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Pioneer SE-NC70S noise canceling headphones

Posted in Pioneer by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2009

Pioneer SE-NC70S noise canceling headphonesPioneer has a brand new set of headphones with SRS surround technology. The Pioneer SE-NC70S headphones also feature Noise Canceling Technology which is said to suppress 1/5 of the surrounding sound (300Hz – 15dB). Perfect to block out the nagging wife or that barking dog next door.

They weigh in at just 200grams, so they are likely comfortable too. These Pioneer SE-NC70S headphones will also deliver a 103dB output with a 20Hz to 20kHz reproduction bandwidth. The Pioneer SE-NC70S will be available at the end of September in Japan.

Seagate announces Pimp My Drive

Posted in Seagate by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2009

Seagate announces Pimp My DriveSeagate has announced an interesting feature called Pimp My Drive. It basically lets you fully customize the exterior design of your external hard drives and storage devices. They’ve partnered up with MusicSkins to offer vinyl skins for their drives.

You can either buy a vinyl skin with your purchase of a FreeAgent Go drive or you can buy the skin from MusicSkins if you already have a drive. Want 20-percent off of a MusicSkin of your choice? Then register your FreeAgent Go online at the Seagate website, plus you’ll get 35 free songs from eMusic.

iBand with d3o shock-absorbing iPod skin

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2009

iBand with d3o shock-absorbing iPod skinTech21 is a case manufacturer offering a product that is best described as a state-changing material that can handle impacts the way Silly Putty does. If it hits a hard surface it becomes more solid, takes the impact, then releases it, all without damaging your device which is safely inside.

According to the company, the molecules at rest move freely in a gel that’s soft and flexible, but upon impact, the molecules “lock together to spread and absorb the force,”. This increases protection up to 134% compared to other cases. That means that your device can have a longer life.

Bram’s Cube is harder than Rubik’s Cube

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2009

Bram's Cube is harder than Rubik's CubeAlright all you eggheads who can solve a Rubik’s Cube in like ten seconds. Here’s a harder challenge. Meet Bram’s Cube, created by the creator of BitTorrent, Bram Cohen. It offers more of a challenge by incorporating gears into the design.

It’s a two by two Rubik’s Cube, which seems like an easy puzzle to beat, but the gears add another layer of difficulty that is sure to be frustrating. I wouldn’t even know where to start with this thing. Sure you can align the blocks, but then the gears are all out of whack.

Breathalyzer detects lung cancer

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2009

Breathalyzer detects lung cancerBreathalyzers have done a lot of good ever since they were invented. They have taken many drunk drivers off the roads for one thing. Well, now they are ready to help out in a whole new way thanks to some scientists in Israel, who are working on a breathalyzer that they think can detect lung cancer.

Similar tests already exist, but require a pretreatment of the breath, which adds time to the procedure and money. The Israeli breathalyzer doesn’t need any pretreatments. The team conducted a study, with 56 healthy volunteers and 40 people who were known to have lung cancer. They were tested by the breathalyzer, using a sensor that consists of nine gold nanoparticle chemiresistors.

Samsung unveils mobile app store

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2009

Samsung unveils mobile app storeIt’s not the phone itself, it’s what the phone’s software can do for you. Apple proved that with the Apple App Store. Now BlackBerry is doing it too. And now Samsung has an App Store. The portal will have its own native client and will have unspecified “content guidelines” to decide which apps hit the store.

Just 300 apps will be available on launch and will focus primarily on games from Capcom, EA, Gameloft and others, although Samsung will have apps from Handmark. Another 2,000 some apps will arrive before the end of the year.

Lenovo S10 with HD now available online

Posted in Netbook by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2009

Lenovo S10 with HD now available onlineIf you are in the market for a Lenovo Ideapad S10 netbook, you may want to wait just a bit. You’ll be happy to know that the device can now handle high definition video, although the other specs remain the same. Like it’s Intel Atom N280 processor, 1GB RAM, 160GB hard drive, 6-cell battery and Windows XP Home for the OS.

The high definition Lenovo Ideapad S10 will retail for just 349 Euros. It will be available soon at your favorite electronics stores.

