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Gateway whips out new ZX6951 and ZX4951 AIO computers

Posted in Gateway by Shane McGlaun on September 29th, 2010

The desktop computer market has pretty much cooled off with most consumers looking to notebooks and netbooks for their computing needs today. The all in one computer is one of the most popular types of desktops and Gateway has announced a couple new AIO machines. The new AIOs include the Gateway One ZX4951 and ZX6951.

The two machines both share the same new design with a curved bottom that has lighting to make the keyboard glow in dark rooms. The main difference between the two is the 4951 has a 21.5-inch HD screen and the 6951 has a 23-inch screen. Both of the PCs can be fitted with Pentium or Core i3 processors.

Patriot Convoy puts a RAID array into your PC

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on September 29th, 2010

When it comes to memory for your computers or SSDs to store your data on Patriot has you covered. What some of us need is a way to store more data inside some of the unused optical drive bays on a desktop computer. Patriot has you covered there too with its Convoy line of storage devices.

Patriot has added a couple new products to the Convoy line today that have four 2.5-inch drive bays. The new products are the Convoy 425S and the 425XL and both are very similar. They have an aluminum chassis and 40mm fans to keep the drives inside the hot swap bays cool.

H2O Audio Surge 2 headphones are perfect for swimmers and heavy sweaters

Posted in Headphones by Shane McGlaun on September 29th, 2010

It’s too hot 90% of the year in Texas for a lot of outdoor play so we tend to stay near water. Many folks swim to keep in shape and want some music to listen too at the same time. H2O Audio has a line of gear that lets the swimmer listen to music while in the water and will survive folks that sweat profusely as well.

The new headphones from the company are called the Surge 2G and they are waterproof to 12-feet deep. The headphones can also be washed and will survive sweating. Either of those will kill your typical set of headphones. The Surge 2G headphones ship with five sets of elastomer earphones with XS-XL sizes for a custom fit. The elastomer tips in various sizes are to provide a custom fit, block outside noise, and should help keep water out of your ears.

Dell 7-inch Tablet to arrive in a few weeks

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on September 29th, 2010

If you got all excited when Michael Dell whipped out the 7-inch tablet recently, then we have some good news. According to the Wall Street Journal, Dell’s Greater China President Amit Midha has said that the device will be arriving “very, very soon,”. Within the next few weeks.

Apparently, there will be a bunch of new devices from Dell in the coming months, including devices in 10, 4, and 3 inch form factors. The 7-inch device has been confirmed to be powered by Android, but Windows is expected on some devices as well.

Best Buy launches Free Phone Fridays

Posted in Best Buy by Conner Flynn on September 29th, 2010

Times are tough, so it’s nice when companies give you a break and help your dollar go further. Best Buy is doing just that with a new promotion that will involve sales of smartphones from each US carrier without having to pay a penny, each Friday in October.

The phones do come with the mandatory 2-year contract. It all kicks off on October 1st, with the first free phones on sale being the Samsung Fascinate from Verizon Wireless, the BlackBerry Curve from Sprint, the HTC Aria from AT&T, and the Samsung Gravity 3 from T-Mobile.

Nintendo 3DS ships in Japan February 26, US and Europe in March

Posted in Uncategorized by Conner Flynn on September 29th, 2010

This puts an end to the rumored prices and launch dates for the 3DS and makes things official. Nintendo just announced a February 26 ship date in Japan for ¥25,000 (about $298). It will hit the US and Europe in March for an unknown amount.

Launch colors are two flavors. Aqua blue or cosmo black. At a press event in Japan, Nintendo demonstrated the ability to take your picture using the 3DS’ front-facing camera and then automatically converting the image into a Mii. If you like, you can then edit it using Mii Studio on the 3DS. Images can then be exported as QR codes in wireless “tag mode” or as a file to the bundled 2GB SD card.

Roku adding Hulu Plus channel this fall

Posted in Uncategorized by Conner Flynn on September 28th, 2010

Hulu Plus is coming to Roku’s players, which start at $59 and go up to $99 for the Roku XDS. That $10 Hulu Plus monthly subscription fee sure beats ten 99-cent Apple TV rentals.

