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Archive for April, 2010

Motorola entering the Tablet market?

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

Motorola Co-CEO Sanjay Jha has confirmed that the cell phone company is very interested in the tablet arena, causing some speculation that Motorola would be interested in coming up with its own tablet computer. What would a Motorola tablet be like? We have no idea, but we’d like to see where they take the idea.

Sure, Motorola is keeping an eye on the tablet industry, but there just isn’t anything concrete that suggests that they are serious about making their own tablet device right now, however we can easily see them entering the fray in a year or two.

PS3 OtherOS class action lawsuit filed in the US

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on April 29th, 2010

You might remember that the 3.21 firmware update for Sony’s PlayStation 3 disables the OtherOS functionality from the console. That means that you can’t install Linux on it anymore. Hackers have been busy doing their thing and righting this wrong, trying to get the feature back on the console, but Anthony Venture on the other hand has filed a class action lawsuit against the company.

The lawsuit covers all PS3 consoles purchased from November 17th 2006 to March 27th 2010. The lawsuit calls for compensatory damages, restitution, injunctive relief and legal fees to be paid by Sony, and they are talking a $5 million figure.

Sony set to launch Google TV in May

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

Sony is planning to introduce its new TVs, which are powered by Intel chips and Google software next month. Sony and Google will be talking about the new products at a conference in San Francisco on May 19th and 20th.

Logitech has even been given the assignment of designing the remote control for the new set-top box, which will include a keyboard for navigation. The set-top-box will be powered by the Android operating system, and of course require an Internet connection. In this market, Google will be competing with the likes of looks likes of Cisco, Motorola, Microsoft, Apple, and TiVo.

Sanyo debuts new PLV-Z4000 projector

Posted in Sanyo by Shane McGlaun on April 29th, 2010

Sanyo makes all sorts of electronics and gadgets from TVs to computers and other devices. Sanyo is big in the projector market for home theater, the classroom and office as well.

The latest projector from Sanyo is the new PLV-Z4000. The projector is aimed at the home theater fan and sports 120Hz 3LCD technology. It has a contrast ratio of 65000:1 and 1200 ANSI lumens of brightness.

HTC to expand Android smartphone offerings

Posted in HTC by Shane McGlaun on April 29th, 2010

The Android OS for smartphones started slowly and for a while, it looked like the OS might not do well. After the bugs were worked out Android started being adopted widely and is now one of the most popular mobile smartphone OS’ around.

HTC offers a bunch of smartphones already that run Android. The company has stated that it plans to offer even more smartphones running the Google OS.

TomTom app store may launch this year

Posted in TomTom by Shane McGlaun on April 29th, 2010

Before Apple tossed the iPhone onto the market and then offered the App Store, apps on smartphones and other devices were pretty rare. Today everyone is launching their own app store to try to make more money.

GPS and PND maker TomTom is reportedly set to launch its own app store. TomTom’s CEO won’t give a specific date, but the app store is expected this year. It’s not clear if a TomTom app store will be for TomTom GPS devices alone or for multiple devices and product types.

Zo subwoofer adds bass to your iPod

Posted in iPod Accessories by Shane McGlaun on April 29th, 2010

I have lots of notebooks and netbooks that come through my hands and I have tested more than my share of MP3 players and iPods too. One thing that many of the devices have in common is that they lack bass.

If you want more bass from your iPod or MP3 player the zo personal subwoofer promises the kind of bass you expect form a 12-inch sub from a device the size of an iPod nano. The zo has a gauge on the front to show the intensity level it is set at.

Polaroid launches 300 Instant Camera

Posted in Polaroid by Shane McGlaun on April 29th, 2010

Those Polaroid instant cameras were a stable at birthday parties, holidays, and family functions when I was a kid. The things would shoot those pictures out and the kids would crowd around to see how they developed.

Polaroid has unveiled the instant camera for the new generation who wants to share pics right now called the 300 Instant Camera. The cam has four scene settings, an integrated flash, and shoots business card size pics out the top.

GameStop ad confirms Black Nintendo Wii at $200 in the US

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

As we recently told you, the black version of Nintendo’s Wii gaming console will be hitting the US very soon, and now a picture of a print ad from GameStop has surfaced to confirm it.

It confirms the launch and confirms that the bundle will be priced at $199.99. So there you have it, the Wii is back in black. But are you guys still playing the Wii? Mine has been collecting dust for over a year.

Kindle version 2.5 update gets Facebook and Twitter

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

Attention all digital bookworms. Amazon just announced a 2.5 software update for the Kindle and Kindle DX. Right now, the update is being rolled out to a “limited group” of Kindle users. A general release is coming at the end of May for the rest of us.

Some of the enhancements include the ability to organize books and documents into “collections,” pan and zoom while within PDFs, Kindle password protection, two more fonts, and even the ability to “share book passages with friends on Facebook and Twitter.”

Bookeen’s upgraded Cybook Opus to debut on May 7

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

If you’ve been waiting, the color version of the Cybook Opus is now upon you. The device will come in seven new colors with a May 7 release date. The freshly updated Cybook Opus features instant-on functionality, a new Boo Reader software to help optimize battery life, and 12 font sizes.

It’s still a monochrome E Ink display at 800 x 600 pixels and memory is still 1GB, but the price has gone down to £149 ($199 in USA). 150 books come preloaded on the device, so that price is pretty awesome.

Puppet Pouch puts roadkill on your DS / DSi

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on April 29th, 2010

From CTA Digital, the Puppet Pouch is a furry case for your Nintendo handheld, with a felt interior and elastic straps to keep your Nintendo nice and warm. Like Luke in a Tauntaun. But not as neat.

There’s also a zipper compartment for storing games and accessories and if you must, it also acts as a puppet. So feel free to shove your hand up it’s butt and put on a show.

The Canine Shower Stall makes bathing your dog easy

Posted in Pets by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2010

Most dogs don’t like to get bathed. They squirm around and try to get out of the water. Most of the time you end up as wet as the dog. The Canine Shower Stall can help. It has 16 water-jet nozzles and a showerhead that will wash and rinse your dog easily in the enclosed space.

The water jets will get through the thickest coats and the stall is made up of two integrated leashes and shower walls that reach 31″-high and a plastic roof to help keep water inside. The whole thing connects to a faucet and has a 2′-long drainpipe to get water out of the shower.

Black Nintendo Wii expected to launch soon in U.S.

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2010

We’ve been waiting for the black Wii to hit our shores for a long time now. Our wait may be almost over. Sources at three different retailers (Target, GameStop and Future Shop) have all named May 9 as the U.S. launch date for a black Nintendo Wii bundle. The Canadian release will arrive on May 23.

The black version is identical to the white one except for the color. The bundle includes the Wii, a Wii remote and Wii Sports, along with a copy of Wii Sports Resort and a Wii MotionPlus upgrade. All for $199.

Goodbye 3.5″ floppy disk

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2010

Remember floppy disks? I haven’t used one in years myself and unless you use one to boot up your system when trouble hits, chances are you haven’t either. They bring back memories.

Well, now it’s time to say goodbye. Sony is putting the 3.5-inch floppy disk to rest next year. After March of 2011, the company won’t be producing them. Shed a tear for an old friend. Ah, the good old days, when it took 12 disks to install a game.