Rovio Review – I can see you!

Our friends at lent us a Rovio made by the fine people of WowWee to play with and here is our review of it. Now the first thing which came to the my mind when I saw this fancy toy car was Wall-E! The Rovio Mobile Webcam is a mechanical toy can which has the functionality to connect to your wifi or network and stream live video through the network to anywhere desired. So if you are away from your family, loved one/s or can’t be at home due to extended trips, this might be your solution. The interactive concept behind this has great potential but it does come with flaws which might burst your bubble.

Read on for the full review and a demo video…

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Skype for the iPhone now makes video calls

Today Skype has released an update that allows iPhone users to make video calls from their device. There had been rumors that this update was in the works and now they have been made fact. So, was the Skype outage the other day part of this internal update? Possibly (I know they announced it was partly a bug with the Windows client). But Skype has proven to be one of the most important communication tools in the world and now has gotten even better.

Skype calling will work on any iOS device that has 4.0 or higher but only recieve on the iPad and 3rd generation iPod Touches. The app will allow video calls either over 3G or Wifi. The simple fact that video chat is allowed over 3G makes Skype much more valuable that Apple’s Facetime which only allows calls between iPhone 4 users on Wifi or Mac users. Here are the update details below, enjoy!

What’s New in Version 3.0

• Make Skype to Skype video calls on WiFi and 3G*
• Call Skype desktop users (Mac OS X or Windows) and other iPhone users.
• Two-way video calls supported on iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 4th gen.
• Receive only video supported on iPad and iPod touch 3rd gen, with no camera.
• Make video calls in portrait and landscape.
• Skype video calling requires iOS 4.0 or above.
*Additional Data charges may apply

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Facebook was top search term in 2010

Hitwise has analyzed the top 1000 most search for items in 2010 and Facebook has come out on top. Facebook was also the top search term in 2009 accounting for 2.11 percent of all internet searches. There were four different variations of the term Facebook which accounted for consist of approximately 3.48 percent of searches.

When combined, common search terms — e.g., facebook and — for Facebook accounted for 3.48 percent of all searches in the U.S. among the top 50 terms, which represents a 207 percent increase versus 2009. YouTube terms accounted for 1.12 percent, representing a 106 percent increase versus 2009. Aol search terms accounted for 0.34 percent of searches in 2010, but grew 22 percent versus 2009. Google terms accounted for 0.63 percent, and Craigslist terms accounted for 0.62 percent.

Facebook also rose to number 1 in 2010 as the most visited website surpassing Google which was number 1 last year 2009. Facebook popularity has exploded in the past couple years and shows no sign of slowing which the numbers proove. The table below shows which sites were in the top 10 in both 2009 and 2010.[…]

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No Verizon iPhone at CES

There has been many rumors that Verizon may announce their own version of the iPhone 4 at CES this year. Well Verizon has released information on what they will be previewing while at CES and it doesn’t include the iPhone. It makes sense really because Steve Jobs would want to take control of the announcement anyways and we know that he will not be at CES.

Verizon will however be introducing more 4G LTE devices at CES this year such as 4G dongles and Android phones. We may not see the Verizon iPhone announcement at CES but that doesn’t mean that it will not happen with an Apple announcement later in 2011.

According to 9to5Mac they have heard rumors that Apple may have an announcement on Jan 6th as well, so we will just have to wait and see.

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Samsung is creating an iTouch competitor

Samsung just announced an iPod Touch competitor. This player is bases off it’s big brother the Galaxy Tab. Samsung’s PMP will be running Google Android OS 2.2 and will be unveiled next week at the CES 2011. The Froyo (Android 2.2) PMP will be based off the Galaxy Tab and Samsung cellular phones. The specs are as follows:

9.9mm thick
Android 2.2
4-inch Super Clear LCD screen supporting WVGA resolution (800×480)
T-DMB, SoundAlive audio enhancing technology
Bluetooth 3.0
3.2MP rear camera with front facing VGA camera for video calling
HD video playback
MicroSD card slot
Android Market and Samsung Apps access
1200mAh removable battery
8GB, 16GB and 32GB storage capacities

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