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Grace Digital Audio offers waterproof speakers for the outdoors

Posted in Speakers by Shane McGlaun on August 30th, 2010

If you want music outside and worry about your hardware getting wet from splashes, spills, or rain Grace Digital Audio has some new wireless speakers for you. The company has three new wireless speaker models that are waterproof and have 150-foot wireless range.

The new speakers include the Rock Speaker that has a 1×1″ tweeter and a 1×4″ full range speaker. It also has an internal rechargeable battery good for 7-hours and comes with a 15V AC adapter. The speaker is IPX 7 rated and available now for $149.99. The Schooner II is available now as well for $129.99. That much money gets you a pair of wireless speakers.

Intel Offers $1.4B for Infineon Wireless Solutions Business

Posted in Intel by Shane McGlaun on August 30th, 2010

Intel has been busy spending serious money over the last few months to expand its reach. The chipmaker bought security firm McAfee not long ago. Intel has now made an offer for Infineon’s Wireless Solutions Business.

The deal is reportedly worth about $1.4 billion and has been approved by the boards of both Intel and Infineon. The business Intel covets is called WLS and the deal is expected to close in Q1 2011. Before the purchase can be final, it has to be approved by regulators.

Panasonic Viera TX-L32D28BP HD Plasma TV

Posted in Panasonic by Conner Flynn on August 30th, 2010

If you are in the market for a new Plasma HD TV, Panasonic has just rolled out a new HD LCD Plasma TV, called the Panasonic Viera TX-L32D28BP. It fits in with the D28 series and features a 32-inch edge-lit LED TV with a wide 178° viewing angle.

Other features include Panasonic’s Viera Cast internet platform, Ethernet and Wi-Fi. You can also enjoy online content like videos, photos, weather and stock information through the Web interface.

KT releases the Identity Tab

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on August 30th, 2010

The latest tablet to hit the scene comes from Korean company KT, who has released the Identity TAB, Korea’s first Android tablet. This one is an affordable touchscreen tablet.

Some features include a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, 7-inch multitouch screen, 8GB of internal memory, a DMB TV tuner, a Gyro-sensor, a 3MP digital camera, Wi-Fi, and an SD card reader. The Identity TAB will cost you 300,000 Won (or $250) or get it free with 27,000 Won ($22) with a 24-month contract and a 50GB WiBro unlimited data plan and Wi-Fi Wibro data card.


Kodak ESP 9250 All-in-one Inkjet Printer

Posted in Printers by Conner Flynn on August 30th, 2010

The new Kodak ESP 9250 all-in-one inkjet printer will deliver superior performance with a low-cost ink system. The Kodak ESP 9250 features a 2.4-inch LCD display, Wi-Fi, media card support for SD, MS, Duo, and CompactFlash cards, two separate trays for letter-sized and 4×6-inch photo paper, and an auto-document feeder for scanning and faxing.

The ESP 9250 is the first model to offer printable templates that you can access through Kodak’s EasyShare photo organizing software. You can expect it to be available any day now for $249.99.

Nintendo to drop DSi and DSI XL prices on September 12

Posted in Nintendo DSi by Conner Flynn on August 30th, 2010

Nintendo is cutting the price of the DSi to $149.99 and the DSi XL to $169.99 (down $20 each) on September 12 in North America. They already dropped prices in the UK and Japan in June.

We still have no word what the 3DS will cost when it arrives, but we should get an announcement at the end of this month. In the meantime the big N will be selling tons of these models.

Liquid Wood could replace everything plastic

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on August 29th, 2010

We use a ton of oil to create plastics for everything from watches to bicycle helmets. It hasn’t been easy to find a replacement material that can be just as tough, versatile and easy to produce, but German inventors have developed a new material that has a lot of promise. It could replace everything plastic using something as natural as wood.

It looks like wood and feels like wood. The material is called Arboform and is produced after combining lignin, a discarded element of regular wood with natural resins, flax and fiber. Arboform is ideal since it can be molded into any object form which is normally made using petroleum products.

