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Disney Epic Mickey Paintbrush Controller and Remote Charger

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2010

Disney’s Epic Mickey launches today and the accessories are already making a splash as well. Many Disney fans are looking forward to this Wii game and will want these controllers for the game to complete the experience.

The epic Mickey Paintbrush Controller for Wii and the Epic Mickey Remote Charger for Wii are both available at Toys ‘R’ Us. The Paintbrush Controller retails for $24.99 and the Epic Mickey Remote Charger is $49.99. Grab both and settle in for a fun game night.

Verizon pastes iPhone map screen on Droid X ad

Posted in Verizon by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2010

It’s a little embarrassing to be Verizon today after they have inadvertently embarrassed Motorola themselves through a holiday promo. An ad to promote the Droid X’s voice-guided Google Maps is using a digitally inserted screen cap of the Maps app from the iPhone instead, which not only runs on a rival platform to Android but was written by Apple itself. Oops.

It might not be such a big deal, but this puts Apple on a device that Motorola has repeatedly used in successful anti-iPhone ads. Accidents do happen, but this one should have been caught.

Testers post photos from mystery Samsung GT-I9200 handset

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2010

Some mysterious hints of an upcoming Samsung handset, known only as GT-i9200, have appeared on the web recently. No pictures of the device itself, just pictures that the device has taken. That’s because the device is being used by testers to take sample photos. The handset may be the Stealth V and not a new Nexus S, which goes by the i9020 codename.

That’s about all the info we have at the moment. Technical information on the handset is unknown and even the photos have been down scaled for the web so we can’t even guess at the camera’s resolution. We do love a good mystery though.

Pure Twilight Alarm Clock

Posted in Clocks by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2010

The Pure Twilight Alarm Clock won’t wake you up by asking if you are team Jacob or team Edward, despite it’s name. But it is a dawn simulator lamp and digital radio in one. This alarm clock comes with several alarm settings. You can wake to a tone, a digital radio, an FM radio, or special alarm tones including “church bell” and “cockerel” or natural sounds like “wind chimes”, “dawn chorus” and “cicadas”.

They all sound annoying to me. This device also uses several bright LED lights to simulate a gentle sunrise before the alarm goes off, allowing you to slowly wake up instead of being jolted awake. It also has a PowerPort, which lets users charge their cell phones or PMPs.

Toshiba Battery-powered TVs for South Asian Nations

Posted in Toshiba by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2010

Toshiba has announced their latest Power TV series, targeted at Southern Asian countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. These are available in 24-inch (PB1), 32-inch (PC1) or 40-inch (PS1) models.

The battery-powered TVs will still provide basic information needs during Typhoon seasons and during blackouts thanks to the batteries. They are priced between $190 and $400 and come with an LED panel and an internal battery, with enough juice for up to 2-hours.


Kinect selling 2X as fast as the iPad

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2010

Microsoft is finally beating Apple’s sales with their Xbox Kinect motion gaming system. Not that it matters. They are different beasts altogether. The Kinect is selling like crazy in the US and Microsoft had already predicted they’d do better than the iPad. So it looks like they were right.

25 days post launch they’ve sold 2.5 million units. Apple has sold about 2 million iPads in about two months. Of course the Kinect is much cheaper than the iPad and appeals to more age groups as well.

MicroVision SHOWWX+ laser projector for iPhone & iPad

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2010

MicroVision’s latest offering is an all new pico laser projector called the MicroVision SHOWWX+ that’s designed just for Apple gear. iPhone and iPad users will now be able to view their screens in a 100-inch frame with 15 lumens of video at a 5,000:1 contrast ratio.

The projector can run for up to 2 hours on a full battery, which is a bit disappointing. You won’t be watching long movies I guess. It comes with a connector for Apple devices and a price tag of $450.

Sony ships 4.1 million PlayStation Move controllers to retailers

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2010

Sony has announced that the company has shipped 4.1 million PlayStation Move controllers worldwide to retailers. Not direct end-user sales, but still those are nice numbers and are just one step removed from actual sales results.

