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Thanko Notebook Desk with USB hub and LED lights

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on March 17th, 2011

Thanko has introduced an ugly looking notebook desk that makes up for it’s lack of style by coming equipped with a USB hub, a laptop cooling fan and some shiny LED lights.

The built-in USB hub has 4 USB 2.0 ports, while the LED lights are powered by four batteries or USB bus power. Folks in Japan, who don’t mind a bit of ugly in their gadgets can buy the new Thanko notebook desk for about $50.

Samsung announces new QWERTY TV remote

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on March 17th, 2011

Entering text into a TV with a regular remote is a huge pain. You hate to do it, but if you don’t have a good alternative, you just have to deal with it. Well Samsung has just released a new TV remote that will make it easier if you have a Samsung Smart TV.

It packs in a full QWERTY keyboard, and some other cool features. You can automatically disable the opposite side of the remote when one side is being used for instance. The device will be included with every premium Samsung TV model including the LED D9000, D7000 Series, and Plasma D8000 Series. You can also buy it separately with the LED series D6300 and up. It will cost $99.99 and will be available next month.

Altek Leo A14 smartphone has a 14 megapixel camera

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on March 17th, 2011

Altek has released the Leo A14, a smartphone with a great camera. The Leo A14 has a 14 megapixel shooter on the back with a bunch of good features. If you are looking to replace your phone and camera with one device, this might be it.

The Leo A14 runs on Android 2.1, with an 800MHz processor, a 3.2″ WVGA capacitive touchscreen, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and microSD card support. The phone’s camera lens extends out like a compact digital camera, has autofocus, Xenon flash and a 3X optical zoom.

Western Digital 6TB My Book Studio Edition II external hard disk drive

Posted in Western Digital by Conner Flynn on March 17th, 2011

Western Digital has introduced the My Book Studio Edition II. This dual-drive storage system features a huge storage capacity of 6 terabytes (TB) and has been designed for those of us who use our computers to create, store, edit and archive large HD video and photo files. You have plenty of room here.

It has 4 high-speed interfaces (FireWire 800/400, eSATA, USB 2.0) and uses Western Digital’s GreenPower Technology to consume less power, which is good for the environment. Other features include automatic and continuous backup software, an easy to open enclosure that allows users to service the drives easily, an external capacity gauge so you know how much space is left and a 5 year limited warranty.

M-Edge Executive Jacket for Kindle

Posted in kindle by Conner Flynn on March 17th, 2011

If you are after a more business style of case to protect your Kindle eBook reader, check out M-Edge’s Executive Jacket. It keeps your Kindle safe, has a pocket to store papers and a pen, and it features the M-Edge e-Luminator booklight, which fits into the fold of the Executive Jacket.

It uses an LED light bulb that lights up your Kindle in the dark. Other features include a mirrored reflector and an optical quality lens to ensure that light is spread out evenly across your reading surface. When you are not using it, it stores away inside the Executive Jacket. The M-Edge Executive Jacket is just $64.

Samsung demos 55-inch glasses-free 3D TV prototype

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on March 17th, 2011

Samsung is now showing off a 55 inch glasses-free 3D TV at the FPD China trade show. It’s a prototype for now. The 55-inch display can accommodate nine different viewpoints for glasses-free 3D viewing, and can be switched into a 2D mode any time.

To switch modes, it changes the optical refraction index of an LCD panel that sits on top of the main LCD that’s actually used to display images. The prototype uses a direct-lit CCFL backlight, which will likely be replaced with an LED backlight before it hits the market. For now, it’s still about 3 years away.

Pinball Magic turns your iPhone into a pinball machine

Posted in iPhone by Reuben Drake on March 17th, 2011

Who doesn’t love a game of pinball? Sadly those quarters add up and it can get expensive. Plus Pinball machines take up a lot of space. That’s why we play virtual pinball games on our phones and computer, but this doesn’t equal the same kind of fun.

Pinball Magic won’t give you the same experience as a full-sized pinball machine, but it will give you the experience of playing pinball on a machine designed for tiny people. It will work with a free pinball app that’s available from the Apple App Store, and it works with all iPhone and iPod Touch models that use iOS 3.0 or higher. Just $64.

HTC Thunderbolt now available

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on March 17th, 2011

We knew it was coming and yesterday we had word that “tomorrow,” was the day, which means today it is here. Verizon Wireless is now taking online orders for HTC’s 4.3-inch Thunderbolt. The price is $250 on a two-year contract.

