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Wii Classic Controller to PC USB adapter

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on December 28th, 2009

If you play PC games with console-like controllers, you’ll dig the Wii Classic Controller to PC USB Adapter. Assuming that you already own a Wii Classic Controller anyway. This adapter allows you to enjoy your PC-based games the way god intended: By using a console controller.

You can use all of the Wii Classic Controller’s buttons, D-pad and analog sticks. It also features integrated turbo and auto-fire. At least this will give you an excuse to actually use your Wii Classic Controllers.

Earth-Trek unveils HD LCD Digital Photo Frames

Posted in Digital Photo Frames by Conner Flynn on December 28th, 2009

Earth-Trek has just unveiled a new line of digital photo frames which come in a variety of sizes and feature an HD LCD display with a maximum resolution of 1,024 x 768 pixels, with two aspect ratios to choose from: either 4:3 or 16:9.

The sizes are 7, 8, 10, 12 and 15 inches and they are compatible with all of your favorite photo, video and audio formats as well as support for USB, SD/MMC/MS memory cards. These Digital Photo Frames also come bundled with an A/V output jack, Remote controller, and alarm and calendar functions.

Logic Bolt Projector Phone gets updated

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on December 28th, 2009

The Bolt projector phone by Logic Wireless was introduced last year at CES and now the company has released an updated version, powered by the Symbian operating system. It slimmed down a bit from the original and will throw a VGA image up to 64″ wide.

Aside from that, you’ll get two cameras: One in front and one in back and two sim card slots. No 3G here, which is unfortunate. A touchscreen display rounds off the features. Look for the updated Logic Bolt to retail for about $500 unlocked.

Most realistic Back To The Future DeLorean ever could be yours

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on December 28th, 2009

This makes my eyeballs very happy. This is the absolute most realistic BTTF DeLorean we have ever seen. It’s probably the most realistic one that exists. Period. And it’s on eBay. So you could own this baby. Starting Bid is $89,000.00. You might recognize the house too as the photo shoot took place at the Pasadena home that was once Doc Brown’s.

This 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 was built by Gary Weaver, a Back to the Future fan who is also apparently the authority on DeLorean time-machine replicas. He also owns BTTFparts.com, which I’m sure helped tremendously. Even so, this car took six years to complete.

RoyalTek’s RPJ-2000 pico projector

Posted in Projectors by Conner Flynn on December 28th, 2009

Another day, another pico-projector. This latest is a new model by RoyalTek, the RPJ-2000, all set to be the first of several from the company in 2010. The RPJ-2000 uses a second-gen 3M LCoS chipset and will project up to a 65-inch image with 14 lumens brightness and 640 x 480 resolution.

This one includes VGA and NTSC/PAL TV inputs, but there’s no integrated mediaplayer or onboard storage. They do throw in 0.5W stereo speakers and the RPJ-2000 is Apple-certified so you can use it with iPods and iPhones. You just have to add $43 for the adapter kit on top of the $315 price.

Pedal Brain iPhone kit connects your bike to your iPhone

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on December 28th, 2009

There are all kinds of gadgets for cyclists and now there’s an iPhone app/accessory kit for them as well. The finishing touches are still being worked on, but they’ve made their Pedal Brain kit official anyway. Think of it as a Nike+ for cyclists.

It comes with a case accessory that uses the ANT+ wireless protocol to relay all of the information from your bike. That info is processed and analyzed by the Pedal Brain app. Pedal Brain also features a coaching feature that will let you make your own training plans and sell them through the app (They take a $4 a month cut).

Record iPhone game downloads expected this week

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on December 28th, 2009

I am sure there are many people out there who found a new iPhone under the tree this Christmas. Those folks are sure to be downloading tons of apps over the coming week with many people off work and out of school.

PlayHaven, an iPhone game community, and MobClix, a targeted mobile ad exchange, have announced that they expect record game downloads for the next week. The two companies expect game downloads for the week from Christmas Day to New Year’s Day to be 28 times higher than the same period last year.

