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Sony Portable DVD Player with extra long battery life

Posted in dvd players by Conner Flynn on May 25th, 2010

DVDs aren’t dead yet. Everyone is still using them despite Blu-Ray. And if you watch a lot of DVDs, you’ll want to check out the Sony DVP-FX950. The battery provides up to 7.5-hours of playback time. Perfect for those who travel often.

The Sony DVP-FX950 features a 9-inch (800 x 480) LED backlight display and supports JPEG and MP3 files stored on a CD or a USB flash drive. Those in Japan will be able to purchase the Sony DVP-FX950 on June 18th.

Elgato’s EyeTV HD records live TV for your iPhone and iPad

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

Elgato has just updated their software to include what they claim will be the world’s first fully-functional HD DVR for all of Apple’s devices. The function called EyeTV HD is designed to record live TV in HD. It will be compatible with your iPhone or iPad as well.

The EyeTV HD just goes into your Mac and your set top box and the video can then be streamed to your iPhone or iPad. It will cost you $200 and includes the HD recorder hardware and software, a remote control and IR channel changer, USB cable, component video cables, stereo audio cables, and a switcher for composite and S-Video input.

Printed Circuit Board business card

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

Behold one of the coolest business cards ever. Ramiro Pareja Veredas created this business card constructed from an actual Printed Circuit Board complete with working electronics. His information has been etched on the board and the card also comes with breakaway corners that make it double as a USB flash drive.

It only holds 24KB of memory which should be enough for a resume or cover letter. Produced in small batches, the cards cost about 5 euros a piece. Pretty awesome way to land a job.

Samsung’s Rugged Ruby II arrives on AT&T on June 6th

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

Fans of tough and rugged phones will be glad to hear that AT&T has announced that the rugged push-to-talk Samsung Rugby II will be shipping soon. The phone will support AT&T’s HSPA 7.2Mbps network, A-GPS and voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation using AT&T’s Navigator service. It’s tough enough for Mr. T, but even your wimpy hands can use it.

Some other features of the Rugby II include a 2-megapixel camera with video recording capabilities, Bluetooth and microSD card slot. The phone will be shipping on June 6th for $130 with a two-year contract after a $50 mail-in rebate.

10-year old repairs cracked iphone glass for $22

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

Normally when you crack the screen of your iPhone, you have to go to an Apple store and shell out a lot of dough to get your iPhone repaired. You can use a repair kit, but they aren’t easy to use. 10-year olds to the rescue.

This 10 year old managed to do the repair all by himself. That means you can probably do it as well. Brett repaired his dad’s iPhone with a $22 mail-order kit from 3GCrackedGlass.com. The repair was for the glass alone, since the LCD wasn’t damaged.

IBM is planning Traffic Lights to stop your car for you

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

Would you like it if your car did the stopping for you at traffic lights? IBM is developing a technology that will automatically cut your engine at a red light. I’m thinking that people don’t want to give up that much control.

The patent proposes that the system would collect positioning data from cars stopped at a red light. After a given amount of wait time, a “stop-engine” notification would be sent to the vehicles, with a “start-engine” notification to follow when the light changes back to green.

Lenovo’s Core i3 / i5 IdeaPad Z560 now available

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

Looks like Lenovo’s new Core i3 / i5-based IdeaPad Z560 is available to order directly from the company now, and they promise a ship date within 13 days. So you’ll be getting it in June. The laptop starts at just $739 and features a 15.6-inch 1366 x 768 LED-backlit display, and your choice of integrated Intel HD or discrete NVIDIA GeForce 310M graphics.

Other features include 3GB or 4GB of RAM, 320GB or 500GB hard drives, a DVD burner, a six-cell battery and a choice of Intel’s Core i3 or i5 processors.

Sound ID 510 Bluetooth headset gets its own iPhone app

Posted in Bluetooth by Shane McGlaun on May 25th, 2010

There really is an app for everything on the App Store for the iPhone. A new Bluetooth headset from Sound ID called the Sound ID 510 has debuted that claims to be the first to use an iPhone app.

