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Is Apple releasing an HDTV this year?

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

According to a report, Apple could launch an Internet-connected high-definition television set by the end of 2011, expanding into the $100 billion LCD TV market. Analyst Brian White with Ticonderoga Securities said in a note to investors that he picked up “data points” that point toward a “Smart TV” launch by Apple, possibly as soon as by the end of this year.

If Apple does want into this market, (which seems inevitable) will an Apple HDTV take the world by storm like their other products? Maybe. It could be paired with a subscription service to iTunes, allowing users to access content and services at a flat subscription rate so that a cable box and digital video recorder will no longer be needed. That would make a lot of folks happy.

Hannspree to launch Android 3.0 tablet this year

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on April 13th, 2011

Hannspree tablets aren’t among the most popular in the US, but they do have a habit of showing up in Europe. So you know the name, even if you don’t own any of their products. A Hannspree tablet roadmap has now surfaced, showing the company’s tablet plans for this year.

Hannspree is already offering a 10 inch tablet with a 1024 x 600 pixel display and NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, but soon a cheaper model with a Texas Instruments chip will be available. Both models have WiFi, Bluetooth, and Google Android 2.2. If it’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb you want, you’ll have to wait until the third quarter of the year.

HP EliteBook 8460w, 8560w and 8760w business laptops

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

HP has announced three new business laptops: the 14-inch EliteBook 8460w, 15.6-inch 8560w and the 17.3-inch 8760w. That last one looks like it is the high end model as it comes with your choice of Sandy Bridge processors up to a Core i7-2920XM, AMD FirePro or NVIDIA Quadro graphics with up to 4GB of memory, and up to three hard drives with RAID 5 support.

With the other two EliteBooks, you can still get up to a Core i7-2820QM, but there’s no option for integrated graphics. All three will be available next month. Prices start at $1,299, $1,349 and $1,899.

Garmin Forerunner 610 GPS Watch

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

You know Garmin for all of their fancy GPS devices and watches. Well, now they have a new watch in the Garmin Forerunner 610 GPS sport watch. It features a weather-proof touchscreen and is designed for serious runners looking for an extra advantage. The Forerunner 610 is good to go in rain, safe from your sweat and any other splashes you can throw at it.

This one is responsive enough that it can be operated while wearing running gloves. It sports features like pace, distance and time meter, a heart rate monitor, and you can even race with friends in other countries.

Kodak ESP Office 2170 All-in-one Printer

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

Kodak is launching a new all-in-one inkjet printer, the ESP Office 2170. Since it is an All-In-One, it will handle all of your printing, scanning, faxing and photocopying needs. The ESP Office 2170 doesn’t boast Extra sensory Perception, but instead uses WiFi to communicate with your computer.

It also supports direct printing from BlackBerry and iOS devices so you are good to go with your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. The printer delivers up to 670 black text pages or up to 550 for color per Black Ink Cartridge 30XL. The ESP Office 2170 is arriving in June 2011 for $149.99.

Bubo camcorder rig for iPhone4 video

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

This is far from the first optical add-on for the iPhone, but the OWLE Bubo focuses on giving the smartphone’s video capture abilities a boost. The Bubo is a hand-held video rig made from aluminum. The handgrips help keep the iPhone steady while the weight, at just over a pound, helps with stability during pans. There are also four tripod mounts and access to the dock connector and headphone jack.

The 0.45x wide-angle/macro combination lens doubles the iPhone’s field of view and adds contrast and extra detail. The rig will accept any 3rd party lenses (37mm) and filters (49mm) and the macro lens allows for close shooting.

Coffee Cup Power Inverter

Posted in Automotive by Reuben Drake on April 13th, 2011

Sometimes having a regular AC power outlet in your car can be necessary. And if you want that, you better have a power inverter in your car. Thing is, even if you have one, there is no good place to put it. Well, this Coffee Cup Power Inverter solves that problem. Just put it in your cup holder. Perfect.

This 200 watt inverter will help you with your many gadgets. It features a pair of AC plugs and a USB port and will cost you just $30. If you need one, this is the inverter for you. Just make sure you have another spot for your coffee. That is a must.

Ion Audio’s iCade iPad Arcade Cabinet hits the FCC

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on April 12th, 2011

Hey, we love anything that turns your iPad into a mini arcade system. So we cheered when we learned that Ion Audio’s iCade Arcade Cabinet for the Apple iPad, passed through the FCC today. Just slide your iPad into the $100 cabinet, connect to the iCade via Bluetooth, and you’re ready to relive your arcade days.

