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Wobbling boob app hits iPhone

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on January 23rd, 2009

Wobble for iPhoneLike most guys, I have a high appreciation for boobs. I sincerely think that cleavage is the only reason for Jessica Simpson to live. A new app for the iPhone has been announced that will help guys take their appreciation for Baywatch style boobage to a whole new level.

The app is called Wobble and lets you take pictures of your favorite girl (or any other object) and choose specific sections of the image to add a Wobble effect to. Sure, you can make other things wobble like your friends beer belly, but that’s not the real reason for this app.

Apricorn launches massive 1.5TB DVR Xpander

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on January 23rd, 2009

1.5TB DVR XpanderWhen you first get your DVR from the cable or satellite provider its 10 or 20 hours of recording time sounds like an eternity. Then you quickly realize that you can’t get your full season of Oprah and The Price is Right without running out of room for necessities like Celebrity Rehab.

Apricorn has announced a new DVR expander called (wait for it) the DVR Xpander that offers 1.5TB of storage space. With that much storage, you can record 843 hours of SD programs or 187.5 hours of HD programs. Surprisingly the price for the 1.5TB version isn’t even that high at $239.

Nielsen says 5.7% of U.S. homes still not ready for digital transition

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on January 23rd, 2009

Nielsen LogoAnyone who watches TV has to have seen the constant public service announcements and ads that are talking about the digital transition happening next month. Despite the tons of commercials, many homes in America who watch over-the-air broadcasts have yet to get a converter box.

Nielsen reports that 6.5 million homes across the U.S. are still not ready for the transition. This is despite the fact that coupons for free or greatly reduced price converters have been available for a year or more.

AMD Reports another huge quarterly and yearly loss

Posted in AMD by Shane McGlaun on January 23rd, 2009

AMD LogoThe economy is bad and when the leading CPU maker in the world, Intel, announces that its profits aren’t that great and it will be restructuring to better compete you can bet that the second place chipmaker is on rough times as well.

AMD, said second place chipmaker, announced its Q4 2008 and fiscal 2008 revenues and things don’t look good for the company. AMD posted revenue in Q4 2008 of $1.162 billion, a decrease of 35% from Q3 2008 and 33% percent down from the same quarter of 2007.

Apple patent would auto-tune volume

Posted in patents by Conner Flynn on January 22nd, 2009

Apple patent would auto-tune volumeIt’s a common problem. You have your headphones on and you’re in a crowd, but the music is drowned out by the crowd. Well, check this out. This Apple patent takes a look at dynamic volume adjustment that is based on your surroundings, not your music.

Looks like a sound sensor would detect the ambient noise and adjust itself based on the situation. The system wouldn’t force you to keep it at it’s own preferences and would take into account the user’s own choices for volume when setting the sound level. Interestingly, the patent application was first filed shortly after the launch of the original iPhone. Obviously Apple isn’t using it to date, but they already use ambient sensors to detect light for the displays on the iPhone, iPod touch etc.

Sound Blaster for iTunes

Posted in Creative by Conner Flynn on January 22nd, 2009

Sound Blaster for iTunesSound Blaster for iTunes from Creative Labs likes to party and aims to spread the music around. It will wirelessly stream your music to any room in your home where you have a Creative Wireless Receiver connected to speakers. It will also work with the new GigaWorks T20W speakers, which have the receiver built-in.

The Sound Blaster for iTunes transmitter plugs into your USB port and will fill your home with sound for $99. The Creative Wireless Receivers will run you $69.99. If you choose to use the GigaWorks T20Ws the price is $129.99. The Sound Blaster transmitter will be available this Spring.

Cyber Fox USB drive

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on January 22nd, 2009

Cyber Fox USB driveMeet Cyber Fox. You get to decapitate him every time you use your flash drive and shove his lifeless body into your laptop. It will serve as a good warning to all of those other cute and furry critters out there. Great for the dude with the anger problem. Might be therapeutic to use this thing whenever you get mad.

It would be pretty funny to see some guy get all agro and give a grunt as he rips this fox’s head off, flings it across the room and jams the body in the USB port. Just repeat, whenever you get mad. Sadly this fox doesn’t even look like the Firefox fox, or it might be cool.

JVC’s HP-DX700 wooden headphones

Posted in JVC by Conner Flynn on January 22nd, 2009

JVC’s HP-DX700 wooden headphonesIf you’ve wanted to get in on JVC’s high-end wooden headphones, but lacked the extra thousand bucks required, here’s some potential good news. This pair should be a bit more affordable. The HP-DX700 boasts a frequency range of 5Hz to 30kHz, with 64-ohm impedance and 101dB per mW.

