Archive for August, 2010

Flashboy Plus Virtual Boy Emulator

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2010

The homebrew community is giving some love to Nintendo’s Virtual Boy. The Flashboy Plus is the second of two flash carts for Nintendo’s original stereoscopic system, featuring a new backup battery and 16Mbits of memory. That’s enough to fit any one of the system’s 22 commercially released games.

The battery only keeps one save stored at a time and there’s no way to read the battery-backed memory, so you’ll still have to finish one game before you start another, but you won’t lose your progress every time you shut down.

Amazon Boasts New Generation Kindle Sales

Posted in kindle by Darrin Olson on August 26th, 2010

New Kindle Pre-Order SalesAmazon.com released an announcement on Wednesday bragging up sales of its new generation Kindles along with touting earlier-than-planned shipping which started Wednesday, two days ahead of schedule. Unfortunately Amazon didn’t exactly say how many of the new Kindles they have sold, but they seem to be pretty sure it’s a lot.

What they did say is that they’ve sold more of this new version in the first four weeks of pre-sales than they have with any other new version. Amazon also reports that the Kindle was still the best-selling item for Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk overall. No doubt this must be partly because the Kindle seems to be the most advertised item on Amazon’s home page.

Amazon says the newest version of the device is smaller, lighter, turns pages faster, can hold twice the number of books and …

Mitsubishi announces Full HD 3D TVs with built-in HDD and Blu-ray Burner

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on August 25th, 2010

The 3D TVs just keep on coming and Mitsubishi is introducing some 3D TVs that offer an integrated Blu-ray player/recorder and hard drive. Of course, they’re not cheap. They will cost you $5,900, $4,700, and $3,500 for the 55-inch, 46-inch, and 40-inch models respectively.

At least for those prices they will come bundled with a pair of 3D glasses. They should go on sale on October 21st in Japan. Specifications of all three models are identical and include a Full HD LCD panel, LED backlight, Blu-ray burner that can play 3D Blu-ray discs, 1TB hard drive, DIATONE speaker system, USB and HDMI ports and an SD memory card slot.

Nintendo 3DS to be powered by a Marvell CPU?

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on August 25th, 2010

Speculation is that Nintendo’s upcoming 3DS portable 3D gaming handheld could be powered by Marvell. Marvell co-founder Sehat Sutardja dropped some hints during their quarterly earnings call. He says that Marvell chips will soon be used to power a game console.

“Approximately 15% of the sequential increase (in quarterly sales) was due to the initial production revenue from our ARMADA application processors, primarily as a result of a major customer preparing to launch a new gaming platform,”

Pioneer KODO XW-NAW1 wall-mounted iPod dock

Posted in Pioneer by Conner Flynn on August 25th, 2010

iPod docks that you can mount on your wall are not new, but they are rarer than your typical dock. Pioneer is offering the KODO XW-NAW1 for £199 (that’s about $300). The KODO XW-NAW1 is slim enough for the job at 83mm and can be placed on your desk with a matching stand.

It’s compatible with iPhones and iPods and the 30W stereo speaker has touch sensor controls and can output video with the component video port.

Sharper Image unveils Literati eReader with color LCD

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on August 25th, 2010

Sharper Image has unveiled their Literati eReader. The MerchSource-made device sports a seven-inch, 800×480 LCD to show cover art and photos in books. It also sports Wi-Fi to get online but only uses it for downloading books from Kobo’s online bookstore.

The device uses a Kindle-like keyboard below the screen and side buttons for turning pages. This model will arrive in October for $159 at stores like Best Buy, Bed, Bath & Beyond, JC Penney, Kohl’s and Macy’s.

VHS coffee table

Posted in Furniture by Conner Flynn on August 25th, 2010

Many of us have tons of VHS tapes laying around the house, even today. Here’s a great project that will help you better use them. This VHS coffee table was created using 92 old VHS tapes as the table’s base.

It’s a great way to recycle all those old VHS tapes lying around. It’s not like you are ever going to watch them again anyway, since the quality is so bad. Might as well decorate with them.

