Archive for October, 2010

Let’s start with the good news. Sprint on Thursday announced a new Epic 4G update that promises “increased 3G upload speeds,” while also fixing a few other issues. These include:

  • Wi-Fi standby battery drain
  • Amazon MP3 cannot download in 4G
  • Large emails lag in upload speeds

The over-the-air (OTA) update was supposed to be pushed to devices beginning yesterday and rolled out within the next several days, but Sprint apparently ran into a snag. Ready for the bad news?

“We were planning to release an update for your Samsung Epic 4G on 9/30. The file was delivered and on track for distribution but late this afternoon, we learned that an administrative issue prevented Google from releasing the update as we had planned,” Sprint said. “We are working to resolve the issue and will provide an update as soon as we understand the new delivery schedule.” 

Upon hearing the news, some Epic 4G owners cried foul, saying the staggered update was part of a ploy to prevent users from returning their phones before the 30-day return window shuts. Sprint insists that isn’t true.

“We would like to clarify that the timing of this update has nothing to do with the 30 day return window that many of you on these blogs have been discussing and that this delay has nothing to do with any last minute changes within the release package itself. The delay is simply due to an administrative issue that we are working to resolve,” Sprint said.

Leo Apotherker, who spent more than 20 years at SAP (most recently as the Chief Executive Officer), is stepping in as the new CEO and President of Hewlett Packard, the OEM announced.

“Leo is a strategic thinker with a passion for technology, wide-reaching global experience and proven operational discipline — exactly what we’re looking for in a CEO,” said Robert Ryan, lead independent director of the Board. “After more than two decades in the industry, he has a strong track record of driving technological innovation, building customer relationships, and developing world-class teams.”

During his tenure, Apotherker helped lead SAP to 18 consecutive quarters of double-digit software revenue growth between 2004 and 2009. HP will look to Apotherker to mimic that success as the company continues to expand globally.

Image Credit: HP

It hardly ever fails — whenever you need a measuring cup, it’s dirty. It wouldn’t matter if Jasper Hou’s “Quantitive Tap” concept became a reality.

The Quantitive Tap is the one coolest things we never knew we wanted. It’s essentially a smart faucet that pre-measures the precise amount of water you need, saving you from filling your measuring cup, getting down on eye level to discover you put too much in, dumping too much out, and going through the process all over again.

It looks pretty awesome too. There’s an LCD screen that displays the amount of water coming out and the temperature, and to adjust things, you just turn a knob. Genius!

Image Credit: Yanko Desing (Jasper Hou)

QNAP didn’t exactly go back to the drawing board and build a completely new device, but it did add 1080p playback to its media box, prompting the release of the NMP-1000P Network Multimedia Player.

“NMP-1000P is truly the missing piece in today’s digital homes for enjoying premium-quality picture and sound,” said Jason Hsu, Product Manager of QNAP Systems, Inc. “Today’s users demand that contents be available on the fly and they don’t want to deal with a multitude of different devices and interfaces to make it happen. NMP-1000P is the culmination of QNAP’s extensive experience in developing network appliances and software applications which can satisfy the consumers’ need to get the content they want from virtually any source, and play it with the best video and audio quality on the living room TV using a single networked device.”

The NMP-1000P integrates into your home network via wired or wireless 802.11b/g/n. It can serve as a host to a 3.5-inch SATA drive (not included) up to 2TB, and also includes USB and eSATA connections for local content or connecting directly to your PC.

A 667MHz SMP8643 SoC powers the device, and there’s also a built-in Wolfson WM8524 high performance DAC capable of delivering 106 dB SNR. It handles FLAC lossless audio files natively, stores and plays back video from your camcorder, and comes with a bunch of other tricks up its sleeve, which you can read all about here.

No word yet on price or availability.

Image Credit: QNAP

Hercules wants you to tap into your inner DJ Jazzy Jeff with its new DJ Console line, the DJ Console 4-Mx. Only this one’s far more high-tech than anything the old-school rapper might have used.

The DJ Console 4-Mx sports a pair of large jog wheels, both of which come equipped with a touch sensor. There’s also a built-in audio interface that purportedly makes it a breeze hook up your existing audio gear, as well as the ability to control two or four virtual decks.

Other features include a backlit indicator on each jog wheel, sturdy design, customizable controls, four RCA connectors, four mono jack connectors, and one stero jack connector.

You’ll want to line up some paying gigs before picking this up — it will sell for $450 starting November 22, 2010.

Image Credit: Hercules
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