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MMO keyset for SteelSeries’ Shift keyboard

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on November 18th, 2010

If you own a SteelSeries Shift keyboard, then chances are that your game is on it’s A level. And with World of Warcraft: Cataclysm just three weeks away from release, SteelSeries has rolled out an MMO keyset that lets you enjoy the game without having to fork out more dough for another dedicated MMO keyboard.

If you already own the Shift keyboard, this is a great option. It will be compatible with all of the macros you programmed. For $24.99 instead of a new mmo keyboard price.

$399 iPads showing up at TJ Maxx

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on November 18th, 2010

The pic above is a 16GB WiFi iPad at a TJ Maxx in Vernon, NY. You might notice that they’re going for a relatively reasonable $399. Apparently you can also find them at stores in Ohio and New Jersey. One store said they were saving their stock for Black Friday.

Might be best to call the store first and see if yours has them. If not, there’s always the Apple store. If you don’t mind shopping at TJ Maxx that is.

Funny Call Of Duty: Black Ops Emblems

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on November 18th, 2010

Call of Duty: Black Ops is taking the gaming world by storm. One of the cool aspects of the game is that you have tools to create and design your own emblems. Some of the emblems that people create are pretty funny.

Since there doesn’t seem to be any central place to find these funny emblems, Daryn St. Pierre has created a Tumblr blog specifically for them at the link below. They range from cute to obscene. Hopefully the catalog will grow. It’s amazing how creative folks can get with the tools provided by the game. Have a look and submit your own funny Emblems.

Microsoft officially relaunches the Kin One and Kin Two

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on November 18th, 2010

After being called one of Microsoft’s greatest failures and having been pulled from sale after only six weeks during its original run, the Kin One and Kin Two are now back on sale with Verizon. This re-release gives them a name change to the Kin ONEm and Kin TWOm. Originally Microsoft only sold 8,810 units, but they hope to turn those sales numbers around with better pricing plans.

One of the reasons cited for the poor sales was that the phones lacked full smartphone functionality, but at the same time were forced to use smartphone plans of at least $70 per month. It just couldn’t compete with more fully featured phones.

Dell’s Inspiron Duo tablet netbook gets official, ships December

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on November 18th, 2010

Today Dell Dell made the Inspiron Duo official. It’s their first tablet netbook and a clear attempt at a more direct Windows alternative to the iPad. The 10-inch display revolves vertically and turns the Duo into either a multi-touch slate or a touch-aware netbook. A custom layer on top of Windows 7 gives users access to media, the web and an e-reading app.

Some specs include a 1.5GHz dual-core Atom, 2GB of RAM and a Broadcom Crystal HD accelerator that can drive 1080p video either directly or in Flash. A 250GB drive also comes standard. Users can also turn the Duo into a clock radio and media player with an optional JBL speaker dock that cradles the tablet.

Palm Pre 2 now available from HP for $449.99

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on November 18th, 2010

Many of you have been waiting to get your hands on the new Palm Pre 2 smartphone from HP Palm and for you folks, we have some great news. HP has just started selling a SIM free version of the Palm Pre 2 in the US.

The Palm Pre 2 is available from the HP website for $449.99 SIM free. It’s the first smartphone from HP Palm since they took over Palm and it’s also the first to feature the new webOS 2.0. The Palm Pre 2 features a 3.1 inch HVGA multitouch display with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, along with a slide out QWERTY keyboard
and a five megapixel camera with an LED flash.

Oxygen Audio Car Stereo with iPhone interface

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on November 18th, 2010

French electronics manufacturer Oxygen Audio will introduce an audio system at CES 2011 that uses an iPhone as the head unit interface. The O’Car audio system allows your iPhone to dock right to the front of the audio deck. A cantilever swivels the phone horizontally or vertically, and angles it in any direction.

You’ll be able to use your favorite apps for traffic information and navigation or whatever new technology comes to the market–as long as it goes to your phone. A downloadable app controls the entertainment system, which offers AM/FM/RDS radio, 4 by 55 watt amp and subwoofer control, and also provides seamless app multitasking.

