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General Mobile’s new Android handset

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

General Mobile’s new Android handsetGeneral Mobile is showing off their latest Android handset called the DSTL1. The company is known for it’s dual-SIM handsets, so it’s no surprise that the DSTL1 can take two different SIM cards. It also sports a 3-inch touch screen, 5 megapixel camera, 4GB of storage, WiFi, and a 624MHz Marvell processor.

The picture above is a render, but it’s what they envision the final product looking like. The phone should be released in the third quarter of this year. An Android handset like this one with the dual-SIM feature definitely has us drooling.

Westinghouse readies 42-inch 1080p HDTV

Posted in HDTV by Nino Marchetti on January 28th, 2009

Westinghouse TX-42F450S

Westinghouse Digital is getting ready to add a new LCD HDTV to is line up in February. It is called the TX-42F450S and it will retail for around $700.

The Westinghouse TX-42F450S is a 42-inch display which offers HD support for 1920 x 1080 resolution, or 1080p. It comes with a built-in ATSC/NTSC/ClearQAM tuner and sports a total of four HDMI connectors.

LoveTrainer, for those who aren’t doing it right

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

LoveTrainer, for those who aren’t doing it rightUPDATE: Turns out this is a hoax.

Is your girlfriend telling you that you are not up to the challenge in the bedroom? Do you need some kind of lovemaking coach? This completely ridiculous product wants to train you in the art of love. The LoveTrainer, from Sega (which looks incredibly similar to the FiTrainer from iTami) is basically a set of headphones that you and your awkward lover wear in the bedroom. It plays music and helps you along with such inspirational statements as “The foreplay, will now begin!” and “You are making love, at a very good pace!”

Look, if you need this device, you should never ever touch a fellow human being, because you are some sort of human abomination, in the bedroom and out. That goes for you and your lame lover. Seriously, the pair of you should just invest in some old fashioned porn. If that still doesn’t teach you, then please stop trying to reproduce.

Boston Acoustics Horizon i-DS3 speaker system

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

Boston Acoustics Horizon i-DS3 speaker systemIf you’re in the market for a new speaker system for your iPod or iPhone, you might want to give Boston Acoustics Horizon i-DS3 a look see. It features 100 watts of stereo sound and will keeping your iPod/iPhone charged when connected. The “soundbar” has a 2.4GHz wireless subwoofer that features a downward firing enclosure design and frequency response of 35Hz-150Hz.

The mini remote control will keep your lazy butt well away from the i-DS3. Connectivity options include S-video, composite video output and auxiliary input. The Horizon i-DS3 will be available in March.

BFG talks up high end Phobos media room PCs

Posted in Desktop PCs by Nino Marchetti on January 28th, 2009

BFG Phobos

BFG Technologies recently announced it was now taking orders for its new designer PC for the home media room. This machine is called Phobos and, depending upon the configuration, can run around $8,000 and above for the top end model.

The Phobos is designed by BFG to be aesthetically pleasing, making it fit better into a typical home media room. It is outfitted with a touch panel LCD with touch over clocking and comes with what service the company feels is “concierge” level.

LeapFrog intros “Baby BlackBerry”

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

LeapFrog intros “Baby BlackBerry”This “Baby BlackBerry” is not from RIM, which would explain all that cheap plastic and the cutesy animal theme. It’s a Text and Learn PDA for kids from LeapFrog. Your little ones will have a jump start on the other kids when it comes to texting and churning out emails.

Alright, so it wont let them email everyone on your contact list. The device features a full QWERTY keyboard and a large LCD display. No Wi-Fi, which should keep your rugrat out of trouble. Just be aware that you are grooming your kid to ask for the real deal in just a few short years. And an unlimited data plan. It will be available in August for £19.99.

Guy gives classified DAP back to US, gets a new one

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

Man buys used MP3 player with US Army classified informationLooks like there was a happy ending for Chris Ogle. He’s the New Zealander who purchased an MP3 player that turned out to be full of classified US Army stuff from a thrift store. According to Reuters, the man gave the device back to US authorities.

But as a reward for his cooperation, he got a brand new MP3 player. We don’t know what brand he got, but we suspect that Uncle Sam bought it for him with your tax money. We will probably never know. But, hey at least they did that much for him.

