Archive for October, 2010

Kiss releases LED HDTV

Posted in HDTV by Conner Flynn on October 3rd, 2010

Gene Simmons continues to capitalize on his KISS stardom. At least we hope he’s making some money on these officially-licensed LED HDTVs, which are available in 55-, 46-, 42-, and 32-inch variants, priced between $818.88 and $1,988.88.

They are on sale now online and will be in stores by mid-November. Each set has the Kiss logo on the bottom corner and boots up with eight seconds of the band’s imagery. The TVs are produced by Roundtable Concepts.

Seagate stuffs 3TB drives in BlackArmor NAS box

Posted in Seagate by Conner Flynn on October 3rd, 2010

Seems like just yesterday that an entire network attached storage box held just 3TB all told, but now Seagate boasts that capacity with a single five-platter drive, and so the NAS are getting larger as well. Seagate has added its 3TB drive to the 2- and 4-slot BlackArmor NAS boxes, taking capacity up to 12TB.

Both systems will come pre-populated with 3TB drives in each bay. The BlackArmor NAS 440 is configured with RAID 5 and ships with 10 backup software licenses right out-of-the-box, while the NAS 220 ships with RAID 1 configuration for automatic data mirroring and five backup software licenses.

Altek Leo 14 megapixel Android cameraphone heads for Europe in 2011

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on October 3rd, 2010

Altek’s Android-based Leo smartphone features a 14 megapixel CCD with 3x optical zoom and 720p video. It was already scheduled for Q4 of this year in Asia, but now Altek has announced that the phone will also be launching Q1 2011 in Europe.

It will also offer a 3.2-inch WVGA multi-touch display and will ship with Google’s Android 2.1 (Eclair). It also offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3.5G (HSPA/WCDMA) wireless and network protocols.

Mach Xtreme 16GB MX-FX USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on October 1st, 2010

Mach Xtreme has just announced a new storage capacity for its MX-FX USB 3.0 flash drive line-up. The 16GB model. Like the 32GB and 64GB models, this new 16GB model comes with MLC NAND Flash memory chips and a USB 3.0/2.0 interface.

It will deliver read and write speeds of up to 125MB/s and 55MB/s. The 16GB MX-FX USB 3.0 Flash Drive will ship as soon as tomorrow for an unknown price.

FCC approves Literati Color e-book Reader

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on October 1st, 2010

You might remember the Literati color e-book reader from back in August. Well, the FCC has finally approved the device, so it should be available in the US market very soon.

The Literati e-book reader uses Kobo’s eBook reader OS, allowing users to purchase books from the Kobo eBook store over Wi-Fi. It features a 7-inch color LCD display.

CSL DroidPad Spice MI700

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on October 1st, 2010

Malaysia-based gadget maker CSL has introduced the DroidPad Spice MI700. It’s a 7-inch multi-touch tablet that runs the Android 2.2 OS. The device measures 179.4mm x 110mm x 11.5mm and has a Qualcomm MSM7227 chip clocked at 600MHz, 512MB of RAM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity.

There’s also GPS, a back-facing 3 megapixel camera, a microSD card slot, a G-sensor and a USB port. It’s powered by a 3240 mAh Li-Pol battery that delivers up to 6-hours of operation time. The CSL DroidPad Spice MI700 retails for about $518.

Sony NSX-46GT1 Internet TV will be introduced October 12th

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on October 1st, 2010

Sony’s NSX-46GT1 Internet TV is set to be unveiled on October 12th. The set has an Android-powered interface that should deliver amazing search capabilities, as well as picture-in-picture. There’s even talk of being able to perform search requests by speaking into a remote.

You can also expect to see the Chrome browser as well. It’s not a long wait. Just two weeks. It will be interesting to see how it does.

NVIDIA agrees to defective GPU settlement

Posted in NVIDIA by Shane McGlaun on October 1st, 2010

NVIDIA has had problems over the last few years with some of its GPUs being defective. This was a widespread issue in 2008 and 2009 with GPUs failing in notebooks from HP, Dell, and Apple. Throughout the entire class action against NVIDIA, the company has maintained its innocence in the issue with the machines.

NVIDIA has finally agreed to a settlement with the company makers and consumers who purchased notebooks with defective MCPs and GPUs. The settlement terms are different depending on the machines. Owners of Dell and Apple notebooks that are affected will get a replacement GPU.

Hercules unveils new DJ Console 4-Mx

Posted in Hercules by Shane McGlaun on October 1st, 2010

Hercules has unveiled a new tool for the pro DJs out there that is called the DJ Console 4-Mx. The thing is crammed full of features and has a surprisingly reasonable price considering it is pro level DJ hardware. The device has dual jog wheels that are 4.7-inches in diameter and three fourths of an inch tall.

The 4-Mk can be used in both 2-deck and 4-deck modes. When in 2-deck mode the console has 89 controls and when in 4-deck mode the console has 150 controls. The job wheels also have detection sensor that detect the weight of a hand.

Google Street View now on all seven continents

Posted in Google by Shane McGlaun on October 1st, 2010

Google has now announced that it is offering Street View on all seven continents. Google has now added Street View coverage for Brazil, Ireland, and Antarctica to its offerings. Strange to hear Street View on Antarctica considering there are no streets.

The content was apparently either given to Google by people that have been there or the images were taken while walking around. The Antarctica content that is on the service is panoramas of Half Moon Island. There is also a cool image of a bunch of penguins standing around.

Solar powered concept media player has Sony brand

Posted in Concepts by Shane McGlaun on October 1st, 2010

I like a nice concept product because it lets us have a glimpse at what the gadgets of the future might look like. I have no doubt that at some future date solar power will be the main means of powering all manner of electronic devices. Today isn’t that day though with solar panels that are generally unable to power much of anything quickly or for a long time without room for a very large solar panel.

A new concept media player has surfaced that has the Sony brand. It’s not an official Sony concept apparently and it is called the Eclipse. The Eclipse has a solar panel on the back that gathers all the power the thing needs to operate. It has integrated speakers and a touchscreen for viewing video content.