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7 foot tall Halo Elite costume is scary

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2010

The Halo aliens look scary on screen. I mean these are some bad-ass aliens, huge aliens, in armor. With guns. Everytime I play, I thank god I’ve never seen the real thing. Now I have. And I have wet myself.

This costume is so realistic, it’s scary. The animatronic Halo Elite costume was created by effects artist Pete Mander and could easily be used in a movie. It’s over seven feet tall and took countless hours to build. The man is a genius.

World of Warcraft foot pedal

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2010

Can you believe WoW is still going strong after all these years? And StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is on it’s way now too. And WoW players need every edge they can get, even if it comes in the form of a foot pedal that looks like your grandma’s sewing pedal.

This one-button pedal will help players perform macro actions using just their feet, freeing up both hands for other important uses. For just $30 you can get your feet in the game and gain some extra advantage on screen.

Military-designed “Bat Hook” lets you charge your devices using power lines

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2010

If you’ve ever wondered how Batman gets his gadgets charged, this is probably the answer. The military has developed the Remote Auxiliary Power System or RAPS. RAPS can be deployed like a grappling hook with overhead power lines. Then a tiny blade will penetrate the power line and make contact with the live wire inside.

The area around the blade will make contact with a second exposed wire that all powerlines have, transmitting electricity to an AC to DC converter safely at the end of the cable.

Sony PS3 firmware 3.40 released

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2010

The Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) firmware update 3.40 is now available, packed with such features as a Photo Gallery that lets you browse photos from Facebook or Picasa Web Albums and share them with friends on the PlayStation Network.

The Video Editor & Uploader tool can be found on the XMB and lets you edit, save and upload video files stored on the PS3. No news of this firmware causing problems yet, which is always nice. We like smooth upgrades.

LG’s new Network Monitors

Posted in monitors by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2010

LG’s freshly announced Network Monitor solution was unveiled at the 2010 International Society for Technology in Education Conference. It’s available in 11 and 31 monitor options, giving your school a hassle-free virtual desktop computing option.

A computer’s resources can be distributed to several users at the same time, dividing the resources into independent sessions. Some benefits of a setup like this include less heat and noise generated by multiple computers, reducing the carbon footprint, and even reducing the cost of purchasing computers.

Netflix hiring Android developers, client on the way

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2010

Here’s some good news for Android owners. Netflix is on the lookout for an Android developer to help them build a streaming client for Android devices. You dont have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that an official Netflix app should be on its way.

A Netflix app that will allow subscribers to watch their movies directly on their mobile Android device. There’s no official time frame yet, so who knows when it will happen, but they are working on it.

YouTube will allow ad skipping

Posted in YouTube by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2010

We’ve all been there. You get forced to watch a 30-second ad in order to watch some 30-second clip of something that isn’t very funny in the first place. It sucks. Google/YouTube want to curb this phenomenon and so will introduce an ad-skip button this year. I love you Google.

It works like this: If an advertiser’s commercial isn’t captivating enough to watch, it will be skipped by viewers. If viewers don’t watch the ad, Google doesn’t charge the advertiser. This will lead to better ads all around. We consumers hate ads, but if they are funny or clever enough we really don’t mind.

Waterproof Toughcase with built-in GPS for iPhone/iPod Touch

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2010

You could go for a plain jane iPhone case or you could opt for Magellan’s waterproof Toughcase, priced at $199.99. Two hundred bucks gets you IPX-7 waterproof standards, allowing it to be submerged up to one meter for up to 30 minutes, and there’s also an integrated 1,840mAh battery that can “double the life” of your iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS or second / third-generation iPod touch.

There’s also a high sensitivity SiRFstar III GPS chipset for quality GPS reception, and you can still access the touchscreen. You get all of that, but your device loses any sexiness it ever had and there’s no official support for Apple’s newest iPhone.

Apple hiring antenna engineers

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2010

Why is Apple hiring antenna engineers? I thought we were holding it wrong. According to several job postings, Apple is looking for Antenna Engineers, with the job definition including “Define and implement antenna system architecture to optimize the radiation performance for wireless portable devices.”

The postings were made on June 23rd, about the same time that folks started noticing the iPhone 4′s antenna issues. Thing is, they had engineers already that should have caught this.

Waffle maker puts waffles on a stick

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2010

This one is a game changer, shattering all your preconceptions about waffles. Lolly is a waffle maker that produces 9.4-inch waffle cones on a stick. Waffles on a stick!

Lolly comes from Triangular Concept and can make four of these delicious-looking waffle-sicles in under two minutes. Or I guess you could use an ordinary waffle maker and insert your own stick if you want.

Dell knowingly sold 11.8 million defective computers

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2010

Between 2003 and 2005, Dell sold millions of OptiPlex computers. According to documents, Dell knew these systems were full of dangerously faulty motherboards that might catch fire, but sold them anyway.

The NYT paints Dell as a desperate company, so hell-bent on cutting costs that they knowingly sold computers with capacitors that were sure to eventually burst and ooze all over the motherboard and they refused to fix the 1000 affected computers of the firm representing them regarding the related lawsuit. Apparently Dell was fixing these systems with the same faulty motherboard here and there.

Asus outs Eee 1215N on Facebook

Posted in ASUS by Shane McGlaun on June 30th, 2010

We have already heard a bit about the Asus Eee PC 1215N netbook before. The machine has now went official with Asus offering up the full specs on Facebook.

The machine gets the Intel Atom D525 CPU and graphics are via an NVIDIA Ion GPU. The machine also has USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 3.0. Optimus tech is features to allow the machine to change between the discrete and integrated GPUs as needed.

Gresso iPhone 4 with wood veneer

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2010

From the front it looks like a plain old iPhone 4, but around back this iPhone is sporting some wood. This beautiful specimen comes from Russian technology company Gresso. There are embedded Swarovski crystals and an 18-karat golden Apple logo set in a sheet of African Blackwood.

While we loath Swarovski crystals on gadgets, this design is much more tasteful than the solid gold iPhones we are used to seeing. This luxury phone will arrive in December for $3,500, or $3,000 for the male version on the right.

Tron Lightcycles that actually run and drive on eBay

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on June 30th, 2010

Before you start reading this, be sure there is no one around that might hear you have the massive nerdgasm that is about to hit. Five street legal and working Tron Lightcycles designed after the ones in the new flick are going to land on eBay for sale.

Yeah, you read that right, these things look just like the lightcycles from the new flick and you can actually ride them on the road. Green geeks can get the bike with an electric motor, those not worried about pollution can opt for a gas motor, and transmission. The bikes are being built by a team from Parker Brothers.

Sony issues recall on 535k Vaio laptops, or does it?

Posted in Sony by Shane McGlaun on June 30th, 2010

Sony has confirmed that about 535,000 of its Vaio laptops are plagued with an overheating issue. According to the company, there have been 39 reports of the machines overheating to the point that the notebook deformed from heat.

Sony claims that no reports of injuries have been made. The issue affects Vaio F and C machines launched back in January. The real confusing part is that there are mixed reports of how the issue is being addressed.