Archive for 2009

Kidz Gear wireless car headphones debut

Posted in Headphones by Shane McGlaun on December 18th, 2009

kidzgearwirelessheadphonesWhen my kids were young, we had a car with a DVD player built-in. The car had originally came with wireless headphones so the adults could listen to music while the kids watched a movie. When we bought the car, the headphones were missing and the dealer wanted over a $100 for a single set.

If you have the same problem with broken or missing wireless headphones for your car entertainment system, Kidz Gear has a new set of headphones called the IR68KG02. The headphones are designed to be 100% compatible with any in car entertainment system that uses IR headphones.

Finis unveils new XtreaMP3.1G waterproof MP3 player

Posted in MP3 by Shane McGlaun on December 18th, 2009

finnisxstreammps-sgYou typical iPod or other standard MP3 player isn’t up to the task of swimming or sports where shocks and bumps are apt to happen. You can wear a plain MP3 while you exercise, but if you get it wet the player is pretty much done.

Finis has announced its latest rugged and waterproof MP3 player called the XtreaMP3.1G. The device has 1GB of storage capable of holding up to 240 songs. The player is design for sports where shocks are common, like snowboarding, skateboarding, and cycling.

Amazon Kindle ships free in time for Christmas

Posted in Amazon by Shane McGlaun on December 18th, 2009

kindledx-sbI think the new lot of eReaders are very cool. I would like to have a Barnes & Noble Nook myself, but alas, the things are sold out. If you have someone on your Christmas list that wants an eReader the Amazon Kindle is the only major choice this year.

Amazon announced today that it is offering free expedited shipping on the Kindle that will get it to you in two days. That means if you order by December 22 you will get the Kindle in time for Christmas. The price is still $259.

Samsung bada screenshots leak

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on December 17th, 2009

Samsung bada screenshots leakSome screenshots of the upcoming Samsung bada OS have leaked and it’s no surprise that it looks more or less like the company’s TouchWiz UI. bada will be an open platform like Android in hopes that developers will do all the hard work, tweak it and make it better.

Your handset will need a minimum 800 x 480 resolution display in order to get the most out bada and multi-touch gestures are supported so it can compete with the likes of Apple’s iPhone OS.

USB hub with switches

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on December 17th, 2009

USB hub with switchesThis USB hub may look different, even retro, but it’s just a standard USB hub. Well, yes and no. It does let you know which USB cable is connected just by looking at it, thanks to an LED which lights up.

Each connection has it’s own switch, so you’ll have full control over whether it’s connected or not. It’s pretty cool just because it looks like it came out of the 1970′s. $88 seems a bit steep, but hey, we’re talking switches and LEDS.

New Audi A8 with Google Earth 3D

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on December 17th, 2009

New Audi A8 with Google Earth 3DIn early 2010 Audi will be bringing the next generation of the A8 to the masses. You’ll be glad to know that the new vehicle will have a variety of Google services on board. The multimedia interface (MMI) navigation plus features a highly evolved operating concept with a touchpad called the MMI touch.

The system also boasts an integrated hard disk for navigation, phone and audio data along with a graphics processor capable of high-quality 3D images. The MMI system will also analyze navigation data and relay information to the control unit managing the automatic cruise control with Stop & Go, adaptive lights and the 8-speed tiptronic gearbox. Yep, this is like a Batmobile.

Google branded Chrome OS gBook on the way?

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on December 17th, 2009

Google branded Chrome OS gBook on the way?There may be a Google-branded netbook on the way soon. Google has been talking about working with a bunch of manufacturers in order to be sure its Chrome OS runs well and now on top of that, multiple sources say that Google will hire an unnamed netbook maker to build a device specifically for Chrome OS.

Word is that we might see this gBook as soon as next Christmas. And by that time there will be more tiny and powerful processors to choose from, which will give this net-connected laptop some real power.

DIY Steampunk camera

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 17th, 2009

DIY Steampunk cameraWhen the big name camera makers don’t offer any Steampunk cameras, what do you do? You build your own of course. That’s what this guy did. He built himself a homemade steampunk camera. And it’s more than just a digital camera with a brass case on it.

