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ArcadeDock turns your Lenovo laptop into a retro arcade cabinet

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on October 14th, 2010

The ArcadeDock Laptop Dock is an awesome mod. It’s a half-height arcade machine, with retro art, the necessary joystick and large buttons and a secret place for a touchpad-equipped keyboard. Basically it is designed to hold an IdeaPad Y560, and when connected via USB, it functions just like any arcade cabinet.

Pretty awesome. Though it looks pretty uncomfortable to play. Still, it’s worth any back pain you might endure to play a lenovo Ideapad through a Street Fighter 4 emblazoned arcade cabinet.

iPad to go on sale in Verizon Wireless and AT&T stores October 28

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on October 14th, 2010

Verizon has gone official with its plans to offer the iPad in its brick-and-mortar stores starting on October 28. VZW will be bundling the WiFi-only iPads with its own MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot with pricing at $630, $730 and $830 for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions of the tablet.

There’s just one access plan being offered for now, giving users 1GB of monthly data in exchange for $20 and no contractual commitments. AT&T will match the release date and upfront prices for each model, but its iPads will be the WiFi + 3G versions.

Netflix for PS3 is now disc-free, with 1080i streaming and 5.1 surround sound

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on October 14th, 2010

It’s a great time to be a PS3 owner as Netflix streaming just got better than anything else on the market. Beginning on October 18 Netflix on the PS3 will no longer require a disc, and it’ll stream some content with 1080i resolution and / or 5.1-channel surround audio.

You’ll also get subtitles on some content as well. Netflix is partnering with Dolby and the surround format will be Dolby Digital Plus. Netflix says that 5.1 will come to other platforms “over time,”. Makes me glad I have a PS3.

Calypso Crystal iPhone Dock

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on October 13th, 2010

Calypso Crystal has designed a limited edition crystal iPhone Dock in four different designs. Each dock is hand crafted from a solid chunk of crystal glass, giving it an elegant luxurious look.

The four designs include : Aurora (limited to 999 units,) Beau, Celestia and Dune. So if you are in the market for a fancy glass iPhone dock, now is your chance to get one. Assuming you have the cold hard cash anyway.

TomTom offers custom printing on GPS devices

Posted in TomTom by Conner Flynn on October 13th, 2010

TomTom has announced another way to customize your GPS device to suit your tastes and stand out from the crowd. It’s a new program called My Custom TomTom GPS. Buyers can choose from a library of stock images that can be printed onto the outside of their GPS device. You can even upload your own photos to be printed onto your device.

So you can actually have pics of your kids, pets, vacation photos or whatever you want on your GPS device. You can also upload digital content like voices and POI databases to go with your design. The custom printing is done by CafePress but the GPS devices can only be ordered directly from TomTom.

PS3 surround speaker with subwoofer, remote

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on October 13th, 2010

It’s a good time to upgrade to a PlayStation3, with all of the various things that the console can do. These surround speakers are the latest reason. The bar has an in-built subwoofer and it connects using an optical connection.

It also has analog input for other sources and the device ships with its own remote control that allows users to pick from standard, stereo, vivid and dynamic sound fields. Other specs include a night mode, where the bass is reduced, the subwoofer with 30W of power and front-facing speakers with 10W of power.

HTC Bee spotted

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on October 13th, 2010

The HTC Bee will feature an Android operating system and is slated to be a CDMA model. Some of it’s features include Android’s Froyo operating system, a 528MHz Qualcomm processor, 384MB RAM, a QVGA display of unknown size and a 5-megapixel camera with flash.

These specs are coming from a Russian blog. From what we know, the HTC Bee looks like it will be a more affordable Android phone. Nothing on price just yet though. It’s rumored for Verizon.

Redbox testing game rentals at kiosks across the US

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on October 13th, 2010

Looks like Redbox will start renting out video games at DVD rental kiosks across the US this month, expanding on some earlier tests in limited markets, while trying to outdo its main competitor Netflix, which doesn’t offer video games at all.

The company is currently expanding their test, which started in 2009, to include more markets in the West, Midwest and Atlantic coast. They are trying to gauge consumer interest in video game rentals. You’ll be able to get games for the PS3, Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, and Nintendo DS.

iPhone 4 glass case accidents nearly double the 3GS

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on October 13th, 2010

Some stats have been released that indicate that the the iPhone 4 is more prone to cracks than its predecessor, the 3GS. On one hand this is expected since the iPhone 4 has double the glass panes. There are simply more places for it to crack.

According to SquareTrade, 3.9 percent of all iPhone 4 owners reported a cracked screen within the first four months. In contrast the iPhone 3GS only reached 2.1 percent. In fact, 82 percent of all iPhone 4 accidents involve shattering glass panes, compared to 76 percent on a previous iPhone.

PSPgo to drop to $200 this Friday?

Posted in PSP Go! by Conner Flynn on October 13th, 2010

Sony’s PSPgo left a a lot to be desired and that $250 asking price isn’t helping It just can’t compete with other handheld consoles. But if you’ve been thinking about buying the PSPgo anyway, here’s some good news.

A leaked document seems to indicate that there might be a $50 price drop coming soon. Sony hasn’t commented on this, neither a refute or a confirmation. But they have to start moving units.

Toshiba Portege R700 with built-in WiMAX

Posted in Toshiba by Conner Flynn on October 13th, 2010

Toshiba has announced the latest version of its popular Portege R700 notebook. The most interesting feature of this notebook is the built-in WiMAX modem which lets users get a fast data connection on either Clear or Sprint.

The S1322W variant of this notebook will cost you $1,349 and features a Core i5 processor, 320GB hard drive, DVD drive, 4GB RAM, and weighs just three pounds. The S1332W is priced at $1,699 and features a 2.66GHz Core i7 processor, 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD. Both 13.3-inch ultralight notebooks are available in stores right now, assuming your location offers Sprint or Clear 4G WiMAX coverage.

T-Mobile gearing up for Pre-paid changes

Posted in T-Mobile by Conner Flynn on October 13th, 2010

You might already heard the rumor that T-Mobile was planning some changes to its prepaid mobile offerings and now some documents have leaked, which give us an idea of what to expect.

One of the changes includes bumping the lowest price refill option to $30, which is up from the original $25 refill card. The changes should arrive on Wednesday, October 20th. You can check out the full list of leaked documents if you need more details on the upcoming changes.

LG’s announces world’s largest LCD 3DTV in the World

Posted in LG,Uncategorized by Conner Flynn on October 13th, 2010

It may be time to move into a larger apartment if you happen to love 3D movies, and have a large sum of disposable cash. LG’s Infinia 72LEX9 is the world’s largest 3D-capable HDTV at 72″.

For now, it’s for Korea only. And anyway, who has the room for this monster? The Infinia 72LEX9 will go on sale there in the second quarter of next year.

PS3 and Lovefilm get official

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on October 13th, 2010

The earlier leak came directly from Sony itself, so this isn’t a suprise, but Eurogamer has confirmed that British film streaming service Lovefilm will indeed be coming to the PlayStation 3. If you have never heard of them, it is basically the UK answer to Netflix.

The partnership will allow people to buy pay-per-view movies or, if they’re on Lovefilm’s £5.99 subscription or above, let them stream content. In this case on the PS3.

Lego Wiimote surfaces

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on October 13th, 2010

Lego fans will want to dust off their Wii and check out the official Lego Play and Build Remote for Nintendo Wii. Alas, the entire thing is not made of Legos, If it were, it wouldn’t be compatible with standard chargers and attachments. But it’s still pretty neat.

It will put you in the game more when playing those Lego Batman and Star Wars titles. These will be available on October 16th for $39.99.