Archive for March, 2011

Rolobox, for kids more interested in the box, than the toy inside

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

Buy a kid a cool toy and chances are he/she will end up spending more time playing with the box it came in than the actual toy itself. Kids just have more fun when they can use their imagination. Well, the Rolobox is for just this phenomenon.

This little kit is about $14 and has four wheels and a pull string. The wheels and string attach to the box and turn it into a pull toy kids can play with. It’s a great idea, but it’s still not a plain blank box. Nothing is as fun as that.

LG releases RVF1000 and AVC2400 Video Conference Tools in South Korea

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

LG’s RVF1000 and AVC2400 video conference tools are now available to those in South Korea who want to talk business face to face. Both devices are capable of capturing pictures and handling video conference streaming in 720p high-definition.

The LG RVF1000 and AVC2400 also features a 24-inch high resolution LCD and built-in speakers with echo cancellation technology. We don’t have any info on pricing at this time however. We will let you know when we get that info.

Nintendo DS to enter the classroom

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on March 16th, 2011

Nintendo of America has announced a partnership with the National Art Education Association (NAEA) where they will introduce the Nintendo DS into classrooms in selected schools across the country. The idea is to give students a fresh, fun way to learn drawing and painting techniques.

Art teachers in elementary, middle and high school classrooms have been given Nintendo DSi XL systems and copies of Art Academy. These teachers will use the game console and the game to make classroom activities more engaging and fun. This should definitely make the classes more fun for kids.

Hanfree stand for your iPad is like a baby mobile for adults

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on March 16th, 2011

There are many cases for the iPad, but none can suspend them in mid-air over your crib bed. Well, some designers have come up with the Hanfree, a stand that will let you use your iPad even if your hands are full.

It keeps the iPad suspended in mid-air and allows you to use it for many different purposes. It isn’t just for reading or watching in bed, you can read instructions while cooking for instance. The Hanfree works with both the original iPad and the iPad 2. The creators are still looking for funds through Kickstarter. If you pre-order the stand you can get it for just $50, but when it goes on sale, the price will be $80.

Google Search for iPhone updated

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

Google’s Mobile App that’s been around on iOS for awhile has now been updated and has a name change. The app is now called Google Search and it packs some new useful search features for the iOS platform. For one thing, there’s a new toolbar when using Google Search.

If you want to filter your search results into different categories like you can do on the desktop version of Google, the toolbar makes it easy to do on your iOS device. Just swipe from left to right on the device and a toolbar will appear. Select the category and the results on the right will be filtered according to your choice. Pretty sweet.

Twitter gets more secure with HTTPS

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

Twitter has just announced that they will be offering an optional “always on” HTTPS setting to its users. So if you use Twitter on unsecured internet connections like free public WiFi and are worried about people stealing your login details, you should be enabling the option on your Twitter settings page.

Enabling the HTTPS setting doesn’t force mobile browsers, so if you’re using the Twitter website on your phone, go to https://mobile.twitter.com/ for now. Also if you use a third-party client, check the settings to sure that it offers HTTPS.

Samsung Galaxy Player 4 and 5 to arrive in the US this spring

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

Remember the Galaxy Player? (otherwise known as Galaxy S WiFi). It’s basically a Galaxy S phone without the 3G and calling functionality. You still get Android 2.2 and what you have is a media player or shrunken tablet.

Well, both the 4-inch Galaxy Player 4 and the 5-inch Galaxy Player 5 will be headed to the US this spring. Samsung isn’t talking exact timing or pricing yet though. This player is upgradable to Android 2.3, with full Market access and will be headed to the US sometime soon.

Roxio debuts $100 Game Capture device

Posted in gaming accessories by Conner Flynn on March 15th, 2011

Want to record your latest Killstreak? Did you shoot some newb in the arse and your friends don’t believe you? Here’s a cheap and easy answer to your problems. Roxio’s new Game Capture device will be available later this month for just $99.99.

For that price, you can’t expect miracles though. I will only capture video at 480p, although you can still play at up to 1080p on your TV. PC gamers can also use Roxio’s new PC Game Capture software to record their games, and both versions come with a variety of editing tools so you can edit your clips.

