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Google investing into Celebrity YouTube Channels

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

Hollywood may be using Youtube a bit more soon if Google’s plans to invest in Celebrity YouTube Channels pays off. Google wants to expand its celebrity channels by offering already established stars $5 million dollars to create their own YouTube channel. Google wants to invest $100 million dollars in the project, backing 20 celebrities. The $5 million investment by Google would would cover salaries, production values, and give the celebrity full ownership of the YouTube show.

The company will need to proceed carefully, to make sure that they don’t alienate the existing community of users. It will be interesting to see what happens.

Hanvon HPad A112 Multimedia e-Reader

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on February 21st, 2011

Hanvon is looking forward to showcasing their latest multimedia e-Reader at the upcoming CeBIT 2011. The device is called the HPad A112 and features a 7-inch 800 x 600 (capacitive or resistive) touchscreen display, a 720MHz ARM11 processor and a 3.0-megapixel rear-facing camera.

Other features include 2GB of flash storage, a microSD card slot (up to 32GB), WiFi, Bluetooth, a mini HDMI port, a USB port, GPS (optional), 3G (optional), a 3300mAh battery and it runs on Android 2.2 Froyo.

Samsung launching five new NX lenses

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

Samsung is launching five new lenses for its NX Series of mirror-less cameras, bringing the number of lenses to 10 for that system. These lenses will feature Samsung’s i-Function that allows the user use one physical control to set various parameters of the camera. For example, if you like taking photos without using a flash, Samsung has a few “fast” lenses: the 16mm f2.4 pancake, the 60mm f2.8 and the 85mm f1.4. That last is great for taking portraits indoors.

If you want a “do-it-all” lens, the 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 should work good for you outdoors. There’s also the 16-80mm f3.5-4.5 if you don’t want an extreme zoom.

World’s thinnest smartphone from NEC is just 7.7mm thick

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

We have some pictures of NEC’s upcoming Android phone, which is super skinny. The NEC Medias is just 7.7mm thick all the way from the top to the bottom, not just in one area, like the Xperia Arc is. The phone will weigh just 105g, with a 4″ (854 x 480) display and an 800MHz processor.

Other features include a 5.1 megapixel camera, digital TV tuner and an e-wallet function. It will run on Android 2.2 and we aren’t holding our breath waiting for this one in the US. So, how did they get it so thin?

Motorola Xoom to ship without Flash support on February 24th

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

Verizon’s Xoom webpage is live and someone has already spotted some not so good news in the small print: “Adobe Flash expected Spring 2011.” That means that the Xoom tablet won’t have Flash at launch. Very disappointing.

It’s likely waiting for 10.2 for mobile devices, which is scheduled to arrive in the next few weeks. Hey, at least you won’t have to worry about flash ads when you get it. You won’t have to worry about flash at all.

Sanwa iPad Stand with Stereo Speaker

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on February 20th, 2011

You certainly have plenty of choices when it comes to iPad stands, with or without speakers, but Sanwa is hoping that you choose their recently launched version. The 400-SP013 is their latest aluminum stand for the iPad.

It was designed by Taiwanese company KEYDEX and it isn’t very hard on the eyes. We’ve seen much worse. It’s pretty basic and this iPad stand also comes equipped with a pair of 1.5W speakers for quality audio. Sadly we don’t have any info on pricing at the moment, but hopefully we will have that info soon.

Samsung demonstrates new 3D SmartTV that won’t cause dizziness

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on February 20th, 2011

There’s why it doesn’t cause dizziness, because you can’t take your eyes off of those cute gals on either side. I’m assuming that’s the reason, anyway. Samsung has demonstrated its latest 3D Smart TV in Korea. It comes with a variety of interactive features and media accessible via Samsung’s Smart HUB. This allows you to enjoy VOD content, use Skype or GTalk, YouTube and will also give you access to any of your media on external devices or on your network (DLNA).

And you can control your TV viewing experience directly from your Samsung Android Smartphone or your GalaxyTab Tablet. Sounds like a winner to us already, but it gets even better. Samsung has announced that this TV will feature new 3D glasses with Active shutter, which have been improved to reduce dizziness and eye fatigue. Which likely means that headaches will be reduced as well.

Sega toys unveils Wappy Dog

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on February 20th, 2011

Forget the i-Dog. Check out this toe tapping robotic dog called Wappy Dog from Sega Toys. Sega Toys and Activision will be releasing this new robotic mutt alongside a video game for the Nintendo DS. Wappy interacts the video game and your child alone.

