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Apple finally bringing Beatles to iTunes

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

The Beatles are legendary. Sadly many kids have yet to discover them thanks to their absence from iTunes. But fear not, your kids will have the chance to have a listen on iTunes yet. This comes seven and a half years after Apple launched the iTunes store.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that The Beatles catalog will be among tomorrow’s iTunes announcements. WSJ’s sources warn that plans could change at the last minute however, and that the talks between Apple, Beatles reps, and EMI were taking place as recently as last week. Still, you have to keep the faith. It’s just time to do it.

Ambient Weather WS-1090 Wireless Home Weather Station

Posted in Weather Stations by Conner Flynn on November 15th, 2010

If you are seriously a weather nut, you’ll want to check out the Ambient Weather WS-1090 Wireless Home Weather Station. It’s a compact, easy to install, complete wireless (915 MHz) home weather station with impressive reliability at a low cost.

The WS-1080 weather station will measure wind speed, wind direction, temperature and humidity (both inside and outside), rainfall and barometric pressure. It also calculates dew point and wind chill. What doesn’t it do? The device features a touchscreen console that displays a wide range of parameters in an easy-to-read format. This is basically a weather man in a box. It can be placed on a desktop or mounted onto a wall.

Limited Edition Wii Mario Kart Bundle

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

As they continue to celebrate Mario’s 25th anniversary, we’ve seen Nintendo announce the red special edition Wii and now there’s a Mario Kart Wii bundle.

This one comes bundled with a black Wii Wheel, Wii Sports and Donkey Kong pre-installed on the system. The package also includes the new Wii Remote Plus in black. This bundle will be available starting November 26th across Europe.

SCOTTeVEST Travel Boxers keep your phone close to the family jewels

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

We love our phones. We can’t live without them. But by now most of us know not to keep them next to our privates. Cellphone radiation may not turn people into the Incredible Hulk, but there is still cause to be careful. No one wants a low sperm count or, god forbid, a mutated beast with two heads down there. But apparently SCOTTeVEST doesn’t care about your junk.

Their Travel Boxers come with a little pouch located over your right leg, where it can hold a cell phone, MP3 player or other device. Not a great place for it.

Nokia E7 hits the FCC

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

The Nokia E7 has arrived at the FCC, confirming Nokia’s claims of it supporting five different bands to make this a very world-friendly handset. Now that it has had some face time with the FCC, the Nokia E7 should be arriving very quickly.

So we can look forward to more leaked images and videos followed by an official release. Then of course there’s the inevitable iFixit teardown as well. It’s just the life of modern gadgets. And we can’t wait.

System76 Starling netbook goes dual core

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

System76′s Starling netbook has received a spec upgrade. It will no longer have a single core processor, but will have its processing doubled. For $385 you get a 10-inch display, Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook edition, a 3-cell battery and an Intel Atom N550 1.5GHz dual-core processor.

This Starling netbook doesn’t have Microsoft’s hardware restrictions for Windows 7 Starter, so you can go for some interesting upgrade options like having up to 500GB of hard drive space or get a solid state disk instead. 2GB RAM is standard and doubling the cells in the battery will add another $59 to the final price making the base price $444.

Facebook unveils new messaging service, says email is ‘too formal’

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

Facebook has just announced an updated messaging service that promises to take social networking activity to a new level. You get to decide on how you want to ‘converse’, through SMS, chat, email or Messages. They will receive your message in a real-time conversation, with no need to worry about which recipient prefers chatting over email etc.

Users will also be able to own an @facebook.com email address. There will not be a subject line though and you can’t mass forward mails among others, keeping things limited to just conversation. Messages and email addresses will be launched over the next few months.

3.5-inch floppy turned into a USB flash drive

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

Remember when 3.5-inch floppy disks were cutting edge? They were tougher than their 5.25-inch predecessors and could hold more data. That was a long time ago. There isn’t much use for them nowadays. Or is there?