Netflix to spend over $100 million outbidding cable networks for new TV show?

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on March 15th, 2011

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has said in the past that the company would avoid getting into the content business, however Deadline Hollywood is reporting that it outbid cable channels like HBO and AMC for a new David Fincher drama starring Kevin Spacey.

The show is called House of Cards. The deal is apparently still being negotiated but Netflix will be committing to two seasons which could cost it more than $100 million. This deal if true, puts the company directly in competition with the pay-TV business. Move over HBO and showtime.

Hands On: AVS GEAR BL-741 LED backlight keyboard

Posted in Review,Uncategorized by Conner Flynn on March 15th, 2011

When it comes to computing, the keyboard is pretty boring. Do we even know that it is there anymore as we mindlessly mash key after key? Well, AVS Gear wants to spice up your computer time and let you know that the keyboard is still there with their ZIPPY BL-741 LED backlight keyboard. They sent us a review unit so we could check it out. The ZIPPY BL-741 offers a 512-color level, allowing you to adjust the colors the way you want them.

You can adjust the brightness in dark settings and it consumes low power. You also get triple-color LEDs and an On/Off switch to regulate the backlight atmosphere.

Stereolizer turns your iPad into a Stereo

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on March 15th, 2011

Here is a great way to turn your iPad into a retro music player. Stereolizer is a new iPad app that allows you to give your iPad some 1980′s style and it provides some handy features too. The Stereolizer iPad app includes access to more than 10,000 streaming web radio stations and lets you arrange your favorite stations into 3 presets of 10 radios each.

While listening to the radio, you can record audio to virtual tapes direct from the radio or audio messages via the built in mic. Just like a retro stereo. After you’ve recorded a collection you can then eject the virtual tape to view and classify, remove or rename them using the iPad keyboard. Pretty cool.

Cubitek Tank Series PC Gaming Cases

Posted in PCs by Conner Flynn on March 15th, 2011

Cubitek has launched a new range of gaming PC cases, which they are calling the ‘Tank Series’. The three different models are the XL Tank, the HPTX Tank and the Mini Tank. The name is very appropriate as these new PC gaming cases are made from black hairline-brushed anodized aluminum and looks like a tank.

Each is capable of using high end graphics cards, and all three come with USB 3.0 ports, e-SATA and HD+AC97 Audio. They are built for “silence, functionality, and sexiness”. What do you think? Are they sexy?

Motorola Milestone gets Android 2.2

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on March 15th, 2011

Good news for Motorola Milestone owners in the UK. You have been waiting and Motorola has finally released the Android 2.2 Froyo update for the Milestone. This update comes almost a year after the Milestone received Android 2.1, which was available in May of 2010. Android 2.2 brings a bunch of new features, like support for Adobe’s flash 10.1, plus 3G mobile hotspot connectivity.

If you own a Motorola Milestone in the UK and want the update, (Of course you do) just hit the Motorola Update page, and make sure your milestone is connected to your computer via cable to perform the update. It took awhile, but it is better late than never.

HP TouchPad Pricing and Availability

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on March 15th, 2011

HP’s CEO Leo Apotheker has confirmed at the latest HP Summit that the TouchPad will be available starting in June of 2011. The device will be released in the US first, with global availability following soon after. To refresh your memory, the WebOS 3.0-powered tablet features a 9.7-inch (1024 x 768) multi-touch capacitive display, and a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor.

Other specs include 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, an accelerometer, a light sensor, A-GPS (3G modes only), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a micro-USB port, 3.5mm headset jack and a 6300mAh battery. The HP TouchPad is priced starting at $499.

The Batman Suite is $50 for 3 Hours

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on March 15th, 2011

At rates like that, no wonder Bruce Wayne is rich. If you want to live the Batman lifestyle, you have to pay. The Eden Exoticism Planet Hotel in Taiwan has a one-of-a-kind Bat Cave designed for your Bat-inspired erotic fantasies.

It will cost you $50 for three hours. You and your Bat-girl will be treated to special touches like a yellow and black bat signal headboard and an actual batmobile seat. There are bats of course, movie posters and other bat-fixtures as well.