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Developers told of PSP rental plans at GDC

Posted in PSP by Conner Flynn on May 21st, 2009

Developers told of PSP rental plans at GDCApparently Sony’s been thinking of doing a PSP games rental service for a while. A recent consumer survey that Joystiq discovered yesterday gauged interest in a PSN-powered games rental service for the PSP. The theoretical service would have PSP owners pay a monthly fee for access to a library of new and archived games on the PlayStation Store.

According to a report by Develop, Sony unveiled plans of a rental service to developers at GDC last March. A PSN-centric PSP would be far more attractive to developers who have shied away due to piracy or other concerns. This news re-enforces that rumor regarding music downloads for the PSP.

Storm Synth watch has too many hands

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on May 21st, 2009

Storm Synth watch has too many handsThe Storm Synth watch never ever wants you to know the time. So it hides it from you by mixing in the real hands with six fakes. The real hands both have tips. This means that glances won’t do. You’ll have to stare down your watch and actually focus to find the time.

Of course watch makers all want to be different and stand out from the crowd. Tokyoflash makes all kinds of watches that are tough to read. But c’mon. With this watch they’re just plain messing with us. They probably have a bet on how many they can actually sell.

Sony 400-disc Blu-ray changer

Posted in Blu-ray by Conner Flynn on May 21st, 2009

Sony 400-disc Blu-ray changerLooks like Sony will be releasing a 400-disc ES Series Blu-ray “Ultra Player” soon, for people who never leave the house. If this isn’t big enough to hold all of your movies, you need to get out from in front of the TV more. Do you think anyone owns 400 Blu-Ray discs yet? Maybe one guy out there.

Anyhow, we will soon see two new Blu-ray products from Sony: BDP-CX960 and BDP-CX7000ES. Most likely the CX960 will feature a 200 disc changer and the top of the line ES model will have a 400 disc capacity. Expect the Es model to cost about $2250.

Sony considers music downloads for PSP

Posted in PSP by Conner Flynn on May 21st, 2009

50 million PSPs sold worldwideCNET has word that Sony’s been talking to some of the big recording labels about putting their music on the PlayStation Network for download, specifically for the PSP. It makes sense. The service already has a growing library of movies and TV shows. It’s just lacking music.

And since Sony is one of the four largest music companies in the world, they should be able to provide a few good artists. It resides in rumor territory for now, but we’d be real surprised if this didn’t happen. The PSP has never really lived up to it’s potential. This could help.

Komodo’s Retro Adapter connects your old gamepads to the Wii

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on May 21st, 2009

komodo-retro-adapter-20090521-600Lately there hasn’t been a ton of great titles for the Wii. But there is always the Virtual Console and all the classic titles. Why not play those games with the classic controllers they were written for? That’s where Komodo’s Retro Adapter comes in.

Sure, we’ve had the Wii SNES gamepad, but Komodo’s adapter is much more adorable and looks like a mini N64, while letting you use your old NES pad. That’s reason enough to buy it as far as we’re concerned.

iPhone gets GolfShot app

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on May 21st, 2009

golfshot-sbThe Apple App Store is so massive that there are apps for just about everything an iPhone owner might want to do. If you want to lose weight, there is an app for that. If you want to keep in touch with friends there are apps for that and many other needs.

Golfers have a new app that can help them analyze their golf game just like the pros would. The application is called Golfshot and generates tour quality statistics for golfers to share. Among the stats that the application graphs are fairways hit or missed left and right, greens in regulation, recovery scrambling, sand saves, putts per hole and per GIR, scoring averages on par 3, 4, and 5 holes, and scoring percentages.

Kingston ships SSDNow upgrade kit

Posted in Kingston by Shane McGlaun on May 21st, 2009

kingstonssdnow-sbSSDs are slowly starting to replace traditional hard drives inside desktop computers and notebooks. The change is happening faster in the enterprise market where SSDs can save companies lots of money thanks to their significantly reduced electricity needs.

Computer users looking to upgrade their desktop to an SSD can now order the Kingston SSDNow upgrade kit. The kit includes the SSD, installation hardware and drive image software needed to upgrade your computer.