YouTube to offer pay-per-view movie service by end of 2010

Posted in YouTube by Conner Flynn on August 29th, 2010

You can find all kinds of stupid pet tricks and stupid human tricks on YouTube, but no pay-per-view content like Apple, Amazon, and others. Well, the Financial Times is reporting that parent company Google has been in talks with “Hollywood’s leading movie studios” for several months regarding the launch of an international pay-per-view service by the end of this year.

Looks like it would cost about $5 for new titles (streaming, not download) that would be available the same time as the DVD releases. The site has been doing rentals on a trial basis since early this year, with a handful of indie titles.

Retro television iPad dock

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on August 29th, 2010

While this dock puts your iPad into a case that is far too oversized, we still dig the design. This retro iPad dock was created by Jonas Damon of Frog design. We like it.

But if you are going to create an iPad dock in such a huge form factor, you better at least add some old fashioned channel dials that can control the iPad. Might as well add some rabbit ears too while they’re at it.

Samsung Fascinate launching on September 9th

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on August 29th, 2010

A Verizon training document seems to indicate that the Samsung Fascinate will launch on September 9th. The document is part of a pre-paid training series being offered to VZW employees. The date of 9/9/2010 is listed.

All evidence points to a September 9th launch for the Fascinate and also Verizon Wireless will be offering the DROID 2, DROID X, DROID Incredible, and Fascinate as pre-pay devices. And despite that 9/9/2010 date, Best Buy’s just started taking in-store pre-orders for the Fascinate.

CarLashes for your headlights

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on August 29th, 2010

Every car has a unique personality, but if you don’t like your car’s personality, or want to make it look sexy to other cars, why not try carLashes? They go just above your headlights to make it seem as if the car is making goo-goo eyes at you.

The Bug does look pretty cute, but this would look horrible on some cars. If you want, you can even get them with crystal eyeliner to make it look like a real tramp.

This Nixie tube clock has some four-letter words for you

Posted in Clocks by Conner Flynn on August 29th, 2010

We love retro-style nixie tube clocks around here, but this one is unique. It has a special function that allows it to show words on its display. And yes, since its a four letter display, that’s going to mean a lot of dirty words.

This was designed by Pete Hand. The four letter word generator displays random words, changing the word every few seconds. It has 5,400 words in its dictionary you bad words should be kept to a minimum. Sadly.

iPads finally shipping within 24 hours

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on August 29th, 2010

On Saturday Apple quietly shortened the shipping times for new iPads on the Apple Store to 24 hours. Every model now ships within a day after it was ordered. It’s not clear if Apple retail stock has caught up, but other international stores also show the reduced lead time.

This is the first time in the five months of iPad availability that Apple can expect to keep up with demand and supports the idea that Apple has had to step up production to guarantee a healthy supply. Apple reportedly sub-contracted Samsung to help make the 9.7-inch multi-touch displays after LG Display’s factories weren’t enough.

Bear Sleeping Bag

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on August 29th, 2010

There are sleeping bags and then there are sleeping bags. When in the wilderness, you might as well try to blend in. And this bear sleeping bag will definitely help you blend in. It looks just like a bear. It was designed by Eiko Ishizawa from Amsterdam.

The bear sleeping bag will keep you warm, scare your friends, and make sure that real bears try to have their way with you, when hunters are not trying to shoot you.

LG’s First Nano Tech-powered 3D TV

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on August 29th, 2010

LG is set to unveil the LEX8 Nano tech-powered 3D TV at IFA 2010. The display uses NANO Lighting Technology, which produces LG’s brightest, clearest and smoothest picture to date. The LG LEX8 also boasts an improved localized dimming in both 2D and 3D with Micro Pixel Control.

This DLNA-ready 3D TV also has LG’s TruMotion 400Hz for super-fast processing of moving images making the picture virtually blur-free.