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Sony designing Phone/PSP hybrid to compete against iPhone?

Posted in PSP Phone by Conner Flynn on June 28th, 2009

Sony designing Phone/PSP hybrid to compete against iPhone?Reuters reports that Sony is putting a team together, maybe as soon as next month, to build a combination PSP/Sony Ericsson handset. It makes sense. They have to look out for both Nintendo and the iPhone threat. But don’t get too excited just yet.

Even if Sony is getting started on this, chances are we won’t see any results for a while. Sony declined to comment, which doesn’t mean anything and this sort of rumor goes way back. Don’t get your hopes up just yet.

Botropolis: This week in robots

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on June 26th, 2009

Botropolis: This week in robotsThere was a bunch of robot news this week over at Botropolis. We were still recovering from how shockingly bad the Terminator movie was and the new Transformers flick that debuted didn’t impress us much either. Thank god we still have a never ending stream of robot related goodness to get us through. Here’s some of what we covered this week.

Rubber-Band Firing Wooden Robot: He’s cranked by hand.

Comic Books: Skull Headed Robot Fights Giant Monsters From Greek Mythology.

Daleks: Dalek Patrol Attacked By Roboraptors.

Robot vs. Washing Machine: Robot wins.

Buffalo Ministation Metro portable drive announced

Posted in Buffalo by Conner Flynn on June 26th, 2009

Buffalo Ministation Metro portable drive announcedBuffalo is launching a new range of portable hard drives as it moves to join Seagate, Western Digital and HP in offering small sized portable storage on the go. The new Buffalo Ministation Metro will come in your choice of three colors; black, red and white, and comes in sizes up to 500GB.

They feature a sleek look and are about the size of a small paperback book. The company is trying to appeal to those folks who always forget to bring the cable with them by including a USB cable as part of the design. When not in use, the flexible cable wraps around and tucks into the drive, which is convenient.


Star Trek Engineering Uniform T-shirt Winners

Posted in Contests by Conner Flynn on June 26th, 2009

Win a Star Trek Engineering Uniform T-shirt Three lucky winners now have their very own red Star Trek engineering T-shirts. Who knows what will happen to you guys after you put them on. Don’t worry, a red shirt doesn’t always mean trouble. Scottie had a red shirt after all.

We’ve picked the winners at random and here they are:

Officially licensed Star Wars lightsaber and blaster accessories for the Wii

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on June 26th, 2009

Officially licensed Star Wars lightsaber and blaster accessories for the WiiWe know that you like to get all nerdy with your Wii on occasion and swing around a lightsaber while your little dog looks on in his Princess Leia slave costume. Well, if you’re going to nerd out, you may as well do it with officially licensed Wii accessories.

We’ve seen our share of Wii lightsabers, but they just aren’t endorsed by Lucas’ money machine. This one is. This lightsaber glows, and Bensussen Deutsch & Associates have plans for a matching blaster too. The accessories don’t make room for MotionPlus, but so what. They’ll be shipping with Star Wars – The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes, a game that doesn’t support MotionPlus.

BlueAnt Q1 Voice Control Bluetooth Headset Review

Posted in Review by Shane McGlaun on June 26th, 2009

blueantq1-sbLast week I looked at a sun visor Bluetooth hands free kit from BlueAnt and found that it worked very well. The thing some drivers don’t like about the sun visor type of hands free device is that everyone in the car with you can hear your conversations. If you prefer an in-ear Bluetooth device, we are checking out the BlueAnt Q1 Voice Controlled Bluetooth Headset today. Read on for all of the details on the BlueAnt Q1.

Gateway unveils NV50 laptop

Posted in Gateway by Shane McGlaun on June 26th, 2009

gateway_nv50-sbAs back to school gets closer, we will see more and more new notebooks and netbooks launched by computer makers. The back to school shopping season is one of the best times of the year for many computer makers so they load up with new product offerings.

Gateway has announced a new NV series of notebooks that are offered with Intel or AMD hardware on the inside starting at a budget price of $499.99. The machines all share many of the same features including a 15.6-inch HD LED backlit LCD screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768. The machines also have dual speakers and HDMI outputs.

Pioneer announces new in-ceiling speakers

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on June 26th, 2009

pioneer_elite_s-ic871a-sbPioneer Electronics is a big name in the home audio and home theater industry. The company has a full line of AV receivers and amps and makes some very nice speakers. Pioneer is also a well-known name is car audio and has produced some very nice and high-end HDTVs as well.

