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Photos of the HTC EVO Shift 4G spotted

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on December 21st, 2010

The HTC EVO Shift 4G has been pretty elusive, but now it has shown up in some real honest to god photos. The QWERTY slider smartphone from Sprint opens up to reveal a chrome bezel underneath. The tipster who submitted the photo also mentioned the inclusion of an 800MHz processor inside, HTC Sense for an easier user experience and a couple of status LEDs above the keyboard.

As for the rest of the details, we just have to wait for Sprint to reveal them. Since it is going to be one of the high-end models, we can safely expect the HTC EVO Shift 4G to retail for $199.99 with a 2-year contract.

Call of Duty: Black Ops surpasses $1 Billion in sales worldwide

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on December 21st, 2010

You’re playing it. I’m playing it. Seems like everyone is playing Black Ops. Call of Duty: Black Ops has now broken the $1 billion sales mark worldwide, in just a month since its launch. Over half of that figure was achieved during its first five days.

It also broke the previous worldwide record of $550 million which was set by Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 in 2009. If you’ve played the game you know why it is doing so well. It is an awesome gaming experience. We wonder how many more sales records it will shatter.

Amazon may ship 8 million Kindles

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on December 21st, 2010

Amazon could exceed expectations and ship as many as eight million Kindles this year, according to two tipsters. Analysts have estimated five million, but the new figure would be about 60 percent higher. About 2.4 million Kindles shipped in 2009, according to Bloomberg.

The claims aren’t verified yet but were supported by Amazon’s own public results. The company shipped “millions” of Kindles in 73 days this fall and exceeded all of its 2009 sales in that period.

Microsoft Kinect used to teach sign language

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on December 21st, 2010

The Microsoft Kinect hacks just keep on coming and the latest one looks like it might be one of the most useful Kinect hacks yet. Researchers at Georgia Tech College of computing are working on a hack for the Kinect that can be used to teach people American sign language.

This one will help teach sign language to deaf children and has a ton of potential in other ways as well. Judging by the amount of Kinect hacks we are seeing, hackers and modders are limited only by their imagination.

Motz Tiny Wooden Power Speaker

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on December 21st, 2010

The latest offering from Motz is a new wooden portable speaker that will work with the iPhone, iPod, and other sources. It looks like a vintage transistor radio that just happens to be made of wood. It’s appropriately called the Motz Tiny Wooden Power Speaker.

The internal battery of the speaker can be used to charge USB devices that are plugged into the USB port. The speaker also has a SD card slot for playback of digital tracks. There’s also an integrated FM tuner with a built-in antenna. The unit only takes three hours to charge.

Apple’s iPad now available in the Philippines

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on December 21st, 2010

Americans tend to take things for granted and we forget that you can’t get an iPad everywhere in the world. However, it is now available in one more location. The Apple iPad is finally available for purchase in the Philippines.

The company is selling all six models of the iPad on its online store, with prices ranging from PHP 23,990 (around $541) for the 16GB Wi-Fi model to PHP 40,990 (around $924) for the 64GB 3G model. Folks in the Philippines can now enjoy what the iPad has to offer and they can look forward to all of the apps and accessories that will empty their wallet.

TRENDnet TEW-690AP 450Mbps Wireless N Access Point

Posted in Routers by Conner Flynn on December 21st, 2010

The TRENDnet TEW-690AP is touted as being the world’s first 450Mbps Wireless N Access Point. The device supports Access Point, Wireless Distribution System (WDS), and Repeater mode functionality and comes equipped with Advanced Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) antenna technology with three spatial streams per antenna, which generates a maximum theoretical wireless throughput of 450Mbps and exceptional wireless coverage.

And if wireless is not for you, a Gigabit Ethernet port will maintain high performance wired connections. The Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) integrates other WPS supported devices with the touch of a button.

Ben Heck creates military-grade PS3 gaming case

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

Even hardcore soldiers and James Bond types like to play games on their PS3 during boring missions. And so they need a military grade case to keep it safe. That’s where Ben Heck comes in with this shrapnel-resistant PlayStation 3 suitcase.

