Archive for January, 2009

Music Drop MP3 projector concept

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2009

Music Drop MP3 projector conceptHere’s a concept design you don’t see everyday. The Music Drop Player is an average MP3 player, with one difference. It uses a projector instead of a small screen as a display. This way if you want to see the track info, just push a button and project the info on a wall.

The projector would be bright enough to show on almost any surface like walls, tables, or even your own hand when you’re traveling. Oddly, it displays the information in a spiral pattern that forces the user to turn their hand around or tilt their head just to read all the info. With this device, you would get an on/off switch and iPod-style buttons for skipping tracks, rewinding, fast-forwarding, and volume control.

Asus F70SL 17.3″ notebook with dual hard drives

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2009

Asus F70SL 17.3″ notebook with dual hard drivesThe ASUS F50 and F70 range of notebooks sport features tailored specifically for users who want both high definition audio visual entertainment and extensive multitasking capabilities. Users looking for large screen entertainment and massive storage will want the Asus F70SL, the world’s first 17.3″ notebook with 16:9 golden aspect ratio for cinematic viewing and dual hard disk drives providing up to 1 TB in storage space.

The Asus F50 and F70 range of notebooks come standard with high definition audio quality and a 16:9 Full High Definition display for high contrast rate, brightness and color saturation. An HDMI port allows users to connect their notebooks to larger external LCD displays or other HDMI-capable devices.

TechRestore gives Unibody MacBook Pro a Matte Finish

Posted in MacBook by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2009

TechRestore gives Unibody MacBook Pro a Matte FinishSo you want your notebook to stand out from the crowd, which is pretty tough these days. TechRestore might be your answer as they are offering a matte finish screen replacement service for owners of the 15″ unibody MacBook Pro. It’s a great move by TechRestore since users have complained that the glossy screens on the newer MacBook Pros are not as readable compared to the old ones, especially under sunlight.

In order to replace the super-shiny screen with a traditional matte screen, they’ll remove the glass screen cover and the glossy LCD screen, then replace them with a matte-finish screen with same specifications as the original. The service will cost $199 in the US, with a 24-hour turnaround installation of a new replacement LCD screen, free return shipping and a 1-year warranty on parts and labor.

Motorola Tundra now on sale

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2009

Motorola Tundra now on saleAT&T decided to add another model to its rugged push-to-talk-compatible lineup, in the form of the Tundra from Motorola. This one has been available on Rogers for awhile. Some features include: 3G, 2 megapixel camera, stub antenna, AGPS, QVGA display, and microSD expansion.

It’s built to Military Standard MIL-STD 810F specifications to withstand the toughest abuse. So go ahead mistreat this bad boy. It just keeps going and asks for more. Great phone for those who like to be rough with their gadgets.

Electronic Pipe is elementary my dear Watson

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2009

Electronic Pipe is elementary my dear Watsone-cigarettes seem pretty fashionable these days. I guess it beats being hooked up to an iron lung machine. Despite the fact that some people have a huge problem with smoking, it’s a part of our culture. We even covered a phone that looks like a carton of smokes awhile back.

Riding the wave of e-cigarettes is this electronic pipe. The Electronic Pipe will give you the taste and feel of smoking on a pipe while looking like you are solving crimes in the 19th century. You just won’t get all the negative effects of nicotine. It will give you a nice a orange glow and even a puff of fake smoke to complete the illusion.

Wooden MacBook case is exactly what it sounds like

Posted in MacBook by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2009

Wooden MacBook caseThis plain looking wooden case has been designed for the MacBook and the 15 inch MacBook Pro. It is what it says it is. A wood box to put your laptop in. The tree that died so you can tote around your MacBook in style will surely thank you for it. Anyhow, carrying around a rigid wood box with your laptop inside isn’t exactly all that stylish or hip, or comfortable I would imagine. Think of the eventual splinters.

The inside is even lined with leather, so now the count is up to one dead tree and one dead cow. It’s not that I’m against wood and leather. It’s just that you, our awesome readers, deserve something better then a plain old box lined with leather. No word on pricing. I mean, what do you price a box? Boxes are everywhere. So is leather. Whatever the price, I’m sure it will be way more then it’s worth.

iFlyz holds your iPhone during long flights

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2009

iFlyz holds your iPhone during long flightsHolding your mobile device in your hand is not exactly hard work, but it can get tiring and lead to hand strain as you browse the internet and play your favorite music while travellng on a plane. Using just a suction cup on a flexible rod to grasp your gadget, the iFlyz can take care of your iPhone for you as you surf the net or watch a movie hands free.

The iFlyz makes use of an adjustable clamp to attach to an upright and locked seat tray. It will also attach to one that is open during drink or dinner service. The flexible gooseneck allows the mobile device to be turned in any angle or direction. iFlyz sells for $29.99.

