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Psyko Audio ships 5.1 surround sound headset

Posted in Headphones by Conner Flynn on April 23rd, 2010

Psyko Audio first introduced these headphones at CES in 2009, and the first sets are now shipping. to consumers in North America. The price? An insane $299.99. So what do you get for the price?

You get “precise 3D sound that drastically heightens awareness of your gaming surroundings,” of course. So it must be worth it. Plus you get to look all Sci-Fi like.

Make an iPad stand out of its own packing material

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

I am sure that there are many people who bought iPad that soon realized they needed a stand to comfortably watch video on the screen. If you are wanting an iPad stand, but don’t want to spend any money, Make has your simple DIY solution.

The free stand is made from the packing materials inside the iPad box. You take one of the end pieces, but it in half, and then cut a slit in the box across the short side at an angle.

Samsung LN46C750 3D LCD TV available on Amazon

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on April 23rd, 2010

I am just about ready to jump on the 3D TV bandwagon. I am waiting for screens that don’t need glasses before I bite and those are probably coming soon. If you can’t wait any longer, a new Samsung 3D TV has landed on Amazon.

The TV is the Samsung 46-inch LN46C750 and it has full 1080p resolution. The TV supports 3D and has a pair of 10W speakers. Other features include a wide color enhancer, and support for Skype on Samsung TV.

Club 3D HD5550 Noiseless Edition drops

Posted in AMD,ATI by Shane McGlaun on April 23rd, 2010

I have a high-end ATI video card in my work PC that I sometimes play video games on. The fan on the video card is very loud and some days it drives me crazy. I have been considering a passively cooled video card for a while now.

Club 3D has unveiled a new passively cooled video card called the ATI Radeon HD5550 Noiseless Edition. The card uses a massive heat sink and dual heat pipes for cooling. The video card has 512MB of GDDR3 RAM clocked at 800MHz.

HTC walks away from Palm purchase but Lenovo steps up

Posted in Lenovo,Palm by Shane McGlaun on April 23rd, 2010

Palm has been on the ropes as the popularity of its Pre and Pixi WebOS smartphones has proven to be poor. The company is selling significantly less of the devices that it and analysts predicted.

Palm has stated that it is willing to entertain purchase offers and the first to step up was HTC. HTC is a rival smartphone maker and after the company eyed Palm’s books, it opted to walk away. Another suitor has stepped into the ring now.

Human Touch iPhone controlled massage chair

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2010

The iPhone has more accessories and apps than anything in the history of everything. And this latest is probably one of the largest iPhone accessories ever, the Human Touch HT-Connect.

The HT Connect massage chair connects to your iPhone or iPod Touch via Bluetooth, and comes with an iPhone application that lets you control all the functions of the massage chair. Now THAT sounds relaxing. Until you see the price. I need a massage after seeing that $5,999 price.

Nokia E72 white edition

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2010

It wasn’t that long ago that we pointed out the Nokia E72 purple edition and now a white version is on the scene. Interestingly, you can also get accessories that match the phone’s color.

Like a white Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-216, white Nokia StereoHeadset WH-205, white pouch, a white strap and more. Songs say it best. Play that funky music white boy. Or… Great gift for a… white wedding.

Google Store View gets official

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2010

Remember back in February when that retailer allowed google into their shop to take pictures of the place? Well, as it turns out, Google really does have plans to make easier for you to check out stores from your computer.

With Google Places, you can check out the interior of places like restaurants, cafes, hotels, spas, salon, gyms and retail stores, all from your computer. The pictures are taken by Google photographers who arrange a photo shoot with the business owners. Right now Google is running a trial in about 30 cities across the US, Australia and Japan.

Android-powered HTC Desire hits Australia

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2010

The HTC Desire is very desired indeed. And if you happen to live “down under” you’ll be happy to know that Telstra has officially launched the phone in Australia.

Right now, Telstra is the only carrier in Australia to offer the phone, but if you don’t want to tie yourself to a contract, you can buy the phone outright for $779. Some specs include: a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 5-megapixel camera, Android 2.1, Sense UI and a 3.7-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display.

Apple iTravel Patent

Posted in patents by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2010

Apple never sleeps. They are always filing interesting patents. Like this patent for iTravel. The idea is that it turns your iPhone into a device that can handle all your travel needs. It would allow you to search for and book flights right from your iPhone.

You can then share that information with your iPhone contacts if you like, or set it so that you receive travel updates via SMS or push messages. The app could use RFID, so that your boarding pass is stored on your iPhone and can be scanned using QR codes or an RFID chip.

A watch with volcanic ash from the Icelandic volcano

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2010

This watch comes from the same guy who brought us this watch, with moon dust and parts from Apollo 11. He managed to get his hands on some of the ashes from the Icelandic Eyjafjallajökull volcano very quickly.

The damn thing only erupted a week ago. The design looks appropriately burnt and molten. The catch is that there’s only one available. The price isn’t listed because it would send you into cardiac arrest.

Toshiba REGZA HDTVs with integrated HDD or USB storage

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

Toshiba Japan has updated their REGZA HDTV range with select models supporting USB hard-drives or coming with 500GB of storage built-in. The Toshiba REGZA R1 series comes in 32-, 37- and 42-inch sets, while the REGZA H1 series comes in 32- and 37-inch sets.

Each has a USB port and Full HD resolution (Aside from the 32-inch models, which get 720p support). There’s also the entry level Toshiba REGZA A1 series, with 19-, 22- and 26-inch models, which all offer 720p HD resolution.

Twitwee Clock combines tweets with a Cuckoo clock

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2010

We’ve seen quite a few cuckoo clocks over the years, but nothing like this twitter clock. It’s called the Twitwee Clock, built by Haroon Baig. It uses an Arduino and an LCD to display incoming tweets, along with an old fashioned mechanical cuckoo to notify you of the Tweets.

If you get a ton of tweets, that could get annoying very fast. Sadly there are no plans for building your own, but if you are the industrious sort, you can probably find a way.

Girlfriend body pillow is perfect for geek with no girl

Posted in Home,Humor by Shane McGlaun on April 22nd, 2010

I have seen some weird things pop up for sale online, but typically, the major retailers like Sears stay away from anything that might be controversial typically. Sears has a new body pillow for sale that has boobs. The pillow is called the DeluxeComfort.com Girlfriend Body Pillow.

The pillow has a pair of boobs and an arm to wrap around your neck. I guess this would be perfect for the geek who has no girlfriend but wants to feel like they do. I am sure buying this pillow will mean you will never have a real girl though.

LG Display to triple OLED capacity with huge investment

Posted in LG by Shane McGlaun on April 22nd, 2010

OLED screens are great; they use less power than LCD tech and offer better colors. The catch is that the typical OLED is much more expensive and large screens are not around. The cost reason means that most OLED screens so far are used in the smartphone realm.

LG Display is set to make a huge $225.7 million investment to triple its OLED building capacity. The increased capacity is good for the market because more screen production means lower prices.