Archive for April, 2010

Creative launches D200 and D100 wireless speaker systems

Posted in Creative by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2010

Creative is launching two new wireless speaker systems, the D200 and D100. The Creative D200 claims to have the same “sonic soul” as their ZiiSound D5, but at a lower price and will give you 9 watts RMS over each channel.

The Creative D100 is the entry level model and comes in a wide range of colors, like black, pink, green and blue. It has both mains power and the option of batteries using 4x AA. Creative says that it will give you 40 hours at 75% volume. The D100 offers 2 watts RMS over each channel.

Pioneer outs iPhone remote controllable Blu-ray players

Posted in Blu-ray by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2010

Why do we need remotes for anything anymore, since many of us already have iPhones? Pioneer has just added two new Blu-ray players due in May that feature iControlAVR app support built in. Both the BDP-330 and the higher end BDP-LX53 sport the Precision Quartz Lock System with the addition of YouTube streaming and RSS feeds.

Taking advantage of the Apple tie-ins will require you to hook up to the network and a WiFi dongle is extra of course. But if you like to use your iPhone to it’s true potential, then check these out.

Henge Docks turn your MacBook Pro into a Desktop

Posted in MacBook by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2010

Henge Docks has a new docking station for Apple’s MacBook Pros. The device turns your MacBook Pro into a desktop setup or a home theater system. That way you get the best features of a laptop, desktop and media center PC all from one device.

Each Henge Dock model is designed for a specific type of MacBook and features custom USB, Ethernet, audio cables and in some models Firewire cables. The Henge Docks will cost you $59.95 each.

iPad 3G models launching on April 30th

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2010

I know you’ve been waiting for your iPad 3G and if you’ve placed a pre-order for you’ll be happy to know that the iPad Wi-Fi + 3G model will arrive on April 30th.

If you like to get out and pick yours up at a brick-and-mortar Apple retail store, you can do just that on the same day starting at 5:00PM. In order to work over 3G, users need a data plan for an additional monthly fee. You can get 250MB/month service for $15 and an unlimited monthly service for $30.

Nintendo Wii Classic Controller Pro hits the US

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2010

If you own a Wii and are still playing it, you’ll be happy to know that the Classic Controller Pro is now available in the US. The controller features another row of shoulder buttons and ergonomically friendly grips to help you, well, keep a grip.

It can also be plugged straight into the Wii Remote controller for wireless connectivity with the Wii. This classic blast from the past comes in either black or white. We aren’t sure which games it works with, but we know that it works with over 450 Wii, WiiWare and Virtual Console games.

Buy used video games at your local 7-Eleven

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on April 20th, 2010

When I think of 7-eleven stores, I think of gas, Big Gulp’s and Slurpees. The stores have all sorts of stuff that you might want for your daily travels. 7-Eleven locations are now unveiling a new offering.

After trialing a used game program in 600 locations last year around the country, 7-Eleven is rolling used game sales out to 3000 stores around the country. The used games are sold in conjunction with Game Trading Technologies.

Ford Sync gets voice control for Blackberry and Android apps

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on April 20th, 2010

Ford has been putting Sync on many of its cars and trucks for years now. the system offers hands free phone calls and a myriad of other features. Ford has announced a new feature that will debut with the 2011 Fiesta.

The new feature gives drivers voice control using Sync over certain apps on Android and Blackberry smartphones. The voice control will work on Pandora for instance allowing the driver to change channels on the app with their voice.

VIA ARTiGO PC debuts with tiny proportions

Posted in VIA by Shane McGlaun on April 20th, 2010

There are many instances when computer users want a very small desktop. You don’t always need lots of power for some uses, but cramped space is often a concern on desktops and in entertainment centers.

VIA has pulled the wraps off a new SFF Pc called the VIA ARTiGO A1100. The small machine measures a scant 5.7″ x 3.9″ x 2″ for a total space of 44.46 cubic inches. That tiny machine is not much bigger than your average cell phone.

