What does Xbox 360 and Verizon have in common? Well they both provide a service where you buy a device at a discount with a two year contract. that’s right, Microsoft will start selling the Xbox 360 at a discounted price so that you, the consumer, can have it on the cheap as long as you pay a monthly fee for two years. Is this deal worth it and will other companies like Sony and Nintendo follow suit?
Black Friday is upon us shortly and with the knowledge and experience of staying up all night in lines and malls, I have a few tips for the newbies among us. Even if you’re used to staying on lines or staying up all night, some folks get irked when they are being towed around by a slow shopper. Don’t worry, TheBlueDot is here for you in your time of need. No, we don’t have some time machine or magical device that will just deliver all the items you need for the holidays. But we do have a few tips and tricks for those not used to the stress of late night shopping and slow tow shoppers.
RIM, British Tabloids and Sony are taking center stage recently and it isn’t the kind of attention any of them want. RIM had much of their Blackberry network shutdown, TWICE, in European, Africa and Middle Eastern countries. Sony has been hacked over and over again. Then we have News Corp. tabloids caught red handed in despicable phone hacking cases. These kind of things happen, and it isn’t unheard of for it to happen occasionally (minus the phone hacking thing). But this past year has shown more and more of these kind of tech disasters that no company wants to see more than once, if ever.
As time goes on, we grow nostalgic for the “simplicities” of yesteryear. What was once a hulking radio-transmitter fitted with a tape deck holding 12 songs has now become a pencil-thin computer with the ability to categorize and sort every song you’ve ever heard.
Refurbished technology has come to be important for many reasons–amongst which are ecological and economic concerns–but many have considered the possibilities of utilizing this process for the sake of art. Artists and innovators have taken the old 1980′s technology and gadgets and turned them into something eye-catching and perhaps inspiring. Here are some brief examples of modern spins on outdated technology:
This revolutionary piece of technology, popularized in 1980, gave birth to the idea of “the mix tape.” Music lovers could fashion their blank tape to hold their favorite tracks, or artists that inspire some kind of mood worth sharing. Then, with the rise of cheap CDs and MP3′s, the era of the mix tape had come to a bitter and tragic end.
Next comes the Commodore 64. Initially sold with a 64kb memory, many argued that this was the largest amount of hardware memory anyone would ever need. It was a popular product in 1982, especially because it could be easily plugged directly into any home television set. What was once used to play simplistic games like Asteroids and Paper Boy can now–through the miracle of refurbishment–play such modern games as Guitar Hero.
In 1985, we were introduced to the latest in home entertainment: The VHS Player. The video cassette player was meant to be the greatest thing since sliced bread, but it wasn’t too long before hints of its early extinction began to arise. The Laser Disc was gaining some attention, but not nearly enough to pose a significant threat. But when CDs replaced cassette tapes, the dark future of the VHS player began to come into focus. Obviously, you’re never going to get rid of all those old VHS tapes lying around your house. The future is currently in the semi-capable hands of Sony and their Blu-Ray discs–but here’s something to pass the time anyway…
It should be no secret where Nintendo has taken us over the past 20+ years. Their products have captured the imaginations of so many and pulled through several major trial and error periods. The NES system of 1986 has such high staying-power that refurbished and re-built versions of it are still being sold as “new” quality almost everywhere on the internet today, despite the breakthrough of the Nintendo Wii and buzz around Nintendo‘s next generation system.
Typically, when one thinks of “refurbished” technology, they think “used” or “of lesser quality than new.” The truth is that most refurbished technology turns out to be better or more reliable than the new products themselves. People who professionally refurbish gadgets and hardware learn to weed out the bugs, restore run-down elements, and build it back up to last. This goes for everything from an old 1986 Nintendo Entertainment System to a 3G Apple iPhone.
Below we take a look at some of the various cell phone connectors that we currently sell in our store. There has been some confusion as to what connectors are compatible with which phones and we wanted to clear up any confusion for our customers or potential customers looking for the right charging device for their phone. There are many chargers to choose from but luckily all the newer phones coming out on the market are required to go to the new Micro USB charging standard by 2012. If you have an older device using a proprietary charger, don’t worry – we have you covered.
For the last few years the GSM Association has been trying to get a charging standard across all mobile phones. Finally, the new standard has emerged with microUSB being the new way to connect a charger to your mobile phone.
Companies such as LG, Motorola, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Research in Motion (Blackberry), HTC, NEX, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments have all starting moving to the Micro USB standard. By 2012 all cell phone devices will be required to use the Micro USB cable. Luckily the new Micro USB connector is said to withstand 10 times the amount of plugins and pullouts of other chargers already on the market.
