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The Power Shelf holds your gadgets while they charge

Posted in Chargers by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2009

The Power Shelf holds your gadgets while they chargeI can’t decide if this is pointless or actually useful, but if you are looking for a way to organize your gadgets while they charge, you may want to check out the Power Shelf. It plugs directly into your power outlet, you can then plug your gadget into the power outlet and store it on the shelf.

The Power Shelf comes in several sizes so you can store and charge a wide variety of gadgets from your iPhone to your digital camera to your laptop. I guess it’s a great idea for those with limited space. The Power Shelf will cost you $14.99 to $49.99 from Think Geek.

Firefox 3.5 released

Posted in Browsers,Firefox by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2009

Firefox 3.5 releasedFirefox 3.5 includes the new TraceMonkey JavaScript engine, which is said to be more than twice as fast as in v3.0 and ten times faster than Firefox 2, together with native integration of Ogg Theora video, and Location Aware Browsing.

There’s also some new privacy controls, including a “private browsing” mode that keeps no history, as well as a “Forget this Site” feature that clears all the temporary files, passwords, stored logins from a particular domain. The browser market has been heating up lately, with Microsoft releasing Internet Explorer 8, Google’s Chrome getting several updates and Apple debuting a new version of Safari at WWDC 2009 etc.

Hannspree intros 25-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV

Posted in LCD by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2009

Hannspree intros 25-Inch 1080p LCD HDTVHannspree just released its new 25-inch LCD HDTV for the US market. The ‘ST251MKB’ is a budget-friendly TV that supports 1080p resolution and features a 16:9 aspect ratio, a 2ms response time, 300cd/m2 brightness, dynamic 10,000:1 contrast ratio, 160-degree vertical viewing angle and a 170-degree horizontal viewing angle.

It also comes with several handy connectivity ports which include a VGA port, two HDMI ports, an S-Video port, headphone output and a PC audio jack. The ST251MKB is available now at Costco for $400.

Dell working on an Android based iPod Touch competitor

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2009

Dell working on an Android based iPod Touch competitorWith Microsoft nearly ready to unleash the Zune HD on the masses, now Dell is working on a device to compete with the iPod Touch, according to reports. The device will play music and videos just like the iPod Touch, but will be based on the Google Android mobile OS and also function as a MID.

In size it will likely be slightly larger than the Touch. The device needs to compete with not only the Touch, but also with the Zune HD. It will be interesting to see what features end up in the device and whether it ends up being a true competitor or falls short.

Nintendo DS Chocolate Case

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2009

Nintendo DS Chocolate CaseI like sweets just as much as the next guy, but if you have a case for your DS that makes it look like a chocolate bar, you may have a bit of a candy problem. At least it looks better than the Chocolate iPhone case. And it melts on your portable, not in your hands.

Well, if you are crazy for chocolate, you might as well lay down $10 on the NDS Lite Chocolate Case from gadget4all.com, but it will only make you hungry, so in the end you and your DS will be fatter as a result.

Dell Vostro 1220 available, starts at $799

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2009

Dell Vostro 1220 available, starts at $799If you’re in the market for a new notebook, Dell wants you to consider the new small business-oriented Vostro 1220. The 12.1″ model starts from $799 and goes up from there. This one is available in Obsidian Black and Deep Cherry Red.

The Vostro 1220 comes with a built-in DVD burner, 6-cell battery, integrated webcam and Dell Video Chat software. It’s powered by an Intel Celeron processor, but Dell will gladly upgrade it to an Intel Core 2 Duo processor.

TerreStar Satellite Phone ready for launch

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2009

TerreStar Satellite Phone ready for launchTerreStar will launch their much anticipated satellite-capable Windows Mobile handset on July 1st. It will be available on AT&T. Don’t expect users to go crazy for it like the iPhone, but still many of you government types have been waiting for this one.

The pricetag will purportedly be in the $700 range unsubsidized, and will hopefully cost less than $1/minute, which is the current going rate for satellite calls. Some features include quad-band GSM and dual-band WCDMA. The phone will be sold primarily to local and federal government officials who need coverage in remote areas.

