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Panasonic DMC-GH1 availabile April 24 in Japan

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on March 27th, 2009

Panasonic DMC-GH1 availabile April 24 in JapanThe GH1 is looking seriously sexy in red and will be available April 24 in Asia for about ¥150,000. That’s roughly $1,500, which is a bit steep. It may be cheaper when it hits our shores, but that’s still a disappointing price.

The GH1′s video capture mode (The only thing that’s really different from its predecessor, the G1) does things that many others, like Nikon and Canon can’t: the cinema-friendly 24fps framerate at 1080p (60fps at 720p), as well as continuous contrast-based autofocus with a silent-focusing lens.

DSi architect reveals unreleased Nintendo handhelds

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on March 27th, 2009

Almost was...Today at GDC09, Masato Kuwahara, project leader on the development of the Nintendo DSi, gave people a first-ever glimpse at two Game Boy spin-offs that never were. The first a is hefty predecessor to the Game Boy Advance; the second a touch-screen GBA SP.

Kuwahara says that the unnamed Game Boy Color successor was in development in 1995/96 and based on a 32-bit ARM RISC processor. The second, more recent R&D project was essentially a Game Boy Advance SP with a touch-screen over its flip-up display. The guts of the unit were actually from a Game Boy Color. It “was not well received” by Nintendo management.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 coming in 2009

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on March 27th, 2009

modernwarfare2PC gaming is where I like to get my frag on; I can’t bring myself to play shooters on the PS3 or Xbox because of the controls. One of my favorite PC shooters ever was Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. The game was great and had fantastic multiple player action.

I was honestly disappointed when the latest Call of Duty game went back to the World War II era, I had hoped for another modern setting for the next installment in the franchise. Infinity Ward and Activision announced recently that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will be coming to store shelves this year.

Asus unveils Eee 1002H

Posted in ASUS by Shane McGlaun on March 27th, 2009

asuseee1002h-sbI am a big fan of netbooks with their small and portable designs and low price tags. The little machines have been able to do everything I expect out of a notebook when I have used them, albeit at a bit slower pace.

Asus has hoards of Eee netbooks in its line, which is a bit confusing to many shoppers. The company has added an additional notebook called the 1002H that has appeared on the Asus website. The new machine uses the Atom N280 CPU running at a 1.66GHz clock speed.

Tesla unveils Model S electric family car

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on March 27th, 2009

teslamodels-sbElectric vehicles have a lot of appeal to many drivers. You can charge them from the AC outlet in your home and never have to hit the gas station again. Electric cars are also better for the environment than gasoline and diesel vehicles. The problem is that most electric vehicles lack the range many drivers need in a car.

Tesla, famous for its Tesla Roadster, announced a new electric vehicle called the Model S. Unlike the two-seat Roadster, the Model S is a seven passenger electric vehicle that promises to take all passengers up to 300 miles per charge.

Samsung now producing LED edge-lit LCD panels

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on March 27th, 2009

samsung-logo-sbAt CES this year the big focus wasn’t on huge screens as it had been in the past years, but on how thin LCD and other types of TVs could be. There were some very thin TVs being shown at the show that looked pretty sexy. I still say that the only reason someone would care how thin their TV was is if they are wall mounting the set.

Samsung has announced that it is now in production with its energy efficient edge-lit LED backlit LCD panels. The panels are being produced in 40-inch, 46-inch, and 55-inch sizes for ultra thin big screen TVs. The screens are only 10.8mm thick according to Samsung.

Bed Bunker: Under-the-mattress storage for the paranoid

Posted in Security by Conner Flynn on March 26th, 2009

Bed Bunker: Under-the-mattress storage for the paranoidThere’s a lot to be paranoid about these days. UFOs are abducting humans and cows at an alarming rate. The near collapse of our nation’s banking system. Bigfoot. Shadow governments. The Illuminati. E-coli. North Korea. Bird flu. Grocery store muzak. Falling satellites. Nuclear weapons. Just to name a few.

I don’t have to tell you what it all means. It means that it’s time to start shoving stuff under your mattress. Money. Guns. Medicine. Powdered food rations. Maybe a back-up gaming console. Everyone knows that under the mattress is the most secure place for all your stuff. You sleep there don’t you? You’ll be safe as long as you have your stash of important stuff.

Samsung S8000 and M8000 handsets leaked

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on March 26th, 2009

Samsung S8000 and M8000 handsets leakedIt looks like Samsung was ultra serious about releasing about a million touchscreen devices this year. Two more handsets have been leaked and despite the fact that they look exactly the same, they have some differences.

