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New Mac Mini on Video

Posted in Mac by Conner Flynn on February 21st, 2009

Mac Mini 2009 Edition – video powered by Metacafe
This Mac mini on video looks like the one we saw the other day sporting five USB ports and dual display. After we showed you, some sites were claiming that it was a fake, but this video looks pretty convincing. Does this put an end to the debate?

Some alleged specs: a 2GHz Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB Level 2 cache, 2GB DDR 3 memory at 1066MHz and a ATA Super Drive. Looks real. If so, the question is when and how much.

Netflix may have streaming-only subscriptions next year

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on February 20th, 2009

Netflix may have streaming-only subscriptions next yearNetflix CEO Reed Hastings says that by late this year or in 2010, Netflix might let users get rid of the red envelopes and subscribe just to their streaming service. Reed realizes that in order to maintain their current level of success, it has to “nail” the streaming aspect.

Most of us envision streaming becoming more popular in the coming years. It’s faster cheaper and it’s great for them if they can strong-arm studios into providing new releases for download. There was no talk of pricing, but Netflix has always been pretty fair.

BraDryer looks like boob armor

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on February 20th, 2009

BraDryer looks like boob armorIn days of yore, some knights liked to play a game of frilly dress up under their armor, wearing items like this where no one could see. No, not really. At least I hope not.

This is the BraDryer concept, designed to dry wet boob holsters. It’s shape tells the story of what it does. One can only guess that it will come in varying sizes to cater to different bra sizes, or maybe it’s a OSFA situation. We don’t know. We just like boob gadgets.

Philips Net TV announced

Posted in Philips by Conner Flynn on February 20th, 2009

Philips Net TV announcedPhilips has introduced it’s Net TV service that will target it’s high-end TV line (the Philips 8000 and 9000 range), and allow you to surf only ceratin selected sites from your living room. Sadly, not everything from the Internet can be accessed. You’ll be restricted to a pre-determined set of sites like YouTube, TomTom, eBay, Funspot and MyAlbum among others.

These sites have been specially modified for the Philips Net TV service so that your eyes will benefit from large text. While you can view other sites, these have yet to be optimized.

Nintendo DSi video tour

Posted in Nintendo DSi by Conner Flynn on February 20th, 2009

Details are starting to trickle out about the American version of Nintendo’s DSi, We already have a release date and price , now we have a video tour.

It will show you what you’ll be getting from the big N on April 5th. The video shows off the dual cameras and new design, and shows you that you want one of these in your hot little hands.

Shuttle release update for Phenom II compatibility with SFF PC

Posted in Shuttle by Shane McGlaun on February 20th, 2009

Shuttle Phenom II SFFI have said before that I like the idea of small form factor computers like the ones Shuttle is famous for. I would love to have a SFF machine to put into my entertainment center to use for an HTPC. Earlier this month Shuttle announced a new Intel Core i7 and X58 chipset SFF machine.

Shuttle has now announced a SFF machine that supports the new 45nm Phenom II CPUs from AMD. The machine doesn’t appear to be new like the Intel system, but simply a BIOS update for an existing XPC Barebone SN78SH7 that provides Phenom II compatibility.

Vizio sets records in Q4 2008 TV shipments

Posted in VIZIO by Shane McGlaun on February 20th, 2009

Vizio TVWe have heard for a while now that sales in Q4 2008 were abysmal for many retailers. The final quarter of the year is typically huge for most retailers and companies as consumers buy for the holiday season. Q4 2008 was different though and thanks to the poor global economy, not much happened in the way of sales.

Vizio issued a statement today that provided numbers for its shipments over Q4 2008. Despite what most of the rest of the electronics industry reported, Vizio had a great quarter. The company says that over the quarter it was the second largest shipper of HDTVs in America.

Dell says Psion netbook trademark is bogus

Posted in Dell by Shane McGlaun on February 20th, 2009

Psion NetbookThe word netbook is a generic term that many consumers and computer makers have been using since 2007 to describe the hoards of small, cheap notebooks on the market. Intel uses the term in its advertising as do many other manufacturers like Dell. I mentioned a few weeks back that Psion had been successful in proving to Google that it owned the trademark on the term netbook.

Dell is standing up for its right to use the term netbook along with everyone else with a filing that claims that Psion’s trademark is no good. According to Dell, the trademark is no good for three reasons. Dell says that Psion has abandoned the trademark and does not intend to resume bona fide trade using the mark.

