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DROID Charge Launching April 28, DROID Bionic Originally Scheduled for May 12?

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

The DROID Charge should be available next Thursday, according to a device lineup sheet from Costco. In fact next Thursday should be huge with the launch of the Incredible 2, the Charge and then maybe even the Xperia PLAY. That is going to be quite a launch day.

Much like the Bionic Man decades before it, the DROID Bionic was rumored to be canceled, but just like Steve Austin it has apparently risen from the ashes and is evident on the device lineup sheet with a May 12 date. Cue up the Six Million Dollar Man sound effects. Looks like they have plenty of time to sort out whatever it was that was causing problems with the device.

Snoopy iPhone 4 Case

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on April 18th, 2011

Snoopy fans will love this iPhone case. Not a Snoopy fan? Well, we can all agree that it beats Hello Kitty right? Of course it does. This Snoopy iPhone case shows Snoopy walking on the moon in a space suit. I guess he forgot to bring his pal Woodstock.

This Snoopy iPhone 4 Jacket will cost you $32.99. It will show off your love for Snoopy every time you use your phone.

Your very own Walnut Neo Geo MVS for $649

Posted in gaming accessories by Conner Flynn on April 18th, 2011

This Neo Geo MVS arcade system from Analogue Interactive is made from 100 percent real walnut. The design is sweet and stylish. But do you really want to pay $649 for an old console encased in wood? Then again, that is the same price that the original Neo Geo AES home console sold for when it came out and that didn’t look nearly this awesome.

It’s your call, but to some of us this is bound to be just another thing to spray Pledge on and wipe down. Plus, termites could theoretically kill this thing. But if you are interested, the first units should ship next month.

MSI unveils Core i3-based CX640, CR640 laptops

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

MSI has now announced its new 15.6-inch CX640 and CR640 laptops, featuring a “clutter free design,” and they are priced to be budget-friendly. Both laptops feature an Intel Core i3-2310M processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive as well as a pair of USB 3.0 ports.

The silver CX640 has NVIDIA’s GeForce GT 520M with Optimus technology, while the black CR640 model has basic integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics. The CR640 or CX640 will cost you $630 and $680, respectively and look like they will be good mid-range laptops.

Sumixe 7-Inch Android Tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on April 18th, 2011

Another day, another tablet enters the packed arena. This time it’s a budget-friendly Android tablet from Chinavasion, the Sumixe. This tablet is priced at an affordable $141.33 and features a 7-inch 800 x 480 resistive multitouch display, a 720MHz Telechips 8900 ARM11 processor and 256MB of RAM.

Other features include 4GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot (up to 32GB), a 0.3-megapixel front camera, WiFi, an HDMI port, a built-in 2W speaker, a 3.5mm headset jack, a 1800mAh battery and Android 2.1 is running everything.

White iPhone 4 goes live at Three UK

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

The white iPhone 4 has been a huge pain for Apple and for anyone wanting one. But now it looks like the wait may finally be over. That’s because UK carrier Three has just put up a product page for the white smartphone.

The 32GB version is priced at £159 ($259) on a £35 per month agreement. The first white iPhone 4 handsets will ship on April 20, or this Wednesday. According to the product page at least. Hopefully this will be the end of it and you can hold it in your hands very soon.

Moshi Moonrock Black Earbuds

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

The Moshi Moonrock Black earbuds won’t amplify sound using the power of moon rocks, but Moshi Audio’s acoustically tuned driver units will deliver crisp highs and balanced mids and bass. The in-ear design along with the proprietary hybrid-injection eartips, block out external ambient noise and offer comfortable listening. Those are the features you want.

These earphones also have high efficiency drivers (105 dB/mW) and an iPhone compatible microphone so you can answer calls on the fly while listening to your music. The Moonrock Black earbuds come with a stylish pocket-size carrying case with cable management that also looks like a cute happy face.

Apple testing new LED backlight maker for iPad 2

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

Everlight Electronics has reportedly delivered samples of its LED backlight products to Apple, according to China Times. Since Everlight’s products are intended for use in tablet-style devices, it makes sense that Apple is exploring the idea of using the company’s LED backlights for the iPad 2.

Apple has steadily expanded the availability of the iPad 2, launching it in new countries and adding new retailers in the U.S., but component supplies for the iPad 2 are reportedly constrained, so Apple is looking various ways to meet the demand. This also might help to cure the bleeding backlight issue in some iPad 2 tablets.

