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Windows Phone 7

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

Microsoft has officially launched the Windows Phone 7 and with it the Windows Phone Series, with the promise that we’ll see the first devices on the market by the holiday 2010 shopping season. Windows Phone 7 most definitely has the user in mind with Zune and Xbox integration.

And it looks and presumably feels more like an iPhone. The UI is simple and elegant. The folks over at MSDN have a 22 minute video walkthrough that explains everything. It looks like Microsoft has really nailed it here. Hit the link below to check it out.

Samsung Halo i8520 with Projector

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

Samsung has revealed its Android 2.1 powered projector/mobile phone. Just like the Wave, this one is jam packed with features, including Wi-Fi, GPS, DivX and XviD support for videos, a 3.5mm headphone jack, 16 Gigs of internal memory and an 8 megapixel camera.

There’s also a large 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen and along with the Android OS Samsung has a “Specialized Projector UI”. The handset is called the i8520 or the Halo. Expect it to hit Europe in Q3 of this year.

Resident Evil Monopoly

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

This isn’t your granddad’s Monopoly game. The Resident Evil version ties the popular game in with the popular board game. It was created by a guy named Nick, who spent close to 4 years creating it.

Everything from the streets to the Community chest cards have a Resident Evil theme. There are also plans to create custom die-cast game pieces and custom money. And here I thought the only place where zombies and real estate intersected was Wall Street.

First USB 3.0 hub from Buffalo

Posted in USB 3.0 by Conner Flynn on February 15th, 2010

This USB hub may not look like much, but it’s got it where it counts kid. In speed. The first actual USB 3.0 hardware is finally starting to trickle out. Now we have some USB 3.0 hard drives, flash drives and before long a USB 3.0 compliant humping dog.

So that stuff all requires a hub to bring it all together. Like the Buffalo BSH4A03U3, with data transfer speeds approaching 5Gbps. It will move your virtual bits about ten times faster than the old USB 2.0.

Lumigon T1, S1 and E1 Android smartphones offer up some style

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on February 15th, 2010

You can tell just by looking that these phones come out of Denmark. In all, three sexy additions to the Android lineup from Lumigon Corp. The T1 and S1 are both shipping before July, the S1 offering a sliding T9 keypad. Both feature Android 2.1, Freescale processors, 720p output over HDMI, FM tuning and broadcasting, and the ability to act as a universal remote when you are just chillin.

The E1 is arriving later with a “unique navigation system and shape never experienced in mobile phones.” No pictures have been released just yet, but judging by what we see above, it should be beautiful.

Acer neoTouch P300 & P400, beTouch E110 & E400 Smartphones

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

Acer has a number of new Windows Mobile and Android devices to choose from. Among them are the Acer neoTouch P300 and neoTouch P400 which run Windows Mobile 6.5.3, the former featuring a 3.2-inch WQVGA touchscreen and slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

The Acer beTouch E110 and E400 run Android (1.5 Cupcake and 2.1 Eclair). The E110 has a 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen and the E400 has a 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen. All feature 3G and Bluetooth, while the E110 lacks WiFi b/g. And all have a 3.2-megapixel camera together with GPS and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Forget soap, wash your hands with plasma gas

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

Soap has had it’s day and done it’s job admirably, but it may soon be dead. Plasma-gas filled boxes are here for all of your hand washing needs. Several laboratories are working on the technology. Turns out that bathing your hand in room-temperature plasma gas will kill even industrial grade bacteria like MRSA. It’s good for athlete’s foot too.

Hospitals are where they will show up first. Doctors and nurses could kill off bacteria, viruses, and fungi in just four seconds. Forget scrubbing. There are already some prototypes that are portable and wall-mounted, and they can cost as little as $100 to build.

Canon Pixma iP2702 Photo Printer

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

Canon has unveiled a new photo printer in the Canon PIXMA iP2702. This printer can print a 4800 x 1200 color resolution picture in less than a minute. This inkjet printer uses Auto Photo Fix II technology to produce high quality prints.

