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Edifier Soundbar for notebooks

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

Edifier’s latest Soundbar USB peripheral looks like one that you may actually want to use. It will boost the volume of your music and movie watching experience on a notebook. We love the design and notebook speakers could always use a boost.

The Edifier Soundbar USB will sit on top of your notebook, while being powered via USB to keep it portable. Woofers and tweeters are built-in for superior audio quality. Just $49 and it is compatible with just about any Mac, Windows PC or other computer that uses USB audio.

New Nook is Android-based, full-color

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on October 22nd, 2010

Looks like the rumored Nook color e-reader from Barnes & Noble will be Android-powered and scheduled for an October 26th release. It will have a $249 price point. We aren’t sure what kind of color display this model will feature.

Hopefully one that can be viewed under direct sunlight. And we wouldn’t mind the ability to display video. If that date is correct then we will know soon. Stay tuned. You’ll get more info when we have it.

New MacBook Air gets a teardown

Posted in MacBook by Conner Flynn on October 22nd, 2010

The folks over at iFixit have torn apart the new 11.6-inch MacBook Air. It’s just what they do. If you are squeamish about your tech being taken apart, then don’t look at the pics. Still, it’s good that they do this, so that you and I don’t have to.

If you don’t have experienced hands, don’t try it. You will void your warranty if you decide to strip down your new MacBook Air. Anyway, if you are itching to discover what they found, just have a click on the link below.

TV studios blocking Google TV due to piracy issues

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on October 22nd, 2010

Looks like Google TV is being blocked by TV studios. The reason is because of piracy fears. Disney’s ABC and CBS have confirmed that they have prevented Google TV from watching their free Flash video sites. Both companies thought that Google did not do enough to prevent the threat of piracy.

We aren’t sure how Google will handle this. They will definitely need to implement something to prevent something like this from happening in the future. Do ABC and CBS even have anything worth watching on their flash video sites?

Zotac HD-ID40 nettop gets upgraded

Posted in Desktop PCs by Conner Flynn on October 22nd, 2010

If you’re looking for something that will give you fast performance without taking up much desk real estate, then the Zotac HD-ID40 might be for you. This time around it won’t have a Blu-ray drive inside, but you will have a dual-core Atom D525 processor and 2GB RAM.

There’s also a 250GB hard drive, a memory card reader, and an NVIDIA Ion graphics chipset. No info on pricing yet however, but we do know that it will be hitting the market soon.

Hulu Plus dropping to $4.95 per month?

Posted in Hulu by Conner Flynn on October 22nd, 2010

For now this is just a rumor, but All Things D has heard from sources that Hulu Plus is going to cut its $9.95 per month subscription fee in half to $4.95 as they want to increase their subscriber count.

If this is true, it beats the $8.95 per month fee paid by Netflix subscribers. It could happen. Content owners are still experimenting with pricing and they want to see what price point will draw people in. We will just have to wait and see what happens.

Sony explores wider range of Android-based devices

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on October 21st, 2010

At a Google TV press event in Tokyo, Sony TV division head Yoshihisa Ishida told reporters that the company is “thinking about using Android in more consumer electronics products.” Now, he didn’t specify exactly what kinds of products, so let your imagination run wild.

Word is that Sony Ericsson has an Android 3.0 mobile gaming platform in the works. Of course you are free to speculate on what else may be coming. Maybe a Sony toaster with some decorative toast burning apps. No, probably not.

Griffin mount puts your ipad under a cabinet

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on October 21st, 2010

If you want to mount your iPad under a cabinet, Griffin has unveiled a new iPad cabinet mount that will help you. It will mount under, beside or on any cabinet anywhere as long as that cabinet is 14-inches deep or more. It also works hanging under a kitchen cabinet if you have the room.

This mount makes it easy to get the most out of your iPad. It has an articulating arm that moves 90-degrees forward and backward allowing it to fold flat under the cabinet when you are finished with your video, recipes or whatever. The arm also rotates in a compete circle so you can view it from any angle.

