Archive for February, 2010

Philips ups the style of home stereos with SoundSphere

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

Philip’s new SoundSphere MCi900 and MCD900 definitely add some flair to the home stereo concept. Both systems have a pair of speakers, 100 watts of amplification and “free floating” tweeters outside of the enclosure.

The casings are molded from a single piece of aluminum, and each has an integrated CD player and USB socket. The former has a 160GB hard drive, support for internet radio and wireless streaming with networked PCs or Macs. Nothing on price yet, and we have no idea when we Americans may see it.

Nintendo DSi XL hitting the US on March 28th, $190

Posted in Nintendo DSi by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2010

Nintendo has just announced that its new DSi XL (The DSi LL in Japan) will be hitting North America on March 28th for $190. You get a few extra mm of thickness and a much larger screen with two 4.2-inch LCDs.

At launch it will be available in Burgundy and Bronze, preloaded with two DSiWare Brain Age games, Photo Clock, Flipnote Studio and the DSi Browser. Those in Europe will be getting the XL on March 5th. What do you think? Are you getting one?

Microsoft’s BlueTrack Mice get three new models

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

Want a Microsoft BlueTrack mouse that offers laser precision on any surface? Of course you do. And now you can get three new models for under thirty bucks. Those three models are: the Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500, Wireless Mouse 2000 and Comfort Mouse 4500.

All have the same BlueTrack tech, the difference is in size and transceivers. The Mobile Mouse 3500 has a nano-transceiver along with rubber grips on the side for extra support. The 2000 model is larger and has a snap-in transceiver. The Comfort Mouse 4500 actually has a wire.

SanDisk G3 SSD now available for purchase

Posted in SanDisk by Shane McGlaun on February 24th, 2010

At CES last month SanDisk unveiled it’s new G3 SSD. The SSD promises lots more performance than a traditional HDD and less power consumption. At the time SanDisk didn’t say how much the G3 would cost or when it would ship.

SanDisk has now announced that the G3 is available online and will be landing in stores soon. The G3 will be available in 60GB and 120GB capacities. Both promise up to 220MB/sec of sequential read and up to 120MB/sec sequential write performance.

Unioo whips out new iPhone external batteries

Posted in Mobile Accessories by Shane McGlaun on February 24th, 2010

One of the only bad things about my iPhone is that the battery just doesn’t last long when I use it to play games or surf the internet. A good 45 minutes of gaming eats half the battery capacity. That means I often end up needing an external battery to keep playing.

Unioo has unveiled a pair of new batteries specifically for the iPhone and iPod that connect to the charge port of the devices. The batteries include the i800 and i1500. The difference between the two is that the i800 has 800mAh of power and the i1500 has a 1500mAh battery inside. The i800 can be pre-ordered for under $40.

Mvix unveils new Solido 802.11n adapter with 5dbi antenna

Posted in Adapters by Shane McGlaun on February 24th, 2010

I have a computer upstairs in my house that is in my son’s room. He likes to get online, read about Pokémon, and play games. The problem is that the normal USB adapter for the wireless network lacks the signal strength for a consistent connection.

MvixUSA has announced a new WiFi adapter called the Solido MS-811x Wireless-N USB adapter with 5dbi antenna. That big antenna is adjustable for the best signal strength and the device connects to your PC with a USB port.

Sony shrinks PS3 OS and gives extra RAM to devs

Posted in Sony by Shane McGlaun on February 24th, 2010

One of the big reasons that I bought my PS3 when the console first came out was so I could use it as a Blu-ray player. As it turns out that was a great decision thanks to the myriad of new features that Sony adds to the device like the coming 3D update.

Joystiq reports that Sony has shrunk the OS the PS3 uses from 120MB down to 50MB. The really good news is that the electronics giant is playing Robin Hood and has given that extra RAM to game developers to play with.

Water Bobble filtered water bottle

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

Try saying that ten times fast. As a prosperous nation, we take many things for granted. Like clean drinking water. Well, we may take it for granted, but others around the world don’t have it as easy as we do.

Things like this can help them. Or anyone who is unsure about the cleanliness of their water. A $10 Water Bobble. It’s a patented filtered water bottle with its own filter and yes it looks like a baby bottle. Just fill it up and the filter does the rest.

Power A Universal Remote Case for iPhone 3G, 3GS

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2010

The Power A Universal Remote Case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS works with the company’s free Power A Universal Remote app. The Universal Remote Case allows your iPhone 3G or 3GS nearly full control of any infrared-controlled device. So you can have one remote to rule all of your IR toys.

It consists of a two-piece hard case that allows access to all of the buttons. At the bottom, it connects to the iPhone through the dock connector. The Power A Universal Remote Case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS will cost you $60.

MSI unveils GT660 gaming notebook with USB 3.0

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

MSI has unveiled a new gaming notebook in the form of the GT660. The GT660 is one of the first notebooks from MSI to come with a USB 3.0 port. Under the hood you’ll find up to 12GB of RAM, Intel Core i7 CPU options, Nvidia GeForce GTX 285M graphics, and Windows 7.

That’s about all the detail we have. We don’t even know the price or release date, but all should be revealed at CeBIT next week.

Smart street lights that bloom

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

This Sustainable City Lights concept is the latest in eco-friendly lighting. Each lamp post uses solar and wind energy for itself, and will use LEDs only when people are in it’s presence. When people are not nearby, it conserves energy by emitting only a soft glow.

The Sustainable City Lights open and close like a flower bud to harvest energy. Any surplus energy is returned to the main grid to use for other things. This is a not only practical, but pretty stylish as well.

MSI intros 24-Inch 3D All-In-One PC

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on February 23rd, 2010

MSI has a world’s first on it’s hands with the 3D AIO, which is ready to unveiled at next week’s CeBIT 2010 show in Germany. It’s the world’s first large screen all-in-one PC that can handle 1080p 3D video.

The 3D AIO features a 24-inch 120Hz LED display, 1080p resolution, and will come with 3D shutter glasses. That’s about all the details we have currently and we would like to know which processor it has. Expect this to be the first of many 3D all-in-one announcements this year.

MSI Air Keyboard

Posted in MSI by Conner Flynn on February 23rd, 2010

The MSI Air Keyboard is an HTPC keyboard/mouse that fits in the palm of your hands. Think of it as a Wiimote with keyboard.

It has a QWERTY layout, ergonomic back and includes LB and RB shoulder trigger, just like a game controller. The Air can also be used as a mouse thanks to an internal accelerometer. So just like a Wiimote, you aim the device to control an onscreen cursor.

Grass Lamp combines the green outdoors with light

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on February 23rd, 2010

If you are an apartment dweller, you are probably used to some of your objects having multiple functions. How about combining your lamp with a garden?

That’s the idea behind the Grass Lamp. You can’t grow vegetables in the Grass Lamp, but grass will just love the lamp’s light and maybe remind you to actually venture outdoors, while allowing you to appreciate the outdoors while inside.

Custom Ghostbusters Wiimote Proton Pack Mod

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on February 23rd, 2010

This is pretty awesome. I’m not sure I love Ghostbusters enough to want to play it with this custom Wiimote mod, but Jack Rossi does. He created this proton pack and thrower so he can play the Wii version of Ghostbusters as realistically as possible.

The cyclotron features four blue LEDs which allow the player to know which player is selected or active and the Blue Power Cell shows you how much power the pack has. The Thrower has been designed with ergonomics and function in mind.