Archive for November, 2010

BlockDock iPad Dock

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on November 17th, 2010

We’ve seen plenty of iPad docks, some sophisticated, some simple. The latest is the BlockDock, which goes into the simple category, featuring a minimalist design hand crafted from wood. It’s a piece of wood with a notch in it.

You could probably make this yourself very easily. The BlockDock iPad dock is available for $12.95. At least they didn’t try to charge more for it. It actually looks more elegant than many of the high priced docks.

Rock Band Storage Ottoman from Level Up

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on November 17th, 2010

Rock Band is fun, but those fake instruments and accessories sure do take up a lot of room. Now LevelUp has a solution for you with the Rock Band Storage Ottoman. It’s an ottoman made of wood with fake black leather for the cover. There are also Velcro loops under the lid for two guitar controllers. The drum kit stores in the bottom once it’s disassembled.

But that’s not all. There are other pockets on the inside for storing the drumsticks and the microphone. You can even add trays to hold video games and normal controllers from your game console. The black version is aptly called Back in Black and will cost you $89.99 at Costco.

Lego Star Wars Alarm Clocks from ThinkGeek

Posted in lego by Conner Flynn on November 17th, 2010

ThinkGeek knows what geeks want and they are not afraid to give it to them. If you love both Star Wars and Lego, these are the alarm for you. They look like Lego minifigures, but function as an alarm clock. They come in Darth Vader or a Storm Trooper.

Both have an alarm clock in the chest and feature movable arms and legs. They are 8-inches tall and can sit or stand on your desk. Only $29.99.

NOOK Color retails for $249

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on November 17th, 2010

The Barnes & Noble NOOK Color e-book reader is now available for purchase should you choose. The device is priced at $249. The 7 inch android tablet features a 7-inch IPS touchscreen display at 1024 x 600 resolution.

Of course there is also the Google Android operating system and a web browser. The eReader also has built-in Wi-Fi, allowing you to surf the web, check your email and read your favorite blog. So, who’s getting one?

Commtiva N700 7-inch Android 2.2 Tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on November 17th, 2010

Taiwanese mobile device manufacturer Commtiva has introduced a 7-inch Android 2.2 tablet, called the N700. It made an appearance at the FCC today, suggesting a possible launch in the United States, where it will surely get lost in the over-saturated market.

The Commtiva N700 features a 7-inch (480 x 800) capacitive multi touch screen, a Qualcomm MSM7227 600MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, a microSD card slot (up to 32GB), an included 4GB microSD card, a 3MP camera, GPS, 3G data, WiFi and Bluetooth. The Commtiva N700 is priced at about $475.

Dell Duo set to be released next week

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on November 17th, 2010

Tablets are everywhere. We spot new ones just about everyday. So everyone, even dell is focusing on the tablet market. So Dell has decided to introduce its Dell Duo tablet which has an interesting twist. It can be turned into a netbook if you need one.

This hybrid device is set to be released next week. It will be powered by the Windows 7 operating system and feature a 10-inch display. We are interested to see what the battery life is like, because if it isn’t good, this is just a novelty device.

Jolicloud netbook may launch in the UK on Friday

Posted in Netbook by Conner Flynn on November 17th, 2010

We know that Jolicloud will be introducing its own netbook, the Jolibook, soon, and word is that those in the UK will be getting theirs this Friday, with a launch in other countries after that. Don’t expect the Jolibook to wow you with awesome specs, though.

There’s an Intel Atom N550 1.5GHz dual core processor, a 250GB hard drive and the Jolicloud Linux-based operating system, specially optimized to run on netbooks. The Jolibook may make a name for itself in educational institutions in the UK since Jolicloud is currently talking to education suppliers over there.

Elecom iPod Shuffle Headphones

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on November 17th, 2010

The new Shuffle is tiny, so Elecom’s Actrail headphones cut out the middleman, plugging the Shuffle in next to the right earpiece. Awesome design. You can only attach the current-generation Shuffle to the Actrails right now.

