Archive for 2010

Monster’s TRON T3 In-Ear Headphones now available on Amazon

Posted in Headphones by Conner Flynn on December 19th, 2010

Despite all of the bad reviews that the movie is getting, people seem to be buying all of the Tron merchandise. And now the Tron T3 in-ear headphones from Monster have finally landed on Amazon. These in-ear headphones are priced at just $49.99 and it looks like the headphones feature Monster’s flat cable / tangle-resistant design.

The T3 also features a circular brushed Tron logo and comes bundled with 3 pairs of sound-isolating ear-tips. These also feature “low mass, wide-bandwidth drivers for detailed gaming and movie effects.”

ViewSonic gTablet pulled due to flaws

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on December 19th, 2010

Google and NVIDIA together faced their second setback together as a leak on Saturday revealed that Staples was pulling the ViewSonic gTablet from store shelves. The tablet is being pulled due to a “manufacturing defect” and its display area has been removed entirely.

Right now there’s no indication that the gTablet will ever return, and customers who are seeing this week’s flyer will be told that there’s no equivalent replacement. Also, neither Staples or Viewsonic has explained what the mystery flaw is or whether the gTablet would return later fixed.

iKit launches Chrome iPhone 4 case with kickstand

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on December 19th, 2010

iKit has launched a new chrome case for the iPhone 4, complete with a kickstand on the back so you can easily watch videos. The case is made from a polycarbonate body and a soft rubber interior which provides scratch protection, while a nice shiny chrome finish gives it a good look.

The iKit Chrome Flip case gives you full access to all controls and has the ability to sync and charge while inside. The bottom can also be removed for quick docking.

Hitachi ships thin 7mm 500GB HDD

Posted in Hitachi by Conner Flynn on December 19th, 2010

Hitachi has announced that it is shipping its new and super thin 500GB HDD, the Travelstar Z5K500. This new HDD is a single platter drive that is just 7mm thick. An average 2.5-inch HDD is 9.5mm thick. This new size allows the Hitachi HDD to be used in standard 9.5mm devices and it can also be used in ultraportable devices that need a thinner HDD.

The drive also has low power needs with 1.8W in operation and 0.55W while idle. The drive is also quiet with 1.9 bels idle and 2.1 bels when in use. No info on pricing just yet.

Car almost run you over? Throw these cards at reckless drivers

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on December 19th, 2010

Sometimes when you are on a bike, cars don’t seem to care about your safety. Well, you could get mad about it or you could throw one of these magnets at the offending vehicle. It lets them know that they’ve acted like a jerk and calls them out on their behavior.

The card is designed by Peter Miller for cyclists. Just hurl it at the offending car and it will stick, without causing an accident. Later, the driver will feel bad. Rightfully so.

E FUN Nextbook Next3 Android Tablet now shipping in the US

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on December 19th, 2010

E FUN has begun shipping their latest Android tablet, the ‘Nextbook Next3′ in the US via HSN’s online store. The tablet is priced at $199.95 and offers an 8.4-inch 800 x 600 touchscreen display, along with 2GB of internal storage and an SD card slot.

You’ll also get WiFi, a USB 2.0 port, a 3.5mm headset jack and it runs Android 2.1 OS. The tablet also comes pre-loaded with the Borders eBook app and 25 free books for those who like to read.

Field Monitor Pro 15.4-inch Foldable USB Monitor

Posted in monitors by Conner Flynn on December 19th, 2010

The 15.4-inch Field Monitor Pro from Mobile Monitor Technologies is for those of us who need a second monitor in the field or in the office. The device was specifically designed with accountants in mind to help them with field audit work.

It folds up to protect the screen during transport and its case is made of an ABS/ polycarbonate blend with a wall that is twice as thick. It also has a built-in numeric keypad for efficient data entry. The Field Monitor Pro will be launched in 2011.

