Archive for February, 2011

Coke and Heinz to use PlantBottles

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2011

The Coca-Cola Company has announced that its bottle technology will now also be used by Heinz for its ketchup packaging. The bottle technology was launched in 2009 and uses a plastic sourced from sugarcane waste to replace 30 per cent of the plastic in bottles.

Heinz will introduce PlantBottled ketchup this summer across the US. That means that 120 million of its 20-ounce retail and foodservice bottles will now get the partly renewable packaging. These PlantBottles will even have a special label with environmental messages. Coke wants to invest more than $150 million in the PlantBottle technology. Their goal is to reach 100 per cent renewable and recyclable packaging as soon as they can.

Samsung Galaxy S 4G gets torn apart

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2011

The Samsung Galaxy S 4G just became available today and if you are wondering what makes this phone tick, we now have a gadget autopsy that reveals all, thanks as usual to the folks over at iFixit, who have given it the standard teardown.

They tore it apart piece by piece, lovingly describing the process and every component. Just for you, you morbid people. This time they even used fire to conduct an experiment to determine the material of the main structural plate inside the phone. Spoiler: It’s made from aluminum.

Girl Scouts in Ohio accepting mobile payments for cookies

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2011

Girl scout cookies. Tasty and overpriced. So it’s understandable if you don’t have the cash that these girls want for their goods. If you’re in Northeast Ohio you won’t need cash anymore. The local Girl Scout group there has teamed up with Intuit to accept credit cards using the company’s GoPayment app for iOS and Android.

The Ohio group may have been the first to sign up, but Intuit is now also extending the same offer to Girl Scout organizations across the US. So you will likely see this in your area as well.

Amazon Prime Instant Video vs the competition

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2011

Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service is here, but how does its content measure up to the competition? Clicker.com has the answers and has created this handy chart to help sort out the detail. Netflix has a lot more content right now, that’s for sure, but the Amazon service compares more closely to Hulu Plus than anything else.

It’s a good start for Amazon though even though Amazon’s movie selections are lacking in high profile movies not already on Netflix, it does have some unavailable episodes of Mister Rogers Neighborhood, Bonanza and Dr. Who (1963), so that’s something. It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.

Motorola Xoom Honeycomb tablet available

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2011

It’s been over a month since the tablet was introduced at CES, and now the Android tablet from Motorola is finally here. The Motorola Xoom is Google’s Honeycomb (Android 3.0) device and will ship with stock Honeycomb and no fancy overlay, UI or Blur from Motorola.

Some features include a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, a 10.1″ display, dual cameras, and a battery life of 10 hours. This one may just be the Apple competitor we have been waiting for. The Motorola Xoom will cost $599 with a 2 year contract on Verizon and is available right now.

HTC Arrive announced on Sprint

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2011

Sprint is ready to announce the first ever CDMA Windows Phone 7, which will be making its debut on Sprint next month. It’s called the HTC Arrive and it will be the first time that a WP7 device will be running on a CDMA network.

This phone features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a 3.6″ WVGA display, and other specs that we’ve been seeing on the other WP7 phones like a 1GHz processor, 16GB of internal storage, and a 5 megapixel camera.

Verizon now offering 7-inch Galaxy Tab for $300 with a two-year contract

Posted in Verizon by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2011

Here’s a great deal on a tablet. Verizon is introducing a new two-year deal on the Samsung Galaxy Tab. The 7-inch tablet was previously available only on an unsubsidized basis, but now that the Motorola Xoom has become available with a $200 subsidy with a 24-month commitment, Verizon is extending the same deal to Tab buyers too.

So you now have a choice between the $500 no strings attached Galaxy Tab or a $300 version that locks you into a Verizon contract.

Sony PS2 handheld mod looks awesome

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on February 24th, 2011

This PS2 handheld looks pretty amazing. It was created by modder techknott. Sadly this PlayStation 2 handheld was made for a client, not for you or I. Interestingly, as good as this thing looks, it doesn’t have a built-in battery pack. (It cuts down on cost).

Still, it’s pretty awesome and very mobile. And downright sexy as far as PS2′s go. Techknott did a great job. If you ask nicely, he might even make you one of these bad boys.

Star Trek Bathrobes

Posted in Apparel by Reuben Drake on February 23rd, 2011

I’m not one for robes,but if I did wear them, I would definitely own this. These terrycloth robes were never seen on the show, but they should have been. They look geek-a-licious. These robes are available in both Command Yellow and Science officer Blue.

They even and have the appropriate rank and insignias. They’re available from ThinkGeek for $49.99. They look very comfortable and very geeky. Just don’t wear these when you go out. Please. For your own sake.

DirecTV intros iPad app

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on February 23rd, 2011

DirecTV has announced that they have plans to introduce an iPad app. The app would integrate the company’s wide range of satellite TV services. It will allow users to organize their favorite channels, browse sports games and view scores, tune into channels, or view other information like cast names and parental ratings.

Users can configure their home screen and customize the layout for their favorite channels, sports rosters, and modules for other content. It will work with any HD DVR connected to the home network, while the DVR functions can be controlled remotely. Sounds great for DirectTV users.

Gmail app for Android gets updated

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on February 23rd, 2011

Gmail users with Android phones have some good news today. Google has updated their Gmail app for the Android operating system. The update brings some new features and also fixes some bugs on the app.

Gingerbread devices will now be able to copy text with a long press, and all users will be able to sync custom label colors. While there isn’t anything earth shattering here, the ability to copy text with a long press is something that was very needed. Get thee to the Android Market to download it for yourself.

Is The Daily coming to Android tablets this spring?

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on February 23rd, 2011

You’ve probably been jealous of all of those iPad users reading The Daily on their iPads, right? Well, you won’t have to be jealous for long since it looks like News Corp’s tablet-only magazine could be heading to Android, maybe as soon as this spring.

The team has gotten a lot of help from Apple on the development side and as you know they were the first to use Apple’s new subscription service, so why wouldn’t they be ready for some Android? Hopefully this rumor has some truth to it.

Make a hidden light switch bust like Batman’s

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on February 23rd, 2011

If you want to be like Batman and have a Batcave, you are going to need a cool way to open it up and get down there. Like Batman’s Shakespeare bust for instance. Now you can build one yourself by following the guide made by The New Hobbyist.

It will save money, instead of having to buy one, plus you can use any bust or statue you want. You’ll need the bust and a remote control light switch. With a little bit of work you’ll be entering your Batcave in style in no time.

Razer Chimaera Wireless Gaming Headphones for Xbox 360 and PC

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on February 23rd, 2011

Razer has some new headphones that will work with the Xbox 360 and the PC. They are called the Chimaera and are available in two styles. A standard stereo version and a 5.1 surround sound version.

Both are wireless and use rechargeable batteries. The Stereo version uses 2.4GHz wireless technology and the 5.1 version uses 5.8GHz. Both also feature a mic that can be flipped up and out of the way. Sound is handled with large 50mm neodymium drivers.

AT&T Samsung Captivate gets Android 2.2 on Thursday

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on February 23rd, 2011

The Galaxy S support team has announced via Twitter that the Samsung Captivate on AT&T will get the long overdue upgrade to Android 2.2 on Thursday. The updates will begin to be sent out over the air on Thursday, but not all handsets will get it at the same time, expect it to take several days.

Android 2.2 brings more support for voice commands and better app updating, the option of moving apps to or from SD cards and a general speed-up.