Archive for December, 2006

Cingular and MySpace Mobile Partnership

Posted in Cingular,MySpace,News by Paul Patterson on December 19th, 2006

Cingular MySpace MobileCingular Wireless and MySpace.com have announced a partnership which offers enhanced MySpace functionality exclusively to all Cingular customers via their mobile phones.

The partnership gives customers of the nation’s largest wireless carrier access to the world’s leading lifestyle portal. MySpace Mobile will give consumers the ability to edit MySpace profiles, view and add friends and groups, upload photos, post comments and blog entries, send and receive MySpace messages all from their mobile phone.

This announcement further solidifies the vision of the two organizations to offer mobile users rich and meaningful mobile experiences anywhere. Earlier this year the two companies created the MySpace Mobile Music studio, designed to empower MySpace’s unsigned bands and artists to cut ringtones of their original music for fans for purchase and download.

The cost of MySpace mobile is $2.99 per month plus standard data usage charges.

Joytech Wii Powerstation and Battery Packs

Posted in Accessories,Wii by Chetz on December 19th, 2006

Joytech Wii Remote PowerstationThe Joytech Wii Powerstation provides two rechargeable battery packs and a charging/docking station for the Wii Remote controls. This eliminates the need to replace your batteries, and while you are playing with one the other can be recharging allowing you to play longer and not go through so many batteries. You just swap out the battery pack, put the old one on the charger and you are back in the game, literally.

The pictures appear that the station is powered by USB, but there are no specifications that we could find for sure. This currently is not yet available, but the Gameseek web site states that pre-ordered Wii Powerstations would start shipping on January 26th, 2007.

Catalog Page [Gameseek]

Kontron NotePAC Dual Core Ultra-Rugged Notebook

Posted in Notebooks by Quagmire on December 19th, 2006

Kontron NotePACShow up to your next office meeting with this bad boy and get some serious respect. This is the NotePAC Dual Core from Kontron, the latest addition to the NotePAC family of ultra-rugged notebook computers and the first to feature Intel Core Duo T2300 processors and the Intel 945GM chipset.

The NotePAC is designed for extreme environments; a magnesium alloy housing protects shock-mounted components that can withstand a 3 food-drop. A hard disk heater offers operating temperatures down to -20°C and is your best bet to accommodate your computing needs in these extreme conditions. The target market for the NotePAC is defense, field service, utilities, industry and public services, or anyone who needs a VERY rugged notebook.

The NotePAC also offers a modular configuration to tailor to your application with two module bays for interfaces, drives or batteries. An optional expansion unit is available …

Opera Browser Available for Wii Friday

Posted in News,Nintendo,Opera Software,Wii by Darrin Olson on December 19th, 2006

Opera Browser Available For Wii on FridayToday Nintendo announced that a free trial version of the Opera web browser will be available for the Nintendo Wii game console on Friday, December 22nd.

If you have a high speed internet connection, you can download the Opera web browser to activate the Internet Channel on your Wii game console and start surfing the internet on your TV through your Wii. This trial download will be available until the end of March when the final version of the Opera web browser for the Wii will be available for download. The final version will also be a free download, but only until June. After June the Opera web browser will cost 500 Wii points to download, so you’ll want to be sure to get it before then.

The Wii motion sensing controller can be used to navigate the browser using …

Interesting iPod Accessories

Posted in Accessories,Apple,iPod by Chetz on December 19th, 2006

The iPod has created such a flurry of excitement that the number of iPod accessories and compatible devices have been overwhelming. Here is a compilation of some of the more interesting iPod accessories that the Slippery Brick editors have come across this year. We’ll add more as they come in.

T.P. iPod Dock

iPod Accessory - Toilet Paper Roll DockHey, you can play games in the bathroom, so there is no reason why you should not be able to listen to your music in the John, too. The TP iPod dock just adds some convenience to listening to your music no matter where you are and what you’re doing.

iDisguise

iDisguise iPod SecurityIf you are a little paranoid about losing your iPod to theft you can disguise your iPod nano or …

Sony To Offer Video Downloads to PSP

Posted in Digital Video,News,PSP,Services,Sony by Darrin Olson on December 19th, 2006

Sony PSP Movie DownloadsAccording to the Financial Times, Sony has plans to start allowing video downloads to the Sony PSP. This would be direct competition for the video iPod from Apple, and according to Sony this would really “open up” the movie download market. Apple iTunes only provides downloads to the iPod and only Disney movies have been available to download due to fear of piracy from other studios.

