Archive for June, 2009

Toshiba unveils new Satellite L series

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

toshibal515-sbMost students haven’t been out of school very long for the summer. Despite that fact, it’s already time for most parents to be gearing up for back to school shopping. If you have a student, going off to college a new notebook may be on the shopping list this year. Toshiba has announced a new series of notebooks perfect for students.

The series is called the Satellite L and starts at $549.99, not much more than some netbooks. The new line includes 14-inch L510 and L515 modes, 15.6-inch L500, 16-inch L505, and a 17.3-inch L550/555 model. The laptops have many features in common like HD TruBrite screens, sleep-and-charge USB ports, and hard drives with capacities from 250GB to 500GB.

Vizio announces new XVT HDTVs

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on June 24th, 2009

vizio-xvt-hdtv-sbVizio has upset the status quo in the HDTV market in America. The company came in, displaced some of the most established names in HDTVs in America and stole the top sales spot. The reason the company was able to do this was that its products are low cost and perform well.

Vizio has announced a new line of HDTVs that will be coming to market over the next several months. The line includes the XVT HDTV series with up to 240Hz refresh rates and TruLED with Smart Dimming technology.

HP unveils Mini 5101 netbook

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

hpmini5101-sbHP may have been late getting into the netbook party. However, it is making up for lost time by introducing all sorts of new models. HP announced this week a new netbook called the Mini 5101 series offered through its small and medium business site.

The machine has an Intel Atom N280 processor running at 1.66GHz and uses the Intel 945GSE chipset. Memory options include 1GB or 2GB of 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM. Storage options include 160GB, 250GB, and 320GB 7200 rpm HDDs or a 128GB SSD.

Microsoft unveils Xbox 360 wireless microphone

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on June 23rd, 2009

Microsoft unveils Xbox 360 wireless microphoneMicrosoft has unveiled a brand new wireless microphone today for use with the Xbox 360. It’s designed to be used with music games like Rock Band, Guitar Hero, ,etc. It will have specific features to make gameplay a bit easier while you are breaking all of the glasses in your china cabinet and forcing the neighbors to scratch their ears off.

You won’t need any wires or adapters, since this mic takes advantage of the wireless console and even has motion sensors built in for added functionality. Plus, you get some pretty lights on the base.

Portable battery packs from Energizer

Posted in Chargers by Conner Flynn on June 23rd, 2009

Portable battery packs from EnergizerHot on the heels of Wildcharge’s induction pad, Energizer is partnering with XPAL Power to expand its Energi to Go line of portable battery packs.

These newly branded chargers run the gamut from an iPhone 3G or #G S battery sleeve to a couple of solar chargers to a larger lithium ion charger that can power up to three devices simultaneously even a laptop. Many of the battery packs are available already under the XPAL brand but the ones with the new packages will be available very soon in stores.

GameBone Pro iPhone controller charges your iPhone while you play

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on June 23rd, 2009

GameBone Pro iPhone controller charges your iPhone while you playGame controllers have now gone to the dogs. But this stupid looking controller is actually pretty useful. It will charge your battery while you play, but the downside is that you have to have it plugged in to the iPhone 30-pin port. The GameBone can also be used via Bluetooth, but of course you can’t charge the iPhone wirelessly.

I have a feeling your dog will love it though. Sadly, it doesn’t even have any way to hold up the iPhone, so you’d have to prop it up, unless they ship it with a stand.

Motorola Karma QA1 with Facebook and MySpace

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on June 23rd, 2009

Motorola Karma QA1 with Facebook and MySpaceWell, it’s official. The Motorola Karma June 28th from AT&T. Feeling social? Good, because this one is a “social messaging slider” that allows you to chat and tag, friend and poke and post and message to your heart’s content, with one-click access to Facebook and Myspace.

The device is 3G, features a QWERTY keyboard, an aGPs and AT&T Navigator software. The QA1 Karma will be available for $79.99 after mail-in rebate with a two-year service agreement for wireless voice plans of $39.99 a month or higher and a $20 a month data or messaging plan. (Pay $129.99 and after mail-in rebate receive $50 AT&T Promotion Card).

Rogers releases Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on June 23rd, 2009

Rogers releases Nokia 5800 XpressMusicThose living in Canada will finally be able to get their hands on the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic via Rogers, where the handset will cost $199.99 That’s Canadian dollars. Our friends to the north can all rest easy now.

To refresh your memory, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is a multimedia-centric S60 5th Edition smartphone that features a 3.2-megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss lens, autofocus capability and dual LED flash, 3.6Mbps HSDPA connectivity, Wi-Fi support, GPS navigation and a 3.2″ resistive touchscreen display at 640 x 360 resolution.

