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Doraemon Limited Edition Casio EXILIM EX-Z800

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

Casio has something for anime fans with the Doraemon themed EX-Z800 camera which includes a light blue Doraemon carrying case. The EX-Z800 features a 14.1 mega-pixel sensor, can shoot HD video and features Doraemon’s face on the camera front.

There’s also power-on/off Doraemon wallpaper and several Doraemon animation props. This Limited Edition camera will cost you 29,800 Yen ($365) and will be available by the end of August if you absolutely must have it.

Panasonic Outs 3 New Xacti Style Camcorders

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

Panasonic has introduced a trio of new camcorders, the HX-WA10, HX-DC15 and the HX-DC1. All three models feature HD resolution and will hit stores in Japan next month. The only model that’s waterproof is the HX-WA10 which is good in up to 3 feet. It features a 16MP sensor, a stereo mic, mini HDMI/USB/SDXC interfaces, 2.6-inch LCD and is $550.

The HX-DC15 weighs just 162 grams and features a 3-inch LCD, 16GB of internal memory and will cost you $610. then there’s the entry level HX-DC1 with a 14MP sensor, 80MB of memory, mini HDMI/USB/SDXC interfaces, a stereo mic, and a 3-inch LCD for $425.

Sony Ericsson’s Canadian online store hacked

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

Sony just can’t seem to catch a break. First there was the PSN breach last month and then an attack on the company’s Greek online music service earlier this week and now Sony Ericsson has been hacked again with the personal data of more than 2,000 Canadian Eshop customers taken.

The company says that the passwords taken were encrypted and no credit card details were lost, but this is still a huge problem. The Eshop service has been taken off line for now. What will be next?

Samsung AF315 All-in-One PC

Posted in Samsung by Reuben Drake on May 25th, 2011

Samsung’s new AF315 All-in-One PC features a large 23-inch LCD along with Samsung’s switchable active shutter 2D / 3D technology and a thin 11-mm bezel. Aside from that, it packs a Core i5 CPU, 1TB 7200RPM hard disk and USB 3.0.

There’s also a TV receiver, Blu-ray player, remote control, 3D glasses, and a wireless keyboard and mouse combo. It ships in South Korea tomorrow for 2.19 million won or about $2,000. Apparently it is aimed at well dressed business woman types.

Dell XPS 15z goes on sale in the US from $999

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on May 24th, 2011

The Dell XPS 15z with it’s sweet aluminum and magnesium alloy is on sale in the United States starting at $999. In all, there are five different configs available online. The base model packs in a 2.3GHz Core i5-2410M processor, 6GB of DDR3 RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT525M graphics with 1GB of dedicated video memory, a 500GB 7200RPM hard drive and a slot-loading DVD burner, with plenty of connectivity including dual-band 802.11a/g/n and a pair of USB 3.0 ports. Pretty nice.

For $1,500 you get a 2.7GHz Core i7 rig with 8GB of RAM, 2GB of VRAM and 750GB of storage, plus a 1080p display. For another $100 you can have the 300-nit, 1920 x 1080 LCD screen in any config.

Splitfish FragFX Shark for Xbox 360

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on May 24th, 2011

Splitfish is bringing its PC and PS3 mouse controller to the Xbox. However this version needs a wired Xbox 360 gamepad to act as an intermediary between itself and the console. Seems an odd design choice. The wired controller plugs into the Shark’s wireless USB dongle, while the “fragchuck” and mouse are completely free of wires.

It doesn’t sound like a setup that I would want to deal with but if you want to give it a try, it will be available in late August.

Dry-All Will Save Your Gadgets

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on May 24th, 2011

We all try to be careful, but accidents happen. And if your device is exposed to water or moisture, you are going to need some help. You could always dry it out with a container full of uncooked rice, but here’s a more portable and easier solution.

The Wet Emergency Kits from Dry-All. It’s a bag filled with absorbent beads. Just take out the battery and place the gadget in the bag. Dry-All has three different types of electronics bag, which can only be used once, and they take about 24-48 hours to dry it out. The smartphone bag can be reused up to 5 times and works in just 6 hours.