HTC may be working on 16-megapixel Windows Phone 7 device

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

A new video ad has emerged that reveals that HTC is reportedly planning on releasing a Windows Phone 7 smartphone with a 16-megapixel camera, which would be a first for the industry. HTC’s most advanced smartphones currently have only eight-megapixel cameras. The phone in the video looks like the Desire S, though that phone uses Android and is probably just a temporary stand in for now.

We don’t have any other specs for this unnamed WP7 phone, but the video shows dual LED flashes. We will just have to wait and see what else emerges.

iPhone 4 to surpass Nikon D90 as Flickr’s most-used camera

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

Looks like the iPhone 4 is about to hit another milestone. It will soon be the most popular camera on Flickr. The site’s Camera Finder shows Apple’s phone ready to overtake the Nikon D90 and it has already passed Canon’s EOS 5D Mark II, Rebel T1i, and Rebel XSi.

Flickr notes that the graphs only track shots with metadata identifying the camera and might omit shots from any platform that has had the information omitted. Some editing tools also either have the option to clear out metadata or will do it by default. D90 users and other DSLR users are more likely to use editing tools than iPhone owners and that will certainly skew the results. Still, we don’t doubt the power of the mighty iPhone 4.

Star Trek Earloomz Bluetooth Headset

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

The Star Trek Live Long and Prosper Earloomz Bluetooth headset supports Bluetooth version v2.+1 EDR and weighs just 10 grams. It comes with two earhooks, four earbuds, a warranty card, a user manual, a USB charging cable and a lanyard necklace.

Star Trek fans will love the design and they will also love the fact that it delivers up to 5-hours of talk time or up to 120-hours of standby time. It will cost you $64.99. Logical or highly illogical price? You decide.

Hitachi Announces Two Super-short Focus Projectors

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

Hitachi has announced two new super-short focus projectors in the CP-A300NJ and CP-AW250NJ. This pair is based on the company’s first generation super-short focus projector the CP-A100J and both of these new models can project up to an 80-inch image from only 23cm away, which is impressive.

The CP-A300NJ features XGA resolution with 3000 Lumens brightness, while the AW250NJ features WXGA resolution and 2500 Lumens brightness. Both have a 10W mono speaker. Nothing on pricing yet however.

Samsung’s LCD fridge gets a price

Posted in Samsung by Reuben Drake on April 18th, 2011

Samsung has now priced its four-door, Energy Star-rated LCD refrigerator and it is just as expensive as you might expect at $3,499 retail. It will arrive late next month. The RF4289 fridge offers 28 cubic feet of storage, including a customizable, counter-height “flex-zone” drawer with a moveable divider. This is for serious food eaters/storage enthusiasts.

It also features LED lighting and Samsung’s twin coolingplus system that separately circulates the air inside the freezer and refrigerator to eliminate odor and keep perishable produce fresher for a longer period of time. If that isn’t enough, there’s an 8-inch, Wi-Fi-enabled LCD touchscreen too, which includes several apps, including Epicurious, Weatherbug, Pandora, AP News, Google Calendar, Picasa Photos and Twitter.

Google Video shutting down

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on April 17th, 2011

I’m not sure who would have videos stored at Google’s Video service at this point, but if you do, you better get over there and get them quick. This weekend, Google sent a notice to users that it was shutting down the hosting service. They had already stopped taking uploads two years ago.

Google suggests that you migrate your material to YouTube, which is Google owned of course and doing quite well for itself in case you haven’t heard. Google Video began in 2005, the year before Google bought YouTube and now it is time to clean house.

Mount Me mounts your iPad almost anywhere

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on April 17th, 2011

Sometimes you wish that you could easily mount your iPad on something other than your desk. It’s convenient for watching movies, looking at a recipe, or whatever. Well, here’s something that will make it easier to mount your iPhone anywhere.

The Mount Me (that’s what she said!) Freedom. Despite the odd name, it is very useful. It comes with an articulating stand that lets you adjust the angle of the iPad and it can be wall mounted. Your iPad sits in a special case that has a quick-release so you can pop it out of the mount anytime you like. It also comes with four suction cups for mounting to smooth surfaces. Pretty cool.