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Why not decorate cables when you can’t hide them?

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

If you can’t hide them, you may as well decorate them. These decorative cable clips are a perfect way to do it. Once you have embraced the decoration of cables idea, the possibilities are endless.

You could have little Army men climbing them, you could give the cable a hundred legs like a centipede, etc. You are only limited by your imagination. It’s much better than just living with the mess they make.

Virgin Media will offer all customers 100Mbps broadband next year

Posted in Virgin by Shane McGlaun on February 25th, 2010

America is the greatest nation on Earth, any American will agree with that. However, America is also a broadband backwater with speeds much slower than you can get in many other countries.

The FCC is trying to fix that with a new national broadband plan set to unveil next month. If you believe ISPs like Verizon and AT&T they can’t hit 100Mbps speeds in the next decade. Broadband users in the UK will get 100Mbps speeds next year.

French geeks builds own camera

Posted in Cameras by Shane McGlaun on February 25th, 2010

I can get wanting to build things yourself. I once tried to build a deck because I thought it would be cool. It leaned so bad your lemonade would slide off the table. I have a DSLR camera, but I have a hard time just using the thing let alone building my own camera.

A French geek has decided building his own SLR camera is better than buying and did the deed. The case was fabricated in what appears to be aluminum. All of the details are in French, so I am not entirely sure what the guy used or how he pulled it off.

Pentax X90 gives other cams zoom envy

Posted in Pentax by Shane McGlaun on February 25th, 2010

Along with the rugged Optio W90 digital camera, Pentax has also unveiled a new superzoom camera called the X90. When they say superzoom, Pentax isn’t kidding around.

The camera has a 26x optical zoom lens equating to 26-676mm. The camera has a macro mode that can focus on objects only an inch away and a 12.1MP sensor. Other features include a 2.7-inch LCD, triple shake reduction, and 11fps burst shooting.

Pentax Optio W90 coming to America too

Posted in Pentax by Shane McGlaun on February 25th, 2010

We have already talked about the cool new W90 from Pentax making its way to the UK soon. Those of us here in America really only want to know when the W90 will be available on this side of the pond. Pentax has offered up the details.

The W90 will ship in the US in April for $329.95. At the same time Pentax will offer an IR remote control for all Optio models that is waterproof for $29.95. With that thing you can take under water pics without having to hold the cam, I say strap the W90 to the back of a dolphin.

Pentax Optio W90 gets priced and dated

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

Pentax finally has a release date for its rugged Optio W90 in the UK. This rugged digital camera features 12.1 megapixels which is all good up six meters in depth. It will also handle drops of up to 1.2 meters.

Aside from that, the W90 is also dustproof and can survive in freezing temperatures below 10 degrees Celsius better than you can. The Optio W90 also features 720p. It should appear in the UK at the end of March for £269.99.

Klipsch black and white Image S4i and S4 earbuds

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

These good looking black and white colored Image S4 and Image S4i earbuds are now making their way out to the masses. The Image S4 in white is already available for pre-order and Apple stores are ready to receive their Image S4i (includes an in-line microphone for iPhone) any time now.

The Image S4 will sell for $79 while the latter is $99. They look pretty awesome despite their lack of colors. Way better than Apple’s own white earbuds.

Sanho HyperDrive Album holds 640GB of photos, costs $600

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

When you’re on vacation, you don’t want to carry all kinds of extra external drives just so you can dump your photos. Well, Sanho’s HyperDrive Album will help in that regard. Problem is it’s way overpriced at $600.

The HyperDrive Album helps you clear out your memory cards and back up your photos without a computer. It has a 640GB capacity, 2GB per minute transfer speed, and a 4.8-inch display for viewing. It would come in very handy while traveling, but that price is a deal-breaker.

Lightsaber 1GB flash drives

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on February 25th, 2010

May the force, and your data be with you, always. These stubby 1GB lightsaber flash drives will light up when plugged in, but sadly you won’t hear any lightsaber sound effects. And they are too small to swing around the office and break stuff.

I’d call it more of a Force-dagger than a lightsaber. Maybe something that Jedis use to peel their vegetables. Only 1GB? It will leave you stunted in the Force and have you suffering from lightsaber envy.

Alcatel OT-808 phone looks like a notebook

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2010

Here’s something you don’t see everyday. Alcatel’s OT-808 phone looks a lot like a mini notebook. It has a cutesy look that we imagine will appeal to women. It’s a clamshell obviously and comes with a QWERTY keyboard, a 2.4 QVGA, a 1.1 inch OLED display, Bluetooth, FM, Opera Mini browser, a 2 megapixel camera, social networking, email and instant messaging support.

The dual band GSM phone will cost you $125 and comes in n assortment of notebook colors. We are curious how many of these they will actually sell.

Ouroborus Domino sculpture rebuilds itself

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2010

If you are a fan of dominoes, you’ll appreciate this. Normally when you set up a bunch of dominoes, it is painstaking work that is all gone in an instant when they topple. So if you’re the lazy sort, then the Ouroborus Domino structure is for you.

It reconstructs itself after a single round of five times. The pieces automatically erect again. The Ouroborus Domino structure was created by Karl Lautman. He of course can now watch it as many times as he wants without setting them all up. Video below.

Acer beTouch E110 passes the FCC

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2010

The FCC has approved the Acer beTouch E110. The Android-powered smartphone will be compatible with AT&T’s 3G network (850/1900 MHz), but that’s no guarantee that it will be launched by AT&T. It could arrive on Rogers Wireless too.

The Acer beTouch E110 is equipped with a 2.8″ QVGA touchscreen display, GPS capability, a 3.5mm headphone jack, social networking, Acer web widgets support, a 3.2-megapixel camera, 256MB ROM, 256MB RAM and a 416MHz ST Ericsson PNX6715 processor.

Nokia N97 Mini Gold

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2010

If luxury phones are your thing, then check this out. Nokia is going gold with the Nokia N97 Mini Gold Edition. It comes covered in 18 carat gold. Aside from that, everything else is the same. Except now you are more likely than ever to get mugged.

Some of those specs include the 3.2″ touchscreen display at 360 x 640 resolution, 8GB of internal memory, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, microSD memory card slot, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi, integrated FM transmitter and a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and Carl Zeiss optics.

Swinxs game console hits the US

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2010

Sure, you and I are busy playing our Xbox 360s , Wii and PS3s, but there’s another option. The Swinxs gaming console, which is now available in the States, even if it was announced two years ago. It launched in Europe last year. Just look at those kids. They seem to love it, all sugared up and jumping around.

The Swinxs offers hours of fun, using lights and a built-in voice which explains the game, recognizes players and acts as a referee. The whole thing is screen-free, so no TV needed. It can handle up to 10 players and offers 26 games.

Initial iPad demand is greater than initial iPhone demand

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2010

Obviously the iPad has generated plenty of interest, but we are all waiting anxiously to find out just what the demand is. Well, according to a new survey, the iPad should do slightly better than the iPhone did initially. The survey found that of the 3,200 surveyed, 13% were somewhat likely or very likely to buy an iPad, compared to the 9% who said the same thing about the iPhone when it was first launched.

They also say that the iPad’s relatively low price is a significant factor. Only 8% of those surveyed were unwilling to pay Apple’s prices for the iPad, compared to 28% that said the initial iPhone prices were out of the question for them.