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Kinect and Wiimote hack for Dead Space 2

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on February 12th, 2011

We’ve seen other hacks where the Kinect uses a Nintendo Wiimote, but the creator of this hack used the FAAST emulator for the Kinect and GlovePIE for the Wiimote, allowing you to have some pretty interesting Dead Space 2 games.

One interesting aspect of this hack is the ability to stomp on your the aliens in the game, which looks very satisfying. I’d love to play DS2 like this. Looks like a lot of fun.

Samsung HDTVs getting updated version of the Netflix Watch Instantly interface

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on February 12th, 2011

Those of us with a PS3 have had the new Netflix interface for a while,but now Samsung HDTVs are getting the updated version of the Netflix Watch Instantly interface. The latest interface appeared after a firmware upgrade on a UN46C6500 LCD HDTV.

Now you can search through Netflix’s catalog directly on the device, but you still won’t be able to add DVDs to your queue. There’s no official word on this yet, so it might be a test phase or a slow rollout, so it might not appear right away.

VTech InnoPad Tablet for kids

Posted in VTech by Conner Flynn on February 11th, 2011

All of the adults have tablets, so obviously kids are going to want one for themselves. VTech is here to help, with the InnoPad. This kid friendly tablet features a 5” color touchscreen LCD, a tilt-sensor for game control, a microphone, a USB port, SD card slot and a headphone jack. It is housed inside of a rugged kid friendly design.

Kids can unlock the interactive and animated reading, educational gaming and creative magic of the InnoPad in different ways since they have a ton of cartridges in the works, or they can download interactive e-books and learning games from VTech’s Learning Lodge Navigator. It also has an integrated MP3 player for listening to songs and a video player. Over 100 titles will be available for download by the end of this year.

Samsung Germany offers free Galaxy Tab customization

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on February 11th, 2011

Leaping Lizards on a tablet! Samsung Germany has teamed up with YOUNiik to provide custom body skins to new Galaxy Tab users. The company will give a free custom skin to anyone who bought the Galaxy Tab from January 2011 to March 31, 2011.

Users can choose from up to 1,500 different skins or they can create a custom skin from their personal images. Knowing the Germans I bet there will be a lot of David Hasselhoff skins. Do they still love david Hasselhoff?

Is Apple Working on the iPhone mini?

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on February 11th, 2011

With the release of a new version of the iPhone, we always hear rumors that Apple is working on a smaller version of the iPhone, and right on schedule we have more of these rumors. Bloomberg is reporting that Apple will be releasing an iPhone Mini this year.

Normally, we would laugh, but what Bloomberg is saying makes a lot of sense, since a smaller iPhone would open up a new market for Apple, which they will need with all of the tablet competition. The new iPhone Mini could retail for $200 without a contract, which would open up the iPhone to a budget market. It is supposedly one third smaller than the existing iPhone with no home button.

Nokia Windows Phone 7 Confirmed

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on February 11th, 2011

Nokia has confirmed that it will use Microsoft’s new mobile OS Windows Phone 7 and it will be one of the primary platforms for Nokia. Windows Phone 7 will bring a range of things to Nokia smartphones, for instance, Microsoft brands like Bing, Xbox, and Microsoft Office on Nokia Windows Phone 7 devices.

Nokia says that they intend to help define the platform, which will include helping Microsoft on hardware optimization, software customization, language support and also help bringing Windows Phone 7 to other price points and more countries. Sounds like they are dating.

Samsung Galaxy S2 specs leaked

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on February 11th, 2011

Samsung had announced that they would show off their new dual core Android smartphone at MWC 2011 next week, and now we have some possible specifications on the Samsung Galaxy S2. Those specs include a dual core 1.2GHz Samsung Exynos processor and a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display.

Other specs include 1GB of RAM and an 8 megapixel camera that can record Full HD video in 1080p and a front facing 1.3 megapixel camera for video chat, built in NFC technology and Bluetooth 3.0. Android 2.3 Gingerbread will be running things.

Samsung’s Dual Core Mobile Processor is called Exynos

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on February 11th, 2011

The new Samsung Galaxy S2 will feature a new dual core Samsung processor, which will be called Exynos. The dual core Exynos processor will go into production next month and the first phone to use it should be the new Samsung Galaxy S2.

