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Pentax cuts price of K20D DSLR Camera

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

Pentax K20DThe economy is bad; we have all heard our fill of that. Computer makers, TV makers, and other technology companies are reporting some really bad results in quarterly sales with many firms cutting jobs and missing profit predictions by wide margins. What we haven’t heard much on is the state of the digital camera industry.

I am betting sales of digital cameras are down as well and Pentax has announced a big price cut on one of its flagship DSLR cameras introduced in January 2008 called the K20D. The K20D is a 14.6-megapixel camera with a 2.7-inch LCD offering Live View. Other features of the camera include a dust reduction system and a dust and weather resistant body.

If Baby Slippers are wrong, I don’t wanna be right

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on February 23rd, 2009

Image credit:Steph GoralnickApparently somebody made this one of a kind set of baby slippers at Burning Man 2007, but we want to be able to buy these for real. If that seems wrong to you, then all you need do is have a look at the toddler mop. These are clearly a better way to get your floor clean using babies.

They’re creepy sure. But if you have a house full of rugrats and they see you wearing these babies, they’ll get the message real quick that they need to shape up, or else.

MyRacer launches the Iisse T10 PMP

Posted in Portable Meda Players by Conner Flynn on February 23rd, 2009

MyRacer launches the Iisse T10 PMPThose looking for a new PMP inspired by iriver’s SPINN will be happy to know that MyRacer has launched the Iisse T10 PMP. In fact, one of the few differences is a curved appendage. The T10 will feature a 2.8-inch display with 320 x 240 resolution and support for most audio and video features.

It will also feature a built-in FM tuner, a recorder and support for a variety of games. The T10 comes in two versions, a 2GB and a 4GB model. No pricing details yet.

Robot “Fight Club” is hilarious

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on February 23rd, 2009

If the first rule of human “Fight Club” is “You don’t talk about Fight Club”, we can safely assume that it’s the same with the robot version.

The date: Wednesday, February 11. The place: A secret underground location. A place where robot enthusiasts gather to compete in one of the most hilariously funny, Robot “Fight Club” sessions ever. The bouts loosely follow the Pro-Wrestling format used by humans. I think that’s what makes it so funny.

Scosche passPORT adds iPhone 3G compatibility to your iPod dock

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on February 23rd, 2009

Scosche passPORT adds iPhone 3G compatibility to your iPod dockMost iPod docking stations don’t support charging capability for your iPhone 3G, iPod Touch Gen 2, and iPod Nano Gen 4. It’s because of USB voltage differences. Scosche has come up with a converter named the passPORT Home Dock, that allows users to charge their iPhone 3G on these iPod docking stations.

The passPORT Home Dock makes it fully compatible with the older iPod docking stations. To clarify, this converter/adapter is not a stand-alone dock and will not add audio/video functions by itself. You can find one at Scosche.com and Amazon.com for $39.99.

Panasonic W8 Premium edition powered by Intel X-25M SSD

Posted in Panasonic by Conner Flynn on February 23rd, 2009

Panasonic W8 Premium edition powered by Intel X-25M SSDPanasonic has announced its W8 Premium Edition laptop. These are tough laptops that sport an 80GB Intel X-25M SSD with 250MB/sec reading speed and 70MB/sec writing speed.

The notebook comes in three different lid cover flavors including Black, Silver and Pink Splash. No info on pricing or availability just yet. Panasonic simply wanted you to notice them.

HTC confirms Touch Pro2 for the US

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on February 23rd, 2009

HTC confirms Touch Pro2 for the USHTC has confirmed through twitter updates, that the touchscreen/QWERTY slider known as the Touch Pro2 will be available in all major markets, including North America. So never fear, it will be everywhere.

Not many details to be had unfortunately. For instance, we don’t have an exact date. We just know that the launch should be in Q2 if all goes well. We’re also curious about whether or not 3G compatibility will be added. We’ll have to wait and see.

New PSP to be a slider?

Posted in PSP by Conner Flynn on February 23rd, 2009

New PSP to be a slider?What are the odds? There’s a rumor floating around on the internet. And it involves the PSP. That’s never happened before… Sarcasm aside, this latest rumor predicts an actual lustworthy design that includes a sliding screen and yet no new hardware inside.

