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iHome outs iP3 iPod/iPhone speaker dock

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on September 21st, 2010

iHome has announced its latest speaker dock for Apple’s iPod and iPhone with the iP3. It succeeds it’s predecessor, the iP1 and uses Bongiovi Acoustics’ Digital Power Station automatic sound adjustment technology and also has a component video output for playing back videos on a connected TV.

The dock holds a 50W class D amp that drives two 3.5-inch speakers. There’s also an adjustable bass and treble controls. Composite (RCA) video is also included as well as a 3.5mm audio input to connect other audio sources to the iP3′s speakers.

HP unveils two new All-In-One Desktop PCs

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on September 21st, 2010

HP has outed two new and attractive all-in-one desktop PCs in the TouchSmart 310 and Omni 100. The TouchSmart 310 features a 20-inch 1600 x 900 multitouch display, a 2.8GHz AMD Athlon II 240e dual-core processor, ATI Radeon HD 4270 integrated graphics, 4GB DDR3 RAM, a 1TB hard drive, webcam, DVD burner, TV tuner, a 6-in-1 card reader, Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth, two built-in speakers and Windows 7 is running the show.

The Omni 100 has a 20-inch 1600 x 900 non-touchscreen display, a 1.8GHz AMD Athlon II 260u dual-core processor, ATI Radeon HD 4270 integrated graphics, 3GB DDR3 RAM, a 500GB hard drive, a webcam, DVD burner, a 6-in-1 card reader, WiFi, two built-in speakers and Windows 7 as the OS.

Samsung Galaxy Tab UK price drops below £600

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on September 21st, 2010

When we first heard news about prices for the Samsung Galaxy Tab, many of us shuddered at how expensive it would be. The Samsung Galaxy Tab originally turned up on Amazon with a list price of £799.99 ($1,243) SIM-free.

The price was then reduced to £680 ($1,056), And since then it been reduced to a more respectable £600 price point. Hopefully it will get even cheaper in order to compete better with the iPad. We love lower prices.

Apple sues HyperMac accessory maker over MagSafe, iPod cables

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on September 21st, 2010

The HyperMac batteries from Sanho Corporation are a popular external batterie choice for several Apple devices. Problem is, Apple doesn’t really like them. Apple has sued the company over six patents related to MagSafe and the iPod.

The company claims to use original Apple MagSafe connectors to ensure compatibility, and obviously that connector is a proprietary connector. Instead of mimicking Apple’s patented MagSafe connectors, Sanho’s products actually rely on recycled official MagSafe products made by Apple.

LaCie 24-inch 324i professional IPS display

Posted in LaCie by Conner Flynn on September 21st, 2010

LaCie’s new 324i offers a premium feature set to go along with it’s premium price. Of course it’s aimed at creative pros who need a 10-bit P-IPS panel, exceedingly wide color gamuts (102 percent NTSC; 98 percent Adobe RGB), a slew of input connectors which include DVI-D, HDMI, component and DisplayPort, 178-degree viewing angles and an anti-glare coating.

The 24-inch panel features a 1920 x 1200 resolution, and the stand allows users to pivot the display for horizontal or vertical viewing. The picture quality is said to be absolutely stunning.

Lightsaber bottle opener

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on September 21st, 2010

When confronted with a beer bottle that doesn’t have a twist top, you can either use the force or use a bottle opener. With this bottle opener, you have the best of both worlds. It’s a lightsaber bottle opener that’s a replica of the one carried by Luke Skywalker in Return of the Jedi.

It’s made from stainless steel and is 5.5 inches long with a resin handle. It’s available for preorder at $17. May the force and the booze be with you, always.

RIM BlackPad Tablet may be announced in November

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on September 21st, 2010

We’ve been hearing rumors of a BlackBerry tablet for some time now. We know it’s coming. The company has even registered the domain www.blackpad.com.

Now the rumor is that the BlackPad will be announced in late November and should be arriving late in the holiday season. The pricing is said to be $499 which puts it in the ballpark with Apple’s low-end iPad. But can a Blackberry tablet compete with the iPad? RIMs phones haven’t fared so well lately.

Samsung Galaxy Tab: Android can be replaced with Chrome

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on September 21st, 2010

Take this one with a grain of salt, but a newspaper claims that the Android OS which is currently powering Samsung’s Galaxy Tab can be replaced with Google’s Chrome OS when the OS is launched.

