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Casio’s CA001 phone with touch-screen

Posted in Casio by Conner Flynn on January 29th, 2009

Casio’s CA001 phone with touch-screenThe Casio CA001 features a generous 3.1″ WVGA touchscreen display, opening up to an alphanumeric keyboard underneath. We’re assuming you can operate the CA001 fully from the touchscreen, but have the option of using the keyboard as well if you like.

It’s also equipped with a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, e-wallet support and video/audio-on-demand, all in a body that measures just 50 x 109 x 17.8mm and weighs 122g. That’s about all the info we have, but it looks interesting. When we hear more, we’ll let you know.

Triceracopter: The helicopter de-volved

Posted in Aircraft by Conner Flynn on January 29th, 2009

Triceracopter: The helicopter de-volvedIf dinosaurs waged war with our technology this is what the helicopter might look like. The Triceracopter is half Triceratops, half helicopter. It was originally built as a sculpture in 1977 by artist Patricia Renick, but now it’s available to the likes of you and I.

The Triceracopter is all about the “Hope for the Obsolescence of War,”. Makes sense I guess, since a triceratops can’t fly and is extinct. When I look at it I don’t see the obsolescence of war. I see an awesome dinosaur helicopter that would surely lay waste to anything in it’s sights. A helicopter that can rain death from above, then land and walk into a ground assault. Maybe that’s just me.

Sony’s 4th quarter profits down 95 percent

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on January 29th, 2009

Sony’s 4th quarter profits down 95 percentIt isn’t any secret that things are tough all over. Every company out there is hurting, but Sony’s 4th quarter numbers are really bad. We’re talking a 95% drop in profits.

They managed to pull in only 10.4 billion yen during the 4th quarter, having done 200.2 billion yen the previous year. The numbers tell you that the holiday season was a complete bust for Sony. TVs, PS3s and PSPs just weren’t on people’s lists. The fault lies with you and I, who did not buy/want Sony products.

Trilobite clock combines Steampunk & fossils

Posted in Clocks by Conner Flynn on January 29th, 2009

Trilobite clock combines Steampunk & fossilsJud Turner has some skeletons in his closet. Lately he’s been letting them out and creeping out the world at large. A few days back we told you about his Bio-cycle. You know, the thing that looks like a Terminator on a bike.

If the Bio-cycle clues us in on the future of Terminator transport, this “Trilo Temporalis” trilobite fossil clock shows us that fossils were creepy, like to tell time, and are itching to get into the whole Steampunk thing. The working antique clock embedded in the head illustrates the passage of time and the connection between prehistoric and modern eras.

The Kyocera NS01 is the first real “belt” phone

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on January 29th, 2009

The Kyocera NS01 is the first real “belt” phoneThe Kyocera NS01 is not the best and most powerful phone available right now, but what it lacks in power, it makes up for in cutting edge geek fashion. The handset features an integrated belt, so it will hold up your pants while taking a call.

The NS01 features a 2.8 QVGA Screen, a 1.97MP camera, and e-wallet. Hey, at least you won’t lose your phone if it’s attached to your pants. There isn’t a ton of info, but I’m assuming it can detach easily while it is acting as a belt, because otherwise things could get comical real quick. Like if your friend needs to use your phone in an emergency, you would want to be able to quickly detach it. Because one guy on his knees, talking to someone in your crotch area in public doesn’t look good. It also doesn’t look good if you walk around hunched over talking to your own belt buckle as you try to pull it closer to no avail.

showTIME connects your iPhone to your TV

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on January 29th, 2009

showTIME connects your iPhone to your TVThere are some people out there who like to bore the rest of us with slideshows of their vacations, weddings, and other things we could care less about. You sit, you try to be nice. “Oh that’s lovely. Where did you take that pic?” You’re sorry you asked after a fifteen minute explanation.

This device will help such people bore you more effectively, by letting them connect their iPhone to the TV. It’s a cable. If you see them pull this out, run! But if you are the picture shower, just plug one end into your iPhone or iPod and the other into the RCA input on a TV. Then you can control a slideshow or show a video.

Samsung Propel Pro caught on camera

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on January 29th, 2009

Samsung Propel ProIn a world filled with tech spies, you’re gonna get the occasional obligatory spy shot. This is the latest. Apparently, this is the Samsung Propel Pro and it arrives with some pro-level features. Stuff like Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard, an optical joystick, 3G, and presumably a camera.

That’s about all we know at the moment, but we hear that the QWERTY keyboard is decent. Nothing on a release date or pricing. Looks pretty decent.

Netflix testing Saturday shipping

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on January 29th, 2009

Netflix testing Saturday shippingSome great news for Netflix customers. According the Netflix CEO, Reed Hastings, they’re starting to test Saturday shipping during the first quarter of 2009, but apparently only in “certain parts of the country.” So, normally if you send back a disc on Friday, you would have to wait for Monday for your next disc to ship.

