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Help name LG’s robot mascot

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2010

See that cute little bot above being adored by all the ladies? That’s LG Electronics new robot mascot for their new line of Whisen air conditioners. They don’t have a name for him yet, but you can help since they’re holding a naming contest, which ends February 2nd, 2010.

What would you call him? Let us know in the comments. Their slogan for the air conditioners seems to be “Life is cool”. Life looks very cool for that bot.

LG GW620 Android Smartphone now available in the UK

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2010

LG’s first Android powered smartphone is now available in the UK. The LG GW620 packs in a 3 inch touchscreen, a five megapixel camera and a slide out QWERTY keyboard, with WiFi and Bluetooth.

Folks in the UK can get the LG GW620 through T-Mobile and Virgin Mobile. T-Mobile is offering the handset for free with a £20 a month two year contract with unlimited data access. Virgin Mobile is offering the LG GW620 free with a £22 a month contract, which lasts for eighteen months, with unlimited data and texts.

DisplayPort 1.2 gets official with multi-streaming, USB

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2010

The VESA group has released the latest DisplayPort version 1.2 which delivers 21.6Gbps of data rate, making it ideal for handling 3D, color depths higher than 24-bit and faster frame rates. It can also handle multi-streaming. A single cable is capable of outputing two 2560×1600 displays at full frame rate, four 1920×1200 screens, or a single screen with a resolution of 3,840 x 2,400 pixels.

The data channel that was introduced with DisplayPort now hits 720Mbps with DisplayPort 1.2, enabling it to run at full speed via the display cable and gives it Dolby or DTS audio as well as headroom for webcams, 100Mbps Ethernet and other technology that would normally require a separate cable.

Panasonic launches four Blu-ray DVRs

Posted in Blu-ray by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2010

Panasonic Japan just launched 4 new Digital video recorders, specifically the DMR-BW880, DMR-BW780, DMR-BW680 and DMR-BR580 which come in 1TB, 750GB and 500GB capacities.

The BW series features dual Digital and one analog tuner as well as a brand new Panasonic AVC engine for superior quality video and audio. Aside from the hard drive the BW series can record on 50GB Blu-Ray discs and SDXC cards.

HP’s Wall of Touch

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2010

The future is filled with giant walls that react to your touch, but HP’s “Wall of Touch” does more than that, sensing your intent even before you touch it, thanks to cameras and a magnetic strip that detect where your hands are, activating the items on the screen accordingly. Watching and waiting for you to make your move.

The company is starting to roll out this gigantic grid of screens powered by its Z800 workstation. It will first land in the Continental Airlines terminal at the Houston airport. If it proves popular enough, HP might decide to make it a mainstream product by next year. If that happens the pricing would be between $2,000 and $100,000 depending on the capabilities. Video below.

Creative Sound Blaster World of Warcraft wireless headset

Posted in Headphones by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2010

World of Warcraft is the biggest game ever. It’s like crack. Players log hours that amount to huge stretches of their life, so it’s no surprise that they buy WoW branded accessories to go along with it. This Sound Blaster World of Warcraft Wireless Headset is the latest. It delivers all the sounds, without the wires.

The ear cups have two interchangeable panels that show your love for either the Alliance or HordeTHX. TruStudio PC sound technologies deliver quality depth of sound with virtual speakers surrounding the listener and VoiceFX lets you change your voice whenever you want through a standalone service like Ventrilo. The glowing side panels can also be programmed to display different colors, with over 16 million colors to choose from.

Solar Powered Audio Bibles shipped to Haiti

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2010

Everyone is trying to do their part when it comes to helping those in Haiti. The Faith Comes By Hearing group are doing something as well, but they aren’t sending food, blankets or water. They are sending 600 audible Bibles.

Each of the Bibles can broadcast scriptures in Haitian Creole to an audience of up to 300 people. Aside from those 600 Bibles, they’re also raising money to send 3,000 more solar-powered audio Bibles to Haiti.

