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Archive for May, 2011

Sennheiser HD595 High-end Headphones

Posted in Headphones by Conner Flynn on May 29th, 2011

You can now get the Sennheiser HD595 high-end headphones from Amazon for just $147.76. That’s much better than the original price of $329.95, so you save $182.19. These headphones offer a new level of comfort and sound quality and they look good too.

The Sennheiser HD595 uses a unique E.A.R. design that channels music directly into your ears, creating a new kind of experience. They also come with a headphone bracket that attaches to a table, making sure that these headphones are always conveniently nearby.

ZiiLABS Introduces JAGUAR Android Tablets

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on May 29th, 2011

ZiiLABS has introduced its JAGUAR family of high-performance and energy-efficient Android tablets. The modular 7-inch and 10-inch tablets are based on the company’s latest ZMS-20 and ZMS-40 StemCell processors.

The 7-inch model has a 1024 x 600 pixel display, while the 10-inch model has a 1280 x 800 pixel display. This reference platform can handle capacitive or resistive display and either dual or quad core ARM Cortex-A9 chips with 48 or 96 core floating point StemCell media processors for 3D graphics and HD video.

Alaska Airlines introduces iPad flying manuals for pilots

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on May 29th, 2011

The iPad truly is everywhere now. The iPad will now be replacing the flying manuals at Alaska Airlines. Alaska Airlines will be the first domestic airline to do this as part of an ongoing effort to use technology to enhance flight safety, improve efficiency and also protect the environment.

They will be issuing the 1 1/2-pound iPad instead of the typical 25 pounds of paper flight manuals to all pilots, and make it mandatory for them to carry it with them. The process should be complete by mid-June. This comes after the airline did about 100 tests last spring and winter.

Nexus 3 spotted?

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on May 29th, 2011

Rumor is that Google has been working on a new Nexus handset and now we may have a brief glimpse at it thanks to folks at TechHog who have a photograph that is supposed to be a prototype of the Nexus 3. The phone is apparently being manufactured by HTC.

It has a front facing camera, and is being tested on HSPA+ and Sprint CDMA networks. So it looks like Google will launch the phone on Sprint since the carrier has been working with Google on Google Voice and Google Wallet. Other than that, we know nothing little else. However Techhog was asked to remove the images and info, so that pretty much confirms things.

Samsung’s new Children Animations for your Camera

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on May 29th, 2011

Taking pictures of kids, especially young kids, can be tricky, but thanks to Samsung it doesn’t have to be any longer. This camera displays up to 21 different kid friendly animations on the camera front LCD. Available for Samsung ST700, PL170 and PL120 these animations are free to download and will make sure your child focuses on the camera.

And we all know that kids love animations, so you will have their full attention so that you can snap a pic and get it right the first time.

New Wireless Stereo Headset Coming for PS3

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on May 29th, 2011

Sonys new wireless headset looks good. This new official PS3 Wireless Stereo Headset features 7.1 virtual surround sound, a retractable, mutable microphone, and standard embedded volume controls. You’ll be coordinating your attacks and talking smack to your enemies in style.

These headset connects via a USB dongle, and will push headset status updates like your battery life, directly to your TV screen. This Sony-approved headset will cost you $100 when they arrive in September.

Sony’s NGP Gutted Before Release?

Posted in PSP by Reuben Drake on May 27th, 2011

Rumor is that in order to cut costs and compete with the price of Nintendo’s $249 3DS, Sony’s NGP handheld might be gimped from the start. The NGP was originally intended to ship with 512MB RAM, but will now only ship with 256MB. It has also reportedly lost the 16GB of internal memory first planned, and this might be replaced by external storage cards.

If this is true, it means that the NGP will be a slightly less capable machine and that would be a real shame. But this would allow it to compete with the 3DS.

