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Nintendo DSi now on Amazon and GameStop for preorder

Posted in Nintendo DSi by Conner Flynn on February 19th, 2009

Nintendo DSiThose of you wanting to preorder the Nintendo DSi before the April 5th US date can now do so as Amazon and GameStop are both accepting preorders. We’re talking $169 for the base system from both retailers, but GameStop has no problem upping the price with some bundled accessories.

Try to contain yourself as you decide which of it’s two colors to choose. Why they would limit the colors for it’s release is anybody’s guess, but I don’t like blue and black damnit! The question of the day is this. Will the limited color choice influence whether you will buy one or not?

Leaked photo of the next-gen Mac Mini?

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

Leaked photo of the next-gen Mac Mini?This is interesting. According to MacRumors, this could possibly be the next-gen Mac mini we’ve been waiting for. It seems to correspond to other rumored “leaks” that have been popping up and it sports five USB ports, FireWire 800, Mini DisplayPort, and Mini DVI. Hmmm. Photoshop? Wishful thinking?

This pic also hit AppleInsider at the same time and the MacRumors forum poster has included 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. The question is, are you buying this?

Wii Super Famicom classic controller now available

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

Wii Super Famicom classic controller now availableYou might remember this limited edition Super Famicom Classic Controller from back when it was available only to Club Nintendo members in Japan. Well now it’s available to you, thanks to Play-Asia. And they’ll even ship to the United States so you can add some old school to your Wii.

The bad news is that it will cost you just over $80 shipped, so you better really want it badly.

Wheego Whip electric car headed for America

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

Wheego Whip electric car headed for AmericaOil prices have come down from their dramatic highs of last year, that doesn’t mean we should start burning more so called fossil fuels just because it’s cheap. I mean when our economy finally does get better, those prices are gonna be back. Mark my words.

The Wheego Whip offers a compact electric alternative and it’s ready for sale this May. It will retail for $19K, and can handle a 50 mile trip on a full charge with a top speed of 60 mph. The acceleration and speed should be a good fit American roads, though you won’t win any races.

LG Versa from Verizon

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on February 19th, 2009

LG Versa from VerizonThe LG Versa may be one to look out for. It will feature a bunch of accessories aimed at fashionistas, with fashionable items from the likes of Liz Claiborne and Dooney & Burke, plus several water resistant, sport, and plain leather cases that will keep the Versa safe.

The LG Versa itself will launch in March for $199.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a contract. If you want, you can spend another $29.99 for a compatible game pad controller for cell phone gaming.

Nyko Wand WiiMote priced at $35 in April

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

Nyko Wand WiiMote priced at $35 in AprilThis good looking device is the only Wiimote alternative. It’s Nyko’s Wand Wiimote. Good news. You only need to wait until April to get one for $35. There are also two bundles available:

With the Wand Action Pak available in June, you’ll get the Wand and the Pistol Grip for $50. The Pistol Grip uses Nyko’s Trans-Port technology to connect the trigger to the Wand electronically instead of mechanically. Also in June, the Wand Core Pak will be available, which will give you the Wand along with a Wired nunchuk with Rumble for $50.

Gateway launches new TC notebook series

Posted in Gateway by Shane McGlaun on February 19th, 2009

Gateway TC NotebookGateway has a full line of notebooks that come in all sizes. The company is also closely related to Acer, which has the most popular netbook on the market with its Aspire One. Last year Gateway launched a pair of new notebook lines called the MC and MD series. The difference was a scant 0.6-inches in screen size with the MC line using a 16-inch LCD and the MD using a 15.4-inch screen.

The MC and MD machines had the same chassis design and Gateway has launched a new notebook line called the TC series that uses the same chassis design with a smaller 14-inch screen. The notebook is low priced at $649.99. At a low price point, you can’t expect top-of-the-line hardware inside, but the TC should perform decently enough.

Global TV sales revenue fell in Q4 2008

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on February 19th, 2009

Flat Screen TVWe all know the economy is bad, businesses are closing, people are out of work and technology and many other industries are seeing very slow sales. The housing market in many areas is virtually dead. The recession has significantly impacted TV sales.

According to DisplaySearch, Q4 2008 was the first quarter in history that saw a decline in TV revenues. At the same time revenues declined shipments were up 33% year over year. The reason for shipments increasing and revenues falling is lower prices forced by poor sales.

