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More details on the PSP2

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

Lately we’ve been hearing new reports of the PSP2. There’s talk of a touchpad on the back of the device for one thing. Apparently Sony has been showing it off to some developers. And now Kotaku has learned a few more details, like a larger display, an inch larger than the current PSP’s with high-def resolution.

Apparently Sony is still fine tuning the internal hardware, trying to overcome some overheating issues. They are looking at a release sometime in the fall of 2011. Probably for the 2011 E3.

Galaxy Tab for Sprint official for November 14th: $400 with two-year contract

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

Well, it’s official. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab will be hitting Sprint on November 14th. The carrier has confirmed the date and passed along some pricing details. The Verizon deal is $600 with no commitment required.

Sprint however is offering the 7-inch tablet for $399.99 along with a two-year 3G Tablet Mobile Broadband plan. Phone Scoop contacted the company and also found out that there’ll also be a $599.99 offer with no contract.

Samsung to unveil new Android device on November 8th

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

If you are a Samsung fan and an Android fan, you will be on pins and needles for two weeks. That’s how long you’ll have to wait before Samsung Mobile officially shows off its latest and greatest? Android device. That’s the official date, but we all know that we will get some intel before then.

We have no idea what it might be, but we are checking our wish list and as soon as we hear more info we will let you know.

Michael Hedges buys 4,500 iPads

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on October 24th, 2010

Michael Hedges purchased 4,500 iPads. No he did not lose his mind. They were purchased for his company Medtronic to use. Michael Hedges is the CIO, vice president, and head of global IT at Medtronic, which has 40,000 employees.

Hedges was one of the first corporate users to show an interest in the iPad, switching the normally gigantic expensive displays at a trade show Medtronic sets up at with iPads at its booth. That was less than a week after the iPad was released. And now he has purchased 4,500 iPads for the company.

Netflix testing $7.99 and $8.99 streaming-only plans in US

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on October 24th, 2010

Netflix has quietly made streaming-only plans a reality in the US. The odd part is that depending on which computer and web browser you use, you’ll see a different result. For instance according to Engadget, a Windows desktop running Chrome was invited to sign up for the same $7.99 disc-less plan as Canadian customers enjoy, while Firefox asked for $8.99 for the same, and in both cases it would cost $9.99 in total if you want physical discs as well.

It all adds up to this. You may get a $1 discount if you only use the company’s online service now, but if you like DVDs delivered to your door you may find yourself paying for those who don’t.

Sony finally retires Walkman Cassette Players

Posted in Walkman by Conner Flynn on October 24th, 2010

The classic music player that allowed people to take their music anywhere has been officially retired. Ah, the memories. The original cassette version of the Sony Walkman sold 200 million units worldwide over the past 30 years and now it will no longer be manufactured.

The image above is the TPS-L2. It actually had two jacks that allowed a second pair of earphones so you could share the music. We certainly have come a long way from the days of cassettes and 8-Tracks.

ViewSonic VX2258wm Multi-Touch LCD Monitor

Posted in Viewsonic by Conner Flynn on October 24th, 2010

ViewSonic’s latest multi-touch LCD monitor is called the VX2258wm. Not a very exciting name, but this Windows 7 Touch certified 21.5-inch monitor delivers 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution, a 100,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 200 cd/m2 brightness and a 5ms response time.

It also features two built-in 2W speakers and has D-Sub, DVI, USB and 3.5mm audio in/out connectors. The ViewSonic VX2258wm is available for purchase right now at Amazon for $319.99.

Griffin iTrip DualConnect FM Transmitter

Posted in Griffin by Conner Flynn on October 24th, 2010

The Griffin iTrip DualConnect hooks up the company’s FM transmitter technology with a plug for your car’s 12 volt power outlet. The integrated cable plugs into the dock connector on your iPhone or iPod touch so that iTrip can charge the battery while you drive.

You can also use the free iTrip Controller App to control iTrip and make the setup quick and easy. The Griffin iTrip DualConnect will cost you $59.99. Now you can take your device with you and keep it charged up.

DROID Pro launching on Verizon for $299 on 2-Year Contract?

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on October 24th, 2010

Motorola’s Droid Pro worldphone has been spotted at a Verizon test website for $299 on-contract and as much as $700 unsubsidized. If the 1GHz unit arrives as shown without a rebate, it would be the most expensive Android handset offered, at $50 more than Samsung’s $250 Epic 4G.

That’s pretty strange for a 320 x 480 resolution phone without a huge Super AMOLED screen. This pricing may just be preliminary though. We should find out soon at any rate. Hopefully it will be cheaper.

Motorola DEFY arrives on T-Mobile November 3rd

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on October 24th, 2010

The Motorola DEFY is more or less aimed at teens, with some good features and good looks. It runs Android 2.1, sports a 5 megapixel camera, a 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen and the promise of T-Mobile-backed WiFi routed calls in the near future.

It’s priced at just $99.99 with a new, two-year agreement. The smartphone also has Flash Lite and an LED flash, and is waterproof/dustproof. You won’t have long to wait as it hits T-Mobile on November 3rd.

Man builds humanoid robot with a mohawk to kill Wasps

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on October 24th, 2010

Want to avoid getting stung by wasps as you are trying to exterminate them? Why not go all out and build a humanoid robot with a mohawk to do it for you? Professor Sekine of Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan, did just that.

The bot is called Mohican as in “last of the Mohicans” though this is the first. It can be controlled via remote and voice. He hopes to release it “sometime next summer,”. A shame it doesn’t yell at the Wasps like Mr. T.

No Apple products allowed in the Gates house

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on October 24th, 2010

In an interview with the New York Times, Melinda Gates, wife of William Gates, says that Apple products are not allowed in their household. She is supporting her husband, who you may remember had banned all Apple products from his company’s campus back in 2005.

You can check out her Apple related answers from the interview below.

HTC Knight coming to Sprint

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on October 24th, 2010

A new Android device may be hitting Sprint soon. The alleged HTC Knight. The device features a similar design to the EVO 4G, though if you compare them side-by-side, you’ll notice several differences, the most obvious being the different earpiece and additional space below the buttons.

This just might be a CDMA version of the Desire Z, since some literature associated with the device implies that it has a sliding screen (and a slide-out keyboard of course). Hopefully we will know more soon.

Father and son build Samus arm cannon for Halloween

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on October 24th, 2010

If you are looking to trick or treat as Samus from the Metroid game this year, you might want to pay attention to what this father and on team have created. 11-year old Joseph DeRose and his father have built Samus’ arm cannon. That’s the entire costume at the moment, but it’s an impressive arm cannon.

It features an array of LED lights with several settings, which is controlled by an Arduino. There’s also several sound effects from the Metroid games.

SoundGraph Wireless USB Monitor is a 10″ HTPC Touchscreen Remote

Posted in Remotes by Conner Flynn on October 23rd, 2010

Most of us who need a secondary monitor don’t need a very large one. And we don’t want it attached to a computer if at all if possible. The SoundGraph FingerVU 1016W touchscreen monitor is a battery-powered 10-inch monitor that allows you to control a variety of Windows applications with widgets that are accessible on the touchscreen itself.

It communicates wirelessly through USB. The FingerVU 1016W would be ideal to use with your HTPC (Home Theater PC), making it easier and more handy to use. You have full control of the software without having to turn on the TV.