Archive for February, 2010

Vodafone has the cheapest phones in the world

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on February 16th, 2010

Vodafone has announced a pair of handsets they are calling the cheapest mobile phones in the world. Both handsets, the Vodafone 150 and the Vodafone 250 are aimed at emerging markets and are manufactured by Chinese vendor TCL.

The Vodafone 150 will be just $15.00. You get a basic phone with a 1 inch 96 x 64 monochrome display, polyphonic ringtones, dual-band GSM, a currency converter, an alarm clock, 2 embedded games and a built-in “torch”. No camera but it does give you voice calls and SMS and a built in mobile payment service.

Sony Dash can now stream movies from Netflix

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on February 16th, 2010

Sony was showing off its Dash personal internet viewer way back at CES. The device should arrive in April, but we are now learning that it will have the ability to stream Watch Instantly content from Netflix. This actually makes us excited about this one.

Demand Media will also be offering portals to content from eHow, Golflink and Livestrong.com, and it will also stream “online music videos, television, or film content on-demand” to the 7-inch touchpanel.

Best Buy starts Motorola Devour pre-sale

Posted in Best Buy by Conner Flynn on February 16th, 2010

You still can’t get one in your hands until February 25th, but if you want to make absolutely sure you don’t miss out on the Motorola Devour, you can now hit your local Best Buy or Best Buy Mobile store and reserve a Devour starting today. And why wouldn’t you want to make sure you get one?

There’ a catch however. You’ll have to buy a $50 Best Buy gift card to insure your spot for the phone, but hey no mail-in rebates. Instead you’ll get an instant discount at check-out. However Best Buy still is not saying exactly how much the phone will cost.

A Keyboard with a LOL button

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on February 16th, 2010

The Fast Finger keyboard is aimed mostly at children, or anyone not comfortable with the QWERTY layout. It’s also for you if you want a shortcut to type things like TTYL, L8R or BRB. It was shown off at Toy Fair 2010 in New York City.

The keys are in alphabetical order, but can also work in the standard QWERTY order instead. The function keys at the top make it easier to type all of those things which are already abbreviated. I guess it’s great for social network website addicts.

Verizon Smartphones get unlimited Skype-to-Skype calling

Posted in Skype by Conner Flynn on February 16th, 2010

Starting next month, nine Verizon smartphones with accompanying 3G plans will be able to make unlimited Skype-to-Skype calls and call out to regular phones internationally at a reduced rate.

Sounds like great news at first, but the problem is, you can’t call Skype out to regular lines domestically to save minutes. On AT&T, the fring iPhone app allows Skype-out calling. When will Verizon allow domestic Skype-out?

Wi-Reach personal mobile hotspot tips up at MWC

Posted in Routers by Shane McGlaun on February 16th, 2010

The Mifi personal mobile hotspot made waves when it debuted by allowing multiple computers to connect to a single 3G connection on the road. The downside to the device is that you had to get a new contract and couldn’t use your existing 3G modem.

Connect One has unveiled a new personal mobile hotspot called the Wi-Reach that uses a USB port to allow you to use an existing USB modem. The hotspot supports 3G and 4G modems with a software update.

Aava Mobile unveils first open mobile device platform

Posted in Mobile Phones by Shane McGlaun on February 16th, 2010

In the mobile phone and tablet world there a number of open source operating systems that are available on devices. The open source Os’ tend to help reduce the price of the device and lure in buyers who aren’t fans of Microsoft and other closed OS’.

Aava Mobile has unveiled a new reference design for a smartphone and tablet device that runs an Intel Atom processor. The design measures 64mm x 125mm x 11.7 mm making it one of the thinnest x86 smartphones available.

OpenPeak OpenTablet 7 tablet computer debuts

Posted in Tablet PC by Shane McGlaun on February 16th, 2010

The tablet market is going to be hot this year with a glut of new tablets coming to fight the iPad. Many of the tablets will be appealing to users looking for a computer and an eReader since they can be used as both. The OpenTablet 7 device was unveiled at MWC today.

