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Elecom USB Flash Drives look like plugs

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

Are you a fan of plugs? Do you like to plug things in and pull them out again because it gives you a rush? Well, you obviously have problems, but maybe these flash drives can satisfy your urge to plug one thing into another thing.

These new Elecom USB Flash Drives are designed to look like wall plugs and come in 4GB capacities. You can get them in your choice of black, blue, green or pink and even include extra data encryption software.

Samsung prices C680 and C490 3D Plasma TVs

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on July 28th, 2010

Samsung has kindly let us know about the pricing of the C680 and C490 active-shutter Plasma 3D TVs. To refresh your memory, the Samsung C680 features a Full-HD resolution with a 2,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, four HDMI ports, a USB port, as well as Samsung’s Internet and DLNA AllShare.

The Samsung C490 is a budget-minded 3D plasma TV that features 720p HD resolution and three HDMI inputs. There’s also the 50-inch PN50C680, 58-inch PN58C680, and 50-inch PN50C490 priced at $1,599, $2,299 and $1,099, respectively.

German Interpad tablet with Tegra 2 T20 chip

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on July 28th, 2010

Nvidia’s Tegra 2 processor will power Interpad’s new tablet, while some other specs include a 10-inch display (capacitive) with multitouch, a dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2 T20 chip, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, 16 Gigs of storage space, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB and HDMI out.

They will also be launching higher-end models of the Interpad that include GPS, a camera and 3G. The no frills Interpad is priced at about €399 which is about $518.

Is this the T-Mobile myTouch 3G HD?

Posted in T-Mobile by Conner Flynn on July 28th, 2010

We don’t have any confirmation as to whether or not this device is a legitimate leak or not, but it has been dubbed the T-Mobile myTouch 3G HD. Speculation is that it could be an upcoming HSPA+ phone from T-Mobile.

Details are few and far between at the moment, but it does look like the silhouette of the phone that was leaked in the T-Mobile HSPA+ teaser page. That’s definitely a large touchscreen, and the Genius button introduced on the myTouch 3G Slide is back, alongside physical home, menu and back buttons.

Lego Headphones

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

I don’t think we’ve ever seen an actual set of Lego headphones before. This Instructables DIYer didn’t just glue a few Lego bricks onto an old pair of headphones either. If you look at the detail, this guy has some awesome skills.

The whole project took about a month and a half to complete. The creator claims that they are sturdy enough to be “tossed around in a bag”. And he can take it apart any time he wants to make repairs that may be needed on the go.

Lumigon T1 Android Smartphone launching in October

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on July 28th, 2010

Lumigon announced a range of Android smartphones at CES and now they have announced that the first of these smartphones will be available in October of this year, the Lumigon T1.

Some features of the Lumigon T1 include a 3.2 inch capacitive TFT touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 320 pixels, 1GHz Freescale i.MX51 processor and a five megapixel camera with built in flash. It has the ability to output HD video in 720p via the built in mini HDMI port, there’s also integrated WiFi and Bluetooth, plus A-GPS and an accelerometer.

Samsung Galaxy S will do MicroUSB to HDMI for Video Out

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

Samsung’s Galaxy S was originally only able to do video out using a 3.5mm audio jack, which is fine, but not if you want to output high-resolution videos. But now Samsung has introduced a Micro USB to HDMI cable that should make viewing videos from your Galaxy S on your HDTV much easier. We didn’t know that was possible, but we’re game.

The cable will cost $50 and will be compatible with Galaxy S phones like the Samsung Vibrant and Samsung Captivate from T-Mobile and AT&T.

Motorola’s new Droid X ad makes fun of iPhone 4

Posted in Apple,Motorola by Shane McGlaun on July 28th, 2010

You have to live under a rock to not know about the issues that iPhone 4 users are having with the antenna on the new smartphone. Apple has admitted there is an issue and has offered up free cases for users to fix the issue.

