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Amazon CEO says “millions of people” own a Kindle

Posted in Amazon by Shane McGlaun on January 29th, 2010

Amazon.com has offered up its financials for Q4 2009, covering the holiday shopping season. We already know that the company sold what is technically known as a butt-load of Kindle readers during the holidays.

Despite issuing its financial info, Amazon still guards the number of Kindles sold with tight lips. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos did say, “Millions of people own a Kindle.” I guess considering that its millions and not million that the company has sold at least 2 million of the things.

Samsung’s first 3D Blu-ray player available for pre-order

Posted in Blu-ray by Conner Flynn on January 29th, 2010

3D TVs aren’t even available yet, neither are 3D Blu-ray discs. But if you want to buy into the whole 3D craze I guess you better start buying stuff. How long the fad will last is anybody’s guess, but hey at least you’ll be all set right?

Samsung’s BD-C6900 is the company’s first 3D Blu-ray player, and its available now for pre-order on Amazon. Samsung wants you to buy your 3D gear now, not later when you can actually use it. You can still put on the glasses and pretend. Who’s going to know?

Smart handgun won’t fire unless you’re wearing this ugly watch

Posted in Weapons by Conner Flynn on January 29th, 2010

If you see somebody wearing this ugly watch, run. They have a weapon. The idea here is to make guns safer. Or at least harder to fire. The new Armatix .22 comes with a custom watch. When the gun is within a few inches of the watch, a green LED on the back lights up, letting you know that it’s armed and ready to fire.

If you try to use it without wearing the watch, the LED turns red and it can not fire. It would be great for police weapons, so that they don’t get in civilian hands. The military as well. Your enemy will no longer be able to use your weapon against you should they somehow get it.

MiniPC Dual-Core Atom D510 ED510 Nettop

Posted in PCs by Conner Flynn on January 29th, 2010

We’ve seen the Pine Trail processor making its way into various nettops for a bit now and the MiniPC ED510 is the latest. It has 20W of power usage when idle and 31W at maximum. Not bad at all. And it runs without needing a fan, so that keeps it silent.

Some other features include a Dual-core Atom D510 (1.66GHz) Processor, 2x DIMM RAM slots (DDR2 800) (4GB max), Intel NM10 Express Chipset, GMA 3150 Graphics, 2.5” SATA HDD Bay, Gigabit LAN, 6 x USB 2.0, RJ45, PS/2 keyboard, PS/2 mouse, VGA, eSATA, audio jacks, HD Audo 5.1 Channel, and 1x Mini PCI-e slot.

Sony says no plans for a color e-reader

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on January 29th, 2010

According to Sony’s Fujio Noguchi, deputy president of the Digital Reading Business Division of Sony Electronics Inc., the company has no plans to introduce a color e-reader anytime soon. Apparently their new Reader is doing very well in sales, especially in Sony’s US online store, SonyStyle.

The Reader Touch Edition is the best selling device out of all of their e-readers at $299. Sony won’t take on a color e-reader until E-Ink technologies move along enough for their liking.

Scosche kickBack, the First iPad Kickstand

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on January 28th, 2010

With a glorified iPhone as big as the iPad, you are going to want to set it down from time to time and watch a video or just admire it. So you need to have a kickstand. This is the first iPad kickstand. The Scosche kickBack to be precise.

It’s made from polycarbonate and rubber and works in both portrait and landscape mode. It will hold your iPad upright in a gravity defying pose. All thanks to the magic of a kickstand.

Razer Vespula mousepad is smooth and rough

Posted in Mouse by Conner Flynn on January 28th, 2010

This mousepad will give you the best of both worlds for just $35. The Razer Vespula mousepad has one side that’s smooth for when you need super speed, while the other has a more granular surface for situations where you need control.

Both sides will be comfortable thanks to the included gel wrist rest. Use it with any of the more quality Razer mouse options that are available and it should improve your game.

Calculator Boy: A backwards mod

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on January 28th, 2010

This modder is doing it all wrong. You are supposed to make something that looks like business, but is really a toy. Not something like looks like a toy, but is really all about business. But still, we can’t help but love this one. It’s a mod fit for math nerds and gaming geeks.

