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AppToyz creates an AR iPhone blaster

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2011

AppToyz has unveiled another toy for your iPhone. This one will allows you shoot virtual monsters. Much like various Wii peripherals,this acts as a controller for your Augmented Reality games on your iPhone. Just attach your phone to the gun, run the app and pew pew pew.

The trigger presses a rubber stamp that touches the screen in place of your finger. And since it is all made of cheap plastic, this AR blaster will cost just $31 (£20).

Sony’s next PSP, codenamed NGP

Posted in PSP by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2011

Sony’s next PlayStation Portable is codenamed NGP and will be based on five key concepts: Revolutionary User Interface, Social Connectivity, Location-based Entertainment, Converging Real and Virtual (augmented) Reality. It will be compatible with the PlayStation Suite and is backwards-compatible with downloadable PSP games and content.

It has a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, 5-inch touchscreen OLED display with 960 x 544 resolution, dual analog sticks, 3G, WiFi, GPS, a rear-mounted touchpad, accelerometer / gyroscope motion sensing, an electronic compass, and cameras on the front and back. Expect it to be available this holiday season.

HTC to unveil two Facebook branded Android phones next month

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on January 26th, 2011

Last we heard, the official Facebook phone was just rumor. It was dismissed by Mark Zuckerberg himself after all. But that doesn’t mean that Facebook won’t license the brand to phone manufacturers. The latest rumors online suggest that they will do just that.

Rumor is that HTC will be unveiling two new Facebook smartphones at Mobile World Congress next month. These phones will feature the social network’s familiar color scheme and branding, with a modified version of Android built around and focusing on Facebook. One of the devices apparently has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, but we are short on other details.

Gas Tank USB Speaker with MP3 Player and Radio

Posted in Radio by Conner Flynn on January 26th, 2011

I don’t know about you, but Hank Hill will surely love this new audio player that comes in the shape of a gas tank. It’s available in both gold or silver. You would have to really love propane to buy one of these. It has a built-in speaker and an FM radio, and it can play audio files from USB flash drives and memory cards.

This device is powered by built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery, it can also be used as a PC speaker or authentic redneck decoration. It leaves me saying one word. Why?

Ricoh unveils CX5 camera with fast autofocus

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on January 26th, 2011

Ricoh’s new CX5 point and shoot camera sports a 10-megapixel sensor and a 10.7x, 28-300mm zoom lens. It also sports a new, ultra-fast autofocus speed up to just two-tenths of a second with a hybrid autofocus system, which uses a passive distance sensor along with usual contrast AF and can lock on in about half the time of the CX4.

The camera also features a Super-resolution setting and a Super-resolution Zoom that doubles the maximum focal length to the equivalent of 600mm with minimal image degradation. Other features include new scene modes, a 920,000-pixel LCD and the camera can record 720p HD movies.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (PlayStation Phone) preview

Posted in Sony Ericsson by Conner Flynn on January 26th, 2011

Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play was given its first detailed hands-on in our part of the world today. The PlayStation phone is fairly fast and runs a 1GHz Snapdragon. Engadget found that it now hits 59FPS in Qualcomm’s NeoCore benchmark and is capable of even tying the 43FPS of the dual-core LG Optimus 2X in NenaMark.

They discovered that the PSP Go-like controls mapped directly to regular Android navigation and could even be assigned to work in an emulator. The device won’t properly play games that need secondary shoulder buttons but the dual optical pads should replicate a game that would need analog sticks.

T-Mobile to drop Samsung Galaxy Tab price to $249.99?

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on January 26th, 2011

T-mobile will be dropping the price of the Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet from $299.99 to $249.99, according to a leaked document found by the folks at TMO news. The price drop is for customers who are purchasing the Samsung Galaxy Tab with a two year mobile data contract. Apparently the price has been reduced in order to make the Galaxy Tab more competitive against many new tablets which have been introduced recently.

With a rumored 10 inch Samsung Galaxy Tab and also the Galaxy Tab 2 on the way, you might want to wake a wait and see approach.

Small Foot Inflatable Snowshoes

Posted in Apparel,Foot Apparel by Conner Flynn on January 26th, 2011

It’s hard when you have to walk in soft snow with your snowboard or skis, but here’s a solution. The Small Foot snowshoes created by Bulgarian company Any Exit have been specially designed with for backcountry snowboarders.

When deflated both snow shoes fit into a small bag with a pump for inflating. Once you inflate them, a set of straps on the snow shoes allows them to be attached to your boots. Great solution and they are very portable.

