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HTC Arrive now available, $200 from Sprint, $150 at Amazon

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

It’s March 20th and you know what that means. Sprint has started taking orders for its first Windows Phone 7 handset. The HTC 7 Pro, now renamed the Arrive, will cost you $200 after rebate when bought with the two-year contract.

Amazon is undercutting the carriers’ own pricing by offering for 50 dollars less at $150, helping to make it nice and affordable. Others will be offering it at that price soon as well. So, who is getting this one? Let us know in the comments below.

Hiplok is a bicycle lock for your hips

Posted in Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on March 20th, 2011

Just as the name implies, this gadget will lock your bike up safe, but when it is not in use, you wear it on your hips. Some of us could use a hip lock that keeps our hips the same size they are now, but this is not that device.

It’s a fashion accessory and a super tough bicycle lock in one. The Hiplok is just a steel chain in a nylon sleeve that has a padlock at one end. Wear it while you ride and when you arrive at your destination, just lock it onto a solid structure. Simple.

Flea 2.0 USB Rechargeable Bike Lights

Posted in Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on March 20th, 2011

Safety should be your first concern if you ride your bike at night and so Blackburn Designs has created the Flea 2.0 USB rechargeable bike lights, which provide 40 lumens of brightness from four super-bright White Nichia LEDs. People will see you and therefore, you will be safer.

You can recharge the battery using a USB port or with an optional solar charger. The front lamp delivers up to 3-hours of steady use or up to 5-hour flashing on a single charge, while the rear red light gives you up to 6-hours of steady use and up to 12-hours flashing on a single charge.

ZAGGmate iPad 2 case with keyboard

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

The ZAGGmate iPad 2 Case is the perfect companion for your new iPad 2. Like others that we’ve seen it basically turns your tablet into a netbook. The ZAGGmate offers your iPad 2 durable protection, some added functionality and it still has style.

The ZAGGmate iPad 2 Case is crafted from aircraft aluminum and features a bead-blasted, anodized finish matching the design of your iPad 2. A hinge provides viewing and typing angles in portrait and landscape mode. The ZAGG ZAGGmate retails for $99.99.

Cap Storing Bottle Opener keeps caps off your floor

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

Opening a beer or ten usually results in caps being all over the place. This is mostly due to laziness and drunkenness. Well, the new Cap Storing Bottle Opener will solve this problem. It stores your bottle caps leaving no mess on your floors and counters. The opener sits on a bottle, which is also your handle. When you pry the cap off your drink, the cap falls down into the handle.

Not sure how many it can hold but at least it helps you keep things cleaner. We’re not sure if this will actually come to market or not, but it’s a great idea.

iPhone app lets you take photos of cars and check on prices

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on March 20th, 2011

How many times have you been out and about and said to yourself, I really wish I knew how much that model of car is going for? If this happens to you often, then check this out. If you’re living in Sweden, price comparison site Bilpriser.se has just rolled out a new iPhone app that lets you shoot a photo of a car’s license plate and retrieve it’s specs and compare prices for that vehicle.

Apparently it just checks out the government registration database to locate the car’s make and model, then checks the information against their own database so that the right information will be sent to the right users. There are over 9,000 models and 80,000 different versions so you should get the right information most of the time.

Mitsubishi focuses on larger LCD HDTVs

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

Mitsubishi is downsizing their LCD HDTV market, by shifting the focus to larger sizes. The Japanese company will close some offices and leave the LCD TV business entirely. As the only company still selling rear projection sets to consumers, the plan is to focus on selling DLP and Laservue TVs in sizes above 73-inches where its flat panel competitors rarely reach.

Aside from that, they will continue to sell projectors, display walls, printers and large public display screens to other companies. Seems like a smart decision since the market is crowded.

Sony readies MacBook Air rival with Thunderbolt and Chrome OS

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

The MacBook Air is a real winner thanks to it’s super slim form and great battery life. Sony wants to roll out their own version with a Vaio notebook known as the Hybrid PC. It’s a fast ultralight machine with a Core i7 processor, a Solid State Drive, HDMI 1.4 connectivity and Wi-Di.

