Archive for June, 2009

Always Innovating’s Half-Netbook, Half-Tablet: July, $300

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

Always Innovating's Half-Netbook, Half-Tablet: July, $300Always Innovating has something very interesting with its Touch Book tablet, a touchscreen device with a detachable keyboard, embedded Linux OS and a low $300 price tag. The company has published photos of a production device on their page.

Along with the photos, comes this announcement: “We intend to start shipping the Touch Book next month, in July 2009. Our first batch of Touch Books is already in production.” Pre-orders are still open for $300 ($400 with keyboard). Specs below.

I see your Artillery USB Hub and raise you an Airplane USB Hub

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

I see your Artillery USB Hub and raise you an Airplane USB HubYou thought that you were the victor in the USB wars, didn’t you? With your Artillery USB hub guarding your base camp… You did not count on an even bigger and more powerful USB 1.1 hub. While you were sucking on your stogies in celebration and kissing pictures of your gal back home, the Airplane USB Hub just layed waste to your whole platoon.

It did so due to awesomely impressive specs like these: Airplane design with 5 seconds clear flying-off sound effect, 4 ports, Fan On/Off button, Soft plastic blades for safety, Very strong wind, Blue LED indicator light at the tail, USB 1.1, Size: 158*140*45mm, Weight: 105g.

Artillery USB Hub

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

Artillery USB HubThis cannon-shaped USB hub features three ports that trigger an artillery sound effect when a device is plugged in. Pretty cool, but don’t think you are going to win any USB wars with this one. It only supports USB 1.1.

Neat as it is, despite being USB 1.1, it needs to actually fire something and not just look like an old cannon. What would be cool is if it actually held a small USB drive that it could jettison out when you are done with it. If the kids are still saying FAIL this week, I suggest you say it to the Artillery USB Hub. It’s certainly not full of win.

Sony hints at non-game apps for PSP

Posted in PSP Go! by Conner Flynn on June 25th, 2009

Sony hints at non-game apps for PSPPlayStation’s Al De Leon was recently asked about possibility of developers producing non-game applications for the new PSP Go. His answer? He stated that content “will mostly be games, but there’s an opportunity to look at non-gaming applications.”

While that isn’t hard confirmation, it does suggest that they’ve began to look into non-game apps. Any guesses as to what we may see? Maybe we’ll learn more at Gamescom in August.

Asus Eee Keyboard due in August

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

Asus Eee touchscreen keyboard PCLast we heard the Eee keyboard was supposed to be available in May/June. Now Asus has confirmed that its Eee keyboard, originally shown at CES, will be arriving in August. The company’s marketing executive, John Swatton, revealed the news while launching several new laptops.

The Eee Keyboard will be the first wireless media center enabled by ultra wideband HDMI, meaning you’ll be able to stream HD content from your lap to your television. It’s good looking sure, but it is also packing Wi-Fi, Ethernet, speaker, mic, and a 5-inch touchscreen display, as well as a 32GB SSD to store all that HD content on.

CinemaNow launches Wii movie streaming service in Japan

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

wii-sb1CinemaNow has announced that it’s partnering with Fujisoft to deliver movies to the Nintendo Wii. The service will initially launch in Japan, where the Japanese will be able to watch catalog titles from Paramount Pictures. The service is called “Minna no Theater Wii” over there.

Will we see this hot in the states? We hope so. But you never know. I’d rather watch movies on a higher quality console myself, but to each their own.

iPhone 3.0 Remote App Supports Apple TV

Posted in Apple TV by Conner Flynn on June 25th, 2009

iPhone 3.0 Remote App Supports Apple TVGreat news for Apple TV users. The iPhone 3.0 version of the Remote app now supports Apple TV controls with gesturing, which will give you a lot more flexibility than the standard little Apple Remote you already have.

According to Techcrunch, the entire experience is dramatically improved, allowing you to slide around on the phone to move the screen, while the keyboard makes it handy to type searches in quickly.

iJector projects 50 Inches of iPod, iPhone video

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on June 25th, 2009

iJector projects 50 Inches of iPod, iPhone videoThe iJector arrives next month, capable of projecting videos at a decent brightness up to diagonal sizes of 50 inches. It will also play back amplified stereo audio, and even features a “made for iPod” device certification. It will work with just about any video-enabled iProduct. We aren’t positive whether that includes the iPhone 3GS or not.