The Canon PIXMA iP2702 also uses the ChromaLife100+ System, which insures that your printed photos survive up to 300 years when using genuine canon ink and paper. The Canon Pixma iP2702 photo printer will cost you $49.99.

Zibits mini RC robots break cover

Posted in Toys by Shane McGlaun on February 15th, 2010

If you read SlipperyBrick much you know we are suckers for cool RC toys and robots. When you combine both into one tiny package, you really grab my attention. A company called Senario has unveiled a tiny RC robot called Zibits.

The little bot can be had in 12 different designs to appeal to all tastes. Each of the little bots is a bit more than 2-inches in size and has a remote to control the robot.

Emporia unveils Elegance and Solid handsets for seniors

Posted in Mobile Phones by Shane McGlaun on February 15th, 2010

Not everyone wants or needs a high-end smartphone. Some users want a simple device that is easy to use with basic functionality. This is especially true for older users with poor hearing and vision. Emporia had been selling mobile phones aimed at older users for a while and has unveiled its latest handsets at MWC.

The new Elegance is set to hit in Q2 2010 and will operate on GSM 900/1800 networks. The device has a 1.8-inch OLED screen and supports text and talking. Standby time is 250 hours and talk time is three hours.

Motorola unveils Cliq XT Android smartphone

Posted in Motorola by Shane McGlaun on February 15th, 2010

MWC is underway in Spain and that means we can expect all sorts of new announcements in the mobile phone world this week. Ranging from new hardware to new handsets, lots of stuff is seen for the first time at MWC each year.

Motorola has unveiled its latest Android handset at the show called the Quench with Motoblur. The handset will be sold as the Cliq XT here in America, but both handsets will be identical. The screen is a 3.1-inch unit that supports touch and gestures. An onscreen keyboard handles data entry.

SanDisk iNAND Embedded Flash Drive reduces chips needed inside phones

Posted in SanDisk by Shane McGlaun on February 15th, 2010

One thing that we all want when it comes to our gadgets like smartphones is longer run time. We want each charge of our device to last a long time. One of the ways that phone makers improve runtime is by reducing the number of power consuming chips inside the device.

SanDisk has announced a new storage device called the iNAND with 64GB of storage that is bootable. The device uses 32nm X3 NAND flash from SanDisk and since it is bootable, phone makers can use one storage chip for system files and user data like music.

Huawei SmaKit S7 Android Tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on February 15th, 2010

Huawei has introduced its 7-inch Android Tablet prototype at Mobile World Congress 2010. The device supports information-sharing across screens to present the same content at the same time on computers, cell phones and TV screens.

The SmaKit S7 tablet also allows you to easily access local information, visit social networking websites and shop from online application stores. It can be connected to a home gateway, TV or Android handsets to provide an integrated home solution. Some other features include a 7 inch wide touchscreen with a resolution of 800 x 480 with a customized Android user interface and special customized home screens.

Huawei U8800 is first 3G/HSPA+ Android handset

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

Huawei has a first on it’s hands with the new U8800 which is the first 3G/HSPA+ Android handset, capable of download speeds of up to 14Mbps. The Huawei U8800 will be powered by the Android 2.1 operating system.

It also sports a 3.8″ capactive touchscreen display. To use the full speeds, you will of course have to be on a network that supports HSPA+, of which there are currently zero in the UK. Huawei also has four other Android devices on tap, so they are looking to make a big splash here.


Win a TecoArt hard drive clock

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

TecoArt loves hard drives so much that they create modern art clocks out of them. They really make a statement on your desk. And if you also love yourself some storage with clock hands on it, then we have some good news.

We are giving away the hard drive clock above to one lucky winner. It would cost you $34 otherwise. The clock dial is an actual mirror-finished disk platter with black hour and minute hands. The clock’s base used to be the hard drive’s protective cover painted metallic blue with decorative blue highlights.