Archive for 2011

Out Run arcade game lets you game and drive

Posted in News by Reuben Drake on August 3rd, 2011

Gaming and driving? At the same time? Awesome. Garnet Hertz’s augmented reality-based OutRun project marries a concept car to Sega’s classic driving game with an electric golf cart, allowing players to navigate their way around real-life courses. It’s like driving an arcade cabinet.

Hertz outfitted the system with cameras and customized software that can see in front of the car to automatically reproduce the route on the screen. The map is displayed in the same 8-bit rendering as the original OutRun, with perspectives changing with the steering. It only hits 13 mph, but it’s awesome even at that speed.

Jerrycan Gas Can speakers

Posted in Speakers by Reuben Drake on August 3rd, 2011

Just because these speakers come in a gas can form, doesn’t mean they will cost you a fortune on gas to run. They will just cost a fortune. These Jerrycan Gas Can Speakers are a gas. My jokes have run out of fuel at this point.

They will cost you £285 ($470) and weigh about 55 lbs, and are even available in a variety of colors.We’ll let you decide if they are worth it.

iHome SD63 Retro-Style Headphones

Posted in Headphones by Conner Flynn on August 3rd, 2011

iHome has released the new SD63 Retro-Style Hi-Fi Stereo headphones. These boast an on-ear design and feature a pair of 40mm neodymium drivers, an adjustable headband, air-cushioned ear pads for added comfort, a six-foot coiled cord, chrome accents, and Soundesign branding.

You also get a rotary volume control on one of the two swiveling ear cups. The iHome SD63 Retro-Style Hi-Fi Stereo headphones are priced at $49.99 and we love the retro style.

Iomega Mac Companion Hard Drive

Posted in Mac by Conner Flynn on August 3rd, 2011

Iomega has released the new Mac Companion Hard Drive, which is available in 2TB or 3TB storage capacities. It features a 2.1 Amp USB charging port designed specifically for charging your iPad, iPhone, or iPod and uses a fast 7200 RPM 3.5-inch hard drive formatted HFS+ for compatibility with Mac computers right out of the box.

The device fits perfectly on the base of your Apple iMac or your monitor. It also boasts two FireWire 800 ports, one USB 2.0 port, and a two-port integrated USB 2.0 hub that lets you connect multiple devices. The 2TB model is priced at $195. The 3TB model is $295.

LG Revolution To Get Bugfix Update

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on August 3rd, 2011

LG Revolution users on Verizon LTE are about to get a new OTA update for their smartphones very soon. Not Gingerbread on the Revolution just yet, but VS910ZV6 has new apps, updates, and bugfixes in the meantime.

Verizon will provide you with its latest VCAST media apps, as well as provide updates for some of the pre-installed titles on the Revolution. None of the bugfixes address any serious problems with the phone itself, but they’ll make sure that it works the way you expect it to, with proper call notifications when in vibrate mode, auto-correct not turning on by default, album art displaying correctly etc.

iPad 2 Game Boy case

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on August 3rd, 2011

The iPad 2 is one of the most beloved gadgets, so is the original gameboy. Put them together and you have something ultra awesome. This iPad 2 Game Boy case is one of the coolest cases we’ve seen. And we’ve seen plenty.

No release date yet and since Nintendo likes to go after Gameboy imitators, this may not be offered for long. We will have to wait and see what happens.

Best Buy offering free Nexus S for one day

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on August 3rd, 2011

Have you been on the fence about getting a Nexus S? Well, Best Buy has announced that starting last night (August 2nd) at midnight it will begin offering the Google Nexus S for free. You’ll still have to have a two-year agreement with AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile, but it beats full price.

Better hurry because if you wait a day later the price will jump back up. We imagine Best Buy will be very busy today with this news.

Motorola Droid Bionic specs revealed

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on August 2nd, 2011

We know that you can’t wait to get yourself a Droid Bionic and you’ve no doubt been wondering about the specs. Well, they are on Motorola’s developer site. It features a TI OMAP 4430 1GHz dual-core CPU bundled with 1GB RAM, a 4.3-inch qHD display with 960 x 540 resolution, HDMI 1.4, 8 megapixel rear camera and a VGA front-facing camera.

