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Netflix Canada gets deal for Paramount movies

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on March 28th, 2011

Netflix has now landed a multi-year deal to bring new movies and TV shows to the service’s streaming-only service in Canada. It covers about 350 titles that includes some recent hit movies like Iron Man 2 if you like superheroes and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button if you like an old Brad Pitt. The agreement includes exclusive subscription TV rights to first-run movies and puts movies in the “premium pay TV window” for releases.

This is great news for Canadian viewers. The service first came to Canada in the fall but suffered from a lack of content compared to the US. This deal should help with that problem.

Amazon Android App Store lets you try before you buy

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on March 28th, 2011

Amazon has added new feature to their Android App Store that now allows you to try applications before you buy them. We can all appreciate that. We will get stuck with fewer apps we don’t like. The feature is called ‘Test Drive’. It’s an online emulator that allows you to try the Android app within the browser. This gives Amazon an edge against Google’s Android Market which doesn’t have a feature like this.

The new ‘Test Drive’ feature is only available to users in the US right now and it does have some restrictions. The service is also not available on every app in the Amazon App Store just yet. It’s only available on a few hundred apps, but more are being added as we type.

Pioneer offers new Noise Cancelling Earbud Headphones

Posted in Pioneer by Conner Flynn on March 28th, 2011

Full ear cup noise canceling headphones are great, but by their very nature they are too large for comfort. So Pioneer has just released their new SE-NC31C-K, which can remove up to 90% of ambient noise. The noise reduction can be turned off if you want, while still allowing you to listen to your audio.

They also have a “Monitor” button that mutes the music and turns off noise-cancellation quickly so that you can hear the sounds around you. That’s great for safety reasons alone. With a new single AAA battery the SE-NC31C-K earbud headphones will deliver up to 120 hours of noise canceling silence and they come with a storage pouch, 4.6 ft long cord, 4 ear tip sizes, in-flight plug adapter and a AAA battery.

HTC Flyer headed to T-Mobile

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on March 28th, 2011

Last week a new version of the HTC Flyer was announced for the US, the HTC EVO View, a WiMAX enabled version of the Flyer that will be available with Sprint in the US. But now we have word that the HTC Flyer will also be headed to T-Mobile some time this summer.

The HTC Flyer packs in a 7 inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, a 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor and Android 2.4 Gingerbread. It has two separate camera’s, a five megapixel version on the back and a 1.3 megapixel camera on the front. Other features include a 4,000mAh battery, 3G and WiFi.

Nintendo 3DS suffering from Black Screen Of Death?

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on March 28th, 2011

The Nintendo 3DS hit the UK last Friday and here in the US this weekend, and it looks like 3DS owners are already reporting problems with Nintendo’s new handheld. Some folks over at GoNintendo even experienced the problem, which is dubbed the ‘black screen of death’.

We aren’t sure how widespread the problem is or how many users have experienced it, but if you are one of them, let us know. This isn’t exactly what you want your new gear to do after you have just bought it. Hopefully Nintendo is looking into the issue.

Google and LG working on a “Nexus Tablet”?

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on March 28th, 2011

We’ve had Google Android phones since late 2007 and the first Google phone came from working with HTC on the Google Nexus One which launched last year. This year the Google Nexus S arrived from Google and Samsung. So they like to partner up. The latest rumor is that Google is working on its first Nexus-branded tablet with another friend.

According to Mobile Review, Google is working with LG on a Google Nexus Tablet. Of course this tablet will run Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb and it might launch as early as this summer or early in the fall. It is likely that Google would make sure that the tablet would get software updates earlier than third party tablets.

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Android Tablet hits UK on March 30th

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on March 28th, 2011

ASUS’ new Android tablet, the Eee Pad Transformer, is headed to the UK on March 30th. The device should cost between 379 GBP ($606) and 399 GBP ($639), depending on the amount of storage you choose. You can choose 16GB, 32GB or 64GB capacities.

The Eee Pad Transformer features a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 capacitive touchscreen display, a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 512MB/1GB RAM, 16GB/32GB/64GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, a 5.0-megapixel rear-facing camera, and an optional full QWERTY keyboard that turns the tablet into a notebook style PC and runs on Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

Warner Bros. adds five new titles to Facebook movie rentals

Posted in Facebook by Conner Flynn on March 28th, 2011

After initially offering The Dark Knight to test the waters, Warner will be offering five more movies for streaming on Facebook including Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Inception, Life as We Know It and Yogi Bear.

