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Liquid cooling laptop pad helps your laptop stay cool

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

nexusliquidpad-sbIt may not be officially summer yet, but in warmer climates, it’s already getting hot. If you work on a laptop a lot that means sitting the thing in your lap is getting all the more uncomfortable already. There are lots of laptop coolers on the market with some of them using fans that create noise.

Nexus Technology has unveiled a new laptop cooler that is a velvet blanket filled with a gel-like liquid to capture and remove heat from a laptop. The product is called the Nexus TDD-9000 liquid cooling pad and will ship in mid-June for $23.

Wii Punch Out Game launches

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

punchout-sbOne of the best old school Nintendo games from my youth was Punch Out. I remember thinking how badly the game cheated when I couldn’t beat that fat guy, only to realize you had to punch his jiggly belly then hit him in the jaw.

Yesterday marked the return of Punch Out with the launch of the game for the Nintendo Wii. Like the boxing mini game in Wii Sports, Punch Out uses the Nunchuck and Wii Remote to allow players to actually throw punches in the game. Sounds like a workout for sure.

Wal-Mart launching video game trade-in kiosks

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2009

Wal-Mart launching video game trade-in kiosksIf you’re sick of trading in your used games at gamestop or Amazon, Wal-mart would like to get your old games. Wal-Mart is currently testing an automated video game trade-in kiosk at 77-stores throughout the Northeastern United States.

Gamers can redeem “the trade-in value back to a credit card, which takes 2-3 days, according to the instructions on the company’s website.” Just scan the bar code on the game box in order to receive a quote. Once you accept the quote, insert the game discs (We aren’t sure if the discs are checked for damage before being accepted). The rest of the process is unclear.

Nokia 7020 clamshell phone

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2009

Nokia 7020 clamshell phoneNokia’s upcoming 7020 clamshell phone is a fashion phone that boasts a 2.2-inch TFT display with 240 x 320 resolution, an external display with 128 x 160 resolution, 2MP camera, 45MB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, an MP3/MPEG-4 player, stereo FM radio and a standard Li-Ion 860 mAh battery.

If you can’t wait to get your hands on this new handset, you won’t have to wait long. It will be available in the fourth quarter of 2009 for about $121. Obviously this one is geared toward the fairer sex. So, what do you think ladies?

Alessi Cordless DECT phone with 65,000 color OLED display

Posted in Telephones by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2009

Alessi Cordless DECT phone with 65,000 color OLED displayThe DECT phone, designed by Italian Stefano Giovannoni, combines some very nice design with advanced functions. The phone features a 65,000 color OLED display, as well as preloaded backgrounds and ringtones.

Though it may look and sound like just a concept, the DECT phone is real. You can actually buy it. The phone also has a large directory for storing contacts and a high quality speaker. It’s priced pretty reasonably at $175.

Screenshots of Office 2010

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2009

Screenshots of Office 2010At one point, Microsoft Office had the code name office 14, at least until January, but it looks like Microsoft has decided to use the release year name. So, the next version is to be called Office 2010. Arstechnica has a bunch of leaked screenshots of Office 2010 which should go to testers in 2 months.

Office 2010 will arrive next year and include Access 2010, Excel 2010, InfoPath 2010, OneNote 2010, Outlook 2010, PowerPoint 2010, Project 2010, Publisher 2010, SharePoint Designer 2010, SharePoint Workspace 2010, Visio 2010 and Word 2010.

Samsung B7300 touchscreen phone

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2009

Samsung B7300 touchscreen phoneIt won’t be long before Samsung releases the Samsung B7300, a Windows Mobile-powered smartphone. This one supports Quad-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE connectivity.

Some other features include a 3.2-inch 320×400px TFT LCD touchsreen display, 3.2MP camera, integrated FM Radio, built-in GPS, and Bluetooth 2.0. This particular Windows Mobile-powered smartphone lacks Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity.

Acer Aspire One AO751h

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2009

Acer Aspire One AO751hIn a not-so-surprising move that is sure to shock no one, Acer has launched yet another Aspire One. Anyone keeping count? How many does that make? Anyway, now there’s one more.

