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Freekade iPad Arcade Cabinet goes up for auction

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on August 18th, 2010

We’ve seen some budget versions of an iPad arcade cabinet, but the Freekade arcade cabinet is much more professional. And it’s now available on eBay UK.

Right now it’s up to £82.00. It has a nice walnut effect on the side panels and a matte black finish, for that retro look. The cabinet hooks up to your iPad via Bluetooth and if you’ve jailbroken your iPad, you can even play NES, SNES and PSX emulators.

Google launching a Chrome OS tablet on Verizon, arrives November 26

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on August 18th, 2010

We’ve been hearing rumors of a Google Chrome OS tablet hitting Verizon for awhile now. The latest rumor has Google’s Chrome OS tablet is being built by HTC, and it will apparently be launched on Verizon on November 26th.

The device will be subsidized by the carrier, and much cheaper than the iPad. The rumor says that it has the following specs: An NVIDIA Tegra 2 platform, 1280 x 720 pixel multi-touch display, 2GB of RAM, a 32GB SSD, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G connectivity, GPS, Webcam and Expandable storage.

Xbox 360 commercial gets pulled for using PS3 footage

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on August 18th, 2010

It’s kind of funny that Microsoft’s ad agency thought they could get away with showing PS3 Final Fantasy XIII scenes, but that is just what happened. A very savvy British viewer dimed them out to the Advertising Standards Authority and the commercial was quickly pulled following a comparison of gameplay between the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions.

The ASA said that “we noted that there was a discernible difference in the picture quality of the two—the PS3 image in video sequences appeared sharper and colors were more vivid than those of the Xxbox 360.” Duh.

iPhone gets some R2-D2 action too

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on August 18th, 2010

We wish we knew, but sadly no one is sure when the R2-D2 version of the Droid 2 is going on sale, so in the meantime keep using your 3G or 3GS iPhone for a little longer, so you can use this R2-D2 case.

It may not be as cool as the R2 version of the Droid 2, but it gets the job done for a cheaper price. You can pre-order it now for just $30. Awesome right?

Dell Streak gets torn down

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

And now because you love to look inside of your favorite gadgets, but don’t want to sacrifice your own, we have some Dell Streak teardown pics. As usual, the folks over at iFixIt did the autopsy for you.

There’s really nothing unusual here, but as always it is fun. One interesting thing is that the Streak’s Gorilla Glass front panel is bonded to the LCD, so you’ll have to replace both if it breaks. Other than that we can just enjoy it’s innards and poke around visually.

Olympus introduces mju-7050, FE-5050 and FE-4050 cameras

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

They may not be the fanciest cameras ever, but Olympus’ newest trio of digital shooters will get the job done. The first of the trio is the mju-7050, with a 14 megapixel CCD sensor, 7x optical zoom lens, an HD movie mode, SD card slot, 2GB of internal memory and a 3-inch rear LCD monitor.

The slim FE-4050 offers a 12 megapixel CCD sensor and a 4x optical zoom, while the FE-5050 sports a 14 megapixel sensor and 5x optical zoom. Sadly, that’s all of the details they saw fit to release, but we do know that they will be hitting Japanese shelves later this month.

Stretchy Shapes rubber bracelets for kids look like gadgets

Posted in Toys by Shane McGlaun on August 18th, 2010

My daughter and most of her friends in the neighborhood all wear as many of those rubber band looking bracelets on their arms as they can fit without turning their hands blue. The bracelets look like all sorts of things when you take them off like animals and food among others.

A new package of those bracelets has surfaced for kids who like gadgets. The 24-pack of rubber band bracelets is shaped like all sorts of gadgets. They are in the shape of mobile phones, tablets, MP3 players, portable speakers, cameras, and notebooks.

Pandigital announces new 7-inch Android eReader coming in September

Posted in Pandigital by Shane McGlaun on August 18th, 2010

Pandigital already has a smallish eReader on the market that didn’t do too well right out of the gates. The company has announced that starting in September it will have a new eReader on the market that has some impressive features.

The eReader is the Pandigital Novel 7-inch Color Multimedia eReader. It has a high-gloss black bezel and a matte color screen that measures 7-inches wide. The device can be used for watching movies, surfing the web, checking email, and reading.

Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800 heads to market

Posted in Logitech by Shane McGlaun on August 18th, 2010

I have been using Logitech keyboards for years and years now and think they are some of the best out there. I have tended to stick to wired keyboard like the old illuminated Keyboard. Logitech has a new wireless version of the Illuminated Keyboard that looks pretty good though.

The keyboard is called the Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800. The keyboard connects to the computer with the 2.4GHz Logitech Unifying receiver. That means that if you have a Logitech wireless mouse you only need that one small USB connection.

Stream TV gets new eLocity A7 tablet ready to fight iPad

Posted in Android by Shane McGlaun on August 18th, 2010

You can rest assured with the huge success of the iPad that there are a huge amount of tablets in the works that will be coming to market soon. Many of these tablets will run the Android OS and offer lots of multimedia and other features.

One of those tablets that is coming to market is the Stream TV eLocity A7. The maker of the device says that it will be up for pre-order on August 24 and that the full details of the device will be offered then. For now, we only know a few tidbits about the tablet.

T-Mobile G2 teaser site surfaces

Posted in T-Mobile by Conner Flynn on August 18th, 2010

T-Mobile’s G1 was the first Android smartphone on the market in the US, and the carrier had no plans of stopping there. Now there’s a G2 model coming. And so T-Mobile has released a new teaser site for the T-Mobile G2 with Google, making it the first HSPA+ capable smartphone on their network.

Details are scarce, but it looks like it will come in white. Hopefully we will have more info soon. Only a vague outline of the handset has been shown, though we have heard rumors about different T-Mobile devices in the past.

PS3 goes Titanium Blue for Gran Turismo 5 bundle

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on August 18th, 2010

Gran Turismo 5 will launch in Japan and Europe on November 3. But the most shocking thing here is that Titanium blue PS3 shown above. That shockingly colorful console will come bundled with the racing game over in Japan this fall.

It will cost you ¥35,980 (or $421) for the Gran Turismo 5 Racing Pack, which will consist of a Limited Edition copy of the game plus a repainted PlayStation 3 slim with a 160GB hard drive.

More details on Microsoft’s Arc Touch Mouse revealed

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

Microsoft hasn’t made it official yet, but the image above of the Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse showed up on a German online store. The back of the mouse is arched for comfortable use and folds flat for portability when on the go.

The mouse also boasts touch-scrolling, a battery indicator, and it can be used on most surfaces. There’s also a 2.4GHz nano transceiver for your laptop’s USB port.

Amex Digital announces world’s smallest 1080p Media Player

Posted in Media Players by Conner Flynn on August 18th, 2010

Amex Digital’s latest is the smallest media player to actually handle 1080p. The device measures just 175- x 128- x 15mm and weighs just 250 grams. The player can accept a range of file formats from a connected USB storage device or an SD card.

It will also output 1080p over HDMI, and there’s a composite video / audio output and mini-USB port in the back. The MP-501 is equipped with an ARM Cortex-A8 processor and will play nice with nearly every file. The best news is that it is just $49.

HBO hits the iPad and mobile devices in six months

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on August 17th, 2010

If you need a dose of True Blood on your iPad, you won’t have long to wait. In an interview with Bloomberg, HBO Co-President Eric Kessler made an off-hand comment that in six month’s time, HBO Go would be available “through all major cable systems, on Apple’s iPad, on mobile devices and elsewhere,”.

It would be free for those of you who already are signed up to HBO. Aside from that, the company still has a cold attitude toward Netflix. Having HBO go portable sounds good to us.