Archive for March, 2011

Best Buy to host 3DS midnight launches

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on March 21st, 2011

Gamer anticipation is reaching critical mass as it is now less than one week until the Nintendo 3DS launches. Sure the line-up of launch games leaves us a little cold, but more games will come in due time and at least we will get to hold the 3DS in our hands.

Those who live in New York have another reason to be excited about the 3DS launch. Nintendo is throwing a midnight launch event. It starts at 9:00 PM EDT at the Best Buy in Union Square. There will be plenty of hands-on 3DS demos, food, music, and giveaways. Probably a bunch of people in costume too. Sounds like a good time. Additional Best Buy locations will also be selling the device at midnight, but maybe with not so much fanfare.

R2-D2 iPhone case

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on March 21st, 2011

If you didn’t already get the Droid R2-D2 edition, than all of you wannabe Luke Skywalkers out there have another option. This R2-D2 case for your iPhone. Nothing is cooler than making a phone look like a Star Wars robot after all.

This one features sculpted details and is a StarWarsShop exclusive iPhone 3G hard case. It may not pal around with C-3PO and beep and chirp at you, but it’s the next best thing to having an actual droid.

Best Buy Canada will carry iPad 2 on March 25th

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on March 21st, 2011

Canadian Best Buy stores will not be missing out on selling the iPad 2. In fact they will start selling them on March 25th, according to one store worker who quoted a manager on the matter. You can apparently expect them to be available at 10am friday when stores open on a first come first served basis and obviously you can expect long lines.

It might be more difficult to get an iPad 2 in Canada at launch though, due to the small number of Apple Stores around cities like Montreal and Toronto. There’s also the fact that Apple has also traditionally made the US a priority, diverting the bulk of inventory to the US. Despite these things, hopefully most Canadians who want one can get one without too much trouble at launch.

LG Thrill 4G (Optimus 3D) headed to AT&T

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on March 21st, 2011

AT&T and LG have announced the LG Thrill 4G. What we have here is basically the AT&T branded version of the LG Optimus 3D, but with a more “thrilling” name. The LG Thrill 4G features a dual core 1GHz processor and Android 2.2 Froyo.

Other features include a 4 inch touchscreen display capable of displaying 3D video without dorky 3D glasses and it also features dual five megapixel stereoscopic cameras that can record HD 3D video in 720p as well. There are no details on when the LG Thrill 4G will be available on AT&T and no pricing details yet.

Ouku Tab Android Tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on March 21st, 2011

Lightinthebox has announced that it has one of the cheapest Android tablets available. The tablet will cost you $125, but of course don’t expect amazing performance. That price gets you a tablet with a 7-inch screen running a 660MHz ARM9 processor. It has Android 2.1 and a 1620mAh battery that is good for 4-5 hours of use per charge. Internal storage is 4GB with storage expansion using T-flash cards. It supports most media formats for video and audio playback.

The tablet features WiFi and can connect to the Android market. There is also support for email and a g-sensor for motion sensing. The resistive touchscreen has a resolution of 800 x 480. The tablet supports email, YouTube and more.

Samsung releases D6400/D6500 Series 3D TVs in South Korea

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on March 21st, 2011

Samsung has announced the D6400/D6500 Series 3D TVs for the South Korean market. They are available in 40-inch, 46-inch and 55-inch versions. The Samsung D6400/D6500 Series 3D TVs feature a Clear Motion Rate (CMR) of 480Hz, a Crystal Black Panel, Hyper-real engine and smart-real motion picture support that reduces cross-talk and flickering.

Both models have the ability to convert 2D content to 3D. Some other features include Bluetooth 3D glasses support, Smart Hub UI and Samsung’s 3D VOD service. The Samsung D6400 3D TV series is priced from 2,400,000 Won ($2,133) to 4,900,000 Won ($4,355). The Samsung D6500 3D TV series is priced from 2,600,000 Won ($2,310) to 5,200,000 Won ($4,621).

World’s most expensive iPad is $8 million

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on March 21st, 2011

Behold, the iPad2 Gold History edition. Asin, your money is history. It was as usual, designed and crafted by Stuart Hughes in Liverpool UK. It is encrusted with 16.5 cts of ‘I’F’ flawless diamonds, 53 individually set sparkling gems, a solid 24ct Apple logo and the rear section produced again in 24ct gold.

