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Samsung mocks Apple

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

Samsung just couldn’t resist taking a shot at Apple over the whole Death Grip issue. As Apple is beginning to process the iPhone 4 bumper case refunds today, Samsung UK took a moment to gloat and have some fun by posting a Galaxy S ad.

The ad references the Death Grip and reminds users that the Galaxy S has strong cellular reception. Apple fanboys won’t like it, but it’s pretty funny. Nice one Samsung.

Create your own android with this paintable Android figurine

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

Dyzplastic’s blank Android canvas is awesome. You can make it into any droid that you want. Give it a Joker face, make it into R2-D2, whatever floats your boat.

This $6 Do It Yourself geek project will be available at Comic-Con this week and should pop up for sale on Dyzplastics in early August. The possibilities are endless. Create an Android Steve Jobs or make it look like an X-Man. I want one.

Apple delays white iPhone again

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

Steve Jobs can’t be happy about this. Apple has another iPhone 4 problem. This time, the elusive white iPhone strikes again, by being delayed again. All we know is that it will arrive sometime “later this year.”

Here is their statement: “White models of Apple’s new iPhone® 4 have continued to be more challenging to manufacture than we originally expected, and as a result they will not be available until later this year. The availability of the more popular iPhone 4 black models is not affected.”

LG can’t meet demand for iPhone and iPad screens from Apple

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on July 23rd, 2010

I think that anyone who has tried to buy a new Apple product like the iPad or iPhone on launch day and the days and weeks thereafter knows that shortages are common. The main reason for shortages of Apple products like these is that Apple can’t get enough screens.

LG Display builds the screens for many of the Apple products including the iPad and iPhone. LG has stated that it will not be able to meet the demand that Apple has for screens.

Xbox 360 Halo: Reach bundle unveiled

Posted in Microsoft by Shane McGlaun on July 23rd, 2010

Microsoft has a history of making special edition Xbox 360 consoles to celebrate games like Halo. With the new Halo: Reach game coming soon a new branded and limited edition Xbox 360 has been unveiled.

The new bundle is called the Halo: Reach bundle and it features a customized version of the new slim Xbox 360. The console is silver in color and has Halo-reach graphics and sound effects from the Halo universe.

Standivarius Aero laptop stand sticks to the notebook

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on July 23rd, 2010

All of the laptops stands I have seen over the years are basically the same. They lift the screen of your notebook up for more comfortable work and are separate from your notebook.

A company called Standivarius has announced a new laptop stand called the Aero that is not only much thinner than the average notebook stand, but also sticks to the bottom of the notebook so you always have it at hand. That means you can slip the notebook and the stand into your bag as one unit.

Dell coughs up $100M in SEC settlement

Posted in Dell by Shane McGlaun on July 23rd, 2010

Dell was hit with allegations by the SEC that it had improperly disclosed and used improper accounting when reporting finances between 2001 and 2006. The SEC filed suit against Dell seeking damages because of the alleged practices.

Dell set aside a fund with $100 million to settle the case previously. Dell Inc has announced that the SEC has accepted the $100 million settlement offer and that Dell is neither admitting nor denying the charges filed against it.

Microsoft confirms Windows Phone 7 launch partners

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on July 22nd, 2010

Microsoft’s lineup of partners for the upcoming Windows Phone 7 launch is impressive. Microsoft has confirmed that Dell and HTC will be making Windows Phone 7 phones, as well as ASUS, LG, and Samsung.

All of these companies should have their stamp firmly in place on the hardware by the end of the year. The launch of the OS is slated for the “holidays.” These are good partners to have for this OS. We are really looking forward to what they deliver. Expectations are high for this one.

Pandora Internet Radio hits 60 million subscribers

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on July 22nd, 2010

Pandora Internet Radio has just announced that their site now has 60 million users registered to listen to their personalized online radio service. Pandora started back in 2000 and offers thousands of songs to users with a collection of 90,000 artists, of which 80% are played each month. That’s a ton of music.

Just type the name of one of your favorite songs or singers into Pandora and the Genome Project will provide the music. But judging by the numbers most of you are already using Pandora, so I don’t have to tell you that.

NYC restaurant replaces Wine List with an iPad

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on July 22nd, 2010

Everybody is using the iPad in so many unique ways, and now businesses are doing the same. for instance, if you are dining in NYC, then check this out. South Gate restaurant is the first New York City restaurant to launch custom designed iPad wine tablets.

That’s right, the iPad is now being offered as a way for customers to navigate South Gate’s extensive wine list of over 650 bottles. Their new iPad “wine tablet” gives customers detailed information about the major wine regions and varietals, and it also automatically updates the wine list as labels sell out, so the inventory is always correct.

Millennium Falcon Guitar rocks the Cantina

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on July 22nd, 2010

We’ve seen some sweet ass guitars round these parts, but nothing compares to this Millenium Falcon guitar. It was created by one Travis S, who knows how to meld guitar with ship like a true master.

This thing may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts. It even lights up just like the real Falcon. Now all he needs is some alien friends with saxophones and he can rock the Cantina with this thing. It is fully functional.

PS3 to offer 3DS Style slider for 3D titles

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on July 22nd, 2010

Looks like Sony has been paying attention to what Nintendo is doing. They have announced that future stereoscopic 3D titles on the PS3 will come with a 3D slider that allows you to adjust the depth of 3D displayed by the game. It’s similar to how the 3DS handles 3D.

The adjustment can be made using the left analog stick, using a tilt. Do you have your 3D TV yet? I doubt the phenomenon will last long, but it will be interesting to see what happens.

OlivePad VT100 Android tablet hits India

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on July 22nd, 2010

OlivePad isn’t something they crush olives on to make olive oil. It’s a new android tablet from Olive Telecom of India. The OlivePad VT100 is the first 3G Android-powered tablet to hit the market in that part of the world. It arrives there in August.

Some features include integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a 3-megapixel camera with a front camera, a 7” TFT multitouch display, 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM, GPS navigation support, e-book reader compatibility, voice and video calls, a miniUSB port and Web browsing with Flash support.

FacePlant app makes iPhone 4 video chats easier

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on July 22nd, 2010

FaceTime is nothing new really, but Apple is good at making you believe that it is revolutionary. FaceTime is actually very restricted. For one thing, you need to be within the area of a Wi-Fi network and then you can only call another iPhone 4 owner, not someone with another phone.

Then again, that’s the kind of control Apple loves. The FacePlant app shows users which of their contacts can receive video calls, which saves you a lot of time. FacePlant isn’t approved by Apple, but if it ever is, it will be available for free.

Western Digital 500GB My Passport Essential limited edition designs

Posted in Western Digital by Conner Flynn on July 22nd, 2010

Western Digital’s 500GB My Passport Essential will now come in limited edition designs thanks to students at California State University, Long Beach’s Industrial Design program. The drives will come in Boom Box, Black Hole, Cityscape, Fuchsia Leaf and Wave decorative patterns.

Obviously these are targeted at students who want some extra style. The new drives are compatible with Windows and feature WD SmartWare software that offers a visual method for performing backups of your data via a single-screen view of the contents. There’s also user-selected password protection combined with 256-bit hardware-based encryption.