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Archive for February, 2011

HP’s webOS 3.0 TouchPad tablet to launch in April

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2011

We told you about the HP TouchPad tablet earlier this month and of course we were intrigued by HP’s webOS 3.0-powered TouchPad. Now DigiTimes is reporting that we’ll be able to get our hands on one in just a couple of months. HP’s upstream component partners expect the device to go on sale in April, with delivery to retailers by the end of March.

The Motorola XOOM is set to launch on February 24th, and a rumored update to the iPad is also expected to be coming soon, so the TouchPad will have plenty of competition. HP hasn’t announced pricing for the TouchPad yet, but if it is priced attractively, the device may be able to attract buyers.

Sony demos 3D dual-view split screen 3D gaming

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2011

Sony recently demonstrated some new technology that lets different people see different images on a TV screen, depending on what angle they are viewing the TV from. They are calling it dual-view and the technology will allow users to compete in multiplayer games without having a split screen.

There are other potential uses as well, like the ability to watch 2 TV shows at the same time, on the same screen, even though audio would need to be split using headphones or something.

Samsung Windows Phone 7 owners phones “bricked” after update

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2011

Here’s some not so good news for Microsoft. After releasing the Windows Phone 7 update this week, it looks like some users out there have ended up with a bricked phone, having no way to fix it except for a factory reset or returning it to the store.

Apparently it is only affecting a small number of people, but what is your definition of a small number? Hopefully they can resolve this issue very quickly and take care of these users. Interestingly, this was only a minor update, so we hope that Microsoft will learn from it’s mistakes here.

Amazon launches unlimited streaming for Prime subscribers

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2011

We knew it was coming and now Amazon has unveiled its “free” video streaming for Prime members. If you are a Prime member and get your subscription-based two-day shipping, you can now enjoy streaming of 5,000 pieces of “prime eligible” content. This includes some recent movies and a whole bunch of TV shows.

On some foreign films you even have the choice of subtitles or dubbed, and a large portion of this content is still available to “rent” or “buy”. This is only for paid Prime subscribers in the US right now.

Big Surprise, PlayStation hacker ban not working

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2011

Last week Sony said that those who hack their PlayStation 3 consoles would have their PlayStation Network access “terminated permanently.” Hackers didn’t care for that message or the tone. Now hackers have reportedly found a way to unban themselves and more than that, they can actually ban any other console they want.

However, to do this, the hackers need to know the unique ID assigned to the other console that they’ll be banning, so it might be more a case of swapping a “good” ID onto a “bad” console. We don’t have any more info, but keep your PS3 ID to yourself.

New MacBook Pros may get SSD booting, large trackpads

Posted in MacBook by Reuben Drake on February 21st, 2011

Apple’s upcoming MacBook Pro update could take some cues from the new MacBook Air. They wouldn’t use SSD-only storage but would get an 8GB or 16GB boot drive for the OS either way. This move would let the MacBook Pros get the quick boot and fast resume support of the Air without sacrificing anything in storage.

They may also be getting larger trackpads than the ones available today. They may also get lighter, by as much as half a pound on average, but we don’t know how this would be accomplished.

Mitsubishi 92″ 3D Home Cinema TV

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

Chances are most of us have a home theater TV screen from 32 inches to 50 something. But how about a 92 inch TV? Mitsubishi’s new TV is exactly that size and is the latest addition to its 3D Home Cinema TV line. It uses Digital Light Processing (DLP) technology to bring your home theater to life when you’re watching HD or 3D movies.

It packs in 4 HDMI inputs, multiple speakers and speaker outputs to hook up to your audio system and Bluetooth so you can stream audio to the TV. The Mitsubishi 92″ 3D Home Cinema TV will cost you $6,000 and will be available soon.

PlayStation Move and a turntable used to track the Earth’s rotation

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on February 21st, 2011

Fancy yourself an amateur scientist? Do you want to track the Earth’s rotation from your home? Well, if you have a few simple tools, you can do just that. The device above is called Copernitron and features a PlayStation Move controller, a turntable, and a homebrew Helmholtz coil which cancels out interference caused by our planet’s magnetic field.

