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Archive for March, 2012

LG Optimus LTE is not the Only LTE Devices by LG

Just to refresh your mind, LG first launched the Optimus LTE in October 2011 in Korea, but now the world’s first HD LTE smartphone is currently available in more countries including America, Canada, and Japan. I don’t know how success it is in comparison with Samsung Galaxy S in term of sales (not specs), but according to the company, Optimus LTE had exceeded over one million units in Late January (or in the first three months).

If you want to enter and join the emerging LTE era, now the Optimus LTE is not the only LG’s device you can have. At MWC 2012, LG introduced a new LTE-capable smatrphone — the Optimus VU. But I can’t say that the origin Optimus LTE is already obsolete, as the Optimus VU still in the process to hit the shelves. Optimus VU just says hello in Korea this month, and I think it needs an extra time to poke its fans in America, United Kingdom, and the rest of the world. Is your country ready for the LTE network? I hope yes.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Price (Updated)

Since I found more and more people asking me about the Samsung Galaxy Tab price, I want to make it simple and easy for everybody, including you. As we know, Samsung has announced and exhibited the Galaxy Tab 2 series at MWC last month. The new series include a 7″ version and a 10.1″ version. Eventhough the company stated that the new series will be launched in global market this month starting from UK, I can’t find it at yet, but it should be at the local stores there. Meanwhile, what I can do right now is displaying the price list of previous models, but I’ll keep you updated from time to time. (all the prices are based on and

To give you beter overview, the previous generation of Samsung galaxy Tab has three different versions based on the display size: Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 7.7, Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, and the first generation Galaxy Tab (7-inch). And each version has a variety of models based on the storage capacity and WiFi/3G capability. Okay let’s go to the point and start from the larger 10.1″ model.

Cost-Effective Home Security Gadgets

home security

If you’ve spent any time at all looking into home security systems, you know that they’re not cheap. Sure, some companies will let you get started with their system for $100 or less, but then you’re locked into a multi-year contract with monthly payments totaling in the thousands of dollars.

The good news is that there are plenty of inexpensive home security gadgets and devices you can get today that will help you make your home a safer place:

  • Wireless home security cameras. You can walk into just about any big-box retail, electronics, or home improvement store and walk out with a wireless home security camera. You can buy a whole system with three or four cameras, a DVR to record video, and more for $200 or less. If you want to go even less expensive, you can buy a single wireless camera that will send video feed to your computer for about $50 or less.
  • Motion sensitive lighting. One of the best theft deterrents is simply good lighting. There’s a reason most burglaries happen at night; burglars don’t want to be seen. A bright halogen yard light that includes motion sensing technology can run under $50. Best of all, today’s motion sensitive lights are much more astute at telling the difference between a burglar and an alley cat, so you’ll have many fewer false activations.
  • Door wedge alarms. These alarms are great for using when you’re traveling, or if you live in an apartment or dorm room. This wedge slips right under the edge of the door. When the door opens, it pushes the pressure plate down and sends an alarm signal. This type of alarm will cost you less than $20.
  • Fake cameras. There are some experts who debate the effectiveness of “fake” security measures like cameras or home security signs, but in some cases they’re just enough of a deterrent to get the burglar to move on down the road. Fake home security cameras can be had for as little as $6.
  • Contact alarms. Magnet-based contact alarms can let you know when a door or window has been opened. When that happens, the alarms will emit a loud noise, often scaring off intruders. Some contact alarms can cost as little as $10 for a four-pack, while others may run around $20 apiece.
  • Personal alarms. The last line of home security defense is protecting your own person. These alarms typically attach to a keychain, and can be activated with the press of a button or the flip of a switch. You might instead choose a personal protection device, such as a spray can of mace or something similar. Personal protection alarms and devices start at around $5, and can cost as much as $50 for the highest-quality pepper spray devices.

    Protecting your home and your family doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune. Check out some of these inexpensive home security gadgets today, and increase your home security without having to empty your bank account.

Madison Parker is a security expert whose interests range from personal to home security systems. Get more tips and advice on the blog Home Security Systems!

Android Jelly Bean

Android Jelly Beans

For a long time, the world waited with bated breath for the release of the current Android Operating System, Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich as it is also known as. This even finally occurred in October of 2011 when the operating system was first released on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, a phone specifically designed to use the new operating system. Now that this release has passed, many are now setting their sites on another version of Android that will be the future of the operating system.

This new version of Android will be known as Android 5.0 and in keeping with the trend of sugary snacks, Jelly Bean. Since it is still early in the development process, little is known exactly about the Jelly Bean operating system. However, there is some speculation regarding the new operating system upgrade.

