Archive for May, 2010

Archos 7 Home 8GB Android tablet ships

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

Archos has some undeniably sexy and cool gadgets. The company teased us with its Archos 7 and Archos 8 tablets backing March and we had expected the tablets to be available to purchase a while back.

As of today, fans of that slick Archos 7 Home tablet running Android can run over to Amazon and pick one up. The new is shipping right now for $199.99 with free shipping. The tablet sports a 7-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 800×480.

Onkyo E713A9B All-in-one PC with iPod dock

Posted in Onkyo by Conner Flynn on May 24th, 2010

Onkyo has announced their new all-in-one desktop PC with integrated iPod dock. The Onkyo E713A9B is powered by an Intel Core i5-650 processor running at 3.20GHz, with 4GB of RAM (upgradable up to 8GB), a 1TB hard disk drive and a large 23-inch LCD screen with Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080).

The multimedia all-in-one PC features a Blu-ray drive, DTS Premium Suite Audio Codec, 5-watt speakers, a 1.3MP webcam, a digital TV tuner and an SDXC memory card slot.

Uniden ULP1000 Laser Pico Projector

Posted in Projectors by Conner Flynn on May 24th, 2010

The Uniden ULP1000 laser pico projector is capable of displaying WVGA (848 x 480) resolution pictures and videos with a 5000:1 of contrast ratio. The Uniden ULP1000 laser pico projector also comes equipped with a unique charging station instead of the simple power adapter.

When the device is fully charged, it delivers up to two hours of operation time, which is pretty average for pico projectors right now. The ULP1000 also has a VGA port and a composite port.

New ‘super discs’ could hold thousands more than DVDs

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on May 24th, 2010

A team at the University of Tokyo has found that using titanium oxide could mean that we gets discs with storage capacities more like hard drives. And guess what? The material is cheaper than the stuff used in Blu-ray discs.

Titanium oxide is ideal for disc manufacturing because of the way it reacts to light. At room temperature the material is capable of switching between metal and semiconductor states, which makes it “promising as a material for a next-generation optical storage device,” according to the eggheads.

Pandigital 7-inch e-reader with access to Barnes & Noble eBookstore

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on May 24th, 2010

Pandigital’s new 7″ e-reader boasts access to Barnes & Noble’s eBookstore and can also share content via LendMe. The Novel (that’s the name) will feature an 800 x 600 resolution touchscreen display, integrated Wi-Fi connectivity, and 1GB of internal memory that can be upgraded via an SD/MMC memory card.

Other specs include an orientation sensor, a rechargeable battery for up to 6 hours per charge, support for PDF, ePUB and HTML formats. The Android-powered device will run on an ARM 11 processor, and should retail for about $199.99.

Officially-Licensed Street Fighter IV HDTV

Posted in HDTV by Conner Flynn on May 24th, 2010

These Street Fighter IV TVs are just like any normal HDTV, but you get an 8-second SFIV image when you turn it on and there’s also the game’s logo at the bottom. Sure, that justifies spending a ton of money for a new TV. No word on pricing yet, but the series will probably include a 22″, 32″, 42″, and 55″ LCD HDTV, along with a 40″ and 46″ LED HDTV, just like with their previous Marvel series.

It doesn’t even make sense for a kid’s room, because eventually they grow up. But hey, what do I know? If it showed me Comic Book babes, I’d probably go for it.

LG Vu Plus hitting AT&T on June 6 for $150

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on May 24th, 2010

The LG Vu Plus is official with a June 6 release. The most interesting change in this version is the addition of a landscape slider QWERTY keyboard and support for AT&T’s FLO-based Mobile TV service carries over for $9.99 a month with a free 7-day trial subscription.

Some other features include a 3-inch capacitive touchscreen, 7.2Mbps HSDPA, a 3 megapixel autofocus cam with video recording, AT&T Video Share compatibility, and microSD expansion if you need it. It should arrive on shelves for $149.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate.

Best Buy advertising higher prices as sales?

