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Fake Lamborghini Vertu phone from China

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2009

Fake Lamborghini Vertu phone from ChinaKnockoff phones must be pretty profitable for those who knock them off. After all, they just keep coming. This one is an oddball because there is no such thing as a Vertu Lamborghini phone, making this clone something of an “original”.

Thing is, it isn’t an authentic Vertu, and they don’t have the support of Lamborghini. But hey, some people just have to try to look classy with fake stuff.

The legal copy in Apple’s “Legal Copy” ad

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2009

The legal copy in Apple's "Legal Copy" adThe Mac VS. PC war is still raging, albeit in a quiet nerd way, not a full out battle with explosions. You’ve probably seen Apple’s new Hodgman ads. The “legal copy” ad is the most interesting. Whenever Hodgman says how easy PCs are to use, a bunch of fine print explodes upwards. The folks over at MacJournals have actually transcribed every word of it. Nearly two full pages. Here’s an excerpt:

To remove unneeded bloatware first open uninstaller, select applications to remove, and uninstall. To remove optional components, click start, go to all programs and open control panel, select remove components, select components you want to remove, select next, when done, select finish. Once initial prep is complete, PCs may then be easy to use under certain controlled conditions and when properly maintained. In order for PCs to achieve optimal performance on a regular basis and for long periods of time, routine maintenance should include (but is not limited to) the following: download and install updated anti-virus software, run anti-virus software, check for system updates, clean out registry, defragment hard drive, free up disk space, remove temporary Internet files, empty the recycle bin, remove unnecessary programs, run error check utility and fix file system errors.

Forget steampunk, check out the Art Deco keyboard

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2009

Forget steampunk, check out the Art Deco keyboardI always wondered why more modders don’t go for the Art Deco look. I mean Steampunk is awesome when done right, but Art Deco is just as cool. It figures that it would be Datamancer who bridges the gap. They created this awesome Steampunk keyboard, and now are into art deco. It’s about time too.

Hit the link for more pics. Take it all in visually. Then you tell me if Art Deco is making a comeback. If you have a pulse, then you’ll know that the answer is yes.

$400 Xbox 360 Elite bundle with Halo 3 and Fable 2 is official

Posted in Xbox 360 Elite by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2009

Xbox 360 Elite bundle to include Halo 3 and Fable 2 for $400?Remember that rumored new Elite bundle with Halo 3 and Fable 2? It’s official. For $400 you get a 120GB Elite 360 with the two games. As we told you when this was but a rumor, that’s what the console by itself is selling for at the moment.

After hearing rumors that Microsoft was going to phase out the standard Elite and offer bundled “limited edition” models, we kinda knew this was for real. Go ahead and pick one up if you haven’t already played Halo 3 and Fable 2.

Panasonic to develop 1080p twin-lens P2 camcorder for 3D captures

Posted in Panasonic by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2009

Panasonic to develop 1080p twin-lens P2 camcorder for 3D capturesIf you haven’t jumped onto the 3D bandwagon yet, you’ll want to very soon if this year’s NAB show is any indication. Meet Panasonic’s latest conceptual camcorder, which will take P2 memory cards. For the moment, Panasonic’s 3D Full HD Camera Recorder is just a prototype, but it’s pretty clear that they intend to bring it to market asap. It looks pretty awesome.

The device will feature a twin-lens system for capturing 3D footage natively in 1080p, and the video streams will be stored on P2 cards. Will it be able to be used for 2D shooting at all? It doesn’t look like it right now. Either way, this is a step in the right direction for Panasonic. Everybody else is doing the 3D thing after all.

Hands On: SmartSwipe Credit Card reader

Posted in Security by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2009

Hands On: SmartSwipe Credit Card readerIf you’re paranoid about your credit card info while shopping online, (And who isn’t?) it just got a little safer thanks to the SmartSwipe credit card reader. You might think you’re safe online as long as that padlock icon is displayed in your browser. And you are pretty safe, but not completely, hackers can still access your personal information while it is being entered into your computer and while it is still in memory.

With this SmartSwipe card reader your info is safe becaue your card information is never stored on your computer. The device uses Dynamic SSL technology and the same level of encryption used in bank machines and ATMs.

Spion Voice Lie Detector detects lies using the devil’s long nose

Posted in Handheld Entertainmnet by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2009

Truthiness detectorThis is the best lie detector ever. I mean, who better to tell you if someone is lying than the devil himself right? Who knew that the devil’s nose grows like Pinocchio with each lie? The Spion Portable Lie Detector uses voice tension (and the cartoon devil) to indicate true or false answers.

