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Maxell Unveils Tabletop Soundbar

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on July 7th, 2011

Maxell has introduced the SSB-1 soundbar speaker, which has 30 watts of power and a built-in subwoofer. This one requires no mounting or installation and is designed to support a TV or monitor up to 55 pounds. Just park your set on it and you are good to go. Finally, a soundbar speaker that will be out of your way!

Features include a high-gloss-black finish, two 3.5mm aux jacks, a remote control, a 3.5mm-to-3.5mm cable and a 3.5mm-to-RCA cable. It has a $129 price tag.

HP Touchpad costs $328 to make

Posted in HP by Conner Flynn on July 7th, 2011

Isuppli tore down a Touchpad and in doing so they found that the cost is $318, with another $10 for manufacturing costs. $132.50 for the display and touchscreen parts make up the most expensive assembly, which is 41.7 per cent of the cost.

The next most expensive part is the NAND flash memory, costing $45. The mechanical/electromechanical system is next at $30. The HP 32GB Touchpad sells for $599, so the markup is $271. It’s always fun to know what it costs compared to what it costs us.

iLuv iSP10 iPad 2 speaker case

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on July 7th, 2011

The iSP210 Portable Stereo Speaker Case for your iPad 2 looks pretty sharp, matching some of the colors found on the smart covers that Apple released for the iPad 2. They come in gray, blue, green, orange, tan, white, black, red, pink and aqua.

The case will protect and also deliver “hi-fidelity” sound. The case requires four AA batteries and they have not been priced yet. Hopefully we can let you know soon.

Aluminum Keyboard Buddy Case turns your iPad 2 into a MacBook Air

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on July 7th, 2011

Is that a MacBook Air? Why no, it’s MIC’s new Aluminum Keyboard Buddy Case, which offers both a protective case and an almost full QWERTY keyboard for your iPad 2. When you close it, the Buddy Case’s magnets will even put your iPad to sleep.

It is powered by a rechargeable lithium-polymer battery and will cost you $50. It only holds your iPad at one angle though which is annoying.

Motorola XOOM WiFi Tablet Now $499

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on July 7th, 2011

Looks like Motorola has dropped the price of the WiFi-only XOOM tablet. The Android tablet is now available for just $499 if you still don’t have one.

The Motorola XOOM WiFi sports a 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) display, a 1GHz nVidia Tegra 2 dual core processor, Google Android 3.1, a 24Whr battery, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, a 2MP front-facing camera, and a 5MP rear camera with auto-focus and a LED flash. Are you getting one now?

Cregle PenBook Windows 7 Tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on July 7th, 2011

The Cregle PenBook Windows 7 tablet is different than most on the market. It comes with a digital pen and an active digitizer, which you can use to draw or write on the display. The device measures 10.4-inch x 7.2-inch x 0.7-inch and weighs 2.3 pounds.

Some of the features of this tablet include a 10.1-inch (1024 x 600) display that supports multitouch gestures and palm rejection, a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor, two USB ports, a 3.5mm audio jack, built-in mic, stereo speakers, 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1. Nothing on pricing or availability yet.

Air Picks Air Guitar Toy

Posted in music by Conner Flynn on July 6th, 2011

We’ve all played air guitar at some point and when playing air guitar, we are all rock gods. Now it’s time to take air guitar to the next level. Air Picks are pocket sized electronic air picks that allow you to enjoy a few songs. How you play them in the air is up to you.

There are three picks to choose from right now with songs like Jumping Jack Flash, Satisfaction, Born to be Wild, Smoke on the Water, and Sweet Home Alabama. There is no volume control though so this could get annoying very quickly.

Soundfreaq Sound Step wireless speakers

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on July 6th, 2011

Soundfreaq has announced a few new wireless speaker systems: the Sound Step and Sound Step Recharge. Both of them are nice and compact and the Sound Step Recharge even has a built-in rechargeable battery that will give you up to six hours of playback time. Not bad.

