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Apple updates all-in-one iMac line

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

Apple has introduced a new range of all-in-one iMac models which run on your choice of Intel Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors along with powerful new graphics capabilities. Prices start at $1,199 upwards. These are the fastest iMacs ever thanks to dual-core processor speeds of up to 3.6GHz, with quad-core speeds at 2.93GHz.

They are also eco-friendly with Energy Star 5.0 requirements and EPEAT Gold status. Some other specifications include an SD memory card slot in SDXC format, a 256GB solid state drive as a primary or secondary drive, LED-backlit display, and Mac OS X Snow Leopard as the operating system.

Augen’s $150 Android tablet hits Kmart stores later this week

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on July 26th, 2010

Augen is offering its $149.99 7-inch Android tablet at Kmart. It just hit the circulars. It’s an Android 2.1 tablet with WiFi, 2GB of storage and 256MB of RAM for just 150 bucks. Augen says that it will have access to the Android “Market App Store.”

The price is certainly right and if you want to pick one up the device should be hitting shelves later this week, though the company was unsure it would ever be on Kmart’s online store. At that price it should have no problems finding buyers.

iPad knockoff runs Android, has a Camera, costs just $129

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on July 26th, 2010

This is one fake iPad that sure is tempting. It runs Android for one thing and is similarly styled to the iPad. It sports a 7″ touchscreen LCD with a 800×480 resolution. Under the hood it’s running on 2GB NAND Flash, and it can be expanded via SDHC TF cards to 16GB.

There’s also wifi, a 0.3 megapixel camera, 2 USB ports, and it even comes with a dongle that adds an ethernet jack and two USB ports.

Audio-Technica ATH-XS7 and ATH-XS5 headphones

Posted in Headphones by Conner Flynn on July 26th, 2010

Audio-Technica has introduced not one but two new headphones for the mass market today. They sport an interesting design, almost retro and apparently come in several colors.

The ATH-XS7 and ATH-XS5 both come equipped with a “Wide Back Band” headband, a 110dB/mW output and a 47-Ohm impedance. Sadly we have no info on pricing or availability yet, but hopefully we will know more soon. Then we can buy them and hopefully it will be music to our ears.

Does the iPad make Kindle owners feel ashamed of their device?

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on July 26th, 2010

When a better gadget comes along and you are stuck with the old and less flashy version, do you feel ashamed? Richard Stephenson over at Folio recently wrote about how magazine publishers are getting their content onto the iPad, and shared an interesting anecdote about how the shiny, sexy iPad has made some Kindle owners feel ashamed of their “relic.”

I can see that. Feeling frustrated at least. You want the sexy model, but there you are stuck with this old has-been. The iPad is a sleek, full-color touchscreen device where e-reading as just one of its abilities. But to really be ashamed of your Kindle? It’s just a device.

Control this Nintendo game with your face

Posted in Nintendo DSi by Conner Flynn on July 26th, 2010

The Nintendo Wii has exercised our bodies and now it aims to work out those facial muscles as well with this game that requires you to use your face to control it. The DSi Ware game called “Kao Glider” (Face Glider in English) allows you to control a hang glider with just your face.

As it flies around the skies, the camera captures your facial expressions and translates them into a gaming movement (up, down and around). It might just make your face sore and tone it up so that these games replace plastic surgery one day.

Citibank iPhone app ‘Accidentally Saved Personal Information’

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on July 26th, 2010

You are not always as safe as you think you are. Citibank revealed that it’s U.S. iPhone app accidentally saved personal information including account numbers. At least the company did the right thing and owned up to this security flaw.

In fact, they have already rolled out an updated iPhone app that patches the problems. According to Citibank, this flaw only affected users of their mobile banking app. Credit card customers who use Citibank’s services via a separate iPhone application were believed to be safe.

Lightsaber wall lamps will geek up any room

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on July 26th, 2010

Look, we all love Lightsabers and we all need some light in our man-caves. This is the perfect geek way to light any room as if it were a Jedi temple. Each wall-mountable light measures 27-inches tall, and has LEDs inside the lightsaber blade which produce seven colorful effects.

Each light includes a remote control, because let’s face it, Jedi powers don’t come easy. They run on 5 AAA batteries, but since they use LEDs, they should last for a long time before they need changing.

HyperMac iPad Stand is also a charger

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on July 26th, 2010

We are always looking to minimize desk clutter, so we are always happy to see items like this. HyperShop’s latest iPad stand offers a built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery for up to 16 hours of extra life.

Extra life is sweet, even outside of video games. The HyperMac stand has two slots at 18 and 45 degree angles, for superior viewing of movies and easier reading. It will also accept your iPad while it wears Apple’s official case.

Acer Stream launch confirmed for August 9th

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on July 26th, 2010

The Acer Stream product page had already been spotted over at Expansys, with the new Android smartphone showing up there with an early August release date, but now it’s all officially official. The Stream will arrive on August 9th 2010, for £399 including VAT ($615), although the product page is showing August 7th as the due date.

For that price you will be getting yourself a 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED touchscreen, HSDPA, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, Bluetooth 3.0 and WiFi b/g/n, all a form that is just 11.2mm thick. The OS is Android 2.1 with some Acer tweaks, and there’s also an HDMI output.

Dell announces solutions for Studio XPS 1645 throttling issue

Posted in Dell by Shane McGlaun on July 26th, 2010

Dell has had the Studio XPS 1645 notebook on the market for several months now. The device has known throttling issues in some usage scenarios.

Dell has offered a solution to the problem that includes a new BIOS and a replacement power supply. The throttling issue was found to be related to the low power output of the power supply according to Dell.

Active Media Products unveils DOM for servers and embedded systems

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on July 26th, 2010

Active Media Products has unveiled a new storage solution for servers and embedded systems that are short on space and don’t need lots of storage space. The new solution is the IDA Disk-on-Module.

The DOM is a small MLC flash storage solution with 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB of storage. The device is fully Linux and Windows compatible. The DOM module slips directly into the IDE port on the mainboard.

MyFord Touch and Sync hands on

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on July 26th, 2010

Last week I spent a couple days with Ford in Dearborn, Michigan checking out the new MyFord Touch and Sync system that will debut first in the 2011 Edge SUV. This very cool system allows the driver to customize the view on the instrument panel to suit whatever their focus is.

The MyFord Touch system on the 2011 Edge has a large analog tach in the center of the cluster with two smaller 4.2-inch LCD screen on each side. Using the dual D-pad controller located on each side of the steering wheel you can move through all manner of gauges and information related to the entertainment, navigation, and climate controls of the vehicle. The system also has a larger 8-inch touchscreen in the dash that shows navigation and other items.

iPhone 4 to arrive on T-Mobile on July 30th?

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on July 26th, 2010

Take this one with the necessary grains of salt as it is just a rumor at the moment, but word is that the iPhone 4 might be arriving on T-Mobile’s network on July 30th. If the rumor turns out to be true, the iPhone 4 will be offered without a pay-as-you-go option.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumors that T-Mobile would be getting the iPhone and as usual there’s nothing concrete to confirm it. We’ll leave it to you to decide if it’s true or not.

Mac Mini gets colorful thanks to Colorware

Posted in Mac by Conner Flynn on July 26th, 2010

No gadget shall be spared Colorware’s wrath. The Mac Mini is the latest to get it’s technicolor dream coat as the folks at Colorware have added Apple’s Mac Mini to their roster.

The $250 price tag is for the paintjob by itself and it’s $1,000 if you want them to provide the hardware as well. So, who is buying all these colorful gadgets anyway? Probably a handful of rich dudes with a very colorful rainbow home.