Archive for 2011

HTC Ignite and HTC Prime show up

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on July 28th, 2011

Phone House, the Dutch version of the Car Phone Warehouse in the UK, has listed two upcoming Windows Phone 7 handsets from HTC as coming soon. There’s the HTC Ignite, a previously leaked low end Windows Phone 7 handset with a 3.7 inch screen and 800 Mhz processor.

The other is the HTC Prime, a slider with a 5 megapixel camera. With Phone House listing the handsets, we are taking it as pretty much confirmed that the handsets are on the way, and coming soon.

OtterBox Commuter Series for iPhone 4 now in new summer colors

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on July 28th, 2011

It’s summertime and so OtterBox has just announced a new addition to its Commuter Series cases for the Apple iPhone 4. The cases now come in some new colors, not just the regular black and yellow. Now you can get them in black and blue as well.

The OtterBox is made using multiple layers to keep your gadget safe and secure, has a screen protector that protects your display, a silicone jacket to absorb shock, and a polycarbonate shell. The summer style Commuter Series cases for the iPhone 4 are $34.95.

Razer Electra Smartphone & Tablet Gaming Headset Coming October 2011

Posted in Headphones by Reuben Drake on July 28th, 2011

Razer has a new set of gaming headphones called the Razer Electra, which are specifically designed for tablet and smartphone gamers. They have enhanced bass response with optimized drivers, as well as replaceable sound-isolating leatherette ear cushions.

It also has a detachable rubber sheathed audio cable and detachable inline microphone audio cable for voice communication. However the combined inline cable microphone only works in a port that mixes audio and microphone capability, like many smartphone and tablet jacks.

Logitech Revue Price Drops To $99

Posted in Logitech by Reuben Drake on July 28th, 2011

Logitech is going through some tough times and has today reported that its suffered a $30 million loss in the second quarter of 2011. This poor financial situation has now forced the current CEO of the company to resign, with chairman De Luca taking over.

But their loss is your gain as Logitech has now slashed the price of their Revue box down to $99. Now people might actually buy more of the units so they can accelerate adoption of the Google TV platform.

Electronic Rock Guitar Bag Plays Music

Posted in Apparel by Reuben Drake on July 28th, 2011

Most bags just hold stuff and that’s it. They do their job and nothing more. Well, ThinkGeek has a new offering that puts a playable instrument on it. It’s called the Electronic Rock Guitar Bag. The name says it all. This bag plays music.

The music plays through a little amplifier that you can hang on the front of the bag. How cool is that? The guitar is played by swiping your thumb across the strings on the bottom and you can make real chords on the neck. The bag has room for up to a 17-inch laptop and has two large pockets and six small pockets with a zippered phone pouch.

Packard Bell Liberty Android Honeycomb Tablet Hits The UK

Posted in Tablet PC by Reuben Drake on July 28th, 2011

Packard Bell has released the Liberty Android tablet in the UK. This tablet is actually a re-branded version of the Acer Iconia 500. The Packard Bell Liberty packs in the Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS and a 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) display.

Other specs include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 5MP rear camera, a 2MP front-facing camera, a dual-core nVidia Tegra 2 processor, and 16GB of internal memory built in. The Packard Bell Liberty is £349.99 or about $570.

LG IPS225V-BN Full HD Monitor

Posted in LG by Reuben Drake on July 28th, 2011

LG has another Full HD monitor, the IPS225V-BN ready for Japan. This monitor features an IPS (In Plane Switching) panel, 21.5-inches of screen real estate and LED-backlighting with 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution.

There’s also a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 degree viewing angles. It comes with DVI-D, mini D-Sub and HDMI. The IPS225V-BN is scheduled to hit Japan in mid-August for around 24,000 Yen (about $308).

Panasonic introduces the world lightest 3D Glasses

Posted in Panasonic by Reuben Drake on July 28th, 2011

To 3D or not to 3D. That is the question still facing many of you. Well, at least the nerd glasses are getting lighter. The new TY-EW3D Series from Panasonic claim to be the world lightest 3D glasses available with just 26g in total in its S and M version while the L Version with its 27g seems to be as “heavy” as other models on the market.