Screen shortage to blame for iPad delay?

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on April 20th, 2010

Apple announced recently that the iPad wouldn’t be shipping in Europe for about a month after it was expected. At the time, Apple gave no reason for the delay other than to say demand in the US was more than expected.

Bloomberg is now reporting that the reason for the delay may be a screen shortage. Apple gets iPad screens from LG Display Co, Samsung, and Seiko Epson. Reports claim that all three vendors are having production issues with the screens.

X-Box 360 Afterglow Controllers

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2010

These X-Box 360 controllers will impress your friends when you turn the lights out and embark on some night-time gaming. They’re called Afterglow controllers, presumably because several of them mashed their buttons together until climax and now they are just basking in it. No, that would be silly. It’s because they glow.

They’ll add some excitement to your otherwise dark abode. These are available in 3 glowing colors and you can pre-order from EBGames now for $29.95. They should ship later this week.

Did Gizmodo pay $10,000 for “lost” iPhone 4G

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2010

The Internet is on fire today with Gizmodo’s hands on preview of what appears to be Apple’s next-gen iPhone. In case you missed the story, someone found an iPhone in a bar in Redwood City. The device appeared to be an iPhone 3GS, but when the cover was removed, it was clear that this was no ordinary iPhone. It appeared to be Apple’s next-gen iPhone. And it looks like that is exactly what it is.

The guy who found the iPhone sent pictures of it to Engadget. Later Gizmodo actually obtained the iPhone in question, which has given Gizmodo over 2.5 million page views on that story alone. Then came word that Gizmodo had paid 10 grand for the iPhone prototype. Did they? We don’t know. Were they and Engadget in a bidding war? We don’t know.

NEC’s LaVie S laptops are ready for the ladies

Posted in NEC by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2010

NEC is readying their LaVie S notebooks, which are strong enough for a man but made for a woman. They reportedly come with a Core i5 CPU option. The ‘S’ stands for ‘Slim’ since they are just 35mm thin and weigh in at 2.4kg.

Three models will be launched. The LS150, the LS350, and the LS550: priced at 1,15,000 yen($1250), 1,31,500 yen ($1430) and 1,50,000 yen ($1,631). The LS550/AS6 comes with the Core i5-430M (2.26GHz, built-in video circuitry), an HM55 Express Chipset, 4GB Memory, a 500GB HDD, DVD writer, and a 15.6–inch LED backlit, low-reflection LCD.

Oval iPhone from china

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2010

This Oval iPhone from China is clearly designed for the ladies. It looks like it could be any number of womanly things. Maybe a makeup mirror or compact. It’s called the ‘Lady Apple’. I can almost hear you ladies swooning. The phone bears the Apple logo and the word ‘iPhone’, so you know you can trust it right?

Looks like it has pretty average specs, including built-in games, media playback, a digital camera and an FM radio. The round design actually looks kind of slick.

iPad 2 already in development, with OLED screen?

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2010

Looks like Apple may have version 2.0 of the iPad in the works already, with sources claiming that development has already begun. And if you believe the rumors, the screen is about to get an OLED makeover.

OLED displays are more vibrant than the LCD panels currently in the iPad, but so far are too expensive to use cost-effectively in anything larger than a mobile phone. However, analysts are predicting that OLED prices will drop eventually, but not until at least 2011. If the iPad 2.0 was to have an OLED screen and be released with Apple’s traditional update schedule, it’s unlikely the prices would drop in time.

USB drive glows to show what’s on it

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2010

Can your USB drive do this? No, of course it can’t. Neither can mine. This USB stick concept lets you see what’s on it without having to plug it into a computer. The glass “screen” on the surface shows what kind of files are on board by color: pink means images, blue for documents, green for movie files etc. Wonder what porn looks like. They even fill the space on the back proportionally so you can see which ones are taking up a lot of room.

This design would probably require some kind of battery, which would make the price a bit unattractive, but we love the idea. Many of us would pay extra for the convenience it provides.