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Desktop gadget sprays stink when you type dirty words

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

That device looks innocent enough, but it acts like a politically correct skunk. Called Pepper Mouth, it plugs into your USB port and sprays a foul stink whenever you type swear words. Well F*** that! Damn that stinks. Hey damn isn’t technically a swear word you ahole! Ewww! Stop it already. I’ll keep it clean.

It blasts a putrid peppery smell whenever it detects your online vulgarity, first warning you with a red light, and then when you make a second offense, it punishes you. That bastard! Dear god my nose!

Q8 Dual SIM watch phone

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

Myself, I don’t get having two SIM cards on a single phone. Maybe you just want the convenience of having separate numbers for personal and business use without carrying two handsets. If it works for you, it’s all good I guess. Now we have a dual sim watch phone. That may be going a bit far.

The $130 Q8 watch phone has the ability to have 2 numbers simultaneously, with Bluetooth, a 2-megapixel camera, video and audio playback, and a microSD memory card slot. That 1.33″ touchscreen display is going to be a real pain though.

Dell offering HTC Aria for free

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

Want to get the HTC Aria for free? Of course you do. Luckily for you, Dell is offering the HTC Aria for free, instead of having to get it for $129.99 from AT&T. Gotta be a catch right? Of course there is. You and I weren’t born yesterday, if we had been we would be sucking our thumbs and getting our arses powdered.

This deal is available only for those who want to open a new AT&T account, making it a lot less attractive than free. Existing AT&T subscribers whose plans are up and are looking for Android will need $129.99 after all.

New Xbox 360 warns you of impending doom

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on June 21st, 2010

The original generation Xbox 360 was plagued with the dreaded Red Ring of Death when it overheated. Now it seems that the newly released version comes with the warning message shown above. Hey, at least the tell you that they made a console with crappy ventilation.

The message should at least stop them from getting flooded with units being sent back for replacements. You modders and DIY enthusiasts may want to drill some extra ventilation holes in that new Xbox.

California license plates may soon get ads

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

You know what’s awesome on top of a car that you paid too much money for, which runs on gas that you paid too much money for? Advertising on your license plate that you have no control over. I know, sounds great right?

The California Legislature is considering a bill that would at least begin a research process on digital license plates. These license plates would replace old stamped metal ones that we are used to. Apparently, the system would display your normal license plate number when your car is in motion. It would stop for four seconds to advertise a service or product when not in motion.

Barnes and Noble Nook firmware version 1.4 now available

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

Barnes and Noble has been very busy indeed. Nook owners will want to get this newly released update quickly. Version 1.4 has some important fixes.

Those fixes include the “go to page” feature, an extra large font size for those hard of seeing, and support for AT&T WiFi. Yep, you read that right, free WiFi at AT&T hotspots. The Nook firmware version 1.4 update is available right now.

EOS Mixtape Watch

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

Remember the days of cassette tapes? Trying to get all of the music you can on 60 and 90 minute tapes? Relive those glory days with this neat retro watch. It features a gold plated stainless steel case with “EOS NEW YORK” laser etched onto the base.

There’s also a cute laser etched robot and “60 MIN.” The dial features two movable discs which mimics the movement of a real cassette tape. The hands are on the right dial for the time, with orange markers.

Toshiba AC100 Android Netbook with seven days of standby battery life

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

Toshiba’s AC100 is the company’s first machine to run on Android, and packs an amazing eight hours of battery, or up to seven days of standby life.

It runs on an NVIDIA Tegra 250 chip, with 512MB of DDR2 RAM, and 8GB NAND flash memory. The SD/MMC card reader expands the storage and the 1.3MP webcam with microphone will have you using video-chatting. It’s running Android 2.1 Eclair, has a 10.1-inch TruBrite screen with LED-backlighting, and 1,024 x 600 resolution and weighs 870g.

FCC takes 90MHz of wireless spectrum for wireless broadband from MSS

Posted in FCC by Shane McGlaun on June 21st, 2010

The FCC is working hard to make the national broadband plan that the President envisions a reality. To be able to serve the most people with fast speeds, wireless sis the best option for wireless broadband to people all around the country.

The FCC has announced that it has taken 90Mhz worth of spectrum that was used by mobile satellite service (MSS) and removed barriers that prevented it from being used for wireless broadband. The rule that prevented its use for broadband before stated that owners of the spectrum could only install terrestrial towers to support satellites.

Nook Wi-Fi now available for $150, Nook 3G $200

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

Great news for Nook fans. Looks like an all-white, Wi-Fi only version goes on sale today for $150. Better news is that the 3G version has also dropped by $60. That means that the classic nook is now $200. The only differences between the $150 Wi-Fi nook and the $200 3G nook are: Wi-Fi vs 3G, the Wi-Fi has a white back, the 3G has a grey back and the Wi-Fi is 11.6 ounces while the nook 3G is 12.1 ounces.

You are good to go with either, but that $200 Nook is worth it just to make sure you have perpetual, free access from anywhere. Great news!

Toshiba unveils slick AC100 Android netbook

Posted in Android,Toshiba by Shane McGlaun on June 21st, 2010

Toshiba has unveiled a thin and very cool new netbook called the AC100. The little machine runs on Android platform and uses the NVIDIA Tegra platform. Toshiba designed the machine to be a take-anywhere unit for active types looking for instant email, web surfing, and more.

Toshiba claims that the machine is good for up to seven days on standby with mixed use. The machine can boot in under a second and with constant use it is good for eight hours.

LG’s BX580 network 3D Blu-ray player now shipping

Posted in Blu-ray by Conner Flynn on June 21st, 2010

Still looking for an HDMI 1.4-compatible Blu-ray player? LG’s BX580 hopes that you’ll notice it and put it in your livingroom. The device is now shipping, more or less on schedule with what we reported back in May.

It is however $100 less than the $400 we expected. Amazon has it listed at $399, but add it to your shopping cart and it’s only $299.86. Not bad at all. Who’s buying one?

Face Time calls will use no voice calling minutes according to Apple

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on June 21st, 2010

One of the cool new features of the iPhone 4 that Apple talked about at WWDC was Face Time. Face Time is a video calling application that only works between iPhone 4 users via WiFi.

Some were wondering if AT&T would be charging users for voice minutes when using Face Time. Apple now says that Face Time calls will not use voice minutes. If a Face Time call is started within a voice call, the voice call ends when Face Time connects.

Samsung Acclaim hits US Cellular stores July 9

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

US Cellular has updated fans with an official release date for the Samsung Acclaim. This Android slider will arrive on July 9. Sadly we don’t have any other details since US Cellular hasn’t given us any actual specs or even which Android version it runs.

The info we do have suggests that it has a 3.2-inch HVGA screen and a stock Eclair installation. We’ll just have to wait until Samsung sees fit to give us some official details.

Barnes & Noble WiFi only Nook available for pre-order

Posted in Best Buy by Shane McGlaun on June 21st, 2010

The original Nook eReader that Barnes & Noble unveiled had integrated 3G connectivity for downloading books on the go. Many people found that they only downloaded books at home and wanted a cheaper device without 3D and Barnes & Noble have complied.

The WiFi only version of the Nook has landed on BestBuy.com. You can pre-order the device at BestBuy.com for $149.99 with delivery by July 3. The device is just like the original Nook sans 3G.