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Archive for January, 2010

The Zamboni Vacuum cleans your desk

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

Hockey fans will like this one and what the hell, it’s been snowing lately everywhere, so this product seems very timely. This Zamboni ice resurfacer truck vacuum is the perfect way to clean those crumbs from your desk.

That’s where you eat right? Of course it is. And those orange cheetos crumbs are starting to pile up and create a martian beach. There’s no price listed yet, but whatever it costs, I’m sure it’s worth it.

ESPN streaming coming to Xbox 360?

Posted in Xbox 360 Elite by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2010

Cable and satellite TV are dying a slow Zombie death. The limbs are continually cut off, but the head has so far managed to avoid a kill shot. We wonder how much longer they can survive. The New York Times is reporting that some dealings are going down between Microsoft and Disney. The focus of these dealings is ESPN streaming on the Xbox 360.

Apparently live streams of sporting events could come to the console with the viewer paying a subscriber fee. There would also be related interactive games. None of this is confirmed, so don’t take it as fact just yet. Though we do love the idea.

Pink and blue Wiimotes ready for Valentine’s Day

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2010

We told you about these pink and blue wiimotes back in December. Nintendo is finally ready to release them while cashing in on the latest holiday.

There’s one for boys and one for girls. Throw in some chocolate and you have a nice nerd gift. These wiimotes will cost you $54.99, which is on par with the regular MotionPlus bundle. You can pre-order now and they ship on Feb. 14th.

Motorola Motoroi arrives in the US March 2010

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

Motorola’s latest Android 2.0 handset, the Motoroi is headed to US shelves in March. So it’s not a Korean exclusive. Head of Motorola Korea, Rick Wolochatiuk, confirmed at the Korean launch that the new handset “will be launched in other markets around the world”. The US was specifically confirmed for a March release.

The Motoroi features a 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen and can record 720p video with HDMI output. Onboard is also an 8 megapixel camera with Xenon flash.

ITG xpPhone pricing

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2010

The ITG xpPhone is an unusual handset that runs Windows XP. We’ve been following this one for awhile and now we have word on its official pricing. The handset will retail from $439 to $659, depending on which operator you go with.

Yes, those are absurd prices, but then we are guessing that this isn’t aimed at those of us who like our gadgets to be cutting edge. Having said that, there’s some real interest in this thing. Go figure. Those prices are after conversion from Chinese, so if it hits the states, pricing may be different.

Acer Aspire 3811TZ and 3811TZG are the greenest Acer laptops yet

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2010

Acer’s new Aspire 3811TZ and Aspire 3811TZG are two of the greenest laptops you can get. Not in actual color, but in eco-friendliness. They fall into the company’s Timeline series and both 13.3-inch laptops have the honor of being singled out by Greenpeace as being completely free of nasty materials.

No PVC (otherwise known as polyvinyl chloride) or BFR (brominated flame retardants) here. These are powered by Intel ULV Core 2 Duo CPUs, so they are more power-efficient than most and last longer per charge. Nothing on availability and price, but it’s likely that one will be over a grand and one under.

Apple and HarperCollins negotiating e-book deal for tablet

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2010

According to The Wall Street Journal, publishing company HarperCollins is in talks with Apple about bringing e-books to Apple’s rumored tablet. You know, the one that’s expected to be the focus of its January 27th event. That tablet.

Apparently other publishing companies have been in talks with Apple as well. Sure, e-book readers are what it’s all about at the moment, but soon after it will be all about being integrated into slates. It’s still unconfirmed and just a rumor, but this one makes logical sense and gels with what we’ve been hearing.

Triple USB Foot Switch

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2010

If you’re looking for a new way to control your devices, then check this out. It takes a page out of your grandmother’s sewing book and lets you control things with a foot switch. The triple USB foot switch allows you to control your peripherals using foot pedals.

Is it faster than a keyboard shortcut? I doubt it. But maybe you feel like you need to put on the gas and go all vroom vroom on your peripherals. Each pedal can be pre-programmed with unique keys or multiple keys with the included software.

