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Nokia X6 16GB gets a pink version

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

Nokia still has not announced the X6 16GB, but reports are already swirling around the interwebs that the device will be available multiple colors that aren’t available with the 32GB version. Apparently the 16GB version will be available in black, pink on white, and blue on white.

This one actually doesn’t look bad in pink. With the lower capacity, the price should go down some as well. The phone will probably not include Nokia’s Comes With Music (CWM) service. Aside from that, the 16GB version should be very similar to the 32GB version, with a 360 x 640 pixel touchscreen display, Wi-Fi, GPS, TV out, and 5-megapixel camera.

Leica MP Golden Camera Limited Edition

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

2009 marked the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China and so Leica has a little gift to commemorate the event. The MP Golden Camera Limited Edition. The camera comes with a Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 Gold lens.

In fact both the camera and lens are coated in 24k gold, and the body is dressed in Leica Red Box calf leather. Only 60 of these will be available, so if you want one you better hurry.

The Kandle, an eReader light for your Kindle

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

Okay team, we need a catchy name for our new e-reader light. What’s that? Candle? Oh with a K! I love it. Our word play will take the world by storm and we shall sell ten million by Christmas alone. No one will stop us!

Yeah, that must have been the meeting. It’s compatible with all kinds of eReaders, not just the Kindle and it features double pivoting arms and a 2 LED light source. So go ahead and read in the dark. Now there’s nothing stopping you from finishing that novel.

Audio Technica AT-HA35i headphone amp doubles as an iPod dock

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on January 25th, 2010

If you need a headphone amp, Audio Technica has a special one just for you. The AT-HA35i amp includes a D/A converter that supports 192 kHz/24bit audio, along with a max output of 440mWx2, 20-20kHz frequency response and support for 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz sampling.

But what makes this one unique is that it has a built-in iPod dock. Pretty cool no? It even packs in RCA, S-Video, and digital audio outputs in back to connect it to your other devices. Obviously it will cost you. Expect to pay about $560 when it arrives in Japan next month.

VTech announces DECT 6.0 walkie-talkie

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

Landline phones may be squaresville man, but VTech is still making them at least interesting. You have to give them that. The new LS6325 is the first DECT 6.0 push-to-talk cordless phone on the market. Hurray!

So feel free to go all walkie-talkie from up to 1,500 feet away if you like. A three-handset pack will cost $80 and the four-pack will be $90. They launch in April if you are feeling the urge to upgrade your landline.

Great Wall Cross PC U510 All-In-Keyboard PC

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

Our excitement over the eee Keyboard has grown stale after waiting so long for it, but the Cross PC U510 might be a good alternative. The Cross PC U510 packs in a 1.6GHZ Nvidia Ion, 2GB RAM, 250GB SATA hard drive, with a 5-inch TFT touchscreen embedded on the surface.

Some other features include Wi-Fi, handwriting recognition, and 3D graphics. It has to rely on external power though, having no battery. It can be connected to a normal display, HD TV, and projectors , but no support for dual displays.

Hitachi unveils Wooo L26-HP05 and L22-HP05 LCD TVs

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

Hitachi’s new LCD TVs from the Wooo range are the L26-HP05 and L22-HP05 and can be expected on March 3rd in Japan, retailing for €845 and €995. Both models have a 250GB hard drive for your TV recording needs and BS/110°CS digital TV tuners.

Some other features include a 1,366 x 768 resolution, 400cd/m2 brightness, and DLNA compatibility. Refreshingly, there’s not a hint of 3D support, which we kind of admire.

LG goes retro with the Serie 1 CRT TV

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

You won’t have to enter the way-back machine to check out what 1960′s TVs looked like. Just check out LGs Serie 1 television. The Serie 1 uses not-quite-2010 CRT technology and a 4:3 aspect ratio and a 14-inch screen.

A digital tuner gives you all the channels (If you want black and white, just push a button) and composite video connectivity so you can hook up your old game console. Check out those chrome legs and screen dials.

Wii Classic Controller Pro coming to US in April

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

After touring Japan for some time, Nintendo has brought its Wii Classic Controller Pro to the US. This one sports dual shoulder buttons and some DualShock-style grips. The controller will be arriving in April as a bundle with Monster Hunter Tri.

The game is compatible with the Wii Remote + Nunchuck combo and of course the Classic Controller. Separately the controller is available in black or white for $20. The bundled game and controller will retail for $60.

Brick Pic: I love my records…

Posted in Brick Pic by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2010


Electronic Drink Caddie for Golfers

Posted in Golf by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2010

I can’t think of a single game that will make old men thirsty more than Golf. All of that hitting a ball, getting into a go-cart and hitting it again while talking on your bluetooth device is bound to take a lot out of you. So this electronic drink caddie is perfect to bring along.

Maybe you can fill it with Ensure. Great way to quench your thirst on the golf course, right from your golf bag. It looks like a real club head and shaft and features an insulated cooler that sits in the side compartment of your golf bag.

Gefen wireless HDMI extender streams uncompressed 1080p HD video to HDTVs

Posted in Gefen by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2010

Gefen has released a new wireless HDMI video/audio 60GHz extender that allows uncompressed full HD 1080p video to be transmitted wirelessly from the source to HDTVs. You get both a receiver and sender, featuring multimedia antenna technology that allows the 1080p HD video signal to be sent over a maximum distance of 30 feet.

The LEDs in front let you know what’s going on with power status, pairing activity and the strength of the wireless signals. The system supports CEC protocols and allows you to upgrade the firmware via an RS232 serial port. An IR remote is included.

HTC HD2 to get battery pack add-on with kickstand

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2010

The HTC HD2 smartphone will be getting a new accessory soon that will double the device’s battery life and allow it to stand up on it’s own in portrait or landscape orientation for when you watch videos. The HD2 Extended Battery will be offered by Clove, a UK electronics retailer.

It’s not a case, which makes it a bit unusual. It’s basically a thicker battery with an integrated flip-out kickstand. It will cost users about $73 when it ships in February.

Endless Ideas intros first WiFi-Enabled e-Book Reader

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2010

Endless Ideas has introduced its first WiFi-enabled e-Book reader called the BeBook Neo. The device is powered by a Freescale processor and offers a 6-inch E-ink display with a Wacom touchscreen. Some other features include 512MB of internal memory, a microSD card slot that will give you up to 16GB, USB port, 3.5mm headset jack and WiFi so you can access Google and Wikipedia.

And also a range of third-party e-Book stores is supported. It plays nice with most popular file formats. The BeBook Neo will cost you £279.99 or roughly $453. It’s available for pre-order now.

IBM and FujiFilm develop 35TB Data Tape

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2010

If you thought the tape format was deader than a cassette tape, think again. At least two companies are still playing with magnetic tape. IBM and FujiFilm have spent the better part of three years in order to achieve a new record in areal data density on linear magnetic tape.

They have results, having successfully recorded data onto a dual-coat barium ferrite prototype magnetic tape at a density of 29.5 billion bits per square inch. That’s 39 times denser than current magnetic tapes. Neither company has announced when this will be available.