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Acer launches Tempo line of new phones

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2009

Acer launches Tempo line of new phonesAcer launches the Tempo line of mobile phones. The four new phones include the X960, F900, M900 and DX900. They are all touch-enabled and based on the Windows Mobile OS. The first set of devices will be based on the existing version of Microsoft’s Windows Mobile OS.

The M900 comes with a QWERTY keyboard, a 3.8-inch screen, and a fingerprint scanner. It also has HSDPA (High-Speed Download Packet Access) support, built-in GPS (Global Positioning System), and a 5-megapixel camera. The F900 also comes with a 3.8-inch screen and features a 3.2-megapixel camera, and you also get faster uploads using HSUPA (High-Speed Uplink Packet Access) and support for Wi-Fi. Both phones will start shipping at the end of March or the beginning of April.

Weekend Clock counts down to the weekend

Posted in Clocks by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2009

Weekend Clock counts down to the weekendIt’s the same for all of us. We’re just trying to pass the time and get all of our work finished so that we can enjoy those two magical days known as the weekend. The weekend is a magical land where the sun shines a little brighter, the birds sing a little softer, and dreams linger like clouds in your head allowing you to sleep in and catch up on rest.

Yes, the Weekend is awesome. And this clock keeps track of the weekend. For you see, there’s always another weekend just around the corner.

Kisai Sensai Tokyoflash aluminum LED watch

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2009

Kisai Sensai Tokyoflash aluminum LED watchThe line of Kisai aluminum LED watches from Tokyoflash has just been upgraded and this has to be one of the more striking pieces we’ve seen in some time.

You get your choice of case and strap color combinations, each featuring multicolored LEDs beneath black acrylic lenses. The wrist band design has the appearance of a one-piece bracelet and is easily adjustable for different wrist sizes. This one features an animation mode so that once every minute for 12 minutes after the time is displayed, the LEDs rotate on and off in a circular formation.

Green Man USB drive makes decapitation adorable

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2009

Green Man USB drive makes decapitation adorableYou gotta love a Green USB stick man who can display his own decapitated head with a smile. What’s not to smile about? He’s fully posable and can bend himself into shapes that would have you in the hospital and your Yoga pants split in half.

The Green Man USB drive holds 2GB of data and basically amounts to a happy green head sticking out of your laptop, while the body is off doing whatever it’s doing. Probably humping your wiimote. It’s available for $31.

2012: Target date for universal cellphone charger

Posted in Chargers by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2009

2012: Target date for universal cellphone chargerWe knew there must have been some significance to the year 2012 other than the Mayan calendar ending. The GSM Association has announced that it and 17 of it’s partner companies are working a universal cellphone charger solution. They think they will have a common format in place by 2012.

Seems like it should meet the deadline no problem since the group’s choice of connector, micro-USB, has already gained acceptance as a pretty common format. They say that the “majority” of new phones sold by 2012 will support what they’re describing as the universal charging solution, which will need to meet strict requirements to be broadly compatible.

Card counting iPhone app is a felony in Vegas

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2009

Card counting iPhone app is a felony in VegasWhenever there is controversy regarding an iPhone app, it’s usually Apple who has the problem. In this case it’s Vegas who has a bone to pick with an iPhone app. Nevada gaming officials aren’t happy about a card counting app for the iPhone and iPod touch. Obviously it gives Blackjack players quite an advantage.

In fact using any device to count cards is considered a felony under Nevada laws. Good thing for cheaters that the app has a “stealth mode,” which makes it harder to spot unless you’re really looking for it. Individual casinos have their own policies on cellphones, so you better check first and make sure you know the rules, unless you plan on an extended vacation.

Samsung: Three Android phones and a Linux handset for 2009

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2009

Samsung: Three Android phones and a LiMo handset for 2009According to Reuters, Samsung will sell “more than three” Android phones by the end of this year, and plans a phone using Linux-based software before 2010.

No word on which countries will get them first, but the company’s head of product strategy Won-Pyo Hong said that the US and Europe would be covered by this year’s end. Linux has had little success in cellphones so far, but that is changing with the LiMo platform and Google’s using Linux for it’s Android platform.

Android G2: HTC Magic Officially Announced

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2009

Android G2: HTC Magic Officially AnnouncedVodafone has just pulled the HTC Magic out of their hat in their MWC 2009 press conference. And yes it is much sexier than T-Mobile’s G1. It features a 3.2-inch HVGA screen front and center, HDSPA, GPS, 3.2 megapixel camera (no flash), and a G1-style trackball. Details on pricing and availability will be unveiled for local Vodafone markets soon, but pricing in Spain will be from 99 to 199 Euro, depending on contract.

