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EKING S700 e-notepad

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on October 27th, 2010

Why would you want an Apple iPad when you can have the EKING S700? It’s the “first e-notepad in the world”. The S700 is aimed at those who work outside of their regular office environment and need to take notes.

The device features resistance touch control and electromagnetic induction touch control, along with 3G connectivity. You get a 7-inch display and Wi-Fi as well. Even a 3-megapixel automatic focus camera. Yeah, I think I’ll go with the iPad just the same, thanks.

PayPal Vending Machine

Posted in Paypal by Conner Flynn on October 27th, 2010

Well if PayPal is the modern way we use money then we are going to need new vending machines. This PayPal vending machine on exhibit at the PayPal X Innovate 2010 developers conference was spotted by Adam Flaherty over at the MAKE website.

The prototype was designed by Ray Tanaka and his team from PayPalLabs using a mechanical candy dispenser, a couple of Arduino Duemilanove, a WiShield, relay, proximity sensor, and LED display. Today gumballs and maybe soon you might be buying sodas and who knows what else from a PayPal vending machine.

Tweet-O-Meter Wall measures real time tweeting in major cities

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on October 27th, 2010

If you are interested in the patterns of social networking, then check this out. An entire wall devoted to tweeting. This Tweet-O-Meter Wall measures tweeting activity in nine major cities. It can be found at British Library’s Center for Advanced Spatial Analysis.

The purpose of the wall is to study the social dynamics among Twitter users around the world. Probably the only thing we get from this is a twitter timezone effect, where you can estimate the time of any given city just by monitoring the Twitter usage. Still, it’s pretty cool.

PlayStation Rewards coming on October 28

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on October 27th, 2010

Good news PS3 owners, PlayStation Rewards will launch tomorrow through an invitation-only beta to all eligible PlayStation Plus and Gamer Advisory Panel (GAP) members. This beta will collect feedback from the most loyal PS3 fans, making sure that the end result will be the “best possible rewards program it can be”.

The beta phase might include PSP users sometime later. For now just PS3 users. PlayStation Rewards will be free. The more you play and participate, the more progress you’ll make on the three reward tiers which are “Select,” “Pro,” and “Legendary.”

Apple cancels white iPhone 4?

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on October 27th, 2010

The saga of the White iPhone 4 continues. Last night Apple announced that the company would further delay the release of the white iPhone 4 and now some additional information points toward the fact that Apple actually has no plans to roll out a white version of the iPhone 4.

The “delay” might actually suggest an iPhone 5 release time-frame of June or July 2011. Of course, no one knows for sure. I guess there’s always Colorware standing by to spruce up your device.

Apricorn 750GB Aegis Padlock external hard drive

Posted in Apricorn by Conner Flynn on October 27th, 2010

Apricorn’s Aegis Padlock external hard drives has a new family member. A large one with 750GB of storage. You’ll have plenty of space to hold all of your downloaded content and movies. Aside from the spacious size, everything else remains the same.

The price is less than $200. You get Aegis Padlock’s integrated hardware encryption, software-free design, and the ability to work on any platform. Great for both corporate environments and frequent travelers who carry around their data wherever they go.

Sennheiser outs new Gaming Headsets

Posted in Sennheiser by Conner Flynn on October 27th, 2010

Sennheiser has expanded its gaming headset lineup with four new sets. There’s the flagship Sennheiser PC 360, the surround sound PC 333D and PC 163D, and the PC 330 G4ME.

These should make your games sound pretty awesome. The flagship PC 360s have been available overseas for some time, but now they’re arriving in the U.S. for $299. They feature Sennheiser Open-Aire speaker technology, sport a volume control on the right ear cup, and the mic can be muted just by lifting it up. These should make gaming easier on the ears, while not hitting the wallet too hard.

HP Envy 17 3D laptop now available, starts at $1599

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on October 27th, 2010

Have you been waiting on the HP Envy 17 3D laptop? Well, it is here at long last. HP has officially put it up on its website. The Envy 17 3D packs in a 17.3-inch 3D Ultra BrightView display, has AMD’s 3D tech, and it even comes with active shutter glasses, so you won’t have to pay for those separately.

