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Patriot Xporter USB flash drive comes bundled with Shattered Horizon game

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on April 30th, 2010

When we buy a new USB flash drive, we should get a prize. You know, like in a cereal box or Cracker Jacks. When we buy a new drive, we should get a game. Patriot has announced that its Xporter USB flash drive now comes bundled with the zero gravity first-person shooter, Shattered Horizon game.

This bundle will come with a Steam download code that allows users to download and install the game. You can Choose from 8GB and 16GB USB flash drives right now, though future Patriot products will also include a copy of the Shattered Horizon game.

“Anti-peep” USB webcam covers it’s eye for privacy

Posted in Webcams by Conner Flynn on April 30th, 2010

Having a webcam is great. It allows you to do many things. But what if hackers get into your system, or your school starts spying on you?

Gsou of China offers this USB webcam with a low tech anti-peep feature: a robotic arm that will cover the camera lens automatically once you’re done with your video session. If you get an incoming Skype or MSN video call, both hands will be lowered. There’s also a manual override that lets you uncover the lens manually.

Samsung Announces White Limited Edition NX10

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on April 30th, 2010

Most cameras come in boring black. So if you want to stand out from the crowd, what do you do? One way is to go for a limited edition like this one. Samsung is now offering a white NX10 in a limited edition model.

You’ll get it in white, with a 30mm lens and leather case. If this onE is for you, it will launch on May 7th in Korea, the Netherlands, China, Taiwan and the US.

Verizon offering Push-to-Talk “Free for Life” on the BlackBerry Tour 9630

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on April 30th, 2010

Verizon’s Push-to-Talk service has been active for weeks now, and many Tour users haven’t added the service, so Verizon has sent out emails to Tour users letting them know they can get the service free for life. The email says that users just need to add the PTT software and service to their device before June 30th and they will get to keep it free for the life of the contract.

I guess PTT isn’t going over as well as they thought. If you’re a Verizon Tour user you should have an email in your inbox soon, but if not, go download the software and get going. It’s free.

Racing game for iPad uses iPhones as controllers

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on April 30th, 2010

With Padracer your gaming console is an iPad as a display and iPhones as controllers. How cool is that? Though if you don’t already own these things, it could get a bit expensive for you. Basically the iPad is the race track and the iPhones are turned into controllers once connected via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

All you have to do is steer your race cars by turning an iPhone like a steering wheel. The game is just five bucks at the iTunes store.

James Cameron, king of 3D, helps NASA design camera

Posted in 3D by Shane McGlaun on April 30th, 2010

James Cameron is the king of 3D thanks to Avatar. Avatar has made so much money around the world that Cameron should be able to buy himself an Oscar. Cameron is now working with NASA on a 3D camera design.

NASA had reportedly decided not to include a 3D camera on the Mars Curiosity rover due to budget concerns. Cameron then talked NASA into including the 3D camera on the rover though.

Lala closing on May 31

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on April 30th, 2010

I think there were a lot of us out there that knew the end was near for Lala when Apple announced that it had purchased the company. Sure, some of the tech behind Lala might live on inside iTunes or other Apple offerings, but the Lala service would undoubtedly die.

Apple has now announced that it will be killing Lala on May 31. Current users of the service can continue to use Lala until that day and no new users are being accepted.

VW debuts bik.e electric bike in China

Posted in Personal Transport by Shane McGlaun on April 30th, 2010

There are a number of electric bikes and motorcycles on the market today. The good thing about these devices is that they are green and quiet. There are lots of folks that like to commute on electric bikes rather than drive cars.

VW is a major car brand that has not been tied to electric bikes before. The firm unveiled a new electric bike called the bik.e at the Auto China 2010 show. The bike is designed to fold up and fit into the spare tire area of a car.

Microsoft Courier dies an early death

Posted in Microsoft by Shane McGlaun on April 30th, 2010

The HP Slate isn’t the only future gadget we have been hearing a lot about that was killed off this week. Microsoft has terminated the slick dual screen Courier tablet project.

The odd thing is that we had been hearing that the Courier would be coming to market in 2011. I think that perhaps some of the companies are figuring out that an expensive device that is only a netbook minus a keyboard simply won’t sell.

HP kills Slate after talking it up prolifically

Posted in HP by Shane McGlaun on April 30th, 2010

It always strange to me when a company shows off a product, puts it at the forefront of keynote speeches, and talks a thing to death only to kill it off. Hop has had a busy week with the purchase of Palm and now we hear the Slate is dead.

You recall the Slate, Ballmer held it on stage back at CES and we have seen the device turn up on video as well. HP has officially killed off the project according to TechCrunch. This may not be bad news though.

James Bond 007 iPad decal

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on April 29th, 2010

Here’s a fun iPad decal to spice up your new iPad. The James Bond 007 iPad decal. Not that Bond would actually use an iPad for anything stealthy, it’s just too big. But if you are a Bond fan, it’s the perfect way to decorate your device.

This one was made as a special order by Etsy seller Decalville for one of his customers. If you ask nicely maybe he’ll make one for you too for $7.00 each. Apparently Pierce Brosnan is the only Bond you can get.

Kingston DataTraveler 5000 USB flash drive hits Europe

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on April 29th, 2010

First announced back in January, the DataTraveler 5000 USB Flash Drive from Kingston is finally available for purchase to those in Europe. You might remember, this particular drive is FIPS 140-2 Level 2 certified with Level 3 pending, and features a built-in 256-bit AES hardware encryption for extra security.

It also uses XTS cipher mode and elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) algorithms to meet Suite B standards approved by the U.S. government. The DataTraveler 5000 is available in 2GB, 4GB, 8GB and 16GB capacities for 82 Euro (about $108), 103 Euro (about 136), 129 Euro (about $170) and 298 Euro (about $394), respectively.

Wefound F630 e-book Reader

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on April 29th, 2010

The Wefound F630 e-book reader is a lightweight at just 200 grams if you are looking for a different ereader. Aside from the snappy name, it sports a 6-inch screen E-ink display with a resolution of 800 x 600 pixels.

The Wefound F630 also has a built-in China Mobile 3G wireless module, offering unlimited free EDGE and 3G connection via a China Mobile SIM card for the first 3 years after purchase. Some other features include book downloading, stock price information, picture browsing (in black and white) and basic MP3 player functions.

HP takes over Palm for $1.2 Billion

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on April 29th, 2010

Palm has fallen quite a long way since those heady days before the Palm Pre was actually offered. HP has now bought Palm for $1.2 Billion. That’s about $5.70 per share of Palm stock. This will help HP get some firm footing into the mobile segment, with Palm’s entire patent history at their disposal. Can we expect some HP phones as soon as within the next two years?

The deal will be official by July 31 2010 and the Current CEO of Palm, Jon Rubinstein might be staying.

LG Optimus: Android-Powered Smartphone for first-time users with 3D thumbnail gallery

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on April 29th, 2010

LG has announced the launch of the Android-powered LG Optimus, a handset that offers an optimal environment for first-time smartphone users with easy and convenient mobile access. LG Optimus lets users enjoy diverse Android applications and automatic account synchronization with all Google mobile services and also features enhanced social networking functions.

The advanced media player allows you to watch DivX and Xvid videos directly without separate encoding and browsing multimedia files is easy and fun with the 3D thumbnail gallery. The phone’s 3MP camera supports geo-tagging, auto face-tagging and face-to-action technology so you can create and share multimedia content from the phone.