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Dog-O-Mat: Automatic dog-washing vending machine

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

Dog-O-Mat: Automatic dog-washing vending machineJust look at that poor pathetic pooch. He’s in a “washing-machine”. A dog washing-machine. Yes it’s the Dog-O-Matic, a mini car-wash for dogs. It will rid your beast of flees with ease, so you can rest asured that Fido’s hair won’t make you sneeze.

Yes my friends, the Dog-O-Matic will clean the entire range of your pooch’s mange. Just take a gander at the lack of dander. Only takes one terrifying(For your dog) half an hour. It’s from Romain Jarry, who insists that the device is not cruel. He plans to introduce it to U.K. next year, and the dogs are worried.

Philips X550 with month-long phone battery life

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

Philips X550 with month-long phone battery lifeMobile phone battery life is one of the most important factors to consider when buying a phone. And Philips has one that will last a long tme with the Philips X550. This phone apparently has a battery that can last up to a month in stand-by. Some sacrifices had to be made obviously.

No 3G connectivity here and it relies only on GPRS and EDGE for data transfers. Some other features are: A QVGA display with 262k colors, Bluetooth, FM radio with RDS, 3.2MP autofocus camera, MicroSD card support and up to 8GB memory. No pricing info yet.

Video Water: Thanko’s mini underwater camcorder

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

Video Water: Thanko's mini underwater camcorder  Thanko has released a new super tiny camcorder named “video water”. It’s a finger sized water-tight video recorder that can be easily attached to anything. The camera will work under water up to a depth of 20 meters. That way, you record all the fish you want, or record your friend getting their pants pulled down in the pool. Whatever.

Resolution is equivalent to the camera in an ordinary cell phone. Record time is about 6 hours. The video is encoded in .3gp format and the 2GB of memory can hold over 6 hours of video. Charge time is how much use time you’ll get.

Phosphor watches feature curved E-Ink displays

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

Phosphor watches feature curved E-Ink displaysDespite the fact that hi-tech watches are awesomely cool, they tend to make one look like a nerd. That’s why these e-ink Phosphor watches are pretty cool. They bridge the gap. Awesome tech, with a look that is at least respectable.

You could actually wear these outside of a Trek convention without being labeled a dork. They have screens that will show you the time, date, and other stuff. Techie and retro at once, without going overboard. They’re all under $200.

Panasonic HDC-SD10 and HDC-TM10

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

Panasonic HDC-SD10 and HDC-TM10Panasonic has announced a few new camcorders in the HDC-SD10 and HDC-TM10 which weigh just 227 grams. Therefore Panasonic is claiming that they are the lightest full HD camcorders in the world. Both models can record 1,920 x 1,080 HD images and sport 16x optical zoom, touchscreen control, iA with AF tracking and Advanced Optical Image Stabilizer to counter your unsteady hand.

The SD10 uses the SD/SDHC memory card to store your recordings, while the TM10 uses 8GB internal memory and an SD/SDHC memory card slot.

Citizen AIBATO M Bluetooth watch controls your camera

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

Citizen AIBATO M Bluetooth watch controls your cameraCitizen has announced a new Bluetooth watch, the AIBATO M. What’s interesting about this one is that it wirelessly connects to your cellphone and can, with selected handsets, remotely trigger the camera, browse emails and show call and message alerts. It comes in two colors. Black (with a rubber strap) and silver (with a metal strap).

The watches charge using an included desk-stand. A full battery is good for up to five days. It will give you audio and visual alerts and can even vibrate. Various Sharp and Softbank handsets are supported, but it’s unclear whether it will also work without the more complex camera control on other devices.

Elektromotive unveils billing system chargepoint for EVs

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

Elektromotive unveils billing system chargepoint for EVsElectric vehicles aren’t exactly everywhere, but that’s not stopping Elektromotive from positioning themselves for future profits. The firm has just unveiled the first-ever billable charge station for EVs. It’s a three phase chargepoint that can supply up to 32 amps at 240V.

The station is called the Elektrobay and is equipped with a 2-way GSM service called EBConnect, which lets users with specialized key fobs and the like just wave their key, get a charge and be invoiced later. The new billing system will be installed in all 160 Elektrobay units in the UK.

Next iPhone launching July 17? OLED display? Glowing Apple logo?