If Netflix receives it on a Saturday, you could receive your next disc as quickly as Monday. That is, if you live close enough to a distribution center to get one day delivery. That should make a lot of people happy. It’s only one day, but still. We like everything now!

Toshiba intros four new Satellite Pro S300 laptops

Posted in Toshiba by Conner Flynn on January 29th, 2009

Toshiba intros four new Satellite Pro S300 laptopsToshiba just added four more 15.4-inch widescreen Satellite Pro S300 series notebooks to it’s line. Both the S300-EZ1511 and S300-EZ1512 feature an Intel Pentium T3400 processor, 1GB memory, and a 120GB hard drive. Selling for $529, the S300-EZ1511 features integrated GMA 4500M graphics and Vista Home Basic, while the S300-EZ1512 is selling for $579 with GMA 4500MHD graphics and Vista Business.

The S300-EZ1513 will run you $649 and sports an Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 processor, 160GB hard disk storage, 1GB memory and GMA 4500MHD graphics. The last model, the S300-EZ1514, has a Core 2 Duo T6570 processor, 2GB of memory, GMA 4500MHD graphics and a 160GB hard drive. This one will run you $699.

iSuppli says Blackberry Storm sells at a loss

Posted in BlackBerry by Shane McGlaun on January 29th, 2009

Blackberry StormThe Blackberry Storm is by many accounts the single worst smartphone to ever wear the Blackberry logo. Customers who purchased the device have complained that its performance is sub-par and some reports claim Blackberry knew the device was buggy when it launched the Storm.

Research firm iSuppli has taken the Storm apart to find out how much the components and construction of the smartphone cost RIM. The cost for parts and construction is a bit under $203 according to iSuppli. To compare, the firm found that the parts and build bill for the iPhone 3G was under $175.

Circuit City discounts to grow

Posted in circuit city by Shane McGlaun on January 29th, 2009

Circuit CityCircuit City pulled out all of the stops to prevent it from going bankrupt and being forced out of the consumer electronics market. Unfortunately, for the company things didn’t work out and after first closing only select stores, the company was forced to close all of its remaining stores on January 16.

According to one of the liquidation companies responsible for moving all of the inventory sitting on Circuit City shelves and in warehouses the discounts are set to increase. Great American Group says that record numbers of shoppers are coming to the store to take advantage of the liquidation sale.

Samsung unveils world’s highest density DRAM chip

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on January 29th, 2009

Samsung DRAM ModulesWith the poor global economy making demand for DRAM greatly reduced and many DRAM companies facing the very real prospect of going bankrupt, it may seem surprising that Samsung is announcing a new DRAM chip onto an already flooded market. Yet, it has announced new DRAM with new features.

Samsung has announced what it claims to be the world’s first 4Gb DDR3 DRAM chip that is built using 50nm construction process. The low-power DDR3 DRAM is intended to enable a new generation of green servers, workstations, and notebook computers.

EA set to launch Boom Blox Bash Party

Posted in EA by Shane McGlaun on January 29th, 2009

Boom Blox Bash PartyOne of the best games that I have played for the Nintendo Wii was Boom Blox, the game from EA and Steven Spielberg. The game has single and multiple player modes that were cool and innovative. The multiplayer action was particularly fun and can be played by up to four players at once.

The follow-up to the game has been announced and it is called Boom Blox Bash Party. The game features the solo and multiplayer play that the original offered, with more of it this time around. EA says that there are over 400 new levels of puzzles to be solved with some of them in space and under water.

Sony announces VAIO G3

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on January 28th, 2009

Sony announces VAIO G3Sony Japan just announced its VAIO G3 for the G Series, another ultra portable notebook aimed at business professionals. The body weighs just 898 grams and it has a surprisingly good battery life. The VAIO G3 boasts up to 13 hours according to Sony.

Some specs: Intel Core 2 Duo SU9300/SU9400 processor, 12.1″ XGA (1,024 × 768) widescreen LCD, 1GB RAM, 160GB HDD, Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics, 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth connectivity, and Windows Vista Business.

Lumitop illuminated clothing

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on January 28th, 2009

Lumitop illuminated clothingLooks like Lumitop, the illuminated clothing that allows your boobs to light up the night, is making the rounds again in the intertubz. We first told you about it way back in August of last year. We just thought we would remind you that you can in fact still order this clothing since we’ve been out and about and haven’t seen any of you wearing it.

So what are you waiting for? Don’t you want to look like a stripper from the Tron universe? The one pictured will cost you 149.00EUR. I suppose one downside is that people will only be looking at your breasts and they won’t remember your face. Oh well. What did expect? This is cutting edge Sci-Fi fashion.