Archive for May, 2009

HP recalls another 15,000 laptop batteries

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on May 26th, 2009

70,000 HP laptop batteries recalledA few weeks ago HP recalled 70,000 laptop batteries, but they aren’t done yet. They are recalling another 15,000 batteries sold in China. There aren’t any reports of actual fire or flames this time, but the batteries are prone to overheating, and can pose a fire hazard.

At the moment, details about the models affected are scarce, but the batteries were used in laptops manufactured between late 2007 and early 2008, and include models sold under the HP Pavilion and Compaq Presario brands.

K-box turns tables and walls into giant speakers

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on May 26th, 2009

K-box turns tables and walls into giant speakersKerchoonz has announced the K-box, a portable device about the size of the iPhone, that will turn your tables, walls and other flat surfaces into giant speakers. It works by plugging into your laptop, portable gaming device, netbook, mp3 player etc, that is equipped with a headphone jack.

Just set it on a desktop, table top or wall and with its internal patented gel audio technology, it will turn the entire surface beneath it into a giant speaker, with some fantastic bass sound. I wonder if it will honk off the neighbors in your apartment building if you just put it on the wall and crank up the tunes?

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Dillyeo Deal: Sound Activated EQ T-Shirt

Posted in Dillyeo Daily Deal by dillyeo on May 26th, 2009


I’m sure everyone’s heard of this, the good ol’ Sound Activated LED Equalizer T-shirt. For those that have are out of the loop (don’t worry, it happens to us all sometimes), all you have to do is put this on your body, and music makes it lose control. Well, pending that you have 4 “AAA” batteries, that is.
This shirt is not for doing homework in, though. Unless by “homework” you mean gettin’ super duper crunk. The LEDs on the panel respond to particular frequencies (primarily bass hits), so it’s not exactly the most versatile equalizer. But I think that feature makes it more interesting, as when there are dramatic pauses in percussion, they are matched by the LEDs on the shirt. It’s hard to find this shirt for under 20-30 bucks, so I hope you appreciate that today Dillyeo is offering it for 15$, after shipping.

Hitachi intros new LCD HDTVs

Posted in Hitachi by Conner Flynn on May 26th, 2009

Hitachi intros new LCD HDTVsHitachi is back with some new LCD HDTV product lines in the form of the UltraVision and Alpha series. Ultravision features the best picture quality, the latest 1080p technology, support for up to 8 High Definition inputs, with five HDMI pure digital inputs. It also boasts a trim and light design that is easy to swivel for any viewing position you need, as well as an ENERGY STAR qualification. A built-in ATSC/QAM/NTSC tuner lets users access their HD channels easily.

The Alpha series will give you four HDMI pure digital inputs, three HD inputs, a similar ENERGY STAR qualification, RGB input and a swivel stand.

Samsung C5510 and S6700 coming this Summer

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on May 26th, 2009

Samsung C5510 and S6700 coming this SummerSure, Samsung has its some high end phones, but fear not, they’ve also got some entry level handsets for ya. Like the C5510 and S6700. The C5510 has a 2.2″ QVGA display, with 512MB of internal memory and a microSD memory card slot. No 3G.

The S6700 does feature 3G along with a larger 2.4 QVGA screen, stereo Bluetooth, integrated FM tuner, a 3-megapixel camera and 120MB of internal storage. Both should hit Europe and Asia later this summer.

iPod nano 5G, Next-Gen iPhone design changes revealed?

Posted in iPod by Conner Flynn on May 26th, 2009

iPod nano 5G, Next-Gen iPhone design changes revealed?Above is a possible snapshot of what the iPod nano 5G will look like, featuring a widened 1.5:1 aspect ratio while still keeping the Click Wheel from prior nano model, which sadly means no touchscreen controls here. A digital camera has also been included in back, although the placement might have your hands blocking it.

It will debut at the same time as the new iPod touch, which is sometime between July and September. Apparently, the next-generation iPhone will come in six versions: two storage capacities each for 3G, enhanced 3G (“3.5G/3.75G”), and China versions of the phone, which will have the same size and general design of the current model, but with a less scratchable matte plastic body.

LG LH55 series ships

Posted in HDTV by Conner Flynn on May 26th, 2009

LG LH55 series shipsLG’s latest is the LH55 series of LCD HDTVs, and they’ve started to ship after making a debut at CES earlier in the year. This new line uses the advanced 240Hz technology. The series features TruMotion 240Hz which increases response time, making your experience smoother and giving you a more natural picture.

Some other features in the line include a 80,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, ambient light sensors and four HDMI inputs. You can pick up the LH55 series in 37″, 42″, 47″ and 55″ models, which will cost you $1,399.95, $1,799.95, $2,099.95 and $3,899.95.

