Archive for July, 2010

Vapor4 iPhone 4 bumper

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on July 1st, 2010

The iPhone 4 is prone to shatter easily, with that tiny plastic bezel. And also, touching its metal rim causes interference. The Vapor4 bumper is made of aluminum and just may solve the iPhone 4′s design problems. It looks great while doing it.

They are made of aluminum, and they have an interior liner that separates the metal from the antenna, insulating it. The manufacturer’s tests showed no interference whatsoever across all models of iPhone.

Amazon unveils new graphite Kindle DX

Posted in Amazon by Shane McGlaun on July 1st, 2010

I just mentioned that the original Kindle was the deal on Woot today. Amazon has also announced a new Kindle DX with a big screen in a new graphite color. The new DX has a 9.7-inch screen and offers 3G connectivity.

Like previous DX models, that wireless connectivity is free. The device has a screen with 50% better contrast than previous models and the screen can be read in direct sunlight. The overall size of the device is 10.4″ x 7.2″ x 0.38″.

DIY iPhone 4 case made from a $1 bracelet

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on July 1st, 2010

It sucks laying out more money for iPhone accessories. When is enough enough? All of that money adds up. So how do you make a super cheap case and save some dough? Well, Oliver Nelson has used a rubber wristband to act as a bumper on his phone.

They are apparently an almost perfect fit when stretched around the 4′s antennae. A 1.125-inch long by 0.125-inch wide incision (into the unstretched band) is necessary to keep the 30-pin port and speakers open, but otherwise it’s pretty easy and dirt cheap too.

Amazon Kindle on Woot for a steal

Posted in Amazon by Shane McGlaun on July 1st, 2010

Ok, this has been on Woot all day so far, so I’m not sure how much longer you have. If you want a Kindle and want to save $40 off the normal price, you need to hurry. The original Kindle is the deal on Woot today.

You can grab up the original Kindle for $149.99 plus $5 shipping. That is a steal considering the price was only dropped to $189.99 not long ago. This is a real Kindle, not a knock off and it’s not a refurb either.

Nyko announces two new Raven PS3 controllers

Posted in Nyko by Conner Flynn on July 1st, 2010

I don’t think I’ve ever seen an uglier PS3 controller. Nyko is describing the feel of these controllers as “silky”. Even if that’s true, it’s like pouring perfume on a pig. The line includes a standard PS3 configuration as well as an Xbox 360 inspired “alternate” layout that flips the position of the left analog stick and d-pad for a more ergonomic feel, despite it’s looks.

Both connect wirelessly to your system via a USB dongle, and will cost $35 later this summer.

Sony not “recalling” Vaio notebooks, firmware fix is available

Posted in Sony by Shane McGlaun on July 1st, 2010

Yesterday I mentioned that Sony was having an issue with some 530k of its Vaio notebooks where they could overheat and cause distortion of the plastic chassis of the machine. There were mixed reports that the machines were being recalled along with reports that a firmware fix was being offered.

These mixed reports left a lot of us wondering exactly what was going on. Apparently, both things were true. To most of us when you say recall, we think box it up and send it back. Sony and the Consumer Product Safety commission have issued a “recall” on the machines.