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Dress up your iPod Shuffle with Mix Monsters

Posted in iPod Accessories by Conner Flynn on January 30th, 2011

There are plenty of iPod Shuffle cases out there, but most lack personality. The MIX MONSTERS will dress up your gadget and give it a cute and scary new personality. It beats a plain old case.

They come with eyeball stickers plus two Monsters in each package. Just put your iPod Shuffle into one of these MIX MONSTERS and you now have a cute little friend. The Mix Monsters retail for just $7.99. Pretty neat and affordable.

Gigantic 17 x 17 x 17 Rubik’s Cube is crazy

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on January 30th, 2011

If you have trouble solving the original Rubik’s cube, you will have no hope of solving this one. Shapeway’s huge 17 x 17 x 17 Rubik’s Cube boggles my mind just looking at it. Designer Oskar van Deventer’s massive 17 x 17 x 17 Rubik’s Cube is now a reality.

Deventer has successfully used a 3D printer to bring his puzzle to life. It has over 1539 individual pieces and took over 15 hours in total to create. He will be presenting his world record shattering Rubik’s Cube next month in New York City. I wonder how long it will take the most skilled people to solve it.

Amazon Prime users see free unlimited movie streaming

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on January 30th, 2011

Amazon’s plans for unlimited movie streaming similar to Netflix seems to be right on track as someone has spotted the service in action. At least one Amazon Prime subscriber has seen options in the Video On Demand section to stream movies and TV shows, even major recent releases, as part of the $79 yearly subscription. The catalog seen by this Engadget reader had 5,000 titles that show in 480p.

Amazon hasn’t confirmed these plans, and the unlimited VOD may be a trial that isn’t immediately ready to go live. Netflix’s streaming-only plan has a larger catalog but also costs $96 a year.

Dunhill Biometric Wallet

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on January 30th, 2011

If you’re looking for a wallet that is secure enough for a superhero, look no further. It has a Bluetooth alarm, fingerprint identification, and an unbreakable carbon fiber exterior. Probably made by Wayne Industries too.

The Dunhill Biometric Wallet also has a money clip inside to hold your cash, with room for credit cards. Batman’s cash will now be secure, until he drops this off some bridge while fighting the Joker. This is one tough and secure wallet.

Acer outs new 3D LCD Monitor

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on January 30th, 2011

Acer has unveiled it’s latest 3D LCD monitor, the GN245HQ, for the European market. It features a 120Hz panel and the new 24-inch LED-backlight monitor provides 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution, 100,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, a 2ms response time and supports NVIDIA’s 3D Vision technology.

It also has a built-in 3D IR emitter for synching with the 3D active shutter glasses, and has dual-DVI as well as HDMI 1.4a connectors. The GN245HQ will ship in Europe in February for around 430 Euro (or about $585).

Archos 9 and Archos 7 Tablets get upgrades

Posted in Archos by Conner Flynn on January 30th, 2011

Archos is busy as usual and now they have decided to upgrade their tablets to keep up with competitors in this crowded market. So what are they offering?

The Archos 9 Internet Tablet now has an SSD, while the Archos 7 Home Tablet will now feature a faster 800MHz processor, 8GB flash memory and Google Android 2.1 Eclair. The Archos 7 still has 7-inch display with a 800 × 480 pixel resolution along with a resistive touchscreen.

Samsung’s new Dual-Sided QWERTY Bluetooth Remote for Smart TVs

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on January 30th, 2011

Samsung’s new dual-sided QWERTY remote for its Smart TVs was recently revealed and while they aren’t much to look at, we hope the functionality will be worth it’s fugliness.

The TV side features your standard set of buttons. The QWERTY section is what’s interesting here. It has a display, but we don’t know what it is for yet. We will just have to wait for an official announcement and get more info from Sammy itself.

New Blackberry Curve image and specs

Posted in Curve by Conner Flynn on January 30th, 2011

It may be at least a year until you can lay hands on the Blackberry Curve Touch,but in the meantime you can drool over some rumored specs. The phone will be called Malibu and will have CDMA – EvDo Rev A connectivity.

