Archive for June, 2011

Samsung announces Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 availability for Sweden and Finland

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on June 15th, 2011

Samsung Finland and Sweden have announced the pricing and availability of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 8.9. The devices in both countries will get Wi-Fi and 3G versions of Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 8.9 in August and September. Sweden users who want to buy the Galaxy Tab 10.1 from Telia can get it this month on June 29.

Both tablets run Android’s latest Honeycomb 3.1 OS, have an LCD screen supporting WXGA resolution (1280×800), a 1GHz dual core processor, 21Mbps HSPA+, 3MP rear-facing camera with LED flash and 2MP front-facing camera, HD video recording and playback support, Allshare, Social and Music Hub, Adobe Flash 10.2 support, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and storage ranging from 16 to 64GB.

Toshiba releases REGZA 19P2 TV with internal Battery in Japan

Posted in Toshiba by Conner Flynn on June 15th, 2011

Toshiba has announced a new addition to its REGZA TV line. The 19P2 is a 19″ LCD TV (1366 x 768), with a very interesting feature. It has a removable internal battery that will give you 5 hours of continuous entertainment. That’s great if you lose power and want to keep watching.

Extra batteries will cost you $86 each. Other features include a 1Seg Digital TV Tuner, an HDMI port and D4 Japanese input. You can expect it this summer in Japan.

iHome iDM71 iPad 2 Case With Built-in Stereo Speakers

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on June 15th, 2011

The iDM71 iPad/iPad 2 Case has a stereo speaker system built into it thanks to flat NXT stereo speakers. The case is made of a faux leather material, and will fold into six positions, so no matter what typing angle you prefer, it’s all good. It can also be used as a movie stand. The iHome iDM71 iPad/iPad 2 Case with Built-in Rechargeable Stereo Speakers will cost $99.99.

iHome is also offering a cool new iPhone dock, the iA17 App-enhanced Color Changing Stereo FM Alarm Clock Radio for iPhone/ iPod. This alarm clock features a “wake-to-color” mode. The translucent cabinet will change color, with five colors available. The alarm clock also has an FM radio, and it is an app enhanced device that works with the iHome+Sleep app, and the iHome+Radio app. The iA17 alarm cloak radio is $99.

Starbucks mobile payment app for Android

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on June 15th, 2011

Since they already have their own iOS app, Starbucks is now bringing mobile payments to Android users, as well. The Starbucks for Android app is free. Just add credit to your mobile Starbucks Card and scan the app’s barcode at the cash register.

It’s available on devices running Android 2.1 or later and the service will also locate all Starbucks shops in your area and offer even more incentives via Starbucks’ rewards program. Right now, there are about 6,800 stores that support mobile payments and the company is planning to add an additional 1,000 locations in July.

Wii U will not play DVDs or Blu-ray

Posted in Wii U by Conner Flynn on June 15th, 2011

According to Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, the company’s new gaming console won’t play DVD or Blu-ray discs. This is due to patent licensing fees and besides they feel that enough people already have devices that are capable of playing DVDs and Blu-ray.

They have a point. And besides, we don’t care about DVD and Blu-Ray as long as the console has Netflix capabilities and we are sure that will be included at some point anyway.

PS3 sales up despite PSN downtime

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on June 14th, 2011

Despite the recent downtime due to hacks, Sony has reported that PS3 sales actually rose during the PlayStation Network downtime, promising that its system is “stronger than ever” at retail. Sales of the PS3 are up 14% year-over-year.

That’s pretty amazing considering that Sony was suffering one of it’s biggest disasters ever, both in terms of security and PR. Proof that you can’t keep a good console down.

NEC Thin and Green 23-inch MultiSync EX231Wp Display

Posted in NEC by Conner Flynn on June 14th, 2011

NEC has added a new LCD to its line up called the MultiSync EX231Wp. It’s for the desktop, offering 23-inches of space in a thin and light package. It will save you alot of desk space, that’s for sure.

It’s LED backlit to save power and has full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution. It consumes 27W of power when in use and has DisplayPort and DVI inputs, a USB port and a fully adjustable stand with 110mm of height adjust, tilt, swivel, and pivot. The EX231Wp ships in July for $319.

