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Logitech G19 delayed until May

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

Logitech G19 delayed until MayWe don’t have much info, but without giving a reason, Logitech as delayed the production of its G19 keyboard until May. Those who have been waiting will already be familiar with the specs.

The G19 is a gaming keyboard that features a QVGA resolution color GamePanel LCD screen. The 320-by-240-pixel display will give you valuable in-game information for over sixty games, including World of Warcraft.

Retro cassette MP3 player uses the power of your finger

Posted in MP3 by Conner Flynn on February 18th, 2009

Retro cassette MP3 player uses the power of your fingerRemember the joy of owning audio cassettes? Tape unraveling everywhere as your tape deck tries to eat your music, questionable sound quality, the tape being too tight and requiring your finger to advance it…Mix tapes…Good times. Thank god it’s over.

Well, it’s back. But don’t worry, it’s better. The NVDRS Tape is a concept MP3 player that limits you to just 45 minutes of music, or 10 songs. And yes, it really channels the spirit of the cassette tape. You fast forward and rewind by sticking your finger in the cassette hole and twisting, just like you did decades ago.

Microwave Oven with a Pizza drawer

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

Microwave Oven with a Pizza drawerThis microwave is for serious pizza lovers only. It makes reheating pizza easy. It’s a microwave oven with a built in pizza oven drawer underneath. The Stainless Steel Kenmore 1.1 cu. ft. Countertop Microwave & Pizza Oven with a Pizza Drawer Underneath has all of your standard microwave features.

It’s good to go with the usual popcorn button, defrost, reheat, etc and has several pizza reheating buttons. When it comes to pizza reheating there are four different temperature control settings and a button for each type of crust: Frozen Rising Crust, Frozen Regular Crust, Fresh Regular Dough, Fresh Par-baked Crust.

Light switches finally get sexy

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

Revio programmable light switchesThese Revio programmable light switches by FirstHand Design are simply awesome. They allow light switches to finally show a sexy side. The panel boasts eight program buttons, power button, dim/bright control, infrared receiver, program from iCAN network, flash memory, panel ‘clean’ switch and more.

It’s possible to have all kinds of configurations and re-programming for light settings. You could also have your choice of icons and text languages included in the design. Plus it’s easy to clean. It’s a great design whose time has come.

Calvin Klein MP3 speaker bottle

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

Calvin Klein MP3 speaker bottleLooking for a gimmicky new scent other than your usual BO? Calvin Klein has you covered. Their “We are One” campaign, which starts next month, has Calvin Klein offering bottles of CK One & CK Be with a removable MP3 speaker in the base.

This will allow you to smell better, more loudly. Or something. The limited-edition 100ml collector’s bottle and packaging for Calvin Klein CK one and CK Be are decorated with the “we are one” slogan in multiple languages, spreading the spirit of unity. While spreading foul smelling fragrances everywhere.

Make your own solar rechargeable batteries

Posted in Solar Powered by Conner Flynn on February 18th, 2009

Make your own solar rechargeable batteriesWant some batteries that you can put out in the sun and power up? Knut Karlsen constructed his very own solar rechargeable batteries that soak up the sun’s rays and convert them into power. If you want to try your hand at making some, he has documented the DIY project to create the prototype SunCat battery. If you can get your hands on some flexible solar cells.

Knut has some connections at the Institute for Energy Technology, so it wasn’t a problem for him. Basically Knut attached the solar cells to old rechargeable NiMH batteries and used contacts from an old camera to connect the negative pole to the photo voltaic cells. And just like that you have batteries that can sit out in the sun and store up energy.

Canon PowerShot D10 is tough, looks odd

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

Canon PowerShot D10 is tough, looks oddThe Canon PowerShot D10 is rugged. It’s a 12-megapixel point-and-shoot that is waterproof up to 33 feet, freeze proof to 14 degrees, and you can even drop it from four feet and it will live on. As far as looks, it kind of the reminds us of the iMac.

Another cool feature is that if the blue color doesn’t suit you, you can snap on other colors, including a camo skin. The D10′s design will cost you $329.99.

