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Official White iPhone 4 shows up on Chinese Grey Market

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on November 21st, 2010

The white iPhone 4 still hasn’t been officially released by Apple, but now it seems that some white iPhone’s are making their way out of the back door of Foxconn, as GizChina is reporting that real white iPhone 4s are being sold on the grey market in China.

The white iPhone 4s are only supposed to be meant for internal use, and are not to be sold, but now they are turning up for sale in China with prices starting at $828 and going all the way up to $1204.

LaCie FastKey USB 3.0 SSD Drive

Posted in SSD by Conner Flynn on November 21st, 2010

LaCie has introduced the FastKey, the company’s smallest SSD USB 3.0 drive. The device combines three technologies in one: SSD, USB 3.0 and DRAM cache. This helps it to deliver speeds of up to 260MB/s, so you can transfer 1000 MP3 or 5 DIVX files in less than 60 seconds flat.

The LaCie FastKey also supports AES 256-bit encryption. Expect the LaCie FastKey to be available in 30GB ($149.99), 60GB ($249.99) and 120GB ($474.99) capacities.

WiFi Antenna Booster increases the range of your WiFi signals

Posted in Wi-Fi by Conner Flynn on November 21st, 2010

This WiFi Antenna Booster looks like it is lit up to announce a blue-light special. Just attach it to your router and it will boost your networking signal exponentially in every way possible. There’s no need for software installation or reconfiguration.

The Signal Boosting Wi-Fi Antenna comes equipped with a flexible gooseneck that positions the antenna in an upright position for optimal signal reception. Yes, it looks dorky, but if it does what it promises, who cares? You can purchase the Signal Boosting Wi-Fi Antenna for only $59.95.

Bolle BP-10 is the first iPhone printer

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on November 21st, 2010

The iPhone does a lot, but it doesn’t have it’s own printer. Wait, now it does. The Bolle BP-10 is a photo printer dedicated to the iPhone that can print 4″x6″ photos from single, or multiple images. You control the printer with an app that Bolle has created, which can be downloaded for free from the App Store.

The iPhone communicates with the printer via the standard iPhone port, and the printer also acts as a charging station for the phone. The printer is compatible with iPhone, iPhone 2007, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 4.

Palm Mansion to sport 5 inch display

Posted in Palm by Conner Flynn on November 21st, 2010

Rumors are circulating about HP Palm’s next-generation webOS 2.0 offering which is codenamed the Palm Mansion. The device is said to have a 5-inch WVGA screen with a resolution of 480 X 800, which would make it similar to the Android-powered Dell Streak.

The 5-inch screen size would make it either a large smartphone or a small tablet. If it’s a smartphone, it would offer users a larger screen than traditional phones, which top at 4 inches, and still be pocketable. The device would also be using Palm’s webOS 2.0 operating system, which features smooth multitasking and several enhancements from the original webOS.

Study finds Wi-Fi radiation bad for trees

Posted in Wi-Fi by Conner Flynn on November 21st, 2010

Tree-huggers won’t like this news. Results from a preliminary study by DU Delft University, Wageningen University, and other institutions in the Netherlands show that WiFi radiation may be harmful to trees. The study found that WiFi radiation may cause bleeding and fissures in tree bark, which were not caused by any virus or bacteria.

According to their data, 70% of trees in urban spaces are now showing signs of damage compared to just 10% five years ago. Trees located the closest to WiFi radiation exhibited a lead-like shine on the leaves and death of the leaves’ lower and upper epidermises. Radiation from WiFi was also found to inhibit the growth of corn cobs.

Velocity Micro’s 7-inch Cruz Tablet now shipping for $300

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on November 21st, 2010

Maybe you don’t want to pay $500+ for an Android tablet. We hear ya. If that’s the case, Velocity Micro’s Cruz Tablet is finally shipping. For $299.99 you get a 7-inch Android 2.0 tablet with an 800 x 480 capacitive touch panel, 512MB of RAM, 12GB of storage, 802.11n WiFi, inbuilt speakers, a headphone jack, mini-USB port and a rechargeable Li-ion that will deliver around ten hours of use.

Just keep in mind that you’ll be stuck accessing the Cruz Market instead of the Android Market, and there’s no embedded 3G. But hey, the price is right and there’s no contract.

Canadian thieves steal $1 million in Sony PlayStation items

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on November 21st, 2010

Workers at a shipping facility in Brampton, Ontario discovered on Monday that a trailer containing $500,000 worth of Sony goods was stolen. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the very next day a second trailer went missing containing even more PS3 and PSP games and hardware.