It will sport a Qualcomm MSM 8655 800MHz CPU and feature a 5 MP camera with HD Video recording capabilities and a 3.25″ Display with 480×360 HVGA resolution. The rest are pretty standard specs. There should be a GSM version too. Both pricing and availability are not yet announced.

Password problem on Amazon.com

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on January 29th, 2011

It has been reported that there is a security flaw on the Amazon site that allows customers to log into their account without using their exact password. For example, if your password is PASSWORD, users can enter “password”, “passwordpassword”, “password12345″ to login to the account and it will still work.

This is apparently because the site still uses an old password encrypting technique that truncates passwords after the 8th character for some accounts that have kept the same password for many years. So users were not able to protect their accounts with passwords longer than 8 characters. However, Amazon has solved the problem – users just need to update their password, and it should automatically upgrade the password encryption.

Save your PS3 games in the cloud

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on January 29th, 2011

Sony has told developers that the PlayStation 3 will soon have the ability to save games in the cloud. They’ve named it simply Online Saving. Soon you’ll be able to save your games and access them from anywhere. You won’t have to carry your PS3 to your friends house anymore.

It isn’t free however. This cloud service will only be available to PlayStation Plus subscribers. If you are among those who subscribe to this, you can expect to get Online Saving with the upcoming 3.60 firmware update.

Disney 3D Android Smartphone

Posted in Disney by Conner Flynn on January 28th, 2011

Disney has released some more details about their new Android based 3D smartphone. The Disney 3D Android smartphone will be available in Japan and will have access to the Disney Market and is based on the Sharp Galapagos 003SH.

It features a 3.8 inch touchscreen 3D display, a 9.6 megapixel camera, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, built in WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, a TV tuner and an e-wallet function. Buyers will also get a unique @disney.ne.jp email address.

MSI WindPad 100W Tablet now available

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on January 28th, 2011

If you want a tablet that runs Windows, the WindPad 100W from MSI might be for you. It will cost you 550 Euros in Europe and it’s now available in the US for $709.95.

The tablet sports a 10.1-inch screen, Windows 7 Starter, Intel Atom Z530 CPU, and 2GB of RAM. It stores data and software to a 32GB SSD and has WiFi, a memory card reader, and a mini HDMI output. It’s a bit expensive, but if you want it it is available now.

Plantronics Calisto 825 Speakerphone

Posted in Plantronics by Conner Flynn on January 28th, 2011

Plantronics has announced an interesting speakerphone in the Calisto 825 speakerphone, which is optimized for use with Microsoft Office Communicator and Lync. It is designed for private and home office workers who use multiple communication devices to collaborate effectively.

The Calisto 825 has a unique wireless microphone that provides superior speakerphone audio quality as well as freedom of movement. The unit also produces unmatched audio quality and premium sound using echo and advanced noise cancellation technology. The Calisto 825 will cost you $259.95.

Charatter bear reads your tweets

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on January 28th, 2011

Twitter fans will love this cute desktop peripheral that is capable of reading all your incoming tweets. It’s called the Charatter. He synchronizes to your Twitter account and reads all your incoming tweets out loud. The device comes from a company named WiZ who claims that sales of this critter have been explosive.

It works with a simple application installed on your PC or iPhone, where all of the tweets are translated into sound and sent to the Charatter bear who speaks the words verbally. The Charatter will cost you $28.

Mitsubishi 3DS-100S 3D Starter Pack for older Samsung and Mitsubishi 3D TVs

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on January 28th, 2011

Want more 3D in your life? Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America has announced a new 3D Starter Pack that allows owners of both Mitsubishi and Samsung 3D-ready DLP TVs to enjoy 3D home entertainment. The Mitsubishi 3DC-100S is available online right now and offers two pairs of active shutter 3D glasses, a 3D emitter, an updated 3D adapter with remote, an HDMI cable, and a Disney 3D Blu-ray disc full of 3D trailers of movies.

The new 3D starter pack will cost $449.99 and converts all mandatory 3D signal formats prescribed by HDMI 1.4a for display on Mitsubishi and Samsung 3D DLP TVs.