Asus RT-N16 Wireless-N Gigabit Router

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2009

Asus RT-N16 Wireless-N Gigabit RouterAsus just unveiled its RT-N16 Wireless-N Gigabit router that offers up to 300Mbps maximum wireless throughput speeds. The RT-N16 also sports 128MB of video memory and an advanced CPU that ASUS claims makes it eight times faster in benchmark tests than similar products.

The Asus RT-N16 can handle smooth file transfers and downloads, video streaming, wireless gaming and VoIP calls. Other features include a few USB ports for easy file transfer, Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) security and an easy to use visual interface.

Sony NAS-Z200iR iPod Dock

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2009

Sony NAS-Z200iR iPod DockSony, maker of more iPod docks than you can count, has another brand new iPod dock for your consideration. The NAS-Z200iR functions just like all of the other iPod docks you know and love.

It features an integrated FM radio, a CD player, Wi-Fi connectivity, DLNA streaming and a remote control with a 3.5″ LCD display for easy navigation. You can hook up another portable media player via the USB port.

Sony placing PS3 slim manufacturing orders for delivery in July?

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2009

Sony placing PS3 slim manufacturing orders for delivery in July?News on the PS3 slim has been scarce since E3, but today’s rumor is that Sony has signed manufacturing agreements with both Foxconn and Pegatron to build the slimmed down console in time for a July delivery. That seems reasonable and lines up with stuff we’ve heard.

The crazy part of the rumor is the suggestion that the slim will be the last PS3 model of this generation, and that a next-gen console based on Sony’s motion controller is hitting in spring 2010. That part we aren’t buying. The PS3 is only now in its prime and Sony already said that the motion controller was for the existing console.

Elecom Wall Socket USB Hub

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2009

Elecom Wall Socket USB HubThere are all kinds of crazy USB hubs, but sometimes it’s best to keep it simple and classic in design. Elecom has done just that with its new U2H-TC410B “wall socket” USB hub.

No, it doesn’t actually plug into your power outlet, but it’s designed to be mounted on your wall or on the side of your desk, becoming a kind of wall socket for your USB peripherals. It’s a pretty standard four-port USB 2.0 hub aside from the design.

NES Controller iPhone 3GS Dock

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2009

NES Controller iPhone 3GS DockLike us, you’ve seen plenty of iPhone docks, but have you ever seen one made from an NES Controller? I thought not. This cool NES controller iPhone dock was made by iPhone.fr forum member WCR for his new iPhone 3GS.

We have to admit, the iPhone and the NES controller look great together, like a match made in geek heaven. Great work WCR. If it could just play iPhone games while docked….

Venus JXD300 PSP-2000 Clone

Posted in PSP by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2009

Venus JXD300 PSP-2000 CloneWe’ve seen our share of fake Chinese knock-offs. Sometimes they are a good laugh, sometimes they’re fascinating, but mostly they’re just stupid rip-offs. This one resembles a PSP-2000 and is called the Venus JXD300.

It can only play Nintendo Gameboy Advance (GBA) and NES games. It will also play a bunch of popular media formats like RMVB, RM, AVI, MPG, FLV and even Video-CD (VCD) files.

Sony opens “Official Licensed Product” program for PSP, PS2, PS3 peripherals

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2009

Sony opens "Official Licensed Product" program for PSP, PS2, PS3 peripheralsSony has a fancy new seal that they want to start slapping on new products. Specifically onto approved third-party peripherals for their game consoles. It could mean that we can expect better accessories or it may be a bunch of BS that does nothing but add a seal to products.

Before we can even guess what to expect, we have to wait and see who opts into the plan, and what nature of product they can get away with making. Hopefully it means better quality all around.

Verizon’s BlackBerry Tour coming July 12th, pre-order now

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2009

Verizon's BlackBerry Tour coming July 12th, pre-order nowLooks like Verizon has just replaced its BlackBerry Tour teaser with a pre-order page and we now have an official date. It’s arriving July 12th for $200. Now we’re waiting to see if Sprint’s July 20th date comes to pass, but if you want a Tour before anyone else, looks like Verizon is the way to go.

To refresh your memory, the Blackberry Tour has a 256 MB internal Flash memory, 35 key backlight QWERTY keyboard, 3.2 MP camera with flash and autofocus, and Bluetooth 2.0.