated D
pad for movement and control.
The controller is also designed on a completely open development platform. App developers
dd support for the iCade 8
Bitty with no permission needed from Apple or ThinkGeek.
To learn what games can be enjoyed with the iCade 8
Bitty, visit Thinkgeek.com.
: Digital Storm Unveils Bolt
The World’s Thinnest, Most Powerful & Future
Custom designed chassis provides thin form factor and future upgradability; while a 4.6GHz
overclocked CPU delivers furious performance
The Bolt boasts
a slim yet aggressive profile that is only 3.6” wide and 14” tall.
The Bolt’s thin chassis is designed to effectively dissipate heat allowing it to house the
latest and fastest components on the market, bucking the trend of sacrificing
performance for a
Bolt’s high performance CPU cooling solution, with five copper heat pipes, unlocks even
more gaming performance with processor overclocks of up to 4.6 GHz with Intel’s i7
Bolt also supports up to 3 hard drives: 2 SSDs and 1
mechanical for incredible storage
CEA officially brands 4K as Ultra HD, gets ready for a flood of new displays at CES
Oct 20th 2012 12:44PM
Now that HDTV is "the new normal" according to Nielsen (its most recent stats say more than 75
percent of US households have one) then naturally, it's time to upgrade to
Association officially dubbed such screens
with characteristics including at
least eight million active pixels, and 3,840 x 2,160 resolution, among other things
Definition, or Ultra HD in order to help educate consumers about the new tech
Sony is already informing media outlets that it plans to market
its 4K products
as "4K UHD."
Whatever it's called, we saw
ltiple manufacturers announced recently, and
with the CEA's announcement we're penciling in a few more pixel
dense models for the big Las Vegas
show in January