Other specs include 1080p HD video capture, webtop capabilities, and LTE radio. No GSM / EDGE of course. At least now we know some more of what it’s offering.

Calling from Gmail now in 38 languages, with lower rates

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on August 2nd, 2011

If you like to make calls from Gmail, then here’s some good news. The service will now support over 38 different languages, and Google has also lowered the call rates to more than 150 destinations.

The rates have been cut quite a bit. For example, you can make calls to a landline in France for $0.02/min, while it will only cost you $0.10/min to call a mobile phone in UK and chat up your British friends. Calls to the U.S. or Canada placed within those countries will continue to be free for the rest of 2011. Calls to the U.S. or Canada placed from outside these countries will be charged $0.01 per minute. That’s a bargain.

Samsung helps you upgrade to SSD drives

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on August 2nd, 2011

Upgrading your hard disk is a pain, you have to backup, transfer files, and reinstall all your programs. Samsung to the rescue! Samsung will be including a full version of Norton Ghost 15 with their new SSD drives, which allows users to safely and quickly migrate their existing system data to another hard disk.

This allows users to skip the whole process of having to reinstall their OS. Plus with SSD you get increased speeds, less energy consumption and a longer lifespan. All good reasons to upgrade.

iPhone 5 could be a bigger upgrade than expected

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on August 2nd, 2011

The iPhone upgrade coming this fall “could be a bigger upgrade than we expected,” according to Sterne Agee’s Shaw Wu. The analyst cites Apple’s supply chain, which indicates that the new model will feature a display “slightly larger” than the 3.5-inch size Apple has used since the first iPhone. That would be great news.

He says that the phone should “retain a similar form factor and size but with thinner bezel,”. The info suggests a 2011 iPhone will in all likelihood forego 4G (LTE). And problems are said to remain with battery life and “spotty” network coverage. Of course Apple is good at tackling problems like this.

Bedphones Designed For Listening In Bed

Posted in Headphones by Reuben Drake on August 2nd, 2011

If you listen to music on your smartphone or tablet in bed you know how uncomfortable it is. Well, Bedphones are designed to solve this problem and are headphones specially designed to be worn in bed. They were designed by Eric Dubs who after creating and testing over a hundred unique prototypes, has found the right design and they are available to buy now.

Bedphones are only available in the US right now for $29.95 with free Shipping. They look very comfortable.

LG Releases Two New 3D HDTVs For South Korea

Posted in LG by Reuben Drake on August 2nd, 2011

LG has finally released the 47-inch 47LW9800 and 55-inch 55LW9800 3D HDTVs in the South Korean market. Both are ultra slim HDTVs and feature full LED technology, LG’s True Motion 480Hz and passive 3D glasses for all of your 3D viewing needs.

These 3D HDTVs also support LG’s Magic-Motion remote control, LG’s Smart Board, a web browser and Wi-Fi, so that you can stream media from your smartphone or computer wirelessly to your TV. No info on pricing yet though.

Samsung To Produce 7-inch AMOLED Display With Higher Resolution

Posted in Samsung by Reuben Drake on August 2nd, 2011

We all want higher resolution for better image quality, especially on smaller screens. The good news is that Samsung Mobile Display will be developing a new 7-inch AMOLED display with a higher resolution.

This AMOLED display will feature a resolution of 1024×768. The previous AMOLED display had a resolution of 1024×600. But you won’t be seeing the new displays on tablets this year. When we hear more we will let you know.

LG Smart Washing Machine

Posted in LG by Reuben Drake on August 2nd, 2011

How smart is your washing machine? Not as smart as LGs latest. It comes equipped with an app for Android phones that allows you to control the washing machine right from your Android smartphone.

The app has several functions offering a status check of the laundry, changing the scheduled time, preventing wrinkles and more. The LG Smart Washing Machine will be released in South Korea for about $165,000.