It weighs 2,000 grams and the front frame of this iPad is made from one of the oldest rocks in the world, the Ammolite, sourced from Canada and dating over 75 million years old. That’s not all, sections of a 65 million year old T-Rex dinosaur’s thigh bone has been splintered and then shaved into the Ammolite and finished off with a single cut 8.5ct flawless diamond inlaid in platinum and surrounded by 12 outer flawless diamonds.

Dolby announces lighter and more stylish 3D Glasses

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on March 21st, 2011

When you watch 3D movies in the theater, the glasses are heavy and uncomfortable. Dolby has a new solution and has just announced this newer and lighter pair of 3D glasses. They will also come with anti-theft measures and an RFID tag for inventory control purposes.

Theater owners will also be happy to know that the thinner lenses can be washed and reused hundreds of times. They are $12 each and are cheaper when purchased in bulk. Though they won’t improve the quality of a movie script or lower ticket prices.

Ben Heck Builds 1970s Atari-Style Xbox 360

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on March 21st, 2011

Ben Heck, the man behind thousands of awesome mods is back. This time it’s an old school 1977 Atari merged with the Xbox 360 in a laptop kind of deal. This custom mod looks just like Atari would have made the device had they been capable.

It will handle all of the newest games and the old, including Yar’s Revenge and Star Raiders. In his latest show, he takes viewers through the entire build process. The final build is a thing of geek beauty. He has done it yet again.

Square Enix opens new studio for Xbox 720, PlayStation 4 and Wii 2

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on March 21st, 2011

The Xbox 360 is about six-years old. The PlayStation 3 and Wii almost the same age. Microsoft and Sony had said that their current consoles will have 10-year life cycle and it looks like they were pretty on target. A Wii 2 is even expected this year to compete with the 360 and PS3′s Kinect and PlayStation Move motion controllers.

Now we have word that Square Enix, makers of Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest to name a few, are already planning to open a 100 staff studio in Canada next year. This way they will be ready for the next generation consoles and get their games out accordingly.

Nexus S 4G arrives on Sprint

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on March 21st, 2011

Google is just a tad biased toward it’s own phones, so the Google Nexus One is getting all of the Android updates first before other models, just like the Nexus S, which is the first handset to be powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread. And now there is a new handset from Google today, the Nexus S 4G.

The hardware has been co-developed with Samsung and will be on Sprint’s high-speed 4G data network. It features a 4” Contour Display, a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, front and rear facing cameras, 16GB of internal memory, and NFC (near field communication) hardware. The Nexus S 4G will arrive later this spring.

New Xbox hardware rumored in 2015

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on March 21st, 2011

This generation of consoles is pretty long-lived. It’s taking awhile before a new model is released. But the time is drawing near. Now, an online portfolio of a team member of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business Design Group has said that a new Xbox is scheduled for a 2015 release.

They have already started work on it this month. If this is true, then it means that the Xbox 360 will be a decade old when the new model arrives. We know that Microsoft was recently searching for engineers who are willing to work on its next-generation console.

Alienware M11X R3 notebook specs leak

Posted in Alienware by Reuben Drake on March 21st, 2011

Looks like Dell is going to upgrade its Alienware M11X gaming notebook by offering a new range of CPU options powered by Intel’s Sandy Bridge architecture. The R3 edition will come with a 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 resolution LCD display, new Core i5 and Core i7 processor options and clock speeds ranging from 1.4GHz to 1.6GHz.

The M11X R3 will come with a 63Wh battery various hard drive and solid state disk options, and up to 8GB DDR3 RAM. No official word from Dell on when the M11X R3 will launch.

HTC HD7 gets an FCC tear down

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on March 21st, 2011

The HTC HD7 arrived at the FCC in October of last year, but they are just getting around to showing us it’s internal and external photos. It was originally called the HD3 since it will succeed the HTC HD2 , but they decided on the HD7 name to be consistent with Windows Phone 7 branding.

The device’s teardown photos show off its Qualcomm SnapDragon processor, Qualcomm Power Management chip and internal memory, which is a 16GB SanDisk chip. Hit the link below to check out it’s guts in a variety of images.

AT&T Buys T-Mobile for $39 billion

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on March 20th, 2011

AT&T has announced that it is acquiring T-Mobile USA for $39 Billion. I guess that’s the going rate for adding 33M customers all at once. Combined, the new entity will have about 129M subscribers. Both networks use GSM as the basic building block, so network consolidation should be pretty effortless.

AT&T has just become more powerful. Deutsche Telecom, the parent company will have an 8% stake in AT&T if the deal is approved by the government. T-Mobile users will gain access to the iPhone and eventually to AT&T’s 4G LTE network. What do you think? Is this ultimately good for consumers?