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RunPee tells you when to pee during a movie

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2009

RunPee tells you when to pee during a movieRunPee is a useful tool if you truly love movies and have an overactive bladder. RunPee is a movie review site that doesn’t care if the movie sucks or not. It’s not about praising great works of art or panning celluloid crap.

RunPee is all about telling you which scenes are the best parts for you to leave for a few minutes, so you can go pee. Get it? RunPee? From what I hear about Terminator Salvation, you can just get up any old time and you won’t miss much. Feel free to be constipated and read a newspaper or three.

CircuitCity.com re-launching in the next few days

Posted in circuit city by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2009

circuitcity-logo-sbLast month we learned that Circuit City may rise again, thanks to a buyout from Systemax Inc. That prophecy comes true within the next few days.

In a video embedded on the temporary splash page, the Systemax CEO claims that the new Circuit City will feature lower prices, a better selection, 24/7 customer service and faster shipping (which starts at $1.99). We’ll find out soon is it’s all talk or if they are going to walk the walk.

BlackBerry Curve 8900 hits AT&T on Friday for $199

Posted in Curve by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2009

BlackBerry Curve 8900 officially hitting AT&T in "early summer"Last we heard, the Curve 8900 was scheduled for a vague “early summer” release. Well, AT&T has just announced that the Curve 8900 will be available both online and in stores starting this Friday. That’s a whole lot less vague and just two days away.

If you are adding a line or are eligible for a fully discounted upgrade, you’ll need about $200 not including tax. To recap, some features include WiFi, GPS and a 480 x 360 resolution display and the joy of owning a BB.

Microsoft SideShow offers gamers a secondary touchscreen

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2009

Microsoft SideShow offers gamers a secondary touchscreenMicrosoft’s SideShow is a secondary sub-display running off of a Windows Vista system. It hasn’t been as popular as the company had hoped, but now they’re setting their sights on gamers to rejuvenate the concept. The idea is a 6.4-inch touchscreen that is switchable between portrait and landscape orientation, which would present game-specific controls and free up the main display.

Imagine an RPG title that could shift its control palette to the SideShow display, leaving the main monitor for the primary interface, or racing games that could offer a separate rear-view mirror. Yes, it has a lot of potential in gaming.

Plush Tauntaun with frozen Luke Skywalker

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2009

Plush Tauntaun with frozen Luke SkywalkerIt’s one of the most classic scenes to ever grace the silver screen. Han Solo goes in search of his buddy Luke. When he finds him, Luke is nearly dead from the cold. So when Han’s Tauntaun kicks the bucket, he slices that sucker open and places Luke inside it’s gooey belly warmth.

Yeah, this is like that, but plush. It’s a plush Tauntaun with frozen Luke Skywalker by Heidi Kenney. Luke can be removed and inserted again into the Tauntaun’s belly, which has a zipper. The Tauntaun will be part of the Stitch Wars exhibit, which will feature everything Star Wars/stitched.

Apple warns iPod & iPhone users about static shocks

Posted in iPod by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2009

iPod touchLooks like price isn’t the only shock that iPod and iPhone users have to look forward to. Apple is advising iPod and iPhone owners to choose to wear natural fibers rather than synthetic materials, install an air humidifier, and avoid touching their PMP, in the hope that it will prevent static electricity shocks. The advice is part of a warning added to the company’s support site this week, where it blames “extremely dry air” for most static build-up, and denies any particular susceptibility of iPods and iPhones themselves.

The static electricity build-up can apparently be caused by low-humidity environments, using an iPod in a windy environment, and repeated removal and replacement of an iPod into a bag or pocket. Apple also suggests that jogging or exercising can trigger such static, as can wearing materials such as nylon.

3-D Gauge Cluster concept

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2009

3-D Gauge Cluster conceptNVIDIA and icar have teamed up and are working on a 3D gauge cluster for cars. The pic above is a concept, but if the final product is that awesome, they will really be onto something. The proof of concept shows how adaptable a 3D gauge cluster could be and it is capable of displaying a whole lot of info.

The images show the standard speedometer and fuel gauge, along with radio and navigation information. Relocating this information to the gauge cluster could reduce the need for a second screen in a car’s center stack.

Samsung i8910 HD now available in the UK

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2009

Samsung i8910 HD now available in the UKThose living in the UK will be able to get the Samsung i8910 HD, aka the Omnia HD. The Symbian S60-powered device is a reasonable £97.50 on a £35 monthly plan.

