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WiFi-Only Dell Streak 7 Android Tablet to hit Canada on April 29th

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on April 24th, 2011

Good news for our friends in the north. Dell has announced that it will launch the WiFi-only version of its Streak 7 Android tablet in Canada on April 29th. The tablet will cost you $399.99 via Dell Canada.

You might remember, the Streak 7 features a 7-inch 800 x 480 Gorilla Glass capacitive touchscreen display, an NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, a 1.3-megapixel front camera, a 5.0-megapixel rear camera, 16GB of internal memory, a microSD/SDHC card slot, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth and Android 2.2 is running the show.

Samsung Infuse hits Walmart in May for $179

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on April 24th, 2011

Looks like you will be able to pick up the Samsung Infuse at Walmart in May. So when you are buying all of your other goods, you might as well pick up the phone.

The phone features a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED screen, a 1.2 GHz processor and an 8-megapixel camera. Its also very thin and will run Android. The phone will be available at Walmart for $179 after a 2-year contract with AT&T, in May.

Droid X2 press shots

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on April 24th, 2011

The Motorola Droid X successor, known until now as the Droid X2 or Droid X 2 has been spotted several times in the wild and it looks very similar it’s predecessors. So appearance is no surprise, however these press shots tells us one important thing: the name of the phone. The branding has now been shown as Droid X^2. X Squared, not X-two. That’s new.

The expected specs include a 1.2GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 4.3-inch screen with qHD, 768MB ram. The rest of the specs will likely remain the same, but will it come preloaded with Froyo or the newer Gingerbread build of Android? We will see.

Sony Confirms ‘External Intrusion’ in PSN Outage

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on April 24th, 2011

Sony has confirmed that a ‘External Intrusion’ is behind the ongoing PSN Outage. The outage has been happening since late Wednesday and Sony says that it is due to “an external intrusion on our system.” Patrick Seybold said that the service was taken offline “to conduct a thorough investigation and to verify the smooth and secure operation of our network services.” That’s about all we know.

As of right now we don’t have any word on when the service will be back. Lets hope they can get it running quickly. PlayStation Network has 69 million registered accounts worldwide. Sony doesn’t want these users unhappy enough that they switch consoles.

HTC Flyer for preorder at Best Buy on April 24th

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on April 24th, 2011

Our friends in Europe have been able to preorder the HTC Flyer for months, and now we will soon be able to as well. The Flyer will be available for preorder on April 24th (Today) for $499 with Best Buy as the exclusive seller.

Those in Europe have been able to get 3G versions, but the one hitting the states is just WiFi. Better than nothing right? The Flyer features a 7-inch (1024 x 600) display, aluminum body, 1.5GHz Qualcomm chip, and a version of the company’s Sense UI that is optimized for tablets. It ships with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), but HTC says there will be an eventual upgrade to 3.0 (Honeycomb).

Next generation Wii controller to feature 6.2-inch display?

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2011

Kotaku’s sources claim that the new 8-button controller has a 6.2 inch screen, two analog sticks, and a camera. The new Wii console (right now known as the Wii 2, Wii HD, or just “Project Cafe”) is said to support the new controller as well as Wii Remote-style controllers for backward compatibility.

So why does the controller need a giant display? Well it would give you some options like putting the player’s inventory or map on the controller screen, allowing players to combine it with the controller’s camera to take photos that could be imported into a game or even turning the controller into a viewfinder. Sounds interesting, that’s for sure. Think of it as the lower screen on a DS, with your TV being the top screen.

DS Lite discontinued at GameStop

Posted in Nintendo DS by Reuben Drake on April 22nd, 2011

Out with the old, in with the new. An internal GameStop memo has surfaced announcing the discontinuation of Nintendo’s DS Lite. With the 3DS now available, the old DS Lite is being put out to pasture. The memo tells employees to remove displays of Crimson, Black, and Metallic Rose models, once the stock is gone.

It is a five-year-old system. There’s no official word from Nintendo yet, but we imagine that will be coming soon. If you want one, you better grab one while you can.

