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Guitar Hero 5 arrives September 1st

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on May 29th, 2009

Guitar Hero 5 arrives September 1stThat’s right. The latest volume of Guitar Hero is nearly ready to hit the streets. So unpack your plastic guitar (We’re assuming you are sick of those old songs by now.) and get ready to rock. Guitar Hero 5 arrives on September 1st.

There are a bunch of features like the ability to play through sets with no players actively playing, so anyone to join in at any time. But you have some hard choices to make. The release date comes one week before The Beatles: Rock Band. Decisions, decisions.

Color-Screen Kindle is years away

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on May 29th, 2009

Kindle 2 gets Colorware makeoverEveryone wants an e-reader with a color screen. You live in color, so you want to see in color. It’s not like you bought the Kindle to watch old episodes of The Honeymooners or The Andy Griffith show. Not that you can watch shows, but you know what I mean. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said today that a color version of the Kindle is not imminent, but that “I know it’s multiple years. I don’t know how many years but it’s years.”

Obviously color e-ink isn’t ready for our use anytime soon, but it’s still disappointing hearing it from the Kindle’s daddy. It’s black-and-white for a while yet. Maybe someone will make some cool glasses that fool your eyes in the meantime.

Alienware’s M17X gaming laptop with twin GTX 280M GPUs

Posted in Alienware by Conner Flynn on May 29th, 2009

Alienware's M17X gaming laptop with twin GTX 280M GPUsDubbed the “all-powerful” gaming laptop, Alienware just may be onto something here. It features a pair of 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M GPUs, a Core 2 Extreme quad-core CPU at the top end with up to 8GB of 1333MHz DDR3 memory, and 1TB of 7200-rpm disk or a 512GB SSD.

RAID 1 or RAID 0. You’ll also get a nine-cell battery, FireWire, 4x USB, eSATA, ExpressCard, 802.11n WiFi, 8-in-1 media card reader, dual-layer Blu-ray, a 1920 x 1200 pixel edge-to-edge LCD, DisplayPort and HDMI-outs all in a package that weighs 11.68-pounds.

49-port USB hub

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on May 29th, 2009

49-port USB hubMost computers only have about 2 to 4 USB ports, even the best motherboards only offer 10 or 15 USB ports. But let’s face it, you need more. You have your flash drives, your USB toys, USB Christmas lights, drink coolers etc. You NEED more ports in a USB hub.

This baby has 49. That’s right 49. You’ll never be without a USB port again unless you have way too many USB gadgets. Like say, 50. It’s actually meant for a more professional environment, like say, getting input from 49 different cameras simultaneously and the like. But you can have one too. It’s powered from a standard ATX power supply.

OCZ Neutrino 10-inch DIY Netbook Review

Posted in Review by Shane McGlaun on May 29th, 2009

oczneutrinoI am a big fan of netbooks and use a MSI Wind U100 when I am traveling and have never missed my larger and much more bulky Dell laptop. Being a big fan of computers and gadgets, my desk is full of old notebook and desktop hard drives and sticks of RAM. If you have the same sort of hardware lying around, today we are going to check out what could well be the perfect netbook for you. The OCZ Neutrino is billed as a DIY netbook and if you are the type who builds your own PCs, it’s not nearly as DIY as you are used too. The machine lacks storage, RAM and an OS. What it does have comes at a lower price. Is the OCZ Neutrino right for you? Read on to find out.

Corsair whips out modular energy efficient PSUs

Posted in Corsair by Shane McGlaun on May 29th, 2009

corsairpsu-sbCorsair has been in the PC hardware business for a long time. The company offers and produces some of the most popular enthusiast memory products around and has a full line of flash drives and SSDs that are available.

Corsair has announced two new modular power supplies that are both 80 Plus Silver certified for energy efficiency. The new models include the HX850W and HX750W and the modular design of the PSUs means that there are no extra cables left inside your PC chassis that you don’t need.

THQ to launch next gen online shooter called CrimeCraft

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on May 29th, 2009

crimecraft-sbI have played my share of MMORPG games. I tried World of Warcraft a few times, but the fantasy game isn’t my favorite genre and I just didn’t get into the game that much. I have often wished for a good MMO shooter, obviously PlanetSide doesn’t count.

THQ has announced that it will be launching a new MMO shooter called CrimeCraft. The game is set for pre-order in stores on June 7. CrimeCraft is a game that allows players to found their own gang and fight to destroy rival gangs.

Super Talent offers new speedy SSD upgrades for Eee netbooks

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on May 29th, 2009

supertalenteeessd-sbAsus created the very successful netbook category in 2007 when it first loosed its Eee netbook onto the market. It took a while for the small screened machines to catch on, but once they did nearly every PC maker now offers netbooks.

