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BlackBerry PlayBook gets compared to iPad in video

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on November 16th, 2010

This video might just be a little biased since it was produced by Research In Motion (RIM), but at least it lets you see what the BlackBerry PlayBook is capable of when it squares off against the iPad. The video shows how the web browsing experience is, with comparison tests being run on a PlayBook and iPad.

It demonstrates three factors: the speed of the PlayBook Browser, its ability to handle Adobe Flash content, and the performance of open web standards like HTML 5. We’ll let you decide who the winner is.

Microsoft has sold 1 million Xbox Kinects

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on November 16th, 2010

In only 10 days, Microsoft has announced that they have sold a million Xbox Kinects. That’s pretty impressive sales for such a short time. This keeps them on track to reach the 5 million sales target before 2010 even ends.

After all, people are ready to start their holiday shopping. And if they reach that goal, they will start 2011 off right. The Kinect is just $149 when purchased alone, although it does come packaged with the Xbox 360 for $299 or $399, depending on how much storage space you choose.

Altec Lansing announces Octiv Stage iPad dock

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on November 16th, 2010

Altec Lansing is introducing the Octiv Stage iPad dock, which will keep your iPad charged when connected and allow you to position your iPad in a horizontal or vertical configuration. The rotating arm will also allow you to tilt the display for comfortable viewing or typing.

The device will cost you $150 and comes with a wireless remote. It’s two 50mm neodymium speakers are specially tuned to deliver a more center performance, which is better for dialogue, aside from stereo audio. iPods and iPhones are also compatible and non-Apple hardware can be hooked up via a 3.5mm auxiliary jack.

Viewsonic delivers new 3D devices

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on November 16th, 2010

Stereoscopic 3D is all the rage this year. Big name consumer electronics manufacturers are outing all kinds of 3D devices and small names as well. Viewsonic is introducing their range of 3D devices Stateside.

There’s the $180 3DV5 pocket camcorder that can do 720p video recording and shoot 5-megapixel still photos in both 3D and 2D. Then there’s the similarly priced 3DPF8, an 8-inch digital photo frame that also supports 3D videos and photos. And you won’t need a pair of 3D glasses to go with it.

Elecom announces a new series of external batteries for Smartphones

Posted in Batteries by Conner Flynn on November 16th, 2010

We have a ton of features in today’s smartphones and sadly that means more drain on the battery. It’s just a fact of life. As we can do more, battery life is sacrificed. Well, Elecom wants to help.

They have come up with a pocket battery that was specially designed to recharge your smartphone. Inside, it holds a 1600mAh battery that will feature special tips for phones from various manufacturers including Apple, Samsung and Sony Ericsson. Hopefully this will hit the US market soon too.

iPads showing up at Sam’s Club starting at $488

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on November 16th, 2010

Looks like you have another place to buy the iPad now as some tipsters are claiming that Sam’s Clubs are getting their iPads in and selling them at minor discounts. The 16GB Wifi starts at $488. It looks like Apple is discounting Wifis by $12 and 3Gs by $20.

So get yourself an iPad while you buy yourself some groceries in bulk. The iPad is officially everywhere now. Does this make you want to rush out to your nearest Sam’s Club and buy Apple products?

Optimus One sells one million in 40 days

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on November 16th, 2010

LG has a hit on it’s hands with the Optimus One. One million units sold isn’t big news these days for smartphone sales, but when you reach that number quickly it should tell you something. LG’s Optimus One has sold a million in just 40 days after initial launch.

And it’s still rolling out globally, so those numbers are impressive. Verizon is about to pick it up November 18th as the Vortex, so expect those numbers to grow. LG is very happy right now.

Panasonic will start selling Android-based smartphones in Japan next year

Posted in Panasonic by Conner Flynn on November 16th, 2010

Panasonic has sat out of the smartphone explosion of recent years, but now it apparently wants a slice of the pie. At a news conference today, the head of Panasonic’s mobile division said that the company “misjudged the speed at which smartphones would be taken up in the Japanese market,” and that “with the rapid shift to Android, we want to catch up quickly.”

