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Sharp BD-HP80U and BD-HP90U Network 3D Blu-ray Players

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

Sharp has introduced two new 3D network Blu-ray players with full HD 3D 1080p/24 fps video output. The Sharp BD-HP90U and BD-HP80U. Both players provide you with access to content from a wide variety of sources like Netflix, VUDU and Pandora via Wireless LAN.

The Sharp BD-HP90U and BD-HP80U also play standard-definition DVDs and CDs, as well as DIVX HD, JPEG and MP3 files. The Sharp BD-HP90U and BD-HP80U will be available later this month for $499.99 and $429.99.

Microsoft says next console still years away

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on September 23rd, 2010

The Xbox 360 is approaching its 5th birthday, and so should we be wondering when Microsoft will be releasing a successor to the console? We can wonder all we like, but Xbox UK director Stephen McGill has now said outright that we can forget it

He stated that there is still life in the Xbox 360 and that they’re still years away from what comes next. I wonder how long it will be before Microsoft actually does release a new console.

Blockbuster files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

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

We’ve been expecting this one for a long time and now it’s official. Blockbuster has initiated “pre-arranged” chapter 11 proceedings. Under this plan, Blockbuster’s debt would be reduced from $1 billion to about $100 million when implemented.

Blockbuster is currently evaluating its US store portfolio as part of the recapitalization process. All 3,000 stores will remain open for now, but up to 1,000 could be gone before things are said and done. They want you to know that Blockbuster is still open and that it’s business as usual during the restructuring.

Getac updates B300 rugged notebook with new screens and faster CPU

Posted in Computers by Shane McGlaun on September 23rd, 2010

Rugged notebooks come in different levels of rugged. There are some that are only a bit more rugged than your average notebook and then there are some that are able to withstand the harshest of conditions and survive drops, water, and dust. The Getac B300 is one of the most rugged machines you will find.

Getac has announced that it has updated the B300 with some new specifications and features. The machine now gets a faster Intel Core i7 CPU running at 2GHz that can be boosted to 2.8GHz with Intel Turbo Boost tech. The machine also gets a standard 700-nit brightness LCD and has an optional 1400-nit rated screen.

Runco outs crazy expensive projectors costing more than some homes

Posted in Home Theater,Projectors by Shane McGlaun on September 23rd, 2010

When it comes to home theaters you can have the average mans set up with a nice big screen TV and surround sound. Then you can have the high-end rich home theater gurus set up with sound like the theater and a projector that can blind astronauts on the ISS as it passes over your house.

Runco has unveiled a couple new projectors that are aimed squarely at the rich people wanting the best and having the loot to pay for it. The two new projectors are the Runco SC-50d and the SC-60d. They are the top of the line from Runco and are custom built. The projectors have dual lamps and support 3D content with active or passive systems.

Joby Gorillapod Video Holds your small cameras/camcorders

Posted in Camcorders,Cameras by Shane McGlaun on September 23rd, 2010

Joby has had its line of articulating gadgets on the market for a long time now. These tripods have flexible legs that you can bend to hold onto things like bicycle bars and strollers. The head of the Gorillapods support various devices with versions for smartphones, big cameras, and even flashlights.

Joby has unveiled its latest Gorillapod called the Gorillapod Video. The Video is designed to hold light cameras and camcorders like the Flip HD. The Gorillapod Video has a metal arm on the back for panning and has 360-degree pan and 135-degree tilt. The aluminum head is omnidirectional and the legs have magnetic feet.

Quirky shows off cool Trek Support battery charging backpack

Posted in Accessories,Baggage,Batteries by Shane McGlaun on September 23rd, 2010

Quirky has some cool products that we have talked about before. One of my favorites was the Switch knife that surfaced a while back. The latest offering from Quirky is the Trek Support backpack. The thing is designed to hold your gadgets and notebook and can help keep them charged up too.

The backpack has a removable battery inside that promises 7 hours of power depending on what you hook to it. The battery pack has four pockets and has enough outlets to charge three of those USB gadgets at the same time.