It is also an iPad docking station, so you can stream music wirelessly from your iPad while charging and a USB charging port will also allow you to charge another gadget at the same time.

Rubik’s Cube Speaker

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on July 6th, 2011

Here’s another geeky item for your desk or your shelf. This speaker will connect to almost any music source, via a stereo jack and power comes from your computer’s USB port, and a 5W speaker plays your favorite songs. But sadly you can’t solve this cube. It’s just for music.

Great addition to your nerd gadget stash at just $30 even if you can’t twist the thing and puzzle your brain. It’s still a neat retro speaker.

Tatooine Sand Wristwatch

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on July 6th, 2011

Star Wars fans will love this Tatooine watch almost as much as they love the planet. Back in the old days, movies were more authentic and had more style since you had to build highly detailed props instead of using green screen. Scenes had depth and character. As you might remember Lucas traveled to Tunisia, where he built the Lars homestead, which still stands in the same spot all these years later.

But the forces of nature have not been kind. It needs help. That’s why some fans have banded together to save it, through Kickstarter. They have already reached their goal, but the more help they get, the better. If you pledge $77 you’ll receive an official Lars Expedition Wristwatch, which will contain sand from the location. That makes this a kind of Holy Star Wars relic.

Apple to release iPad 2 Plus this year?

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on July 6th, 2011

According to an analyst, Apple might be releasing an iPad 2 refresh later this year, called the “iPad 2 plus”. This new iPad 2 is said to have a higher resolution display of 250-300 ppi, which is an improvement over the iPad 2′s 132-ppi resolution.

This is just a rumor for now, however word is that Apple has ordered 5 million iPad 2 touch sensors this month, so it is possible. We will just have to wait and see. Do you think there’s any truth to this?

Veho Wireless Folding Bluetooth Headphones

Posted in Headphones by Conner Flynn on July 6th, 2011

Veho has unveiled its new Veho VEP-004-BT Bluetooth headphones, designed to be wireless, portable, lightweight and stylish. Everything you want. The Veho VEP-004-BT headphones feature touch controls on the side of the ear piece so you can control tracks and transfer calls to the headset, or pause the music etc.

There’s also an embedded microphone for hands-free conversation from Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones. Fully charged the Veho VEP-004-BT will provide up to 11 hours talk time and up to 250 hours standby from their rechargeable 230 mAH Li-polymer battery. Just $110.

Nokia 700 Zeta Press Photos Leaked

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on July 6th, 2011

Last week some leaked photos of the Nokia 700 Zeta showed up and now some press shots of the Nokia 700 Zeta have been leaked, as well as some more specifications. It looks like the Nokia 700 Zeta will come with the Symbian Belle OS, a 3.2 inch AMOLED display and a 1GHz processor.

Other specifications for the Nokia 700 Zeta could include a 5 megapixel camera and built in Nier Field Communications (NFC). Hopefully we will have some more info for you soon.

Pioneer Computers DreamBook ePad N10 Android Tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on July 6th, 2011

The latest Android tablet from Pioneer Computers Australia is the DreamBook ePad N10. This device is powered by a 1GHz Cortex-A9 dual-core processor, has a 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 or 1280 x 800 multitouch display, a 1GB DDR2 RAM, 4GB/16GB SSD eMMC, and a microSD card slot.

There’s also a 1.3MP front-facing camera, a 5.0-megapixel rear-facing camera, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 1080p Full HD video playback support, a USB port, an HDMI port, a 3.5mm headset jack, stereo speakers, a 6600mAh battery and Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

Tokyoflash Kisai Kaidoku LCD Watch

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on July 6th, 2011

Tokyoflash’s latest watch design uses words to tell the time. It is called the Kisai Kaidoku. No numbers here. Just a watch that Scrabble fans and vocabulary teachers will appreciate.

So how do you tell the time with words? Just read the flashing words and you will know what time it is. The date can be read in the same way by pressing the lower button. I prefer good old numbers myself, but it’s a neat watch.