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Tekken 6 wireless arcade sticks revealed

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

Tekken 6 wireless arcade sticks revealedThose of you who love fighting titles and especially those who love Tekken probably do not play with a stock controller. So this Hori arcade stick is for you. It will ship as part of a Tekken 6 Wireless Fight Stick Bundle bundle and will soon be available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

It should show up at several different retailers for $150. That MSRP also snags you a collectible art book. For when you combine fighting and art, you will soon understand the art of fighting…grasshopper.

Kogan’s digiframe reads Twitter, browses Facebook

Posted in Digital Photo Frames by Conner Flynn on June 23rd, 2009

Kogan's digiframe reads Twitter, browses FacebookRight up there with printers, digital picture frames are fairly boring. So companies keep throwing more features at us so that we may decide to buy one. That’s why Kogan’s 8-inch WiFi LCD digiframe features a bunch of tricks we’ve seen before, along with a few that are new.

It will accept photos via email, RSS feeds, Flickr, and Facebook. Email pics to a central address and see them displayed on a group of these things. With the free SeeFrame app for iPhone you can even send images directly from your handset. You can view your Twitter feed as well.

OCZ Sabre OLED Gaming Keyboard

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

OCZ Sabre OLED Gaming KeyboardThe Sabre OLED gaming keyboard takes Art Lebedev’s OLED-in-each-key keyboard concept and adapts it for the mass market to enjoy. But it does have a lower price and a less impressive feature set. Only the numpad keys feature the OLED magic and the keys don’t display color.

OCZ tries to make up for the lack of OLED keys with a layered shortcut system and blue LED sidelighting. In the end we can only state the ovious, that the Sabre is no Optimus Maximus. Then again, the Optimus is huge and hard to type on. So maybe it’s for the best.

Belkin unveils super fast powerline networking gear

Posted in Belkin by Shane McGlaun on June 23rd, 2009

belkinf5d4076-sbPowerline networking is a great way to get Internet connectivity to gear in your home that can’t access Wi-Fi and is too far from your router. Typical powerline networking systems are only capable of speeds around 200MB/sec.

Belkin has announced a new line of powerline networking gear that is five times as fast as those typical offerings with up to 1000Mbps of speed. The kit is called the Gigabit Powerline HD Started Kit and includes two adapters, one to connect to your router, and one to connect to your device.

Samsung develops new SATA mini-card SSDs

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on June 23rd, 2009

samsung-logo-sb1The SSD has been on the market for a while now and the prices of SSDs are finally starting to come down. When they first became available, a small SSD could run into the $1000 range. Today you can get a nice SSD for about $300.

Samsung has announced a new SATA-interface SSD that can be used for either primary storage or as a complementary drive to boost performance. The SSD uses a mini-card form factor and is very rugged. The SSD measures 30mm x 51mm and is 3.75mm thick.

iLuv unveils iPod alarm clock with bed shaker

Posted in Clocks by Shane McGlaun on June 23rd, 2009

iluvbedshaker-sbI have never been one to have a hard time getting up in the morning. My alarm goes off to music and I am up and about my day. My wife on the other hand could sleep through a tornado and never wake up. Her alarm usually wakes me up and then I have to shake her awake to get her to turn it off.

If you are the sort that needs more than a buzzer or music to wake up, the new iLuv iMM153 alarm clock with bed shaker for iPod may be just what you need. The clock supports all dockable iPods and has a 3.5mm auxiliary jack for the devices that can’t be docked.

Shuttle announces all-in-one X50 barebones PC

Posted in Shuttle by Shane McGlaun on June 23rd, 2009

shuttlex50bb-sbShuttle is famous for its small form factor barebones machines that come with almost everything you need to get the computer up and running. Typically, you have to add your own RAM, storage and operating system to the machines.

Shuttle has announced its first barebones all-in-one PC called the X50. The machine comes with a dual core Intel Atom 330 CPU, 15.6-inch touchscreen, 1.3-megapixel webcam, memory card reader, Wi-Fi, stereo speakers, a mic, and a 65W fanless PSU installed.

Daewoo releases new Atom powered Tablet PC

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2009

Daewoo releases new Atom powered Tablet PCThe Daewoo C920-mini tablet PC looks fairly sturdy despite having that “toy” look, and is powered by an Intel Atom N270 CPU with 1GB of RAM, an Intel 945 Express, a 60GB of HDD (1.8-inch @ 4200rpm), and a 8.9-inch touchscreen display with a 1024×600 resolution.

It measures 241.4mm x 209.3mm x 27.7mm and weighs just 1.21kg. This tablet PC also features a 1.3MP webcam for video conferencing.

