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AMD unveils ATI Radeon HD 4770 video card

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

atihd4770-sbATI has debuted a new video card called the HD 4770 that is aimed at the low-end gaming market, something very welcome in the current poor economy. The card carries an MSRP of $99 and supports DirectX10.1 games like Battleforge, HAWX, STALKER Clear Sky, and Stormrise.

The HD 4770 uses GDDR5 RAM and is built on the 40nm process. AMD claims that the low cost video card sets new levels of performance-per-dollar and performance-per-watt. The card supports CrossFireX for higher performance with dual HD 4770 cards.

Asus Express TV Stick

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2009

Asus Express TV StickAsus just released the new Express TV Stick that features high quality digital (DVBT) and analog TV signal reception. The device allows you to watch TV and enjoy access to multimedia entertainment wherever you find yourself.

Just plug the Asus Express TV Stick into your USB slot, and the built-in Asus Pop-Up TV technology will instantly display TV channels without requiring any manually launched programs. So it couldn’t be easier. It’s fully compatible with Microsoft Vista Home Premium, Vista Home Basic, Vista Ultimate, and Windows XP platforms.

Samsung’s latest 240Hz LED TVs

Posted in Television by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2009

Samsung’s latest 240Hz LED TVsSamsung just released three new 240Hz LED TVs, which are competing with LG’s 240Hz LH90 LED TVs. Known as the PAVV 8000, 7000 and 6000 series, these TVs are compatible with YouTube, DLNA, and feature a USB 2.0 port to display both photos and DviX videos from USB flash drives.

The Samsung PAVV 8000 series will be available in 46 and 55 inch and will be available in the US in May as well as Europe and Southeast Asia. Sadly, the specs for the PAVV 7000 and 6000 series are still unavailable. They must not be all that awesome.

Axxana Phoenix: Bomb proof data protection

Posted in Security by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2009

Axxana Phoenix: Bomb proof data protectionThe Axxana Phoenix is a solid state flash memory disk array that backs up and stores your important data with no need of remote transfer. It claims to be the toughest data recorder in the world. It can withstand earthquake grade shocks of up to 40G and 5000 pounds of pressure.

It can stand up to extreme temperatures as well. It can survive 2000 degrees F for one hour followed by 450 F for another 6 hours. How about the ability to withstand 30 feet of water pressure and a piercing from a 500 pound rod dropped from 10 feet. Now that’s tough.

Mypressi portable Espresso machine

Posted in Kitchen by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2009

Mypressi portable Espresso machineAnother gadget goes portable. This one is for a real good cause. Getting your caffeinated. The Mypressi Twist is the first truly portable espresso machine. It features a pneumatic engine that does it’s thing with the help of CO2 cartridges.

You can get up to 8 cups of freshly brewed espresso all in this little gadget. All you need to do is have the hot water and coffee ready. Coffee addicts can get the Mypressi Twist for $129 when it arrives in the states this fall.

Folio and booklight for Kindle 2

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2009

Folio and booklight for Kindle 2If your Kindle 2 was feeling a little naked, now it has a new Folio booklight case to snuggle up to, complete with small memo pad, a pen and a retractable light for night time reading. Your Kindle 2 will feel fully clothed at last.

It isn’t cheap at $50, considering what the Kindle 2 has already cost you, but you’ll be helping the economy I guess. Or you can go to Amazon is where for $30 you can get a standard book cover without the pen and notepad and light.

Chew toys that make your dog look ridiculous

Posted in Pets by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2009

Chew toys that make your dog look ridiculousDogs are man’s best friend. But sometimes they do bad things. Pee on the rug, chew up your favorite shoes, maybe eat your sock. When that happens, you need to put them in their place and make them look like idiots. It’s the only way they learn.

These chew toys should do the trick. They will make your mutt look ridiculous and comical. The lips are great, but I’d love to see the one with a chicken leg in this guys mouth. Looks like they might only be available in Japan. They know how to humiliate dogs over there.

G.E. breakthrough can put 100 DVDs on a Disc

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2009

First Blu-ray / DVD hybrid disc announced in JapanGeneral Electric says it has achieved a breakthrough in digital storage technology that will allow standard-size discs to hold the equivalent of 100 DVDs. I had to read that twice myself. It’s just a laboratory success for now, until it can be made to work in products that can be mass-produced and affordable.

“This could be the next generation of low-cost storage,” said Richard Doherty, an analyst at Envisioneering, a technology research firm.

