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iTables are giant iPod tables

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

Looking for something a little different to jazz up your living room? iTables ought to do just that. These iPod-shaped tables are designed by Italian artist Mirko Ginepro for Milan Design Week. iTables are all custom made to order.

Just like a real iPod there is even storage inside for books, magazines, whatever. Your guests will think you are making a real art statement if you lay out all of your Apple gear on the table.

The R2-D2 mailbox has arrived

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2010

If you consider yourself a true Star Wars fan, then you will want to check this out. Bigbadtoystore.com is offering an item that will geek up your mail delivery/reception. This R2D2 mail box is available for pre-order on the site for $38.99. A collector’s edition will cost you an additional $2.00.

It just sits there and doesn’t really do anything, but who cares? It’s cool. At least until your neighbors steal it. They don’t say how big it is, but for that price it is obviously on the small side.

Gameboy goes Steampunk

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

This just may be the most awesome Gameboy mod ever. The steampunk Game Boy. The ultimate in Victorian handheld gaming. Sure it looks awesome, but the modder also added a pro sound mod which increases the the output and changed the red LED light for an orange one.

It took only a week to complete the project, even though it looks like it took much longer. Awesome job. It looks like it was dug up from an archeological site.

DigitalRise S1 Slate

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2010

Apple’s announcement of their tablet is a few days away so manufacturers are trying to get their versions out first. And so DigitalRise has released the S1 Slate, a cheaper version of its multitouch X9. Most of us will likely still wait a few days to see what Apple’s has, but here’s a look at what this $630 tablet offers. It does look nice.

Some specs include an Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz, 1GB RAM, 160GB hard disk, 10.2-inch display at 1024 x 600 resolution, 3000mAh lithium-ion battery, 1.3 megapixel webcam, Wi-Fi and Windows 7. Is it an Apple tablet killer? Doubt it, but we will know soon.

My Life Pocket Digital Photo Frame

Posted in Digital Photo Frames by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2010

So you want to display pictures of your newborn baby, or maybe some pics of you holding up that 8 pound trout that you hooked. Whatever the image, the My Life Pocket Digital Photo Frame will do the job with a 3.5-inch display sporting a 320 x 240 resolution.

The device even has a rechargeable battery that provides 3 hour’s worth of juice. Sadly it has an internal memory of just 128MB and there’s no mention of expansion.

Lenovo Tianji EB-605 e-Book Reader

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

The rumors of a Lenovo eBook reader have been circulating for awhile now, and now we have word that it will be called the Lenovo Tianji EB-605. It’s not confirmed yet officially, but it’s a 6-inch device that should cost under $300.

See that SIM card icon at the top of the display? That probably means that it supports 3G. Some other features are a 400MHz Samsung ARM CPU and support for DF, CHM, EPUB, TXT, HTM, HTML, RTF, PDF, DJVU, MOBI, and PRC formats. Hopefully we will know more soon.

Casio launches GA-100/100A G-Shock watches

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on January 23rd, 2010

Casio has announced its stylish GA-100/100A G-Shock watches, which boast an analog display and three dials on the face. These shock resistant watches feature a 1/1000-second stopwatch, velocity indicator, and are even magnetic resistance compliant with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Over-sized buttons make it easy to operate. Some other features include an anti-slip finish and a large face with easy-to-read displays. There are a three versions of the black GA-100 models and a few of the GA-100A models, which will come in yellow or white. Pretty nice.

Boogie Board tablet for a paperless life

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on January 23rd, 2010

Where is the paperless future we were promised? Well, it is coming. Just in small steps rather than huge leaps. If you want to make that paperless jump, the Boogie Board LCD tablet from Improv Electronics is a good start. It uses technology from Ohio’s Kent Displays called “Reflex LCD”.

Reflex LCD is a pressure-sensitive, flexible plastic which doesn’t require any juice at all to keep whatever is written on it displayed and it uses just watch battery to clear the screen. The battery can execute more than 50,000 erase cycles before running out.