You get your choice of Intel Core i7 processors, ATI Mobility Radeon graphics, a range of hard drive options and Windows 7 operating systems. The base configuration starts at $1,599.

Snakebyte Premium Remote XL + Controller for Wii with MotionPlus built in

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on October 27th, 2010

If you like the added control you get with the Wii when you are playing a game that uses MotionPlus, but hate that the accessory for MotionPlus adds extra length and weight to the Nintendo controller, then check this out.

Sure, Nintendo is integrating MotionPlus into controllers now, but maybe you prefer third-party controllers. Well, this one is from Sunflex and is called the Snakebyte Premium Remote XL+ Controller for Wii with MotionPlus. The controller comes in white or black and features a speaker, vibration feedback, and integrated memory to save settings.

Grace Digital Tabletop Pandora Radio

Posted in Radio by Conner Flynn on October 27th, 2010

Grace Digital has announced its GDI-IR2550p. It’s capable of streaming music directly from your Pandora stations. Other radios can already do that, but this one allows you to use thumbs up/down, bookmarking, as well as play and pause features from the front panel or on the remote.

If you own an iPhone or iPod touch, you can use the device as a remote. Plus you have access to over 50,000 radio stations, podcasts and on-demand content including NPR on-demand, FOX News, CNN, BBC and Sirius Premium Internet radio.

Acer tablet PC line launching on November 23rd

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on October 27th, 2010

Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci told Dow Jones Newswire that it will be launching its first line of tablet PCs in New York City on November 23rd. Pricing is from $299 to $699 each. That’s all the new info we have since that’s all he said, so we can only speculate on the OS and tablet sizes.

Whatever Acer’s plans are for the OS in these, Android Gingerbread is already out of the bag so we can expect to see a whole bunch of Google sanctioned tablets launch before CES 2011 in January.

Razer unveils Anansi MMO gaming keyboard

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on October 27th, 2010

The latest keyboard to enter the MMO market from Razer is the Anansi. It looks like a typical jet black board with a standard layout, but those seven thumb modifier keys will raise your game. There’s also over 100 programmable Hyperesponse keys with on-the-fly macro recording.

Aside from that you get storage for up to 20 gaming profiles, five bonus gaming keys and 16 million color backlight illumination. It ships worldwide in December for $99.99.

Walgreens sells Android Tablet for $99

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on October 26th, 2010

Walgreens is now going to be selling a cheap Android tablet, along with all of their usual holiday crap. Maylong has introduced the Maylong M-150 Android tablet. A Walgreen’s exclusive. It’s only available for purchase online for $99 from Walgreens.

The Android based tablet will sport a 7 inch LCD resistive touch screen, Android 1.6, an ARM9 cpu, 256MB DDR, WIfi, an 800×480 pixel display, speakers, and an SD card slot. So who’s getting a $99 tablet with the prescription drugs and chocolates?

Barnes & Noble Nook Color announced

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on October 26th, 2010

Barnes & Noble just announced its all-new Nook Color, an Android tablet with a 7-inch color touchscreen. B&N is calling it a hybrid of e-reader and tablet, and it even sports a full-on tablet-style UI, along with Facebook and Twitter integration.

Other features include built-in WiFi (802.11b/g/n) and 8GB of storage, but no 3G. The price is $249. For that price you get a decent screen thanks to the “VividView,” 16 million color, 1024 x 600 IPS display. Not sure how we feel about that corner handle though.

Vimeo gets couch mode for Google TV, HTPCs

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on October 26th, 2010

Vimeo has released what it calls “couch mode”. The interface allows users to get a full-screen video player, complete with oversized buttons and straightforward navigation to various video playlists, making it ideal for your Google TV or your HTPC.

Some features of couch mode include Vimeo’s HD playlist, staff picks, videos from subscribed channels and more. There’s also a “watch later” feature that allows you to bookmark videos without adding them to your favorites list. You’ll just need to be using Chrome or Safari.