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Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex external HDD launches with 3TB of storage

Posted in Seagate by Shane McGlaun on June 29th, 2010

When it comes to storage capacity, we all want more. What seems like plenty the day you buy your computer or external HDD quickly fills up. Seagate has announced what it claims to be the world’s first 3TB external HDD.

The new HDD is called the FreeAgent GoFlex external drive. It is now available in 3TB, 2TB, and 1TB capacity. The 3TB version sells for $249.99. The drive comes with a USB 2.0 interface. You can add other GoFlex modules for more connectivity.

OSU plans to pilot iPads in classroom this fall

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on June 29th, 2010

OSU has announced some interesting plans for some students this fall. The new plans include evaluating how well the iPad works in the classroom as an educational tool. The school will offer about 125 students taking five different courses the ability to use an iPad.

The courses are offered on the Stillwater and Tulsa campuses of Oklahoma State University in the School of Media and Strategic Communications and the Spears School of Business. The students will get over $100 off the cost of the iPad.

ZAGG invisibleSHIELD Dry for iPhone 4 Exclusive to AT&T Stores

Posted in AT&T by Shane McGlaun on June 29th, 2010

ZAGG has been making invisibleSHIELD protective films for all manner of gadgets for many years now. I have used the film on all of my iPhones and other stuff and have never had issues with scratches. ZAGG has announced that the new invisibleSHIELD Dry film is now available exclusively through AT&T Stores.

The normal version of the invisibleSHIELD film requires you to spray the surface with a liquid for install. The new Dry version skips that liquid step. The film is available for the iPhone 4 in the dry version.

JayBird SP2 Sportsband headphones debut

Posted in Headphones by Shane McGlaun on June 29th, 2010

JayBird has been making wireless Bluetooth headphones for a while now. The company has announced its latest set called the SB2 Sportsband headphones. They promise CD quality audio with Bluetooth streaming for active types not wanting wires.

The headphones are offered in nine different colors with some specifically for the ladies. Audio is tuned for deep bass and for good all around sound according to JayBird. The new headphones promise better call and audio quality than previous generations from the company.

LimbGear iHood Hoodie with iPhone controls on the sleeve

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on June 28th, 2010

LimbGear’s iHood Interactive Hoodie turns that old campus sweatshirt into something new. It’s available as a pullover or full zip hood sweatshirt. This interactive hoodie will free you of mp3 player wires by integrating music controls right on the sleeve.

The sweatshirt costs about $69 and you’ll need LimbGear’s PANiQ Controller for the sweatshirt to be fully functional with your iPhone or iPod. The PANiQ controller costs another $24.95, making the final package about $100.

TDK releases three new Sport Headphones in Japan

Posted in Headphones by Conner Flynn on June 28th, 2010

Whether you spend your time running or in the gym, you’ll want a good pair of sport headphones so you can sweat to your tunes. To that end TDK has recently introduced three new sport headphones for the Japanese market.

The TDK TH-SB22YG and TDK TH-SB20YG produce a sound pressure level of 104dB/mW with 16 Ohm of impedance, while the TDK TH-SB21YG provides a sound pressure level of 97dB with 32 Ohm of impedance. The headphones will be released this summer in Japan for around 2,000 Yen (or $22).

Kiokicker puts soccer in your toilet

Posted in Humor by Conner Flynn on June 28th, 2010

There are soccer fans and then there are hardcore soccer fans. This one is for the latter. For those who can not even live without soccer while going to the bathroom.

This urinal has a suspended ball and goalpost. If your aim is good enough and your player strong enough, you can get it into the back of the net and score a goal. It would be perfect for a busy bar with soccer on the large TV.

Sony PSP-4000 to launch in 2010?

Posted in PSP by Conner Flynn on June 28th, 2010

Will we get a PSP-4000 in 2010? We just might, according to the publication of a document that refers to an upcoming PSP-4000 by Japanese retailer Geo. It has sparked some rumors on the web. The document is in Japanese and says that the PSP-4000 will be on store shelves this year along with the Nintendo 3DS.

