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Skype coming to iPhone Tuesday, BlackBerry in May

Posted in Skype by Conner Flynn on March 30th, 2009

Skype coming to iPhone Tuesday, BlackBerry in MayLooks like Skype is coming to the iPhone on Tuesday, and to BlackBerry devices in May. There have been plenty of Skype-capable apps for the iPhone, but the quality can’t beat the official Skype App that doesn’t require the extra audio transcoding workaround required by the unofficial apps.

The Skype app only works over WiFi (not over EDGE or 3G) and supports calls to SkypeOut contacts, plus it features many of the other features from the desktop client. iPod touch owners will need earphones with an embedded mic for talking.

The Shoebox Fightstick: Al Bundy’s mod of choice

Posted in Controllers by Conner Flynn on March 30th, 2009

The Shoebox Fightstick: Al Bundy's mod of choiceThings are getting really really bad in these economically tough times. The modders seem to be hit the hardest. Need evidence? How about the Tupperware arcade stick? Need more? Check out these Shoebox Fightsticks.

They were created using Xbox 360 controllers, Happ joysticks and 14 buttons…in a pair of shoeboxes for cases. On the up side, Al Bundy has moved from women’s to men’s shoes. Sadly business is slow and this is the result. It beats spending time with the wife.

Sony PlayStation 2 rumored to hit $99.99

Posted in PS2 by Conner Flynn on March 30th, 2009

Sony PlayStation 2 rumored to hit $99.99There’s not much to go on here. Just some guy’s word, but there’s talk that the permanent retail price of the PlayStation 2 console will soon fall below $100. It would certainly be long overdue. The console currently retails for $129.99.

It was in April of 2006 when Sony adjusted the price of the PS2 last time. Will April of 2009 be the month they get it below $99.99? The images above are from a Kmart pricing system. We’ll have to wait and see what happens, but a price shift at this point would make sense.

GildeCycle lets the handicapped run

Posted in Exercise Gadgets by Conner Flynn on March 30th, 2009

GildeCycle lets the handicapped runThose of us not handicapped take running and bike riding for granted. Sadly, handicapped individuals can not participate in either activity. But the GlideCycle might let them do what they’ve only dreamed about. Check out a video below.

The GlideCycle can be powered with just one leg, or even two disabled legs. It was developed in Oregon and is great for those who are overweight, disabled, amputees, and even non-disabled people. It’s basically a large U with wheels and a seat that lets anyone exercise outdoors.

PinkTooth Bluetooth headset for the ladies

Posted in Accessories by Shane McGlaun on March 30th, 2009

pinktoothheadset-sbMost of the Bluetooth headsets that you can get for mobile phones on the market today are black or silver things that look like they were designed for guys. There are a few Bluetooth headsets around that are pink or look like something women would like, but not many.

A company called ChicBuds and announced a Bluetooth headset specifically for women called the PinkTooth headset. The device connects to any Bluetooth-enabled phone and is good for 200 hours of standby time and six hours of talk time.

Shuttle announces XPC H7 4500H complete computer

Posted in Shuttle by Shane McGlaun on March 30th, 2009

shuttleht4500h-sbTypically, when I talk about a new product from Shuttle it’s a small, bare bones machine that you need to add your own CPU and other parts to before you can use it. Shuttle also makes a line of small computers that are complete and ready to use out of the box.

The latest complete system being offered by Shuttle is called the H7 4500H and is a full media center PC. The machine runs Windows Vista Home Premium and has an integrated DVB-S TV tuner card. The tuner offers users time shifting including recording and pausing of programs. The tuner also has an electronic program guide.

Epson announces new PowerLight 410W projector

Posted in Epson by Shane McGlaun on March 30th, 2009

epsonprojector-sbWhen I was in school, we didn’t have projectors in the classes. If we needed to see something projected on a screen we had a filmstrip device or one of those transparency things that showed a clear piece of paper on the screen and put out about a billion BTUs of heat. We also had to walk to school up hill (both ways) in the snow with 75 pounds of books in our backpacks without a cell phone or MP3 player, life was hard.

My son’s second grade class has a projector connected to a computer that is used for showing things to the entire class at once. Epson has announced a new projector aimed at classroom use called the 410W, which is the follow-up to its 400W projector. The 410W is a short throw projector for smaller rooms.

Nokia announces software update for 5800 XpressMusic

Posted in Nokia by Shane McGlaun on March 30th, 2009

nokia5800-sb1There has never been a Nokia phone that I have been interested in. In fact most of the handsets on the market are boring by my jaded standards. I do like the iPhone, but I will say it’s getting a bit boring and I am looking for the next cool handset.