Rumors of the PSP Go’s death have been greatly exaggerated

Posted in PSP Go! by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2011

Apparently rumors of the PSP Go’s death may have been exaggerated. It looks like Japan and Europe are giving up on the device, but it won’t be dead everywhere. At least not yet.

Sony of America told Joystiq that production of the PSP Go will continue in North America. We assume that when the NGP arrives this holiday season, it will finally go to that great console stand in the sky, where it will sit collecting dust, just like it did here on Earth, because God doesn’t want to play with it either. Sad.

Acer’s DX241H Web Station

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2011

You always have your tablets and phones and laptops to use when you want to surf the web, but sometimes you want a larger viewing space and if you do, then Acer’s DX241H Web Station might be for you. It comes in both wired and wireless models.

It’s basically a 24-inch monitor. One that has a built-in browser, and will connect to the internet without being connected to a PC. But it does more than just surf the web. You can also watch movies on that 1080p display using Acer’s clear.fi software to stream video from other devices on the network. Sounds pretty sweet. Alot of screen real estate in a small space is always good.

Alienware M14x and M18x unveiled

Posted in Alienware by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2011

Dell has unveiled its new Alienware M14x and M18x notebooks and an updated M11x notebook as well. The M18x features an 18 inch display and dual GPUs along with a Core i7 Extreme processor, overclocked from to 4GHz and 32GB of 1333MHz memory. We are talking some serious power here.

The M18x and M14x also offer optional wireless HD audio/video for TV streaming, HDMI 1.4 for 3D support and USB 3.0 ports.

LG Optimus 3D Smartphone gets launch date

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

If you are looking for a smartphone that can record and play 3D content, then check out LG’s latest offering, which finally has a launch date. The LG Optimus 3D will arrive in stores on June 6. As of now that info is accurate according to Clove.

The phone has a 4.3-inch screen and you won’t need any 3D glasses for 3D content. That’s always a plus. Other features include a 5MP camera, 720p recording, 8GB of storage and Android 2.2. It also packs in WiFi, and Bluetooth. It will cost £379 + VAT in the UK. Are you ready to watch 3D on that small screen or are you just going to get a 3DS?

Sharp Free-Style AQUOS LC-20FEI Portable TV

Posted in Sharp by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2011

The Sharp Free-Style AQUOS LC-20FEI portable TV comes with Wi-Fi connectivity built in. This 20-inch portable HDTV features a 1366 × 768 resolution with LED backlight capability, a 400,000:1 contrast ratio, a pair of 2W speakers and a USB HDD recording feature for the Wireless TV tuner. Impressive enough specs for you in a portable TV? Sounds great to us.

The Sharp Free-Style AQUOS LC-20FEI also features DLNA support that allows you to access, store and watch content from your home network. It comes in black, white and pink colors and will be launched in Japan this June.

LG X-Note now comes in pink

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

The Xnote P210 series of notebooks are pretty popular in Korea. And so the company has decided to cash in on that popularity by introducing the laptop in some new pastel and pink colors.

Easter is the perfect time for these colors anyway. Female customers will be all over these. We don’t have any info on pricing and technical specs right now, but if these models do well, they may start showing up elsewhere too.

DryCASE Tablet keeps your iPad 2 dry

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2011

The DryCASE Tablet is the latest gadget to keep your iPad dry at the beach, doing the same job that a large ziplock bag would do. The DryCASE Tablet, much like a large ziplock bag, is compatible with the iPad 2, as well as other tablets like the Samsung Galaxy and the Amazon Kindle.

Apparently it is vacuum-sealed, but it is still just a bag and not the best solution. I wonder how the touchscreen functions in this? The DryCASE Tablet will cost you under $60.

Verizon Moves 2 Million iPhones in Two Months

Posted in Verizon by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2011

It sure helps to have friends in high places. Just ask Verizon who made friends with Apple and then went on to activate 2.2 million iPhones in the first quarter of 2011, the first in which it offered Apple’s phone.

AT&T on the other hand, which had previously had an exclusive on the iPhone in the U.S., activated 3.6 million iPhones during Q1. Remember, Verizon only started selling the phone in February, so their total only spans two months of availability. Verizon must be feeling pretty good right now.