Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Dlodlo VR Glasses

Dlodlo VR has announced the Dlodlo VR Glasses, the world’s lightest portable Virtual Reality Glasses.  The 4 ounce VR glasses are four times lighter than other VR headsets on the market.  Other features include full HD 2k+ resolution and the largest 110 degree field of view. 

The VR headset will come in  Black, Ivory, and Champion Gold.  The Dlodlo VR headset will set you back $699 when it becomes available May 27th.

Check out the site HERE

via GearDiary

Components That Make Mobile Phones Better in 2017

As mobile phone technology continues to advance, it's hard to believe that even just a few short years ago mobile phones were little more than devices that allowed you to make and receive calls. Now, they're something else entirely – thanks to the type of apps that one can install, the electronics components hidden inside the case and features like the operating system, you can do everything from run your personal life to run a business all from a device that fits comfortably into the palm of your hand. There are a few key electronics components that stand to take the already impressive devices that we own and make them even more amazing in 2017 and beyond.

The Screen
Since the release of Apple's iPhone in 2007, one of the most important electronics components in a mobile phone has and will always be the screen. These deceptively simple parts need to service a number of different goals all at once. They need to respond to human touch in organic and reliable ways, for example, as more and more phones are relying purely on touch for all user interactions. They also need to cram as many pixels as possible into such a small surface area for the highest possible resolution, all while using as little energy as possible to help preserve battery life. As mobile phone technology continues to advance, it will be truly amazing just how efficient, practical and high quality the screen on these devices truly becomes.

Fingerprint Identification Sensors
Fingerprint identification sensors are electronics components that help make sure that a person's mobile phone is as safe and as secure as possible at all times. Keep in mind that a mobile phone is now more than just a simple phone – if your personal or business device falls into the wrong hands, it's possible that it could be used by someone with malicious intentions to steal your identity or worse, ruin your company. Fingerprint identification sensors replace or supplement (depending on the device) a traditional password system to help make sure that you are truly the only person who has access to your phone at any given time. While current fingerprint identification technology is already impressive, expect electronics components manufacturers to take things to the next level by the time 2017 rolls around.

The Battery 
The reputation of many mobile phones have lived and died based on the total battery life that is promised by the phone's original manufacturer. People are on their phones all day long – this is something that is inarguably part of the appeal of the devices in the first place. The mobile phone batteries of 2017 and beyond need to accomplish a few different goals all at once. First, they need to be able to provide the type of “all day” battery life that people can depend on to help make sure that they don't find themselves with a “dead” device before they're ready. Secondly, they need to keep getting smaller as electronics components to help prevent the phones themselves from becoming too large.

While there are a wide range of different electronics components that are making mobile phones better in 2017 and beyond, one of the most important factors that is guaranteeing progress has nothing to do with the parts themselves. As technology continues to advance, the relationship between mobile phone manufacturers and their suppliers is becoming more and more important.

Verical.com is an electronics parts supplier that is attempting to level the playing field and make sure that companies have the electronics parts that they need to release the highest quality products to consumers everywhere. Verical users a pedigree scoring system to help give companies as much information as possible about a part before a purchase is made. This scoring system guarantees the authenticity of electronics parts, for example, and also helps clue people in on their proper intended use, the warranty status and more – all with the intention of allowing them to always make the best possible choices with consumers in mind.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

WorldPenScan X Review

WorldPenScan X is a digital pen that scans, converts, and translate documents into digital form.  The device is perfect for world travelers that need to quickly translate a document on the fly to their Tablet or mobile phone.  The product initially launched on Kickstarter and now is available through etailers like Amazon.com.

WorldPenScan X is a small digital pen in white made of mostly plastic construction.  The digital pen scanner has a power button, function key and scan tip with button and wheel.  The end of the digital pen has a USB cable to charge the device.  The function light changes colors to notify you that the products is working and doing it's function.  The WorldPenScan X works with iOS, Android, Mac and Windows.  The

The WorldPenScan X was tested with an iPad and without much effort I was up and running.  I downloaded the app using the Apple Store which is a free download.  Once I downloaded the app I connected the device by powering on the device and it connected automatically using Bluetooth.

The app supports translation of  Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese (Hong Kong), English, Japanese, Korean, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese, among several other languages.  In addition the software recognize barcodes and bank fonts such as OCR-A, OCR-B, MICR on PCs.

Since I am Korean I thought I translate Korean words to English.  I simply pressed on the text on a flat surface and hit the function key and then when finish scanning I hit the function key again.  The app would then display the Korean text and then translate it to English.  The translation is not perfect but similar to Google Translate.  Easier languages like Spanish would more than likely result in almost perfect translations.

Overall the WorldPenScan X works exactly as described.  I like how it translate foreign language with ease.  I found the post office won't accept addresses in foreign languages so I use the WorldPenScan X to translate Korean addresses to English. 

9 Out of 10

Buy it now HERE

Disclosure:  Review unit

Youtube stopped supporting apps on older TV such as Sony Bravia pre 2012

Google has decided to pull the plug on it's Youtube app on many older devices.  After April 2015, many older iphone, ipad, Apple TV, Google TV, and Roku devices will stop working. 

Devices affected

Select devices manufactured in 2012 and earlier, including:
  • Sony TVs & Blu-ray Discs
  • Panasonic TVs & Blu-ray Discs
  • Sony Playstation Vita
  • Older iOS (iOS 5 and earlier) devices
  • Older AppleTV (1st and 2nd gen)
  • Older set-top boxes (ex, DirectTV)

Devices not affected

  • Android (Download the YouTube app from the Google Play Store)
  • Apple iPhone/iPad running iOS 7 or later (Download the YouTube app from the App Store)
  • Apple TV (3rd gen model w/ 1080p, or newer)
  • Google TV (v3 and v4)
  • Android TV
  • Most 2013 and newer Smart TVs and Blu-ray players
  • Streaming devices including Roku, Western Digital, Chromecast
  • Set-top boxes including Virgin Media, BSkyB Now TV Box, TiVo, J:Com
  • Game consoles: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii, Wii U, 3DS
  • Desktop, laptop, or other device (Mac, PC, etc) with a web browser supported by www.youtube.com
  • Phone, tablet, or other device (Kindle, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Nokia, Android, iOS, etc) with a web browser supported by m.youtube.com
via Google

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Beware Tinypic reuse links

I noticed a recently upload pic on Tinypic has changed to another pic uploaded by another user.  Apparently Tinypic does reuse links to keep them from getting a too long URL.  The problem is you get a total random pic in place of the pic you uploaded.  This is not good for forums and blogs where you might get banned for content.