T-Mobile myTouch 3G handset gets official

Posted in T-Mobile by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2009

T-Mobile myTouch 3G handset gets officialThe highly anticipated myTouch 3G (aka HTC Magic) will soon make its way to T-Mobile USA in early August. The Android-powered handset features a 3.2-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen display and a 3.2MP autofocus camera with YouTube and Picasa uploading support.

Some other features include a microSD card slot with an included 4GB microSD card, GPS, WiFi, Microsoft Exchange support and supports quad-band EDGE, UMTS/HSDPA (1700MHz/2100MHz) connectivity. You can pre-order it starting on July 8th for $199 with a 2-year contract agreement.

Toshiba’s TG01 running Snapdragon, launched as T-01A in Japan

Posted in Toshiba by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2009

Toshiba's TG01 running Snapdragon, launched as T-01A in JapanOne of the hottest and thinnest handsets of this year just made its way to Japan. It’s completely anorexic at less than a centimeter thick. Which is the main thing it has going for it. The NTT DoCoMo T-01A is the same TG01 device revealed by Toshiba back in February running Qualcomm’s ultra-fast 1GHz Snapdragon chipset.

It also features a 4.1-inch WVGA (800 x 480 pixel) resistive touchscreen display; HSDPA, GPS, and WiFi radios; and Toshiba’s custom UI meant to mask its Windows Mobile 6.1 core. Now that Toshiba has unleashed it Japan we look forward to seeing the TG01 launch in Europe and everywhere else.

Baseball with a radar gun built in

Posted in Sports by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2009

Baseball with a radar gun built inBack in the stone age, if you wanted to know how fast you could pitch, you needed a radar gun, which was huge and expensive. Only Major League dudes had them and they pointed them at every pitcher in the league, all for the sake of stats. Well this is the 21st century bub. You don’t need a radar gun anymore. We’ve shoved the whole thing into the ball itself.

The SmartBall shows you exactly how fast you throw it. I hear ya. The ball is no longer regulation with the added weight. And yeah, if you hit it with a bat, it will likely die. But it should be a great way to measure your speed and then improve your speed.

Samsung Jet gets over two million pre-orders

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2009

Samsung Jet with 800 MHz processorLooks like Samsung has a bit of a hit on its hands. Samsung has announced that it has sold 2M Samsung Jet handsets with pre-orders alone. For Samsung, this represents the largest handset order ever. The Jet runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro, with some serious capabilities like a 800Mhz processor and a WVGA AMOLED display. Those two features are superior to the iPhone 3GS. It even has decent looks.

The Samsung Jet also sports a web browser based on Webkit (like the iPhone and the G1), a 5MP camera and more. While Windows Mobile 6.1 is not your ideal dream touch-phone OS, we can hope that it’s upgradable to WM 6.5.

Details on PS3′s Motion Controller

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2009

Details on PS3's Motion ControllerAccording to Kotaku, Sony is touching base with developers and apparently the controller will launch in Spring 2010 (Next year’s E3 sounds right.) . Sony says that the controller will function “with any games across all genres from casual to [hard]core”.

To refresh your memory, the controller will work with Sony’s Eye camera and microphone, which will add face and voice recognition and make the motion tracking more accurate. Sony apparently told developers that the DualShock “could” be used along with the motion controller, much like how Nintendo uses the Wiimote and Nunchuck.

Acer Aspire AS5739G laptop with Blu-ray, $750

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2009

Acer Aspire AS5739G laptop with Blu-ray, $750Yesterday, we told you about the Sony Vaio NW notebook with Blu-Ray for $880. Today we have the comparable Acer Aspire AS5739G with Blu-Ray for $750. You’ll get a 15.6-inch LED LCD (1366×768), 2.1Ghz Core2 Duo processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a GeForce GT130 graphics card with an extra 1GB of memory.

It also features an 8X Blu-ray drive, 250GB hard drive, Dolby 5.1 output, fingerprint recognition and multitouch support. It’s not the lightest laptop, but it is decent looking. And available now.

Seagate’s BlackArmor Drives and NAS offer more secure backup

Posted in Seagate by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2009

Seagate's BlackArmor Drives and NAS offer more secure backupSeagate has been busy lately. They’ve just updated their BlackArmor line with three new units, a 220 NAS that holds up to 4TB, a WS 100 external drive with eSATA and USB 2.0, and a PS 110 portable drive that holds up to 500GB.

The Seagate BlackArmor NAS 220 is available in late July for $449.99 for 2TB and $699.99 for 4TB. The Seagate BlackArmor WS 110 is available now at $159.99 for 1TB and $309.99 for 2TB. The Seagate BlackArmor PS 110 is also available now for $159.99 for 500GB.