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As we all get more and more devices charging them becomes a problem of where do we put another wall plug, to answer this there are multi-port USB chargers, but just a normal charger wasn’t enough when I went looking. That’s when I found this new smart charger from Anker that has up to 40W of power to push your gadget. The good thing though is that it has a chip on each port that detects the proper amount of wattage to send and not to send so that your devices charges at the maximum speed but won’t burn it out.
After unboxing this little guy, with the smooth rubber to keep it from sliding off the table and minimal packaging I gave it a test. With my Samsung Galaxy Nexus I was able to charge 20% of my battery in about 20 minutes, which sounds about right for it to send it the proper amount of wattage to charge correctly. Later I plugged in my phone, a Nexus 7, and a pair of Bluetooth headphones and all charged just fine. With the 5 ports it should give you the flexibility to keep everything charged in one place and as fast as it was intended.
Check out the unboxing video and photos. You can get this charger on Amazon for around $26 as I did; Anker seems to sell primarily on though Amazon.
Product page: Anker 40W 5V / 8A 5-Port Family-Sized Desktop Charger
Google has made a big effort to help people find information about the 2012 Elections in the United States, this includes there YouTube page that has had lots of live video events along with video from major news networks on the Elections. But one of the things that I found interesting is how not only are they providing information on who you can vote for, but helping people find out where they can vote. On Google+ they reported that voter information data has been accessed over 16 million times.
While they do have some problems with the YouTube page today, I was able to load it up but live video and normal YouTube clips did not load in the page they would load on the standard page for that video. It also seems as the comment feed on the election page was stuck at over an hour old.
I was able to use the Google voting location tool to fine where I needed to go vote and also find more info on things I would have to vote on. At the voting location there was a line at 8:45 AM MST, and only took 10 minutes to get in. Then waited to have my address updated and went to the electronic voting systems. They used some kind of combination of paper print outs, a block that had some kind of near field wireless data transfer and a touch screen that was not as good as a phone or tablet touch screen. After you voted on each person it would print a log that showed up next to the screen, and then when you did finish voting it would show it and real that paper into the back of the voting device. I was of course almost more interested in the technology then the voting going on. Then when you were done a person would take that block with what seemed to store the data back to another system to unload the data and clear it for the next use.
Either way you vote its cool to see that you can get more information online than ever, it was surprising when looking at things I would vote on who many of the people didn’t have good websites or any at all. Get out and vote and if you can comment on your experience with electronic voting or if you are one that doesn’t like the idea of it.
CBS has held out on getting there content on Hulu for a while but announced today they will be adding over 2,600 episodes of CBS shows to Hulu Plus starting in January 2013. This will include new and old shows such as CSI: Miami, Star Trek, I love Lucy, Numb3rs, and The Twilight Zone. They will also add clips from Entertainment Tonight on the day-of broadcast and other shows will rotate though the free Hulu.com service.
While I don’t watch much Hulu my wife dose and this should make her happy to have more shows to watch, this deal also won’t affect other deals that are made with Netflix and other streaming services so we won’t lose shows like Star Trek from those services. Now all they need to do is stop thinking that if people watch the shows the next day on Hulu they are losing money on the Cable / Satellite networks, most people who watch content on Hulu / Netflix do it because they don’t have a subscription or want it when they can watch it, it’s one reason people are willing to play for Hulu Plus!
We are going to be live blogging the Apple announcement starting 10:00 AM PDT with the video Apple will be putting out. You can follow the video on the Apple Events site, and full information will be avalible here on Tek4.me as details come out. The expected announcements are a New New iPad (4 generation), iPad mini, or maybe an update to the MacBook laptop line, will see what comes out! We don’t like to speculate too much or have unannounced rumors, but do expect everything to be amazing, one more thing, and the best!
Thats all for this Live Blog full information to come stay tune to Tek4.ME for those updates! Thanks for reading along.
iPad mini in hand
Pre-Order Friday October 26 2012 Ships November 2 2012
Wi-Fi iPad min starts at 9 for 16GB
Updated Smart cover for the iPad mini
iPad mini specs: A5 processer, LTE version, Lighting connecter, front and back connecter, 10 hours battery, 7.9″ display, same apps as normal iPad.
Trying to show apps that are optimized for iPad to none updated Android apps not made for tablets, that makers of those apps are responsible for not Apple or Google, kind of a low.
