Archive for October, 2010

Virtual Walkie Talkie turns your Android phone into a CB radio

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on October 31st, 2010

Virtual Walkie Talkie is a free Android program which basically turns your phone into a CB radio. The software works over WiFi and features multiple channels. It will stay on in the background until you deliberately exit the program.

So if you miss the days of CB radios and need to go all “breaker, breaker, good buddy”, now is your chance. Just be prepared for Koreans, Germans and other nationalities to all be chatting away, which you wouldn’t have found on the old Citizens Band radios. Sounds like fun though. Maybe this will make CB talk popular again. Probably not though.

Bang & Olufsen 32-inch BeoVision 10 LED HDTV

Posted in HDTV by Conner Flynn on October 31st, 2010

Bang & Olufsen has released their new 32-inch BeoVision 10 edge-lit LED HDTV. This TV produces a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 with a 16:9 aspect ratio, along with a 120Hz refresh rate.

It also sports 16.7 million colors and a low reflection screen. This HDTV measures 32-inches x 29.2-inches x 2.52-inches and weighs 59.4 pounds. The 32-inch BeoVision 10 comes with the BeoVision 4 remote with an optional BeoVision 5 available.

Entourage launches Pocket eDGe dual-touchscreen tablet

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on October 31st, 2010

Entourage has launched its Pocket eDGE dual touchscreen tablet, which incorporates a monochrome 6-inch Wacom Penabled E ink panel on the left and a 7-inch color resistive touchscreen display on the right. It’s running Android 1.6 as well as Embedded Linux and the trackball on the right has now been replaced by an optical touchpad.

The Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g enabled device includes 3GB of on-board storage, a 2-megapixel camera capable of capturing video, a USB port, and a microSD slot. It comes pre-loaded with apps including a web browser, Documents to Go, email, journal, music player, notepad, camera, camcorder, audio recorder, calculator, calendar, contacts, dictionary, file explorer, You Tube, and a reader app.

Darth Vader Minifig Alarm Clock

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on October 31st, 2010

LEGO and Star Wars have joined forces and turned these Darth Vader and Stormtrooper Minifigs into a digital clock with an Alarm and a Snooze Button. They are available at both Amazon and Toys ‘R’ Us.

These Star Wars minifig clocks are about 8″ tall, not actual minifig size. They would be awesome to have by the bed.

LG’s new IPS Series 6 displays

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on October 31st, 2010

LG has introduced the LG 21.5-inch IPS226V and 23-inch IPS236V IPS monitors at a press conference in Japan. These measure just 19.5mm thick and LG’s new IPS displays feature a 6ms response time.

Other features include a 1,920 x 1,080 pixel resolution, a 5,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 250 nits of brightness level, an HDMI port and a 178-degree viewing angle. Both will be launched in November and December. No info on pricing just yet however.

Grace Digital Audio Victoria Retrowriter

Posted in music by Conner Flynn on October 31st, 2010

If you want to convert your vinyl collection into a digital format, then here’s another option. The Victoria Retrowriter from Grace Digital Audio will do the job while looking perfectly retro.

The device is a multi-functioning music system that allows you to record your music from vinyl or from auxiliary RCA inputs to blank CD-R/RW’s. The Grace Digital Audio Victoria Retrowriter will cost you $158.88. It won’t fool anyone into believing that it’s an actual vintage piece of hardware, but it looks cool.

Onkyo DT615-FF Final Fantasy-ready Desktop PC

Posted in Onkyo by Conner Flynn on October 31st, 2010

Onkyo has launched the DT615-FF Final Fantasy-ready desktop PC in Japan. It is FF ready because this computer meets the hardware requirements that provide the best user experience possible when playing Final Fantasy Online (XIV).

The Onkyo DT615-FF features an Intel Core i7-870 processor, 4GB of RAM (up to 16GB), a 5400rpm 1TB HDD, a Blu-ray disc burner, an nVidia GeForce GTX460 with 768GB of VRAM and a 500W Power Supply Unit. The Onkyo DT615-FF with a 21.5-inch Full HD LED-backlight monitor is priced at 149,800 Yen ($1,863).

