Archive for February, 2011

iPhone Jackpot Slots

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on February 16th, 2011

Let’s say you can’t make it to the Casino, but you do have your trusty iPhone in your pocket. That means you can still play the Slots. The iPhone Jackpot Slots consists of a docking station that turns your phone into a one armed bandit.

Although you will look pretty silly pulling that tiny lever again and again, but that’s your call. The iPhone Jackpot Slots will cost you £30 (or $48). You can win in-game credits to unlock further slot games that have their very own difficulty levels.

Motorola DROID X 2 images and details leak

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on February 16th, 2011

Motorola’s successor to its Android-powered Droid X has now been spotted in pictures, looking a lot like the current version of the Droid X. If this leak is accurate, you can expect the phone to hit Verizon’s network and it will only support 3G.

It hasn’t gotten an official confirmation yet, but some specifications could include a 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 chip, 1GB of RAM, 4.3-inch 540 x 960 pixel resolution display, 8-megapixel camera and Android 2.2 Froyo.

Sony TRIMASTER EL OLED monitors hit Japan

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on February 16th, 2011

Sony has introduced a new range of OLED monitors that in 17″ and 25″ sizes. You can expect professional hyper accurate color reproduction and perfect image quality without motion blur on fast speed objects. The OLED TVs will come in a super slim aluminum body that looks good.

They measure just 148mm in depth and feature HDMI, DisplayPort, 3G-SDI, SD-SDI and HD-SDI. They will be arriving in Japan on May 25th and in July. The 25″ and 17″ models will be expensive, but we don’t have a price yet.

Panasonic to debut its first 3D LED TV

Posted in HDTV by Reuben Drake on February 15th, 2011

Panasonic is offering a new range of 3D LED TVs for the UK market, as the DT30 series. The line consists of 32″ and 37″ models, with the 32″ model being the TX-L37DT30. The 37 incher is the TX-L37DT30. Both feature IPS panels for a superior viewing angle, better motion response, and Intelligent Frame Creation for better 3D images.

Some other features that these models also offer are: Viera Connect Internet access and pre-loaded apps for access to services like Twitter, Facebook and Skype, Wi-Fi, DLNA support, four HDMI ports, three USB ports and VGA input.

Watson Beats Humans in Round Two on Jeopardy!

Posted in News by Darrin Olson on February 15th, 2011

IBM's Watson beats humans on Jeopardy!IBM’s Watson computer triumphed over its human competitors on Tuesday’s special episode of Jeopardy. The computerized trivia-playing machine finished out with a total of $35,734 in winnings with the next runner up at $10,400 and 3rd place at $5,000. One more day of competition will determine an overall winner to a $1 million prize.

The man vs machine competition has drawn quite a bit of attention with two Jeopardy! champions taking on the IBM supercomputer named ‘Watson’. The first special episode which aired Monday night turned out to be the highest rated episode since early 2007 and the second most program of the night.

Hasbro announces KRE-O Building Block System

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on February 15th, 2011

Hasbro has announced a new toy line this week called KRE-O. Think of it as their version of Lego. They come in some neat looking Transformers character kits. The kits will include Optimus Prime, of course, for $59.99.

Other smaller kits will also be offered, with mini collectible figures for about $8 and other kits like Bumblebee and Starscream will cost about $25. According to the company these blocks are compatible with “most” other building block systems on the market. That means your Legos should be compatible. Look for these this fall.

Panasonic announces new compact camcorders

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on February 15th, 2011

Panasonic has announced two camcorders for those of us with an active lifestyle. These models aren’t for couch potatoes. They offer a durable build, 1080p video recording modes, electronic image stabilization, mild waterproof/shockproof casings and high-resolution megapixel still pictures.

They go by the names of HX-WA10 and the candybar HM-TA20. The HX-WA10 is designed for shooting outdoors and in rainy conditions and can capture 16-megapixel still images. The HM-TA20 has a waterproof, shockproof and dustproof design and a Night View mode for dim lighting. The large 3-inch touchscreen LCD display that should make using it super easy.

Pre 2 for $150 through Verizon on February 17th

Posted in Palm by Conner Flynn on February 15th, 2011

We were a bit confused by this one, but if you check on HP’s site, it will cost you $100 after rebate and with a contract. Just like we reported a while back. But if you check out Verizon’s site, the same phone has just been announced for $150 (new contract price) after rebate.

