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Archive for June, 2009

Hands on: K-box portable speaker

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

K-box turns tables and walls into giant speakersWe told you about the K-box from Kerchoonz a few weeks ago. The portable speaker that aims to turn nearly any surface into a speaker with an emphasis on bass. It’s targeted at those who want sound on the go, but don’t want to carry bulky speakers with them.

It’s about the size of the iPhone and yes it really does turn your tables, walls and other flat surfaces into giant speakers. It works by plugging into your laptop, portable gaming device, netbook, mp3 player etc. Anything equipped with a headphone jack.

Robot USB flash drives with personality

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on June 24th, 2009

Robot USB flash drives with personalityIf you’ve been reading the ‘Brick for awhile then you know that we dig robots. We really love robot flash drives. But as we’ve said before, it’s hard to find decent ones. Well, at last here are some that have true personality.

There are six different models in various shapes and colors, all cute,awesome and retro. They come with a 2 gigabyte storage capacity and their LED eyes even light up when you plug them in. There are the six different colors in all: yellow, black, blue, pink, red and white. These little guys are amazing. I’m gonna order one myself.

Mio Amber Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone coming soon

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

Mio Amber Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone coming soonMio is usually associated with GPS systems, but here they are rolling out a new Windows Mobile 6.5-powered handset dubbed the Mio Amber. It isn’t official just yet, but we do have some specs.

This one packs in a 3.61″ WVGA touchscreen display, GPRS/EDGE and WCDMA/HSPA connectivity, G sensor, GPS/A-GPS navigation, Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity, FM transmitter, Noise cancellation technology, 5-megapixel camera with autofocus, Secondary VGA camera, 528MHz Qualcomm MSM 7201A Turbo processor, 256MB RAM/512MB ROM, and a microSD memory card slot.

Profoon PM-505 Big Button GSM Phone

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on June 24th, 2009

PM-505 Big Button GSM PhoneLooking for a gift for that extra-special and older someone? Why not get them the PM-505 Big Button phone? The PM-505 Big Button handset lives up to it’s name with big honking buttons for older folks.

It also sports a large and clear display. The 250 entry phonebook will give them plenty of numbers to call for tech help. There’s even a notebook/journal behind the handset for quick notes like, “Get milk” or “take meds”. A direct SMS button will send them to the SMS page.

Zune HD to come in 16/32GB sizes, September 8?

Posted in Zune HD by Conner Flynn on June 24th, 2009

Zune HD to comes in 16/32GB sizes, September 8?The guys over at Gizmodo got a tip about the ZuneHD. “Internal Microsoft docs” point to a September 8 launch of the Zune HD. Their tipster also says that the device will be available in 16GB and 32GB versions.

One thing we don’t have is a price. We do know that the HD has Nvidia’s Tegra inside, so it’s a high powered, high performance device with HD output. How all of that affects the final price remains to be seen.

LightLane Virtual Bike Path to become a reality

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

Create your own bike lane with LightLaneRemember Lightlane? Lightlane was a pretty neat concept for bicyclists. Well, it seems that the response that the concept got was so overwhelming from bicyclists the world over, that the inventors actually decided to now make it into a commercial product.

It uses “super-bright red LEDs,” as well as two high visibility Diode-Pumped Solid State green lasers to project a path that should help to protect bikers on the street. The end result is that the biker and their path are clearly visible to those driving by.

Pentax’s Optio W80 is tough

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

Pentax's Optio W80 is toughPentax’s Optio W80 is the company’s toughest point and shoot camera yet. It’s also waterproof up to 16 feet underwater and it will survive drops from 3.3 feet and works in 14 degree weather. So if you are an adventurer looking for a rugged point and shoot, this one sounds like a good bet.

It’s arriving next month for $300. The available colors are Cardinal Red, Azure Blue and Gunmetal Gray. Pentax is also offering a custom designed clear protective skin for $16.95 along with a comfortable floating wrist strap for $19.95.

Nokia N97 gets abused on video

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on June 24th, 2009

Nokia N97 gets abused on videoIf you’re still on the fence about a Nokia N97 purchase, this may sway you one way or another. I mean, it’s important to know how a phone fares when it’s dunked into breakfast cereal. N97Geeks.com has given it a torture test.