Compatible Micro USB Cell Phones
|BlackBerry:||Bold 9650, 9700 / OnyxCurve 8520, 8530 Aries, 8900Pearl 3G 9100 / Pearl 2, 9105 / Pearl 2
Pearl Flip 8220, 8230
Tour 9630 Niagara
|HTC:||Desire, Droid Incredible (Verizon), Google Nexus One, Legend, Leo / Firestone / HD2, Aria, EVO 4G, MyTouch 3G Slide (Does not fit previous MyTouch 3G)|
|Kyocera:||E1100 Neo, E2000 Tempo, S1300 Melo, S4000 Mako|
|LG:||AX155, AX265 / UX265 Banter, AX300, AX500 Swift, AX585 Rhythm, AX830 Glimmer, AX840 / UX840 Tritan, AX9100, BL40 New Chocolate, CF360, Chocolate Touch VX8575 / AX8575, CT810 Incite, GM750, GR500 Xenon, GT500 Puccini, GT505, GW520, KF750 / CF750 Secret, LG830 Spyder, LN510 Rumor Touch, LX265 Rumor2, LX370 / AX370 / UX370, LX400, LX600 Lotus, LX610 Lotus Elite, MT375 Lyric, Shine II GD710, UX280 Wine, UX300, UX585 Rhythm, UX830 / Glimmer / Vantage, UX9100, VN250 / Cosmos, VS740 Ally, VS750 Fathom, VX11000 EnV Touch, VX5500, VX5600 / Accolade, VX7100 Glance, VX8360, VX8560 Chocolate 3, VX8610 Decoy, VX9100 enV2, VX9200 enV3, VX9600 Versa, VX9700 Dare, Sentio|
|Motorola:||IDEN Series i9 StatureA455 Rush 2 / Rival, A555 Devour, A855 / Tao / Sholes / Droid, CLIQ / CLIQ MB200 / Morrison / DEXT MB, Cliq XT / Zeppelin, Crush, i465 Clutch, i776, MB300 / Motus / Enzo / Backflip, QA1 Karma, QuenchQ Series Q Global, Q9, Q9h
QA Series Evoke QA4, Hint QA30
RAZR2 V8, V9, V9m
ROKR E8, U9
V Series Adventure V750, Rapture VU30, Renegade V950
Z Series Krave ZN4, Z9, Zine ZN5
|Nokia:||1006, 1606, 2605 Mirage, 6205, 6350 Snapper, 6500 classic, 6750 Grouper / Mural, 7705 Twist, 7900 Prism, 8600 Luna, 8800 Arte, 8800 Carbon Arte, 8800 Sapphire Arte, N8, N85, N900, N96, N97, N97 mini|
|Palm:||Pixi CDMA / Eos CDMA, Pixi GSM / Castle / Eos GSM, Pixi Plus, Pre Plus, Pre Plus GSMTreo 800W, PRO 850|
|Samsung:||GT S8000 Jet / Cubic, GT-i8000 Omnia II, i7500 / GT-i7500 / Galaxy, i8910 HD / Acme / Omnia HD, Instinct 2 / Instinct S50 / Instinct HD, M8910 / GT-M8910 / Pixon 12, S5600 / GT-S5600 / Preston Gallery, SCH-i920 / Omnia II CDMA, SCH-R350 / SCH-R351 / Freeform, SCH-R460 Myshot 2, SCH-R470 TwoStep, SCH-R560 Messager 2, SCH-R850 Caliber, SCH-U820 Reality, SGH-A687 Strive, SGH-A797 Flight, SGH-A897 Mythic, SGH-T939 / Behold 2, SPH-i350 / ACE II / Intrepid, SPH-M220, SPH-M320, SPH-M350 Seek, SPH-M540 Rant, SPH-M550 Exclaim, SPH-M560 Reclaim, SPH-M630 Highnote, SPH-M850, SPH-M900 / Instinct Q / Moment|
|Sanyo:||Incognito SCP-6760, Katana Eclipse, Katana Eclipse X, Katana LX SCP-3800, Pro-200, Pro-700, S1, SCP-2700, SCP-3810|
|Sony Ericsson:||Vivaz / U5 / Kurara, Vivaz ProXperia X10 / Rachael, X10 Mini, X10 Mini Pro, X2a|
Mini USB Connector
The mini usb connector is often confused between different devices. Devices such as the HTC have a slightly different looking port however all standard Mini USB connectors do fit HTC Mini USB compatible devices. The majority of Blackberry phones and Motorola phones as well as Garmin and TomTom GPS units also use Mini USB connections. HTC, Motorola, and Blackberry have all recently moved over to the the newer Micro USB standard mentioned above.
|While the HTC port looks slightly different than the standard Mini USB port,
Mini USB connectors fit all HTC devices that are compatible with Mini USB.
Just not the other way around.
For example, HTC Original Mini USB Cables will not fit into a Blackberry.
Mini USB Blackberry cables will fit into Mini USB HTC devices however.