Xbox Live Gold subscription at Amazon for $29.97

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2009

Xbox Live Gold subscription at Amazon for $29.97Yep, you read that right! Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold subscription, which normally costs you $50 annually, is being sold by Amazon right now for $29.97. We have no idea what it means, but a similar discount was apparently happening at Buy.com last week. Could it mean that Microsoft might be moving toward a lower price for the subscription?

We have no idea. Who cares about “why” or “how”, we just think it’s awesome. Any 40% markdown that leaves us some extra cash for games is fine by us.

Apple keyboard concept

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2009

Apple keyboard conceptThis Apple Keyboard concept makes a lot of sense. It features all the necessary keys required in a Mac OS X environment and has an induction charge and synchronize segment on the right side that will hold your iPhone or iPod. The keyboard also has six programmable OLED keys.

It may not exist in the real world, but that didn’t stop the designer from giving it a price of $79.99. Too bad, it is only a concept, price or no. Apple fans would love this design and seeing a spot for the iPhone next to a keyboard makes me wonder why Apple hasn’t done it yet. Seems like a natural fit.

IDAPT Charging Station is heavy on pink

Posted in Chargers by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2009

IDAPT Charging Station is heavy on pinkChances are you have many chargers on or around your desk, which wouldn’t be a problem if they weren’t all attached to wires. They have a tendency to get all tangled up. The IDAPT Charging Station aims to make your life just a bit neater, while powering up your gadgets.

It’s like a pink gadget orgy charging bed as it can handle three devices simultaneously, and the range of tips available should cover all the popular devices like BlackBerry, Nokia, iPod, PSP etc. You can purchase the tips online if you need one for a gadget. The IDAPT Charging Station will retail for £34.95.

Wi-Fire extends Wi-Fi signals

Posted in Wi-Fi by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2009

Wi-Fire extends Wi-Fi signalsThe Wi-Fire is a USB device that will boost Wi-Fi signals by using a directional antenna and a powerful receiver that works with it’s proprietary software. With this device your computer can detect and access wireless sources within a 1,000 foot radius. And the folks at Maximum PC put it to the test.

They were surprised at being “350 feet from the router, with the signal passing through an insulated, double-thick interior wall and a steel garage door, the Wi-Fire delivered TCP throughput of 14.5Mb/s.” It’s only $79 and makes Wi-Fi a bullet that goes through said walls and garage doors.

Sony Final Fantasy VII edition PS3

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2009

Sony Final Fantasy VII edition PS3Final Fantasy is the game series that just won’t die. Like the Godfather Michael Corleone, everytime you are out they keep pulling you back in. The latest incarnation is the re-release of Advent Children, and Sony’s celebrating with another special edition console to celebrate it.

The upgraded movie apparently features 30 extra minutes of animation action. The new PS3 itself features a 160GB HDD and a matte “Cloud Black” paint job with Cloud’s Strike Wolf emblem applied on top. The bundle that comes with the movie and includes a demo of Final Fantasy XIII will sell for about $550 in Japan when it arrives next month.

Cherrypal offers up Bing netbook

Posted in Netbook by Shane McGlaun on January 19th, 2009

Cherrypal BingWith the poor economy and the soaring popularity of cheap netbooks, it’s become normal for new machines to be introduced frequently. Many of the netbooks on the market are from big name makers like Dell, HP, Asus, and MSI. However, even smaller and lesser known computer firms are getting in on the netbook action like Cherrypal.

The Cherrypal Bing is a 10.2-inch netbook offering a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 with 160GB of storage, Intel Atom N270, 160Gb HDD, Wi-Fi, and a webcam. Sounds just like all the other 10-inch netbooks on the market right?

Acer Aspire One in 10-inch flavor spied

Posted in Acer by Shane McGlaun on January 19th, 2009

Acer Aspire One 10-inchI really like netbooks. I think they are a great compromise between portability, price, and performance for the most part. I have worked extensively from a 10-inch MSI Wind and found it easy to do. What I am not particularly keen on is working from smaller 8-inch netbooks like the Acer Aspire One.

Those that really like the Acer, but yearn for a larger screen will be glad to hear that a 10-inch Aspire One has been spied and pictures are now available. The machine sports a different look, but the specs are much the same.

Acer introduces a pair of new ergonomic LCDs

Posted in Acer by Shane McGlaun on January 19th, 2009

Generic Acer LCDMost LCDs on the market today have plenty of brightness, good color reproduction and response times fast enough for gaming. Where the major differences in brands come in are things like color reproduction and the type of stand the display uses.

Most cheap LCDs have stands that only allow the screen to tilt slightly. When you type for eight hours or more on the LCD, it’s really important to be able to customize the display to your needs to prevent eye and neck strain. Acer has introduced a pair of new LCDs that are ergonomic, offering multiple adjustments for tilt, angle, and height.