Archive for April, 2010

NZXT offers the Tempest Evo camo case

Posted in Computer Cases by Shane McGlaun on April 22nd, 2010

Back in November 2009, NZXT offered up the new Tempest Evo case in all black and it was nice. The case has lots of room and a great cooling system inside. NZXT has offered up a new edition of the case with a new color scheme.

The new case is called the NZXT camo Tempest Evo. It is clad in a grey, black, and white digital camo pattern on the outside. Other than the new color the case is the same Evo we saw last year.

MSI GX640 lands in US

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

MSI talked a bit about its GX640 back at CES. The gaming notebook is finally here and sporting some nice specs for the money. The machine has a 15.4-inch screen and lots more features.

The screen has a resolution of 1680 x 1050 and the GPU used is the Radeon HD5850 with 1GB of GDDR5 RAM. The GPU supports DirectX 11 gaming and the machine has WASD keys that are marked for gaming.

PS3 owners can watch live Major League Baseball, for a price

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2010

It’s not just 3D gaming that’s coming to the PS3. Major League Baseball will be streamed live to consoles by the end of this week, but don’t get your hopes up for free baseball. It will cost you.

How much? We’re talking $100 for the standard package, or $120 for the premium one. We don’t yet know what the difference is. MLB.TV subscribers will also have access to back games. It might be worth it to die-hard fans, but otherwise many of us will pass.

Dell Lightning Windows Phone 7 device leaks

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

The Dell Lightning is a Windows Phone 7 portrait slider. Specs on this bad boy include: a 1GHz QSD8250 Snapdragon processor, WVGA 4.1-inch OLED display, AT&T and T-Mobile 3G, five megapixel autofocus camera, 1GB of flash with 512MB RAM plus 8GB of storage on a MicroSD card, GPS, accelerometer, compass, FM radio, and full Flash support including video playback.

The ship date is scheduled for Q4, indicating that this is a WP7 launch device, and apparently Flash won’t make it into the OS initially. But this device is getting an upgrade to LTE in Q4 of 2011.

Extension turns laptop adapter into a power strip

Posted in Power Strips by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2010

So you are out and about with your laptop, but you look around and there’s no power outlet. Common problem. But if somebody there had had this gadget, they could just stick it into the end of their laptop power supply, and share with you.

Well, assuming they are the nice sort, anyway. The extension costs ¥1,400 ($15) for a two-prong version or ¥2,000 ($21) for three prongs. It’s a great idea, just as long as you have an outlet to begin with.

Hulu subscription service will be $9.95 a month for older shows

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

Sadly Hulu is ready to invade our wallets. At least some parts of Hulu won’t be free for much longer. We heard back in January that they were considering charging for the service and now the LA Times says that a subscription service could go into effect as early as May 24th. Yikes.

According to “people familiar with the matter,” viewers would be asked to pay $9.95 per month for access to episodes that aren’t brand new. Hulu will continue to provide the five most recent episodes of hit shows for free, but a paid subscription will be required to view shows older than that.

HP announces All-in-one PC 200

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2010

HP has announced three new All-in-one PCs. These are all sleek and affordable. The new HP All-in-one 200 features a 21.5″ LED backlit display and is powered by the Intel 2.7ghz e5400 Processor, with 4GB of ram, a 500GB hard drive, DVD burner, 7 USB ports, memory card reader and a 1920×1080p resolution. The system is running HP’s MediaSmart Software Suite. There’s also the built-in premium speakers.

There’s an optional matching wireless keyboard and mouse available as well. The system’s launch coincides with Earth Day on thursday, since the HP All-in-one 200 is ENERGY STAR qualified.

MiLi Power Skin claims to be world’s thinnest external iPhone battery

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2010

The MiLi Power Skin and Pocket Pal want to up the ante a bit when it comes to thinness. The MiLi Power Skin is a case for the iPhone that is supposedly the world’s thinnest external battery for the 3G & 3GS. It should provide twice the amount of power for your device with its 1200 mAh lithium polymer battery. The case is available in eight two tone colors for $69.95.

MiLi also has what they claim is the world’s tiniest cell phone charger with a foldable plug. It is good looking, we’ll give them that. The Mili Pocket Pal mobile phone charger also comes in 5 colors. The Pocket Pal retails for $19.95.

Paradigm Shift EER-051D e-book reader

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2010

If you’re finding it hard to choose an e-book reader, here’s another entry to the market. The Paradigm Shift EER-051D will be launched in the US sometime next week. This e-reader features a 5-inch color display, an integrated FM tuner, an MP3 player and a photo viewer.

It comes with 2GB of internal memory, which is upgradable via an SD memory card slot. The Paradigm Shift EER-051D will be compatible with most popular e-book formats, including DRM-enabled ePub books.

Custom Halo Xbox 360 shows Master Chief kicking butt

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2010

It’s pretty obvious that this isn’t your typical store-bought Xbox 360. But it is special. It’s the millionth Xbox 360 to be sold in Australia and New Zealand. And that’s why the special effects guys at WETA got to have their way with it.

The end result is awesome, showing Master Chief blowing a hole right through the console. The man clearly came to kick ass and chew bubble gum, only to find himself out of bubble gum.

Lego robot plays Tetris

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2010


We’ve seen our share of robots and we’ve seen our share of Tetris related items. But until now, the two have never collided in such a cool way. This robot plays Tetris! Branislav Kisacanin’s Tetris-Bot uses a video camera to watch the computer screen and determine which shape is which and where to put them.

That info is then sent to a Lego Mindstorm NXT robot, who hovers over the keyboard with three fingers. You might also notice the R.O.B.-like head too.

Blue Flow concept monitors your Asthma using your phone

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2010

Here’s a great concept for those who are asthmatic and need to pay close attention to their health. Multiple doctor visits can really add up and put you in debt, but Blue Flow can help, by helping you monitor your asthma.

Blue Flow is a system that combines a peak flow monitor with your mobile phone, allowing information to be wirelessly transferred to your phone for your doctor to look over. The end result is that you can more easily keep on eye on your health.

Heal yourself with the T Power USB Stick

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2010

I’m just gonna come right out and say what we all know. The T Power USB stick is a bunch of bull. It claims to reduce eyestrain and helps blood circulation and improves your health and vitality overall. Just as long as it stays plugged in while you’re using your computer.

Wow, a miracle cure in USB form. t will cost you £39.95 to prove or disprove these claims, but I would suggest you just keep your money.

Save a Drop Hose Nozzle saves water

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2010

Summer approaches and with it come all of the hoses, whether they be watering the garden, washing the car or wetting female T-shirts. All good causes of water waste, but still you’d like to save some water. The Save a Drop Hose Nozzle will help.

It has a water use counter that gives you a reading of just how many gallons you have spent watering your garden, car or boobs. It’s only $24.95 which isn’t much and imagine how much water you can save.

McAfee Update shutting down Windows XP computers

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2010

Looks like a bad McAfee update for Windows XP has shut down thousands, maybe even millions of computers around the world. Uh oh. The news is all over Twitter and apparently California sent an email to state workers a warning them of the problem.

Engadget says that “DAT update 5958 deletes the svchost.exe file, which then triggers a false-positive in McAfee itself and sets off a chain of uncontrolled restarts and loss of networking functionality.”