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Archos 9 Tablet gets upgraded to 1.2GHz Atom Z515 processor

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2010

Well looky here. The Archos 9 tablet has just received a processor upgrade, from the original 1.1GHz Intel Atom Z510 CPU to the 1.2GHz Atom Z515 CPU with Hyper-Threading and Intel Burst Performance Technology. Even with the upgrade, the device still sells for the same $549.99 price tag, so that’s a bonus.

To remind you, some other specifications of the Archos 9 tablet are an 8.9-inch display, 32GB SSD, Windows 7 Starter Edition, and 1GB of RAM. Looks like now is the time to buy it.

Samsung announces Android-powered Galaxy S phone

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2010

Samsung has officially announced its Android-powered Galaxy S smartphone which features a spacious 4-inch Super AMOLED display. Samsung’s Smart Life concept will have the Galaxy S use personal preferences to gather the information online that each user needs or wants, making for a more personal experience.

Nothing on pricing or a release date for the Galaxy S yet, but it should arrive soon. Specs of the Samsung Galaxy S include a 1GHz processor, Bluetooth, 720p HD video playback and a Layar Augmented Reality browser preloaded.

Honda redesigns Asimo

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2010

It’s been awhile since Honda redesigned Asimo. 13 years to be exact. The P4 looks a bit more streamlined than the P3, but as you can see it’s still the same basic bulky bot we know and love.

The P4 robot is about the same height as the P3, standing at 160cm tall, but the weight has been reduced from 130kg to 80kg. There are also some blue covers on the upper torso and feet and he has 34 degrees of freedom, 4 more than the P3. A flexible waist improves walking and presumably running and dancing as well.

250GB Xbox HDD available in America today, $130

Posted in Xbox 360 Elite by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2010

Those lucky Japanese have had the 250GB Xbox 360 HDD for a couple of weeks. And now there’s news that the new HDD should be available here as of today for $130, according to this “Make More Room for Entertainment” advertisement and an official word from Microsoft.

Up until now it was only available as a console bundle. $130 is the same price the 120GB was going for previously. Pretty great deal.

Sprint’s LG Remarq made from recycled plastics

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2010

This phone looks pretty good-looking considering that it’s made from 19% recycled plastic. 87% of the phone can be recycled when it’s life is over. Keeping with the green theme, it also uses a low energy charger. Some other features include a 1.3 megapixel camera, a media player, a microSD card slot, Bluetooth, a speakerphone, QWERTY keypad and a slider form factor.

Look for the LG Remarq to be available on May 9 for $20 after a two year contract and a $50 mail-in rebate.

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OCZ kills Hypersonic-PC off

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on March 23rd, 2010

It has only been a few short years since memory and storage maker OCZ purchased gaming PC maker Hypersonic. Those few years have been tough ones for the PC market though.

OCZ has closed the doors to Hypersonic-PC and a page on the Hypersonic website now reads that no new orders are being taken. Hypersonic says it will continue to support current owners of its computers.

Lego Mindstorms robot powered by Nokia N900, Twitter

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2010

Is there an area of our lives that Twitter has not taken over? Not anymore. Twitter has many uses and one of those uses is commanding robots like this Lego Mindstorm robot. It’s controlled by a Nokia N900 phone and users can tweet commands to the @N900Niko account and tell Niko the robot what to do. Stuff like, move forward, turn around or take a photo with the N900.

Photos are posted on Twitter using Twitpic. While you aren’t likely to see anything shocking, you’ll see plenty of floor, some chairs, maybe a trashcan. Who knows, it may go all Alfred Hitchcock and let you witness a murder. Probably not though.

AT&T announces Dell Aero smartphone is coming soon

Posted in AT&T,Dell by Shane McGlaun on March 23rd, 2010

Dell has been peddling its Android powered Mini 3 smartphone around to carriers for a while now. It looks like AT&T has finally bit and will be offering the handset as the Dell Aero soon.

The Aero is hailed as the lightest Android smartphone around. It will operate on the AT&T 3G network and will be one of the few Android devices on AT&T.

T-Mobile myTouch 3G Fender Special Edition relaunches in April

Posted in T-Mobile by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2010

People love their Fender guitars, but who would have guessed that the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Fender edition would be so popular that it would sell out so quickly after its release? Well, it did and now it is back.

T-Mobile will be relaunching the handset sometime next month, though there’s no word on pricing. We’re guessing the price will stay the same. If you missed out the first time, now is your chance to get one. Don’t miss out.

Apple adds “Gift This App” option to app store

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on March 23rd, 2010

One thing that has been missing from the App Store since it debuted was a way to pay for apps to give as gifts to other users. The only way to do it was to get the user a gift card before. Apple has added a new gift option to the App Store.

The option is found in the drop down menu beside the buy button. When you hit the Gift this App option you enter the persons mane and email that you want to give the app to.

DTN-X750 PND from TryWin Japan

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2010

Trywin of Japan has unveiled the new DTN-X750 portable navigation device which will retail for about €325 should you need to find your way around the country. It features a 5″ LCD touchscreen display at 800 x 480 resolution, 4GB of internal memory, a 1Seg TV tuner so you can watch TV shows, a 1W monoaural speaker and is compatibility with a bunch of audio and video files.

The internal memory can be expanded with a microSDHC memory card. As for battery life, you can only expect 1.5 hours so make your journey a short one.

SanDisk to ship 32GB microSDHC card this month

Posted in SanDisk by Shane McGlaun on March 23rd, 2010

There are lots of smartphones and PMPs out there that offer storage expansion via microSDHC slots. None of the popular Apple devices do though. If you have a device with a microSDHC slot and you want a massive capacity card SanDisk has your fix.

SanDisk has announced that it will be the first maker to ship a 32GB microSDHC card. The new card uses 32nm X3 technology allowing the storage of 3-bits of data per cell. This tech is key to the massive storage capacity of the card.

Nintendo officially announces 3DS

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2010

Nintendo has now unloaded a press release in Japan that lets the world know that some new 3D-capable portable gaming is in our future, with an unveiling set for E3 2010 in June. Right now it’s called the 3DS, a glasses-free 3D upgrade to the DS and DSi.

Don’t worry about all of those games that you bought. It will use a “compatible cart” for backwards compatibility. At the moment Nintendo sees the launch of the 3DS sometime around March 2011.

Apple now offering iPhones contract free

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2010

The rumor was that Apple was due to begin selling a contract-free version of the iPhone soon “at list price.” It’s true, you can now pick one up for $499 (3G), $599, or $699 (3GS). They are still sadly locked to AT&T, like a pretty girl chained to Jabba The Hutt, but whatever. Technicalities.

We all know it takes like two seconds to jailbreak an iPhone. The assumption here is that you will do so I guess. The Apple store will be selling them at one unit per person per day.

Toshiba UX600 series HDTVs with WiFi, 1080p & LED-backlight

Posted in Toshiba by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2010

Toshiba has announced the UX600 series, complete with an included WiFi adapter in the box and they can access YouTube, VUDU, Pandora and other social networking services like Facebook and Twitter. At first, three models in the UX600 range will be available, the 40UX600, 46UX600 and 55UX600, at 40-inches, 46-inches and 55-inches.

The trio all offer a 3,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, Full HD 1080p and Toshiba’s ClearFrame 120Hz technology. They can also act as a digital photo frame, and they have automatic brightness control based on ambient lighting.