Pantech Matrix Pro announced

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

Pantech Matrix Pro announcedThe Pantech Matrix Pro is a dual-sliding smartphone that resembles the Helio Ocean, with a slide-out keypad and a separate, slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

It will be powered by Windows Mobile 6.1 with support for Outlook/Office. Some features include a microSDHC memory card slot that lets you carry up to 32GB of data, 3G connectivity, and a small 2.4″ LCD. AT&T will be carrying the Pantech Matrix Pro within the next few days for $180.

Nintendo DSi launching in North America on April 5th

Posted in Nintendo DSi by Conner Flynn on February 18th, 2009

Nintendo DSi launching in North America on April 5thHere’s some news that we have all been waiting for. Soon. Yes, very soon you’ll be able to get your hands on a genuine DSi in North America on April 5th. The handheld will launch for $169.99 and will include dual cameras and the ability to download content called DSiWare which starts at 200 DSi Points.

The handhelds will come in blue or black colors, but we will see more choices down the road.

Samsung launches the SL820 digital camera

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on February 18th, 2009

Samsung SL820This week has been big on new mobile phone announcements with Mobile World Congress 2009 going on and now things are heating up with lots of digital camera announcements as well. Samsung has introduced several new point-and-shoot digital cameras including the SL820.

Samsung’s SL820 is a 12.2-megapixel camera with a 5x optical zoom. The LCD is a 3-inch unit and the camera is capable of recording 720p HD video in H.264 format at 30 fps. To allow for easy viewing of video on your big screen the camera also features HDMI out.

Sony adds InstantON tech to VAIO P

Posted in Sony by Shane McGlaun on February 18th, 2009

Sony VAIO PBack in January, Sony announced its VAIO P Lifestyle computer. I saw the device and played with it a bit at CES 2009 and all I can say is that the thing is tiny. I personally would much prefer a normal netbook form factor. If you think an MSI Wind or Eee is small, stay far away from the VAIO P.

Sony has added new technology to the VAIO P from Corel called InstantON. Using the new technology the computer can be started in seconds without having to boot into Windows. Obviously, you won’t have access to all of your programs when using InstantON, but if you are in a hurry it might be just the thing you need.

Canon announces new point-and-shoot digital cameras

Posted in Canon by Shane McGlaun on February 18th, 2009

Canon SX1 ISWith the popularity of digital cameras still soaring new models are added all the time. With each new generation of digital cameras they get higher resolution, more features and become easier to use. Digital cameras today know when to release the shutter to be sure that you get your subject with eyes open and a smile on their face. Canon has announced its new line of digital cameras packing these features and more.

Among the new cameras added to the line are the PowerShot SX1 IS, SX200 IS, D10, SD970 IS, SD960 IS, SD 780 IS, SD 1200 IS, A2100 IS, A1100 IS, and A480 IS. There are far too many new cameras to go into detail on each one, but you can get the details at the link below.

Canon announces new compact photo printer

Posted in Canon by Shane McGlaun on February 18th, 2009

Canon Selphy CP780Everyone today has a digital camera, even my kids have one. Digital cameras are great for taking pictures and showing them to people while you are out. However, if you want to share the digital photos away from home you need a small and compact printer as well.

Canon has introduced a new Selphy CP780 photo printer that fits the bill nicely. The printer has an optional battery pack that sells for $79.99 that lets you print anywhere. Canon offers three colors including blue, pink, and silver to match some of its new digital cameras.

Waterproof and fireproof USB SentrySafe

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

Waterproof and fireproof USB SentrySafeIf you absolutely have to put your valuables in a safe, you’ll want something like this. SentrySafes are both waterproof and fireproof. Great for important paper files and jewelry, or important data regarding the Death Star plans or something.

This one also has the added benefit of having a USB slot so that you can access files within the safe, while keeping said files…safe. You can purchase this USB safe for about $1800. For that much dough, I want some assurance that the thief can’t just carry the safe itself off.

Waterproof Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP digicam

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

Waterproof Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP digicamFujifilm is getting all wet behind the ears with the release of the waterproof point-and-shoot FinePix Z33WP camera next month. The 10-megapixel “Life-Proof” camera will be available in three color schemes including black, green or pink.

The Z33WP can withstand depths of 10-feet, but it isn’t shockproof. Some other features include a 3x optical zoom lens, Face Detection Technology, Automatic Red Eye Removal, SR Auto (auto scene recognition) and blog mode, which automatically resizes images to 640×480. You can purchase the Z33WP next month for $200.