Archive for 2010

ZOMM wireless leash for cellphones

Posted in Mobile Accessories by Conner Flynn on January 4th, 2010

You have leashes for your pets, why not your cellphone? I mean you don’t want to lose it right? So put it on a leash. Sure this thing looks like a futuristic hockey puck or a smart urinal cake, but it’s a leash called ZOMM. If you lose your mobile phone, just attach the ZOMM to your keychain and it lets you hear and take incoming calls.

It also features a one-touch emergency dial for 911 and emits an alarm to warn you you’re moving too far from your handset. The device should retail for about $80.

Commoto rolling fireplace

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on January 4th, 2010

Forget dragging yourself to the fireplace, let the fireplace come to you. Roll it back and forth. Surely that can’t be dangerous. For €2,490 (or $3567) you can have one of these fireplaces that combines the inventions of fire and the wheel in one unit.

It uses bio-ethanol as its combustion source. Roll it wherever you want. It will warm any part of the house that’s cold. Just don’t tip it over. That would be bad.

HDBT-990 Wristband Communicator

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on January 4th, 2010

Think of the HDBT-990 Wristband Communicator as a cellphone watch de-volved. It’s as if the industry has given up on the idea of a cellphone watch and focused instead on the communicator from Star Trek I. This is basically just a Bluetooth headset on your wrist.

One that costs $85 and lacks any style at all. If this is the future, then the future is ugly and awkward. Freeze me now and wake me up when I can call someone on my wrist in style.

Star Wars Lightsaber MP3 player

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on January 3rd, 2010

We all know by now that lightsabers make noises, fake noises from the mouths of nerds as they pretend to slice through enemies. Well, here’s a real lightsaber hilt that makes real noise. It plays your favorite music, which is probably from one of the movie’s soundtracks.

It’s available in two different versions and measures 3.14 inches. They also feature microSD card slots, but no display sadly. They will simply playback music directly from a card. The Star Wars Lightsaber MP3 Player is available for just under $24.

JVL Vortex Touchscreen Countertop Video Game

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on January 3rd, 2010

JVL has introduced the Vortex touchscreen countertop video game. Because let’s face it, we don’t have enough video games on countertops. It includes 148 different games, all with fancy lights and sounds, making your kitchen or other countertop an amusemet park of sorts.

Gaming, trivia, hall of fame, net connectivity for online tournaments… What more do you want while you’re in the kitchen making some hot-pockets. The $3,299 countertop game offers enhanced visual effects, super VGA high-color graphics, high capacity Flash Memory Card and USB compatibility, along with 16 bit stereo.

Magic Mouse draining Bluetooth keyboard batteries?

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on January 3rd, 2010

Looks like several users on Apple’s Discussion Boards are claiming that their Bluetooth keyboards have been devouring batteries like crazy since they started using a Magic Mouse. Even after switching to rechargeable batteries and running all updates, the problem continues. Most of these users claim that they need new keyboard batteries weekly. That ain’t good.

The theory is that the Magic Mouse is preventing the keyboard from going into sleep mode, which makes sense. After one user swapped his Magic Mouse with a Logitech model, the problem was solved. Another user claims that Apple Tech Support says that this is a known Bluetooth driver issue and that a fix is on the way.

Wireless HD streaming coming to a TV near you

Posted in Television by Conner Flynn on January 3rd, 2010

There’s nothing like HD video and if you want to stream HD video content in your home, you’ll want to check out AXAR at CES 2010. It was created by ProVision and the technology should arrive in TVs, set-top boxes and network devices by Christmas 2010. That’s not too long of a wait.

ProVision has already worked with companies like Thomson, Pace, ITV, Toshiba and Sky, so AXAR may be used by them first. Instead of using a wireless network or the Internet to send and receive the signal, AXAR will be sending the signal from Component or HDMI over the air to a dedicated receiver.

