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Snowflake iPod dock arrives early

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on July 29th, 2010

Designer Sylvain Gerber must have winter on his mind. And he, like us, is sick of all docks looking the same. So he came up with this neat Snowflake Dock. It boasts lights that change according to the current music track that is playing.

It’s a concept right now, but some manufacturer will surely make it. How can they resist? Not only is it a snowflake, but it changes colors. It’s perfect for a Christmas tree topper. What do you think?

Panasonic announces new Toughbook Permanent Display Removable Computer

Posted in Panasonic by Conner Flynn on July 29th, 2010

Panasonic has announced its latest Toughbook Permanent Display Removable Computer (PDRC) which will merge a vehicle-mounted display and full-functioning keyboard together for heightened accessibility within public safety vehicles.

Some of the upgrades to the PDRC include a brighter touchscreen display, improved user visibility and less connection cables. This will be add unprecedented flexibility to in-vehicle computing and it will work seamlessly with other Toughbook mobile computers like the Toughbook U1, H1 Field, 19 and 31.

Nintendo 3DS release date to be announced on September 29

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on July 29th, 2010

So now we have a date on which they will announce the release date for the 3DS. That seems just a tad silly to us. Why do we need a date to announce the date? Just tell us already. Nintendo has revealed that it will be releasing the official Nintendo 3DS date along with pricing details on September 29.

Mighty nice of them. We’re guessing it will be just before Christmas 2010. Then again, it could be as far off as Christmas in 2011.

Sprint prepping iPod touch case with Wi-Fi hotspot?

Posted in Sprint by Conner Flynn on July 29th, 2010

Check this out. An FCC filing has signaled a unique Sprint plan to capture Apple device users. A ZTE device called the Peel would serve as an iPod touch case but would hold a full 3G-to-Wi-Fi mobile hotspot in its back. This would give the iPod and other nearby devices, an always-on 3G connection without needing a separate MiFi.

The Peel’s capabilities aren’t fully known, but it would obviously have its own battery; there’s no Dock Connector or similar attachment to whatever device it would hold. A mini USB port on one side will let owners charge from a computer or the wall power adapter.

Is the Apple iPod nano a possible fire hazard?

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on July 29th, 2010

Not that we knew of. However, Japan’s industry ministry has just ordered Apple to report on selected steps it will take concerning cases of iPod nanos overheating, which gives it a risk of catching fire. So far, overheating cases concerning the 2005 iPod nano while charging have caused at least 27 incidents. Out of those half a dozen fires were recorded which required firefighters to be called.

Aside from that, four different people suffered burns when they touched the device which overheated during charging. Apparently the ministry issued Apple Japan to take measures several times, but nothing has been done yet.

Toshiba unveils 3D upgrade kit for its Blu-ray recorders

Posted in Toshiba by Conner Flynn on July 29th, 2010

Toshiba is making a 3D upgrade kit available for its range of Blu-ray recorders, in the wake of it’s Regza line of 3D HDTVs. All of their new Blu-ray recorders will pack a hard drive inside, while the flagship RD-X10 will feature 2TB of storage space, letting you play 3D movies right out of the box. It will arrive in Japan this September for $2,500.

There will also be three more models which take advantage of the 3D upgrade kit, but so far there is no word on pricing. The company is going pretty heavy on 3D obviously.

Porsche 918 Spyder to go into production

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on July 29th, 2010

If you are into green, hybrids, and performance cars a new Porsche concept was unveiled a while back that combined all three called the 918 Spyder. That car looked awesome and packed in a very powerful hybrid power train.

The car was powered by a 500hp V8 engine along with a pair of 109hp electric motors fed by lithium ion batteries. Porsche claims that the car would be capable of 78mpg.

Nexus One/Arduino SmallSat blasted 28k feet into air on rocket

Posted in DIY by Shane McGlaun on July 29th, 2010

When I was a kid, I used to build those Estes rocket kits that you could shoot into the air a few hundred feet. I always seemed to get the tail fins crooked and the things would fly all sideways and stuff.

A couple geeks have taken rocketry to the next level and put a SmallSat made up of an Nexus One smartphone and Arduino onto the back of a big rocket dubbed intimidator-5 and blasted the thing into the sky. The project was followed by Make for its DIY Space issue.

Proximity charger for EVs debuts from Evatran

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on July 29th, 2010

I am sure that we have all forgot to put gas in our car at one time or another and gone out to go somewhere and realized we didn’t have enough gas. That is easy enough to fix in a gas powered car, you just go the station and fill up.

If you are driving an EV and realize you forgot to plug it in, you are out of luck. I know if I had a car that needed to be plugged in each night I would forget to do that eventually. A company called Evatran has announced a cool new proximity charger for EVs.

OWC offers more RAM for buyers of new iMac

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on July 29th, 2010

Every time I look at computers on a manufacturer’s site, I get a little sick to my stomach when I see how much they want to charge you for RAM and HDD upgrades. Sometimes even a small upgrade can add a $100 or more to the price you pay.

If you tend to buy your rigs with the minimum RAM available and upgrade alter you aren’t alone. OWC has announced that it has new RAM kits put together specifically for the newly updated iMac computers.

LG Mobile App Store to open in 23 Markets

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on July 28th, 2010

LG actually launched their mobile application store a while back, but now the company has updated the store, expanding it to 23 countries. Places like Australia, India, South Africa, and 20 others. There are over 3,000 apps in the store, which are available for feature phones, Windows Mobile phones, with Android applications will expand the library over time.

Looks like a quick peek at the Australian store shows that all apps are free for download, though users are separated into Single, Double, or Triple membership levels. Each level offers users more access to additional apps. Activity points are earned by rating apps, sharing it over email or other methods.

New Kindles now available for pre-order

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on July 28th, 2010

Well, that didn’t take long. If the new Kindle models get your reading juices flowing and you are a true bookworm, they’re now on Amazon and available for pre-order.

Both the WiFi-only and WiFi / 3G models are shipping on August 27th, so you won’t have too long of a wait. The former comes in graphite and the latter in graphite and white options. The prices are shown above. Are you getting one or do you have your eyes and heart set on an iPad?

LG to release several Windows Phone 7 handsets in 2010

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on July 28th, 2010

Once again an LG representative has confirmed that a Windows Phone 7-powered handset is on the way and due in September. That handset is expected to be called the Pacific. The company also said that more WP7 devices are coming before year’s end.

LG is the third largest cellphone maker, behind Nokia and Samsung. Its phone shipments are slowly increasing, but it has fallen into losses due to a lack of smartphones, which has allowed Apple, RIM and other companies to grow much faster. Most of LG’s efforts this past year have focused on Android with only small efforts spent on Windows Mobile.

Hulu viewers dropping by 45% according to ComScore

Posted in Hulu by Conner Flynn on July 28th, 2010

It appears that Hulu has some tough times ahead. The popular video streaming site used to be the number 2 video site behind YouTube, but not anymore. It is not as popular as we thought according to the Los Angeles Times.

According to the report, the numbers of viewers over at Hulu has plunged 45 percent and dropped to 24 million in June. But is it really that bad? It should be noted that this is following an overhaul of “ComScore’s methodology”, now ranking it at No. 10 among video websites.

Nintendo DS R4 Game Cards are now illegal in the UK

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on July 28th, 2010

Never heard of R4 cards? R4 game cards are basically blank cards for the Nintendo DS that can be used to load homebrew software on to the DS. They can also be used for pirated Nintendo DS games.

But now the High Court in the UK has just made selling, importing and advertising the sale of R4 cards illegal in the UK. Needless to say, Nintendo is happy about this. They released the following statement: