Use Your Phone As A Portable Scanner With Scandy

Scanners and all-in-one printers are a thing of the past. Scandy is said to be the future of document scanning. It lets you turn any smartphone into a portable desk scanner using its built-in camera. We know the iPhone 4 has a superb camera on its back, but is that enough to entice users to start using it to scan important documents? Scandy thinks so. The Scandy is a beautifully designed telescoping stand arm made out of plastic and also comes in an aluminum version, allowing you to adjust the height in order to fit different sized documents or photos and scan them 10 times faster than a traditional scanner. The idea is to take non-blurry photos of documents. Scandy may have hit a new market for scanning solutions with this Ikea desk leg look-alike, but as far as I'm concerned, smartphones aren't ready yet to compete against the real deal.

Scandy is currently a new Kickstarter project, but you can already pre-order yours for $40 and $100 for the platinum aluminum anodized version.

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Marshall Major Headphones Get Upgraded With Remote & Mic

Marshall has equipped its Major headphones with remote and mic functionality so you would never have to take them off to use that mono Bluetooth headset of yours. The bad? Marshall makes no claims as to whether the Major's newly added remote and mic features are compatible with specific mobile devices, says it just works with mobile devices. Oh and I almost forgot, the remote doesn't even have volume controls. Nice going Marshall. The price was also updated from $99 to $119.

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Google Nexus S Announced, Gingerbread Pre-Loaded

Google have announced their official Android 2.3 Gingerbread running Nexus S by Samsung. The Nexus S will be available December 16th for $199 on a two-year contract with T-Mobile or $529 unlocked. Google's Nexus S features the following hardware specs:

  • 4" WVGA Screen with 480x800 resolution
  • Contour Display with curved glass screen
  • Super AMOLED
  • 235 ppi
  • Capacitive touch sensor
  • Anti-fingerprint display coating
  • 1GHz Cortex A8 (Hummingbird) processor
  • 16GB iNAND flash memory
  • Back-facing 5 megapixels camera with flash and auto focus
  • 720 x 480 video resolution
  • Front-facing VGA camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 n/b/g
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR

Check out the creative Nexus S ad below.

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Microsoft Confirms Windows Phone 7 OEM's


Microsoft's Senior Product Manager, Greg Sullivan, confirmed who the Windows Phone 7 launch OEM's would be in an interview with Pocket-lint. Dell, Asus, LG, HTC, and Samsung are all going to have Windows Phone 7 on some sort of device at around the time of the launch date but we do not know what these devices will be yet. Talking of the launch date, Microsoft is saying "Holdiays 2010," so we should see some devices in time for Christmas. But, knowing Microsoft, they will release most of the devices in January and miss the Holiday season.

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Verizon & Motorola come clean (and offer fix) to .1% of Droid X users with defect

I'm impressed: it takes some serious guts to stand up and say: "Hey, we screwed up." Not: "Hey, there's nothing wrong with our phones but take a free bumper."

All jokes aside, you deserve some kudos, Verizon and Motorola.

According to both parties, one tenth of one percent (so .1%) of Droid X users are experiencing screen issues including flickering and banding.

Thankfully, Motorola's indicating that it has already fixed whatever was the culprit and no new units should ship with this issue.

If you're one of the unlucky few experiencing this issue with your Droid X, be sure to get in touch with either Verizon or Motorola-- they're looking to get your issue resolved.  And, be sure to check out the official statement below.

Verizon Wireless and Motorola are aware of a very small number of DROID X units that have experienced a flickering or banding display. Motorola has resolved the issue and is continuing to ship the phones. Any consumer who experiences a flickering or banding display should contact a Motorola customer support center or Verizon Wireless.

Via: TechTrackr

Case-Mate's Agony Short Clip Featuring Your Smashed Phone

You think your iPhone case is tough enough or even worse, don't have a case yet? CaseMate have produced a short clip called "Agony". And it's about one of their tough iPhone 4 cases called the Hybrid Tough, which is a duel layered case with a silicone layer and a hard outer shell. I must say I have never seen a case company make such a fantastic (let's call it) advertisement. The Hybrid Tough is available now for both iPhone 4 and iPhone 3G/S with a price tag of $34.99.
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Samsung Epic 4G Announced


Sprint and Samsung just announced their latest Android smartphone, the Samsung Epic 4G. This was formerly rumoured to be called the Samsung Galaxy S, the Epic 4G seems to be packed with features. These include:

  • 4-inch Super AMOLED display, 
  • 1GHz Hummingbird processor,
  • 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and 720p video recording, 
  • Front-facing VGA camera for video calls
  • Accelerometer 
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Landscape QWERTY slider keyboard. 
  • Samsung's custom version of Android 2.1

This is the second 4G phone on the Sprint network and this joins the EVO 4G as well. The Epic 4G is going to be released in "the coming months."

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