Fortunately for consumers the new movie download service would not require a new distribution or upgrade of the PSP. This is also important to Sony after having their troubles earlier in the year and will help make the offering more accepted and ultimately successful. In order to enable the downloads without any changes to the PSP, the movies would download onto flash media, in particular a Sony Memory Stick in which at 4GB would allow users to …

TravelDrive Mobile 25 in 1 Card Reader

Posted in Card Readers,Flash Memory by Chetz on December 19th, 2006

TravelDrive Mobile 25 in 1 Card ReaderThe TravelDrive Mobile 25 in 1 card reader is very small and handy card reader with a USB 2.0 interface that looks a lot like a flash memory thumb drive, but instead of having internal flash memory it works as a card reader for 25 different types of memory cards.The drive supports the following memory cards, requiring no adapters or any type of drivers:

Secure Digital Cards: SD, SD Ultra, SD Extreme, Mini-SD, Micro-SD(Transflash)
Multimedia Cards: MMC, RS-MMC, Dual Voltage MMC, MMC Mobile, MMC Plus, MMC 4.1, RS-MMC 4.1
Memory Sticks: Memory Stick, Memory Stick Magic Gate, Memory Stick Select
Memory Stick Pro: Pro, Pro Magic Gate, Pro Ultra, Pro Extreme
Memory Stick Duo: Duo, Duo Magic Gate
Memory Stick Pro Duo: Pro Duo, Pro Duo Magic Gate, Pro Duo Ultra, Pro Duo Extreme

Most card readers that could handle this many different types are nowhere near …

Canon Powershot A630 8 Megapixel Digital Camera

Posted in Bargains,Canon,Digital Cameras by Paul Patterson on December 18th, 2006

CANON A360The Canon Powershot A630 Digital Camera boasts an 8.0 megapixel resolution, 4x optical zoom, and a full range of advanced features previously limited only to Canon’s higher-end cameras.

If you know a bit about photography, there are plenty of manual controls that allow you to do some advanced configuration. For the amateurs, there are 21 shooting modes that make it easy to take great pictures in even in low light and without blur.

You can clearly see your subjects with the foldable 2.5 inch Vari-Angle LCD monitor. The hinged LCD swings out from the camera to allow you to adjust the viewing angle. The camera also comes with an optical viewfinder if you prefer that to preview your shots.

The boot time is very fast so you won’t miss anything. The movie mode lets you record AVI with sound at 30 fps VGA (640×480). The A630 uses …

Google and NASA to Solve the World’s Problems

Posted in Google,News by Paul Patterson on December 18th, 2006

Google NASA CollaborationA unique collaboration between Google and NASA was announced in a press release from the NASA Ames Research Center on Monday. The organizations have signed a Space Act Agreement that outlines a joint effort to work on a variety of challenging technical problems. This relationship will give NASA access to Google’s expertise in distributed computing and search to make NASA’s voluminous amounts of data searchable on the Internet.

The first issue the collaboration will focus on is making the useful items from NASA’s catalog available on the Internet including: real-time weather visualization and forecasting, high-resolution 3-D maps of the moon and Mars, and real-time tracking of the International Space Station.

Other collaborations include incorporating agency data sets into Google Earth, user studies and cognitive modeling for human computer interaction, and searching science data by utilizing existing Google products.

Teams from both organizations have already recently met to …

Stewart Golf X3 Remote Golf Cart

Posted in Games,Golf,Outdoors,Personal Transport by Chetz on December 18th, 2006

Stewart Golf X3 Remote TrolleyThe Stewart Golf X3 Remote Trolley is the ultimate cart for carrying your clubs. Not only is this trolley motorized, but it is designed to be controlled by a remote control to allow you to direct it from up to 50 meters away.

The remote control allows you to run it forward and backward at 4 different speeds, as well as turn right and left. You can define the speeds yourself ahead of time and they are remembered the next time you use the cart. With the remote you can send the cart away after you get your clubs and bring it back when you are ready.

