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AT&T to release Acer Iconia Tab A501

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2011

AT&T is getting ready to launch the new Acer Iconia Tab A501, Acer’s first 4G tablet. The Acer Iconia Tab A501 features a 10.1-inch touchscreen display, a dual core 1GHz nVidia Tegra 250 processor and Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb as the OS.

Other specs include a 5-megapixel rear facing camera and a high definition front-facing camera for video chat. The tablet also delivers 1080p HD Video playback and an HDMI port. AT&T will release the Acer Iconia Tab A501 in the second quarter of 2011. Nothing on price yet.

Sharp ships four new LE380 Series Aquos Quattron HDTVs

Posted in Sharp by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2011

Sharp has unveiled the LE830 series for its Aquos Quattron HDTV lineup which includes models in 60, 53, 46 and 40 inches. All four come equipped with integrated Wi-Fi and have access to CinemaNow, Netflix and Vudu services.

They also sport the company’s proprietary quad-pixel technology which adds yellow pixels for deeper and brighter colors, making the HDTV brighter overall. It’s also DLNA certified so you can stream content from home networks and it has four HDMI ports. These are pretty nice looking since they are mostly screen.

Sony Launches NEX-FS100 Super 35mm Camcorder

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2011

Sony has launched a new professional grade camcorder in the NEX-FS100. The NEX-FS100 is equipped with an Exmor Super 35 CMOS Sensor that is designed for shooting commercials and music videos, as well as action scenes. The sensor shoots 1080p60 content at up to 28Mbps to SD, Memory Stick or an optional 128GB SSD. It can also output uncompressed 4:2:2 footage over HDMI and sports a 3.5in LCD display.

The NEX-FS100E uses the Sony E-mount interchangeable lens system and will also allow for the A-Mount lenses to be used with an adapter. This budget model only comes with the camera body though. The lens kit will cost you extra.

Fujitsu reveals Stylistic Q550 tablet prices

Posted in Fujitsu by Reuben Drake on March 24th, 2011

Fujitsu has unveiled a price range of £749 up to £849 for the Stylistic Q550, its business tablet. The tablet will arrive next month in two versions, one with a 32GB SSD and the other with a 64GB SSD. The tablet will also pack in an Intel ‘Oak Trail’ Atom processor and up to 2GB of RAM.

There’s also WiFi and Bluetooth, front and rear webcams, USB 2.0, HDMI, and an SD card reader with 3G and GPS as extra options.

Twist & Brush Syringe Toothbrush

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2011

Do you have trouble getting just the right amount of toothpaste onto your toothbrush? If so, I shudder to think what other simple concepts you have not mastered. But this concept toothbrush can help. The handle is a syringe for your toothpaste.

Basically it makes sure that you always have the right amount. This would be perfect for messy kids who want to squeeze the whole tube onto their brush each time. So this could save you some money in toothpaste. The concept is called the Twist & Brush and comes from Spanish designers Awamura-ganjavian.

The iPod Classic will not be discontinued after all

Posted in iPod by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2011

It had been thought that the iPod Classic would be discontinued. It was introduced nearly ten years ago after all. Last September Apple introduced new iPod models for every line except the iPod classic, so people just assumed it was going to be ditched. The iPod classic is still available, but has not been updated since September of 2009, again fueling speculation.

Well, when you want answers it is best to go straight to the source. So someone emailed Apple CEO Steve Jobs back in September after the device failed to receive an update. Steve responded, telling them that the company has “no plans” to discontinue the iPod classic. You can all rest easy now.

55% of Xbox 360 users download games

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2011

The number of Xbox 360 users who download games is on the rise. 55 per cent of all Xbox 360 users bought at least one downloadable game last year. That number is up from 43 per cent in 2009. Also according to data from market research firm EEDAR, 50 per cent of PlayStation 3 users and 43 per cent of Wii users are down loading games.

Those PS3 numbers are up from 42 per cent in 2009, with the Wii numbers up from 37 per cent. So yes, it looks like downloading digitally is on the rise. Should Gamestop be worried? Probably not yet, but they must be keeping a sharp eye on these figures.