Google launches new YouTube app for Android

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on October 21st, 2010

Google has announced a new version of its YouTube app for Android. Most Android phones come with YouTube preloaded already, but the new version is available as a separate download from the Android Market. Google is trying to make it easier for users to update key apps without waiting for their phone company to upgrade to the latest version of the Android operating system.

The new app currently requires Android 2.2 and up. It also supports in-page playback, allowing you to read comments while a video is playing. You can still watch videos in full screen, by rotating the display. It’s easy to search YouTube, view and subscribe to channels, even shoot videos with your camera and upload them directly to YouTube.

Logitech Revue remote control app out for Android phones

Posted in Logitech by Conner Flynn on October 21st, 2010

Logitech is now offering its Google TV remote control app in the Android Market, which allows smartphone owners with the OS to control their Logitech Revue. The touchscreen controllers have a trackpad and keyboard, with virtual buttons for the always important adjusting volume and changing channels. Setup is easy if both the Android device and Revue use the same Wi-Fi network.

The $300 Revue comes with its own hardware keyboard remote and is compatible with Logitech’s popular programmable universal remotes. An iOS app is also in the works, but it has not hit the App Store yet.

Bone Horn Stand iPhone Speaker

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on October 21st, 2010

Here’s something you don’t see everyday. The Bone Horn Stand uses old technology to enhance modern technology. It’s an un-powered amplifier for the iPhone 4, that works exactly like those old style horn speakers on gramophones. The speaker fits over the end of the iPhone where the built in speakers are.

Then the sound is channeled through the horn, and it supposedly adds 12 decibels of sound pressure to your iPhone’s built in speakers. The device can also be used as a stand.

Microsoft sells 240 Million copies of Windows 7 in 12 months

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on October 21st, 2010

Microsoft has announced that it has sold more than 240 million copies of Windows 7 (which was launched a year ago this week), Those numbers make it both Microsoft’s and the industry’s fastest-selling OS. The company needed it too. Windows 7 has helped the company overcome much of the negative consumer opinion after the launch of its Vista OS.

It should be noted that Apple has sold about 13.8 million Mac machines worldwide, but still isn’t large enough to compete in sheer new OS installs. It has however received a much faster adoption of its latest OS version.

ProClip Droid X Smartphone Mount

Posted in Mobile Accessories by Conner Flynn on October 21st, 2010

Do you have a dock in your car for your phone? Probably not. You probably just put the phone into the cup holder or toss it on the seat. But when you do that, your phone might end up in the floor and that isn’t good.

Well, ProClip is here to help. ProClip has these vehicle mounts for just about any car on the road. Just choose a device specific mount to go with those clips and they will hold your mobile phone safely and securely. Now ProClip has announced a new mount for the Motorola Droid X.

Panasonic DIGA DMR-BF200 Blu-ray Recorder

Posted in Panasonic by Conner Flynn on October 21st, 2010

Panasonic has introduced a new compact Blu-ray recorder for the Japanese market. The DIGA DMR-BF200 is a compact device that supports BD-R/RE discs and features a 320GB hard drive, a built-in digital HDTV tuner and an SD card slot. It won’t take up much room either.

It also sports several connectivity ports including HDMI, Ethernet and composite. The DIGA DMR-BF200 will be available in Japan on November 15th for around $860. No word on whether it’s coming to the US or not. Probably not.

Rei Ayanami USB Memory Stick

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on October 21st, 2010

If you are a fan of japanese animation or anime, you’ll be happy to know that the Rei Ayanami USB memory stick is now available for pre-order. If you don’t know, Rei Ayanami is a fictional character from Neon Genesis Evangelion.

It will deliver 4GB of storage space and plays nice with Microsoft Windows (2000, XP, Vista) and Mac 10.1. The Rei Ayanami USB memory stick will cost you 5,900 Yen (or $73).