Yoostar entertainment system launching in August

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on May 21st, 2009

yoostar-sbThere was so much to see at CES 2009 back in January that I missed a lot of it. Each year at the show, there are some very interesting products that define new categories and let people do things that many haven’t even thought of.

One of the products I missed at the show was the Yoostar system that uses a green screen and a high-resolution webcam to make some movie magic. The system includes a webcam, mic, remote control, stand, and green screen and allows users to insert themselves into popular movies.

Microsoft adds Netflix streaming to Windows Media Center

Posted in Microsoft by Shane McGlaun on May 21st, 2009

wmcnetflix-sbNetflix has been around for a while now with its mail order movie rentals. The service proved so popular that it has put a serious crimp in the rental business of some of the big players like Blockbuster. Netflix also offer a 12,000 title streaming library.

The streaming Netflix library can be accessed through set top boxes like the one from Roku and some Blu-ray players. Netflix also boasts a million installed users for the streaming application on the Xbox 360.

Nintendo Personal Trainer: Walking headed for U.S.

Posted in Nintendo DSi by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2009

Nintendo Personal Trainer: Walking headed for U.S.Fitness-oriented games continue to hit Nintendo’s systems and it doesn’t look like it will slow down anytime soon. Now Nintendo is launching their Personal Trainer: Walking game in the U.S. soon for both the DS and the DSi.

The game comes with two pedometers that automatically sync with your gaming system wirelessly. The game can keep track of all the steps you take, no matter where you are. So you can play the game, even when you don’t have the game near you.

BeltzBib helps you get grip on the drip

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2009

BeltzBib helps you get  grip on the dripListen, if you actually need this, there is no hope for you at all. You are basically an overweight baby who can’t figure out how to control your food and stop spilling all over yourself. Chances are you have food stains on your clothes, all over your car’s interior and so much ranch dressing on your dash board that you can barely read the odometer. Frankly I’m surprised you don’t have a carbonite frozen Bounty on your wall at home.

Anyhow, the BeltzBib helps you “place your food in the pouch of BeltzBib and continue your journey without worrying about stains and spills.” If you have that much of a problem, you are eating too much. It will cost you $13.95.

Trypticon Transforming Laser Mouse

Posted in Mouse by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2009

Trypticon Transforming Laser MouseMouse or robot dinosaur? No one knows for sure. But thank god the transformers in the new Transformers movie don’t look as cheap as these. These are like the Ravage Transforming USB flash drive, just not as awesome.

Disguise your mouse as a dinosaur, or disguise your dinosaur as a mouse. Obviously you need to make them fight at some point. Only a whooping $60 and due in September 2009.

Nokia launches 6600i slide with US 3G, 5MP camera

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2009

Nokia launches 6600i slide with US 3G, 5MP cameraOn Tuesday Nokia added the 6600i slide to its roster. It’s Nokia’s smallest slider yet, with a 5-megapixel camera that includes dual LED flashes. That brushed-metal housing should get your slider some attention. It also has a tap interface for quickly waking the phone, muting alerts and ringtones, as well as turning down calls.

The phone accepts microSDHC cards up to 16GB and has both a 1GB card in the box and a combo headset, FM radio and mic. Expect it to ship to “select markets” this summer for 200 Euros ($272) before carrier discounts.

Samsung S5200 coming soon

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2009

Samsung S5200 coming soonThe Samsung S5200 has suddenly appeared on the company’s Italian website’s ‘coming soon’ section, so we should be seeing it fairly soon. The S5200 is presented as an ultra-slim, fashionable phone that features a 2.1 inch display screen, a 3.2 megapixel camera with LED flash, Bluetooth and a media player.

We don’t have anything about price yet, but the Italian site claims that it will be available on 3rd June. It has an interesting design compared to other Samsung sliders. It’s a bit thinner than we thought at 103.6 x 48.7 x 10.9 mm.

New app uses cameraphones to help the blind

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2009

iVisit is working on an application called SeeScan that can help blind people identify everyday objects around them, which we take for granted. The program uses your cameraphone to detect objects using image recognition software, while reading aloud what the phone identifies it as.

There are many practical applications, like telling the difference between denominations of paper money for example. It could certainly make life easier for the blind and may help them speed up some of their activities during their typical day.