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Sonim XP3 Sentinel is for workers in rugged environment with injury risk

Posted in Mobile Phones by Shane McGlaun on June 17th, 2010

Some days I think working out in the open by myself would be welcome. Then I remember that there is no internet or AC out in the wild and come to my senses fast. Sonim has unveiled a new mobile phone for the folks who do work outdoors where things can get rough and the risk of bodily harm is high.

The handset is called the Sonim XP3 Sentinel and has an interesting help capability. The handset has a green button, amber button, and a red button. The red button immediately calls for help and sends GPS coordinates when pressed.

Plantronics updates GameCom 777 headset

Posted in Plantronics by Shane McGlaun on June 17th, 2010

Way back in 2008 I mentioned the then new GameCom 777 USB virtual 5.1 surround sound headset. The headset was for gamers and had a USB amp and normal mic and headphone plugs too. Plantronics has announced a new updated version of the GameCom 777.

The new version of the headset has the same design and also has the USB amp included. The main difference is the new version has simulated 7.1-surround sound. The headset has a hide-away mic that’s out of the way when you don’t need it.

Shuttle XPC J3 5800G packs full size hardware into pint size chassis

Posted in Shuttle by Shane McGlaun on June 17th, 2010

Most of the news that comes out of E3 has to do with new games and accessories for consoles. If you are more of a PC gamer, that can be irritating. Shuttle has announced a new gaming PC at E3 called the XPC J3 5800G.

As with everything we expect to see from Shuttle, the 5800G is a small form factor gaming PC in a small 8.5″ x 7.5″ x 13.1″ chassis. Inside the small chassis can be crammed an Intel Core i7 extreme edition CPU, 16GB of RAM, 2TB of storage, and an NVIDIA GTX 480 video card.

Samsung’s latest SSD has 512GB of storage and new toggle-mode NAND

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on June 17th, 2010

Samsung has introduced a new SSD that packs in lots of storage and is aimed at the premium notebook market. You can count on machines using the new SSD, set for mass production next month, being very expensive.

The SSD has 512GB of storage and promises read speed of up to 250MB/s and write speed of up to 220MB/s. The SSD uses the new Toshiba toggle-mode NAND and a special controller for the RAM.

Will the next Wii be 3D?

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

3D is everywhere, flaunting it’s 3 dimensions in our faces. We now have the details regarding Nintendo’s 3DS and now it looks like Nintendo may be planning another 3D gaming system. The next Nintendo Wii may offer 3D support.

Nintendo’s president, Satoru Iwata told a Japanese newspaper that they were definitely looking into other 3D products aside from the Nintendo 3DS. Here’s what he had to say:

Amazing R2-D2 Lunch Box

Posted in Sci-Fi by Conner Flynn on June 17th, 2010

Too bad they didn’t have this lunch box when I was a kid. It is of course, our favorite droid R2-D2. Not only does it look like R2, but it’s shaped like him as well.

Sadly this one doesn’t exist just yet. At the moment, it’s just a design. Hopefully they bring this into the real world soon. I would use it even today as an adult. It’s just plain awesome. Any droid that holds snacks is good with me.

Apple iPad Particle Case with stylus

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on June 17th, 2010

Do you like scribbling on your iPad but find your fingers too clumsy? Fingers aren’t exactly a good instrument for art. The Pogo sketch stylus might offer some help, along with the Particle case from Ten One Design. It allows you to keep your stylus close with a handy holder built into the iPad case itself, which looks stylish.

The Pogo Sketch stylus has been specially designed for the iPad and turns your iPad in to a handy writing notebook and sketch pad. The Apple iPad Particle Case is just $34.95.

Lenovo IdeaPad Y560d 3D laptop

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on June 17th, 2010

3D laptops just keep rolling in. Lenovo’s latest is the IdeaPad Y560d notebook. It sports a Core i7, a 15.6-inch (1366×768) display, and starts at just $1200 for the basic version. You’ll need to upgrade if you want that Core i7, ATI Radeon HD5730 1GB graphics, or 750GB hard drive.

The starting price gets you with a Core i3 processor, Intel’s integrated graphics, and a 250GB hard drive. The 3D panel, software, and glasses are all extra options, so it will cost you more to get the full 3D experience.

Nyko charge base for PlayStation Move

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on June 16th, 2010

It didn’t take long at all for the PlayStation Move accessories are start showing up. You’ll want to pick up the shooting attachment, but you’ll also want some more practical hardware like this piece from Nyko.

This Charging Station is a nice looking and minimal one. It features four ports for charging Motion Controllers and your Move Navigation Controllers. You can pre-order from Amazon for $20 to keep all of your gear charged.

Microsoft Develops Power Slashing App

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on June 16th, 2010

Many of us keep our work or home PC’s on when not in use. It’s convenient, but it increases our power consumption. So Microsoft has designed a new sleep proxy system that will allow you to switch off your PC or put it in Stand By and still access everything you need whenever you need it remotely.

This will cut power consumption by 60 to 80 percent. That’s awesome news. It’s good for the environment and it will save you some money as well. We like this one a lot.

Disney digital photo frames

Posted in Digital Photo Frames by Conner Flynn on June 16th, 2010

If you are a Disney fan who never grew up or if you have rugrats running around your home, you may want to check out these photo frames from Greenhouse Japan. They just announced three new digital photo frames with some of your favorite Disney characters.

The 3.5 inch digital photo frames looks more like a TV with Disney characters on board. It supports playback of the popular audio and video formats and has a built in FM radio. Onboard speakers deliver an output of 1W×2ch.

The Belkin Conserve Insight can save you some money

Posted in Power Strips by Conner Flynn on June 16th, 2010

If you know what’s happening with your energy, then you have the power to change the way you do things and save some cash. You need to know just how much energy you use and where you’re using it. The new Belkin Conserve Insight is a $30 power-outlet adapter with a small screen that tells you just how much the item plugged into it is costing you.

Knowing is half the battle. The display can tell you just how much juice is being used by any device in watts, dollars or carbon dioxide. When you see how much money is going out the window, you’ll be inspired to change things around a bit and stop leaving things running when not using them.

Need to catch a criminal? There’s an app for that

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on June 16th, 2010

You can’t get a straight answer from a criminal. They are criminals after all. So cops in Brockton Massachusetts are using specially equipped iPhones to make the job easier. Cops could use the break.

The officer uses the iPhone to take a picture of the suspect, which then connects to the department’s database for a biometric comparison. If the suspect has been arrested before, the officer can get his complete file, including info on prior arrests and convictions.

Horizon MiniPak now on sale

Posted in Chargers by Conner Flynn on June 16th, 2010

Horizon’s MiniPak is available for $100. It’s the first personal, portable fuel cell on the market for those in the US. Think of it as a mini power plant that will charge your gadgets. Each cartridge can hold a charge equal to a thousand AA batteries.

So you get a lot for your money, since the cost of AA batteries adds up. It comes with a bunch of connectors that will work with most common devices, and it all fits in the palm of your hand.

San Francisco passes cellphone radiation law

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on June 16th, 2010

We know what happens when a radioactive spider bites you. You become spiderman. But what happens when you get too much cell phone radiation? Nothing good, that’s for sure. And so the people of San Francisco will soon have a new cellphone radiation law to help.

The law requires retailers to post notices on how much radiation is emitted by the cellphones they sell. This is the first law of it’s kind in the United States. The cellphone industry claims that this law could hurt sales and make consumers believe that some phones are safer than others. No one can agree on just how harmful cell radiation is.