The whole package is less than 2.5 pounds. When you this machine, the Hybrid PC will is transformed into a full desktop replacement. Other specs include a Radeon HD 6700M graphics processor, a Blu-ray burner, Ethernet and VGA connections, and a connector that brings together USB with AC power. Battery life without the dock has been rated from 8 to 16.5 hours.

Dell Inspiron R laptops now available

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on March 18th, 2011

Dell has announced the availability of their updated Inspiron R laptops. These Inspiron R laptops get a processor upgrade and now run on Intel’s 2nd generation Core i CPUs. These processors deliver enhanced performance and improved battery life compared to the previous generation of Inspiron R laptops.

One of the most interesting things about the Inspiron R is that they have interchangeable lids, called SWITCH by Design Studio. There are 23 different versions of laptop lids to choose from. There should be something to suit your mood or personality. Prices start at $529.99.

WiFi-only Dell Streak 7 coming soon?

Posted in Wi-Fi by Conner Flynn on March 18th, 2011

If you were waiting for Dell to release a WiFi-only version of the Dell Streak 7, it looks like you are in luck. The guys over at StreakSmart have discovered a WiFi-only mobile device from Dell that received WiFi certification from the WiFi Alliance.

The device is model number M02M002, which syncs up with the 3G + WiFi Dell Streak 7′s model number M02M. Since the device has been certified to be single-mode WiFi-only, this can only be a WiFi-only version of the Dell Streak 7. Dell had never officially announced that they were going to launch one, so this is a nice surprise. The device was even spotted on Amazon up for pre-order at $379.99, though we don’t have any ship dates.

Steampunk USB cufflinks

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on March 18th, 2011

Normally USB accessories don’t look so fashionable. I think these must be the coolest ones we’ve seen. These handmade cuffs are just the right amount of steampunk and each features 8GB of storage. I would wear these in a second.

However, like any other beautiful item, these are expensive. They will cost you $225. They are hand-carved and encased in walnut. Better start saving so you can wear these to your next big occasion.

Space Intruder Multi-Tool

Posted in Tools by Conner Flynn on March 17th, 2011

If you love Space Invaders and are a fan of carrying a multi-tool with you, then looky here. This Space Intruder Multi-tool is for you. With both Phillips and flathead screwdriver blades, this thing is barely a multi-tool. You won’t be repairing much with this thing.

But it is awesome and retro. Most importantly it looks like a Space Invader, regardless of it’s name. Now we just need to get Pac-Man in on the multi-tool business. Maybe Donkey Kong.

Toshiba to shut down LCD assembly line in Japan for a month

Posted in Toshiba by Conner Flynn on March 17th, 2011

Toshiba will be closing down their LCD assembly line for at least a month and PC manufacturer Lenovo has voiced concerns that they are suffering from a parts shortage. Toshiba will also joined by Hitachi for a similar time period. Lives and safety take priority over our gadgets, so we hope that these companies take however much time they need. We will be just fine with the LCDs we already have.

This disruption could result in a global supply shortage which would definitely take a bite out of corporate profits and economic growth across the industry. Toshiba’s plant supplies the mobile phone industry as well as auto makers navigation displays, comprising around 5% of the global small LCD display market.

Nintendo 3DS is the most pre-ordered console of all time on Amazon UK

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on March 17th, 2011

After selling 500,000 units of the Nintendo 3DS handheld on day 1 in Japan, Nintendo has hit another milestone. Amazon UK has announced that they have received more pre-orders for the 3DS than any other gaming console they’ve previously sold.

The Xbox 360, PS3 and the Wii all come in second to Nintendo’s portable glasses-free 3D gaming sensation. They didn’t reveal the exact numbers, but 3DS pre-orders were 20% higher than the PS3, 56% higher than the Wii and 255% higher than the DSi. Looks like the big N has a huge hit on it’s hands.

Eton ARCPT300W Weather Radio

Posted in Radio by Conner Flynn on March 17th, 2011

Looking for a Weather radio? If so, the Eton ARCPT300W weather radio can be powered by a trio of different sources. There’s the hand crank that charges the Ni-MH battery, three AAA batteries, and the AC/USB adapter.

Some other features of the Eton weather radio include an LED flashlight, an AM/FM tuner and it supports all seven NOAA weather band channels. Great thing to have in your emergency kit. It will cost you $69.99 and being prepared is well worth it.