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Alltel users get Blackberry Pearl Flip 8230

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

blackberrypearlflip8230-sbWhen it comes to smartphone most of them have the same bar or PDA style form factor. Those preferring to use a clamshell style phone don’t have many options with the current crop of smartphones. Clamshells are preferred by some people because they are more compact.

Alltel has announced that the Blackberry Pearl Flip 8230 handset will be available on its network starting in early May. The handset is a full Blackberry smartphone with the clamshell style and a SureType QWERTY keyboard underneath.

Verizon getting Samsung Trance tomorrow

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on April 23rd, 2009

Verizon getting Samsung Trance tomorrowThe slider known as the Samsung Trance will be hitting Verizon tomorrow. The phone will feature V CAST with Rhapsody and the VZ Navigator. Some other features include a 2.1-inch screen with a 176 x 220 resolution, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a 16GB microSDHC memory card slot, 1GB of built-in memory and support for numerous media files including MP3, AAC, AAC+ and WMA.

Good phone to listen to music while completing other tasks. You’ll also get a 1.3-megapixel camera and Bang & Olufsen ICEpower speakers for great sound quality. Bluetooth as well.

Star Trek spork: The final frontier in utensils

Posted in Sci-Fi by Conner Flynn on April 23rd, 2009

Star Trek spork: The final frontier in utensilsApparently in the future people can’t decide between the fork and the spoon. That’s why Starfleet issues this spork to all new cadets at the academy. On a side note, I never thought I would ever see a limited edition spork in my life. Trek has really gone downhill.

It’s sports the Starfleet emblem on the back with “Mess Hall” on the handle. It’s a limited edition of 1,701. They should have put spock on it and called it the Spock Spork.

Transparent Lexus makes you feel naked behind the wheel

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on April 23rd, 2009

Transparent Lexus makes you feel naked behind the wheelHere’s something that I guarantee you haven’t seen on the road. A transparent Lexus. It’s pretty amazing to behold. It was born from a collaboration between Lexus and Japanese architect Huzimoto Takeshi. Were talking a true one-of-a-kind, now you see it now you don’t Lexus LF-A wearing a shell of transparent acrylic.

As cool as it is, there’s no way you could drive it. You’d feel all naked and like you were riding in thin air. It’s more of a work of art. How cool would this car look in the rain?

T-Mobile sells a million G1s

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on April 23rd, 2009

T-Mobile G1The T-Mobile G1, has quietly hit a milestone. It has reached over a million units sold in the US alone, which is really saying something since it’s only been six months. It’s great news for the upcoming G2-HTC Dream Android-powered handset.

Sure, that’s nothing compared to the number of Blackberrys, iPhones, and Windows Mobile devices, but you can bet they have their eye on boostig that marketshare number.

Wake up to a Shrieking Ball

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on April 23rd, 2009

Wake up to a Shrieking BallAre you one of those people who can’t seem to wake up on time no matter what you do? You should probably get more sleep, but failing that you want an alarm clock like this concept. The Shrieking Ball concept alarm clock, if it ever sees production, should come with a lifetime guarantee that it will wake you pretty damn quick.

That’s because it will sound off until you lift the main orb from the base. As it shrieks, you’ll have to place it down just so in its cradle in order to stop the little hellspawn. I think this is a sure way to get somebody awake in the morning.

Sony releases VPL-EX7 and VPL-EX70 projectors

Posted in Projectors by Conner Flynn on April 23rd, 2009

Sony releases VPL-EX7 and VPL-EX70 projectorsSony’s latest attempts at the projector market come in the form of these latest two models, the VPL-EX7 and VPL-EX70. Both of these models have the ability to throw a 60″ screen at 1,024 x 768 resolution from a distance of 1.8m, with a short focal lens.

The VPL-EX70 is labeled as BrighEra with a 900:1 contrast ratio and a brightness of 2600 lumens, while the VPL-EX7 has a 500:1 contrast ratio and a 2000 lumens brightness. There is no word on pricing yet.

JVC launching full HD LCD display aimed at photographers

Posted in JVC by Conner Flynn on April 23rd, 2009

JVC launching full HD LCD display aimed at photographersAt first it might seem like a dumb move on JVCs part to offer an LCD display to a niche market like photographers, but when you consider that this 42″ LCD display can reproduce a far greater range of colors than your typical big LCD display (100% of the sRGB space and 96% of Adobe’s RGB space), it makes sense.

Photographers are looking for true quality displays to view their work on. There’s no price on this yet, but it’ll be available in May, so we should know soon. It won’t come cheap, but if you’re a serious photographer, it may be worth it.