It sends data to a Linux PC via Bluetooth and measures the Earth’s rotation, locates geographic north, and determines altitude. This is achieved by measuring the controller’s movements as it spins around at 45 RPM.

GammaTech introduces rugged Core i7 Durabook notebook

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on February 21st, 2011

GammaTech, the company that sounds like they gave the Hulk his powers, has introduced a rugged notebook in the 15.6-inch Durabook S15C. It sports a magnesium alloy case and conforms to 810G military standards. The hard drive is encased in a cable that will absorb shocks and the keyboard is spill-resistant.

The optical drive bay even has a lock-out that will prevent it from opening when the notebook is dropped. There is also double protection battery circuits to prevent overheating and over-voltage damage. Yes, they went above and beyond with this one.

Amazon takes a shot at the iPad’s readability again in new TV ad

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on February 21st, 2011

Amazon took another opportunity to hit the iPad where it hurts, namely it’s readability, in a new TV commercial for the Kindle. The 30-second ad points to the Apple tablet’s glossy LCD as a weakness, whihe e-paper on the Kindle reader has “no glare” to interfere with reading and can even be read in bright sunlight.

The ad also paints the Kindle as the savior of books, saying that “the book lives on:” the Kindle Store has over 800,000 titles. And they also focus on battery life is a quick focus, as the Kindle will last on a charge for a month.

French guy plays Mario Kart in real life

Posted in Humor by Conner Flynn on February 21st, 2011

How many times have you been in traffic and wished you could play Mario Kart in real life? Well, French humorist Rémi Gaillard actually did just that. He played Super Mario Kart in real life by driving a go-cart through city traffic while disguised as Mario. I wish I could have seen it firsthand.

And yes, he even tosses banana peels at other cars and drivers and even collects power-ups. Eventually some French motorcycle cops catch up to him, so don’t try this yourself.

Titanium ARMOR iPad cover

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on February 21st, 2011

We’ve seen our share of iPad covers, but the ARMOR cover may be the best when it comes to simplicity and protection. There’s an aluminum version for $75 and a titanium version for $160. It was designed by Japanese metal workers to provide the best protection for the iPad’s screen and let’s face it, that’s the part you worry about.

It may not have an embedded keyboard, or a kick stand, but with this material you won’t have to worry about your device at all, and that beats having those extras.

Old Nintendo GameCubes turned into desktop organizers

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on February 21st, 2011

Need to spice up your office space? How about this hand-crafted Nintendo GameCube desktop organizer? These are made by Etsy seller GreenCub , who removes all of the GameCube’s innards, adding pencil/pen slots where its power and reset buttons once were, and controller ports that are now a drawer.

The disc tray is now a storage tray. Even the side vents are converted into a magnetic paperclip holder and the carry handle is an iPhone/iPod holder. He did a great job and now I want one for my desk. There are three colors available with prices starting from $40 to $50.

Thanko pen-sized 720p camcorder

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on February 21st, 2011

Thanko has released a tiny HD video camera in the shape of a USB stick. The Video Pen HD will shoot 720p, 30FPS videos from the pocket of your shirt. It stores the recordings onto microSDHC memory cards up to 32GB in capacity, and has a quarter-inch, five-megapixel CMOS sensor.

The video clips are 30 minutes in total, and the built-in battery will charge in three hours. Photos shoot at the full five-megapixel (3200×2400) size. An HDMI and USB cable are included and the device can also serve as a microSDHC card reader.

Nintendo 3DS Teardown

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on February 21st, 2011

The Nintendo 3DS was torn apart before it was even official and now a Chinese site has been able to get their hands on another 3DS before the official release in Japan. They have done their own teardown, revealing all its secrets.

Tearing apart devices is fun and can’t be done too many times after all. The official launch of the Nintendo 3DS will be March 27 in the US with the console priced at $249.99. Europe will get it a few days earlier, for an unknown price.