Archive for March, 2009

Buffalo Dice iPod speaker

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2009

Buffalo Dice iPod speakerHere’s something a little different for your iPod or iPhone from Buffalo. A speaker shaped like dice, if you feel like listening to music is a gamble. The Buffalo Dice iPod Speaker comes in several colors, and doubles as a stand for your iPod.

It’s compatible with the majority of iPods expect of course the iPod Shuffle, so it should work with your iPhone. It sucks that you can’t use them as huge dice though, thanks to the connector sticking out. But at least it’s something different in an iPod speaker.

iRiver P35 released in Korea

Posted in iRiver by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2009

iRiver P35 released in KoreaThe iRiver P35 was introduced in the US during CES 2009, but now iRiver has decided to launch the device in Korea. The player features USB 2.0 OTG, a 4.3 inch LCD (WQVGA), and is compatible with most of big multimedia formats including Xvid, WMV9, MPEG2/4, and H.264.

You can get the iRiver P35 in three models including the P35 Basic with no WiFi/DMB and only 8GB of internal memory, the P35 DMB with a DMB TV Tuner, no WiFi and 16GB of internal memory, and the P35 WiFi that features both a DMB TV Tuner, WiFi and 16GB of internal memory.

TASER’s AXON on-officer recording system

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2009

TASER's AXON on-officer recording systemCOPS is a show that has been around for a while and the formula hasn’t changed. TASER International’s AXON / EVIDENCE.com tandem is hoping to change it up a little if officers will strap the hardware on them. AXON is basically an on-officer recording system that captures audio and video of arrests, and after the arrest is complete, it sends the encrypted data to EVIDENCE.com servers that are out of the hands of police departments.

The device has built in sensors that prevent tampering. The system should be ready for deployment in Q3 of this year, when it will get it’s fill of wife-beater T-shirts, toothless dudes holding beers and the phrase “I din’t do nuffin”.

Airvana shows off HubBub femtocell focusing on data speeds

Posted in Mobile Phones by Shane McGlaun on March 23rd, 2009

hubbubfemtocell-sbFemtocells are small devices that resemble wireless routers that take cellular signals indoors and route them across the Internet allowing users to get better reception when in their home or office. Most femtocells focus on being able to improve voice call quality and fail to mention benefits provided in data speeds.

Airvana has been showing off its HubBub CDMA femtocell and is focusing on the improvements the device offers on broadband speeds and connectivity indoors rather than voice call quality. The company says that studies have shown that while 36% of voice calls with mobile phones happen inside a user’s home, 45% of data usage happens inside the home.

iPod scam gets Michigan man federal charges

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on March 23rd, 2009

ipodshuffle-sbThe number of scams and outright theft that happens online everyday is staggering. From bogus products sold on eBay to hackers stealing credit card data from unsuspecting websites the Internet is a major source of crime.

One Michigan man named Nicholas Arthur Woodhams has found that crime may pay, but only for a while. MacWorld reports that Woodhams ran a scam against Apple from March 2006 to October 2007 where he would send in replacement requests for iPod shuffle devices.

Guitar Hero Metallica demo now on Xbox Live

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on March 23rd, 2009

ghmetallica-sbMusic games are huge today with Guitar Hero and Rock Band among the best selling games for the major game consoles. Music games have also been a big hit for the music industry with digital playable tracks often outselling the normal tracks.

The next big version of Guitar Hero is coming soon from Activision and the demo for Guitar Hero Metallica is now available on the Xbox Live Marketplace. The downloadable demo offers gamers a sneak peek at what the full game will offer when it debuts.

Demy touchscreen digital recipe device debuts

Posted in Kitchen,Kitchen Gadgets by Shane McGlaun on March 23rd, 2009

demy-sbI remember my mom and my grandmother both had big recipe collections that they kept on 3 x 5 index cards. When it came time to cook dinner for a special occasion they would go to the box and pull out something to make that was usually good.

Today’s moms and grandmothers don’t have to mess with a big box of index cards for their recipes with digital alternatives available. A new device from Key Ingredient has been unveiled called the Demy digital recipe reader.

FragFX’s mouse & nunchuck for the PS3

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2009

FragFX’s mouse & nunchuck for the PS3This is a lot like the mLani wireless FPS controller we showed you last month. They’ve split the Dual Shock in half, remapped the right analog stick to a mouse, and put buttons all over it. We like it.

