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Next iPhone to be smaller and thinner?

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on May 23rd, 2011

It’s looking as if those rumors about a smaller, thinner iPhone with a larger edge-to-edge screen might be true. At least the CEO of France Telecom/Orange thinks so. Talking about Apple’s smaller SIM card, he confirmed that carriers, including Orange, are working with Apple on the new initiative and said that Apple’s next-generation iPhone will be smaller and thinner.

He specifically says the “next” iPhone, as in the fifth-generation iPhone, but the comment could just be a guess based on the smaller SIM card developments. But the other way to take the comment is that the next iPhone is actually an all new, thinner, smaller design. Can you tell that the wait to find out is killing us?

Kingston Class 10, 32GB microSDHC card

Posted in Kingston by Conner Flynn on May 23rd, 2011

Kingston Digital is always stepping up their game. Now the company has a new 32GB Class 10 microSDHC card in its product lineup today. With a 10MB per second minimum data transfer rate, this card is perfect for higher demand uses like high-resolution photos or HD video capture from your smartphone. You’ll want to get one right away.

Class 10 cards are common enough in full-size SD cards but it’s still a rare thing when it comes to the mobile world. It is available now for $153. This 32GB version is the latest. Kingston’s 4GB to 16GB models were unveiled in March.

Fujitsu H910 and H710 Workstation Laptops

Posted in Fujitsu by Conner Flynn on May 23rd, 2011

Fujitsu has announced a pair of new workstation laptops for running intensive apps like CAD/CAM offerings. Fujitsu says that these machines offer power that was previously only available in desktop workstations. These new laptops are called the Celsius H910 and the Celsius H710.

The H910 packs in a 17.3-inch screen and new Core i5 or i7 processors from Intel. It also has options for NVIDIA Quadro 4000M or 3000M graphics and up to 32GB of RAM, WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3G. No word on storage options or price yet however.

Trading cards: Now with an LCD and 2GB storage

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on May 23rd, 2011

The trading card is getting an upgrade, just like digital photo frames. Panini’s new trading cards will feature a small screen for video playback and 2GB of USB flash storage. They are a far cry from the trading cards we collected as kids.

Panini’s HRX (High Reel Xperience) cards aim to reinvent trading cards and hopefully change them forever. $20 will get you a pack of five cards. Random packs will have redeemable video card vouchers inside, which are just as rare as autographed and holographic cards. It will be interesting to see where this goes from here.

Windows Phone 7.5 Mango To Add 500 New Features To WP7

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on May 23rd, 2011

Steve Ballmer recently spoke at Japanese Developer Forum 2011 and unveiled some new information about the Windows 7.5 ‘Mango’ update for Windows Phone 7. Windows Phone 7.5 will bring 500 new features to Windows Phone 7 devices, though we don’t have any details on what these 500 features are.

He also said that tomorrows ‘Mango’ event will reveal details of new Windows Phone 7 manufacturers and carriers, and we can expect to see a new range of Windows Phone 7 handsets announced. Hopefully we will learn just what these features are soon and when we know, you will know.

BenQ G615HDPL 15.6-Inch LCD Monitor

Posted in BenQ by Conner Flynn on May 23rd, 2011

BenQ’s latest LCD monitor, the G615HDPL, for the Japanese market is a 15.6-inch LED-backlight monitor with 1366 x 768 native resolution and a 500:1 contrast ratio (DCR 1,000,000:1).

It also boasts 200 cd/m2 brightness, an 8ms response time and it consumes just 7W during normal operation (5W in Eco Mode). So it shouldn’t cost you a lot on your electric bill. As far as connectivity ports, it has a mini D-Sub 15 pin and that’s it. The G615HDPL retails for about 12,000 Yen ($146).

Acoustic Research ARS35i Rotating Docking Station For iPad

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on May 23rd, 2011

If you have an iPad, you need something to dock it in. Acoustic Research has just the thing with the ARS35i iPad docking system, which is also compatible with iPods, iPhones and MP3 players. It has you covered.

This docking station also features a motorized moving arm that holds your iPad and will rotate it into a vertical or a horizontal position. Other features include a video output port and an alarm clock function. It will cost you $129.99.

MSI WindPad 110W Windows 7 Tablet Now Available For Pre-order

Posted in MSI by Conner Flynn on May 23rd, 2011

The MSI WindPad 110W is now available for pre-order via ExcaliberPC. This device features an AMD C-50 processor and a 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) capacitive IPS multi-touch display.

