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Vidnik: Video Diaries In A Snap

Vidnik: Video Diaries In A Snap

Google has a new app called Vidnik. It allows you to use your Macs built-in video camera to record videos and upload it to your YouTube account in a snap.

Vidnik is currently at version 0.13.0. I downloaded and tried it and it was fairly easy to use. It still needs a lot of polish. It doesn’t respond as quickly as it should.

This app is great for making quick videos for your blog. Diaries perhaps? Or just simply saying hello to friends. Download it here and give it a go.

Source: gadgetsnews.info

Nokia N95 Smartphone

Nokia N95 Smartphone

The N95 is a phone that’s everything you want it to be. Although , more than anything else, it’s a smartphone that’s smarter than the rest. While operating on a Symbian operating system, this smartphone has exclusive and unique features that defy the mobile world. Swiftly store all types of media on the 160 MB built in memory. The display is a 24-bit Color TFT LCD that outputs 16.7M brilliant colors. The easy to use keyboard lets you send text messages with ease. Bluetooth Wireless Technology lets you send and receive media through a wireless connection to and from friends and family. You can even surf the world wide web with a simple Wi-Fi connection. Special features include GSM, Cellular Phone, MPEG-4 Video Player and EDGE. Expand your memory by inserting a MicroSD card into the expansion slot. The cell phone has virtually universal bands including GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, EGSM 900, WCDMA and HSDPA.

The cell phones also has cool features including MMS, SMS, Hands Free Options and Speed Dial Buttons. The camera has a built in music player to play all your MP3 and WMA files. The build in digital camera has amazing quality. It has a resolution of 5 Megapixels, which is awesome for a camera phone, and an unbelievable 10x Digital Zoom. Video Capture Capability allows you to take cool videos while on the go. Wireless capabilities include WLAN 802.11b, WLAN 802.11g and Bluetooth. The Proprietary Li-Ion battery lasts for 4 Hours when fully charged. This phone has a height of 4 inches and a weight of 4.23 oz. From a Gadget Addicts perspective, this new phone has outstanding capabilities, that any multitasking person could ask for. Experience a gadget with a massive amount of features including Carl Zeiss optics and multimedia computing.

Source: gadgetaddict.com

Top 5 gadgets in order to feel yourself artistic

Modern devices help to imagine yourself a painter or musician. But if you have enough creativity, there are five equipments to feel yourself a part of the world of art.
Thanks to the latest devices and technologies almost everyone can be called an artist.

Nowadays it is so easy and pleasant to realize your creative ideas. The following gadgets will help you with that, but, anyway, don’t forget that you need enough patience and talent.

1. If you like drawing but it is really annoying for you to buy all the necessary tools, like tones of paper, pens, pencils, paints, then Wacom’s graphic tablets will easily resolve the problems and guarantee you just pleasure while working with them.

Wacom tablets start from the budget-friendly Bamboo series (starting at ) to the most advanced Cintiq line (which tops out at 99).

Anyway, the principle of the work is the same: while drawing with a stylus on the tablet, it will display directly all the gestures on the screen. The gadget gives the possibility and provides the most natural way to draw on a computer.

With the help of the eraser on the end of the stylus you will be able to correct your picture very neatly. The stylus is a great tool; it can draw thicker or thinner lines according to the pressure. Moreover, it can even alter your pictures depending on your software.

2. Another kind of art that you may also study is stop-motion animation. As a result, you can make your own collection of the works of this interesting art of animating using real-world objects instead of drawings.
The technology is very simple: at first take a picture of an object, then move it a little and take one more picture, etc.

Then, if you play the still frames back, your object will become alive. If you are a fan of these works of art, then you should know that it is so hard to keep the same approach how you moved the object in the previous picture.

In such situation Nikon will help you. The majority of the company’s budget-friendly Coolpix digital cameras have stop-motion function.

You have to activate it just once, and the camera overlays dim versions of the previous pictures on the LCD preview. The feature gives you the possibility easily to line up the next snapshot. After your first work of art, the camera will automatically assemble the pictures into a QuickTime file.

3. If you have a desire to create your own action film on independent labels without spending much money, you can realize it. But you will definitely face the problem while choosing a camera.

Every extreme scene will need its own camera: one should be for scuba-diving scene, another one for fighting scenes, and so on.
So, you need all-in-one but not too expensive camera. Panasonic’s line of cameras based on SD Card has the water-resistant 9 SDR-S10P1 and the 9 SDR-SW20, which is waterproof, shockproof, and dustproof.

Both of them feature shooting wide-screen video. The cameras will help you to create your own extreme films.

4. The Percussion Tubes and the Keyboard Experience are the result of development of modern technologies of ToyQuest’s partnership with the Blue Man Group.

