Archive for April, 2011

Brando Padlock Flash Drive

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on April 12th, 2011

If you like your flash drives to look like other things, that’s cool. But do you really want it to look like a Padlock? Well, if so, then check out Brando’s new USB Lock Flash Drive. It looks like a brass padlock. Instead of a keyhole, it sports a USB connector.

The flash drive comes in 2GB for $21, 4GB for $24 and 8GB for $34. It looks like it is wide enough that some USB ports may get blocked when it is plugged in though and that isn’t good.

Onkyo HT-S9400THX Premium Home Theater System

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

Onkyo has announced a new premium home theater system, the HT-S9400THX. This 7.1-channel HT-S9400THX is THX-certified and includes THX approved speakers so you can hear every big bang and every little detail of audio.

You get high-performance 41-inch high front speakers and a high quality subwoofer. The subwoofer is said to deliver amazing low-end for all of your music, movies, and games. A front-panel USB input in front lets you access media from other sources. Amazon is selling the Onkyo HT-S9400THX for $1,099.

Conspin Andi-One Android-powered Universal Remote

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

Conspin has combined an Android tablet with a universal remote to create a smarter and better universal remote. It’s called the Andi-One and it supports 3 different interfaces like RF (RF4CE), IR, and WiFi.

The device is capable of controlling up to 50 different compatible devices. Over 10,000 devices are supported so you should be good to go. The Conspin Andi-One URC is available right now and will cost you $349.99. What do you think? You ready for this remote?

Lenovo working on a 23-inch tablet for the home

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

Looks like Lenovo is working on a 23-inch tablet, a home tablet that could be arriving this year. Such a large tablet seems silly, but when you think about it, it makes sense. The tablet could be moved from room to room and used on tables as well as docked as an All-in-One. This provides a nice solution to multiple screens in the home.

The tablet is apparently based on the company’s All-in-One desktop range, but with a major weight reduction. If all goes well, it will be arriving in 2011. This will change how you interact with your computer at home. We can’t wait.

Asus Xonar U3 external sound card

Posted in ASUS by Reuben Drake on April 12th, 2011

With all of the great things that a notebook can do, why can’t they pump out decent sound? Even gaming laptops have this problem. Well, there are solutions available. Like plugging in a USB sound card for instance. One that will give you more hi fidelity abilities and also EAX 5.0 gaming abilities.

We are talking about the Asus XONAR U3. It’s the size of a flash drive and only weighs 25 grams. The device offers the ability to drive 150ohm impedance headphones and ASUS’ unofficial EAX 5 software based acceleration which will make games sound better. The Asus XONAR U3 also supports Dolby Digital.

HTC Thunderbolt gets it’s first teardown

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on April 11th, 2011

We love drooling after new gadgets. We love to use them and of course, we like to tear them apart. You always hurt the ones you love after all. The HTC Thunderbolt has already hit the FCC, but now that the phone has actually been released, we are getting to the juicy details of the innards.

This teardown isn’t up to the standards of the folks over at iFixit, but it is a teardown just the same. We love to see what makes these devices tick after all. Hit the link below for more details and pics.

ASUS’ 12x BW-12D1S-U external Blu-ray writer is the world’s fastest

Posted in ASUS by Reuben Drake on April 11th, 2011

If you feel that your current Blu-ray writer is not living up to it’s potential, ASUS has something new for you. The BW-12D1S-U, is their latest 12X, USB 3.0 burner. The BW-12D1S-U will give you realtime 2D to 3D conversion, 1080p video output and support for the usual HD audio formats. So you should be very happy together.

Of course there is also the sexy translucent blue power button and a sleek black finish. It will also operate both horizontally or vertically. No info on price just yet, though. Hopefully we will learn more soon.

Sony Not Expecting PS4 “Anytime Soon”

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on April 11th, 2011

This generation’s console cycle is already longer than usual. However even though we are getting a successor to the PSP, it looks like we are going to have to wait for the PS4. Sony has stated that a PS4 isn’t in the works for launch “anytime soon.” They remain confident in the ten year life-cycle. Apparently very confident.

