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iPad hits nine more countries this Friday

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

The iPad has been an amazing success here and in Britain. Now Apple will be introducing it in nine new markets. The Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand and Singapore are all getting the device this Friday, July 23.

The iPad’s sales pace has slowed down recently, but this should get things going again. No info on local pricing yet. “Many” more countries are promised before the end of the year, so the iPad should dominate the world in no time.

Motorola’s rugged i1 headed for Sprint on July 25 for $150 on contract

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

Well, it took four whole months after this thing was shown at CTIA, but Motorola’s i1 finally has a date with Sprint. The first Android-equipped smartphone with Nextel Direct Connect goes nationwide on July 25th through telesales and websites. Other Sprint channels will see it on August 8th.

This phone has military grade ruggedness and push-to-talk capabilities. Sadly, Android 1.5 is getting old but it might be better than what you have now. It will cost you $149.99 with a two-year contract.

iRecord Pro records TV to your iPad and iPhone 4

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on July 18th, 2010

iRecord has just released it’s updated iRecord Pro which supports both the iPad and iPhone 4. It allows you to turn your iPad into an even more dedicated portable entertainment device.

The iRecord Pro will now let you record TV, Video, and audio directly to your iPad or iPhone 4. That’s pretty handy if you absolutely can’t miss that all important TV show you’ve been waiting all week for.

Funko releases Star Wars Headphones

Posted in Headphones by Conner Flynn on July 18th, 2010

Apparently Funko is now in the headphone business. Their Funko-Tronics division hasn’t wasted any time, as they have just launched 5 different pairs of headphones, designed after Star Wars characters. You have Darth Vader, a Clone Trooper, a Stormtrooper, Boba Fett, and the Rebel Alliance.

Sharp’s new Bluray Recorders will be compatible with BDXL Discs

Posted in Sharp by Conner Flynn on July 18th, 2010

Are you excited about the new 100GB and 128GB Bluray discs coming our way? We’re excited too, but the discs will not be compatible with current Bluray players and recorders.

Since the discs are coming from Sharp, they are the company with the first machines that can use them. They’ve announced two new Bluray recorders that will be fully compatible with the new BDXL format and will support 3D Blurays too.

Yaratta bear reads your tweets, looks cute

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on July 18th, 2010

Reading through your Twitter feed is easy enough. You really shouldn’t need any help unless you follow 5000 people. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make it more fun.

This colorful little teddy bear is Yaratta and when you use an iPhone app it accesses your Twitter account and reads out the Tweets for you. All while looking cute. Twitter fans can even hook him up in their car where he will tweet for you.

Nokia C6-01 to have an 8 MP camera, Ovi Maps

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on July 18th, 2010

Nokia fans will be pleased to know that the C6-01 has an 8 megapixel camera along with dual-LED flash. You’ll also get all of usual features like Wi-fi, GPS with Ovi Maps, a QWERTY keyboard, etc.

The C6-01 appeared on Nokia Netherlands’ official website, although it wasn’t officially announced in a press release. Pictured is the back of the C6-01. The front of the C6-01 is similar to the C6-00. The phone is priced at €279 (the C6-00 should be around €220).

Thanko Bluetooth Handset Digital Watch

Posted in Bluetooth by Conner Flynn on July 18th, 2010

The folks at Thanko are always thinking. Sometimes that’s good, sometimes bad. Their latest creation is geared toward those who need both a Bluetooth handset and a watch and don’t mind an ugly hunk of plastic on their wrist.

The Bluetooth Handset Digital Watch from Thanko features a large LCD display that will show your basic call information, the time, and battery status. To make/receive a call, just pull it off your watch and put it in your ear.

Acer announces Slim S1 monitors

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on July 18th, 2010

Acer has announced its new S1 Series LCD displays, which are extremely thin and eco-friendly. Available display sizes range from 18.5-inch to 23-inches and just 13mm-15mm thin. That’s so thin, you’ll want to feed it. You can expect low environmental impact, thanks to the use of eco-friendly materials and low power consumption.

These displays offer VGA and DVI ports with HDCP encryption, an HDMI port (on the 21 and 23-inch models), a 12,000,000:1 contrast ratio, 5ms response time, and full HD resolution.

Brother to replace AA & AAA with vibration charged batteries

Posted in Batteries by Conner Flynn on July 18th, 2010

Many devices have moved away from AA and AAA batteries in favor of lithium-ion rechargeable batteries. But for things like TV remotes, the use of AA and AAA batteries are still the norm. We have rechargeable versions of these batteries, but sadly most people still rely on the standard one use versions and throw them away.

Brother has an alternative for low-power devices. A new Vibration-power Generating battery (VpGB) has been created which can be produced in both AA and AAA sizes. It does not contain a certain amount of energy which gets discharged and then becomes useless though. Instead, shaking the battery generates power which can then be used immediately.

Droid X sold out online, hard to find at retail

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on July 18th, 2010

According to Verizon, the company had “done everything possible” to make sure there was an adequate supply of the Droid X, but I guess they had no idea that the demand, much like the Droid Incredible would be overwhelming.

The Motorola handset is already out of stock online (right now with a ten-day delay) and in many retail stores as well. Verizon confirmed the shortages, saying that the company was pleased with initial sales, and that though they were “successful at keeping up with early demand” supplies are “low or out.”

Samsung Captivate now shipping from AT&T

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on July 18th, 2010

Right on schedule, the Samsung Captivate is shipping from AT&T. We know that you’ve been waiting for AT&T’s latest high-end Android smartphone and now you can get it in your hands.

The Captivate is AT&T’s version of Samsung’s Galaxy S line of high-end Android phones, with a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen and a 1GHz Hummingbird core. Why not go ahead and add this Android 2.1 handset to your shopping cart?

10.4-inch Digital Photo Frame doubles as a USB monitor

Posted in Digital Photo Frames by Conner Flynn on July 17th, 2010

Digital photo frames are neat, but when you tire of displaying the same images, what can you do with it? Well, in this case you can use it as a USB monitor. The WIN ACCORD DF10411-13 10.4-inch digital photo frame doubles as a USB monitor for a notebook, thanks to EzDisplay software.

The device supports SD cards, MMC, Memory Stick readers and USB flash drives. Nothing on pricing or a release date yet, but we should know soon. Hopefully we will see it in the US.

Droid Incredible gets One-Click Root

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on July 17th, 2010

Rooting your device to get full access can be quite a process, you have to break down those walls like breaking into a fortress, but it’s getting easier thanks to the folks who do such things. After the HTC Droid Incredible was rooted, the folks behind Unrevoked decided that it was time for a one-click root method to be available to the masses.

The process should be as easy as clicking once. If you weren’t planning to root your HTC Droid Incredible, maybe this method will make it more attractive to you.

Next Wii may not be 3D

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on July 16th, 2010

With everyone going crazy for 3D, it’s nice to hear that Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto believes that the company’s next console won’t be a 3D gaming console, despite the upcoming portable 3DS.

He believes that there aren’t enough people with 3D TVs in their home, so it doesn’t really make sense. We can’t argue with that. He also stated that we shouldn’t expect a successor to the Wii anytime soon. It’s still some way off.