The other bomb-piece of hardware Google dropped this week looks more like a cannonball. It’s called Nexus Q; the world’s first streaming social media player. Using Google Play apps through your Android Phone or tablet you can access the massive Google cloud to stream millions of songs, HD movies, TV shows, and the entire YouTube universe into your home. The Q unit also features an audiophile grade amp so you can plug in your speakers and blast it.
Google dove headfirst into the tablet market this week with the launch of their Nexus 7. Apparently other Android-driven tablets on the market weren’t cutting it, so Google got into the hardware game. 8GB & 16GB Nexus tablets feature quad-core processors and 7” displays. Built for Google Play, it offers almost unlimited options for media, music, and apps.
If you lose your keys more often than you lose your phone, the Hone might be a big help. It’s a low energy device that connects to your keys and when signaled by your Hone iPhone app, it makes the fob light up and vibrate so you can find your keys and get going.
If you thought that ‘iPad’ was a ridiculous product name, say hello to the new champion, the Clambook. No, it’s not an adult entertainment device. It’s a sleek aluminum docking device that connects your smart phone to your laptop for a full-size screen experience on your phone. Coming Holiday 2012.
Smashproof and splashproof are both great qualities for a portable wireless speaker. Powered by an 8-hour Li-Ion battery, the Shoqbox is about the size of 24 oz. tall can and it’s equiped with wOOx technology for big bass. It’s also got a built-in microphone for speakerphone use. Source
By now, standard iPhone speaker dock designs have become a bit tiresome. Sleek, minimalist, boring. But leave it to Italian designers to blow this theory all to hell. The iXoost uses machined aluminum and real exhaust manifolds sculpted into stylish systems that pump sound out of 140W subs and multiple mids.
Microsoft made headlines yesterday with the launch of their new Surface Tablet. The big questions: Is it really a business device in disguise? Will its integrated “kickstand”, the 3mm thin keyboard/cover, and the yet unproven Windows RT OS be enough to convince consumers to choose Surface over iPad or even something like the Windows-powered Asus 600? Only time will tell.
It seems like it took a while for manufacturers to wise-up and start making small, portable back-up power supply units. Now they’re dropping left, right, and center. The Hyperjuice Plug looks like a good one. It features 2 USB ports for charging 2 devices at once and plugs into the wall to conveniently recharge itself.
How the hell did we manage to play a round of golf before all the GPS units and apps came out? Who knows, but this one from Callaway is the first to offer aerial video flyover in a small device, using real aerial photos of the course, not renderings. It’s also got all the other features your score is depending on.
There’s no such thing as brand loyalty these days. As soon as something better comes along, we migrate. So, considering the Edge Sound portable speaker system pumps 10 more decibels than the popular Jambox with a pricetag that is 30-bucks less, it seems like an easy choice to make.