Both pack in a 240 x 400 resolution touchscreen and both have a home button. Their exteriors make them look like twins, but under the hood is where the differences are. We don’t know much about the S8000, but we do know it features a 5-megapixel camera with dual LED flash and autofocus. The M8000 also has the camera but is marketed toward the music-listening crowd with a music key on the screen and a 3.5mm headset jack.

New Dell Precision T Series workstations with up to 192GB RAM

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on March 26th, 2009

New Dell Precision T Series workstations with up to 192GB RAMDell is getting ready to release three new T-series workstations: the T3500, T5500, and T7500. You’ll get up to 1.5TB of storage space, an eSATA port, DisplayPort connectors and they’re EnergyStar compliant.

The T3500 that will support up to 24GB RAM. The T5500 offers a RAM capacity of up to 72GB. Dual sport sockets will be included so you can use dual Intel Xeons. The T7500 supports a hefty 192GB of RAM running at 1,066MHz or 1,333MHz. This model also features dual native Gen 2 PCIe graphics card slots with support for NVIDIA SLI.

Speedfit Treadmobile: The next gen Flintstones car

Posted in Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on March 26th, 2009

Speedfit is a human-powered mobile treadmill invented by Olympic medalist Alex Astilean. Much like Fred Flintstone’s old rod, it uses people power to get it moving. The only real difference is that Fred’s feet no longer have to meet the road.

The version in the video is a one or two person model, but Alex wants to create a public transportation version of the treadmobile that will allow a large crowd to power their own mass transit. Sure, it looks silly, but I’m guessing it’s a hell of a workout.

Sony Ericsson T707

Posted in Sony Ericsson by Conner Flynn on March 26th, 2009

Sony Ericsson T707 to be endorsed by Maria SharapovaThe Sony Ericsson T707 is finally out and about and comes packed with cool light effects and gesture controls. The phone lights up when you get a call and you can personalize the light settings to each of your friends, so you know whose calling.

The T707 features a 2.2-inch, 262k color TFT (240×320 pixels) scratch-resistant display, 3.2 megapixel camera with 3.2x digital zoom, geo tagging, video recording and video light, media player with MP3/AAc support, stereo Bluetooth with A2DP, Exchange ActiveSync and Google Maps.

BlackBerry App World launching April 1

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on March 26th, 2009

BlackBerry App World launching April 1Time to mark your calendars Crackberry users. According to BusinessWeek, RIM will be launching the BlackBerry App World April 1 at CTIA. RIM’s answer to the iTunes App Store. We’re pretty sure Businessweek isn’t getting an early start on April fools day. RIM’s starting price for apps (not including freebies) is $2.99, vs. Apple’s 99¢.

The move should be a good test of RIM’s true potential and consumers are desperate for BlackBerry apps like those on the iPhone. There’s been some controversy over the pricing, but we don’t think the price will turn users off at all. You tell us.

Maingear intros BD / SSD-equipped mX-L 13.3-inch laptop

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on March 26th, 2009

Maingear intros BD / SSD-equipped mX-L 13.3-inch laptopThis ultraportable laptop may not come from a huge company name, but the specs certainly caught our eye, while the coat of arms etching simultaneously repelled us.

The Maingear mX-L features a 13.3-inch LED-backlit display (1,280 x 800), a Core 2 Duo CPU, GMA X4500HD graphics, 8GB of DDR2 RAM, 160GB Intel X25-M SSD (or a 500GB HDD if you want to save some money), a dual-layer Blu-ray reader, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, gigabit Ethernet, WiFi, and VGA output. It also sports three USB 2.0 sockets and a custom etched top. The unit weighs just 4.4 pounds and starts at $1,099.99. You’ll also get a four-cell Li-ion that is sure to be changed often.

Rock Band surpasses $1 billion in sales

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on March 26th, 2009

rockband2-logo-sbThat’s a lot of rockin’. I hope some of you are taking it easy now. As things stand right now, Rock Band has 614 songs available from 269 artists, 11 full albums, and a buttload of revenue. More revenue than all other games in 2008.

For those of you keeping score, we are talking $1 billion in total North American retail sales, with 40 million tracks sold. Plus Rock Band and Rock Band 2 have won 50 industry awards. Frankly I’m surprised you can’t all hear each other rocking all over the continent.

RIM planning to launch full-length TV service

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on March 26th, 2009

RIM planning to launch full-length TV serviceRIM is keeping quiet for the moment, but the timing makes us believe this rumor. BlackBerry App World is launching on April 1st so it would be perfect timing for RIM to introduce a television service for BlackBerry devices. Makes sense right?

According to NewTeeVee, “multiple sources” tell them that RIM is planning to announce a “full-episode television service” for BlackBerry users. Supposedly, it will download content via WiFi, so carriers shouldn’t be an issue and using Wi-Fi will avoid clogging 3G networks.