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The iMousePad looks like an Apple iPad

Posted in Mouse by Conner Flynn on June 18th, 2010

Mouse pads don’t have to be boring. This one takes its inspiration from the Apple iPad and is called the iMousePad. The iMousePad is designed to look like an Apple iPad. Sadly it’s just a concept created by the guys over at the DarkDesingGroup.

But if it was real, it would sell like hot cakes as every Apple fan would have to have one. Looks like it would also make a good prank since it looks like a real iPad from far away.

Camcorder shoots 3D home videos

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on June 18th, 2010

Aspiring 3D home video shooters can start filming their version of Avatar now. Hammacher Schlemmer is offering a 3D camcorder that is capable of recording 3D video at 640 x 480 pixel resolution. The interesting part is that users will be able to view the 3D content on the device’s screen, no 3D glasses required.

When you use a 4GB SD card, the camcorder uses both lenses and 3-megapixel sensor to record up to four hours of 3D video. You can also capture 2D and 3D still images and standard 2D videos. Not bad at all right?

Google workers get sweet nap pods

Posted in Google by Shane McGlaun on June 18th, 2010

Google is famous for its perks and the things that its workers can enjoy at company HQ. From game rooms to gourmet meals and more, Google tries all sorts of things to keep the workers happy and productive. When most companies get mad at workers for napping on the job, Google encourages it.

A reporter from the Financial Times was at Google HQ in California and snapped a pic of an employee using a cool high tech sleep pod. The pod is made by a company called Metronaps.

Gioteck In2Link for PS3 Slim announced

Posted in Accessories by Shane McGlaun on June 18th, 2010

I just mentioned that cool looking MX-2 remote control from Gioteck. I also mentioned that you would need an IR adapter of some sort for it to work. The good news is that Gioteck has one of those coming too.

The device is called the Gioteck In2Link for the PS3 Slim. It not only adds a wide angle IR receiver, but it also adds some lost connectivity. The device plugs into the two USB ports of the Slim and adds a third powered USB port.

Gioteck announces MX-1 remote for PS3

Posted in Accessories by Shane McGlaun on June 18th, 2010

Gioteck was unknown to me until this week when it pulled the wraps off the new EX-01 headset that is headed to the US. The company has now announced a new MX-1 Media Remote that will be coming to the States as well.

The new remote is designed to control the PS3 with full control for Blu-ray, DVD and the Cross Media Bar. The catch is that the remote is apparently an IR unit, which the PS3 can’t just pick up.

iPhone 4 to Double iPad’s RAM With 512MB

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on June 17th, 2010

Apple never really wants to tell us how much RAM is in their devices, but MacRumors is now reporting that the iPhone 4 will have 512MB of RAM. That’s twice what the 3GS and the iPad have and is more on par with it’s competitors like the Evo 4G. That’s good news for everybody.

The iPhone 4 will also have the same processor as the iPad, so if this is true it will also have twice as much memory. Developers will be able to keep more data cached and manage graphics changes more effectively, and for you and me that means browsing without frustrating refresh times and smoother multitasking.

Razer Starcraft II gaming peripherals

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on June 17th, 2010

Razer’s new Starcraft II series of gaming peripherals look hot. They include the Razer Spectre gaming mouse, the Razer Marauder gaming keyboard, and the Razer Banshee gaming headset. All feature Starcraft-themed designs, with blue LEDs, and lots of gamer-friendly features.

Some of those features include 1000Hz Ultrapolling / 1ms response on the keyboard, 5600 dpi resolution and button force adjustment on the mouse, and a detachable mic on the headset. Since these are full of nice features and Starcraft II good looks, you can also expect to pay a premium price. The Spectre mouse is $80, and the Marauder keyboard and Banshee headset will each cost $120 when they arrive in the third quarter of this year.

Logic3 i-Station TimeCube Clock Radio for iPhone and iPod

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on June 17th, 2010

Check out these funky looking clock radios from Logic3. The i-Station TimeCube clock radio is compatible with the iPhone and iPod touch and will recharge them when docked. You have your choice of three different alarm functions: A buzzer, an FM radio with six programmable preset stations, or songs played from your iPhone/iPod.

