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Intel to release Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets this year

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

Looks like Intel will be re-entering the tablet market this year with Google’s operating system, Android. Some reports indicate that Intel will announce the release of Intel Android tablets later this year. Their plan is called PRC Plus, and will have Intel introducing Android 3.0 on tablets powered by their processors.

According to sources, Acer, Asus and Lenovo have agreed to start the plans for new products according to the Intel PRC Plus plan in the second half of this year and Cisco also plans to introduce products with Intel Oak Trail chips and Android 3.0.

Toshiba 10.1-inch Regza AT300 Honeycomb tablet hits Japan in June

Posted in Toshiba by Reuben Drake on April 20th, 2011

Toshiba’s first Honeycomb tablet is almost available and has now been priced and given a ship date. The 10.1 inch tablet with a 1,280 x 800 pixel display, USB, HDMI, and 5 megapixel rear-facing camera will be Japan-only for right now.

The Tegra-2 powered Android 3.0 tablet shall be known as the Regza AT300 and will cost you about $723. It will hit Japan in late June. Hopefully it will arrive here soon as well, but for now this is for Japan only.

Samsung W200 shock + waterproof pocket cam with full HD video

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2011

Word on the street is that Samsung is expected to announce a new W200 shock+waterproof pocket cam with full HD video capabilities. It looks nice and sporty doesn’t it? Looks like it can take a decent beating. The sensor resolution will be 5MP (back side illuminated).

So feel free to carry this one with you on your Indiana Jones type adventures, stopping to snap a pic occasionally as you outrun enemies and uncover buried treasures. Or just, you know, take it with you on vacation. The announcement should be in a few days.

Guy tries to rob store with Playstation controller

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2011

Maybe kids these days really are playing too many video games if they think they can rob a store using a Playstation controller. Did he intend to fire using R1 or the square button? We don’t know. We just know that he hid a Sony Playstation controller in his pocket and pretended it was a gun.

He was charged with armed robbery after an officer walked in on the robbery and got him. Right tool for the right job people. I wonder if the controller rumbled when they took him down.

BlackBerry PlayBook gets a tear down

Posted in BlackBerry,Playbook by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2011

Do you know what’s in your PlayBook? Well, we already knew most of the specs, but some things we were unsure of. Like whether the 7-inch tablet had a gyroscope. Now we know that it does, thanks to the guys over at iFixit who have done their usual great job of prying a gadget open and digging inside. What would we do without them?

They gave it a repairability score of 7 out of 10, which is pretty good. Replacing the front glass is a bit hard, but that is true of most devices. Hit the link below for the full details and lots of awesome pics. And don’t try it at home unless you are very confident in your skills.

Dr. Who Coffin for the Timelord who has run out of time

Posted in Sci-Fi by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2011

Even Timelords die eventually after 12 regenerations, and when they do they need an appropriate send off. A coffin fit for an explorer of time and space. One like this, displaying his Tardis and some of his deadly enemies.

This Doctor Who coffin comes from the guys over at Creative Coffins. They will take any theme you want and create a coffin that will make your funeral a bit more lively. Seems a shame to bury such a beautiful bit of art, but if it’s the only thing you are taking with you, why not.

Nintendo 3DS design flaw leaving scratches on the screen?

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2011

Looks like Nintendo 3DS owners are complaining of another problem now. A design flaw that scratches the upper display when doing nothing more than carrying the console around. According to posts on Nintendo’s support forums, the console design leaves the raised edges of the touchscreen rubbing against the top display.

The marks it leaves will rub off for the most part, but some owners have permanent scratches left there. 3Ds owners have also noticed D-pad cracks, where the top section has been squeezed down onto the controls. Speculation is that the rubbers stoppers are to blame and that Nintendo didn’t use a tough enough version.

Amazon ships WiFi-only Streak 7 in the US

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2011

Here’s some good news for those of you who have been eagerly waiting for that $380 WiFi-only Dell Streak 7 you pre-ordered. Amazon has now started to ship them out to it’s US customers.