Problem is that Nintendo expects the 3DS to be available in the first quarter of 2011. And why wouldn’t Sony have started some hype at E3? Still, you never know.

iPlunge iphone stand holds up your iPhone, clears tiny drains

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on June 28th, 2010

Plumbers who own an iPhone will want to take a look at this iPhone accessory. It looks like the plunger you use to clear your toilet. It works just like a plunger too, sticking to the back of your phone and making it appear as if a cartoon character has just drawn his bow and shot it at your phone.

You can stand it in portrait or landscape mode to watch video more comfortably. It will ship in August for $5.99. Hey, is this how Steve wants us to hold our iPhone 4?

You can hold Nokia phones however you want

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on June 28th, 2010

When Steve Jobs addressed the iPhone 4′s antenna issue by telling people they are holding it wrong, Nokia seized the opportunity over at its official blog, where they tell readers that “whether you’re left-handed or right-handed, there’s no shortage of ways to hold your phone.”

And that’s how it should be with any gadget. To design a product like crap and then tell people they are holding it wrong is just lame. Good one Nokia. And for the record, I will hold any phone any way I like and it better still work.

Lightbulb labels that look like nutrition facts

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on June 28th, 2010

Why does everything need to be complicated? It used to be that you would just buy some light bulbs and screw them in. But soon, when you buy a new light bulb you’ll see a new Nutrition Facts-style label that shows you the numbers most important to you: like how bright the bulb is, what the energy cost is, and when they’ll burn out.

I guess it’s a good thing. I just like to buy bulbs and plug them in without worrying about the facts. The new numbers tell you a bulb’s typical energy cost and average lifespan, which are probably the mainthings I would want to know. The new light bulb labels are expected to arrive sometime in mid-2011.

Kin software update scheduled for mid-summer

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on June 28th, 2010

We’ve been hearing rumors of a software update for Microsoft’s Kin One and Kin Two phones. And it looks like the phones will be getting one soon. We aren’t sure if it will include the rumored IM improvements, but a Kin support moderator has confirmed on the Microsoft Answers forum that an update is scheduled for “mid-summer,”.

The update will address many of the concerns laid out in the post that prompted the response. Those complaints included battery issues, improvements to the Twitter client, and YouTube support. Apparently the Facebook app will also be updated to let users view more than three pictures at a time.

BenQ EW and VW series Vertical Alignment LED monitors

Posted in BenQ by Conner Flynn on June 28th, 2010

BenQ has unveiled its EW and VW series Vertical Alignment LED monitors which are apparently the first of their kind in the world. The VA LED-based panels are said to offer superior color reproduction, an ultra high contrast ratio, the ability to display blacks more accurately and minimize light leakage.

The BenQ EW series will be aimed at digital video enthusiasts more than regular Joes since it features a wider range of ports for video viewing. The VW series monitors feature DVI, D-Sub, HDMI 1.3 and headphone connectivity options. The VW2420 and EW2420 models will hit Taiwan first followed by a worldwide release in August.

Verizon ZTE F350 hits the FCC

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on June 28th, 2010

The ZTE F350 is the first phone manufactured by the Chinese company to head to Verizon Wireless and it has received FCC approval. The ZTE F350 could be arriving at a Verizon store near you very soon. The ZTE F350 is not powered by the Android operating system and it isn’t even a smartphone.

The ZTE F350 is an entry-level slider with a QVGA display, VZ Navigator, Bluetooth, email support, a 1.3-megapixel camera and an average battery. Verizon will likely offer this phone for nearly free with the customary 2-year contract.

Amazon Kindle Editions with video and audio

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on June 28th, 2010

Sadly, Amazon didn’t just release a new Kindle that does motion video with embedded audio. But Amazon did just update the content for the Kindle app running on Apple devices, which will give a few books some multimedia.

As an example, Rick Steves’ London Kindle Edition with audio/video features walking tours with Rick narrating. Meanwhile recipe books could feature video tips etc. Unfortunately, right now it looks like there are only about a dozen titles classified as “Kindle Edition with Audio/Video”. Amazon seems to be testing the waters here.