Most calculators are boring, but not this one. What we have here is a traditional calculator that looks like a Game Boy. How awesome is that? We love how it opens on the side. If only I could buy it.

Rubik’s Slide will have you twisting and sliding the night away

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on January 28th, 2010

Hot on the heels of the Rubik’s Cube 30th birthday box set, comes this new puzzler from the company. The Rubik’s Slide will likely frustrate you in all sorts of ways. The makers claim that there are more than 10,000 puzzles on this.

It’s your job to slide and twist to move a series of squares (up to nine) to match a pre-determined pattern that is displayed at the start. The further you go, the more tiles will be introduced. That sounds simple, but it never is with these puzzles. I would need to save my progress like in a video game, but somehow I doubt that’s possible.

Sky+HD 1TB box: 240 hours of HD video

Posted in Set Top Boxes by Conner Flynn on January 28th, 2010

Check out the new Sky+HD box for £249. It will store up to 1TB worth of data. That’s four times more storage than its predecessor, or to put it another way, 10 days of High Definition programs. On one hand, that’s awesome, on the other, who has time to watch it all?

Similar to the previous Sky+HD box, this model is also compatible with Sky 3D, which is being readied for release later this year along with Sky’s on-demand service. If you do have time to watch it all, it will store every second of it. Maybe take a ten day vacation and catch up on all your TV.

Honda opens new solar hydrogen station

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on January 28th, 2010

Well look what we have here. When we weren’t looking, Honda has begun to operate its next generation solar hydrogen station prototype at the Los Angeles Center of Honda R&D America. The idea is that its a single, integrated unit which can be installed in any garage.

This Honda Solar Hydrogen Station is smaller than its predecessor and can produce enough hydrogen through an 8-hour overnight fill for the average daily commute (which is about 10,000 miles annually) for each fuel cell electric vehicle. Pretty handy being able to refill your vehicle overnight and you can sleep well while its filling, knowing that you are lowering CO2 emissions, since you take advantage of off-peak power rates. Daytime charging is solar power.

Verizon brings slotRadio+ cards to BlackBerry

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on January 28th, 2010

This is interesting news. Verizon just announced that they will be offering slotRadio+ microSD memory cards (which already come preloaded with music) for most BlackBerrys. We’ve seen the cards before. They are not new. They were introduced by SanDisk last year and can hold 1,000 songs from various artists on the Billboard charts.

First you’ll need to download and install an application on your BlackBery that will let you connect to Verizon’s V CAST Music service, for it to work. Each of the cards will retail for $50 if you like the skip button enough to get one.

Louis Vuitton Asus Eee PC

Posted in Netbook by Conner Flynn on January 28th, 2010

Nothing says gaudy like slapping an overpriced brand on your Asus Eee PC. That’s just what has happened here with this netbook for fashionistas who love to throw money away. This Asus Eee PC 1101HA has had its exterior covered in leather that bears the famous Louis Vuitton pattern.

It was specially commissioned by a saddler, and aside from the exterior, everything else remains the same. It’s no iPhone Supreme and at least it isn’t covered in Swarovski crystals. You just have to wonder about some peoples taste.

Water Droplet Shower Timer

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on January 28th, 2010

Want to help the environment? Sure, we all do. One thing you can do is minimize your waste to reduce the amount of water you use. But it isn’t easy keeping track of how long you’ve been in the shower, and that’s where the Water Drop Shower Timer can help.

It attaches to your shower wall, allowing you to monitor your time in the shower. It will even alert you when you’ve used up your fair share of water. It will cost you $12.99.

PETA wants Punxsutawney to use robot groundhog

Posted in Robots by Shane McGlaun on January 28th, 2010

If you ever needed more proof that a group of supporters for a cause that is actually pretty good can really mess things up and look like morons, look no further than PETA. PETA is the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and they routinely toss red paint on fur coats and make other dumb moves.

The dumbest thing they have ever done may well have occurred this week in Pennsylvania. Each year about this time, we start thinking about Groundhog’s Day. As the legend goes if the groundhog sees its shadow, we get more winter, but if it doesn’t see its shadow, spring will come sooner.