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Obama endorses Blackberry storm 9500 clone, BlockBerry

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on June 18th, 2009

Obama endorses Blackberry storm 9500 clone, BlockBerryAh, those crazy Chinese and their clone factories. Is anyone really dumb enough to believe that this is a real Blackberry? Or that Obama endorses it?

Obama appears in this phone’s poster with a slogan “Obama have Blackberry, I have blockberry”. BlockBerry being haff-comm’s Huawei K3-based WinMo 6.1 handset. This “Storm 9500″ features a 460MHZ processor, a 3.2-inch touchscreen, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and supports 3G and EDGE.

Logitech debuts wireless Guitar Hero controller for Xbox 360

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on June 18th, 2009

Logitech debuts wireless Guitar Hero controller for Xbox 360Third-party wireless guitar controllers for the Xbox 360 have been hard to come by, but Logitech is leading the charge with this new Guitar Hero-licensed controller that’s similar to its PS3 and PS2 offerings, except that its orange, and Xbox 360-compatible.

It features a wood neck, rosewood fingerboard, and metal frets just like the others, along with a touch-sensitive slider on the neck, strum bar and fret buttons that are “virtually silent,”. It also has a range of 30 feet.

Project Natal hitting retail shelves in 2010

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on June 18th, 2009

Microsoft announces "Project Natal" motion controller for Xbox 360Up until now, all we knew about Project Natal’s release date was that it wasn’t going to happen in 2009. Now we have word that it will be hitting store shelves in 2010. So says Steve Balmer, Company CEO.

He let word slip during his speech at The Executives Club of Chicago today that the Xbox 360 motion control interface will be coming in 2010. Now that could mean all the way in December of 2010 for all we know, but at least it’s not 2011.

LG’s first 3D LCD TV heads for Korea

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on June 18th, 2009

LG's first 3D LCD TV heads for KoreaLG has finally announced that its first 3D LCD, the 47-inch 47LH50, will be available for purchase next month. Don’t get too excited. It’s headed to Korea. The new TV is based on the 47LH50, so shares its model number, and is functionally identical.

The only difference being that it will have you wearing dorky polarized 3D glasses once in a while. We may just see it here in the US at some point. The old 47LH50 made it to the US, so this one just might as well. No price info yet, but the old one was about $2000.

Rocky III USB drives

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on June 18th, 2009

Rocky III USB drivesMan, Rocky III was awesome wasn’t it? The first time you saw it anyway. Eye of the tiger Rock! It’s the movie that made Mr. T a household name so he could go on to say I pity the fool a million times. Now you can relive the movie with these Rocky III USB drives.

Available in Apollo Creed, Rocky Balboa, and Clubber Lang for only ¥2,850 ($30) No Burgess Meredith?

Lenovo ThinkPad T400s gets run over by a 26,000lb DOW truck

Posted in Lenovo by Conner Flynn on June 18th, 2009

Lenovo ThinkPad T400s gets run over by a 26,000lb DOW truckThe first image and rumored specs for the ThinkPad T400s was leaked a few days ago. We don’t yet have a release date, price or official specs, but it has been Spotted in the wild doing some adventurous stuff. By adventurous we mean being run over by a giant truck, and left in the downpour of a tornado.

It doesn’t give us a price or availability, but it is fun to watch in the same way that seeing Mr. Bill get squished or ran over Is fun. Both videos are below. The first one shows how tough it really is. I won’t spoil the ending for you.

National Geographic introduces Duet travel phone

Posted in Mobile Phones by Shane McGlaun on June 18th, 2009

ngduetphone-sbOne of the problems for people who travel out of the U.S. frequently is that many cell phones won’t work in other countries. These users they often have to buy a new phone or carry two devices to stay in contact.

National Geographic and Cellular Abroad have announced a new mobile phone called the Duet travel phone that has a spot for two SIM cards and ships unlocked. The phone can be used with the National Geographic Travel SIM card that allows calls to be made in 185 countries.

SMART debuts ID422w pen display

Posted in Displays by Shane McGlaun on June 18th, 2009

smartid422w-sbDigital artists often need a pen input pad to get their work done. Using the pen input tablet digital artists can draw right on the screen just like they would on paper. The big drawback to that sort of display is the cost.

