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Sony outs two new Bluetooth headphones

Posted in Headphones by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2009

Sony outs two new Bluetooth headphonesSony has released a few new Bluetooth 2.1 headphones to delight your ears and hearts. They come with echo and noise cancellation technologies for a better experience. The duo in question consists of the Sony DR-BT100CX and DR-BT101.

They come with controls for volume, play and skipping tracks and of course you can either accept or reject incoming calls. The DR-BT100CX has USB charging with 8 hours of playback and silicon ear buds, while the DR-BT101 has a 30mm neodymium driver and 12 hours of non-stop audio playback.

iRiver T5 gets official

Posted in MP3 by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2009

iRiver T5 gets officialiRiver Japan has announced the T5, a pen drive sized MP3 player that takes quite a pretty picture. The DAP comes with a monochrome display, FM tuner and a microphone.

You can get it in 2GB and 4GB flavors and it supports MP3 and WMA playback. The device measures just 78×25×14mm and weighs only 26.3 grams. The 4GB model sells in Japan for $65.

100 MPG Hummer H3

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2009

100 MPG Hummer H3This article is bound to confuse you. I mean, we are used to hating on Hummers because they are mega gas hogs. They basically roll around on four wheels and destroy the Earth right? Well, yeah. But this one gets an amazing 100 MPG.

It’s a modified electric Hummer H3 that manages to outdo even a Prius. My one question is this. Is it still okay to make fun of Hummers, or does this change everything? I know you get sick just seeing the familiar SUV form, but 100 MPG!

Digital Scarecrows aren’t very scary

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2009

Digital Scarecrows aren't very scaryThe scarecrows of yesterday were designed to be scary. As the name implies, they were there to guard crops and keep crows away. It could do with an update however. These days crows and other animals are smarter.

This conceptual scarecrow is armed with an infrared sensor eye that can detect animals within a 16,000 square meter range. When an animal is near, it will go into in an Ultrasonic Wave Generation mode. The device would be equipped with solar panel wings, making them completely self-sufficient. Any varmint that gets too close will suffer a small jolt to scare them away.

Zoho Mobile branches out to Android, BlackBerry, Symbian

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2009

Zoho Mobile branches out to Android, BlackBerry, SymbianThe online collaborative applications suite, Zoho, is expanding its mobile territory to Android, BlackBerry, and Symbian. It was initially for the iPhone and Windows Mobile. The new Zoho Mobile includes all the new platforms and is accessible from http://mobile.zoho.com/.

You’ll get Zoho Mail, Zoho Calendar, Zoho Writer, Zoho Sheet, Zoho Show, and Zoho Creator. Zoho Writer, Zoho Sheet, and Zoho Show files are in read only mode while Zoho Mail lets users compose, and send email and can access their Zoho Creator applications. The company plans to expand the feature functionality and the portfolio of Zoho applications.

Microsoft and Verizon reportedly working on an iPhone competitor

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2009

Microsoft and Verizon reportedly working on an iPhone competitorHere we go. Yet another iPhone killer. How many does that make? If the Wall Street Journal’s report is to be believed, Verizon is currently in talks with Microsoft regarding a project with the codename “Pink”. Pink will be a Microsoft-designed iPhone rival with a multimedia focus and, very likely a big touchscreen.

According to the report, Microsoft’s version of the iPhone will also feature a tweaked version of Windows Mobile OS with “new software capabilities.” Microsoft is apparently involved with the design of the phone, while a third party will build it.

Epson intros next-gen Ensemble HD Home Cinema System

Posted in Epson by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2009

Epson intros next-gen Ensemble HD Home Cinema SystemIt’s been a while since Epson launched an HTIB. About two years. So it’s about time for this. Today, they intro’d their next-generation Ensemble HD Home Cinema. It’s updated to include the PowerLite Home Cinema 6100 or Home Cinema 6500 UB.

Both will include a motorized 100-inch screen, surround sound, an AV controller with built-in DVD player, universal remote and nearly all components needed to install. What’s interesting is that there is no Blu-ray player, which is a no brainer. What were they thinking?

The Balloon Gun lets you safely practice Russian Roulette

Posted in Weapons by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2009

The Balloon Gun lets you safely practice Russian RouletteIf you’ve always wanted to play Russian Roulette, but didn’t want to risk the impending suicide, you can now safely play the game using this Balloon Gun.

