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The Hunt ‘n Peck Keyboard for those who never learned

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2009

The Hunt ‘n Peck Keyboard for those who never learnedThere are those who have never learned how to type. These people use a method called hunt n peck. Understandably, these people have a hard time trying to hunt and peck on a normal keyboard. With this keyboard, just hit the ABC key and it will switch to alphabetical order, making it easier to find the key you need.

For others in the house, those who actually learned how to type, just push the button again and you have a normal QWERTY keyboard. This keyboard also has keys that have common IM abbreviations for you super lazy types.

Zune HD launching on September 5?

Posted in Zune by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2009

Microsoft Zune HDAccording to Microsoft “guru” Paul Thurott, the Zune HD launches on September 5. You should keep in mind that this info is coming from the Zune forums, so take it with a huge grain of salt. We think that the launch window sounds about right, but there’s nothing official. That is all.

GEAR4 ChargeDock for iPhone,iPod

Posted in iPod by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2009

GEAR4 ChargeDock for iPhone,iPodGEAR4 has announced the ChargeDock. They describe it as a “great looking and superbly functional home docking station for iPod and iPhone”. Isn’t that what all docking stations should aspire to be? When you toot your own horn like that, it makes us not that into you. Just fyi.

The ChargeDock claims to include all you need to sync and charge your iPod and iPhone wherever you happen to be using them. You can charge from the AC power supply, or via USB, with the USB sync cable for syncing with your computer’s iTunes library, without having to remove the device from the dock.

SoftBank’s Sharp 10MP camera phone

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2009

SoftBank’s Sharp 10MP camera phoneSoftBank has rolled out the Sharp AQUOS SHOT 933SH 3G camera phone, equipped with a 10-megapixel CCD camera. It measures 110.6mm × 51mm × 16.7mm and weights in at 127grams. In the color shown above it’s also pretty colorful and fruity.

The phone also features a 3.3-inch VGA (854 x 480) wide LCD display, a 0.8-inch OLED sub-display, up to ISO 12800, 1-Seg support, GPS, Bluetooth connectivity, global roaming service, and video recording up to 10MB capacity. It’s available in Ivory, Black, White, Bordo and Blue. How much will the Sharp AQUOS SHOT 933SH cost you?

Details on Ericsson’s sleek W30 series 3G routers

Posted in Routers by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2009

Ericsson's W3x Series HSPA Mobile Broadband RoutersEricsson is introducing the concept that routers can be sexy with the company’s new W30 and W35 models. Sleek, sexy and they will supposedly do 7.2Mbps down and 2.0Mbps up on three HSPA bands in addition to quadband EDGE.

Both models offer 802.11b / g and four Ethernet ports for routing high-speed WWAN data however you want. The W35 throws in two RJ11 ports on board for VoIP connectivity and should be shipping in early June. So make some room for it and wait patiently.

Samsung F480 Games Edition unveiled

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2009

Samsung F480 Games Edition unveiledFirst launched in the spring of 2008, the Samsung F480 is Samsung’s most successful touchscreen phone to date. It’s sold more than 5 million units worldwide (under various names. You may know it as the Samsung TouchWiz, Samsung Toco or Samsung F488. Yeah, it has an identity crisis).

Anyhow, now the F480 comes in a Games Edition, with five full games pre-installed, including “Pacman”, “Who wants to be a millionaire 2009″ and “Millenium Poker.” Those names don’t seem all that exciting to us, but your mileage may vary. Aside from that feature, the Samsung F480 Games Edition looks to have the same features of the original phone: QVGA touchscreen display, 5MP autofocus camera, Bluetooth and HSDPA connectivity.

Philadelphia rolls out solar-powered trash compactors

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2009

Philadelphia rolls out solar-powered trash compactorsThere’s a new trash can in Philadelphia. Several in fact. These brand new solar trash cans are being installed on philly sidewalks and are entirely powered by the sun. The city hopes that you will use them. They can accept close to eight times as much waste as a regular trash can. They go by the name of Big Bellys and they will save the city close to 12 million dollars over 10 years!

The first Big Belly was recently inaugurated by the Mayor at 15th Street and JFK boulevard at JFK Plaza. Over 500 of the units will be installed by July. 210 of those will also feature an additional recycling bin component. Since the compacting bins only have to be emptied 5 times per week (Regular bins which must be emptied 19 times), the city will see huge savings on staff time, fuel costs, and greenhouse gas emissions.

Microsoft working on 300,000 player MMO and next Xbox?

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2009

Microsoft working on 300,000 player MMO and next Xbox?A Microsoft job listing seems to hint that the company is working both on the successor to the Xbox 360 and a massively multi-player online game (MMO) capable of hosting 300,000 players all at a time.

