Archive for January, 2010

Time Zone Watch has you covered, wherever you are

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

Are you a world traveler who never has any idea what time it is where you happen to be? Well, here’s a watch that can help, from Diesel.

The Time Zone Watch is futuristic as well as convenient. Those multiple dials will let you see up to four different simultaneous time zones. The digital clock at the bottom is there just in case you can’t read analog. We love the blue/black/yellow color.

Nokia X6 16GB gets official

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

Well, that didn’t take long. The Nokia X6 16GB is now official. Yesterday we told you about the pink version. The phone doesn’t have Comes With Music, but here’s some of what it does have:

This one features Symbian S60 5th edition, a 3.2-inch touchscreen display, 360 x 640, HSDPA, Wi-Fi, GPS, Ovi Maps, free navigation, TV out and a 5-megapixel camera.

HTC Bravo shows off Android UI

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

Looks like a hands-on photo of the HTC Bravo has appeared. The device sort of resembles the Google Nexus One, but with more hardware buttons and the trackball replaced with an optical trackpad. As far as features, the HTC Bravo includes the following:

A 3.7 inch AMOLED WVGA multi-touch display, 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, 512MB of RAM, 5MP camera with HD video recording, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 1GHz processor, and Android 2.1.

SlingPlayer Mobile 2.0 for Windows Mobile

Posted in Sling Media by Conner Flynn on January 26th, 2010

Sling Media has updated SlingPlayer Mobile for Windows to version 2.0. This version supports phones like the HTC Pure, Tilt II, Imagio, Touch Pro II and others that are popular. It was redesigned for touchscreen and widescreen formats, so you can better view live TV and DVR recordings from your Slingbox.

Some of the new features include Unrestricted streaming on 3G and WiFi, Support for multiple viewing modes like wide-screen and zoom, Icon based interface eliminates the need for a stylus, an improved program guide and DVR interfaces, and Sling Account support that eliminates the need to enter your Slingbox Finder IDs and passwords.

Yellow Submarine tea infuser is how the Beatles drink tea

Posted in Kitchen Gadgets by Conner Flynn on January 26th, 2010

In the psychedelic world of late sixties Beatles, you can easily see one of them using this thing to make tea that will later be stirred by a Blue Meanie. Perfect for when you are in an Octopus’ garden having tea in the shade.

Tea infusers are usually metal though, aren’t they? Is this even safe? If I drink of this tea will I suddenly be transported to Pepperland? See Lucy in the sky with diamonds? Is the Walrus really Paul?

Mad Catz’ new moddable fight stick for Wii

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on January 26th, 2010

The Wii may not be super powerful and you don’t necessarily think fighting games when you think of Nintendo’s console, but the release of Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom hopes to change all that. Mad Catz’s has a cool new Arcade FightStick to go with it.

Like other Mad Catz’s fightsticks, this one is moddable and even has a few features that the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions lack, like a toggle switch that will let the arcade stick control either the d-pad of the classic controller or the left or right analog stick. That means you’ll be able to use it with a bunch of Virtual Console titles. Awesome. Are you ready to fight?

ASUS DR-950 arriving in April for £250

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

Looks like the ASUS DR-950, the company’s newest 9-inch E Ink, touchscreen reading device will be arriving in April. ASUS has confirmed that it’s currently looking for content partners, but plans to have the e-reader in consumer’s hands by spring.

The price will be about £250 (or $354). We like it, with it’s 2 or 4GB or internal storage, Wi-Fi and 3G. But we are more excited about the OLED color DR-570 which is coming soon.

Belkin Home Base wireless USB sharing

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

The Belkin Home Base merges wireless networking and USB connectivity in one device, with a small footprint. This gives users a simple way to share up to four USB devices from a central location. The Home Base will also allow one of your external hard drives to act as a media server if you have a DLNA set up.

It’s compatible with devices like the Xbox 360 or Sony PS3. Super convenient. We told you about this way back in September, but now it’s just $66 at Amazon. Better grab one.

