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Acer HN274H 3D Monitor now available in the US

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on April 14th, 2011

Acer has launched the new HN274H 3D monitor series in the US. The new 27-inch HN274H and 23.6-inch HS244HQ widescreen 3D LCD displays provide full HD 3D visuals via HDMI or DVI-DL to PCs, Blu-ray Disc Players, game consoles, DSRLs and 3D TV programming via a set-top box. It has your 3D viewing covered.

As a bonus, these models consume 68 percent less power than standard LCD displays. The 27-inch HN274H and 23.6-inch HS244HQ widescreen 3D LCD displays are extra durable, RoHS compliant and constructed with mercury-free white LED backlight. The Acer 27-inch HN274H and 23.6-inch HS244HQ Widescreen 3D LCDs are available in the U.S. for $689 and $449.

DROID 3 gets Bluetooth certification

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on April 14th, 2011

Looks like Bluetooth certification for the Motorola DROID 3 may have been approved, assuming that the phone is known by its codename, the Solana XT862. It makes sense since the previous DROID models followed a different model number scheme of A855 (DROID) and A955 (DROID 2) and it comes from a reliable source.

If the D3 is the XT862, then it did in fact receive its Bluetooth certification yesterday, so hopefully it’ll be arriving before too long. That revamped keyboard, qHD screen, and new metal and black look sure are sweet.

LG Optimus 2X to get Gingerbread in mid-2011

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on April 14th, 2011

LG has said that Gingerbread will be forthcoming for its dual-core Optimus 2X Android handset, but aside from that they have been pretty quiet on the issue. Now we have word from LG’s Danish support site that the P990 (aka the 2X) will be updated to Android 2.3 “in June-July 2011.”

That’s later than we were all hoping for, but still, better late than never. Though it should be noted that LG has a history of inconsistency when it comes to software roadmaps, so we will see if they hold to that timeframe.

Samsung’s 11.6-inch Series 9 available for pre-order at Amazon

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on April 14th, 2011

Good news. You can get Samsung’s sleek new laptop for $1,200. Even better news. Amazon is now listing the 11.6-inch Series 9 at $1,149, saving you some hard earned dough. However we still don’t have a release date.

The specs include an Intel Core i3-380UM, 2GB of RAM, a 64GB SSD, 802.11b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 3.0, a 5680mAh battery, and a 1366 x 768 display with 400 nits of brightness. If you want an Amazon alternative, the laptop is showing up at a bunch of retailers for pre-order.

Netflix for Xbox 360 gets Kinect support

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on April 14th, 2011

Kinect owners now have the ability to sort through their videos without using a controller. After you download the 43Mb update all you have to do is wave your hand for the camera or say Xbox and it will pull up the new menu above, which auto sorts selections for browsing by voice or gesture what it thinks you want to watch next. Pretty neat. Who needs controllers?

Select “browse all” and you are back to the standard menu. You can also pause the movie during playback by saying Xbox, Pause (or FF, rewind, skip scene, etc.). That will come in very handy. What do you think?

Dell Streak 7 Now Available In The UK

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on April 14th, 2011

The Dell Streak 7, the company’s latest tablet, is now available for our friends in the UK for £299. It features a 7 inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 800 x 400 pixels, along with an NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, a five megapixel camera in back and a 1.3 megapixel camera on the front for video calls.

The Dell Streak 7 comes with Android 2.2 Froyo, features built in WiFi, and comes with 16GB of storage. So we have two questions. Are you in the UK? And if so, are you treating yourself to Dell’s latest tablet?

Casio G-Shock GDF100 Watch

Posted in Casio by Conner Flynn on April 14th, 2011

Fans of Casio’s G-Shocks watches will be happy to know that Casio has introduced the latest edition to the G-Shock family of timepieces, the GDF100. This version looks pretty stylish and comes in some good looking colors.

The watch has a front-facing pressure and temperature sensor built into the bezel on the left at the 9 o’clock position. This watch also includes an altimeter, barometer and thermometer. Sadly, we don’t have any info on pricing just yet, but we will let you know when we find out.

Samsung Galaxy S 2011 Edition headed to Russia

Posted in Samsung by Reuben Drake on April 14th, 2011

The Samsung Galaxy S 2 will be hitting stores around the world in a few weeks, but Samsung wants to bridge the gap between the Galaxy S and the Galaxy S 2 with the Galaxy S 2011 Edition. This new phone will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread with an overclocked processor at 1.4 Ghz.

The battery is 1650 mAh but the screen is the same. It will likely have 2 Gigs of RAM and 8, 16 or 32 gigs of internal storage. Think of it as the Galaxy S 2 lite. It will be available in Russia in May for 22,000 Rubles ($ 780) to tide people over until the Galaxy S 2 arrives.

