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ADEL inflatable balloon earbuds fit perfectly

Posted in Earbuds by Conner Flynn on May 17th, 2011

We’ve seen our share of earbuds, but these are truly unique. Stephen Ambrose has come up with a new invention that solves the problem of getting earbuds to fit just right. The ADEL inflatable balloon earbuds. This balloon-like creation means you need less volume for the same effect.

The other benefit is that your earbuds fit snug even while you are yawning, which is difficult for even the best earbuds to accomplish. We can all appreciate this invention and we hope to see it soon in the earbuds that we buy.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play shipment stolen

Posted in Sony Ericsson by Conner Flynn on May 17th, 2011

Tuesday was supposed to be the day for the launch of Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play Android gaming smartphone for Vodafone New Zealand. But there was a problem. Turns out there was a major security breach and thieves made off with the launch shipment of handsets.

The mobile operator notified its customers via its official Facebook page, posting the following message with a photo of a damaged Vodafone store: [Vodafone New Zealand regrets] to advise the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY launch will be delayed due to a major security breach. The launch shipment of phones has been stolen.

BlackBerry PlayBook hitting the UK on June 16th

Posted in Playbook by Conner Flynn on May 17th, 2011

Those of you in the UK who are eager to get your hands on the first 7-inch BlackBerry device have just under a month to wait. UK retailers have now unveiled the date and prices for RIM’s PlayBook. It will cost you £400 (16GB), £480 (32GB), or £560 (64GB) for your tablet, starting on June 16th. That’s not too long of a wait.

Availability will be widespread. You can get it at Carphone Warehouse, Phones 4u, Insight, and Best Buy UK to name a few that have already announced that they will be stocking the tablet.

Acer postpones Iconia Tab A100 launch

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on May 17th, 2011

We’ve been waiting for Acer’s 7-inch Iconia Tab A100, but sadly it will be late arriving to the tablet party. The company now says that the Honeycomb/Tegra 2-powered slate will now arrive in the second half of 2011.

We have no idea why it is being pushed back. Maybe they are having some problems, or maybe it is a strategic delay. Either way, we won’t be able to get one until later. We will let you know more details when we have them.

HTC EVO 3D pre-orders start today at RadioShack

Posted in HTC by Reuben Drake on May 17th, 2011

Well, it’s May 17th and that could mean only one thing. RadioShack is now taking pre-orders for HTC’s mighty EVO 3D. It won’t be advertised, so you’ll just have to ask for it specifically and you’ll also have to shell out $50 for a RadioShack Gift Card.

The launch date for the Sprint-bound smartphone remains unknown, but at least you can claim yours and get in line so to speak. So, who wants one?

Samsung Exhibit 4G coming to T-Mobile on June 8th

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on May 16th, 2011

It looks like the Gingerbread packing Samsung Exhibit 4G for T-Mobile will go on sale June 8th. That is, if we can believe this flyer sent in to TmoNews. Looks like a reliable flyer to us. So we have a potential date, but still nothing on pricing, even though we know that the dealer price is $325.

To refresh your memory, the Exhibit 4G is an HSPA + handset with TouchWiz on top of Android 2.3. It has front and rear-facing cameras, an LED flash in the back, and a microSD card slot. The phone will also boast a 1GHz Hummingbird CPU and a 3 megapixel back camera.

Eole concept watch with turbine bezel lets you blow for the time

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on May 16th, 2011

Is your own watch feeling a bit too practical? Not silly enough? Well, if that’s the case, check out the Eole watch concept from designer Julien Moise. This watch is powered by blown air, displaying the time only when you want to see it, thereby saving battery power.

It’s easy to say that this watch blows, but the truth is it’s a neat concept to conserve battery life. Even so, you will look pretty damn silly blowing for the time. The only thing that could make it worse would be if it made a kazoo type noise with each blow. There’s also a weather indicator and alarm function.

Sony Nex C3 Specs Leaked

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on May 16th, 2011

A leaked photo of the new Sony Nex C3 showed up awhile back and now we can share some of it’s specifications, like a new 16.2 megapixel Sony Exmor sensor for starters. Aside from that the Sony NEX C3 is said to have an ISO range of 200 to 12800 and is capable of recording HD video in 720p. There is also a new menu interface and a bunch of new picture effects.

Other features include 25 AF points, a 1/4000 top shutter speed, a 3 inch LCD display and a built in HDR function, as well as face detection and an improved battery life compared to the previous Nex models. Sounds pretty sweet, but how much will it cost?

