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Samsung shipping laptops with keylogger installed?

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on March 30th, 2011

Samsung is a pretty popular laptop brand right now, but their reputation may be about to suffer due to claims that it is shipping brand new laptops with an active keylogger installed. According to a post on Networkworld by Mohamed Hassan, the StarLogger keylogger was found preinstalled and active on not just one, but two brand new Samsung laptops.

Would any company be stupid enough to do this and risk a serious PR backlash? According to Hassan, the first was found when he installed security software on his new laptop. That laptop was later returned because of a video driver issue, but the replacement Samsung that he purchased also had the same keylogger on it. One thing that seems suspect is this. Why wouldn’t he have returned the first right away after he found the keylogger? He wasn’t mad enough?

Mouse Pad with Cat Head and USB Heater

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on March 30th, 2011

Here’s the latest in crazy cat gadgets and I’m not talking Hello Kitty. It’s a mouse pad shaped like a cat head with a USB heater inside. You know, in case your hand gets cold and you would like to stick it in a cat’s mouth. Weird.

The cat pad is 234 mm x 260 mm x 110 mm (9.21 in x 10.24 in x 4.33 in) and weighs 95 g (3.35 oz). No word on price but I can think of much better uses for your money. What if your poor cat sees this. He will think that he’s gonna get a fist in his mouth too. It’s just not right.

Crackle now streaming free movies to PS3

Posted in movies by Conner Flynn on March 30th, 2011

Sony’s Crackle service has now received an update that will allow it to provide a full range of ad-supported full-length movies and television series to a variety of devices. The update will now stream content to the Sony PlayStation 3, Roku streaming players, Sony’s Blu-ray players, BRAVIA televisions and Streaming Player with wifi, along with Google TV. This is great for PS3 owners as it’s yet another thing the console can do, but we already have plenty of video streaming services.

You can find Crackle in the Channel Store on Roku, on the PlayStation 3 Internet Browser home screen and on all BRAVIA Internet Video devices including Sony Blu-ray players and BRAVIA televisions.

Google Fiber project picks Kansas City for 1Gbps Internet

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on March 30th, 2011

Google has made its pick for the Google Fiber project today and said that it will first roll out the 1Gbps Internet access in Kansas City, Kansas. Good news for folks there. The city was picked from about 1,100 candidates in all. The service should go live in 2012 if the Board of Commissioners signs on.

The project is basically a real-world way to test the future of high speed Internet connections. We need to prepare and a 1Gbps connection has more than enough bandwidth for streaming 3D video and other tasks that lie ahead. More bandwidth opens up a lot of possibilities. Real-time telemedicine, remote education, and perfect quality video conferencing to name a few.

Angry Birds USB Flash Drive Keychains

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on March 30th, 2011

If you love the Angry Birds games, you are probably into collecting all of the Angry Birds Plush Toys and other merchandise as well. How about Angry Birds USB Flash Drive Keychains? They come in 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB capacities, and feature many different birds and pigs from the Angry Birds game.

Whichever is your favorite bird, you can have it with you at all times. These cost $10.80 and up. The price depends on the character and the data capacity. Which one is your favorite?

Earbud Style Captain America Headphones

Posted in Earbuds by Conner Flynn on March 30th, 2011

You are probably eager to see the new Captain America movie, but if you are a real fan you’ll be rocking these headphones as well. These earbud style Captain America headphones feature an image of the superhero himself.

They will cost you just $14.50 and while we doubt that they have awesome sound quality, they will identify you as a Marvel geek while wearing them. Too bad they don’t also offer the Red Skull. They do look nice and retro though.

Ultra silent computer mouse is… Quiet as a mouse

Posted in Mouse by Conner Flynn on March 30th, 2011

This mouse looks like your typical no frills wireless mouse, but don’t judge a mouse by it’s looks. The Nexus SM-8000 Silent Mouse is virtually quiet when its buttons are pressed. No sound. It won’t bother those around you with annoying clicking noises.

Nexus’ 2.4GHz wireless mouse has five buttons, a DPI of 1,000 up to 16,000 and runs on two AAA batteries with an automatic power save mode. Nothing on pricing and release yet. They are being quiet about that as well.

