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AVADirect ships X7200 gaming notebook

Posted in Notebooks by Shane McGlaun on September 24th, 2010

AVADirect has announced a new gaming notebook that it claims to be the fastest desktop replacement on the planet. A quick look at some of the features and AVADirect may be right, the thing is a beast. The X7200 has an aluminum case and sports two USB 3.0 ports.

It can be fitted with 12GB of triple channel DDR3 RAM and has three 9.5mm drive bays along with onboard RAID support. That is enough storage space for 2TB of HDDs or 1TB of SSD storage. The machine can be fitted with two NVIDIA GTX 480M GPUs with a total of 4GB of GDDR5 graphics memory.

Charlotte Motor Speedway to get world’s largest HD video wall

Posted in Panasonic by Shane McGlaun on September 24th, 2010

The stadium here in Texas where the Dallas Cowboys play football has a massive video wall hanging from the ceiling of the stadium. The idea is to let everyone be able to see what is going on the field even if they have bad seats. NASCA fans that watch at Charlotte Motor Speedway next year will be able to see the world’s largest video wall.

The new wall will be used to show race coverage, leader boards, and other interactive entertainment at the track. The massive screen will be placed between turns two and three on the track. The video wall will be 200-feet wide, 80-feet tall, and will weigh 165,000 pounds.

Netflix and NBC ink new streaming deal

Posted in Netflix by Shane McGlaun on September 24th, 2010

I was on Netflix years ago and cancelled my subscription because I never got the new films I really wanted to see. With the company beefing up its streaming, service so much I am about ready to join up again. The company has just announced a new streaming agreement is in place with NBC.

The agreement will see some of the most popular NBC Universal shows come to the streaming service. Notable additions will include old episodes of “Saturday Night Live” and day after streaming of new episodes of the show as well. All episodes from past seasons of the shows “30 Rock,” “The Office” and “Law & Order: SVU,” are being added.

Netflix CEO looking into streaming-only option for US

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on September 23rd, 2010

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, in a blog post says, “we are looking at adding a streaming-only option for the USA over the coming months.” That’s an interesting idea, but sadly he didn’t elaborate. No prices were discussed.

However, it would likely parallel Canada’s streaming-only plan, which is $7.99 monthly. So who wants to drop physical media in exchange for that price or at least one extra dollar per month?

Otterbox Pink BlackBerry Cases

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on September 23rd, 2010

You can walk against cancer, run against cancer, crawl against cancer, or buy some pink gadgets. Personally, I can’t see that ever beating cancer, though it does put your money in some deep pockets to be mis-managed and pillaged. But if you are not as jaded as I, you might want to join the good fight and get yourself these pink OtterBox cases.

They support the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade and the 2010 Avon Walk for Breast Cancer by offering a limited edition, pink and white Commuter Series for the BlackBerry called “Strength” cases. The following BlackBerry’s will be supported: BlackBerry Curve 8500/9300 series, Pearl 3G and Bold 9700 series.

Samsung hints at 10-inch Galaxy Tab for 2011

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on September 23rd, 2010

Samsung Mobile UK manager Gary Twohig revealed in an interview with SiliconRepublic that a 10-inch version of the Galaxy Tab will be released during the first half of 2011. The devices, including the seven-inch version, will not have a Super AMOLED display, but the displays will be capable of displaying HD video. The 10-inch Galaxy Tab will still have a version of Android, but we don’t know if it’s 2.2, 3.0 or a future release like Honeycomb.

Twohig said the first seven-inch tablets will be out near the end of October at O2, Vodafone, 3, Meteor and Carphone Warehouse in the UK. It will have a Sky News app and a few games to showcase the tablet’s audiovisual capabilities. Samsung expects to sell 10 million Galaxy Tabs by the summer of next year globally.

Verbatim Clip-it USB Drive

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on September 23rd, 2010

This cool USB drive from verbatim is pretty useful. The Clip-it USB drive can also be used as a paper clip as well as a USB drive for storing all your files. Clip anything that you need clipped.

