Archive for June, 2011

PSN going down ahead of PlayStation Store’s return

Posted in PS3 by Reuben Drake on June 1st, 2011

Sony said today that it will be taking down the PlayStation Network for several hours to finish the restoration process. they said that starting “soon,” it will go down for multiple hours and this is key to bringing back the PlayStation Store. They are on schedule to get everything back to normal worldwide.

Users who are still online during the downtime will stay signed into PSN, but you won’t be able to login until the maintenance is over. Sony needs to get PSN back up and running in all capacities since it’s about to head into E3. Developers have already been very vocal about the fact that the PlayStation Store’s outage has cost them money.

Roku and Rovio Bring Angry Birds Game To TV

Posted in Games by Reuben Drake on June 1st, 2011

Roku and Rovio have joined forces to bring the Angry Birds game to Roku’s streaming service. This new service will allow you to play Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons, and Angry Birds Rio games all from your Roku streaming box.

There will also be an extra Angry Birds video channel with extra content like short animated Angry Bird stories and the ability to purchase Angry Birds merchandise. The game will be available this summer on a new Roku box. Also a new remote maybe in the development stages for a more functional game controller for future releases. Sounds good.

MSi Compact Wind Box DC540 And DC100

Posted in MSI by Reuben Drake on June 1st, 2011

MSi has unveiled its new MSI Wind Box DC540 and DC100 compact PC’s at Computex 2011. The new MSi Wind Box DC100 features an AMD E-350 dual-core accelerated processing unit (APU) 1.6 GHz and Radeon HD 6310 graphics, and can run on just 18 Watts of power. It also provides a 70% power savings, compared to conventional desktop computers.

The Wind Box DC540 comes with an Intel Cedar Trail-D processor and is about four times the size of the DC100. Both systems come with Microsoft’s new Windows 7 64-bit operating system and Microsoft Office 2010.

SanDisk Unveils New SSD U100 And iSSD i100 Storage

Posted in SanDisk by Reuben Drake on June 1st, 2011

SanDisk, at Computex 2011, has unveiled some new storage devices: the SSD U100 And iSSD i100. The SanDisk i100 is the world’s smallest and fastest 128GB SATA III BGA-based SSD and is designed for use in ultra thin notebooks and tablet devices.

SanDisk U100 SSD and i100 iSSD’s unique architecture allows OEMs to manage the power consumption with their devices while providing increased storage and performance. The SanDisk i100 has 128GB of storage and is capable of up to 450MB/s sequential read speed and up to 160GB/s sequential write speeds.

ECS EB-850R Color e-book Reader

Posted in ebooks by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2011

The ECS EB-850R color e-book reader is being shown off at Computex 2011 and features an 8-inch (800 x 600) color resistive touchscreen with a Wondermedia 8650 processor, either 256MB or 512MB of RAM and up to 32GB of storage.

The device is powered by Google Android 2.2 and also features a microSDHC card reader for storage expansion, Wi-FI and optional 2G/3G. This eReader is compatible with ePUB, PDF, FB2, TXT, CHM, RTF, JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF, MP3, AAC, OGG and WAV file formats.

Verbatim Easy Riser Wireless Bluetooth Mouse Compatible With Motorola Xoom

Posted in Mouse by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2011

Verbatim has announced the compatibility of its ultra-compact Easy Riser Wireless Bluetooth Mouse with the new Motorola XOOM. Motorola and Google have released a new software update for the XOOM tablet, which allows users to add and use a Bluetooth mouse.

The 2.4 GHz wireless technology and advanced laser sensor technology gives you great performance, superior cursor precision and of course full control. The Verbatim Easy Riser comes with two AAA batteries and will cost you $29.99 MSRP at Amazon.

Armor sleeve packs a stun-gun and laser

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2011

Police will soon have more weapons on them, specifically on their sleeve thanks to designer David Brown. He has developed a new sleeve for police that fits on the user’s hand. It can be deployed instantly and packs a high-voltage tazer type stunner, a video camera, a laser pointer and a flashlight.

The device weighs less than three pounds and is meant to be worn as a glove. There are buttons on the palm to use the stunner, camera, laser and the flashlight. It’s just a concept right now, but hopefully soon it can help police.