Eizo’s FlexScan monitors activate when you are near

Posted in Displays by Conner Flynn on April 23rd, 2009

Eizo's FlexScan monitors activate when you are nearIt’s a good idea. Not just because it’s cool, but also because it’s green. We’re talking monitors that activate or deactivate based on the mere presence of humans. It’s almost alive. Or may seem that way. It’s how Eizo’s 20-inch FlexScan EV2023W-H and 23-inch EV2303W-T roll. They’ll save you energy and money. And maybe help you shed some of that some of that green guilt.

The built-in motion sensor on the monitor switches to standby mode when a human is not detected for 40 seconds. Aside from that, both of these monitors are pretty typical. You’ll get 1600 × 900 native resolution, 178-degree viewing angles, and a 3000:1 contrast ratio for the EV2023W and 1920 × 1080 native resolution, 160-degree viewing angles, and a 1000:1 contrast ratio for the EV2303W.

Japan getting Wii video service, DSi connectivity May 1st

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on April 23rd, 2009

Japan getting Wii video service, DSi connectivity May 1stIt’s been pretty quiet on the whole Wii video in Japan front, but finally there’s some news. Japanese Wii users will soon be able to try it out for themselves. The service is ready to launch in Japan on May 1st.

It’s being called the “Wii no Ma Channel,” and features advertising from Denstu, both free and paid content. What really caught our eye though, is word that a free DSi app will be launching at the same time. The app will allow you to download video from the Wii to your DS, and do other stuff like download coupons from advertisers, which can be scanned directly from the screen.

Apple App Store hits a billion downloads

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on April 23rd, 2009

Apple App Store hits a billion downloadsiPod Touch and iPhone owners have been busy over the last nine months. Who would have thought back then that you guys would buy so many apps. Of course it’s hard to resist such gems as the wobbly boob app and iBeer. Obviously it doesn’t take much to get the public’s attention.

Now it’s up to Windows Mobile, Symbian, Android, BlackBerry and the rest to catch up. If we can offer some advice to these other app stores…Games and productivity apps are all good, but put an emphasis on farts, beer and booze. You’ll catch up in no time.

Palm Pre in the wild, running a YouTube app

Posted in Palm by Conner Flynn on April 23rd, 2009

Palm Pre in the wild, running a YouTube appLooks like some photos of the Palm Pre in the wild have cropped up today on Twitter (via lo_toney) and have since been removed. As you can see, the pic above shows it running what looks like a YouTube videos application.

The YouTube video app looks similar to the same app that appears on Palm’s Treo Pro. We have no idea if the pic is real or not, so you tell us what you think.

Palm Centro for $199

Posted in Palm by Conner Flynn on April 23rd, 2009

Palm Centro for $199Looks like Palm is clearing out their hardware inventory to make way for the much hyped and anticipated Pre, so they are now offering the Palm Centro for just $199, without long-term contracts. The unlocked GPS phone will come in glacier white, cobalt blue or ruby red.

Sure, it isn’t the newest handset in the world, having been released in 2007, and it isn’t the flashiest, but it still has many useful features.

Obama USB flash drive

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on April 23rd, 2009

Obama USB flash drivePresident Obama is a superstar. That’s why everyone is cashing in on his face. One of the latest gadgets to bear his likeness is this Obama USB flash drive. It comes with 2GB of genuine hope and is pre-loaded with more than 30MB of bonus material, including the President’s Inaugural Address and his landmark “Race Speech” in MP3 format. That’s almost 60 minutes of audio right there.

The speech is also in PDF format. Not enough? How about an official White House Obama photo to print and frame? The drive is waterproof and priced for this economy at only $10.

Aliph Jawbone Prime arrives in candy colors

Posted in Headsets by Conner Flynn on April 23rd, 2009

Aliph Jawbone Prime arrives in candy colorsIt’s been nearly a year since we last saw a Bluetooth headset from Aliph. But now it’s back with the Jawbone Prime. The Jawbone Prime isn’t much different than its predecessor. On the outside, they’ve improved the look with something more dramatic. Inside there’s the addition of Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR (multipoint connections, easy pairing), plus some algorithm tweaks of NoiseAssassin 2.0 to improve noise reduction.

The Prime will be replacing existing Jawbones for $130, and comes in Blah Blah Black, Coffee Talk and Going Platinum, while an “EARCANDY” edition is available in Frankly SCARLET, ‘YELLO!, Drop Me A LIME and LILAC You Mean It.