Archive for January, 2010

Alltel launches BlackBerry Curve 8530

Posted in BlackBerry,Curve by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2010

The BlackBerry Curve 8530 has officially launched on Rogers’ network, so if you’ve been waiting for or find yourself needing a new phone, go for it. The contract is shorter and the price is nicer. This version of the phone will cost you $499, but after a $360 online discount and $100 mail-in rebate, we’re talking only $39.99 with a qualifying plan.

It will give you bragging rights since all of your T-Mobile friends have only 2G on the 8520. Totally worth it. So will you be getting one? Or passing?

Pantech New Sky IM-U560K for girls

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2010

Pantech just dropped their latest cell phone, the Sky IM-U560K. This one is designed for girls and packs in a touchscreen display and an accelerometer for games and applications. It also comes in handy for manipulating the GUI using hand gestures and movements.

The Sky IM-U560K has a 2.6-inch screen, a DMB TV tuner, MP3 player, and a Korean to English Text to Speech Translator. Nothing on pricing yet, but we’ll let you girls know when we know.

Viewsonic MovieBook VPD550T HD pocket player

Posted in Viewsonic by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2010

Viewsonic’s latest Moviebook has us drooling. It sports a 5 inch LCD display screen, 8 GB of memory, microSD expansion and HDMI output.

You know what that means. It means you’ll be enjoying 1080p videos. And it supports a wide range of file formats like DAT, MPG, MPEG, VOB, MP4, MOV, AVI, DVD Video, ASF, WMV, MKV, TS, and RM/RMVB as well as videos and MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC, OGG, FLAC, APE, AC3, and DTS audio formats.

New Onkyo C4 netbooks are all about TV and radio

Posted in Onkyo by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2010

Do you love TV and radio? Want them in your netbook? Of course you do. Onkyo is launching some new netbooks that feature an AM/FM tuner and a digital terrestrial tuner card for receiving digital TV. The C411A6 has a miniB-CAS system so you can connect cable or an external antenna to the F-type connector for TV viewing. There’s also a recording feature using “PureSpace”.

The C411A5 has a miniPCI chip with an AM / FM radio tuner built-in. You can record your favorite shows with this one too. The PureSpace app sends signals directly to the “PDAP (Pure Direct Audio Path)” so don’t worry about alerts not being heard.

Final Fantasy coming to the iPhone

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2010

The iPhone has some decent games, but there are some classics that it is lacking, like Final Fantasy for instance. Not anymore. According to Square Enix, Final Fantasy will be headed to the App Store soon, though we don’t have an official release date or price yet.

Judging by the screenshots, you shouldn’t expect a modern version of course, but it should be fun for those gaming on their iPhone while they should be doing something else.

Touchscreen BlackBerry Bold-esque prototype caught on camera

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2010

Would you be interested in a BlackBerry Bold with a touchscreen? That doesn’t exist yet, but apparently RIM is toying with the idea. Some leaked pictures of a BlackBerry prototype have show off a Bold-esque device with…you guessed it, a touchscreen.

Word is that this design has been ditched for something better, though some of us would be happy with this one. So we have no idea when we can expect a touchscreen BlackBerry with a physical QWERTY keyboard, but it’s nice to know they are on it.

Lenovo S10-3t available for pre-order

Posted in Lenovo by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2010

The Pine Trail netbooks from Lenovo were outted last month, and now the Lenovo S10-3t 10.1-inch netbook is available for pre-order on Amazon for $499.99. One downside is that it ships with Windows 7 Starter edition, so that means limited software, but you can always upgrade.

The S10-3t netbook features a screen that can be swiveled 180 degrees, which is pretty convenient if you like working at odd angles. It also has a NaturalTouch Panel. Is this the netbook for you?

Garmin z mo 220 GPS device for motorcycles debuts

Posted in Garmin by Shane McGlaun on January 21st, 2010

A motorcyclist has many of the same needs as a car driver when it comes to a GPS device. They want maps and an easy to use interface. However, the motorcyclist also has a completely different set of needs that require a robust device.

Garmin has announced a new GPS device for motorcycles called the z mo 220 that has a 3.5-inch color screen and is water resistant. The device can also stand up to fuel splashes and works while wearing gloves.

Amazon announces Kindle Development Kit

Posted in Amazon by Shane McGlaun on January 21st, 2010

The Amazon Kindle is one of the coolest gadgets to hit the market in a long time. The eReader is a great way to carry a whole library of books with you wherever you go and avoid trips to the bookstore.

Amazon has announced that starting next month it will be running a limited beta for developers with a new Kindle Development Kit (KDK). The KDK will be offered in a limited beta to only a few developers to start with and new devs will be added later as space allows.

HP rumored to be readying notebooks with built-in pico projectors

Posted in HP by Shane McGlaun on January 21st, 2010

Pico projectors are good in certain instances, but not so great in others with the tech available today. The universal issue is that the light sources used in the small projectors lack the brightness needed to work well in rooms that are reasonably bright. In the dark, they are pretty good.

New rumors are surfacing that have HP getting ready to unveil a line of notebooks and tablets sometime in 2010 that sport integrated pico projectors. Details on the rumored notebooks are unavailable.

Ship delay for 27-inch iMac grows

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on January 21st, 2010

If you are an Apple loving geek who has been patiently saving your pennies to get your hands on one of the 27-inch iMacs, we have some bad news. Well some more bad news anyway, you already know about the screen woes for the big beast right?

Anyway, apparently the shipping delay for the largest of the iMac computers has grown for the week lead time before to three weeks. Exactly why the delay has grown so significantly is unknown, but we can guess.

McDonald’s expands free Wi-Fi to 11,500 U.S. locations

Posted in Wi-Fi by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2010

McDonalds isn’t just expanding stomachs across the nation, they have also expanded their free Wi-Fi to 11,500 new locations starting last Friday. So it’s finally here free Wi-Fi fans.

It used to cost $2.95 for two hours. McDonald’s even offers an easy lookup site, letting you know if the wireless connectivity is available in your area. Hey, it’s free, there are fries and burgers and if you’re lucky maybe you run into Grimace or the Hamburglar while you are tweeting away.

Rethink Hanger uses plastic bottles to hang clothes

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2010

In the quest to eliminate waste, or at least stop some waste from hitting landfills, humans have created some interesting designs in the last 2 years. This is the latest. The Rethink, a hanger that’s not a hanger until you ttach two plastic bottles.

It’s from designer Xuan Yu and it’s just a hook with two holes that hold empty bottles. Just pick from all the empty bottles you’ve been hoarding and screw them into the holes. Now you have yourself a hanger. One that isn’t as flat as a normal hanger and won’t let you hang as many garments in your closet, but at least you are being green right?

Window Fridge lets you decide before opening

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2010

It’s a common practice around the world. You open the fridge and then just stand looking at all of your choices. Problem is you are wasting electricity and letting the cold out. The Window Fridge is a concept that eliminates the need to open the fridge, by providing a window.

That helps save the environment while you ponder whether you would like a Coke, Pepsi or Dr. Pepper. The fridge has a tube design that makes it easy to open the panel and spy on all of your food inside.

Hulu thinking about $5 monthly fee for older episodes

Posted in Hulu by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2010

We knew that the day would come when HULU started charging for episodes and that day may be soon. According to The LA Times, Hulu is thinking about a pricing model that would go into effect in the next six months.

One of the options they are contemplating is to allow you to watch the five most recent episodes of a TV show for free, with the older episodes requiring a $5 monthly fee. At least 20 shows would be in the package to make it look good to users.