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Amazon Kindle to slim down in August?

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

Well, we might not see the Kindle in color anytime soon, but Amazon seems intent on trimming down the Kindle’s fat. Bloomberg has word that the company will introduce a thinner version of its e-book reader in August. But it isn’t just the device’s thickness.

They will also enhance the screen sharpness and responsiveness. We aren’t sure yet if this will apply to current models or be a whole new reading beast. Hopefully the price will be competitive.

NYC restaurant takes orders on iPads

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

If you want to eat at a fancy high-tech restaurant, here’s something new. Very soon, New York’s midtown will have a restaurant that features a 240-square-foot screen, showing tweets and Foursquare check-ins. Customers can also customize their orders, add them to the 4Food.com social networking site, and if other people order their creations then they’ll be paid 25 cents for every order. Sounds pretty sweet.

That money can be saved up and redeemed on future purchases. The renders make the restaurant look like a new version of the Apple store, so it’s appropriate that orders are taken online on iPads, or with actual human beings.

Acer LumiRead ebook reader

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on May 27th, 2010

Acer’s LumiRead ebook reader will have Acer’s clear.fi solution implemented into the DLNA-compliant device that lets you access Acer clear.fi and share content like ebooks and audio-books across compatible devices. You can also connect via Wi-Fi or 3G connectivity to download the latest bestseller if you like.

Acer has an agreement with Barnes & Noble in the US, Libri.de in Germany and Founder in China for local content in English, Chinese and German. There are also other agreements in the works for French and Italian readers. The Acer LumiRead features a 6″ non-glare, non backlit e-Ink display which offers a paper-like reading experience even in bright sunlight.

Shuttle unveils small SX58J3 barebone PC kit

Posted in Shuttle by Shane McGlaun on May 27th, 2010

Desktops are still popular even though notebooks out sell them most of the time today. One of the more popular lines of desktop computers are small form factor machines and all in one devices. Shuttle is a big name in the SFF market and the company has announced a new computer today.

The new machine is called the XPC Barebone SX58J3 hailed as the smallest, fastest PC in the world. The tiny little machine measures 33 x 21.5 x 19 cm and supports the new 6-core Intel Core i7 CPUs along with other socket 1366 CPUs.

Guy fired for leaking Motorola Droid Shadow pics

Posted in Motorola by Shane McGlaun on May 27th, 2010

Early this week a guy who works at a Verizon corporate gym was schlepping about when he ran across a handset left behind by one of the Verizon workers. The dude soon realized it was an unreleased handset and did what any normal geek would do — leaked the pics to Gizmodo.

I thought when I heard about the device that doing something like that at your work where it’s pretty easy to figure out who did something was not a bright move. Turns out, I was right. Gizmodo reports that the guy has now been fired for leaking the images.

Ford adds free new features to Sync platform

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on May 27th, 2010

I have mentioned how cool the Microsoft Sync system in my Ford car is. At first glance, it seems to just be a hands free system for mobile phones, but closer inspection reveals a very robust system that lets the driver do lots of things using their voice.

Ford has announced that it is adding new features the Sync platform for drivers of 2010 and 2011 Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles. The new features work with cars equipped with the Sync Traffic, Directions, & Information (TDI) app installed.

Team TP1023 external HDD looks like a sports car

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on May 27th, 2010

I guess with all things being equal I and many others would prefer to have a gadget that looked cool over one with a more mundane design. This is the crowd that will like the sound of the new Team TP1023 external HDD.

The drive is designed to look like a sports car, and it does a good job. It reminds me of a Ferrari. The drive has a suspension system to protect the HDD in the event of a drop. Other feature of the external HDD include an energy saving automatic suspend mode when the drive is idle to save power.

MiLi whips out two new external battery packs for gadgets

Posted in Batteries by Shane McGlaun on May 27th, 2010

My gadgets never seem to last as long as I need them too. About the time I really get into a game on my iPhone, the battery is nearly dead. The same goes for my iPad, the battery goes so long that when it gets low I am usually surprised and right in the middle of reading.

MiLi has announced a pair of new external battery packs called the Miracle and the Crystal. Both of the power packs are very similar and apparently, the only difference is that the Miracle has a slim design for bags and the Crystal has a carabiner loop built-in.

Acer Stream with 720p Video Capture announced

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on May 27th, 2010

Acer’s Stream will be running Android 2.1 when it goes on sale and it will include a “brand new” UI. Something they call a “stunningly fluid 3D” skin. This one will compete with the Nexus-One.

Some specs include a 1GHz Snapdragon processor with 512MB RAM, 2GB internal storage (8GB microSD card bundled with it), 3.7-inch WVGA screen, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and the 5MP camera can shoot videos in 720p. It also has a mini-HDMI port to connect it to your HDTV. This one measures just 11.2mm thick.

Greenpeace says that Nintendo is bad for the environment, again

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on May 27th, 2010

Once again this year, Greenpeace has given Nintendo the lowest score out of all the electronics companies it graded. However, this year, Nintendo’s score was up! They scored 1.8 out of 10. I guess that’s a bit of progress.

Greenpeace says that Nintendo scored most points on chemicals; it has put games consoles on the market that have PVC-free internal wiring and has banned phthalates and is also monitoring the use of antimony and beryllium. And though it is endeavoring to eliminate the use of PVC, it has not set a timeline for its phase-out yet.

NBC, Time Warner are sticking with Flash

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

Apparently, everybody isn’t ready to throw Flash under the bus just because Steve Jobs doesn’t like it. Time Warner and NBC have just told Apple that they will stick with flash for their online video players, thank you very much.

The New York Post says, “several large media companies, including Time Warner and NBC Universal” told Apple they aren’t converting their video libraries to HTML5. Doing that would be too expensive an undertaking and not worth it, since Flash works on basically everything but Apple’s devices. Makes sense to us.

USB Flash Drive cufflinks

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on May 26th, 2010

Even geeks need to dress up now and then. Why not nerd things up a little while in your formal attire? The USB Flash Drive Cufflinks can be worn just like any other cufflinks, and they come with your choice of storage size, either 2GB or 4GB.

They are fully functional flash drives. Just be prepared to shell out $195, which is probably more than your suit cost you. Being super nerdy ain’t cheap.

Eyenimal Digital Pet Camera

Posted in Pets by Conner Flynn on May 26th, 2010

The Eyenimal Digital Pet Camera is the first miniature video camera that allows dog and cat owners to see things the way their pet does. The camera hangs around your dog or cat’s neck and captures VGA resolution video at 29 frames a second for 2 and a half hours per charge.

Listen, if you’re putting a camera around your pet’s neck just for kicks, so you can watch some boring ass video of your mutt sniffin’ another mutt’s ass, you need to get a hobby.

Cursed phone number gets banned

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on May 26th, 2010

Folks in Bulgaria won’t have to worry about being assigned the cellphone number 0888 888 888. Every single person who’s ever had that number was killed under suspicious circumstances. Cellphone provider Mobitel has permanently banned the number.

In other Bulgaria news, the government has recently banned the numbers 666. The new number of the beast will be 667. Make a note of it.

New iPhone launching in June?

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on May 26th, 2010

There aren’t many details yet, but according to the guys over at BGR, some AT&T employees have confirmed that the iPhone 4G will be launched in June. That seems pretty fast since it’s scheduled to be unveiled in early June.

But maybe Apple wants to just get it over with at this point since the cat was let out of the bag awhile ago. If this is true you won’t have to wait long at all.