Call phones from Gmail

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on August 25th, 2010

Gmail has just become even more useful. Google now allows voice calls to another phone using Gmail. Now, that is pretty useful. It will be free if you place calls to the US and Canada until January 2011. Phone calls to other countries will be billed at “very low rates”.

Talking with family and friends in the U.K., France, Germany, China, India, Mexico and other countries is as little as $0.02 per minute. Just dial a number like you normally do and click “Call phone” at the top of your chat list. Only US Gmail users will be able to use it over the next few days. You just have to install the voice and video plug-in.

Verizon wants holograms in living rooms within the decade

Posted in Verizon by Conner Flynn on August 25th, 2010

Verizon thinks that 3D television is already so last year. The have bigger fish to fry. Like concentrating on putting holograms in our homes. Cisco is predicting that within a decade, holograms over IP will be the big hot thing. Verizon is on it.

The big V has already been experimenting with the technology over its FiOS network, with CIO Officer Shaygan Kheradpir testing a 1Gbps link in his home. It will take quite a long time to make the technology common, in all of our homes, but one day we will be ‘grammin each other left and right, like Vader and Palpatine.

Motorola Droid clone runs Windows Mobile

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on August 25th, 2010

This Motorola Droid clone looks like a toy. And you won’t find the Android operating system here. Instead, it runs Windows Mobile 6.5. Some specs include a 533MHz Huawei Hass K3 processor, and a full sliding keyboard.

Like many cloned smartphones, this one will does dual SIMs. You also get a 3-megapixel camera, a 3.5″ touchscreen display at 800 x 480 resolution, GPS, Wi-Fi and integrated FM radio.

Microsoft’s new Internet Explorer 9 interface spotted?

Posted in Browsers by Conner Flynn on August 25th, 2010

This could be the interface of the upcoming Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 (IE9).It could be since Microsoft is having a beta launch event in San Francisco on September 15. So it could be the real deal. The screen shot seen shows a navigation bar with less controls, though you will still have a back button and a URL/ search box at the top.

Whatever is going on, IE9 is on its way, and the final release could get some users back in Microsoft’s camp, which is great news for them since they have lost so many.

PLX Kiwi debuts devices to help you drive green and watch your car

Posted in Android,APC,Software by Shane McGlaun on August 25th, 2010

One of the keys to driving with an eye towards being green and improving economy is to watch how you accelerate and keep an eye on mileage figures. Some cars have onboard computers for this, but others lack such systems.

PLX Kiwi has unveiled several cool products that plug into the OBDII port on modern cars, can monitor all sorts of things on the vehicle. The Kiwi Drive Green Save Gas module monitors green savings, and offers 20 green driving lessons.

XFX Radeon HD 5970 Black Edition Limited makes gamers drool

Posted in Video Cards by Shane McGlaun on August 25th, 2010


There are video cards that are ok and aimed at the mainstream user looking for a budget offering. There are also video cards that are massively powerful and unabashedly expensive like the new XFX Radeon HD 5970 Black Edition Limited that is on Newegg now.

The video card is the most powerful Radeon card you will find and has dual GPUs that are cooled by a dual-slot heat sink and fan. The card has 4GB of RAM with each GPU getting 2GB. It also has six mini-DisplayPorts.

Canon outs 7000 lumen bright projector for installations

Posted in Canon by Shane McGlaun on August 25th, 2010

There are so many uses for projectors in different settings that it is staggering. Many churches use projectors, businesses use them, schools use them, and folks use them at home too. Canon has unveiled a new projector that is big in brightness and price.

The projector is the LV-7590 and it is designed to be installed in a setting where a bright projector is needed. The 7590 has 7000 lumens of light and can project images in 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio. The projector also has a number of optional lenses to customize it to the setting.

Wall outlet concept gets USB ports

Posted in Concepts by Shane McGlaun on August 25th, 2010

Sometimes I see design concepts that are so simple I wonder why they aren’t on the market already. This concept wall outlet with a couple USB ports built-in is one of those things.

Just about all the gadgets around my house can charge from USB. Things like the iPhone, iPad, digital cameras, and all manner of other devices get juice from the ubiquitous USB port. The problem is that USB ports on our computers get filled fast just as AC outlets in many homes do.