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Netflix on Wii goes disc-free

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on October 18th, 2010

The PS3 isn’t the only console that will be streaming Netflix disc-free. The Wii is getting in on the action as well! Americans and Canadians will be able to download and install Netflix from the Wii Shop Channel, as long as they’ve signed up for a subscription of $8.99 (C$7.99 in Canada) or above.

Over three million Wii consoles are said to have been hooked up with Netflix since the service launched back in April, and this step should make that number grow even larger, since it makes Netflix more convenient than ever.

Wii Remote Plus hits Europe on November 5th

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on October 18th, 2010

It’s already official in Japan, and now Europe has an official launch date for the new Wii Remote Plus. November 5th. But sadly we don’t have a price yet.

We can tell you that it will launch in the four colors pictured above and integrate both the Wii Remote and Wii MotionPlus add-on in one unit. Hopefully they will announce the UK price soon so you know how many quid it will cost you.

BlackBerry Style officially launches October 31st for $99 on Sprint

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on October 18th, 2010

Well, looks like what we reported last week is now official. It will be arriving on Sprint on Halloween. This device runs the all new BlackBerry OS6, has a 6 megapixel cam, and two high resolution displays (one external, one internal).

Other features include built-in GPS and WiFi, and a microsSDHC slot for up to 32GB of storage. You can preorder it as soon as tomorrow and it will ship on October 31st. It will cost you $99 on contract after a mail-in rebate.

Move sales around 1.5 million in Europe, 300K estimated for US

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on October 17th, 2010

Sony’s PlayStation Move motion controller is definitely moving across Europe. Sony Europe’s Andrew House noted “very significant sales” for the Move, saying that it has sold “somewhere in the region of 1.5 million units for the new controller across just Europe.” Sales have exceeded Sony’s original hopes, so it looks like the company will likely increase production of the peripheral.

Sales may not be as great in America, however. In a report released to the media, Wedbush Morgan’s Michael Pachter estimated that the motion controller sold roughly 300,000 units in its US debut. That includes Move console bundles; though SCEA has not released official sales figures yet.

Viewsonic outs 24-inch V3D241wm-LED monitor with 3D glasses

Posted in Viewsonic by Conner Flynn on October 17th, 2010

Viewsonic has introduced a new 24-inch V3D241wm-LED 3D monitor, and unlike some other companies, it comes with a pair of active 3D glasses. Viewsonic claims that their 120Hz frame rate, and 2ms response time is the best for your gaming and movies so far.

Some other features include two watt speakers, 300 nits of brightness, an amazingly OMG 20,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and an Eco mode to cut down on power consumption.

Android 4.0 nicknamed Ice Cream

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on October 17th, 2010

Android 3.0 has yet to be announced, but even so ARM president Tudor Brown revealed the very earliest detail of 4.0 in a talk published late Friday. Keeping with the usual dessert inspired names, the future OS would be codenamed Ice Cream and would follow after 3.0, Gingerbread, as well as an interim release known as Honeycomb.

The mobile OS’ creator has refused to comment beyond acknowledging Gingerbread and Honeycomb and none of Ice Cream’s features have been unveiled so far.

Lexmark Genesis: An All-in-one Printer that stands upright

Posted in Printers by Conner Flynn on October 17th, 2010

Printers have now learned to stand upright. Maybe soon they will learn to beg for paper as well so they can get an ink treat. This is Lexmark’s first all-in-one printer with an upright design. It’s called the Genesis and it sports a 4.3-inch capacitive color touchscreen display for access to the printer controls and menus.

The Lexmark Genesis also sports a 10-megapixel imaging sensor that enables it to transfer a page from “document to digital” in seconds. It takes just .750 milliseconds after you close its front-facing scan bay, for the CMOS sensor to generate a preview on the 4.3-inch color touchscreen, and 2.2 seconds after that, it’s scanned a full 4800 x 1200 image.

