Giveaway: Mimoco 8GB DC Superhero Mimobot

batman-8gbHere’s your chance to win one of three (3) stylish USB thumb drive designed like a DC superhero. Design house Mimoco marries consumer electronics with pop culture among other things and is known for many products, including their Mimobot line of USB flash drives.

Apart from the famous comic book superheroes like Superman, Batman and the Flash, they also make drives with characters from Star Wars, Star Trek, Transformers and South Park and many other pop culture sources.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Sony Xperia Ultra Z Phablet Specs Showdown

If you’re in the market for a phablet (phone tablet, i.e. a smartphone that approaches the size of a tablet), then the 2 hottest models today are really the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. To help you decide, we’ve put together this specs comparison table.

Top 5 Back-to-School Apps for Android Tablets

Summer is going to be over before you know it and that means scholars from middle school to grad school will once again be hit with heavy homework assignments and reading materials that don’t exactly qualify as beach-worthy thrillers. Filing back into the classroom can be a shock to your system after a few months of lazy days or working – suddenly everyone expects you to keep it together, show initiative and know your stuff. Luckily there’s an app for that. Here are five apps for Android tablets that will help keep you organized in and out of the classroom.

1. My Class Schedule

my-classroomThis is the app that is going to save your life because it will be running your life for the next 10 months or so. No need to waste valuable brain space remembering where you need to be or what you ought to be doing when you’re using this app for Android tablets. You probably guessed that it knows your class schedule. It also knows when exams are coming. And it knows what homework is due when. My Class Schedule can even remind you to hit the books when you have unfinished assignments or a test next Tuesday so you never have to convince a prof that your dog ate your essay. (Free)

Get Ready For A Superslim Windows 8 Tablet

The recently announced 10.1″ Windows 8 Samsung ATIV Tab 3 tablet takes its design cues from the popular Samsung GALAXY design but its stand-out feature is its low profile 8.2mm (0.3″) depth and 550g (1.2 lbs) weight.

Samsung ATIV 3 TabletComparisons to the Apple iPad are inevitable particularly as the Tab 3 is lighter and slimmer than the latest iPad.

Hands on reports are uncovering more information about the new tablet. Features include an Intel Atom Z2760 processor, a microUSB port, microHDMI, and microSD slot, 1366 x 768 resolution, and proper Windows 8 (Not Windows RT) operating system.

The ATIV Tab 3 also sports the S Pen, and S Note application, with 1024 levels of sensitivity. Microsoft Office Home & Student edition is also pre-installed.

To learn more head over to the Samsung ATIV Tab 3 website.

Apple Readying To Announce New iPhone?

iPhone 3GS, 4S, and 5

On the back of the recent announcement, from Apple, regarding the flatter but more “depthy” version of iOS, Internet rumors abound that the company may be preparing to announce one or more new iPhone product(s).

This kind of speculation does the rounds on an almost annual basis but this time the rumors are supported by the likes of Reuters and Stuff. Whether there will be an iPhone 5S before a full-blown 6 is not yet known but it does sound as if another new physical display size is likely to appear – with a possible 5.7” display reportedly in the works. Whatever the speculation we can be pretty sure a new iPhone will be announced at some point and our best guess (wish list!) of features is likely to include: a 12 megapixel camera, an A7 processor, NFC, and longer battery life.

Apple iPhone sales “remain resilient” against other brands, according to a Tech Trader Daily report, including Windows Phone 8 which IB Times are reporting has seen sales growth, in British smartphone sales from February to April 2013, of “up 4.4% on the same period last year”.

What features would you like to see in a new iPhone from Apple?

6 Awesome Android Apps for Gadget Geeks

swiss-army-knife-androidThe app world for Android (and iPhones/iPads) is ever-changing, so don’t be too annoyed that this is still yet another list of apps. This list is on the practical side of life, so you should find at least one in here that’ll be of some use to you. Personally, I use ColorNote myself at least daily.

1. ColorNote Notepad Notes

Here is a free app that will help you become more organized. You can color code your notes (or lists) to keep track of them more easily. There are widgets to display them in your launcher and reminders can be configured to remind you either once or on a recurring basis.

Review: Spy Tec Inventio-HD 720P Video Sunglasses

Inventio-HD 720P Video SunglassesNew York City-based spy shop, Spy Tec, decided to enter the field of ‘spy glasses’ and build their own, the Inventio-HD video sunglasses. Here’s our detailed review.


The Inventio-HD glasses appear to be mid-ranged plastic-framed sunglasses in the style that you might see a mountain biker or perhaps a golfer or skier wearing, but not quite as stylish. But style is not the primary function of this gadget. You’ll notice the arms and frames are distinctly thicker than most sunglasses you’ll find today, but the electronics has to hide somewhere. On the bright side, they are not as ridiculously thick as the original MP3 sunglasses that Oakley put out years ago.

On the underside of one of the arms is a micro USB port and on the side of that same arm is a multi-function button that turns it on and off and stops and starts video recording. There’s no button on the other side, but given the symmetry, there could easily be one in the future, and I’m all for splitting up functions especially when a single button requires more complex sequences.

Enter to win 1 of 10 free electronic magazine subscriptions from Zinio

Bestof2012 300x250The good folks at Zinio have teamed up with us to offer 10 free electronic magazine subscriptions to our readers. So what we’re going to do is run this as a contest where we’ll randomly pick 10 lucky winners at the end of the entry period.

In case you’ve been living under a rock for about 10 years now, Zinio is the premier publisher of electronic magazines, as well as books and other docs. They have gorgeous apps for your smartphone, tablet and desktop computer. We featured them as far back as 2004!

For an idea of what Zinio offers, hit the link (or the image) to the right. Do check out their Editors’ Choices for the best of 2012, or if you can’t wait, take a look at the titles on sale now for 50% off.

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Review: r.pod Portable Solar Battery Pack and USB Charger with High Flux LED Flashlight

r-pod-solar-chargerHere’s another entrant to the portable backup battery market, this one from Korean company Misemet. There are a couple of quirks to this one that makes it stand out: it comes with a solar panel to charge the battery pod, and the pod itself contains an LED flashlight. Yup, the flashlight part is definitely quirky.

Both pod and panel come in one of three colors, green, red or yellow, and the panel is wrapped in a soft silicon case for protection and texture. There is also a similar cap for the lightbulb portion of the pod that protects the glass and also creates a mood light effect.

Updated eReader Comparison Report is Out!

The eReader market has changed dramatically in the past 2 years with most vendors like Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and Kobo offering full-color, full featured tablets in the vein of the iPad. During that time too, E Ink readers have tacked on the features, with most now featuring E Ink Pearl technology, backlights, and more.

We’ve updated our eReader Comparison Report, and it’s yours free. All you need to do is sign up below. If you’re already a loyal subscriber, don’t worry, you’ll get your own personal note telling you where you can download it.

If you haven’t seen our report, it not only gives you the rundown on what the top devices and their specs are, but it also includes the Apple iPad and iPad Mini, and gives you a ‘cheatsheet’ for picking an eReader based on your needs and main interests.

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