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

Next iPhoneAnd here is your daily iPhone rumor. Word is that the next handset will be announced at WWDC. It will feature an OLED display and a glowing Apple logo, and have a launch date of July 17. Many of the provided specifications go hand in hand with past rumors that the device will introduce a digital compass and a video recorder, as well as other features. Here are the specs:

32GB and 16GB storage (up from the current 16GB and 8GB models), $199 and $299 price points to be maintained, 3.2-megapixel camera (up from the current 2-megapixel camera), Video-recording and editing capabilities, Ability to send a picture & video via MMS, Discontinuation of the metal band surrounding the edge of the device, OLED screen, 1.5 times the battery life of the current models, Double the RAM and processing power, Built-in FM transmitter, Apple logo on back will glow, Rubber-tread backing, Sleeker design, Built-in compass, The camera, GPS, compass and Google map combined will identify photo and inform about photo locations, Turn-by-turn directions

Wal-Mart’s new Apple sections

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

Apple LogoWal-Mart is upping its electronics game, filling the void left by Circuit City’s closure. If you’re counting, that’s about $11.1 billion in annual revenue waiting to be made. Wal-Mart is rolling out new sections for Apple and Nintendo in some of its electronics departments this week.

They are also adding higher-end Sony and Samsung televisions, expanding Blu-ray equipment and is even getting the Palm Pre next month. Wow. Does this mean under $1000 macs? That would sure make Laptop Hunters happy.


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

Sharp AQUOS SHOT 933SHSharp is offering another handset for SoftBank Mobile. This one is unsure if it’s a phone or a camera. The AQUOS SHOT 933SH. The most interesting aspect of it is the 10-megapixel low-noise CCD sensor that was specially designed to make it as simple to use as a standard digital camera, thanks to its rotating touchscreen display.

Just flip it around and you’re ready to start capturing your subject. Turn the camera function off and you have a 3.3″ WVGA display alongside global roaming capability. Nothing on price, but it launches in May.


Interactive Punch-Out arcade dummy

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

The old school 8-bit hit known as Punch-Out launched yesterday. And in honor of it’s revival, this guy turned his Slam Man Boxing Dummy into a handy practice buddy for Mike Tyson’s Punch Out on the NES.

There are arcade buttons on the dummy itself, allowing you to control your in-game character by punching those buttons. There are instructions if you want to build one yourself and work out some aggression. We can only guess that it makes for one hell of a workout and leaves your knuckles sore and bruised.

Transformers Ravage USB drive

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2009

Transformers Ravage USB driveRemember that transformer who used to transform from a cat into a cassette? That’s old school Ravage. New school Ravage is an awesome USB drive. This combines all of the awesomeness that is transformers, with USB technology.

It’s simply the latest way to fly your geek flag from your USB port. Pose him, transform him and fill his 2GB soul with data. Ravage will cost you $43 and he ships in September.

It’s officially official: Palm Pre on June 6th for $200

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

It's officially official: Palm Pre on June 6th for $200Finally, Sprint has announced that the Pre will cost $199.99 after $100 mail-rebate and 2-year contract and will launch on June 6th. The phone will go on sale nationwide (in the US-only to start) at Sprint stores, Best Buy, Radio Shack, and select Wal-Marts.

The Pre will be available under Sprint’s Everything Data or Business Essentials with Messaging and Data plans. Some accessories include the optional $69.99 Touchstone charging dock kit that includes the $49.99 dock and $19.99 Pre back cover.

comScore unveils search engine rankings for April 2009

Posted in comScore by Shane McGlaun on May 19th, 2009

comscore-logo-sbIt has been years since I have willingly used any search engine other than Google. The only time I search using anything else is when I sit at my wife’s computer with MSN as the home page and the page forces my search query into the MSN search box. Nothing like padding your search numbers huh Microsoft.

Metrics firm comScore announced the search engine rankings for April 2009 this week. As you expect the top search engine was Google with 64.2% of all searches for the month, up from 63.7% the month before. Yahoo, despite all its financial woes, was number two on the chart with 20.4% of the search market, down slightly from 20.5% the previous month.

Dell unveils 10.1-inch Latitude 2100 netbook for K-12 students

Posted in Dell by Shane McGlaun on May 19th, 2009

delllatitude2100-sbA friend of mine was asking me the other day what notebook they should buy for their 7-year-old son who wants his first computer. I told them to get a netbook because they are cheap and sized well for small hands. The only problem with a netbook is that the small stature can lead to easier breakage.

Dell has announced a new ruggedized netbook called the Latitude 2100 that is aimed at use in schools for students in K-12. The machine has a rubberized design that helps it withstand the rigors of living with kids and makes the exterior of the machine grippier.