Samsung hasn’t released any specifications on the new Exynos processor, but we know that the model in the new Galaxy S2 will be a 1.2GHz dual core version. Exynos comes from the Greek words ‘smart (exypnos)’ and ‘green (prasinos)’ to associate Samsung’s ‘smart and green’ strategy.

HTC Wildfire 2 specs revealed

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on February 10th, 2011

We have some leaked specs on the HTC Wildfire 2. It packs in a Qualcomm MSM 7227 600MHz processor, a 3.2″ TFT touchscreen display with 320 x 480 resolution, a 5-megapixel camera, 384MB RAM, a microSDHC memory card slot and Wi-Fi.

The rest of the specs are above for your perusal. Sounds like a good solid device. After all, the HTC Wildfire was a decent mid-range Android phone. Now all we need are some press shots and the cat will be completely out of the bag.

Zipz Shoes let you zip your shoes on and off

Posted in Foot Apparel by Conner Flynn on February 10th, 2011

Zips shoes make more sense than regular shoes. They are the world’s first and only interchangeable shoe system! They have the ability to interchange shoe components any way you want. The line has an impressive collection of patterns and styles for both the covers and the souls and you can change it all up with ease. Have shoes your way.

Heck, you could turn one pair of shoes into as many as you like. Just zip on and zip off different tops and bottoms to create the shoe you want to wear. Designwise you have a much better selection than with typical shoes. You’ll have to email about pricing but you can check out their catalog to see the entire line-up. They look pretty fun.

iPad 3 coming this fall?

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on February 10th, 2011

We are still waiting for the iPad 2 to be made official, but there are already rumors about an iPad 3 that could be out as early as this fall. Sure, I guess it could happen. The rumor goes like this. Apple will unveil the iPad 2, which will be a modest update to the original iPad. It’ll get a front-facing camera, a faster processor, more RAM as well as support for both AT&T and Verizon’s networks. It won’t get a new retina display.

Then, during the fall/holiday season, Apple will unveil a bigger upgrade to the iPad, one with the higher-resolution display. The thinking is that this will allow Apple to adjust the yearly upgrade window for the iPad to be right in the middle of the holiday shopping season. That does make sense.

INQ Cloud Touch and Cloud Q Facebook Phones

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on February 10th, 2011

INQ has been working on some Facebook Phones, and now the company has unveiled two models the INQ Cloud Touch and the Cloud Q. Both feature Facebook integration and both run on Google’s Android OS and come with Android 2.2 Froyo.

The INQ Cloud Touch features a 3.5 inch HVGA display, while the Cloud Q has a 2.6 inch display and a QWERTY keyboard. The Cloud Touch packs in a Qualcomm 7227 processor and comes with 4GB of storage, which can be upgraded via a microSD card.

Kito Keyboard Slippers for computer nerds

Posted in Foot Apparel by Conner Flynn on February 10th, 2011

There’s no better way to celebrate your love of both slippers and computers than with these dorky keyboard slippers from Kito. You’ll make quite a fashion statement and everyone will know what a nerd you are on sight.

The sizes available range from 36 to 41. Color schemes for the foot straps are yellow, red, or dark blue. Each pair will cost you $29. Try not to hit Cntrl-Alt-Del or you might trip and fall. So, who’s man enough to buy a pair?

Packard Bell Maestro 230 LED Monitor

Posted in Packard Bell by Conner Flynn on February 10th, 2011

Packard Bell never rests. Now they have unveiled their latest and greatest? LED monitor, the Maestro 230. As you can see in the image, it displays bubbles super well. This 23-inch W-LED backlight monitor supports a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and provides a 12,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio.

Other features include 250 cd/m2 brightness, a 5ms response time, and it comes with D-Sub, DVI and HDMI connectors. You can expect the Maestro 230 to go on sale in April for 199 Euro (or about $272).

Logitec LDE-WIHD101TR Wireless HD Dongles

Posted in Media Streamers by Conner Flynn on February 10th, 2011

Logitec Japan has introduced a truly useful gadget in the form of this set. It’s an HDMI 1.4a wireless transmitter and receiver called the Logitec LDE-WIHD101TR.

With these dongles you will be able to stream your HD video and audio content from one location to another within a 10-meter radius. Sounds pretty handy. Expect the Logitec LDE-WIHD101TR to be launched in Japan next month for 60,000 Yen (or $726).