Archive for May, 2011

Nintendo drops DS Lite to $100, Mario games go red

Posted in Nintendo DS by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2011

Out with the old and in with the new. That’s what Nintendo is thinking with an official price cut on the DS Lite from $129.99 to $99.99. Very nice of them. The DSi’s price is still $149.99 and the DSi XL is $169.99.

Aside from the DS Lite price cut, Nintendo is also playing with colors. Red in particular. They will be re-releasing six classic DS Mario games with red boxes. They hope that the red color makes them easier to spot when customers are shopping for games. These games include New Super Mario Bros., Mario Party DS, Mario & Donkey Kong: Miniland Mayhem, Super Mario 64 DS, Mario Kart DS and Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story. So who is buying a DS Lite now?

Duracell Extender adds memory card slots and more USB ports to your PS3 Slim

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2011

Were you feeling sad when the PS3 got slimmed down? It did lose a few USB ports and support for memory cards. Well, now Duracell is correcting this problem with the Duracell Extender. Just put it to the right of your PS3 and it will extend the console’s body, making it wider and giving you three additional USB ports, an SD and memory stick card slot, and a place to store two controllers.

Pretty cool. However, keep in mind that this unit requires it’s own power supply, which it draws from one of the PS3′s USB ports, so it is using up one port and gives you two additional USB ports. You can get it right now for about $80.

Toshiba Announces WT310/C Oak Trail Windows 7 Tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2011

Toshiba has announced a new tablet in Japan, for the enterprise market, the Toshiba WT310/C. The device comes with Windows 7 professional and features an Intel Atom Z670 1.5GHz Oak Trail processor. It also has an 11.6 inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, 2GB of RAM and a 64GB Solid State Drive (SSD), along with two cameras.

There’s a two megapixel camera in back and a three megapixel camera in front. Other features include Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, an SDXC card slot and USB 2.0 plus HDMI.

Acer Adds Some Color To Its Liquidmini Smartphone

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2011

Acer’s Liquidmini was released back in April and it has now been updated with some summer colors. Acer has launched four new colors and has designed them to ”evoke summer, vacation and the longing for relax and have fun with friends.” Very nice of them.

So what are these new colors? They would be lagoon, cherry, pearl and steel and you can purchase them right now. To refresh your memory, the Acer Liquidmini has a five megapixel camera, a 600MHz Qualcomm processor, and 512MB of RAM and ROM.

Kisai RPM Acetate White Watch

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2011

Last year Tokyoflash debuted the Kisai RPM watch. It had a black case and blue LEDs that mark the time. Well now it has arrived in a special white edition. The Kisai RPM Acetate White version is available now and it looks good.

The watch shows the time in groups of three with the lights. It does look very striking in white. It charges via USB and one recharge takes 3.5 hours and should last for a month. It will cost you just $159.99. I still can’t figure out how to make out the time myself.

Verbatim Intros New Line Of 2.5-Inch SSDs

Posted in SSD by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2011

Verbatim has just announced a new line of SSDs for the folks in the European market. They come in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB sizes. The 2.5-inch SSDs feature a durable aluminum casing to keep it safe.

Other features include a SATA II 3.0 Gbps interface and they will deliver read and write speeds of up to 250MB/s and 220MB/s. The 64GB, 128GB and 256GB models will cost you 129 Euro ($185), 238 Euro ($342) and 470 Euro ($675).

Kingmax Unveils New Line Of 2.5-Inch SATA III SSDs

Posted in SSD by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2011

Check out the new line of 2.5-inch SATA III SSDs from Kingmax Technology. These can be had in four different storage capacities: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB and are equipped with an impact-resistant metal shell, a SATA III 6.0 Gbps interface, NCQ and TRIM support and a MTBF of 1.2 million hours. These SSDs mean business.

They offer read/write speeds of up to 415/95 MB/s (for the 64GB model), 415/175 MB/s (for the 128GB model), 415/260 MB/s (for the 256GB model) and 415/260 MB/s (for the 512GB model). Nothing yet on pricing though.

