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Duracell powers your USB gadgets

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on July 31st, 2008

Duracell powers your USB gadgets
Chances are you’ve been out with your phone and it runs out of juice. It’s annoying. We put men on the moon for God’s sake.(That was a long time ago) Well, Duracell wants to make sure you always have plenty of power in your USB gadgets. If your device uses mini USB to charge, Duracell’s new PowerSource Mini has you covered.

You can get it in two different versions. One is designed to power your iPod and the other is for Blackberry. Both have a mini USB connector. The PowerSource Mini stores power with an internal rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack. Apparently it has a second USB port that lets you charge another device at the same time. It ships with an AC adapter and DC charger that each have a USB port, and the PowerSource Mini. Never be powerless again.

GMC Noblesses K-2 Ebony ATX case

Posted in Cases by Conner Flynn on July 31st, 2008

GMC Noblesses K-2 Ebony ATX case
Korean manufacturer GMC recently unveiled the somewhat sexy Noblesses K-2 EBONY ATX case that comes with some pretty cool features, like an integrated media panel with Soundgraph iMEDIA HD support.

The case also displays your computer’s health by giving you info on fan speed, CPU temp, system temp, etc. But the main thing is that it sports those features and at the same time doesn’t look horrible. It will give you all of the info you could possibly want right there.

iPod Touch getting 64GB, GPS?

Posted in iPod Touch by Conner Flynn on July 31st, 2008

iPod Touch getting 64GB, GPS?
A few days ago we told you about Apple’s plans to spruce up their iPod line soon. Now there is much speculation that the iPod Touch will soon be geting 64GB capacity and possibly even GPS.

I would say it’s very likely. Even probable. More storage is a must. And if you’ve got some form of GPS already in your ipod, that’s all many people need. It’s just keeping the product up to date and competing. A GPS in an iPod will take a bite out of many other GPS devices, so long as pricing is nice.

Best Buy vending machines in Dallas/Forth Worth airport

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on July 31st, 2008

Best Buy vending machines in Dallas/Forth Worth airportRemember the gadget vending machines we told you about in Macy’s? It seemed pretty obvious at the time that the trend would continue. Check out this Best Buy vending machine spotted in the Dallas/Forth Worth airport, keeping flyers in gadgets and sucking up money like a black hole in a square box.

Travelers are always forgetting their gadgets or breaking them, even losing them. Which is why these machines are a smart idea. The machines are in several terminals, insuring that an iPod leaves on every flight. Expensive spur of the moment purchase? Sure. Gadget addiction ain’t cheap.

Kassou car is the weirdest Batmobile ever

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on July 31st, 2008

Kassou car is the weirdest Batmobile ever
Designer Nicholas Lee Dunderdale incorporated an adjustable roof into his 3-wheeled Kassou concept car in case you need more headroom. It looks like part vacuum cleaner,part bat, and all funky alien tech. You wouldn’t be surprised if one of “The greys” stepped out of this thing and rammed a probe up your Kassou.

The “neck” can be raised or lowered depending on your need for headroom or better aerodynamics. Who knows what those batwings are for. It’s ultra bizarre, but Kassou earned second place in the Car Design News Contest for 2008. Personally, I think this is the Dark Knight’s ride from an alternate reality, where Bruce Wayne isn’t quite as rich.

Logitech & Activision to develop premium instruments for Guitar Hero

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on July 31st, 2008

Logitech & Activision to develop premium instruments for Guitar Hero
Activision and Logitech have announced a partnership where Logitech will create “premium” instrument controllers for Guitar Hero: World Tour. The press release isn’t very clear, but we take that to mean that Logitech will be making nicer, more beautiful and more expensive versions of the stock Guitar Hero guitars for the PS2, PS3, Xbox 360 and the Wii. .

The new gear will be fully compatible with World Tour. This is probably good news for fans of GH since Logitech makes quality stuff. Soon you’ll be rocking a far better ax then you rock now.

Xerox DocuMate 162: it isn’t that pretty but it sure scans fast

Posted in Scanners by Nino Marchetti on July 31st, 2008

Xerox DocuMate 162

Xerox has in its product line up today a new desktop document scanner which can scan up to 50 images per minute. It is called the Xerox DocuMate 162 and it runs around $695 .

The Xerox DocuMate 162 comes with a 50-page automatic document feeder and is designed to handle most kinds of documents. It includes a one-touch button so you can scan to the “destination” you so desire, be it to email, the hard drive or another application.

Fujifilm says cheese with nice looking 10-megapixel pocket camera

Posted in Digital Cameras by Nino Marchetti on July 31st, 2008

Fujifilm FinePix Z200fd

Fujifilm is showing off a stylish new little digital camera geared for those who find silver or black body designs boring. The new Fujifilm FinePix Z200fd is priced around $300.