We’d like to tell you more, but those are all the specs we have. Users of such high-end woody ear-gear will tell you that the wood gives the sound a richer, warmer tone. And while JVC hasn’t revealed a price or release date as yet, we don’t know how much you’ll save over the previous DX-1000, but the wait should be worth it.

Forget roses: Chocolate Wii Miis for Valentine’s Day

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on January 22nd, 2009

Forget roses: Chocolate Wii Miis for Valentine’s DayIt’s that time of year again. Time to celebrate love and shower that special someone with gifts like roses,jewelry, fine wine and chocolates. If you’re going to give that special geek someone candy and chocolates this year why not tie it all in with their favorite hobby? The Wii. Give them some chocolate Miis.

They come in white, milk, or dark chocolate flavors of both male and female. It even comes packaged in a box that looks like a Wii. Give a geek this gift and they will be yours forever. Only $19.95 and for each purchase they will donate a $1 to the Child’s Play Charity.

iLuv i1166 PMP

Posted in iLuv by Conner Flynn on January 22nd, 2009

iLuv i1166 PMPiLuv is known for their various iPod docks and speakers, but now they’re hitting us with the iLuv i1166 PMP that features a 9 inch screen for playback of your DVD’s and movies via your iPod. It has built in stereo speakers and a rechargeable Li-Polymer battery for longer playback.

Some specs include: MPEG-4 Certified to play MPEG-4 Videos, Compact and light-weight portable DVD Player with iPod dock, Play back from DVD or your iPod video through the 9″ widescreen (16:9 aspect ratio) TFT LCD, Watch your favorite video on TV through Video output, Built-in powerful stereo speakers, Enhanced user interface with detailed controls and graphics based display, Supports 3-way power sources,AC Power Adapter, and Car Adapter.

Guy covers car in Apple stickers

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on January 22nd, 2009

Guy covers car in Apple stickersYou can spot the true Apple fanboys when you see them. Sometimes they are born with the mark of the beast Steve. Sometimes they have the Apple logo spanked onto their skin. In this case, some guy went crazy sticking Apple stickers all over his car.

One thing. Sticking Apple stickers all over one’s car doesn’t make you the biggest Apple fanboy. It just makes you the biggest Apple fanboy with the most stickers and a fugly ride.

HTC intros new Touch Cruise phone

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on January 22nd, 2009

HTC intros Touch Cruise phoneHTC has a new version of it’s GPS-loving Touch Cruise handset. This time it’s thinner, boasts a more stylish design and it has a new HTC Footprints app for integrating GPS data with your photos and notes. The phone can also be used as an in-car navigation system, with the included cradle.

Some features include: GPS and a-GPS, quad band GSM, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, a microSD slot and a 3.2 megapixel camera, along with a 2.8-inch QVGA screen. It will cost you $500 to $600 in the second quarter.

Garmin showcases new MFD aircraft units

Posted in Aircraft by Nino Marchetti on January 22nd, 2009

Garmin GDU 375

Garmin added today a couple of new full function multi-function displays for those enjoying the light sport retrofit and experimental aircraft markets. The GDU 370 and GDU 375 are set to be available this March for around $3,300 and $4,000, respectively.

Garmin says these new seven-inch, portrait displays are designed to be viewable day or night. A variety of controls are built into these displays. For example, dedicated keys on the display’s right side have specific functions such as nearest, direct to, flight plan, zoom in/out and menu. The backs of these MFDs also have connection ports for external GPS and XM antennas, and a 50-pin connector for power/ground and interfaces.

QIO debuts wearable consumer electronics brand

Posted in clothing by Nino Marchetti on January 22nd, 2009

QIO Systems PANiQQIO Systems announced today its unveiling of its new PANiQ wearable consumer electronics brand. This consists of clothing and popular electronics controllers brought to together to form a self-described wearable network for consumer electronic devices.

QIO said the PANiQ system includes components which are “modular, removable and seamlessly integrate into PANiQmode clothing.” This clothing works through the integration of PANiQ’s smart-fabric touchpad, providing support for electronics which include iPod/iPhone controls, Bluetooth mobile phone controls, AM/FM radio and walkie-talkies.

iPhone flash drive is cute

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on January 22nd, 2009

iPhone flash drive is cuteI ask you, have you ever seen a cuter little flash drive? It’s a tiny gumby-looking iPhone thing. It looks like it’s doing a sit up and working out. This guy must have been what all those iPhone nano rumors were about.

Not sure how much data it will hold and it will likely fall apart in your hands after one week, due to shoddy quality and the fact that it’s made from cheap rubber. I think. But just imagine how much fun you’ll have with your little friend before that happens.