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Iriver looking to release its own E-Reader

Posted in iRiver by Conner Flynn on March 2nd, 2009

Iriver looking to release its own E-ReaderYou may have noticed that e-book readers are starting to catch on. If this is news to you, you probably don’t own a Kindle. And since reading e-books is all the rage, we should see more manufacturers jump on board in due time.

iriver Japan (not iRiver from Korea) hopes to join in on the reindeer games by releasing their own e-book reader. Their offering looks more ike a rebadged version of the Netronix reader which was released last year. Apparently the iriver Japan device will be capable of handling PDF documents, have a simple joystick control interface, an SD memory card slot and audio file playback.

Rainbow USB Hub from Art Lebedev

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on March 2nd, 2009

Rainbow USB Hub from Art LebedevWe’re big fans of Art Lebedev around here, so when we saw this USB hub jump off of the Dark Side of The Moon album cover, we knew A)the water cooler had been spiked or B) This was yet another awesome Art Lebedev original.

We aren’t sure what the deal is exactly, but it looks like it has some colored LEDS that make it look all prism-like. Hopefully it’s not just colored on the outside. Either way, it’s pretty awesome looking and makes us hear trippy tunes in our head.

Samsung GT-S3500 slider

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on March 2nd, 2009

Samsung GT-S3500 sliderThe main advantage to owning the Samsung GT-S3500 Slider is a apparently the shell. The front panel is made of stainless steel, which makes the phone more durable and scratch resistant.

The handset measures just 13.9 mm thick and some specs include support for quad-band EDGE, FM radio with RDS, a 2MP camera, and a 2.2-inch display. Other features include Bluetooth capability. The Samsung GT-S3500 Slider is priced at around $200 in Russia.

Chuwi M20 PMP with 4.3″ display

Posted in Portable Meda Players by Conner Flynn on March 2nd, 2009

Chuwi M20 PMP with 4.3″ displayChuwi of China has come up with a new portable media player that manages to stand out from the rest. In screen size at least. Their latest offering, the M20, is a pretty decent PMP, with a 4.3″ display.

Sadly, the resolution is a disappointing 480 x 272 pixels. It does sport 720p in case you want to carry around your high definition video files. No word on pricing, availability or other details. What you see above is a render.

Magnetic Light Mine is a hands-free flashlight

Posted in LED by Conner Flynn on March 2nd, 2009

Magnetic Light Mine is a hands-free flashlightThis flashlight is shaped like a typical underwater mine and it’s this shape that makes it so radical in design. The golf-ball-sized flashlight has a single powerful LED, with twelve points tipped with neodymium magnets.

That means it will stick to any steel surface, letting you light up more of the room. Great flashlight for lighting up tight spaces. And at only $9, you have to get one. You’ll never have to clutch your flashlight in your teeth again.

Audi Shark flying car concept

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on March 2nd, 2009

Audi Shark flying car conceptIs it a shark? A submarine? A flying car? All of the above. And it’s the most badass flying car/shark/submarine I’ve ever seen. Kazim Doku’s Shark concept is how he envisions the future of Audi’s design: as a flying car. Design inspirations came from motorcycles and airplanes, and obviously underwater vessels.

Even the interior gets some sporty seats with the cockpit’s sculpture, so you can sit comfortably while flying to work and playing with some buttons etc. Check out a video below. Who needs roads when you can fly in this kind of style?

Neon Pac-Man lights

Posted in Lamps by Conner Flynn on March 2nd, 2009

Neon Pac-Man lightsThese geek-a-licious neon Pac-Man lights let you turn your dark abode into the classic video game. Well, almost. Your room would be missing all of the dots and power pellets. But still, it’s as close as you’re gonna get to bringing Pac-Man out of the arcade cabinet and into your home.

They look awesome and you get the original Inky, Blinky, Pinky, Clyde and Pac-Man. At 9 inches tall, they’re a nice size too. The full set is available right now on ebay.

USB cable with built-in SD card reader

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on March 2nd, 2009

USB cable with built-in SD card readerSo simple a solution, that it’s brilliant. Why we have never seen it before now, I have no idea. This mini-USB cable with an inline SD card reader from Brando combines the USB cable and the SD card. In doing so, it wins over our hearts, our minds and various other bodily orifices. The $12 cable will help you transfer files and photos from the SD card and will also assist you in charging your portable devices via USB.