That sounds like a bargain since some features include: a 3.7″ capacitive touchscreen at 640 x 360 resolution display, an 8-megapixel camera and a modified TouchWiz 3D implementation that works in the S60 environment. That’s some good value for money. We don’t often get such good value in the states.

Verizon Wireless to launch enV Touch on June 5th

Posted in Verizon by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2009

Verizon Wireless to launch enV Touch on June 5thVerizon Wireless wants some of the spotlight when Sprint debuts their Palm Pre, so they’re releasing the enV Touch a day earlier.

It may not dissuade many people from the Palm Pre, but Voyager fans may want to see what the enV Touch has to offer. Some specs include: 3″ internal display, On-screen keyboard, External 3″ display at 800 x 480 resolution, 3.2-megapixel camera with Schneider-Kreuznach lens, 3.5mm headset jack, EVDO Rev A connectivity, and a microSDHC memory card slot.

Epson announces new printers on the cheap

Posted in Epson by Shane McGlaun on May 20th, 2009

epsonnx515-sbOne of the big problems with printers today isn’t that they print too slowly or that they can’t print images. The big problem is the cost of the printer and ink. Often you can replace your whole printer for the price you pay for new ink cartridges alone. I once owned a printer that cost about $50 to replace the ink tanks.

Epson has announced a new line of all-in-one printers called the NX series that offers nice features at low prices. All of the printers will copy, scan, and print. The line all use Epson DURABrite inks as well. The line includes the NX115, NX215, NX415, and NX515 models.

Pirates and Ninjas battle in dodgeball smack down

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on May 20th, 2009

dodgeball-sbI have fond memories of dodge ball games form my elementary school days. You could always tell who was good at the game by the looks on their face when the coach rolled out that metal rack with all the red plastic balls on it. A smile and a woot meant watch out, a frown and a look of terror meant dodge ball fodder.

A game that pits pirates and ninjas in a dodge ball death match is now available for the Nintendo Wii. The game is called Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball. If pirates and ninjas don’t float your boat, you can also play as a team of zombies, aliens, robots, monsters, or mushroom men.

NASCAR sanctioned online racing series launches in 2010

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on May 20th, 2009

nascarirace-sbI am a big car guy. I love cars, specifically sports, muscle and exotic cars. Car racing is cool; I used to race autocross and loved it. What I can’t watch for long is NASCAR. I get really bored watching cars going around in circles for hours.

NASCAR is one of the most popular sports in America though and has fans all over the country. NASCAR announced a new sanctioned online racing series today in conjunction with iRacing that will let fans race against each other and against some of their favorite NASCAR drivers starting in 2010.

AT&T to expand subsidized netbook program

Posted in AT&T by Shane McGlaun on May 20th, 2009

acerone-sbIn Europe, the practice of subsidizing notebooks and netbooks on mobile carriers is very common. In the US, the practice is still relatively unknown. RadioShack offers a netbook bundled with mobile broadband, but it is one of the few such offers in the States.

AT&T has announced that it will be expanding its subsidized netbook offer and rolling the products out to its stores nationwide. The new expanded lineup will include Acer, Dell, and Lenovo netbooks all bundled with mobile broadband plans.

Are you using Micro SD cards yet?

Posted in SanDisk by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2009

Are you using Micro SD cards yet?How many of you have started using micro SD cards? If you have, what is your experience? If you haven’t, why not? I recently started using the micro SD cards from Sandisk after avoiding them forever. I just figured, they’re so damn tiny, they had to be annoying. But after using them, I’ve found them pretty darn useful and even though they are obscenely tiny, I’m sold.

They are especially useful for moving songs betweens between your MP3 player and phone. (Assuming you have the micro SD slot). Say you have an 8 GB MP3 player. An 8 GB card doubles your storage. That’s a no brainer. But the fact that you can take the card out and use it on your phone or other device is where they are handy.

LG’s WiFi-enabled, DivX-friendly BD390 Blu-ray player

Posted in Blu-ray by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2009

lg_bd390-blu-ray-deckLG has released the world’s first DivX HD 1080p certified player, the BD390. The player debuted at CES earlier this year and is now making its way out to consumers. It features an 802.11n Wi-Fi module and support for DivX streaming from a DLNA server.

Priced at $399.95, the LG BD390 also features BD-Live support, a 7.1-channel audio output, a 1GB of built-in memory, and a USB 2.0 socket.