Savant home automation remote uses built-in iPod touch

Posted in Remotes by Conner Flynn on September 22nd, 2010

Savant has introduced a unique touchscreen remote control. It’s called the Savant Touch Remote and it uses the latest iPod touch as the interface. It uses iOS 4.2 with a custom Savant app on top. Users can control their multi-room A/V systems and still download apps, use FaceTime for calling and perform other typical iPod functions just like normal.

The remote also includes 18 backlit hardware buttons for adjusting volume, menu navigation and more. Savant bundles it with a dock that charges the remote, and your color choices include black or white. There is RF connectivity in addition to Wi-Fi.

Motorola DROID 2 first pictures

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on September 22nd, 2010

At first glance there doesn’t appear to be any difference between this thing and the Droid 2 that you can buy today, but the differences are subtle. The only obvious internal change is that it can be used globally. Droid Life claims that this is the Droid 2 World Edition.

It sports a pearly white back and a lighter chrome bezel in front. It might replace the original Droid 2 completely, but until we see some official information no one knows for sure. The OMAP3630 core is apparently clocked up to 1.2GHz. The plain old Droid 2 does 1GHz.

Netflix debuts service in Canada

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on September 22nd, 2010

Netflix has released details of its new Internet Movie subscription service launched today in Canada. It’s the first Netflix service outside the US. It will be available for $7.99 per month on a number of different devices, with the possibility to sign up for a free trial month.

Netflix also revealed that it has now signed Canadian license agreements with major studios such as Lionsgate, MGM Studios, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox and Universal Pictures, as well as Canadian distributors Alliance Films, Maple Pictures, eOne and Mongrel.

DIY pinball machine coffee table

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on September 22nd, 2010

Coffee tables don’t have to be boring. This one will provide much more fun than just a place to put your books and coffee mugs on it. A fellow named zieak created this amazing table, after picking up a pinball machine from the dump.

He basically transferred the playing surface of the old pinball machine (with some LEDs) into a coffee table. And now I want to do the same.

Luke Skywalker and Han Solo Stormtrooper Mimobot flash drives

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on September 22nd, 2010

If you like the Lobot Star Wars Flash Drive, then you’ll love these. These limited edition Luke Skywalker and Han Solo Stormtrooper Mimobot flash drives are awesome.

Only 500 units of the Luke Skywalker and Han Solo Stormtrooper Mimobot flash drives will be available for purchase, so these will be rarer than good prequels. Both versions are available in storage ranges of 2GB to 16GB and come preloaded with character-specific Star Wars MIMOBOT-themed images, wallpapers, and avatars.

Sony launches PlayStation Move EyePet bundle with creature care game

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on September 22nd, 2010

The PlayStation Move is hitting store shelves and so Sony has decided to offer up some deals. The company has added the PlayStation Move EyePet bundle to their list of launches.

With this kit you get the standard Move controller, a copy of the creature care game called EyePet and a PlayStation Eye camera. It’s only available through Toys R Us in North America and it will cost you $100. That’s not a bad price.

HTC Mozart Windows Phone 7 specs leaked

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on September 22nd, 2010

More details have now surfaced on the HTC Mozart Windows Phone 7 smartphone. According the tipster, the WP7 phone features a Qualcomm SnapDragon 1Ghz processor, 576MB RAM, 512MB ROM and 8GB internal memory.

The Mozart also features a 3.7-inch WVGA Super LCD touchscreen, an 8 Megapixel camera with Xenon flash, Dolby Mobile, Bluetooth and WiFi. The phone will support dual-band 2100/900 UMTS/HSPA and quad-band GSM/EDGE networks.

Sony launches PlayMemories app for 3D photos

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on September 22nd, 2010

If the recent 3.50 firmware update for your PS3 left you feeling like you need more 3D in your life, Sony has an extra treat for you. The company has announced their PlayMemories app.

The app will be available for download from the PlayStation Store in late September, letting you view both 2D and 3D photos captured with a 3D-compatible camera. Select a picture and zoom in or out using your DUALSHOCK®3 or SIXAXIS™ wireless controller. The app itself wasn’t shown yet, but we expect to see it pretty soon and see if it’s worth it or not.