Archive for August, 2010

Amazon planning unlimited movie, TV streaming

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2010

The latest on Amazon is that the company is planning to expand its Video On Demand service into a flat-rate, unlimited service, according to insiders. The plan that was pitched to NBC, Time Warner, Viacom and others would provide unlimited access to at least “some” movies and TV shows.

The service would work over both the web and existing devices, like TiVo DVRs and the Xbox 360. One option may be to use a subscription as a perk for Amazon Prime, which already gives automatic two-day shipping upgrades for $79 per year. It might also focus on back catalog titles instead of newer ones to appease executives who are cautious about applying unlimited access to newer titles.

Corsair HS1 Gaming Headset

Posted in Headphones by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2010

Corsair has just announced their new HS1 Gaming Headset with a circumaural closed-back design to help you out during long gaming sessions. With it’s huge 50mm drivers, the HS1 is designed to reduce overloading, that can occur with 40mm headsets and deliver a more accurate sound reproduction.

These babies also have surround sound with Dolby Headphone technology, so you can enjoy multi-channel audio and delve deep into the cinematic experience, even 7.1 channels from Blu-Ray discs.

First official pictures of the T-Mobile G2

Posted in T-Mobile by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2010

The folks over at Cellphone Signal have gotten their hands on some images that are purportedly the T-Mobile HTC G2. The phone should be announced in October, which is quite a ways off. Details are scarce, but the HTC G2 is supposed to use T-Mobile’s latest HSPA+ 3.5G network.

Some other features include a 1Ghz Qualcomm SnapDragon processor, GPS, Bluetooth, and WIFI. It also sports a sliding keyboard for all of you heavy texters. You’ll also get an Android OS w/ HTC Sense.

Speech to Text Glasses show the Deaf what people are saying in real time

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2010

It can’t be easy being hearing impaired. Many can read lips, but that may not be the easiest way depending on the situation. Not everyone moves their lips the same way to make the same words, after all. But a new designer has just come up with a great way to make life easier. Wear glasses.

These speech-to-text glasses are a great concept. Someone has to make these a reality. They are designed by a Danish designer by the name of Mads Hindhede. The Babel Fisk glasses can allow the deaf to read what you’re saying, while you’re saying it.

Gumdrop Bins let Britain recycle old chewing gum

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2010

This is a great idea. Take your worn out, chewed to death wad of gum, you know that old ABC gum(Already Been Chewed) and put it to good use, instead of under a table or on the sidewalk. Britain has launched a program to recycle your tired worn out chewing gum and “repurpose” it into tires, childrens toys and even mobile phone covers.

This government initiative runs from August 18th through September 15th and encourages people to toss their used chewing gum into special Bins at locations throughout twelve towns in the UK.

Sena Folio is a keyboard case for your iPad

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2010

If you think that your iPad needs a QWERTY keyboard attached, you might want to check out this Folio keyboard. It connects to your iPad via Bluetooth. You can rest it against the collapsible back stand that comes with it so you can enjoy watching movies on your iPad while it is in the case.

The whole case acts as a protective cover for your iPad. It’s leather so it should be durable. If you pre-order the case you can get it for $130. Later the price will be $150.

Trapped Chilean miners get PSPs

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2010

If anyone ever needed some entertainment, it is people stuck in a mine. It helps to take your mind off the fact that you are in an enclosed space and trapped there for months. At least for a few moments anyway.

Just in case you have been in a mine of your own, there are 33 miners trapped in a collapsed mine shaft in Chile right now, and they are going to be down there for a long time. Maybe three to four months. Thank god for video games.

LG’s Android-based Optimus Pad spotted

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2010

We’ve already heard some talk about LG’s upcoming Optimus tablet, and now we are getting our first look. What you see above is apparently a slide shown during LG’s pre-IFA Dealer Days event.