Inserting an SD card will disable transfers from whichever device is hooked up to the mini-USB end to make way for SD card transfers, but the cable will keep charging the device. Once the card is removed, you’ll again be able to shuttle files between point A and point B.

LG recalls 30,000 830 Spyder handsets due to Poor 911 connection

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on March 2nd, 2009

LG recalls 30,000 830 Spyder handsets due to Poor 911 connectionIt’s always nice when your phone has some extra bells and whistles, but we tend to forget that the most important feature of your phone is it’s 911 functionality. That’s why LG must be feeling a bit embarrassed that around 30,000 LG 830 Spyder handsets are having a tough time dialing for help.

A product recall notes that a huge number of them have “difficulty sustaining a connection or have poor voice quality on calls to emergency 911.” On the up side, LG is acting responsibly, as it has only received a single report that did not result in any injuries.

Xbox 360 red ring of death finally fixed?

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on March 2nd, 2009

Xbox 360 red ring of death finally fixed?Xbox 360 red ring of death have you red in the face? Not to worry. Group product manager Aaron Greenberg says that it looks like the guys at Microsoft have finally found a solution to this problem.

In an interview with Edge Online, Greenberg said that Microsoft is pretty confident that the red ring of death should be a thing of the past very soon. The answer was apparently found through repairs and updated technology. He says they’ve “put the worst behind us on this.”

DAB Digital Radio concept

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on March 2nd, 2009

DAB Digital Radio conceptThis DAB Digital Radio design looks like a pair of fancy salt and pepper shakers. That’s because they are meant to fit into your kitchen environment. Designer Anton Webb goes for a minimalist approach.

They are rubberized, splash-resistant, and feature enclosed speakers and battery operation for a more hardy form factor in their environment. The large buttons are touch sensitive, allowing to to use your elbows if your fingers are currently too busy or too greasy to be used. Also features a black LCD display with vertical scrolling text.

Alarm clock hides wireless camera with DVR built-in

Posted in Cameras by Shane McGlaun on March 2nd, 2009

Alarm Clock Spy CamThere are lots of reasons to put hidden cameras in your home from the legitimate use of keeping an eye on your kids to the more nefarious spying on other people in the home without their knowledge. Whatever the reason you want to put hidden cameras in your home this new clock radio camera with built-in DVR is not cheap.

The device retails for $499 on sale and has a high resolution, low lux camera that records to a removable 8GB SD card. The device features motion activated recording and records in MPEG-4 mode and can snap Jpeg images for a longer recording time. Images and video can be stamped with the time and date.

Nokia XpressMusic 5800 music phone comes to America

Posted in Nokia by Shane McGlaun on March 2nd, 2009

Nokia XpressMusic 5800When it comes to new phones Europe tends to get them before we do here in America. One of the handsets that was introduced a while back in Europe is the Nokia XpressMusic 5800. The handset didn’t do as well in Europe as Nokia wanted when first launched and the company has now announced that it will be offering the handset in America.

The 5800 will retail for $399 before taxes and subsidies. Nokia hasn’t announced what carriers will be offering the device at this time. The phone will also include a $50 certificate for Amazon’s Video On Demand service.

Rocstor to show line of Eagleroc external HDDs at CeBIT 2009

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on March 2nd, 2009

Rocstor External HDDAfter CES comes and goes the next big consumer electronics show happens in Germany and is called CeBIT. CeBIT 2009 will be kicking off this month and a slew of new computers, computer accessories and consumer electronics devices will be debuted at the show.

Among the new devices will be a line of external hard drives from Rocstor called Eagleroc. The Eagleroc drives are available with versions supports USB, FireWire 400, FireWire 800 and eSATA. Some of the drives use small 2.5-imnch notebook HDDs and some use larger 3.5-inmch drives.

Getac unveils new rugged GPS/PDA device

Posted in GPS by Shane McGlaun on March 2nd, 2009

Getac PS535FGPS devices re nice and many of the automotive GPS devices can be used when you are walking as well. The catch is that the typical automotive GPS device is far from rugged and one drop onto the driveway can kill the machine.

Getac has announced a new rugged GPS/PDA device that can withstand drops and more. The device is ruggedized to meet MIL-STD 810F and is IP54 certified. The machine offers 8-hour battery life and has a 3.5-inch touch-enabled screen with an option for a screen readable in full sunlight.