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900K DS systems, 600K Wiis sold this week

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

Nintendo saw a resurgence in sales during Thanksgiving week. Starting from November 21 and running through this past Sunday, the company shipped 900,000 DS, DSi and DSi XL systems as well as 600,000 Wii units.

It credited the spike to the usual Black Friday push as well as new colors for the devices. The company didn’t say whether or not either figure was a record for the week, but both are well above Nintendo’s average sales results through the rest of the year.

Apple Bans Android Magazine App

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

Apple is well known for being way too ban-happy, and the recent banning of an Android Magazine App from the App Store shows that they are still at it. This comes after Apple has stated that its application policies have relaxed a little more of late. Not enough apparently.

Unfortunately for publisher Mediaprovider their recent Android magazine App has been banned from the Apple App Store. Below is the conversation Dixon of Mediaprovider had with Richard of the Apple App Store team, after the app was rejected.

Malata T2 Android Tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on November 29th, 2010

Those in Japan now have another tablet choice in the Malata T2 tablet, which is powered by the Google Android 2.2 Froyo OS and boasts a 1GHz nVidia Tegra2 Cortex-A9 Dual Core processor. The device also has 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory.

Other features include a 10-inch (1024 x 600) display screen, a microSDHC slot (up to 32GB), GPS, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, Wi-Fi, a 1.3MP camera and Adobe Flash Player 10.1 support. The Malata T2 will cost you 49,800 Yen or around $592.

Lenovo S800 phone with translucent display

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

Lenovo really likes the idea of a transparent screen on your smartphone. And so the company just presented the Lenovo S800 at a Chinese expo. The company says that the S800 is just a concept at the moment, but stresses that it is using a color display.

At any rate, image quality is sort of irrelevant on a translucent screen, so why should color matter? We have no idea if the S800 will become a commercial product, but we’d like to see where they can take this.

Microsoft working on TV subscription service for Xbox, PCs

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on November 29th, 2010

Reuters has some information suggesting that Microsoft is getting ready to launch a video subscription service for the XBox 360. The details are scarce and nobody knows yet how this will work, but Microsoft has several options.

The first option is to become a virtual cable operator and charge for bundles of channels. This is a model that we all know well and one that networks are familiar with. They could also create one app per channel, similar to what Roku does. It will be interesting to see what happens with this one.

WP7 developers complain of missing payments, broken reporting tools

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

While most of us really like the new Windows Phone 7 UI and even its software developer kit, some developers aren’t liking the way Marketplace is working for them so far. According to Nicholas Yu and Justin James, it’s currently impossible for them to know how many apps they have sold (and how much Microsoft owes them). They don’t even know when payments will be coming their way. Apparently Justin James was told by Microsoft that no developer payout would happen until 2011.

We aren’t sure what the deal is yet as Windows Phone 6.x developers did not seem to have these problems. We hope that Microsoft will solve this quickly.

Sony PSP to get Qriocity music with next update

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

So, what is the music service on Sony’s upcoming PlayStation Phone? PSP owners will soon have access to what may be signs of things to come. Sony has announced that a new software update, version 6.35, would prepare the PSP for Sony’s upcoming “Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity” service.

Like Zune, Rhapsody, Napster and other services, Music Unlimited will be a cloud-based product that allows subscribers to stream music on demand to their devices. It will launch soon. Maybe Sony can finally get one over on iOS with this ingrained unlimited music client.

Pole Climbing Bike Lock

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

A team of bicyclists have come up with a great solution to bike theft with this pole-climbing bike lock created for Germany’s Conrad. We don’t know when this will go on sale, but the device straps around a light pole and carries your bike high into the air using a remote control.

Right now it’s way too big to carry around and what if someone puts their bike beneath yours? Once they work out those problems, it’s an awesome idea. As long as it doesn’t fall on someone.

TRON Light Cycle USB Drives

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on November 29th, 2010

TRON: Legacy is coming out very soon so the TRON memorabilia is everywhere right now. These TRON Light Cycle USb drives are available in both 4GB and 8GB capacities and are available in both white and black. We love drives like this, because they display nicely and don’t just store data and look boring.

As a bonus, the wheel base flashes. It wouldn’t be TRON without the lights. The 4GB drive will cost you $25 and it’s $35 for the 8GB version.

Find your Android/BlackBerry phone for free with iTag

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

Apple is offering their Find My iPhone service for free now, but that doesn’t mean that Android and BlackBerry users are left out in the cold. That’s because iTag is offering their Premium Membership for free for Cyber Monday.

iTag allows you to locate your device via GPS at any moment. The feature is already available for free to users, but the premium account allows you to backup your contacts over the air, which is very useful if you lose your device without backing up your data first.

LG LU3000 Android 2.2 Phone

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

LG has an interesting Android-powered phone for the South Korean market, the LG LU3000. The device has been called a higher-end Optimus Chic E720 and features a 3.8-inch 800 x 480 pixel IPS display and is powered by a 1GHz TI OMAP 3630 processor.

Aside from the processor speed, it’s been boted that the phone seems faster than the Samsung Galaxy S and iPhone 4, both of which also have 1GHz processors. Some specs include that 1GHz TI OMAP 3630 processor, a 3.8-inch 800 x 480 pixel IPS display, HDMI output, a 5-megapixel camera with flash, Full HD 1080p video recording and Android 2.2 Froyo.

LaCie Hub4 USB 3.0 hub

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

As far as gadgets go, USB hubs have never been sexy. Functional yes, but never sexy. LaCie’s Hub4 is trying to change that with a curved exterior and some blue USB jacks. You get four USB 3.0 ports in all for all of your SuperSpeed gadgets.

Just remember that you’ll need at least one 3.0 connector on your computer to make the most of this USB device. Aside from that you’ll just need $59.99. Sexy or not? You decide.

Mouse Computer Lm-mini30X nettop with D525 processor and SSD

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

Mouse Computer’s latest netbook is rocking a dual-core, 1.8GHz Intel Atom D525 processor, NVIDIA ION graphics, and an 80GB SSD. It will cost you around $600, or 49,980 yen. The Lm-mini30X also boasts 4GB of RAM, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, HDMI output, and a 64-bit copy of Windows 7 Home Premium.

There’s also a slightly lower-spec Lm-mini30S, with 2GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, and 32-bit Windows. That will cost you 37,800 yen, or about $450. Assuming either ever gets release in the States. We aren’t holding our breath waiting.

Kinect used to control Super Mario on a PC

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on November 28th, 2010

We’ve all been waiting to see Kinect in control of a truly classic game and now you can. The same guy that recently brought us the Kinect lightsaber has a hack that lets you enjoy a game of Super Mario controlled only by your body moves.

OpenKinect was used to get the motion-sensing peripheral to communicate with his PC, while a simple NES emulator brought the game to life. Check out the video below as this guy prances around just like our favorite plumber and controls Mario’s on screen antics.

Slave Leia iPhone 4 case

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on November 28th, 2010

Star Wars cases for your phone are cool, but nothing beats this sexy Slave Leia Hard Case for the iPhone 4, done up in a fantasy style. This one is drool-worthy and will make you the envy of all of your geek friends. She looks like she can kick some serious ass in that pose.

This case isn’t just for the iPhone 4. Those who still have an iPhone 3G or 3GS can get one too. The Leia Hard Case for iPhone retails for $29.95.