Boost Mobile Gets Motorola Clutch + i475 and i412

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on May 16th, 2011

Looking for some new Motorola action on Boost Mobile? Well, Boost Mobile has just that. A pair of new Motorola phones for its pre-paid service. The Clutch + i475 is a candy-bar form factor sporting a QWERTY keyboard, for those of you who like to text. It also has Bluetooth, web access, and email access. The rear camera is VGA resolution and they threw in GPS to sweeten the deal. You can get it right now for $99.99.

Then there’s the i412. A more basic flip phone with a VGA camera, web access, support for Java games, predictive text entry and more.

Cambridge Audio iD100 Digital iPad Dock

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on May 16th, 2011

The Cambridge Audio iD100 digital iPad dock will transform your iPad into something more suitable for an audiophile. The device is designed for those users who store or stream video on their devices and it will allow you to enjoy portable content from YouTube, iTunes, iPlayer and more on the big screen.

The Cambridge Audio iD100 comes with a full remote controller, allowing you to control the iPad dock from anywhere nearby. The docking station is also compatible with iPods and iPhones. The Cambridge Audio iD100 digital iPad dock will set you back $299 on Amazon.

HP x2301 Ultra-thin LCD Monitor

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on May 16th, 2011

We are used to our monitors being pretty thin these days, but not this thin. HP has introduced an ultra-thin LCD monitor that measures just 9.8mm thick. It weighs 7.7Lbs and the HP x2301 features a 1980×1080 (1080p) resolution with a 8,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, a 3ms GtG response time, and BrightView technology.

The x2301 is also mercury- and arsenic-free with Energy Star 5.0 and EPEAT Silver certifications. That means it is also great for the environment. This LCD display can also display 72% of the color gamut. Other features include DVI, HDMI and VGA ports. The HP x2301 is available on June 10, 2011 for $279.99.

Nokia’s X7 Symbian smartphone gets torn down by the FCC

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on May 16th, 2011

The X7 is Nokia’s latest Symbian smartphone featuring slanted sides and a brushed aluminum back, giving it a futuristic industrial look. Going beyond looks, the X7 features a 4-inch 360 x 640 display, 680MHz ARM 11 processor, 256MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM, 8GB of internal storage with microSD storage supported, an 8MP camera with dual LED flash, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. The X7 runs Nokia’s Symbian Anna OS.

And now we can check out the device’s innards thanks to some FCC photos of the X7. The FCC documents give a good look at the device’s Samsung SDRAM, Broadcom transceiver, Gorilla Glass display and 8MP image sensor, as well as the X7’s unique back cover, which features a honeycomb pattern.

Fujitsu Loox F-07C: World’s first ATOM powered Smartphone

Posted in Fujitsu by Conner Flynn on May 16th, 2011

Docomo and Fujitsu have introduced the world’s first dual mode PC/Phone running on an Intel ATOM CPU. The F-07C is mostly an ultra compact Tablet like PC with a slide-out QWERTY Keyboard and trackball in an ultra compact body (125x61x19.8mm).

Some features include a 1.2 ATOM CPU, a 4” touchscreen with a 600×1024 resolution, a 5Mp rear camera and a 0.32Mp front camera, 1GB of RAM, 32GB SSD, WIfi BGN, Bluetooth. And a dual Smartphone mode running Symbian.

HTC Sensation 4G launching on June 8

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on May 16th, 2011

We know you can’t wait to get your hands on HTC’s first dual-core phone, so check out the above screen shot confirming the rumored June 8th release date. This date is for T-Mobile and it looks like Target will launch the phone on a Sunday which lines up perfectly with the June 12th date we heard.

A June 8th release date was first rumored since a spotted Google advertisement hinted at a “6/8″ release. That Google advertisement was quickly pulled, then the press shot of the Sensation 4G was dated June 8th providing some supporting evidence. Now this screenshot confirms things even more. June 8th will be Sensation 4G day. Mark your calendars.

Samsung’s 11.6-inch Series 9 now shipping in the US

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on May 16th, 2011

You’ve been able to preorder it for about a month on Amazon, and now Samsung’s 11.6-inch Series 9 laptop is available for shipping. It will cost you $1,160 and to refresh your memory it features an Intel Core i3-380UM processor, 2GB of RAM and a 64GB SSD.

Other features that you get for that price include 802.11b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 3.0 and WIMAX 4G capabilities, a 1.3-megapixel HD webcam and a 1366 x 768 display with 340 nits of brightness. You can pick one up right now.