Web browsing and Last.fm coming to new Apple TV via hack

Posted in Apple TV by Conner Flynn on November 18th, 2010

The new Apple TV is pretty disappointing since it is so limited. It sits collecting dust like many Wiis do. So if Apple doesn’t decide to release Apps for it in the near future, jailbreakers certainly will. In fact, some hackers have managed to get a web browser running on the new Apple TV and also added Last.fm integration.

The latest apps were created by the folks over at Firecore, and they will be releasing a package for Apple TV called aTV Flash. A beta of the package should be released within the next couple of weeks.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops makes $650 Million in five days

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on November 18th, 2010

We recently told you that Activision had sold around 5.6 million copies of Call of Duty: Black Ops on launch day, but the news gets even better. They have released more details, and in the first 5 days since it went on sale, it has made a massive $650 million.

And if you’ve played the game, it’s easy to see why. They did nearly everything right and it is an awesome experience. Call of Duty Black Ops has now made more than Modern Warefare 2 did when it went on sale in the first five days, and it has also broken other records.

Transcend JetFlash 600 and JetFlash 620 Flash Drives

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on November 18th, 2010

Transcend has a few new flash drives. The JetFlash 600 and JetFlash 620. These flash drives deliver 64GB of storage space, allowing users to store over 16,000 pictures or songs in high quality, 640 minutes of Full HD videos, or tons documents. The JetFlash 600 and JetFlash 620 feature read speeds of up to 32MB/s and write speeds of up to 18MB/s.

The JetFlash 620 comes bundled with Transcend’s JetFlash SecureDrive software that helps safeguard your data by creating a private, password-protected area on the JetFlash drive, ensuring that sensitive data never falls into the wrong hands.

Orb TV Streams Netflix and Hulu for $99

Posted in Media Streamers by Conner Flynn on November 18th, 2010

Apple TV and Google have their own TV solutions but if you are looking for a value TV product that deliver Netflix and Hulu, (in non high definition format), then check out the new Orb TV. The Orb TV boasts a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and has 200mb of storage space with 1GB of RAM.

The Orb TV supports H.264 BP/MP/HP, VC-1 SP/MP/AP, MPEG4 SP/ASP, MPEG2 MP, MPEG1 video formats and Audio : MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4), AAC, Lossless, WMA, WAV.

Steve Wozniak thinks Android will best iPhone in the long term

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on November 18th, 2010

Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak recently gave an interview to the dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, and it looks like Steve thinks that Android will become the dominant smartphone platform over Apple’s iOS in the long term.

According to Steve Wozniak Android is likely to win the race. He mentioned that the iPhone ‘Has very few weak points. There aren’t any real complaints and problems. In terms of quality, the iPhone is leading’ While he also said that Android does more for more people.

Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 3TB HDD

Posted in Hitachi by Conner Flynn on November 18th, 2010

The Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 comes in storage capacities of 1.5TB, 2TB and 3TB. That should give you more than enough space for your movies, music or whatever. These 3.5-inch 7200 RPM hard drives feature a 6Gb/s SATA interface and 64MB cache buffer.

They also offer improved performance over previous models. The Desktar 7K3000 has a halogen-free design, making it more eco-friendly, while the Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 is perfect for gaming and video editing.

Vizio XVT series goes 3D

Posted in HDTV by Conner Flynn on November 18th, 2010

Vizio has introduced three new 3DTVs, all are part of the XVT series. The largest model is the 55-inch XVT553SV, then there’s the 47-inch XVT473SV and the 42-inch XVT3D424SV. These new 3DTVs feature integrated dual-band Wi-Fi, a Bluetooth remote control with a hardware QWERTY keyboard and access to Vizio Internet Apps.

As usual, you’ll need to buy your own pairs of 3D active shutter glasses because those don’t come bundled. The Vizio XVT3D554SV, XVT3D474SV and XVT3D424SV are priced at $2,400, $1,800 and $1,400, respectively.

Grippity back typing keyboard

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on November 18th, 2010

Why type on the front of your keyboard when you can type on the back? The Grippity keyboard allows you to do just that. All while looking stylish and futuristic. It would take some getting used to though. You might type slow at first.

It’s available for pre-order for $60 right now. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to get it in time for Christmas as it is set for a February delivery. We think it looks worth the wait.