Official PlayStation App for iPhone and Android devices coming soon

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on December 19th, 2010

Sony has announced the imminent release of its first official PlayStation app for the iOS and Android platforms. And no, this is not the mobile gaming platform Sony is reportedly working on. Some features of the PlayStation app include: Checking out your PlayStation Network trophies and keeping up to date with your friends’ games and online status. Discovering the latest games, news and hardware for your PlayStation 3, PSP and PlayStation 2. Announcements on the European PlayStation.Blog. And sharing your favorite products or news on Facebook, Twitter or through e-mail.

Sony says that the free PlayStation app will launch “very soon” for the iPhone, iPod touch and Android devices running version 1.6 or later. The app will first be available in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands, with other markets to follow.

Samsung Bayern Munchen Wave S8500 smartphone

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on December 19th, 2010

Samsung together with FC Bayern Munchen, is launching a new limited edition Bada-based smartphone, the Wave S8500. The handset comes with a pre-installed Bayern Munich app, and free access to T-Mobile’s “LIGA total!” mobile TV service for three months.

The smartphone will be available across Germany starting this month for €429 (or $565). As a bonus, you also get a €65 ($86) voucher that can be used for buying gifts from the Official FC Bayern Munchen Online Shop.

Panasonic VIERA TH-L42G3 records HD shows to SDXC memory card

Posted in Panasonic by Conner Flynn on December 18th, 2010

The Panasonic VIERA TH L42G3 is a 42-inch HDTV with an IPS LED-backlit full HD display and an SDXC memory card reader. This allows you to record HD television shows directly to the card for later playback. SDXC cards support up to 64 GB in capacity and will give you 5 hours of full HD content.

But that’s not all. You can also connect an external hard drive into the USB port to record more content. Of course what you record can only be viewed on the VIERA set, which is sad. You also get an Ethernet port, two HDMI ports, VIERA LINK, and DLNA support.

News Corp iPad Daily News app coming in January

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on December 18th, 2010

News Corp’s The Daily iPad news app is on the way. A weekly subscription will cost you $0.99, and it will hit the iPad on January 17th according to All Things D. The app will feature a lot of video and come with some cool multimedia capabilities, including some kind of 3D effect.

The Daily ushers in a new push subscription feature for Apple where iTunes can automatically do recurring billing for the digital periodical. It was previously rumored for a December launch, but it looks like it may have been delayed to give the app some time to be fine tuned or to work out last minute details for a subscription billing service from Apple.

Official Polaroid app for iOS

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on December 17th, 2010

Polaroid is making a comeback, but as it turns out, an iOS app has arrived before an actual camera. Polaroid has partnered with Lol Software to release the official Polaroid app for the iPhone and iPod touch. The app offers users 30 different official filters and colored borders to create the Polaroid effect.

You also have the option of uploading pictures directly to Facebook. The app supports iOS 4.2, its wireless AirPrint capability and also allows full resolution images to be stored in the photo library or shared via email.

Blockbuster Kiosks Face Same 28 Day Wait As Netflix

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on December 17th, 2010

Blockbuster has confirmed that its Express kiosks will have to wait 28 days before getting new movies from Warner Bros. to rent, even though they have recently tested same-day launches. The company made the move in an effort to have closer contact with Warner Bros. and to lower distribution costs.

The company already has similar deals with Fox and Universal. This news means that Blockbuster’s kiosks are now in the same position as Netflix, which also is restricted by the 28 day wait to ensure access to major titles for physical rentals and online streaming.

Iriver U100, P100, and D2000 portable media players

Posted in iRiver by Conner Flynn on December 17th, 2010

Iriver has some new colorful PMPs on the way. We don’t have many details yet, but we do know the model names: U100, P100, and D2000. All look very capable if a bit boring design-wise.

These will be arriving next year and hopefully by then we will have some more info. Until then you’ll just have to make do with your old not so colorful PMP.

Xbox 360 limited edition orange Tron controller

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on December 17th, 2010

When it comes to Tron merchandise it has to light up and be over the top, otherwise why bother? And this latest peripheral for the 360 is just that. It’s up for pre-order now at $39.99 and is a very limited 250-unit production run.

It’s officially licensed by Microsoft and arriving later this month. A not so limited blue version should be joining it soon. Looks pretty sexy in orange though and the price isn’t bad.