Panasonic’s phones will be based on Android, and the company hopes to differentiate them by emphasizing their networking capabilities with other Panasonic devices. Panasonic will kick off sales in Japan next year, with overseas markets following in 2012.

Xbox 360 cooling mod uses the Air Conditioner

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on November 16th, 2010

The Xbox 360 can get seriously hot during gaming and you don’t the ‘red ring of death’ showing up. So what can you do? Well, you could try cooling your Xbox 360 system using this igneous cooling device which uses an air conditioning unit and some tubing.

You just need a cardboard box, some flexible tubing and plenty of tape. It may not be pretty, but it will cool your console down so that you can concentrate on playing Black Ops.

LG’s 4-inch Android phone with dual-core Tegra 2 and 1080p spotted

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on November 16th, 2010

The folks over at Engadget have managed to get some details and photos on a new Android smartphone from LG. It is codenamed Star, but surely that name will change when it is released. The LG Star has some impressive specifications, like a dual core Tegra 2 processor and an eight megapixel camera which will be capable of recording Full HD video in 1080p.

Some other specifications include a front facing video camera, a microSD card slot, micro USB and a 1500mAH battery. All indications are that this could be a popular Android smartphone.

Sanyo offers new AA and AAA eneloop batteries

Posted in Batteries by Conner Flynn on November 16th, 2010

Sanyo’s eneloop batteries have been around for a while. People seem to like them when it comes to powering our various toys and gadgets. And now Sanyo is offering some new AA and AAA eneloop rechargeable batteries that will give you 500 more charges compared to the previous versions.

They are already charged and ready to go in the packaging. The company claims that they can maintain about 75% of their charge for up to three years and they are capable of up to 1,500 charge cycles. Perfect for Christmas time.

Samsung to offer Google TV in 2011

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on November 16th, 2010

Sony was the first to go all Google TV with its Internet TV, and now it looks like Samsung will be the second. We don’t have many details yet, just that Samsung is set to announce a new line of HDTVs that will offer integrated Google TV functionality.

The use of Intel processors is noted however, though we could have guessed as much. The announcement will be made in January at some big electronics show that you may have heard of.

The Beatles are now on iTunes

Posted in iTunes by Conner Flynn on November 16th, 2010

Just like we told you yesterday, the Beatles are now on iTunes. You can find the Beatles page live right now. It looks like the entire catalog is available in a $149 box set complete with iTunes LP content, and there’s also a few videos.

Steve and Yoko must be friends now. As a bonus the “Live at the Washington Coliseum, 1964″ video will stream for free for the rest of the year. Beatles fans are very happy today.

LG Quantum Windows Phone 7 now available through AT&T

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on November 15th, 2010

LG has announced that its Windows Phone 7 for the U.S. market, the LG Quantum, is now available through AT&T stores. To refresh your memory, the LG Quantum features a landscape-oriented sliding QWERTY keyboard with a 3.5-inch display. The device is powered by a 1 GHz processor.

Other specs include 16 GB of memory, and access to Windows Phone Marketplace for downloading apps. It launches with 10 free apps on board already. Since it is a Windows Phone 7 device, there’s also Live Tiles and Hubs. It will cost you $199.99 on a two-year contract through AT&T’s stores or through AT&T’s website.

ASUS Eee Tablet to get a new name, will arrive in early 2011

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on November 15th, 2010

That ASUS Eee Tablet that was unveiled back at Computex in June looked like a decent e-reader / note-taking gadget, but no one has heard a peep about it since. The “tablet” which boasted 2,450 dpi touchscreen sensitivity and quick 0.1 second page turns never saw its September release date, but according to ASUS it’s still alive and is now being renamed.

Word is that Digital Note and Eee Note are potential names. According to ASUS it will be demoed at CES and officially launched in the first quarter of 2011. However, it may be available in Europe earlier depending on local content partnerships.