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Samsung ST600 and ST100 dual-screen cameras

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on July 21st, 2010

Samsung has launched two new mid-range compact digital cameras, the ST600 (27mm, f4.9) and ST100 (35mm, f6.3) Both cameras ave a lot in common. All of the software and features are similar, and both have a dual-screen system activated by a tap on the front display.

These cameras come with KREUZNACH lenses with optical and digital image stabilization with a 5X zoom. The image resolution is 14 Megapixel with an ISO of 3200, for dim lighting. The cameras are loaded with features, and presets as well. The main difference between the ST600 and the ST100 is that the ST600 features a wide(r)-angle, and it is more sensitive to light.

iPhone 4 “End Call” Decal

Posted in Humor by Conner Flynn on July 21st, 2010

You could get a band-aid for the iPhone 4′s antenna problem, or you could just be brutally honest and get this “End Call” iPhone 4 decal to remind you not to touch it there.

This is a much better solution to the antenna problem than the free Apple bumpers. And no, you won’t find it at the Apple Store. It hits a little too close to home for them.

System76 Starling netbooks now available for pre-order

Posted in Netbook by Conner Flynn on July 21st, 2010

If you’ve been waiting for System76′s Starling netbooks, you’ll be glad to know that they are now available for pre-order. These netbooks look sexy and stylish for a price that won’t break the bank. Some features include a 3-cell battery, an Intel Atom N455 1.66GHz processor with an integrated single-channel DDR2 memory controller along with an integrated graphics core which is capable of handling 720p HD playback.

Some other specs include 802.11n Wi-Fi, a VGA camera, and an SD memory card slot with a built-in Kensington Lock.

Panasonic adds Blu-ray 3D/HDD all-in-one plasmas

Posted in Panasonic by Conner Flynn on July 21st, 2010

Panasonic wants to improve your living room entertainment options with their RT2B series plasmas which can record TV broadcasts onto their hard drives or Blu-ray drives.

These are also the first all-in-one models that can handle Blu-ray 3D movie playback too. There are 42″ and 46″ versions. Sadly, the likelihood of seeing them on our shores is very small. But we may just see their new 3D glasses, which come in various sizes and can be recharged via USB.

Samsung Intensity II coming to Verizon Wireless

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on July 21st, 2010

Thanks to some folks at Best Buy, we have a few images of the upcoming Samsung Intensity II which should arrive from Verizon Wireless soon. What you see is the display unit, but we can tell you that the Intensity II will feature a full QWERTY sliding keyboard, a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth and a $1 price tag from Best Buy with a 2-year contract.

Don’t want to be tied down? In that case it will cost you $249.99 for an unlocked handset.

Power Strip uses slots instead of holes

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on July 21st, 2010

Here’s an ingenious idea that we should have thought of a lot sooner. This power strip ditches the usual hole approach in favor of slots. It allows more plugs to fit onto the same amount of space.

This design comes from Chen Yinfeng and is called the Slot-Type Power Outlet. It uses a swipe-in slot design so that plugs can comfortably rest next to one another, thus allowing more plugs to fit than on a regular strip. The design is much cleaner than your typical power strip as well and nicer to look at.

Plextor USB-powered Blu-ray drive for $100

Posted in Blu-ray by Conner Flynn on July 21st, 2010

If your laptop has both the USB port and the power, Plextor has a new device to bring Blu-Ray to your machine. The new PX-B120U is a USB-powered BD-ROM drive, which plays Blu-ray movies and even goes a step further with the ability to burn DVDs and CDs.

Those features are nothing special. It’s the ability to function entirely from USB power that we like. The device can also be converted into a living room player when connected to the forthcoming PlexMedia. At just $99.99 it is very tempting.

Samsung SpinPoint MT2 2.5-inch 1TB HDD

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2010

Samsung is now shipping the Spinpoint MT2, a 2.5-inch 1TB internal hard drive for use with mobile applications and set top boxes (DVRs, Digital TVs etc.), where you want your drives to run quiet and cool. The drive only runs at 5400 rpm, which is typical for such high-capacity drives. It uses Samsung’s proprietary SilentSeek and NoiseGuard technologies.

