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SmartFish unveils new ErgoMotion laser mouse

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

If you spend lots of time at a computer using a mouse and keyboard you know that it can cause pain and stress on your wrist. The wrist gets sore and you can get injuries like carpal tunnel in part for holding the same position for extended periods.

A new mouse from SmartFish called the ErgoMotion mouse has been unveiled that promises to reduce RSI injuries. The mouse has a design that looks like a regular mouse on a stand. The mouse moves around like normal mouse and is able to pivot side-to-side and front to back as it moves so the wrist isn’t stuck in a single position.

iControlPad heads into production

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on August 25th, 2010

The iControlPad is finally making its way onto the production line. The image above shows the very first iControlPad to come off the production line.

The iControlpad allows you to add real controls to your iPhone for a much better mobile gaming experience. Just slide your iPhone inside and lock it in place. It’s that easy. No orders are being taken yet, but the official launch and orders date will be updated on Craig Rothwell’s Twitter feed.

Colorware your Magic Trackpad

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

We aren’t sure why you would want to, but if you so desire, Colorware will paint your Magic Trackpad in whatever colors you desire. How much would you spend to paint the device?

$200? $150? How about $75 for a paint-job? That’s right, for just $75, you can get yourself some color on that device. Or you can just spray paint the thing yourself for practically nothing.

Samsung Galaxy S Power Pack

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

The Samsung Galaxy S handset already has a user-replaceable battery. The kind you don’t even have to unscrew some screws to get at even. Just open the back cover and swap it out for a fresh one. It’s designed to be that easy.

So we aren’t sure why you would want to bulk up your phone with this thing, even if it does give you an extra 8.5 hours of talk time. Still, we’ve seen worse. Nothing on pricing or availability yet.

Logitech Z623 2.1 speaker system

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

Logitech is at it again, with another above average PC speaker system at a below average price. The Z623 system is a 2.1 set rig, with a pair of mobile satellite speakers and a ported subwoofer. The company is aiming this system at users who want a home theater in their bedroom.

It includes RCA, 3.5mm input sockets and a built-in headphone jack. It delivers 200 watts of power and is THX certified for just $149.99. Available this September in both the US and Europe.

Fox, others considering 99-cent iTunes TV rentals?

Posted in iTunes by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2010

There had been previous rumors, but now a new source claims that Apple is deeper into negotiations with Fox’s parent company News Corp., as well as “other media companies”, regarding deals for the plan, which would give one or two days of viewing at half the price of a purchase. CBS and Disney are also considering it.

The rumors around iTV persist as well. It would cost just $.99 and have a “smaller hard drive,” a flash drive, and would rely more heavily on streaming than locally stored media. Some other detailed rumors have said that it would still stop at 720p, but that it would run a variant of iOS and could have an app platform.

Kodak Pulse 10-inch Digital Photo Frame

Posted in Digital Photo Frames by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2010

You might remember the 7-inch Kodak Pulse that we told you about in February 2010. Well, now the company has released a new version of the digital picture frame with some new abilities.

This new 10-inch Kodak Pulse will let you e-mail pictures to it from your cell phone, computers and any other device with e-mail capability. The device also supports Wi-Fi and an intuitive touchscreen interface. You can expect it to be available soon for £169.99.

Samsung to exit e-paper business

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2010

Samsung has announced that they will no longer be in the e-paper panel production industry, citing “cost issues” and a dim view of e-paper’s future. This is interesting news, because if a giant like Samsung is walking away from the e-paper business, who else is getting ready to leave?

Samsung will still be involved with the e-book reader market though and will release a new model next year that will ditch e-paper in favor of an LCD display. Poor sales obviously helped fuel this decision.

Sony considering online pass for first party games

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2010

Word is that Sony is considering an “online pass” program. Right now Sony already approves of third-party publishers like EA and THQ, charging used games buyers to play their games online, and according to Andrew House, president of Sony Europe, the company is actively seeking a similar solution for its first party titles.

House says “On the principle of making online portions of the game available or unlocked from the disc-based release for a fee, we’re broadly supportive of that,” How this will affect how people want to trade/sell their used games in the future is another issue entirely.

Dell Aero gets official: $100 on contract

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2010

Dell has been talking up the world’s lightest Android phone since way back in March, and today it officially arrives for $100 with a 2-year AT&T contract. Complete with a dated operating system that is over a year behind. (Android 1.5) And to make matters worse there’s no word on when—or if—we can expect a Froyo update.

That wouldn’t be so sad, except that otherwise its a decent phone. Some features include a 5MP camera with 8x zoom, up to 32GB microSD memory, and a 624Mhz processor on a $100 phone.

Samsung Galaxy Tab gets an official teaser video

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2010

Now we have something official. The official Samsung Galaxy Tab teaser video reveals several features that were previously only rumored or hinted at. It has Android 2.2 on a 7-inch display, video calling, Swype, HD movie playback, “Flash support,” GPS navigation, an e-reader, and a whole lot more.

The video also references augmented reality and video calling (which might indicate a front-facing). And in one shot there’s what appears to be a LED flash bulb next to the camera. They don’t call them teaser videos for nothing.

Iomega offers USB 3.0 drives at USB 2.0 prices

Posted in Iomega by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2010

Iomega has already started its transition to USB 3.0 hard drives, and now it’s announced plans to keep all its USB 3.0 hard drives at USB 2.0 prices. Great news for our wallets. The eGo line of portable hard drives will be available this October in 500GB and 1TB capacities.

Each will include Iomega’s Drop Guard Xtreme to protect against drops up to seven feet. These will be followed by Iomega’s Prestige line of portable hard drives, which will go USB 3.0 in the first quarter of 2011.

Homemade Fallout 3 plasma rifle

Posted in Weapons by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2010

The A3-21 Plasma Rifle kicks ass in Fallout 3 and it looks pretty awesome in the real world too. Ryan Palser created this bad boy, which took five months to complete. His wife painted it up real nice to give it the weathered look. If they ever make a Fallout movie, they better turn to Ryan and wife for props.

We’d love to see more of Fallout’s weapons in real life, maybe even some Brotherhood of Steel armor. To paraphrase the song from the game, Ryan doesn’t want to set the world on fire, he just wants to start a flame in our hearts with this beast.

Giant Robot Arm Creates Halo: Reach Light Sculpture

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2010

Microsoft is launching an interactive website to celebrate the launch of Halo: Reach. Users will be able to help build a Halo light sculpture by actually controlling a Kuka Robot Arm.

Kuka Robot Arms are usually used to assemble cars but in this instance, it will be used to bend and twist to correspond with the specific points that users want to light up. To complete the sculpture, there needs to be 54,000 different points of light in all.


Periscope Lighted Folio goes pink and fits Kindle 2 and Nook

Posted in ebooks by Shane McGlaun on August 24th, 2010

I have used several eReaders over the years and they are nice as long as you have light to read by. Once it gets dark you can’t read from the screen of most eReaders, unless the reader uses a LCD like the iPad. EInk displays lack a backlight.

For the eReader like the Nook or Kindle 2 if you want to read in the dark you, need a light. Periscope has announced that its Lighted Folio is now available to fit the Kindle 2 and the Barnes & Noble Nook. It has the same hideaway dual LED light to read by.