Archive for September, 2010

Green Hisaver power strip saves power by sensing motion

Posted in Power Strips by Conner Flynn on September 26th, 2010

Many of us like to leave our computers running all of the time, but that uses a ton of power. And even if you want the computer on 24/7, there’s no need to have the printer, speakers and other stuff powered on.

A new power strip called the HiSaver makes it easy to save power when you leave the room. The HiSaver Powerbar features a remote motion-detecting sensor that sits on your desk. So when you leave the room for at least ten minutes, four of the outlets turn off automatically to save power.

New DirectTV TiVo delayed into 2011

Posted in Tivo by Conner Flynn on September 26th, 2010

The DirectTV TiVo that was scheduled to be delivered before the end of this year has been delayed until 2011. CEO Tom Rogers said that beta testing for the device will continue into next January. TiVo executives have suggested that TiVo will begin to shift towards service delivery, rather purely on manufacturing hardware.

The delays have apparently been associated the current product development timeline, where there is nothing to be gained by bringing a new product to market during the holiday season, as well as technical challenges.

Photo Album Storyteller lets you put your voice with your memories

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on September 26th, 2010

Going through old photos is great, each picture tells a story after all. Well, now that is truer than ever. The Photo Album Storyteller allows you to put a tag on a photograph, record it and then put your own little message or story about the picture.

So when you go through your pics next time, you have a story to go along with it. For $99.95 you get the machine and 500 individual coded stickers. That’s a ton of stories.

Patriot Xporter Rage USB Flash Drives hit Europe

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on September 26th, 2010

Patriot Memory’s newest line of USB flash drives ‘Xporter Rage‘ have finally hit European stores, despite being introduced back in August. These are available in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB sizes, are capless and have rubberized casing, with a retractable USB 2.0 connector.

They will deliver read and write speeds of up to 27MB/s and 25MB/s. The 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models are priced at 17.50 Euro, 32.39 Euro, 62.14 Euro and 126.93 Euro.

Apple iPad heading to Target next month

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on September 26th, 2010

Looks like the news just got more official. Soon you will be able to get an iPad at Target, along with some TP and real pads for your girlfriend.

Target will begin carrying Apple’s iPad on Oct. 3, just like we reported earlier, at its normal retail price starting at $500. Those with Target credit cards will be eligible for a 5-percent discount on the device.

HP Pavilion Elite HPE-480t Core i7 Desktop with 1TB HDD, 9GB RAM

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on September 26th, 2010

HP’s Pavilion Elite HPE-490t is the powerful desktop computer you’ve been looking for. It’s powered by the quad-core Intel Core i7 processor and is priced at only $1,075.

Other features include 9GB DDR3 memory, a 1TB hard drive, a 1GB Radeon HD 5450 graphics, an HDMI port, a 16X DVD+/-RW LightScribe, Gigabit Ethernet, a 15-in-1 card reader, a multimedia keyboard and mouse, and Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

Sony warns that counterfeit PS3 controllers can explode

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on September 26th, 2010

Sony says that counterfeit PlayStation 3 controllers can be unstable, as in they might blow up in your hands. Or wherever it may be. Sony made an announcement to consumers, telling them not to take the risk of buying counterfeit products as it could cause them serious injury.

According to the company, counterfeit PlayStation 3 controllers, “identical in appearance to genuine PlayStation 3 wireless controllers,” have started cropping up in the wild. The company said that the “quality, reliability, and safety of counterfeit products is uncertain.”

Rampant View makes your 5th gen iPod nano a head cam

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on September 26th, 2010

The current iPod nano may be better suited as a watch, but Rampant Gear isn’t done with the 5th generation iPod nano just yet. The company has just introduced its new Rampant View harness/headband which will turn your nano into a head cam.

Obviously it isn’t the best head-mounted camera option, but it is cheap at $35. You probably already have the 5th gen nano, so you might as well pony up the dough and capture some cool video.

Disney launches new Social Media site

Posted in Disney by Conner Flynn on September 25th, 2010

Mickey and the gang are launching a new social media site called Disney Memories. The idea is to share your favorite memories about your experiences with Disney and its theme parks. So it is a lot of PR as well as Social media. Users can upload photos, videos, and talk about their experiences.

It should be noted that users will also be agreeing to the End User Licensing Agreement, which means that you agree to have your memories featured in the company’s Let the Memories Begin campaign. If selected your videos can appear in TV ads and be featured in Disneyworld’s Cinderella Castle and Disneyland’s It’s a Small World.

Amazon Kindle gets a Scrabble app

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on September 25th, 2010

The Amazon Kindle has just received its very first premium app. Electronic Arts’ Scrabble. You can get it right now for just $4.99. It works on both the second and third generation Kindle, and both Kindle DX models.

It must be selling pretty good already too, because it’s currently ranking at number four on the Kindle bestseller list, right behind two Stieg Larsson novels and the latest Oprah book club pick. That’s pretty good company.

Dell Looking Glass Android Tablet caught on video

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on September 24th, 2010

Dell’s upcoming Looking Glass 7-inch tablet wasn’t showing off in pictures when Michael Dell took it out the other day, but now a video of the event has surfaced, so we now have a better look at this Android device.

We can see a volume rocker on the side of the device, as well as a headphone jack, a possible PDMI connector port (like the Streak), and a switch that might be for rotation or to lock it. The device shows up after 1:27 in the video below.

iPad and speakers get mounted on a bike

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on September 24th, 2010

Apple’s iPad can seemingly do anything and go anywhere. Now we have seen the tablet attached to a bike, along with speakers in front. We don’t have many details, but we do know that this guy will want to easily remove both iPad and speakers everytime he parks that bike.

That iPad cradle looks well made, but I still cringe about bumps and accidents killing the device. Anyway, it’s a cool setup. We like it.

White Final Fantasy XIV PC controller debuts

Posted in Controllers by Conner Flynn on September 24th, 2010

FF fans have another piece of gear that they will need to buy. This official PC controller from Sunflex will have you playing the latest Final fantasy in style. It’s a snow white controller, very much like the Dual Shock standard that most PC gamepad makers use.

Though those hand grips are really long. For something called Final Fantasy, these games are never final. Aren’t we up to like 14 now? Should be called unfinal fantasy. The fantasy that never ends.

Wii Remote Plus leaked in FlingSmash bundle?

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on September 24th, 2010

We’ve been waiting for a Wiimote with built-in MotionPlus for a while. Nyko already offers the Wand+ with the MotionPlus gyros built-in. But Nintendo has been taking the slow approach. Now we have spotted this upcoming first party, MotionPlus-required FlingSmash title on a GameStop order page with “Wii Remote Plus inside!”.

However, the product description still mentions attaching the MotionPlus “accessory” to your Wii Remote, but the Wiimote in the picture looks a bit different, with some curved text below the Wii logo. A spokesperson said the Wii Remote Plus “is real” but “We have nothing to announce on this at the moment.”.

DIY mini dragster powered by six circular saws

Posted in Automotive,DIY by Shane McGlaun on September 24th, 2010

Give a geek some hardware, a bit of extra time, and a need for speed and they can come up with anything. A dude named Barry Lee has constructed his own mini dragster using six circular saws for power. The saws are 16-inch Makita units.

The dragster was created for a cool competition in the UK called the Power Tool Drag Racing Championships held in conjunction with the Royal Navy and Five’s Gadget Show. The dragsters will compete against other DIY types and power tool companies for the win.