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Motorola Droid 2 packaging leaked

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2010

There have been some previous renders of the Motorola Droid 2 around the internet, but maybe that didn’t convince you that the phone is real and on its way. This ought to do the trick.

Here’s a pic of the Droid 2′s packaging being printed in the plant. If the rumors can be believed, the device has an August 23rd release. So, do you go for the Droid X? Or wait for the Droid 2? Tough call. Which are you guys going for?

Asus to use Android on the Eee Pad

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2010

Many manufacturers have decided to use Google’s Android OS on tablets instead of Windows 7. Asus is yet another. It has decided to ditch Windows 7 for its Eee Pad EP101TC for Google’s Android.

We aren’t sure which version of Android they will use, but the Eee Pad will be launched in early 2011, so we are hoping it will be Android 2.2 or higher. We’ll give you more details when we have them.

Hot Touch Arcade Pinball Emulator

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2010

Pinball emulators are usually running on a PC, but if you are the crafty type, you can do what this guy did and create a 1/3-scale pinball machine called the Hot Touch Arcade. The emulator is in the pinball machine itself and powered by an Intel Atom processor.

There’s also an NVIDIA graphics card, and it runs on Windows XP. The actual pinball game area is displayed on a 19-inch 16:9 LCD display, and it includes a physical shooter, flipper buttons, and a coin slot. Pretty nice!

iHome iA100ZE iPad alarm dock

Posted in iHome by Conner Flynn on July 19th, 2010

iHome is trying hard to get noticed in an over-saturated market. But putting an iPad onto a fairly standard FM radio / alarm clock / dock just seems odd. However, if you like the idea, this dock seems quite capable.

It sports iHome+Sleep app integration, and Bluetooth. We wish we had more info, but we have no idea when it ships, or for how much. So there you have it. The first official iPad docking alarm clock. Who’s buying one?

Slot Machine iPhone Dock

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on July 19th, 2010

Jackpot Slots is both an iPhone app and a dock. Seems like it is perfect for the grandma in your life who gambles. That’s right, your iPhone can now become a tiny one armed bandit.

As is often the case with gambling, you will lose more than you make. The Jackpot Slots dock costs $40, so you are out that much right from the start. It includes the eponymous app which gives you access to several different slot games “of varying levels of difficulty.”

Killzone 3 kills loading screens, no more waiting

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on July 19th, 2010

I have logged so many hours playing Killzone 2 it’s not even funny. The only sad part is waiting through the loading screens. They don’t last very long, but they take you out of the game. Some developers have camouflaged load screens with cut-scenes, or interactive options, but it’s still you waiting to get back into the game.

But now we have word that Killzone 3 is going give us a break from loading screens. It will be streamed completely, according to Herman Hulst, the managing director at Sony’s first party studio, Guerilla Games. So that means no loading screens!

A simple case-free fix for the iPhone 4 reception issue

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on July 19th, 2010

Apple is giving away cases to all iPhone 4 owners, but what if you don’t want to use a case? It sucks that Apple’s bad design forces you to use a case. Yeah, they love their customers, just as long as you shut up and put a condom on your phone.

Well, these Antenna-Aids just might fix things without the need for a case. They are little colorful band-aids that stick right over that problem area on the new iPhone 4. The boo-boo if you will. The iPhone 4′s great unhealed wound, created not by skinning it’s knee on the playground, but rather from bad engineering, the equivalent of genetic inbreeding in the factory.

Mysterious email sent from 1969 haunts iPhone 4 users in 2010

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on July 19th, 2010

Here’s some more iPhone 4 drama. A mysterious software issue has been haunting some users. It’s otherworldly and all spooky like. There’s a bunch of discussion on the Apple forums about blank email messages appearing on the iPhone that can’t be deleted. The date that appears on those messages is December 31, 1969.

Almost as soon as iOS4 became available, some users began seeing these emails appear in their MobileMe or Gmail accounts with no sender, no subject, and no content. The date on the messages was shown as 12/31/69, but some users saw 1970. No big deal really, except that these unwelcome hippies who are emailing well before their time can’t be deleted permanently.

Lian Li EX-10Q USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure

Posted in Storage by Conner Flynn on July 19th, 2010

Here’s a good looking external hard disk case for your hard drive. Lian Li has just introduced its latest USB 3.0 external casing, the EX-10Q USB 3.0 2.5-inch external hard drive casing. It not only looks good, it supports USB 3.0 for faster transfer speeds.

And if you’re using an older system, it will work with USB 2.0 as well. The slim all-aluminum enclosure supports SATA I and II drives, and comes in your choice of blue, red, silver, and black.

Nokia Kinetic concept phone stands up when you get a call

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on July 19th, 2010

We’ve never seen a phone raise and stand on it’s own like a zombie from a grave, but we dig this concept of just such a phone. This Nokia Kinetic concept design will use an electromagnet in it’s thick base to shift the balance so that it gradually rises or lowers itself.

When you get a call or a text message, the phone will gradually stand up, letting you know that you have a call. If you don’t want to answer the call, just tap it to reject. Pretty neat.

Seagate announces GoFlex Home

Posted in Seagate by Conner Flynn on July 19th, 2010

Seagate’s new GoFlex Home is for users who need a ton of storage. It’s available in 1TB or 2TB capacities and connects via a local network with Windows, Mac computers (Time Machine compatible) or DLNA devices like the PS3.

It will act as a media file server for photos, music and movies and can be used to backup your home computers. GoFlex Home’s storage can grow by changing the drive module and by adding another disk via the USB port. You can also do both at the same time. If you own an iPhone/iPad or Blackberry, there is also an optional service that will let you access your data while on the go.

Asus UL20FT shipping in August

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on July 19th, 2010

If you are looking for a new notebook, you may want to look into the UL20FT from Asus. The 12.1″ notebook is not only thin and lightweight, but it also has an Intel Core i3-330UM processor, making it much faster than the Japanese version, which has a Celeron U3400 processor.

So we in the US have the faster version, which can be had for $579. It should be released on August 6th. Some other specs include 2GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive, a VGA webcam, HDMI out and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

Marugoto Tamachan portable watermelon cooler

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on July 19th, 2010

When we tire of sending robots into space, watermelons are our next great hope, as evidenced by this watermelon spacesuit. Okay, it’s really a Watermelon cooler, but it clearly shows that Watermelons will inherit the Earth.

The Marugoto Tamachan portable watermelon cooler is a state of the art Watermelon spacesuit that will keep your fruit fresh and succulent. And it can be toted around like a small child at the same time thanks to that handle.

Sony restricts 3D PS3 games to 720p

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on July 19th, 2010

Want to play stereoscopic PS3 titles in full high definition? Too bad. According to Joystiq, Sony guidelines won’t allow for 1080p 3D. They will run even native 1080p content at a lower 720p resolution, allowing enough processing for a smooth 60fps framerate and to reduce eyestrain.

3D Blu-ray movies are exempt from the specification and run at a slower, but larger, 1080p24. Native 1080p titles are hard to come by anyway, so you really can’t complain.

Netflix coming to Canada this fall

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on July 19th, 2010

Hard to believe, but Canadians still are not enjoying the smooth streaming of Netflix. Well, that will soon be cured. Netflix has just announced that it will be taking its first baby steps abroad with a rollout of its video streaming service in Canada.

We don’t have any specifics yet, but Canadians can sign up now to be informed as soon as those details drop. I wonder if it will invade the UK after Canada.