It makes playing FPS games more like it is on the PC. It also has awesome looks. It even has a “frag button.” It will cost you $80, which seems expensive, but it’s well worth it and should improve your game dramatically.

Next iPhone to get Internet speed boost

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2009

Apple teams up with Adobe for iPhone FlashThere have been some rumors about the upcoming third generation of the iPhone, but now those rumors are shifting toward a serious Internet boost in the next model. Apparently someone in the know has stated that the new iPhone’s connection will be “significantly faster” but does that refer to the WiFi or the cellular connection? Maybe both.

Some experts suspect that the tip refers to a boost in Internet speed, with the addition of speed-doubled 7.2Mbps 3G. Which make sense, since Infineon will be releasing a new 3G chip this year. Also, AT&T has been testing their 7.2Mbps 3G service for awhile and that should roll out this year as well.

iLane lets you speak to your inbox

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2009

iLane lets you speak to your inboxiLane is a small black box introduced by Intelligent Mechatronic Systems Inc. It’s designed for people who can’t live without their e-mail and spend most of their time on the go. Gadgets that read and speak text are nothing new, but they have been in the news more recently. Like Amazon’s Kindle 2, which reads books, and the iPod shuffle, which speaks a song’s title out loud.

iLane is only working with Blackberry right now. The device lets you know what’s going on in your inbox through a wireless Bluetooth earphone. Your voice will be sent via an MP3 attachment, rather than being converted to text. It will also read your emails to you.

The Beer Blaster holster

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2009

The Beer Blaster holsterHere’s the perfect weapon for those crazy parties. The Beer Blaster Holster will cost you $10. Guns take clips or magazines. The Beer Blaster uses canned beer as a cartridge so you can shoot all of your friends, who will then become enemies.

The weapon clips onto your belt or waistband, for easy blasting access and it looks pretty sturdy. You can also get the Beer Blaster Beer bandoleer and belt. Just shake up that beer and insert it into the gun. Video below.

Wake up and defuse with the Dynamite shaped Alarm Clock

Posted in Clocks by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2009

Wake up and defuse with the Dynamite shaped Alarm ClockWe’ve seen many alarm clocks that will wake you up in unusual ways. The Wake n’ Bacon clock comes to mind. That’s because we need some incentive to wake up. Whether you have a hangover or are just dead tired, you need a clock that makes a statement.

Something that says, Get your ass up or I’ll blow you to bits. That’s what this Dynamite alarm clock does. Wake up every morning and defuse a bomb. And because some of you actually need to be told, this is not the alarm you should take with you while traveling. The manufacturer also advises that you not leave the clock anywhere that it might be mistaken for a real bomb.

Thrustmaster T.16000M joystick with Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2009

Thrustmaster T.16000M joystick with Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.XThrustmaster announced the launch of a limited edition pack for the PC in the US, where you get Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X by Ubisoft along with the Thrustmaster T.16000M joystick. The T.16000M features a default configuration for Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X game that allows you to plug and play instantly without any setup. Open the box and you are ready to go.

The T.16000M features new HALLEFFECT ACCURATE TECHNOLOGY (H.E.A.R.T) which provides surgical precision during gaming. This technology uses the 3D Hall Effect magnetic sensors located on the T.16000M stick. The precision is 256 times greater than most other systems, with over 16,000 different values per axis.

Light writer iPhone app lets you write in thin air

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2009

Light writer iPhone app lets you write in thin airLED vision peripherals have been on the market for some time. ‘Light Writer – POV Effect’ from Laan labs allows you to write in thin air using your iPhone. A few thousand years ago you would have been hailed far and wide as a wizard. Today, people will be amused by such displays for about 5 minutes, before telling you to knock it off.

Just type in your message or select a piece of clipart, wave your arm in the air and do your thing. It’s available for $1 at the app store.

LEDit app for iPhone & iPod Touch

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2009

LEDit app for iPhone & iPod Touch LEDit is a led screen ticker emulator app available for both the iPhone and iPod Touch. It seems pretty silly at first, but when you think about it, it’s a pretty useful tool to have. Whether you’re in a noisy place like a nightclub or a silent place like library, you can use it to send others a message instead of yelling or whispering.

Just type in the message and hit the “display message” button and LEDit will scroll the message on the screen. It even vibrates to tell you when message has finished scrolling. You can customize text color, speed and set it to repeat.