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Intriguing Nokia 7205 Intrigue CDMA flip phone

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2009

Intriguing Nokia 7205 Intrigue CDMA flip phoneThe new Nokia 7205 Intrigue is a CDMA, 1X/EV–DO Rev flip-phone with a 2.2″ internal display with QVGA Resolution and a 1.9″ external display, 176×32 white PMOLED. It also features a 2.0 megapixel camera/camcorder with flash, GPS and Bluetooth, 2.5mm headset jack, with a microSD expansion slot to support up to 8GB of storage.

External touch sensitive controls make controlling the music player pretty easy and it will play nice with formats like MP3, WMA, unprotected AAC, and unprotected AAC+. The phone also comes with an Eco-Friendly charger that uses 50% less energy, should you be eco-minded.

Worm virus could bring down US power grid

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2009

Worm virus could bring down US power gridThe idea of hackers bringing down the entire US power grid is scary. Most people think that this scenario strictly belongs in sci-fi movies and that it couldn’t happen, but according to security analysts, the threat is real. The threat is a real possibility due to the use of smart grids involving two million devices, which are largely wireless, sending data back and forth between power stations and homes.

Researchers at Seattle based IOActive claim that they have proven that the devices are vulnerable to virus attack by hacking. Equipment worth just $500 was enough to create a worm virus which spread rapidly across the network. Had that been a real hacker, there would have been some serious damage.

OnLive streaming gaming service: The future of gaming?

Posted in Set Top Boxes by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2009

OnLive streaming gaming service: The future of gaming?If OnLive has anything to say about it, this could this be a console killer. Something that puts the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and the Nintendo Wii six feet under. OnLive handles all the heavy graphics rendering on its servers and what you get is lag-free gaming as a video stream. IF it works as advertised.

You would use either your broadband-connected PC or Mac, or you could hook up the set-top box to your home theater, which features Ethernet, HDMI and USB. According to OnLive, the box costs “less than a Wii.” OnLive will be launching later this year.

Ford offering 3G-connected dashboards in 2009 trucks

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2009

Ford offering 3G-connected dashboards in 2009 trucksFord and Sprint are working hand in hand to connect upcoming Ford trucks to Sprint’s wireless broadband network. Specifically the dashboards of 2009 F-Series trucks and E-Series cargo vans. To start with they are aiming this at Construction workers.

It will help them track stuff like inventory and schematics. Not sure how they are going to do that on such a small screen, but that’s the plan. Ford boasts that the user can “review and edit graphically-rich blueprints” right from the cab of their truck.

6 speaker set folds into a cube

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2009

6 speaker set folds into a cubeDesigner Ji-Hyung Jung is pretty clever as illustrated by this interesting mobile speaker set design. The idea is that you have a cube held together by magnets, that is actually 5 speakers and a sub-woofer.

The whole deal looks pretty sweet once the pieces are out and displayed. And if you want to take them with you, they take up much less room than typical speakers. The volume control is on the top of the sub-woofer. It’s just a concept for the moment, but it’s a great one.

BlackBerry 9630 Review

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2009

BlackBerry 9630 ReviewThe guys over at Boy Genius have managed to get their hands on a BlackBerry 9630 before the official launch and have a pretty comprehensive review. The device that they’ve been playing with isn’t a final release, so there are bound to be a few bugs that get fixed.

They say that you can literally think of the BlackBerry 9630 as a BlackBerry Storm with a QWERTY keyboard. The device seems pretty solid and it looks like Verizon has a winner. The one big downside that is pretty obvious is that the phone lacks Wi-Fi.

Recording Can fridge guard/alarm

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2009

Recording Can fridge guard/alarmThis little gadget is supposed to look like a standard canned drink, so it can blend into the surroundings in your fridge. Even though no one would ever mistake it for a real drink called “Fridge Recorder”. It’s light activated, so whenever someone opens the fridge door, the recorded message of your choice will play.

Stuff Like, “Step away fatty!” or “Haven’t you had enough junk today? Look at that fat ass.” or even “Obey the fake drink can. The fake drink can is now your master.” If you have roommates, this might help to stop them from stealing your stuff. It’s likely to be entertaining for a full 5 minutes.

Nick’s Zune Warehouse

Posted in Humor by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2009

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If you’re in the market for a Zune, why would you buy it from anywhere else? Nick’s Zune warehouse sells Zunes by the pound. They are totally dedicated to this, the most awesome portable media player ever. Remember this guy? Forget him. He missed out.

