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Playboy Magazine coming to iPad in March

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2011

The full catalog of Playboy, from the first issue in 1953 to its latest, is coming to the iPad in March. And it will be uncensored. That comes straight from Hef himself. It doesn’t make a lot of sense when you consider Apple’s App Store rulings and Steve Jobs’ comments on keeping adult material off of mobile devices, but whatever.

It will be interesting to see how they do this and how it shapes what else is allowed on the iPad.

Nintendo 3DS arrives in the US March 27 for $249.99

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2011

We finally have the US launch details of the Nintendo 3DS. The price is $249.99 and the release date is March 27, while Europeans will get it on March 25. Nintendo says that “30+” games will be available in the US during the launch, with more than 25 in Europe.

Europeans will have some exclusive 3D video content like sports footage and episodes of Shaun the Sheep. Not sure if we are getting anything exclusive or not. We will know soon enough.

Details on HP / Palm’s webOS tablets

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2011

A tipster sent some internal renders of HP / Palm’s “Topaz” webOS tablet to the folks over at Engadget, which is one of two tablets currently developed by HP/Palm. The two tablets are the 9-inch Topaz and a 7-inch model codnamed Opal. As you can see in the render, it sports the no-button design, a front-facing camera, a micro USB port on the bottom, and what looks like a three speaker arrangement.

Word is that units will start to arrive at Palm HQ in June, with a launch later this year. The WiFi-only, AT&T 3G, and Verizon LTE versions of the Opal should arrive in September 2011, and on AT&T LTE in July 2012. No info on pricing yet.

Transcend StoreJet35T3 external hard drive

Posted in Storage by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2011

Transcend has unveiled the 3.5″ StoreJet35T3 with the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface. This device will hold about 2TB of storage space and is capable of transferring data up to 130MB/s. That means that it will transfer a whole DVD movie in just 30 seconds.

Some other features include a One Touch auto-backup button and it meets the European Union’s eco-design requirements for Energy Related Products (ErP), while entering power-saving sleep mode automatically after ten minutes of inactivity.

JVC KW-NT30HD / 50HDT navigation systems with iPhone-controlled HD radio

Posted in JVC by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2011

JVC’s new in-dash GPS navigation systems will offer some music to go with their navigational help. The KW-NT50HDT and KW-NT30HD feature 6.1-inch displays along with HD radio and iPhone connectivity via USB. With ClearChannel’s iheartradio app, you can check out song and artist information and scan channels from either the navigation device or your iPhone.

The NT50HDT comes with a free lifetime subscription to the Total Traffic HD+ Network, which will give you data like traffic reports, news, and weather. Both devices have WAAS navigation, map coverage of all 50 US states, Canada and Puerto Rico, and voice guidance in English, French, and Spanish.

BenQ announces two new 24-inch LED monitors

Posted in BenQ by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2011

BenQ has two new monitors, the EW2430 and EW2430V. Both feature a 24-inch HD panel that uses LED backlighting and vertical alignment (VA) technology, along with a native contrast ratio of 3,000:1 and eight-bit color, two HDMI ports, D-Sub, and DVI.

The EW2430V features “smart focus” highlighting, image resolution upconversion, 20,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, and picture-in-picture. There’s also 3D deinterlacing and noise reduction. No info on pricing yet for these two, but they will arrive first in Europe and the Asia Pacific later this month.

iPad got 87.4% of tablet market last summer, Kindle 41.5% of e-reader market

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2011

Apple claimed 87.4 percent of the tablet market before the Galaxy Tab hit the scene, according to an IDC study of tablet share. Apple had a near-monopoly of the tablet market last summer. Analysts also expected 17 million tablets to have shipped by the end of the year, almost all of which would still have been iPads.

Of course Android would have cut into Apple’s share in the fall with 1.5 million Galaxy Tabs estimated sold and will likely cut into it even deeper in 2011 with the Motorola Xoom for one. RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook could play a part as well.