Super Talent announces new USB 3.0 Flash Drives

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2011

Many of us are still using USB 2.0, and it will take some time to phase it out, but more and more USB 3.0 devices are arriving daily. Now it is Super Talent’s turn as it is introducing a new line of USB 3.0 flash drives at USB 2.0 prices.

The USB 3.0 Express DUO 2-CH flash drives feature a cap-less design and a nice piano black finish. The design makes it so that you twist the plastic housing to reveal the USB 3.0 port inside. It comes with Microsoft’s Security Essentials antivirus program right on the drive too. These new drives come in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB capacities for about $19, $30, and $70.

NZXT H2 Classic keeps things quiet

Posted in Computers by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2011

Gaming computers can get pretty loud. Especially if you have built it yourself, with powerful video cards, CPUs and fans all doing their thing. Loudly. Power does come with a price and that price is often ungodly noise. Well, NZXT has a new case that might help.

The H2 Classic is said to deliver “a new era of whisper-quiet gaming.” That is literally music to our tired ears. It is so quiet thanks to a layer of noise dampening foam between the gear inside and the outside. Aside from that the case uses a three-phase fan controller that allows you to put the fans at 40%, 70%, and 100% speed.

HTC Flyer WiFi Tablet headed to Best Buy

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2011

HTC announced their latest tablet yesterday, the HTC EVO View 4G. It’s a WiMAX enabled version of the HTC Flyer Android tablet. And now Best Buy has announced that they will begin selling the HTC Flyer WiFi Android tablet this spring. To refresh your memory, the HTC Flyer comes with a 7 inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels.

The HTC Flyer WiFi will have Google Android 2.4 Gingerbread, a 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor, a 1.3 megapixel camera on the front for video chat and a 5 megapixel camera on the back. HTC hasn’t announced official pricing on the Flyer WiFi Android tablet yet, but hopefully we will know soon.

Verbatim Store n Go USB Drive Now Available

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2011

It looks like Verbatim has finally decided to release its new Store n Go USB drive. These drives are available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB storage spaces. The attraction here is that these drives are super-tiny, but with good capacity for the size.

These drives have a USB 2.0 interface and will deliver read and write speeds of up to 11 MB/s and 3 MB/s. The Verbatim Store n Go USB drive is available now in Europe and will cost you about $25 and up.

AVG launches AntiVirusFree for Android tablets

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2011

AVG has launched AntivirusFree for Android tablets, called AVG Mobilation for Android. It uses a cloud based security platform and AVG says that the app will not kill your battery life, which is good news. It will have the ability to scan other apps, settings, data and media files for viruses. Basically it does what it does for your PC or laptop.

There is also a remote wiping facility in case you lose your tablet and an option to back up to an SD card. The AntiVirusFree app is available to download from DroidSecurity.com for free, while AntiVirusPro costs $9.99. It’s worth the investment since we have so much of our lives on tablets today.

California could ban Mobile Phones in Prisons

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2011

What’s the world coming to when a prisoner can’t even call his drug dealer? What’s a prostitute to do when she can’t call her pimp for a little advise? Sometimes you just need to call a friend on the outside and ask about the best way to make a shiv. Oh well.

California’s Public Safety Committee has approved a new bill that aims to crack down on the smuggling of mobile phones into prisons. The new law would have tough penalties for both the smugglers and inmates. If this bill passes, anyone who possesses a cell phone with the intent to deliver, or delivers a cellphone to an inmate, would be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by six months in jail and a fine of up to $5,000 per device.

Google gets a patent for Google Doodle

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2011

After almost 10 years, Google has won a patent for its “Google Doodles”. The patent is titled “Systems and methods for enticing users to access a web site” and protects Google’s system of changing a company logo to go along with a special event. Google co-founder Sergey Brin is said to be the inventor of the system.

A patent on doodles might seem a bit silly for a company like Google, but since we all associate the practice with that company, it’s a good thing for them that they now have a patent.

Asus Eee PC 1015B and 1215B

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2011

Fans of Asus computers will enjoy the company’s latest additions to the Eee PC family. The Eee PC 1015B and 1215B feature 10-inch and 12-inch displays, with prices starting at $289 and $379, respectively. That seems nice and affordable right? We like that.

Some other features include 250GB of storage, 1GB of memory, VGA, USB, and HDMI ports, along with 1080p output. For the price, that’s pretty decent. Who wants one?