The tablet has a 7-inch multi touch TFT LCD with LED backlighting. The tablet also offers WiFi, Bluetooth, cellular connectivity, HDMI output, and dual cameras for taking still shots and HD video. The tablet also has a microSD card slot for storage and a USB port.

T-Mobile HTC HD2 to get new mobile entertainment features

Posted in HTC by Shane McGlaun on February 16th, 2010

The HTC HD2 has been around for a while now on carriers in Europe. The handset is set to come this year to the T-Mobile network here in America. T-Mobile announced at MWC 2010 today that the handset will get some cool entertainment features.

The HD2 will get a Barnes & Noble eReader app, Blockbuster on Demand movies, MobiTV support, and will be Gogo in-flight internet ready. The handset will also ship with Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen pre-installed on the microSD card the device ships with.

Puma solar-powered phone

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on February 16th, 2010

Puma has teamed up with Sagem for a sporty new mobile phone, the Puma Phone. The Puma Phone features a solar panel on the back of the handset that will charge the phones battery when you are out and about in the sun.

The phone features a 2.8 inch QVGA TFT capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, a 3.2 megapixel camera with LED flash and six times digital zoom. There’s also another forward facing camera that can be used for VGA video conferencing.

Chinese New Year USB drive

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on February 16th, 2010

Looking for something different in a flash drive? Something colorful and festive that celebrates the Chinese new year? Well, this is your lucky day. This new USB drive has the Year of the Tiger theme. If it’s the Eye of the Tiger you’re looking for, you’ll have to look elsewhere.

These drives come from Kingston and hold up to 8GB of storage. It’s part of their DataTraveler line, but likely won’t be available outside of Asia, so if you want one, you better get it shipped from there.

Panasonic’s 25.5 inch 3D HD LCD for $9,900

Posted in Panasonic by Conner Flynn on February 16th, 2010

3D is coming whether you like it or not. Whether it’s a flash in the pan or here to stay, you will still want to get some new gear. Panasonic’s new 3D screen may not be the one. It does sport a 25.5 inch LCD screen and comes with HD support.

Panasonic says that the 3D HD screen is for “reviewing 3D footage at a work station or in the field”. It also features dual HD-SDI so you can connect with other 3D hardware and DVI interfaces. And it comes with a pair of polarizing 3D eyeglasses. But this may not be the one for you due to its $9,900 price tag.

This Millennium Falcon actually flies, has no room for cargo

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on February 16th, 2010

They had to chop away nearly the whole damn ship to do it, but this Millenium Falcon actually flies. And since almost the entire ship is gone, you won’t be smuggling any contraband. We still dig it though.

This 11 by 8-inch Millennium Falcon was released at Toy Fair this year. It’s a must have for any Star Wars fan. The remote-controlled Falcon even comes with a charging controller for the price of $50. And it’s totally easy for any Stormtrooper to disable this bird when it flies away. Just pew pew pew to that fan in the center.

Datel Space Dock adds an External Hard Drive to PS3 and Xbox 360

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on February 16th, 2010

Datel’s new Space Docks make it easy to add a hard drive to your PS3 or Xbox 360. The dock accepts 2.5″ or 3.5″ SATA HDDs up to 1TB. After it’s installed, the drive mounts in your system to load saved games, play movies and all of the other stuff you do.

As a bonus, you can plug the drive back into your PC to transfer more files since the formatting structure is basically FAT32. It only costs $40 and will be available soon.

Create a Stained Glass curtain with old film slides

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on February 15th, 2010

Finally here’s something that you can do with your old film slides that is actually very cool. It’s hard to stop looking at it. You could even get creative and use the colors of the slides to create stained glass type images.

You don’t need to use any heavy duty tools either. Basically you drill some holes in the slides using a Dremel and connect them all using aluminum chainmail rings. Sounds pretty simple right? And the end result sure is pretty.