Pioneer has unveiled new in-ceiling and in-wall speakers in its Elite architectural speaker line that are available now from authorized dealers around the world. The speakers were developed specifically for custom installers and are matched to other Pioneer products to create a more integrated home theater system.

Microsoft talks Windows 7 Upgrade

Posted in Microsoft by Shane McGlaun on June 26th, 2009

windows7-sbThe only Microsoft operating system I can recall being anywhere near as disliked as Vista has been in the tech world was Windows ME. That said I have used Vista since it has launched and other than early driver issues with NVIDIA graphics cards it has given me no problems.

Microsoft is set to launch Windows 7 in the next few months and has detailed the upgrade program that will allow consumers who buy a PC running Windows Vista June 26 or after to get a free upgrade to the equivalent Windows 7 version. Microsoft says to support the upgrade program it will defer 50% of the revenue from sales under the program to upgrade licenses.

Verizon gets HTC Ozone

Posted in Verizon by Shane McGlaun on June 26th, 2009

htcozone-sbHTC only recently announced its new Android-powered smartphone called the Hero. HTC has a number of smartphones on various wireless networks in the US and is the maker of the T-Mobile G1 smartphone that runs Android.

HTC has announced its latest smartphone called the HTC Ozone that will be a Verizon Wireless exclusive. The device is described as an easy-to-use smartphone with a simple design and lots of connectivity options.

PQI Cool Drive U360

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on June 25th, 2009

PQI Cool Drive U360The PQI Cool Drive U360 looks like a standard USB drive, but it can also be used to transfer data between two computers, with its built in software and a mini USB port. It’s as simple as it looks. Just connect one end to one PC via USB and the other end via the Mini USB port and you can transfer data easily with the built in software.

It comes in your choice of different sizes from 4Gb up to 16GB, and can transfer data between both computers at up to 21 MB/s. Nothing on pricing or availability yet though.

World Cup Soccer Players USB drives

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on June 25th, 2009

World Cup Soccer Players USB drivesSome call it soccer, others call it football. Some just know it as that sport they played once that got them kicked in the groin. Whatever you call it in your country, it’s a little known fact that the heads of these athletes are removable and store data.

How do you think they come up with their game plan in the locker room? Did you think the coach simply talks to them while pointing a stick at a chalkboard? No, that would be silly. Instead, each 1 GB player removes his head and plugs himself into a port, becoming part of the team “collective” and downloading game plans. Their endgame? World domination with Pele as their new God.

HP announces new Pavilion, Elite, Slimline & Compaq Presario desktops

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on June 25th, 2009

HP announces new Pavilion, Elite, Slimline & Compaq Presario desktopsHP announced a new range of desktop PCs, along with an update to their MediaSmart Server software for TouchSmart PCs. Slimline, Pavilion and Elite desktops have all been announced, together with a new Compaq Presario desktop.

AMD and Intel processors are available across the ranges, and Blu-ray is an option on some models. The Pavilion Slimline features an AMD Athlon single-core LE1660 CPU, 2GB of RAM and 320GB hard-drive, up to a Pentium dual-core CPU, with twice the RAM and a 500GB drive. The Pavilion has an AMD Sempron LE1300, while the Pavilion Elite starts with a dual-core AMD Phenom II X2 and goes all the way to an Intel Core i7-920 with 6GB of DDR3 RAM, 750GB storage and a 1GB ATI Radeon HD 4650 graphics card.

In-car pizza oven

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on June 25th, 2009

In-car pizza ovenWhen the urge for pizza hits, you don’t want to go through the trouble of stopping your car to order one. Not when you can have a Porta-Pizza oven in your passenger seat and cook a pizza while you drive. Let me ask you this? Do your other passengers smell that delicious? Hell no.

This 12-volt pizza oven plugs right into your cigarette lighter adapter and makes fresh pies. Dangerous? Sure is. But damn tasty. And if you get pulled over by some fat cop, all is sure to be forgiven as the two of you chow down and laugh like best buddies.

Nintendo DS Transformers kit

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on June 25th, 2009

Nintendo DS Transformers kitRevenge of the Fallen, the second installment in the Transformers movie franchise, is out this week and there’s no better way to celebrate than by geeking up your DS with these fancy costumes. If you’re into cosplay, maybe you and your DS can match.

The stylus and armor is available in both Bumblebee and Megatron and will cost you $19.99 for both, or $12.99 for either the stylus or the case.