It’s completely homemade. Which is very impressive indeed. Aside from one obviously plastic piece. It must come in handy for snapping photos of all your handlebar-mustached relatives.

LG LGX130 now available

Posted in Netbook by Conner Flynn on December 17th, 2009

LG LGX130 now availableUS users will be happy to know that the LG LGX130 netbook is now available. This Intel Atom N270-powered netbook comes with a 10.1″ LED-backlit display at 1,024 × 600 resolution, a 160GB hard drive, 1GB RAM and a 9-cell battery which should give you plenty of juice while doing whatever you do.

It runs Windows XP Home as the OS and the Smart On instant-on operating system will deliver quick access to basic functions. It’s available in three colors: black, white and pink. The price? $600.

FlightView for BlackBerry: Real-time flight tracking

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on December 17th, 2009

FlightView for BlackBerry: Real-time flight trackingFlightView has announced its initial mobile application for BlackBerry. Those living in North America can check out real-time flight information right on their BlackBerrys, along with additional information like weather conditions. Flight status updates can be integrated with BlackBerry alerts as well so that you can have scheduled flights tied into your BlackBerry’s calendar.

Pretty darn convenient if you ask us. This will help a lot if you travel often. FlightView for BlackBerry can be purchased for $4.99 from BlackBerry App World.

Bike Tent: Ride a bike, pitch a tent

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on December 17th, 2009

Bike Tent: Ride a bike, pitch a tentHow many times have you been riding your bike when you’ve said to yourself “Gee, I sure wish I could park this baby and pitch a sweet tent”? Maybe it’s because you want some alone time. Maybe it’s the safest place that a 30 + year old guy can listen to Hannah Montana without getting teased. Whatever the reason, you now have a home away from home.

Just place your front wheel on one end while your bike frame stabilizes the other with anchor, cords, stakes, and a bag included. You get three mesh panels (2 on side, 1 on the end) that give you some ventilation and viewing windows.

Zune HD Twitter app won’t let you swear

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on December 17th, 2009

Zune HD Twitter app arrives tomorrowSo you have yourself a Zune HD and you’ve downloaded your new Twitter app. You’re looking forward to some sweet HD tweet time. But wait. How come that guy you just called a ^$%bag didn’t get called an %$%bag? That ain’t right.

In a sad turn of events, this app censors bad words. Hey if you want to tweet swear words all day it’s your god given right ya ***head. Besides, if those who follow you on Twitter don’t have a problem with it, who cares? Nice move Microsoft.

Nexus One Google Phone might arrive on T-Mobile January 5th

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on December 17th, 2009

Nexus One Google Phone might arrive on T-Mobile January 5thAccording to Reuters, Google will have not one, but two versions of the Nexus One phone. One unlocked and one on a service contract with T-Mobile. The phone may be available directly from Google as soon as January 5th in fact.

This is the second confirmation of that date, so it is looking very likely. So if you want this bad boy you won’t have long to wait. Obviously we are hoping that the unlocked version is pretty cheap.

LaCie and Symwave announce 2Big USB 3.0 RAID solution

Posted in LaCie by Shane McGlaun on December 17th, 2009

lacie-logo-sbI will be glad when USB 3.0 gear hits the market in full force. I am tired of waiting what feels like ages for my backup to complete. LaCie and Symwave have announced a new USB 3.0 dual-drive RAID solution that will be shown off at CES.

The drive is called the LaCie 2Big USB 3.0 drive and is fitted with dual discs and can operate in RAID 0/1 configuration. The drive can be had with up to 4TB of storage and will ship with backup software for Windows and Mac computers.

Blockbuster unveils Direct Access

Posted in movies by Shane McGlaun on December 17th, 2009

blockbuster-sbI went to the movie store Tuesday to rent Inglorious Bastards and was bummed when all copies were out. I ended up having to buy it so I could watch the movie. Blockbuster has announced a new service called Direct Access that will help you find a film you want to see even if it is out of stock.

When you go into a store and the film you want isn’t available the store employees can access the distribution center catalog and have the film shipped directly to your door, assuming it is in stock at the distribution center.