Acer Liquid Metal Android 2.2 Smartphone gets official

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on October 31st, 2010

Acer has officially announced its Liquid Metal Android 2.2 smartphone, which features a 3.6-inch display, is wrapped in metal, and has curved top and bottom edges. It will run Google’s Froyo and will sport a Qualcomm 800 MHz processor.

The Liquid Metal will also have a WiFi b/g/n radio, support for 14 Mbps HSDPA networks, and a 5-megapixel camera with flash and 720p HD video recording. DLNA is also supported and Acer has included Dolby support. Tethering is also supported out of the box.

Violight UV Light Sanitizer will kill Germs on your phone

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on October 31st, 2010

Germaphobes have a new weapon to wage war on germs. And it is only a $50 investment. The VIOlight UV light sanitizer will kill germs and bacteria on your phone, leaving it clean and germ free.

The device uses ultraviolet light to get rid of 99% of germs in less than five minutes. It works with smartphones, MP3 players, and other small gadgets. The VIOlight is also battery powered so you can take it with you and kill germs anywhere you happen to be.

Redbox to start streaming in 2011

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on October 31st, 2010

Redbox, the company that has operated DVD rental kiosks at shopping centers across the US, has announced that the company will now be entering the movie streaming business in 2011. Redbox didn’t name a partner yet, but obviously they will need somebody to host and manage the streaming business.

The company doesn’t know yet if it would adopt a subscription plan like Netflix or an a la carte model like iTunes and Blockbuster. The company has been testing the waters for some time now. Back in April a survey from the company asked consumers what they thought of a $3.95 monthly plan that would include unlimited streaming in addition to four free DVD rentals. Right now, four DVD rentals would cost $4 by itself.

Gucci to release 3D glasses soon for $225

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on October 31st, 2010

We’ve seen our share of 3D glasses hit the market, but now high-end fashion company Gucci will be releasing their own 3D glasses. You can expect them around December for $225.

The glasses have “optically correct 6-base curved lenses” with a “high tech multi-layered mirrored coating which allows the wearer to view themselves in a mirror without distortion”. Would you pay $225 for a pair of retro looking 3D glasses?

CrystalRoc Galaxy Tab with 5,700 Swarovski crystals

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on October 30th, 2010

Do you have too much money, no sense and absolutely no shame? If so, then check out this new CrystalRoc Galaxy Tab. We can’t tell you the price, but we do know that the tablet packs 5,700 Swarosvski bright crystals.

Oh and a custom logo too. If you are interested in this eyesore, you can expect it to show up exclusively at Harrods in London on Monday, November 1st. Do rich folk actually buy these? Have any of them ever been blinded by their device?

More details on the PlayStation Phone

Posted in PSP Phone by Conner Flynn on October 30th, 2010

We now have more details on the PlayStation Phone. First, it looks like the model is codenamed “Zeus” and it is running Android 2.2, though apparently there are multiple devices out with different versions, at least one having Android 3.0.

Also it looks like there will be an 8GB microSD card slotted, and at least 512MB of internal storage. The handset looks to be about 17mm thick, about the same as the PSPgo. More details should emerge soon.

ViewSonic ViewPad 7 Android Tablet now available for pre-order in the UK

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on October 29th, 2010

The ViewSonic ViewPad 7 Android tablet is now available for pre-order in the UK in Misco’s online store. The tablet will cost you 399.99 GBP (or about $638). The ViewPad 7 features a 7-inch 800 x 480 capacitive touchscreen display, along with a 600MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 processor.

Some other features include 512MB of RAM, 512MB of flash memory, a full-sized SIM card slot, a microSD card slot (up to 32GB), a 3-megapixel camera, a front-facing VGA camera for video calling, G-sensor, A-GPS, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth and Android 2.2 Froyo runs the show.

Logitech offers $25 credit for delayed Revue pre-orders

Posted in Logitech by Conner Flynn on October 29th, 2010

We all like speedy delivery of the products that we buy. Let’s face it, we are all a bunch of spoiled babies. And so, Logitech is taking the time and effort to change our diapers by emailing out apology gift codes for those who did not get the Google TV device as expected.

The gift code is worth $25 and applies to anything on the website, plus the order will be upgraded to free shipping. Not a bad way to apologize at all.