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The Apple iPad is Official

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2010

Now it’s official and the name of Apple’s mystery tablet is indeed the iPad. Steve Jobs calls the device “very thin”. You can change the homescreen to whatever you want and of course you can browse the web with it. The device has new drop down menus in the mail interface and a large onscreen QWERTY.

Yes, the interface looks just like a huge iPhone. Some other features include the iTunes store built right in as well as YouTube, and YouTube in HD. The scrolling looks super smooth. Jobs casually browsed several sites to demo the device and then demoed email. If you want to send a message, you just hit compose and the keyboard pops up. The typing looks very responsive.

Humanscale Element LED task light is green and expensive

Posted in LED by Shane McGlaun on January 27th, 2010

I never really put much thought into the chair or desk that I used when I first started writing full time. After sitting in front of a computer screen typing for hours and hours each day you quickly come to realize that a comfortable chair and an ergonomic desk are money well spent. Humanscale makes all sorts of ergonomic chairs and gear for office workers.

The company has announced an interesting a green new task light called the Element. The light uses MCX LED technology with a single multi-chip LED that can produce a large light footprint. By using a single LED rather than multiple LEDs, Humanscale was able to eliminate shadows on the desktop.

Zvox adds digital inputs to new sound bars

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on January 27th, 2010

I am a big movie and home theater fan. If I could find a way to get surround sound speakers in the back of my room without causing a divorce I would. For some of us real surround sound just isn’t an option for many reasons. Thankfully, we can at least get sound bars to get better sound that what the TV offers.

Zvox has a line of sound bars that it has been offering for a while now. The company announced today that it has updated three of its sound bars with digital inputs. The Zvox 575 HSD, 550 HSD, and 430 HSD have all been updated with optical and coaxial digital inputs.

Samsung first to mass produce 3D TV panels

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on January 27th, 2010

I am more excited about the prospect of 3D TV in my living room than I was at the thought of HDTV a few years ago. This year we will see lots of new 3D TVs and 3D content hit the market for home users.

Samsung has announced that it will be the first major panel maker to start mass producing 3D panels in LED and LCD styles. The screens will require active glasses and boast 240Hz refresh rates. The refresh rate will allow for 120Hz to each eye.

MSI unveils special edition Wind U135 netbook

Posted in MSI by Shane McGlaun on January 27th, 2010

MSI has been in the netbook market for a long time now and for a while early on the company had one of the most popular netbooks around with its U100. Netbooks are everywhere today with models for companies that don’t even sell computers traditionally.

MSI has unveiled a new limited edition netbook to commemorate the millions of Wind netbooks sold globally. The special edition is the U135 and it runs the Intel Pine Trail N450 CPU. The machine will come in silver, charcoal, ruby, and sapphire colors.

GNO3 Gundam USB flash drive from Bandai Japan

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2010

This guy looks a little big to be a flash drive. Then again it is a Gundam. Straight from Bandai Japan, this GNO3 Gundam USB flash drive will protect your desk from other robots and evildoers. It comes in capacities of 1GB, 2GB and 4GB (We think).

It also comes pre-loaded with a GN03 game to pass the time when you should be working. Why not buy two and face them off against each other? If only they moved and I could have my own Rock Em Sock Em robots.

Real Apple iSlate ad?

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2010

We will know soon which rumors are real and which are fake regarding the Apple iSlate. This “iSlate advertisement” is pretty neat and seems professional enough. If this is the real deal, our fingers are going to be very busy indeed.

The ad is very Apple-like and yet not at the same time. Whether this is a real ad for Apple’s tablet or not, it’s fun to watch while we wait for the official word. Let us know what you think below.

Archos 7 tablet could run Android

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2010

On the same day that Apple is slated to announce its much hyped tablet, Archos makes the news with some whispers of an Archos 7 tablet powered by Google’s Android operating system. The Archos 7 is much like its smaller relative, the Archos 5 and features a 7″ touchscreen display with a 800 x 480 resolution.

