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Lenovo announces ThinkPad Edge 11

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

Lenovo’s latest ThinkPad Edge 11 is an ultraportable but it packs in the performance. It will ship with AMD’s single and dual-core Nile platform, and Intel’s Core i3/i5 processor options. Sadly Lenovo has no plans of releasing this one in the states.

So the X100e will still be the champion in the US, with the Edge 11 becoming its counterpart overseas. The AMD version is cheaper, with prices that start at $450, while the Intel-powered model is more about $550.

PlayStation Plus cards hitting retail

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on September 28th, 2010

Here’s more good news for PlayStation 3 owners. You’ll soon be able to purchase PlayStation Plus membership cards at retail. Gift cards granting access to Sony’s premium PlayStation Network are now being shipped to stores all over North America.

The cards have already hit some Target stores and will cost you $17.99 for three months of PlayStation Plus access. Sony also offers a 12-month subscription for $49.99. The service grants users early access to some demos and beta tests, discounts on software and the occasional freebie.

Awesome R2D2 DIY robot holds a geek and moves around

Posted in DIY,Robots by Shane McGlaun on September 28th, 2010

I really like to see some of the awesome DIY stuff that geeks come up with and when that stuff has to do with Star Wars it’s even better. A dude has created his own DIY R2D2 bot that is larger than the actual robot so the guy can fit inside the ting to drive it.

The replica of R2D2 has a flip up dome that the guy climbs into. Once inside the robot he activate sound effects and somehow control how the thing moves around. It has fans inside too to keep the geek cool.

Android-powered Tablet coming from Amazon?

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

After announcing the Kindle app for the BlackBerry PlayBook there was also the rumor of an upcoming Amazon Android store. And now we hear word that Amazon may be gearing up to release some Android-powered hardware.

We don’t have any specific details, but if Amazon is bringing an Android app store, it does lend some credibility to the possibility of an Android-powered tablet from the company. I guess we just have to wait and see.

Jabra unveils new Go 660 Bluetooth headset for mobile and office use

Posted in Bluetooth by Shane McGlaun on September 28th, 2010

If you are in a business where you are on the phone a lot whether you are in the office or out of the office your day can be much smoother and less of a pain in the neck literally with a headset. Jabra offers headsets for mobile users and for use with phones in the office as well. The latest headset from the company can be used with your mobile phone and your soft phone on the computer.

The headset is called the Jabra Go 660 and it ships with a USB Bluetooth adapter called the Jabra Link 320 that lets you use the headset for VoIP chats in the office or home. The headset also links to your Bluetooth mobile phone as well. The mic has noise-cancelling tech dubbed Noise Blackout with dual mics.

Galaxy Tab Bluetooth Stylus shows up for £49.99 pre-order

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

The Galaxy Tab’s Bluetooth Stylus has appeared in its first pre-order listing. It’s priced at £49.99 ($79) by UK online retailer Play. The capacitive stylus will let you do handwriting if you don’t like the Tab’s soft keyboard.

It’s capable of hooking up to two Bluetooth devices at a time and can even receive and reject phone calls, whether on the Tab or on your phone.

Logitech debuts F540 headphones for gamers

Posted in Logitech by Shane McGlaun on September 28th, 2010

Logitech has unveiled a new set of headphones called the F540. The new headphones are designed for gamers and will work with different game systems. You can use the headphones on a PC, PS3, or Xbox console.

The headphones connect with a 2.4GHz USB adapter with a wireless range that will let you play from across the room. The headphones support chat in games and they use 40mm tuned drivers for good sound quality.

LG 1080p 3D A510 notebook breaks cover

Posted in LG by Shane McGlaun on September 28th, 2010

LG has announced a new notebook computer that has 1080p resolution and support 3D content called the A510. The new notebook is a 15.6-inch machine and its 3D screen uses passive glasses and is LED backlit. Power for the notebook comes from a range of processor options.

The options for CPUs include Core i5 840QM and 740GM, Core i5 580M, 560M, and 460M, as well as Core i3 380M and 370M processors. The notebook runs Windows 7 and comes with a normal pair of passive 3D glasses and a clip on set for those who wear glasses.