One analyst says that this could leave the door open for others to enter the console market. Maybe even Apple. Apple TV for instance could use an SDK and App Store to deliver games to television sets. The next generation Apple TV might just have the same hardware and software improvements that accompanied the iPad 2. That could be very interesting.

Angry Birds is the best-selling PSN game

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on April 11th, 2011

Out of all of the games on PSN, which do you think is the bestselling? Surely something that’s been getting sales for a while right? Wrong. Angry Birds, which was just released on the PlayStation Network in January of this year, has already become the best-selling game on the platform. That’s pretty amazing when you think of all of the other big PSN games. Those birds have channeled their anger to become an unstoppable force.

The info comes from Lazard Capital Markets analyst Colin Sebastian. He didn’t give any specific sales figures, but he did say that PSN now has “75M registered accounts Worldwide, half of those are in North America, with over 1.4B pieces of content downloaded since launch. He also stated that PSN is becoming more popular among more casual users. Yeah, obviously that’s true.

Fake Nintendo cartridge iPhone covers

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on April 11th, 2011

There’s this whole fascination with making iPhones look like different things by using clever cases, which makes us wonder…If the iPhone is so awesome looking, why are you hiding it? But that’s a question for another time. Behold, you can now make your phone look like an old Nintendo cartridge.

These iPhone 4 cases were designed by meteor and are made to look like the back of old Famicom and N64 cartridges. These cost a crazy $57, so we imagine that only hardcore Nintendo geeks will be rocking this look.

Moshi iVisor AG for iPad 2

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on April 11th, 2011

Moshi has a new accessory for the iPad 2. The iVisor AG for iPad 2 is a screen protector that comes in both black or white and it will cover the entire screen, while allowing you to still use the buttons and camera. The iVisor AG is unique, since it has a colored border that looks like the border already on your iPad. So it is a good match and won’t look out of place.

The covers can be pulled off for cleaning and can then be reapplied too. The iVisor AG for iPad 2 will cost you just $30.

NEC Medias N-06C Android phone

Posted in NEC by Conner Flynn on April 11th, 2011

Who is this sexy and slim beauty in white? Why it’s the Nec Medias N-04C and it is one sexy and slim Japanese Android Smartphone. Good news. It will be available in a waterproof version soon as well with the N-06C.

This new NEC Medias N-06C is scheduled for a Summer launch in Japan and will come pre-loaded with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), and a faster CPU of 1GHz compared to the 800MHz found on the N-04C and it will be available in four different flashy colors like white pearl and pink.

Kindergartners getting iPads 2s?

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on April 11th, 2011

Do you know many 5 year olds who have an iPad? Whatever you answered, there are soon to be more small people sporting Apple’s tablet. School officials in Maine’s Auburn Schools Committee have voted unanimously to provide all kindergartners with a brand new iPad 2 next year. They will repeat this process for each new incoming class as well.

That’s gonna be expensive, but they feel it is worth it. It will cost the school system about $200,000 next year, including Apple’s $25 discount from the tablet’s regular retail price. No wonder this school is already looking for a 5 percent budget increase.

Darpa’s Hologram Goggles Will Call In The Drones

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on April 11th, 2011

When you need to send in deadly robots, holograms might be the answer. As it is right now, authorizing and targeting air strikes is a process that can be bureaucratic. Sometimes it takes lawyers, intelligence analysts, air controllers, and commanders at multiple layers to get it done.

Well DARPA has a new idea. Give the job to one guy on the ground who can control a drone or manned plane that’s circling above. A single man is low profile enough to slip into areas that need slipping into without alarming the locals and giving away his position. The soldier would use the goggles to view markers and call in airstrikes.

JBL AirPlay-Enabled On Air Wireless Speaker System Ships

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on April 11th, 2011

JBL has now started shipping their new On Air Wireless Speaker System which is specially designed for iOS devices. This is among the first AirPlay-enabled speakers capable of streaming iTunes 10 music or Internet radio directly from your computer. We also love that it looks like it belongs in a spaceship cockpit.

This speaker system can use your existing Wi-Fi or Ethernet to connect to your PC or Mac iTunes library and makes the link with Apple’s AirPlay technology. It also sports a small LCD screen so you can see the album artwork and song info when an iOS device is not docked.