Verizon offers free replacement battery covers for the DROID

Posted in Verizon by Conner Flynn on January 3rd, 2010

Have you been having problems with a loose battery cover on your Motorola Droid? Maybe you’ve lost the battery cover completely because of it. Well, if you need a battery cover for your Droid, Verizon Wireless is now offering replacement battery covers with overnight shipping, and it’s totally free.

Replacement covers normally cost about $5, so it isn’t surprising that since these are free, Verizon has run out of inventory. No word yet on when they will get another shipment, but it won’t hurt to keep watching Verizon’s site if you need one.

Pet Collar Air Purifier

Posted in Pets by Conner Flynn on January 3rd, 2010

Have you had it with Fido’s stink? Need some relief? Are you a sucker? Well, the Pet Collar Air Purifier can help. It takes that filthy air around your animal, sucks it up, and spits out clean air.

The purifier will save you and your pet from allergens, dander and smoke and also coats your dog, cat or whatever with spray from a scent dispenser that will relax them. And do god knows what else. It can’t be good.

Motorola Calgary / DROID Devour spotted in silver

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on January 3rd, 2010

Looks like Motorola is actually making devices in more that one color. Check out the Motorola Calgary / DROID Devour in stunning silver. Somebody leaked the info to BGR along with the opinion that the keyboard was “nice” and the phone itself was “easier to use” compared to the Motorola DROID.

Maybe the BLUR OS simplifies things for some, but the trackpad apparently works well as a navigational input device. This one has Wi-Fi, GPS, a 1420mAh battery, but no SIM card slot. We don’t know yet if it will come in multiple colors or not is not, but black and silver is a no-brainer.

Internet Explorer losing users as other browsers gain

Posted in Browsers by Conner Flynn on January 3rd, 2010

The browser wars are heating up. Just in the last quarter, Chrome, Safari and Opera have all set new records for browser market share with 4.63, 4.46 and 2.4 percent. The period is also significant because it is the first time Chrome has beaten Safari to third place, and all of the numbers come at the expense of IE, which is losing users at a rate of 0.92 percentage points a month.

Sure, Microsoft’s 62.7 percent slice still looks nice, but projections from Net Applications suggest that it could shrink to below 50 percent by May of 2010. Net Applications monitors incoming traffic to over 40,000 websites to generate a sample size of about 160 million unique visitors per month, so if they say that it’s so, it likely is.

Jaybird SB1 Sportsband Bluetooth headphones

Posted in Headphones by Conner Flynn on January 3rd, 2010

Jaybird is known for classing up headphones and their “SB1 Sportsband” set of Bluetooth headphones are the classiest designs we’ve seen yet from the outfit. They just look perfectly sleek.

The headphones deliver roughly eight hours of stereo music, along with moisture-protected music controls, and can even handle your calls. You’ll be happy to know that they’re shipping now for just $89. Not a bad price for something this good looking that’s also functional. They also appear comfortable.

Lenovo leaks ThinkPad Edge, X100e, T410s, W510, T510 and more

Posted in Lenovo by Conner Flynn on January 3rd, 2010

Lenovo’s site has revealed several new laptops that are scheduled to go on sale starting January 5th – 7th. The 13.3-inch ThinkPad Edge is leading the charge, with 7.8 hours of battery life, a dual-core CPU, Windows 7, Bluetooth and WiMAX, integrated WWAN / GPS, WiFi, a spill-resistant keyboard, three USB ports, a 5-in-1 media card reader and even comes in an optional red color.

There’s also the under 3 pounds ThinkPad X100e ultraportable which sports an 11.6-inch display, AMD processor and an Arctic White color option that’s only available overseas.

iPod Touch bedding

Posted in iPod by Conner Flynn on January 3rd, 2010

This is how the true Apple fanboy/girl sleeps. Why leave your precious iPod Touch every night when you can sleep with it. In it. It’s like you are part of the OS, all snug and cozy in your case.

You get the covers that look like an iPod touch and a matching pillow. Only $49. Does that mean you can’t get new blankets until they do a firmware upgrade? Me, I’d rather sleep in a Zune. I just need more space.