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iMac iPad Stand

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

Mac fans will want to get their hands on one of these stands for $50. What’s $50 after everything else you’ve spent on Apple gear? Besides, this solid aluminum and polycarbonate stand mimics the iMac.

It even has the hole for cords and supports both portrait and landscape configurations, along with three angles of tilt each. It looks solid, but I wonder if it actually is. It would need to weigh enough to really keep your iPad in place.

Acer intros S201HL, S211HL and S231HL LCD monitors

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

Acer is offering up three new monitors in the US. The new S1 series is between 13mm and 15mm thick, and they will be available in 20-, 21.5- and 23-inch sizes. All offer white LED backlighting, an Energy Star 5.0 sticker, 12,000,000:1 (dynamic) contrast ratio, 5ms response time, 250 nits of brightness and 16.7m colors.

The larger two offer a native 1,920 x 1,080 resolution and connections including VGA, DVI and HDMI (23-inch only). They will be hitting US shelves for $169.99 for the S201HL, $219.99 for the S211HL and $269.99 for the S231HL.

StressEraser Portable BioFeedback Device

Posted in Biometrics by Conner Flynn on July 25th, 2010

There are lots of ways to beat stress. Some work well, some not so well. This device looks like a good gadget that will help. It’s called the StressEraser Portable BioFeedback Device. Just slide your finger in and it tells you your heart rate.

That way you know when it’s time to calm down. It also tells you how to calm yourself down through rhythmic breathing by monitoring the peaks and dips of your heart rate. The screen goes all haywire when you are stressed and will get all smooth as jazz when you calm down.

BlackBerry 9780 packs OS 6 in Bold Form Factor

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on July 25th, 2010

BlackBerry’s OS 6 hasn’t launched officially, but here’s another phone from the line. This one is the 9780 and features 512 MB of memory with looks similar to the Bold 9700. It is able to run on OS 6.

Aside from that detail we can likely expect a 5-megapixel camera included with the device, which seems to be the new standard for BlackBerrys these days. The BlackBerry Atlas will likely be the 9780′s CDMA counterpart, and has a similar stat line.

BlackBerry Curve 9300 with T-Mobile logo

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on July 25th, 2010

Good news Blackberry fans. The BlackBerry Curve 9300 arrived at the FCC last week, but now we are getting a closer look at it. You may notice that very interesting T-Mobile logo at the bottom. This will likely not support an upgrade to BlackBerry OS 6 and we still don’t know when it will arrive in the US.

Looks like T-Mobile in the US and Rogers in Canada will carry this one to start. To refresh your memory, some specs include 256MB RAM, 256MB ROM, Wi-Fi, a 624MHz processor, a 320 x 240 resolution QVGA display, 2-megapixel camera with no flash and UMA support.

Dell Streak and Logitech diNovo Mini keyboard hook up

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on July 25th, 2010

Turns out that the Dell Streak works pretty well with a 5″ Bluetooth keyboard like the Logitech diNovo Mini. They can spend the night attached and then go their separate ways in the morning if they desire.

The Streak does come with Bluetooth, making it easy to synchronize with the keyboard and eliminating your typing troubles. The Logitech diNovo Mini will cost about $100, but finding a used one for a bit cheaper can also happen.

HTC Vision to hit T-Mobile as the G1 Blaze

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on July 25th, 2010

The T-Mobile G1 was the first Android-powered smartphone in the world, and as such it will now get a successor called the G1 Blaze. One look will tell you that this is the HTC Vision, which will apparently feature a 1GHz processor, a somewhat spacious keyboard and 3.7″ WVGA display.

Rumors indicate that it will appear on T-Mobile, but no one is sure if that means T-Mobile Europe or T-Mobile USA. Anyway, you can start saving your money and hope it heads your way sometime soon.

MSI GT660R hits the US

Posted in MSI by Conner Flynn on July 25th, 2010

Good news MSI fans. MSI’s GT660R is a 16″ gaming laptop that has finally arrived in the US, with some nice specifications like an Intel Core i7-740QM quad-core 1.73GHz processor, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX285M 1GB graphics card, 6GB DDR3 RAM, 1TB of hard drive space and a Blu-ray combo drive.

