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Commodore Invictus Keyboard

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2010

The Commodore Invictus keyboard from Cybernet is a new Asus EEE PC Keyboard alternative. The company recently licensed the Commodore name and it has some nice specs to go along with it. It packs an Atom processor along with a touchscreen display, wireless HDMI, chicklet-style keys, the nVidia ION chipset and a 5-hour battery life.

Now that you are drooling, we sadly have no word on pricing or availability yet for the Commodore Invictus. Hopefully we will get more details soon so we can order one.

Personal Television and Theater Amplifier

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2010

Getting older sucks. Or so I’ve heard. You don’t have the energy you used to, you can’t stay up as late and sooner or later your hearing is bound to go too. So there’s no shame in amplifying the volume when you need to. Problem is, it makes things loud for those around you.

The Personal Television and Theater Amplifier from Hammacher can help. It amplifies sound from a television, radio, or theater by up to 50 decibels. The device also has a directional microphone that amplifies high and low frequency sounds to produce rich, easy-to-hear tones.

Dreamcast Boombox casemod crams one classic into another

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2010

Turn that trash down! But dad I’m just playing video games. On my boombox. Modder XCKDIY has created the awesomely retro Dreamcast Boombox casemod. The Dreamcast console has been jammed into a portable boombox, and he installed a front-facing LCD as well.

The Dreamcast’s drive has even been integrated into the player’s original drive tray, keeping it all authentic. The four controller ports are in the front, so you can easily hook up your controllers for some multiplayer gaming.

XBox 360′s Brunswick Pro Bowling getting Project Natal support

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2010

Microsoft’s Project Natal is coming soon, but what games will support it? We don’t know, but we can tell you about one game that will. Crave Games, the developer of Brunswick Pro Bowling for the Xbox 360, has confirmed that the upcoming version of its bowling game will support Project Natal.

The Natal version of Brunswick Pro Bowling will also offer support for the PlayStation Move. We’re looking forward to seeing Project Natal and the PlayStation Move hit shelves. We should know more soon.

iPad sales reach 2M units

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2010

Apple has seen fit to release an update on its iPad sales numbers and they now top 2 million units in as many months. The device is now selling worldwide, which obviously helps to bolster the numbers. The supply is still a bit limited. As of last week, there was a one week delay on the iPad 3G.

Steve Jobs assures everyone that their patience will soon be rewarded as they are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone. To date, 5000 iPad apps have hit the app store.

ASUS Eee Pad runs Windows 7

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2010

Looks like ASUS ws serious about having some tablets for us this year. The Eee Pad runs Windows 7, and comes in 10 and 12-inch versions. We don’t have full specs yet, but we do know there’s a webcam “for video conferencing capabilities,” and it recognizes handwriting. There’s also a virtual keyboard and it comes with a docking station keyboard as well.

The device is powered by Intel’s Core 2 Duo CULV chips, and apparently you’ll get 10 hours per charge with each model. The 10-inch EP101TC weighs 675g, and is just 12.2mm thick while running Windows Embedded Compact 7. The bulkier EP121 remains a mystery.

Cross Spy Camera

Posted in Spy Gear by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2010

If you need to get the dirt on churchgoing folk or a local cult, why not infiltrate them and get the goods with this Cross Spy Camera? There’s like a million crosses in church, who’s gonna know. And if God wasn’t ok with it you would already be struck down right?

This comes from the good folks over at Chinavasion. There’s a camcorder hidden inside. They call it “Ingenious and fashionable”. Comes with 4GB internal memory and can likely burn vampires like a standard cross.

USB Headphone MP3 Player

Posted in MP3 by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2010

Forget wires. Forget having a separate MP3 player from your headphones too. Why not keep it all in one unit with this cool new USB Headphone MP3 Player? That way, it’s all on your head, in one place.

