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Archive for December, 2010

O2 Germany claims the HTC 7 Pro will arrive in Jan 2011

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on December 27th, 2010

HTC had already previously mentioned that the HTC 7 pro was expected to launch in Europe in early 2011. And now the folks over at O2 Germany have put up a page showing the Windows Phone 7 device which features a QWERTY keyboard, announcing that the device is expected to be available next month.

That launch date could change, we guess, but we’re glad that it is almost here. We’re looking forward to seeing this device arrive.

Dell’s Looking Glass tablet stops by the FCC

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on December 27th, 2010

We’ve been waiting for Dell’s Looking Glass tablet to arrive and now the device has finally had a sit down with the FCC, which has approved its integrated 3G chip for the UMTS bands II, IV and V, hinting at compatibility for AT&T and T-Mobile.

It also got approval for Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and Wi-Fi b/g/n. The device features an SD card slot along with a SIM card slot. We don’t yet know if the device will support voice calling, though. CES is just around the corner, so we are sure to hear more details from Dell very soon.

iPod Nano 6G gets dipped in 24kt Gold

Posted in iPod Nano by Conner Flynn on December 26th, 2010

If it isn’t swarovski crystals, it’s gold. These are the things that bling up our gadgets. Well,not our gadgets, rich folk’s gadgets. Computer Choppers are pimping out these Gold iPod Nano 6Gs. That’s right, these iPod Nano 6Gs has been dipped in 24kt gold.

Computer Choppers will even put some custom graphics on the rear. The price is so high that you’ll have to email to inquire about pricing. They don’t want to advertise just how much you’ll need to drop on these.

Boss Magic 8292 7″ Android Tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on December 26th, 2010

Boss Magic sounds like a finishing move that will help you beat the boss in a video game, but as it turns out, they are the makers of this $139.99 7″ Android Tablet. It must be magic, since it looks a lot like the iPad. The Boss Magic Album 7″ Android Tablet 8292 features WiFi, 2GB of memory, an SD slot, mini USB connection, and a 7″ capacitive touchscreen.

Sadly it also features just a 2 to 3 hour battery life. No info on what processor is inside or what version of Android it’s running.

Dell cuts Adamo 13 price, ups the speed

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on December 26th, 2010

Dell has dropped the price of the Adamo 13 and they have also given it a major speed increase to keep it ahead of the MacBook Air. The price of the system has fallen from $1,099 to $899 while giving it the same specifications as the previous high-end model. Gone is the 1.4GHz, ultra-low voltage Core 2 Duo from the old versions and it has now moved up to the faster 2.13GHz chip.

Other specs include a 128GB solid-state drive, 4GB of RAM, 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium, two USB ports (one with eSATA), Ethernet and DisplayPort. The six-cell battery is built in, but can last for as much as five hours.

Asus launches O!Play Mini media player

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on December 26th, 2010

Asus has launched its O!Play Mini to its O!Play media player range. The Mini drops USB 3.0 support, but still has the ability to output video at 1080p. It features a single USB 2.0 connector and a multi-media card reader with support for SD/MMC/MS/XD cards.

You’ll also find an HDMI 1.3 port in the rear, which also supports 7.1 audio in Dolby Digital AC3, DTS 2.0+, True HD and DTS-HD sound. An RCA port is also included. It supports a wide range of files, which includes MP4, MOV, XVID, AVI, ASF, WMV, MKV as well as audio support for FLAC files.

Capitol Hill to permit iPads and other devices

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on December 26th, 2010

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill will soon be permitted to use iPads, iPhones and Blackberry devices on the House floor according to a recent report. Current rules ban the use of these devices, though incoming House speaker John A. Boehmer, the Republican Member for Ohio, is working on plans to relax these measures.

Members would still be banned from using the devices for matters that are unrelated to House matters, so they won’t be allowed to shop on Ebay or play games, but permitting the use of technology should help them be greener and help members quickly refer to legislation and receive important communiqués. So it could make things more efficient.