Here’s the punchline. That 50 inches of projected imagery will have a low 557×234 resolution, and will cost around $670 when it ships in Japan next month. So we aren’t sure why you should bother.

Use Sony’s DualShock on your Nintendo Wii

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

Use Sony's DualShock on the Nintendo WiiI’ve always thought that turning the Wiimote sideways looked a little strange, but it’s been the only alternative to using one of Nintendo’s old controllers. Well, not anymore. Now you can use your old PS/PS2 controllers thanks to this DualShock to Wii adapter which costs $18.50.

No one will think it’s weird at all, watching you play the Wii with a Sony controller. Maybe you don’t like the GameCube controller, or the Club Nintendo SNES controller. We aren’t judging you. We just want you to be happy.

GE announces new touchscreen digital camera

Posted in GE by Shane McGlaun on June 25th, 2009

ge-e1250tw-sbWe can thank the iPhone for the fact that everything seems to be going touchscreen today. The iPhone was one of the first successful touch capable devices to hit the market. Now after a few years of the iPhone being on the market we have touch capability in everything from digital frames to digital cameras.

GE has announced a new digital camera called the E1250TW that will be available on HSN and at Amazon starting on June 22. The camera has a 3-inch touch capable LCD and a 12.2-megapixel sensor. Other features include a 5x optical zoom lens and the ability to capture panoramic images.

SanDisk unveils 32GB SDHC class 10 card

Posted in SanDisk by Shane McGlaun on June 25th, 2009

sandiskextreme32gbsdhc-sbI have always stayed away from DSLRs that require any other storage medium other than SD or SDHC cards. Other types of storage cost more and are harder to find if you need a new card on the road. The only drawback is that many of the other storage mediums offered higher performance than SDHC or SD cards.

SanDisk has announced the world’s fastest 32GB SDHC card today. The card supports the new SD Association’s new Class 10 specification, which exceeds the performance needed for AVCHD recording cameras on the market today.

Viewsonic VPC100 now shipping

Posted in Viewsonic by Shane McGlaun on June 25th, 2009

viewsonic-vpc100A while beck we mentioned that Viewsonic had announced its first all-in-one PC called the VPC100. All-in-one PCs are nice devices that offer all the parts that you need for a computer inside the LCD. The machines are like netbooks on the inside for the most part.

At the time, the PC was announced we didn’t have a ship date from Viewsonic to share. Viewsonic has now announced that the VPC100 is shipping for $599. In case you missed the first post about the product, the VPC100 runs an Intel Atom 1.64GHz CPU, Windows XP home and has an 18.5-inch LCD.

Gateway unveils new desktop computers

Posted in Gateway by Shane McGlaun on June 25th, 2009

gatewaysx_desktop-sbThe desktop computer was once the most common computer that consumers purchased. Today prices on notebooks and netbooks have came down so much that you can buy a notebook for the same price or even less than your average desktop. Still there are some who prefer a desktop to a notebook and for that group Gateway has unveiled new systems.

Gateway has introduces two new desktop lines including the small form factor SX series and the mini-tower DX series. The SX desktops start at $499.99 and for that price you get some nice hardware. The rig runs an Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 640GB HDD.

Palm app catalog hits 1 million downloads

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

Palm App catalog hits 1 million downloadsWell that didn’t take long. Just the other day we reported that Palm had reached 700,000 downloads and today we are up to a million. That’s pretty amazing. Especially when you consider that less than 30 applications were available from the App Catalog for a single device, which is available only on Sprint in the US.

While we don’t have any official numbers from Palm, the figure comes from industry analysts who suggest that 150,000 Pre devices were shipped since the June 6th retail introduction. That’s an average of about seven apps downloaded per phone.

Seagate upgrades FreeAgent drives for Mac

Posted in Seagate by Conner Flynn on June 24th, 2009

Seagate upgrades FreeAgent drives for MacHot on the heels of their BlackArmor line upgrade, Seagate has updated their FreeAgent drives for the Mac with new features and improved performance. First there’s the FreeAgent Go Pro for Mac, a 2.5-inch external drive that features a FireWire 800 interface and FireWire 400 and USB interface. It will be available later this month in 250GB, 320GB and 500GB sizes and will cost $130, $150 and $190 each.

The other addition to the line up today is the Go Dock+, a USB hub with 3 ports, which is available now for $40.