RIM introduces PlayBook BlackBerry tablet

Posted in RIM by Conner Flynn on September 27th, 2010

We’ve been waiting for a good while and today at Research In Motion’s annual BlackBerry Developer Conference, CEO Mike Lazaridis announced the PlayBook. The tablet will use an OS created by the recently acquired QNX, which is called the BlackBerry Tablet OS. It offers full OpenGL and POSIX support along with web standards like HTML5. The company’s founder, Dan Dodge said that “QNX is going to enable things that you have never seen before,” and added that the PlayBook would be “an incredible gaming platform for publishers and the players.”

The PlayBook’s can handle Flash content via Flash 10.1, as well as Adobe AIR apps. It will feature a 7-inch, 1024 x 600, capacitive multitouch display, a Cortex A9-based, dual-core 1GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, and a 3 megapixel front-facing camera along with a 5 megapixel rear lens. The PlayBook will be capable of 1080p HD video, and comes with an HDMI port as well as a microUSB jack, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, and Bluetooth 2.1.

German tabloid reveals Nintendo 3DS Japanese launch date, pricing

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on September 27th, 2010

We’ve all been waiting for some more details on Nintendo’s 3DS and now a German tabloid has leaked the launch date of the portable 3D gaming system. We aren’t sure how reliable these leaks are, but word is that Japan will get the 3DS on November 11.

This will be followed by a European launch in the Spring for about 200 EUR, or U.S. $270. An official announcement should come from a Tokyo press event by Nintendo on September 29th.

Annoying alarm clock throws a ball at you

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on September 27th, 2010

Alarm clocks are far too easy to turn off, defeating the purpose of an alarm. Just hit the button and go back to sleep. But with the Aphelion clock concept, you will wake up annoyed. It forces you to retrieve the ball that it just threw at you, so you can put it back in its holder to activate the snooze function.

The other features are pretty standard. There’s a radio and MP3 player input, and a large display. Depending on how heavy the ball is, it may just put you back to sleep. Permanently.

Apple to ship more iPads in 2011 than Android tablets combined?

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on September 27th, 2010

Looks like Apple will dominate the tablet market for at least the next year, according to Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley. He estimates that Apple will ship 13.4 million iPads in 2010 and 25.5 million in 2011. The closest to Apple is Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, which will reach 1.5 million by the end of the year and move another six million in 2011.

The combined Android platform fares a bit better, with Dell and Motorola contributing two million and three million tablets of their own next year, but Apple will still have most of the sales. This is due its headstart and its positive UI experience.

Movie studios to bring pre-DVD streaming to PS3, Xbox, more

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on September 27th, 2010

Here’s more great news for PS3 and Xbox 360 owners. Disney, Sony and Warner are close to testing a system that would give Internet access to movies before they’ve reached Blu-ray or DVD. Disney would be the most aggressive and would allow viewers watch movies on any web-connected device and possibly the PS3 and Xbox 360 as well. Disney would likely be cautious at first, trying one movie under the plan in an early 2011 trial.

We aren’t sure if Apple would be involved, but Steve Jobs sits on Disney’s board of directors. In Demand, a partnership between Comcast, Cox and Time Warner, said through CEO Bob Benya that the collective is in talks for a similar option through cable TV and maybe online.

Origin announces EON17 Gaming Notebook

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on September 27th, 2010

Origin PC has a new high end gaming notebook. The Origin EON 17 features a 17.3 inch Full HD wide screen display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and it is capable of Full HD video in 1080p. You can choose from a range of Intel processors up to an Intel Core i7 980x processor, and you also have the option to have up to two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M graphics cards in SLI.

You can also choose a massive 24GB of DDR3 RAM, with a total of three different hard drives. How about a full size keyboard with a numeric keypad? You got it. Some other specs include HDMI out, optical digital out and 7.1 channel HD audio, a touch sensitive multi gesture pad and a bunch of instant access buttons. This is one powerful notebook.

Green House key-shaped USB Flash Drives

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on September 27th, 2010

Looking for a new flash drive? Greenhouse holds the key. Their new line of USB flash drives has the form of a key. These are made of a highly durable material. The 4GB flash drives are equipped with a USB 2.0/1.1 interface and support for Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000 as well as Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

They come in both silver and gold color options and you can expect them to start shipping in early October for about 3,480 Yen (or $41 yankee dollars).