Some other specs include at least 8GB of storage, an SDHC memory card slot, Wi-Fi, GPS and pre-loaded Google apps. Look for it to arrive in March from 180 Euros and up. Look for Apple’s tablet to hit later today and laugh.

Nexus One meets Colorware

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2010

Colorware strikes yet another unsuspecting gadget. This time it’s the Nexus One. Oh the humanity. That Nexus One above is sporting IE colors, but you can choose whatever you like.

Your Nexus One will take three weeks to undergo its transformation, like gadget moth to beautiful gadget butterfly, for $175 if you’re supplying the phone or $800 for a brand new one. You are only limited by your imagination and your wallet.

McGraw Hill CEO confirms Apple Tablet

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on January 26th, 2010

If anyone is likely to know about the Apple tablet, it would be Harold McGraw, CEO of McGraw-Hill, since they publish all kinds of books and you want stuff to read on that tablet, right? Makes sense. In an interview with CNBC, the McGrawster mentioned that the tablet will make an appearance at the upcoming event, which isn’t news, but he did also mention that the OS used will be similar to the iPhone. But will it use the iPhone OS, or is it just loosely based on it?

Also, 95% of all the publishers eBooks are going to be available on the tablet, which makes for a great library of diverse content. There you have it. Confirmation from a dude who should know.

Kingston unveils 512GB SSDNow V+ SSD with TRIM support

Posted in Kingston by Shane McGlaun on January 26th, 2010

I mentioned earlier this month that Kingston had unveiled a new 30GB SSD kit that was on the chap side for those looking for a nice boot drive in SSD form. The problem is that if you want to store lots of data to the SSD, 30GB is nowhere near enough space for most of us.

Kingston has fixed the lack of space in the SSDNow V+ line with the introduction of a new 512GB SSD. The new drive has Windows 7 TRIM support and is a 2.5-inch form factor drive. The kit has rails to convert it to a 3.5-inch size for desktops.

Rubik’s Cube celebrates 30th birthday with special box set for education

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on January 26th, 2010

If you were old enough to remember the 80′s you certainly recall the Rubik’s Cube. The cube has all those squares and stickers and I turned one until it fell apart once and never was able to finish it. I always changed the stickers around.

The Rubik’s Cube has now turned 30 and to celebrate the maker of the game cube is offering a box set of the things for the classroom. The kit includes 12 Rubik’s cubes, 12 solution guides, a DVD, cube sign-out sheets, posters, stickers, and award certificates for the classroom or educational programs.

Boost Mobile unveils Blackberry unlimited monthly plan with Curve 8330

Posted in Mobile Phones by Shane McGlaun on January 26th, 2010

Boost Mobile is a pre paid phone service that uses the Sprint network for 3G data and voice service. The company sells lots of different devices for users to choose from and plans can be purchased that include unlimited data, voice, and texting.

Boost announced today that it is now offering unlimited no contract monthly plans for Blackberry service. Along with the new Blackberry service plan comes the Blackberry Curve 8330 smartphone. The smartphone has the same features as other Blackberry devices.

Belkin TuneCast Auto Live now shipping

Posted in Belkin by Shane McGlaun on January 26th, 2010

You might recall that I mentioned the Belkin TuneCast Auto Live iPhone and iPod FM transmitter way back in June of 2009. At the time, the device and its associated app for the iPhone and the iPod touch were expected to hit in the fall of 2009. For some reason the launch never happened.

Belkin announced today that it is now shipping the TuneCast Auto Live in North America for $79.99. In case you don’t remember, the device is a FM transmitter that automatically scans and finds the best station to transmit on in your area using the iPhone GPS system.

Rambler shoes Tweet with each step

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on January 26th, 2010

Twitter has taken over the world. There’s no denying it. It’s everywhere. Built into everything. Your mother does it. Your grandmother just learned how to do it. And now, its in shoes, as long as your shoes are these Ramblers. These custom shoes tweet with every step you take.

Yes, it’s useless but that’s the whole idea. I guess it’s a commentary on Twitter, or how you should get out more or something. Whatever. Shoes that tweet are okay with us as long as people don’t go retweeting every step.