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Google’s Android passes Microsoft in US smartphone market share

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

With all of the Android phones assaulting the market, it’s no big surprise to see Android pass Windows Mobile in ComScore’s latest US smartphone report. In July Google was nipping at Microsoft’s heels and now according to the latest data, Android is rising while the competition is falling.

The research firm’s MobiLens report found that Google’s market share in the US smartphone sector jumped five percent in the three month average ending April 2010. RIM dropped 1.8 percent, Apple 1.3 percent, Microsoft 2.2 percent and Palm had just 4.9 percent of the sales.

Update: Facebook denies creating a Facebook Phone

Posted in Facebook by Conner Flynn on September 19th, 2010

If you had your hopes up for a new Facebook phone, well, you can forget it. Facebook spokesperson Jaime Schopflin has come out and denied that the social networking giant is creating a “Facebook phone.” It just isn’t happening.

“Facebook is not building a phone [...] building phones is just not what we do,” he said. Oh well, I guess Facebook addicts will just have to dream on and somehow get by.

Red Dead Redemption goes undead

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on September 19th, 2010

Red Dead Redemption already had a whole bunch of monsters thanks to glitches that produced bird-people, a donkey woman and even cougar man. But now Rockstar is intentionally going to add more inhuman enemies in their next DLC.

This DLC is called Undead Nightmares, and will feature “an entirely new mostly single-player campaign that follows John Marston as he tries to find a cure for the highly infectious zombie plague that has spread across the frontier.”

Pee on things you hate with customizable Urinal Cake Kits

Posted in Humor by Conner Flynn on September 19th, 2010

Putting someones face on a dart board is so last century. Anyway, why do that when you can pee on them? With a customizable Urinal Cake Kit, you can piss on everything that you hate. The windows logo, your bosse’s face, your ex, whatever.

The kit includes a urinal cake, plastic cover, cake holder, clear plastic window, circle template and an all important latex glove. Only $6.98. It’s a real pisser.

Real Murder XBox 360 controller is gruesome

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on September 19th, 2010

Maybe video games aren’t so violent. This controller is far more frightening than any game I’ve ever played. The Real Murder Controller is an Xbox 360 controller which is covered in bloodsplatters. The right stick is even soaked in blood and it even has a set of 9mm bullet ABXY buttons.

There’s also a special 8-mode rapid fire modification. I guess with this controller it really feels like you have been in a fight. The Real Murder Controller is $125 of ugly and violence in the palm of your hand.

Best Buy CEO: Death of notebooks is “greatly exaggerated”

Posted in Best Buy by Conner Flynn on September 19th, 2010

Best Buy chief Brian Dunn done a 180 and changed his tune on claims that the iPad cut notebook sales in half at his stores.

In a statement, he says that he did see “shifts in consumption patterns” towards the tablet but characterized it more as an “incremental opportunity” than the market redefining shift it first looked like. He compared his view on the death of notebooks to Mark Twain’s after the legendary false obituary. “The reports of the demise of these devices are grossly exaggerated,”.

Put your Trekkie ashes in a Star Trek Urn

Posted in Sci-Fi by Conner Flynn on September 19th, 2010

Death, the final frontier. Trekkie ashes deserve something better than just a plain old urn that sits on the shelf. And so, Eternal Image will take care of you after you have been burnt to dust.

You can customize it with your own obituary details (including an authentic stardate) plus a choice of “To Boldly Go…” or “The Journey Continues…” engraved at the bottom. Everyone will know that the ashes of a super geek reside within.

Mimoco announces more Hello Kitty USB drives

Posted in Hello Kitty by Conner Flynn on September 19th, 2010

This new line of Hello Kitty USB drives from Mimoco should please all of the girls out there. Three creatures from Sanrio’s cute Hello Kitty world are featured. Specifically Hello Kitty, Badtz-Maru and Hangyodon.

All three are available in 2GB, 4GB, 8GB and 16GB capacities. The cap is the head of each Mimobot and they are preloaded with a bunch of content specific to each character like wallpapers and avatars. The price? Only $34.95.

