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SanDisk announces their new 128GB microSD card

SanDisk-128GB-microSDXC_610x419If you have constantly been deleting photos, videos, or apps to save some memory on your phone, then you will be delighted to hear that SanDisk announced their new microSD card that has a capacity of 128GB.

These new cards will be using the faster speed UHS-1 interface for faster read and write speeds. It will be available to purchase only at BestBuy.com and Amazon.com from anywhere between $30 and $200.

Unfortunately, not everyone will be able to use this new memory card since some phones come with the earlier microSDHC standard (maxes out at 32GB). But if you think you will be picking one of these up soon, comment below with your thoughts!

Full story here.

Facebook Messenger Client For Windows

Close to a month ago, Engadget.com gave us an early look at the Facebook Messenger client and now, it’s finally available for download.  A copy of the Facebook messenger app was recently leaked on the TechIT website.  Not much in the way of surprises here, but if you’re the sort that prefers desktop applications to websites or mobile apps, you’ll be glad to know that it provides access to not just Facebook chat, but status updates and notifications from your friends as well.

Download the client here.

New App Wakes You Earlier If It Snowed Last Night

The almost new app, Winter Wake-Up, is a simple app available for purchase on both the Apple and Android market.  This app simply wakes you up earlier if it snowed in your area overnight.   The app lets you configure its settings to wake you up earlier than your scheduled alarm depending on weather conditions, with separate settings for both “Frost” and “Snow.”

Many people are asking the use of this app and the answer to that lies in the question, “Have you ever been late to work/school because of having to dig out your car or driveway?”.  If so, then yes, this app will become extremely helpful to you.

 

JXD Releases Android-Based Gaming Tablet

JXD has just recently released its S7100, an Android-powered gaming tablet which will be marketed towards playing old-school arcade games.  The device includes a D-pad, face buttons, and a 7 inch touch screen display.   It will be running on an ARM Cortex A9 CPU, Mali 400 GPU, 512MB of RAM, and includes 16GB of internal storage.

Besides all of this, the S7100 has a 0.3 megapixel front facing camera as well as a 2.0 megapixel rear facing camera with an HDMI out.  A video trailer shows the unit playing a variety of touchscreen games and classic ROMs including Metal SlugMario Kart 64Angry BirdsPlants Vs. Zombies and Fruit Ninja HD. Not to be undone, the device also features the actual PlayStation button icons on its own buttons.

The price tag right now is set around $140.

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Swype’s Holiday Season Present To You

Swype, the Android keyboard that lets you type (or swype, rather) faster than you ever thought possible, has a present for you this holiday season.  With the recent development of Siri, the voice controlled app, it seems that these voice controlled apps are becoming the future of smartphones.

That said, Swype is launching a new beta with Nuance’s Dragon dictation built right in (see video below). Chances are the actual transcription isn’t faster than your swypes, especially if you’re a veteran Swype user, but when your hands are tied up Dragon should really come in handy.

This new app will also allow you to download a number of different languages.  Unfortunatly, if your phone came pre-loaded with Swype, this beta will not work on your phone.  Instead, you will have to wait until the complete launch of the Swype update to start using it.

To get the new update, just visit Swype’s site from your phone and register with an email address. You will then be sent a download link and be ready to go.

Microsoft Fixing Xbox Live Glitch

Microsoft is aware of a glitch that has been shutting some Xbox 360 users out of the Xbox Live network ever since the new dashboard update that was released in early December.

These new Xbox errors have started coming up in the past week, according to gaming site Joystiq, with subscribers getting locked out of the network, unable to purchase content from Microsoft’s online store, and prevented from downloading their profiles.

The common code that many users have been seeing is code “801540B7″ as well as code “80070571″.  The site has heard back from Microsoft, which reports that it knows about the issue and is working on a fix.

“We have recently identified an Xbox Live profile data error that results in Error Code ’801540B7′ for a small number of Xbox Live members,” somebody on the Xbox Live team told Joystiq. “The error instructs users to attempt to re-download their Xbox Live profile and directs them to customer service support for further assistance. We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused to our loyal Xbox Live members and are working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.”