You can talk to the dog and pet it and Wappy will respond by making noises, moving or glowing with it’s colored lights. Sound is actually what makes Wappy tick. The beeps fromthe video game will have Wappy reacting in various ways.

Obaku V140G is the world’s thinnest sports watch

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on February 20th, 2011

We’ve seen all kinds of watches here at the Brick, some packed with awesome features. But it seems like the more features you add, the more it weighs your wrist down. That isn’t fun at all. It’s nice when a watch is light and thin. The Obaku 7140G claims to be the slimmest sports watch ever. It certainly looks like that’s true.

Being slim and light is exactly what you want in a sports watch when you are running or playing in a tennis match. Ideally you want something that you don’t even know you are wearing. The design is even sleek and stylish in black.

GAEMS Xbox 360 traveling case gets a price and release date

Posted in gaming accessories by Conner Flynn on February 20th, 2011

The last version of the GAEMS console-carrying case was pretty basic. It was neat, don’t get us wrong, but it was basically just a lunch box shaped suitcase for your console. Those of you who carry your Xbox 360 with you on the road will appreciate the company’s new case design.

It now supports both the fat and slim versions of the 360, not discriminating at all and it will even carry the PS3 Slim. There is now enough room to store the console, controllers and power brick. This new case also comes bundled with a remote, HDMI cable and power supply to power the speakers and LED screen.

BlackBerry Dakota / Montana spotted

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on February 20th, 2011

The BlackBerry Bold Touch Dakota/Montana has been sighted and it looks like it is wrapped in a carbon fiber weave. The touchscreen experience is said to be far better than the Torch. To refresh your memory, here are some specs: It runs on OS 6.1, sports a 2.8-inch VGA 640×480 capacitive screen, Magnetometer, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, NFC, and a 5MP camera.

This model has only 6.5GB of built in storage, and 512MB of RAM. If you are a RIM fan, you need to seriously check this one out. It looks like RIM is stepping up their game. The compass is being shown off in the image above.

Motorola Xoom up for in-store pre-order at Best Buy

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on February 20th, 2011

It is getting closer. Soon it will be in your hot little hands. Can you feel it? It looks like this is finally Best Buy’s fully official listing for the Motorola Xoom. You can get first dibs on Motorola’s Xoom tablet by heading out and pre-ordering one in store today, Full availability is expected to come on Thursday, February 24th.

The $800 3G-equipped model is on Best Buy’s site, along with a $40 portfolio case, a $50 charging dock, a $130 stereo speaker dock, and a $70 Bluetooth keyboard. However, there’s no sign of the cheaper WiFi-only Xoom we had previously heard about.

Best Buy adds new Apple laptop SKUs to its systems

Posted in MacBook by Conner Flynn on February 20th, 2011

Best Buy’s laptop discovery tool is giving away some secrets by listing a set of “new SKU” laptops from Apple before the company has had a chance to even announce them. Well, we already knew something was coming anyway, but it looks like this lends some credence to recent rumors of a MacBook Pro refresh coming next week.

The prices are $1,199, $1,499, $1,799, and $2,199, all of which are presently occupied by current-gen 13- and 15-inch MBP versions. There is also an additional $2,499 price for a laptop shown as “New SKU I,” which is probably an upgrade to Apple’s 17-inch model.

New MacBook Pros launching next week?

Posted in MacBook by Conner Flynn on February 19th, 2011

We now have more rumors of new MacBook Pros again, but then again when don’t we? These latest leaks narrow the MacBook Pros down to next week. Previously there was an early March target, According to AppleInsider’s contacts,several Apple divisions were being asked to ready for a “significant product launch.”

This news isn’t official of course, but it does make sense as the device should be ready for an update. Other sources had the systems arriving on Thursday, February 24. They are expected to use Core processors based on Intel’s Sandy Bridge to improve performance.

Samsung hopes to sell 10 million 3D TVs this year, LG 5 million

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

You and I have simple dreams. Pay the bills, take care of kids, watch some good TV, maybe go out and have fun once in a while. Folks like Samsung have bigger hopes and dreams, like wanting to sell 10 million 3D TVs this year. That would be up five times from the two million it sold last year, so the goal is ambitious.

LG is keeping it more real, planning to sell 5 million or so. We are guessing they won’t reach these numbers as a result of consumer demand for 3D, but more likely because almost all new TVs will be 3D-capable. In the end, they don’t care how they do it, as long as they have the sales and the bragging rights.