Apple Patent App shows antennas behind the Apple Logo

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on December 26th, 2010

Apple is a patent filing monster. Let’s face it, they have a patent for everything. The latest patent app to surface from Apple has the name of many of the members of the iPhone team on it and once the app is approved, it will have the Apple name applied to the final patent.

The patent app details a new way that Apple wants to put antennas behind logos on their products. So in the future, your iPhone antenna might be behind the Apple logo. The antennas will be used on notebooks, phones, and other devices. This is one that we will likely see come to pass at some point soon.

Audiovox XM Snap

Posted in Satellite Radio by Conner Flynn on December 26th, 2010

Many of us would like satellite radio in our car, but we don’t want to spend a ton of money replacing the car’s current radio. It’s a common complaint. But now there is a simple solution. Audiovox has introduced the Audiovox XM Snap!.

It really is a snap too. Just set up the antenna in your car and plug the unit into your car’s cigarette lighter, tune onto the right station on your car’s radio and you’re done. The device sets up quickly and you can listen to SIRIUS XM Radio in less than 10 minutes time. We love it.

Thrustmaster T500RS steering wheel unveiled for $599

Posted in gaming accessories by Conner Flynn on December 26th, 2010

Thrustmaster has officially announced the full specs and price for its T500RS steering wheel and pedal set. It’s the official driving simulator for Gran Turismo 5, so you know it is serious. The T500RS features a contactless magnetic sensor system called HallEffect AccuRate Technology, which gives gamers sixteen-bit precision input that represents a significant upgrade over the twelve-bit version from before.

You’ll also get 1080 degree wheel rotation and fully adjustable pedals configurable for floor mounted (F1-style) and suspended (GT-style) positions. It’s scheduled for a late December or mid January release, depending on your location and it will cost you $599.99.

Nintendo 3DS pre-orders begin at GameStop

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on December 26th, 2010

You can now reserve a Nintendo 3DS at any GameStop store, despite the fact that there’s no word on an official US price. How much money you will need seems to depend on the location A New York store wanted a deposit of $50, while an Arizona store said $25.

Whatever the case is in your location, your money will go directly towards your 3Ds, which is likely $300. Then you just need to wait patiently for the handheld to arrive in March.

RoverPad 7 Inch Android Tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on December 24th, 2010

The RoverPad 10 inch Android tablet from Russian electronics manufacturer Rover Computers, has now launched a smaller 7 inch tablet. It’s called the RoverPad 3W T70 and features a 7 inch resistive touch screen display with a resolution of 480 x 800, it comes with a 720MHz Telechips 8902B processor and features 512MB of RAM.

Some other specs include 4GB of built in storage, a microSD card slot, accelerometer, two mini USB ports, a 3.5mm audio jack and a 2,500mAh battery. The device comes with Google Android 2.1 and it is available in Russia for $293.

GadgetTrak lets you track your iPad or iPhone’s location

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on December 24th, 2010

The GadgetTrak iOS application has been updated and released in to the iTunes Store. This app will let you track the location of your iOS devices in the event that they get lost or stolen. GadgetTrak senses when your iPhone or iPad has changed its location and the GadgetTrak server keeps track of where your phone has been.

Tracking data is transmitted over a secure SSL connection and you can also use GadgetTrak to protect your Mac and Windows laptops. Just go to Trak.me from your device or use the in-app button to setup the tracking.

Another iPad 2 case shows up with slots for mesh speakers

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on December 24th, 2010

We recently saw some leaked pics of new iPad cases for the next-generation Apple iPad, and interestingly they had a large opening at the bottom of the case. Some speculated that it was for larger speakers or a built-in SD card slot.

Now another iPad case has surfaced that shows the rear with a metal mesh for an iPad speaker. This comes after recent reports hinted that the slot is for a speaker instead of an SD card slot.

World’s largest Nexus S at Best Buy

Posted in Best Buy by Conner Flynn on December 24th, 2010

If you are complaining about the Nexus S screen not being large enough for you, then Best Buy has something that they want to show you. A giant functional Nexus S that is on display in the store with a huge 42-inch display.

It’s a functional model with a working touchscreen display, live wallpaper, apps, and the other stuff associated with the Nexus S, but it is said to lag a lot in this larger version.