Steering Wheel Bluetooth MP3/FM Car Kit

Posted in Bluetooth by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2010

This isn’t the first Bluetooth Steering wheel attachment that we’ve seen, but the Steering Wheel Bluetooth MP3/FM Car Kit is a good idea to keep your hands free, thus keeping you a tad safer.

The device features Bluetooth, wireless audio, and functions just like a wireless headset. It even plays MP3s and can broadcast them to your car’s speakers using its FM transmitter.

Lala to give iPhones, Apple tablets an online locker?

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2010

No one seemed to know exactly what Apple intended to do with Lala after it bought the company, but now it looks like Apple may be looking to use it for an online locker for users’ music. Where users will be able to access collections anywhere, through a web browser, or through the iPhone, Apple tablet etc.

Everything would be stored in the cloud, so users could free up memory on their devices. Since customers already own the music, Apple won’t need to renegotiate with labels to get sharing rights. Microsoft has a similar service, but it’s not the same thing. Microsoft charges a $15 monthly fee for a Zune Pass, which offers you unlimited access to the entire Zune Marketplace music catalog.

Zune Phone within 2 Months?

Posted in Zune Phone by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2010

So remember all of the Project Pink/Zune Phone rumors from way back? Well, they have started again thanks to a statement by Jefferies analyst Katherine Egbert:

“Our recent industry checks indicate Microsoft will be debuting its own phone sometime in the next two months…We expect the new phone to debut soon, at either the Feb 15-18 Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona Spain, or possibly at CTIA in Las Vegas one month later.”

GammaTech Durabook D14 E-Series with 1TB of storage

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2010

GammaTech finally has another rugged laptop model. GammaTech’s new Durabook D14 E-Series is the first fully rugged laptop to be equipped with 1TB of storage, making it rugged and spacious. But aside from that, the laptop is very similar to the previous D14RM model.

It features a 14.1-inch screen, a Core 2 Duo processor “greater than 2GHz,” up to 8GB of RAM, and either RAID-0 or RAID-1 configuration options for dual 500GB hard drives. Nothing on a price yet, but you can plan on paying over $1,500.

Silicon Power launches 128GB 400x CF card

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on January 19th, 2010

When I was shopping for my DSRL camera, I shied away from those that needed a CF card for storage. The CF card is faster and you can get them in very high capacities, but they cost more than comparable SD card. Not to mention I have a hoard of SD cards already.

If you are the CF type, Silicon Power has unveiled the world’s first 128GB 400x CompactFlash card. The card can write at up to 90MB/sec. It supports PIO Mode-6 and Multi-word DMA 4 transfer modes.

Aperion Home Audio Link breaks cover

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on January 19th, 2010

Getting music from you computer in one room to your home theater or stereo in another can be a challenge. You can carry your notebook into the other room and connect it up some times, but for the most part, you need something wireless for the task.

Aperion Audio has announced a new device called the Home Audio Link system that can stream music from your PC to a home theater system wirelessly. The system plugs into the USB port of your computer on the transmitter end and the receiver plugs into your audio system with RCA cables.

Samsung debuts HZ35W and HZ30W digital camera

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on January 19th, 2010

Point and shoot cameras are what most people go after when they are looking for a new camera. The things are cheaper and smaller than DSLRs for the most part and often have higher zoom levels than cheaper DSLRs offer.

Such is the case with the new Samsung HZ35W and HZ30W digital cameras unveiled today. Both cameras have very similar specs with 12MP sensors, 15x optical zoom, and 24mm wide-angle lenses. Both cameras also have dual image stabilization.

Kids CyberNet Station is an expensive AIO computer

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on January 19th, 2010

I have on more than one occasion thought about going to an AIO computer that is quieter than my normal desktop. My machine has so much gear crammed inside that the drone of the fans can drive you crazy some days. If you are looking for an AIO to give to a kid as their first computer, a company called Kid Computers has one.

The catch is that the machine sells for nearly $2,000, which many parents will consider a significant stretch for a first computer. A $500 to $1000 AIO from another manufacturer with netbook innards would be more appropriate in most cases.