If you haven’t already, it may just be time to cut your cable subscription. You probably already watch more netflix than cable anyway. No mention yet about resolution or bitrate, but we do know that it goes live this fall.

Franklin Roadie modular music system

Posted in Uncategorized by Conner Flynn on September 28th, 2010

Franklin knows us too well. We like our music systems both modular and retro looking. The company’s Roadie certainly fits the bill. It’s a three part system (if you want to have all parts), that consists of the EVS-2000, EVS-3000 and EVS-4000.

In that order, you get a base model that accepts sources via a 3.5mm input jack, a rechargeable battery with SD card slot, and a tweeter / equalizer. All three should go on sale soon for $99.99 as a bundle, while the 2000 and 3000 can be picked up by themselves for $49.99 / $79.99.

Amazon announces Kindle for the web

Posted in Uncategorized by Conner Flynn on September 28th, 2010

In addition to announcing their new Amazon app for the new BlackBerry PlayBook, Amazon has also announced a new way to read its electronic books, Amazon Kindle for the Web.

Amazon Kindle for the Web lets you read samples of books online in your web browser, without having to download or install anything extra. You can also share samples of books with your friends through a variety of social networks as well. Amazon Kindle for the Web has been released in beta.

Onkyo announces three Windows 7 Tablets

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on September 28th, 2010

Japanese company Onkyo has announced three new Windows 7 based tablet computers. Two are 10.1 inch models, the Onkyo TW117A4 and TW217A5. The other is an 11.6 inch model the TW317A5.

Both the TW117A4 and TW3175A feature an Intel Atom N450 processor and Intel GMA 3150 graphics, while the TW217A5 features an Intel Atom Z530 processor and Intel GMA 500 graphics. All three come with 1GB of RAM, integrated 802.11 b/g/n WiFi plus Bluetooth 2.1+EDR.

AOL buys TechCrunch

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on September 28th, 2010

Rumors had been circulating that AOL, who owns Engadget and Webblogs Inc were about to purchase Michael Arrington’s TechCrunch, and it now looks like those rumors were true as AOL has just announced that they have purchased TechCrunch.

AOL has also purchased all other sites in the TechCrunch network, which includes MobileCrunch and Crunch Gear. No details on the purchase price have been announced yet, but Business Insider is reporting that it was sold for $25 Million.

Kno announces world’s first Single Screen Tablet Textbook

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on September 28th, 2010

Kno has announced a single screen version of its tablet textbook for the education sector. The Kno is a learning platform that combines a touch-screen tablet, digital textbooks, course materials, note-taking, web access, educational applications, digital media, sharing and more into one powerful educational experience. It’s got everything.

Sort of a big-time leapfrog learning tool for big boys if you will. The company will release both the single and two-screen tablet textbooks by the end of 2010.

Brando’s Triple SATA HDD Multi-Function Dock

Posted in Storage by Conner Flynn on September 28th, 2010

This dock is triple the SATA, triple the fun. Not triple the price. This Triple SATA HDD Multi-Function Dock from Brando will let you plug any 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch SATA hard drive into your computer via a USB port at the same time.

The device also serves as a 2-port USB hub and a multi-card reader. The Brando Triple SATA HDD Multi-Function Dock is compatible with both Mac and PC. It’s only $55.

GPS-enabled bike lock

Posted in Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on September 28th, 2010

This GPS-enabled bike lock tracks your bicycle, of course, but also protects your bike. It has to be attached to the rear area of your bicycle. Then with some help from third party mobile applications you can easily track down where your bike is and it can be used to unlock the bike itself.

What we like is that it saves you the time and energy that it takes to lock a bike when you need to park it. Now if only these Social Bicycles or SoBi were less noticeable.

Diane von Furstenberg Limited Edition Canon G12 Camera

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on September 28th, 2010

The fashion-minded among you will love Canon’s G12 camera now that it has had an aesthetic makeover thanks to Diane von Furstenberg, who designed this model exclusively for AHAlife. Only 50 units will be available to the mass market.

The fashion designer loves photography, so she decided to help gussy this camera up. This special edition of the Canon G12 will come with an Andy Warhol lip print in Swarovski crystals and a zebra print case for fashionistas.