Super Talent has announced a new line of SSDs aimed at users looking to upgrade their Asus Eee 900, 901, 901A, 901 GO, and S101 netbooks with faster storage. The new SSDs are available in both MLC and SLC versions.

Dell launches Studio 14z notebook in a rainbow of colors

Posted in Dell by Shane McGlaun on May 29th, 2009

dellstudio14-sbThere was once a time when buying a new notebook regardless of the brand meant that you were getting the same basic looking machine. Some notebooks were plain beige then along came the snazzy black machines. Dell was among the first notebook makers to offer consumers real color options and is still the leader in that area.

Dell announced a new laptop yesterday called the Studio 14z that packs a nice feature set into a colorful and portable package. The machine has a low starting price of $649 and comes in Black Chain Link, Midnight Blue, Spring Green, Plum Purple, Ruby Red, and Promise Pink colors. The notebook will be available internationally, but the pink color is for the U.S. only. Dell will donate $5 for each pink notebook purchased to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.

Microsoft Xbox 360 sells 30 million

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on May 28th, 2009

60GB Microsoft Xbox 360Microsoft has just announced that the Xbox 360 video game console has sold over 30 million units since the device was released several years go. Quite a milestone. Sales of the console have increased 28 percent this year alone, and over 20 million people are signed up to the Xbox Live network.

So what will Microsoft be showing off at E3 for the Xbox 360? We’ll have to wait and see, but likely we will be getting a look at the new motion-sensing camera, Metal Gear Solid 4 for the Xbox 360, and who knows what else? One thing is for sure, the Xbox 360 is kicking butt and taking names.

Shiny gold Buddha phone with animated altar

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on May 28th, 2009

Shiny gold Buddha phone with animated altarAre you a Buddhist? Do you like shiny? Crave The bling of gold? Religion meets bling with this, your new phone. It’s called the Odin 99, or “Buddha phone”. It provides an altar-away-from-altar for serious Buddhists.

The phone features a lotus-leaf button that will load the phone’s customizable, animated Buddhist altar. This is serious religious stuff, just digital. You can burn digital incense, put down offerings or play some soothing music.

Rescue Reel lets you descend a skyscraper like 60′s Batman

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on May 28th, 2009

Rescue Reel lets you descend a skyscraper like 60's BatmanSkyscrapers are literally everywhere. Which means that you have to think about safety in times of danger. During the 9/11 attacks people were jumping out of the World Trade Center and falling to their death. What if they had had a way to at least try to get down safely?

Kevin Stone has designed the Rescue Reel, a device to help people vacate skyscrapers in during just such emergencies. Much like a fishing reel, the device is a simple harness to lower people to the ground, letting the individual plan his own escape. The user would open a small container, which is hooked to an anchor, then the user can slip into a one size fits all harness and use automatically controlled centrifugal braking to manage their descent.

Salt & Pepper Cell: Shake, season and recharge

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on May 28th, 2009

Salt & Pepper Cell: Shake, season and rechargeNeed to add some geek to your diet? The folks at Antrepo Design Industry can help. These “Salt & Pepper Cell” shakers are shaped like D batteries, but they don’t hold energy. Instead they hold salt and pepper. The Cells have a strip that will show you when they need to be “recharged” with seasoning.

They’re made out of stainless steel and perfect for your geek dinners. You can get either a red and blue set, or black and white. Sadly, they aren’t for sale yet though. Antrepo is looking for a manufacturer. Let’s hope they find one. These are too cool.

Verizon getting the Palm Pre in 6 months

Posted in Verizon by Conner Flynn on May 28th, 2009

Verizon getting the Palm Pre in 6 monthsThe CEO of Verizon, Lowell McAdam, said that his company would get the Palm Pre as well as the Blackberry Storm 2 in about six Months. Around Christmas time or earlier. As you might expect, the news helped push Palm’s stock up. It’s good news for Palm sure, but even better for Verizon customers who are just itching to get some Pre action.

As it stands, Palm has the #2 and #3 US carriers and AT&T has more or less said that it will join in when the Sprint exclusive deal expires. Is the Pre really going to give the iPhone the whatfor?

General Mobile DSTL1 Dual-SIM smartphone

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on May 28th, 2009

General Mobile DSTL1 Dual-SIM smartphoneWe’ve seen our share of dual SIM phones in the past. They’re for the greedy. Those who think that one sim isn’t enough. They’re hogging up all the sims. Do they care? No. They just keep making more. Like this General Mobile DSTL1, which will be Android-powered and hitting the US and Turkish markets before July.

Some features include : 624MHz Marvell PX310A processor, 5-megapixel autofocus camera, 3″ WQVGA LCD resistive touchscreen display, and a microSD memory card slot. It will cost you $550 to $750, depending on where it is.