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nVidia’s GT300 specs revealed: It’s a cGPU

Posted in NVIDIA by Conner Flynn on April 26th, 2009

nvidiagtx275-sbApparently nVidia’s next-generation GT300 will be different than the GT200. How different? Very, very different. They are calling it the “first truly new architecture since SIMD (Single-Instruction Multiple Data) units first appeared in graphical processors.”

Here’s the gist of a whole bunch of techno-jargon: NVIDIA could be close, very close, to a single chip that can handle tasks that have been separately handled by the CPU and GPU. And that is seriously big. Life changing stuff. Now all we can do is wait for nVidia to actually give us some details.

Samsung to release the I7500 Android Smartphone

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on April 26th, 2009

Samsung to release the I7500 Android SmartphoneWhile it hasn’t been officially announced, German BamS (Bild am Sonntag) has received information that Samsung will launch its first Android smartphone with O2 Germany. Like the HTC Magic, the I7500 will be a touchscreen-only smartphone, running on Android 1.5 (aka Cupcake) plus Google Mobile Services.

Some other features include a Qualcomm MSM7200A CPU at 528 MHz and a 3.2″ HVGA capacitive OLED display, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and a standard 3.5 mm stereo headset plug. Apparently, the I7500 will support quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dualband UMTS/HSPA, Bluetooth, WIFI and GPS and includes 8 GB internal flash memory which can be expanded by microSD memory cards. t was previously rumored that the S8000 would be Sammy’s first foray into Android.

Tiny wireless keyboard from Brando

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on April 26th, 2009

Tiny wireless keyboard from BrandoLooks like Brando has seen the Sony Vaio P ads and had a light bulb go off over their heads. But unlike the Sony Vaio P, this tiny wireless keyboard actually fits in your back pocket. It measures just 430mm x 145mm x 28mm, and weighs 326g.

With this mini keyboard you’ll get 56 keys and 26 hot keys and even a built in trackball and scroll wheel. Why ever be without a keyboard again? Some specs include: Built-in optical trackball and scroll wheel, Powerful office function with 56 keys and 29 hotkeys, Operating distance: 10 meters, Operating frequency: 2.4GHz Radio Frequency, FN: Num lock change function, Supports Window Vista/XP/2000.

LG GD900 Crystal headed to the UK

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on April 26th, 2009

LG GD900 transparent phoneWe first saw the LG GF900 Crystal back at MWC 2009. Its LGs sexy phone with the transparent keyboard, which gives it a luxurious look. Those who have been captivated by it in the UK should be able to pick up the device in mid-May, since Carphone Warehouse has confirmed that they will be releasing the device then.

The GD900 features LG’s S-Class Touch UI, an 8-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, HSDPA, TV-out and Dolby Mobile audio technology. The display and transparent sliding keypad should support multi-touch input and handwriting recognition as well.

Nvidia ION Netbooks coming in June

Posted in Netbook by Conner Flynn on April 25th, 2009

Toshiba Mini NB200 Netbook with 9-Cell batteryThe netbook will soon get a graphics boost, with a number of companies preparing to announce Nvidia ION powered models. Word is, there should be some big announcements from “key” players at Computex, the annual PC trade show in Taipei at the beginning of June. This thanks to Pocket-Lint’s man inside.

The computer uses an Intel Atom chip as standard netbooks, but uses the new graphics chip from Nvidia called ION to allow users to use more demanding applications. Users will be able to view 1080p content and play games like Spore and Portal.

Your mom wants a lime green DS bundle

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on April 25th, 2009

Your mom wants a lime green DS bundleNintendo thinks that your mother desperately wants a lime green DS Lite for Mother’s day. After all, you got her a Wii Fit last year. They’re hoping that the cooking software and tropical case is really gonna seal the deal.

Something tells us, this isn’t the gift for most moms. But if you want a lime green DS lite for yourself and want to up your cooking skills, it hits stores on May 3rd.

Botropolis: This week in robots

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on April 24th, 2009

Botropolis: This week in robotsIt’s Friday. You know what that means. It’s time for our weekly robot roundup. It’s been a busy week over at Botropolis, as usual. Robots don’t take a break and neither do we. Rest assured, we will still be reporting on their exploits even as the bunker burns around us and cold metal fingers tighten around our necks. Until that day, we shall document their rise to power, fearing them, preparing, and checking out cool robot toys that distract us.

Two new Segway bots: A Bomb-Defusing, Riot-Controlling, Firefighting duo.