Casio Exilim EX-Z280 digital camera

Posted in Casio by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2009

Casio Exilim EX-Z280 digital cameraCasio has just introduced the EX-Z280, a 12.1 Megapixel pocket camera with a 26mm lens along with 4X optical zoom. The real news here is Casio’s new image processor, the Exilim engine 4. It’s a dedicated chip that takes charge of all that stuff related to image processing and analysis.

Everything from smile detection to noise reduction, it’s involved with every aspect of capturing images. Another interesting feature is that the EX-Z280 also shoots 720p movies. Expect it to cost you $180.

BucketVac turns 5 gallon buckets into Wet/Dry Vacs

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2009

BucketVac turns 5 gallon buckets into Wet/Dry VacsHere’s a great way to clean up all of your wet and dry messes around the shop or garage, without having to have a dedicated wet/dry vac taking up unnecessary space. The BucketVac snaps on to just about any standard 5 gallon bucket and turns it into a receptacle for all of your messes.

The vacuum weighs about 7 pounds and has a “commercial grade serviceable motor.” If you have some spare buckets and have nothing to do with them, the BucketVac should hit store shelves sometime before the end of the 4Q of 2009.

FUJIFILM FinePix Z30 Black Swirl design

Posted in Fujifilm by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2009

FUJIFILM FinePix Z30 Black Swirl designBest Buy has an exclusive Black Swirl version of the popular Z30. This white version of the camera features all the same features as the rest of the line but instead of boring white, it features fancy swirly floral designs in black.

It features a 10MP resolution, 3x optical/5.7x digital zoom, 2.7 color LCD, 1600 ISO, Antiblur, face detection 50MB of internal memory and more. It’s on sale for $129.99 and I’m sure you ladies can figure out if it matches your handbag or will clash with your skirts.

Xtreamer e-TRAYz NAS

Posted in NAS by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2009

Xtreamer e-TRAYz NASXtreamer is launching a new ultra compact NAS that supports up to 4TB of storage across two bays. And if you purchase last year’s model by November 1st, 2009, you’ll be able to pre-order this one for €59 ($84) when it becomes available.

After November 1st, 2009 it will cost you €99. If you don’t have the current Xtreamer you might want to pick up both for a €198 price.

Apple to offer iPhone on new U.S. carriers within a year?

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2009

iphone3g-sbMany users have switched to AT&T just to get the iPhone, while some of you have been waiting for it to be available on another carrier. Well, if you are one of the ones who have been patiently waiting, there may be good news.

Gene Munster at Piper Jaffray believes that within a year, iPhones will be available on other U.S carriers. In Europe, when Apple switched to multi-carriers, it enjoyed a dramatically higher market share. So it makes sense that when the AT&T exclusivity expires, Apple would do the same in the U.S.

SanDisk Sansa Clip+ MP3 player

Posted in SanDisk by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2009

SanDisk Sansa Clip+ MP3 playerRemember slotRadio? SanDisk’s microSD cards that load into mp3 players? Well SanDisk has released the Clip+, another player that uses the strange format. So they haven’t given up yet. The Clip+ looks like your standard entry-level MP3 player and is an update to the original Clip.

It features an FM radio and 2GB to 8GB of storage, with prices ranging from $40 to $70, and you can navigate using it’s one inch OLED screen. If you like what you see, it will be available online tomorrow and appear in stores on September 13th.

Dension unveils new wireless mobile entertainment device

Posted in Mobile Accessories by Shane McGlaun on August 31st, 2009

dension-sbOne of the last realms for users to get always on Internet connections that can be shared is in their cars. We can already get Internet in cars with mobile phones or 3G dongles, but it can be hard to share. A company called Dension has announced a new USB dongle that provides wireless connectivity to users in the car.

The device is called the Wi Drive and is a USB dongle designed to plug into the USB port of a car. USB ports are still relatively rare on cars in the U.S. so the company also offers a gateway that adds a USB port to the vehicle.

Intel raises Q3 revenue and gross margin expectations

Posted in Intel by Shane McGlaun on August 31st, 2009

intel-logo-sbThe CPU market has been languishing with poor sales over the last year or so thanks to the poor global economy. As sales of computer systems decline, so do sales of CPUs and other computer components like GPUs.

Last quarter GPU sales increased slightly as OEMs and major computer makers restocked supplies. The same thing may now be happening for the CPU industry as Intel has increased its Q3 outlook for revenue.