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  • 11Jan

    Samsung improves how you do laundry at CES

    I thought I loved doing laundry. But now after the announcement that Samsung made at CES, doing laundry just isn’t going to be the same. Since College I have been frantically looking for quarters in order to clean my clothes. I remember having to go to banks, grocery stores, even knocking on friends’ doors to get quarters. Then you had to compete to even find an open laundry space. Forget doing laundry on Sundays. In my apartment, things did not get better. I still needed quarters (but more now) and it was still a fight for resources. Each load had to be taken outside and down the stairs into the garage. Rain or shine, one load at a time because that’s all I could carry. When we bought my house the first thing I went to check out was the laundry situation. I fell in love. The laundry has it’s

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  • 10Jan

    Mimoco announces miniature line of devices at CES

    Mimoco is the company behind those adorable and stylish USB storage devices. At CES today, Mimoco announced their latest line of USB Flash Drives, Mimomicro. The Mimomicro is a smaller line but also has increased functionality. The USB flash drive has interchangeable microSD memory cards but can also be a reader to transport data between digital devices. The Mimomicro has a flip-out USB plug and a built in keychain with a LED indicator light. It’s only 1.6″H and 1.0″ W which is super tiny. In March, the first two collections will launch featuring designs from Star Wars and DC characters. “As the pioneers in the licensed flash drive marketplace, Mimoco is excited to unveil our first new product line to build upon the success of our popular MIMOBOT platform. MIMOMICRO leverages compatibility with both USB and microSD enabled memory devices and taps into the growing usage of mobile memory solutions,”

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  • 09Jan

    What to expect at CES 2012

    Tuesday CES 2012 kicks off. I used to cover the event for GamingAngels every year, but this year I can’t go. We will have coverage from other editors and we’ll be trying to keep up with the flood of information coming in. We can then ooh and ahh at all the gadget pretties we want. The video below is my predictions for what we’ll see at CES 2012. Let us know what you are interested in hearing about.

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  • 06Jan

    Barnes & Noble report record Nook sales

    Barnes and Noble reported a record holiday season for sales of their Nook products. NOOK sales, including NOOK Simple Touch™, NOOK Color™ and the new NOOK Tablet™, increased 70% over the last year during the holiday. The NOOK tablet fared well in the tablet war. “We see substantial value in what we’ve built with our NOOK business in only two years, and we believe it’s the right time to investigate our options to unlock that value,” said William Lynch, Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble. “In NOOK, we’ve established one of the world’s best retail platforms for the sale of digital copyright content. We have a large and growing installed base of millions of satisfied customers buying digital content from us, and we have a NOOK business that’s growing rapidly year-over-year and should be approximately $1.5 billion in comparable sales this fiscal year. Between continued projected growth in the

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  • 05Jan

    iPad apps outsell Android tablet apps

    iPad users have downloaded about three billion apps since the iPad launched according to a study by ABI Research. In Mobile Applications Market Data , the study shows that the competition, Android, is only up to 440 million downloads so far. “Discounting all those apps that were originally developed for Android smartphones, Android still trails greatly behind the iPad in terms of its tablet app offerings,” says research associate Lim Shiyang. “Many Android tablets in the market are still using older versions of Android, which disadvantages users from enjoying the better effects of apps produced from more advanced software development kits.” There is a greater quantity of apps available for the iPad. In Q3 2011 alone 120,000 apps were made for the iPad specifically. At CES 2012, I’m sure we’ll hear about many new tablets running Android, but as noted below, the quality just doesn’t compete with the iPad yet.

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  • 04Jan

    Milgrow explains Special Women Security term

    Yesterday we wrote about the Milgrow tablet that is being made specifically with the professional woman in mind. Nevermind the color choices (because hey women like pink), the interesting item was a mention of the “Special Women Security” item that the tablet came with. We were confused and I had to write them to get a better idea of what that security could mean. Company representative Rajeev sent us the following explanation: Indian cities are not as safe for women as they are in the west. As more Indian women join the work force they crime rate being reported has also risen. The TabTops come pre-loaded with an app designed with women’s security in mind. The app can send instant alerts in case of any problems. A forced power-off of the phone or an improper exit of the application will trigger an alert to be sent. Prolonged signal loss will

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  • 03Jan

    A tablet for Women?

    CES 2012 is approaching and it’s a safe bet that we will see plenty of news about tablets that will be coming out over the next year. Only I think Gurgaon-based Milagrow Business and Knowledge Solutions has a bit more work to do with their new tablet announcement. Turns out that Milagrow is launching a tablet that is for women professionals. Great. So what does that mean? What are the specs like? Well it comes in “four feminine colours- powder pink, sky blue, grey and black and comes with Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS) certification.” Because we care more about the environment and bad chemicals than men. The best part is their quote about the tablet: “The Woman’s TabTop is created for women professionals and comes preloaded with special women security and anti theft applications,” said Rajeev Karwal, founder of Milagrow TabTops. Oh? “Special women Security?” What does that

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  • 27Dec

    Can a company sue you for your Twitter followers?

    When a person runs a Twitter account as a representative from a company, who owns those followers? In a very unique case, Noah Kravitz is being sued by PhoneDog for his 17,000 Twitter followers. Noah used to tweet about PhoneDog which provides news and reviews about mobile phones. In October 2010 he left the company and promptly changed his account name from @Phonedog_Noah to @noahKravitz taking the 17,000 followers with him. PhoneDog has decided to sue seeking $2.50 a month per follower for eight months. The total is $340,000. The argument is that Noah took the company’s customer database. “The costs and resources invested by PhoneDog Media into growing its followers, fans and general brand awareness through social media are substantial and are considered property of PhoneDog Media LLC,” the company said. “We intend to aggressively protect our customer lists and confidential information, intellectual property, trademark and brands. Noah states

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  • 23Dec

    Guest Post: Jumala – Handmade for the Holidays

    There are only a handful of days left before Christmas, and the pressure is on to finish shopping for friends and family. Worse, the funds set aside for gifts may be dwindling or altogether gone. What can you give that’s from the heart but on the cheap? Personalized video games, made by you! It’s not often that you can give a gift that’s both techie and do-it-yourself, but there is a solution: Jumala. Jumala is the game of making games and it’s in beta now for PCs. This small Seattle-area start-up offers a robust –and deceptively simple—app for creating, testing and sharing video games that you make yourself. The graphics are gorgeous and the possibilities endless. The best part? All it will cost you is your time. Download the Jumala app (http://jumala.com/download) and you’re off and running. Choose a template to start with and start raising—or razing—mountains, painting terrain, placing

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  • 20Dec

    Gadget Review: Fitbit Ultra

    Recently, I got a new gadget through work, so that I can be a tester for a data gathering platform: the Fitbit Ultra. I am excited about this, because I have been feeling like I don’t get enough exercise lately, and tracking what I do is a sure way for me to get more activity in. I love gadgets! AND, you can go to their website and see charts and other data! I love data! Pros Easy to use. I clip the device to my bra, because it is very stable there, and other than that, I don’t have to do anything with it all day. Lots of data. Of course, I do look at it all day, because you can get a lot of data just on the device itself. With the push of a few buttons, I can see how many steps I’ve taken so far in the

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