Posted in Best Buy by Conner Flynn on May 24th, 2010

Just because you see something advertised as a sale, it does not make it a sale. Just like everything you read on the internet is not true. The Consumerist reports that Best Buy seems to have begun advertising some laptops at prices that are higher than their regular price. Then they go ahead and take it one step further by placing “as advertised” signs on the laptops in the store, giving consumers the impression that they’re getting a sweet deal.

No, that ain’t right. But shoppers also need to be alert and not so trusting. A tipster specifically mentions laptops like the Dell and HP models advertised for $649.99 and $699.99 in the ad pictured above, which are $20 and $50 higher than their regular price. Other previous laptops advertised at higher prices also now seem to have gone back to the regular price.

Powermat Wireless Charging System for iPhone debuts

Posted in Accessories by Shane McGlaun on May 24th, 2010

I used the WildCharge system for my iPhone 3GS for a long time. I liked that I didn’t have to plug the iPhone in each time, but having to remove the case for synchronizing the phone got on my nerves.

A new wireless charging system from Powermat has debuts that is specifically designed for the iPhone 3G/3GS. The handset includes a receiver case for the iPhone 3G/3GS, the power mat, and an AC adapter.

Intel roadmap tips new Core i5-580M CPU

Posted in Intel by Shane McGlaun on May 24th, 2010

A product roadmap leaked late last week from Intel that shows the chipmaker is set to launched a new Core i5 part this fall. The new part is called the Core i5-580M and will reportedly replace the 540M CPU.

The new 580M CPU will run at 2.66GHz. It will consumer 35W of power and will feature Turbo Boost technology. With Turbo Boost, that CPU is said to be able to hit 3.33GHz.

ArduIMU quadcopter has sonar and avoids obstacles

Posted in DIY by Shane McGlaun on May 24th, 2010

That ARdrone flying copter thing that is controlled by the iPhone is cool and all, but some folks want to roll their own. A designer named Jose Julio has accomplished the feat.

Juilo has added some very cool features to his quadcopter that the ARdrone lacks. The ArduIMU quadcopter has infrared and ultrasonic sensors to allow it to detect obstacles and fly around them.

Team unveils 64GB SDXC card

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on May 24th, 2010

I can remember not that many years ago when a SDHC card was only a few megabytes and that was a lot of space. Today SDHC cards can store many, many times that amount of data. The new SDXC format promises even more storage in the same size constraints.

Team has announced that it will be launching a new SDXC card at Computex that has 64GB of storage space. The new card supports the SD3.0 interface and is backwards compatible with SD2.0.

OCZ adds 400GB and 480GB Vertex 2 and Agility 2 SSDs to line

Posted in SSD,Storage by Shane McGlaun on May 24th, 2010

OCZ unveiled its new line of Vertex 2 and Agility 2 SSDs a while back. There was also a limited edition of the Vertex SSD with better performance.

OCZ has now announced that it is adding a couple higher capacity versions to the Vertex 2 and Agility 2 lines. The two lines will not come in versions that have 400Gb or 480Gb of storage.

HP Slate to run Palm WebOS

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on May 24th, 2010

Good news for those who had hoped that HP wouldn’t use Windows 7 in their HP Slate. Instead they will be using their newly acquired Palm WebOS. That’s what Monty Wong, vice-president of personal computing systems at HP Taiwan, said to Digitimes.

The HP Taiwan official said that HP will use WebOS for both smartphones and tablets, but not for notebooks. Also, the HP Slate will hit the market before October, with a “wide range” of software support at launch. What do you think? Good news? Or did you want another OS?

ASUS and Amazon to pre-install Kindle for PC on netbooks and laptops

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on May 24th, 2010

Since ASUS sells a lot of laptops through Amazon.com and since Amazon happens to offer a Kindle for PC application, they figured they would team up and pre-install the app on the ASUS netbooks and laptops that are sold through the online e-tailer. Makes sense right?

So starting today, select laptops, like the Eee PC 1005PE and UL30, will be sold with the e-book app already loaded up. While we don’t generally like pre-installed software cluttering up our new devices, this makes sense.