Archive for August, 2010

Logitech adds to Ultimate Ears line of earphones

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

Ultimate Ears was around for a long time before Logitech gobbled it up. The company makes a wide range of earphones for everyone from the professional musician to the audiophile looking for the best sound. Today Logitech has added several new and reasonably priced offerings to the lineup.

The new earphones include the Ultimate Ears 500, 500vi, 350, 200, and 200vi. The VI versions are just like the non-VI offerings except for the inclusion of inline controls for music and a mic for music phones. The 500 series has a low profile design that sits flush with the ear and is optimized for accurate sound and depth.

Canon whips out new CMOS sensor with 120MP resolution

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

When it comes to digital cameras, most of them have the same basic features and the biggest difference between models is often the resolution alone. When it comes to resolution the main thing higher resolution gets you is images that can be printed larger and still look good.

Canon has announced a new CMOS sensor for digital cameras that is the world’s highest resolution APS-H-size image sensor with 120MP. The new sensor measures in at a small 29.2 x 20.2mm. The typical image sensor of this size has only 16.1MP resolution.

Mamiya offers up new V-Grip Air for 645DF cameras

Posted in Digital Imaging by Shane McGlaun on August 24th, 2010

We have talked about the seriously expensive cameras from Mamiya before. The last new camera to surface from the company was the 33MP RZ33 camera. The company has announced a new accessory that was designed in conjunction with Phase One for its 645DF cameras.

The new accessory is called the V-Grip Air. The grip connects to the bottom of the camera and offers more battery life by using the same battery that the camera itself uses. In a pinch, the grip can also be crammed with AA batteries to keep shooting.

GefenTV launches Auto Volume Stabilizer to quiet those commercials

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on August 24th, 2010

I really hate it when I am watching something that isn’t on the DVR and I have to watch commercials. I hate it even more when those commercials are ten times louder than the show I was trying to watch to start with. GefenTV has a new device called the Auto Volume Stabilizer.

The little device connects inline between your source device like a Blu-ray player or set-top box and your audio system. It has analog and digital inputs on the rear and adjusts the volume to consistent levels without you ever realizing it is doing it. At least that is what GefenTV claims.

More details on the Samsung Galaxy Tab

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

The Samsung Galaxy Tab should get official soon since we’ve already seen some pictures of the device. And now, more pictures of this tablet have surfaced, confirming that it will be running Android 2.2 and sport the model number GT-P1000.

The leak also says that the device is lighter, constructed from lightweight plastic. The 7-inch display will have a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. There’s also the 3.2-megapixel camera, 3G support, and built-in eBook application.

Halo Reach for Xbox 360 leaks before Official Launch

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2010

Halo Reach is one of the most anticipated games of the year for the Xbox 360. Now it has been leaked nearly a month ahead of its September 14th launch date. As you already know, Halo is one of the best selling game franchises for the console.

Game-tut.com allegedly managed to get a copy of the game from Microsoft’s servers and made it available for download through torrents. Gamers have already uploaded several videos on YouTube, if you want some spoilers. The official launch is September 14th.

JVC Picsio GC-WP10 and GC-FM2 1080p pocket camcorders

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

JVC is no stranger to the handheld camcorder market and now it has decided to get into the pocket camcorder business. The company is introducing the Picsio GC-WP10 and GC-FM2, both of which are capable of 1,920 x 1,080/30fps clips.

They also feature built in image stabilization, an HDMI output, a 3-inch rear touchscreen, compatibility with EyeFi’s WiFi-enabled SD cards and a time-lapse recording feature. The WP10 has a waterproof enclosure, but no optical zoom. Both units have a pop-out USB plug and an SD / SDHC / SDXC card slot, while the WP10 adds an MP3 audio recorder.

Plush Twitter Bird toy

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on August 23rd, 2010

If you can’t stop tweeting and retweeting, this Twitter Bird Plush Toy is for you. He’s a cuddly and soft 3D version of the famous Twitter bird. This is one of the most popular versions of the bird and if you know anything at all about old school rock you know that the “bird is the word”.

