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Amazon to buy UK movie streaming and rental service Lovefilm

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on January 20th, 2011

Amazon has announced that it has some spare change and has agreed to buy up all the remaining shares of Lovefilm that it didn’t already own. The British company is a subscription-based movie rental and streaming service for the UK, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

Looks like Amazon might have the final piece in place to battle Netflix. The acquisition is expected to be complete by the end of Q1 of this year.

Samsung’s HDTV-based app store passes two million downloads

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on January 20th, 2011

Reaching two million downloads in a year is quite a feat when you are talking about apps from a TV maker and it’s the largest number we’ve seen from a TV maker as well. Today Samsung’s app store is available in over 120 countries and features roughly 380 applications, 259 of which are totally free.

It also helps that they have already sold tons of Smart TVs and plan to ship 12 million more in 2011 alone. Samsung definitely has a good thing going here.

Starbucks app lets you pay by phone

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

Do you like the idea of paying for things by using your phone? What about coffee? Well, Starbucks has announced that its mobile payment test has concluded and that the service is now available in all stores around the country.

This means that you can now pay for your coffee if you use the iPhone or a Blackberry, using the official Starbucks App. The app can be funded using either your credit card or PayPal. Once your jittery coffee fueled hands get money in your app account, all you need to do is place your order and then hold your device with the barcode on the screen under the scanner at the counter. Pretty convenient no?

The Samsung ST6500 was designed to be comfortable in your hands

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

Samsung has just launched the ST6500 which has a slightly squished look. That’s because it is designed to be curved around the lens and angled at 7 degrees so that it fits more comfortably in your hands. That’s something we can all appreciate. The ST6500 packs a 16 megapixel sensor, 5X optical zoom, a Samsung Lens f = f4.7~23.5mm and a 3″ multi-purpose LCD touchscreen.

The camera supports 720p HD video recording and has some in-built tools to help with your photographs and do some minor touchups on the go. The ST6500 will cost $229 when it becomes available in March.

Portable Spider Pocket Speaker E500

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

If you like to listen to your music on the go, from a speaker rather than headphones, then the Spider Pocket Speaker E500 can help. It’s a battery powered portable speaker that will work with almost any music device available.

The speaker uses a 3.5mm headphone jack so it will work with the iPhone, iPods, notebooks and tons of other devices. The internal rechargeable battery will give you about eight hours of playback per charge and the speaker measures just 68.5mm x 68.5mm x 42mm.

ASUS Eee Slate EP121 Windows-based tablet available for pre-order

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2011

The Microsoft online store is now taking pre-orders for ASUS’ Windows-based tablet, the Eee Slate EP121. The tablet is selling for $1,099 and if you have the scratch, it will start shipping on January 24th. The Eee Slate EP121 sports a 12.1-inch capacitive multitouch display, a 1.33GHz Intel Core i5-U470 processor, and 4GB of RAM.

Some other features include 32GB or 64GB of storage, a card reader, a 2.0-megapixel webcam, WiFi, Bluetooth, a mini-HDMI port and comes pre-loaded with Windows 7 Home Premium.

Silicon Power 32GB Class 4 microSDHC Card

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

Need a little more storage space in your microSDHC card? Well, Silicon Power has unveiled their newest powerful bit of silicone, a 32GB microSDHC card which comes with Class 4 Speed specification.

This tiny card can store up to 9,000 photos, 6,000 songs or 500 minutes of HD video, and will give you transfer speeds of at least 4MB/s. Unfortunately, there’s no word on pricing right now. Hopefully we will know soon.

eGANG W3 IGM-7000 Audio Mouse

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

eGANG Corporation has released the W3 IGM-7000 Audio Mouse. The device comes with a built-in stereo speaker and a microphone. It also offers 1000dpi tracking, a 2-channel stereo speaker and a microphone that can be used for listening to music and making VoIP calls.

It’s basically an all in one mouse. Well, not all, but the eGANG W3 IGM-7000 Audio Mouse does more than yours does. It is also ergonomically designed and has browsing control and volume control buttons.

Yahoo accepts Google and Facebook logins

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

Last year Yahoo started using Bing to power its search engine and this year they have announced that they will be accepting Google and Facebook account logins via the OpenID authentication protocol. Yahoo! says that this will make it easier for users to access their services without the need to sign up.

The new OpenID authentication system starts tomorrow. I wonder if we will see much more of Yahoo, since this doesn’t look good for them. They wish that others would be accepting their logins instead.

Veebeam streams media to your TV via Wi-Fi

Posted in Media Streamers by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2011

Veebeam HD will provide an easy solution for streaming your PC display directly to your TV via Wi-Fi. You can enjoy 1080p or 480i PC display mirroring and video “play-to” support to your HDTV via the Veebeam wireless HDMI receiver.

The Veebeam creates a point-to-point, 150Mb/s wireless connection between the USB Antenna and the receiver, so you can stream media without using your home network, and therefore not bottleneck it for other users.

Nokia E7 available to pre-order in Finland

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

Last we heard, the new Nokia E7 would be delayed until 2011. And sure enough it is now 2011 and now it looks like the Nokia E7 is finally available to pre-order. In Finland. The Nokia E7 will start shipping in Finland in February.

There are no details on when it will be available in the rest of Europe and the US. The device comes with a 4 inch touchscreen display, a full slide out QWERTY keyboard and runs Symbian 3. It also sports an eight megapixel camera that can record HD video in 720p, and a battery that will give users up to 18 days of standby time and 9 hours of talk time.

Activision considering closing PS3 Black Ops servers

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

An Activision support representative has suggested that Activision may be considering or has considered the possibility of closing PS3 Black Ops servers due to problems reported by players. If you play Black Ops on the PS3, then you know those problems very well.

A refund petition was started last year and had 8,800 signatures after 5 weeks. Players are complaining of frame rate issues, disconnects, lagging and hard freezes and other problems. I don’t know about you, but I play all the time and while there are problems, I spend 99% of my time just playing and enjoying flawless games.

Asus announces Eee PC Sirocco 1015PW Netbook

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

Asus has another new netbook with the launch of the Eee PC Sirocco 1015PW netbook. It is basically a 1015PW netbook with a new textured paint job to make it look cooler. It comes with a 1.5GHz Intel Atom N550 dual core processor, 1GB of DDR3 RAM, and your choice of either a 320GB or 250GB hard drive.

Some other features include a 10 inch LCD display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, Bluetooth 3.0 and integrated 802.11 b/g/n WiFi. Sadly, there are no details on pricing or availability yet.

Linksys E4200 Wireless-N Router sports a stylish design

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

A gadget can’t get by on looks alone, but sometimes they can go a long way. That’s the case with this Cisco/Linksys E4200 router. The Wireless-N router will deliver best-in-class speed and performance and is equipped with 6 antennas which deliver maximum range and reliability.

These also double your network bandwidth with simultaneous dual-band N (2.4 and 5 GHz) for high performance wireless entertainment. It has 4 Gigabit Ethernet posts for as much as 10 times faster wired speeds. You can expect it to hit the stores in the next few months for $180.

Samsung’s Chat 350 Phone

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

Samsung will update it’s Chat series phone with a QWERTY addition called the Chat 350. This phone is heavily influenced by the chunky Samsung Champ 3300. They are both thick.

Some specs include a 4 inch QVGA touchscreen display (No OLED), Quad-band GSM connectivity without 3G, Bluetooth 2.1, music player, FM radio, 2MP camera, and MicroSD card support. It looks pretty lame as thick as it is. No word yet on pricing and availability.