Circuit City liquidation has sold more than $1 billion in goods

Posted in circuit city by Shane McGlaun on February 19th, 2009

Circuit CitySome were sad to hear that Circuit City was closing its doors permanently when the announcement was made. The electronics giant tried all it could to avoid closing its doors, including a failed attempt to get Blockbuster to purchase it.

We have talked about the big discounts on electronics that are being offered in the going out of business sales running at Circuit City locations before. The company running the liquidation sales for Circuit City has announced that so far over $1 billion of the $1.7 billion in inventory has been sold.

GameStop launches Nintendo DSi reservation program

Posted in Gamestop by Shane McGlaun on February 19th, 2009

Nintendo DSiOne thing that is certainly associated with the newest game systems from Nintendo is difficulty finding them. Many people who want a Wii still don’t have one because they can’t find it on store shelves. With the new Nintendo DSi set to launch in April, you may want to start pre-ordering now.

GameStop has announced that it is running a reservation program that for a limited number of DSi hopefuls will ensure they get their hands on the new portable gaming system when it launches. The DSi is being offered in a girly blue color and black.

Coleman Inflatable Mattress with built-in speakers

Posted in Coleman by Conner Flynn on February 18th, 2009

Coleman Inflatable Mattress with built-in speakersCamping used to be about getting away from technology and the hustle and bustle of everyday life. But most camping gadgets and accessories these days are designed to make sure you still take some technology with you. Like this Coleman Inflatable Mattress. It features built-in speakers, insuring that while you are being one with nature, you also are never far from your tunes.

Just plug in your iPod or CD player and listen. Coleman also makes a model with a built in alarm clock, which is pretty handy if you’ve left your cellphone at home. All of these inflatable mattresses have a 4D pump, which is battery powered and hands free for easy inflation and deflation.

Air Phones add some mood light to your music

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on February 18th, 2009

Air Phones add some mood light to your musicIf you absolutely love music, designer Adam Silverstein has come up with a modular proximity speaker system called ‘Air Phones’ that should enhance your experience. It lets users play and share music on the go. The Air Phones speaker system is wireless, but it uses that ability to it’s advantage.

The speakers can be placed in anywhere. As you move, a wireless transmitter activates the speaker closest to you and the speaker illuminates the translucent diaphragm, adding some light. As you continue to move around, probably dancing, the music is transferred to the next closest speaker smoothly so that the flow of music is uninterrupted, wherever you go.

82-Inch 1080p LCD coming from Honeywell

Posted in LCD by Conner Flynn on February 18th, 2009

82-Inch 1080p LCD coming from HoneywellHow does that headline grab you? Start saving your money now. According to HD Guru, Honeywell will sell an 82″ 1080p LCD in the US THIS year. Honeywell isn’t exactly a name we associated we the next huge-ass LCD.

They are actually just licensing their name to Taiwan-based Soyo, who will be making this 300-pound behemoth. Some features include 120Hz motion-blur reduction, 178-degree viewing angle, 3 HDMI inputs, and a dynamic contrast ratio of 120,000:1. The model number is MT-HWGWT8218AM.

Digicel ZTE Coral 200 Solar eco phone

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on February 18th, 2009

Digicel ZTE Coral 200 Solar eco phoneA few days ago we introduced you to Samsung’s Blue Earth, their solar powered touchscreen phone. Well, if you like your mobile phones eco-friendly, here’s another choice.

The ZTE Coral 200 Eco Phone is from Digicel, a Jamaican Mobile Carrier. It’s an entry level candy-bar style phone with a solar panel on the back which charges the phone up when the battery gets low. There aren’t a lot of features, but it does have a color display. It should be available by June of this year.

Pioneer Color Mimi earphones

Posted in Earbuds by Conner Flynn on February 18th, 2009

Pioneer Color Mimi earphonesPioneer Japan is looking to add some color to your world by introducing the Color Mimi or SE-CL17 series of colorful earphones. These earphones have a diameter of 9mm and deliver a playback frequency of 20Hz – 15kHz with an impedance of 16ohms.

You’ll be able to get the Easter bunny colors above, plus they also come in pink. They are almost colorful enough to be endorsed by Skittles. The Mimi is available only in Japan for around $ 20.