Archive for July, 2011

Libratone Live AirPlay wireless speakers

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on July 22nd, 2011

Libratone has announced a new speaker that uses the AirPlay Wi-Fi streaming feature on Macs to deliver audio and podcasts from your iTunes library to anywhere in your network. They will go on sale in the UK in September for £599.

The Libratone Live AirPlay speaker has an output of up to 150 Watts with five dedicated amplifiers. The speaker is said to create a “room-filling soundscape with the tweeters and midrange drivers dispersing 360-degree sound”.

iFixit tears down new MacBook Air

Posted in MacBook by Conner Flynn on July 21st, 2011

iFixit has a new MacBook Air. You know what that means.Tearing it open and checking it out. So what did they find. There’s the new Thunderbolt port of course and the fancy new keyboard backlighting. But inside is where all the good stuff is.

There’s an Intel Core i5 processor of course and a Bluetooth 4.0 chip and we also learned that the MacBook Air scores a four out of ten for ease of repair, so it might be best to leave this job to the experts. After all this toy is expensive.

Apple had one million Lion downloads in the first day

Posted in Apple by Reuben Drake on July 21st, 2011

Well, we knew that a whole bunch of people have downloaded Lion, but now Apple is making sure we know just how many downloads there have been. Turns out that the $29.99 update is pretty popular. Of course we knew that already.

Apple says that one million downloads of Lion have been registered in the first day of availability alone. That’s faster than any other OS release in the company’s history. So maybe their claims of it being the “best OS we’ve ever made” is true.

V-Moda True Blood REVAMP In-Ear Headphones

Posted in Headphones by Reuben Drake on July 21st, 2011

Fans of True Blood will be drooling between their fangs for these True Blood inspired headphones. They are called the True Blood REVAMP and are Metal High-Fidelity In-Ear Headphones from V-Moda.

It has the Silver bullet design, the True Blood logo and Chinese symbols like you would find on a bottle of Tru Blood. These will retail for $120 but will be offered for a discounted price of $99.99 through Season 4 of the TV show.

Motorola Defy+ rumored for AT&T

Posted in Motorola by Reuben Drake on July 21st, 2011

Word is that a slightly upgraded version of Motorola’s Defy Android smartphone may soon arrive at AT&T. If this rumor turns out to be accurate, the handset will get support for 850MHz, 1,900MHz and 2,100MHz HSPA bands, which are used by AT&T and some Canadian carriers.

Differences from the original device are said to include a 1GHz OMAP 3620 processor instead of the 800MHz CPU, and Android 2.3.3. Aside from that, RAM, storage space, camera specs and the 3.7-inch display should remain the same.

Nexus S Coming To AT&T July 24th

Posted in Mobile Phones by Reuben Drake on July 21st, 2011

Google has announced that their Nexus S Android smartphone will be arriving on the AT&T network later this week. July 24th to be exact. The Nexus S smartphone has Android 2.3, a 4” Super AMOLED screen, a 1 GHz processor for 3D graphics, front and rear facing cameras and support for NFC. Basically everything you want.

The Nexus S also has the latest Google mobile apps, like Google Earth, Google Maps with Navigation, Google Talk with video chat, Google Voice and Voice Actions, and access to over 250,000 apps in the Android Market.

I-O Data ALIMO IAT-PSR701 Android Tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Reuben Drake on July 21st, 2011

I-O Data has unveiled the new ALIMO IAT-PSR701 Android tablet. This tablet has Google Android 2.2 Froyo and a 7-inch (800×480) display screen.

Other features include Bluetooth 2.0 (HSPA/A2DP), Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Wi-Fi, a 3.2MP rear camera and a front-facing 2MP camera. The I-O Data ALIMO IAT-PSR701 will be launched in August of this year for 34,800 Yen which is $442.

Sanwa 400-MA029 Wireless Mouse

Posted in Mouse by Reuben Drake on July 21st, 2011

Sanwa has released their latest wireless mouse, the different looking 400-MA029 in Japan. This mouse is powered by 2 AAA batteries and comes in a 5-button design.

