Archive for May, 2010

Next-gen iPhone cases surface in China

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2010

Looks like the first next-gen iPhone cases are starting to surface. Hardmac received the image above from one of its contacts in China, the model name reveals the manufacturer to be Shenzhen Soonleader Electronic Co.

It has all the right curves, including a larger opening for a flash and the spaces for the new side buttons can be seen. This might just be the manufacturer trying to get a jump start, or it could be something more official.

Toshiba releases OCB-type LCD panel for stereoscopic 3D glasses

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2010

Stereoscopic 3D technology has been around for a long time and it has come a long way. Toshiba has introduced a new OCB (Optically Compensated Bend) LCD panel that works in time-based type 3D glasses.

In those glasses it will facilitate high-speed shutter opening and closing, which minimizes eye fatigue caused by “3D crosstalk”, a phenomena that happens when the right image is sensed by the left eye and vice versa, causing double vision. It also means better image quality and a wide viewing angle.

T-Mobile officially announces new BlackBerry colors for summer

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2010

We all want to stand out in some way. And now T-Mobile can help as they have just officially announced that there will be some new color options for its BlackBerry devices this summer. The BlackBerry Curve 8520 is now available in T-Mobile retail stores and online in Fuchsia Red for $49.99 with a two-year contract.

While the BlackBerry Bold 9700 will be available in white starting May 26th, priced the same as the current 9700, which is $129.99 with a two-year contract.

Nintendo DS Stylus and Projector

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2010

Thrustmaster is at it again, making the scene with yet another wacky gaming accessory. What looks like a heavy and super thick DS stylus. The reason for that extra girth is that it also doubles as a projector.

It projects a picture of Buzz Lightyear, since Toy Story 3 is all the rage. Don’t worry, it still does touch-input too. The bulb even lets you control where the image is aimed at. Only £4.99 (or $7).

Nintendo Wiimote RVL-036 clears the FCC

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2010

Anyone would look at that image and instantly recognize it as a Wiimote. The Bluetooth device just passed through the FCC with flying colors courtesy of Foxconn. Not much detail, but there’s the new RVL-036 model number.

We don’t know what makes it so special, but we hope they’ve finally integrated the MotionPlus add-on into the controller. It would be nice if they made the design easier on the wrist too, but that’s just wishful thinking on our part.

Seagate has new storage tech coming to ASUS ROG G73Jh laptop

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2010

What do we have here? Seagate calls it a “device that becomes you, so you become faster.” A “game-changing” device that will boost system performance by a whopping 150 percent. We are gonna go out on a limb here and say that since ASUS’ ROG G73Jh gaming laptop will be first to use it, it must be a new kind of SSD.

The mystery device will be 20 percent quicker than a 600GB 10,000rpm SATA drive, 80 percent faster than a conventional 7200rpm HDD and able to boot “within six seconds of an SSD drive.” It will learn about the user to dramatically decrease disk time, boot time, and application load time, making everything faster.

Cerevo Cam Live camera supports Ustream

Posted in Camcorders,Cameras by Shane McGlaun on May 20th, 2010

Late last year over in Japan, the Cerevo Cam was unveiled. The thing was cool and notable because it was cheap at a bit more than $200 and had WiFi and 3G connectivity.

That connectivity let the user upload video and still images to the web from wherever they might be. The company behind that camera has announced a new camera called the Cerevo Cam Live that has the same features but it supports Ustream broadcasting.

Gateway unveils ZX6900-01e and ZX4300-01e AIO desktops

Posted in Gateway by Shane McGlaun on May 20th, 2010

Gateway has added a couple new all-in-one desktop computers to its line of AIO units. The two new machines fit into the Gateway One ZX series and include the ZX4300-01e and the ZX6900-01e. The former is an AMD machine while the latter is an Intel rig.

The ZX4300-01e AIO has a MSRP of $749.99 and uses an AMD Athlon II X2 dual-core 235e at 2.7GHz. The AIO has ATI Radeon HD 4270 graphics, 4GB of RAM, and 640GB of storage. The optical drive is a DVD slot load unit and the machine ships with a wireless mouse and keyboard. Screen size is 20-inches, it has a 1600 x 900 resolution, and the PC will ship in June.

NVIDIA delays 3D Vision Surround driver launch

Posted in NVIDIA by Shane McGlaun on May 20th, 2010

NVIDIA and ATI are always battling each other to be first with products. It’s common for one of the companies to launch something and then the other to come out with something similar shortly after. Such is the case when ATI launched its multi screen tech. NVIDIA announced its own called 3D Vision Surround.

NVIDIA announced today on its official blog that the driver to enable 3D Vision surround has been delayed. The driver was originally expected in April and NVIDIA has now announced that it will not have the driver ready until the end of June.

Microsoft offers up colorful Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 models

Posted in Microsoft by Shane McGlaun on May 19th, 2010

Microsoft has had its cool Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 on the market for a while now. The portable mouse uses a tiny nano receiver that you can plug in and forget about. It also uses the Microsoft BlueTrack sensor.

Microsoft claims that a single set of batteries in the mouse will last for eight months thanks to an on/off switch. The mouse originally came in gray and pink colors. The mouse has an ambidextrous design for any user. Microsoft announced three new patterns of the mouse today that looks really good.

iPad eReader Recliner

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2010

You like to kick back in your recliner, so chances are that your iPad probably likes it too. Lapworks has introduced the iPad Recliner so that your iPad can take it easy. You can rest your iPad on it and adjust the viewing angle so that it sits just right.

The iPad Recliner can elevate the iPad to almost 9-inches which is convenient while reading or watching a movie. The $35 recliner also supports other tablets and eBook readers as well.

Moshi Voice Control Digital Clock Radio now available

Posted in Clocks by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2010

If we want the future to be more Star Trek like, then we need more gadgets that respond to voice commands. So Moshi is helping to deliver that future, with the announcement of the availability of its new Voice Control Digital Clock Radio.

Just say “Hello Moshi”, and it will activate eleven voice control commands which include playing the radio, setting the time, setting the alarm, and even snooze. It’s currently available for $69.99. Make it so.

Google announces WebM video format

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2010

Some time ago Google purchased a company called On2 and many expected Google to open-source the VP8 video codec that came bundled with the company. Sure enough, Google has announced its new format called WebM, a video format that Google claims is efficient enough to be played on low-powered devices like netbooks, tablets and handheld devices.

WebM is open-source and licensed royalty-free under a BSD-style license. Many big names have already shown their support for WebM, including Firefox, Opera, Adobe, AMD, ARM, Broadcom, Freescale, NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments. Mozilla in particular has also decided to include support for it in the Firefox nightly builds from today, like Chromium, while Opera says that support is also on the way.

Google Storage for developers official

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2010

Google Storage for Developers is coming. The company has officially confirmed it, calling it a RESTful cloud service built on Google’s storage and networking infrastructure. Developers will be able to connect their applications to fast and reliable storage that is replicated across several US data centers.

It also offers Multiple authentication methods, SSL support and convenient access controls for sharing with individuals and groups. The service will be introduced to a limited number of developers at first. During the preview, each developer will receive up to 100GB worth of storage, and 300GB monthly bandwidth for free.

Hyperkin Retro N 3 system plays nes, snes and genesis games

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2010

Hyperkin. Sounds like over-caffeinated redneck relatives. Actually Hyperkin is the maker of the Retro N 3, which can play games from the original Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis in a single system.

The console looks pretty slick too. The Retro N 3 can play games from their original cartridges, rather than running emulated ROMs, so you can just use your old carts and play them the way that the gaming gods intended.