You might remember, the device features a dual-core 1GHz Tegra T20 processor, 16GB of storage, dual cameras, and an upgrade to Android Honeycomb (3.0) at some point. So if you pre-ordered one, it should be arriving soon. Check that mailbox regularly.

HBO Go app for Android & iOS

Posted in movies by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2011

HBO has a ton of great original programming. So it is good news that it has announced the HBO Go streaming service is finally going to go mobile. If you are a subscriber, you will get “instant and unlimited access” to “every episode of every season” of every HBO show. How awesome is that?

The app for Android and iOS will also include a wide range of great movies, over 3G and WiFi. It’s for the US only though. Good news for us, not so good for everyone else.

LG LW4500 3D Cinema TV Series Now Available In Korea And Europe

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2011

LG has launched the LG LW4500 3D cinema TV series in South Korea and Europe. These LCD TVs offer brighter, sharper images at any angle. The lightweight and affordable glasses are battery free and certified flicker-free and come in a variety of colors and styles. Not that that helps much. No one likes to wear 3D glasses.

Other features of the LG LW4500 3D cinema TV series include a 5,000,000:1 contrast ratio and DivX Plus HD support. It’s compatible with most multimedia files including MKV, AVI, TS, MP4, WMV HD, WMA, MP3 and AVCHD. The 32-inch LG LW4500 retails for 799 Euros ($1,136) and the 55-inch model retails for 1,899 Euros ($2,700).

Nixon RPM Headphones

Posted in Headphones by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2011

If you are in the market for a new pair of headphones, you might want to check out Nixon’s RPM headphones, which they have just announced. The RPM headphones are part of their Spring 2011 collection. Not the “Tricky Dick” or “I am not a crook” collection.

They are a DJ-style model that features a custom 40mm driver tuned specifically for DJ monitoring. Also unique gel filled ear cushions create a comfortable uniform seal, which is always important for good sound. They will cost you $200.

Hitachi Touro Pro Desktop and Mobile Drives

Posted in Hitachi by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2011

Hitachi has introduced a pair of new external hard drives in the Hitachi Touro line. The Touro Pro Desktop and Pro Mobile deliver two levels of protection: local backup and cloud storage, which will help you protect, transport and store your photos, music, and videos.

The cloud storage is always good since it can survive theft, flood or fire and other dangers. And you get 3GB of online storage for free with the option to upgrade to 250GB for only $49 per year, which includes multiple computer protection.

BlackBerry PlayBook now on sale in the US and Canada

Posted in BlackBerry,Playbook by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2011

As of today the wait is over. The Blackberry PlayBook can be yours for $500 for the 16GB model, $600 for the 32GB version, or $700 for the 64GB-equipped version. So, now that you can buy one, will you? With basic productivity apps like native email and calendar not yet available, many might look elsewhere.

Then there’s the fact that Android app compatibility hasn’t yet been introduced, and that the PlayBook needs a BlackBerry smartphone nearby in order to be a better tablet. So at this stage, it clearly isn’t for everyone. Will you be buying?

Sony stops PSP Go production?

Posted in PSP Go! by Reuben Drake on April 19th, 2011

Looks as if the PSP Go has just… stopped. According to a Japanese blogger working for an official Sony retail partner, production of the PSP Go handheld has come to a full stop. Adding some weight to this rumor, the Sony Style Japan online store no longer lists the portable and it doesn’t come up in searches.

The product page only comes up via a direct link, but shows it as out of stock. Sony says that demand for “current generation PSPs” will continue to be met, so we are left with what we already knew, that there is no demand for the PSP Go.

Verizon MiFi 4510L 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot Ships

Posted in Verizon by Conner Flynn on April 18th, 2011

Verizon has outed the Novatel Wireless MiFi 4510L mobile hotspot. The device allows businesses and consumers to create a personal Wi-Fi cloud capable of sharing Verizon Wireless 4G LTE and 3G Mobile Broadband with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices at the same time.

The 4510L features a WiFi b/g/n radio, and an e-ink display that displays signal strength, battery level, roaming and the connected devices. Battery life is good for up to 5-hours of active use. You can purchase the MiFi 4510L 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot now for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate, with a required 2 year contract on Verizon’s 4G LTE plan.