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Nintendo 3DS might support digital newspapers and magazines

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2010

When you think of a Nintendo handheld, you rightly think gaming, but the new 3DS might just support reading newspapers and magazines too. Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata has said that the company is looking at ways to automatically beam newspaper and magazine articles to a 3DS handheld.

The 3DS is fully capable of receiving data while in sleep mode, after all. It could automatically connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot, and download the material of your choice. Then again this device still has a small screen and not so great resolution. It will be interesting to see what it can do.

T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant shows up

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2010

We all knew that the Samsung Galaxy S T959 would be headed for T-Mobile, but we’ve been waiting for an official unveiling of the device, which hasn’t come yet. But now some pictures of the device with T-Mobile branding have surfaced.

Apparently it will be called the Samsung Vibrant and it looks a lot like the Samsung Galaxy S i9000. Some features include a 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED display, 1GHz processor, Android 2.1, 5-megapixel camera and HD video recording.

Apple sells three million iPads in 80 days

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2010

Apple has just announced that it has sold 3 million iPads worldwide since the US launch date. Impressive? Hell yes. The announcement also mentions that the tablet will be hitting nine more countries during July alone.

The release also boasts that there are now 11,000 apps for the iPad. That’s more than double the 5,000 that were available at the end of May. Not bad at all for a tablet that doesn’t have flash. The iPad is like the Borg, assimilating whole planets of buyers. At this rate everyone will have an iPad by Christmas.

Xbox Live family subscription plan available in November for $99

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2010

We have some new details on Microsoft’s Xbox Live family subscription plan. Starting in November, you can get the Gold Family Pack, which allows up to four users to have Xbox Live Gold subscriptions, for $99.99 a year.

It will also debut the Family Center, which is a new menu accessible from the dashboard for customizing account settings. Many Xbox users have wished for a service like this, so it’s good news and the pricing sounds pretty decent. What do you think?

Vizio unveils dual-band HD router, WiFi Blu-ray players

Posted in Routers by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2010

Vizio may have concentrated on WiFi-equipped TVs at CES this year, but now it is expanding to other devices with the announcement of three WiFi-equipped Blu-ray players, and a dual-band ‘HD” router to go with them. The router is the XWR100, which prioritizes HD media streamed to Vizio’s VIA-enabled devices.

Devices like the three newly announced sleek Blu-ray players. The VBR210, VBR220 and VBR231. The VBR231 is the first dual-band wireless Blu-ray player, and all include Vizio Internet Apps (or VIA) to stream content from Vudu, Netflix and other services.

iPhone 4 at Walmart ready for launch day

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on June 22nd, 2010

I don’t like pre-ordering gadgets. I prefer to walk in and walk out with what I want. If you feel the same way and didn’t pre-order an iPhone 4, your best bet to get one on launch day may be Walmart.

A source has sent Engadget picture of the iPhone 4 in its cellophane wrapped cardboard box waiting in the back area at Walmart. The device is ready to go.

Gioteck HF-1 PS3 controller mixes Xbox DNA for comfort and style

Posted in Controllers,Games by Shane McGlaun on June 22nd, 2010

Some gamers get hooked on a specific control configuration when it comes to gaming and have a very hard time using anything else. Gioteck has announced a new Bluetooth PS3 controller called the HF-1 that uses the Xbox 360 controller layout.

The left analog stick and D-Pad are reversed from what a normal PS3 controller uses. The HF-1 does have some cool features. One of the cool features is a Flipswitch that changes the R1 and R2 positions for easy use.

WD unveils new MyBook AV DVR Expander with 1TB of storage

Posted in Western Digital by Shane McGlaun on June 22nd, 2010

Western Digital has unveiled its latest product for expanding the storage space on your DVR. The new drive is called the My Book AV DVR Expander and it has 1TB of internal storage.

WD reports that the device is compatible with TiVo HD and Series 3 DVRs. The thing will also work with DirecTV and Dish Network DVRs as well. The 1TB of storage space is enough for 120 more hours of HD programs.

Toshiba crams 2.5-inch HDD into 3.5-inch bracket for enterprises

Posted in Toshiba by Shane McGlaun on June 22nd, 2010

Toshiba has more HDDs in its line up than you can shake a stick at. Some of them are for consumers and some of them are aimed at businesses. Toshiba has announced a new HDD that is aimed at the enterprise with blazing fast speed and low power consumption.

The drive family is the MBF2xxLRC and are 2.5-icnh drives inside a 3.5-inch bracket. The point of the drives is to let enterprises upgrade to more power efficient storage drives without having to replace hardware not supporting 2.5-inch drives.

HP Compaq 6000 Pro All-in-one desktop

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2010

HP has unveiled their latest all-in-one computer in the HP Compaq 6000 Pro. This Windows 7-powered computer comes packed with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, a 21.5-inch full HD LED backlit HP BrightView LCD screen with dual display capability, up to 8GB RAM, up to 1TB hard drive, an optional 80GB SSD, Bluetooth connectivity, a 16x Max SuperMulti optical drive and a slim-tray DVD burner with LightScribe.

There are 7 USB 2.0 ports, an IEEE 1394 FireWire port, and a six-in-one memory card reader as well. The HP Compaq 6000 Pro all-in-one will be available in the United States on July 16th for $899.

Primo Cube secondary battery for MicroUSB and MiniUSB phones

Posted in Mobile Accessories by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2010

Phones these days use a lot of power. In fact, most of us need to charge our phone mid-day and at night. That’s where the Primo Cube comes in handy. It’s a tiny square charger that plugs into either a MicroUSB or MiniUSB jack on a phone.

It will work with just about any smartphone other than the iPhone that lacks USB. Could be very convenient and that $40 well worth it if it gives you precious juice.

Dyson unveils two new fanless fans

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2010

Those masters of vacuum design at Dyson have now updated their revolutionary bladeless fan design with a few larger fans. The AM02 Tower is 100cm tall and can take in up to 33L of air each second, it will also amplify the amount by about 16 times using “Air Multiplier” technology.

You can get them in iron, blue and silver, or plain silver colors. The AM03 Pedestal fan blows about 18x the wind from the 33L that it sucks in. It stands at 1.4m in height and features a redesigned pedestal technology and a spring mechanism which lets you change the height and angle.

iPhone 4 shipping one day early, according to Apple email

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2010

This is a bit odd, but it’s still great news for all those who pre-ordered their iPhone 4s. According to an email from Apple, delivery “will occur on June 23rd.” That’s a day early. See that. You should have pre-ordered.

It pays to get that pre-order in. The email from Apple to all iPhone 4 pre-order customers is below:

Amazon Kindle drops to $189

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on June 21st, 2010

Look at this. Just hours after Barnes & Noble came out with a $149 WiFi-only version of its Nook and a $199 3G Nook, here comes Amazon hitting back in a move that should cut into B&N’s sales.

Now the $259 Kindle 2, with global 3G and the 6-ink E Ink display, is now the $189 Kindle 2. Aside from that you can also enjoy free 2-day shipping. Which will you go for? A nook or a Kindle?

Toshiba Libretto W100 dual-screen tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on June 21st, 2010

The Toshiba Libretto W100 is a dual-touchscreen tablet with a simulated keyboard on one of the screens. The dual 7” displays both support multi-touch and come with LED backlighting. The tablet also comes with horizontal and vertical options thanks to an accelerometer.

Some other features include an Intel Pentium 1.2GHz U5400 CPU, 2 GB RAM, 62GB SSD, WiMAX, Bluetooth 2.1, a webcamera, Win 7 Home Premium and much more. It’s expected this August in Japan for $1,320.