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Kingmax PD-02 USB flash drive

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2010

The Kingmax PD-02 USB flash drive is like the switch blade of the flash drive world. For those who are feeling stabby, but are out for storage, not blood. It comes with a slide-out USB connector that makes the device nice and slim with no cap.

It also comes with an anti-scratch body to prevent scratches and damage, along with a USB 2.0 interface. The Kingmax PD-02 USB flash drive is available in 2GB, 4GB, 8GB and 16GB versions.

iTunes virus targets iPad owners

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2010

The iPad has gone viral. Literally. PC-using iPad owners have been targeted with a new virus. This one is disguised as an iTunes update that offers better “performance, newer features and security”, but the download is actually malware designed to collect all of your sensitive personal information.

Identified by BitDefender as Backdoor.Bifrose.AADY, the piece of malicious code inadvertently downloaded injects itself into the explorer.exe process and opens up a backdoor that allows unauthorised access to and control over the affected system.

LG announces two new Android handsets

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2010

LG is all about Android. They’ve just announced two new handsets running on the Google platform. The LG LU2300 and SU950/KU9500 are the new kids on the block. They look pretty sleek too.

The specs are pretty impressive and include 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPUs, 3.5-inch AMOLED 800×480 touchscreen displays, Dolby mobile surround sound, terrestrial DMB, Wi-Fi and GPS with 5-megapixel cameras.

TomTom Go Live 1000 GPS navigation system

Posted in TomTom by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2010

TomTom has introduced their latest GPS navigation, the Go Live 1000, which uses a capacitive touchscreen. The interface was given a makeover to make it easier when using it, and you’ll also get a web browser engine capable of running both Chrome and Safari.

Those in Europe can benefit from a 1-year cellular-driven access plan from Vodafone, with live traffic, local searching and speed camera detection. IQ Routes will let you know where to take a detour. The device is powered by a 500MHz ARM11 chip and 128MB RAM.

VIA VIPRO fanless touch screen panel PCs

Posted in PCs by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2010

The new VIA VIPRO range of fanless touch screen panel PCs look pretty bulky and not very sexy at all, but come equipped with a 6.5″ VIA VIPRO VP7806, and if that’s too small, there’s the 15″ VIA VIPRO VP7815.

These are made using the flexible and modular Em-ITX form factor, and could be the perfect solution for the latest HMI applications. Both VIA VIPRO devices are fan-less and pretty tough, with IP65 compliant LED backlit panels which are capable of working in extreme temperatures from -200C to 600C.

USB Memory Watch

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2010

There’s nothing new abut a watch with flash memory in it, but the USB Memory Watch concept looks cooler than most and stands out from the crowd. The USB port on the end of the watch is retractable, so it won’t get in the way when you need to use it.

Plus, we like the face on this one, which features a visual indicator of just how much storage space is left on the watch, uh drive. It just plain looks awesome.

McAfee gives free subcription extensions, offers to pay for PC repairs

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2010

McAfee has had some problems of late. A security update sent Windows XP computers everywhere crashing down in a way that has never happened before with anti-virus software. Now it’s time for the company to take some steps to make it up to their customers.

The company is handing out a free two-year subscription extension to all affected customers and they will soon start a program to reimburse some expenses that customers incurred in repairing their PCs. It will apparently be starting in the next few days.

Bayer Didget blood glucose monitoring system DS game

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2010

It isn’t cool or convenient for kids to check their blood glucose levels normally, but kids love videogames, so Bayer’s Didget is the perfect solution. It’s based on the company’s Contour glucose meter, but instead of connecting by USB it’s shaped like a Game Boy cartridge, which let’s kids put it into a Nintendo DS or DS Lite.

Kids can upload their scores to a custom game to unlock new characters and items, but the One problem with this plan is that it isn’t compatible with the DSi or the XL, so it is already obsolete.

Corsair set for IPO

Posted in Corsair by Shane McGlaun on April 27th, 2010

Most of us don’t really think about how large the companies that we commonly buy computer gear from really are. We know firms like Dell and Apple are massive but hardware companies like Corsair and OCZ are relatively small.

Corsair is set to go public with an IPO at an unspecified date. The exact price Corsair will ask for its common stock shares is also unknown. What is known is that the company is looking to raise $86.3 million in funds.

Quirky Switch multi tool for geeks

Posted in Outdoors by Shane McGlaun on April 27th, 2010

I learned watching MacGyver as a kid that a Swiss Army knife can turn a single person into an entire army. I have had Swiss Army knives before, but I always lose them or forget to put them in my pocket.

Quirky has announced a new and geeky version of a Swiss Army knife called the Switch that is modular and lets the user choose what tools and how many tools are installed on the knife. The Switch will be made in a run of 1250 devices and is up for pre-sale now for $68.

Trendnet TEW-655BR3G mobile router ships

Posted in Routers by Shane McGlaun on April 27th, 2010

There are lots of people out there who would like to be able to share connectivity from a 3G USB modem between multiple computers. Back during CES Trendnet showed off a new WiFi router that could do just that and promised it this month.

Trendnet has announced that the router is now shipping for $99. The router is called the TEW-655BR3G and can work with modems from AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon. Modems using 3G and 3.5G networks are supported.

Use your iPad in landscape orientation with the keyboard dock

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2010

The iPad keyboard dock is nice, but one of the downsides is that you have to use the device in portrait mode, which might not be your favorite position, especially since everyone is used to their widescreen notebook.

Well, now you can use it in landscape mode by adding a dock extender cable, allowing you to attach the keyboard and still maintain the landscape orientation that you like. What do you think? Do you want to do this with your iPad?

Patriot launches world’s fastest DDR3 RAM

Posted in Computer Components by Shane McGlaun on April 27th, 2010

Typically only gamers and overclockers really care what sort of RAM they have in their computer. Most computer users just want enough RAM that their computer can run smoothly. Patriot has announced a new RAM kit for enthusiasts that claims to be the world’s fastest.

The RAM is the Patriot Viper II Series Sector 5 Edition and runs at 2500MHz. The memory is designed for Intel P55 mainboards running the Intel Core i7 CPUs. Timings for the speedy memory are 9-11-9-27.

Landscape homescreen coming to iPhone 4?

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2010

Check out this interesting screenshot of a notification pop up appearing in the iPhone OS 4.0. Keep in mind, this could be nothing more than an error or a hoax, but it’s just possible that it’s a landscape home screen on the iPhone.

And why not? The iPad offers it when running the iPhone OS 3.2, and jailbroken iPhones can do it. What do you think? Do you want a landscape home screen in iPhone OS 4.0?

CyberPower offers AMD Phenom II X6 in new gaming rigs

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on April 27th, 2010

Today marked the official launch of the new AMD Phenom II X6 6-core processor. It seems like it was only yesterday that dual core processors were coming out and now we have six cores in one CPU. If you are in the market for a new gaming PC, the X6 from AMD makes for a nice option.

CyberPower has announced that it is offering the new AMD CPU in its full line of gaming machines. The new CPU can be had in machines starting from $699. High-end rigs with the new CPU inside include the Gamer Dragon CrossFire Ultimate and the Gamer Ultra CrossFireX Pro.