One change that is likely to occur with Android Jelly Bean is that Chrome will probably become the main internet browser on all mobile phones using the Android Jelly Bean operating system. This will be quite a change as it will provide the same quality internet browser as we are accustomed to on our personal computers.

Current trends in mobile phone design are featuring bigger and bigger screens to perform more functions similar to a computer. In many situations, these larger phones that use Android Jelly Bean can be turned to landscape mode and used must like a tablet.

Another trend in mobile phone design that Android Jelly Bean is likely to capitalize on is the dual and quad core processors. Android Jelly Bean is expected to harness the power of these processors and offer users a faster experience. This also means more strain will be put on the phone’s battery with this faster speed. Therefore, Android will need to be designed to use the battery power in a much more efficient manner to prevent quick draining.

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arobo Air Purifier for Urban Living

arobo air purifier by nendo
© Hiroshi Iwasaki

Designed by nendo, the arobo air purifier is manufactured and distributed by Japanese firm, C’est La Vie Co.,Ltd. If you live in a remote area, I think you don’t need an air purifier. This device is designed for urban living where the air is not good. The arobo air purifier uses the centrifugal force created by water revolving in a tank to draw the water into the upper compartment, from where a fan vaporizes it into the air. Water that is not vaporized is caught by the sides of the compartment and returns to the tank. The spherical shape of arobo shows us its most efficient form for the water’s circulation.

If you take a closer look at arobo, you will find that the motor and control are located at an angle above the tank which enable the entry point for the electrical cord to be placed low to the ground for a clean look. Angling the form meant that the intake and outtake vents are a distance from each other, creating ideal air convection. A design seeking ‘pure form’ in air and water. Measuring 166×166×149 mm, the arobo air purifier is available at

ateljé Lyktan Plug Lamp with Electrical Socket

ateljé Lyktan Plug Lamp by FUWL

Designed by FUWL, the ateljé Lyktan Plug Lamp is made to offer an extra electrical socket to solve modern problem. Nowadays, it is common to look for a plug socket to charge our computer, tablet, digital camera, smartphone, or anything else. I think we need more electricity now than before, I hope the solar energy can be used more than today. The Plug Lamp has a bulbous shape and a base in molded and powder coated aluminium, here the plug socket is displayed centrally, making it a decorative detail. The light itself is concealed by an opal glass shade and the lamp is dimmable.

Looking at the design, the ateljé Lyktan Plug Lamp integrates the socket in the lamp and eliminate the annoying process of searching for a socket or having to unplug something in order to acces an electrical point. I know that feeling, and I think you know more than me, right?

Leupold GX-4i Golf Rangefinder with Fog Mode

Leupold GX-4i golf rangefinder

I don’t play golf, but it doesn’t stop me to cover this product, the Leupold GX-4i Golf Rangefinder. Designed to make golfers and professional caddies happy, the GX-4i comes with DNA (Digitally eNhanced Accuracy) engine technology, and an infrared laser for instant measurements and accuracy to within six inches of the flagstick or other targets. With maximum ranging distance of 800 yards, the GX-4i rangefinder displays accuracy to the nearest 1/10th of a yard.

Enhanced with a removable Smart Key™, GX-4i adds the benefits of TGR and Club Selector only as needed. TGR and Club Selector offer accurate ranging information matched to the slope of the shot, atmospheric conditions and a golfer’s personal hitting strength. The GX-4i Golf Rangefinder comes with Prism Lock Technology that makes an audible beep upon identifying a high-intensity return from flagsticks equipped with specialized prisms, which are utilized by many golf courses around the country. And last but not least, the GX-4i also features Fog mode that enables GX to cut through mist and provide fast, accurate distance measurements.

Xperia Sola, When Touch Screen is Soooooo Sensitive!

Do you remember the futuristic technology that was shown at CeBIT 2007? A monitor that’s equipped with a high technology sensor that respons to hand motion. And 5 years later, we can find such futuristic invention in the real world, in Sony Xperia sola to be exact. Scheduled to ship in Q2 2012, the Xperia sola brings what they call “floating touch”, a technology that allows us navigate the web by hovering their finger above the screen so it acts like a moving curser, without actually having to touch the screen. I can’t tell that “floating touch” based on the same motion sensor, but I think it’s a bit similar to them.

Sony Xperia sola also comes with SmartTags and supoorts NFC pairing. With SmartTags, users can siwtch between pre-configured profiles by simply touching the phone on a SmartTag (see video). And with NFC, users are allowed to connnect to other NFC smartphones by tapping together. Powered by a 1GHz Dual Core Processor, Sony Xperia sola runs Android 2.3 with upgrade option later. Other highlights: 3.7” display (854 x 480 pixels); 8 GB internal storage; microSD slot; up to 6 hours of talk time and up to 470 hours of standby time.