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Takara Tomy RC Mario Karts

Posted in R/C Toys by Conner Flynn on June 26th, 2010

Mario Kart is now in 3D, as in these are real life rc Mario Karts that you can race. The action isn’t limited to the screen anymore thanks to Takara Tomy of Japan, offering real life RC Mario Karts. The controller actually contains items that you can throw at other players including the usual green shell, red shell and banana peel.

If you throw a banana, an IR light will show up on your rear so that whoever hits it will crash off course just like in the video game. Sounds like a lot of fun.

More Samsung Vibrant photos leaked

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on June 26th, 2010

The Samsung Vibrant is also known as the Galaxy S, and we now have a few more photos of the handset. Some of the apps that come pre-loaded with the smartphone include Kindle, Mobile TV, Slacker Radio and games like Avatar and Sims.

Aside from that, there’s also the GoGo Wi-Fi app included and word is that the Samsung Vibrant will come with half a year’s worth of free Wi-Fi service. T-Mobile should make an official announcement on the device in the next few days.

BlackBerry Curve 9300 prototype spotted on video

Posted in BlackBerry,Curve by Conner Flynn on June 26th, 2010

TechnoBuffalo has some good news for Blackberry fans. That good news is some hands-on time with the Blackberry Curve 9300. The prototype 8500 replacement has T-Mobile UK bands and is working (With OS 5 at right now).

Looks like the keyboard is improved, the side buttons are more flush with the phone itself, and there are also a few cosmetic differences that can be spotted in the picture above. Check out the video below.

Coveroo offers iPhone 4 cases you can customize

Posted in Mobile Accessories by Shane McGlaun on June 25th, 2010

One of the things about the iPhone is that with its popularity just about everyone has one. It’s hard to be unique when everyone uses the same gear. Coveroo has announced a couple new cases for the iPhone 4.

Among the new cases are ones that are printed with the typical stuff we see like movie characters, team logos, and other designs. The cool case is one that the company will put your own picture or design on.

eMachines mini-e ER1402 breaks cover

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on June 25th, 2010

More and more people are adding HTPC machines to their living rooms now that prices for the systems are coming down along with the size of the machines. eMachines has unveiled a new HTPC that can also be used for basic computing called the Mini-e ER1402.

The little machine is about the size of a book at 7.1-inches in diameter and it weighs nine pounds. It has HDMI out and an optical audio output. Other features include 802.11b/g/n connectivity and support for full HD video.

Swann Security RemoteCam is a pervs dream

Posted in Camcorders,Cameras by Shane McGlaun on June 25th, 2010

I can understand wanting small hidden cameras or cams that don’t look like cameras in your home. This lets you keep an eye on sitters and other folks without them knowing. I’m not sure why you would want a camera that doesn’t look like a camera for outside the home use, unless you want to play James Bond.

Swann Security has offered up a new camera called the RemoteCam that looks like a keyless entry remote for a car. The camera can record video to microSD cards and comes with a 2GB card. Up to 8GB microSD cards are supported.

OWC Data Doubler replaces MacBook optical drive

Posted in OWC by Shane McGlaun on June 25th, 2010

I have become used to working with a netbook and don’t miss my optical drive for the most part when I am on the road. If you are the same way and would rather see more storage in place of your optical drive and you use a MacBook OWC can hook you up.

OWC has unveiled the Data Doubler, which is an optical to SATA HDD converter bracket selling for $79.99. The bracket kit will work with any HDD or SSD up to 9.5mm tall.

Steve Jobs responds to iPhone 4 antenna problems

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on June 25th, 2010

As you have heard by now, iPhone 4 owners are having reception issues when the phone is held in a certain way. Apple released an official statement which basically told users not to hold their iPhone 4 in this way. Then Steve laughed and went back to counting money.

When Rory Sinclair emailed Apple’s CEO, Steve Jobs, he was told that he was holding his iPhone 4 wrong. Full exchange below.

Motorola Droid X gets torn apart

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on June 25th, 2010

Motorola’s latest Android smartphone, the Droid X was just announced a few days ago and we already have a teardown. This one comes from the guys over at DroidX.net and they even have a video tutorial if you want to take yours apart.

The Motorola Droid X comes with Google Android 2.1, with a 4.3 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, a 1GHz processor and an 8 megapixel camera that can record HD video in 720p.

Google uses its Android App Kill Switch

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on June 25th, 2010

It’s common knowledge that Google and Apple can remotely remove apps from their mobile operating systems, and it has now been confirmed that Google has used its kill switch on two apps that infringed on its terms of service.

Google admits that most people who downloaded the apps had already deleted them and that this was just a cleanup operation. Apparently users will get a notification sent to them when an app is removed, but it’s still a bit scary to think that your apps might suddenly disappear.

Hulu coming to PlayStation network soon

Posted in Hulu by Conner Flynn on June 25th, 2010

It’s been about 3 weeks since we heard rumors of Hulu coming to the Xbox 360 and the iPad as a paid service, and now Bloomberg is saying that Hulu is also in talks to become part of Sony’s Playstation Network and appear on the PS3 “soon.”

Soon could mean next week or next month. We don’t know. Hulu on PS3 is said to be a paid service, but nothing is confirmed yet.

Tonino Lamborghini Notebook

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on June 24th, 2010

If you already own the high performance sports car, why note zoom on the internet with this Tonino Lamborghini notebook, named after the son of the legendary racer, who has licensed his own name to be used on it.

It looks pretty slick, but looks can be deceiving. The performance doesn’t match up to the Lamborghini sports car. The 13.4-inch notebook features a CULV processor, up to 500GB of storage, a four cell battery and Windows 7.

Optimus Popularis to get more touch-sensitive keys

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on June 24th, 2010

Art Lebedev today said that the upcoming Optimus Popularis keyboard might actually be easier to use than its larger Maximus sibling. Each key is fractions of an inch smaller in every direction and the actual touch surface will run nearly to the edge of the key.

This will guarantee that the keys will be easier to hit as it will be virtually impossible to miss the sweet spot. The Popularis is expected to ship in 2011 and should be physically smaller and also cheaper than its $460 predecessor. It will likely still be a standard USB keyboard but will have both Mac and Windows software to let users reprogram the labels on the keys.


iPhone 4 selling out, may top 1.5 million in one weekend

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on June 24th, 2010

Some stores have already sold out of iPhone 4s before the end of the day. Nine of 20 Apple stores had already exhausted their stock in the morning, and all others are expected to clear theirs by the end of the day. Earlier iPhone launches have usually taken a full weekend before significant sellouts, so this is really saying something.

According to one analyst, assuming Apple reserved about half its total launch supply for those who hadn’t pre-ordered, we can expect to see at least one million and as many as 1.5 million iPhones sell this weekend. The low end would match Apple’s previous best sales, with the iPhone 3GS. They may just hit a new record.

Monster Clarity HD Modular in-ear headphones

Posted in Headphones by Conner Flynn on June 24th, 2010

Monster Cable has announced the upcoming Clarity HD Modular In-Ear Headphones, which look good. These are available in a black/red version or a chrome/red version. Both are made with a solid-metal construction and the headphones are apparently ideal for listening to high quality/uncompressed content from your iPod, iPhone or iPad.

They come packaged with 10 pairs of Monster’s SuperTip eartips in the composite foam version, and SuperHooks to make the headphones more secure for joggers. The new Monster Clarity HD In-Ear Headphones also sport ControlTalk for making phone calls.