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Forget skipping ads on Google TV

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

Google TV sounds like a great idea. Sure. But one large downside has just surfaced, which should surprise no one. Google is in the advertising business after all, so Google TV product manager Rishi Chandra has confirmed that ad skipping will not be allowed.

Many of us are used to skipping ads on our set-top boxes. Google really has to arrange things so that somehow the user sees this as a win. I’m not sure how they would do that. You know what would be great? Putting the ad on my remote. That way I can set it down and ignore it.

Thrustmaster Ferrari Wireless GT Cockpit 430 Scuderia Edition racing wheel

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

Thrustmaster has introduced its newest high-end gaming accessory, a new racing wheel designed to put PlayStation 3 and PC gamers in the game and in the poor house. The Ferrari Wireless GT Cockpit 430 Scuderia Edition is a complete wireless cockpit rig which weighs 23 pounds.

Looking like a complete tool in your living room? Priceless. The wheel measures 11-inches in diameter, and it’s said to be an exact replica of the Ferrari 430 Scuderia, complete with all-metal pedals. It will arrive in June if you really want to convince her to divorce you.

Samsung HMX-S16 WiFi SSD camcorder available in Korea

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

Looks like the Koreans will get the first shot at Samsung’s latest camcorders. The Samsung HMX-S16 camcorder is shipping in South Korea today in fact. This sexy black device boasts solid state storage and streaming video over WiFi. That’s reason enough to get one right there.

You won’t have to be jealous for long though. Amazon is already taking preorders for the 64GB model, which will ship May 28th for $1,200. You can also get the same 10 megapixel CMOS chip, 1080/60i recording and a 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD in a cheaper $1,000, 32GB package as well, in the HMX-S15 coming June 4th.

MSI unveils i-Charger App for charging iPad

Posted in MSI by Shane McGlaun on May 26th, 2010

When I first got my iPad, I plugged it into my computer and sat there wondering why exactly it didn’t show to be charging. After fiddling a bit I RTFM and realized the reason was that the USB port on my PC only had 0.5A and the iPad needs 1.2A.

MSI has announced a fix for any computer using its mainboards that is called i-Charger. The app can recognize what you plug into the USB port to charge. When the iPad is recognized, the app will change the USB port power profile to over 1.2A so the iPad can get power.

Rock Band 3 to add piano

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on May 26th, 2010

For a long time if you wanted to play a music game you had guitar Hero to choose from and the lead or bass guitar. When Rock Band hit the market the game added in vocals, drums, bass, and lead guitar players.

Kotaku reports that Rock Band 3 will add yet another instrument to the mix. In Rock Band 3, you will be able to man the piano. This will add a new dimension to all those crappy 80′s songs packed with synthesizers.

Lots of netbook shoppers chose iPad instead

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on May 26th, 2010

The iPad is a very interesting gadget, despite that it is expensive. The device is capable of replacing a netbook for most users and could perhaps even replace a notebook for some. A new survey has shown that a significant amount of people looking for a netbook ended up with the iPad.

The survey was conducted on behalf of retrevo and pooled over a 100 users of different ages, races, and incomes. The survey found that 40% of the pole in the market for a netbook bought a netbook without waiting for the iPad after it was announced.

Grace Digital Audio offers ECO Extreme MP3 speaker

Posted in Accessories by Shane McGlaun on May 26th, 2010

I don’t like taking my gadgets near water or to places where dust is an issue. I don’t want to kill my gear with an accidental splash or getting dust into the works. Grace Digital Audio has a new speaker for the iPhone, iPod and any other device with a 3.5mm headphone port that will protect your device while you listen.

The new speaker is called the Eco Extreme and it has a 3-inch full range driver in the front and attaches to a bag with a 2-inch carabiner. The speaker is rubberized to protect it from drops and is water resistant to IPX7 standards.

AViiQ shows off one very portable laptop stand

Posted in Accessories,Notebooks by Shane McGlaun on May 26th, 2010

If I have to work from my laptop or my netbook for any length of time, I almost always take a laptop stand with me. I hate looking down at the screen; it gives me a headache after a while. The catch is that most notebook stands are so bulky you can’t fit them into a notebook bag.

AViiQ has announced a new notebook stand simply called the Portable Laptop Stand, and the name describes the stand well. The little stand is only a quarter of an inch thick when folded up.

Toshiba Camileo BW10 waterproof camcorder

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

The Camileo BW10 is Toshiba’s first waterproof camcorder, which should arrive at the end of June for £129.99 or about $186. This camcorder will record 1080p full HD videos at 30fps, while underwater up to two meters.

The Toshiba Camileo BW10 also boasts a 10x digital zoom, a maximum ISO up to 1600, SD card support up to 64GB, HDMI output, a 10 second self-timer and one button Youtube uploading.

Sony develops “rollable” OTFT-driven OLED display

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

One of the benefits of OLED displays are that they can be flexible. Now Sony has a new ultra thin flexible OLED display, just 80µm-thick, which is less than a strand of hair. The OLED display measures 4.1-inches and has a resolution of 432 x 240 pixels and a contrast ratio of under 1,000:1.

They claim that it’s the first OLED panel that can play videos while being rolled up and stretched around a cylinder (like a pencil) with a 4mm radius.

Stethoscope headphones

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

I’m not a doctor and I don’t play one on TV, but these headphone stethoscopes could make me a hit with the ladies. You know how they’re always on the lookout for doctors.

These are from creative agency Antrepo Design, but sadly they are not actual products. Not yet. Hopefully we’ll be able to buy these someday soon though. Take a deep breath. Again. What is it Doc? I’m not sure, but this Pink Floyd song is rocking.

Konnet PowerV Duo charges 2 Wiimotes and 2 USB Devices

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

If you do a lot of gaming with your Wii, you need an induction charger for your Wiimotes. It’s even better if that charger can charge your Wiimotes and two USB devices at the same time. For $35, the Konnet PowerV Duo does just that.

It works using two silicone jackets that slip onto your WiiMotes, and two USB ports can charge phones, MP3 players, and even your Nintendo DS with the included connectors. That should be pretty convenient.

Acer Liquid Stream lands at the FCC

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on May 25th, 2010

Acer’s Liquid Stream Android-powered smartphone has hit the FCC, which means that it will be entering the consumer market in no time at all. Word is that the Liquid Stream will run Android 2.1, but we’re hoping that will be upgraded by the time it’s released.

Some features include a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 5-megapixel camera with 720p video capture, and 850/1900MHz HSPA connectivity. Looks like we might be seeing it in October. The device is also known as the Acer S110.

Wii2HDMI converts your Wii’s output to HDMI

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on May 25th, 2010

It stinks that the Wii is only 480p. What can you do? Well, it turns out that now you can buy this converter, which promises to solve the problem. Wii2HDMI converts your Wii’s output to HDMI. The Wii2HDMI is compact and won’t clutter up your gaming area.

It’s only $39.95. There’s a slight problem though. The Wii itself is only capable of a max output of 480p. You could just as easily use a component cable. This does work with a DVI monitor though.

Kenneth Cole Touch Screen watches

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on May 25th, 2010

The new touch screen watch collection from Kenneth Cole claims to be the first touch screen watch for the fashion market. So pay attention fashionistas. Some features include a 32 city world time function, electro luminescent back light, stainless steel construction, water resistance and chronograph technology.

These watches come in three different styles ranging from $125 to $175. The Kenneth Cole watches are available directly from the Kenneth Cole website or Macy’s and Dillards.