Archive for April, 2011

New MacBook Airs shipping with faster Samsung SSDs

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

Looks like Apple feels the need for speed, and so they have given a speed boost to the solid-state drives in newer MacBook Air models. Most batches were using Toshiba’s X-Gale SSD, but now a more recent model has been spotted using a Samsung-made 470 series drive.

The 128GB drive is of course much faster in reads and writes, taking things from about 210MB per second and 176MB per second in the old Toshiba SSD to 261MB per second and 210MB per second in the Samsung version. The upgraded drive, which Apple identifies as SM128C, also supports Native Command Queuing to optimize how it reads and writes to the drive. The X-Gale lacks that feature. Good news for those looking in a MacBook Air.

Duct Tape Sheets are like giant stickers that hold things together

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

Duct tape has saved the world many times and has mended more things than we could possible count. But sometimes it is not ideal for certain jobs, so we need Duct Tape Sheets. With these new sheets from Duck Tape, you can do pretty much whatever you want.

These sheets are just a few centimeters short of bond paper width. They are basically giant stickers that you can play with for all of your odd job needs. They come in bright colors too. Each sheet costs less than $2 and you can get six for just $9. Awesome stuff.

iPlay WH-1155-Black 2-Channel Wireless Headphones

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

The new iPlay WH-1155-Black wireless stereo headphones are now available for just $19.88. They feature a built-in FM transmitter, so you can listen to your favorite radio stations on the go. The headphones also boast a two-channel feature, and include a channel selector switch for easy control.

The transmitter features a built-in auto scan for the FM radio, so you can always find FM radio stations in your area. These headphones are also big enough to cover your ears and cancel outside noise, which makes your music all the better.

Cisco Cius Tablet Ships

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on April 17th, 2011

We have some good news concerning the Cisco Cius tablet today. You can now purchase Cisco’s new Android tablet. The Cisco Cius is an ultra-portable business tablet that offers access to essential business applications and technologies. For business.

It supports Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), 3G/4G data and Bluetooth 3.0, HD video (720p) with Cisco TelePresence solution, a 7-inch high-resolution color screen and a battery that delivers up to 8-hours of use. The Cisco Cius tablet can only be ordered through your Cisco field representative at the moment.

35mm film 4GB USB flash drive

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on April 17th, 2011

Digital cameras are great, but maybe you miss the old 35mm film rolls. If so, these flash drives should help you relive those days. They have a 4GB capacity, won’t get ruined when exposed to the sun and you don’t have to take them to get developed when you want your data.

The re-purposed canister of 35mm film now holds 4GB of storage. The 4GB flash drive retails for $23.99, there is also the 2GB option for $18.99.

LIP Mythic Jump Hour Watch has no hands

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

Look ma, no hands! The LIP Mythic Jump Hour Watch has no hands at all. The minutes, seconds and hour hands are replaced by discs for each that rotate as time passes. The bottom loop shows you the current time.

It uses a Swiss quartz movement, features a square stainless steel outer body and is waterproof up to 3 ATM. The LIP Mythic Jump Hour Watch manages to look pretty elegant despite having no hands though. Looks like a James Bond watch.

Kenwood’s U-K525LT CD player is nice and retro

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

Kenwood’s new CD player has wood. It is dubbed the U-K525LT and sports a nice retro look, making it both stylish and elegant. It’s based on the existing U-K525 that was released this year. Goes nice with your wood grain Atari console.

Besides playing CDs, the U-K525LT also supports iPods, iPhones, WMA, AAC and MP3 file formats, FM radio and USB data storage compatibility. Did we mention that it also has wood? The Kenwood U-K525LT will cost you 44,800 Yen in Japan. That’s $539. Plus…wood.

Nintendo Wii at Toys R Us and Best Buy for $169.99

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

The glory days of Nintendo’s console are well behind it and so on May 15th it is due to get a lower price to move more units. But why wait? Both Best Buy and Toys ‘R’ Us already have the Wii console on sale for $170 today.

It doesn’t appear to be a permanent price cut as it states that it is a “Limited Time Offer!” but we are pretty sure other retailers follow this trend very soon. After all, every Wii sold at $170 puts some money in the big N’s pockets so it can produce something capable of doing better than 480p.

