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LG Versa game pad now available

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

LG Versa game pad now availableThe LG Versa’s QWERTY module is great and everything, but if you’re ready for some games, you may be ready for the snap-on game pad, which is now available. Unlike the QWERTY, the game pad module slides along the back of the phone’s body for storage, not requiring the brown wallet.

You’ll get an 8-way directional pad, four dedicated gaming buttons, and some sore fingers if you don’t take a break now and then. It will cost you $29.99.

Warner Bros launches HD DVD to Blu-ray trade-in program

Posted in Blu-ray by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2009

Batman BeginsIf you recently jumped on the Blu-ray bandwagon, chances are you’ve got a bunch of DVDs that are pretty much useless now. Warner Bros. wants to help. The company is now offering a trade-in program called Red2Blu that allows people to trade in 25 Warner Bros. HD DVDs and have them replaced with Blu-ray versions.

The new program isn’t free though. It will cost you $4.95 per disc plus $6.95 for shipping on each DVD. Interestingly, you don’t have to send in the discs to the WB, you just need to send in the cover art for the HD DVD discs you want replaced.

Ball Pen with Wi-Fi detector

Posted in Wi-Fi by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2009

Ball Pen with Wi-Fi detectorHere’s another useful device to have in your pocket. The “Ball Pen With Wi-Fi Detector”. This tiny ball pen will help you find a good signal and choose the best place to get access to the internet. Armed with this pen, you will Always find the best Wi-Fi networks.

It integrates an 802.11B and G Wi-Fi detector and strength meter in the form of 4 LEDs. Just push the button and the pen will automatically search for a nearby Wi-Fi hotspot. The pen really is mightier than the sword. I’ve never seen a sword do that.

Emotional Statistics: Website traffic stats bowl

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2009

Emotional Statistics: Website traffic stats bowlObviously people that own Internet gadget stores and websites want to know which parts of their site visitors are hitting the hardest. But some like to peruse their stats while enjoying a bowl of cereal in the morning. Or so this concept suggests.

The Emotional Statistics bowl is a whole new way of displaying traffic stats, it uses flashing diodes to represent how deeply into a website a visitor has ventured, if the center lights up it means that they have bought something. Score!

Steampunk light switch plates

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2009

Steampunk light switch platesHere’s a new and interesting way to geek up your home. Make it look just a little more steampunk with these Steampunk light switch plates. You might as well. They go with your bowler hat and handlebar mustache. We have just one request. Stop asking people to address you as Mr. Jules Verne. It’s kinda creepy.

Sadly you can’t buy these ready-made. But if you want them, there are instructions on how to create one of these for yourself. There are a variety of types you can create in various degrees of building difficulty. Hey why not?

Samsung intros 46, 55-inch B9000 HDTVs with wireless external media box

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2009

Samsung intros 46, 55-inch B9000 HDTVsSamsung has announced the 46 and 55 inch B9000 HDTVs which are apparently the follow-up to the A950 models of last year.

The latest additions feature LED backlights with localized dimming, Medi@2.0 with YouTube/Yahoo! Widgets, built-in USB port, DLNA functionality and a wireless connection to the external media box similar to Sony ZX1. As usual, nothing on pricing or availability just yet. Stay tuned, we will likely get an update very soon.

Apple to get 15-inch OLED display from LG?

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2009

MacBook Air now $500 cheaperWord on the street is that Apple is set to get one of the largest practical OLED displays as early as this summer. Reportedly, a senior executive from LG Display says that Apple will use a newly-developed 15-inch screen for a “brand new” notebook that’s due in June and will be one of the first companies anywhere to use the screen.

Specs as well as a notebook line name were not mentioned. The rumor is from Australia’s Smarthouse which cited a senior LG executive from LG Display as the source. The system is likely to be expensive, since the panel will be 2 to 3 times as costly to make as an equivalent LCD.

Viewsonic unveils thin 35mm All-In-One PC

Posted in Viewsonic by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2009

Viewsonic unveils thin 35mm All-In-One PCViewSonic’s latest offering is a sweet looking super-thin all in one computer. One that is only 35mm thick. For comparison, that’s a little thinner than the iMac. Inside you’ll find an Atom 1.6Ghz CPU, a DVD RW drive, 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard disk. The screen is a 19 incher.