The handset comes with Android 2.2 as the OS underlying HTC Sense 2.0 UI, an 8 megapixel camera with HD video recording, 768MB of RAM, and a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 chip. If Verizon’s price seems high, the Thunderbolt has been seen as low as $180 at Amazon, although they have it on back order right now.

Asus, Intel to launch $200-250 netbook in June

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on March 17th, 2011

According to tips from part suppliers, ASUS and Intel are planning a low-cost netbook that would help minimize the impact of tablets like the iPad. The netbook would cost $250 or as little as $200. Cost savings would come from the choice of OS: the netbook would run Chrome OS or Android 3.0, and in doing so drop the Windows 7 license.

We aren’t sure which of the two platfoms would be used, but it would probably be Chrome. The netbook would be for the second half of the year. It will be interesting to see how this plays out? Can they really hurt iPad sales? Maybe just a little, but iPad won’t even notice.

LG G-Slate shows off on video

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on March 17th, 2011

A girl named theofficialLGgirl was recently chosen to shoot an advertisement for LG’s G-Slate tablet on T-Mobile. She was given her own G-Slate after the shoot, and has posted a video showing off her experience with the tablet.

Obviously it’s going to be a bit biased, but it does a nice job of showing off the tablet. And it never hurts to have a cute girl if you are selling something right? The tablet runs Honeycomb (Android 3.0) on a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and can display 3D content on the tablet itself if you have 3D glasses. It can also output to the big screen through an HDMI port.

Skype completely axed from HTC ThunderBolt?

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on March 16th, 2011

When the HTC Thunderbolt was announced, one of the most interesting aspects was its ability to support Skype video calls. But as release drew closer, Verizon said that Skype wouldn’t be ready in time for launch. Now, the phone is officially announced to arrive tomorrow and Skype is unavailable on the Android phone. Not only that, but it looks like it might never be released at all.

All the web pages on HTC’s and Verizon’s sites have removed all mention of the Skype feature as if it never existed. Poof. Just gone. Scrubbed clean. Droid-Life investigated and now it is starting to look like a conspiracy. There was no explanation of why it was removed. We thought about calling Muldar and Scully for comment, but the cigarette smoking man shrouded in darkness just laughed at us and told us to drop it. And that guy is creepy.

Nintendo to introduce Wii successor at E3?

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on March 16th, 2011

The Nintendo 3DS launches next week and now there are rumors that the company may focus on a replacement for the Wii. Frank Gibeau, label head at EA Games, said in a chat with IndustryGamers that he was aware of a follow-up coming. The device is unknown and wasn’t confirmed, but it is a fair bet that it will have have HD support, rivaling competitors from Microsoft and Sony.

Nintendo has been one of the most conservative console makers especially during this generation of console. The Wii was mostly built using faster but nearly identical processors as the GameCube. The company has often refused to discuss the possibility of a next-gen console as long as sales continued to dominate, but sales are not what they once were and it would seem that the time is right.

New images of Motorola’s Droid 3 surface

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

Feast your eyes on the Droid 3. Motorola’s latest Droid handset. More images of the device have shown up and they are showing off a QWERTY keyboard that looks similar to the previous one it’s replacing except for one thing, a 5-row design.

There also appear to be half-height keys for the number row. 5-row keyboards are awesome and people love them, so it is already looking like a winner. We hope to learn more very soon.

Samsung Series 9 Laptop now ready to ship

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on March 16th, 2011

Tomorrow Samsung will ship their latest 13.3-inch laptop, the Series 9. This laptop features an Intel CoreTM i5 Processor 2537M (1.4 GHz, 3MB), 128GB solid state disk, 4GB of RAM, and Windows 7 Home Premium and you have the option to upgrade to Windows 7 Professional.

The 13 inch model will retail for $1649 and Samsung also has a smaller 11 inch Series 9 laptop that will be arriving in April. The 11 inch version will feature an Intel Core i3 Processor 380UM (1.33 GHz, 3MB) and will have 2Gb DDR3 memory and a smaller 64GB solid state drive.

Ubisoft Survey hints at NGP pricing

Posted in PSP by Conner Flynn on March 16th, 2011

Sony hasn’t offered any pricing yet on the upcoming NGP portable gaming console, but we do know that it won’t be cheap. There will be two versions, one with 3G and the other with WiFi only. A new survey is being circulated by a research firm called Toluna, which is sponsored by Ubisoft and was called Ubisoft – NGP concept – EU Adults.

The survey asked if buyers would buy the NGP portable and then listed prices for the 3G and for the WiFi only versions. We have no idea if the prices listed are accurate or not. According to the survey the 3G NGP would retail for $350 and the WiFi only would be $250.