The X3M is a trolley built with the same frame but without the remote control. The functionality is pretty much the same, but you have to do it from the cart. You can however send the …

Linksys Unveils VoIP iPhone Family

Posted in Cisco,Linksys,News,VoIP by Darrin Olson on December 18th, 2006

Linksys Announces VoIP iPhone FamilyToday Linksys, a division of Cisco Systems announced its new iPhone family of VoIP handsets. Linksys has been a long time provider of small office and home networking solutions, and the iPhone series is intended to help the same market further take advantage of the internet and networking by combining VoIP, WiFi, Skype and standard telephone services into their handhelds.

This release has come as a surprise to a lot of Apple fans who have been eagerly anticipating a release of the iPhone based on rumors that fully expected it to be a product of Apple combining mobile phone features to that of an iPod.

Linksys has released the following seven handset solutions in the iPhone family that have different combinations of features and services. All area available globally now at the listed estimated prices:

* iPhone Cordless Internet Telephony Kit – CIT200- …

Linksys Announces iPhone – Not Apple

Posted in Cisco,iPhone,Linksys,Mobile Phones,News,VoIP by Chetz on December 18th, 2006

iPhone Announced by LinksysThere has been a lot of anticipation for the release of the iPhone, with thoughts of the ultimate multimedia phone from Apple combining the coolest features of a mobile handset with the coolest features of an iPod. That may still happen, but it won’t be called the iPhone.

Today Linksys announced the release of the Linksys iPhone family, a series of seven VoIP handsets that support different combinations of VoIP, Wireless-G, Skype and standard telephone services. While this announcement is still an impressive offering from Linksys, it has left many Apple fans slightly disappointed after waiting in excited anticipation for the Apple iPhone, not the Linksys iPhone. Apparently Cisco, the parent of Linksys, has owned the iPhone name all along. They acquired it in 2000 when they bought Infogear, who acquired the trademark for iPhone 10 years ago.

The phone pictured here is the …

Griffin ExpressCard 5-in-1 Card Reader/Writer

Posted in Accessories,Card Readers,Griffin by Quagmire on December 18th, 2006

Griffin 5 in 1 ExpressCard ReaderThis is the ExpressCard/34 5-in-1 Card Reader/Writer from computer peripherals and accessories manufacturer Griffin Technology Inc. This handy ExpressCard will read and write to most modern memory cards including Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick, SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard and xD-Picture Card.

The Griffin 5-in-1 Reader is easy to install and works with the ExpressCard/34 or /54 slot found in Apple’s MacBook Pro and newer Windows laptops. The card is plug-and-play and you don’t need to worry about installing drivers.

The USB 2.0 High-Speed interface gives you speedier transfer rates up to 480 Mbps compared to your old USB 1.0 card reader (up to 12 Mbps) and it will be infinitely faster than the transfer rates you get from your camera. Just pop the card out of your camera and let the Griffin reader do the work – much faster.

The Griffin reader is a …

Square Eggs, Finally

Posted in Home by Chetz on December 17th, 2006

Egg Cuber to Make Square Hard Boiled Eggs Whoever said that necessity is the mother of all inventions may not approve of the Egg Cuber. This handy kitchen gadget is just like it sounds, it makes your hard boiled eggs into cubes instead of the common egg-shape that we all must be so tired of.

If you’re wondering exactly how this works, I can assure you that the chicken really has nothing to do with it as the box for the Egg Cuber implies with an “Ouch” caption. You are instructed to boil your egg as you would normally, peel the shell and then place the egg into the square mold and screw down the top while the egg is still warm. After a short amount time you can remove the egg and it retains it’s cubic shape.

Try it out and let us know what you …

Google and Orange Working On Google Phone

Posted in Google,Mobile Phones,News,Orange by Darrin Olson on December 17th, 2006

Google and Orange To Make Google PhoneAccording to the Observer, Google and Orange are collaborating on making a Google Phone with built in Google applications for surfing the web, and getting email. This would be another big step forward for both of these two very powerful companies in the technology world, and could be a large benefit to consumers in mobile internet access and potentially costs as well.

Google has been working on different technologies to make information more accessible from mobile devices, such getting email on your handset, and having another medium to be able to provide search services along with advertising may be right inline with Google’s vision.

The Observer stated: “A source close to the talks told The Observer: ‘Google are software experts and are doing some amazing work compressing data so that the mobile user gets a much better experience. They