Archive for February, 2009

Hershey & Jazwares developing line of gadget treats

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2009

Hershey & Jazwares developing line of gadget treatsChalk this one up as yet another thing that will be lying around your home, waiting for infants and those with Homer Simpson IQs to put in their mouths. Hershey’s is teaming up with Jazwares to develop a line of consumer electronics that will have you craving sugar and running out to get some chocolate.

Look for 1 to 4GB USB drives shaped like your favorite treats. It’s not just USB drives though. Expect some digital cameras, earphones and speakers too, whether they take the form of Hershey’s Kisses or Mr. Goodbar. Prices should be in the $15 to $30 range. No release date yet. Expect them to end up in Halloween bags in affluent neighborhoods…Or regular neighborhoods by mistake.

Swiss scientists identify PlayStation-induced skin disorder

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2009

Swiss scientists identify PlayStation-induced skin disorderAh, the Swiss. While Germans have been busy doing useful things with street lighting, the Swiss have been busy treating people who actually still play a Sony console for injuries.

Here’s the story. Swiss scientists have ID’d a new skin disorder that they believe came from prolonged gaming. They’re calling it “PlayStation palmar hidradentitis,”, a condition where painful lumps appear on the palms. The diagnosis came when a 12-year old girl visited a Geneva hospital with hand lesions. Allegedly from a gaming marathon that lasted hours. She fully recovered after a ten-day break from the PlayStation.

Sandisk ImageMate memory card readers

Posted in SanDisk by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2009

Sandisk ImageMate memory card readersThe Sandisk ImageMate All-In-One and ImageMate Multi-Card are now available in North America. The card readers can transfer 1-gigabyte of data in less than 35 seconds and are priced at $29.99 and $19.99.

The ImageMate All-in-One reader supports SD, SDHC, miniSDHC, microSDHC, MMC, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro Duo, xD and CompactFlash. The reader’s top speed is 34 MB/s with a SanDisk Extreme iV 45 MB/s CompactFlash card. The ImageMate Multi-Card reader supports xD, Memory Stick, SD, SDHC, and MMC and is capable of up to 30MB/s read and 27 MB/s write data transfer rates when using a SanDisk Extreme III 30MB/s Edition SDHC card.

SmartSwitch is tougher to flip when consumption is high

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2009

SmartSwitch is tougher flip when consumption is highWe hear about the saving and the wasting of energy all the time. It seems like we don’t actually pay attention until it affects us in the real world. Which is how this light switch helps. Peter Russo and Brendan Wypich of Stanford University developed the SmartSwitch, a light control with tactile feedback that helps you “see” how much energy is already being used, whenever you try to flick the switch.

If the total energy consumption in the house is low, the SmartSwitch is easy to flip. But if the consumption is higher, the SmartSwitch is physically harder to flip, thanks to a brake pad within the mechanism. The idea is that people will use this tactile feedback to decide if they really really need that light on or not. And it gives users a physical interaction with how much they are using.

Red Resident Evil 5 Xbox 360 unveiled

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2009

Red Resident Evil 5 Xbox 360 unveiledLooks like that red Resident Evil 5 Xbox 360 bundle has just gotten more official. The package showed up for Xbox Live subscribers, showing a red Xbox 360 Elite with a 120GB hard drive, Resident Evil 5, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, and some cables.

The limited edition bundle should hit Europe on March 13th for €299. You can preorder it at Best Buy for $399 in the US.

Samsung Armani Windows Mobile smartphone in the works

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2009

Samsung Armani Windows Mobile smartphone in the worksLooks like there’s a new Samsung Armani phone coming from Samsung, and this time it will be powered by Windows Mobile 6.5. This according to an interview with Samsung Taiwan mobile marketing department director Ryu Jae-hyun.

The new smartphone is apparently scheduled for launch this fall, and users everywhere are hoping that the Armani/Samsung collaboration will offer a little more than the older Samsung Armani handsets. The first full touchscreen Samsung Armani handset wasn’t much of a success when it was released back in 2007. The Samsung Armani Night Effect didn’t fair much better.

Leather chair hides your Billiards accessories

Posted in Furniture by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2009

Leather chair hides your Billiards accessoriesDamn their hides. The rich have all the cool things. Like this leather chair that takes up a bunch of space and only seats one. That’s because the rest of the chair is devoted to hiding some of your other rich accessories, like your billiards stuff.

It helps keep your overpriced pad all neat and tidy. Who cares that it looks freakish and pompous and only seats one. If you want two people to be able to sit during a Billiards game, you’ll just buy two and store some more expensive stuff in the second one. Ahhh, it’s good to be rich and buy fugly things.