Conny Q3 sports game console: A pink, round Wii knockoff

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on June 23rd, 2009

Conny Q3 sports game console: A pink, round Wii knockoffThis oddly-shaped pink gadget is the Conny Q3 Sports, a video game console from where else? China. It’s designed to play like the Nintendo Wii, just cheaper and crappier. The Q3 Sports sells for just $99 and includes 5 games. That’s gotta keep you entertained for at least 15 minutes. Plus it looks like a Wii designed by a female razor company.

The Conny Q3 includes a wireless 3D motion-sensing controller, but it isn’t as powerful as their Wii competitor. Mostly because it plays ONLY those 5 games. Nothing else. I hope you like “Hot Dance”, fishing, bowling, golf or tennis. Excuse me, “tennies”.

Folding design thins down the obese UK plug

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on June 23rd, 2009


I’ve never been to the UK myself, mostly because I don’t trust their large and obese outlet plugs. Yep, your plugs are enough to keep me away from your country. I mean, if you can’t figure out a small plug… Well, I don’t want any part of that. The large UK plugs may soon change however, thanks to one designer.

The video is slow side, but here’s a breakdown. Like us, the UK is filled with slim electronics, but those gadgets have actually become skinnier than the required 1.8-inch-thick power plug. This new design can collapse to just 1cm (or .4 inches) when not in use, allowing it to squeeze into small bags and pockets. And no more unnecessary pressure on the prongs when your bag is set down the wrong way.

iPhone and iPod touch get inductive charging

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on June 23rd, 2009

iPhone and iPod touch get inductive chargingIt sure took a long time, but WildCharge, manufacturer of the WildCharger Pad, is launching its WildCharge Skins for the iPhone and iPodTouch.

The pad has to be plugged into a power outlet and your mobile phone equipped with the corresponding skin. The device gets charged simply by placing it on the pad. Like magic. Well, to a dude from the past it would seem like magic. Wildcharge recently launched its Universal Adapter that acts as a Skin and is compatible with over 150 cell phones.

Toshiba NB205 netbook now available to order

Posted in Netbook by Conner Flynn on June 23rd, 2009

Toshiba NB205 netbook now available to orderWe told you about this one earlier this month. It’s Toshiba’s first netbook. And it looks like it’s ready to take its rightful place in your hands. Toshiba’s new NB205 netbook does a good job of standing out from the crowd with nice specs at the right price.

You have a few options to consider, There’s a low end black model with a standard keyboard and cheaper materials for $349. Then there’s the $399 model available in four different colors, which also features a higher quality chassis and a chiclet-style keyboard. Each sports an Atom N280 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, a 10.1-inch LED-backlit display, and a standard six-cell battery that promises nine hours of use.

Linksys WRT160NL Linux-powered media sharing router

Posted in Linksys by Conner Flynn on June 23rd, 2009

Linksys WRT160NL Linux-powered media sharing routerLook at this. Routers are getting just a tad sexier after all. And if you have some media to share with those around you, the Linksys Wireless N Storage Router is a nice looking option. It’s a sexier refresh of Wireless G, throwing in external R-SMA antenna connectors, USB connectivity (for your external drive) and an integrated media server.

The device can stream to PCs or UPnP AV digital media adapters, and it supports FAT16, FAT32, and NTFS file systems in both read and write mode. It’s available now for Just $109.99.

ColorWare custom colors for the Apple iPhone 3GS

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on June 23rd, 2009

ColorWare custom colors for the Apple iPhone 3GSAs usual, you were likely underwhelmed by the color “options” of Apple’s newest iPhone, the iPhone 3GS. Nobody likes to be confined to just black and white. And as usual, ColorWare comes to the rescue.

Pricing for these custom colors will run you $150 for the back of the handset, $20 a piece for the bezel frame and button, and $15 for the SIM holder. Out of the kindness of their hearts they will also do your earbuds for an additional $15.

Samsung AMOLED RFID e-passport video demo

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on June 23rd, 2009

Samsung AMOLED RFID e-passport video demoSamsung has been showing off their latest AMOLED concept, an e-passport with a 2-inch QVGA resolution flexible display in an identity card. The idea is to show a 360-degree view of the card-holder, rather than just a headshot. The e-passport uses an AMOLED display that can be powered wirelessly via an RFID reader.

Usually the display is blank (That’s why you need a normal picture. Not everyplace will have an RFID reader) but when it gets close to the scanner it powers up and automatically shows the video. The AMOLED is flexible, but also has a 10,000:1 contrast ratio and is capable of displaying 260k colors. Video below.