The i-Station TimeCube clock radio also sports snooze and sleep functions, a built-in LED clock with adjustable dimmer levels, and a 3.5mm line-in port for connecting other MP3 players.

CanoScan 9000F High-End Scanner now available in Japan

Posted in Canon by Conner Flynn on June 17th, 2010

Canon has now released the CanoScan 9000F in Japan. The 9000F is a high-end scanner that delivers a maximum color resolution of 9600dpi with a color depth of 48 bits and offers improved scanning times. It can even scan up to four 35mm slides or twelve 35mm filmstrips at one time.

The CanoScan 9000F uses the Canon’s Film Automatic Retouching and Enhancement Level 3 technology to remove dust and scratches. The Canon CanoScan 9000F high-end scanner retails for 25,980 Yen (or $284). Not a bad price for the features.

Brando’s USB Itching Removal Instrument

Posted in Humor by Conner Flynn on June 17th, 2010

The USB Itching Removal Instrument from Brando aims to help you scratch that annoying itch. Should you get an itch, just whip out your USB Itching Removal Instrument, plug it into your PC and scratch that itch.

It also works using 4 AAA batteries. Or you could just itch it yourself. It supposedly works using electronic and optical spectrum technology. This is basically a $15 device for those who don’t know how to buy a $0.99 back scratcher.

New Xbox destroying game discs?

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on June 17th, 2010

The new Xbox may not have the old red ring of death problems, but it seems that it does have one of the problems that it’s predecessor had. If you move the Xbox with a disc in the drive, you may be lose an expensive game.

Destructoid tested the new Xbox with a copy of Alan Wake. After the disc started spinning, moving the Xbox, Alan Wake was no more. This is a bigger issue than you might think. Especially if you have kids around your console.

Clear adds Mac-friendly 4G/3G modem, 4G routers

Posted in Modems by Conner Flynn on June 17th, 2010

Mac users have some good news today. Clear has announced some 4G networking hardware with a focus on Macs. The Sierra Wireless-made 4G+ Mobile USB is its first dual 3G and 4G modem that supports Macs and gives them an EVDO data connection fallback when 4G coverage is poor or non-existent. It will work with Mac OS X Leopard or later and will cost $115 outright or $6 a month.

The Spot 4G is a 4G-only mobile router for those who like to stay in Clear’s coverage. It shares WiMAX with up to eight other devices over W-Fi. The Spot 4G+ is just a rebranding of Sprint’s Overdrive with a 3G option and up to five devices sharing the network.

Verizon Droid X outted on its own site

Posted in Verizon by Conner Flynn on June 17th, 2010

Verizon’s upcoming Droid X has surfaced on the carrier’s Droid page. The handset was expected to make an official debut next week and begin shipping on July 19. The page confirms a 4.3-inch screen and a 720p resolution, though that’s probably a reference to video capture and not the actual display.

The official unveiling event on June 23 might also bring news of the Droid 2 slider. The Droid X, also called Droid Touch on the Verizon site, will also feature a 1GHz OMAP processor, an eight-megapixel camera with HD video recording and an HDMI output.

Samsung Captivate

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on June 17th, 2010

Looks like ATT is finally getting serious about Android, with the Samsung Captivate, which will arrive in the next few months. The specs are impressive with a 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen, a 1GHz Hummingbird that processes graphics3x faster than Snapdragon, a 5MP camera that can record 720p video, and up to 32GB of combined onboard and external storage.

It will ship with Google Search which is nice. We aren’t sure if Captivate owners will be able to download third-party apps, since AT&T so far hasn’t allowed this on their Android devices.

Move Navigation Controller can be replaced by DualShock

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on June 17th, 2010

Good news for those of you who don’t like the Move Navigation Controller. At $30, I don’t blame you. It can be replaced by the DualShock controller. It may be a less comfortable solution, but you already have a DualShock controller.

Plus you get to hang on to that $30. At an E3 presentation about the Move, Anton Mikhailov has confirmed that the two controllers are interchangeable. It’s nice to know we have the option. Sony did right by gamers again with this news.