If this is true, only do the update if you know what you are doing. We can’t see Samsung pushing out an OS change for the tablet, but you never know. Why would you want to switch? No comment from Samsung yet.

Twitter ‘onmouseover’ security flaw

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on September 21st, 2010

If you’re a Twitter user, the site has been exposed to a serious JavaScript exploit. The JavaScript onMouseOver exploit happens when you hover your mouse over a tweet. It will then redirect your browser to a website that contains malicious code, or adult websites. Apparently it also creates messages that you didn’t write.

The flaw currently only affects twitter.com, so if you’re tweeting using third party programs, you’re fine. Twitter has been working on a fix and apparently it has just been patched.

Seagate unveils first 1.5TB Portable External Hard Drive

Posted in Seagate by Conner Flynn on September 21st, 2010

Seagate has another first on their hands. The company has just announced the industry’s first 1.5TB portable external drive, the FreeAgent GoFlex Ultra-portable. The drive features USB 3.0 connectivity giving you fast data transfers and it is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 if you’re using the older version.

These drives are formatted for the Windows NTFS file system, but include an optional NTFS driver for Mac, so it works for both systems. The drive will be available in black and will cost you $250 when it’s released.

Headcase unveils awesome Etch A Sketch iPad Case

Posted in Accessories,Apple by Shane McGlaun on September 21st, 2010

I would bet I owned a dozed Etch A Sketches of varying sizes during my youth. My kids have several of them and still play with them each time we check out at the store since they tend to have little versions near the register. I remember the challenge just to make stairs using the white knobs when I was a kid.

Headcase has announced a very cool new case for the iPad that is called the Etch A Sketch iPad case. The case looks exactly like the Etch A Sketch that we are all used to. The thing has a couple white knobs printed on the corners of the case for looks. Those knobs are only images, not the real deal.

Leica whips out V-Lux 2 superzoom camera

Posted in Cameras by Shane McGlaun on September 21st, 2010

I just mentioned a new digital camera that Leica has unveiled that had the style common of Leica offerings. Leica also has a new superzoom camera that it is debuting today called the V-Lux 2 that has a design more like a traditional digital camera more than the retro looks of most Leica offerings.

The new camera has a massive zoom range of 24x covering the 35mm focal range of 25 to 600mm. the camera has a 14.1MP sensor for high resolution and can record HD video in AVCHD format. The rear LCD of the camera is 3-inches and it has a resolution of 460k pixels. The camera can also shoot bursts at high speeds with 11 frames per second at full resolution.

Leica D-Lux 5 digital camera launches

Posted in Cameras by Shane McGlaun on September 21st, 2010

When it comes to digital cameras there are tons of them on the market to choose from. Several cameras may look the same and offer similar specifications, but even with specs that are close, they are often not in the same class quality wise. One of the highest quality cameras on the market today comes from Lecia and the company has unveiled the new D-Lux 5 digital camera.

The camera has a resolution of 10.1MP and uses a Leica 5.1-19.2mm F/2-3.3 lens. The lens has a focal range equivalent to 24-90mm in 35mm format. The optical zoom is 3.8 times and the digital zoom is 4 times. The camera has a bunch of automatic and manual modes and can be used for macro photography.

Blue unveils Mikey for Flip microphone

Posted in Accessories,Camcorders by Shane McGlaun on September 21st, 2010

Today the best selling camcorders on the market aren’t the fancy high-end models costing tons of money, but the easy to use and low price models like the line from Flip. Flip’s line of Mino and other camcorders are among the most popular you will find and make it easy for people to record video and upload them to sites like YouTube and others.

The catch is that while the Flip camcorders can record HD quality video, the devices have sound that isn’t as good as their video quality. The fix for the sound quality is here from Blue Microphones. Blue makes mics for all manner of uses from the PC to professional musicians to use in recording studios and live events. The latest new offering for the company is the Mikey for Flip microphone.

First BlackBerry Storm 3 picture leaked?

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on September 20th, 2010

No one is safe from leaks. The latest leak is regarding RIM’s BlackBerry Storm 3. This isn’t 100% confirmation that this is the new Storm, but it’s what we have and it’s close enough.

There are no other full touchscreen BlackBerrys in production right now, so unless RIM has managed to keep something secret (Yeah sure) the phone above should be the Storm 3. In any case, it’s an interesting looking BlackBerry and it has our attention.