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Dilbert wall and laptop graphics now available

Posted in Accessories by Shane McGlaun on February 19th, 2010

I am betting that there are lots of people who work in offices in and out of the tech world that can relate to Dilbert and his office woes. I have had a few bosses that were as trying as Pointy-haired Boss and coworkers I wanted to kick in the groin.

If you are a big fan of Dilbert, a company called LTL Prints has announced that it is offering wall graphics from the strip. Just about every character from the comic is available from Dilbert and Dogbert to the Pointy-haired one.

Monster Butterfly earphones by Vivienne Tam revealed

Posted in Monster by Shane McGlaun on February 19th, 2010

This may sound like a story about the latest threat against Godzilla, but it’s not. Monster makes all sorts of cables and headphones that are aimed at people wanting good sound. Monster has been offering headphones and earphones for a while now designed in cooperation with musicians.

Monster has unveiled its latest headphones called the Butterfly today designed by Vivienne Tam. The earphones are shiny gold color and have a butterfly printed on the speaker housing. Like most high-end earphones, the Butterfly ships with multiple tip sizes for comfort.

OCZ unveils Vertex Limited Edition SSD

Posted in SSD,Storage by Shane McGlaun on February 19th, 2010

The SSD is at some point going to replace the traditional HDD in many instances. Before that can happen though the SSD has to get more storage capacity and come down in price significantly. The performance benefits of a SSD compared to a HDD are already there. OCZ has added a new SSD to its Vertex line called the Vertex Limited Edition.

The LE SSD has more performance than the standard Vertex lien of drives. The SSD offers TRIM support for Windows 7 and uses MLC NAND for storage. The drive can resist shock up to 1500G and supports RAID configurations.

TiVo granted patent that could affect DVRs everywhere

Posted in Tivo by Shane McGlaun on February 19th, 2010

Sometimes the USPTO grants patents on technology that just doesn’t make sense. Often these patents are nothing more than an attempt by one company to try and make other firms using similar tech pay a licensing fee. TiVo has been granted a patent on software that it filed back in 1999 that could change DVRs as we know them.

The patent is for TiVo’s Season Pass software. The software sits on the DVR and allows the DVR to resolve recording conflicts based on priority. This is a feature that every DVR has today and it is used when you run out of tuners available and have another show set to record.


TecoArt hard drive clock winner

Posted in Contests by Conner Flynn on February 19th, 2010

TecoArt’s hard drive clocks are all kinds of awesome. They help our environment by recycling old tech and they are stylish modern art pieces in their own right. They may even open a portal that will allow you to time travel.

Think about it. These TecoArt hard drive clocks combine both time AND space. The hard drive part may even be bigger inside than outside for all we know, like Doctor Who’s Tardis. If that’s the case, then prepare for an adventure, because it’s time to announce the winner.

Origin Eon 18 gaming laptop

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on February 19th, 2010

After Dell bought Alienware in 2006, three execs decided to quit so that they could create their own company, Origin, and make high end gaming PCs like Alienware. Their first endeavor is finally here and is dubbed Eon 18. It’s a stylish and highly customizable gaming laptop with an 18.4″ full HD widescreen display, dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 208M GPUs, 7.1 high-def audio, and up to three 250GB SSDs.

It sure looks like Alienware, just without the alien logo. Right now it has a Core 2 Extreme Quad QX9300, but on Monday it will get a Core i7. Don’t expect much battery life with those specs. Only 45 minutes when gaming unplugged.

Corsair’s Padlock 2 offers rugged 256-bit AES encryption

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on February 19th, 2010

Are you the type who doesn’t trust your flash drive with your sensitive data? Who could blame you? Should that data fall into the wrong hands it could be disastrous. No one should know about your secret collection of My Little Pony pictures.

These new Corsair USB drives will help prevent such things. The Padlock 2 features OS-agnostic password protection via the keypad, plus 256-bit encryption. 8GB units are available now, priced at £46 in the UK and $59 in the US.