It also delivers a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels and sports a 720p webcam. The GT660 also features 802.11n Wi-Fi, Gigabit LAN, Bluetooth, a couple of USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, an eSATA/USB combo port, ExpressCard slot, 4-in-1 card reader, VGA and HDMI outputs.

Mystery HTC smartphone runs Windows Phone 7

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on July 25th, 2010

Look what we have here. A mysterious HTC device that runs on the Windows Phone 7 operating system. We know that this device will feature a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, with a 3.7″ SLCD display and an 8-megapixel camera.

The hardware is ready, but there’s no word on any HTC Sense UI making an appearance on this model despite confirmation of the Sense UI’s availability on the Windows Phone 7 platform. Apparently HTC is currently talking with Verizon about the release of this phone Stateside, but until we hear something official this one will remain a mystery.

YouTube’s hidden Snake game

Posted in YouTube by Conner Flynn on July 25th, 2010

First it was Google’s playable Pac Man logo. Now YouTube has their own game to help you kill some time while you should be working, with their hidden game of Snake. Just go to a video in the gaming category, click inside the video, and hold the left arrow key.

That’s when a trail of white dots will appear. You steer your snake through a single blinking white dot that you need to steer your snake across.

iSafe Bags also pack a personal alarm

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on July 25th, 2010

The iSafe Bag will keep you and your belongings safe since it comes with a personal security alarm on the strap that will sound an alarm when pulled, and trigger a flashing light. It’s powered by a pair of 9V batteries and the iSafe Bag can sound the alarm for up to 2 hours if you need it that long.

Or it can be set to an interval mode to preserve battery life. Prices range from $59.99 for a kid’s backpack to $89.98 for a laptop-friendly bag. The company even offers a replacement whenever your current iSafe Bag becomes old and dingy, for a 50% discount.

Sprint Epic 4G could arrive on August 20

Posted in Sprint by Conner Flynn on July 25th, 2010

How do we know? Simple. We know this because the phone has appeared on the Samsung TV site schedule with that date. No psychic powers here. History has shown us that Samsung did the same thing with AT&T’s version (the Captivate), and T-Mobile’s Vibrant, so it isn’t hard to figure out.

This phone should arrive on or around August 20 if you are interested.

Hello Kitty Nerd Mimobot

Posted in Hello Kitty by Conner Flynn on July 24th, 2010

Hello Kitty fans have yet another item to add to their collection. This Hello Kitty Nerd Mimobot. Though if you ask us, Hello Kitty has always been a nerd. This year at San Diego Comicon 2010, Mimoco has rolled out 4 all new MIMOBOTS and this is one of them.

Here the kitty is done up in thick-rimmed black spectacles, a pocket protector, and a checkered bow on her head. This nerd comes preloaded with MIMOBOT-themed content like wallpapers, screensavers, and videos, and it comes in capacities of 2gb through 16gb.

Samsung sending free Galaxy S handsets to unhappy iPhone 4 users on Twitter?

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on July 24th, 2010

Samsung has been quietly giving out free Galaxy S handsets (the European version) to a few lucky British Twitter users. Apparently four of them were complaining about their iPhone 4s, while the fifth guy needed help to choose between the Desire, iPhone 4 and Galaxy S.

It looks like they are only picking certain ones though for some cheap publicity. For instance, Tiffany works in Digital Marketing for Condé Nast. The other ones also appear to be involved in marketing or publishing, with the exception of one student.

Taylor 550 Pound Projection Scale

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on July 23rd, 2010

The Taylor 550 Pound Projection Scale, much like it’s name implies, has a small projector that projects your weight onto the wall so everyone can see it. The projector can be adjusted to your preferred viewing height and has a focus wheel to make the image sharper in case you can’t believe your eyes.

The projection scale accurately weighs up to 550lb. So most people can use this no matter their immense girth. Some other features include an extra large 2-inch LCD display with 1.8-inch digits and it uses three AA batteries.