To refresh your memory, it also features ATI Radeon HD 6250 graphics, a 32GB SSD, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, Bluetooth 3.0, a 1MP front-facing camera, a 3MP rear camera, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, a 4,200mAh battery, GPS and the Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium OS is running the show. The MSI WindPad 110W will cost you $599.

Sony BMG Greece hacked

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on May 23rd, 2011

Man, Sony just can’t seem to get a break. Now Sony BMG Greece is the latest of the company’s properties to be hacked. The hackers attacked over the weekend and Hackers News Network uploaded sample extracts from a database of users’ names and email addresses onto pastebin after hackers who broke into SonyMusic.gr sent them a dump from their hack.

The data that was uploaded omits telephone numbers and password hashes that they claimed to have swiped from the site. The identities of the hackers are unknown and we have no idea if these are the same people behind the PSN attacks. Sony better get this under control before things get worse.

Sony to remaster some PSP titles for PlayStation 3

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on May 23rd, 2011

As cool as the PSP is, it is starting to look a bit dated. So Sony is introducing the PSP Remaster series for PlayStation 3, where Sony will port select portable game titles to the PS3 in high-def Blu-ray. Some of those titles may even have new add-on content and stereoscopic 3D support.

Another new bonus is that gamers will be able to share game save data between the two platforms. The key to the success of this will be what price they charge for these games that you have already played. The first PSP Remaster title announced is Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, which is Japan only and arriving at an unknown date.

Nissho 52-inch, glasses-free 3D TV with Full HD resolution for Japan

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on May 23rd, 2011

Nissho Electronics in Japan is starting to sell a 52-inch LCD panel that can pump out full 1080p 3D content without the need to wear glasses. This large and in charge display will target businesses first, since they cost $20,820.

Other specs include a 2,000:1 contrast ratio, 8ms response time, 700 nits of brightness, and a 60Hz refresh rate. The 3D on this TV is a unique “2D + depth” implementation, which can also be used to convert 2D images in real time. You and I wouldn’t know since we can’t afford it.

Sony estimates $3.2b loss this year, $171 million from PSN breach

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on May 23rd, 2011

This is not a great time to be Sony. It was affected both by the massive earthquake in March and the PSN outage from April into May. Sony is set to announce its full financial report for the fiscal year this Thursday and it isn’t looking great.

Previously Sony predicted a ¥70 billion ($855 million) profit, but now thinks a ¥260 billion ($3.14 billion) loss is more likely. The earthquake was directly blamed for a loss of ¥22 billion, but that figure might even grow as this estimate is only through the end of March. Sony also has an early guess of a ¥14 billion (about $172 million) total cost for the PSN breach. But again that figure may increase.

Dell to unveil MacBook competitor XPS 15z on Tuesday

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on May 22nd, 2011

A leak has confirmed that Dell’s XPS 15z will formally launch on Tuesday. The 15.6-inch system had already been teasing us and its $999 price was already leaked. The WSJ also reinforces the notion that this will be a competitor to the MacBook and that it would be the thinnest notebook of its size “on the planet.”

The official teasers and leaks that we have seen so far show that the design is very similar to the 15-inch MacBook Pro, with it’s speaker grilles, aluminum frame with a black bezel, and a slot-load optical drive on the right, as well as other traits. It is expected to use Core i5 and i7 chips. Stay tuned on this one.

Friskies Announces iPad Games For Cats

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on May 22nd, 2011

That’s right iPad games for your feline friends. Forget shaking some string or a stick at them. Now they just want iPad games. Just like you. Check out the new line of Friskies iPad 2 games that allow cats to use their paws and interact .

We are talking three new games made just for cats. The colors, movement, and game-play have been researched and tested for maximum feline fun and cat action. It amounts to a bunch of shiny things moving around on screen that your cat can paw at.

So this is where bad SNES games go to die

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on May 22nd, 2011

If a game stinks, or games in this case, why not take a wizz on it/them. That must be the thinking behind this unique urinal. As a gamer I couldn’t agree more. And we should save the really horrible games for dropping a deuce on.

Anyway, if you want to make one of these for yourself it isn’t as easy as it looks. You will need sealant, a bunch of gaming cartridges, and a valve just to name a few items. Oh and a strong desire to spray instead of play these games.