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Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Mid-Tower PC Case

Posted in Cases by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2009

Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Mid-Tower PC CaseThermaltake’s latest PC case features a transparent window on the left side panel which will provide a good view of what’s going on inside. So if you are the worryng kind, rest easy and just take a look inside.

The Thermaltake V3 Black Edition mid-tower “Black ‘n Stellar” PC case packs in four 5.25-inch external bays, one 3.5-inch internal bay, four 3.5-inch internal bays, a 2.5-inch internal bay, seven slots for expansion cards, one 120-mm on the rear panel (1,300 rpm, 17 dBA, Blue LED) and three 120-mm optional fans (one on the front panel, one on the top panel and other on the bottom panel).

Twitter Japan to offer micro payments

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2009

Twitter Japan to offer micro paymentsThe Japanese version of Twitter operates slightly differently from the other Twitter sites around the world and it’s about to get even more different as it is said to be introducing a tiered payment model that will charge audiences to view tweets from premium Twitter accounts.

So if you are famous or semi-famous, you can now make some extra money using the site. We are talking about allowing account holders to charge audiences for access to their tweets. Users who want to pay for full access to a premium accounts’ tweets can pay a monthly subscription fee or have their mobile network include it in their monthly bill, or even buy a pre-paid card at convenience stores.

Audio-Technica BoogieBox Speakers

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2009

Audio-Technica BoogieBox SpeakersAudio-Technica’s AT-SPB5 BoogieBox Speakers look like boomboxes that have had a makeover. They sport a rugged design that makes them perfect for going with you everywhere. But they are also packing some power, thanks to a few 70mm full range speaker units and an amplifier.

They sell for $159.99 and feature a battery life of about 10 hours. They come in your choice of red, black or camouflage. Seems a tad expensive, but if you want an “active speaker with street style”, I guess you have to pay.

JVC and Kenwood’s MDV-313

Posted in JVC by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2009

JVC and Kenwood's MDV-313JVC and Kenwood have partnered to release their very first car navigation system, which is dubbed the MDV-313. The device features a built-in DVD player, an integrated 1Seg TV tuner, USB port and virtual 3D maps and more.

The most interesting aspect of the MDV-313 is the high speed response time that will supposedly go a long way toward improving user experience. No word on pricing or availability yet, but it will be hitting Japan first. It looks like they may have a real winner with this one.

Solar Powered Oregon Scientific weather stations

Posted in Weather Stations by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2009

Solar Powered Oregon Scientific weather stationsOregon Scientific is no stranger to weather stations with built-in alarm clocks and such, but their latest release should please environmentalists as well since it’s solar-powered.

This one features a detachable solar panel so you can harness the sun’s rays and juice up the internal battery whether the sun is shining or not. There’s the $69 Oregon Scientific +ECO Solar Weather Clock or the $99 Oregon Scientific +ECO Solar Weather Station.

PC makers to put SDXC slots on 32nm notebooks?

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2009

PC makers to put SDXC slots on 32nm notebooks?Dell, HP and Lenovo will soon release their new 32nm notebooks running on mobile Core i3, i5 and i7 processors which could be equipped with an SDXC memory card slot. It would give the PCs recognition of cards up to 2TB in capacity and transfer speeds faster than current SSDs, at up to 300MB per second.

The machines won’t be arriving until next year, so if your strategy is to wait, you’ll have a while to wait. Other companies are expected to follow suit very soon.

USB Inserts for advertising

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2009

USB Inserts for advertisingThis is either a great idea or a bad idea. It’s hard to say which. That depends on how you feel about being assaulted by these when you open a magazine and find one of these paper-thin USB key ads. Mind you, that’s along with those paper re-subscribe slips and perfume pages.

But it is a neat concept. They can be made to order, are super slim, and can fit in small places. But chances are you won’t be interested enough in any ad content to actually load up what’s on it. At least I wouldn’t be motivated.