This drive should be fast enough for an HD digital video recorder and is likely to be much quieter than a 3.5″ disk. No word yet on price, but it should start making the rounds soon.

ADATA S596 Turbo Series SSD

Posted in SSD by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2010

ADATA has a new solid state drive. The latest is in the form of the S596 Turbo Series. It’s based on the JMicron JMF616 controller and supports SATA II and mini-USB dual interfaces for more convenience and flexibility. This SSD drive can be used as external portable storage or as an installed disk in your laptop. That’s what they mean by flexible and convenient.

The ADATA S596 Turbo Series has a read speed up to 260MB/s and a write speed up to 210MB/s. You can get the S596 Turbo Series in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage capacities.

LG unveils its first 3D notebook

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2010

The LG R590 has been announced and is LG’s first 3D notebook. It sports a 15.6 inch display, an Intel Core i7 processor, SRS Tru-Surround HD, Nvidia GeForce GT335M graphics card, optional Blu-ray drive and TriDef software that converts 2D video to 3D in real time.

That means that any video can become 3D. The notebook is available in Korea right now. No info about global availability yet. Oh and you need dorky glasses. It uses polarized glasses instead of shutter glasses.

Motorola Tri-band CDMA WX404 shows up at the FCC

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2010

The Motorola WX404 has had a visit with the FCC. Details are still pretty scarce, but we think they caught up on old times, asked about wives and kids, bitched about the weather and shared a spot of tea.

Looks like the device will feature a full QWERTY keyboard, tri-band 850/1700/1900MHz CDMA radios, camera, USB port, Bluetooth, microSD card support, and a headphone jack. It’s no iPhone killer or Droid X fighter, that’s for sure, but as a budget messaging phone, it may be swell.

DROID 2 running Android 2.2

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2010

While we wait for Verizon to officially confirm the Motorola Droid 2, we have more news. It is expected to arrive in August, we know that. And what version of Android is it running? MotoBlur? So many questions. Here’s the lowdown from someone who managed some hands on time.

The Droid 2 will be running Android 2.2 FroYo, and the screenshot above confirms it. Looks like it is more responsive than the original Droid as well. Maybe because of the 1GHz processor, Android 2.2, or both. And yes, the Droid 2 has the same MotoBlur skin as the Droid X, with the same notification bar. The source was very happy with it all in all.

New Xbox 360 4GB shipping August 3rd for $199, Kinect by itself is $149, holiday bundle for $299

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2010

If you want everybody to know your secret, just tell Amazon Germany. They can’t keep a lid on things. Microsoft has just announced a new Xbox 360 Arcade replacement with 4GB of internal flash memory, a matte finish, and built-in 802.11n WiFi, which will be shipping August 3rd for $199.99.

In November, the standalone Kinect is coming for $149.99 with Kinect Adventures. Then there’s the 4GB console, Kinect sensor, and game in a holiday bundle for $299.99.

Sony stereoscopic screen sharing patent

Posted in patents by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2010

Looks like Sony has applied for two recent patent apps, titled “Stereoscopic Screen Sharing Method and Apparatus Patent” and “3D Shutter Glasses with Mode Switching Based on Orientation to Display Device,”.

The patents show stereoscopic 3D technology that will allow two individual players to see different information on the same screen. Also, the glasses could have earbuds, further putting you in the game with separate audio feeds.

Lenovo LePad Android Tablet on the way

Posted in Lenovo by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2010

Lenovo is set to release their Android tablet, the LePad, before the end of the year, but sadly we still don’t have any details about what the specs are. Some are speculating that the Lenovo LePad Android tablet could share similar specifications to the ideaPad U1, which includes a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and a 10 inch multi touch display.

Hopefully we will get some more information on what Lenovo is planning soon and when we do we will pass it on.