Yes, Ben Heck has created a military-grade gaming system. It was custom-built for a couple working with the military in some war zone. Work hard, play hard I guess. Their new PS3 may be safer than they are since Ben’s work is so good.

Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone to be unveiled at MWC 2011

Posted in Sony Ericsson by Conner Flynn on December 21st, 2010

Looks like Sony Ericsson will unveil the Playstation phone at Mobile World Congress 2011. We just learned that it will likely be called the Xperia Play. I guess we won’t be seeing it at CES 2011 after all, but that’s okay. We have plenty to look at there.

We can tell you that the Playstation Phone will not officially arrive at least until April of next year. Some reported specs include a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor, 512MB RAM, and 1GB ROM.

Planex MZK-SNG02US USB and SD card Ethernet converter

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on December 21st, 2010

Chances are that you own several SD memory cards as well as USB flash drives. If you carry important data on either and want to share your USB device or SD memory card over the network, Planex has a new solution. The new MZK-SNG02US.

It is iTunes and DLNA compatible and will allow you to access the content stored on any SD memory card or USB hard drive to any DLNA-compatible device, whether that’s your computer, smartphone or game console. The device features a Gigabit Ethernet port and FTP support.

JBL On Air Wireless dock hits the FCC

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on December 21st, 2010

The FCC has recently looked at the On Air Wireless dock from JBL. This device is the company’s first AirPlay-capable speaker dock. On Air Wireless will allow users to play from a docked iPhone or iPod, and also push audio over a Wi-Fi connection. It will also be compatible with your iPad or computer. All while looking like a toy steering wheel.

The device features a generous LCD display located on the dock that displays the current time, track info or FM radio station. We don’t know when this dock will arrive, but we will likely be seeing it at CES next month.

PlayStation Phone to be called Xperia Play?

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on December 21st, 2010

So what will the new Playstation Phone be called? Well, a trademark filling was spotted and it looks like Sony will call it the Xperia Play. Adding some credence to this, the company’s PR firm has registered various Xperia Play domain names, such as XperiaPlay.com, .net, and .org.

Sounds like a good name to us. Hopefully we will learn more very soon since CES is just around the corner. Until then just continue drooling. It won’t be long.

Aluratek’s Bump wireless speakers

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on December 21st, 2010

One thing that we all want are speakers. Without the wires. Aluratek has heard our collective plea and launched three new wireless audio products called Bump. Oddly there’s a wired model among them, but whatever. There’s the $49.99 AMS01F, which is a boombox that plays music from SD cards, line-in, or FM and delivers six hours on a charge.

Next up is the $79.99 AUWS01F which uses a signal sent from a 2.4GHz USB dongle in your PC or Mac to play tunes from your machine. Next is the $99.99 AWS01F, which is the AMS01F boombox with the addition of a separate wireless speaker.

iPhone 4 Teardown Decal

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on December 20th, 2010

Most people pride themselves on keeping their iPhone looking shiny and new. That’s why the sight above is such a shock. Can you imagine someone carrying around an iPhone that looks like that? Well, you can do just that. This iPhone 4 Teardown Decal will have people doing double-takes.

It makes it look as if you have torn your iPhone 4 apart and left it exposed. Where is the back cover? The iPhone 4 Teardown Decal is just $9.99 at Etsy.

Digital Storm xm15 notebook offered in Core i5, i7 variants

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on December 20th, 2010

The Digital Storm xm15 notebook is a 15-inch notebook that will ship in various hardware configurations. The base model features a 2.4GHz Core i5 processor, a 1366 x 768 resolution display and NVIDIA’s 1GB 425M discrete graphics chipset. Or you could go all out and add a 2.67GHz Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 1920 x 1080 resolution LCD display. It’s your call.

All configurations make use of NVIDIA’s Optimus system for automatic switching between the discrete GPU and integrated graphics processor. Some other specs include HDMI and VGA outputs, optical audio ports, USB 3.0 ports, and eSATA ports.