Apple is even refunding users that bought the bumper case with their smartphone. Motorola is taking the chance to make fun of the iPhone 4 and its need for a case in its new ad for the Droid X.

Samsung unveils ST80 camera with WiFi, swiveling-lens, HMX-E10 pocket camcorder

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

Samsung ST80 is the latest digital camera to feature Wi-Fi, allowing you upload images directly via DLNA or email. It features 3x optical zoom, a 3″ WQVGA touchscreen display, 720p 30fps H.264 video recording, and Samsung’s Smart Crop feature that lets you take angled shots with the ability to straighten them up.

Expect this one to hit the market in September for $250. Perfect for those who want to transfer photos from their camera to a computer without a physical cable.

Sharp makes new LR388G9 LCD controller chip that controls dual screens

Posted in Sharp by Shane McGlaun on July 28th, 2010

I have seen more than one device over the last year that has a pair of touchscreens rather than a touchscreen and a keyboard. The devices are mostly concepts and the reason for that is that there isn’t a lot of support with hardware for dual screens in one device.

Sharp has unveiled a new chip that controls LCD screens on mobile devices called the LR388G9. This chip can control two displays at once with resolution up to 1024 x 480 on each screen. The chip also supports 1080p output via HDMI.

HP tosses new Quadro FX 5000M GPU into EliteBook 8740W

Posted in HP by Shane McGlaun on July 28th, 2010

NVIDIA announced a new GPU this week that is aimed at the pro user needing tons of graphics power. HP announced that it would be offering the new GPU in one of its high-end business notebooks called the EliteBook 8740W.

The GPU that HP is using is the new NVIDIA Quadro FX 5000M with 2GB of RAM. The notebook has a 17-inch screen and can be fitted with 16GB of RAM. The machine can also be fitted with a Core i7 Extreme Edition processor.

Piss on Apple with cool android t-shirt

Posted in clothing by Shane McGlaun on July 28th, 2010

Yeah I have wanted to kill my iPhone on a few occasions by hurling it at Steve Jobs’ testes. I really like the phone, but the thing can be frustrating at times, especially when the battery goes dead after half a day’s use.

I bet there are scores of Android fans out there who would heartily say piss on Apple. If you are one of this cadre of Android fans, we have found your club t-shirt. This shirt is on a French site called t12lve creations and the shirt is dubbed Andromod.

Amazon runs out of Kindles ahead of new model

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

Today Amazon set some tongues wagging by running out of stock of the six-inch Kindle. In the first shortage since 2009, the reader is listed as unavailable but more interestingly doesn’t have an estimated in-stock date. Shoppers are simply told that they will be e-mailed when Amazon learns more.

It could just be due to the price drop to $189. The Kindle device did see sales spike after the cut. The timing is curious though, since the next-generation Kindle is rumored to be shipping in August. Hopefully the next Kindle will have more in common with the iPad.

V-Swing is a camcorder for golfers

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

Golfers can use the V-Swing camcorder to capture their swing on camera. The gooseneck-mounted camera can be bent every which way while still offering a rotation of up to 270 degrees. When used with a 170 degree wide angle lens, you can capture your swing with the V-Swing attached to your golf cart or bag.

Now you can even analyze that swing in slow motion with high speed frame rate capability. See if it’s as good as you think. Other features include 60MB of built-in memory, an SDHC memory card slot and a rechargeable lithium polymer battery good for about 5 hours.

SanDisk ships its smallest USB thumb drive, the Cruzer Blade

Posted in SanDisk by Conner Flynn on July 27th, 2010

SanDisk claims that its Cruzer Blade is the world’s smallest USB flash drive. We believe it. The drive is “about the size of a standard size paper clip and weighing approximately the same as a penny.”

It’s perfect for hanging from your keyring, when not getting lost in the folds of your couch and such. It’s available in capacities from 2GB to 16GB, with prices from $14.99 to $77.99. When they say small they mean small, just not in price.