SMART has announced its first widescreen interactive pen display called the ID422w. The display features a HD display, 16:9 aspect ratio, and a 22-inch screen size. The pen is tethered and uses no batteries. The large screen’s resolution is compatible with the resolution of most PCs and notebooks according to SMART.

Samsung unveils first 32GB DDR3 memory module

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on June 18th, 2009

samsung-logo-sbThere is a huge push in the enterprise computing and data center markets to move to more energy efficient and green servers. The push is not only because green computing is better for the environment, but also because saving power in the data center can mean huge money savings for companies.

Samsung has announced new RAM modules aimed at green computing in data center that are the world’s first 32GB DDR3 modules. The modules operate at 1.35V and have 20% greater throughput compared to 1.5V DDR3 modules.

Syabas Popcorn C-200 settop box revealed

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on June 18th, 2009

popcornc-200-sbIt seems like the big thing in the technology world today is to make everything stream Internet programming to your TV. The Xbox can do it, some TVs can do it, and there are tons of settop boxes that can stream media from the Internet to your TV. I do like the idea of watching Hulu on my big screen, but everything else I can do without.

Syabas has announced a new settop box called the C-200 that supports Blu-ray and just about every video file format under the sun. The device supports 30 formats including MPEG 1, 2, 4, AVI, H.264, Xvid, MKV, Windows Media and many more.

Lego robot dock assimilates iPods

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on June 17th, 2009

Lego Robot dock assimilates iPodsYou ask us, this is a pretty cool use of Legos. And if companies don’t want to build robot iPod docks, then damnit, we will make our own. The creator actually built this bot-dock about 2 years ago, and only recently decided that it was time to share it with the internet.

The dock is a cannibalized iPod mini dock, and the robot/base is a mashup of several lego kits. (The AT-AT on the right claw gives it away. That, and the LEGOLAND sticker which came with Lego Soccer.) You can find more pics on flickr.

CyberPower Xplorer X7-Xtreme S1 gaming laptop

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on June 17th, 2009

CyberPower Xplorer X7-Xtreme S1 gaming laptopGamers want a gaming notebook that has the power of a hardcore desktop computer. Not some wimpy notebook. Lucky for you CyberPower just announced their Xplorer X7-Xtreme S1 gaming laptop. It features an Intel Core i7 processor, a 17-inch LCD display with a 1,920 x 1,200 resolution and up to 6GB of DDR3 Tri Channel Memory. Nice.

Some other features include an Intel X58 chipset, a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M video card and a 320GB hard drive. You’ll also get a Blu-ray player, Windows Vista Home Premium and a 3.1-megapixel webcam. And all of the specs can be fully customized to whatever you like.

Pyramid shaped Dream Car 123 on eBay

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on June 17th, 2009

Dream Car 123: Pyramid power is backYou might remember the Dream car 123 from a while back. Well, it looks like the father and sons project has hit eBay. You might remember that they were trying to raise money because they needed like $40,000 to build a Mark 2 prototype. So they put the pyramid shaped car on ebay.

Currently it’s at $100, it’s reserve not yet met. What, nobody wants a pyramid car? What’s wrong with you people. Bid. Keep the dream alive. I personally would like to be driving a pyramid by no later than 2015.

Panasonic intros latest Lumix DMC-FS7 in Japan

Posted in Panasonic by Conner Flynn on June 17th, 2009

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS7 released in JapanHere’s some good news for folks living in Japan. That’s because Panasonic has announced that they will release the Lumix DMC-FS7 10MP compact camera in Japan. It’s already available across Europe from early 2009. The colorful cameras are available in Silver, Blue, Pink and Green.

These digital cameras feature a 4x optical zoom and a 2.7-inch wide view LCD. It can also record VGA video at 30fps. Sadly there’s no word on pricing for the Japanese version.

Fujitsu Loox M netbook

Posted in Netbook by Conner Flynn on June 17th, 2009

Fujitsu Loox M netbookFujitsu Japan has launched an updated version of its LOOX M netbook. The latest is powered by an Intel Atom N280 processor running at 1.66 Ghz. You’ll get a 10.1 inch screen with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels and the battery that offers 2.7 to 5 hours of use.

Some other features include 1GB of RAM, Intel 945GSE Express chip set, 160GB hard drive, webcam, multi card reader and Bluetooth. It is available in Japan in four flavors: white, red, black and lavender for 59,800 Yen or $660.