Archive for January, 2011

Smartview S9 Surveillance System

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on January 25th, 2011

To help you keep your home and office safe while you are away, check out a new system called the Smartvue S9. The system is wireless and uses 802.11n technology to stream video from full HD 1080p resolution cameras to the video server. The system features a 1TB or a 3TB video server with WiFi built-in and it will interface with just about every mobile device that exists from tablets, to phones and computers.

You can log on and see the live video feeds from the cameras anytime you like. The cameras can even be controlled for direction which is handy. The 1TB 802.11n server will cost you $1999 and a single camera will cost you $699.

Razer Ferox portable speakers

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on January 25th, 2011

Razer has launched a new pair of portable speakers for mobile gamers to use on their laptops. These Ferox portable speakers emit sound in all directions instead of the typical 90-180 degree angle of regular speakers, giving you a much wider sweet spot.

The speakers will last for a nice 12 hours on a single charge, which should be plenty for most gaming sessions. They work with any media player that has a 3.5mm audio jack. The Razer Ferox speakers are available now for just $59.99.

Rude Gameware Fierce Laser Gaming Mouse v2

Posted in Mouse by Conner Flynn on January 25th, 2011

Rude Gameware has unveiled the Fierce Laser Gaming Mouse v2, their second version of the original Firece Laser Gaming Mouse. It’s packed with proprietary, performance-enhancing components that should show an improvement of 60%.

It also comes with a 5000 DPI laser engine offering a super fast response time of only 1 millisecond. Now that is fast. The Fierce Laser Gaming Mouse V2 will cost you $49.95. Its predecessor is now on sale for just $39.95 if you want the original.

Fujitsu M440 is the world’s first bio-mouse

Posted in Mouse by Conner Flynn on January 25th, 2011

Fujitsu has just released the M440, which is the world’s most eco-friendly mouse. For real. Producing this mouse puts less carbon dioxide into the air than creating one with regular plastic. That’s good for everybody. But that’s not all. All of the non-metal parts of the mouse are made from biologically sourced renewable compounds like lignin, starch, and natural resins.

It can even be more comfortable than a typical mouse due to the more elastic nature of the materials. Maybe one day all mice will be made like this. The Fujitsu M440 is just $22.

Google pays $10 million for fflick

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on January 25th, 2011

$10 million to Google is like $1 for us. Just a drop in the bucket. That’s how much the company paid to buy movie recommendation site fflick. It looks like this is a strategic move to boost its upcoming YouTube movie service. It is a movie recommendation site after all.

The deal is currently in progress and will help Google gain access to a Twitter-based sentiment engine that is capable of gauging whether viewers prefer a particular movie or whether it has recieved enough pre-release momentum. It isn’t clear whether fflick will survive as an independent company or will be consumed wholly by the almighty Google. The buyout should be announced formally before the week is over.

Samsung Galaxy Ace product page goes live

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on January 25th, 2011

Any details that you wanted to know about the Galaxy Ace S5830 from Samsung are now available for you via its official website. Some of the confirmed features include a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen display at 320 x 480 resolution, Swype keyboard for super fast typing on a virtual keyboard, HSDPA, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1.

There’s also support for social networking and a 5-megapixel camera. Looks like this handset will arrive with Android 2.2 and come in white and black.

PlayBook might hit 6 million sales mark in 2011

Posted in Playbook by Conner Flynn on January 25th, 2011

Things are looking up for the BlackBerry PlayBook from RIM. We know that it will have a comparable (or even better) battery life than the iPad. And now there is talk of a 6 million sales figure for the year ahead, according to RBC Capital Markets GM Mike Abramsky.

This figure comes from the data of an independent survey of 1,100 consumers that found out that 6% of respondents were likely to purchase the BlackBerry PlayBook as soon as it arrives. To put that in perspective, that is almost double the interest shown ahead of the iPad’s launch, so when you extrapolate that you get 6 million. Can RIM actually get those sales?