DXG-018 3D pocket camera

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on June 14th, 2011

The DXG-018 3D pocket camera will allow you to create your own viewmaster like 3D content. Think of it as a modern day viewmaster in camera form. For $69.99, the DXG-018 3D pocket camera comes in five different colors: pink, lavender, orange, green and yellow.

The DXG-018 is a dual-lens 3D camera that saves pictures onto an SD memory card. Then they can be printed as side-by-side images with dotted lines so you can cut them, fitting them to size in the included 3D cardboard viewers. Then just slide them into the viewer for a 3D experience.

Archos Arnova 10 Android Tablet Just $169.99

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on June 14th, 2011

Looking for a good price for a tablet? Normally priced at $199.99, the Archos Arnova 10 Android tablet is now on sale at Buy.com for just $169.99. So you can save up to $30. Not bad.

The Arnova 10 features a 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 resistive touchscreen display, a 600MHz processor, a front-facing VGA camera, 4GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, G-sensor, 720p HD video playback support, a USB 2.0 port, two built-in speakers, WiFi and Android 2.1. And a sale price.

Pioneer SE-CL331 Washable Earphones

Posted in Pioneer by Conner Flynn on June 14th, 2011

The Pioneer SE-CL331 are the world’s first washable earphones. They can be soaked and washed after every session if you like and it won’t damage the electronic equipment. They are available in white, bright blue and pink.

Other features include: a couple of 9mm drivers for a playback frequency of 10Hz to 20kHz with an impedance of 16 Ohms, an ergonomic ear holder, a gold-plated 3.5mm stereo mini-plug and a silver-plated OFC wire. The Pioneer SE-CL331 can be immersed in water up to 1 meter. Just $59.99.

Sony Outs Two New Portable DVD Players In Japan

Posted in Sony by Reuben Drake on June 14th, 2011

Sony is launching a pair of new portable DVD players in Japan. The 9-inch DVP-FX970 and 7-inch DVP-FX750 both feature a 12Bit 108MHz Video D/A converter and 96kHz 24Bit Audio D/A converter. Both also support MP3 and JPEG files, which are stored on CD.

The Sony DVP-FX970 also has a 180 degree swivel display. The Sony DVP-FX970 and DVP-FX750 will be launched in July for 30,000 ($374) and 20,000 Yen ($248).

SpongeBob crystallized Swarovski iPad case

Posted in iPad accessories by Reuben Drake on June 14th, 2011

Oh hell no! They have combined two things that I hate on this iPad case, Spongebob and Swarovski crystals. Well, if you happen to be a fan of SpongeBob SquarePants and/or gaudy shiny overpriced glass, this is the perfect iPad case for you.

It’s made from crystallized Swarovski, adding some bling to the cartoon character. It comes with a month’s warranty, cleaning cloth and phone strap. This SpongeBob crystallized Swarovski iPad case is available for $409.

Unlocked iPhone 4 available for $649 in US

Posted in iPhone by Reuben Drake on June 14th, 2011

Looks like the unlocked iPhone 4 slipped out a day early. In fact it is now available through the Apple Store and is a GSM model only. You can buy the 16GB version for $649.00, while the 32GB version is $749.00.

This is great news since people have been wanting Apple to offer the phone unlocked for some time now. Globally, this is one of the cheaper unlocked iPhones. So, who is going to buy one? Show of hands.

iFixit CEO strips a Sony Bloggie 3D

Posted in Camcorders by Reuben Drake on June 14th, 2011

Sony got iFixit.com CEO Kyle Wiens to do a teardown of the new Bloggie 3D mini camcorder. While this one is a bit on the boring side, you still get an eyeful of all the bits and pieces that make up the pocket 3D video camera.

It is mostly just all the parts laid out and some close-ups of them. It basically amounts to a clever marketing video on Sony’s part with the help of ifixit. Have a look at the link below and you’ll see what I mean.

The Sony PlayStation Vita’s removable memory looks like it’s an SD card

Posted in PS Vita by Conner Flynn on June 14th, 2011

When is an SD card not an SD card? When it’s in the Sony Vita. The new handheld’s internal memory cards look like SD cards, but they aren’t. The above pic was snapped at E3.

They are very close to being SD cards, only there’s a little notch in the side, making them a proprietary form of storage. We have no idea what they will cost, but hopefully we will hear more soon. Most would have preferred SD cards, but I guess Sony felt different.