Aside from cereal dunking, they try to scratch the screen and the body. The end result is a still almost fully functional and slightly scuffed handset with a broken menu key. So we can only conclude that the phone should survive even the harshest breakfast. Video below

Seagate intros FreeAgent Go Dock+ with powered USB hub

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

Seagate intros FreeAgent Go Dock+ with powered USB hubSeagate has been pretty busy lately what with the announcement of their revamped FreeAgent drives. Now we come across this new $40 FreeAgent Go Dock+.

What’s interesting is that it doubles as a powered three-port USB hub. The device should prove convenient if you’re into the whole FreeAgent Go thing. Pretty nice. It almost looks like it was designed by apple.

DiskGO BackUp USB Flash Drive

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on June 24th, 2009

DiskGO BackUp USB Flash DriveAbout the size of a quarter, the DiskGO flash drive comes in 1GB to 16GB capacities. The most interesting thing about it is the Dmailer Backup software installed on it. It allows users to create an encrypted profile and set redundant file backups to the external hard drive. You can also archive past versions of files as they are modified for access later.

With Dmailer Backup, users can also back up files to a personal online “cloud” that can be accessed from any computer connected to the Internet using a simple, search-engine type interface. Dmailer Backup doesn’t require any installation and is Mac and PC compatible. You can pre-order today and it will ship early next week.

Altec Lansing Expressionist Plus Speakers

Posted in Altec Lansing by Conner Flynn on June 24th, 2009

Altec Lansing Expressionist Plus SpeakersThese PC speakers are stylish and sexy. The Altec Lansing Expressionist Plus Speakers, look pretty sweet and can be used with your PC, or CD, DVD or MP3 player. It comes with a 5.25 inch sub-woofer and two satellite speakers all in a small package.

We’ve seen our share of speakers here at the ‘Brick, but they aren’t always so nice looking. These are definitely worth a closer look. Tuck the compact subwoofer under your desk or on your desktop. If you like what you see, the set will go on sale later this month for only $99.

Gateway Timeline LT3100 now official

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

Gateway Timeline LT3100 now officialGateway’s latest Timeline netbook is now available for purchase. The netbook is powered by a 1.2GHz Athlon 64 L110 processor with an integrated ATI Radeon X1270 graphics card, a WXGA resolution display, a 2GB RAM and a 250GB HDD.

Some other features include a memory card reader, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g connectivity, integrated webcam, three USB 2.0 ports and a 6-cell Li-ion battery. You can get it in two colors, NightSky Black and Cherry Red. The Gateway Timeline LT3100 will cost you $400 and up, depending on the specs you choose.

Cello intros HDTV that records to SD cards

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

Cello intros HDTV that records to SD cardsSo sorry Asia, North America, but this set is only headed for the European market. At least for now. But at least it’s on it’s way somewhere thanks to Cello Electronics, who has issued the first HDTV that records OTA (Freeview) content directly to an SD card. That should make it much easier for users to shuffle around their recorded content to portable players.

The set features twin TV tuners, a built-in EPG, split-screen functionality and an integrated DVD player. It come in 22-, 26- and 32-inch varieties. It delivers just 1,440 x 900 pixels and no HDMI socket and is available starting next month for £399.99 ($661) or £469.99 ($777).

Toshiba outs updated portable Hard Drives

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

Toshiba outs updated portable Hard DrivesToshiba has a new range of portable hard drives that feature new system backup functionality and password-protected encryption for greater security. The drives will ship with pre-laoded software that’s compatible with both Mac and Windows. The included NTI BackupNow EZ software lets users backup the whole system and even restore the entire system if Windows fails to boot.

These Toshiba drives will come with password-protected security with up to 256-bit encryption. A Drive Space Alert feature will alert you when it is time to perform some digital cleaning. You can choose from white, blue, green and red.

Credit card size wallet USB drive debuts

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on June 24th, 2009

toptechusbcard-sbIt can be a pain trying to keep a flash drive on you at all times. If you have a normal style flash drive, you have to carry it on your key ring or in your pocket. I hate having lots of stuff on my key ring and I always forget anything other than my wallet or my cell phone if it is in my pocket.

A company called TopTechProducts has a slick little flash drive that is shaped like a credit card and designed to fit into your wallet. The drive measures 3.4-inches x 2.1-inches x 0.11-inches. It is compatible with Windows, Linux and Mac computers.