Gadgets Articles

Samsung Unveils First E-Readers at CES

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas, Samsung introduced its first e-book reading devices. They’re called the E6 and the E101, coming in six and ten-inch screen sizes. 

Use Your BlackBerry to Give Presentations

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Vegas, Research in Motion (RIM) unveiled a new device called the BlackBerry Presenter, which is a way for users to wirelessly present Microsoft PowerPoint, PDF, and other image files right from their BlackBerry smartphone. Pretty cool.

HP Unveils New Touch Notebook and Some New Minis

HP unveiled a few new mobile devices today at CES. These include a new TouchSmart notebook, and a handful of minis.

Amazon Kindle Comes to iPhone in Over 60 Countries

Amazon has released an iPhone app for the Kindle to over 60 countries. Now users in a total of 64 countries can read Kindle books on their iPhones and iPod Touch devices.

Google’s Latest Move as a Social Network

Last week, Google introduced social gadgets for iGoogle in Australia. Today they have made them available in the US. Well, they’ll be gradually rolling out starting today, anyway.

The social gadgets let users share, collaborate, and play games with their friends. There are 19 of them at this point that have been debuted today. They include things like:

iGoogle Introduces Social Gadgets
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It looks like the term "iGoogle" is about to grow a little less apt.  Starting this week, social gadgets will debut for iGoogle, allowing and encouraging some users to connect and interact with each other.

Initially, people in Australia are the only ones who will gain access to the new gadgets.  There are twelve of them (more should come out later), and they provide gateways to things including News.com.au, YouTube, GoComics, and chess.

Google Blog Search Gets New Features and a Gadget
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Google has launched several new features for Google Blog Search today. These are: RSS AND Atom feeds, an iGoogle gadget, a "hot queries" features, and a "latest posts" feature.

RSS and Atom Feeds

Google says the addition of the feeds has been its most requested feature for Blog Search. Users can subscribe to specific topics or stories. There is a "subscribe" heading in the left-hand column on the site, and underneath that are links for Atom and RSS.

Amazon Kindle DX to Ship Soon
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Update 2: The Kindle DX will ship on June 10th, a spokesperson for Amazon tells WebProNews. "The Kindle DX is currently available for pre-order and all orders are prioritized on a first come, first served
basis," they said.

 The Kindle DX is now available for pre-order at Amazon for $489.

Google Launches Recommendation Gadget for Friend Connect
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Google has introduced some recommendations gadgets for Google Friend Connect. Site owners with Google Friend Connect enabled can now recommend content they like to other users.

Google Has Digg on the Brain
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Google has released a gadget called What’s Popular for iGoogle. You may draw some connections between it and a certain site called Digg, and some are speculating that it is even an indication of a broader plan from Google to creep into Digg territory.

Google Translates Comments with Google Friend Connect
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Google has launched an enhanced version of its comments gadget for Google Friend Connect. With the gadget, users can easily translate comments that aren’t in their language native.

Personalization & Sercurity for Google Sites Gadgets
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Google has announced three new feaures in Google Sites for making gadgets more useful for Google Apps Premier Edition cusotomers. These are:

1. Start Page Template
2. Private Gadgets
3. End-to-End Security

With the Start Page template, site owners can allow individual users to personalize specific areas of the site, presumably similar to what users can do with iGoogle.

Shortcovers Could Challenge Amazon’s Kindle
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You’ve probably heard a lot of hype about the new Kindle 2 from Amazon that people just started receiving this week. This isn’t the only news in electronic reading materials though. What if you could just get books delivered to your phone? That doesn’t sound too bad, and it’s exactly what Canadian Indigo Books & Music, Inc. is doing with its well-timed release of Shortcovers, which launched today.

Amazon’s Kindle 2: First Images
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Amazon’s Kindle 2 has arrived in the hands of those lucky enough to get the early pre-orders. Luckily WebProNews was among the first batch of recipients. So let’s take a look at this bad boy.

Judging the Book Without a Cover
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Amazon Kindle 2With the Unveiling of the newest generation of Amazon Kindle (which began shipping on Monday) bloggers, publishing houses, newspaper editors, and even lumberjacks are thinking: what’s next?
It’s the second version of the Kindle, a wireless reading device, capable of storing thousands of titles within its svelte design.

Google Mobilizes Gmail Tasks
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About two months ago, Google announced a new "Tasks" feature in Gmail Labs. the feature provides a window in Gmail similar to that of chat and lets you add tasks by simply clicking in the empty area and starting to type.

Now they are offering a mobile version of the feature for iPhones and Android devices. It is also accessible by any xhtml enabled phone.

Google Launches Calendar Gadget for Google Desktop
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Last month Google released a Gmail gadget for Google Desktop after "countless" requests for one over the years. Today they have released a Google Calendar gadget for Google Desktop.

iPhone Version of iGoogle Dropped
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Last year, Google was kind enough to tailor a specific version of its personalized homepage tool iGoogle, to the ever-popular iPhone. They even offered a video showing how nice and convenient it would be for iPhone users.

GiiNii Movit Mini Aims to Make Cell Phone Contracts Obsolete
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GiiNii introduced a pretty cool mobile device at the Consumer Electronics Show called the Movit Mini. It looks like a great way to access the mobile Internet and social networks as well as any number of applications one decides to put on it.

Google Launches Gmail Desktop Gadget
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Google has launched a Gmail gadget for users running Google Desktop in Windows.

Top Five Blackberry Storm Reviews
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The new BlackBerry storm mobile device hit store shelves on Friday and sold over 100,000 units over the weekend according to InformationWeek. Not all of us are so eager to plop down our hard earned money without getting to know a device a little better though. Thankfully, there are plenty of people to review it and give us walkthroughs of the device’s capabilities, five of which are the subjects of this article.