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Pentax Kameraman puppets

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on March 19th, 2010

Serious photographers will want to pass on these. If you are more of a comedian or just a weirdo however, you may be the type to paint a face on your lens cap and dangle a hand-made, ¥2,914 ($32) puppet from your camera.

Just be ready for people to run or just stare at you with a wtf gaze if you have a Kameraman puppet on your camera. There are several to choose from, and they all make you look like some demented perv.

Wrapsol Ultra film protects from scratches and drops

Posted in Mobile Accessories by Shane McGlaun on March 19th, 2010

I have used protective films for my iPhone for a long time. I like the invisibleSHIELD line of films because it works well and lasts a long time. A new film called Wrapsol Ultra has debuted that might be better than the invisibleSHIELD stuff I normally like.

The new Wrapsol Ultra film promises to not only protect from scratches on the screen and back of your iPhone, the film also claims to protect from drops. Wrapsol claims the film is strong enough to protect the device from a drop of up to 6-feet.

Scosche shows off new netBOOK power inverters for the car

Posted in Computer Components by Shane McGlaun on March 19th, 2010

There are lots of trade shows crammed into the first few months of each new year for tech fans. We have CES, CeBIT, and then CTIA among others. Scosche is set to show off some new gear at CTIA for portable devices.

One of the coolest things is a new line of netBOOK power inverters to let you use our notebook and netbook in the car or truck. The inverter line includes the inVERT 100W power inverter that uses the car 12V DC outlet.

iHome iP39 kitchen timer iPhone dock keeps your buns from burning

Posted in iHome by Shane McGlaun on March 19th, 2010

I have used my iPhone as a timer when I was cooking something a bunch of times. I also use the iPhone as my alarm clock and my watch and I bet lots of you do as well. iHome has a new speaker dock that has a clock, kitchen timer and other cool features for the iPhone and iPod.

The device is called the iP39 Kitchen Timer and FM Alarm Clock Radio Speaker System for iPhone/iPod. The thing has one of the longest product names ever. What you get is an upright stainless and black looking speaker dock that fits in with most modern kitchens.

Steampunk PC is cool and not my style

Posted in Computers,Concepts by Shane McGlaun on March 19th, 2010

I like Steampunk stuff mostly because the things look cool and I can appreciate how long it would take to build some of these designs. That said you would never find steampunk gear in my house. I like my tech to look like tech, not something I might find in grandma’s attic.

A new steampunk computer with some serious attention to detail has turned up over on Yanko Design. The thing is the complete deal with a cool looking tower thingy that might be a speaker, a keyboard, mouse pad, mouse, and a display. The keyboard is my favorite part.

Funkyfonic Cassette MP3 Speakers

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on March 18th, 2010

You probably haven’t used a cassette tape in ages, but chances are you are nostalgic about them. Well, you can always buy the Funkyfonic Cassette MP3 Speaker to bring back some memories.

It’s an external speaker that you can plug into any standard 3.5mm headphone jack, and it’s powered by two AA batteries. The retro speakers are just $22. Why not go for it and put a giant cassette tape head on your iPod?

Panasonic announces two new portable Digital Viera TVs in Japan

Posted in Panasonic by Conner Flynn on March 18th, 2010

Not all of Panasonic’s Viera TVs are large. Take these guys for example. They have shrank down in size. It’s the new Viera portable TV range featuring Panasonic’s latest 10.1” a-Si TFT displays at 1,024 × 600 resolution. The DMP-BV200 and DMP-HV100 models will let you watch TV, DVD and Blu-ray (only for the BV200) and are compatible with all forms of AVCHD video.

It will also handle DivX files from either a USB device or an SD memory card and you can hook either one up to the Panasonic Viera Home Theater system and DVR with the DY-WL10 Wi-Fi dongle. Same sets, smaller experience.