ContourHD: The first wearable HD camcorder

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2009

ContourHD: The first wearable HD camcorderLook at this guy. He exudes a confidence that says, I’m off to have an adventure and I’m not afraid to record it. He’s “wearing” the ContourHD which claims to be the world’s first wearable HD camcorder.

It weighs just four ounces and the anodized aluminum device can snap on your equipment. Like ski goggles for instance. It shoots HD video (1280×720) at 30fps, or SD at 60fps. Storage is in the form of MicroSD cards up to 16GB, which will provide up to 8 hours of HD and 16 hours of SD per card.

Motherboard Mirror / nerd reflector

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2009

Motherboard Mirror nerd reflectorCheck out this mirror inspired by circuit boards. It looks pretty cool and retro in an 80s kind of way. Sadly this mirror will only ever know nerd faces on it’s shining surface. Non nerds show up distorted like some carnival funhouse mirror.

But the coolest aspect of this mirror is what they won’t tell you when you order. If you are the one true nerd, you will have no reflection at all. Like a vampire. That is how you will know that you are the chosen one. All that will be left to do is step through into another world…

Best Buy may sell vinyl records soon

Posted in music by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2009

Best Buy may sell vinyl records soonIf you’ve been paying attention to the gadget world you know that we’ve featured many turntables. Companies are making more and more. Seriously, people are spinning more vinyl. And according to the New York Post, Best Buy is thinking about selling vinyl records in their stores. Yes, it’s hard to believe.

Vinyl albums’ sales are growing. As much as 15 percent in 2007 and 89% more in 2008. The 2009 forecast is even better. And so Best Buy has started a pilot program in 100 stores. The results were good. So good that they are thinking about using as much as eight square feet in each of their stores to sell vinyl records.

Zombies beware: TAC-15 Tactical Crossbow means business

Posted in Weapons by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2009

Zombies beware: TAC-15 Tactical Crossbow means businessPSE will be releasing their TAC-15 crossbow next month. So hunting is about to get super serious. Zombies planning a night of terror need not even bother, since this baby will save the day. It mounts directly on a AR-15 rifle so you can swap between both weapons easily.

We aren’t sure why you would need a crossbow when you are already holding an AR-15, but hell, you can never have enough killing power. Maybe it’s for when you run out of ammo and desperately need to get that headshot.

Averatec debuts 12-inch $699 N2700 ultraportable

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2009

Averatec debuts 12-inch $699 N2700 ultraportableNothing fancy here. Just the typical design with a relatively low price and enough power to handle everyday tasks easily. Averatec’s latest is a 12-inch ultraportable thats powered by a 2GHz Core 2 Duo T6400 processor, a WXGA panel, 4GB of DDR2-800 RAM, a 250GB SATA hard drive, 8x SuperMulti dual-layer DVD writer, WiFi, gigabit Ethernet, a trio of USB 2.0 ports, FireWire and audio in / out.

There’s also a VGA output, 4-in-1 card reader, GMA X4500HD graphics set, 1.3 megapixel camera and Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit. It’s four pound and will cost you $699.

Samsung Omnia Pro with QWERTY keyboard in July?

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2009

Samsung Omnia Pro with QWERTY keyboard in July?The rumor is that Samsung might release a new Omnia Pro soon which will feature a full QWERTY keyboard and a wide touchscreen display, similar to the Touch Pro and Touch Pro2 from HTC. Word is that the Samsung Omnia Pro will arrive on the market this July.

It will retail for about €500. That’s a stunning $662. It will run on Windows Mobile 6.1 and can be upgraded to WM 6.5 when the new OS is available. Apart from the sliding QWERTY keyboard, Samsung Omnia Pro should also have a 3.5 inch WVGA (800 x 480) touchscreen display and a 5MP camera with autofocus, flash, image stabilizer and video recording.

Asus EeeBOX B208 to be available in June

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2009

Asus EeeBOX B208 to be available in JuneYou just have to wait patiently for a few months, when Asus will roll out its latest nettop, the EeeBOX B208. This model will have Intel’s Atom 330 processor under the hood with the following specifications:

ATI Radeon HD 4350 256MB video card, 1GB RAM, 160GB hard drive, 10GB Eee Storage, Wi-Fi-n and Bluetooth connectivity, Integrated memory card reader, Four USB 2.0 ports, HDMI out, DVI-D port, Built-in battery with UPS function.