The trailers appeared to have been stolen while they were parked and the driver was away. One had a Nebraska license plate, the other was from Ontario. If you see either-who are we kidding? You will be too busy playing Black Ops to care.

AutoBot app lets you control your car

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on November 21st, 2010

AutoBot is a new iPhone and Android app that works with a Bluetooth OBD-II dongle and lets you diagnose engine problems, keep track of maintenance, and even locate your car via GPS if it is stolen. It can even be configured to automatically send a text to loved ones if you get into an accident, telling them your GPS coordinates.

The app recently won a startup competition at i-Stage 2010. It sounds great, but sadly it isn’t slated to be available until 2012. When it does ship it will cost $300 for the hardware and the software, with an extra fee to get rid of pop-up ads.

NewerTech USB 3.0 Universal Drive Adapter

Posted in Adapters by Conner Flynn on November 19th, 2010

Most serious computer enthusiasts have a wide range of HDDs, SSDs, and optical drives that are too old to really be used in a new machine and still work and it’s a shame to just trash them. So they collect dust. If only there was a way to easily be able to use it if needed. Well, now there is.

NewerTech has a new adapter that will help. As long as you have a USB 3.0 port on your computer. The adapter is called the USB 3.0 Universal Drive Adapter. It takes any SATA HDD or SSD and allows it to be used on the PC via the USB 3.0 port. The adapter also has IDE ribbon connectors.

Destroyed Apple Products

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on November 19th, 2010

There’s something beautiful about a destroyed Apple product. Michael Tompert and photographer Paul Fairchild must think so too since they thought it would be a good idea to destroy a range of Apple products, and they photograph them.

Some of the products used include and iPad and iPhone. I guess it really compliments the product if it is beautiful both intact and destroyed. You can see the rest of the photos of the destroyed Apple products over at Fubiz.


Sony Walkman S-Series goes Disney

Posted in Walkman by Conner Flynn on November 19th, 2010

Japan loves Disney. They also love Sony. So Sony has decided to cash on this with ‘Christmas gift boxes’. Included in the special gift box is the Sony Walkman S-Series ‘NW-S750/S750K’ that is Disney themed, a Minnie cell phone strap and a protective case imprinted with the famous mice.

If you love Disney, this may be for you. Sony has a version with speakers too, which will be made available in limited quantities in Japan for 17,800 Yen ($ 220) and $ 21,000 with speakers ($ 250).

Delta Air using iPad to make ordering food easier at JFK and LGA

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on November 19th, 2010

Delta Air is ready to embrace the iPad in a big way. OTG is the company that’s responsible for the overpriced menu selections at JFK International Airport and will soon debut at LGA as well. As of today they’re going to be using at least 200 iPads designed to be used for their customers, to check in, read articles, play games and even order food that will be served to you in your seat.

JFK Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 will be undergoing a makeover and OTG says that Gates 21 and 22 at Terminal 2 will be home to Chef Andrew Carmellini’s, of Locanda Verde fame, new Croque Madame mini-restaurant. Gate 15 in Terminal 3 will be home to Chef Jason Denton’s, of ‘Inoteca, Osteria Romana, and Bar Milano fame, new Bar Brace restaurant. New seating arrangements will include having an iPad at your table so you can order up.

Razer Nostromo Gaming Keypad gets a serious upgrade

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on November 19th, 2010

Hardcore PC gamers love Razer products since they are the foremost name in the market. So when Razer and Belkin get together to again update the n52te SpeedPad to the Razer Nostromo Gaming Keypad, one gamers take notice. Aside from just enhancing the features to make it more customizable and versatile, the Nostromo also includes tournament-grade controls and is designed to provide maximum comfort during gameplay.

The Nostromo also comes with 16 fully-programmable Hyperesponse gaming buttons and an eight-way directional thumb pad, a soft-touch rubberized wrist pad that cradles the palm and the programmable directional thumb pad can be used for movement or as modifier keys to access auxiliary commands.

TikTok and LunaTik Watch Kits for iPod Nano

Posted in iPod Nano by Conner Flynn on November 18th, 2010

A project started by Scott Wilson over on Kickstarter has made the money it needs to go from concept to the real world. The projects are the Tiktok and LunaTik watch kits for the new iPod nano. Scott needed $15,000 to fund the project and ended up with over $75,000. I guess people really want them.

And why not? They are the coolest watchbands for the nano we’ve seen yet. The TikTok is a snap in band that the iPod can be removed from easily. While the LunaTik is made from aluminum parts and comes in silver or red colors.