Pocket Tool X Piranha multitool

Posted in Tools by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2009

Pocket Tool X Piranha multitoolMultitools can come in very handy for all kinds of daily jobs and it seems that you can never have enough tools in a compact pocket form. The Piranha by Pocket Tool X is a good one.

Aside from looking like a Piranha, this tool boasts a double-ended bit holder, open and box wrenches, a bottle opener, a nail puller, a scraper, and pry ends. It’s made from heat-treated S30V Stainless Steel, so it is built solid. You can pre-order it now and they should ship in December.

LG’s WinMo eXpo unveiled for AT&T

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2009

LG's WinMo eXpo unveiled for AT&TCheck out the LG eXpo, a slider with a pico projector inside. This full QWERTY slider is also packing a 1GHz CPU, a 3.2-inch touchscreen, 5 megapixel camera, a microSD slot, and the removable Texas Instruments projector.

The eXpo is running Windows Mobile 6.5, and it will be available from AT&T on December 7th for $199. That’s after a mail in rebate with a two year contract. Then there’s an additional $179 if you choose to get in on the projector action.

Netronix developing a new eBook reader running Android

Posted in ebooks by Shane McGlaun on November 30th, 2009

netronixereaderThe eReader market is fast becoming the market that everyone wants to be in. In 2008 and even this year the netbook market has been where many manufacturers have flocked. It seems the eReader market is the next big thing.

DigiTimes reports that Netronix is developing a new eReader that will run the Android operating system. Netronix is working with Texas instruments to develop the readers and expects to ship a million units of the device in 2010.

Amazon Kindle breaks sales records in November

Posted in Amazon by Shane McGlaun on November 30th, 2009

kindledx-sbI don’t get why companies are so hesitant to tell how much of a certain product they are selling. Apple tells us how many iPhones it sells if for no other reason than to make other smartphone makers feel inferior.

Amazon has by most accounts the most successful eReader available, but the company will not tell us how many of the devices it sells. Amazon did come out today and announced that the Kindle has broken its single month sales record in November.

Walmart.com offers deals for Cyber Monday

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on November 30th, 2009

acerwalmartnetbookbundleLast Friday was Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Today is the online equivalent called Cyber Monday when online retailers urge shoppers to spend money online. Walmart.com has some good deals for Cyber Monday that are available now.

Walmart is offering a Kodak 12MP camera for $89. It also has an Acer 10.2-inch netbook for $268 with a case and a flash drive. You can also get your hands on a 22-inch Samsung LCD HDTV for $268.

Call of Duty franchise hits $3B in global sales

Posted in Activision by Shane McGlaun on November 30th, 2009

codmw2-sbVideo games are big business around the world with top tier titles making more than many movies rake in. The most popular games end up turning into some of the most popular franchise around as well. This is what happened with the Call of Duty franchise.

Activision has announced that the Call of Duty franchise has now racked up more than $3 billion in sales around the world. That is a ton of money and surely makes the CoD franchise one of Activision’s best.

BBC iPlayer iPhone app

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2009

BBC iPlayer iPhone appWhile you can already watch your favorite British TV programs on your iPhone using the BBC iPlayer service from their website, it looks like the BBC are developing an iPhone App which should bring a wider range of new BBC iPlayer services to the iPhone.

The new BBC iPlayer app even could feature a download option, which would allow you to download your favorite TV show directly to your iPhone. That way you could watch it whenever you want. Some other features include the ability to watch live TV. There’s nothing official from the BBC yet on when the app will be available.

Medion unveils new touchscreen All-In-One Desktop PC

Posted in PCs by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2009

Medion unveils new touchscreen All-In-One Desktop PCMedion recently introduced a new touchscreen all-in-one desktop PC for the Spanish market. It goes by the name PC7216 and features a 21.5-inch touchscreen display, a 2.1GHz Intel T4300 processor and an integrated NVIDIA GeForce 9100 graphics card.

Some other features are 4GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, a 1.3MP camera, a DVD burner, integrated speakers, WiFi and runs Windows 7 OS. The Medion PC7216 will cost you about $1,055 with the wireless mouse and keyboard included.