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Apple to show off its ‘latest creation’ at January 27th event

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

That’s right. Apple is holding an event on January 27th to show off what the company is calling their “latest creation.” The event will take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco, and will start at 10AM Pacific. Gee, I wonder what they have to show.

The splattered paint might be a giveaway as well as the use of the word “creation”. Both suggest that we will be seeing the long-rumored Tablet, and tips on how you can get creative with it.

Star Trek Online gets monthly pricing

Posted in Atari by Shane McGlaun on January 18th, 2010

I like Star Trek as much as the next geek and definitely prefer Picard to Kirk. I did enjoy the new Star Trek film and have played a few of the Star Trek video games over the years. The Star Trek online MMORPG game is set to launch next month and pricing has been unveiled.

The MMORPG game will have a standard monthly subscription rate of $14.99 per month. Game cards will be sold at retail outlets and a free 30 day trial will be included with the game.

Rumor: Apple to launch 22-inch iMac

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on January 18th, 2010

I neither hate nor love Apple, but the company tends to have those that are at each extreme of the love hate relationship. I have an iPhone I really like, but I am not a fan of Mac computers. If you are a Mac fan and have wished for more screen sizes in the iMac line, your wish may be coming true.

A rumor floating around has Quanta building a new 22-inch iMac computer for Apple that is set to hit this year. There are no hard details on the rumor, but the screen size would fit in between the two existing models.

Amazon opens Kindle self-publishing program globally

Posted in Amazon by Shane McGlaun on January 18th, 2010

The Amazon Kindle is one of the most popular eReaders on the market today. One of the reasons it is so popular is that it has a great digital bookstore backing it. Amazon announced today that it is expanding its self-publishing platform to other other countries.

The Kindle Digital Text program prior to this announcement was only open to those in the US. Now users around the world can submit text written in English, German, and French.

Target unveils TV delivery and install service across the country

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on January 18th, 2010

Everybody needs at least one geek friend. After all, who else are you going to call if your computer won’t work or you need your new TV setup? If you lack a geek friend, you will need to break down and pay someone that works for actual money rather than beer and pizza.

Target has announced a new TV delivery and install service perfect for those without a geek in their friends list. The service will deliver, setup, and train you how to use a HDTV starting at $99. If you want that new TV mounted to the wall it starts at $199.

Twitter: Follow Me Stockings

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

Do you have sexy legs? Are you a Twitter addict? If you answered yes on both counts, then you can now show off your Twitter addiction by wearing these Follow me stockings. And with legs like that, yes… Yes I will follow you. At least until you turn around, scream “stalker” and kick me in the nads.

These white thigh high stockings feature a black “Follow Me Tatttoo”. They tell the world that you want more followers. Just don’t be surprised when guys actually start following you. One pair will cost you $23 on Etsy.

DigitalRise X9 Multitouch Tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on January 17th, 2010

DigitalRise has a new multitouch tablet called the X9, which is powered by an Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz CPU. The device also boasts a 10.2-inch 1024 x 600 TFT multitouch screen, an Intel GMA 950 GPU, 2GB RAM, and a 160GB hard drive.

Some other features include a 1.3MP camera, 4-in-1 card reader, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, three USB 2.0 ports, a 3000mAh Li-ion battery, and Windows 7 running everything. It also supports WCDMA/TD-SCDMA/CDMA2000 3G connectivity.

Briefcase USB Turntable

Posted in Turntables by Conner Flynn on January 17th, 2010

On the way to the party it’s all business with this Briefcase USB Turntable, but once you arrive and open your briefcase, that’s when the funk has arrived. Time to party with some old school vinyl. The party is wherever you are as the Briefcase USB Turntable allows you to carry and play your favorite vinyl albums on the go.

But it isn’t just a turntable. It will also convert vinyl albums into digital formats via USB. Some other features include built-in speakers and the Audacity Software Suite for recording and editing audio.

Nintendo DS2 to be announced this year?

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on January 17th, 2010

EEDAR analyst Jesse Divnich believes that Nintendo will be releasing a new handheld in the next 15 months, and that they will make the announcement within the next eight months. That’s not all that surprising since they have to keep up with all of the other tech out there.

There isn’t any solid evidence here, so take it with the usual grain of salt for now. Though if true, I wonder what the big selling points will be. They have to keep Mario in step with the other handhelds and the DS is in serious need of a refresh.

Washable Rx tablet PC for doctors

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on January 17th, 2010

Doctors are filthy. Half the time they have their hands inside various body orifices and the the other half they are touching everything in sight. Sure they wash their hands regularly, but germs are still everywhere. And it isn’t just doctors. Hospitals are cesspools of bacteria and germs.

The Toshiba Rx tablet from designer Geoffrey Cooper can help. It’s a portable electronic replacement for a nurse’s clipboard. The touchscreen tablet lets them instantly document cases on the go and facilitates quick diagnosis and communication. The Rx tablet has a docking station and a keyboard for those times when you are actually sitting and the dock also functions as the charging unit, which is made in a single piece of removable and washable rubber that makes the tablet easy to clean.

Lego router works, delivers Wi-Fi

Posted in lego by Conner Flynn on January 17th, 2010

Lego makes all things possible. So it isn’t surprising that someone named Luke has ripped open the WRT54GL and transplanted it into a Lego case. The best part is that it looks great. I wouldn’t mind this sitting in my living room.

Want to try your hand at this Lego creation? Go for it. Full instructions are available. You can likely get it done during a quiet weekend.

XCM PS3 Light Gun

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on January 17th, 2010

Forget the fact that this light gun is white enough to pass for a Wii peripheral. It’s a prototype from XCM, for the PS3. Forget that it looks like a mod from a 4th grader thanks to the strange design, where it has half a Playstation controller with a gun on top. It looks like a mini crossbow for the latest Zelda game.

Even if this controller gives you a bit more control during gameplay, could you wield such a device without being laughed at by those in the room with you? Check out the video, then let us know what you think?

Buffalo Dualie Docking Station for iPhone and portable Hard Drives

Posted in Buffalo by Conner Flynn on January 17th, 2010

Dualie is a silly name, but fitting for this product. Buffalo has released the Buffalo Dualie. The Dualie is a 500GB portable hard drive, and a dock for your iPhone or iPod, allowing you to save some space on your desk, by docking both products together in one base.

Two in one. Dualie. Get it? Those folks at Buffalo sure are clever. It’s a much better name than doubly or SinglyX2. The device features 2 additional USB ports, and lets you sync your device with your computer and access the hard drive at the same time.

Is a Firmware Update killing PS3 Blu-Ray drives?

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on January 17th, 2010

Say it ain’t so. Could a firmware update lead to the untimely death of your PS3′s Blu-Ray drive? Maybe. The actual cause is still unconfirmed, but many users over at the Playstation forums are reporting problems with Modern Warfare 2 after updating their consoles to the 3.10 firmware.

They’re experiencing freezing while playing the game, and then after checking, experiencing more freezing in other games too. Speculation is that the firmware has somehow affected the Blu-ray drives. There isn’t any official answer yet, but you may want to pay close atention to how your Playstation 3 is acting when you update and just after.

Meizu M8 Promotional Video

Posted in Meizu by Conner Flynn on January 17th, 2010

The Meizu M8 is a very promising iPhone competitor and the latest promotional video of the phone has it looking very good indeed. The company has released a promo showing off the UI for its M8 phone. In the video, the phone seems to use features from several phones/platforms, including the iPhone, Palm, Android, and Windows Mobile.

It looks great, but what it really comes down to is whether or not you would want this over an iPhone or the Motorola Droid? What say you?