The Verebatim Clip-it USB drive is available in 2GB and 4GB capacities, and comes in a range of neat colors. The Verbatim Clip-it USB drive will be available very shortly from Verbatim. Prices start at about $12.00. Pretty neat.

HP Slate Windows 7 Tablet on video

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on September 23rd, 2010

When we last heard about the Windows 7 based HP Slate tablet, it seemed that HP had shelved it. But now a video has showed up which shows the HP Windows 7 Slate tablet in action. HP has previously said that the consumer version of the tablets they will be releasing will be based on Palm’s webOS, while the enterprise versions will be based on Windows 7.

You can check out the video below. It looks pretty decent, better then we thought it would. Looks like it powers up quick and goes pretty fast. It’s very responsive.

New Amazon Kindle Android app released

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on September 23rd, 2010

Amazon has updated its Kindle App for Google Android devices. This latest version of the Amazon Kindle App for Android brings a bunch of new features, which include: full text search, the ability to ad highlights and notes and synchronize these with other devices, and more.

It’s a welcome update that will keep bookworms on Android devices very busy and well read. The updated version of the Amazon Kindle app for Android is available as a free download from the Android Market.

Kingmax outs new line of USB Flash Drives

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on September 23rd, 2010

The latest member to Kingmax’s USB flash drive family, the PD-01 is available in 2GB (green), 4GB (orange), 8GB (blue) and 16GB (red) capacities.

These drives are waterproof and dustproof and come with an innovative 360 degree revolving protection cap, a retractable USB 2.0 connector. They also make use of COB (Chip-On-Board) technology. We don’t have any info yet on pricing.

Yamaha’s new TSX-140 iPod dock does it all

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on September 23rd, 2010

Yamaha has just announced a new dock called the TSX-140. It has a neat retro design that will accommodate the iPhone 3, 3GS and 4 as well as all iPods. If you’re not an iPod user, you can just stick in a USB drive with music and you’re good to go.

But that’s not all. It has a built in FM/AM radio, PC connectivity via USB and can play CDs. It’s available in 3 colors options: Brick Orange, Grey and black for about 40,000 Yen or $474.

Ricoh G700SE Digital Camera

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on September 23rd, 2010

Ricoh was showing off their G700SE at Photokina, and the updated version of the G700 is capable of using add-on modules like the GP-1 GPS dongle and BR-1 bar code scanning module. Pretty cool idea. It should give the camera a longer life as well as make it more versatile.

The camera has a dust- and water-resistant shell as well as Wi-Fi b/g and Bluetooth 2.1. It was designed for governments and enterprises, so it will cost you about EUR799 ($1,070) when it arrives in the first half of 2011.

Verizon LG Vortex spotted with Android 2.2 and Microsoft Bing

Posted in Verizon by Conner Flynn on September 23rd, 2010

While HTC’s Android-powered smartphones come with a bunch of apps from Google, Verizon Wireless’ LG Vortex is taking a different approach. It will go with Microsoft instead. Similar to the Samsung Fascinate, the LG Vortex will ship with Microsoft Bing as the search engine, along with Bing Maps to help you navigate.

Android 2.2 runs on a 600MHz processor, accompanied by an integrated FM radio. Does this chance your mind about wanting the Vortex, or are you cool with Bing?

Windoro window cleaning robot

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on September 23rd, 2010

Think of this bot as a roomba not for your floor, but for windows. The Windoro bot comes from some scientists working for the Pohang Institute of Intelligent Robotics in South Korea.

The robot is essentially two modules that stick together through the glass using magnets. Yes, it isn’t the best design, but at least it’s a start. Once they perfect the technology, this thing will be cleaning large office building windows easily.

PlayStation Move accessories charge controllers

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on September 23rd, 2010

The Wii had it’s turn at tons of silly attachments that make you look dorky and now it is the PlayStation Move’s turn. Nyko, Mad Catz, Interworks, CTA Digital, PDP and more are churning out plenty of plastic shells and chargers for those ball-tipped motion controllers.

You wouldn’t want just the Wii nerds waving around crap peripherals, now, would you? Looks like there is already something for everybody.