KIT Eco Charger for Nokia phones

Posted in Chargers by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2009

KIT Eco Charger for Nokia phonesIf you’re a Nokia cell phone user, you’ll want to check out the KIT Eco Charger from Carphone Warehouse, now for sale in the UK for £23. The KIT Eco Charger is a bit different from other chargers in that it can turn itself off automatically once your phone is fully charged. That way, you can leave your handset connected to it as long as you like and not have to worry about wasting electricity. Always a good thing.

According to a company spokesperson, “If everyone in the UK used a KIT Eco Charger we would save approximately 300,000,000 kwh of electricity per year. At an average cost of 28.5p per kwh, that would be a collective saving as a country of £85m!” Sounds pretty good. Sadly not everyone in the UK uses a Nokia.

New Acer Aspire One is coming

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2009

New Acer Aspire One is comingAcer has no plans to rest with the success of its Aspire One netbook. They’re already working hard on a new model that improves on its predecessor. The new model will feature a slimmer chassis and come with an SD memory card slot like the one that first appeared on the 8.9″ model.

There can be only one reason for the slimmer chassis: an SSD instead of a hard drive. The presence of the Windows key on the keyboard suggests the new Aspire One will run XP, though a Linux version is likely.

The Viking Horn Beer Bong

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2009

The Viking Horn Beer BongDrink to your Viking Gods and celebrate life with this Viking Horn Beer Bong. Praise Odin as you take beer in through the horn and pass vomit out as you burn and pillage your liver.

It has multiple uses too. Are you one of those 70 year olds that still loves to party? Drink up then hold it to your ear so you can hear all the goings on around you. This product is begging to be endorsed by Flavor Flav and marketed with a Viking helmet.

Golden AT-AT Walker iPod dock

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2009

Golden AT-AT Walker iPod dockSure, that AT-AT walker from the other day was awesome and all, but what if you like your AT-AT audio to be a bit more modern? And gilded? Then this one is likely to be more up your alley.

It’s basically an AT-AT toy with an electronic turntable glued to the side and spray painted gold. For some reason a golden Darth Vader and Yoda are riding up front, while the iPod sits in the butt area. Surely this is what happens when the Empire goes all gangsta on your ass. You get a slow drive-by walk-by with this beast poppin a cap in you.

Sony announces Lilac PSP, Hannah Montana and Assassin’s Creed packs

Posted in PSP by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2009

Sony announces Lilac PSP, Hannah Montana and Assassin’s Creed packsIf you haven’t found a PSP color to suit you, you might want to try a female color, like this new Lilac PSP aimed at girl gamers.

This Lilac PSP will debut as part of a $199 Hannah Montana Entertainment Pack that features Miley Cyrus’ PSP game, a UMD with some Hannah Montana episodes, a 2GB memory stick, and some stickers. What about us males? An Assassin’s Creed Entertainment Pack will launch with Altair’s PSP debut later in the year with “other content that will announced later.”

Dell says large portion of Mini 9 netbooks are sold with Linux

Posted in Dell by Shane McGlaun on February 24th, 2009

Dell Mini 9We have heard from several sources — including MSI — that return rates for netbook based on Linux are much higher than return rates on XP-based netbooks. MSI told Laptop Magazine that the Linux return rate on its netbooks was four times that of XP machines.

Dell is doing something that MSI must not be because Dell claims that a full 1/3 of its Mini 9 netbooks sold ship with Ubuntu Linux and the return rate is comparable to the return rate of XP-based Mini 9′s. Dell says that part of the reason for the comparatively low return rates on its Linux-based machines is that it does a very good job educating users on what Linux offers.

Samsung launches two new digital cameras

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on February 24th, 2009

Samsung TL320 CameraIt’s usually cool when manufacturers launch new high-tech products and mix in a little retro design. Samsung has done this on a few occasions with its digital camera line by adding analog gauges to show certain key stats on the camera.

Today Samsung launched a pair of new digital point-and-shoot cameras called the TL320 and the HZ15W. The TL320 has dual analog gauges on the top of the camera that show the capacity left on the memory card and how much power is left in the battery. The camera has an AMOLED screen and records 720p video with H.264 compression. Other features include 5x optical zoom, image stabilization, and 12-megapixel resolution.

Samsung Delve buyers get Missions Impossible trilogy on microSD card

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on February 24th, 2009

Samsung DelveThe iPhone has spawned a wealth of me too handsets that look very similar to its slick design and offer a very similar feature set. To this point none of the me too devices have managed to come close to matching the success of the iPhone. That hasn’t kept the competitors from trying to bring their own iPhone clone to market though.

One of the more recent iPhone clones to debut is the Samsung Delve. It looks very much like the iPhone and that is likely where the similarities end. To promote the Delve, Samsung Mobile and Paramount Digital Entertainment have teamed up to offer a special movie deal to buyers.