The Fujifilm FinePix Z200fd is a 10-megapixel shooter which is fairly thin in body size. It sports a 2.7-inch display and offers up to 1600 ISO. It also sports Fujifilm’s face detection technology, making it capable of monitoring up to 10 faces at the same time.

Turbine talks LOTR: Mines of Moria fall ’08 plans

Posted in MMORPG by Nino Marchetti on July 31st, 2008

Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria

Turbine, a computer game developer, announced today plans to bring a retail expansion to its popular Lord of the Rings Online multi-player online role-playing game. This sequel is called Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria and it will be available in several different physical retail and download choices.

Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria is described by Turbine as expanding “the online world of Middle-earth to let players continue the ultimate interactive adventure in the largest and most dangerous online underground environment ever created. Players will be able to explore the ancient underground cities of the dwarves, battle epic characters in the depths, face off with the Watcher, be a part of the fateful release of Durin’s Bane and more. In addition to the Legendary Item system, The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria features groundbreaking dual height map technology that creates a seamless, vast, and epic environment that brings Moria to life like never before. The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria extends the challenge to new heights with two new classes, ten additional levels and hundreds of new quests.”

New Trendnet router offers up 300Mbps dual band N

Posted in Routers by Nino Marchetti on July 31st, 2008

Trendnet TEW-672GR

Trendnet unveiled today a beefy new dual band N router. It is called the Trendnet TEW-672GR and pricing is around $158.

The Trendnet TEW-672GR is a new 300Mbps dual band wireless N Gigabit router. It offers users the choice of the 2.4GHz or 5.0GHz radio bands for their data transfer needs and includes four Gigabit ports on the back of the router to do quick transfers to other wired devices.

Independent Retrograde Dualtime watches

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on July 31st, 2008

Independent Retrograde Dualtime watches
These Independent Retrograde Dualtime watches from Citizen are simple with an amazingly modern design. I hope watchmakers pay attention to this one. Judging by looks alone, they might have been designed in the 60′s or today. In other words, it’s a timeless style, that would be hip in any era.

They come in either a polished stainless steel or gold and black finish. What’s interesting is the face of course, featuring an analog watch face using digital for the hours, and an L-shaped 24-hour clock. This kind of style is never cheap. They’ll cost you $242 and $271.

Heatsheets Survival Blanket, bright orange cocoon

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on July 31st, 2008

Heatsheets Survival Blanket, bright orange cocoon
The Heatsheets Survival Blanket is for emergency situations, not for those who have a weird cocoon fetish. Anyway, I’m pretty sure you can’t eat your way out of it after metamorphosis. It fits two people and conveniently has survival and first-aid instructions printed directly on the blanket.

The bright orange color makes it easier for rescuers to spot, though with both people in it and moving around it would probably look like the blob from a helicopter. Hopefully they will want to investigate rather then call for an airstrike. Apparently it reflects up to 90% of radiated body heat so don’t be afraid to get a little frisky while waiting for help. Say, did it occur to anyone that you might have to leave the safety of the blanket to read some of those fancy first-aid instructions? That’s not good if you are in freezing conditions.

Plica phone concept with dual screen display

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on July 31st, 2008

Plica phone concept with dual screen displayThe iPhone may have some competition if this dual screen display concept is ever realized. It’s called the Plica phone and it’s like the Nintendo DS of phones. One of the screens is a touch screen keyboard, the other functions as a touch monitor. You can also view an entire web page on a single display or have them spread out across both.

Designer James Piatt’s idea was no doubt inspired by the DS Lite and has a ton of potential. It’s one concept that has a decent chance of seeing the light of day. I’d say that if Nintendo were going to build a phone, it would be something very similar to this rather then a Wii phone.

LG BD300 Network Blu-ray player streams Netflix

Posted in Blu-ray by Shane McGlaun on July 31st, 2008

LG BD300 Network Blu-ray PlayerIt has been several months now since the Blu-ray camp made HD DVD tap out in the ultimate HD fighting championships. Now that Blu-ray is the HD standard, we are starting to see more Blu-ray players hit the market with new and interesting features to set it apart from the Blu-ray masses.

LG has announced the first Blu-ray player to offer the ability to stream movies instantly from Netflix. The player is called the LG BD300 Network Blu-ray Disc Player. Netflix subscribers can use the player to instantly stream any of the 12,000 TV shows and movies from Netflix to their HDTV.

One million Flip Ultra camcorders sold

Posted in Camcorders by Shane McGlaun on July 31st, 2008

Flip Ultra CamcorderIt seems like everyone is making videos for YouTube or MySpace these days. This video making revolution has led to some really small and totally digital camcorders hitting the market that make getting the videos onto video sharing sites easier.

By far the most popular video camera for this segment f user is the Flip Ultra. The makers of the Flip Ultra camcorder — Pure Digital Technologies — have announced one million of the camcorders have now been sold.