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Samsung Droid Charge coming to Verizon on April 28th for $300

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

Verizon Wireless and Samsung are slapping a $299.99 subsidized price on Samsung’s newest handset. The phone is finally official. You can expect it on April 28th. On that day you can get the phone which features a 4.3-inch AMOLED Plus display, rear 8 megapixel camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, 1GHz processor, Android 2.2 and LTE support.

Unlimited 4G data plans are $29.99. The phone’s price is expensive, but keep in mind that you get a mobile hotspot for “no additional charge”. Are you getting this one?

Amazon launches German Kindle Store

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

Amazon had already entered the UK’s e-book market last year and now the company has it’s sights set on Germany as it has now launched the German Kindle Store, with more than 650,000 titles. With the launch, the German Kindle Store instantly becomes Germany’s biggest e-bookstore.

It has about 25,000 German-language titles, thousands of free classics, and a large collection of independent newspapers and magazines. Customers also have the ability to buy the latest Kindle and Kindle 3G models directly from Amazon.de, along with free, German Kindle apps for iPhone, iPad, PC and Android. I bet the site is extremely busy today.

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer hits US on April 26th

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

If you have been waiting for the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, you won’t have much longer to wait. We also now have a price. The 10.1-inch Transformer with its 1280 x 800 IPS panel and 16GB of storage will cost you $399. The 32GB version will cost you $499.

The docking station that almost turns it into a laptop is $150. The device is expected on Tuesday, April 26th. If you already have your money saved, then all you need to do is wait.

PlayStation Network down again

Posted in PS3 by Reuben Drake on April 21st, 2011

Looks like a whole bunch of users are reporting that they are unable to log in to the PlayStation Network again. This after outages that “anonymous” claimed responsibility for. Sony acknowledges that there’s a problem saying that “We’re aware certain functions of PlayStation Network are down”.

They promise an update on the situation as soon as possible. But that statement was issued over nine hours ago and there’s still no change in the situation. Hopefully they fix it soon.

Pentax Rainbow K-r

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2011

The Pentax Rainbow K-r is pretty loud as far as colors on a camera go. If you like rainbows and need a new DSLR, then you might want to check out these limited edition cameras before they’re gone. This version is designed in collaboration with Tower Records.

The style is much less serious than your typical digital camera. This one shouts fun. Maybe they got the idea when some guys at the factory had a paintball fight one night. Only 300 of these are produced so you might want to pre-order one. Only 300 of these were in the factory the next morning when the boss came in, so that’s it. $1,100

Toshiba waterproof 1080p Camileo BW10 pocket cam

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2011

Toshiba has introduced a new pocket camcorder. The Camileo BW10 is its first waterproof video camera and is capable of being submerged in up to 6.5 feet of water. The BW10 is also built rugged for when on land as well.

It takes 1080p MPEG-4 video and five-megapixel stills with a light-sensitive CMOS sensor, an f2.8 lens, and boasts image stabilization. This one uses a micro USB connector instead of a direct USB plug and has bundled software to help upload your videos to YouTube.

iPad 2 to arrive in 13 more countries next week

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

As we all know by now, you can’t keep Apple products down. They assimilate society like the Borg and spread across the globe, just not in large cube-ships. So it is no surprise that Apple will launch the iPad 2 in 13 more countries next week.

We aren’t sure which countries these are, but so far this month Apple has launched the device in places like Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea. There’s just no stopping the iPad 2. The company’s international push started on March 25th.

Super Mario 3DS could arrive in 2011

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2011

Okay, so you have your 3DS. Now you need a good Mario game to play on it. Well, you may not have long to wait. In a recent interview, Shigeru Miyamoto stated “I promise to do all I can to deliver the new Mario game this year”. Sadly he didn’t offer any specifics or other details about the game, but it is nice to hear he’s trying hard to get it out to the masses.

What we know so far is that Super Mario 3DS is being developed by EAD Tokyo, the guys that did Super Mario Galaxy. We will likely get more details at E3 and hopefully we will learn more about the Wii 2 at that time as well.

Amazon Android tablet may be made by Samsung

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2011

Rumors of an Amazon-branded tablet are back again thanks to a rumor that it had picked a contractor. Amazon is reportedly looking at none other than Samsung to make their tablet. There aren’t many other details, but Peter Rojas said he was “99% certain”.

It would likely have Android 3.0, but Amazon might be concerned with tighter limits on customization, so they could use a phone-oriented Android build like 2.3 maybe and have some freedom to customize the interface. It will be interesting to see what Amazon does with this.

Niyari Atari 400 Style Keyboard

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2011

Here’s a nice looking keyboard with retro stylings. It looks like it came straight out of the 80s. The Niyari Atari 400 Style keyboard is a USB keyboard that is compatible with Microsoft Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista and Windows 7.

The Niyari Atari 400 Style keyboard will give you 112 keys and a burning desire to play some old school Atari. This retro keyboard will cost you just 11,980 Yen ($148.55). It is expensive, but that design is awesome.

Memorex MI2601P TagAlong Portable Boombox

Posted in Memorex by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2011

Are you man enough to rock a boombox that looks like it could be a woman’s purse? Well, if so, check out the Memorex MI2601P TagAlong Portable Boombox. It is now available for purchase on Amazon. It’s designed to be portable, and we are tempted to say that it is strong enough for a man, but made for a woman.

The handle makes carrying and sharing your music easy. It is compatible with iPod, iPhone and other MP3 players via a line-in jack. Other features include a digital FM radio with station presets, a wireless remote control, and an equalizer. The Memorex MI2601P TagAlong Portable Boombox retails for $49.99.

Acer Aspire One 722 notebook to pack AMD C-50 chip

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2011

Acer updated their lineup with two new offerings. The Acer Aspire One 522 is a 10 inch netbook featuring a new AMD C-50 processor. The Aspire One 722 boasts a larger display and the same processor.

The Acer Aspire One 722 will have an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display and a 1 GHz AMD C-50 dual core processor with Radeon HD 6250 graphics. Other features include stereo speakers and a higher capacity battery than the Aspire One 522, but aside from those differences, it is basically just a larger version of the same laptop.

Apple to ship new iPhone in September?

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2011

According to some people in the know, Apple’s next-generation iPhone will have a faster processor and will begin shipping in September. Production of the new device will start in July/August and it will be very similar to the iPhone 4.

That’s great news for Apple fans and it still leaves us plenty of time for more rumor and speculation. Put your thinking caps on and start guessing at what we can expect from the iPhone 5.

Toshiba dynabook Qosmio T851/D8CR does 3D and 2D simultaneously

Posted in Toshiba by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2011

The Toshiba dynabook Qosmio T851/D8CR is the world’s first glasses-free 3D notebook PC capable of displaying 2D and 3D at the same time. Perfect for users who want to play a 3D game in one window, while doing normal stuff in another window at the same time. I wonder if multitasking like this would be an eye strain.

It uses the webcam to track the user’s face and make sure that the 3D images are delivered correctly to each eye, which is a pretty smart way of doing it. The SpursEngine dedicated image processor can convert images from 2D to 3D in real time so. If you love 3D, this sounds like a winner as you get the best of both worlds.

The PSP Go is officially dead

Posted in PSP Go! by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2011

We told you yesterday that Sony had stopped making the PSP Go. Well, now it is official. They have pulled the plug. Sony Japan has confirmed that it has ceased production of the PSP Go and that all future sales will be limited to current stock.

We can’t say we are heartbroken. It was a bad idea from the word Go. This move will allow Sony to shift its focus to the NGP, which is expected to ship in at least one country by the end of this year. Focus is good. It leads to good consoles. It is the right move.