Samsung launches 3D on demand service in the US

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on May 24th, 2011

Looks like Samsung has expanded its Explore 3D app with free, on-demand content and a US launch. Great news if you have the proper TV. It includes music videos, movie trailers, educational content and even full-length TV shows from Wealth TV, among others. At a later date, studios will offer paid content through the app, which is available on samsung’s connected 3D LED-lit LCDs and 3D plasma TVs.

The paid content will arrive later this year and include feature films, shorts and full-length documentaries. The service will require signing up for an account using a PC.

Cooler Master Silencio 550 Computer Chassis

Posted in Cases by Conner Flynn on May 24th, 2011

Cooler Master’s latest case is called the Silencio 550 and it aims to usher in a new era of silent towers The Silencio 550 is black and features a glossy front door that opens. The case is designed to keep most of the sound inside so you don’t hear it. The case also has silencing foam padding and a steel frame with rubber feet.

The cooling system uses a pair of silent spinning fans and there are seven 3.5″ drive bays inside, with three 5.25″ bays outside and one 2.5″ bay. It has a USB 3.0 port on top and holes for an optional water cooling system. Nothing on pricing yet.

Toshiba STOR.E Edition USB 3.0 External Hard Drives

Posted in Toshiba by Conner Flynn on May 24th, 2011

Toshiba has a new line of USB 3.0 external hard drives in the STOR.E Edition. They are available in three different storage capacities: 500GB, 750GB and 1TB.

The plug and play hard drives feature different colors and a casing that has a grooved texture, a USB 3.0 connection interface and they come pre-loaded with Nero BackItUp & Burn Essentials software. Nothing on pricing and release date yet though.

Toshiba Thrive priced at $450

Posted in Toshiba by Conner Flynn on May 24th, 2011

Toshiba first showed off its Honeycomb tablet at CES and now we have more details. Retailer J&R put up some pre-order pages, (which are no longer up), for a 10.1-inch Toshiba tablet named the “Thrive.” The 8 GB version of the tablet was $449.99, while the 32 GB Thrive was $579.99.

Sadly there was no mention of a release date and the tablet was just listed as “coming soon.” The tablet has a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 5-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 1GB RAM and the usual SD, USB, and HDMI ports.

Logitec Master Series of Japan USB 3.0 External HDD

Posted in External Hard Drives by Conner Flynn on May 24th, 2011

Logitec Japan has unveiled their latest version of the “Master Series of Japan” external HDDs. They are available in 1TB, 2TB, or 3TB storage capacities and these external HDDs now support the high speed USB 3.0 interface.

These storage devices are also compatible with both Mac and Windows systems. If you are in Japan you can buy the Logitec “Master Series of Japan” external HDD series right now for between 8,980 Yen ($109) to 24,800 Yen ($303).

Tetris Wedding Cake

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on May 24th, 2011

Marriage can be a lot like Tetris. Sometimes the pieces fall slow and they all click into place. Other times… At least I think that’s what this cake signifies.

The cool thing about this Tetris cake is that all of the pieces are separated so you could actually play the game if you wanted. Cool cake. Not sure what it says about their wedding though. May they have many games of Tetris ahead of them.

Kobo Unveils Touch Screen E-Reader for $130

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on May 24th, 2011

Kobo Inc. has unveiled their latest Reader Touch Edition with a 6-inch “Real Touch” E Ink touchscreen display with 16 shades of grey, Wi-Fi connectivity and access to over 2.3 million books, newspapers and magazines, including over a million free titles. You’ll be reading forever.

They claim that the device is the first international E-reader with six built-in languages- English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Dutch. The device features just one home button and no keyboard, so it’s all touch. You can pre-order it from Indigo, Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Borders for $129.99 and it is shipping on June 19th.

BlackBerry PlayBook Gets A Teardown On Video

Posted in Playbook by Reuben Drake on May 24th, 2011

We’ve seen PlayBook teardowns, but DirectFix has now posted a nine minute teardown and screen repair video for the PlayBook and its fun to watch. This video actually shows the steps needed to disassemble and reassemble the device if you want to do it yourself.

The video shows you how to replace the LCD and touch screen panel on the PlayBook so take notes and only do it when you are confident in your skills.