Come December 31st, you’ll be sorry you didn’t take advantage of Nick’s amazing deals. Nick’s an amazing pitchman, with the foresight to fill a whole warehouse with a highly desirable product. C’mon, help the guy out.

EA bundling Wii MotionPlus with tennis game in Europe?

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2009

EA bundling Wii MotionPlus with tennis game in Europe?We already gathered that Nintendo’s Wii MotionPlus controller add-on was somehow tied to the launch of EA’s Grand Slam Tennis game, but it now looks like the two may be not just swell pals, but bestest buddies. According to a listing over on Amazon.de, the add-on will be available in a bundle with the game (in Europe), which will cost you just over $70. It launches on July 2nd.

Joystiq speculates that the move could also be the excuse Nintendo has been looking for to delay its Wii Sports Resort game, which was supposed to come bundled with MotionPlus.

Ericsson’s W3x series HSPA Mobile Broadband routers sport good looks

Posted in Routers by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2009

Ericsson's W3x Series HSPA Mobile Broadband Routers3G routers aren’t new, even though many of us don’t have one. Those who do own one don’t have any this good looking. Ericsson must have finally seen the light and realized that these devices don’t have to look ugly. The Ericsson W30 Data Router and Ericsson W35 Data and Voice Router just slipped past the FCC, and they do indeed look sexy.

They can get HSPA / UMTS / GSM data and toss it out over WiFi and Ethernet. They can also share a USB printer. The W35 adds voice and fax capability. No word on price or availability. Mostly we’re just excited to see a router this nice looking.

DSi to get Virtual Console for Game Boy games?

Posted in Nintendo DSi by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2009

Nintendo planning its own Dsi App Store?The Wii has a Virtual Console that lets you download games from the NES, SNES, etc. But there are no Game Boy games. That could be because they were saving them for the Nintendo DSi.

A rumour on game site Kombo seems to confirm that thinking. Apparently at a recent event for Club Nintendo members, it was announced that the DSi would be getting its own Virtual Console. Where you could buy Game Boy & Game Boy Advance titles. The games would be saved to an SD card and would at first be limited to first-party Nintendo titles.

Voice-controlled Asus Eee PCs this year

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2009

ASUS Eee Top available for pre-order on AmazonSeems like all of the big companies are focusing on voice. There’s the iPod shuffle of course, the iLane that reads email etc. It’s like they all started watching Knight Rider and fell in love with the idea of gadgets talking as well as users talking to their gadgets. In the end we may all want our gadgets and ourselves to STFU, but for now there’s a lot of jibber-jabber going on.

Add Asus to the list of those who want voice recognition devices. They want “an end to the keyboard.” And so a bunch of Eee products will soon be introduced with voice recognition capabilities later this year.

Zeebo console launches in Brazil, gets publishers

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2009

Zeebo console launches in Brazil, gets publishersWhether there’s room for a new next gen console or not, Zeebo is squeezing it’s way into the lineup. And since there’s no way it would stand out in the US or Japan, they’ve decided on Brazil. The idea is to get into developing countries that maybe Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo have ignored.

Getting your console positioned in the right country is one thing, but you need to have support from the game publishers. Good thing Zeebo has managed to get some big names now. EA Mobile, Namco Networks, THQ, and PopCap have all signed on to support the Zeebo.

Mintpass’s mintpad almost ready to unleash its minty-ness

Posted in Portable Meda Players by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2009

Mintpass's mintpad almost ready to unleash its minty-nessThe mintpad may look like a puny PMP, but inside it’s got a scheduler, camera, chat, music player, video player, voice recorder, even a web browser with flash support. It’s finally ready for official export out of South Korea. They’ve already prepared a 64-page full English manual and 20-page product brochure.

Right now they are working on the languages for a number of regions, including the US. That should be finished between April and May. No word on price yet, but it has a $150 price point over there. All indications are that it will leave you feeling minty fresh. We can’t wait to check one out.In the meantime check out a video below.

Rock Band gets new classic rock tracks in May

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on March 24th, 2009

rockband2-logo-sbRock Band is one of the most popular games available on the Xbox, PS3, and Wii. The game lets average game geeks and music fans live the life of a virtual rock star and even if you don’t like playing the game, it’s great fun to watch your friends make fools of themselves trying to sing, play guitar, and drum.