The mouse also features a 2.4GHz radio frequency, a blue LED ‘Blue-Tech’ sensor, a 1000/500dpi resolution that is switchable and a tiny USB receiver. It comes in both red and black color options for about $22.

Notion Ink Adam 2 Tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Reuben Drake on July 21st, 2011

If you were hoping for a new Adam tablet from Notion Ink, here’s some good news. Notion Ink CEO Rohan Shravan has confirmed that the Notion Ink Adam 2 tablet will be released in December of this year.

We don’t have any details on the hardware of the Adam 2, but it looks like it will feature the Tegra 3 Kal-El chip and a new generation of Pixel Qi display. We will let you know more when we know it.

Doctor Who Tardis USB Hub

Posted in USB by Reuben Drake on July 21st, 2011

Doctor Who fans will love this USB hub. It features a flashing lantern on top and Tardis sound effects. You may not find the Doctor and his companion inside, but it will prove very useful sitting on your desk.

It will cost you about £23. Hopefully it won’t suddenly de-materialize and go on it’s own adventure, but if it does I’m sure it will be back soon. After all, Earth seems to be home base for the Doctor these days.

Titanium straw is the strongest straw ever

Posted in Kitchen Gadgets by Reuben Drake on July 21st, 2011

This straw is the strongest straw ever made. No bending, no ripping, no tearing. It’s made of titanium so it can even be used for hot drinks without getting hot itself.

Juice box giving you problems? This baby sticks right in. Stab an orange for an instant juice drink. Stab it through an aluminum can and you have yourself a metal juicebox. This space age marvel is just $15. Drink anything anywhere at anytime.

This Spy Camera Looks Like A Sony Alarm Clock and Radio

Posted in Spy Gear by Conner Flynn on July 21st, 2011

This spy camera is scary because it looks just like a Sony alarm clock. In fact, I have the Sony model that it is imitating in my home. I hope no one has been spying. This hidden camera records 720p HD videos in MPEG4 format and stores them on an SD card (16GB provided).

It will give you a time and date stamp and is motion activated. I don’t think that anyone would even suspect it was more than a clock, especially when it functions as a regular alarm clock/radio when it isn’t spying. It will cost you $329.89.

Pantech MIRACH IS11PT smartphone

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on July 21st, 2011

Most phones are not very rugged. Drop it or get it wet and that’s the end. Well, Pantech has a new smartphone that is designed to be both dustproof and waterproof: the MIRACH IS11PT smartphone. It manages to be durable without looking like it.

Some features include a second-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8655 SoC with a 1GHz CPU, a 3.7-inch WVGA screen with a 480 x 800 resolution, and Android’s Gingerbread 2.3 platform.

Panasonic reveals Lumix FZ47

Posted in Panasonic by Conner Flynn on July 21st, 2011

Digital cameras that can shoot video are a dime a dozen, but only a few give you the power to manually select aperture and shutter speed. The Lumix FZ47 from Panasonic gives you full control over both video and still photo capture with its Creative Control mode.

The 12.1-megapixel superzoom can shoot 1080i HD at 30 fps. It also has a 3-inch LCD, 24x Leica zoom lens with a 25mm wide-angle focal length, and you can shoot 3.5-megapixel stills while recording video. The $400 FZ47 will arrive next month.

WaterField Smart Case for your MacBook Air

Posted in MacBook by Reuben Drake on July 20th, 2011

The updated MacBook Air was unveiled today and case manufacturers are already on the case, so to speak. WaterField Designs is launching a new lineup of cases for your new MacBook Air. The Smart Case will protect your MacBook Air and keep it looking great.

It comes in two sizes, 11.6 or 13.1 inches. The case features a nylon exterior that is water-resistant, with a padded interior, an Ultrasuede scratch-free liner and eco-friendly distressed brown leather. You paid quite a bit for your new toy, so you may as well protect it.