This thing is bound to be totally accurate. Never before has a company used Satan/Pinocchio technology to gauge truthiness. The nose knows. Only $79.95.

HTC Magic available May 5th in Europe

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2009

Android G2: HTC Magic Officially AnnouncedAccording to Vodafone’s UK website, HTC’s Android-based Magic will be available on May 5th.

The new phone is the second Android phone to launch in the UK following T-Mobile’s HTC-made G1. It was originally due out on April 17th, but was delayed due to “a last minute hardware change”. If you need a refresher, some features include a 3.2-inch QVGA touchscreen, 3.2-megapixel camera with autofocus, HSDPA and Wi-Fi connectivity as well as GPS.

Get arrested in Texas, your mugshot will be on Twitter

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2009

Get arrested in Texas, your mugshot will be on TwitterThey used to say that when you get arrested, don’t go singing like a bird and giving up all of your buddies. Well, times have sure changed. Now it’s the man who sings like a bird and rats you out to everyone. If you get arrested in Denton, Texas, your mugshot will be blasted all over Twitter with your age and crime.

But this isn’t some innovation from the Texas penal system to humiliate lawbreakers, just a clever art student’s comment on how much information is floating around out there. Sometimes the power of Twitter can be downright scary.

Nintendo sells 435,000 DSi handhelds in first week in the US

Posted in Nintendo DSi by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2009

Possible Nintendo DSi price and release datePeople really really love the Mushroom Kingdom. In the first week alone in the US, the big N managed to sell a whooping 435,00 DSi handhelds. Here’s something more amazing. In the month of March Nintendo systems accounted for just under 60 percent of all video game hardware sold in America.

This during a 17 percent drop in Wii sales during the same month. The news definitely gives Mario and Yoshi something to get excited about.

RadioShack drops price of subsidized Acer Aspire One netbook

Posted in Acer by Shane McGlaun on April 20th, 2009

acerradioshack-sbWe are all used to going into a phone store and seeing prices that are subsidized and contingent on the buyer maintaining a contract with the mobile provider for two years. If you don’t want the contract you can opt to pay full price, typically hundreds of dollars more than the subsidized price.

During the 2008 holiday season RadioShack was the first company to offer a subsidized netbook in America based on maintaining mobile internet contract with AT&T. The netbook offered on the subsidized plan was the Acer Aspire One netbook.

SmartTrack Neo adds multi-touch track pad to desktops

Posted in Computer Components by Shane McGlaun on April 20th, 2009

smarttrackneo-sbI am not a big fan of track pads and when I work with my notebook I typically use a mouse rather than having to mess with a slow track pad. I did really like the track pad on the last Asus Eee netbook I tested thanks to its gesture control, but I still didn’t want to replace my mouse with a track pad.

If you feel differently and wish that you could use a track pad for your desktop as well as your notebook that supports gestures, the SmartTrack Neo is just what you have been looking for. The device is a track pad that connects to any PC via USB.

Shuttle unveils X270V Linux Barebone PC

Posted in Shuttle by Shane McGlaun on April 20th, 2009

shuttlex270v-sbIt wasn’t so long ago that if you wanted a HTPC, the best you could hope for was a computer roughly the size of your average cable box and a bit thicker. Today there are a number of very small and thin HTPC systems available that are sized more like a Nintendo Wii.

Shuttle has announced a new machine, that is larger than the Wii for sure, but still compact enough to fit into an entertainment center or onto your desk called the X270V nettop. The little machine is designed to run openSUSE Linux and features an Intel Atom processor.

iPhone gets mini golf action

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on April 20th, 2009

iphoneminigolf-sbI’m not a huge fan of mini golf myself, but my kids love it. In fact we went to play mini gold yesterday and I got beat by a 7-year-old again. My son is some sort of mini golf Tiger Woods, always hitting a hole in one despite the fact that he usually doesn’t look at what he is doing as he hits the ball.

I can still beat him (usually) at video games so to help my bruised ego I might challenge him to a round of mini golf on the iPhone with the new Mini Golf 99 holes Theme Park application. As the name suggest the game has 99 different holes with four different courses to choose from.

Fujitsu Secure USB protects your info

Posted in Security by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2009

Fujitsu Secure USB protects your infoIf you want to make sure that your personal information is protected, check out the latest from Fujitsu. The Secure USB Memory Device makes absolutely sure your data is secure. If you transport a lot of information from computer to computer it will be very useful.

Think of it as a thumb drive with a battery and a processor built in. You can adjust the security settings on the drive so that data will be automatically deleted after a certain period of time. Whatever you decide. Or if someone else tries t use it on another computer.