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Motorola’s Sawgrass and Android powered Heron on AT&T

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

Motorola’s Sawgrass and Android powered Heron on AT&TThe AT&T bound Heron features a 2.8 inch touch screen, 3 MP camera, a GPS, 3G, and a “subject to change” notice since the device has already moved to the Android OS. It should be available from November 2nd.

Then there’s the Sawgrass, but reports indicate that this one might be reincarnated as the Somerset. This one is also expected to be available from November 2nd and features a 2.8 inch touchscreen, 3MP camera, 5 way navigation, smart key and more. We suspect these slides are dated, so the November 2nd date may be way off.

Email ‘N Walk iPhone app

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

Email ‘N Walk iPhone appEmail ‘N Walk is a new iPhone app that’s designed to replace the plain white background of the email application into a live view of the camera. It’s for those types who write email while walking. Great for watching where you’re going through the camera lens.

That will help you to not walk into lamp-posts, capture the cute rear of a girl in front of you, or get a shot of that rare rogue chicken that crosses your path before it crosses the road. There’s also the occasional roadkill, which will look great as a background.

$450 Lenovo C300 All-in-One Desktop

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

$450 Lenovo C300 All-in-One DesktopThe C300 AIO desktop has specs that suggest that it’s roughly an Atom-based netbook, while it looks like a sleek desktop. Which is it? At $450, it’s a 20 inch desktop for the budget-conscious. It strengths will be web-surfing, light productivity and stuff like Skype, but lack of default Wi-Fi really makes no sense.

It’s available with XP and Vista. Some specs include: 20-inch 16:9 aspect ratio, Intel Atom 230, 1-2 GB memory, 160-640 GB Hard Drive and a 1.3 megapixel camera.

Lenovo S12 gets official, first Netbook with Nvidia Ion

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

Lenovo S12 gets official, first Netbook with Nvidia IonWith the IdeaPad S12, Lenovo is first to offer a netbook based on Nvidia’s Ion chipset. So far, we like what we see. The 12-inch netbook will give you the whole HD, game-playing thing for about $500. Nividia’s Ion is basically Intel’s Atom processor combined with the Nvidia 9400m graphics unit.

The resulting performance offers smooth 1080p video, accelerated h.264 playback, Blu-ray playback and moderate gaming capabilities. When it’s in a netbook, you get a midrange, 12-inch netbook with a multimedia slant.

PSP Extended Life Battery Kit back on sale

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

Sony PSP Extended Life Battery KitThis battery kit was originally announced back in November of 2007. The PSP Extended Life Battery Kit promised to give you about 20 percent more battery life for $45. Then, it seemed that Sony pulled the thing in 2008.

Anyhow, now it’s back. You can find the PlayStation Portable Extended Life Battery Kit back on Sony’s website for $44.99. Looks like they are Backordered at the moment, but you can always get in line. You can always use more battery life.

iPhone-generated artwork hits the cover of The New Yorker

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

iPhone-generated artwork hits the cover of The New YorkerJorge Colombo’s cover for the June 1, 2009 issue of The New Yorker was created entirely in the Brushes iPhone app. Jorge told The New York Times that the device allows him to work “without having to carry all my pens and brushes and notepads with me.” And with results like the image above, what’s the difference really?

In this way an artist can also work without parking an easel and canvas along with art supplies in a public space, which allows him to be left alone. For this cover, he spent an hour on 42nd Street, and had no interruptions.

Nokia’s Ovi Store live in Australia

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

Nokia's Ovi Store live in AustraliaNokia’s Ovi Store has soft launched in Australia. The Ovi Store is now accessible on the Australian operator Vodafone. Ovi Store is Nokia’s content/app store for applications, games, wallpapers, themes, ringtones etc.

The Australian launch will soon be followed by other carriers in the next few hours and days. According to a post from Nokia’s Conversations blog, (That was pulled later) Nokia confirmed the rollout and said that it was moving the Ovi Store to “production servers,” and that users can “expect a broader announcement and consumer availability soon.”

Damnation steampunk PC

Posted in PCs by Conner Flynn on May 24th, 2009

Damnation steampunk PCNormally, if you want to own a steampunk work of art like this, you have to make it yourself. It’s called the Telecalculograph Mk II and was created by artist Jake Hildebrandt using a cutting edge PC. What if I told you that this beauty could be yours?