Nikon D5100 kit arrives early at Best Buy for $900

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

The upcoming Nikon D5100 has just hit the shelves at Best Buy a few days early. That’s great news for those of you who have been drooling and waiting for this bad boy. The mid-range DSLR kit is now available online or in Best Buy stores for $900.

Nikon should start shipping body-only options soon as well. Amazon is already taking pre-orders for $800. The accompanying ME-1 external mic will arrive on April 21st. Better go hit up Best Buy.

Eye-Fi Mobile X2 Memory Card

Posted in Memory by Conner Flynn on April 15th, 2011

The Eye-Fi Mobile X2 is an 8GB SDHC memory card for instant uploads anywhere. Just wirelessly connect the camera to a mobile device, like your iPhone, iPad or Android device. Owners of other Eye-Fi X2 cards will love Eye-Fi’s Direct Mode, which will arrive later this week, which allows the cards to establish a direct connection to a mobile device by creating their own Wi-Fi network.

When Direct Mode launches it will be accompanied by new Android and iOS apps that allow smartphones and tablets to receive files sent from an Eye-Fi X2 memory card. Direct Mode and the apps are free upgrades to every Eye-Fi X2 card. You can expect the Eye-Fi Mobile X2 on April 17th for $79.99.

Apple confirms White iPhone 4

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on April 15th, 2011

Yesterday we heard the latest rumor that the white iPhone 4 is currently in production. Well, now it is official. Apple says that the white iPhone will be released in the spring. The company had previously indicated that manufacturing problems had delayed its release.

Good news for those of you waiting on this snow white phone. It gives everyone something to look at while we are waiting for the iPhone 5 too. So are you buying a white iPhone or will you wait for the new iPhone 5?

Nintendo 3DS hits 400,000 US sales in opening week

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on April 15th, 2011

Nintendo had mentioned that the 3DS set a day-one US sales record, and now we have some actual numbers. Looks like 400,000 3DS units were sold in the month of March. The DS’ overall March sales totaled 460,000. Remember the 3DS launched at the end of march, so this is one weeks sales.

Obviously it won’t keep up the pace forever, but with the Legend of Zelda game, the launch of the E-Shop, and Netflix integration all coming this summer, the future looks bright for the 3DS.

Sony ships 50 million PS3s and 8 million Move controllers worldwide

Posted in PS3 by Reuben Drake on April 15th, 2011

Sony has reason to celebrate when it comes to sales of its gaming hardware. The PS3 has reached over 50 million units shipped worldwide and the PS Move controller has shipped over eight million units. That’s a lot of gear no matter how you look at it.

These are categorized as “shipped” because Sony reports sales to retailers, not end users like you and me. Anyhow, those are still huge numbers. The PS3 is on fire.

Hulu Plus, Kinect updates for Xbox 360

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on April 14th, 2011

Thanks to the guys over at Joystiq, we have some screenshots that show Hulu Plus on the Xbox 360. There’s also an image of the Kinect Hub with Hulu and Netflix. The Hulu and Avatar Kinect apps are said to be “fully functional,” with good tracking of movements, according to the source. The Hulu interface looks like the Xbox Dashboard, with a rotating layer of categories and selectable content.

We don’t know whether Hulu Plus will be added to the current public beta test of the next Dashboard update, but we hope so. It looks pretty good in pictures.

Kogan introduces Ubuntu notebook, Android tablet in Australia

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on April 14th, 2011

Kogan is launching a trio of new budget computing products in Australia: an Android tablet, an Ubuntu notebook, and a set-top-box that brings Android to your TV. I know, the tablet is just another in a sea of tablets, but the Agora model is just $140 (it will go up to $189). The tablet is expected to ship at the end of May with a 1 GHz Samsung processor, a 7 inch 1024 x 600 pixel capacitive touchscreen display, 512MB of RAM, and a 3600mAh battery. It runs Google Android 3.0.

The Internet TV Portal will retail between $149 and $199, allowing you to run Android apps on your TV. The set top box will come with a special remote control that features special Android buttons. You can expect the Internet TV Portal on May 27th.