Dell gets official with Inspiron Mini 10 netbook

Posted in Dell by Shane McGlaun on February 20th, 2009

Dell Inspiron Mini 10I really like netbooks, the small systems are perfect for the light work I and many others need to do on the road. Moreover, they are cheap, small and light making them easy to carry and fit into the budget. I haven’t used a Dell netbook yet, but I may consider one now that a new 10-inch version is official.

I was never a big fan of the Mini 9 or Mini 12 netbooks; they were too small and too large. As the antagonist of the three bears would put it, the Mini 10 is just right. Dell says that we will be able to buy the Mini 10 directly from Dell.com on February 26 and that QVC is offering pre-orders on the netbook right now.

Steampunk Frankenstein computer case mod

Posted in Computers by Conner Flynn on February 19th, 2009

Steampunk Frankenstein computer case modThere are case mods, then there are case mods. This 8 foot tall monstrosity looks like it was actually part of Frankenstein’s lab. Looks like the only thing missing is the lightning. It was created by D. Mattocks, who must have shouted “It’s alive” during completion. This thing is just bursting with Steampunk goodness.

It has all kinds of copper piping, vintage gauges and glass indicator lights from an old navy ship. Seriously HG Wells should have been buried in this thing. Everything is backlight with green cold-cathode tubes, which makes it look even more Frankenstein-like. The whole thing probably runs off of an abbey-normal brain.

Ewoo eFizz iPod dock

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on February 19th, 2009

Ewoo eFizz iPod dockiPod docks. Are you sick of them? Don’t worry, this one manages to stand out a bit. This Swiss made EWOO eFizz home dock and sound system boasts 70 watts of power and is now shipping in the US.

It boasts great sound and a great look sure, but the really interesting thing about this one is the 2-way radio remote that allows you to control your entire iPod, iPhone or iTouch through the remote. What you see on your iPod, you will also see right on the remotes 1.8″ screen, even cover art.

Motorola ZN300 press photos leaked

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on February 19th, 2009

Motorola ZN300 press photos leakedThe image above is another press photo of the Motorola ZN300 that has leaked and is making the rounds. It’s a nice looking phone for sure. The navigation pad seems a little odd, but check it out, they’ve included a 3.5mm headset jack that will make a lot of users happy.

Some features include a 3 megapixel camera, Opera Mini browser, QVGA display and a Linux-based OS. It looks good, but with so many options available to users from other manufacturers, the only way this does well is if it has a crazy cheap price.

OCZ Alchemy Illuminati keyboard

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on February 19th, 2009

OCZ Alchemy Illuminati keyboardIlluminati. You’ve heard the conspiracy, now try the keyboard. They really missed out on a catchy tag-line with that one. OCZ Technology might be better known for making memory, but they’ve just announced a new addition to the company’s Alchemy line of peripherals with the Illuminati multimedia backlit keyboard series.

It’s the keyboard that’s hell-bent on world domination, population control, ushering in the new world order and they’re probably working with Aliens and abducting people too. Cause you know, the illuminati are like that. Actually in this case the name just implies that the keys themselves light up when they’re connected to your computer.

Maingear intros Prelude 2 3D gaming workstation

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on February 19th, 2009

Maingear intros Prelude 2 3D gaming workstationMaingear has introduced their latest addition of high performance luxury computer. The Prelude 2 3D gaming workstation. It will come with an NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision setup, 22″ SyncMaster 2233RZ display and an Intel Core i7 processor.

Prices start at $1,999, but once you have it configured exactly how you want it, it will cost much more. More detailed specs are elusive at the moment, but I’m sure we’ve elicited enough drool from your open mouth already.

Red Xbox 360 Elite on the way

Posted in Xbox 360 Elite by Conner Flynn on February 19th, 2009

Red Xbox 360 Elite on the wayWell, this makes it almost official. A new red Xbox 360 Elite is coming. This news came via the usual route. Sort of: First it began as a rumor, then a retailer inventory listing and then an innocent mention in a New Zealand press release.

An MS New Zealand promotion for the upcoming release of Halo Wars, buy a 360, get a free copy of the game, explicitly excluded “the Red Xbox 360 Elite console which is exclusive to EB games.” Yeah, the one that hasn’t been officially announced. Like my other question of the evening concerning color, I ask again: Would you get a new red Xbox 360? Or no?