Sure, it looks awkward to use and totally uncomfortable with not much padding, but at least it eliminates carrying a separate MP3 player. Only $34.00 from Brando. Some features include: Playing MP3s from SD/MMC cards, Hi-Fi sound, Rechargeable lithium battery, Folding design, Blue backlight LCD display and Five sound functions.

PosiMotion Helix iPhone/iPod touch gaming grip now available

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2010

Gaming on the iPhone or iPod Touch requires a gaming grip that looks like a Tie Fighter. Obviously. PosiMotion announced this one way back in December and now the Helix gaming grip for the iPhone and iPod touch is now available at Best Buy.

The $20 case promises to be ideal for almost any game, letting you use your iPhone or iPod touch in portrait or landscape mode, while making pew pew pew sounds.

Sanyo DMX-CA100 camcorder is waterproof and records 1080p video

Posted in Sanyo by Shane McGlaun on May 31st, 2010

Waterproof cameras are a great way to film both winter and summer sports without worrying that you will break your camera. Sanyo has announced a new camera that it claims to be the world’s first waterproof full HD camera.

The camcorder is the DMX-CA100 and will land in black, yellow, and pink colors in June. The camera is water resistant to IPX8 standards. That rates the camera for recording full 1080p video in up to 3 meters of water for an hour.

MSI WindPad 110 with Tegra 2 and Android hides in the shadows

Posted in MSI by Shane McGlaun on May 31st, 2010

I just mentioned that the WindPad 100 from MSI was shown off at Computex today. The 100 was unveiled at the MSI press conference, but its Tegra 2 and Android sibling was not so lucky.

The WindPad 110 was left slinking around the MSI booth without much fanfare. The 110 is the more interesting of the two tablets to me. It has the same 10-inch capacitive touchscreen as the 100 but uses the Tegra 2 platform from NVIDIA.

MSI shows off WindPad 100 at Computex

Posted in MSI by Shane McGlaun on May 31st, 2010

Computex is one of the biggest trade shows in the industry and is underway right now in Taiwan. The show has lots of gadgets unveilings and one of the big categories this year is tablets.

MSI has unveiled the prototype of its WindPad 100 at the show. The 100 is an Intel Atom-based machine running Windows 7. The machine uses an Atom Z530 processor and has a custom MSI UI over Windows 7.

iPhone case is perfect for Dirty Harry fans

Posted in DIY by Shane McGlaun on May 31st, 2010

When I was a kid, you could play with toy guns anywhere you wanted that looked just like the real things. My friends and I spent many a day playing cops and robbers around the neighborhood without even thinking the toy guns were dangerous. Today toy guns can get you shot by police with a real gun if you aren’t careful.

A designer at Thingiverse going by juniortran has offered up the files and plans needed to build yourself a iPhone case that looks like a Ruger LCR Revolver. To make your own you will need access to a 3D printer though, which most of us don’t have lying around the house.

OpenWays turns your smartphone into a hotel room key

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on May 30th, 2010

Hotel chains have been wanting new alternatives that let patrons check-in, for some time now. That’s why Marriott began testing smartphone check-ins in 2006, and some locations have used RFID, iris scanners, biometric identifiers and other tech to make locked doors easier.

This month, InterContinental Hotels Group announced that they will be trying OpenWays at Chicago’s Holiday Inn Express Houston Downtown Convention Center. It allows iPhone owners to use an app to open room doors. Other smartphone platforms will be supported, and users will also be able to use their phone to order other services, extend their stay or pay for broken items.

Bing to replace Google as default search engine on iPhone?

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on May 29th, 2010

Look out Google. Word on the street is that Microsoft Bing will be replacing Google as the default search engine on the iPhone. There’s no confirmation on this, but it does fit what we’ve been hearing about talks between Apple and Microsoft.

Then again some sources are saying that Apple and Microsoft are just talking about adding Bing as a search engine option on the iPhone instead of replacing Google. I’ll guess we will learn one way or the other soon enough.