HP EliteBook 8440w Notebook

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2010

HP has released a line of six new notebooks, but the most interesting is the HP EliteBook 8440w, with a comfortable keyboard, a fast processor and durability. This one is a mobile workstation. In order to be called a workstation, certain software and hardware requirements must be met and the HP EliteBook 8440w meets many of them.

Obviously the one downside to the HP EliteBook 8440w is that it’s heavy at nearly 6 pounds, but it’s solid. It’s strong and rigid and should be able to withstand most of what you can do to it in your daily life.

Nokia 5530 XpressMusic Games Edition goes on sale in US

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2010

Nokia’s 5530 XpressMusic Games Edition is now available in the US and should help you in your batle against boredom. The device is known as Nokia’s most affordable touchscreen phone and the handset comes with a total of 20 games from developers like EA Mobile and Gameloft.

The Nokia 5530 XpressMusic Games Edition features a 3.2-megapixel AF camera, Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi, 70MB internal memory, and an included 4GB microSD card. The Nokia 5530 XpressMusic Games edition can be had now in the US for $269.

Daily Shelter, a table that turns into a fort

Posted in Furniture by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2010

Kids love to hide under tables. Problem is they don’t make great forts, since every side is exposed and the adults occasionally like to eat on it. The “Daily Shelter” by artist Ingrid Brandth is a dining-room table that kids will love.

It converts to a secret fort. First, it’s an ordinary table. But it can secretly turn into a shelter where kids can hide from scary ghosts or just use their imagination. Ask any kid, there’s nothing cooler than a fort. A table that turns into a fort? Pure awesomeness.

Misa Digital Guitar cuts the strings, adds a touchscreen

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2010

When you get rid of the strings, is it really still a guitar? We’ll leave that to the philosophers. In the meantime, take a look at just such a specimen. The Misa Digital Guitar is great looking, but somehow we don’t think it will catch on.

Then again I’m no musician. Maybe it will revolutionize music. The Misa is really just a MIDI controller that you can interface with software on your PC and you can use said software on your PC and use a normal guitar. Whatever you like.

Garmin Nuvi 1245 City Chic

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2010

Apparently Garmin wants to play cupid to European lovers this Valentine’s Day with the just released Garmin Nuvi 1245 City Chic. And yes, that is an actual red Garmin device. Not the usual gray/black. It also comes with a red leather case, which will help it match ladies’ bags etc.

Despite the obvious over-the-top female design, (just look at that heart) it does have some useful features. You have your usual navigation options, plus a pedestrian navigation option. Although it will cost you about $10 per city for the cityXplorer maps.

The BearExtender n3 gives you more Wi-Fi range

Posted in Wi-Fi by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2010

The BearExtender n3 has a few advantages over other WiFi extenders. It’s cheap, it works great, and most important of all, it’s legal. This external WiFi adapter for Macs costs just $45 and was developed by Rolan Saekow, a Berkeley grad who wanted access to the campus “Airbears” network from wherever he happened to be.

Looks like it works great too. TUAW’s testing yielded stronger signals and higher throughput when they used the BearExtender over internal WiFi. The downside, if you consider it a downside, is that the BearExtender runs only on the 2.4GHz band. It doesn’t give you the option of a 5Ghz 802.11n network.

More details on the ASUS DR-570 color e-book reader

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2010

We have some more details on the color ASUS DR-570 e-book reader that showed up over the weekend. In addition to WiFi, 3G, and 122-hour real world battery life, you can also expect lightning quick 0.03 second page turns. In case you’re wondering that’s about 23 times faster than the Kindle and its competition.

It also sports 4GB of onboard storage with SDHC expansion, 512MB of SDRAM, and a 1,530mAh battery. That’s not all, it also has a built-in RSS reader, audio/video/Flash player, text to speech engine, and a built-in web browser. The device will hit before the end of the year. Apparently there is also online video streaming support via Amazon video on demand, 3D gaming and navigation, “One stop shopping for books, video, music,” and support for ePub, PDF, txt, MP3, MP4, and AVI content formats.