Loki: A robot named after the Norse god.

We love it when a plan comes together: The Robot A-Team.

Conspiracy: Robot Spotted Reading The Bible In Bulls Logo.

Kinesis K3 power generator

Posted in Generator by Conner Flynn on April 24th, 2009

Kinesis K3 power generatorThe Kinesis K3 power generator gives you another way to obtain sweet gadget juice. In addition to its windmill and solar cells, it can now charge its internal battery with external electricity sources. It doesn’t sound very green, but you can charge its 4,000 mAh battery using a USB adapter or a car cigarette lighter. Why not just leave it by the window to have it fully charged?

According to the company, one hour of sun and wind will give you 30 minutes of talk time in a cellphone. Fully charged, the K3 can load the battery cells for an average mobile phone five times, or an MP3 player more than ten times.

Wiimote prototypes revealed

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

Wiimote prototypes revealedYou won’t find anything earth shattering in these schematics of Wiimote prototypes. They’re all fairly similar. But it is interesting to see what they were thinking at the time. One of them even adds the GameCube’s analogue stick to the surface of the Wii Remote.

Hit the link to see some Nunchuk variants as well. Those early models look very awkward. Just be glad that they put so much work into the process. That’s why you have the awesome ergonomic wiimote that you know and love.

Logitech Harmony 1100 Universal Remote Review

Posted in Review by Shane McGlaun on April 24th, 2009

harmony-1100-logitechI talked about the Logitech Harmony 1100 universal remote control back in February when we learned that the slick tablet style remote would sell for about $500. Today we are going to take a hands on look at the Harmony 1100 and see if the touchscreen beauty is worth all that cash. If you are in need of a universal remote for your complex home theater and those cheap, checkout line remotes can’t handle your gear, this may be just the product you need. Read on for all of the details on the Logitech Harmony 1100.

China Blue HD players, the format war is officially on

Posted in Blu-ray by Conner Flynn on April 24th, 2009

China Blue HD players, the format war is officially onIf you thought the format war was over, think again. China’s alternative to Blu-ray has finally arrived and has some hardware to show off, with players from TCL and Shinco making debuting this week. They’re priced at less than 2,000 yuan (or $292) reportedly 40% cheaper than the competition.

Apparently the promised support from Warner Bros. hasn’t happened yet, but it plans to release 100 movies on the CBHD format by the end of the year.

X-mini Max II looks like a trash can, sounds like a speaker

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on April 24th, 2009

xminimaxX-Mini likes to make speakers with an unusual design, like these capsule speakers. Now they’re back with some speakers that take speaker design to a whole new level. Dubbed the Max II, they resemble trashcans, which I’m sure is no mistake considering some of the garbage that will enter them.

The new design also features a bigger driver with “twice the bass.” No word on when these will be released in the US. Which is sad because we know you can’t wait to here your tunes through a pair of trash cans.

Duracell announces USB car charger

Posted in Duracell by Shane McGlaun on April 24th, 2009

duracellusbcharger-sbOut of all of the gadgets I have laying around my home, lots of them charge via USB. My iPhone uses USB to charge and all of the MP3 players around do as well. That means that if I want to take the gadgets in my car with me on a trip all I really need is a USB charger.

Duracell has announced a new USB charger designed to sit completely inside the DC outlet in your car. The device is low profile and when plugged in and when ready to use the USB port glows blue. Duracell says that the device can charge the iPhone and any other USB item.

UFC 2009 Undisputed demo now available

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

ufc2009-sbI have been a big UFC fan since the sport debuted years ago with a much different format than we see today. I used to prefer boxing, but the UFC is much more entertaining to me. I have been waiting for the UFC game to debut since I first heard about it and now THQ is offering a playable demo.

THQ has announced that the playable demo is now available for Xbox 360 and PS3 owners to download. To celebrate UFC 97 held last weekend, the demo lets players fight an exhibition match between Chuck Liddell and Mauricio Rua.

Samsung announces two new netbooks

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on April 24th, 2009

samsungn120-sbNetbook sales are booming as consumers buy the low cost machines in droves. The only real issue that goes along with using a netbook rather than a full notebook is that the keyboards tend to be smaller on netbooks and the machines lack the power that full notebooks have.

Samsung has announced a pair of new netbooks called the N110 and the N120. The two machines share some of the same features including an Intel Atom N270 CPU running at 1.6GHz, Windows XP Home, 1GB of RAM, a 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 LED backlit LCD, and a 160GB HDD.