PlayStation Network will return to Asia tomorrow

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on May 27th, 2011

Good news for PS3 owners in Asia. The PlayStation Network is finally coming back online. Sony has announced that it will restore the gaming network across the continent, after over a month of downtime. The company’s PSN services are already up and running in other parts of the world and tomorrow it will be back in Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Japan.

Those in South Korea and Hong Kong still have to wait. Hopefully they get everyone gaming online again soon.

Vodafone truck can charge 2,000 mobile handsets at one time

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on May 26th, 2011

Keeping your phone juiced up while at a festival or large event is hard to do. Some independent companies have even set up camps and charge festival-goers to power their smartphones. But now the Vodafone VIP recharging truck is on the road and headed to 11 festivals this year.

The truck offers Vodafone customers the opportunity to charge up completely free of charge. That way you can go on snapping pics and texting away. This 44 ton vehicle can charge 2,000 devices at once just as quickly as it would at home. They are expecting to charge over 72,000 mobile devices this summer alone. That’s a lot of juice.

Qwerty Leather Wallet

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on May 26th, 2011

Here is a great gift for the geek in your life. You could always give it to yourself too. You’ve earned it. The QWERTY Leather Wallet puts your keyboard next to your cash.

You can practice your typing whenever you bring your wallet out to pay for something. Or pretend that you have to enter a super secret code just to open your wallet. It will have cashiers baffled. And keeping in the playful spirit, it even has the phrase “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” on the inside, which will remind you to step away from your actual keyboard more often.

Flashing Star Trek T-Shirt

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on May 26th, 2011

It says Star Trek. It flashes. That’s enough to get your geek wallet out right there. It comes with a white or yellow flashing image and there are even Star Trek Enterprise and Star Trek Voyager shirts available. They are 100% cotton and the battery pack comes away for washing it.

It requires a whopping 4 AAA Batteries which are hidden in the lining. Seems like there is no way that wearing 4 AAA batteries is going to be comfy, but then again, this is a Star Trek shirt that flashes. It could have a car battery attached and it would be cool.

Yahoo Email Now Has Facebook Updates

Posted in Yahoo by Conner Flynn on May 26th, 2011

Yahoo has updated their email with the ability to tweet and post Facebook status updates. Now you can do it all from your email, well not all, but more. Should be convenient for Twitter and Facebook addicts. There’s also a new 100 MB attachment limit, which is pretty nice.

Good move by Yahoo. I would have expected Gmail to do this first. It’s not a feature I care about much but some will really love this.

Philips Brilliance 273P3L 27-Inch Full HD Monitor

Posted in Philips by Conner Flynn on May 26th, 2011

Philips has just unveiled another Full HD monitor with the introduction of the Brilliance 273P3L. Using PowerSensor technology, this new 27-inch LED-backlit monitor delivers 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution, a 500,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 395 cd/m2 brightness and a 2ms response time.

As far as connectivity ports for your other stuff, you are covered. It has three USB 2.0, D-Sub, DVI as well as HDMI. The Brilliance 273P3L will be available soon for about 390 Euro (or about $550).

TomTom Go Live 800 GPS Navigator Series

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on May 26th, 2011

TomTom is set to release the Go Live 800 GPS navigator series in Europe. Your choice between the Go Live 820 and Go Live 825. The former has a 4.3-inch display screen, while the latter boasts a larger 5-inch display screen.

Both models feature Bluetooth connectivity and voice command recognition. The TomTom Go Live 825 will cost £230 (or $374). The TomTom Go Live 820 hasn’t been announced yet so we don’t have a price. Both GPS navigation devices will be launched in September of 2011.

Vertical Vinyl Player turns the record player on its side

Posted in Turntables by Reuben Drake on May 26th, 2011

If you like vinyl but have no desk space, the Vertical Vinyl Player is perfect. It puts the record player on your wall. It operates the same as a standard record player, it just stays out of your way and makes a decorative statement.

Time to dig out all of that old vinyl and give this thing a try. It will handle between 33 or 45 RPM speeds and is battery powered so there are no wires messing up your wall.