The iCade packs in an arcade-style joystick, six numbered buttons and two “enter” buttons. And you can download free games for the iCade from Apple’s App Store. The Atari Greatest Hits app is already configured to work with the iCade, and you can download additional games through the Atari Greatest Hits app. It takes 2 AA batteries.

Nintendo cutting Wii price to $150 in May?

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on April 12th, 2011

According to an Engadget source, a price cut for the Wii is coming. It will cost just $150 starting May 15th. Normally we would dismiss this, but the timing makes sense, since Nintendo’s profits have been going down due to declining hardware sales. Plus, there’s also the rumors of a new console from Nintendo coming soon.

Also, last month Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime did hint that the Wii’s price might change in the near future. Still, we don’t have anything more official than that right now, so we will just have to wait and see, but it seems likely.

Survey shows iPad’s effect on PC market

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on April 12th, 2011

A recent survey by Google-owned AdMob showed that many consumers are spending more time on their tablets and less time sitting uncomfortably at their PCs, using smartphones, watching TV, listening to the radio, and of course reading those outdated paper books. The are neglecting many things in favor of tablet use. AdMob expects tablet customers to reach 165 million devices over the next two years.

1,430 tablet owners participated in the survey, among these 77% said they spend less time with their personal computers after buying a tablet, 43% said they use their tablets more than their personal computers, and 28% say that they now use a tablet as their primary computer. 68% said they spent at least 1 hour each day with the device, 84% use it mainly for playing games, while 78% search for information. It’s very clear that the tablet is King. But we already knew that. PCs are on the way out, but not completely gone yet.

Legend of Zelda, Dead or Alive and more coming to the 3DS

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on April 12th, 2011

One of the most anticipated titles announced for the Nintendo 3DS so far has been Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, but Nintendo has been quiet about when we will see this remake of the classic N64 title. And let’s face it, 3DS gamers could use some quality games. However, with the announcement of the company’s second quarter lineup for 2011, we now have a final release date for Zelda in 3D.

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D will add more content for an enhanced game experience, like a master quest and other additions. The game will be available on June 19. Nintendo also dated many other titles, like Dead or Alive: Dimensons for May and Cave Story 3D for June 28.

HTC Flyer hitting Europe on May 9

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on April 12th, 2011

The highly anticipated HTC Flyer tablet will hit European stores on May 9. That solves the question of when it will arrive in the Uk, but we still don’t know when the seven-inch Android device will be upgraded from Android 2.4 to Android 3.0 which is tablet-optimized and used by competing devices.

What about pricing? Well, earlier leaks for the UK had the unlocked 3G, 32GB version at £600 ($982). In Germany, the same device costs about the same at 669 Euros ($904).

Senate Democrat to propose Internet sales tax

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on April 12th, 2011

US buyers who are making purchases on the Internet may soon need to pay state tax if a democratic senator has anything to say about it. The legislation will be made public after April 18, which is this year’s tax deadline. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois is heading up the “Main Street Fairness Act”, arguing that sites like Amazon have an unfair advantage over physical and local businesses, since buyers don’t always pay taxes.

If you buy online a lot, you already know that American buyers who make purchases at out-of-state vendors don’t always have to pay sales tax. We have no idea if this would pass or not, but one key expected supporter, Representative William Delahunt, a Democrat, said he will not run for reelection in 2010. And a Republican-controlled House will likely object to the bill. What do you think of this act?

AT&T Announces LG Thrive Pre-Pay Android Phone

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on April 12th, 2011

AT&T and LG have teamed up for a new Android smartphone, the LG Thrive, which will be available on AT&T’s GoPhone pre paid service. It’s based on the LG Optimus One and features a 3.2 inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, Android 2.2. Froyo and has a 3.2 megapixel camera with built in autofocus.

You can expect the LG Thrive to be available from AT&T on April 17th. It will retail for $179.99 and customers will have to sign up to one of AT&T’s pre-paid smartphone plans, which should thrive very nicely from all the sign ups.

RCA Unveils New Hybrid Mobile TVs

Posted in RCA by Conner Flynn on April 12th, 2011

RCA has been making TVs and other electronics for as long as anyone can remember and now they have unveiled a new line of portable mobile TV products. There are four different models. Three of them are portable TVs and one is a TV tuner for your car. All four can receive both Mobile TV format signals and standard digital TV signals.

There’s the 3.5″ DMT335R TV with LED backlighting for $119, which ispowered by AA batteries that are rechargeable and last for four hours. The DMT336R is another 3.5″ priced at $159 and has a widescreen LED backlit screen, FM radio, rechargeable battery, and an AC power option.