Archive for January, 2011

PSP2 may have 3G connection, AMOLED screen

Posted in PSP by Conner Flynn on January 23rd, 2011

We have some more PSP2 rumors today. Nikkei believes that Sony’s new handheld will have a data-only 3G connection allowing an always-on way to play multiplayer games or access the PlayStation Store. The connection would come from NTT DoCoMo in Japan and maybe other carriers.

We don’t have any info on how pricing would work. Discounted 3G rates could be the ticket here. Users might get a free but small amount of data every month and pay extra only when they need to expand the amount of data they use. In other news, the handheld’s touchscreen is now AMOLED rather than the expected LCD. Is that realistic though? Maybe not. AMOLED’s chief supplier Samsung is still facing production shortages that would keep it from large-scale AMOLED production until later in 2011.

Art Lebedev Optimus mini six key companion

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on January 23rd, 2011

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything from Art Lebedev, but now we hear that it has been working on a new companion keyboard for this year. The Optimus mini six is a keyboard-side companion like the mini three. We don’t have many details at the moment, but we do know that it will use the same in-key screens of the Optimus Popularis.

We also don’t have any idea on when it will launch either. The full-size Popularis keyboard was supposed to ship by the end of 2010 but was delayed by a “recent financial crisis,”. They will now ship the mini six ahead of the Popularis sometime in 2011.

Korean music video shows LG G-Slate with 3D

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on January 23rd, 2011

Rumors that the LG G-Slate would go 3D seem to have been confirmed by a Korean music video. Seungri’s clip for “What Can I Do” shows the device for the first time outside of a press event. It appears to show the dual cameras that would be needed for shooting 3D video. Earlier rumors had suggested a glasses-free 3D display and that seems to be the case.

A recent FCC filing which shows two holes on the back also supports that it has 3D. Other details are the front camera, HDMI and micro USB ports and an optional stand. The G-Slate should be based on NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 and have Android 3.0 on the 8.9-inch 1280×720 screen and 1080p video when using the HDMI output.

Apple App Store hits 10 Billionth Download

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on January 23rd, 2011

The other day we told you how close the App Store was to reaching the 10 billion mark and now it has happened. 10 billion individual apps have now been downloaded. The lucky 10 billionth person will get a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card. MacPhun is also giving away $5,000 to the same person.

This is a huge milestone for Apple, not to mention a great prize for the lucky winner. I wonder how long it will take for Apple to double this number?

Card Reader that stores your Cards

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on January 23rd, 2011

Most card readers just do what it says on the tin, read cards, but this concept design goes one step further. It provides a simple solution to store all of those memory cards you have. Peng Qixuan has designed this card reader and we like what we see.

You can easily store your memory cards inside, while it functions as a card reader with a retractable USB port. This card reader would be a perfect travel companion. Too bad it’s just a concept right now.

DiscGear Selector 100 will organize your DVD and Blu-ray Discs

Posted in DVD by Conner Flynn on January 23rd, 2011

Do you have DVD or Blu-ray discs everywhere and need to get organized? The DiscGear Selector 100 is a DVD/ Blu-ray disc organizer that will help you to keep your movie collection more tidy. The DiscGear Selector 100 has 100 compartments for you to store up to a 100 discs.

It features a one-touch disc retrieval system and an index slider so that you know which discs you’re looking for and can easily select what you want. Just find the right number, move a slider to it, press down and your disc pops out.

Dominos Pizza website hacked, customer data leaked

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on January 23rd, 2011

You might not be aware of this fact, but Dominos Pizza has been in India for more than a decade, so they decided to launch their online ordering system late last year. Clearly they weren’t ready for that move as a hacker managed to get a lot of customer data by hacking into their server.

The company isn’t saying what the extent of the damage is, but they have sent an apologetic letter to customers. Online privacy is apparently not taken very seriously. Their privacy policy is dated 2005.

