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Samsung’s first Wimax device spotted

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

samsung-mid-with-wimax-rm-engToday Samsung shared some details on the unannounced SWD-M100 Mondi mobile Wimax device for the Clear network via their RSS feed. According to the company, the Mondi features a touch screen and can access the Internet via Clear’s mobile Wimax network.

Based on the above picture, the Mondi is a slider, with a slide-up screen that reveals a four-row QWERTY keyboard, very similar to the Nokia N810 Internet tablet. It also sports a D-pad and some function buttons on face of the device. Neither Samsung or Clear has announced this device, so we have no idea when it will be available.

Alien squid fights a giant robot in Japanese tourism videos

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

Alien squid fights a giant robot in Japanese tourism videosHow do you get tourists to visit your land? Make it very clear that there is a chance that a giant robot and squid will battle it out during your stay. That’s apparently what the city of Hakodate, Japan was thinking. They’ve been producing official tourism videos unlike anything we’ve ever seen.

They’re action-packed and feature famous landmarks as giant robots battle a mechanical squid hijacked by aliens. It’s pretty awesome. I don’t know if I’ll visit anytime soon, but I sure enjoyed the flick. First video below.

OnLive hands on with Gizmodo

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on March 26th, 2009

onlive-sbGaming is a big business in the US and abroad in not only hardware sales, but also the games themselves can be huge moneymakers. Top-flight titles like Halo have outsold blockbuster movies and games continue to make big money even in the current economy.

The cloud-based OnLive gaming service was mentioned here this week and yesterday the guys from Gizmodo went hands on with the PC OnLive system playing Bioshock. Anyone who has seen Bioshock on the PC knows that the game is very graphically demanding.

Backstage with Guitar Hero launches on PS Home

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on March 26th, 2009

guitarheromobile-sbI am a big fan of video games and play both console and PC games. One of the coolest games for consoles so far has been Guitar Hero. Music games are huge right now and are helping bands and record labels sell tunes at a time when record sales are dropping.

Sony’s PlayStation Home was announced a long time ago and was ultimately delayed repeatedly before it finally launched last year. Part of PS Home is different realms that are branded with different games where fans can meet up. Activision has announced that the Guitar Hero Backstage area has now opened.

Western Digital My Book hits 2TB with one disk

Posted in Western Digital by Shane McGlaun on March 26th, 2009

wdmybook2tb-sbIf you walk into a home or office where a computer is, present odds are you are going to find some sort of external storage solution. More often than not computer users resort to USB external hard drives to back up their data and to store files.

Western Digital has announced that its My Book line of external hard drives is now available with 2TB of storage in a single disk model. That means that big storage takes up less space on or under your desk. The new 2TB disk is available in the My Book Studio, Mac Edition, Home Edition, and Essential Edition models.

Chairman phone for the rich and geeky

Posted in Mobile Phones by Shane McGlaun on March 26th, 2009

chairmanphone-sbIt doesn’t matter if you are a homeless New Yorker or an uber rich businessperson; most of us have one gadget in common — the cell phone. There are few people today that don’t have a mobile phone, though the type of phones we use varies greatly. Many geeks carry the iPhone and your mom may have the cheap phone that comes free with her plan. The mega rich also have their own type of cell phone.

Mobile phones like the Vertu Signature Dragon have been available for the elite for a while. A new handset is now available for the well-heeled buyer called The Chairman. The device is from SCI Innovations and watchmaker Ulysse Nardin. The main design feature of the phone is a functional watch rotor. The phone is offered in solid gold and steel/gold versions as well as all steel versions.

Forever Plus makes Pico projectors high def

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

Forever Plus makes Pico projectors high defSurprisingly, it isn’t a huge name taking the Pico projector to 720p. Forever Plus gets the credit for the world’s smallest 720p projector. It measures just 0.49 x 0.59 x 0.19-inches and projects footage from HDMI at 1,280 x 768 resolution for 30,000 hours via LED lighting.

Nothing yet on price or availability. We’re not completely sold however. We’re a little skeptical that they didn’t list the brightness or contrast ratio. Makes you wonder why. They probably aren’t that good. Now the rest of the big names have to get in on the action.

Sony MP3 concept for all ages

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

Sony MP3 concept for all agesThe latest conceptual Sony MP3 player by Damien Crossan looks like a warped Wii nunchuk. It features a simplified interface with keys that are clearly laid out and raised. The high contrast screen features light text on a dark background, making it easy to read. Available in 4GB to 8 GB of storage space, the gadget also features FM radio.