Hitachi Ultrastar 7K3000 3TB 3.5-inch Hard Disk Drive

Posted in Hitachi by Conner Flynn on January 26th, 2011

The Hitachi Ultrastar 7K3000 is the world’s first 7200RPM hard drive rated at 2.0 million hours MTBF and backed by a five-year limited warranty. It offers 50 percent more capacity at a 32 percent reduction in watts/GB compared to Hitachi’s previous generation Ultrastar A7K2000 drives.

The Ultrastar 7K3000 family are the first Hitachi 7,200 RPM drives in both 6Gb/s SATA and 6Gb/s SAS interfaces, for easier integration in a wider array of computing environments. The new Hitachi Ultrastar 7K3000 with a 6Gb/s SATA interface i available in 3TB and 2TB storage spaces, while the Ultrastar 7K3000 with a 6Gb/s SAS interface will be available in mid-2011.

JVC RD-D2 BoomBox

Posted in JVC by Conner Flynn on January 26th, 2011

This strange looking boombox is designed for street dancers and musicians. Even though it looks like it was made for a Dalek. It’s the new JVC RD-R2 BoomBox, which is equipped with a microSD/SDHC slot, allowing you to store and play music from a memory card of up to 32GB of storage capacity.

The JVC RD-D2 comes with a pair of 2.5-Watt speakers, countdown timer, a USB port, an FM tuner, a guitar input, a KORG/metronome tuner and an automatic hand clapping feature to help with your rhythm. It can also record music through a built-in stereo mic. The JVC RD-D2 BoomBox is compatible with MP3/WMA/linear PCM (WAV) and AAC file formats. It will be released in Japan next month for about $460.

Packard Bell’s first USB 3.0 External Hard Drives

Posted in External Hard Drives by Conner Flynn on January 26th, 2011

Packard Bell has outed their first line of USB 3.0 external hard drives, the PB Go. These drives come in 320GB, 500GB and 750GB sizes and the 2.5-inch hard drives feature a sleek black coating. So they look pretty much like everyone elses.

They also feature the superfast USB 3.0 interface, a 5400 RPM spindle speed and they come bundled with the Packard Bell Software Suite. Prices starts at about $96.

Dead Space Plasma Cutter replica

Posted in Weapons by Conner Flynn on January 26th, 2011

As Dead Space 2 hits the stores, you might be looking to expand your collection of gamer gear. If that’s the case, check out this Dead Space Plasma Cutter replica, complete with scorch-marks, light-up effects, and an attractive display-case to keep it safe when you are not fragging mutant aliens.

The details are dead-on and it comes with a rechargeable battery good for about 30-minutes of play time. The replica weighs less than 3 pounds, and can be pre-ordered now for $219, with deliveries starting in March.

Harmon Kardon intros SB16 soundbar and subwoofer combo

Posted in Harmon Kardon by Conner Flynn on January 26th, 2011

Looking to upgrade your home theater? Harman Kardon’s latest home theater soundbar, the Harmon Kardon SB16 might be the ticket. It is specially designed for people who lack a large physical space, but want to enjoy a quality home theater experience. It features direct connections to your TV, DVD player, video game console or other compatible devices so you can place the subwoofer in any position within the same room as the SB16 thanks to its wireless connectivity.

Other features include a two-way dual-driver, left and right soundbar speaker channels, each with two 3-inch (75mm) midrange drivers and a 3/4-inch (19mm) dome tweeter. The wireless subwoofer offers 100 watts of power while incorporating a 10-inch (250mm) driver within a ported enclosure.

HP Slate gets installed in vehicle dashboard

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on January 26th, 2011

Sure, we’ve seen the iPad fitted into a vehicle’s dashboard before, but it’s still not a very common occurrence. Besides, how often do you see a Windows 7 tablet installed in a vehicle? This is the first time as far as we know.

When HP decided to open its Vancouver store, it customized a GMC Yukon Denali truck with an HP Slate embedded in the dash. I guess they want you to get a spare tablet to integrate into your vehicle so they can double sales.

Cirago launches CMC3200 media player, NUS2000 USB network storage link

Posted in Media Players by Conner Flynn on January 26th, 2011

Cirago recently released their CMC3200 media player and their NUS2000 USB network storage link. The new CMC3200 media player is being called the only 1080p system and it will deliver up to 2TB of storage space, with a Wi-Fi adapter and a year’s worth of PlayOn. The price is $299.99.

The NUS2000 Link+ adapter will deliver remote access capabilities to up to four USB-connected storage devices and will cost $100. Do either of these sound good to you? Then bring them home.