The Percussion Tubes are an order of eight motion-sensitive tubes you may play. They also feature inequable volume and tempo you can influence by waving your hands in the air above them.

Actually, you can use the included drumsticks, but isn’t the first variant more interesting? The Keyboard Experience has two tubes and includes a 37-key synthesizer.

Both devices have an input for an MP3 player, a recording mode and an audio-out jack.

5. If you are a DJ, then you should have a lot of devices, such as turntables, a microphone and an interesting collection of records. Scratches have always been the main problem.

That’s why MixMeister is one of the companies that make DJ software, but MixMeister Scratch might be the only truly portable scratching tool you’ll find.

It runs on the iPhone or the iPod Touch. All you have to do is to play a song from your great collection, choose a scratch type, spin the song on the screen and enjoy your favorite music.

Source: gadgets.infoniac.com

Top 5 of the funniest presents.

I’d like to present you this top 5 of the gadgets that can become wonderful gifts for any holiday. If you have nice sense of humor and you prefer unusual and interesting things, the following article is right for you. With the help of these gadgets you can surprise and play jokes on your friends and family.

Number 5.
Top 5 of the funniest presents. If you don’t want to look like a mad person talking to yourself in the street, you may choose this gadget. The point is that all these little Bluetooth headsets for mobile phones look almost invisible. Actually, they are rather handy.

But Bluetooth Mini Phone is another solution in order to talk on your mobile phone via wireless technology. The Bluetooth Mini Phone can be conveniently carried around your neck with the supplied lanyard. It might be handier for you.

The wireless mini phone has nice features that you will like. To cut a long story short, I guess it can be a nice gift for your boss, for example. He will appreciate your care about him.

Number 4.
Top 5 of the funniest presents. If it is hard for you or for your friend to control the number of bottles of beer you have drunk, play a joke on him and have fun – present him Beer Tracker-Counting Bottle Opener. The built-in mini computer records every opened bottle and displays the number.

So, with its help, you’ll be able to control the quantity of opened bottles and stop when it’s necessary. Then, it is rather handy to control your children-teenagers. By the end of their party you will know how much they have drunk.

Number 3.
Top 5 of the funniest presents. If your working place is very noisy, if you like going to discos and bars, if you like big gatherings, you will definitely need BluAlert Vibrating Bluetooth Wristband. With its help you neither miss a call, nor lose your mobile phone.

The idea of the gadget is simple, but it might become your first helper. If you present someone such gift, this person won’t miss your calls anymore. It is perfect for boyfriends and girlfriends, little children and women (they have so much stuff in their bags, that it’s hard to find their mobile phones there).

Number 2.
Top 5 of the funniest presents. The best gift for a programmer is a part of computer (notice: not his personal computer or laptop!). Make fun of your programmer and present him cuff links, made out of computer keys. Tell him you have taken a few keys from his keyboard. If he doesn’t faint away, he will like this extravagant and unusual gift.

Number 1.
Top 5 of the funniest presents. The present that takes the first place today is really great. But it also might be called a little cruel. Present the 2 Carat Cup to your girlfriend.

When she opens the box she will see.. a ring with Swarovsky crystal! She will be very happy and glad until she understands that it is just the handle of an elegant cup. It is hidden inside the box; so when you open it the only thing you see is the ring. I hope she will laugh with you and won’t be too disappointed. The present is beautifully packed and looks impressive.

Source: gadgets.infoniac.com

Siemens presents its first WiMAX Express Card in live operation

Siemens Home and Office Communication Devices (SHC) is expanding its portfolio of WiMAX subscriber devices with an Express Card. The Gigaset SE68 WiMAXExpress Card makes it easy for users to get broadband access via computer even on the road.

Siemens presents its first WiMAX Express Card in live operation

The card is based on the IEEE 802.16-2005 standard, complies with the Wave 2 specifications, including MIMO (Multiple Input / Multiple Output) A and B, and supports beamforming. SHC demonstrates the card live at the WiMAX Forum Congress Asia in Singapore.

The Express Card Gigaset SE68 WiMAX permits mobile broadband access at up to 20 Mbps and thus enables the use of very rich media and data applications on the road. As a result, it increases mobility and flexibility for professional and private users alike.

Gigaset SE68 WiMAX complies with the Wave 2 specifications and therefore offers optimal capacity, throughput and network coverage. The card will be available in the summer of 2008 supporting the 2.5 and 3.5 GHz frequency bands. It supports the computer’s idle mode, thus reducing battery consumption. The Express Card can also be operated via a USB 2.0 port or a PC Card port with the aid of an adapter. The enclosed CD ensures simple installation of the software and guides users in a few easy steps through the set-up process.