Cardboard Record Package doubles as player

Posted in Turntables by Conner Flynn on March 18th, 2010

This is pretty awesome design. Sound engineering company, GGRP offers a record inside of a corrugated cardboard sleeve. That by itself is unimpressive, but when it is unfolded, the cardboard sleeve can be converted into a record player.

So you play the record by using the cardboard sleeve it came in and a pencil to turn the record. Instructions are printed on the cardboard sleeve if you need them. Awesome idea. Great promotion tool too.

Updated Lightsaber iPhone app lets you duel via Bluetooth

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on March 18th, 2010

Apps really allow you to do just about anything. Even have a lightsaber duel. If you own an iPhone, you’ve probably already downloaded the lightsaber app, but now there’s a new lightsaber app coming next month.

It will allow you to have Bluetooth lightsaber duels and you can choose from 11 new Star Wars character’s lightsabers. Pretty neat. May the force and your iPhone be with you, always.

Neofonie introduces WePad tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on March 18th, 2010

Thanks to some clever wordplay, you might never guess that this Wepad is not the iPad. Well, if you are an idiot anyway. The Neofonie WePad comes from the Germans with an 11.6″ display at 1,366 x 768 resolution, an Intel Atom 1.66GHz N450 processor, GMA 3150 graphics, and a battery that will last for up to 6 hours.

Some other specs include a webcam, some USB ports and a memory card reader. There’s even a UMTS modem so that you can connect to the WePad App Store.

Industrial Double iPod Dock

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on March 18th, 2010

This has got to be one of the ugliest iPod docks we’ve ever seen. Obviously it’s made from some rusty old electrical industrial parts. The product page says it will make a great engagement or wedding present. But that’s only true if you’re a redneck.

But hey, it does support two Apple devices instead of one. It’s compatible with any generation of the iPod or iPhone and even the Nano. Do you want one?

Universal to cut CD prices to between $6 and $10

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

The music business continues its downward spiral. Universal, one of the big four record labels, is now planning to cut the prices of almost all of its CDs to between $6 and $10.

This new test is called the Velocity program. The average price for CDs has been between $10 and $12 for awhile. And if they stick to this, other labels will do the same. Great for music lovers, bad for them. Could this really make actual CDs cheaper than downloads? Are Cds even worth making anymore?

Xbox 360 getting USB storage support in 2010 update

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on March 18th, 2010

According to some leaked documentation and confirmed with two Joystiq sources, “USB Mass Storage Device Support on Xbox 360″ will soon be a reality. The document is authored by a senior software development engineer at Microsoft, and says that due to “increased market penetration of high-capacity, high throughput USB mass storage devices, a 2010 Xbox 360 system update” will allow consumers to save and load game data from USB devices.

The update is apparently coming in Spring 2010. After the update, Xbox 360 owners will be able to download Xbox Live Arcade games, Xbox Live Indie games, Games on Demand, DLC and Title Updates to the storage device.

Philips unveils 240B1CS Full HD monitor

Posted in monitors by Conner Flynn on March 18th, 2010

Philips has unveiled their latest Full HD monitor, the 240B1CS. This one is aimed at the office crowd and features a 24-inch widescreen with 1920 x 1200 Full HD resolution.

Some other features include: 25,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 5ms response time, 300 cd/m2 brightness and it consumes just 30.7W of power while in ECO mode. There’s also two 1.5W speakers and D-Sub, DVI and USB connectors.

Samsung launches 3 new hybrid PDP TVs in Korea

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on March 18th, 2010

Samsung will be adding some new TVs to their PDP TV 5 and PDP TV 4 series of TVs. The series 5 includes the PN50C550G1F TV and the series 4 will include the PN42C430A1D and the PN50C430A1D models. The new models improve the quality of images using ‘Clear Panel Technology’ for clearer images.

Some other features include ‘FilterBright Antiglare Technology’ for reduction of glare, ‘Eco Sensor’, 600 Hz subfield motion technology and USB playback. The series 5 50 inch version of the TV will cost you about $1,675 while the series 4 counterpart will cost you $1,411.