Comparing Nexus 7 with out saying the name to the iPad mini
Updated design that fits in your hand, thin as a pencil 0.68 lb., 7.9 inches, same resolution as iPad
iPad mini is real.
iPad 4th generation with updates Wi-Fi 16GB 9
iPad 4th generation with updated A6X processer, front camera, 10 hours battery, more LTE support, updated Wi-Fi, Lighting connecter
2,500 classrooms using iBooks textbooks, update to iBooks Author download today
100 Million iPads sold 275,000 iPad apps 91% of tablet web traffic
21.5 inch iMac starts at 99, 27 inch iMac starts at 99
Fusion Drive combines both a Flash memory drive and standard hard drive and is managed by the os to keep most used applications on the SSD.
Updated iMac has better anti-glair screen.
MacBook pro 13 on sale today for 89
MacBook Pro 13.3 inch with Retina Display 2560 x 1600 178 degree IPS display
Updated MacBook Pro .75 inch thick 3.5 lb
Macs #1 notebook and desktops in US
Update to iBooks include iCloud sync, new reading mode, and share integration. Free download today from App store
The live video only works on Snowleopard MACs kind of a fail on the part of Apple
They have started by talking some numbers of how good iPhone 5 is selling, and shown some video of people buying the iPhone.
Full updates start at 11 AM MDT when the event starts.
Marvel UK has put out the Iron Man 3 Trailer on YouTube, they also have a release date for April 26 2013 in the UK, US release should be around the same time. Check out the video this will be one I plan to see in the theater.
Google today announced they have created Street Views of some of their data centers that let you go through and see parts of the building most would never see. There is also a video showing things off also, but it’s fun to see what you can find that they put in for fun such as an Android guy off in some corner or a screen showing something for fun.
While you can’t go every place in the data centers you can look around a bit and see what it would be like to work in one of these buildings. Including things like showing the crews brake areas and some of the office areas. Right now the only data center you can walk though is Lenoir, NC but it looks like they may add more along with the outside.
Check out the video they made of the data center or the street map of it for you self. You can also get more data center images on the Google Data Center About page.
Sony announced an update to the PlayStation store for PlayStation 3 coming October 23rd 2012. This update is said to improve the user interface, better search, and more content discovery. They also included some numbers on the number of games, and DLC that the store has at more than 20,000 and 100,000 movies and TV shows. The date of October 23rd is the US release date and no information was listed on other countries. Check out some shots of the new store they have included.
The Verge pointed out this interesting video of old tech playing Somebody That I Use to Know using an old HP Scanjet 3C that makes a sound that changes based on the speed that is quite close to sounding like the words if you have herd the song. YouTube user BD594 seems to have made a few of these types of songs, so check them out also.
There is other scanners with music talent a comment pointed out the HP ScanJet 5100c doing Ode to Joy.
The new updated version of the Amazon Kindle Fire was announced today; this includes an update to last year’s Kindle Fire, the Kindle Fire HD in a 7″ and 8.9″ that is in a WIFI and 4G LTE version. They also updated the software to add things like X-Ray IMDB people look up when watching movies, Wikipedia and YouTube videos when looking at words in text.
They spent some time in the announcement talking about how fast the OMAP4 processer with built in graphics engine. The display on the 8.9″ is an HD 254 ppi 1920×1200 pixel resolution, and on the 7″ has a resolution of 1280×800 pixels. Amazon also talked about how good the WIFI is that includes both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz radio systems with MIMO technology to use two antennas to boost reception depending on what antenna is getting the best signal. As for battery life they claim 11 hours on the 7″ Kindle Fire HD.
Few extra things they included was an HD front camera, HDMI out, Bluetooth, updated email and calendar applications, Wispersync for games to keep location in the game and scores. The Dolby dual stereo speakers are supposed give great audio sound to make watching videos better.
The 4G service is kind of cool but kind of limited; it costs $49.99 a year, and includes 250MB of data a month. It also includes 20GB of Cloud Drive storage and a $10 Amazon Appstore credit.
|Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE||Fire HD 8.9″||Fire HD||Fire|
|32GB $499||16GB $299||16GB $199||8GB $159|
|64GB $599||32GB $369||32GB $249|
|Ships November 20 2012||Ships November 20 2012||Ships September 14 2012||Ships September 14 2012|