Motorola Xoom launching February 17th at Best Buy for $700

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on January 23rd, 2011

An $800 price for the Motorola Xoom was leaked yesterday, so now we just need to know when. And thanks to an internal Best Buy document, we know that February 17th is the launch date for Motorola’s Honeycomb tablet.

There’s also confirmation that the Xoom will come with 32GB of onboard storage, and that price? Well, now it looks like it will be $699.99, which is a little better than 800 right? Who will be heading to Best Buy on the 17th?

Gorenje iChef oven with touchscreen

Posted in Kitchen by Conner Flynn on January 23rd, 2011

Gorenje’s iChef oven sports some finger-friendly controls and it’s more than just time and temperature. It has sixty-five preset dishes it can cook automatically, 150 slots for you to program your own, and you can even bake in three separate stages for those who actually know how to cook.

The touchscreen is filled with pictures of food to make it even easier. The oven hits Europe this spring for a crazy amount of money that neither you or I can afford.

Retro Calculator iPhone 4 case

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on January 22nd, 2011

This may look like an average retro calculator, but it is actually an iPhone 4 case with a super realistic looking decal. This retro calculator case consists of a clear hard plastic case plus the decal and retails for $19.50 on etsy.

Great for an April Fool’s day prank or an anytime prank. I bet it would even fool the nerdiest of math nerds. It looks very convincing. Except for the camera hole.

Razer Onza available for Pre-Order

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on January 22nd, 2011

The Razer Onza controller for the Xbox 360 comes in two versions, a Tournament edition and the standard edition. Both controllers have the same basic features: a precision D-pad, enhanced ergonomics, two programmable buttons, and a 15-foot long braided cable. The standard version features a textured surface for better grip while the Tournament edition has a rubberized body to give you a good grip.

The main difference is that the Tournament edition features adjustable resistance on both analog sticks for the best precision. The tournament edition is so in demand that it is already sold out for pre-order at $49.99, but you can still get the standard version for $39.99.

Android Market to hit Google TV sets in March or April?

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on January 22nd, 2011

While Google TV has had it share of challenges, Google isn’t giving up. They are moving forward on the platform in a big way if rumors are accurate. Now rumor has it that Google is adding a filtration system into the Android Market that will prevent users of non-touchscreen devices from viewing apps that require a touchscreen.

That would be very useful if the Android Market arrives on Google TV, since you wouldn’t want to sort through apps that don’t work on your device. The rumor is that Android Market for Google TV is expected to arrive very soon. In March or April specifically.

LaCie unveils 4GB USB Galet Flash Drive

Posted in LaCie by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2011

If you are in the market for a more stylish USB drive, than the new LaCie Galet 4GB USB drive might be what you are after. LaCie has teamed up with French luxury brand Christofle to create the design for their new LaCie Galet. Each piece is individually plated with precious silver using Christofle’s 150 year-old silvering process.

The French-finished memory LaCie 4GB drive comes in a gift box and can even be worn as a necklace if you want. The LaCie Galet is available now for £94.99 ($152) and includes LaCie’s Private-Public software with password protection.

Toshiba announces dynabook 3D Notebook

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2011

Toshiba is launching a 3D notebook just like everybody else, with the Launch of the Toshiba Dynabook T441/D8B, which is one of the companies first 3D notebooks. The Toshiba dynabook 3D features a 15.6 inch LCD display with a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels, an Intel Core i7 2630QM 2GHz processor and a 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M graphics card.

Other specifications include 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a 750GB hard drive, a 0.3 megapixel web camera, one USB 3.0 port and three USB 2.0 ports. It also features HDMI, Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and it will come with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.

Apple releases Universal Bumper Case for Verizon and AT&T iPhone

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2011

The new verizon iPhone 4 has a slightly different design than the original iPhone 4, which seems to have fixed the iPhone death grip issue, but now the original iPhone 4 bumper case will not fit the Verizon iPhone. And so Apple has released a new universal bumper case to fit both phones.

The main difference on the Verizon iPhone 4 is that the mute switch sits slightly lower than on the original iPhone 4, so the new bumper design makes sure that it will work with both versions of the iPhone 4.