If true, that means it’ll have the exact same internal guts as your current model, it will just be more cellphone-like. On one hand, i’d be glad they upped the design and payed attention to various fan renders like the one above, but what good does that do you if the innards don’t match?

LG intros 42 and 47 inch Bluetooth LH70 HDTVs in Korea

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on February 23rd, 2009

LG intros 42 and 47 inch Bluetooth LH70 HDTVs in KoreaLooks like LG has two new Scarlet sets coming, both with integrated Bluetooth. Pretty girl not included as usual. To start, the LH70 line will consist of two models, a 42 incher that’s 39.7mm thin and a 47 incher that’s 40.9mm thin.

Each will feature a 100,000:1 contrast ratio, 120Hz technology, 2 millisecond response time, a USB port for connecting external media, touch sensitive power button, DivX compatibility and an ambient light sensor to automatically adjust screen brightness to adjust to the room that you are viewing in and conserve energy.

Motorola Ruby keeps the RAZR look

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on February 23rd, 2009

Motorola Ruby keeps the RAZR lookMotorola must be feeling good about themselves, because they switched up the name a little bit and it isn’t in all caps. But they lose some points for originality since this phone is so similar to the original RAZR. Do they want to sell phones or not?

We’re guessing these aren’t going to move all that well. The Motorola Ruby aka VE1, will feature a 5 megapixel camera and a flip phone design. That’s about all we know.

3M’s nuclear grade duct tape is serious stuff

Posted in 3M by Conner Flynn on February 23rd, 2009

3M’s nuclear grade duct tape is serious stuffYou wouldn’t want to be tied up with this stuff, that’s for sure. Most guys know that duct tape is great to have around as it has unlimited uses in all sorts of situations. But up until now we really haven’t had a stronger version of the stuff. Well, 3M’s nuclear-grade duct tape is strong.

Believe it or not, 3M’s Performance Plus Duct Tape is designed for use in nuclear power plants. It works at temperatures of up to 200 degrees and can be removed without leaving residue. Not enough? It’s also waterproof, and you can write on it easier. And it’s even available to you and me for just $14 a roll.

Best Buy offers up to $100 off new iPhones

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on February 23rd, 2009

Best Buy offers up to $100 off new iPhonesWould you like to save $100 on a new iPhone? Who wouldn’t? Best Buy is giving its Premier Silver Reward Zone members the chance to get $100 off the price of any 8GB or 16GB model. Sadly, other non-premier members will have only $50 off. But hey, that’s still a $50 savings.

You’ll also get other discounts when you sign up for a new plan. The window closes on this deal on the 28th, so you better hurry. Assuming you’re a member. If not, then too bad.

iPhone Skateboard Deck

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on February 23rd, 2009

iPhone Skateboard DeckSince you spend so much time already looking at Apple product screens, why not incorporate the theme into your skateboard? When you wreck you can crack both in half as well as some bones. Only $59.95.

Of course it’s not really cool unless you can actually use it like a real iPhone, controlling it with your feet as you do tricks. And that would call the ambulance super fast.

Vizio asks FCC to stop Funai from insane patent license fees

Posted in VIZIO by Shane McGlaun on February 23rd, 2009

Vizio HDTVVizio has rapidly become one of the biggest TV makers in America. The company announced recently that in Q4 2008 it was the second largest TV shipper in America beating out many of the largest global TV makers.

Vizio has announced that it is seeking FCC help against Funai Electronics to stop what Vizio calls “extortionate demands” for patent licensing fees being imposed by Funai. Vizio says that when the FCC adopted the digital TV standards in effect for the U.S. it imposed patent license agreements, which Funai isn’t following.

ARM launches small and low power processor

Posted in arm by Shane McGlaun on February 23rd, 2009

ARM Cortex-M0Intel typically holds the majority of the CPU market no matter what segment it is in. However, when it comes to processors for the mobile phone market ARM is tops. ARM processors are in most smartphones and other high-end devices.

ARM announced a new processor today called the ARM Cortex-M0 processor that is being called its smallest, lowest power, and energy efficient processor available. The processor has a low gate count but still delivers 32-bit performance.