The Aspire One AO751h is all about helping “customers attain a new level of productivity and efficiency”. It features an 11.6″ high-definition screen and full-sized keyboard, Intel Atom Z520 1.22GHz processor, Windows XP Home, 11.6″ WXGA 16:9 ratio Acer CrystalBrite High Definition display, 1GB RAM, 160GB SATA hard drive, Multi-memory card slot, Wi-Fi connectivity, Built-in webcam and Three USB 2.0 ports.

Iomega eGo drive

Posted in Iomega by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2009

Iomega eGo driveIomega has added a few models to its eGo line of portable hard drives. The 250GB and 500GB versions will retail for $85 and $135. Each of these new Iomega eGo drives will be powered by a single USB port and comes in red, silver, blue and black colors.

You know, if the usual white and black of gadget colors has you wanting some change. Aside from that, there’s not a whole lot to see here.

PS3 Slim spyshots hit with Cease and Desist

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2009

Slim PS3 spotted?Remember that slim PS3 we told you about the other day? Looks like Engadget and Ubergizmo both received cease and desist emails from some mysterious Chinese manufacturer.

Why would a Chinese manufacturer, who is not Sony, be sending these out? Are they trying to protect their knockoff? We have no idea. But our guess would be that the emails could be coming from say, the manufacturer of the box or something. Because otherwise, it’s just too silly to think that a knockoff company is trying to protect their inferior crap product.

Cybook Opus e-book reader fits in your pocket

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2009

Cybook Opus e-book reader fits in your pocketHere’s an e-book reader that does things that the Kindle 2 won’t. Like fit in your pocket and have built in PDF support. The reader weighs in at just 5.3 ounces and packs a nice resolution of 200 DPI. Some other features include a 6″ display, 1GB of flash memory that can accommodate ePub, PDF, HTML and text formats. You’ll also have access to a catalog of 150,000 books.

Software features would let users pick one of 12 font sizes for readability as well as let owners organize e-books by folders. Battery life will give you about 8,000 page flips, which is quite a few novels(Or one Robert Jordan Wheel Of Time novel.) No 3G wireless feature, but you’ll get 21 days at standby.

AT&T thinking about cheaper iPhone plans?

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2009

AT&T thinking about cheaper iPhone plans?WWDC approaches. You know what that means. Apple rumors galore. Today’s Apple rumor has BusinessWeek saying that AT&T is working on cheaper iPhone data plans. We don’t have many details, so we don’t know just how it would work.

One popularly-discussed option is a $20 “limited-access” plan which could be potentially offered alongside a cheaper iPhone to be introduced at WWDC. The big question is, what exactly does “limited access” mean? If it won’t allow you to do anything fun, no one will care.

New York Times says Palm Pre to launch in the first week of June

Posted in Palm by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2009

Palm debuts the PreYour wait is almost over. The New York Times claims that the Smartphone is due in the first week of June, which confirms what we have heard. As usual, all we can do is wait, safe in the knowledge that very soon, the Pre will be among us.

If you ask us, our guess is we will have some sort of official word any day now. But it’s looking more and more certain that we will see it in that first week of June.

UMID mbook M1 gets a matching keyboard

Posted in UMPC by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2009

UMID mbook M1 gets a matching keyboardThe UMID mbook M1 has only been available for purchase in white so far, but there was once a time when the Atom-based clamshell was seen sporting red, pink, and black casings. Well, UMID has taken the mbook M1 and gone black with it. The Atom-powered clamshell looks much sleeker with the black keyboard. And you can take it more seriously too.

We don’t know when the full black model will be released, but it should be pretty soon as they seem to have tackled previous build quality issues.

Samson Expedition XP308i

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2009

Samson Expedition XP308iSamson has just released the Expedition XP308i, a portable 8-channel mixer that comes with a built-in iPod dock and dual two-way speakers. It packs a 300-watt power amplifier inside, along with 8″ woofers in 2-way vented enclosures, and a couple of internal 150W Class D amplifiers.

It was specially designed to not weigh a ton and make it easy to carry around. You’ll also get four mic/line inputs, two stereo inputs, and the ability to control the bass and treble. The Expedition XP308i will be available in June for $680.