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Toshiba RD-G503 DVR with 500GB HDD

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

Toshiba RD-G503 DVR with 500GB HDDToshiba intros two new Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) for the Japanese market. The Toshiba Vardia RD-G503 has a huge 500GB hard drive, while the RD-E303 has a 300GB hard drive.

Both DVRs support DVD burners, MPEG-2 TS and H.264/MPEG-4 AVC recording, Digital / Analog tuner, DVD upscaling and two remote controls (one fully functional and one with just basic controls). The Toshiba Vardia RD-G503 and RD-E303 will be released next month for $770 and $660.

Unique iPhone Applehead case from GoGo

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

Unique iPhone Applehead case from GoGoHere’s something you don’t see everyday. A stick figure with an Apple head. It’s the latest 3G iPhone case from GoGo. The Applehead iPhone Case is made from polycarbonate and is available only in white.

In case it isn’t obvious enough, it’s a scratch proof iPhone case with stick man on the back. The hole where the Apple logo goes, is his head. Kind of a symbolic representation of the Apple fanboy. No word on pricing yet, but a case like this will make you stand out from the crowd for sure.

Gametech PSP cases pretty up your PSP

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

Gametech PSP cases pretty up your PSPThe PSP is cool and all, but like any other device, it’s outer shell is boring. Gametech has the answer and wants to glam up your PSP with a set of protector cases coming out that make your portable look like a work of art. The designs are the bright patterns of Japanese woodcarvings and traditional paintings.

Their new line’s name translates to Wasabi Beautiful Colors and they come in durable hard covers, flexible soft covers, and gauze capsule cases that make your PSP look like it was wrapped. They’ll be available in Japan at the end of the month, and they’ll probably hit other countries soon after.

New Lenovo ad for the W700ds

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

Some of you might consider this NSFW, even though it isn’t really. There’s no nudity. Here’s the synopsis: Some creepy guy at the office is telling a story about the office hottie and his Lenovo W700ds. He starts bragging about one of it’s features. Next thing you know they’re playing strip poker. In this case, she strips everytime the w700ds beats her laptop. Then it’s time to brag about his second screen and she strips all the way. It all ends with a joke about how big it is and a “That’s what she said” joke.

CNET thinks this came from inside Lenovo, but who knows. It’s stupid yes, and dorky. But also genius as marketing. Sadly in the real world, women aren’t that impressed with laptop specs. Unless I’ve been hanfing with the wrong women.

SEC to investigate Apple over Jobs’ health?

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on January 22nd, 2009

Apple LogoTo many it seemed odd when rumors of the ailing health of Steve Jobs first started to circulate only to be flatly denied by Apple. With Jobs so integral to the company and the Apple brand, the mere rumor of a health problem for Jobs is enough to make investors and consumer nervous.

It wasn’t long ago that Apple finally had to admit that Jobs had a health issue that was severe enough that he had to step down for an undisclosed period as CEO of Apple. Now rumors are coming in that the SEC may be investigating Apple for possible legal infractions for not disclosing Jobs’ health.

Bowers & Wilkins announce high-end in-ceiling home theater speakers

Posted in Bowers & Wilkins by Shane McGlaun on January 22nd, 2009

Bowers & Wilkins CCM816When it comes to adding a home theater in your living room there can be several problems. The first of which is wires running around your room. You can get around some of this with wireless rear speakers, but that still leaves the second problem; namely, the unattractive design of many speakers themselves.

The choice for those who don’t want wires and don’t want to see the speakers are in-ceiling or in-wall units. Bowers & Wilkins has announced a new high-end set of in-ceiling home theater speakers. The speakers are called the CCM816 and will retail for $600 each when available in February.

Intel to consolidate manufacturing operations

Posted in Intel by Shane McGlaun on January 22nd, 2009

Intel LogoWe all know the global economy is bad, consumers have less money to spend, fewer computers are sold, and thus less CPUs are needed putting Intel and other chipmakers in a bad spot. Intel has announced that it will begin measures that will help it face the challenging economy in America.

Intel says that it will consolidate its manufacturing operations by cutting its capacity to match the current economy. In other words, it’s cutting production and doing so by closing up some of its older tech manufacturing plants.

MSI unveils new pink Valentine’s Wind U100

Posted in MSI by Shane McGlaun on January 22nd, 2009

MSI Wind Valentine’s EditionGuys if you are lucky enough to have a girl or wife in your life that is geeky and likes to get digital things as gifts get ready; Valentine’s Day is coming soon. If you are looking for something digital to give your sweetie, I have your gift today.

