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24-Port USB Hub

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on December 31st, 2009

If you’re like me you have way too many USB gadgets and not enough spare ports. Well, for those who like to rock your USB ports, here’s a 24 port solution. Now you’ll have room for all of your drives, humping dog toys and Christmas lights.

It comes bundled with an AC adapter too. The 24-Port USB Hub will set you back $69.99. If you still don’t have enough USB ports, then you have too many toys and are obviously not getting any work done.

BPhone, the phone that looks like a netbook

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on December 31st, 2009

If you thought that large and impractical “cellphones” were a thing of the past, then feast your eyes on the BPhone. It’s basically a 5-inch convertible device with a QWERTY keyboard, trackball, and maybe even Windows XP.

That’s really about all we know. We have no idea who the manufacturer is, what it costs, or what the release date is. We just know that it’s odd and that we prefer to call it a Netphone.

Team announces Dual interface X092 flash drive

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on December 31st, 2009

Another day, another new flash drive. These things are being announced by the droves close to CES. A company called Team has announced a new flash drive that features dual connectivity and faster speeds than the typical USB 2.0 drive.

The drive is called the X092 from Team and it requires no power adapter to operate. Presumably, it can get power from the USB port to run in eSATA mode when needed. The drive will come in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities.

Liquid Image announces new Model 312 Wide Angle Video Mask

Posted in Camcorders,Cameras by Shane McGlaun on December 31st, 2009

I have always wanted to learn to scuba dive. The chances of me ever getting my wife under water after seeing that flick Open Water is slim to none though. The best I can hope for is that someone I know goes diving and uses a mask like the Liquid Image Model 312 mask.

The mask has a video camera built in that records at 30 fps in 720 x 480 resolution. The camera can also shoot 5MP still images and operates down to a depth of 65 feet. The buttons are large and designed to be used with gloves.

Scosche to show off new gear at CES 2010

Posted in iPhone Accessories,iPod Accessories by Shane McGlaun on December 31st, 2009

One of the new areas at CES this year is the iLounge pavilion where people looking to show off their Apple gear can get booth space. One of the companies that will be showing off its line of new gear is Scosche with several items for the iPod and iPhone.

Among the new wares being showing off at the show will be the new IDR655m headphones with tapLINE II remote and mic. The earphones have11mm drivers and work with the iPhone. The company will be showing off its reviveLITE case that charges the iPhone and has a built-in flash light.

Super Talent USB 3.0 RAIDDrive at CES 2010

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on December 31st, 2009

We are only days away from the kick off of CES 2010 and one of the big product categories that will be featured at the show in 2010 is USB 3.0. USB 3.0 is going to go mainstream in a big way in 2010 and lots of flash drives and external storage solutions will be on hand at the big show.

Symwave and Super Talent will be showing off the Super Talent USB 3.0 RAIDDrive. The drive uses the Symwave SW6318 device offering performance of 300MB/s on reads. Super Talent claims that the drive is the fastest USB 3.0 drive on the market.

Coby 3D Audio Soundbar headed for CES

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on December 31st, 2009

Swiss company Sonic Emotion has teamed up with Coby to unveil a new 3D stereo speaker. They are calling it the “first soundbar on the market that plays 3D sound from simple stereo input”. We’ll see about that claim.

The 3D Audio Soundbar’s secret to such rich sound is that it uses field synthesis to create 3D surround sound. The 3D Audio Soundbar will be displayed at CES 2010. Then we will now for sure if the claims are true or if they are just blowing 3D audio up our bums.

TiVo “Premiere” DVR

Posted in Tivo by Conner Flynn on December 31st, 2009

The next DVR from TiVo may have been leaked due to a packaging mixup of all things. The “TiVo Premiere” instructions were sent along with a new TiVo HD to Patrick McCarron and they show a slimmed down box with one CableCARD slot instead of two and no S-video or phone jack.

This may be a lower cost revision of the existing Series3 hardware that will be on shelves soon. You can check out the full instructions at Infinite Shamrock.

Mophie iPhone credit card reader

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on December 31st, 2009

iPhone accessory maker Mophie has something interesting up its sleeve. They will be offering a credit card reader for the smartphone along with a transaction app. The whole thing is integrated into an iPhone case, so you can keep the reader on permanently, as long as you don’t mind the added bulk.

As long as the app is good and the price of the service is affordable, this should do well. Assuming you use your credit card often anyway. We should get more info at CES 2010.

Star Trek wetsuits let you explore a very wet frontier

Posted in Sci-Fi by Conner Flynn on December 30th, 2009

Underwater Trek seems to be all the rage in Japan, so why not dress up for it? Well, now you can with these Star Trek wetsuits, just like the uniforms that Kirk and crew wore, just made for the water.

They even come custom-fitted for between $435 and $470. Take someone in the red suit with you. That way you’ll be safe and he’ll be fish-food. And FYI, that Spock wetsuit won’t help you perform a Vulcan mind-meld on a Manta Ray. In case you were wondering.

Warpia USB Adapter connects your PC to your TV wirelessly

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

Warpia has unveiled a handy USB audio/video adapter that allows you to hook up any PC to your TV using a USB PC adapter and a display base station that’s attached to your TV through VGA or HDMI. This is just what many of you have been looking for since the ports on your PC and TV probably don’t match.

The package comes with a wireless PC adapter and the display adapter and retails for $179.99. The adapter has about a 30-foot operating range, and supports video only up to 720p resolution, so you won’t be getting High Definition video.

Handheld wireless visual interface for PS3

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 30th, 2009

Here’s an awesome DIY peripheral for the PS3 that you don’t see everyday. A handheld wireless visual interface made especially for Sony’s console. It works by sending controller commands from a 1.2GHz wireless transmitter to the PS3, while retrieving video signals from the console to the device at the same time.

It features a 5″ LCD display, a LED capacity meter, AV input, a headphone jack, USB connectivity and even a button for every DualShock command. I want one.

XG1 Chic USB external HDD from LG

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

LG’s latest external hard drive will class up any joint. The XG1 Chic comes in 1TB, 1.5TB and 2TB capacities. And you can choose from black or white colors.

It’s a radical departure from your standard external hard drive which is nice. One thing that we get sick of is boring design. This is not boring. That girl sure looks happy about it.

2-player Tetris table

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on December 30th, 2009

There’s no arguing that Tetris is a true classic. We’ve seen countless interpretations of the game. Now we have a two-player Tetris table that looks like a whole lot of fun.

The idea is that one of the players gets to choose the pieces to send down to the other player, which makes it more difficult to get the right pieces to fit. Talk about frustrating! Still, it sounds very intense. We can only imagine that soon there will be some serious Tetris wars fought on this thing tournament style.

Dulin’s Books brings $350, 6-inch BOOX 60 e-reader to US

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on December 30th, 2009

E-book readers are everywhere. So much so that they will surely survive any apocalypse, which at least gives the surviving cockroaches something to pass their time with. Dulin Books has announced that they will be shipping their own e-book reader, the Boox 60 very soon.

The device will come equipped with built-in Wi-Fi and a WebKit-based browser, which will handle news, blogs and other wiki sites along with the ability to download other content. It packs a 6″ Vizplex display with touchscreen capability, and a 532MHz processor with 512MB of internal memory(Which can be expanded with a microSDHC memory card).