Tennessee’s Webb School makes iPads mandatory

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on January 25th, 2011

The iPad is all the rage at a private school in Knoxville, TN, where all students from fourth to 12th grade will now be required to carry iPads starting this August. Hey, it beats a backpack full of spine twisting books. The students can either provide their own tablet or lease a WiFi-only model for $20 a month.

Webb School hopes that the iPad will eventually replace traditional textbooks. We aren’t sure how effective an iPad only classroom can be, but I guess we will all find out soon enough.

Canon 300mm f/4 L lens turned into a mug

Posted in Canon by Conner Flynn on January 25th, 2011

Remember those lens mugs from awhile back that look like real camera lenses? Those were pretty realistic, but if you want something even more authentic, then how about a mug that was created from a real $1,300 Canon 300mm f/4 L lens?

Obviously the lens isn’t in working condition anymore, but it holds your favorite beverage. The proceeds from this sale will go to Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal of Australia to help victims of the Australia flood. The lens/mug is going for $609 right now and could go higher.

Google’s Cr-48 Chrome notebook now ships with stickers

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on January 25th, 2011

Remember Google’s Cr-48 Chrome notebook? Maybe you thought that the notebook looked too much like every other notebook out there. Well, fear not. Google has come up with a cheap gimmick to make it stand out from the pack.

Looks like the notebook is shipping with stickers that you can put on it. They are very colorful and obviously Chrome themed. The one above looks really nice. Maybe this will start a new trend of colorful laptop lids from manufacturers if they all start shipping stickers.

Samsung 750 and 950 3D LED monitors

Posted in HDTV by Conner Flynn on January 25th, 2011

Samsung’s new 750 series an 950 series will come in both 23 and 27 inch sizes with 1080p resolution, a two-millisecond response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, D-sub, HDMI, DisplayPort, and DVI-DualLink connectivity.

You can also get them with a TV tuner and they will handle 3D for gaming, TV, films, and user-generated content. The hybrid 750s and all the 950s can do 2D-to-3D conversion from PCs, Blu-ray players, gaming consoles, and set-top boxes. Sadly we don’t yet have a price, but we do know that the line hits stores in March.

Nexus S shows up in white

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on January 25th, 2011

The Nexus S has shown up with a new white coat, but it’s only on the back, leaving the front end the same old black. Hey, it may not be completely white, but at least it stands out from the norm. Aside from this variation, a “Silver Black” Nexus S was seen recently in European retailers’ listings.

That may be this one. We aren’t sure. It depends on how loose they interpret “silver.” No word yet on when or where this Nexus S will be on sale, but hopefully we will know soon.

ColorWare now coloring the Dyson Air Multiplier

Posted in Dyson by Conner Flynn on January 25th, 2011

ColorWare, the company that paints gadgets for excessive amounts of money now has another gadget to color. This time its the already overpriced $300 Dyson Air Multiplier getting the $450 ColorWare treatment. For that absurd price you’ll get a brand new “bladeless fan” with the airfoil, base, and control colors of your choice.

If you already own one, you can spend $150 to send yours in and get it painted up. If you think you can spend a few weeks without it that is.

RIM says PlayBook battery life will be ‘equal or greater than the iPad with smaller battery size’

Posted in Playbook by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2011

Lately RIM has been saying that its PlayBook slate would have “comparable” battery life to the iPad, but now it is going one better. The company’s senior business marketing VP Jeff McDowell has promised that the PlayBook will offer “equal or greater” battery life than Apple’s device, while using a smaller cell size. It’s an impressive boast.

If they can deliver what they claim, then the iPad needs to pay attention. Many people consider the battery to be one of the iPad’s greatest strengths. They have until that March launch to turn this claim into a reality.

Handyscope turns your iPhone into a Dermascope

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on January 24th, 2011

If you like to get all science-nerd on your skin, check this out. Handyscope is an optical attachment that transforms your iPhone into a dermascope. That’s what a dermatologist uses to examine your skin. The gadget uses its own app, which lets your iPhone multiply its magnification power.

You’ll be able to check out your zips or other skin irregularities. The handyscope is scheduled to arrive in February when the app can also be purchased at the Apple app store. I wouldn’t recommend it for hypochondriacs.