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NES Light Gun iPhone Dock

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

This looks like a light gun with a rear-view mirror attached, but it’s actually a NES light gun modded into an iPhone dock. We thought we had seen everything, but this is a new one. Though we can’t say we’re surprised. What did surprise us was the Christmassy background.

If you absolutely need an NES light gun iPhone Dock in your life, it will set you back $30. Not bad considering that you didn’t need to do the work.

Rock Lock protects your guitar from thieves

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on October 26th, 2010

Guitar theft is apparently an epidemic and the Rock Lock Company wants to put an end to it and protect guitars everywhere. The lock is basically a buckle that snaps around your guitar neck, then you loop it around something immobile and lock it into place. Just like how you protect your bike.

It will cost you $49.99 and you can pre-order it now with free shipping. It’s a small price to pay to protect an expensive instrument.

Apple offering free iPad engraving

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

If you have been thinking about getting an iPad and wanted a two-line message on the back of it, then we have some good news. Apple is now finally offering free engraving for both the 3G and WiFi models like it does with iPods.

It’s no coincidence that this comes ahead of the holidays. The shipping time is one to three business days. Just make sure you think out the message, you or the recipient will be stuck with it forever. Or at least until you upgrade.

Samsung offering free games and apps to new Wave owners

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

If you own a Samsung Wave 525, 533, 575 or 723, we have some good news. The company has announced several free apps and games for the phones. They include FIFA 10, Tetris Refresh, Spore Creatures, Assassin’s Creed II, DioDict French/English dictionary, and Princess Magic Therapy ebook.

It won’t last forever though, so you better hurry. FIFA 10, Tetris Refresh and Spore Creatures will be free for the first 250,000 downloads while Assassin’s Creed will be available for 300,000 downloads and the remaining apps will be available for a limited time only.

Notion Ink Adam Tablet has 15 hour battery life

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on October 25th, 2010

With the release of the Notion Ink Adam Tablet coming closer, founder Rohan Shravan has announced that the battery life on the Notion Ink Adam Tablet will be a minimum of 15 hours +. That’s pretty impressive. There’s even a possibility of up to 20 hours with the 24Wh user replaceable battery.

These are figures for the $498 transflective version, not the $399 LCD model that will use more juice. The most power hogging elements on the Adam are the LCD, Wi-Fi, 3G, and Speakers.

Patriot Memory unveils Torqx TRB SSDs

Posted in SSD by Conner Flynn on October 25th, 2010

Patriot Memory has just expanded its line of SSDs with some new SSDs in the Torqx TRB line. These new SSDs both use controllers from JMicron. The 64GB Torqx SSD uses the new JM616 controller and will deliver up to 260MB/s read speed and 115MB/s write speeds. The 32GB Torqx SSD uses the JM612 controller and delivers up to 145MB/s read and 60MB/s write speed.

Both SSDs have a 3-year warranty and use the SATA interface and support TRIM and RAID. There’s also a 64MB cache and they need just 0.5W of power at standby and 5.3W when in use.

Logitech Wireless Trackball M570 now available

Posted in Logitech by Conner Flynn on October 25th, 2010

Despite having been announced way back in September, the all new Wireless Trackball M570 from Logitech is now finally available for purchase in the US through Logitech’s online store.

The device is powered by a single AA battery and sports a 5-button design. Some other features include a 2.4GHz radio frequency (works up to 10 meters away), built-in trackball and a tiny USB receiver. The Wireless Trackball M570 will cost you $59.99.

LG Optimus T hitting T-Mobile on November 3 for $30

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on October 25th, 2010

US carriers with brand new smartphones for $30 on contract? We’re talking about LG’s Optimus T, featuring a 3.2-inch HVGA display, 3 megapixel cam, and pre-loaded Swype with Android 2.2.

If you want to get that $29.99 price, obviously you’ll need to sign up for a new two-year contract with a qualifying data plan, and then wait patiently for a $50 mail-in rebate. The phone goes on sale Wednesday, November 3 and comes in black or burgundy colors. I’m not digging the burgundy myself.

Sanyo limited edition 8-color Eneloop rechargeable battery packs

Posted in Sanyo by Conner Flynn on October 25th, 2010

On November 14th, Sanyo is celebrating the 5th anniversary of Eneloop batteries by rolling out limited edition 8-color glitter AA and AAA Eneloop rechargeable battery packs in Japan. There will only be 200,000 limited edition packs available so you better hurry.

The 8 colors are purple, pink, orange, yellow, light green, light blue, silver and black. You could color coordinate those that have been charged and those that need to be charged. That’s pretty handy. It’s tough when they all look the same.

Nook for kids coming soon

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on October 25th, 2010

Barnes & Noble will soon be rolling out Nook Kids, a collection of e-books aimed at young readers by offering over 12,000 titles to start with. Most of those will be “enhanced,” like Jamberry, with stuff like a page that shows blueberries that kids can pop.

It’s yet another thing you’ll need to buy for your kids. Damn expensive buggers. You could be living in a castle right this minute playing chess with real human pieces if it weren’t for those whiny little trolls. Oh well, what can you do? Get them Nook kids, that’s what.

Jolicloud branded netbook on the way

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on October 25th, 2010

Jolicloud founder Tariq Krim has divulged a little secret. The news is that the company will be launching a netbook branded with the Jolicloud name. Of course it will most likely be running on the company’s custom Linux operating system.

We have nothing on the actual netbook yet, so we will have to wait for more details on it’s specifications, pricing and availability. We can tell you that Jolicloud’s user interface is coded in HTML5 and your settings will be saved to the cloud, letting you to log in and do your thing from almost any computer. Sounds good.

Fluid Computer Systems readies Windows 7 tablet for the holidays

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on October 25th, 2010

If you don’t know that tablets are the hottest toy around this holiday season, you haven’t been paying attention. Fluid Computer Systems knows this and is working like tired little elves to make sure they can meet a pre-Christmas release deadline for their Windows 7 tablet.

1,000 of the multi-touch screen computers are currently being readied. These will feature a 10.1-inch display, Wi-Fi and Flash-friendly browsing. It’s your call as to whether the $599 pre-order asking price is worth it or not. You get 1GB of RAM, 160GB of storage, an Intel Atom processor and Bluetooth support.

HTC 7 Pro gets FCC approval

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on October 25th, 2010

HTC has another smartphone device that has just received the approval of the FCC. The HTC 7 Pro will run on Windows Phone 7, targeting CDMA networks. That’s why the name is 7 Pro. We should have expected it, since Microsoft has mentioned that CDMA will not be available until the first half of 2011.

This FCC-approved model looks like it will be accompanied by Wi-Fi N and Bluetooth + EDR connectivity. Which carrier do you think the HTC 7 Pro will appear on?

iDuple Internet tablet from India

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on October 25th, 2010

iDuple of India recently announced that they are working on an Internet tablet with just a single app. A Web browser. There’s no hard drive, so a fast boot up should be no problem. It will remotely connect to a server that runs a virtual operating system.

Of course you can still run apps and perform various tasks, but you will need to remain connected to the server at all times. Not great if you are traveling in places where internet connectivity isn’t so heavy. Still, it’s an interesting take on a tablet.

PSP Go price cut to $200 in the US and Japan

Posted in PSP Go! by Conner Flynn on October 25th, 2010

We knew it was coming. Sure enough Sony just cut ¥10k off the price of the PSP Go in Japan. That price is effective on Tuesday. That brings the price down to ¥16,800 or about $200.

That’s a much better price point which Sony has been toying with in the US for awhile. You can find it right now for a $199 listing on Amazon and Gamestop.