This 3.5-inch floppy disk looks normal on the outside, but inside, it holds a USB connector and flash memory. This hack requires a couple of disks that have been cut apart and stacked together, so that the connector can be placed inside.

TiVo Premiere is now free on $20 monthly contract

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

TiVo has started implementing plans to subsidize their DVR hardware with a monthly fee, so Premiere is now yours for free if you agree to a 2-year contract at $20 per month. Of course, you have the other option if you don’t want to be tied down that long. You can pay $99, if you are willing to make a year-long commitment.

The TiVo Premiere XL will cost you $299 with a one-year commitment if THX-certified recorded shows are what you want. Just pick your poison.

Universal remote pillow

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

This pillow will let you channel surf, but not rest your head at the same time. It’s a pillow. With a remote crammed inside. The folks at Brookstone have turned this dream into a reality. They say that this unit can be programmed to work with over 500 devices.

Even better, there’s a power-saving auto shutoff feature that can be overridden by your squeezing. It’s probably not very comfortable as a pillow, but for $29.95 it’s a fun remote. It will require 2 AAA batteries.

Marshall’s Major headphones and Minor earphones get official

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

Marshall is finally making their debut personal headgear products official. The headliner is called the Major, which are the collapsible headphones shown above. It comes with both 3.5mm and 6.3mm (via an adapter) connectability and “super soft” cushions to keep your ears comfortable. The exterior of the headband is made from the same vinyl Marshall uses on its amplifiers and the price is $99.

The Minor set of in-ear drivers are $59. These boast a tangle-resistant fabric cord with an integrated mic and a patented EarClick system. Too bad they have already sold out.

ViewSonic ViewPad 7 tablet up for pre-order for $599

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on November 15th, 2010

ViewSonic’s ViewPad 7 tablet is on sale at Amazon for $599. That’s over a hundred dollars more than it was supposed to cost. This will no doubt hurt the devices sales, despite the 600MHz ARM CPU and front and rear-facing cameras on board.

Since Samsung’s Galaxy Tab doesn’t have phone functionality in the states, there is a market for a seven-inch Froyo tablet that can do voice calls, but that price is a deal-breaker. What do you think?

IOGEAR unveils two new Wireless Keyboards for HTPC

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on November 14th, 2010

IOGEAR has introduced a pair of new wireless keyboards for your HTPC. The GKM571R and GKM581R both feature interesting designs. These wireless keyboards also feature 2.4GHz wireless technology, an optical trackball and a 1200dpi sensor along with a scroll wheel.

The IOGEAR GKM571R keyboard sports a lid for dust protection and an LED backlight, while the GKM581R features a slip resistant rubber bottom. The IOGEAR GKM571R and GKM581R are priced at $99.95 and $89.95.

Raw Steel Super Tough SD Card

Posted in Storage by Conner Flynn on November 14th, 2010

As a general rule, SD cards are not tough. They’re wimpy and easily broken. Not this one though. The Raw Steel Super Tough SD card from Hoodman has protective metal imbedded in the front to make it extremely rugged.

The storage device is also made using epoxy, so it is waterproof as well. Sounds like this memory card is tougher than your digital camera. It’s available in 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB of storage sizes and the SDHC cards will be released on November 15th.

Sound Blaster Tactic3D Sigma gaming headset

Posted in gaming accessories by Conner Flynn on November 14th, 2010

You’ll be able to hear the clash of weaponry and the sound of your enemy’s footsteps as if they are really there thanks to high-resolution 50mm Neodymium drivers, with Sound Blaster Tactic3D Sigma gaming headset.

Touchscreen software and TacticProfile allows you to save and share settings including THX TruStudio Pro Surround for immersive 360º headphone surround and VoiceFX voice morphing technology. The headset features a dual mode (Analog or USB) design that allows you to connect using standard minijacks or the Dual Mode adapter to connect to your PC or Mac’s USB port.