The advertisement reads: “Microsoft Games Studios is looking for experienced game developers to work on next generation Xbox platform titles and Windows games.” Specifically, Microsoft Game Studios is looking for: “an experienced server developer to help develop our server architecture. We are building an extremely high performance system to extend console games to the server in new ways; creating a completely new set of web services to support dynamic programming information of games and scheduling data.” And that’s not all, Microsoft is currently “building a backend capable of hosting a 300,000 player game in real-time with real money on the line (anti-cheating, etc).”

Sanrio Hello Kitty digital frame

Posted in Hello Kitty by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2009

Sanrio Hello Kitty digital frameWe’ve seen several interesting digital frames lately, like Viewsonic’s new line for instance. But none as pink and girlly as this Hello Kitty digital frame. Perfect to display those pics of Hello Kitty herself punching young girls, like above.

Sanrio has introduced two new 7” (480×342) picture frames with 6MB of internal memory. The frames also support MP3 and WMA files as well as JPEG and MPEG 1/2 videos. Other accessories with the digi-frame include SD/SDHC, MMC, memory stick and CF reader. The files can be directly accessed via USB from the frame itself.

Sky to put live content on the Xbox 360

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2009

Microsoft denies Blu-ray player rumors for the Xbox 360Sky and Microsoft are striking a deal that will see the Xbox 360 Console playing live broadcast TV. Xbox users will be able to upgrade to Sky channels this autumn in the UK and Ireland. Xbox owners would have access to sports and programs, and also be able to order movies on demand without a set-top box or satellite dish.

Existing Sky subscribers don’t have to worry. The company has hinted at reduced costs if they prefer to use the Xbox console. The line-up of channels and content available on the Xbox would be similar to the existing Sky Player service, available on PCs and Macs.

Vader Back Buddy Pack turns Darth Vader into a hugging wuss

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2009

Vader Back Buddy Pack turns Darth Vader into a hugging wussTimes have been tough for Lord Vader. After a stunning trio of classic films where he was the ultimate bad guy, Vader was on top of the world. Then he hit rock bottom after three lame prequels, being portrayed as a lame sissy-boy by the highly feminine and over emoting Hayden Christensen.

Sadly, this Back Buddy drives the nail in Vader’s coffin and completes the sissi-fi-cation of the sith lord. This back-pack is so demeaning, even Ewoks won’t fear Vader, but will instead Worship him as the god of cuddly back hugs. It’s wrong. Very wrong.

PSP Go leaks out before E3

Posted in PSP by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2009

PSP Go leaks out before E3We’ll here it is. Photos of the new PSP have arrived. The PSP Go improves upon it’s predecessor by making games available via wireless download or on Memory Stick Micro cards. No more UMD!

The device will feature 16GB of on-board flash memory for storage of downloadable games, movies and music from the Playstation Network. The controller slides out from under the screen to maximize screen size while keeping the console light and small. There’s Bluetooth and WiFi as well.

Creative introduces the ZEN Mozaic EZ300 PMP, again

Posted in Creative by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2009

Creative introduces the ZEN Mozaic EZ300 PMP, againThe original ZEN Mozaic was too loud for it’s own good, what with all those different colored buttons. So Creative has chilled out the ZEN Mozaic EZ300 by getting rid of hose button colors and will now never stray from pink or black.

Everything else remains the same. It features a 1.8-inch 160 x 128 resolution display, 4GB or 8GB of internal capacity, up to 32 hours of audio playback, MP3 / WMA / WAV / JPEG file support, an FM radio tuner, a five-band custom equalizer and USB 2.0 connectivity.

PlayerVenice-V38HD Dvix box

Posted in Set Top Boxes by Conner Flynn on May 30th, 2009

PlayerVenice-V38HD Dvix boxThe PlayerVenice-V38HD Dvix Box stands out from the crowd since it comes with a built-in DVD player, allowing you to rip content from both DVDs and CDs. Of course, you would only make legal backups of things that you actually own.

Some other features of the PlayerVenice-V38HD Dvix Box include an HDMI output, support for all the popular video formats, basic NAS, UPNP and FTP server capabilities courtesy of an Ethernet port. Nothing about price or availability just yet.

Alcatel Superdrug phone

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on May 30th, 2009

Alcatel Superdrug phoneAlcatel is hoping that you find this phone as addictive as the name implies. Those in the UK should be familiar with the Superdrug brand, and the cosmetics/drug store is now offering a limited edition Alcatel OTS211 Superdrug model in white and pink.

It retails for just £14.99 on Virgin PAYG and weighs 69 grams. It comes with a small 1.5″ display, integrated FM radio and up to 400 hours of standby battery life.