Come on, which one would you choose? It’s available on February 17 if you are still interested in this one. Or you could wait for the Pre 3. Let us know your choice in the comments below.

Twitter chief says there will be no self-branded smartphone

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on February 15th, 2011

Facebook has some smartphones, so you might think that Twitter would jump on the wagon, but no. Not gonna happen. During a keynote speech at MWC, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo dispelled any notions that the company is working on Twitter-branded cell phone. Even though he says that 40 percent of all tweets originate from cell phones.

The CEO said that Android phones currently allow users to quickly send a photo they took to their Twitter followers and he’d like to see more of the same in other platforms. He’d also like more single sign-on experiences and more apps that allow tweeting directly without going to another app. Hey, we’d all like that.

Verizon using the iPhone 4 to lure new customers to FiOS

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on February 15th, 2011

In an attempt to get new customers, Verizon is using the iPhone as an incentive for their FiOS fiber optic-based video and internet service. New customers will get discounted rates for the bundle they choose and a $200 gift card to offset the cost of the 16GB iPhone 4. The deal is only good for new FiOS customers.

Verizon is also offering an additional discount for customers who sign up for the FiOS video, internet, and VoIP bundle with Verizon wireless service at Verizon Wireless, Verizon Plus or Verizon Experience stores. A $10 per month discount good for a year.

Art Lebedev Cardboard USB Drive concept

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on February 15th, 2011

Art Lebedev, makers of those cool OLED keyboards, now have their sights set on USB sticks. They have come up with an environmental friendly USB stick that’s created from cardboard. The concept cardboard USB sticks can be torn from a strip and then quickly used to transport data safely from one place to another and then you would simply dispose of them.

When the technology becomes cheap enough these are sure to become a reality. They would probably be great for promotional material. They could even send us all of our junk mail in this form and free up our mailboxes.

NEC announces LifeTouch Note Android Netbook

Posted in NEC by Conner Flynn on February 15th, 2011

NEC has just announced the LifeTouch Note, an Android powered netbook that comes with Android 2.2 Froyo and features a 7 inch LCD resistive touchscreen display and a QWERTY keyboard. The NEC LifeTouch Note also includes an NVIDIA Tegra 250 2-core 1GHz processor, 8GB of built in storage, and a two megapixel camera.

The NEC LifeTouch Note also features 802.11 b/g WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, GPS, an SDHC card slot, a USB 2.0 port, and 3G connectivity.

2011 MacBook Air to have 3G?

Posted in MacBook by Conner Flynn on February 15th, 2011

Apple announced the new MacBook air back in October, which means we will likely see the 2011 MacBook Air around October of this year, and now it looks like the 2011 MacBook Air may come with 3G. The news comes from Apple conducting a survey among its MacBook Air customers and asking them questions about how much they use 3G, data syncing and more.

So it is looking like Apple is seriously considering putting 3G into the 2011 MacBook Air, which would be great news to many users. I wonder if Apple will also put 3G into the 2011 MacBook Pro’s. We’d love to see that.

Sony NGP features dropped to keep the price lower

Posted in PSP by Conner Flynn on February 15th, 2011

Ever since Sony made the announcement about the Sony NGP everyone has been wondering how much it will cost. Sadly, we still don’t know. But we do know that Sony wanted to keep the NGP price as low as possible, and so they dropped a bunch of features from the Next Generation Portable before the final specifications were announced.

We don’t know what exactly was dropped, but the point is that it will be affordable. It doesn’t matter how many features a device has if it is out of reach of it’s market. The NGP will be priced competitively and not expensive when compared to other portable consoles.

emPower glasses can be charged for reading

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on February 15th, 2011

emPower wants to change the way that you use your reading glasses. Now they will need to be charged. The emPower glasses have tiny batteries inside, which power microchips that are capable of turning extra reading power on and off as needed.

The idea is that these would phase out bifocals, which older people often need. These glasses will use liquid crystals to simulate the lower part of the lens in a pair of bifocals. The crystals can change how the lenses refract or bend light, similar to how standard glasses do this with different levels of thickness.