Hot Wheels cars get an embedded camera upgrade

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2011

At this year’s CES, Mattel showed off their new Hot Wheels offers, which are pretty cool. They have embedded the toy cars with a miniature camera. This allows you to see your crazy driving of the 1:64 car first hand.

Pretty cool when going through loops and courses, not to mention crashes. It’s called the Hot Wheels Video Racer and is sure to be a hit with kids everywhere when it hits the market.

Nintendo 3DS users in Japan feeling sick

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2011

Just like when Avatar came out in theaters, there are reports of Nintendo 3DS users feeling ill after using the new 3DS console in Japan. Some user have reported feeling sick after just a couple of minutes using the console.

As you probably know, the Nintendo 3DS features a glasses free 3D display, and Nintendo has recommended that it be used only by children over 6 years old and that the 3D time be limited. We aren’t sure yet if these are just isolated incidents, but it will be interesting to see how many users have the same problem when it goes on sale. Maybe everyone will be cross-eyed ten years from now.

Zip Touch-n-go Multi-Device Charger keeps your cables neat using magnets

Posted in Chargers by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2011

The Zip, Touch-n-go provides a neat and tidy solution to the old problem of long cables everywhere when trying to charge multiple device on the same table top. The Zip Touch-n-go charger uses short device connectors that are attached to the main charging device using magnets and makes it easy to charge any device.

It has space for 16 devices to be charged at once, so your table will be more cluttered with devices than wires. No information on pricing or worldwide availability just yet, but it might be priced between $49-$100.

MSI WindPad U100W Windows 7 Tablet

Posted in MSI by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2011

With so many tablets to choose from, it’s amazing that any company can get a grip on the market. The MSI WindPad U100W Windows 7 tablet hopes to capture the hearts and minds in France where it will be launched next month for 550 Euros ($730).

This tablet features MSI’s custom wind Touch UI, a 10-inch touchscreen display, a 1.66GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 32GB SSD, a few USB ports, an HDMI out, a webcam and the Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium OS.

Samsung Star II gets official

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2011

Some leaked information about the Samsung Star II previously found it’s way online and now the Korean company has officially confirmed that the device exists. The successor to the popular Samsung Star will be available starting February in Germany.

This will be followed by other European countries, like South America, India and the Middle East. The Samsung Star II is all about social networking and so comes bundled with Social Hub, Facebook, Twitter and multiple IM apps.

Sansa unveils universal 3D glasses

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2011

3D TVs are gaining in popularity, but it will take time for many to adopt it. Regular 3D TV, which requires glasses might be embraced more if…well if you ditch the glasses. They are nerdy and expensive. That’s why Sansa is offering Universal 3D glasses. I mean, what if you buy a 3D TV and you lose the glasses? Or they break?

Well, Sansa’s 3D glasses will recognize 3D signals coming in from any 3D TV. The glasses cost $100 a pair. Still expensive, but at least they work across the board. They recharge via a USB cable and can be purchased in 3 different sizes, small, medium and large and they even come with a nose piece if you wear spectacles.

Sony MHS-FS3 3D Bloggie Touch Camera available for Pre-Order

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2011

The Sony MHS-FS3 3D Bloggie Touch Camera was unveiled at CES 2011 is now available for pre-order. It features a 2.4″ LCD touchscreen and an LED light for taking photographs in low-light situations. With this camera, you can capture 2D or 3D videos which you can play on Sony Bravia 3D HDTVs or the new VAIO F3D laptop.

You can also quickly upload pictures and videos to Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, and Picasa through the USB cable. Great if you are sharing photos constantly. You can find it on Amazon for $249.99.

FastMac U-Socket now shipping

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2011

FastMac’s wall socket that offers a pair of standard 110V power outlets along with two USB ports is finally shipping. If you ordered early enough, chances are you’ve already gotten a confirmation email and it is on it’s way.

You still have to be patient, as the site promises a three to four week delivery time for orders placed today, but at least things are moving nicely. It won’t be long before you are using standard plugs and USB side by side.