They’re available in pink or white for $50 in Japan, but it won’t be long until others copy the design and offer it up in the States. it doesn’t get more wireless than that.

Onkyo 3G Windows 7 tablet for Japan

Posted in Onkyo by Conner Flynn on November 17th, 2010

Onkyo has announced a new Windows 7 tablet with KDDI 3G onboard. The 11.6-inch TW317A7 tablet (basically a rebranding of the ExoPC Slate) features an 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N450 CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 32GB SSD, Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, a 1.3 megapixel webcam, card reader, two USB 2.0 ports, and stereo speakers.

The 11.6-inch multitouch display has a 1366 x 768 resolution, and features Onkyo’s new custom ExTOUCH software which is designed to enhance finger input in the OS and boasts a dedicated app launcher. You can expect the TW317A7 to be available in Japan this week for an unknown price.

Panasonic TH-P103MT2 103 inch 3D Plasma TV

Posted in HDTV by Conner Flynn on November 17th, 2010

Back in 2008 Panasonic introduced the TH-103PZ800, a 103 inch full HD Plasma. Fast Forward to today and Panasonic has improved the technology and introduced the TH-P103MT2, which supports 3D playback. It lacks a TV tuner, but supports full HD resolution and comes with a new dynamic black layer, better gas discharge technology and improved luminous efficiency.

It features a contrast ratio of 5,000,000: 1, 24Hz image processing and even comes with a pair of 3D glasses. This mammoth TV weighs 320 kgs and consumes 1350 Watts of power which is the equivalent of 10 40 inch LED televisions.

Hulu Plus drops price to $7.99 a month, adds Roku support

Posted in Hulu by Conner Flynn on November 17th, 2010

The rumored Hulu Plus price drop has happened. It’s not a big price cut, but it’s still a cut. The $9.99 subscription service has now dipped to $7.99 per month. They are hoping that it’s enough to persuade you to get on board.

If you’re already subscribed, Hulu has you covered with a refund for the difference from the preview price to the current one, which will be applied in your next billing cycle. The other good news is that the list of devices you can enjoy your Plus experience on has just grown by one, as they have added Roku’s hardware.

White Dell Streak spotted

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on November 17th, 2010

Best Buy is now selling its exclusive white Dell Streak in select stores across the US. Right now it’s only available for in-store pickup, but you can reserve and pay for it online. The white Android tablets are still making their way to stores, so keep checking availability at your local Best Buy.

We aren’t sure when the store will lose the exclusivity on the color. It probably depends on it’s popularity. It apparently is quite nice in white, and at least it gives you an option other than black.

Griffin iPod nano watch Slap wristband

Posted in iPod Nano by Conner Flynn on November 16th, 2010

Your iPod nano watch options just got a bit more colorful, thanks to Griffin’s new Slap wristband. It appears to be the most protective and colorful option yet.

The Slap wristband is made entirely of a soft silicone and it’s available in eight different colors of the rainbow, completely ensconcing your iPod nano, while allowing you to control the volume and sleep / wake buttons through the case.

Prada iPad Case is expensive, fugly

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on November 16th, 2010

The latest overpriced case for your iPad comes from fashion whore Prada. The Prada Nylon iPad case comes in both red (rosso) and pink (peonia) and features the signature Prada triangle logo, with silver color hardware, padding, and an interior pocket.

None of that makes it worth anything close to it’s $420 asking price. Plus they are ugly. But if you absolutely need to follow the herd, they can be found at Neiman Marcus.

Official Google Voice finally reaches the iPhone

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on November 16th, 2010

After a very long delay, Apple has posted Google Voice for the iPhone. It’s free in the App Store. The app lets users make outbound calls using a Google Voice number at its reduced rates and also supports free outbound messages. You can also check texts and voicemail with push notifications when they come in while the app is closed.

The app needs a Google Voice account of course. This comes after more than a year of controversy over its appropriateness for the store. Apple says that it never rejected the app but had let the title languish for months even after an FCC investigation. But it’s here now.