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Star Wars Han Solo Carbonite Ice Cube Tray

Posted in Star Wars by Reuben Drake on May 26th, 2011

Check out this Han Solo tray that will allow you to make ice cubes fit for drinks in Jabba’s palace. You could also make Han Solo Jello or even chocolates with this tray. Star Wars fans will be eating a lot of Han Solo treats.

It makes a great gift for the geek in your life. This Star Wars Carbonite Silicon Tray is available for just $10. Get several and have a Star Wars party.

Omnio WOWKeys keyboard now shipping

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

The Omnio WOWKeys keyboard will bring full-sized QWERTY functionality to your iPhone or iPod Touch and now it’s shipping. This keyboard will charge and sync with iTunes, type text directly into your handheld, or use the keyboard’s twelve hotkeys to control music playback functions, turn off the display, or switch between your PC and iPhone.

You can even use your iPhone’s touchscreen as a trackpad for your Mac or PC, through an app. It will cost you around $100.

Buffalo 256GB SSD with 6GBps SATA interface

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

Buffalo has unveiled a new, 256GB SSD. The company’s SSD-N256S/MC400 has a SATA 6Gbps interface, supports multi-level cell NAND Flash memory and will deliver read and write speeds of up to 405 MB/s and 223 MB/s, respectively.

Not bad. Not bad. Wait, they want how much? ¥72,200 (or $882). I’ll just buy a faster SSD for less money. Thanks anyway.

Sony gives identity protection activation codes for PSN and Qriocity users

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

Feeling a little blue because your info may have been hacked due to Playstations woes? Well this should make you feel better. A short form on the PlayStation website is now distributing activation codes for a free year of Debix AllClear ID Plus identity theft protection.

The offer is good for all US PSN and Qriocity account holders who activate before June 28th, and it will get you up to $1 million in identity theft insurance coverage. That’s got to make you feel better right? Sony hopes so.

HTC Puccini tablet to begin production in June

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

HTC has entered the final stages of testing for its new 10.1-inch Puccini tablet PC and volume production is expected for June. The tablet will pack in a Qualcomm MSM8660 1.5GHz processor and run on Android 3.0.1 according to sources.

Other features of the Puccini include a touch panel that supports both resistive and capacitive touch technologies and its touch pen will be able to work on certain software and areas. It won’t be long until we hear more. It should ship very soon after June.

Australia getting Ocarina of Time 3D bundle

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on May 26th, 2011

Australia is getting a special edition of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. The Australian Ocarina Bundle is available exclusively as a pre-order bonus from EB Games. It includes an actual Ocarina, and some sheet music to play music from the game.

Once again Nintendo favors another country with some goodies that we can’t get on our shores. It’s enough to make a Nintendo fan sad enough to play the blues on his Ocarina. If he had one anyway.

Sony 160GB PlayStation 3 bundle with Call of Duty: Black Ops

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on May 25th, 2011

Let’s face it, Sony needs all the help it can get right now, with all of the hacks it has been suffering. That’s probably why Sony is teasing this limited edition PS3 bundle that gets you Call of Duty: Black Ops with a 160GB console.

The price is $299 and Sony’s also throwing in the First Strike content pack. It will be available next week, starting on May 31. If you are just getting a PS3 this is the one to get. This game will have you playing for months.

EVO 2 Android gaming console coming this fall

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on May 25th, 2011

Ever hear of the Linux-based EVO game console? Probably not, but it did exist and actually shipped at one point before being”sold out” according to Envizions, the company behind it. Well, now it is back with an Android-based gaming console called the EVO 2.

It will hit the US this fall with developer units available today where developers will have to pay an annual $149 software support fee. Some specs include a 1.2GHz Samsung processor, a “modified” Android 2.2 OS, and a TV remote and game controller. A motion sensor will be added by the end of the year, and it has its own points system to buy Android games called “EVO tokens.” Looks like the price will be $249.