Shuttle to unveil new nettops at Computex

Posted in Shuttle by Shane McGlaun on May 26th, 2009

shuttlenettop-sbNettops are becoming very popular as an alternative to more expensive desktop computers. The nettop is basically the desktop equivalent of a netbook. The machines use similar hardware and offer similar performance.

Shuttle is well known for making small form factor computers like the X270v we talked about earlier this year. The company will be unveiling a pair of new nettops at Computex in June that both use the Via Nano processor. The two machines will include the XS92 and the XS92F.

Tony Hawk: Ride game gets ship date

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on May 26th, 2009

tonyhawkride-sbWe have talked about the coming Tony Hawk: Ride video game that includes the skateboard controller. I’m not much for real skateboarding, but I might check out the video game. The controller looks pretty slick, assuming it is easier than say controlling a skateboard on a Wii game using the balance board.

GameStop has announced the ship date for the game if you are looking forward to getting your own copy. The game and the skateboard controller will ship on October 13. The big drawback is the bundle is very expensive.

Nintendo announces Metroid Prime Trilogy for Wii

Posted in Nintendo by Shane McGlaun on May 26th, 2009

metroidprime-sbOne of the must own games in the glory days of the Nintendo system was Metroid Prime. Any gamer around when the game was new probably played it at one point. Metroid is also one of the first games I recall seeing a commercial on TV for.

Nintendo has announced that it will be bringing the Metroid Prime trilogy to the Wii with all three games on a single disc. The games will have a unified menu that allows players to choose which game they want to play.

Sony Vaio P sheds Vista for XP

Posted in Sony by Shane McGlaun on May 26th, 2009

vaiop-sbSony showed off its new Vaio P back in January at CES 2009. The little machine was nice looking, but the odd size that is long and thin left a bit to be desired in my book. The screen was freakishly narrow and wide making for some strange font sizes.

Sony has now announced that it is shedding Vista as the OS of choice for the expensive Vaio P and going with Windows XP. I think the addition of Vista to begin with was a way for Sony to justify that the P wasn’t a netbook — which it is.

Use your Nintendo DSi to hunt ghosts

Posted in Nintendo DSi by Conner Flynn on May 25th, 2009

Use your Nintendo DSi to hunt ghostsSweden-based development studio A Different Game has apparently been watching too many Ghost Hunters episodes. I thought everyone knew that show was fake by now. They pull the same scams every week. Anyway, looks like the company is preparing Ghostwire, which is a game that uses your Nintendo DSi to hunt down spirits in real life.

No, I’m serious. You too can be a ghostbuster using the Nintendo DSi’s camera, microphone, and touch-screen. The idea is that players will locate ghosts in real-world places and figure out what those ghosts need to be at peace.

HP iPAQ K3 Obsidian coming to AT&T

Posted in AT&T by Conner Flynn on May 25th, 2009

HP iPAQ K3 Obsidian coming to AT&TAT&T will be launching another smartphone from Hewlett-Packard. The iPAQ K3. The codename is “Obsidian”, the date is November 30. This new smartphone works on triband HSDPA as well as quadband EDGE.

Some other features include Windows Mobile 6.5 OS, a 2.8-inch QVGA display, a 2MP camera, a full QWERTY keyboard, a 256MB of RAM, a 512MB ROM, a microSD card slot, a 3.5mm headphone jack, GPS and WiFi. No info on pricing at the moment.

Off the Course Golf Club Umbrella: Two ways to attract lightning in one

Posted in Golf by Conner Flynn on May 25th, 2009

Off the Course Golf Club UmbrellaThe Off the Course Golf Club Umbrella is a $65 combo umbrella with golf club handle and iron head. Up until now Golfers had to rely only their golf club to attract lightning and be burnt to a crisp. But now with this new technology, they have the added umbrella to act as a lightning rod.

You think you’re cool, playing golf and keeping dry between swings, and it’s all good. Until you hear the first hint of thunder approaching. You can pack up and leave, or you can play like a real man and defy mother nature twice over. It’s made of steel, fiberglass, polyester, and rubber. Though I don’t think the rubber will help much.

They have a silly disclaimer that “This product is an umbrella and should not be used …

Dotz helps identify your cords

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on May 25th, 2009

Dotz helps identify your cordsHow many times have you needed to unplug something from the mass of power cords behind your entertainment center or PC area, only to have no idea which one is which? It’s a problem since we still have way too many wires in our lives.

Dotz Cable Identifiers will help you out with 10 reusable colored dotz that come with 24 ready to use punch-out icons and 12 do-it-yourself punch out icons. Only $10. Dotz also offers handy colored cord straps to help you number and group your cables together, also for $10.