Kingmax outs new line of USB 3.0 External Hard Drives

Posted in External Hard Drives by Conner Flynn on October 17th, 2010

Kingmax has just unveiled a new line of SuperSpeed USB 3.0 external hard drives dubbed the KE-71. It comes in 500GB and 640GB capacities.

The shockproof 2.5-inch drives have a scratch resistant enclosure, a USB 3.0/2.0 interface, built-in 256-bit AES hardware encryption and they come bundled with PCCIone EX lite and SecureDrive EX2 software.

USRobotics unveils new 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub

Posted in USB 3.0 by Conner Flynn on October 17th, 2010

So you just bought a new laptop with some fancy new USB 3.0 ports, and more 3.0 gadgets are turning up everyday. So now you need a new USB 3.0 hub. USRobotics is here to help with their newest 4-port USB 3.0 hub, the USR8400.

This compact plug and play hub sports 4 USB 3.0 ports and supports for Windows 7, Vista, Vista 64-bit, XP and XP 64-bit operating systems. The USR8400 retails for $59.99.

AgfaPhoto outs new Digital Photo Frames

Posted in Digital Photo Frames by Conner Flynn on October 17th, 2010

AgfaPhoto has just introduced six new digital photo frames that feature a 4:3 aspect ratio and SVGA resolution. The AF5108PS, AF5088PS and AF5078PS are designed for photos only, not video. While the AgfaPhoto AF5108MS, AF5088MS and AF5078MS are multimedia frames that can handle videos and music as well as images.

All of these frames have LED backlight LCD screens and use “Crystal Image HD” technology, which automatically adjustments brightness, contrast, hue, color balance, etc.

Bose Lifestyle 235 2.1 channel home theater system

Posted in Bose by Conner Flynn on October 17th, 2010

Bose has introduced the Lifestyle 235 home theater system and the company is claiming that it is their best 2.1 channel surround system yet. You can connect up to 6 audio or visual sources and the system also supports HD upscaling for non HD media up to 1080p.

The system comes with an iPod / iPhone dock, a remote and a headset which can be used to calibrate the system’s sound. The Lifestyle 235 will cost you $2300.

JVC NX-TC7 iPod dock with 7 inch screen

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on October 17th, 2010

The NX-TC7 from JVC Japan is an iPod dock with a 7 inch screen, CD player and a Radio. It will be available in white and black and the unit can playback Youtube videos from your iPod / iPhone on the 7 inch screen as well as images from a USB drive.

The speakers deliver an output of 15W×2ch and it comes with a remote control. It will be available in Japan by early November for 60,000 Yen (or $660).

White iPhone 4 spotted in New York

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on October 16th, 2010

The guys over at Pocket-Lint caught a glimpse of a white iPhone 4 which was being used by a mysterious man. They approached the owner and asked how he got his hands on the white iPhone 4 since no one else has managed to do so. He mentioned that Apple’s HQ in Cupertino has plenty of white iPhones, so he had a friend “fix him up” with the model.

We had heard that Apple isn’t too happy with their suppliers when it comes to matching the white color of the phone’s parts, so it will be a while before this issue gets sorted out.

Microsoft giving free WP7 devices to AT&T workers

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on October 16th, 2010

It was rumored that Microsoft was giving out WP7 devices to its staff and now we have word that the company is also giving AT&T workers free WP7 devices to get the word out. An employee claims that about 100 devices were given out to those attending an event in Minneapolis, though it wasn’t confirmed if it was a US-wide policy or not. We assume not.

It also wasn’t mentioned which phone of the many WP7 devices were given out, but with the Samsung Focus being the first to ship, it’s likely that one.

Glow-in-the-dark LEGO Brick USB Key

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on October 15th, 2010

Looking for something in a USB key that goes with your new Wiimote? Well check this out. A LEGO USB key that is also glow-in-the-dark.

The Zip Zip Glow in the Dark USB key will apparently glow in the dark for several hours and is available in several capacities, ranging from 2GB to 16GB. This cool Lego accessory will cost you $35 to $90. At least you won’t lose it at night with that glow.