The Balloon gun has a pin built into one of the chambers. All you have to do is press the trigger and you have a one in six chance that the pin will pop the balloon. There are some benefits to playing Russian Roulette with this Baloon gun. No death, that’s a given. But also baloons are cheaper than ammo.

Mr. Brightside USB keyboard light

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2009

Mr. Brightside USB keyboard lightDo you enjoy typing in the dark, but others can’t decipher it? When it’s dark by your keyboard Mr. Brightside will help. This flexible reading light plugs into the USB port on your laptop to give you a little bit of extra illumination.

It’s kind of a useless device really. Your screen should be bright enough to light up the keyboard if it’s not lit already. But if you have a dim screen, you’ll be happy to know that it’s only $9 or 3 for $20 and comes in a variety of fruity colors.

Creative ZEN MX PMP available in May

Posted in Creative by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2009

Creative ZEN MX PMP available in MayCreative is nothing if not creative, but they have a good thing going with the Zen, so they will release another version of the ZEN Media player series on May 5th. The device measures 83.2mm x 55mm x 11.9mm and weighs just 66 grams.

Some other features are a 2.5-inch (320×240 pixel) display, SDHC expansion and supports WMV, DivX, MP3, WMA and AAC file formats. The 8GB and 16GB models are priced at $102 and $144, respectively.

Arbor M1256 Medical Tablet PC

Posted in PCs by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2009

Arbor M1256 Medical Tablet PCArbor’s M1256 medical tablet PC is not your ordinary PC. It’s made for hospitals and features cellular connectivity in addition to GPS navigation. Some features include: 12.1″ touchscreen display, Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 60GB/80GB hard drive, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n and Bluetooth connectivity, 2-megapixel camera, and RFID reader.

The Arbor M1256 comes with its own docking station, and is powered by Windows XP , Windows Vista or Linux operating systems. You may see one soon at a hospital near you.

Kingston offers Mac compatible DataTraveler Vault Privacy Edition

Posted in Kingston by Shane McGlaun on April 28th, 2009

datatravelervaultprivacy-sbOne of the problems with using a Mac computer is that many of the devices that Windows users can take advantage of are often not Mac compatible. This is especially true of products like flash drives that use encryption to protect data.

Kingston has announced that its DataTraveler Vault Privacy Edition is now compatible with Mac OSX 10.4x to 10.5x. The drive connects to the computer via a USB port and offers hardware-based data encryption.

Belkin launches new CushDesk

Posted in Belkin by Shane McGlaun on April 28th, 2009

belkinlapdesk-sbNo one wants to cook their gonads while trying to work on a laptop computer without a desk by sitting it directly on the lap. Working on a notebook sitting on your lap is also uncomfortable for most people because you need to look down to see the screen.

Belkin has announced a new laptop desk called the CushDesk that is designed to raise the screen of the notebook to a more comfortable level when working without a desk. The device is made with a solid molded top to provide a ridged work surface and has a lip on the front to keep your notebook from slipping around.

Genius goes HD with G-Shot HD520 camcorder

Posted in Genius by Shane McGlaun on April 28th, 2009

geniushd520-sbWhen I was a kid making home movies required a massive camcorder and a giant VCR that you wore like a purse. It was a lot of work for dad to record the flag football game. Today camcorders are tiny things that you can carry without even noticing they are there and many of them even capture HD resolution video.

Genius has announced its first camcorder called the G-Shot HD520. As the camera name implies it records HD video in 720p resolution in MPEG-4/H.264 format. The little camera weighs less than six ounces and can capture 11-megapixels still shots along with video.

HP makes business notebooks look good

Posted in HP by Shane McGlaun on April 28th, 2009

hpprobook-sbI have never really understood why companies like Dell and HP never made a business notebook that was cool looking. Major computer markers always try to make consumer notebooks attractive, but the business machines were stodgy black boxes with the sex appeal of a tube sock.

HP is changing that with the introduction of its new HP ProBook series of notebook computers. The line has attractive colors with a choice of merlot or glossy finishes. The machines can be had in 14-inch, 15.6-inch, and 17-inch form factors. All of the machines can be fitted with HP Mobile Broadband using Gobi technology to allow the modem to operate on several broadband networks from different providers.