Looks like the Android-based tablet is called the “Optimus Pad,” sinces “pads” are cool. And it apparently boasts “superior performance” while being “thinner and lighter than many competitors’ tablets.” And that’s about all we know for now. Let’s hope more info trickles out soon. The suspense is killing us.

New Xbox 360 controller confirmed for November 9, $65

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2010

We heard some rumors this morning about Microsoft planning a new Xbox 360 controller. One with an improved D-pad. Sure enough we have some confirmation now. The new D-pad is a disc in it’s basic configuration, but give it a twist and it raises about a quarter-inch.

The analog sticks will be slightly more concave, and the ABXY buttons will be translucent monochrome. The new matte silver controller will only come bundled with the Play and Charge kit for $64.99 when it launches on November 9 in the States and replaces the existing wireless controller.

Review: Nyko Wand+

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2010

Nyko sent us a review unit of the Nyko Wand+, so we checked it out to see how it works. Nyko’s Wand + is designed to be the best controller on the market for the Wii. It requires no extra attachments for accurate motion control, since the Wii Plus add-on is built into it for full 1:1 movement tracking. So it is compatible with all games that use the Wii Motion Plus attachment.

It’s the first and only Wii controller on the market that has Wii Motion Plus built-in. For now. It’s the same size as the standard Wiimote, but it feels lighter and much more comfortable in your hand. It looks way cooler as well. We played several games and sure enough, it worked smoothly. Just as good as your typical Wii controller and it did seem more precise, which made gaming better.

Kiss Super Bass Headphones

Posted in Headphones by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2010

Okay Kiss fans, we know you want to rock and roll all night and party every day. So why not do it with these official headphones? These Kiss headphones feature their signature colors and logo. And they are apparently Gene Simmons approved so you know that you will be adding to his massive wealth.

These headphones also fold up for easy portability. The Kiss Super Bass Headphones retail for $49.95. You supply the make-up and long tongue.

Hannspree Tegra 2 10 Inch Android Tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2010

The latest company to launch an Android tablet is Hannspree and it has some interesting specifications. The Hannspree tablet will feature a 1GHz Tegra 2 SOC processor and 16GB of built in storage, a microSD card slot, a 10.1 inch multitouch display with a resolution of 1024 x 600, and it looks like it will be capable of playing back Full HD video in 1080p via the built in mini HDMI port.

Not bad at all for a tablet. There is also a mini USB port, and a 3,500mAh battery that should give you up to 8 hours. The Hannspree Android tablet should retail for £399 and it will come with Android 2.2.

Finis set to ship training tool for swimmers called Swimsense this Christmas

Posted in Exercise Gadgets by Shane McGlaun on August 31st, 2010

If you like to run or walk Nike and Apple have the Nike Plus system that will record your workout and help you to reach your exercise goals. A company called Finis has announced a new device called Swimsense that does the same thing for swimmers.

The Swimsense device looks like a watch but records all sorts of details about your swimming workout. The device records things like the number of laps you swim, total distance swam, calories burned, lap times, pace, and stroke count.

Skitterbot is the world’s fastest legged micro-robotic toy

Posted in Toys by Shane McGlaun on August 31st, 2010

I am a sucker for robots and remote controlled toys so when you combine them I am interested. A new product has been unveiled from a company called MyDeskpets called the Skitterbot. The little RC robot toy is very fast and runs on a rechargeable battery.

The bug has a 5-function remote control and can be had in four different colors. Each control can be set to one of four frequencies to let up to four players race at one time. The robots will sell for $19.99 at Toys R Us and Radio Shack stores around the country.

Microsoft prepping new Xbox 360 controller with improved d-pad?

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2010

According to Joystiq, sometime this Holiday season, Microsoft will launch a new Xbox 360 controller with a unique d-pad. When you rotate the d-pad ninety degrees on this new controller, it will raise up about a quarter of an inch.

Apparently this is aimed at fighting game fans. We aren’t sure if it will be a separate, special controller or will replace the existing controller.