The headset looks like your typical Bluetooth device. It has a touch sensitive control for volume rather than buttons you need to press. Battery life is claimed to be up to five hours of talk time and the device ships with the RealComfort ear loops.

Google Reader dropping support for older browsers

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

Google is no stranger to cleaning house when it needs to. There are too many older web browsers out there and so the search engine giant has announced that its popular Google Reader will be ditching support for older browsers like IE6, Firefox 1.0, 2.0, Safari 2.0, 3.0, and even Chrome versions 1, 2, and 3.

Google says that the move will allow it to spend its time improving Google Reader instead of fixing issues with these old browsers. If you’re still using an old browser version, why? And hey, you better upgrade.

iLuv debuts new speakers for iPad, Mac and PC

Posted in iLuv by Shane McGlaun on May 25th, 2010

I have wished on more than one occasion that my iPad had more volume and better sound for its onboard speaker. That’s not possible though and if you want better sound from your iPad too; we will need to look to the aftermarket for speakers that work with the iPad.

iLuv has announced a new line of speakers that with the iPad and Mac or PC computers. The new speakers include the iSP130 Mini Clip speaker, the iSP150 Portable Speaker Bar, and the iSP170 Cube Speakers. The 130 speaker is designed to clip onto the screen of any laptop and get power from the USB port.

Apple online store stops offering 8GB iPhone 3G

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

Looks like it’s the end of the line for the iPhone 3G. If you’ve been perusing the Apple online store today, you might have noticed that the button to select the 8GB iPhone 3G is gone. It simply disappeared from the Apple store as if abducted by a gadget loving alien.

Normally if an item is out of stock at the Apple store, it’s listed as out of stock, but this time there isn’t any mention of what’s happening to the iPhone 3G. So our guess is that it is history. Kaput. Done.

Canon stops SED TV development for home theater

Posted in Canon by Shane McGlaun on May 25th, 2010

Canon has been working with partners and alone for years to build the tech needed for SED screens to be constructed and integrated into home theater gear like HDTVs. Early on, it had help form Toshiba, but Toshiba pulled out years ago while Canon chugged on.

Canon has now announced that it is stopping the development of SED screens for TVs and home use. Canon isn’t killing off the project altogether and will continue to develop SED tech for other segments of the market.

Sony and HBO offer premium programs on PlayStation Network

Posted in Sony by Shane McGlaun on May 25th, 2010

I play many games on the PS3 with my kids, but that is all I really use the device for other than watching movies. We never use the PlayStation Network for anything other than the occasional online Motorstorm race. Sony and HBO has announced that you will soon be able to get premium HBO shows on the PlayStation Network.

The programs being offered will include some of the most popular HBO programs available like True Blood, Big Love, Entourage, The Sopranos and many more. There are multiple seasons of many of the shows available for purchase.

Did Google Pac-Man cost us $120,483,800?

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

Last week, when the Google logo turned into a game of Pac-Man, we all took breaks and played a game or two, or five. Apparently we had to much fun. The theory is that we wasted a combined 4,819,352 hours and a whole lotta dollars.

The Rescue Time Blog made the following calculations based on observations and assumptions about the Google audience. And the numbers assume that while we were playing Google Pac-Man, we should have been doing something productive:

Sony to reveal PSN+ subscription service at E3

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on May 25th, 2010

Word on the street is that Sony is set to reveal a premium tier of the PlayStation Network service, labeled PSN+, during E3 2010. Unlike Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold service, PSN+ will focus on giving paid subscribers additional bonuses without limiting online multiplayer between paying and nonpaying users.

Subscribers will have access to a rotating list of PSP Minis and PSone Classics, exclusive in-game DLC, discounts to the PlayStation Store and “first hour” demo access on full retail titles. After the first hour of gameplay, players will be able to purchase the full title, but demo access will only be available once the entire title has been downloaded.