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Sennheiser Adidas CX 310 earbuds

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

Sennheiser has unveiled a new set of earbuds that are Adidas branded, the CX 310. These new earbuds have three ear tip sizes and come with a carrying case. They promise deep bass and are designed to work with any music device including the your iPhone, iPod, and other MP3 players.

The CX 310 earphones feature a frequency response 19 – 21000 Hz and have a sound pressure level of 113dB and an impedance of 16 ohms. The cable length is 1.2m and the connector is an angled 3.5mm plug. They look pretty nice.

World’s biggest iPhone is made of 56 iPads stacked together

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

The world’s biggest iPhone is actually a collection of iPads all put together. And it’s pretty impressive. This giant iDevice was built up within London’s St. Pancras International Train Station to celebrate the launch of Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light.

The stacks of iPads were all put together, then framed with the black top and bottom of the iPhone, to make it look like a giant iPhone. In all, there are 56 of the tablets installed, and they are all running the same looped video over and over again, which shows the mobile version of the latest Lara Croft game. The iPad version is priced at $9.99, while the iPhone and iPod Touch versions are $6.99.

DIY Tron messenger bag

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

This Tron-inspired messenger bag will make you feel like you are in the film, minus the bad reviews. All it takes is a bit of EL-wire and a little soldering, you can make one just like this. A small battery pack that sends a low current through the EL-wire gives it a nice blue glow.

You will be the envy of every Tron nerd you know and you will stand out from the crowd. It might even make you safer since folks in cars will see you at night.

HTC Wildfire getting Android 2.2 in Europe

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

On its Facebook page, HTC has revealed that its entry-level Android-powered Wildfire will get a software update to Android 2.2. Wildfires in Europe will start receiving the update this week, while a global rollout will take place by February. European carrier Vodafone has already confirmed the news.

You might remember that the Wildfire launched in May with Android 2.1 and a 3.2-inch, 320×240 LCD touchscreen. It also sports a five-megapixel camera, a 528Mhz processor and Wi-Fi along with Bluetooth. The update will let users share the handset’s Wi-Fi connection, install apps on the SD card and improve the camera and Bluetooth performance.

Motorola Android 3.0 tablet gets more detailed shots, specs

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

Motorola’s Android 3.0 tablet has showed up again with a leak that shows clearer images and some more detailed specs. The new images show a 10-inch tablet with the completely overhauled interface, which includes the new navigation bar and lock screen. The back shows the five-megapixel camera with flash as well as a large external speaker and what looks like standard USB ports on the bottom.

Inside, the tablet sports a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 clocked at 1GHz with 512MB of RAM. It may not be available in a Wi-Fi only edition and could need a 3G or 4G connection to get online. Verizon is also connected to the tablet and could use it as a flagship for its LTE network, though 3G editions with EVDO and HSPA have been pegged for other carriers.

LG Optimus 2X to cost $730?

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

Last week LG announced the new Optimus 2X dual core Android smartphone, but at the time didn’t reveal any pricing. And now the folks over at Unwired View are reporting that the Optimus 2X may cost as much as $730. That’s without a contract.

The LG Optimus 2X is listed as available to pre order for $450 on a contract or $730 without a contract by an online retailer, although these prices are not yet confirmed by LG. The LG Optimus 2X will come with Android 2.2 Froyo, and is capable of recording and playing back Full HD video in 1080p.

XIM3 is the next generation of Xbox 360 keyboard and mouse adapters

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on December 20th, 2010

The XIM3 adapter isn’t the first keyboard and mouse adapter for the Xbox 360 console, but XIM Technologies’ latest device could be the best solution so far. It promises to deliver an FPS experience that is very close to the PC. The XIM3 has an integrated LCD display that allows you to customize settings and choose a specific setup for any given title.

The XIM3 uses ‘Smart Translators’ to ensure there’s always 1-to-1 movement between the mouse and your target reticule on-screen. The list of supported titles is expanding, and will no doubt include all the popular titles.

Google Nexus S UK delayed until December 22nd

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on December 20th, 2010

The Google Nexus S was scheduled to go on sale in the UK today, but now Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy have just announced that the Nexus S wont go on sale until the 22nd of December. We don’t have any details on why the Nexus S has been delayed, but it could be due to the bad weather in the UK right now.

It could be that the units just can’t get where they need to get to. Earlier today there was news that the price of the Nexus S had dropped to £429, and it is now also cheaper on contract than what was previously announced.

Angry Birds iPad update adds 15 new levels

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

The Angry Birds game has sold millions of copies worldwide and now it has been given a new update on the iPad HD version. The new update, 1.5.0, released for Angry Birds HD on the iPad includes Game Center support and 15 new levels and even a new theme. The birds are still angry.

There’s also a new golden egg and a Cowboy up with the mighty eagle feature. You can download the new iPad update from the iTune App Store. A new iPhone update is expected to appear soon as well.

Sceptre X420BV-FHD 42-inch LCD HDTV

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

The Sceptre X420BV-FHD is a wall mountable, and also swivel-capable 42-inch LCD HDTV. It features a rapid 5ms response time and comes with SPDIF digital audio output, an all in one ATSC/NTSC/QAM tuner and 3 HDMI ports.

The HDMI ports will allow users to connect peripherals like Blu-ray players, computers, AV receivers and video game consoles. The Sceptre X420BV-FHD also has a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio, auto dynamic contrast enhancement, up to 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution and a 500 cd/m2 brightness level.

Password Vault

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

The Password Vault stores and secures account information for website addresses, usernames, passwords, and ATM PINs, and allows immediate retrieval when you need them. Your passwords are safely stored offline in the vault’s memory, ensuring that the information can never be compromised. It can store up to 400 account records.

Sounds much safer than leaving passwords on notes around the house. The Password Vault holds all of your secret information behind its own password. And if the device is misplaced, lost, or stolen, five unsuccessful attempts to access your accounts will lock the device for 30 minutes. You can also reset it to erase all of your secret data.

Amazon promises to replace problem Kindle covers

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

Some Kindle owners who purchased the non-lighted Kindle cover from Amazon have been having some issues with the eBook reader after using it. Many users are reporting that the covers are causing the eBook reader to freeze or reboot.

Speculation is that the metal hooks on the cover are the problem. They conduct electricity and are used to power the lighted case, however they are pretty useless for the non-lighted version. Amazon is looking into the problem and has agreed to replace the units.

NES console joystick mod

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

If you have an old NES console just lying around collecting dust, here’s a neat mod that you can do. Turn the console into an arcade style joystick that can be used for other consoles. Sure, it makes for a large joystick, but your friends will be impressed.

The NES just seems to look good no matter what modifications are made to it. That’s good design. I’d love to see a screen on top as well.

Violin USB Flash Drive

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on December 19th, 2010

Here’s a flash drive for those of you who like to whine and play the tiniest violin in the world. Well, we aren’t sure if this is the tiniest, but it is small. The Violin USB Flash Drive will cost you just $19.

It’s perfect for holding all of your classical music and digital sheet music and whatever else you violin players have. It comes in a 4GB capacity and is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000 and Mac OS. Great gift for the music lover.

Best Buy drops restocking fees

Posted in Best Buy by Conner Flynn on December 19th, 2010

There are just five days left for Christmas shopping and Best Buy has the perfect gift for you at the perfect time. It has dropped it’s 15 percent restocking fee. That’s the fee that the company has been charging for a variety of product returns. It goes into effect immediately.

What this means to you is that computers, tablets, projectors, camcorders, digital cameras, radar detectors, GPS units, all the stuff you really want, will no longer carry the fee. Even iPhones are exempt. Only special orders will still have the charge.