Archive for June, 2010

Sony unveils VAIO Signature Summer 2010 Collection

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

Summer is officially here and so is Sony’s Signature collection for Summer 2010. This seasonal collection includes 9 different models of Sony VAIO’’s and one J118FX all-in-one touchscreen PC. The interesting ones are the three limited edition VAIO EA laptops: The Arabesque Pink EA, Arabesque Gold EA, and Arabesque Black EA.

The trio retail for a starting price of $919.99. The textured design and gold accents should appeal to the ladies. They start shipping on July 20th, the same date husbands wander where their $919.99 has gone.

Microsoft sells over 150 Million copies of Windows 7

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

While Apple has been breaking records with iPad sales, Microsoft has been counting their numbers as well. They just announced that they have sold over 150 million Windows 7 licenses since it went on sale. That number is up considerably from the 100 Million copies that they had sold back in April.

In fact, Windows 7 is Microsoft’s fastest selling OS. They are selling about seven copies of Windows 7 every second. Pew Pew Pew. Sales should continue to rise as many more PC users move to Windows 7.

Samsung Eco-friendly 50-series Monitors

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

Samsung has announced four upcoming 50-series monitors. These LED-backlit monitors include the 20-inch BX2050, 21.5-inch BX2250, 23-inch BX2350 and 24-inch BX2450. All are just under three quarters of an inch thick and deliver about 95 percent coverage of the sRGB color gamut.

The 20-inch model sports a 1600 x 900 pixel resolution, 5ms response time, VGA and DVI-D inputs, while the 21.5-inch, 23-inch and 24-inch models have 1080p resolutions, a 2ms response time, VGA connector, two HDMI inputs and an audio output.

Pipe Cutter USB Flash Drive

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on June 24th, 2010

Looking for a manly flash drive that you can put in your toolbox? Look no further. It won’t cut pipes, but it will hold your data. This USB flash drive comes in 2, 4 and 8GB capacities.

Great for plumbers and construction workers. And fans of question mark looking flash drives. They could have at least made it capable of cutting real pipe. Oh well.

Toshiba’s new Wi-Fi enabled memory card sends pics to other cards, uploads to the web

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

Toshiba has a new SD card standard that integrates Wi-Fi with data storage. The “Standard Promotion Forum for Memory Cards Embedding Wireless LAN” has been founded by Toshiba and Singapore-based Trek 2000 International Ltd. The Eye-Fi has been around for a while, so this isn’t entirely new.

This card can connect with another one like it to exchange files, like over Bluetooth. They can also upload directly onto the web. The new card is compliant with the SD memory card standard, supports IEEE 802.11b/g and has an 8-gigabyte capacity.

White iPhones are harder to make than black

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

If you are waiting for a white iPhone 4, you may have quite a wait. Apple had announced the iPhone 4 in your choice of black or white. Then suddenly there was no availability of the white model. Now, Apple says you have to wait until late July.

So what gives? Apple says: “White models of Apple’s new iPhone 4 have proven more challenging to manufacture than expected, and as a result they will not be available until the second half of July. The availability of the more popular iPhone 4 black models is not affected.”

PURE ONE Mi digital radio

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

Digital radios can get pretty expensive. Which would be fine except that so many of us are short on cash. The PURE ONE Mi digital radio is the answer. It was specially engineered to offer audio quality and volume despite its small size.

Some features include an integrated FM radio, a crystal clear digital display, 16 presets, an USB port for future updates and multi-lingual menus. There is also an optional rechargeable A1 ChargePAK, for up to 18 hours of portable music.

Retro iPhone cassette case

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

Feeling nostalgic for the old days, but love your modern iPhone? If you said yes to both, then check this out. This iPhone cassette case is the best of both worlds. The case is functional enough to keep your iPhone free of scratches, while looking like an old mix tape.

The best part is that you can actually listen to music from your iPhone when in the case. So in a way, you really are listening to a cassette. Pretty cool.

Nokia special edition V handsets

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

If you live in the UK, pay attention. Nokia will be rolling out the X6V and the Nokia 5230V special edition handsets at Glastonbury. Nokia is going all out too. Kasabian and Kings of Leon are headlining the event and Nokia has also teamed up with Virgin Media to unveil the two devices.

Both will come pre-loaded with lots of V Festival extras including wallpapers and an application that lets you plan the weekend with a GPS-enabled map of each site. The Nokia X6V won’t cost you anything upfront, though you will need to pay £20 a month (£15 for Virgin Media customers), while the Nokia 5230V retails for £15 a month (£10 for Virgin Media customers).

MobileProtect is ready to insure your iPhone 4

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

When you pay Apple prices for the latest shiny gadget, you are going to want some insurance to protect your investment. MobileProtect is the only company to offer insurance for the iPhone 4 right now, when it comes to cases of loss or theft, water or other liquid damage, accidental damage and out-of-warranty failure.

It’s a great idea. Especially in this economy. It will cost you $11.99 a month for the coverage. It’s probably only necessary for the more accident prone among us.

Coke vending machines in Japan with 46 inch LCD touchscreen

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

Touchscreens all over Japan will be upgraded by the end of the year since new Coca-Cola vending machines will now feature a 46″ LCD touchscreen instead of buttons and knobs. The idea is to make purchasing drinks more fun while making the machines stand out from the crowd.

The integration of LCD panels will also allow advertisers to expand their reach and display maps of the area for tourists. So have a coke and a smile along with some advertising.

ZTE X850 Android phone launched

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

The ZTE X850 is the first Android-powered handset from ZTE and will target the entry-level market instead of the high end like most of the recent Android phones. The specifications aren’t too bad, except for the small 2.8″ 320 × 240 resolution touchscreen display.

It’s powered by a 600MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 processor with 3D hardware acceleration, 256MB RAM, 512MB ROM, a 3.2-megapixel camera, a 3.5mm headphone jack and an integrated FM radio. The ZTE X850 packs Android 2.1 and supports WCDMA radio. It will be sold by China Unicom in China.

Samsung launches the handset formerly known as the smiley

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on June 24th, 2010

I have a thing about names. I won’t call a grown man by a nickname. I think if you were meant to be called BL@m0, that’s what your mom would have named you. I blame Prince for the debacle with the new Samsung messaging phone that has no name, only a symbol.

That symbol is the smiley emoticon. You know the one. The phones official name is the Samsung :). Yes, I am serious that’s what some dumbass at Samsung actually called the phone. If you buy this low-end device, what are you supposed to say when someone asks the inevitable, hey what phone is that question?

iBUYPOWER offers gaming PCs exclusively for Newegg

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on June 24th, 2010

We have talked about iBUYPOWER before. The company makes a full range of gaming PCs that are available to fit the budget of just about any gamer. iBUYPOWER has announced that it is now offering a couple configurations of its Phenom II X6 machines as Newegg exclusives.

The two machines are the LAN Warrior and the Chimera. Both use the Phenom II X6 6-core CPU at 2.8GHz. The LAN Warrior has ATI HD 5830 graphics, 4GB of RAM, and 1TB of storage space for $1069.99.

Apple patent app shows haptic feedback for gestures

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on June 24th, 2010


I like running across patent applications from companies like Apple because they give us a glimpse at the kind of tech our gadgets will offer in the future. A new patent app has surfaced that Apple filed last year for haptic feedback called “Multi touch with Multi Haptics.”

The app outlines a way that Apple could provide haptic feedback for touchscreen devices like the iPhone and iPad. The patent has a bunch of haptic actuators around the screen under the surface.