Epson MovieMate 85HD and 62 All-in-one Home Projectors

Posted in Projectors by Conner Flynn on September 19th, 2010

If you’re looking for an affordable home theater system, you may want to check out the Epson MovieMate 85HD and MovieMate 62 all-in-one home projectors. These high-quality 3LCD projectors have a built-in DVD player and Dolby Digital audio with two built-in 10W speakers.

The Epson MovieMate 85HD produces a 720p resolution and uses a new E-TORL lamp for 2500 lumens, while the MovieMate 62 has a 540p resolution and 2000 lumens of brightness. The Epson MovieMate 85HD and MovieMate 62 all-in-one home projectors will be available this month for $899 and $649.

Special credit cards access multiple accounts

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on September 19th, 2010

This credit card will help keep your wallet thin. It can turn several credit cards and debit cards into one. This new technology is from Dynamics Inc. in Pennsylvania. It’s a single credit card that hides your account number and allows access to multiple cards, all at the same time.

It is called Card 2.0 and can be used in various applications since it features the world’s first fully card-programmable ‘Electronic Stripe’ in place of the usual magnetic stripe. It’s thin, flexible and durable and it’s battery charge lasts for three years. Sounds great.

Is Facebook building a phone?

Posted in Facebook by Conner Flynn on September 19th, 2010

According to TechCrunch’s sources, Facebook is creating its very own cellphone. Apparently, they’re building the OS and have tasked a hardware manufacturer to build everything else around it. When Google’s Nexus One was announced back in January, Facebook supposedly began planning this mystery phone.

They wanted something that would integrate Facebook contacts more deeply than anything Android or any other platforms had done before. Two Facebook employees, Joe Hewitt and Matthew Papakipos are leading the team involving the OS, using their previous experience as Firefox browser creator and Chrome OS builder to launch a Facebook worthy phone.

ABC app listens to your TV to synchronize interactive content

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on September 19th, 2010

Those fine folks in charge of TV ratings that don’t work very well, Nielsen, have come up with a new way to monitor your home, or at least your Tv viewing habits. Maybe both. It’s an official ABC app that uses the iPad’s microphone to figure out what you’re watching, no matter if it is live or recorded, and offer interactive content based on this.

Nielsen says the app uses the same audio watermarks that are embedded in almost every US television show to do its thing. I guess that means that your household conversations are safe. For now. It has only been announced for the show My Generation so far.

Intel wants to charge $50 to upgrade CPU performance

Posted in Intel by Conner Flynn on September 19th, 2010

This one will make you angry if you want every bit of power from your CPU. Intel is asking customers to pay extra if they want to unleash the full power of their store-bought cpus. An Engadget reader was at Best Buy when he spotted this $50 card. Intel websites confirm it. The card lets you download software to unlock extra threads and cache on the new Pentium G6951 processor.

Hardware.info got themselves an early sample of the chip and it’s a full 1MB of L3 cache that’s enabled plus HyperThreading support. Chip companies already sell hardware-locked chips, so this isn’t new. The process is called binning, but binned chips are usually sold with cores or cache locked because that part of their chips turned are defective after printing.

Memorex Mirror for photos makes photo backup easy

Posted in Memorex by Conner Flynn on September 18th, 2010

Memorex’s Mirror for Photos line of external HDDs are designed for photographers. This external hard drive will automatically back up photos when connected to the computer without having to open a bunch of settings, or menus.

The device finds picture files on the computer’s hard drive and backs them up. It’s that simple. No hassles. That’s what makes this one worth the asking price. Memorex Mirror for Photos is available in 320GB, 500GB and 640GB. The 320GB Mirror is $79.99, the 500GB model retails for $99.99 and the 640GB version costs $119.99.

CTL 2goPad SL10 Windows 7 tablet now available to pre-order for $499

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on September 18th, 2010

Android tablets are a dime a dozen, but Windows 7 tablets are not so numerous. So if you have been looking for a Windows tablet this may be it. The CTL 2goPad SL10 features a capacitive touchscreen, an Intel Atom N450 CPU, a 250GB hard drive, and 2GB of RAM.

This tablet also fully supports both HTML 5 and Flash, and has a 1.3 megapixel webcam. If you like what you see, the 2goPad SL10 is available to pre-order now at $499, and should begin shipping on October 15th.