The FBI chasing the most wanted criminal in the United States, police running after a carnapped vehicle and kids tracking their toys that they left somewhere – all these and more were already seen on TV shows and in the movies. Who would’ve thought such things can happen in real life? Well, technology has proven that such things are just simple and can make your imaginations come true. A gps vehicle tracking system that’s oh so small and handy can allow you to track whoever or whatever you want to.
GPS or Global Positioning System is a global navigation system that can allow you to determine the velocity and locate the actual position of a certain object during a certain time. It is widely utilized by the government and now, you can also have it and use it for yourself. If you want to be tracked or you want to track your loved one and stay connected all the time, you can now grab a handy GPS as you travel. If before, it is only seen in the movies, now, tracking can already be done for real!
Sony has released a minor upgrade to its Play Station Portable handheld console. The new version, the PSP-300 series, has a new, brighter LCD than the previous two versions.
Other than the new screen, the new PSP gets reshaped select and start buttons. The Home button has also been replaced by a button with the PS logo, though the function remains the same.
A new feature that no other previous version has had is the built-in microphone which can be used to talk to other people through Skype.
To Sony though, the biggest improvement in this version is its security. The PSP has long been the target of pirates everywhere. The previous versions were hacked to play games off of the Memory stick, so a lot of people who own the system never ever purchase a single game in Sony’s UMD format.
Sony hopes the improved security, both hardware and software, makes the PSP a viable system for third-party developers again. The hope is that with less pirated games, developers would be encouraged to get better games out because at least they know that they’ll get their money back.
How the gaming community will receive this new version of the PSP remains to be seen.
Several years ago, Motorola and Kodak, two huge long known for innovation and leadership in their respective fields, signed a partnership. The deal meant to bring Kodak’s imaging expertise to Motorola’s phones to try to fight the Nokia-Carl Zeiss partnership, as well as Sony-Ericsson’s Cyber-shot solutions which it borrowed from it’s Japanese parent.
Well, the first product of that partnership is here. The new Motorola MotoZINE ZN5 sports a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, a xenon flash, and of course, that all-important Kodak imaging software.
One look at this phone’s camera and you know that it means business. The first sign that it does: Kodak branding on it. And it does protrude from the phone’s rear, thankfully, in a good way.
As said earlier, the lens is flanked by a powerful xenon flash which is great for taking pictures in the dark. The Kodak imaging software helps improve the picture quality a lot, and Motorola were kind enough to include wifi in the phone to make it easy to upload photos to Kodak’s photo sharing community.
Aside from imaging, the ZN5 also has Motorola’s ModeShift technology, that is this phone also has a morphing keypad ala MOTOROKR E8.
There are 8 megapixel phones coming soon, but for now, your best bet for best imaging in a phone is probably this, the MotoZINE ZN5.
It was October 2007, and Asus was preparing to launch its then unknown Eee PC. It had a 7-inch color screen, an Intel Celeron processor, 4 GB of space, a small keyboard, and a customized version of Linux all in a small 8.9 x 6.5 in package. It actually looked like a laptop; only, it was much smaller and much less powerful that traditional laptops. The one thing that it had going for it at the time was its incredibly low price.
Here was a small, portable notebook that could do simple word processing, had wifi for quick internet access, all at less than US$ 400.
Some people scoffed at the thought at first, but then, a lot of people started buying the Eee PC. After a while, other manufacturers began releasing their own versions. MSI had its Wind, Acer had its Aspire One, and HP its Mini-note. The netbook was now gaining traction in the mainstream. Dell then introduced its Mini 9, and Samsung and Sony soon followed suit.
Now, instead of having super slow processors with limited RAM and limited disk space, new netbooks have relatively more powerful processors, big hard drives, and enough RAM to run Windows XP properly.
What started as a niche product has now become the tech world’s newest darling. The future looks great for the netbook.
Apple changed the way people thought about touchscreen phones when it introduced the first iPhone back in 2007. The thought of navigating a touchscreen using only human fingers was basically unheard of. At the time, touchscreen phones mostly used styli/styluses to navigate mostly resistive touchscreens which were not exactly very responsive. As such, the response to the iPhone was phenomenal, and soon after, every other phone maker began to make their own touchscreen phones.
RIM though looked like it was not going to join the party, because well, their devices were popular for their amazing QWERTY keyboards, and why should they abandon what made them popular, right?
Well, RIM thought differently, which led to the introduction of the BlackBerry 9530, also known as the BlackBerry Storm.
The Storm is RIM’s first touch-only device, and it features RIM’s surepress technology. What it does is provide feedback to the user that the ‘button’ has been pressed by physically clicking. Think about the entire screen of the Storm as one big button, and you’ll get the idea.
RIM hopes this novel approach to touchscreen technology that provides feedback to the user will be enough for it to take some market share away from the iPhone, and other competetitors such as the T-Mobile G1, and HTC’s Touch family of devices.