Roku XD media hub arrives at Best Buy

Posted in Media Players by Conner Flynn on March 30th, 2011

Roku made a grand entrance onto the retail scene on Wednesday, by landing a deal with Best Buy. The stores will carry the Roku XD both in retail and online. This is the first time one of the company’s networked media hubs will be available at stores across the US without a rebranding.

To refresh your memory, the XD can play 1080p video, supports 802.11n Wi-Fi and has a remote with the instant replay button. It lacks the dual-band Wi-Fi, component video out and USB of the XDS, but both can do Amazon Video, Hulu Plus, Netflix, and live sports from the MLB and NHL.

Nintendo says no 3D on Wii sequel

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on March 30th, 2011

Nintendo’s US president Reggie Fils-Aime has said that the company’s Wii sequel won’t use 3D. The reason is apparently because glasses-free 3D is very difficult to accomplish for multiple people on a TV, so the future console will most likely be 2D.

While we don’t yet know what the next console has in store for us, it is expected to finally have HD and to get a speed upgrade for more detail. There is no way to know for sure, but we may see it as early as the E3 event in June.

MSI launches new X370 Notebook

Posted in MSI by Conner Flynn on March 30th, 2011

MSI has launched a new X370 notebook that features AMD’s E-350 processor. It features MSI’s ECO Engine which is designed to save power. That’s great news for your electric bill. The Notebook measures less than one inch thick and weighs just 1.4KG, with a battery life of up to 10 hours.

Other features include a dual core AMD E350 processor, a 13.4 inch HD backlit LED display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, AMD Radeon HD 6310 discrete graphics card, your choice of either a 320GB, 500GB or 640GB hard drive, one HDMI port, one VGA port, two USB 2.0 ports and a card reader.

New eCAFE Netbooks from Hercules

Posted in Netbook by Conner Flynn on March 30th, 2011

Hercules has a new range of eCAFE netbooks in the eCAFE Slim HD and the eCAFE EX HD. They are both ultra portable, and the EX HD will deliver up to 13 hours of usage. Both feature a Cortex A8 processor, with Linux as the OS.

They also have 512MB of RAM and 8GB of storage in the eCAFE Slim HD or 16GB of storage in the eCAFE EX HD, plus 50GB of online storage. Both feature a 10.1 inch LED backlit display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Ethernet, three USB 2.0 ports and a mini USB port.

Audio Light Bulb from Hammacher

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on March 30th, 2011

Online store Hammacher wants to combine your light and audio and so they are offering the Audio Light Bulb which allows you to light up your room and listen to some tunes at the same time. Audio is transmitted wirelessly to the light bulbs through a transmitter plugged into your stereo or computer.

It is said to deliver crisp quality audio thanks to it’s 10-watt speaker, which receives interference-free wireless audio signals from up to 50 feet away from the transmitter, which docks with any iPod/iPhone equipped with a 30-pin connector. The speaker will give you lighting similar to a 60-watt bulb.

Star Wars Blu-ray release is September 16, 2011

Posted in Star Wars by Reuben Drake on March 30th, 2011

Star Wars fans have some good news today. The Star Wars: The Complete Saga, Star Wars: Original Trilogy and Star Wars: Prequel Trilogy Blu-ray sets now have a firm date. They will have a September 16th arrival.

That’s a Friday, so feel free to plan a party and dress up as your favorite Jedi or Ewok, then enjoy your geekend. Mark your calendars. Do or do not buy, there is no try. May George Lucas’ money printing machine be with you, and so on.

The machete slingshot

Posted in Weapons by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2011

Do you like your weapons dangerous and crazy? Want a weapon that is just as likely to hurt you as someone else? Well, here ya go. This machete-shooting slingshot is crazy. This crossbow/slingshot hybrid is designed to fire a machete at a high rate of speed at any target you want.

You just know it will backfire and stick through this guys head at some point, but what the hell. No one is going to mess with you when you have this thing ready to go. You’ll shoot your eye out kid!

Nintendo claims best first-day US handheld sales ever for 3DS

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2011

Nintendo is counting piles and piles of 3D cash. Without glasses of course. The company has issued a press release claiming that “U.S. day-one sales numbers for Nintendo 3DS were the highest of any Nintendo hand-held system in our history.” To clarify, that’s unit sales.

We don’t have exact numbers, but the big N says that more information will be available when the NPD releases its report on the first-week sales. So it looks like the $250 price point might have been right on target and plenty of fans opened their wallets wide.