Monday, February 16, 2009

Flip MinoHd

The Flip MinoHD is the latest product from Pure Digital Technologies which is an upstart company that has turned the camcorder market around with the digital camcorders. It is a simple concept with a tiny handheld video camera reduced in size. It is as compact as an iPod, has no tapes and needs no Fire Wire. There is a USB jack on the top that connects on a Mac desktop with standard MPEG-4 video files ready to use.

It is designed to be simple sleek and easy to use. The power button is on the side and the small, high resolution screen on the back lights up. The red record button is on the back. In only 4 seconds after getting it out you can be recording HD video. It is black with a chrome band across the front, circling the lens, and continuing along the rear edge.

The MinoHD holds 60 minutes of 720p video into its 4 GB of flash memory. It has a 2x digital zoom but digital zoom shows enlargement artifacts and loses detail. The microphone is omnidirectional and picks up speech from ambient noise very well. The audio is recorded in mono and encoded in 64 kb/sec AAC.

The battery is not removable and recharges via USB just like an iPod. With the screen only being 1.5 inches it is still very bright and clear. The MinoHD is used for convenience and are easy, fast, fun and you can easily record video without all the hassle of using a tape.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Spb Pocket Plus 4.0.2

Spb Pocket PlusEverybody has a pc these days and one of the most usefull features we have on our pc is the ability to put a shortcut to something on your desktop.Shortcuts make it easy to get to most of the programs we use with one easy click of the mouse. If you have a Windows smartphone and you've always wanted these same features than look no further because the Spb Pocket Plus is here.

You get a Today screen plug-in with the Spb Pocket Plus that displays shortcuts to programs in different tabbed categories like a Connect tab. The Connect tab has shortcuts to the Connection Manager, Internet Explorer, Messaging, and tons of others. An added bonus is the ability to customize your tabs just the way you like them like the location of an icon in the tab or the size of the tab.

What else comes with the Spb Pocket Plus you say? Well how about a battery monitor? With the Spb Pocket Plus you get a small battery monitor that rests at the top of the screen which provides you with a visual guide to the life of your battery. The best part is that the battery monitor does not interfere with your other applications meaning you will always have the information without having to give up priceless screen space. The Pocket Plus also gives you unlimited customization options that gives you the ability to turn features on and off or change your program's appearence to make it just the way you want it.

Probably the feature that users will appreciate the most is a close button that, believe it or not, does exactly what it is supposed to do, close things. If you have an older version of Windows Mobile then you know that when you hit the "x" button your app doesn't close it just minimizes causing you to minimize and back up multiple applications making your smartphone lag and work very slow. But with the Spb Pocket Plus your "x" button actually closes an application. and if you want to see a task manager with a list of running programs and a shortcut to close them then you simply need to tap and hold the close button.

You can get added ZIP support to your Windows Mobile Phone Explorer with the Pocket Plus which lets you view and edit file extensions and attributes and also allows you to check the size of the folder. One more niffty feature is an on-screen navigation button that assists you in navigating one folder up inthe File Explorer.

With the Spb Pocket Plus, Internet Explorer becomes a full-featured browser. Internet Explorer gets support for tabs similar to Internet Explorer 7 on your desktop. With the Pocket Plus you can also easily save web features and quickly view page source information and access the search feature.

And just when you thought I was done I got to tell you that the Pocket Plus comes with over 30 skins for a truley unique look and the newest version comes with quick scrolling for documents and lists. Overall this app looks pretty sweet and If you want take the Spb pocket out for a test drive then go to the Spb website for a free trial download.
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