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Logitec Blu-ray drive for Mac Pro

Posted in Mac by Conner Flynn on August 19th, 2010

Logitec (no not keyboard and mouse maker Logitech) has just released the new LBD-A12SAK/MW drive, so you can store data and record Blu-ray discs right on your Mac Pro at 12x.

This is really handy if you have to make tons of backups, or just plain like to watch Blu-ray movies on your Mac Pro all the time, otherwise you likely won’t need this one. Nothing on pricing yet, but it should be reasonable.

Omron Body Fat Monitor Scale

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on August 19th, 2010

If you need a device to calculate your body fat content, the Omron Body Fat Monitor Scale will also measure your Body Mass Index (BMI) in just seconds. You just need to put in the necessary information first, like age, gender and height.

This scale is capable of storing information for up to four users and also has a guest function for your guests to give it a try. The scales uses bioelectrical impedance analysis in order to measure body fat, and it comes in chrome or steel models for $89.95.

Motorola’s Android tablet a direct Google project?

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on August 19th, 2010

Some reports from Digitimes would seem to indicate that Motorola’s upcoming 10-inch Android-powered tablet could be one of Google’s flagship devices. It’s been speculated that Google might consider the device a true representative of what Android 3.0 is capable of.

The device should be powerful if it’s using NVIDIA’s dual-core Tegra 250 chip, but will the display compete with the iPad? It will be using a display from Sharp that isn’t as bright as the one Apple uses from LG. Looks like Verizon is still seen as the main carrier.

Verizon launches ZTE Salute feature phone

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on August 19th, 2010

Verizon is readying its first ZTE device for the market. The Salute slider handset will come with all the entry level necessities you need, including a 2.4-inch display, a 1.3-megapixel camera and bluetooth. There’s also some basic Internet access so you can chat and do e-mail.

A Media Center app will allow you to download games, wallpapers, ringtones and location-based services. The Backup Assistant will help keep your data safe by copying the address book to an online source.

LG to reveal 31-inch OLED panel

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on August 19th, 2010

LG is already the record holder for the largest production OLED model, but they aren’t content with it so next month, they will break their own record and double that size to 31-inches, showing it off on the showfloor of the IFA electronics show in Germany.

Samsung showed off a 31-inch OLED of their own a few years ago, but that one never made it to the market, so if LG’s does, they are the king of OLED panels.

Polaroid Eyewear to make RealD compatible 3D glasses

Posted in 3D by Shane McGlaun on August 19th, 2010

If you have been to the movie theater to see a 3D film recently you have probably watched with RealD 3D tech. The glasses that you get in a RealD theater all look like they were designed in the 80′s and are very flat and can be uncomfortable.

Polaroid Eyewear and RealD have announced that Polaroid will be producing a new line of 3D glasses that will work with RealD 3D technology in theaters around the world. The glasses that Polaroid is making are a more modern wrap around style that look better and might be more comfortable.

Lian Li PC-Q11 mini-tower chassis debuts

Posted in Cases by Shane McGlaun on August 19th, 2010

Lian Li has announced another new computer case for people that want a small computer. The new case is called the PC-Q11 and it looks like it would make a nice little HTPC case in the living room or desktop for a cramped office.

The case comes in four different colors including red, silver, black, and piano white. The case measures 200mm x 326mm x 260mm and weighs 2.42kg. Supported mainboards include Mini ITX and mini DTX. The case is made from 1.5mm aluminum panels and has various features to reduce vibration and make the chassis quiet.

Beltone unveils Truth hearing aid with Bluetooth and more

Posted in Bluetooth by Shane McGlaun on August 19th, 2010

Beltone is the maker of all sorts of hearing aids for the hearing impaired. The hearing aids that the company makes are small and easy to hide for those worried about other people seeing them. Beltone has unveiled a new line of hearing aids called True.

This hearing aid does all the normal stuff a hearing aid is supposed to do like make conversations easier to hear. The device also has Bluetooth technology integrated as well. That Bluetooth tech can be used to connect to any Bluetooth phone.

Intel gobbles up McAfee for $7.68 billion

Posted in Intel by Shane McGlaun on August 19th, 2010

Intel and McAfee are both very well known names in the technology world. Intel makes the processors that power just about everything you can think of from computers to set top boxes. McAfee is famous for its line of software that protects computers from viruses and other attacks.

Intel has announced today that it has made an offer to purchase McAfee and that McAfee’s board unanimously voted to accept the offer. The deal has Intel paying $48 per share in cash for McAfee stock with the total for the deal amounting to $7.68 billion.

Dell Inspiron Mini 1018 hits Europe

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on August 19th, 2010

Dell’s Inspiron Mini 1018 netbook has finally made its way across the pond to our friends in Europe. Looks like the touchpad has separate left and right buttons, while the processor gets a slight bump to an Intel Atom N455 1.66GHz chip with support for DDR3 memory.

Those changes come with a regular 10.1-inch display at 1024 x 600 resolution, 1GB RAM, a 160GB hard drive and Windows 7 Starter Edition. You can pick it up for around 279 Euros and above, depending on the configuration.

Next PSP may have Touch-Controls on back

Posted in PSP by Conner Flynn on August 19th, 2010

The rumor around Gamescom in Cologne, Germany this week, is that select VIPs are getting hands-on with the next PSP, which is said to feature touch-controls on the back of the device for added gameplay input. Sources have told Eurogamer that it’s scheduled to go on sale before 2011 is over.

Other rumors say that the next PSP will contain dual cameras, a touchscreen, a four-cell processor and even embedded 3G connectivity. We can only hope that half of these rumors are true.

Samsung S2 Portable hard drive does 7,200RPM with USB 3.0

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on August 19th, 2010

If you picked up Samsung’s 640GB S2 portable USB hard drive earlier in the year, we have some bad news.

The company just updated the drive with a USB 3.0 interface and a 7,200RPM speed that outdoes its predecessor. Oh well, if only you had waited. Then again, you probably just wanted the Michael Jackson edition. But if you want to upgrade, these hard disks are much faster now, with USB 3.0.

Colorware targets BlackBerry Pearl 3G

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on August 19th, 2010

Is your 3G-equipped BlackBerry looking boring? Do you think it needs some freshinging up? It might be time to give the folks at Colorware a call. They have just started taking orders for repainting the Pearl 3G (aka 9100) handsets into whatever colors you want.

As always, prices are ridiculous, starting at $165 to color your device. It will cost you $640 for a brand new phone from them. Of course you could always try painting it yourself, but that’s just going to end in tears isn’t it?

Epson Stylus Photo PX820FWD All-in-one Printer

Posted in Printers by Conner Flynn on August 18th, 2010

Epson has launched the Stylus Photo PX820FWD wireless all-in-one printer, which features a 19.8cm smart-navigation touchpanel with an integrated touchscreen allowing you to print photos quickly. You can also print directly from memory cards and PictBridge-enabled cameras, which makes it very convenient.

It also features integrated wireless and Ethernet connectivity for printing, scanning and faxing of all your important stuff. The Epson Stylus Photo PX820FWD is available in September. You’ll be happy to know that it can print a 10x15cm photo in just 10 seconds. It will cost you £299.99 (or about $468).


White Galaxy S heads to South Korea

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on August 18th, 2010

About 800,000 units of the Galaxy S phone have already sold in Korea. So some of these folks who didn’t buy it may just like it in white and buy it after all. That’s why Samsung has released a new White version of the phone. This high-gloss White model has a chrome bezel and a black front.

So if you are in South Korea and wanted the phone in white, feel free to get one now. An international version of the white version is expected soon. Dirty fingerprints will be right behind.