ViewSonic 24-inch V3D245wm-LED Monitor With Built-in 3D Emitter

Posted in Viewsonic by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2011

The ViewSonic V3D245wm-LED is a 24-inch smart monitor that features a built-in 3D emitter, a 20,000,000:1 maximum contrast ratio for amazing color accuracy and high level picture details. The ViewSonic V3D245wm-LED also boasts an ultra-fast 2ms response time, 16:9 widescreen, Full HD 1080P, a built-in SRS Premium Sound and a scanning rate at 120Hz.

It also supports the HDMI 1.4 input and fully supports current mainstream 3D devices. This is a powerful monitor from Viewsonic.

Special edition Tales of Xillia PS3 bundle coming to Japan

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2011

Japanese PS3 buyers have another special-edition console to buy. The “Tales of Xillia X Edition” PS3 system is a Charcoal Black PS3 color with metallic red and gold artwork that shows the characters Jude and Milla, along with the PS3 logo of course. It looks pretty awesome.

The 160GB system will hit Japan on September 8, bundled with a copy of Tales of Xillia for ¥37,980 (or $470). Don’t expect to find this one in American though. However you could always import it if you want one.

Asus Eee Pad Transformer gets Android 3.1 update

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2011

ASUS has confirmed that the Android 3.1 Honeycomb update for the Eee Pad Transformer tablet will be arriving tomorrow. The Android 3.1 update includes several upgrades, like bringing Movies from the Android Marketplace, re-sizable widgets, USB host support, full flash support for Flash Player 10.2, and more.

That’s good news for Eee Pad Transformer users, if you have been lucky enough to find one in the US. That’s not an easy task. Maybe now Asus can work on getting more available.

Sony PlayStation Network services to be fully restored worldwide this week

Posted in Sony by Reuben Drake on May 31st, 2011

Sony has announced that their PlayStation Network services will be fully restored worldwide before the week is over. Except for Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea. That includes Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity.

Those in Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea have a wait still as their are still problems that need to be sorted out. Hopefully the network can stay up and stay in good health so that we can all game happily ever after.

Xbox 360 250GB Kinect bundle dropping to $299.99?

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2011

The image above is from the Video Game section of Target’s online storefront announcing “free shipping” on a $299.99 Xbox 360 250GB console with Kinect bundle. Pretty sweet. But if you click you’ll find the regular $399.99 price tag.

So it looks like retailers are getting ready for price drops on the 250GB Kinect bundle before E3. Either that or it could just be a mistake? We should know soon either way. Our money is on a price drop.

Twitter may unveil image service on Tuesday

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on May 30th, 2011

According to a rumor, Twitter will be launching its own image service, which will be an equivalent to Lockerz, TwitPic, Yfrog and other services that are commonly used. It could arrive as soon as tomorrow. We don’t know yet what if any differences we can expect over those other services.

This might be all about revenue. Twitter encourages promoted tweets but has little direct monetization of its own. A self-run image service could change that by launching ads with the million of images shared every day. Best of all this wouldn’t disrupt users’ feeds.

Sony NGP to be called PlayStation Vita?

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on May 30th, 2011

The latest rumor is that Sony will name their upcoming NGP handheld the “PlayStation Vita.” Yeah, we think it’s weird too. Vita is the Latin term for “Life,” so let’s hope the battery life ends up surprising us. Backing up this rumor, the psvita.com domain features the same technical contact as psp.com.

Well, we should know for sure about this rumor at Sony’s E3 keynote on June 6th. The NGP is expected to sell for $250-$300 for the cheapest model. What do you think of this name?

LG V300 multitouch and 3D all-in-one

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on May 30th, 2011

This new all-in-one from LG was shown off at Computex. The high-end configuration gets you a second generation Intel Core i7 processor, AMD Radeon HD 6650M graphics, a 750GB hard drive, 8GB of RAM, and a Blu-ray player. It is just a 1.8-inch thick frame.

The V300 is rocking a multitouch 23-inch Film-type Patterned Retarder (FPR)-enabled display that offers 3D with polarized glasses required. This one is scheduled for a Korean launch in July, it will hit Europe, the Middle East, and other parts of Asia soon after.