It will ship with Windows XP Home and features WIFI and Ethernet of course. How about 4 USB 2.0 ports and a 4-in-1 card reader? Looks like a good one to help you save some space in your home.

Toshiba Mini NB200 Netbook with 9-Cell battery

Posted in Netbook by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2009

Toshiba Mini NB200 Netbook with 9-Cell batteryBattery life in netbooks is the new thin. Everyone is competing to give you more juice. Toshiba is no different. Hence the 9-Cell battery version of the NB200 that claims to last for 9 hours, which is fine by us. That isn’t all it has going for it though.

The Toshiba NB200 has some other interesting features, like a 10.1″ TruBrite display, a 3D accelerometer, one always-on USB port for charging and a large touch pad. It only weighs 2.42 Lbs too, so you won’t be lifting weights.

At last, a fishing pole controller for the Xbox 360

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2009

At last, a fishing pole controller for the Xbox 360I don’t know how many times I’ve been playing a fishing game on the Xbox 360, only to be disappointed that my fish got away due to a crappy fishing pole. Well, no more. Never again will I lose a fish and throw my plastic rod into the TV.

Thanks to “The Strike,” coming this fall, I’ll get “realistic lake bottom topography, life-like fish behaviors” and more. Time to get in some practice with paperclip fish and a magnet on my line. And if you don’t like fishing games, this thing looks quality enough to beat people with.

VHS cassette turned into a USB drive

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2009

VHS casette turned into a USB driveWe aren’t sure why…this exists. We can only guess that some of you have already grown nostalgic about your old VHS cassette tapes. It’s a super easy mod, should you want one for yourself. If you love VHS so much, you can probably just pluck one of these off your entertainment center.

A little work and presto, you’ve got a USB storage device that looks like a VHS tape with a wire tail. It’s super easy. You are basically just connecting the USB cable to a thumb drive inside the tape, wiring some circuit board and that’s it. Total cost is $10-15. Video below.

Seagate intros low-power Barracuda LP hard drives

Posted in Seagate by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2009

Seagate intros low-power Barracuda LP hard drivesSeagate just-announced its Barracuda LP series, which cuts down the power consumption without sacrificing very much in performance. According to Seagate, the drives will use up to 50% less electricity than typical hard drives, while giving you a speed of 5,900 RPM and an average latency of 5.5ms, and a 32MB cache.

We don’t have anything on price yet, but apparently they come in 1TB, 1.5TB, and 2TB sizes (all 3.5-inch).

Apple has best ever March quarter, $1.21b profit

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2009

Apple teams up with Adobe for iPhone FlashThe economy may be in the crapper, but Apple hasn’t really noticed. They just keep on keeping on, selling iPods, iPhones and Macs to a hungry public. Apple just reported a $1.21b profit on revenues of $8.16b, making it another record quarter.

This when Mac sales fell three percent compared to last year. Luckily for them it was offset by a three percent increase in iPod sales (mostly the iPod touch), while iPhone sales jumped 123-percent.

Doctor has cloned dead humans

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2009

Doctor has cloned dead humansSee that picture above? That’s Cady. She died at age 10 in a car accident. A mad scientist by the name of Dr. Panayiotis Zavos infused her DNA into a cow’s egg to study human cloning.

Dr Zavos (Isn’t that a creepy mad scientist name?) assures the public that the human/cow hybrid model is for study only, not for world domination or anything. He says that he would never implant anything but human to human tissue, even though Cady’s mother would allow it. But a documentary filmmaker who witnessed his work says that Zavos has implanted 11 other cloned 100% human embryos into four women who are prepared to give birth to the first human clone. The procedure is a criminal offense in Britain and illegal in many other countries.

EagleTec Nano 4/8GB flash drive is tiny

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2009

EagleTec Nano 4/8GB flash drive is tinyFlash drives are great and all, but most are long and get in the way, whether in your laptop or wherever. They aren’t a good shape and size. Well, the EagleTec Nano from Brando is small. Tiny in fact. This tiny USB flash drive will cost you just $33 for 8GB and $22 for the 4GB.

It sure is tempting. The speed is 15Mb/s read, up to 6Mb/s write. It can fit right on your key chain, so it won’t get lost. The whole thing is about the size of a quarter.