Source: blog.pcnews.ro

Freedom TV

The TV is not dead. At least not yet. Simply we don’t have time to start the TV and we love to stay on Internet. But sometime we need to watch a TV Station. And, because you don’t have a TV or your cable don’t offer the right TV Station you start to search on Internet for the streaming. I tell you, it isn’t a easy job!The simple way is a website with various TV streaming. One of the best is Freedom TV. I just receive an free account on this website and I start to use it like no tomorrow. Warning, it is addicted Freedom TV

Freedom TV

I like the clean interface and the impressive long list of channels sort by countries (the whole list after the jump).

The required bandwidth is from 28.8Kb/s to 1500Kb/s and the required software is Realplayer or Media Player.

The support it is very important for all service providers. It is good to know that the Freedom TV has a real customer service phone number just like a cable or satellite company with real people on the line to help. You can ask programming questions and even request new channels or video feeds which Freedom TV then adds to their huge mix.

TV Station Categories:
Business
Educational
Entertainment
Government
Children
Movies
Music
News(Live)
News(VOD)
Religious
Shopping
Sports
Weather
Webcams
Radio Stations

As I told you, the TV channel are sorted by countries, too. This is the list:

AFGHANISTAN
ALBANIA
ALGERIA
ANDORRA
ANTIGUA
ANTILLES
ARGENTINA
ARMENIA
ARUBA
AUSTRALIA
AUSTRIA
AZERBAIJAN
BAHRAIN
BANGLADESH
BELARUS
BELGIUM
BELIZE
BOLIVIA
BOSNIA
BRAZIL
BRUNEI
BULGARIA
BURKINA FASO
CAMEROON
CANADA
CHILE
CHINA
COLOMBIA
COSTA RICA
CROATIA
CUBA
CYPRUS
CZECH REP
CZECH REPUBLIK
DENMARK
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
ECUADOR
EGYPT
EL SALVADOR
ESTONIA
FAROE ISLANDS
FINLAND
FRANCE
GEORGIA
GERMANY
GHANA
GREECE
HAITI
HOLLAND
HONDURAS
HUNGARY
ICELAND
INDIA
INDONESIA
IRAN
IRAQ
IRELAND
ISRAEL
ITALY
JAMAICA
JAPAN
JORDAN
KAZAKHSTAN
KOREA
KURDISTAN
KUWAIT
LATVIA
LEBANON
LIBYA
LITHUANIA
LUXEMBOURG
LUXEMBURG
MACEDONIA
MALAYSIA
MALTA
MEXICO
MONGOLIA
MOROCCO
NEPAL
NETHERLANDS
NEW ZEALAND
NICARAGUA
NIGERIA
NORWAY
OMAN
PAKISTAN
PALESTINE
PANAMA
PERU
PERUTV
PHILIPPINES
POLAND
PORTUGAL
PUERTO RICO
QATAR
ROMANIA
RUSSIA
SAUDI ARABIA
SERBIA
SLOVAKIA
SLOVENIA
SOUTH AFRICA
SOUTH KOREA
SPAIN
SRI LANKA
SURINAME
SWEDEN
SWITZERLAND
TAIWAN
THAILAND
TUNESIA
TURKEY
UA EMIRATES
UK
UKRAINE
URUGUAY
USA
UZBEKISTAN
VATICAN
VENEZUELA
VIETNAM
ZIMBABWE

Source: blog.pcnews.ro

Should Apple Allow Mac Clones?

According to this column over at Fortune, a company is offering a “Mac Clone” for $399. Pystar is offering a computer with the following specs.

* 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
* 2GB of DDR2 667 memory
* Integrated Intel GMA 950 Graphics
* 20x DVD+/-R Drive
* 4 USB Ports
* 250GB 7200RPM Drive

It’s similar to the Mac Mini with some improvements on the memory and storage but at just a little over half the price.

We all know that ever since Apple moved to the Intel processor that it’s been easier to run Mac OS X on a computer other than what the Cuppertino based company sells. Technically it’s easy. There are hacked versions of OS X floating all over the internet that will allow you to install the Mac OS on a PC.

My question is, should Apple just allow people to install OS X on PCs and profit from it by selling more copies of the operating system. Or should it maintain it’s “exclusivity” by only allowing Apple branded computers to run the Mac OS X.

I know that part of the reason why the Mac OS is stable is due to the fact that they run on a limited number of hardware configuration making it easy to ensure that the operating system is stable. Unlike Microsoft who has to cater to an almost infinite number of hardware configurations.

A solution to this would be to give 3rd party manufacturers a guideline on the components that can be used. They can just play with those guidelines and produce their own machines.

Although the above mentioned computer seems cheap, factor in the cost of Leopard and iLife and it doesn’t come out that cheap.

So in your opinion, should Apple clones be allowed to make a comeback?

Source: gadgetsnews.info