NVIDIA Fermi pushed until March 2010

Posted in NVIDIA by Shane McGlaun on December 28th, 2009

NVIDIA and ATI are always fighting to be the first with new products to market and to have the fastest graphics cards around. ATI had a leg up on NVIDIA in the performance department in the high-end range for a while and NVIDIA is set to launch some new cards to try to take the crown back.

DigiTimes reports that NVIDIA has pushed the launch of its new Fermi architecture DirectX 11 platform until March of 2009. ATI will beat NVIDIA to market with similar 40nm parts with the launch of ATI products expected in January or February.

Keystone solar gadget charger works as a luggage tag

Posted in Mobile Accessories by Shane McGlaun on December 28th, 2009

I have seen some odd devices before that pull double duty as items that don’t seem to go together at all. One good example is this new Keystone Eco Tag solar charger that also acts as a luggage tag with an area for written information to be penciled in.

When working as a gadget charger the device can charge up a pair of AAA batteries and sports a USB connection for directly attaching gadgets for charging. The device can charge connected items in four hours of direct sunlight or with eight hours of indirect sunlight.

Nero software expands Nintendo DSi music capability

Posted in Nintendo by Shane McGlaun on December 28th, 2009

Lots of people out there who own a Nintendo DSi carry it with them everywhere. If you can get the devices you take with you everywhere to pull duty for more than one use, it is a great thing. Nero has announced new software for the DSi that improves its music capabilities.

The new software is called the Nero Music2Go and is the second iteration of the Nero MobileSync platform that is a hardware agnostic toolkit for customizable PC applications. The software allows the conversion of music from CDs and files stored on a PC to AAC format.

HCL introduces 3G ME 06 netbook in India

Posted in Netbook by Conner Flynn on December 28th, 2009

HCL of India has introduced yet another netbook onto the already bloated market, with their new model, the ME 06. This one is pretty much a typical netbook with an Atom N270 1.6GHz processor, 10.1″ display at 1,024 x 600 resolution, 1GB RAM, a 160GB hard drive and Windows XP Home Edition.

The interesting thing about this offering is that it features 3G connectivity and a SIM card slot. That way you don’t have to worry about a Wi-Fi network wherever you are.

Lenovo multimedia remote and keyboard

Posted in Lenovo by Conner Flynn on December 28th, 2009

Lenovo has somewhat quietly introduced the Lenovo Multimedia Remote with Keyboard, otherwise known as model 57Y6336. The device has actually been available for about a week now for $60.

This Lenovo device delivers a 2.4GHz keyboard with trackball and a USB dongle for up to 10 meters of wireless connectivity. Pretty interesting release. Great for tablets, phones or HTPCs. The size looks perfect, not too big and not too small.

Bluetooth rollable keyboard coming soon

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on December 28th, 2009

Wireless keyboards are perfect to use with your HTPC setup, but the livingoom is a messy place full of dangers for any keyboard. There’s spilled drinks, the danger of leaving your keyboard on the couch and having someone sit on it, etc.

Well, this rollable Bluetooth keyboard should make those problems a thing of the past. It comes fresh from the FCC in red or pink and is made of a rubbery material. It won’t break in half if you sit on it and it is safe from spills. It’s also super portable.

Chrome OS netbook specs leaked

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on December 28th, 2009

The specs for Google’s Chrome OS netbook have leaked. Spoiler alert: It’s looking good. Apparently the Google netbook will pack the Nvidia Tegra platform with an ARM CPU. Some other specs include a 10.1″ multi-touch HD screen, 64GB SSD, 2GB of RAM, Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, a webcam etc.

Obviously, the netbook will run Chrome OS and come with a bunch of Google Apps. Maybe a dedicated “I’m feeling lucky” button.(Okay, I made that last part up.)

USB 3.0-to-SATA adapter gives your HDD super speed

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on December 28th, 2009

You will want to get one of Brando’s new USB 3.0-to-SATA adapters which enable any SATA hard drive to be accessed externally at USB 3.0 speeds. You won’t have to carry around a dock. It’s just a simple dongle that you can take anywhere.

It plugs directly into the port side of your HDD. Of course, you’ll need a USB 3.0 capable PC or expansion card to get that extra speed boost. So how much will it cost you to start using that old drive again? Only $48.