Archive for November, 2010

Sony Dash gets Hulu Plus streaming

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

The Sony Dash, the company’s personal Internet viewer, will now be teaming up with Hulu to bring some extra content to the WiFi device. Sony has announced that the subscription-based Hulu Plus streaming service is available for the Sony Dash.

Users can access popular TV shows for $9.99 per month with the service. The Dash also supports a bunch of other useful apps, including social networking, weather, news, sports, and videos. Hulu Plus will now be joining the over 1,000 free apps currently available to the device.

Sony VAIO Holiday Signature Collection Laptops bring on the style

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

Very few laptops pack in the style like these. Sony is offering a few new options in the company’s VAIO lineup. The Holiday Signature Collection includes a few models, including a pink crocodile embossed VAIO P, the return of the gold and black Arabesque design on the VAIO EA, a VAIO Z with infinite stripes, a Bordeaux Red and Glossy Premium Carbon Edition.

There’s also a VAIO Y in Sangria Red, a VAIO X in gold or black, and a gold VAIO J all-in-one desktop. You certainly have choices.

OpeniBoot lets you run Android on your iPad

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

This is similar to the Android on an iPhone hack that allowed the first-generation iPhone and iPhone 3G to get Android 2.2 Froyo loaded. Developers are now working together to get Android on the iPad tablet, allowing the device to dual-boot into either the normal iOS environment or to the Android OS.

This is great news for those iPad owners who love to use Android. You could run Flash content while in Android mode. It’s called the OpeniBoot project and developers are targeting the iBoot bootloader on iOS devices, so potentially other operating systems can also get dual-boot privileges, like Linux.

Netflix coming to select Android devices early next year

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

Now that iOS, Windows Phone 7 and seemingly every game console are streaming Netflix video, the company is focusing on Android. In early 2011, Netflix will appear on “select Android devices,” according to the company’s blog, which promises a “standard, platform-wide solution” for Android in the future.

So why did it take so long? And you might also be asking why Netflix will be limited to particular handsets when it first rolls out? They have an answer. “The hurdle has been the lack of a generic and complete platform security and content protection mechanism available for Android,”

Titanium Blue PS3 hits Japan on November 25th

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on November 14th, 2010

This blue PS3 was supposed to hit Japan on November 3rd as well as Gran Turismo 5, but no, it never happened. But now we have news that this Titanium Blue PS3 launch bundle will have a November 24th release date.

Think of it as your blue race car as you vroom vroom with the controller. It will cost ¥35,980 (about $436). Like the color, you will feel very blue after draining your bank account.

Lenovo LePad headed to US in 2011

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

Good news if you are waiting for Lenovo’s LePad. CEO Yang Yuanqing has told the Wall Street Journal that the Android tablet is scheduled for a 2011 US launch. Lenovo’s COO Rory Read had previously said that the LePad wouldn’t ship in the US until a tablet-ready version of Android was ready to go, so apparently the company is confident that Google will deliver.

The tablet has been pushed into 2011 in China as well.

Elgato EyeTV Netstream streams satellite TV to your iPad

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

Those of you in the UK will soon be able to get your hands on Elgato’s new EyeTV Netstream Sat box. It will allow you to stream Freesat satellite TV to any computer on your home network and straight to your iPad as well via Elgato’s EyeTV app. Apparently not the iPhone or iPod touch though.

The device will start shipping on November 22nd for £189.95 (about $300). The EyeTV app itself will cost you just £2.99. Those of us in the US are envious.

Angry Birds coming to Xbox Live, Playstation Network, and WiiWare

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on November 13th, 2010

The popular mobile game Angry Birds will soon be coming to your television screen. Developer Rovio has announced that the game will be headed to Xbox Live, Playstation Network, and WiiWare. We don’t have a release date or prices yet though.

In case you’ve been living in a cave, the game has been a huge hit on iOS, Android, and webOS. The game should be released for the three big consoles prior to the release of an Angry Birds sequel. So soon you will be able to enjoy it on the big screen.

Lenovo IdeaPad U260 coming November 15th

Posted in Lenovo by Conner Flynn on November 13th, 2010

Lenovo has finally made the IdeaPad U260 official by announcing that the laptop will arrive this Monday, November 15th, in the U.S. The ultra-portable notebook will go on sale through Lenovo.com at a starting price of $895 and it comes in a two new colors, mocha and clementine orange.

The ultra-portable laptop is touted as the company’s “first single piece design made of magnesium-aluminum alloy materials.” It also features Dolby audio, ambient light sensors, a Lenovo Enhanced Experience Windows 7, HDMI, and Lenovo Active Protection System for hard drive shock protection.

Jolibook spotted on Flickr

Posted in Netbook by Conner Flynn on November 13th, 2010

Behold the Jolicloud Jolibook. The 10.1-inch netbook is finally showing off in a set of official press shots. Like in the other images we’ve seen, the lid has a cartoon scene.

The chiclet style keyboard resembles recent Acer Aspire One systems and it’s an all plastic build, which should mean a low starting price. All in all it looks like an Acer except for that lid. What do you think?

Xbox 360 used for gaming just 60 percent of the time

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on November 12th, 2010

According to COO of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business, Dennis Durkin, the Xbox360 is being used for gaming only 60% of the time, while the remaining 40% is used for other things aside from gaming.

Users are watching streaming movies with Netflix, using social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, or listening to tunes using Zune etc. Microsoft says that Xbox 360 owners spend an average of three hours online per day.

LG GT540 Optimus gets Android 2.1 Eclair update

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on November 12th, 2010

If you’re an LG GT540 Optimus owner and feel bad because it does not yet run on the Android 2.1 Eclair operating system, then relax. The Android 2.1 update is finally here. No, it isn’t Froyo (Android 2.2), but at least it’s better than Android 1.6, right?

This update will provide support for multiple accounts, a Quick Contacts interface, HTML5 support, Microsoft Exchange support, Live Wallpapers and Bluetooth 2.1. You will be able to download the update file here or just wait until LG rolls out over-the-air firmware changes.

2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 goes faster with TracKey

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on November 12th, 2010

Sure, the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 is already quite a powerful car, but it will go even faster if you pay some extra cash for the red-colored special TracKey. Whenever you start the Boss 302 using the TracKey, more than 200 parameters are changed in the car’s software instructions. This transforms the 444 horsepower street machine into a track racer.

It’s like having two cars in one. The TracKey will give you quicker throttle response, and a two-stage launch control feature that makes drag racing starts easy.

Samsung Galaxy Tab gets torn down

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on November 12th, 2010

iFixit loves to tear down each and every gadget. Now they have put the Samsung Galaxy Tab on the operating table. What did they learn? Well, the removal of that pane of Gorilla glass turned out to be the trickiest part, requiring a lot of heat and a bit of prying.

It eventually came off and the teardown proceeded. The operation was a complete success. Hit the link below for pictures of the entire teardown.

Dell XCD28 and XCD35 Android phones for India

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on November 11th, 2010

Windows Phone 7 isn’t for everyone. Maybe Android is your flavor. If you live in India, Dell has just introduced a pair of new Android phones designed specifically to be sold without a carrier subsidy. The XCD28 sports a 2.8-inch display, a 3.2 megapixel cam, 200MB of internal storage expandable with up to 16GB via microSD, and an FM radio; it sells for the equivalent of $247 without a contract.

The $382 XCD35 has a 3.5-inch capacitive display. Both devices have 3G support for India’s high-speed networks, WiFi, Bluetooth.