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Archive for July, 2010

POD Lamp gives light and keeps your desk neat

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

Here’s a lamp with a neat design. It will keep your table free of clutter and your iPhone charged. Great way to reduce cable clutter. The OttLite POD Lamp comes with an iPod dock, wire management, and will charge other cell phones and MP3 players too.

The lamp is adjustable for different heights and angles, and packs a 13 Watt OttLite HD bulb good for up to 10,000 hours. It’s available in both black or white, and will cost you $112.

Pioneer unveils Web-enabled Blu-ray Players

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

Pioneer has loaded its Blu-ray players with some pretty nice features, especially the BDP-330 and BDP-LX53 players. These players can play YouTube videos and RSS feeds, since they are internet connected thanks to the onboard Ethernet port, or optional Wi-Fi USB dongle.

These players can also decode high-resolution Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound and are BD-Live-ready. They support the iControlAV app, which lets your iPhone and iPod touch control them.

Firefox Home on your iPhone

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

There’s no mobile version of Firefox for the iPhone yet, but the Firefox Home app lets you sync your desktop browsing session to your iPhone and browse it via Safari while you’re on the go. It’s not a real browser like Firefox, but we weren’t even sure that Apple would give the go ahead to Firefox Home.

Luckily they did. The app is available in the App Store, and there are instructions on Mozilla’s blog to get you started. Anyone interested in this one?

Quirky Tilt for iPhone 4 surfaces

Posted in Mobile Accessories by Shane McGlaun on July 16th, 2010

Quirky has made some of the coolest gadgets and off the wall products I have seen over the last few months. The latest product to come from Quirky is for the iPhone 4 and is called the Tilt.

The Tilt case has a flip down section that can be used to prop the phone up in portrait or landscape modes. The case is offered in black or purple/white colors and the thing is a bumper style case. It should keep you from blocking the antenna and help reception too.

Specs for new Nikon D3100 DSLR surface

Posted in Nikon by Shane McGlaun on July 16th, 2010

Nikon is one of the biggest names in digital cameras and makes a popular line of DSLR cameras and point-and-shoot cameras as well. A new entry-level DSLR camera is coming to market called the D3100 with one very impressive new feature.

The big new feature is that the camera has continuous auto focus in video recording mode and in live view mode. The camera will also have a new auto focus point configuration covering a large portion of the viewfinder.

SilverStone shows off cool Sugo SG07 SFF PC case

Posted in Computer Cases by Shane McGlaun on July 16th, 2010

I am starting more and more to appreciate small form factor computers. Not only do they take less space, but they are often quieter as well. SilverStone has unveiled a new PC case called the Sugo SG07 that is designed for Mini-ITX mainboards.

The case ships with a 600W PSU that is 80 Plus Bronze certified and has a single 12V rail. The case has a 180mm fan, which is larger than the mainboard the case is designed for.

Sharp BDXL discs hit Japan on July 30

Posted in Sharp by Shane McGlaun on July 16th, 2010

You may have thought that the capacity of a Blu-ray disc was plenty for your storage needs. Other folks don’t think so and a while back, the BDXL specification was released for 100GB and 128GB BDXL media.

Sharp has unveiled the first BDXL media in Japan with plans to launch it on the market on July 30 for 5000 Yen per disc. The company says that the media will only be compatible at first with its BD-HDW700 Blu-ray player and writer.

Speck’s Fitted ArtsProjekt available for iPod Touch

Posted in iPod Touch by Conner Flynn on July 15th, 2010

The iPod Touch has been feeling pretty neglected lately with all of the iPhone 4 and iPad news. So Speck has come out with two new Fitted Artsprojekt cases. The cases have been designed by some of the world’s most progressive artists and members of Artsprojekt.

They should add a touch of sophistication to your device. The designs are printed on soft fabric and then fitted onto Speck’s hard-shell cases. The two new cases feature designs by Jared Nickerson, who created the “Mother Nature” theme. The second case has artwork from J. David McKenney.

Tokyoflash Wavelength watch

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on July 15th, 2010

Tokyoflash has unveiled their latest timepiece called the Wavelength. This one looks a bit out of character for the company, but still pretty neat. It features an always on LCD display and user selectable LED backlighting.

As usual, telling time with this watch is a bit confusing. The hour is displayed in digits in negative space in the center of the display, while minutes are shown as the ring of blocks surrounding the digits. The first rotation of minutes in positive blocks to 30 minutes, then the second rotation in negative blocks to 60.

Sony NWZ-E450 Walkman

Posted in Walkman by Conner Flynn on July 15th, 2010

You could be like everyone else and get an iPod, but if you want an alternative, Sony’s NWZ-E450 Walkman is an interesting choice. It’s available in five delicious colors, and supports .lrc files, which means that you can use it as a karaoke machine if you like.

This Walkman can dim the singer’s voice and some other features include a 2.2-inch QVGA display, customizable desktop wallpaper, music and video playback. You’ll get 50 hours of music on a full charge.

TextHook Stroller Smartphone Holder

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on July 15th, 2010

So you need to make a choice between holding your infant and holding your phone, but it’s not socially acceptable to let your kid crawl around on the sidewalk while you answer texts. The $25.99 TextHook Stroller Smartphone Holder is the answer.

It allows you to wheel your baby around in a stroller, while your smartphone remains right in front of you at all times, just waiting for a thief to come by and rip it right off.

Droid X now available

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on July 15th, 2010

The wait is over my droid loving friends. The Motorola Droid X is now available via Verizon Wireless’ online store, or from Best Buy. It’s retailing for $199.99, with a 2-year deal.

Hurry and get yours now. This is a high end Android-powered smartphone, people. Who knows how long supplies will last. Free shamwow with every purchase, but the shamwow offer is void in Alaska and Hawaii. Sorry Hawaii.

LAVA launches Alpha keypad phone

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on July 15th, 2010

The folks at Lava International Ltd have come up with a couple of handsets called the Lava B2 and Lava B5 They look like a BlackBerry at first, but use Alpha keyboards instead of the familiar QWERTY.

The Alpha features a totally radical alphabet arrangement in fact, using alphabetical order. This would be good for those who use cellphones, but are not comfortable with QWERTY keypads.

Road SMS turns Samsung Galaxy S transparent

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on July 15th, 2010

Check out this application if you own the new Samsung Galaxy S. The Road SMS is available exclusively through the Samsung Apps download store on the Galaxy S and will create an optical illusion of the handset being transparent by overlaying a QWERTY keyboard on top of a live view from the phone’s camera.

It allows you to text while walking, so you can pay attention and not walk into things, fall down an open manhole, get hit by a car or step in dog poop while texting.

Google could use mouse movements to influence search rankings

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on July 15th, 2010

Google is very secretive about how it decides what sites come up first on any given search. The formula changes regularly to keep people from figuring it out. It’s about to get even harder to predict. A new patent filed by Google on Tuesday would allow Google to analyze information about where on a page users hover their mouse cursor.

The idea is that this will show the search giant what people were interested in, but didn’t actually click on. Sound insane? It does to me. If you are typing, your cursor is just left in some random spot on your screen most likely.