Nokia has been offering its 5800 XpressMusic handset for a while in Europe, and not so long ago it brought the device to America. There were some issues with connectivity that forced the phone off the market for a while shortly after is US launch.

Tweet-a-Watt shares your power usage with the World

Posted in Power Strips by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2009

Tweet-a-Watt shares your power usage with the WorldYou already share all of your life’s details on Twitter, why not share your power usage? Tweet-a-Watt will broadcast your power consumption for all to see. Each device only reads one outlet, so you can really get the low-down on how you use energy.

Modified from a Kill-a-Watt energy reader, the Tweet-a-Watt slowly charges up just enough power to communicate with a nearby computer via an XBee receiver, then uses a predefined Twitter account to automatically publish the results.

FC Mobile II for NES games is a handheld and home console

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2009

FC Mobile II for NES games is a handheld and home consoleThe FC Mobile II Console will let you play all of your old NES games. It improves on its predecessor by pulling double duty as a handheld and a home gaming system in one unit. NES cartridges can be docked directly in to the portable handheld system which features a 2.5″ LCD screen. While the home gaming system can be connected to a TV screen, and now comes with 2 wireless handheld controllers, and a wireless gun for playing hours of Duck Hunt.

The FC Mobile II is available in black or white. No word on pricing yet but the previous system sells for about $40. So you may want to consider digging out all those NES cartridges.

Betty Boop phone from Samsung

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2009

Betty Boop phone from SamsungDo people actually find Betty Boop sexy? I just don’t get it. But hey, whatever floats your cartoon boat. Fans of the animated bombshell can now get her likeness on a Samsung phone. Samsung has introduced the Betty Boop edition phone in France.

The phone features the cartoon seductress all over, and is apparently aimed at sad men and younger girls, which are the same thing. It will cost you 129 Euros and some ho-hum specs include: GSM/GPRS/EDGE connectivity, 65K colors display, MP3 player, FM radio, VGA camera, MicroSD card slot, Talk time: up to 3 hours, Stand-by time: up to 192 hours.

ABC coming to Hulu?

Posted in Television by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2009

ABC coming to Hulu?Looks like we may soon be getting another network’s content on Hulu sometime very soon. Supposedly Disney is discussing the possibility of sharing their ABC TV shows on the website. Some other Disney-owned shows might make it over as well. What this means is that you’ll be able to catch up on everything you missed on LOST and maybe also check out all your favorite High School Musical type programs. Yeah, sure you don’t watch them.

There’s no word on how close Disney and Hulu might be to making a deal, but the company is getting more interested, now that Hulu is more popular. If the deal goes through, Hulu would then have three of the four major networks on their web video service, which would be pretty awesome.

What Super Smash Bros. Brawl looks like in 720P HD

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2009

What Super Smash Bros. Brawl looks like in 720P HDStill disappointed that Nintendo missed out on high definition Nintendo games with the Wii? Luckily for you there is a workaround. You’ll need a Dolphin emulator for the Wii and to legally copy your own games to your PC. Then you can see what they’d look like if Nintendo had decided to up the Wii’s graphics.

The clips below show the game running in what is equal to 720p. So click on through to see how they would look if Nintendo had only joined the 21st century. And yes, it looks awesome. Just make sure you hit the HD button.

Next-gen Xbox confirmed by developer

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2009

The Watchmen Xbox 360Here’s some exciting news for gamers. Microsoft is apparently deep into the development process for the successor to the Xbox 360 console. Blizzard’s Rob Pardo has confirmed that his company has taken part in talks with Microsoft about this next console.

We all knew they would launch another console eventually, but the news suggests the company plans to replace its current 4-year-old system very soon. Pardo didn’t provide any hardware details, just that Blizzard is “actively in discussions with Microsoft” about the new gaming hardware.

Gigantic fire breathing robot descends on Japan

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2009

Gigantic fire breathing robot descends on JapanSilly Japan. You are just inviting the wrath of future robot-things with your antics… Perhaps you like having all of your buildings come down around you. Maybe you don’t mind being flame-broiled by robot breath. All I can say is, you brought it on yourself. Having said that, we do really think this freakish robot baby thing in the streets of Roppongi is pretty frakkin awesome.

“Giant Torayan” is a seven meter tall fire-breathing baby-faced harbinger of death. It’s also the work of artist Kenji Yanobe, who clearly has issues that should never ever be explored by any therapist. Ever. It’s a win/win. We get to see all this cool stuff from Japan, they pay the price later at the hands of a vengeful bot or five-hundred.