Archive for February, 2010

Acer GD235HZ 23-inch LCD is ready for some 3D action

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on February 1st, 2010

3D is all the rage right now, so we’ll be seeing tons of 3D technology this year. This one is from Acer. The GD235HZ is a 23.6-inch, 1080p LCD display, with 3D capabilities that require NVIDIA’s 3D Vision active shutter glasses, which are sold separately.

The LCD itself will cost ya $399 and an additional $199 for the NVIDIA kit. You’ll also need a compatible graphics card. Yeah, if you are going 3d, it isn’t cheap, but you already knew that. And there isn’t much 3D content right now either.

Microsoft’s new SideWinder X4 Gaming Keyboard

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on February 1st, 2010

Microsoft has a new member in its SideWinder family in the SideWinder X4. The keyboard, in fact the entire “X-series”, is designed for gamers. One of the most interesting features of the X4 is the anti-ghosting feature, which allows gamers to press up to 26 keys at once.

Each key is scanned independently by the keyboard hardware, so each key is correctly detected. Some other features include adjustable backlighting, macro keys, automatic macro repetition and more.

Continental unveils Android-based AutoLinQ connected head unit

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on February 1st, 2010

Continental has announced that it will be offering a system that will put Google’s Android OS into your car’s head units. AutoLinQ, is powered by Google’s Android, and is part of a new connected services platform that car makers can choose to install in their vehicles. And why wouldn’t they? Everyone loves Android.

The head units will be able to download Android applications and Continental plans to release an AutoLinQ SDK in the first quarter of 2010 with a specific app store in the 2nd half of the year. The AutoLinQ system will also offer remote connectivity to the car via a mobile view from a phone or PC, so you can check the status or location of a vehicle.

250GB add-on Xbox 360 HDD to hit Japan

Posted in Microsoft by Shane McGlaun on February 1st, 2010

We can never really have enough storage on our computers and other devices where we store the media that we generate and use each day. With digital cameras, camcorders and music proliferating along with digital download games and other content we can run out of space quickly on media servers and game consoles.

PC World reports that Microsoft is set to release a new add-on HDD for the Xbox 360 in Japan that has 250GB of storage space. The drive will also be offered in a stand-alone version as well. The new drive has previously been offered only in a bundle with a new console.

Cocoon Innovations offers iPad compatible messenger bag

Posted in Baggage by Shane McGlaun on February 1st, 2010

iPad accessories are coming at a fast pace now that the device is official. We are seeing all sorts of gear with a lot of the stuff being sleeves and bags to protect the iPad while you are on the go. A new bag from Cocoon Innovations has been unveiled that will hold the iPad and lots of other stuff.

The bag is called the Gramercy messenger sling and it is designed to be worn over the shoulder. Inside the bag is a slot that will fit the iPad and is padded for protecting the device. The bag also features a GRID-IT system to store other gear that has elastic straps for holding things.

MSI unveils new CR720 media notebook with 17.3-inch screen

Posted in MSI by Shane McGlaun on February 1st, 2010

Multimedia notebooks are sort of like gaming notebooks in that they tend to be in a class of their own and appeal to a specific type of user. Many notebook users look for portability first, but the media fan often looks for a large screen as a priority.

MSI has pulled the CR720 notebook out of the shadows sporting a large 17.3-inch 1600 x 900 LED backlit LCD. The machine uses Intel GMA HD graphics and will run an unspecified 2010 Intel Core processor. The operating system is Windows 7 Home Premium.

MSI drops CX420 and CR420 notebooks

Posted in MSI by Shane McGlaun on February 1st, 2010

Over the last few months, it has seemed that I run across more notebooks being debuted in 14-inch screen sizes than the old standby 15.4-inch size that was common not long ago. Case in point, MSI has debuted a pair of new almost twin notebooks called the CX420 and CR420.

Both of the machines sport 14-inch 1366 x 768 LED backlit LCDs. The machines also both run Windows 7 Home Premium and will use one of the new 2010 Intel Core processors. MSI doesn’t get specific on the processor though. The only difference in the two machines is graphics.

Shanzhai’s first Dual-Core Athlon Neo Notebook

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on February 1st, 2010

Shanzai has dropped its first dual core Athlon Neo notebook. The new notebooks will feature a 13.3” 1,366 x 768 display, dual-core Athlon Neo X2 L325 (1.5GHz) or single-core Sempron 210U processor, and an integrated ATI Radeon X1270 graphics card with HDMI out.

Nothing on pricing yet and no word on what kind of battery life you can expect, but look for it to retail for aabout $400 to $450 if we even see it outside of China.

Zune Phone to be unveiled at MWC

Posted in Zune Phone by Conner Flynn on February 1st, 2010

Looks like the long rumored Zune Phone will make its debut at Mobile World Congress later this month, if you believe Spanish blog MuyComputer. According to them, “the Zune Phone presentation at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress 2010 is 100% confirmed.”

They also say that the Zune Phone will feature a 480 x 272 resolution display, HDMI video out, run on Windows 7 and make all your dreams of an anti-Jesus Phone come true.

Mobience smallQWERTY keyboard

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on February 1st, 2010

There are still some people who prefer a tactile QWERTY keyboard, so South Korea-based Mobience has come up with a new solution to address the needs of those smart phone/tablet users who want traditional button inputs.

The smallQWERTY keyboard is a nice concept design that wirelessly connects and inputs text into your touch interface smart phone. We don’t have any technical details at the moment, but you can check out the video here. This should make many people happy if it ever hits the market.

Logitech Touch Mouse for iPod touch and iPhone

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on February 1st, 2010

A new app for the iPod touch and iPhone called the Touch Mouse app magically transforms your iPhone or iPod touch into a wireless trackpad and keyboard which can be used in conjunction with your computer. It will perform pretty much like a typical mouse, allowing you to point, click, scroll and type from a distance.

Interestingly it can be used in any application no matter the platform, Mac or PC. The Touch Mouse app also works over Wi-Fi, so you can use it anywhere in the house. Now that is a handy app.

‘Hershey’s Kisses’ CD holders

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on February 1st, 2010

These Hershey’s Kiss CD/DVD holders are not very practical, but they sure look delicious, even if they aren’t real. If you want CDs all over your desk, this is the way to go. Of course, before you know it, you will break down and buy some real Hersey’s Kisses. Then you can just use the real thing for the same purpose.

At that point you can mix them up and play Russian Roulette with your teeth. Choose wisely and you have a tasty treat, if you don’t you will be breaking some teeth. You should probably just by the real candy and prop up your CDs that way.