It’s being given away to promote the new steampunk game Damnation. If you want a chance at owning this baby, all you have to do is create a video, picture, or art installation that shows your undying love of steampunk. That should be easy, right? This Steampunk PC will be your reward.

Mattel Mindflex Mind Control Game available for Pre-order

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on May 24th, 2009

Mattel Mindflex Mind Control Game available for Pre-orderThe hottest new toy trend for 2009 has nothing to do with video games. It’s all about mind control games. The Mattel Mindflex game was introduced at CES 2009 and then got some larger exposure at Toy Fair 2009.

The game turns you into a Jedi, as you levitate a small ball with the power of your mind. The headset contains sensors that measure your brainwave activity, so that when you focus your concentration, a small foam ball starts to levitate as the sensor signal controls an air stream in the Mindflex base.

Energizer Hard Case LED Tactical Light

Posted in Flashlights by Conner Flynn on May 23rd, 2009

Energizer Hard Case LED Tactical LightEnergizer is upping flashlight design. They’ve released the Hard Case LED Tactical 2AA 2nd generation handheld light that’s tough enough to work in just about any outdoor environment. It’s specifically built for rough use outdoors in fact.

Don’t worry about dropping it. It can handle 15-foot falls without a problem, and while they were at it they made it waterproof. It uses LEDs of course and can even be powered by a single AA battery. Included are blue, red and green LEDs so you can see various things in the dark.

Dell done with Della

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on May 23rd, 2009

Dell unveils Della to sweet talk the ladiesJust ten or so days after Dell officially launched the female-oriented Della, a site that helps women find computers to hold their recipes and count their calories, it’s over. Word is, that Dell broke up with her via a text message. Dell just wasn’t that into you baby.

She’s been replaced, with the similar, yet less femininely named “Lifestyle.”

Botropolis: This week in robots

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on May 22nd, 2009

BotropolisAnother week, another robot roundup. John Connor really has his work cut out for him. Right now it may be cute to make Nuclear Fuel Cells that fuel Terminators, or Transforming dinosaurs, but it’s no longer fun and games when a naked Terminator shows up in your town and steals your clothes and motorcycle. Here’s some of what we covered on Botropolis this week:

NSFW: A Girl Gets Transformed.

iPod Touch: It makes a good robot head.

iRobot: Ember bots.

To Serve and Protect: Robocop armor.

Onkyo DC204A3 Netbook

Posted in Netbook by Conner Flynn on May 22nd, 2009

Onkyo DC204A3 NetbookOnkyo just released their latest netbook in Japan. It’s the Atom-powered DC204A3 and it comes with all the usual suspects like an Intel 945GSE Express chipset, 1GB RAM, a 10.1” LCD display at 1,024 x 600 resolution, integrated Wi-Fi, built-in web cam for video calls, D-SUB and Ethernet.

No hard drives here. Instead, you’ll get a 32GB SSD. No NVIDIA Ion either. What are ya gonna do? Prices start at €380 and go up from there.

Castrade Game Box Converter upscales consoles to any monitor

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on May 22nd, 2009

Castrade Game Box Converter upscales consoles to any monitorConnecting your console to your LCD monitor can be a pain with expensive adapters and such, but Castrade’s Game Box makes the process easy. The device accepts video input from your Wii, PS3, or pretty much anything else that uses a common video cable, and properly scales it to an LCD-friendly resolution.

It prevents your console from reverting to a low-quality video mode just because your monitor doesn’t support the specific 1080i or 720p video setting it expects. It also accepts audio inputs from a few proprietary console connectors and sends them out through a 3.5mm jack.

Transformer USB hub turns into a Netbook

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on May 22nd, 2009

Transformer USB hub turns into a NetbookWe’ve seen several USB transformers lately. There must be a movie coming out or something. There’s the transforming mouse, the Ravage USB drive, and now we have this $42 import that features a cassette deck, similar to Soundwave.

This guy can transform into a netbook. And whether you dig “Qosmio” netbooks or not, it’s a cool 4-port USB hub. So you can now have a small army of USB transformers.