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Nintendo will not be returning to CES after all

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on November 25th, 2010

Sorry Nintendo fans. You all put on your Mario clothes and celebrated when it was announced that Nintendo would be returning to CES after a 16-year absence, but the Consumer Electronics Association says Nintendo has some meeting rooms booked for the show, but that doesn’t mean that the company will be showing off the good stuff.

Sorry to dash your hopes like a Goomba getting pounced on. Ya never know, those meetings might be something extra awesome that will bear fruit. Or 1-up mushrooms.

Gear4 HouseParty AirWave iPod/iPhone Dock Streams Internet Radio

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on November 25th, 2010

Gear4′s latest iPhone/iPod dock, the HouseParty AirWave does more than just dock your iDevice. It also offers access to Internet radio stations and users can control the dock over Wi-Fi using an iOS app. You can search for and tune into Internet, DAB and FM radio stations.

It also has the ability to let you control a docked iPod or iPhone, but you’ll need to do it using another iOS device. Other features include two three-inch 20W speakers, a 3.5mm aux input and media streaming support from storage devices.

Nexus S spotted running Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on November 25th, 2010

More pictures of the Nexus S have surfaced, coming from the guys over at XDA-developers. Judging by these pics, it looks like the device is running an operating system very much like Android Gingerbread.

It’s labeled as Android 2.3 in the pics, and this one features a back cover that’s similar to the original Galaxy S, just a bit more curved. Looks like the phone will have 720p video recording too.

Creative ZiiO 7 Android Tablet hits the FCC

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on November 25th, 2010

The Creative ZiiO 7 Android-powered tablet has taken another step toward entering your hands here in the US since it has now had lunch with the FCC. The device is expected to be priced at GBP199.99 ($315) in the UK, but so far we have no info about how much it will cost stateside.

The ZiiO 7 features specs like a ZiiLabs HD processor, Support for HD video playback, a 7-inch 480 x 800 pixel display, 8GB to 16GB of storage, Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth, microSD card expansion and an HDMI output.

Richard Branson launching Project Magazine for iPad

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on November 25th, 2010

Richard Branson is our favorite rich guy. He wants to put people in space. Enough said. Richard Branson is also funding an iPad-specific magazine, called Project. And what better way than on the iPad?

The magazine will cover content related to entertainment, travel, business, design and international culture. This, along with other recent news makes us wonder if Apple might be implementing subscription billing into the App Store. Seems like it might be coming soon.

Toshiba and Vizio planning to unveil Google TV products at CES

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on November 25th, 2010

TV networks are making it hard for Google TV, but hardware partners don’t seem to care since Toshiba and Vizio have plans to introduce Google TV products at CES 2011 this January. They either know something we don’t or are just trying to be trendy.

There’s no official confirmation from either company yet, but Toshiba’s American GM has been quoted saying that Google is a key partner on the PC side and will likely be a key partner on the TV side as well. Stay tuned.

Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver that really works

Posted in Tools by Conner Flynn on November 24th, 2010

We’ve seen many versions of the Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver, but this one is one of the best because it actually works. It’s an actual screwdriver that you can use to do odd jobs around the house.

Doctor Who’s 11th Doctor Sonic Screwdriver is a solid metal die-cast and includes 3 different sized Philips or flat-head tips. Of course it also makes noises and lights up. The Doctor Who 11th Doctor Sonic Screwdriver will cost you just $39.95.

[Chip Chick]

Guy pays $15K to play an MMO on a 820 foot long display

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on November 24th, 2010

We all know that MMos are addictive, but you have to really be devoted to shell out $15K to play one on a giant screen. That’s what this guy did. He payed $15,000 to use a giant screen in Beijing to play a MMO. The screen was 820 feet long and he sat in a deck chair playing the game and looking up. Hopefully he was happy with the purchase.

The story behind it is that this guy was not happy that a competing guildmaster got to play in an IMAX theater. So this likely outdoes the other guy. At least we hope so. We’d hate to see them in some long drawn out screen war.

Portable USB Power Supply

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on November 24th, 2010

With all of the gadgets we carry, it can be tough making sure they are all juiced up. Luckily there are some useful gadgets like the Portable USB Power Supply, which make sure you always have power.

The Portable USB Power Supply is a small portable battery that you can carry on your key chain, which comes with a bunch of charging accessories that will let you charge your mobile phone and other gadgets via USB. At just $19.99, this is a no-brainer. You will always have juice.

USB Fishquarium

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on November 24th, 2010

Watching fish swim around in an aquarium can help calm you at home, but what about work? The USB Fishquarium can give you the same experience at the office. It’s basically a USB powered dock that combines a lamp, your stationary, a digital clock and date reminder on a LED display etc.

Your fish will be happy watching you work at the office and you will have your little fish buddy close at hand. The USB Fishquarium will cost you $40.

LG BD690: The first Blu-ray player certified for Wi-Fi Direct

Posted in Blu-ray by Conner Flynn on November 24th, 2010

LG’s BD690 has become the first Blu-ray player to get Wi-Fi Direct certification, allowing it to stream direct communication to other Wi-Fi devices without any middle-devices. There are no details on shipping or pricing just yet, but hopefully it will arrive soon.

The BD690 is expected to be able to stream Netflix, Vudu, and DLNA network content, as well as playing DivX HD 1080p content. Color us extremely interested.

Vizio XVTHP200 Wireless Headphones with iPod Docking Station

Posted in Headphones by Conner Flynn on November 24th, 2010

Vizio’s Active Noise Canceling High Definition Headphones with Wireless Dock for iPod, otherwise known as the XVTHP200, just got one step closer to getting into your hot little hands as it has just paid a visit to the FCC.

It’s a set of wireless headphones that also features a docking/charging station that supports the iPod/iPhone. It boasts music playback controls, active noise reduction, a mini USB port for charging, SRS audio processing and a 3.5mm input jack for audio input from all of your other devices.

Yonsei WebTube HD Box stops by the FCC

Posted in Set Top Boxes by Conner Flynn on November 24th, 2010

The WebTube HD box from Yonsei might be a good budget version of a Roku box, but you can expect limited abilities. The WebTube HD has just visited the FCC where it was poked and prodded. The device can be connected to the Internet and gives users an interface for viewing YouTube videos, browsing the web and more.

The WebTube HD platform also has its own TV App Market, so you can download apps for added functionality. Do you still want it, even with it’s lack of Hulu or Netflix support? Probably not.

DeLorean USB Flash Drive

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on November 24th, 2010

Flash Rods makes a habit of finding the coolest die-cast cars to integrate flash drives into. In this case they have transformed a 1:18 scale model of the DeLorean DMC-12 car from the Back to the Future movie into a fully working 500GB USB flash drive.

This highly detailed car/flash drive features both gull wing doors and a hood that you can open. It makes the perfect geek storage device. Doc Emmet Brown and Marty McFly would be proud.

Beatles sell 2 million songs, 450,000 albums on iTunes debut

Posted in iTunes by Conner Flynn on November 23rd, 2010

The Beatles’s first appearance on a digital store has led to a dramatic uptick in sales, according to data from Apple. About two million individual tracks and 450,000 albums were sold on iTunes in the first week alone.

Information collected by Billboard gave 1969′s Abbey Road the lead, both as the top-selling album and for “Here Comes the Sun” as the top-selling song. Many consider Abbey Road to be their best album. Now a newer generation of listeners can be exposed to the band, while others can re-discover them.