Archive for February, 2010

New Google patent will really piss off Rupert Murdoch

Posted in Google by Shane McGlaun on February 26th, 2010

Rupert Murdoch hates Google. The publishing giant and Google have been at each other over Google’s book scanning program and the fact that Murdoch owns many of the newspapers whose stories are indexed by Google and then offered to readers free.

Murdoch thinks that we should all be thrilled to pay to read online news just as we pay for newspapers. Google has a new patent that will really make Murdoch unhappy. The patent is titled “Segmenting Printed Media Pages Into Articles.”

Sony NV-U35 GPS for your bike

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on February 26th, 2010

Sony Japan has announced the NV-U35 GPS for bike owners. This portable GPS is weather proof, so it’s perfect to put on your handlebars and take with you while hiking or bike racing or whatever you do on two wheels.

Some specs include GPS with support for 3D view, 3.5 inch QVGA scratch resistant screen, 8GB of onboard memory, and support for popular video, audio and image formats. The NV-U35 will be available in April in Japan for 37,000 Yen (or about $ 400).

Samsung LED 7000 and 8000 TVs get Skype

Posted in Samsung,Skype by Shane McGlaun on February 26th, 2010

Anger over the high price of Samsung 3D glasses aside, the firm makes some cool products. Samsung and Skype have announced that the Samsung LED 7000 and 8000 HDTVs are getting a new feature.

Skype video and voice calling has been added to the feature list in Korea already and will come to other parts of the world in the first half of 2010. To make video calls you will need the ISS FREETALK TV camera.

Shuttle debuts tiny 3.3cm thick XS35 PC

Posted in Shuttle by Shane McGlaun on February 26th, 2010

Shuttle has been selling small form factor computers as barebones machines to people for a long time now. Most of the offerings from Shuttle are barebones machines that lack a CPU, RAM, and storage typically.

Shuttle has pulled the wraps off its latest offering called the XS35 that is a complete computer. The tiny machine is 3.3cm thick and has a chassis in the 1-liter class. The machine runs an Intel Atom D510 processor and the NM10 Express Chipset. Graphics are via NVIDIA Ion 2 and the machine has HDMI out.

iTunes Sells 10 billionth song

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on February 26th, 2010

Love or hate Apple, no one can deny that Jobs and his team can make and market a product. The company has the most popular music store around and sells more apps than anyone else sells as well.

Apple has announced that the 10 billionth song has been sold via the iTunes store. The song that made the historic 10 billionth purchase was “Guess Things Happen That Way” by Johnny Cash. The track was purchased by Louie Sulcer of Woodstock, Georgia.

Shutter glasses for your 3D TV could cost $150

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on February 26th, 2010

Samsung is showing off their 3D TVs as well as the LCD shutter glasses you need to go with them. But if you are buying all the 3D hype, all of that gear is costing you tons of money and those glasses cost $150 a pair on top of all that other stuff.

Why so expensive? Well, shutter shades usually have a transmitter inside so that they can communicate with the TV, and a battery. Of course this is just one model. Maybe other Shutter glasses from Samsung will be cheaper.

Bmorn B80 color ebook reader

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on February 26th, 2010

ebook readers are everywhere these days and it seems that every manufacturer is jumping on the bandwagon. The latest from China is the Bmorn B80 ebook reader. While we don’t have very much information about it, we can tell you that it comes with a color display.

We have no idea what kind of color screen, but the battery life is probably not that good anyway. We don’t see this being a Kindle rival anytime soon anyway.

Viliv S10 Blade starts at $699

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on February 26th, 2010

Viliv’s S10 Blade was introduced at CES this year and now the Atom-powered tablet is making waves all over again. It’s available for pre-order at Dynamism for a starting price of $699. Of course if you get all the bells and whistles, it will likely cost a lot more than that.

But at least you can get in on the action and stare at that 10.3-inch resistive multitouch screen for a dollar under $700.

Nintendo DSi XL is also an ebook reader

Posted in Nintendo DSi by Conner Flynn on February 25th, 2010

As if we needed yet another ebook reader on the market. Well, the DSi XL’s larger display could be good for reading some classics. Nintendo knows that there’s money in the ebook market so they will be offering a downloadable package of ebooks called 100 classic books.

It will hit Wii channels on June 14th for $20. Then you can take a break from gaming to read some actual literature. Maybe some Mark Twain or Dickens. Assuming that they offer anything of that quality anyway.

Too Late Aurora watch

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on February 25th, 2010

How do you make a watch stand out when there are so many unique watches on the market? Well, glowing in the dark helps. The Too Late Aurora watch does just that, allowing you to make a really unique fashion statement in or out of the local rave scene.

You can choose from Verde, Bianco, Blue, Lilla and Rosa colors and it comes with an anti-scratch design and waterproof case. Only $24.99. Wear this watch in the bathroom with some glow-in-the-dark toilet paper and you almost have full light.

Casio unveils Exilim Rilakkuma edition

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

Casio’s Exilim line of digital cameras goes all cute with the Rilakkuma edition. Normally you might expect the image of Hello Kitty, but this time you get the image of an adorable teddy bear on the front of the camera with the Exilim EX-Z330.

Some features of this 12.1-megapixel shooter include a 3x optical zoom, face detection, Eye-Fi connectivity, HD recording, an SDHC/SD memory card slot and a 2.7″ LCD display. It’s available in Japan for $290 and includes a pouch so you can carry it in style.

MoProUSA unveils Wiimote pistols

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on February 25th, 2010

As a Wii owner you certainly have your choice of guns to choose from. But these are pretty good looking. Everything is still in prototype form, but it’s impressive. MoProUSA is looking to create a new range of gaming pistols, including one that requires no Wiimote and Nunchuk to operate.

The Duel Pro is modeled from a replica pistol, and has the guts of a Wii controller and Nunchuk inside. There’s also an analog nub on each side that lets you switch from one hand to the other. A color-changing LED is positioned on the rear for instant feedback.

BlueBerry gets upgraded with optical pad

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on February 25th, 2010

We’ve seen the BlueBerry before. And when it came time for the real thing to make the transition from trackballs to optical pads, this clone just had to do the same. The end result is the BlueBerry 9500 you see here.

Specs include a TV tuner (with 9-inch retractable antenna), dual SIM support, and WiFi. The optical pad is even said to be “decent.” Are you interested in a Blueberry, outside of your muffins?

Final Fantasy I & II now available for iPhone and iPod Touch

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on February 25th, 2010

We told you back in January that Final Fantasy was coming to the iPhone and iPod Touch and sure enough here it is. Classic RPG fans can at last breath a sigh of relief and commence old school gaming on a modern device.

Both Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy II are available from the iTunes App Store for $9 each. They even have touch-friendly controls and bonus dungeons. What are you waiting for. Get over to iTunes and get your game on.

Guppie Multi-Tool will kill, fix things

Posted in Tools by Conner Flynn on February 25th, 2010

Awhile back we told you about the Lil Guppie. Well, now it’s back and not “Lil” anymore. Made by Columbia River Knife & Tools, the Guppie will give you an adjustable wrench, screw driver with multiple magnetic heads, knife, LED flashlight, and a beer bottle opener. It can also open other bottles and jars for your girlly hands, making you feel like a real man.

The design is made so that everything is ready to use in the shortest time possible, whether you are killing or fixing things.