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Consumer Electronics Show 2012: Trends To Watch Out For

All across the globe, electronic/technology companies are preparing themselves for CES (Comsumer Electronics Show) 2012, which takes place during the second week of January at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  Although Microsoft disclosed its plans to end its participation in CES starting next year, this year’s show should hold some promising insights to what’s ahead in the world of electronics.

During an interview with FORBES Wednesday, Accenture‘s Kumu Puri, a senior executive with the consulting firm’s consumer electronics practice in San Francisco, laid out what she thinks will be the five big themes from the 2012 edition of the show.  Microsoft will of course hold a big role this year.  Apple will be casting a big shadow over the event although it will not be participating this year.

So here they are, Puri’s 5 trends to keep a look out for at this year’s CES show:

  1. Ultrabooks: PC makers are expected to role out 20-40 new versions of the incredibly thin notebooks.  Puri thinks pricing will start in the $800 to $1,000 range, but quickly scale down from there.
  2. Tablets/Smartphones: As everyone could have guessed, we will be seeing a lot more mobile devices this year, including new Android based tablets and smartphones.  We should be expecting to see more support for mobile payments and location-based services on these devices.
  3. Connected Devices: Puri expects to see innovation in connected cars, for instance, with new features for Internet radio, and in-car apps targeting safety issues. There will be more Internet-enabled kitchen appliances. Also big again this year will be connected televisions. She thinks some of those services are maturing, and should improve over previous attempts at TV-based Web offerings that received an indifferent consumer reception.
  4. Windows 8: Coming back to Microsoft, the company is expected to launch its new operating system at some point in 2012.  Everyone is just asking how much of it they will be showing off at CES.  Also likely to show up at CES: a variety of new Windows Phone-based mobile devices.
  5. Digital Health: Puri thinks there will be an increased focus on health care at the show, with developments in three areas. One of those is the increased adoption of tablets in hospitals and doctors offices for recording data and other purposes. A second focus will be cloud-based solutions for storing, archiving, accessing and retrieving medical records. And the third will be an increased number of consumer medical devices, some apps running on tablets and phones, others dedicated gizmos for monitoring things like glucose levels and blood pressure.

Voice Activated and Controlled Xbox App

Today.com just announced the launch of their new custom app which can be found on Xbox Live. The exciting new app is part of the all-new Xbox 360 experience that gives you the power to control the Xbox with your voice.

The voice activation, powered by Kinect and Bing search, turns your voice into the ultimate remote control. You can use your voice to effortlessly find the latest show, watch the most popular videos of the day and search for stories by specific anchors or your favorite topics. You say it and Xbox finds it.

“With the Xbox LIVE app, the TODAY show is again evolving with the times and technologies,” said Jim Bell, TODAY Executive Producer. “TODAY has already successfully expanded beyond TV screens and into the lives of millions on a variety of platforms. The brand that was created 60 years ago as a 2-hour morning news show is now available at any time and on any number of devices, from laptops to iPads and now the Xbox.”

With the release of this app, many Xbox owners (or soon to be Xbox owners due to Christmas) have become excited with the new technology brought to the gaming system.

Ice Cream Sandwich Coming For Anticipated Android Users

Android users are excited about the recent launch of Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich, but many people are asking how quickly this new software will be available to their phones.

If you’re one of the lucky ones to get the update, check out some tips and shortcuts Google has posted to help you navigate the many changes you’ll see on your device.

Ice Cream Sandwich provides a whole variety of new updates and bug fixes for both phones and tablets.  Now status updates from social media sites will sync with contacts so you can see what connections are doing online in real time. It also sports an improved calendar and camera capabilities as well as improvements in graphics, database, spell-checking, and Bluetooth.

Prepare yourselves to be impressed when you finally get ICS as it is completely different than previous versions of Android. Google has given nearly every facet of the OS a makeover, and the very core of the Android user experience has been completely reinvented.

 

Galaxy Nexus December 15th Launch Date

As an update from a earlier post today, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has finally received a release date for the U.S.

Many sources have been saying the the release will be later this week on the 15th. The sources consist of second party vendors, different tech blogs, as well as some tipsters who originally leaked phone pictures and videos to the public.

What each of these sources is saying is that Verizon retailers literally have the Galaxy Nexus in their stores right this minute but will not be able to sell them until the 15th of this month.

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