Cigarette lighter with spy camera

Posted in Spy Gear by Conner Flynn on January 28th, 2009

Cigarette lighter with spy cameraCheck out this ultra patriotic lighter. If you need to display your love of country every time you light up, this is the lighter for you. The bonus is that it is also a spy camera. Ajoka’s cigarette lighter video camera records 640 x 480 QVGA in AVI format at 30 frames per second and supports microSD up to 8GB.

If American Dad was real and not a cartoon, this is what Stan would be carrying around. It features a lithium ion battery for 6 hours of filming and can be charged via USB. And yes, it works as a lighter. If you know a ton of spys, you can order these wholesale for $150 each.

The all-white Apple keyboard

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

The all-white Apple keyboardIt may come as a shock to some Apple fanboys, but not everyone likes the look of the Apple keyboard. Some people may prefer something a bit more minimalist. Like plain white. That’s what Essell likes and so he decided to spray it white. Which, surprisingly looks pretty awesome.

If Apple keyboards went to heaven, this is what they would look like for sure. They would probably be floating like clouds and land under your fingertips when needed. I think I might have problems typing on this though. This guy is obviously a far better typer than I am.

Buffalo 7 inch USB LCD display

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

Buffalo 7 inch USB LCD displayBuffalo has launched a 7 inch USB LCD display dubbed the Buffalo FTD-W7, for use as a secondary screen for you notebook or PC.
This tiny LCD display will give you a resolution of 800 x 400 and a contrast ratio of 500:1, and it connects to your PC via your USB port.

The cool part is that the screen swivels, making it even more useful. I might look into getting one of these as I’m planning on buying several hundred displays in my bid to take over the world. I’m gonna need screens for email, world maps, radar, etc.

Steampunk guitar with clockwork gears, a lot of brass

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on January 28th, 2009

Steampunk guitar with clockwork gears, a lot of brassThe Steampunk phenomenon just keeps chugging along. Here’s a little something for you Guitar Hero players who wish they featured a Victorian rocker with period guitar. This is what such a guitar might look like. It was built for the 2008 Jersey City Artists Studio Tour by Mark Dalzell, and it’s called Organum Insolitus.

It features a television with Fresnel lens magnifier, onboard phaser, an amplifier and uses clockwork gears, hand hammered brass, cloth wire and wood. The guitar can be attached to an external amp with a standard ¼-inch cable, so you can really use this.

Gun camera for book depository type photography

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

Gun cameraLets be clear. No way in hell is this gun-camera making it through airport security. That should be obvious. It’s the kind of gun camera that you hide away in a duffel bag until you reach the top floor of a vacant building. Then, when in position, you assemble it on the spot. You may or may not be able to get all your shots. That’s what the second cameraman on the Grassy knoll is for.

Actually this was used by reporters during the Vietnam War. The camera is mounted on a rifle butt with a black case and 5x lenses. It’s a gadget that belongs in a museum as it is part of camera and American history.

LeapFrog intros Tag Junior

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

LeapFrog intros Tag JuniorLeapFrog is all about children’s educational toys, and their latest stays true to what they are all about. The Tag Junior targets two to four year olds and improves on it’s predecessor’s Tag Reading System technology.

The Tag Junior will read downloaded MP3s and use an infrared camera to figure out letters and words on the page. It has enough memory to store up to five books’ worth of material. Some familiar characters include Winnie the Pooh and Dora the Explorer. The device will hit the shelves this summer for $34.99.

Palm not worried about Apple multi-touch patent

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on January 28th, 2009

Apple LogoPatents are often looked on with disdain by consumers and other businesses. The problem is that many patents that are approved are for technologies that were already around or not new. This leaves firms that have been producing products similar to a newly issued patent open for suit.

Many are feeling that this is the case with the patent Apple was granted on multi-touch and gesture control for computers and mobile phones. Multi-touch and gesture control are commonly used in the technology world. I wondered yesterday if Apple’s new patent would send the company on a crusade of legal action against everyone who is using multi-touch in their products.

Tiny Pictures Radar iPhone App available

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on January 28th, 2009

Tiny Pictures Radar on iPhoneMobile phone users are increasingly taking images with their camera phones and sharing them with friends around the block or around the country on social networks. Sharing of images in real-time is one of the reasons the cellular networks in Washington D.C. were strained so much during the recent inauguration of president Obama.

A new application is now available for the iPhone called Tiny Pictures Radar. The purpose of the Radar app is to let iPhone users share images they take with the phone in real-time with friends on any network using any mobile device.