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Asus reveals U36 Core i3/i5-powered ultrathin notebook

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

ASUS is getting ready to lay the smack down against Apple’s MacBook Air with its super slim U36. The U36 promises better performance than Apple’s system with either an Intel Core i3 or i5 CPU. The Air has a Core 2 Duo processor.

They also promise up to 10 hours of battery life on a 4-cell battery, compared to the Air’s 5-7 hours of battery life. It will also use NVIDIA’s Optimus graphics with the company’s Super Hybrid Engine. The device weighs 3.2 pounds, just slightly more than the slim Air, and has a thickness at 0.75-inch with a magnesium alloy shell. It looks rather blah design-wise though.

Acer Iconia Dual-Screen Tablet

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

Aside from its Windows 7 tablet and Android tablets, Acer has announced a dual-screen tablet/notebook. The Acer Iconia has two 14-inch touchscreen panels that can be used in either book mode or as a traditional notebook with the secondary screen acting as a keyboard.

The device features an Intel Core i5 processor, Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi b/g/n, USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI and VGI output ports. HDD options range from 320 to 750 GB. There’s also a 1280 X 1024 webcam, and resolution of 1266 X 768 on each of the 14-inch displays, with Windows 7 Home Premium.

MacBook Air 2010 gets Colorware treatment

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

Everyone’s ultrathin Apple laptop looks the same as everyone else’s. It’s hard to stand out from the crowd when all your gear looks alike. Enter Colorware. Starting at $1,850 you can get a MacBook Air made in 2010, made exactly to your color specifications.

Sure it’s crazy expensive, but if we could afford it we would all be doing it right? Sadly, there’s no option for repainting an Air if you already have one, so you’ll have to buy it direct from Colorware.

Smartfish Whirl Mini Notebook Laser Mouse

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

Smartfish, the company run by fish with high IQs, has just launched a new mouse designed to be used with netbooks and notebooks, the Smartfish Whirl Mini Notebook Laser Mouse. It’s compatible with both Macs and PCs, and features an ambidextorous design, along with a 1600dpi laser sensor, and 2.4MHz wireless connectivity.

The Smartfish Whirl Mini Notebook Laser Mouse comes in an assortment of colors which include Carbon Fiber, Black, Blue, Silver, Red. It’s available to pre-order for $49.95 right now.

Anti Sleep Pilot keeps you awake behind the wheel

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

Being sleep deprived while driving is not a good idea. But as usual, there’s a gadget that can help. The Anti Sleep Pilot attaches to your dashboard and monitors your fatigue levels by using reaction times from tests which maintain alertness, among many other inputs.

Then it uses these personal calculations to recommend that you take a break when you are about to hit a critical driving fatigue level, and so it prevents accidents, keeping you and others safe.

Nintendo returning to CES after 16 years

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

CES the Consumer Electronics Show 2011 will start in the second week of 2011. This year it may be a special treat as Nintendo will be returning to the CES show 16 years after its last appearance. With Nintendo’s return they will likely be promoting their new 3D glasses free technology and their new 3DS portable gaming console. Of course, they may have a surprise in store for us as well.

CES is produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), promoting growth in the consumer technology industry. More than 2,000 corporate members are represented and involved in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and integration of consumer electronics products. As usual, we will be giving you full coverage of the event.

ZAGG sportLEATHER Back Covers for iPhone and iPad

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on November 23rd, 2010

It’s a constant battle to keep our gadgets shiny and new looking and protect them from scratches. So we use protective covers that hopefully look good. If you like baseball or football and want to protect your iPhone or iPad from scratches, Zagg has some cool covers that fit the bill.

The Zagg sportLEATHER collection are sized for the iPhone 3G/3GS, the iPhone 4, and the iPad. They come in a design that looks like a white leather baseball with the grain and the red stitching. The other design has the look of a football with white laces.

Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D Electric Shaver

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

3D is all the rage. It has assaulted our TVs and now it wants to make a splash in the world of electric shavers. The Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D electric shaver is said to offer superior shaving performance without sacrificing skin comfort or convenience.