New VAIO M Series Notebook spotted

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

It’s no surprise that Sony didn’t show off everything it had at CES. They never do. Some of it they save to reveal later. The unannounced Vaio M Series notebook is one of those devices. What you see pictured is a 2004 version of the Vaio M.

The model numbers to keep an eye out for are the VPC-M111AX/B and VPC-M111AX/W. There is virtually no info on this. Nothing on specifications and pricing, but we should hear more soon. All we can do is wait and if you want one, put your money aside.

New Polarizer Film to boost contrast of LCD TVs

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

Our TVs have come a long way, but they can still be pushed further. A Japanese company called Zeon is doing the pushing with a film it has developed for the polarizing plates of LCD screens, which would boost picture contrast quite a bit.

This phase difference film is created from Cyclo Olefin Polymer, which makes it suitable for LCD TVs based on in-plane-switching (IPS) technology, which is used by companies like Panasonic or Hitachi. The new film inhibits the diffusion of light from the backlight and that gives you clearer pictures. The company would like to mass produce the films this year, and are aiming at LCD TVs 40-inches or larger.

Colorware colors the Nook

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

You love your Nook right? But the design is pretty boring. Well now you can choose the look that you want, whether it’s a clashing color scheme or a solid. You can go as ugly as as pretty as you like. You’re the one who has to look at it.

Colorware will now bring your Nook’s exterior to life. A fresh paintjob will cost you $125. If you have the scratch, head on over to Colorware and design the Nook of your dreams.

Timex Ironman Global Trainer watch with GPS

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on January 25th, 2010

We haven’t seen any interesting watches from Timex for awhile now, but check this guy out. It’s the company’s new GPS-on board watch. It will be arriving next month, going by the name Ironman Global Trainer. Yes it has GPS and is not fugly.

It features real-time speed, pace and distance data courtesy of the SiRFstarIII module inside, and it also boasts 50 meters of water resistance, a customizable display to showing off all of the data and it can send performance reports to your PC. It’s compatible with Timex heart rate and bike sensors and third-party power meters using ANT+ wireless technology. Did I mention that it looks nice?

Averatec AVA8325E All-in-One desktop series

Posted in PCs by Conner Flynn on January 25th, 2010

Averatec in Japan has announced two brand new All-in-One PCs, the AVA8325E7BD and AVA8325E7SM. The AVA8325E7BD has 3GB of RAM with a 320GB HDD, while the latter has 2GB of RAM and a 250GB HDD.

Both feature an 18.4 LCD screen at 1680 x 945, Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium and a 1.5GHz AMD Athlon X2 3250e Dual Core CPU. Both models will be released at the end of the month for the equivalent of $774 and $996.

Wireless Router and Digital Photo Frame

Posted in Digital Photo Frames by Conner Flynn on January 25th, 2010

Planex has announced a new combo gadget. The Planex MZK-WDPR. It’s an all-in-one wireless router and a 3.5-inch digital photo frame with a resolution of 320 x 240. The wireless router half of this gadget supports WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, while the digital photo frame is compatible with most multimedia formats like MP3, WMA, JPEG, BMP, MPEG-1/4, and MPEG-4 AVC/H.264.

There’s also 2GB of internal memory, two 1.5W speakers, a Youtube Function, an FM tuner, FrameChannel services and two USB 2.0 ports in this black egg. The Planex MZK-WDPR is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7 and Mac OS X.

Wireless page to TV magnifier

Posted in Scanners by Conner Flynn on January 25th, 2010

The Kindle is great for when you need larger fonts, but what if you require huge ginormous fonts? Well, thet’s what your TV is for. The Wireless Page To TV Magnifier scans the written words and sends them wirelessly to your television set in real time.

It can magnify them up to 25X for easy viewing of extremely fine print. It would come in very handy when dealing with lawyers. The handheld scanner picks up every detail of a picture or every letter of a word and transfers data to the base station which is plugged into your TV. Then it sends it to your screen.