These new glasses also come with a new battery offering you up to 3 hours worth of 3D just after 2 minutes of charge or a total of 25 hours of 3D if fully charged for 30 minutes.

Vodafone 555 Blue Facebook phone unveiled

Posted in Facebook by Reuben Drake on July 28th, 2011

This phone has finally gone official. And of course, there’s a Facebook button to make Facebook just one click away. It features a white shell and physical QWERTY keyboard, but it’s not running Android, instead using a proprietary system with your FaceBook status heavily integrated into everything.

Turn on the phone, and you’ll be prompted for a Facebook login. No touchscreen. The screen is 2.4-inches across, also a 2-megapixel camera on the back. No 3G or WiFi either. It will arrive in August, priced at around £60.

USB Optical Mouse with Pocket Digital Scale

Posted in Mouse by Reuben Drake on July 28th, 2011

Need a scale built into your mouse? Well, you’re in luck Mr. drug dealer or whoever you are. From Brando of course. Now you can tweet away and measure your stash at the same time.

This $22 USB Optical Mouse with Pocket Digital Scale is capable of handling a weight range of 0.1 gram to 500 grams. It works for both right-handers and left-handers. It does need a few AAA batteries though. You guys want to weigh in on this one?

Photos claim to show Apple’s lighter, cheaper iPhone 4 prototype

Posted in iPhone by Reuben Drake on July 28th, 2011

Looks like there has been some potential photo leaks of what is claimed to be the prototype device of a cheaper and lighter iPhone 4. This would replace the iPhone 3GS as Apple’s entry level iPhone. Yes, it looks just like an iPhone 4, except for the identification numbers on the back being X’d out, which could indicate that it is a prototype device.

The source of the leak admitted that it would be hard to convince people that this is the real deal since it looks so similar to the iPhone 4.

Nintendo drops 3DS from $249 to $169 August 12th, current owners get 20 free games

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Reuben Drake on July 28th, 2011

The price of the Nintendo 3DS in the US is dropping on August 12th from $249 to $169. Other regions are getting a similar price break as well. Hey, but what about US gamers that have already shelled out for the full price? Gamers that have logged into the eShop at least once before the price cut will get 10 free NES virtual console games September 1st, plus 10 more Game Boy Advance virtual console games.

This is likely due to wanting to compete with the upcoming Vita. Nintendo plans to sell 16 million 3DS units in the financial year, but still slashed its financial projections for the year from ¥110 billion to just ¥20 billion.

25 percent of Netflix users stream on the Wii

Posted in Netflix by Reuben Drake on July 28th, 2011

With so many Wiis collecting dust, who would have thought that a quarter of all Netflix subscribers stream on the Wii? I guess HD doesn’t matter for these people.

Most viewers prefer to watch instantly using a PC for both Netflix and Hulu. Wii viewers will only increase as a new console is coming soon. And besides Mad Men is now available as well. Who needs to watch that in 1080p?

Netflix dominates iPad and consoles, Hulu dominates PCs

Posted in Netflix by Reuben Drake on July 27th, 2011

Netflix and Hulu dominate entirely separate sectors of digital streaming, according to a Nielsen study. Both are now available on many platforms, but Netflix is the dominant one on non-PCs, including iPads, game consoles, and media hubs, ranging from a three-to-one ratio on Apple’s tablet to seven or eight times higher.

Hulu isn’t a lame duck though. They win on computers, often by a wide margin, with 89 percent of its viewers watching on a computer versus just 42 percent of Netflix owners wanting to do the same. Networked media hubs like Roku boxes and smartphones were a close race, though they have a smaller viewing audience as a whole.

Eee Pad Transformer will get Android 3.2 update tomorrow

Posted in ASUS by Reuben Drake on July 27th, 2011

Eee Pad Transformer users have some good news today. Asus has confirmed that you can get your Android 3.2 fix on tomorrow. ASUS has confirmed that the update will arrive tomorrow, on July 28th.

There should not be very many surprises since ASUS is sticking with stock Honeycomb, but we can hope for a few fixes included as well as more general Android updates that are run of the mill. This is great news for Eee Pad Transformer owners.