It is powered by a lithium-ion battery for portability and has three dynamic cutting elements mounted on a GyroFlex 3D platform, allowing it to conform to the curves and angles of your face, while the AquaTec seal lets you shave wet or dry. Anything to shove 3D in the name, I suppose.

Acer Android smartphone revealed

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

Acer has at least one more mysterious Android-powered smartphone. It’s the sleek looking device above which will also have Acer’s customized UI running on top of stock Android ala HTC Sense. Some of the features that we know about this smartphone include a 4.8-inch display with a 1024 x 480 resolution, LED edge lighting and a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera.

There’s also an 8-megapixel camera that can handle 720p HD video recording, and a 6-axis motion sensor. You should expect it to hit the shelves early next year.

Pop Up Microlite lights up your remote

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

If you like to watch movies in the dark to simulate that theater experience, you will have trouble using your remote, since most of us don’t have a remote with backlit buttons. Well, there is an answer. Don’t buy a new remote.

Just buy this $9.99 Pop Up Microlite, with batteries that can last for up to three years. Your home theater system will be obsolete before the Pop Up Microlite even dies. Just stick it to your remote control and you are ready.

HP intros Core 2 Duo G62x laptop for $430

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

Many of you are looking for a budget laptop this Christmas. Well, HP has something new to offer you. They have added the G62x to its previously released G62m and G62t models. The 15.6-inch laptop boasts an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU unlike the Core i3s that the G62m and G62t models pack.

Aside from that, all three are identical, featuring 16:9 aspect ratio panels, WiFi, an HDMI reader, three USB 2.0 ports, and a 6-cell battery. The G62x is the lowest end, budget laptop of the group. The price starts at $430 and it’s available now over at HP.

Acer introduces 7 inch and 10 inch Android tablets

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

Acer, like everyone else, is getting into the tablet game. The flagship 10.1 incher features a dual-core 1GHz processor, an HDMI output and a native 1280×800 screen resolution. There’s also a 5 megapixel rear camera, an “HD” front-facing camera for video calling and full multitouch support. No info on price, but it has an April 2011 ship date.

The 7-inch tablet features the same screen resolution, a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm CPU and the same Flash 10.1 support. The “Android Tablet OS” Acer appears to be Froyo, or Android 2.2. This one is also coming in April of next year.

Haleron Windows 7 Tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on November 22nd, 2010

The new Haleron Windows 7 Tablet looks almost exactly like Apples iPad. The Haleron is a little lighter. But that’s where the similarities end. The Windows 7 tablet packs some serious power of it’s own, with an Intel Z550 Dual Threading 2GHZ processor in a US15W chipset together with a 16GB solid state disk.

The Haleron Windows 7 Tablet also supports 3D and hi-def hardware video acceleration and is equipped with VGA, DVI, HDMI out, 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and four USB ports. It is also fitted with an accelerometer and a 0.3 mega pixel web camera. Not bad at all.

Beer Keg PC Case Mod

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on November 22nd, 2010

This guy is doing it all wrong. We aren’t that impressed when someone takes a beer keg and turns it into a PC case. What this world really needs is the technology to turn old PC cases into full beer kegs. That would help the environment and give us more beer. More beer is always good.

But having said that, Ben Lzicar has turned an empty Anheuser-Busch keg into a PC case and it’s pretty cool. He powder-coated the keg with a beautiful shiny black finish, decked it out with chrome, and loaded it with bright blue LEDs. Of course, there is also a bottle opener.

LG E-Note H1000B tablet announced in Korea

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on November 22nd, 2010

Slashgear had reported on an LG tablet hitting the FCC for testing and approval last month and LG has finally unveiled device. It’s called the E-Note H1000B and it has been officially unveiled in Korea, looking very much like a mini LG TV.

The 10.1 inch touchscreen tablet is powered by an Intel Atom Z510 or Z530 processor along with 1 GB of RAM and a 16GB SSD for storage. Windows 7 Starter edition is running the show, but it can be upgraded to Windows 7 Professional.