United States viewers are able to pay for a 48-hour viewing window instantly in Facebook credits then enjoy it right on their Facebook. We aren’t sure why they think they can outdo iTunes and Netflix, but they are going to give it a try.

Twimal reads your tweets, looks cute

Posted in twitter by Reuben Drake on March 28th, 2011

Do you use Twitter everyday? Takara Tomy wants to make your experience a cute one, by using Twimal. It must be the Pokemon that got away. Just plug it into your Windows machine using USB and it will read your tweets.

It comes in blue or white with male or female voices and can read all kinds of tweets like replies, lists, etc. in Japanese only. It will hit Japan on March 31 for ¥2,480 or about 30 of your hard earned dollars.

HTC Thunderbolt getting Android 2.3 in spring

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on March 27th, 2011

An HTC representative says that the Thunderbolt should get Android 2.3 in the spring. We know thise because the representative named Carol was telling Droid-Life reader John about compatibility limits with Bluetooth, when she added that HTC was “excited to announce” the refresh. She says that more details would come closer to the launch.

Among the list of features mentioned were NFC and interface polish changes. This isn’t very surprising since most of HTC’s new phones will all launch with Android 2.3, but hey it’s always nice to have confirmation.

Toddy Smart Cloth from Toddy Gear

Posted in Accessories by Conner Flynn on March 27th, 2011

We love our gadgets and so we want them to look good in addition to performing good. So you need to keep your gadgets clean and keep those fingerprints and smears to a minimum. Toddy Gear can help. They have unveiled a new cleaning product called the Toddy Smart cloth.

It’s a small microfiber cloth that comes in several styles and colors. It’s designed to remove the smudges and fingerprints from touchscreens and LCD devices without scratching. On one side is a silk microfiber, the other side has a plush microfiber. It does the job without liquids or sprays.

Wireless Hyper Touch Guitar

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on March 27th, 2011

The Wireless Hyper Touch Guitar was delivered to our time by some roadie aliens from a distant future, in order to rock our world….Actually it’s just a concept, but a damn sexy one, from Max Battaglia. It has a sleek and sexy exterior, but the awesome part is its wireless/stringless neck and fretboard.

It doesn’t use steel strings, instead it has a multi touch screen that has a bunch of modular features. So the player can adjust the guitar according to his/her own wants/needs. We hope this one becomes a reality very soon.

Mobiado and Aston Martin luxury phone is made of glass

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on March 27th, 2011

Rich people and their overpriced toys. This luxury phone is born from a collaboration between Aston Martin and Mobiado. The CPT002 won’t be revealed to the public until BaselWorld 2011, but for now you can drool over the photo.

It’s a glass smartphone with sapphire crystal and a capacitive touchscreen, which will act as a key for your Aston Martin, while letting you chat with your rich buddies on Facebook and Twitter. The CPT002 receives data from your car if there is an accident as well.

Romulan Ale Star Trek Energy Drink

Posted in Sci-Fi by Conner Flynn on March 27th, 2011

Energy drink? Wth? When I was a kid watching Star Trek, Romulan Ale was booze. They would break a bottle out everytime a red shirt died or when Kirk wanted to get some green-skinned chick drunk. Now it’s an energy drink.

That guy really seems to like it too. He’s looking at it like it’s a woman. Kinda scary actually. He must be feeling the effects: one part diarrhea and two parts caffeine jitters. I don’t want this guy at the helm anytime soon or beaming me down to a planet in a million pieces. Don’t drink on the job buddy.

Acer Iconia Tab W500 and A500 Tablets to launch in Europe on April 8th

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on March 27th, 2011

Acer will be launching two of their latest tablets, the Iconia Tab W500 and the Iconia Tab A500 in Europe on April 8th. Both tablets start at around 449 GBP (or $720). To refresh your memory, the Iconia Tab W500 features a 10.1-inch display, a 1GHz AMD C-50 processor, an AMD Radeon HD 6250 graphics card, up to 2GB RAM, 32GB of storage, a 1.3-megapixel camera, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, an HDMI port, a 3-cell battery and runs Windows 7.

The Iconia Tab A500 features a 10.1-inch display, an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, dual cameras, 1GB RAM, 16/32GB of storage, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, an HDMI port and Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Your wait is nearly over.