Solar-powered delivery boxes that cook pizza

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on May 25th, 2011

Some students from Brooklyn’s James Madison and Edward R. Murrow high schools will be out in Manhattan’s Union Square tomorrow showing off their solar-powered pizza boxes. If you want a slice, be there. I’m hungry already.

These solar-powered pizza boxes are pretty impressive and can reach up to 200-degrees on a hot day and that is hot enough to cook pizza. We aren’t sure about all of the details. It just looks like tin-foil. Any excuse for some free pizza is fine with us though. Hopefully this will make the Pizza industry a bit greener.

Hasselblad ships 200-megapixel H4D-200MS camera

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on May 25th, 2011

If you have a spare $45,038 or so, Hasselblad is shipping their 200-megapixel camera: the H4D-200MS. This medium format camera is based on a 50-megapixel sensor but composites six shots to create the resolution. The process uses a piezoelectric motor to create the image and takes 30 seconds, so this one is not for portraits.

The camera continues to shoot at sensitivities between ISO 50 and 800 and also keeps the True Focus feature, which uses motion sensors to auto-adjust the focus after the camera is rotated for an off-center shot. Photos can save to a Compact Flash card, though Hasselblad recommends using its hard drive tethering feature because of the 600MB uncompressed photos at the full 200 megapixels.

Samsung 950 Series 3D LED Monitor Now Shipping

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on May 25th, 2011

Samsung has announced that their new and beautiful 950 Series 3D LED monitors have started shipping. The new monitor was first seen at CES this year and had to have the drool cleaned off of it all day long. It features a 27 inch screen size with 1920 x 1080 pixels of native screen resolution.

These monitors also come with Samsung Apps and Smart Hub installed and have Samsung’s Ultra Clear Panel technology. Other features include full HD resolution, a 2Ms response time, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, D-SUB, HDMI, DisplayPort and DVI-DualLink connectivity.

Sony S Series Notebooks Get Core i5 And i7 Processors

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on May 25th, 2011

Sony has updated its Vaio S Series notebooks with Intel’s latest Core i5 and Core i7 processors, for a performance boost. It now also comes with an optional battery which Sony says will give you up to 15 hours of battery life. If true, that is pretty sweet.

The Sony Vaio S Series features a 13.3 inch display, and your choice of two Intel Core i5 processor and one Intel Core i7 processor, plus 4GB of RAM standard with the option to upgrade to 8GB. There’s also your choice of hard drives from 320GB up to 750GB or Solid State Drives from 256GB up to 1TB (with 2 x 512GB).

Angry Birds iPad 2 Cases

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on May 25th, 2011

Fans of the Angry Birds games will want to protect their iPad with these Angry Birds cases. It fits both the iPad or iPad 2. These cases are available for $19.95 and you can choose from the Yellow Bird, Red Bird, Green Bird, Blue Bird, Black Bird and Green Pig King.

They are made from high quality soft microfiber so they are durable and shock-proof protection and have dual zips for easy access. Pretty colorful. We like ‘em.

HTC Working On New Mango Windows Phone 7 Devices

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on May 25th, 2011

HTC isn’t a stranger to Windows phone 7, they already have some Windows Phone 7 devices on the market. And now it looks like they have a few more planned for later this year to coincide with the launch of Windows Phone 7 Mango. Not a surprise, but it is confirmation.

HTC’s CEO, Peter Chou says that the company is working on some new Windows Phone 7 devices for Windows Phone 7 Mango right now, although he didn’t give any hardware specifications. That info won’t take long to surface and when it does, we will let you know.

Mitsubishi Electric RDT233WXL 23-inch Full HD IPS Monitor for Japan

Posted in Mitsubishi by Conner Flynn on May 25th, 2011

Mitsubishi Electric has launched the RDT233WXL 23-inch Full HD IPS monitor in Japan. It’s not entirely new as it is actually a variant of the recently released RDT233WX series.

It is available in a non-glare model and this new IPS monitor features an 8000:1 contrast ratio, a 250cd/m2 brightness level and Mitsubishi’s enhanced ECO professional mode for better power optimization. We don’t have any info on pricing just yet though.