Gameboy Advance cartridges turned into 4GB flash drives

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on January 22nd, 2010

I was never a big fan of the Gameboy Advance so I don’t have any cartridges lying around. But if I did, I would be turning them into flash drives, just like this one from etsy seller 8BitMemory. That cartridge above looks awesome as a functional USB flash drive.

Currently 8bit has several for sale including Metroid, Super Mario Advance, and Mario Vs. Donkey Kong. All the converted cartridges have a 4GB capacity and they retail for $39.99 each.

MiNew A10 Hello Kitty Mini-PC available only in Korea

Posted in Hello Kitty by Conner Flynn on January 22nd, 2010

If only all Hello Kitty items kept themselves in Korea. Well, love it or hate it, the kitty is here to stay. The MiNew A10 Hello Kitty Mini-PC was shown at CES and girls everywhere simultaneously fainted as it looked very well made.

The specs are pretty average: An Intel Atom Processor 230, Win XP Home, 1GB DDR2 SDRAM, 160 GB SATA HD, Intel Internal GMA X3100, RealTek Ethernet and LAN Built-In, and 4 USB ports. Sorry American teen girls, this looks like its for Korea only.

Sungworld launching 7-inch ARM-based Android MID

Posted in MID by Conner Flynn on January 22nd, 2010

Check out this as yet unnamed MID from Sungworld. It’s based on the ARM926 platform and running what else, the Android operating system. The device packs in a 7″ touchscreen display at 800 × 480 resolution, 512MB RAM, a 2GB SSD, Wi-Fi, 1080p video support and an HDMI port so you can watch full HD videos on your TV.

We are hoping it also has a memory card slot, because otherwise that 2GB of storage is a real shame. Looks like it might be available by the end of the month.

Fake Steve Jobs — tablet cures lupus

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on January 22nd, 2010

I think we can all admit that the Fake Steve Jobs is much more entertaining than the real Jobs. Sure, the fake one is fake and all, but I think most of us can admit that the fakies musings are at times dangerously close to how most of us figure the real Steve Jobs thinks.

A recent post by Fake Jobs is very funny and talks about the long rumored Apple Tablet. It appears that the new tablet is so damn cool that it cures lupus. You have to read it to get the full effect, but fakie writes, “He showed it to his wife. She used it for a while. Next morning they wake up, and her lupus is gone.”

Ion Twin Video camcorder records two ways at once

Posted in Camcorders by Shane McGlaun on January 22nd, 2010

Small camcorders like the Flip line and the myriad of other cheap and pocketable camcorders on the market are very popular. A new camcorder turned up during CES this month that we missed with the glut of new gear hitting the market.

The camcorder is called the Ion Twin Video. The camera has a lens on the front and the back that allows the user to record themselves and a subject at the same time. You could use the camera to record interviews or a game and your reaction to the game.

ATI unveils new embedded E4690 MXM GPU

Posted in AMD by Shane McGlaun on January 22nd, 2010

The embedded computing market covers a huge variety of products and applications. Embedded systems can be found in vehicles, industry, and all sorts of other gear you might not think has computing power.

ATI has unveiled a new GPU for the embedded market called the E4690 MXM. The GPU is aimed at digital signage, casino games, arcade games, and other GPU intensive applications. The card uses a Mobile PCI Express interface and promises three times the processing power of previous embedded GPUs.

Book Book notebook case looks like a real book

Posted in Computer Cases by Shane McGlaun on January 22nd, 2010

There are a lot of notebook bags and sleeves on the market today. They tend to be made from the same materials and look pretty much the same. If you want a notebook case that is cool and looks different from what you typically see for your MacBook, Twelve South has one for you.

The case is called the Book Book and it looks like a real hard cover book on the outside. The case has hard sides and dual zippers for opening. Inside the case are elastic straps to keep it connected to your notebook.