This Sony MP3 concept would target the older generation who enjoy portable music but have a hard time with new devices due to stiff fingers, poor vision and complicated interfaces. If this one ever sees the light of day, retirement homes will never be the same.

Nintendo plans “DSi Enhanced” games

Posted in Nintendo DSi by Conner Flynn on March 26th, 2009

Nintendo planning its own Dsi App Store?According to Masato Kuwahara, project leader of the Nintendo DSi Hardware group, the big N is planning “Nintendo DSi enhanced game cards,” that offer DSi hardware-specific game features. The games would still be playable on both the Nintendo DS and the Nintendo DSi, but would have special features that can only be accessed on the DSi.

Kuwahara gave an example of using these features to create textures from photographs taken with the DSi camera. So, I’m guessing you can map your face onto Mario or a Pokemon if you want.

Snow Leopard soon to have new “marble” look?

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

Snow Leopard soon to have new "marble" look?Apple has reportedly been working on this new interface since day one, even though publicly claiming that Snow Leopard would be more about performance and stability enhancements than sweeping feature changes. Even so AppleInsider claims that an upcoming 10.6 developer beta could feature a new UI codnamed “marble.”

Apparently it would be sleeker than the current look, and there’s some speculation that the new scrollbars in iTunes and iPhoto offer a glimpse into the future, along with the mockup of the new QuickTime X player above.

Tape Dispenser USB hub

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on March 25th, 2009

Tape Dispenser USB hubStill using a lot of tape? Well now you can have your tape and data too, all in one place, with this USB Tape Holder. This very useful device will hold a standard roll of tape and it also sports 4 USB ports.

It’s a great space saver for the home office desk. The USB ports are on the opposite side of the dispenser so it’s easy to plug in all of your gadgets. Sure, it isn’t all that flashy, but desk space is important, you messy slob. Time to clean up your act. It’s only $9.

Waterjet slices an iPod in half

Posted in iPod by Conner Flynn on March 25th, 2009

This is similar to the Will it blend videos. The guys from Can Water Cut It use a Flow Waterjet to cut through a laptop, golf club and a blender. Here’s what happened when it was the iPod’s turn.

“What makes waterjets so popular? Waterjets require few secondary operations, produce net-shaped parts with no heat-affected zone, heat distortion, or mechanical stresses caused by other cutting methods, can cut with a narrow kerf, and can provide better usage of raw material since parts can be tightly nested.”

WebConnect USB laptop stick

Posted in T-Mobile by Conner Flynn on March 25th, 2009

WebConnect USB laptop stickT-Mobile’s new webConnect USB Laptop Stick is a portable modem that allows you to connect to the Web on your laptop using T-Mobile’s 3G network or Wi-Fi. The device comes with T-Mobile Connection Manager software to automatically detect the best available Internet connection.

The WebConnect USB laptop stick offers tri-band 3G connectivity (HSDPA/UMTS 1900/AWS/2100), and is compatible with GPRS/EDGE networks. It can also double as a portable storage device with a microSD/SDHC expansion slot that can accept up to 8GB cards.

Lenovo’s IdeaCentre A600 now available to order

Posted in Lenovo by Conner Flynn on March 25th, 2009

Lenovo IdeaCentre A600 All-In-One PC with Motion RemoteLenovo should have a hit on it’s hands with the IdeaCentre A600, and if you’ve been waiting for it since we took a look at it when it was at CES, your wait is almost over.

You can order your choice of three versions of machine, with base prices at $699.99, $799.99 and $999.99. Shipping is in just a few weeks. To refresh your memory, the IdeaCentre A600 features a design that allows the display to appear thinner than it’s all-in-one competitors. The keyboard features a touchpad and it comes with Lenovo’s Motion Drive Remote that can also be used as a VOIP handset.

Lenovo Ophone rips off the iPhone

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on March 25th, 2009

Lenovo Ophone rips off the iPhoneLenovo has re-skinned the Android OS and thrown away Google’s hand-crafted interface in favor of a more familiar look and feel. It has a suspiciously similar name and a sleek design with a single ‘Home’ button. The only real difference is the large search area at the top, a feature that some might even like for the iPhone, at least until Spotlight comes along in iPhone OS 3.0.

What’s interesting is that this illustrates just how modifiable the Android OS can be. We doubt this will sway iPhone owners to make a switch, but you never know. The Lenovo OPhone was always going to have a touch of the iPhone about it, but this may be overkill. Just how do they expect to respond to Apple’s legal department?