ThinkPad W701 and W701ds specs

Posted in Lenovo by Conner Flynn on February 19th, 2010

Lenovo has an update in their premier widescreen workstation range. Some supposed internal Lenovo slides show off the new W701 and W701ds ThinkPads and some specs to go along with them. The W701 is listed with an Intel Extreme series CPU and a Wacom Digitizer.

There’s also the dual-screen W701ds. Both machines offer up to 16GB of RAM, SSD options up to a quarter of a terabyte, and Ultrabay expandability. Even DisplayLink ports. But only a two-hour battery life on the 701ds? Say it isn’t so.

Chromakey is everywhere, in everything

Posted in movies by Conner Flynn on February 18th, 2010

This video is pretty amazing and a real eye-opener at how pervasive green-screening has become in almost every scene in television these days. If it takes place outdoors, it is faked in one way or another.

In some cases you wonder why they even had to change the scenery. I guess even the most beautiful reality isn’t real enough these days. Gives me a whole new appreciation for actors these days. These guys and gals are way more talented then they get credit for.

PA school accused of spying on students at home, through laptop webcams

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on February 18th, 2010

Here’s a creepy tale involving a Pennsylvania school, and an abuse of technology and power. A Pennsylvania school district has been accused of spying on its students through webcams. Webcams in laptops which the school provided. Spying on them at home.

The district gave laptops to all of their students and were apparently able to activate the webcams remotely. Beware school officials bearing gifts…

Motorola BACKFLIP from AT&T

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on February 18th, 2010

AT&T will be selling the Android-powered Motorola BACKFLIP starting March 7. This marks the first device sold by AT&T which runs the Android operating system. The price is $199.99 with a 2-year contract and a smartphone data plan.

So it hit up online or head down to a brick-and-mortar store on that date. Motorola debuted the new device back in January. It combines a reverse QWERTY flip keyboard with a custom Android (Android) operating system supporting the company’s MOTOBLUR technology.

Kettquad Pedal-Powered ATV

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on February 18th, 2010

Your little one deserves a quality ATV right? Why not buy your little rugrats the Kettquad from Kettler? The German company recently unveiled this four wheeler that features pneumatic tires for off-road terrain and even a protected enclosed chain drive. Looks like a ton of fun.

Expect it to hit the US sometime this year, with your kid hitting a tree soon after. It will retail for between $800 and $1000. It’s for kids 5 to 12 years of age, so don’t let your toddler ride this thing.

Kingston ships 256GB DataTraveler 310 USB flash drive in US

Posted in Kingston by Conner Flynn on February 18th, 2010

256GB is a lot to have on your flash drive no matter how you look at it. Non-Americans have had access to the DataTraveler 300 for almost a year and now it’s our turn. Kingston has finally realized that us Americans would like that kind of capacity as well.

And the DataTraveler 310 is just the drive to deliver it to us. It’s the first 256GB flash drive to ship in the States. The DT 310 can hold up to 54 DVDs or 1,984 JPEGs and it’ll play nice with Windows, Linux and OS X-based systems.

Sony blocks online play on used copies of PSP SOCOM game

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on February 18th, 2010

In case you didn’t know, retail copies of SOCOM US Navy SEALs: Fireteam Bravo 3 come with a code that’s needed to unlock online play for the game. If you buy it used, a new code will be $20. Say what? You bought it used so you could save $20. That isn’t cool.

Well publishers don’t think the used games market is cool. Used games cost them money when you buy it at a discount rather then from them retail. But what can they do? It’s legal to buy and sell used games. They play games with these one-time-use codes in retail packaging that leaves used game buyers without the full experience. That’s what they do. Well, one of the things.

Aspiral Analog Clocks trade hands for balls

Posted in Clocks by Conner Flynn on February 18th, 2010

Check out these awesome and retro Aspiral Clocks. They have no hands or digital displays. Instead they use balls to tell time in an ingeniously simple design.

The clock spins, moving the ball through the spiral. Every twelve hours the ball disappears in a hole at the center. Sadly at $545, it won’t end up in many homes. Still, it’s a unique way to tell time with some style and movement.