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Paul Ridden

Paul Ridden

While Paul is loath to reveal his age, he will admit to cutting his IT teeth on a TRS-80 (although he won't say which version). An obsessive fascination with computer technology blossomed from hobby into career before the desire for sunnier climes saw him wave a fond farewell to his native Blighty in favor of Bordeaux, France. He's now a dedicated newshound pursuing the latest bleeding edge tech for Gizmag.

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— Home Entertainment

inMotion Air universal wireless speaker system incoming

Altec Lansing has come to the rescue of music lovers who like the idea of streaming music wirelessly around the home, but can't afford to invest in systems from Olive or Sonos, or who don't want to be shackled to Apple Air or iOS devices. The inMotion Air universal wireless speaker can pump out any audio stored on a computer up to 333 feet away via an included adapter, while mobile devices can also supply the music via Bluetooth. Audio enhancement technology offers CD-quality performance, regardless of source compression encoding. Read More
— Sports

Recon reveals next gen sporting goggles technology

If you thought that the Transcend Ski Goggles featuring head mounted display technology were special, then you're going to love what Recon Instruments currently has under development. The company sees its next generation iteration being capable of wirelessly connecting with smartphones and video cameras, of displaying detailed trail maps and of being able to locate and track friends and family on the slopes. Read More
— Computers

Samsung to release PC7 series computer with sliding keyboard

Thanks to smartphones, most of us these days are familiar with the idea of a sliding mechanism underneath a display screen revealing a physical keyboard. So why has it taken so long for someone to take this idea and use it for a tablet computer? Thankfully, both ASUS and Samsung have now introduced this feature to their new tablets, albeit in slightly different forms. The Samsung PC7 series tablet runs on an Atom processor, benefits from solid state storage and has Windows 7 as its operating system. Its high definition, touchscreen display should also be capable of comfortably handling indoor and outdoor use thanks to its 340-nit brightness. Read More
— Home Entertainment

B&W blows Air into new Zeppelin iPod dock

It's been just over three years ago since Bowers & Wilkins exploded onto the iPod dock scene with the gorgeous Zeppelin, and now the company is set to stir things up again with the Zeppelin Air. Designed by the same team responsible for the earlier model, the new hopeful retains the eye-pleasing lines of its popular predecessor but its internals have undergone a major overhaul. The new device now benefits from updated and improved speaker drivers, audiophile pleasing digital-to-analog signal conversion and wireless streaming capability courtesy of Apple Air. Read More
— Computers

Samson introduces the Meteor Mic

Retro greasers - it's time to break out your Presley pout and your hot-rodded laptop soundcard for some songs from yesteryear. Blue Microphones wasn't the only manufacturer to reveal a stylish new USB microphone at this year's CES, the Meteor Mic from Samson Technologies also made a special appearance. Featuring the company's largest condenser mic capsule offering CD-quality recording resolution, the utterly gorgeous microphone also sports snazzy fold-up legs that can be adjusted to suit most recording situations. Read More
— Computers

enTourage presents the Pocket eDGe dualbook

For those users who simply couldn't make up their minds whether to buy an e-reader or a tablet computer, the enTourage eDGe dualbook offered a bit of both to ease the stress. Now the enTourage has a baby brother called the Pocket eDGe. Like its larger sibling, it has an e-Reader screen and a Tablet screen in the one device, is Wi-Fi enabled and includes a video camera, stereo speakers and microphone. Read More
— Mobile Technology

$150 Book Saver turns a 200 page book into eReader format in 15 minutes

Ion Audio is probably best known for creating those nifty turntables that help those of us who own vinyl records to conveniently convert them into a digital file format. Now, the company has used its digital conversion know-how to create a device that can scan a 200-page paper book and convert it into e-Reader format in 15 minutes. The Book Saver Book Scanner will allow you to quickly digitize your huge library of printed books or magazines for archiving on computer or to take on the road without weighing down your backpack or suitcase. Read More
— Mobile Technology

iRig Mic: condenser microphone made for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

Vocalists and acoustic performers need no longer hide their painful envy of guitarists able to plug an electric instrument into an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. IK Multimedia has announced the forthcoming availability of a handheld condenser microphone specifically designed for use with those very Apple devices. The iRig Mic caters for real-time monitoring of recordings and comes shipped with a new vocal processing and recording app, the company's excellent AmpliTube app and a quick audio recording app. Read More
— Mobile Technology

Hanvon HPad A116 tablet

Amongst the products being shown off at CES by China's e-Reader king and developer of handwriting recognition technology, Hanvon Technology, was the 7-inch HPad A116 tablet. The dual camera, multi-touch device runs on a customized version of Android and is powered by an ARM Cortex processor. There's Wireless-N connectivity (with optional 3G) to connect to Hanvon's own application portal or online bookstore and support for a range of common audio, video and text formats. Read More
— Digital Cameras

Samsung's new Wi-Fi enabled compact camera

The soon-to-be-released SH100 Wi-Fi-enabled compact from Samsung comes with a better lens than its predecessor, and can wirelessly pair with a smartphone to allow frame previewing and shot composition, as well as remote shutter release, away from the camera itself. It'll also be capable of streaming content using DNLA technology to a high definition television and automatically backing up photos and videos to a computer, whether it's switched on or not. Read More
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