You can pick up the 8″ high Twitter Bird Plush Toy from Crefun for just $12.99. Squeeze him, hug him, put him on your desk. It’s all good. At least until they make a fail whale toy, which will eat this little guy.

Green-house 7-inch Colorful Digital Photo Frame

Posted in Digital Photo Frames by Conner Flynn on August 23rd, 2010

The Green-House GHV-DF7D 7-inch digital picture frame makes itself stand out in a variety of colors. It delivers a maximum resolution of 800 x 480 pixels with a contrast ratio of 500:1 and a brightness level of 200cd/m2.

This DPF is compatible with most multimedia file formats like JPEG, MP3, WMA and, MPEG. You can also add more storage space if you need it via the memory card slot. Other specs include built-in stereo speakers, and calendar and clock functions.

Kodak Playtouch camcorder and EasyShare M590

Posted in Kodak by Conner Flynn on August 23rd, 2010

Kodak has unveiled a good looking new Playtouch pocket camcorder that records video at 1080p. The device also sports a SDHC card slot for storage and a 3 inch capacitive touch screen that comes in handy for editing images.

Some other features include easy USB data transfer, an HDMI port and a dedicated button to share stuff over the Internet via Youtube and Facebook. Kodak also announced the EasyShare M590 that features a 2.7 inch LCD screen, image stabilization, face recognition, HD video capture, microSD card support, Share button and a 5x optical zoom.

Kodak EasyShare D1026 digital picture frame

Posted in Kodak by Conner Flynn on August 23rd, 2010

Kodak has just released the EasyShare D1026 digital picture frame, which makes it super easy to add images and share them with those around you. The 10.4 inch display will display images in the 4:3 aspect ratio (800×600) in JPEG and EXIF formats.

This frame also has 512 MB of memory, with memory expansion via SDHC/MMC/SD/XP-Picture/memory stick or a USB flash drive. It is designed to look more like a traditional picture frame, so it can go anywhere.

Toshiba Tablet images leaked

Posted in Toshiba by Conner Flynn on August 23rd, 2010

Seems like every manufacturer out there is making a tablet of their own. Maybe two. Toshiba can now be listed among them as they are expected to launch a tablet very soon. We even have some pictures of the upcoming tablet which have now surfaced.

It looks pretty much like you would expect. A tablet PC featuring a 10-inch display with a black bezel around it. The device will be powered by Google’s Android. Some specs include: An NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip, HDMI port, Docking station, Memory card reader, Audio jack, and both Full and mini USB ports.

ViewSonic to introduce dual-boot tablet with Android and Windows

Posted in Viewsonic by Conner Flynn on August 23rd, 2010

So do you get a tablet with windows or with Android? Decisions decisions. Well, the upcoming ViewSonic tablet will make your choice easier as the 10-inch tablet device features an Intel-based chipset that will allow users to dual-boot Windows and Android.

The company is also reportedly working on a 7-inch Android tablet that with 3G, Wi-Fi, an accelerometer, a USB port, Bluetooth, and A-GPS. The market is already being flooded with tablet devices, but these may just stand out.

Toyota Avalon gets wireless charging station for iPod and iPhone

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on August 23rd, 2010

Do you love being wireless? Of course, we all do. That’s why you might want to consider the Toyota Avalon as your next major vehicle purchase. Forget MPG and all that. The only factor to consider is that it comes with a built-in wireless charging station for both the iPod and iPhone.

You can thank designer Barry Hutzel of Bazza Design and Fulton Innovation’s engineers. This automotive charging station will dock your smartphone and iPod at the same time so you can always be connected.

(i)Pawn iPhone game uses real playing pieces

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on August 23rd, 2010

If the (i)Pawn app really works as demonstrated, it might be a great way to play board games on your iPhone in the future. Similar to an iPhone stylus, the (i)Pawn pieces can interact with the touchscreen, giving you a more immersive experience while playing a game with your iPhone. Like, say candyland, or chutes and ladders.

It could be just a clever ruse, but even if it is, this is a great concept. Pretty cool.