It will be available first in the UK, Spain, Germany, France and Italy, with more countries to follow later. Oddly, the phone has a proprietary headphone jack, but hey, it ships with a touchscreen keyboard and is running Cupcake.

Liberty Media rescues Sirius XM

Posted in Sirius by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2009

Liberty Media rescues Sirius XMLiberty Media has just rescued Sirius XM from bankruptcy, with a $530 million parachute that it will use to pay off debt and keep operations going. Liberty is writing a $280 million check asap, $171 million of which will go straight to debts.

They will also get $250 million more in funding to help with a potential takeover of Sirius by DISH Network. In return, Liberty Media will own 12.5 million shares of preferred stock in Sirius XM. With so much money flying around, it’s amazing that we can be in a recession.

CyberPower launches compact Windows Home Server 100

Posted in Servers by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2009

CyberPower launches compact Windows Home Server 100Best known for their gaming machines and workstations CyberPower has jumped into the Windows Home Server market. The Windows Home Server 100 is packaged in a compact Mini-ITX enclosure, offers 500GB of storage for $399, and is designed to be quiet and energy-efficient.

The hardware specs aren’t bad either featuring a 1.6Ghz Intel Atom processor, 2GB of DDR2 Memory, 7200 RPM SATA-II HDD, Gigabit Ethernet, and S-Video & Audio output support via its Intel GMA 950 mainboard. Full press release below.

Russian Roulette Beer Bong

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2009

Russian Roulette Beer BongThe Russian Roulette Beer Bong turns drinking into a game of chance. Where the Alcohol Shot Gun holds just one ounce, this wheel/barrel thing holds 2 liters. I say combine the two for a Dirty Harry type spin the bottle game.

Just spin the roulette wheel and pull out a bottle. If you are the unlucky one, you’ll have to chug 2 liters of beer. The others are free to laugh until it’s their turn. All of your collective puke should make the bottle spin pretty wildly. Or it might just appear to be spinning faster from your position on the floor.

Nokia officially announces N86 8MP handset

Posted in Nokia by Shane McGlaun on February 17th, 2009

Nokia N86 8MPMost camera phone users can agree that the camera is simply not good on the bulk of the devices out there. Even the class leading iPhone has a bad camera that has poor low light performance and is useless as a real camera.

Nokia has officially announced its latest camera phone at MWC 2009 called the Nokia N86 8MP. As you can gather from the name, the handset has an 8-megapixel camera that uses Carl Zeiss optics with built-in flash. Nokia says the camera performs as well as a normal digital camera.

Sprint offers Simply Everything Plan + Mobile Broadband

Posted in Sprint by Shane McGlaun on February 17th, 2009

Sprint Simply Everything + Mobile BroadbandI don’t talk on my mobile phone all that much. We have a basic plan and thanks to AT&T’s roll over I never run out of minutes. I have been hit with a few bills with significant text messaging overages though. Sprint and the other mobile providers rolled out plans last year for heavy mobile phone users that offer everything for one price.

The catch for those like me is that the plans are expensive. Sprint has announced a new Simply Everything Plan + Mobile Broadband that rolls all the talk, text, and phone Internet access you want in with mobile broadband for your laptop.

EA to bring sporting goods to the real world

Posted in EA by Shane McGlaun on February 17th, 2009

EA LogoEA is the publisher behind most of the top sports video games on the market. The EA Madden NFL franchise is one of the top selling video game franchises around. I have never really been into sports games, I figured if I want to play football I would just go outside and play.

EA has announced that it is teaming up with Toy Island to bring sporting goods to market that will ensure I can still play with EA Sports gear outside as well as inside on my TV. The new line of sporting goods is aimed at kids of different ages.

MySpace gets new mobile website

Posted in MySpace by Shane McGlaun on February 17th, 2009

New MySpace MobileI have never been into social networking, I am far too busy sitting in front of my computer all day working and playing video games to care about the outside world. My wife on the other hand has formed some sort of Vulcan mind meld with MySpace and went into full convulsions when our Internet connection was down.

If you are the type that has to be able to check the status of everyone you know at any given moment on MySpace and you have a mobile phone with Internet connectivity, the social network has announced a new mobile website. MySpace says that it has 20 million users accessing its mobile website each month.