Samsung Announces New External Hard Drives with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Interface

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on April 14th, 2011

Samsung has announced a new line of hard disk drives, including two portable drives and a desktop storage station. These drives support the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface and will deliver transfer speeds of up to 5 gigabits per second, which is 10 times higher than USB 2.0. So you will be able to transfer a 25-gigabyte full HD movie in just four minutes flat. Not bad eh?

The M2 Portable is an entry-level model, while the C2 Portable 3.0 is the premium version. The M2 comes with a matte finish that covers scratches and fingerprints and has curved sides that allow for a good grip. The C2 will have a high-gloss cover with a crystallized pattern. The drives are available in densities of up to 1 terabyte and will come in four colors: Brown Black, Noble Beige, Mist Gray and Clay Orange.

White iPhone 4 by the end of April

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on April 13th, 2011

We had heard talk of the white iPhone 4 possibly shipping in April and now it looks like we can narrow down the timing thanks to the latest rumor. Both AT&T and Verizon will get the long-delayed and long-awaited white iPhone by the end of the month. Bloomberg stated that the manufacturing issues they were facing were worse than everyone thought and that the original white paint had been peeling when exposed to heat.

Apparently, a sensor was also a problem, according to one tipster. It might have been the proximity sensor on the front, but that isn’t confirmed. So, we will hopefully have an end to the white iPhone saga very soon.

Sharp launches 70″ AQUOS Quattron LED LCD TV

Posted in Sharp by Conner Flynn on April 13th, 2011

Well, looks like Sharp has just unveiled a set much larger than the one you just bought. Then again, if you are the market for a new HDTV, this is going to be much larger than what your friends have too. Sharp’s 70″ AQUOS Quattron LED LCD TV, LC-70LE732U is the largest LCD television you can buy. If you can afford it that is.

Specs include full HD 1080p resolution, full-array LED backlighting, Quattron Quad Pixel Technology and Sharp AQUOS Advantage Live customer service. But that isn’t all you get. There is also built-in WiFi so you can watch on-demand movies via Netflix, VUDU and the like or apps like Facebook, Pandora and Twitter.

Toshiba MK6461GSYG 2.5” Drive with automatic data destruction

Posted in Toshiba by Conner Flynn on April 13th, 2011

We are talking destroying data on purpose, not by accident. So don’t worry, Toshiba isn’t shipping any faulty gear here. The new MK6461GSYG Series of HDD is a secure HDD with AES 256Bit encryption that will “invalidate” the data, rendering it useless when the drive connects to an unknown computer. Therefore, making your data more secure.

You can expect these new drives to be available at the end of June in 160, 250, 320 and 640GB capacities with a 7,200rpm speed. No idea which laptops these will show up in. We will have to wait and see.

VUDU Launches In-Browser Movie Streaming

Posted in movies by Conner Flynn on April 13th, 2011

VUDU has announced that it will be starting a new movie streaming service from their website that will allow users to watch content directly from their browsers without requiring a VUDU set-top box, DVD player or VUDU enabled device. This should get the company more customers.

To use the new VUDU streaming service all you have to do is visit vudu.com, check out the selection available and purchase. Then you can start watching immediately. This will help VUDU compete with Netflix and Amazon, who both already have web browser streaming. The service will have the same titles found on the VUDU digital storefront but the quality of the video will be lower through web browsers.

Favi RioHD-LED-2 Mini Projector

Posted in Projectors by Conner Flynn on April 13th, 2011

If you are in the market for a small and portable projector to take with you while traveling, then Favi has unveiled a new projector that might be for you. The RioHD-LED-2 projector is small and portable and available to purchase now.

The projector is available on Amazon for $199. It features LED backlight that supports up to 1080p resolution and has LEDs that are five times as bright as standard LED projectors. It can throw an image up to 150-inches. Not bad for a compact travel-friendly projector.

Hauppauge PCTV Broadway 2T streams TV to iPhone, iPad, Mac & PC

Posted in Media Streamers by Conner Flynn on April 13th, 2011

The $367 Hauppauge PCTV Broadway 2T will stream TV to any iOS device, Mac or PC with no third party app required. And Android support is expected to be added within a few weeks. It doesn’t require a computer either. It connects to your wired or wifi network and contains dual DVB-T tuners to enable streaming of a TV signal to a host device either over a home network or the internet.

The 2T also features USB and video inputs so you can stream video from your USB device or set top box. You can even connect it to an analog camera to create a remote home surveillance system viewable on an iPad or iPhone. This is one handy device that should be well worth the money.