The company boasted: “While we don’t disclose our exact sell-through number, the key is that our retailers continue to ask for more Move units and are taking every unit we can supply them with based on their sales.”

Panasonic testing gaming handheld in U.S.

Posted in Panasonic by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2010

Panasonic isn’t a name you associate with consoles, but the company is indeed looking to some select US consumers to test out its upcoming Jungle gaming handheld. We don’t have any details, but it is a step forward for the company’s gaming plans. We have no idea what the Jungle will cost or when it will arrive.

They must be pretty confident to go up against the big boys: “We know other companies out there have traditional hand- held gaming covered… We’re doing something very different.”

Comcast is making Netflix partners pay a toll to deliver streaming video

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2010

A lot of stuff goes on behind the scenes that we never see. Some of those things we want to know about. Like the fact that Level 3 Communications, a networking company that delivers streaming video to Netflix users, claims that Comcast is demanding a recurring fee for the transmission of these videos to its subscribers. On a road this would be called a toll. Sucks either way.

If this is true, this isn’t good news for Netflix users, since increased operation costs always trickle down to the end user. After a few days of negotiating, Level 3 Communications paid the fee. Comcast has come out with a statement claiming that the fee has nothing to do with Netflix or video traffic in general. Instead it’s related to the amount of traffic that Level 3 Communications is pushing off into Comcast’s network.

Samsung SCH-R700 pictures revealed by FCC

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2010

The SCH-R700 has been visiting the FCC for a while now, but now thanks to the end of a short-term confidentiality request, the FCC has finally published pictures of what the device will look like. And we have some bad news for you sunshine. It isn’t very sexy.

While we don’t have specific details, it will most likely arrive on Verizon or US Cellular and will feature GPS, along with microUSB support, a 3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth and a music player.

BlackBerry 8980 revealed by FCC

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2010

The folks over at the FCC have let some pictures and details slip about the upcoming BlackBerry 8980, a device that seems to be a successor to the Curve 8900. The phone pictured above will boast a quad-band GSM antenna, Wi-Fi b/g/n, and a 3.2-megapixel camera with flash.

And according to the user manual, it will be powered by BlackBerry OS 5. The device looks very similar to the BlackBerry 9700, which is a popular BB version, so that’s probably good news.

Dell Ultraportable V130 Business Notebook

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2010

Dell has updated the Vostro V13 line with the V130. It’s the first notebook to feature Intel’s new Hyperbaric cooling system. Internal fans are typically used to drive out hot air from the notebook, but the new design uses an internal fan to draw air into the notebook to the CPU and other components, keeping them cool. Then the hot air is expelled.

At it’s thinnest point, the V130 measures just 0.65 inches and is made from a combination of aluminum for the chassis, zinc hinges and has a magnesium alloy palm rest.

The Timekeeper Steampunk PC

Posted in Desktop PCs by Conner Flynn on November 29th, 2010

The Steampunk PC looks like it belongs in Doctor Who’s Tardis. Or on your great grandfather’s mantle. It looks like an old victorian clock on the outside but inside it is packing an Athlon 64 Dual Core 4400+ CPU, 160GB Hitachi SATA Hard Drive and 2GB of DDR2 / PC 800 RAM.

The finish on the case is a nice dark one and it even comes complete with a skeleton clock. The Timekeeper will cost you $1099 and ships from the land of the rising sun.

iPad Magazine PROJECT to launch tomorrow

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on November 29th, 2010

Richard Branson will be releasing his iPad magazine by the name of “Project” tomorrow or the next day, with a cover featuring Jeff Bridges and a cover story on TRON: Legacy. According to a source from 9 to 5 Mac, it will be available in the iTunes store and active tomorrow in the morning.

Will it be a good magazine? Who knows. It seems to have a wide range of content and is certainly getting a lot of hype. We will find out very soon.