MSI has introduced a new pink version of the Wind U100 called the Valentine’s Edition. The netbook reminds me of the Love edition that was already available with the little hearts on the cover. The Valentine’s Edition is pink with little hearts that combine to form a larger heart on the cover.


What the Flip? camcorder giveaway winner!

Posted in Contests by Darrin Olson on January 22nd, 2009

What The Flip? video camcorder MinoThank you for all the great suggestions of themes that you would make with your Flip Video Mino camcorder for our What the Flip? giveaway contest. The contest period has ended and it was time for us to pick a winner.

Some of our favorites include: “A comparison of the events following consumption of “food” at drive-thru “restaurants”.” by Alex and “How to Drive your Mother Insane in Less than 24 Hours!” by Julianne B and her government-bribed offspring.

Tunelight MP3 speaker system

Posted in MP3 by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2009

Tunelight MP3 speaker systemYeah we know that there are tons of iPod docks available, but this one stands out as it serves several functions. It will keep your accessories all in one place, helping to clean up some desk clutter. The Tunelight MP3 Speaker System is part music system, part organizing helper.

It has a task light and some compartments to hold your belongings like paperclips,pens etc. And when you combine those features with an iPod dock and speakers, it’s actually useful. It will work with any MP3 player, which means you’ll always have music at your now cleaned up desk.

PhoneSuit unveils Mili Power Pack for iPhone

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2009

PhoneSuit unveils Mili Power Pack for iPhoneA common complaint about the iPhone and the iPhone 3g is that it runs out of juice more often than we’d like. PhoneSuit may just have the solution with it’s new Mili Power Pack. It slides onto your iPhone/iPhone 3G from the bottom, covering most of the back of the device while leaving both the top and the front exposed.

The Mili features an 1800 mAh battery and a mini-USB port for recharging, while a full-size USB port can be used for charging other accessories. According to PhoneSuit, the Mili Power Pack will give you up to 350 hours of standby time, 6 hours of talk time or Internet use over 3G, 12 hours of talk time on EDGE, and 7 hours of Internet use over Wi-Fi. Also 28 hours of audio playback or 8 hours of video playback.

White Pentax K2000 available for pre-order

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2009

White Pentax K2000 available for pre-orderPentax’s Storm Trooper approved white and black K2000 DSLR isn’t for everybody, but it will make you stand out from the crowd. The camera, and both 18-55mm and 50-200mm lenses, is now available for pre-order direct from Pentax.

Best of all, is the price. Only $679.95, which is much less than we thought it would cost. It won’t ship until mid-February, but if you’re looking for a camera that matches your Stormtrooper armor, it’s worth the wait.

Bio-Cycle is John Connor’s new ride

Posted in Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2009

Bio-Cycle is John Connor’s new rideNo, this isn’t a pic from the annual anorexia bike races, where fashion models bike for charity. It could very well be John Connor’s ride to school after he puts those Terminators in their place and returns to the past as a teen.

It’s the Bio-Cycle by Jud Turner. A human skeleton designed bicycle. The skeleton’s hands hold the front wheel, while it’s legs are attached to the pedals and it’s body s the frame. Sadly there’s no where to sit. I love how it looks robotic. Come to think of it, this is probably what robots will do to us one day when they need bikes.

Kensington USB Charger takes AAA batteries

Posted in Kensington by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2009

Kensington USB Charger takes AAA batteriesKensington recently introduced a new USB charger powered by AAA batteries. The gadget will compete with similar products from Energizer, Duracell and IOGear. The dual-function charger can be used to power your cell phone when you don’t have access to power outlets.

Just realize that the AAA batteries inside are not going to satisfy power hungry phones like the iPhone. It’s more for entry-level handsets. The device comes with adapter cables and two sets of batteries so you can rotate them. It’s great for wireless mice and keyboards and is a good gadget to have around for emergencies.

MPJ-101 Mini Projector and PMP

Posted in Projectors by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2009

MPJ-101 Mini Projector and PMPLancerlink of Japan has introduced its MPJ-101 mini projector that also doubles as a decent portable media player. It doesn’t come cheap though at $1,000. Some features include: 640 × 480 resolution, 10 lumens brightness, 1GB internal flash memory, SD/SDHC/MMC/MS Pro memory card slot, USB connectivity and Two 0.5W speakers.

Supported file formats include MPEG-4 (AVI/ASF/MP4), H.264 (MP4)?MotionJPEG (AVI), MP3 and JPEG. MP4/ASF/AVI. It comes bundled with the ArcSoft Media Converter, so you can carry around your favorite shows and movies on a memory card and watch them whenever you want.